2009-12-31 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton Co. Historical Society and features a Happy New Year postcard postmarked December 25, 1909 from Webster Mills. It is addressed to Miss Ethel Kendall, McConnellsburg, Pa., with a greeting on the back which reads, “Best wishes for a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Signed, T.G.D. This week’s Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton Co. Historical Society and features a Happy New Year postcard postmarked December 25, 1909 from Webster Mills. It is addressed to Miss Ethel Kendall, McConnellsburg, Pa., with a greeting on the back which reads, “Best wishes for a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Signed, T.G.D. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 28, 1989 ’89 A 27-year-old Needmore man was killed in a two-vehicle accident December 21, on an exit ramp of Interstate 81 near Hagerstown.

Police said Thomas Lee Moore was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the accident on the exit ramp of I-81 near Hagerstown.

Fulton Chamber of Commerce officers Clyde Bookheimer and Dan Waltz presented a check for $3,810 to Fulton County Medical Center board President Phil Prager. The amount represents funds raised by the chamber at their annual auction held in conjunction with that organization’s Christmas party. The donation is to be used by the Medical Center for their Renovate A Room project and it is estimated that two rooms can be renovated with the donation.

McConnellsburg High School kicked off its 10th annual Yule King and Queen contest. The winning couple was Doug Kerlin and Laura Mason, who collected $1,470.45. This was also a new record for a couple.

Hazel Hiles of Berkeley Springs announces the engagement of her granddaughter, Heidi Hiles, to William Schoentube.

Tom and Louise Strait of Warfordsburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Wendy, to Todd Ritz, son of John and Hope Ritz of Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Crouse of McConnellsburg on December 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Ramsey of McConnellsburg on December 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harr of Warfordsburg on December 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Schooley of Fort Littleton on December 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nick Swope of McConnellsburg on December 18.

Deaths: John Seville, Orbisonia; Thomas Moore, Needmore; Emma Henry, Washington; Hulda Price, Fannettsburg; John Crider, Chambersburg; Willard Hann, Needmore; Paul Gordon, McConnellsburg; Pauline Rinard, Hancock; Lester Hershey, Mc- Connellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 27, 1979 ’79 A Rockhill Furnace man, Robert Lee Varner, 45, was instantly killed last Friday afternoon in a one-car crash on Cowans Gap

Road, three miles south of Burnt Cabins. Varner’s death, the seventh traffic fatality in Fulton County this year, was due to a fractured neck and crushed chest

Fulton County will be losing an energy resource with the coming new year. The resource is energy technician John Kiefer, who has spent the last year working with local citizens to help Fulton County become independent of the sometimes capricious and ever-more expensive suppliers of fuel.

Paul Lininger, long time “News” employee, who has twice been operated on for a broken hip suffered several months ago, again underwent surgery at the Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, on Saturday. He had been taking therapy at the Mechanicsburg Rehabilitation Center when the last two operations became necessary.

Deaths: David W. French, Harrisonville, eight-monthold son of Michael and Cathy French; Hughy J. Trail, Warfordsburg; Clarence Sowers, Needmore; Boyd W. Wigfield, Everett; Gladys Fetters, Cumberland, Md.

Specials at the IGA: Banquet chicken, $1.89, 2 lbs.; Esskay franks, $1.29; Scot towels, 59 cents big roll.

Marvin Mellott and Kenneth C. Deshong have been unsuccessful bear hunters for the past 27 years but on Monday proudly came home from yet another shot at bear hunting with their quarry. Both men got the 175- pound bruin in their sights on Monday morning while hunting in Centre County and owned him with a shot each. It took over four hours to get their weighty trophy out of the woods, eventually having to tie it to a pole and carry it uphill for four hours in the bitter cold weather. Other countians lucky enough to get their bear on the one-day season on Monday included Lee Musselman, McConnellsburg, and Mark Covalt, Needmore.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Straley of St. Thomas on December 14; son to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Fix of Mercersburg on December 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clayton W. Mc- Carty of Hancock on December 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Bair of Willow Hill on December 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Souders of Hustontown on December 18.

Marriage licenses: Andrew Karl Horton, Mc- Connellsburg, and Michele Ann Kendall, McConnellsburg; Terry Mellott, Three Springs, and Diane Johnston, Waterfall; John William Henry Mumma, Fort Littleton, and Mary Ellen Menson, Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 8, 1970 ’70 Pictured in this issue is Robert S. House, Hustontown funeral director, with members of the Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co.

beside the ambulance which he recently donated to the company for emergency use. The generous donation will make it possible for the company to provide ambulance service for Dublin, Taylor, Wells and parts of Licking Creek Township.

Esta Gray, recorder of births and deaths for Fulton County, recorded 99 deaths and 238 births for the county during 1969.

Attorney Albert Foster suffered “grievous bodily harm” on New Year’s Day in a sledding mishap on his farm in Todd Township. Skidding across the snow on his face didn’t improve his looks a bit – and he’s been taking a lot of kidding over the incident.

Regulars at Mclaughlin’s Drug Store and friends of the owner, Helen McLaughlin, are expressing their sympathy at the double loss of her husband and her father in the space of a few weeks.

Recent engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Plessinger of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Jean, to Andrew N. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Smith of Warfordsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Strait of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Carol Sue, to Melvin E. Everetts Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin E. Everetts Sr. of McConnellsburg. Mrs. Dorothy Mumma of Fort Littleton announces the engagement of her daughter, Donna Lee, to Marvin Keller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Keller of Landisburg. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lester of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Theresa Jane, to James Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Miller of Everett.

Deaths: Hubert Lane, Three Springs; Mabel Nesbit, McConnellsburg; W.C. Berkstresser, McConnellsburg; Clarence Lamberson, Three Springs; Harry Ott, Mc- Connellsburg; Evelyn McDermott, Baltimore; Bruce Garland, Knobsville.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin A. Wills of Hancock on December 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Cline of Shippensburg on December 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Schooley of Greencastle on December 29.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 14, 1960 ’60 Congressman Richard M. Simpson, 59, died on Thursday, January 7, at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center and was buried in the

Riverview Cemetery at Huntingdon. He had represented the 8th District since 1937 and for two years prior to his election to Congress had served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Vice President Richard M. Nixon attended funeral services held on Friday in Washington, D.C. On Monday, a group of prominent congressmen, senators and other public officials were given a police escort from McConnellsburg to Shade Gap en route to Huntingdon to attend the funeral of Congressman Simpson.

Marl H. Garlock Jr., McConnellsburg, enlisted in the U.S. Navy last week and was sent to the Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif., to begin basic training.

New borough council members Parker Crouse, William Shaffer, Lester Carmack and E.W. Pyles were sworn in by Burgess Max Stenger at a meeting on January 5. Other council members are Harry Grissinger, Charles Waters and Kenneth Reeder. E.W. Pyles was elected president.

The McConnellsburg Post Office handled a record 76,386 pieces of outgoing mail during the Christmas season. No figures are kept on incoming mail.

The Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s accomplishments for the past year included providing more public parking and the numbering of houses in the borough, a prerequisite to obtaining door-to-door mail delivery.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner reports that the accident rate on the super highway in 1959 was the lowest in its 20-year history, with 90.8 accidents for every 100 million miles of travel. There were 78 persons killed on the 470-mile toll highway compared to 80 in 1958.

A balance of $917,094 left in the 1957 appropriation for state-aided hospitals was divided between 137 hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Fulton County Medical Center was allocated $1,854.

The Fulton County Chapter of the March of Dimes announces that the chapter funds are completely exhausted and that funds are needed for financial assistance for four cases of polio, which developed in late 1959, according to chapter Treasurer H. Lyle Duffey.

McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. responded to 73 fire alarms which caused $34,700 in damage during 1959. The firemen also organized searches three times for people reported lost in the woods, including the search last July for 3-year-old Danny Fischer of Crystal Spring.

William Glunt Oakman of Boston, Mass., was visiting relatives and friends here over the weekend. He has been serving with the U.S. Navy for the past 18 years and is looking forward to completing 20 years.

Mrs. C.M. Harness, 90, Bartow, Fla., died on Sunday. She was the paternal grandmother of George and Jerry Harness of McConnellsburg.

Local attorney Albert Foster returned to his home on Saturday after being a patient for the past month in Chambersburg Hospital.

Army Pfc. John K. Gordon, 23, of McConnellsburg, recently participated with the 50th Infantry in Operation Christmas Cheer in Wildfleckern, Germany.

The junior class of McConnellsburg High will hold a Hobo Dance on January 16. Ken Roberts of WCST, Berkeley Springs, will be the disc jockey.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Miller, Fort Littleton, on January 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Younker, Hancock, on January 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Hoffman, Orbisonia, on January 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Lynch, Big Cove Tannery, on January 10.

Gerald Dawson, Williamsburg, Pa., and Ella Mae Mill of Warfordsburg were married in Hagerstown on January 7.

Kenneth Strait and Lunda Williams of Needmore were married last Sunday. Duffey Mellott took pictures of the wedding.

Mrs. Lydia Shank of Amaranth has had a telephone installed in her home where she and her sister, Mrs. Mary Davis, live together.

A group of ladies of the Burnt Cabins Methodist Church have been meeting at the home of Mrs. Merrill Brown where they have been making a quilt for one of the beds in the parsonage.

Mr. and Mrs. Morrow Johnston announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Ann, to Raymond Kirk Cover of Big Cove Tannery.

Deaths: Searl F. Grove, Juniata; Thomas C. Jenkins, McConnellsburg; Rev. John A. Herritt, Catawissa; Mrs. Elizabeth Trout Mayes, McConnellsburg; Enos M. Cook, Williamsburg.

Bids will be received until February 6 for the sale of the North United Presbyterian Church building and lot and the South United Presbyterian Church building and lot, both located in McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 12, 1950 ’50 Orben L. Hebner of Buck Valley began his duties as Fulton’s newest associate judge by presiding at court on Monday with Judge

W.C. Sheely and S.L. Simpson, Fulton’s other associate judge. The retiring associate judge was Paul S. Shimer of McConnellsburg.

The shareholders of The Fulton County National Bank voted on Tuesday to increase the bank’s capital stock from $50,000 to $100,000, thus doubling the strength of this old banking institution, which was founded in 1887.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Mellott of Needmore on January 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Noble Peck of McConnellsburg on January 9; a son to Rev. and Mrs. G. Loren Jones of McConnellsburg on January 10.

Dr. and Mrs. J.J. Palmer of Needmore will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on January 15.

Ten Fulton Countians are now members of the Quarter Century Highway Club of District 0, having worked for the Department of Highways for 25 years. They are D.C. Ensley, John Naugle, John Pittman, Earl Maden, Robert Dickson, John Black, J. Beaver Fraker, Clifford Helman, Russell Horton, Walter Shaw and Ross Smith.

Harold Walker, 33, of McConnellsburg, is a patient in the Chambersburg Hospital with a possible fractured skull and other injuries he received when he lost control of his Mercury station wagon early Monday morning and hit a pole.

Deaths: Harry O. Wible of Huntingdon; Mrs. Mary Johnston Kendall of Mercersburg; Mrs. Norman L. Mc- Clain of Huntingdon; Herman Eugene Swope; Thelma Anna Swope.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of January 11, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs.Lydia Hess Bernhard of Dott; Mrs. Martha Jane Higgins of Broad Top City; James Herbert Christian Sr. of Detroit,

Mich.; Henry W. Cooper of Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Amanda Palmer Spangler of Everett; Frank Skiles of near Harrisonville; Mrs. Florence Robinson Sappington of Brownsville, Texas.

Appearing in court last week, Leonard S. Dress pleaded guilty to a charge of shooting a human in mistake for game. He was sentenced to pay $750 for the use of Silas Mellott’s family, serve two years in the county jail, pay the costs and not do any hunting or trapping for a period of 10 years.

Harry M. Elvey was re-elected president of the borough council at its reorganization meeting in the firehall on January 8. At the same meeting, the four newlyelected members: P.B. Foreman, C.M. Bender, Roy Gordon and Harry L. Ott were sworn into office.

Captured in a barn 12 miles southwest of Mc- Connellsburg last Thursday night, less than 24 hours after the death of Pvt. Frederick J. Sutton of the State Motor Police, a 55-year-old Fulton County livestock dealer is being held in the county jail awaiting prosecution on a charge of murder. Frank R. Kirchner, Fulton County fish warden, and Pvt. G.R. Waganseller of the Gettysburg Motor Police made the capture at the Chester Mellott farm three miles north of Needmore. Spotted in a corner of the Mellott barn, the fugitive obeyed a command to come out with his hands up. In his right hand, he held the same pistol with which he allegedly had fired through his overcoat pocket on Wednesday night when Sutton was felled with a bullet wound in his abdomen.

At the stockholders’ meeting of The First National Bank on Tuesday of this week. H.B. Mellott was elected as a new member of the board of directors. Others on the board are P. Sipes, Merrill W. Nace, D.E. Little, Geo. S. Grissinger, A.Q. Grissinger, Harry M. Johnston, D.W. Gress and Lewis Harris.

On the same day the shareholders of The Fulton County National Bank re-elected these directors: C.R. Spangler, Walter R. Sloan, John W. Kelso, Robert G. Alexander, A. U. Nace, D.A. Washabaugh and George B. Mellott.

Three local youths have been charged with the new larceny of junk from the Highway Department quarry, south of town, and selling it to a junk dealer in Hancock. The three were arraigned before a local justice, two being committed to jail and one being released on bond.

On Monday, six Fulton County boys were enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps and were assigned to the camp at Cowans Gap. They were Wilmer James Schooley, Charles Earl Schetrompf, Carl Andrew McLucas, Herbert Clyde Hann, George Junior Glunt and Fred William Gallaher.

G.C. Fields of town received a badly bruised hip in a fall on the ice last Thursday.

Michael Bard and Elizabeth Mellott were married on December 24.

Wells Elliott Angle and Lois M. Barnett were wed on January 6.

Hayes Richards of Cito received several broken ribs in a bad fall a few days ago.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 9, 1930 ’30 The borough council reorganized on Monday evening by

electing the following officers: Lloyd Mellott, president; Wilson L. Nace, treasurer and Charles A. Lynch, secretary. New members of the council are H.U. Nace, Harry Hamil and Lewis Lynn.

Death: Ira W. Wilson of Tell Township, Huntingdon County.

Grant Wink of Hustontown, for many years a successful teacher, suffered a paralytic stroke last week.

Death: Mrs. Pauline Umbrell of Fannettsburg.

More weddings: Harry Broughton and Winifred Grace Macleod on December 4; Robert L. Harper and Dorothy Hubern on December 28; David Clem Chesnut and Vera Deshong on December 31.

The R&G Motor Co. of Mc- Connellsburg, in a full page advertisement, announces “the greatest Chevrolet in all history” for 1930. The ad says that 1,300,000 Chevrolets were sold in 1929 – and the 1930 models are even better. The price of the new cars ranges from $495 for the roadster to $675 for the sedan.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has placed all of Fulton County under a “modified quarantine for the control of bovine tuberculosis.” After January 31, it will be unlawful for any person, firm, etc., to bring any cattle into this area. There are a number of other stipulations but nothing is said about taking cattle out of the county.

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