2009-12-17 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society and pictures the Cito United Methodist congregation in the early 1960s. Rev. Carl Williams was pastor and is pictured second from left in back row. The photo was taken by C.B. Chubb. This week’s Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society and pictures the Cito United Methodist congregation in the early 1960s. Rev. Carl Williams was pastor and is pictured second from left in back row. The photo was taken by C.B. Chubb. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 14, 1989 ’89 A light covering of snow dusted the area on Tuesday. According to Game Commission officials, 8,800 antlerless licenses were issued

in Fulton County while only an estimated 450 does were taken on Monday. However, the estimate count was up from last year’s first day estimate of 325. Officials also report that it was an accident-free first day in our region.

A new area business just might be the only one of its kind in the United States, according to business owner Paul Politis of McConnellsburg. Politis opened his new business, Autos’ Literature Shoppe, along U.S. Route 522 just south of the Fort Littleton turnpike interchange in Dublin Township in early November. The shop serves the collector car hobby and motoring public with more than 1 million items such as shop manuals, owner manuals, sales brochures, paint chip sets, postcards and miscellaneous automotive memorabilia.

Specials at the IGA: turkey breast, $1.69 lb.; California navel oranges, $2.99, 10-lb. bag; Longhorn cheese, $2.79 lb.; Pepsi products, 89 cents, 2-liter bottle.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Knepper of Waterfall are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Ann, to Daniel Merl Smith, son of Oliver and Bertha Deshong, Hustontown.

Deaths: Clarence R. Strait, McConnellsburg; Anna M. Hollinshead, Harrisonville; Gladys Rhodes, Warfordsburg; Eliza J. Puderbaugh, Wilton Manors, Fla.; Claude “Kelly” Sipes, McConnellsburg; Gertrude Carey, formerly of Mossic; Katherine E. Burrall, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sheeder of Big Cove Tannery on November 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Black of Three Springs on December 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Rourke of Hustontown on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Poole of St. Thomas on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Book of Blairs Mills on December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boor of Mc- Connellsburg on December 5.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 13, 1979 ’79 For the first time in many years there will be no Christmas lights in downtown Mc- Connellsburg. Efforts by the Tourist Promotion

Agency to decorate the town with new decorative lanterns were thwarted by the prohibitive cost of installation, and the Chamber of Commerce’s $150 incentive to the fire company to put up the lights from prior years, now in storage, was turned down by the firemen, who felt that the decorations were not in good enough repair to hang.

Dennis L. Seiders, 30, McConnellsburg, was killed near Everett on Saturday when the car he was driving ran into a telephone pole. A passenger in the car, LeRoy Ingram, 31, McConnellsburg, suffered a neck injury in the accident and was admitted to Bedford Memorial Hospital for observation.

Engagement: Mr.and Mrs. Frank Eisenhower of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Elizabeth, to Paul Mitchell Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Minor Robinson of Fort Loudon.

Specials at the IGA: Heinz homestyle gravy mixed, 49 cents; IGA macaroni and cheese, 4 for $1; fresh roasters, 69 cents lb.

Now playing at the Reality Theatre in Robertsdale: “Breaking Away.” Playing at Fulton Theatre: “Good Guys Wear Black.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Keith, Three Springs, on November 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Swope of Needmore on December 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell B. Reeder of Blairs Mills on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James R. Fortney of McConnellsburg on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Bilovecky of Hustontown on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald O. Keefer of McConnellsburg on December 5.

Deaths: Clyde S. Mellott, Needmore; Mrs. Sara Horton, Wells Tannery; Ellsworth W. Pyles, Cocoa, Fla.; Ms. Helen Barber, Baltmore; George B. Woodring, Mercersburg; John E. Bishop Sr., Hagerstown; Mrs. Elizabeth James, Johnstown.

40 Years Ago

From the Files Of December 25, 1969 ’69 Rodney Keefer and John Cutchall, seniors in vocational agriculture and members of McConnellsburg FFA Chapter at

McConnellsburg High School, have been selected by the Pennsylvania State FFA Association to receive the Keystone Farmer Degree. The degree is awarded to the top 2 percent of the FFA members in the state.

A heavy snowstorm that occurred on Sunday evening blanketing the county, closed the schools and made driving hazardous.

Dr. Frederick Funk has been appointed assistant professor of microbiology in the College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University. He is a 1958 graduate of Forbes Road High School and is married to the former Elizabeth Malot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Malot of Hustontown.

Ricky and Gene Leese, son of Vernon and Velma Leese of Needmore, were named to the dean’s list at the Pennsylvania State University for the fall term. Ricky is majoring in veterinary medicine and Gene in education.

Paul Mack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mack of Mc- Connellsburg, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 37 cents lb.; Prell shampoo, 69 cents; oranges, 69 cents; Libby peaches, 29 cents 1-lb. can.

Miss Caroyn Fagley and Daryl Scott exchanged wedding vows on Saturday evening, November 29, in Tonoloway Bible Church of Hancock. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Fagley of Harrisonville. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Voss of Windermere, Fla.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg on December 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy McCuskser of Little Orleans, Md., on December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Detrich of Greencastle on December 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Hovermale of Hancock on December 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Walters of Needmore on December 19.

Employees of The First National Bank enjoyed a Christmas party at Johnnie’s Diner on Friday evening.

Deaths: Mrs. Beatrice Carnell, Hancock; Raymond Park, Three Springs; Martha Mae Martin Swope, Mc- Connellsburg; Harry McQuade, McConnellsburg; Maude Barnhart, Everett.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 31, 1959 ’59 A brief but moving ceremony was held on Sunday at Fulton County Medical Center when the oil painting of the late Dr E.H.

MacKinlay was unveiled in the hospital waiting room by his daughter, Jane S. MacKinlay.

A Hancock man, James H. Montgomery, was featured in the syndicated column “Strange As It Seems” on December 26. It said: “Montgomery spends six hours each day, five days a week, commuting 200 miles to and from his job in Baltimore. In the last five years, he has spent almost one year’s time riding the bus for a distance of 250,000 miles.”

Fulton County received a $9,876 allocation from the State Gasoline Tax Fund for the period between June 1 and December 1, 1959.

Mrs. Blanche Patterson of McConnellsburg underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital for a broken hip, which happened when she fell on the ice outside her home on Monday.

Lester Burdette, livestock specialist from Penn State, will give a meat-cutting demonstration at the Center Community Building on January 6.

Five Hancock youths were taken into custody and charged with larceny of three mailboxes and a highway sign after J.R. Blankley of Thompson Township caught them in the act of taking his mailbox.

Mrs. William Abercrombie of McConnellsburg suffered burns of the hand and face on Christmas Day when a cooking stove she was lighting exploded.

Ben Cline of Knobsville underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday after falling at his home on Tuesday and breaking his hip.

Thomas Taylor Jr., 34, of Mercersburg, was killed on Christmas Eve, five miles south of Mercersburg, when the convertible he was driving failed to negotiate a curve. He was the brother of Lewis W. Taylor, Mc- Connellsburg, and Joseph Taylor of Hustontown.

Mrs. Marjorie Crippen, the News correspondent for Wells Tannery, reports that dandelions are blooming in the yard at her home.

Dr. and Mrs. R.C. McLucas have moved into their newly built home on West North Street.

Grayson Davis, now serving in the U.S. Navy, is spending a month’s leave with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ensley, Harrisonville.

Kenneth Levi Strait of Harrisonville and Lunda Martha Williams of Needmore applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse. There were 56 marriage licenses issued in 1959 and 57 in 1958.

James Wible received his discharge from the Air Corps and is now at home with his mother and family, Mrs. Myrtle Wible of Fort Littleton.

Hank Wible of Fort Littleton is a patient in the Medical Center with a broken leg.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sheffield and family of Fort Littleton attended the funeral of Mrs. Sheffield’s mother, Mrs. David Powell, who was buried in the Saltillo cemetery on Saturday.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bolinger of Wells Tannery, who were married in Everett on December 20.

Douglas Shaffer, his wife and son have returned home to Wells Tannery from Fort Knox, Ky., where Douglas was stationed.

The Wells Tannery correspondent extends sympathy to the Mrs. Debby Fix family in the sudden death of her husband, Norman Fix.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott, Needmore, on December 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stanton, Mc- Connellsburg, on December 25.

Harold Spade, an 8-year U.S. Navy man, is now stationed in Washington, D.C., and visited last Saturday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Spade of Amaranth.

Deaths: W.M. Lodge, Mc- Connellsburg; Norman C. Fix, Wells Tannery; Wellington Bland Deshong, Harrisonville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 29, 1949 ’49 Disaster descended in all its fury on the little town of Hyndman

in Bedford County on Saturday night when the entire business section of the village was wiped out in a tragic fire that started form a Christmas tree. The Christmas Eve fire burned three blocks in the center of town. The bank, 12 business buildings, about 20 homes and the post office were reduced to twisted, charred wreckage. An unofficial estimate of damage compiled by businessmen was placed at around $1,000,000 – a staggering loss for a town of about 1,500.

Herbert D. Layton and Doris E. Smith were married on December 24.

A report from the Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co. shows that approximately 1,000 new and used toys were distributed to needy children throughout the county last week.

Eston Paylor, 24, of Mc- Connellsburg, suffered severe burns of the right hand and toes last Thursday while working on a high tension line at Fort Littleton. The wrench he was using came in contact with a 2,300-volt line, and the charge threw him onto the top of a transformer, thus preventing his fall to the ground since he was not waring a safety belt. His father, also a lineman and working on the same project, went up the pole and lowered his son to the ground with ropes.

George Wayne Brant and Zoe Arlene Sipes were married recently

Mr. and Mrs. Ebert Lake of McConnellsburg celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Deaths: Harry Kettering; Mrs. Merrill Souders of Hancock; John Rasp Sr., who died in Dr. MacKinlay’s office in Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Emory Wible of Three Springs.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of December 28, 1939 ’39 Deaths: Mrs. Robert A. Bender of Chambersburg; John

Eichelberger of Hopewell; H.N. Freeman of Sterling, Kan.

Frank E. Truax and Grace E. Fink were married December 22.

Alvin M. Linn and Blanche E. Burton were married recently.

Timber Ridge Sportsmen’s Club will hold its next meeting at the Center schoolhouse on January 2. Music for the occasion will be furnished by the Douglas sisters.

Miles C. Greenland, 98, of Bedford, formerly of Fulton County, died on Saturday of heart ailment incident to old age. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was one of the first to answer the call of 75,000 men and was stationed in Chambersburg when it was burned. After two months, that company was discharged, and he immediately reenlisted but, being under age, he was rejected. In 1863, he enlisted in the Calvary Service and was finally discharged because of physical disability. After two years spent in the West, he returned to Wells Valley and, with his father, erected a woolen mill which he operated for 20 years. He then rented the mill and farmed until 1913 when he moved to Bedford.

Three local carpenters were victims of thieves while working on the super highway in Taylor Township last week. The sets of carpenter tools stolen belonged to W.H. Buterbaugh, $22.50; Norman Helman, $18; and T.R. Shives, $22.

Paul Shimer Jr. and Marian Mehaffey were married October 19.

Donald McQuade of Mc- Connellsburg and Woodrow Thomas of Mercersburg were drivers of vehicles which collided head on three miles west of Needmore on Sunday morning. Clarence Gordon, an occupant in the Thomas car, received a cut above the right eye and laceration of the nose.

Three FFA members from Warfordsburg have won awards in the State Project Contest this year. Paul Gift won sixth place in the dairy records contest. Maynard Wilkins won 13th place in poultry. Frank Palmer, a member of the eighth grade, won fourth place in the junior poultry contest.

Crosby Tappen, civil engineer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, reported seeing dandelions in bloom last week at the Samuel Steele home near Burnt Cabins.

W.R. Linn of McConnellsburg has been reappointed mercantile appraiser for Fulton County by Auditor General Warren R. Roberts

Frederick Olson of Bolivar, now residing in Wells Tannery, was injured last Wednesday while at work on the Sideling Hill Tunnel. He received a broken neck and lacerations of the neck. He is now at patient in Everett Hospital.

Misses Bess and Lillian Grissinger entertained at a family dinner on Christmas Day. Covers were laid for 29 for the noon and evening meals.

Following a custom set by her parents, the late Dr. and Mrs. William Trout, Miss Mary Trout entertained family and friends on Christmas Day. Maurice, a brother in Detroit, whose thought no doubt turned to the happy party, sent his greetings via telephone.

Mrs. Enoch Kerlin of Knobsville continues seriously ill.

Fulton countains admitted to Everett Hospital dur-ing the past week included Miss Rella McClain of McConnellsburg, emergency appendectomy; Mrs. Cora Lynch of Big Cove Tannery, surgical treatment; Charles Moore of Bill’s Place, infection of the right leg; Aaron Hess of Warfordsburg, medical treatment.

Bill’s Place, the nation’s smallest post office, was given recognition in John Hix’s cartoon, “Strange As It Seems,” last Wednesday. A drawing of the post office was reproduced, noting that it measures only 6 by 8 feet.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 26, 1929 ’29 Under the auspices of the Supplee- Wills-Jones milk receiving

station at Mercersburg, a cow-testing association has been formed in this vicinity. Local dairymen who have joined thus far are James H. Kendall, George A. Comerer, Will Brewer, Robert Cromer, George Bard and Joseph F. Purnell. The work consists of estimating the value of the feed given each individual cow and checking it against the cow’s production, thus making it possible to eliminate the boarders. The work is carried on for a year at a time, at a cost of $10 per quarter.

Richard Wallace Kendall and Sarah Belle Dunlap were married December 21.

Amos and John Sharpe, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Sharpe of Thompson Township and seniors at Juniata College, Huntingdon, are spending their Christmas vacation at home.

The mother of Scott Runyan died at her home in Springfield, Ohio, on December 13.

The Odd Girls Club held its Christmas party on Friday evening at the home of Dorothy Harris.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary last Sunday.

Ernest Grant Harr and Virginia Maye Gordon were married on December 18.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Cam Mellott of Cito on December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Wiley of Cito on December 8; a daughter, Freda Faye, to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Souders of Cito on December 8; a daughter, Helen LaRue, to Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Knable of near Mc- Connellsburg on December 6; a son, Clarence Ray, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gress of Ayr Township on December 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Elbin of Big Cove Tannery on November 22; a son, Carl Sheldon, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown of near Fort Littleton on November 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Bivens of near Big Cove Tannery on November 18; a daughter, Ruth Maytta, to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin M. Fix of Ayr Township on November 16; a son, Samuel Robert, to Mr. and Mrs. Preston Wilson of Fort Littleton on October 30.

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