2009-12-03 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger is the property of the Fulton County Historical Society, and was taken on October 14, 1967, for the 50th anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mellott. Front row, left to right: Caroline “Cass” Mellott, Lloyd and Ruth (Crouse) Mellott, Janet (Mellott) Geyer; back row: Madelon (Mellott) Polnisch, L. Wilson “Bud” Mellott, Charles R. “Dick” Mellott. The photo was taken by C.B. Chubb at the McConnellsburg Firehall. This week’s Memory Jogger is the property of the Fulton County Historical Society, and was taken on October 14, 1967, for the 50th anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mellott. Front row, left to right: Caroline “Cass” Mellott, Lloyd and Ruth (Crouse) Mellott, Janet (Mellott) Geyer; back row: Madelon (Mellott) Polnisch, L. Wilson “Bud” Mellott, Charles R. “Dick” Mellott. The photo was taken by C.B. Chubb at the McConnellsburg Firehall. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 30, 1989 ’89 Apparent attempted robberies at the Needmore branch of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg and at the Breezewood

branch of the Everett bank last Friday, November 24, were thwarted when alert bank employees saw the alleged robber coming and were able to lock him out of both banks. Needmore bank branch manager Joyce Henry said that she and her employees first noticed a suspicious vehicle in the bank’s parking lot. Henry said she was later informed by a bank customer that the suspicious vehicle had previously been parked on the county library side of the building for some time before employees first saw the car pull through the lot. The employees hid behind the bank’s countertops after locking the doors. They heard the man attempt to open the bank’s door. When they next looked up, the man and car were gone. Later around 5:30 p.m. Friday, a man in an orange ski mask approached the Everett bank branch office along Route 126 south of Breezewood. State police at Bedford later arrested Samuel Wills Jr., of Jerome, Pa., as he slept in the front seat of the Ford in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn in Breezewood with the ski mask in plain view.

Although a reported record of 44,000 antlered deer were killed statewide on the first day of buck season, Fulton County’s harvest was estimated at 400, down from an estimated first-day kill of 450 in 1988.

No one was injured in an accidental fire which destroyed a mobile home in Belfast Township on Thanksgiving Day, leaving five persons temporarily homeless. Fire company officials reported the first at the mobile home of Claie Hollenshead fully engulfed upon their arrival. Joanne Hollenshead was the only person in the mobile home when the fire began in the kitchen area. She said the fire either could have been started by grease from her Thanksgiving turkey in the oven or by leaking gas in the kitchen.

Rick Everetts and his brother, Melvin “Junior” Everetts, bagged a black bear last Tuesday in Clearfield County. The prize weighed in at 158 pounds fielddressed.

Barbara Sharpe became the bride of James Peterson, Greencastle, on September 30 at the United Presbyterian Church of McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sharpe of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Peterson, Williamsport Pike.

Robert and Carole McCarty, Hancock, announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Leigh, to Joseph Daniel Hollenshead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hollenshead, Needmore.

Deaths: Mabel Figard, Six Mile Run; Dorothea Mark, Belleville; Clyde Cisney, Blairs Mills; Annie Bowman, Williamsport; Roderic Deike, Crystal Spring; Floyd Wink, Hancock; Ronald Bowman Sr., McConnellsburg; Arlene Perry, Fayetteville.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Middaugh of Shade Gap on November 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Morgan of Clear Spring on November 23.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 29, 1979 ’79 Local service stations that stayed open during the first day of deer season were kept busy Monday pulling out of the mud

the vehicles of hunters who braved the wind and heavy downpour of rain to stalk the elusive buck. The take the first day was light, according to reports, but that could be due to the number of sensible nimrods who decided it’s better to get wet inside than out, turned their backs on the not so great outdoors and opted for the relaxation of “cabin hunting” instead.

Ralph Watkins of Hustontown was one of the hunters lucky enough to bag an eight-point buck on Monday.

JLG Industries posted some of the strongest results ever recorded in the history of the company during fiscal 1979. Revenues for the 1979 fiscal year climbed 39 percent to $46.5 million compared with $33 million for the same 1978 period.

Marie Gunnery Sgt. David A. Knepper, son of Mary E. Knepper of Hustontown, recently departed for and deployment in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mr. and Mrs. Foster Park of Fort Littleton announce the marriage of their daughter, Patti Jo Park, to Dennis Alan Hunsinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hunsinger Jr. of Blairs Mills, on October 5.

Deaths: Mrs. Ethel Doyle, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Rosie C. Remsburg, Mercersburg; Mrs. Enza A. Tice, Greencastle; Grover C. Helman, Chambersburg.

Specials at the IGA; Pillsbury flour, 79 cents, 5-lb. bag; Coronet bath tissue, $1.39, 8 pack; shoulder butt roast, 99 cents; Esskay ham patties, $1.49 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knepper of Three Springs on November 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hixon of Hancock on November 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Garman of Mt. Union on November 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Egolf of Mercersburg on November 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerrill Maust of Berkeley Springs on November 22.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 11, 1969 ’69 The resignation of Mrs. Marie Lane as justice of the peace

for District 2 in Fulton County was accepted by the county commissioners last week. Mrs. Lane, Republican, was elected to the office in the November election over Democrat Robert Lininger by a vote of 385 to 280. When queried as to her reason for resigning, Mrs. Lane told a “News” reporter that, when she ran for office, she was under the impression that the position would entail an 8-hour day, five days a week, in an office which would be located in her own home. Since then, she has been informed that a separate office must be established for certain hours, to which she could be called on a 24-hour basis.

Calvin H. Tritle, 19, Mc- Connellsburg, was admitted to Fulton County Medical Center on Saturday with a fractured skull, concussion and multiple lacerations as the result of a onecar accident. State police who investigated the crash said that Tritle was driving a 1957 Chevrolet south on Route 522, approaching the borough at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of the car on a left curve.

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Sunnyway Food Market in Greencastle on Sunday. The loss was estimated at $300,000.

Deaths: Bryan Mellott, Harrisonville.

McConnellsburg is now “all lit up” for Christmas with decorations provided by the Chamber of Commerce and installed by the Jaycees. The Jaycees have also installed their brightly lit star on the ridge west of town.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Traxler of Hustontown on November 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mellott of Needmore on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Mason of Greencastle on November 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Morse of Crystal Spring on November 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Beatty of Needmore on November 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cowan of Mount Union on December 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Shives of Mc- Connellsburg on December 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Williams of Shade Gap on December 3.

Specials at the IGA: 25-lb. bag flour, $1.79; bananas 12 cents lb.; Waldorf bathroom tissue, 25 cents, 4-roll pkg. Crisco, 79 cents, 3-lb. can.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 17, 1959 ’59Firemen from Mc- Connellsburg, Bedford and Three

Springs were able to save the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newman in Waterfall on Friday evening. The fire was caused by an overheated stove pipe burning the upstairs floor. Mr. Newman was a patient in the Medical Center at the time of the fire.

A record crowd of 250 members and guests of the Fulton Manufacturing Co.’s Social Club attended the annual Christmas banquet at the American Legion Home on December 11. Stanley Sagner, owner of the plant, acted as master of ceremonies. The Mary How Trio provided music for dancing.

There were 2,536 people Xrayed during the week of October 25 by the Bedford/Fulton Tuberculosis and Health Society. Abnormal conditions were found in 117 of the X-rays.

District Forester Fred W. Shearer reports that in Fulton County a total of 328,290 people used the state parks during 1959 with 277,144 at Cowans Gap; 27,335 at Sideling Hill and 23,811 at Jerry Springs.

Cadet William E. Shaffer of McConnellsburg, a member of the Reserve Officers Training Program, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant in Company E of the 4th Battle group at Penn State School of Forestry at Mont Alto where he is a student.

Rev. T.P. Garland writes, “only a few years ago, a few men and women had a vision for a Medical Center. They were met with, ‘it cannot be done,’ but ‘where there is no vision, the people per- ish.’ (Prof. 29:18). Today we see our vision realized with a fine staff of doctors and nurses and a strong, organized group of men and women.”

Velva May Gutshall, Chambersburg and Carlin Wayne Morris, Needmore, were married on December 5.

The First National Bank announces it will increase savings account interest rates to 3 percent effective the next interest period.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rajtik, McConnellsburg, on December 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seiders, McConnellsburg, on December 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Shoemaker, Big Cove Tannery, on December 12.

Douglas Shafer and family are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fraker, Fort Littleton, following his discharge from the service on Friday.

Sgt. and Mrs. William Schriver and two sons are expected to return to this country soon after serving for two years in Beiruit, Lebanon.

Mrs. Waneta Vechtel of Harrisburg has returned to her home after spending two weeks at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mr. John Hixon, Amaranth, with a broken leg suffered in a recent car accident.

Center School was closed last Thursday with some of the pupils now attending Harmonia and Warfordsburg. They expect to have all the one-room schools in the township closed by the first of the year, according to the Amaranth correspondent.

Warren Peck has purchased the Norman Daniels property near Pleasant Grove, and he and his wife and two children will be moving in this week.

Deaths: William Sloan Warthin, 83, McConnellsburg; James Minick Mellott, 65, Bedford.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 15, 1949 ’49 Deaths: Sam R. Martin, 64, prominent funeral director

of eastern Indiana; George W. Smith of Hunterstown, Pa.; Patricia Ann McClain of near Oak Grove.

Sponsored by the local Lions Club, the McConnellsburg merchants and other groups are cooperating this week in decorating the streets of the town for the holiday season. Many individual homeowners are also helping by placing lighted evergreens on the streets. The lights will be turned on Saturday to make an elaborate Christmas for McConnellsburg.

A coroner’s jury decided on Friday afternoon in Mc- Connellsburg that the death of Walter C. Mellott of Breezewood was unavoidable. Mellott was killed by a pumpkin ball fired by a fellow hunter which glanced off a tree and struck him.

Game officials of Fulton County report that the number of deer killed here since the first day of the season is less than last year and probably for the last several years.

A committee consisting of Miss Mary Jane Kirk, Mrs. James McQuade, Mrs. Harold Welsh and Mrs. Frank Findley has been named by Mrs. George Resiner, president of the Mc- Connellsburg Woman’s Club, to assist in the distribution of toys to children of needy families of the community. These toys consist for the most part of “cuddle toys,” which have been made in the local WPA sewing room.

Before William J. Lowe’s death, the Fidelity Bible Class of the Reformed Sunday School had decided, with his approval, to place a lighted star on the Reformed Church steeple as its part of the Christmas decorations. The class has decided to go ahead with the project and dedicate the star to his memory; and also to light the star each succeeding year during the Christmas season as a memorial to his ministry.

Mr. and Mrs. David Trott of Upper Montclair, N.J., announce the birth of a son on December 12. Mrs. Trott is the former Virginia Spangler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Spangler.

Thomas Bruce Appleby and Lois Elizabeth Rider were married on December 7.

Admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week were Asa Keefer of McConnellsburg for treatment of a fractured skull; Mrs. Clara Parsons of Mc- Connellsburg for treatment of infection of the right little finger and Goldie Welsh of Crystal Spring for a major abdominal operation. Treated at the hospital dispensary were Donald Shives of McConnellsburg for X-rays and application of a cast to a fractured right foot and James Hockensmith of McConnellsburg for X-rays of the sacrum.

Major Bowes, famous radio impressario, has made an outright gift of his famous Laurel Hill estate, located two miles out of Ossininger, N.Y., to the Lutheran Church.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Rhodes gathered at their parental home on Sunday to celebrate their father’s 74th birthday.

Douglas Layton was recently elected master of the Warfordsburg Grange.

Mrs. Russell Gordon entertained at a birthday dinner on Sunday in honor of her husband’s and her daughter Dora’s birthdays. The large cake had 42 candles; the smaller one, 20.

Mrs. Thurman Nesbitt fell and broke her nose. Miss Jessie Shimer and brother Arthur have closed their home on North Second Street for the winter and are living with their sister, Mrs. Olive Crouse of Webster Mills.

80 Years Ago

From the Files Of December 12, 1929 ’29 Three full columns on the front page of this issue and a column

and a half on page five are devoted to a “Confederate Scout’s Personal Narrative,” telling the scouting experiences of William L. Moseby during the Civil War.

Deaths: Harry S. Mellott of Warsaw, Ind.; George B. Diehl of Breezewood; Benjamin Curtis Awkerman, well-known jeweler, optometrist and watchmaker of Mount Union.

N.H. Roettger, local plumber, has been installing a hydraulic ramp at George C. Sipes’ home at Webster Mills, “with running water in the house upstairs and down.”

Death: Miss Laura B. Gilland of Philadelphia.

Born: a son on Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Briggs of Decorum.

The Northcraft correspondent writes: “Owing to a limited knowledge of the anatomy of the human body, one of our neighbors suffered for several hours from nervous shock after reading a note left by his wife telling him he had gone to get her kimona cut out. Thinking she was in the hospital for a serious operaiton, all efforts to console him were in vain until she returned from the dressmakers with the new garment.”

Death: Samuel Morrison Lauthers of Shavers Creek Valley.

Scott Runyan, manager of the A&P Store, was called to Springfield, Ohio, last week because of the critical illness of his mother who is still living, but whose death is expected.

Dr. D.E. Fischer, formerly of Needmore, has moved to Mc- Connellsburg and is practicing as a physician.

Ellis, 15-year-old son of John and Edna Carmack of Mc- Connellsburg, killed a 10-point buck on Friday.

Last October, Miss Blanche A. Swope, daughter of Dr. L.W. Swope of Pittsburgh, came to the Green Hill school in the interest of finding out some of its present needs. A detailed list was given to Miss Swope and within a short time 300 steel chairs were sent for the auditorium being completed this week. Twelve children’s chairs were sent for the primary department, new books and dictionaries were sent and reading tables are now being made for the primary grades. These donations have created within the people of Licking Creek a renewed interest in their new school.

More deaths: Jack Beck of Media, Pa.; Wilson Wible Brown of Huntingdon County.

George E. Hill and Pearl Mae Remsburg were married on December 5.

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