2010-01-14 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files of January 11, 1990 ’90 McConnellsburg firefighters were called to rescue a hang glider stuck in a Tuscarora treetop late Saturday afternoon. The 34-

year-old Maryland woman had taken off from the summit on U.S. 30, hit an antenna, which flipped her and the glider into the treetop about 50 feet above the ground. The lucky glider narrowly missed landing in high-tension electrical wires.

As the mercury goes up and down, Monday’s rather unexpected snowfall reminded us that winter is still very much upon us. Areas of the county reported between 2-4 inches of the heavy, wet stuff, just enough to cause problems for motorists.

Congressman Bud Shuster praised President Bush’s actions in Panama and commented on the recent events in Eastern Europe while addressing the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce last Thursday at the American Legion. Local state representatives Dick Hess and Patrick Fleagle also attended the luncheon.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Barnhart of Needmore are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Lynne, to Donald Lee Munson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Gardner of Warfordsburg. Robert and Jean Hess of Fort Littleton are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Ann Hess, to Joey Lynn Helser, son of Harry and Janet Helser of Fort Littleton. Gene and Harriett Keefer of Big Cove Tannery announce the engagement of their daughter, Wendy, to Sidney Hoover, son of Clark and Dixie Hoover of Fort Loudon. Mr. and Mrs. Barry Mellott of Hustontown wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tracy Mellott, to Fred Black Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Black Sr.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Seachrist of Shade Gap on January 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy of Clearville on January 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Ray of Hancock on January 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Milsaps of Mercersburg on December 25.

Deaths: Rose Smith, Detour, Md.; Dorothy Secrest, Rock Tavern, N.Y.; William Mowry Sr., Shelby, N.C.; Mildred Yeager, Carlisle; Rex Wright, Hershey; Michael Rosenberry, Dublin Township.

Jeanne Hollenshead and Timothy Leedy were united in marriage October 28 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Nazarene, Harrisonville. Parents of the couple are Frank and Carolyn Hollenshead, Needmore, and Kenneth and Shelby Leedy of Chambersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 10, 1980 ’80 Two newborn sons were the first babies of the new year at Fulton County Medical Center last week, but only one of the boys

was born at the hospital. Jeremy Lynn Sharar was born in the ambulance in Mercersburg while on the way to the Medical Center on January 2. His parents are Alicia and Merle Sharar of Mercersburg. Fulton County’s first newborn of 1980 was Bradley Scott Younker, born at 12:07 a.m. on January 4 to Melanie and Arnold Younker of Big Cove Tannery.

Melinda Marie Miller, 20 months old, daughter of Larry E. and Teresa E. Miller of Berkeley Springs, was found dead of exposure at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, a short distance from the home of her grandparents in Hancock, where she and her parents were staying. Hancock police said the child was found by two 13-year-old boys outside a rear door to the Assembly of God Church. The parents told police that she had been brought indoors after playing in the snow on Friday night, had fallen asleep and had been put to bed. She awakened at 2:00 a.m. and was fed and put back to bed. Apparently sometime later she awoke and went outside to play in the snow again and couldn’t get back in. The front door of the home was broken and couldn’t be locked. The child was able to push it open but a spring on the door would have prevented her from pulling it open from the outside.

Rev. David R. Hoover, pastor of the McConnellsburg charge of the Lutheran Church, is listed in satisfactory condition following a heart attack on Saturday morning while a patient in Washington County Hospital.

Attorney Stanley Kerlin was admitted to the Fulton County Bar on Tuesday by Judge Eppinger. The younger Kerlin joins his father, attorney Merrill W. Kerlin of North First Street, McConnellsburg, in what is probably the first father/son practice in the county. Merrill Kerlin was also sworn in Monday as Fulton County district attorney.

Specials at the IGA: round steak, $1.99 lb.; Del Monte green beans, 3 lbs. for $1; Robin Hood flour, 89 cents, 5 lbs.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “The Amityville Horror.” Playing at the Reality Theatre: “Skatetown USA.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merle I. Sharar of Mercersburg on January 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Younker of Big Cove Tannery on January 4.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the setting for the wedding ceremony of Debbie Elaine Hendershot and David Russell Crouse on November 3. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Glenn D. Hendershot, Warfordsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard M. Crouse, Needmore.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Anderson of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Lee, to Terre O. Buterbaugh of Mercersburg.

Deaths: Mack D. Helman, Harrisonville; Jeannette Gordon, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Helen Long, Hustontown; Theodore W. McConaughey, Mapleton Depot; Jamie J. Gumbert, Granville; J. Ralph Gutshall, Chambersburg; Marjorie V. Neville, Broad Top; Mary S. Ray, Artemas; George A. Golden, St. Thomas; H. Earl Garlock Everett; Faye Barnhart, New Castle; Clarence E. Bigler, Chambersburg; Jennifer Mellott, Chambersburg.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Evan Hoffman of Mc- Connellsburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cindy, to Ronald Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Mellott of Needmore. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Zeger of Harrisonville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carol Ann, to Franklin B. DeShong, grandson of Mrs. Madeline DeShong of Harrisonville.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 22, 1970 ’70 Dale “Toad” McQuade was honored by his fellow firemen at the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company’s annual banquet last

Wednesday night by being named “Fireman of the Year.” “Toadie,” as he is popularly known, has shown a lifelong interest in the fire company from the time he was able to pedal his bike from his parental home on South Second Street to the firehall every time the siren sounded to the time he was accepted for membership as the youngest fireman 13 years ago to the present time.

Despite the bad weather and poor health conditions generally in the county, the Red Cross bloodmobile was able to collect 68 pints of the 85-pint quota which had been set for its visit to McConnellsburg last Wednesday.

Public recognition was given to four men at the Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s annual award meeting on Tuesday night of this week. The “Man of the Year” award was presented to Robert C. Snyder, local insurance agent. D.A. Washabaugh III, partner with his father in Fulton Motor Sales Inc., was the second lifelong resident to be publicly recognized. Andy was presented the “Outstanding Citizen” plaque. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to William Waters, former manager of the Sagner plant, and Ralph Stouffer, United Telephone employee. Both men, while located in Fulton County, have given unstingily of their time and effort by serving as officers and on committees for various civic projects.

Paul Douglas Schmidt of Oxen Hill, Md., and Susan Elaine Frehn of Orbisonia applied for a marriage license last week.

Mrs. Dorothy Browne will leave Harrisburg Airport for San Francisco on January 23 on a cruise to the South Sea Islands, New Zealand and Australia, sailing on the SS Mariposa on January 25.

Carl and Doris Jarrett recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Carol A. Mellott of Needmore, one of the 34 members of the graduating class of the Franklin County Area Vocational Technical School Practical Nursing Program, was honored at the capping ceremonies last Friday evening by being named the winner of the achievement award with an average of 92 percent.

Men in Service: Pvt. Douglas M. Martz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martz, McConnellsburg, completed his basic training at Parris Island, S.C., on December 22. Marine Sgt. David A. Knepper, husband of the former Gayle E. Carbaugh of McConnellsburg, was promoted to his present rank during ceremonies at Marine Barracks, Naval Base, Philadelphia. U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant William D. Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Peck of McConnellsburg, has been decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal at Kent Air Force Base in Colorado.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clingerman of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara Ann, to Gary Lynn Fischer, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Fischer Jr. of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: W. Blair Garland, McConnellsburg; Lewis Barnhart, McConnellsburg; Milburn Sloan, Pittsburgh; Lauren C. Murray, Warfordsburg; Lewis E. Gordon, Big Cove Tannery; Frederick W. Funk, McConnellsburg; Jane Cowan Bricker, Fannettsburg; Sadie M. Fix, Cove Gap.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. McQuade, Big Cove Tannery, on January 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keefer, Mc- Connellsburg, on January 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Seville, McConnellsburg, on January 11.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 28, 1960 ’60 State Senator Douglas H. Elliott of Chambersburg is the Republican nominee who will seek election for the remainder of the

late Congressman Richard Simpson’s term. Representing the 18th Congressional District, he will be opposed by Robert M. Meyers, Lewistown Democrat.

Surplus food distribution in Bedford and Fulton counties during 1959 amounted to 1,137,470 pounds, with a retail value of $213,929.80. In Fulton County, 2,000 persons were registered as eligible to receive the surplus food. Cost of distributing the food in the county came to $4,000, while Bedford spent $20,000 for this purpose.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnston entertained the directors of The First National Bank and their wives at a buffet dinner last Wednesday.

Business conditions in the Franklin-Fulton County area, as reflected by employment, are better than in the past several years, according to the Bureau of Employment Security. There was an increase of 32 percent over 1958, and claims for unemployment compensation dropped from 121,441 in 1958 to 90,070 in 1959.

As a money making project a quilt has been put into frames and placed in the meeting room at the Medical Center. Members and friends of the auxiliary are asked to drop by and add a few stitches toward its completion.

The Fulton County Bank reported a 14 percent increase in total assets during 1959 and an 11 percent increase in loans. The First National reported a 22 percent increase over those reported in 1956, showing a steady increase in business each year between.

Wilbur Mann and Harry Mort, both of McConnellsburg, were appointed as court tipstaves on January 11 to fill vacancies created by the death of W. Sloan Warthin and Bruce Paylor’s election as associate judge.

Maurice E. Sherman was appointed McConnellsburg tax assessor to replace C.E. Seville, who has resigned.

Many people have enjoyed skating on the frozen farm ponds during the past week; some of the farmers having erected flood lights for night skating.

Miss Mary B. Trout of town observed her 90th birthday on Wednesday.

The wedding of Lunda Martha Williams of Needmore and Kenneth Levi Strait of Harrisonville appears in this issue.

A poem entitled “To the Mill” and written by Eugene H. Plessinger of Endicott, N.Y., is published “in memory of my father, Frank P. Plessinger, and in commemoration of the Old Mill of childhood days.”

Announcement is made of the opening of “Anna’s Beauty Shop” in Knobsville.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Starliper, Mercersburg, on January 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larimer Knepper, New Holland, on January 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Hockenberry, Fannettsburg, on January 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Doyle, McConnellsburg, on January 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keebuagh, Hustontown, on January 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Bottenfield, Breezewood, on January 24.

Miss Myraline Spriggs of Berkeley Springs is a new member of the McConnellsburg High School and will teach shorthand and junior high English.

Mary Bradshaw, an honor student at Southern Fulton High School and a polio victim, was released from the hospital last Friday and is recuperating at her home in Needmore.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Horton, Wells Tannery, are the proud grandparents of a baby boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson (nee) Bonnie Horton of State College.

Deaths: Mrs. Nell Gifford of Mount Union; Elizabeth Harris, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Gary Lee House, White Pigeon, Miss.; Mrs. Clarabell Slates, Three Springs; Mrs. Clara Hickman, Saxton; Rosa E. Hixson, Tiffin, Ohio; Lee W. Funk, Warfordsburg.

Marine Pfc. Pleasant L. Deshong of Harrisonville called on January 13 onboard a naval transport for exercise in the Mediterranean.

Paul Dunham, district manager of the Chambersburg Social Security Office, points out that this week completed the first 20 years of the Federal Old Age and Survivors Insurance Program. Citing the “remarkable growth” of Social Security over the last 20 years, Dunham says that payments certified for January 1940 amount to only $76,000 for the county as a whole and went to only 4,000 beneficiaries. Total payments for 1959 topped $10.3 billion compared to $32.1 million for the entire year of 1940.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 26, 1950 ’50 A York man, Robert W. Bowman Jr., 26, will be the state’s first veteran to receive a bonus check. Bowman, a staff sergeant with the

137th Infantry, was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

James Gress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gress of Mc- Connellsburg, is a patient in Waynesboro Hospital, suffering from a concussion and a possible skull fracture which he received on Monday when the motor bike he was riding struck a dog.

Mr. and Mrs. David H. Boden of Little Orleans, Md., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on January 25.

Two men, Dale Ramsey of Clear Ridge and Samuel Flagle of Hustontown, were badly injured on January 18 when the motorcycle on which they were riding wrecked near Everett. Both are now patients in Everett Hospital.

Instead of January 23, as stated last week, John W. Comerer of East Lincoln Way will celebrate his 100th birthday on January 30. As part of the celebration, Dr. E.H. MacKinlay will present a plaque to him from the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Rhoda Jane Humbert to James Richard Duke.

George Buterbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg celebrated his 83rd birthday on January 21.

Wintergreen School in Taylor Township has reopened after being closed for 10 days because one of the students, Sheldon Rosenberry, 7-year-old son of John Rosenberry of Hustontown, contracted scarlet fever.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shotts of Fairview on January 17.

Deaths: Rebecca Jane Mellott of Dover, York County; Wiles Fissel Weary of Carlisle; William Barton Keefer of Big Cove Tannery.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 25, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Morrow G. Kirk of Mc- Connellsburg; Ira

William Diehl of Thompson Township, who died in Everett Hospital where he had been a patient for four weeks suffering from severe burns which he received while attempting to save livestock from a burning barn on his farm; Howard Lee Bolinger of Salem, Ill., who was

killed near Benton, Ill., when the

locomotive of which he was engineer .. exploded. An 18-year-old Webster Mills youth is in jail in default of $3,000 bail as the result of passing a number of forged checks on town merchants during the past week. Using Frank Johnston’s signature, the forgery was uncovered early because one of the merchants knew that Mr. Johnston always used the middle initial “F.”

Harold R. Williams and Helen Carmack were married January 18.

Two front-page stories were carried in this issue concerning cave-ins at the Sideling Hill tunnel on the Super Highway. One occurred on Sunday with three men being seriously hurt. The other occurred yesterday, nine men being hurt.

Instead of Saturday as forecast last week, the 3,400-foot bore of the Rays Hill tunnel was completed on Monday afternoon of this week. The final boring of this tunnel, the shortest on the new toll road, was completed at 4:30 Monday afternoon and was the scene of a big celebration on the part of the employees, contractors and turnpike officials alike. Sandwiches and other refreshments were served.

As of January 11, the oviferous fur-bearing animal known as the skunk or polecat, was re- moved from the list of protected animals and may now be killed in any manner at any time.

Four people in Hancock died on Saturday in a fire which destroyed their frame home while firemen frantically tried to draw water from frozen hydrants. The dead were Kate Younker, 58, a widow; two children, ages 10 and 12, and a granddaughter, aged 10. Three sons escaped by climbing down a grape arbor.

Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Moyer announce the birth of a son, Douglas Scott, at the Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Moyer is the former Miss Juliet Nace.

Harold Baumgardner, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Baumgardner of Wells Tannery, left on Thursday to resume his studies at the University of Alabama.

Death: Donald Eugene Wilson of Center.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 23, 1930 ’30 Two men from near Hancock are in jail, charged with placing

a cross tie on the tracks in an attempt to wreck a Western Maryland train near Cohill Station, west of Hancock, on Sunday night.

Deaths: Mrs. Charles H. Hess of near Warfordsburg; Freddie Spriggs of near McConnellsburg.

A heart-rending accident occurred on Sunday afternoon in Maddensville. Some children of the neighborhood were playing on the ice of the old mill dam when it broke through. Two of the children, Robert Wilson, 14, and Catherine Murphy, 10, were drowned.

Norval J. Hull and Mary E. Hendershot were married on January 18.

Harry Mort of Clear Ridge, while employed at Sanner Ray’s lumber job on Scrub Ridge on January 13, had his right shoulder broken by a falling tree.

Harold Morton was badly injured last Thursday when a tree fell off a truck on William Mellott’s lumbering job and struck him on the head.

N.H. Roettger on Tuesday began working on the plumbing and heating of Wilbur Grissinger’s new house on East Lincoln Way.

John A. Peck and family moved on Monday from the Sharpe property on East Lincoln Way to the George Marshall place in Todd Township.

It was down to zero in Mc- Connellsburg on Sunday morning. Nine below was reported at Burnt Cabins and 14 below along Licking Creek.

Death: Millard Duvall of Enid.

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