2009-12-24 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Phyllis Everetts of McConnellsburg and pictures the late George Paylor of Warfordsburg. George painted the Baker’s Diner sign near Ft. Littleton during the 1960s. The picture came from the collection of George’s daughters, Debbie, Vonna and Donna. This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Phyllis Everetts of McConnellsburg and pictures the late George Paylor of Warfordsburg. George painted the Baker’s Diner sign near Ft. Littleton during the 1960s. The picture came from the collection of George’s daughters, Debbie, Vonna and Donna. 20 Year Ago

From The Files Of December 21, 1989 ’89 Members of the local Girl Scout Troop No. 1263, under the direction of Scout leader Marie Shimer, wrapped more than 600 gifts

on Monday at the Neighborhood Service Center. The gifts, to be distributed to local children in need by the Fulton County Services for Children agency, were purchased with funds raised by the Xi Eta Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Pennsylvania State Police troopers at the Mc- Connellsburg station were busy imitating Santa Claus on Tuesday as they began distributing gifts to deserving children in Fulton County under the Troopers’ Gifts For Kids Inc.

Nichole Fry, 12, McConnellsburg, continues to battle systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis but seems to be showing some improvement. She still makes periodic visits to a specialist at Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital whenever the fever and rashes from the disease flairup.

Members of McConnellsburg United Methodist Church presented a live nativity Sunday night in conjuction with their annual Christmas cantata.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Stahle of Warfordsburg on December 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Guyer of Hustontown on December 13.

Deaths: Louis Madden, Three Springs; Robert Seville, Johnstown; Maurice Deneen, Hancock; Alta Sprowl, Wells Tannery; George Newman, Huntingdon; Dorothy Woodal Hann Dissinger, Lancaster; Percy Fetters, Hustontown; Dean Montague, Neelyton.

Specials at the IGA: chicken noodle soup, 5 for $2; large-size cauliflower, $1.29; Hawaiian Punch, 79 cents.

Army Sgt. William Feagley has arrived for duty in Borger, Texas. He is the son of Beverly and Chester Feagley of Big Cove Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 20, 1979 ’79 Mourners filled Siloam United Methodist Church and overflowed to the church grounds on Sunday to pay their respects at

the double funeral of a well-liked young couple who had planned to be wed this Saturday. Rodney Strait, 20, Harrisonville, and his fiancee, 17-year-old Martha Peck of McConnellsburg, were killed instantly last Thursday when the car in which they were travelling was hit head-on by a tractor-trailer truck loaded with steel culvert pipe. The car was westbound on Route 30, three miles west of St. Thomas, just east of Mt. Parnell Restaurant, when it crossed the centerline and was struck by the eastbound tractor trailer rig while attempting to return to the westbound lane.

James Blevins was selected to become high school principal at a meeting of Central Fulton School Board last Tuesday.

Specials at the IGA: Gold Medal flour, 79 cents, 5-lb.; turkeys, 69 cents lb.; Filbert’s margarine, 2 for $1; Sunkist navel oranges, 8 for 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Diehl of Warfordsburg on December 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cromwell of Three Springs on December 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold McMullen of Fort Littleton on December 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Snyder of Three Springs on December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Esta Fleck of Three Springs on December 11.

The marriage of Delma Mae Burns and Glenn R. Scott took place on November 30 at Pleasant Ridge Nazarene Church, Needmore. The bride is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. W.V. Burns of Needmore and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peppel, Warfordsburg.

Marriage licenses: Michael C. Bradnick, Shade Gap, and Dorothy Mae Waters, Burnt Cabins; David A. Donelson, Newville, and Rhonda S. Diak, Waterfall; Randall M. Clever, McConnellsburg, and Diane K. Johnson, Mc- Connellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 1, 1970 ’70 Everyone is sick of the snow, especially those living in the Clear Ridge and Center areas, which appeared harder hit than anywhere

else in the county. The roof of the barn at the Lemuel Hill farm at Knobsville collapsed on Friday evening, just a few minutes after the family had completed the milking chores and had left the building. None of the 40 or more head of cattle in the barn was injured, but hay stored in the building was made useless and some machinery was damaged. The cave-in, caused by the heavy snow and high winds, pushed out the north and west sides of the building. No estimate of the damage was immediately available but in all probability will run into the thousands of dollars.

Specials at the IGA: Libby’s sauerkraut, 25 cents, 1- lb. can; pork roast, 49 cents lb; IGA potato chips, 39 cents; Kraft Swiss cheese, 49 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Holland of Shade Gap on December 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Monte Rasp of McConnellsburg on December 26.

Deaths: Bruce Garland, Knobsville; W.C. Berkstresser, McConnellsburg; Gwendoline Lenora Barton Schindel, Crystal Spring; Pearl S. Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Josephine G. Mosten, Chambersburg.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pittman of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Patti Jane, to Sgt. Duane L. Ramsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Ramsey of Harrisonville. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gelsinger of Chambersburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tawny Marie, to Norman Richard Rhodes, son of Mrs. Margaret Rhodes of Mc- Connellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 7, 1960 ’60 The following county officials were sworn into office by Marlin Shimer, prothonotary, on Monday: Fred S. Fisher, sheriff; Donald

“Pete” Culler, deputy sheriff; Humphrey W. Yaukey, treasurer; Earl Sipes, Wayne Mellott and Brinton C. Wright, county commissioners; Bruce Mellott and John Brady, county auditors (a third auditor will be appointed by Judge W.C. Sheely on Monday, at which time the new associate judge, Bruce Paylor, will be sworn into office). Ten justices of the peace from various parts of the county were also sworn in.

The Fulton County Farmers Association was represented at a regional meeting at Dillsburg on December 22 by Earl Gordon, president; Charles Walker, director; and Robert Kendall, membership chairman.

Lynn Duvall, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Duvall of Robertsdale, is a patient in the Medical Center in critical condition with a gunshot wound of the shoulder, which he received in a hunting accident on Saturday when his 16-year-old cousin’s gun discharged accidentally. He underwent a five-hour-long surgery to remove the shot and set the splintered bone, and further extensive surgery will be necessary when his condition improves.

Jack Kelso, local dealer for the Waynesboro Marble and Granite Co., has won a three-day trip to New York for him and his wife from the company.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Merrill announce the birth of a son, Robert Clay, on December 26 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Four separate Bedford County groups have adopted resolutions endorsing a cost-sharing plan for the maintenance of more than 100 lights to be installed at the huge cloverleaf interchange that will be constructed at Breezewood in the near future. The cloverleaf is an $11 million federal and state highway project and will tie in Route 126 and Route 30 with the turnpike interchange. The cost of power for the lights is expected to cost $4,000 annually.

There were 166 accidents in the county last year in which three people were killed and 112 injured.

Merrill Kerlin, local district attorney, will speak on the necessity for industrial expansion in the county at the meeting of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce on January 7.

“It’s the skills and the pills – not the meat and the heat” which account for the rising cost of hospital care, according to an analysis released by the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania.

In the annual report county agent H.P. Kies and Charles Lutz estimate that 730 farm families and 110 town families were helped by the extension program during 1959, and 9,465 people attended 320 meetings during the year.

The first baby born at the Medical Center in 1960 was a son to Mr. and Mrs Robert C. Harebrode of Mc- Connellsburg on January 6.

Billy Ward, a 13-year Army veteran, is presently an instructor at West Point. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Ward of Amaranth.

Mrs. Elizabeth Trout Mayes, formerly of Mc- Connellsburg, died on Friday at the Elizabethtown Masonic Home.

Miss Nancy Taylor is hospitalized with a bronchial infection at the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia where she is a student nurse.

The annual Christmas dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swope of Lincoln Way East with 29 family members present.

In the Chambersburg Livestock Market quotations, steers are selling from $23 to $24; top heifers, $22.50 heavy bulls, $23.70; top cows, $18; lambs good to choice, $19 to $21.50; pigs from $5 to $8 a head.

Dr. Richard Hoover, son of Mrs. Dott Hoover of Hustontown, was married in New York on December 21.

Benjamin F. Cline of Knobsville fell and broke his hip on December 26 and passed away on Tuesday at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mellott of Needmore on December 28.

Deaths: Richard Lee Miller Wooster, Ohio; Mrs. Leona Carberry of Riddlesburg, Pa.; William Funk, Republica, Ohio; newly born twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strait of Florida.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 5, 1950 ’50 The little town of Hyndman in Bedford County, which was hit by a $750,000 Christmas fire which levelled three blocks in the

business section of the town, has begun the monumental task of rebuilding, looking toward a “bigger, better Hyndman” in the future. Because of the fire, 63 persons in 28 families were made homeless and 20 business places were destroyed.

Births: a son, Thomas Whitman, to Mr. and Mrs. William W. Nace of Oakland, Md., on December 15; a daughter, Margo Elaine, to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Winter of McConnellsburg on January 1.

John Elwood Appleby and Faye Louise Daniels were married December 31.

The first baby of the year at Chambersburg Maternity Home was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cline of Webster Mills. The first baby at Chambersburg Hospital was a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Reath of Shippensburg.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Maxine Sharpe to James A. Penicie.

Pfc. Carl W. Gluck and Doris Wright were married on December 29.

Local fireman are planning a new firehall in town and negotiations have been started with Walter Hershey for the purchase of a lot on Lincoln Way East

Deaths: Cleveland J. Hendershot of Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Lucy Henry of Clear Ridge; Mrs. Jessie Manetta Truax Yeakle of Thompson Township.

Gilbert Cook is a patient in Altoona Hospital where his right arm was amputated.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 4, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Lewis J. Keefer of Timber Ridge; Mrs. Sallie Taggert Freeman of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Ira Diehl of Needmore was admitted to Everett Hospital last week for treatment of severe burns of the head, face and hands.

Pvt. Frederick J. Sutton, age 24, a member of the local detail of the Pennsylvania Motor Police, died at Chambersburg Hospital on January 3, about two hours after being admitted to the hospital suffering from the effects of a bullet wound of the abdomen, inflicted by a local citizen. Trooper Sutton, assisting Constable R.B. Regi in serving a warrant on the local man on a bad check charge, went to the West End Restaurant where the man was eating. Sutton asked him to step outside the restaurant to discuss the charge and shortly thereafter Sutton was shot through the stomach. Immediately after the shooting, the local man fled from the scene and, as the News went to press, had not been apprehended. All local officers, game wardens, fish wardens, etc., are aiding in the intensive manhunt, assisted by all available state police from Bedford, Chambersburg, Huntingdon, Gettysburg and Harrisburg. Lt. Norman E. Anich of the Criminal and Intelligence division in Harrisburg is personally supervising the manhunt.

The local Lions Club, sponsors of the contest which made McConnellsburg a place of outstanding beauty this year, has awarded prizes to the following in its Christmas lighting contest: Kenneth P. Glazier, first; Russell Glazier, second; A.W. Grissinger, third; Matthew Lewis, fourth; and Charles Reeder, fifth.

Death: Harry Wakefield of McConnellstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Mellott of Webster Mills celebrated their 52nd anniversary on December 24.

Fulton County’s new official family took up its active duties on Tuesday morning, as follows: “Gene” Chesnut, treasurer; Porter Duvall, sheriff; Ralph Berkstresser, J.S. Alexander and Cyrus F. Wagner, commissioners; Retha M. Glazier, W. Webster Mellott and Harry L. Divel, auditors; John W. Mentzer, district attorney; Dr. MacKinlay, coroner; and Ira B. Lake, surveyor.

Marriage licenses issued at the county courthouse during 1939 set a new record. A total of 150 licenses were issued, comparing with 81 for 1938 and 67 for 1937.

John C. Lane and Esther M. Brake were married December 30.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Shives of Cito was buried in Union Cemetery Monday morning.

William E. Wakefield and Martha Enyeart were married on Saturday.

George E. Sipes and Melise E. Layton were married December 24.

Rev. Paul E. Meyers and Thelma I. Deshong were wed December 24.

Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Taylor of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Nancy Lee, on December 28.

Miss Martha Duvall of Wells Tannery left this week for Chicago to resume her studies at the Moody Bible Institute.

Deaths: Marian Cornelius of Saltillo; Mrs. Ella (Baker) Harrington of Arborville, Neb.; Emphriam Neuder of Robertsdale.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 2, 1930 ’30 Deaths: John Washington Hann of near Everett, a veteran of the Civil War; Mrs. Mary Virginia Eader Mellott of Palmyra;

Daniel Welker Cromer of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Malinda Alice Sipes Rupe of near Petersburg, Huntingdon County; Miss Kate Ranck of near Hancock; Isaac Jackson Grove of near Everett; Mrs. Paul Fleck of near Pogue.

Recent weddings: Leonard L. Schultz and Nellie P. Ritz on December 25; Samuel Wilson Clippinger and Ada May Barnett on December 25; Russell D. Mellott and Maria Strait on December 16; A.D. Swope and Rosa Daniels on December 2; Philip G. Ranck and Thelma Wink on December 24; Earl B. Fritz and Bessie M. Oliver on December 30; Richard Martz and Beulah M. Mellott on December 25; Paul Erb and Hazel Hauman on December 25.

Rev. J. Cal Garland became very ill last week while visiting at the home of his sister, Mrs. Reuben Sipes, near Harrisonville. His physician diagnosed the ailment as uremic poisoning.

People around Northcraft were warned not to be alarmed

they hear strange noises. It’s just Ralph Smith practicing on his new parlor organ.

Roy Hoopengardner of Buck Valley is suffering from a fracturedwristwhich he received in

job in Deneen’s Gap.

The new daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fields of Clear Ridge has been named Joanna Maye.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Glazier of Mc- Connellsburg on December 22 in Chambersburg Hospital.

Roy M. Kendall has sold his farm in Ayr Township, the former James G. Nelson place, to Sanner E. Ray of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Lewis Largent, with her youngest child in her arms, was knocked down by a car on Mon- day night. She received a cut on the back of the head and is suffering from shock. The child was uninjured.

Burgess W.H. Nesbitt has turned over the borough books to his successor, C.B. Stevens.

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