2010-01-21 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 18, 1990 ’90 Denis Strait, 24, Needmore, was named Needmore Volunteer Fire Co.’s Fireman of the Year at the company’s annual banquet on January 13. Strait served as the company’s assistant fire chief in 1989 and will serve as fire chief in 1990. Southern Fulton School Board voted Tuesday, January 16, to reject the fact finder’s report in its contract dispute with the Southern Fulton Education Association, the teachers’ union, according to district Superintendent William Printz. The board’s vote to reject the report follows a This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Connie Warthin Coleman of Springs, Pa., was taken during the 1950
Fulton County Centennial parade and pictures the Woman’s Club float. Pictured from left to right (kneeling) are
Connie Warthin, Judy Shore, Sandra “Pete’’ Cutchall, Karen Hamil Bishop and Sharon Kendall; standing is Mary
Jane McKinley.This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Connie Warthin Coleman of Springs, Pa., was taken during the 1950 Fulton County Centennial parade and pictures the Woman’s Club float. Pictured from left to right (kneeling) are Connie Warthin, Judy Shore, Sandra “Pete’’ Cutchall, Karen Hamil Bishop and Sharon Kendall; standing is Mary Jane McKinley.vote last Friday by the teachers’ union to accept the fact finder’s report.

John Kirk of Warfordsburg was sworn in as a new director of the Fulton Conservation District, replacing Lonnie Palmer of Warfordsburg, and county Commissioner Bob Garlock was sworn in for another term as commissioner representative on the board at the district’s annual luncheon held last January 11. More than 25 persons attended the luncheon designed to honor district directors and cooperating agencies.

Fulton Honor Guard officers sworn in at the banquet held last Sunday night were Robert Mann, Richard Souders, Ronald House, David Welsh, Wayne Souders and Carl Ramsey.

Fulton countians put on a good showing in various competitions at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last week at Harrisburg. Emil Mellott & Son, Needmore, captured 17 spots in the Corriedale sheep showings held January 11. The Mellotts captured a first and second in fall lamb, a first in all ewe lamb and a third in the reserve champion ewe. They also took second in pen of lambs, and get-of-sire, fourths in spring ram lamb and fifth in spring ram lamb; sixth and ninth in spring ewe lamb and seventh in yearling ewe. Andy Mellott garnered five places in the Cheviot sheep competitions on Sunday. He took a third in yearling ram, fourth in get-of-sire, ninth and 10th in yearling ewe and 12th in spring ewe lamb. Jack Clark, Hustontown, capture four places in Chester white swine competition on Sunday. He came home with a seventh and eighth in January gilts and a ninth and 10th in February gilts. Clark also captured four spots in the Yorkshire swine competitions that same day, a fourth and 16th in January gilts and a 13th and 15th in February gilts. Clark also purchased the grand champion Hampshire swine for $750. Brian Lake, Big Cove Tannery, took two spots in the spotted swine competitions, capturing seventh in January gilt and an eighth in February gilt. In the family living awards competition, Linda Seiders, McConnellsburg, took third in spaghetti sauce, and Nicole Seiders took fifth in pilgrim bars for third-year members enrolled in foods for special occasions. Southern Fulton High School placed 12th in the school exhibits competition.

Deaths: Ferne Knepper, Hustontown; Anatsiah Kaleyias, Hustontown; Robert Stains, Sanborn; Josephine Shinham, Hagerstown; Lois Berkstresser, Johnstown; Goldie Frehn, Hustontown; Gerald Souders, Hagerstown; Leona Fox, Berkeley Springs.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gordon of McConnellsburg on January 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Morey of Chambersburg on January 9.

A son, Adam Nicholas, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Doyle, McConnellsburg, January 10 at Hershey Medical Center.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 17, 1980 ’80 A strong emotional atmosphere gripped many of the McConnellsburg firemen, wives and guests in ceremonies honoring

the Rev. Dr. David R. Hoover, this year’s “Fireman of the Year” of the McConnellsburg Fire Co. Rev. Hoover currently is in the coronary care unit of the Washington County Hospital, since suffering a heart attack on January 5. The award was presented by past company president David Wright at the firemen’s annual banquet Wednesday evening. Another highlight of the evening was the burning of the $60,000 mortgage that had been taken on to build the new addition to the firehall.

The Penn’s Village Shoping Center complex in Mc- Connellsburg will change hands January 18. The property, owned by Robert Patt of the Allegheny Development Corp. of Altoona, is being purchased by Dillard Realty of Fort Loudon, acting as agent for McConnellsburg businessman Ray Koontz. The stores and office buildings in the shopping center are under current lease to the Creasy Company of Hagerstown for The Country Pantry Supermarket; Josid Inc. of Chambersburg for the Big D Discount Store, the McConnellsburg State Health Center and the Fulton County Office of the Department of Public Welfare.

Thirty-three-year-old Frank Mellott, Needmore, was presented with the “Fireman of the Year” award by the Needmore Fire Co. during its 10th annual banquet last Saturday night.

Velda D. Bowman, 47, Three Springs, was killed in Friday in a head-on collision on Route 994, one mile south of Rockhill Furnace in Huntingdon County. The other driver, Stephen R. Snyder, Three Springs, was admitted in critical condition to the intensive-care unit at the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.

Specials at the IGA: Crisco shortening, $1.99, 3 lbs.; Bounce fabric softener, 99 cents; fresh ground beef, $1.49 lb.

Now playing at the Reality Theatre: “Fast Break.” Now playing at Fulton Theatre: “Rich Kids.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip W. Hornbaker of Mercersburg on January 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Leese of Needmore on January 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Myers of Lemasters on January 11.

Deaths: Clyde Hendershot, Camp HIill; Leo Fields, McConnellsburg; Alfred Schilling, Breezewood; Wesley Mellott, McConnellsburg; Velda Bowman, Three Springs.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 29, 1970 ’70 Sgt. First Class Harold J. Peck was recently awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations

against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam from January 1969 to December 1969. The written citation presented with the medal lauds Sgt. Peck’s devotion to duty and his willingness to work beyond the level normally expected. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Peck of McConnellsburg and is married to the former Yoshiko Kagawa of Kobe, Japan, whom he met while serving in Japan in 1955.

At 7:25 p.m. on Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Krauser owners of Krause’s Store in Needmore, were held up at gunpoint and robbed of $250. Early Monday morning, a 19-year-old St. John’s Run, W.Va., youth was arrested by West Virgina State Police and charged with the crime.

News of men in service: Airman Landis B. Stains, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl V. Stains of Hustontown, has completed basic training. Mr. and Mrs. Phillip W. Hixon of Hancock announce the engagement of their daughter, G. Marlene, to Gary C. Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Sullivan Sr. of Little Orleans, Md.

The dining room of the Hustontown area firehall was the setting for the 25th wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan R. Henry of Harrisonville.

Karen Dennis, Bonetta G. Howells and David Shives Jr., all of McConnellsburg, were named to the dean’s list for high academic achievement at Shippensburg State College for the fall term.

Deaths: John M. Showalter, Barree, formerly of Hopewell; Mrs. Hulda Gladfelter, McConnellsburg; John Mosten, McConnellsburg; Horace Clevenger, Waynesboro; Nelson O. Sixes, Gettysburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Harr of Warfordsburg on January 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Leasure of Warfordsburg on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Buterbaugh of Fort Loudon on January 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Taylor of Harrisonville on January 21.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 4, 1960 ’60 Pictured in this issue are Fred Mellott, County Cancer Crusade chairman; Mrs. Howard Sipes, executive secretary; Mrs.

Fred Mellott and Mrs. Brooks Smith, education chairman, with Gov. George Leader at a Cancer Society meeting in Bedford.

Roger D. Daniels of Needmore suffered internal injuries, rib fractures and lacerations of the head and face and underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital following an accident on Friday in which his car was demolished when it failed to negotiate a turn on Route 30 near Harrisonville.

George E. Martz of Harrisonville was promoted on December 30 to Marine sergeant while serving with the Marine Attack Squadron 214 at the Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He entered the service in 1953.

Central Pennsylvania’s first direct distance dialing telephone service will be placed in operation on Sunday, February 14, in McConnellsburg and seven adjoining communities by the United Telephone Co.

During 1959 Fulton countians purchased $139,337 worth of Savings Bonds compared to $135,754 in 1958.

Approximately 100 local teenagers enjoyed a record hop at the White Swan Restaurant on Saturday night with Bill Selser acting as disc jockey and entertainment by “The 4-Js” – John Helman, John Adams, John Black and Jack Sipes – accompanied by Don Chubb on the drums.

Mrs. Raney Booth of Warfordsburg is being treated at the Berkeley Springs Hospital for a fractured hip and pneumonia.

Mrs. Minnie Powell of Warfordsburg is being treated at the Berkeley Springs Hospital for severe injuries suffered in a fall at her home last Wednesday.

Miss Eliza Corbin of Washington, D.C., visited on Tuesday with her cousin, Mrs. Robert Lodge, and left on Saturday to resume her duties in Vietnam as a member of USOM Agriculture.

The Fort Littleton Riding Club changed its named to the Fulton Rodeo and Saddle Club at a recent meeting.

The 1959 audit for Fulton County shows total receipts at $149,001.35 and total expenditures at $130,426.91.

Livestock market quotations show steers selling for $24 to $26.25; butcher heifers from $19 to $22.50; bulls from $21 to $23; cows $14 to $16 and hogs $13.75 to $14.50.

A talent show entitled “Major Bones Amateur Hour” with Martin Sprenkle as Major Bones, will be held at the local high school on February 10 to benefit the March of Dimes.

Army Pfc. John K. Gordon, McConnellsburg, a messenger in the 50th Infantry Co. A in Wildflecken, recently mastered the technique of skiing, being trained by a skilled German ski instructor.

Serviceman Gerald Wible, Knobsville, left on Monday for Greenland where he will be stationed for a year.

Mercy Heller of Hancock and Keen Elbin of Warfordsburg were married last Saturday at Great Cacapon, W.Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hollenshead have reopened their store in Harrisonville after a three-week vacation in Florida.

Daryl Zimmerman of Harrisonville is a patient in Cameron Memorial Hospital in Bryon, Ohio, after being severely burned in a truck accident.

Marine Acting Cpl. William W. Tritle, McConnellsburg, is participating in field training exercises on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Deshong, McConnellsburg, on January 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuade, McConnellsburg, on January 30.

Deaths: Miss Mary Elizabeth Harris, St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Webster Mills; Roland Y. Bergstresser of Huntingdon, formerly of Dublin Mills.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 2, 1950 ’50 A veteran of 33 years service as assistant postmaster at Mercersburg, a Mercersburg man is now under $1,000 cash bond on

charges of stealing United States mail, filed this week by postal inspectors.

A 1949 Chevrolet sedan, stolen from Frank Johnston on January 26, was found this week abandoned in Ohio.

Mrs. Mary Kirk Linn, who was born in 1850 at Warfordsburg, celebrated her 100th birthday on January 8 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.S. Petty, in Roanoke, Va.

Calvin Conrad Glazier and Janice Norma Duvall were married January 26.

Gene Krupa, one of the world’s great drummers, will bring his world-famous band to the local American Legion Home on February 15.

James J. Harris, widely known former resident and popular businessman of Fulton County, died at Hanover General Hospital on January 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Mellott of Needmore announce the birth of a daughter on January 25.

Deaths: John Z. Sipes, formerly of Hustontown; Mrs. Merrill D. Tice of Halethorpe, Md.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 1, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Manervia Mellott; Donald Eugene, infant son of Eugene and Alice Barnett Wilson of Hustontown.

Col. Louise E. Shucker, state supervisor of the Emergency Corp. and Freed Loan, will be in McConnellsburg on February 6 to take applications from local farmers who need cash loans but cannot receive credit from any other source.

Rush McDowell Cline, 66, lifelong resident and businessman of Fulton County, died in Waynesboro Hospital on Wednesday morning. Mr. Cline started his business career as a tinner at Fort Littleton, then operated a general store there. Quitting the store, he opened the Buick Garage in McConnellsburg and then, in 1924, purchased the City Motel and, after a complete remodelling, operated this with his brother, Morgan, as the McDowell Hotel. After leaving the hotel business, he devoted his time to farming in Dublin Township.

The supervisors of Licking Creek Township – Oliver Daniels, Urner Truax and George Hess – killed a large blacksnake while shoveling snow last Wednesday. The snake, over five feet in length, was crawling over the snow when they discovered it.

A Dodge truck, operated by Kenneth P. Seiders, collided with a Chevrolet car, operated by John Ray, on Lincoln Way East last Friday evening. Damage to both vehicles was set at $25.

On January 29, Miss Sally Kzionzak was married to Raymond Zwiebel, the new manager of the Harris Hotel.

At the evening service in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church this Sunday evening, the Junior Choir will wear their new tailor-made vestments for the first time. A illuminated altar cross will be used during the singing of the recessional. This cross, discontinued some time ago, will be put into service again because so many people have requested it.

David J. Lowe, son of Mrs Vallie Lowe and the late Rev. Wm. J. Lowe, is now heard on a half-hour radio broadcast over WBAL, Baltimore, every Sunday morning. Mr.

Lowe is organist and choir director of The First Baptist Church in Baltimore.

A Herco oil burner was installed this week at Ray’s Bakery.

George E. Tritle, a member of the News staff, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday for observation.

John Comerer celebrated his 90th birthday on January 30 at his home on Lincoln Way East. He is enjoying comparatively good health.

Death: Lee Bolinger of Salem, Ill.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 30, 1930 ’30 Deaths: James A. McElhaney of Greencastle; Anthony

Grant Shoemaker of Huntingdon; James Blair Mort of Broad Top; John Mock of Shirleysburg; John Clevenger of Big Cove Tannery.

Rev. J. Beale Meloy, writing about the revival services now in progress in the local Methodist Church, says: “The service last Sabbath evening will never be forgotten. The great audience showed that the people of McConnellsburg and vicinity appreciate the word of the Lord. The singing, led by Mr. Lumkin, a traveling salesman, was an inspiration. The pastor preached “Sins Losses,” the many present giving close attention to the message. At the conclusion of the sermon, while the spirit of God wrought mightily, 20 persons knelt at the altar for pardon, a scene over which heaven rejoiced and God’s people were glad. In all, about 40 have come to Christ.’

Sanner Ray has moved his sawmill from Roaring Run to his presently purchased tract, known as the Geo. A Harris lands, on the Cove Mountain. The tract is about six miles long and is expected to furnish work for Mr. Ray’s crew for about three years.

The filling station, built recently by Lewis Garlock, in the triangle at the east end of Mc- Connellsburg, was taken over by the Standard Oil Co. on February 1. The men of the Garlock family have been retained as attendants.

Emmanuel Walker and Beatrice Knepper were married January 1.

Daniel S. Palmer and Margaret L. Dudley were married on January 24.

Frank R. “Happ” Kirchner, pitcher for the McConnellsburg baseball team last summer, has secured a contract with the American Legion Baseball Club of Boston, Mass. He has been requested to report to the San Carlos Hotel, Pensacola, Fla., on the morning of February 25 when preseason practice will be started by the team. Only 24 years old now, his friends here hope that this will be the start of a longtime, successful career in big league baseball. His salary will be $250 per month.

Dr. D.E. Fisher of town has entered into an agreement with Jacob W. Mellott to purchase what is known as the Hessler farm on Pleasant Ridge for $2,400. There are 225 acres in this farm.

Charles W. Mellott, clerk of the courts, reports three divorces in Fulton County in 1929 and the issuance of 72 licenses to wed.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sheffield of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a son, born January 28.

A Chrysler sedan, driven by Mrs. Jas. H. Kendall of the Cove, and a Graham-Paige sedan, driven by John Baer of Waterside, collided at the Resiner Corner on Lincoln Way on Tuesday morning. No one was injured, but both cars were badly damaged.

While sawing wood last week at his father’s home, Amos Ward of Buck Valley had the misfortune of having a large stick of wood roll on his right hand, crushing it.

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