2010-01-28 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society and shows the Breezewood Band marching up main street in McConnellsburg circa 1950. The photo was taken by C.B. Chubb. This week’s Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society and shows the Breezewood Band marching up main street in McConnellsburg circa 1950. The photo was taken by C.B. Chubb. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 25, 1990 ’90 Dennis P. DeShong of McConnellsburg was named McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.’s Fireman of the Year at their 28th annual

banquet held January 20. DeShong, a 16-year member of the company, currently serves as captain of the hook and ladder, a position he was elected to in both 1989 and 1990. Prior to that, he was lieutenant of the hose from 1982-1988.

An elderly Wells Tannery man was killed in an unusual one-vehicle accident last Thursday, January 18, along U.S. Route 30 in Breezewood. Police said that Offa Chamberlain, 80, Wells Tannery, operating a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice, had pulled up to an automatic washing bay at the Hinish Car Wash along the north side of Route 30 in Breezewood Thursday afternoon. An attendant told him to put the car into neutral but Chamberlain apparently mistakenly put the car’s transmission in drive. Police said that for undetermined reasons, Chamberlain’s car then entered and exited the car wash at a high rate of speed, travelled east through the car wash lot and into an adjacent yard. The car then travelled across all four lanes of Route 30 and began to travel west in the eastbound lanes when the left rear of the car grazed a utility pole along the south berm. The car then travelled back across the highway, travelling west in the westbound lanes, jumped the curb on the north side of the highway and struck a concrete block porch on a home owned by Howard Hinish of Breezewood, which is located several hundred feet west of the car wash. Chamberlain died of multiple head and chest injuries and his death is being listed as a traffic death, police said.

Beta Sigma Phi will hold their sixth annual Sweetheart Ball on February 17. This year’s proceeds will go to the Dawn Beale Trust Fund to defray Dawn’s medical expenses and to purchase an electric wheelchair for the 11-year-old, who has suffered from juvenile arthritis since the age of 1 1/2.

Rhonda Glunt of McConnellsburg and Brian Zook of Chambersburg were united in marriage September 16 at First Baptist Church of Chambersburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Leriwyn Glunt of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Zook of Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rick Cohenour of Saltillo on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Hill of Fort Loudon on January 16.

Deaths: Offa Chamberlain, Wells Tannery; Richard DeShong, Chambersburg; Mabel Locke, formerly of Shade Gap; Edgar Miller, Mercersburg; Rowe Keefer, Boyce; M. Crawford McCulloh, formerly of Mercersburg; Franklin Barnett Sr., Everett; Anna Cole, Williamsport.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 21, 1980 ’80 The Fulton County Industrial Development Authority is the new owner of the Penn’s Village Shopping Center and the

land adjoining the center to the west. The authority has entered into a sales agreement with Ray S. Koontz to purchase the shopping center and develop the land to the west. Mr. Koontz’s immediate plan is to build a new ultra-modern supermarket on the adjoining land.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Victor Knable of Waterfall are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda S. Felty, to Dale J. Kiene of Pine Grove, Pa.

The uniting of Darlene L. Shanholtz and Richard D. Harr took place November 10 at Buck Valley United Church of Christ. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Shanholtz of Warfordsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jobie Harr of Needmore.

Michele Kendall and Andrew Horton were united in marriage during a candlelight holiday ceremony on December 29 in the United Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morrow Kendall, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Horton, all of Mc- Connellsburg.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, New Holland, was the setting for the marriage of Mary R. Schoch and Larry D. Knepper on December 28. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schoch, New Holland, and Mr. and Mrs. Larimer Knepper, New Holland.

Deaths: Clyde Barnhart, Hagerstown; P. Charleen Schetormpf, Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: Banquet fried chicken, $1.89, 2 lbs.; round steak, $2.09 lb.; Esskay franks, $1.29 lb.; cauliflower, 99 cents a head.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Glenn, McConnellsburg, on January 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Speer of Mc- Connellsburg on January 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Starliper of Hancock on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wible of McConnellsburg on January 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gress of McConnellsburg on January 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Keebaugh of Hustontown on January 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Mellott of Warfordsburg on January 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lynch of Central City on January 18.

The United Methodist Church of Knobsville was the setting for the Christmas candlelight wedding ceremony of Diane Kay Johnson and Randall Nevin Clever on December 22.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 5, 1970 ’70 Three 19-year-old youths were apprehended by police last Thursday as they were leaving MacDonald’s Pharmacy on

South Third Street, carrying a suitcase and a duffle bag filled with approximately $200 worth of sundry merchandise which they had taken from the store. Acting on information given by an anonymous telephone caller, state police from the McConnellsburg and Chambersburg substation, together with local police officers, surrounded the drug store building late Wednesday night to keep the store premises under surveillance. The three youths arrived on the scene and using a key, they entered the store and then locked the door behind them when they emerged later with the stolen goods.

Emory Nelson Lanehart, 47, Hancock, died 15 minutes after arrival at the Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, early Saturday morning after an accident one mile north of Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Secrest of St. Thomas have purchased the Scrub Ridge Mountain Inn from Alvin Peck Jr. and will be taking up residence there in the near future.

Specials at the IGA: Tide, 69 cents, 3-lb. box; pork chops, 79 cents; Crisco, $1.99 gallon; potatoes, 12 cents lb.; sliced bacon, 79 cents.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Arlin Diercks of Dixon, Iowa, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Marjorie Ann Diercks, to John James Mellott, son of DeKalb Mellott of Harrisonville. Mr. and Mrs. Forrest R. Mellott of Big Cove Tannery announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina LaVerne to Boyd Vincent LaMaster Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd V. LaMaster Sr. of Mercersburg.

Deaths: Catherine Covert, Harrisburg; George B. Helsel, Aitch; Lula Carnell, Needmore; Nathan Duvall, Robertsdale; Thelma Wink Ranck, St. Thomas; Nevin Montgomery, Indiana.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David F. Smith of Mercersburg on Janaury 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry McQuade of McConnellsburg on January 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs Dallmeyer Morse of Everett on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Peck of Warfordsburg on January 29.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 11, 1960 ’60 The McConnellsburg Borough Council ordered a blanket ordinance be drawn up pertaining to the laying of curbing and sidewalks

which is advertised in this issue. The borough tax millage was set at 7 mills for 1960, unchanged from 1959.

T-Sgt. Glenn A. Keebaugh, his wife and children, left on Monday for Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where he has been transferred from the Suffolk County Air Force Base on Long Island, N.Y.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Clevenger announce the birth of a daughter last Tuesday in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mrs. Howard Sipes has been appointed executive director of the Fulton County Unit of the Cancer Society to replace Mrs. Donald Martin, who has resigned the position.

A 20-year-old Fort Littleton youth was arrested last Tuesday after being found in possession of articles stolen from a summer home owned by A.C. Schonek of Johnstown. All the stolen articles were recovered, including a drill which had been stolen in McConnellsburg.

The Richard M. Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Juniata College in memory of the late Congressman Richard Simpson.

Troopers Ralph Kell and Howard R. Tartlett of the McConnellsburg state police apprehended three men- tal patients at the Breezewood Garage last Wednesday evening. The three had escaped three days before from the Farmhurst State Hospital, Wilmington, Del., and were travelling in a car stolen in Everett.

A Valentine dance will be held at the local American Legion Home on Saturday, February 13, with music by the Twilighters of Pittsburgh.

The Medical Center Auxiliary is asking for donations of water glasses to replenish the dwindling supply at the Medical Center.

In a full-page ad in this issue, the United Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania gives instructions on how to use direct distance dialing. The new service will start on February 14.

The marriage of Miss June M. Berkstresser of Hustontown and Robert C. Bennett of Philadelphia appears in this issue.

Earnest R. Mellott of Harrisonville, firearm apprentice on the USS Suffolk County, and Max E. Stenger of McConnellsburg, engineman fireman on the USS San Marcos, left Norfolk on January 11 for a five-month tour of duty with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.

Army Pvt. Blair E. Aller of Needmore recently arrived in Frankfurt Germany with the 3rd Armored Division.

Deaths: Pearl Estela McCoy, Portland, Oreg., formerly of Hustontown; Mrs. Nora Leah Stinson of Saxton; Charles Albert Everetts, Six Mile Run.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 9, 1950 ’50 Mrs. Earl Mellott of Laidig underwent a major operation at

the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on January 30.

A possibility that the robbers of the Brink’s Transfer Co. of Boston may have passed through McConnellsburg was uncovered last Saturday by Prothonotary Marlin Shimer, who found a money bag with the Brink’s name on it in the alley at the rear of the post office. The Brink’s robbery, the largest ever staged in the United States, occurred on Janaury 17 when about $1,500,00 was stolen. After finding the bag here, Shimer immediately turned it over to the state police who sent it to Boston.

The home of Silas Rhodes of Rock Hill was completely destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon.

The Green Hill Sewing Club received a check for $100 on February 2 as a bequest from the will of the late Ida J. Hawkins, who had always been an active member of the club.

Game Protector D.H. Franklin has been transferred from Upper Strasburg to Mc- Connellsburg.

Births: a daughter on February 1 to Mr. and Mrs. George V. Kerchner of Wilkinsburg; a daughter on February 3 to Mr. and Mrs. George M. Black.

Rev. and Mrs. Coy Foor barely escaped with their lives when fire destroyed their home near Breezewood last Monday. Mrs. Foor, who has been in ill health for 15 months, was carried from the burning building by her husband.

Shirley Layton celebrated her ninth birthday and Donnie Mellott his fifth birthday at a party at the Calvin Melius home on January 24.

Charles S. Reeder and S. Evelyn Chesnut were married on January 28.

A miscellaneous shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Wright on Tuesday evening in honor of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gluck.

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Stevens of Clear Ridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kough of Hustontown celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on February 8.

Death: James W. Shives of Hancock.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 8, 1940 ’40 Deaths; Mrs. Albert Fisher of Whips Cove; Mrs. Thomas

Metzler of Harrisonville; Jacob Samuel Park of Three Springs.

Direct relief payments made to needy Fulton Countians during the past week amounted to $195.10, made in 62 checks. Payments during the same week last year were $449.30 made in 94 checks.

The senior class of the local high school will hold a chicken supper on March 18. The price, for all-you-can-eat, will be 40 cents.

At a meeting of the state conservation board, held last week in Harrisburg, a petition from Fulton Countians for the local conservation area was approved. The State Secretary of Agriculture, who is chairman of the board, will now name a date for a county referendum to be held some time in the spring. If 65 percent of those voting in the referendum favor the idea, then the state board will establish a conservation area in Fulton County.

The East Broad Top Transit Co. has received Public Utility Commission Authority to discontinue its bus service between Orbisonia and the Maryland line. The concern said operating costs exceeded revenue and that between Orbisonia and Mc- Connellsburg “practically no passenger business can be developed.”

Walter R. Sloan of Mc- Connellsburg this week announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket to succeed himself as county representative in the General Assembly. Mr. Sloan is a descendant of families who have lived in what is now Fulton County since colonial days.

A. Dorris Peterson, well known throughout Fulton County, has retired as postmaster at Neelyton, a small town in Huntingdon County, after a service record of 49 years, 9 months and 26 days, his successor will be L.G. Flood.

The Ladies Aid of New Grenada held its regular meeting on February at the home of Mrs. Mary Houck. After the regular meeting, a birthday party was held, a complete surprise to one of the members, Ms. Mary Thomas, who was observing her birthday on that date.

George E. Tritle returned to his home on Monday after being a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for a week.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stenger and twin baby boys spent Sunday with relatives here. They, with their brother, Max, had their babies baptized in he Methodist Church on Sunday.

A little son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Gobin of Wells Tannery on January 24 in Everett Hospital.

Hiram School was closed on Friday and Monday on account of the illness of the teacher, Miss Doris Witter.

Death: Mrs. P.A. Neely of Mercersburg, who died in Barlow, Fla., where she had gone to spend several weeks.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 6, 1930 ’30 J. Raymond Guyer of Warriors Mark has received the contract

for the grading of the emergency landing field near McConnellsburg. He received the entire contract on a bid of $200 less than his nearest competitor and required less time than any of the others. He is the son-in-law of Francis M. Taylor of town.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Jane Deavor of near Waterfall; Mrs. John D. Bricker of Hagerstown.

The wedding of James Palmer Gove of Clearville and Ruth Virginia Reel of Emmaville is announced from Cumberland, Md.

Will Tritle moved on Tuesday to the house vacated by Ross Ott, who moved into his new home. Will is is an auto mechanic in C.K. Nesbitt’s garage at the forks.

The local health officer reports two pupils of Laurel Ridge School have been quarantined for mumps, one at Hustontown, quarantined for scarlet fever, and many cases of chicken pox in the county.

Harry Wagner who bought a lot from his father’s estate, that of Paul Wagner, has retained P.B. Foreman to build a house for him as soon as the weather permits. Since Harry is a bachelor, it will be a small house of two rooms on one floor over a good cellar.

J.C. McGowan has been appointed mercantile appraiser for Fulton County for 1930. Mr. Mc- Gowan, or “Dick” as he is called by his many acquaintances, lives at Burnt Cabins and is prominent politically in the county. He is a dealer in farm products.

A roadhouse near Mc- Connellsburg was raided on Saturday and the proprietor arrested on a charge of selling illegal liquor, some to high school boys. Confiscated during the raid were a full jug of liquor, one half full, one a quarter full, 25 gallons in a keg in the barn and eight gallons of home brew. The raid was made after a number of prominent residents of McConnellsburg filed a complaint. The story ends this way: “ ... is not a native of Fulton County. He is a man of good appearance and seems capable of better things than the bootlegging business of which he has been suspected for some time.”

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Northcraft of Northcraft announce the birth of a son, born on January 26.

Poultry raisers of Buck Valley are trying something now these days. They’re mixing denatured alcohol with the poultry feed to keep the eggs from freezing. It works, too, they say.

Emory A. Diehl and family moved on Monday to the Sheets corner house, vacated recently by the A.P. Oyler family.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller of Mays Chapel are the proud parents of a new baby girl.

The Northcraft writer says women’s skirts are coming down and it seems taxes may do the same. “It looks as if both had gone to the maximum.”

Scott Sipes is seriously ill with pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Truax of McConnellsburg entertained on January 28 in honor of the 16th birthday of their daughter, Madeline.

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