2010-01-07 / From Days Gone By

FROM DAYS GONE BY

This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lester Schetrompf of Wilmington, Del., pictures the 1950-51 Center School students. Bottom row, left to right: Betty Ann Gasper, Richard Ward, Norma Jean Smith, Calvin Smith, Geraldine Smith, Grover Strait, Nathan Hill; row two: Chalmer Strait, Seibert Strait, Robert Ward, Ray Schetrompf, Lester Schetrompf, Alma Karns, Gerald Hendershot, Eddie Northcraft; row three: June Ward, Ganayle Fletcher, Jean Smith, Ruth Wigfield, John Schetrompf, Norma Jean Sigel, Leon Smith, Robert Schetrompf; row four: teacher Lewis Deneen, June Schetrompf, Mary Jean Ward, Elmer Ray, Roger Mellott, Herb Ward, Virginia Mae Sigel, Edna Smith. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lester Schetrompf of Wilmington, Del., pictures the 1950-51 Center School students. Bottom row, left to right: Betty Ann Gasper, Richard Ward, Norma Jean Smith, Calvin Smith, Geraldine Smith, Grover Strait, Nathan Hill; row two: Chalmer Strait, Seibert Strait, Robert Ward, Ray Schetrompf, Lester Schetrompf, Alma Karns, Gerald Hendershot, Eddie Northcraft; row three: June Ward, Ganayle Fletcher, Jean Smith, Ruth Wigfield, John Schetrompf, Norma Jean Sigel, Leon Smith, Robert Schetrompf; row four: teacher Lewis Deneen, June Schetrompf, Mary Jean Ward, Elmer Ray, Roger Mellott, Herb Ward, Virginia Mae Sigel, Edna Smith. 20 Years Ago

From The Files of January 4, 1990 ’90 Fulton County Medical Center’s New Year’s baby was born at 4:54 a.m., January 1. Ethan Jeremiah Murphy is the son of Michael and

Melanie Murphy of Clearfield, Pa., in Bedford County. He was delivered by Dr. Steven Sheppard.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hoffman of Hustontown sent a Christmas card to Ronald and Nancy Reagan and were pleased to receive a nice letter from Ronald stating how much they appreciated it and thanked them for taking the time to remember them.

Fulton County Commissioners last Wednesday, December 27, gave final approval to a 1990 county budget under which the real estate tax rate will drop from 19 mills to 10.75 mills following the countywide reassessment.

John and Pamela Ott, owners of Ott Brothers Farm and Appliance since July of 1988, have purchased the Fulton Gas and Appliance business located at 117 Lincoln Way West in McConnellsburg. The business, formerly owned and operated since 1954 by Dale Keebaugh, will be renamed Ott Brothers Furniture and Appliance beginning January 2. John’s brother, Mitchell, will be the sales manager at the business.

Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Morton of Needmore are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Dawn, to Andrew E. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mellott of Hagerstown.

Dawn Moore and Darl Moffat were united in marriage September 9 in St. Paul Lutheran Church of Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Moore of McConnellsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Moffat of Saxton.

Deaths: Sheba D. Wilt, infant daughter of Caleb and Dianna Wilt, Warfordsburg; Arthur Muth, St. Thomas.

Marriage licenses: Tony Gantz, Needmore, and Barbara Brown; William Robison Jr., McConnellsburg, and Mary Gress, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 3, 1980 ’80 William Bennett and Clifford Hixon of Amaranth explored piles of rocks last Sunday on top of Town Hill about one and a half miles

from Amaranth which, according to local lore, are Indian graves. The cairns are located around the spring which feeds Indian Grave Run. Bennett has asked the county Historical Society to investigate the site, which contains about 25 of the unusual rock piles measuring from three to six feet in diameter.

There was no white Christmas this year, in fact the weather was mild enough on Christmas Day for several of the more avid golfers to get in a few rounds at Great Cove Golf Club.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. James McKeever of Warfordsburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cathy Jean, to Michael Edward Gilpin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gilpin of Havre de Grace, Md.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Decker Jr. of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Debra Karden, to Robert D. Hixon Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hixon of Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: Blue Bonnett margarine, 2 for $1; IGA catsup, 39 cents; Stroehmann snack cakes, 4 for $1; beef liver, 99 cents lb.; slab bacon, 69 cents lb.; lean ground beef, $1.39 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. Roy Conley of Mercersburg on December 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Souders of Wells Tannery on December 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Kneas of Mc- Connellsburg on December 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gorman of Greencastle on December 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calivn Tritle of McConnellsburg on December 27.

Deaths: Omert F. Hershey, McConnellsburg; Lucy M. McKee, Needmore; Irad “Bud” Pine, Mercersburg.

Marriage licenses: Earl F. Shaffer, Hooversville, Pa., and Theresa M. Donahue, Hooversville, Pa.; Frank D. Skiles, McConnellsburg, and Lee Ann Johnson, Needmore. There were 105 marriage licenses issued at the county courthouse in 1979.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of January 15, 1970 ’70 Karen Grissinger of Hustontown and Carol A. Mellott of Needmore will graduate from the Franklin County Area Vocational Technical

School in the Practical Nursing Program at capping exercises to be held on January 16.

The new tax on cigarettes, raising the rate from 13 cents to 18 cents per pack, will become effective Thursday.

Eleven top-ranking juniors and 49 members of the senior class at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society. Included in the select list is Christopher C. Lorentz, son of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald T. Lorentz of Mc- Connellsburg. He is a senior at Yale, majoring in ethnomusicology, which is a specialized study in anthropology. “Kit” however, will follow in his father’s footsteps and study for a career in medicine.

Cornelius Community Furniture of Hancock will open a branch store in Berkeley Springs on Thursday. Items for sale will be furniture and ladies’ shoes and dresses.

Specials at the A&P: boneless round roast, 97 cents lb.; Hunt’s tomato paste, seven 6-oz. cans, $1; Jane Parker apple pies, 49 cents.

Deaths: Lewis Barnhart; William Leiter, Greencastle; Blanche Hoch, Kauffman’s Station; Mrs. Bertha Winters, Needmore; Raymond Bishop, Hancock; Chester A. Wible, founder of Wible Bottling Works of Three Springs; Albert W. Miller, Shirleysburg.

A number of local people are hospitalized at Washington County Hospital, including Mrs. Fred Lamberson, who is scheduled to undergo surgery; Mrs. Forrest Mellott, who is recuperating from bone surgery; Charles Walker, who underwent ear surgery this week; Mrs. Charles Waters, another surgical patient, and Robert E. Lodge, who is undergoing tests. A former patient, Mrs. George Deshong, is recuperating at home.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 21, 1960 ’60 An exhibit of alfalfa-grass silage entered in the Farm Show by Kenneth Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg took the highest honor being

judged first in its class in the entire state. Dennis Shaffer’s entry of alfalfa silage and Nathan Hixon’s third cutting alfalfa also won first-place awards. Many other Farm Show winners are listed in this issue.

The 1960 census of population will get under way in the county on April 1.

Fulton County enrolled 100 families (109 persons) in its recent cancer prevention study, a project of the Fulton County Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Walter R. Sloan, chairman; W. Russell Kendall, Levi P. Morton, Elwood J. Mellott, Dr. J. Frank Alexander, B. Foreman and Merrill W. Kerlin were all retained as members of the board of The Fulton County National Bank at the annual meeting on January 12.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Crist of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Leeann D. to William K. Prince of Philadelphia.

The following young men left on Wednesday for Pittsburgh for induction into the armed forces: John Edgar Helman, McConnellsburg; Morris Lyle Suders, Mc- Connellsburg; Calvin Eugene Winter, Wells Tannery; Donald Irwin Morningstar, Needmore, and Joseph Lee Headley, McConnellsburg.

Dean Johnston will be installed as commander of the American Legion Post 561 on January 22. Other officers to be installed are Leonard Crouse, vice commander; Raymond Johnston, second vice commander; Robert L. Fix, adjutant; H. Lyle Duffey, finance officer; Raymond Johnston, chaplain; Robert A. Hamil, historian; Merrill Kerlin, service officer; and John Ramsey, sergeant at-arms.

At the annual meeting of The First National Bank the following board members were retained for another year: Harry Johnston, president; Albert Foster, vice president; H. Lyle Duffey, executive vice president; Henry W. Daniels, cashier; Orville Duvall, George Grissinger, A.W. Grissinger, Lewis Harris, Paul C. Mellott and Merril W. Nace, who was named honorary board chairman.

Constance Hunsecker, McConnellsburg, has been informed that she is runner-up in the English Achievements Awards Program of the National Council of English for high school students.

The Downes motels, Fort Littleton, will honor Air Travel cards, owner Marcus Downes announces.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Clippinger, Three Springs, on January 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Deneen, Amaranth, on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Keefer, Mc- Connellsburg, on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Keefer, McConnellsburg, on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Wright, Robertsdale, on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Richards, McConnellsburg, on January 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Deshong, Harrisonville, on January 17.

Fort Littleton’s oldest resident, Mrs. Eliza Cook, marked her 89th birthday on January 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Miller, Fort Littleton, recently became the parents of their 11th child, who has been called Randall.

Lee W. Wink, 84, of Needmore, died in the Berkeley Springs Hospital last Friday. He was well known for his music lessons and piano tuning.

Mrs. Mary Hamman of Amaranth celebrated her 98th birthday at a party at her home on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. George Breakall of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a son last Thursday at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

James Chesnut of Hustontown suffered a fractured skull last Thursday when he slipped while dragging a length of pulpwood under his arm to load on a truck and it struck his forehead.

Deaths: Miss Olive Miller of Martinsburg; Mrs. Susan Mae Rose of Ebensburg.

Card parties at the firehall will start this Saturday for pinochle and 500 players. Admission is 75 cents, refreshments and prizes included.

Pvt. E-2 Gene E. Kerlin is serving with the U.S. Army in Manheim, Germany.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of January 19, 1950 ’50 Richard and Robert Duvall, sons of Ernest Duvall of Brush Creek Township, received awards at the state Farm Show last week from the Potato Growers Association for having raised more than 400 bushels of potatoes on a measured acre. Also at the Farm Show, three county boys – Glenn Gordon of McConnellsburg and John Beatty and Wayne Bard, both of Bethel Township – received the Keystone Farmer Award.

John Helman of McConnellsburg is listed in fair condition at Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from a fractured chest and fractured hip which he received last Wednesday when a tree which he and Leslie Harr were cutting fell on him.

John Comerer, Fulton County’s oldest resident, will mark his 100th birthday on Monday, January 23, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Ott, in McConnellsburg, where he makes his home.

Jno. P. Sipes, veteran McConnellsburg attorney, will mark his 93rd birthday on Wednesday, January 25.

Rex Maurice Sipes was killed last Friday when a mule he was riding became frightened, ran away, threw him off, dragged him some distance and then stepped on his chest.

Francis Marion Taylor, last of the pioneer highway surveyors of McConnellsburg, died at his home here on January 12.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg on January 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shotts of Laidig on January 17.

Eston Paylor, who had been a patient in Chambersburg Hospital since December 22 when he was seriously burned by a high tension wire, underwent an operation on Saturday for the removal of three middle toes from his right foot and skin grafts to his burned leg. Another skin graft on his burned left hand remains to be done.

Gordon S. Williams and Dorothy Laverne Wible were married on October 26.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 18, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Lawrence Lynn of Six Mile Run; Mrs. John Barmont of Chambersburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Cohick Hess of Coalmont.

The Fulton County Fish and Game Protective Association advertises that feed is available at Don’s Tire and Battery Shop for all sportsmen wishing to feed game and birds during the winter months.

The first of seven tunnels on the super highway between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh will be completely bored through by Saturday, the State Turnpike Commission has announced. Workmen “holing through” from opposite ends are expected to meet on Saturday in the center of Rays Hill Tunnel, in the western part of Fulton County. This tunnel, the shortest of the seven, is approximately 3,500 feet long. Working in three 8-hour shifts, truckers and blasters have progressed about 30 feet a day since starting on this tunnel last June. Use of the tunnel will save motorists a 548-foot climb over the mountain at this point. After the workmen meet, the tunnel will be lined and a ventilation building will be installed to house fans and motors that will supply fresh air.

W.C. Wakefield has been named president of Everett chapter of the Izaak Walter League of America.

According to the annual report of the local state police, automobile patrols last year totalled 70,676 miles, 3,606 vehicles were stopped; 102 accidents were investigated; there were 34 criminal investigations; 190 arrests were made; and 170 persons were convicted.

George Weaver and Louise Johnson were married January 13.

Relatives of Mrs. W.J. Moore of Sharpsburg, a former Fulton Countian, gathered at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Henninger of Aspinwall, on January 3 to honor Mrs. Moore on her 80th birthday. Mrs. Moore is the former Susie Hull of Mc- Connellsburg, a sister of Mrs. D.A. Nelson.

On Saturday, Officer Norman Runyan and two members of the local state police were called to the Fulton House to investigate the looting of the cash register in the grill. The bartender stated that, when he went to another part of the building, someone took $5 from the register. Only two men were in the grill at the time, and they were traced to the Nesbit Hotel where one admitted taking the money. A Mount Carmel man, he is now in jail in default of $500 bail.

Mrs. Nettie Winegardner, who has been visiting with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields, suffered a light stroke on Saturday of last week.

Mrs. S.G. Lashley was admitted to Waynesboro Hospital on Saturday morning for observation.

Mrs. Morrow Kirk of North Second Street is reported in severe condition after suffering a stroke on Monday morning.

Mrs. George Morton Jr. was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday where she un- derwent an operation for appendicitis.

Jean Kendall has retuned to the home of her parents at Webster Mills after an appendicitis operation at Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Moyer of Washington, D.C., announced the birth of a son last Sunday morning. Mrs. Moyer is the former Juliet Nace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Nace.

Rolla Laidig of Hustontown, who had the misfortune of running a pick through his foot while working on a road job, is getting along as well as can be expected.

Mrs. Dorothy Barton, Hustontown, is employed at Penn Hall.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Louchberry of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of their first child, a daughter, born on January 8.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 16, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Mrs. Jeanette Henry of Clear Ridge; John

William Mellott of Johnstown; Ida Arlene Helman of Knobsville.

Billy Mentzer of Burnt Cabins has received word that his aunt, Mrs. Samuel Miller of Cherryvale, Kan., passed away last Monday.

J. Charles Fore, elected this past November, sat in court as an associate judge for the first time on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Archie L. Wicks and Delcie E. Charlton were married January 8.

Jacob Marshall Rexroth and Margaret Irene Souders were married on January 8.

Grant Wink of Hustontown, veteran school teacher, is gradually improving after a stroke of paralysis.

Mrs. Gervaise Schenck has resigned as a teacher of No. 1 primary school at Wells Tannery. The vacancy is being filled by Mrs. Malcolm Alloway.

“Rankin Hollenshead is seen travelling toward Webster Seville’s quite frequently. What’s the attraction Rankin?”

Death: George Washington Potts of near Chaneysville.

Frank C. Strait marked his 30th birthday on Saturday.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vores of McConnellsburg on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Mc- Cartney of Fort Littleton on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. U.B. Keefer of Big Cove Tannery on January 3.

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