2010-02-04 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 1, 1990 ’90 Southern Fulton School Board Tuesday night rejected the state-appointed fact finder’s report for the second time in its labor

dispute with the district’s teachers’ union, but both sides came away saying that another negotiating session before state mediator Ed Savco of Carlisle was likely. Officials for both sides also stated that they would like to avoid a teachers’ strike and that sitting down and talking would be the most likely method of avoiding a strike.

Work continues on Central Fulton’s elementary school addition and renovation project despite recent rains which have produced muddy conditions. Work on the nearly $4 million project began in mid-August and was delayed somewhat by December’s frigid conditions.

Leonard Thomas became McConnellsburg’s all-time scoring leader in leading MHS to a 72-47 Sideling Hill League win over Southern Fulton last Friday, January 26. Thomas’ three-pointer early in the third quarter pushed him past Martin Shimer’s 1,414 career point mark set in 1967, and Thomas went on to score 31 to push his career total to 1,432.

Local firemen have managed to sign up nationally famous country music star Porter Wagoner to appear on Monday, May 14, during their annual carnival which starts May 11.

Larry Miller and Tina Golden were united in marriage December 29 in Winchester, Va. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Helen Layton of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Don and Celia Miller of Berwick.

Deaths: Cora V. Mearkle, 74, Everett; Margaret E. Black, 83, Chambersburg; Sargie Baughman Jr., 55, Fayetteville; Helen Hendershot, 68, Hancock; Wilkinson Wright, 90, New Enterprise; Edgar Henry Sr., 52, Fort Littleton; Georgia Hiles, 17, Orbisonia; Junior Stotler, 66, Hancock; Twila Howell, 78, Ironton, Ohio; Mark Stephens, 17, Crystal Springs; Franklin E. Barnett Sr., 89, Everett.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mumma of McConnellsburg on January 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miller of Mt. Union on January 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Newman of Burnt Cabins on January 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Mixell of Fort Littleton on January 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Shepps of McConnellsburg on January 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Lerie of Neelyton on January 25.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Oahu, in the Hawaiian Islands, was the setting for the marriage of Denise K. Shank and Danny Crouse. Denise is the daughter of Vaughn and Patricia Shank, Warfordsburg. Danny is the son of Estalene Crouse and the late Leonard Crouse of Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Glen Briggs II, Needmore, and Tammy Miller, Needmore; Kevin Kendall, McConnellsburg, and Angela Lynch, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 31, 1980 ’80 Three county men, employed by the PA Turnpike Commission, were injured in an accident last Tuesday on the turnpike while

on their way to work. Leo Brown, Hustontown; Harry Knepper, Waterfall, and Willard Deshong, Needmore, were occupants of a car which was hit by a tractor-trailer in the westbound lane when it swerved into them while attempting to avoid a collision with another rig which had blown a front tire. All three were brought to the Medical Center where Knepper and Deshong were treated for minor injuries and released. Brown suffered a dislocated fractured shoulder and was transferred to Washington County Hospital.

A trailer home, located on Route 30 west on Scrub Ridge Mountain, was completely destroyed by fire on Sunday afternoon. The property is owned by Ruth Carter of Mercersburg and was occupied by Vic Ericson, formerly of Mercersburg, and two friends. The men were fishing at the Meadow Ground Mountain lake at the time of the fire and saw the flames from where they were fishing. They returned to find the trailer and all its contents destroyed.

Specials at the IGA: Cottonelle bathroom tissue, 89 cents; Dawn, $1.33; boneless chuck roast, $1.69 lb.; Gold Medal flour, 89 cents, 5 lbs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lynch of Central City on January 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Smith of Hancock on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Johnson Jr., Neelyton, on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Mellott of Warfordsburg on January 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Stevey of Everett on January 22.

Deaths: D. Raymond Chesnut, Warfordsburg; William Reynolds, Warfordsburg; Cora M. Welch, Everett; Thelma I. Trail, Hancock.

Stephen E. Koontz of McConnellsburg and Radna L. Detwiler, Hustontown, applied for a marriage license during the past week.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of February 12, 1970 ’70 The Forbes Road School was closed all day on Tuesday and Central Fulton School closed at 1:00 p.m. due to the snowstorm

which hit the county. Beginning Monday night and continuing most of Tuesday, many heavy trucks had to be towed up Tuscarora Mountain, due to the hazardous state of the snow-covered highway. Traffic was blocked on and off during that time until the floundering vehicles were towed to the top. Two enormous house trailers being towed were pulled to the side of the highway and left there until better weather conditions prevailed.

Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Culler and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Koontz left on Saturday on a Shriners’ tour of Majorca, Spain and other Mediterranean countries.

The board of directors of the Fulton Industrial Development Association reappointed Clyde Bookheimer as president of the organization at the annual reorganizational meeting held last Wednesday night. Other officers appointed were: Ray S. Koontz, vice president; Harold L. Cullins, secretary; and Henry W. Daniels, treasurer.

Timothy Taylor of the U.S. Army, stationed near Anchorage, Alaska, is spending a leave from Army life with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Taylor, Thomas and Susan of Hustontown.

News of men in service: Pvt. Larry J. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Mellott of Needmore, has completed leadership school and is starting radio operator school at Fort Dix, N.J. Marine First Sgt. Robert L. Bookheimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bookheimer, McConnellsburg, is presently serving with the First Marine Division in Vietnam. U.S. Air Force Sgt. Sheridan H. Mellott Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Mellott Sr., Needmore, has arrived for duty at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Bard of Greencastle on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Dinsmore of Fort Loudon on January 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Ryder of Mercersburg on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Elvey of Needmore on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Zeger of McConnellsburg on February 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. W. Guy Anderson of Needmore on February 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Strait of McConnellsburg on February 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Barnhart of Needmore on February 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Glee of Mc- Connellsburg on February 5.

Death: Ruben W. Nelson, Riddlesburg; Mrs. Ella V. Fraker, Pittsburgh; Walter C. Nave, president of the Breezewood Telephone Co.; John J. Baughman, Chambersburg; Harold W. Hann, Harrisonville; W. Wayne Morgret, Manns Choice; Irene R. Hockenberry, Shirleysburg; Howard Defibaugh, Broad Top Township.

Specials at the IGA: whole chicken fryers, 29 cents lb.; ice cream, 59 cents half gallon; Blue Bonnet margarine, 25 cents, 1-lb. quarters; IGA catsup, 19 cents.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 18, 1960 ’60 The public is invited to a Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Fulton House on February 24 to hear and take part in a discussion

on industrial development in Fulton County.

Frederic B. Humbert of Big Cove Tannery and Paul Leroy Johnson of Wells Tannery left for Pittsburgh on Monday for induction into the armed forces.

Mrs. Lizzie Bain Lysinger, Bedford County’s dean of school teachers, marked her 98th birthday on February 13. “Miss Lizzie” is a native of Fort Littleton and retired in 1930 after teaching school for 50 years.

An examination for postmaster at Needmore will be held on March 8. The postmaster’s job at Needmore carries a yearly salary of $4,275.

The Breezewood Fire Co. was called to the home of Paul Swope in Wells Valley last Tuesday when fire broke out in an upstairs room. Considerable damage was reported.

Representative Marl H. Garlock made the first long distance call by direct dialing on Sunday by calling the office of United States Senator Stuart Symington in Washington.

Hazardous road conditions caused several accidents in the county last week.

Mrs. Helen Smith of Amaranth was taken to the Medical Center on Saturday after falling down the cellar steps at her home and suffering a concussion.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Snyder, Burnt Cabins, on February 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shaw, Crystal Spring, on February 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gracey, Waterfall, on February 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Fleagle, Chambersburg, on February 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Zeis of Fort Loudon on February 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Reel, Needmore, on February 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deneen, Hancock, on February 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Mellott, Hustontown, on February 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Akers, Crystal Springs, on February 14.

Mrs. Leona Shafer of New Grenada and her five sisters visited Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sprowl of Chambersburg. Mrs. Sprowl served dinner to the six sisters in honor of Mrs. Zola Alloway’s birthday.

The Knobsville correspondent reports the first heavy snowfall of the season began on Saturday, with a strong wind on Sunday making roads hazardous.

Army Pvt. Blair Aller of Needmore has arrived in Germany.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Johnson of Burnt Cabins moved to Chambersburg last week.

Last week was the golden anniversary of the Boy Scout movement, and a ball, which was held at the Venice in Hagerstown, was attended by many area people interested in Scouting.

Frank D. Bivens, Big Cove Tannery, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Chambersburg Motor Club.

Deaths: Maurice C. Bivens of Riddlesburg, formerly of Wells Valley; Cloyd Wilson, Orbisonia, formerly of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Lenore Fockler, Johnstown, formerly of Harrisonville; Mrs. Gertrude Everetts of Huntingdon, formerly of Knobsville; Noah David Runk, Three Springs; Mrs. Geraldine L. Poes, Berkeley Springs, formerly of Andover; Jennie Ellen Seville, Mercersburg, formerly of Fulton County; Mrs. Alice L. James of Burnt Cabins.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 16, 1950 ’50 Over two hundred people joined in a search in Buck Valley last Wednesday afternoon when Maxine Ray, a 3-year-old daughter of

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray, strayed away from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Hixon where Mrs. Ray and her two children were visiting. She was at last found about two miles away by Fenton Wilson, a farm boy of the neighborhood. When found, she was in a semiconscious condition, lying against the trunk of a tree on the west side of Sideling Hill Mountain. Both the girl and her mother were taken to Berkeley Springs Hospital where the girl was kept for observation and treatment.

Announcement was made this week that John M. Spangler, a Fulton County native, had been appointed president of the National Carbon Division of Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shaw of McConnellsburg quietly observed their 43rd wedding anniversary on February 13.

Deaths: Robert Chester Hann of Harrisonville; Calvin A. Ritz of Buck Valley; Alexander E. Reed of Riddlesburg.

D.P. Bowman of Orbisonia marked his 85th birthday on Friday.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 15, 1940 ’40 Secretary G. Albert Stewart of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters stated this week that arrangements have been

made whereby free fuel wood will be furnished from the state forests for those in the state now on relief. The state forests now comprise 1,651,000 acres, located in 34 counties of the commonwealth. This action figures sufficient firewood to take care of at least 10,000 Pennsylvania homes.

Death: John Reuben Helman of Knobsville; Jacob W. Rosenberry of Mercersburg.

Admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week were Dorothy Jean Deshong of Needmore for medical treatment and Mrs. Alice Barton of Crystal Spring for reduction of a fractured hip. Treated at the hospital dispensary were Porter Kerlin of McConnellsburg for X-ray of the wrist and James Bain of McConnellsburg for X-ray of the pelvis.

Future farmers from the different schools in Fulton and Franklin counties met on Thursday evening in the Washington Township High School to compete in an athletic jamboree.

The estimated half million Pennsylvania drivers now operating cars with expired licenses will not be arrested when stopped the first time, state police reported this week. Such motorists will be ordered to get their new licenses immediately, however, or face arrest if caught again.

Mrs. Margaret Johnston, while sweeping her front porch on Monday evening, fell and fractured her hip. She is now in the Chambersburg Hospital, where she is expected to be a patient for at least 10 weeks.

Nearly 100 percent attendance marked the regular meeting of the local Lions Club on Tuesday evening at the Fulton House when five new members were admitted to the club. The new members were H.E. Chesnut, W.G. Hays, J.C. Peck, Joseph Shelly and Lawrence Shimer.

Moyer Brothers of Altoona has submitted a low bid of $138,974 for construction of the 10 ticket offices along the new 160-mile super highway.

Two McConnellsburg men, Harry Lininger, linotype operator for The Fulton Democrat, and Harry Shimer, were injured Sunday night when the car in which they were riding overturned near Clear Spring, Md. Lininger sustained a fractured collarbone and bruises. Shimer received a bruised right arm. Robert Lodge, operator of the car, escaped injury.

Bedford has been announced as the tentative site for the ceremonies which will mark the dedication of the new Pennsylvania Turnpike. The program is expected to take place on July 4. President Roosevelt and Postmaster General Farley are among the notables who have agreed to attend the event.

Dorothy Paylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Paylor of McConnellsburg, has been named as the winner of the John M. Spangler Scholarship.

Walter Barmont was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Friday for observation.

The library books of the late Rev. Wm. J. Lowe will be sold privately during the coming three weeks at the Reformed parsonage.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 13, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Mrs. Angeline Daniels Mellott of Ambridge; Mrs.

Elijah Barton of Minneapolis; Miss Margaret Ellen Secrest of near Mc- Connellsburg; Dr. George W. Huston of Lancaster; Mrs. Mary E. Hewitt of Cleveland; Mrs. Eliza J. Fisher of Bethel Township; James Blair Mort of near Six Mile Run.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Obed Mellott of Webster Mills on January 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kendall of Ayr Township on January 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kerlin of near Hustontown on January 29, their 14th and all living; a son to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Deshong of near Andover on February 1; a daughter last Friday night to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Sipes of Licking Creek Township; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Curt Long of New Grenada on January 26.

Enoch Thomas Taylor and Hazel Irene Long were married on January 14.

John Comerer marked has 80th birthday on January 30; his brother, Henry Comerer, marked his 78th birthday on February 7; and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Comererer marked their 53rd wedding anniversary on January 11.

At their meeting on Saturday, the county commissioners, with Sheriff Younker cooperating, made plans to provide lodging for unfortunate wayfarers on the highways during the cold weather.

Howard Deavor and Audetta Lieringhouse were married November 16.

George Earley moved on Saturday from Hagerstown to the Thompson property on East Lincoln Way. He is a mechanic at Ray & Grissinger’s Garage.

Harvey Bergstresser, who had been managing one of the stores of the Keystone Stores Corporation in the Pittsburg district, has been transferred to one of the company’s stores in Bedford.

George Billow, 47, of Hustontown, suffered a concussion of the brain, severe cuts and bruises and a possible fractured skull when his car ran over a bank on the Robertsdale-New Grenada road on Thursday night.

W.C. Patterson has a Holstein cow that would be hard to beat in many ways. The animal is more than 23 years old and, according to her annual custom, gave birth to a nice heifer calf last week. She also gives about three gallons of milk at each milking.

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