2010-02-11 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Chaunce Mc- Garvey of McConnellsburg and taken from the 1965 Mc- Connellsburg High School yearbook, pictures Mac’s Recreation (now Tollgate Auto Parts). The rec center featured a local band “The Fury.” Band members Rodney Barton, Richard Duffey and Bob Comerer are shown on the right. Band members not pictured are Gerald Wible and Don Chubb. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Chaunce Mc- Garvey of McConnellsburg and taken from the 1965 Mc- Connellsburg High School yearbook, pictures Mac’s Recreation (now Tollgate Auto Parts). The rec center featured a local band “The Fury.” Band members Rodney Barton, Richard Duffey and Bob Comerer are shown on the right. Band members not pictured are Gerald Wible and Don Chubb. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 8, 1990 ‘90 Frank L. Mellott, a native Fulton Countian with lots of relatives here, quietly celebrated his 100th birthday Friday at his home

near Dutchtown in Franklin County. The son of Samuel and Almira Lauver Mellott, he was born February 2, 1890, in the Cito area, of Fulton County. His father was a farmer, a sawmill operator and an assocaite judge for the Fulton County Court.

Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer was in McConnellsburg last Thursday to anounce his plans to seek a fifth four-year term as senator for the 30th District comprised of Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton counties.

State mediator Ed Savco of Carlisle has called for a negotiating session next Monday in the Southern Fulton teacher contract situation. He will try to get a contract settlement between the school district and the teachers’ union at that session.

Specials at the IGA: Tide, 136-oz. box, $6.79; cauliflower, 98 cents a head; round steak, $2.29 lb.

Cheryl Souders and Stuart Fletcher are pleased to announce their engagement. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Mellott and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Souders and Mr. and Mrs. Vearl Fletcher.

Cami Vance and Pvt. Raymond Truax Jr. were united in marriage November 18 at Hancock Nazarene Church in Hancock. The bride is the daughter of Clarence Vance of Exton, Pa., and Marie Vance of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Raymond and Kathy Truax of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Ruth Abbott, 70, McConnellsburg; Millard Truax, 78, Warfordsburg; Max Shope, 60, Pennsylvania Furnace; Twila Fischer Howell, 78, Ironon, Ohio; Mary Hamman, 86, Chambersburg; Helen Hendershot, 68, Hancock; Julia Drolsbaugh, 92, Huntingdon; Verna Baker, 99, Loysburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Ruediger of Needmore on January 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Guilfoy of Harrisonville on January 26; a daugther to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Golden III of Warfordsburg on January 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Castle of Warfordsburg on January 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Unger of Spring Run on January 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Shaw of Warfordsburg on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carlton of Three Springs on January 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robin Fix of Hustontown on January 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Taylor of Wells Tannery on January 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Fogelsonger of Three Springs on February 1.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 7, 1980 ‘80 The George Fischer family of Dott were left homeless on Friday as a result of a fire which caused extensive damage to their recently

remodelled home located 10 miles west of Dott on the Flickerville Mountain. The fire was caused by an apparent malfunction in the basement furnace and the blaze burned through both floors of the sevenroom dwelling before firemen were able to extinguish it about an hour later.

With fuel oil at around 92 cents a gallon, most people are hoping for a break in the cold spell of the last week, the coldest of the winter so far.

The United Church of Christ in Buck Valley was the setting for the December 15 Christmas wedding ceremony of Tina Marie Dere and H. Lynn Stahle. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Dere of Warforsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stahle of Buck Valley.

Grand opening specials at the Blue Ox Market: ground beef, $1.49 lb.; bananas, 4 lbs., $1; Pepsi Cola, eight 16 ozs., $1.29

Specials at the IGA: Betty Crocker cake mix, 69 cents; Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, 4 for $1; Viva towels, 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Garry B. Mann of Hancock on January 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Matt Hill of Big Cove Tannery on January 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Weller of Hancock on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Brumbaugh of McConnellsburg on January 31.

Brenda Marie Ward and Alvin Blair Strait were married on November 17 in Washington, D.C. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ward of Hancock and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Strait of Needmore.

Deaths: Mrs. Walter Shaw, McConnellsburg; Lynda J. Gallagher, Burnt Cabins; Ray E. Long, Waterfall; Christy Mellott, McConnellsburg; George E. Humbert, Big Cove Tannery; Ross E. Hixson Sr., Creedmoore, N.C.; Michael D. Shoop, Shade Gap.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 19, 1970 ‘70 DeShong Oil and Gas Inc., Fulton County’s largest oil distributing company, was sold recently to William G. McKelvey of Greensburg,

according to an announcement this week by Clyde Deshong, the former owner. Mr. DeShong, who established the business more than 25 years ago, will continue with the company in an advisory capacity.

The McConnellsburg Spartans’ final game of the current basketball season will be broadcast over WCHAFM.

The following couples applied for marriage licenses during the past week: Max Eugene Stenger and Carol Dianne Watters, both of McConnellbsurg, and Roy Lorentz Seiders and Sharon Louise Hawbaker, both of Mc- Connellsburg.

Kathryn Sipes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sipes of Harrisonville, has met the schoalstic qualificaitons to be named by the faculty and administrative staff of Hagerstown Junior College to the dean’s list for the past fall semsester.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester L. Mellott of Needmore celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on February 27.

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, 5 cents lb.; IGA potpies, 19 cents each; Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits, 9 cents; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 23 cents, 7-oz. pkg.; Ivoy liquid detergent, 39 cents.

Wilson Montgomery Clippinger of Three Springs, Fulton County’s oldest resident, quietly observed his 101st birthday on February 13.

Deaths: William Schooley, Fort Loudon; Paul W. Earley, Wells Tannery.

Congratluations to Clyde Bookheimer and Parker Knepper, who were promoted to assistant cashiers of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Company at the annual shareholders’ meeting last Monday.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Sipes of Clearville on February 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Mills of Warfordsburg on February 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Black of Waterfall on February 13.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 25, 1960 ‘60 Davy Oliver is improving slowly at the Medical Center after being struck by a car on Saturday at the Fulton County Bank corner

on Lincoln Way, McConnellsburg. He is suffering from broken ribs, crushed chest, two broken shoulder bones and pneumonia, which developed due to his chest injuries.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Ward of Needmore was completely gutted by fire on Tuesday morning.

A marriage license was applied for at the local courthouse by Boyd D. Kling of Burnt Cabins and Patricia I. Kyler, Hustontown.

Harry Elvey is circulating petitions for placing his name in the primary ballot in April for the Republican nomination for representative in the General Assembly.

A student at the Green Hill High School was shot in the left wrist on Monday when a .22 calibre pistol, smuggled into school by a 14-year-old student, accidentally discharged.

Local youths injured in sledding accidents during the past week include Eddie Grissinger, fractures of both arms; Larry Remsburg, fractured left arm, Franklin Weller, fractured left arm; Woodrow Keefer, fractured right ankle; and Robert Cromer, fractured right wrist. Two Robertsdale youths were admitted to Chambersburg Hospital. They were Merrill Houck with internal injuries and Beatrice Wilson with a fractured tibia.

A letter to the editor from Fulton County native, Prof. Charles M. Hassell, includes a short history of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Burnt Cabins.

A Baptist group will reopen the Oakley Methodist Church, two miles south of Needmore on Route 76, with services to be held there on February 28.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gordon of Needmore flew to Granda, Calif., to take care of their two grandchildren after their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McKee, were seriously inured in an auto accident and hospitalized.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary M. Miller, Burnt Cabins; John S. Helman, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Allen C. Ensminger, Mercersburg, formerly of Fulton County.

Marine Lance Cpl. William H. Fisher of Amaranth is stationed at the Naval Ammunition Depot at Charleston, S.C.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas, Big Cove Tannery, on February 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duvall of Crystal Spring on February 21.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 23, 1950 ‘50 In Fulton County during January a total of $16,257.70 was spent for public assistance. As of February 17, 1950, there were 709 persons

receiving assistance in the county.

G.A. Biggs, McConnellsburg, was elected president of the Fulton County Agricultural Extension Associaton at the annual meeting on February 16. Other officers elected were Orville Duvall, Crystal Spring, vice president; Mrs. Glen Mosebey, Wells Tannery, secretary; and Kenneth Gordon, McConnellsburg, treasurer.

The Fort Littleton Aughwick Indians baseball club met on Monday to organize for the 1950 season. Herb Zilch was elected manager, Clair K. Decker, business manager and Beaver Fraker, treausrer.

Dr. and Mrs. J.J. Palmer of Needmore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home on January 15.

Roy Kline has erected a new home on his lot at Saluvia.

The annual audit for 1949 for the county shows total receipts at $73,054.77 and expenditures at $65,910.51.

It was reported this week that the new Fulton County Medical Center has progressed to the point where plastering could be started this week.

Wilbur Hubley and Mary Virginia Runyan were married on February 17.

The third “big time” band to appear at the local American Legion home will be Blue Barron on March 21.

The WSCS of Center held a quilting party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse B. McClain last Wednesday.

Miss Amanda Cromer of Knobsville is a patient in the Chambersburg Hospital.

Death: Frank Madden of Maddensville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 22, 1940 ‘40 Deaths: Mrs. William Sprowl of Wells Tannery; Mrs. Sarah Francis Mumma of Licking Creek Township; William Sipes of Mt. Carroll,

Ill.; Harvey A. Welch of Cresaptown, Md.; Alonza Eugene Hughes of Broad Top City.

Pennslvania Republican leaders were elated on Saturday over selection of Philadelphia for their party’s national convention on June 24 and claimed an important victory in the “James-For-President” campaign. Governor James, presidential nomination, was visibly pleased by the action of the national committee and expressed confidence that the GOP will regain the White House in the fall. ‘There will be a revolution in American politics this year,” he said.

A new hardwood lunch counter and new comfortable upholstered stools were installed at Hamil’s Restaurant on Tuesday of this week. New inlaid floor covering was laid at the same time.

Stephen Wilson, lifelong resident of Fulton County, was found dead at his home near Wells Tannery on Monday of this week. He was 81 years old.

Futon Countians admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week included Koyo Hann of Needmore for medical treatment; Mrs. Zola King of Waterfall for observation and treatment; Florence Deshong of Harrisonville for emergency appendectomy; Marshall Hixon of Crystal Spring for fracture of the right hip and Jack W. Mellott of Websters Mill for medical treatment. Treated at the hospital dispensary was H.R. Purnell of Harrisonville for contusions of the lower abdominal muscles.

Norman Miller and Mary Wible were married February 17.

During the past week, the local fire company installed a relay switch in the telephone exchange office. It is now possible for the telephone operator to sound the fire siren.

Cpl. W.R. Lammie, officer-in-charge of the Chambersburg State Motor Police for the past three years, will be transferred to McConnellsburg on March 1. Cpl. Treasae, now in charge of the local station, will go to Chambersburg.

Four families, numbering 23 persons, are homeless as the result of a fire which destroyed a three-story stone structure known as the old mill property in Broad Top City, last Thursday.

Leonard Barnhardt and Martha Marie Winter were married on February 15.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester King of near Knobsville are the proud parents of a baby son, born on February 18.

Mr. and Mrs. George Morton Jr. announce the birth of a son on Monday morning at Chambersburg Hospital.

Death: Mrs. John N. Wagner of Harrisburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 20, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Eli Hann of Mercersburg; James L. McNeling Sr. of

Lakemont; Eleanor Jean Keebaugh of Olean, N.Y.; H. Robert Locke of Maddensville; Mrs. Margaret L. Schooley of Saluvia; Eliza J. Fisher of Warfordsburg; Rosale Sprig- gs of near McConnellsburg.

Recent births: a daughter on February 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kerlin of Todd Township; a daughter on February 15 to Mr. and Mrs. J. Hunter Fraker of Fort Littleton; a daughter on February 1 to Mr. and Mrs. John G. Schenck of McConnellsburg; a daughter, Hope Laure, on February 3 to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Souders of Ayr Township; a son on Februay 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bivens of Big Cove Tannery; a daughter on February 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lininger of McConnellsburg; a daughter, Betty Louise, on February 9 to Mr. and Mrs. John Seville of Cito.

John Spangler has been promoted by the National Carbon Co. and will be transferred from Chicago to the New York office.

Thomas Ford of New Grenada received a broken and crushed hip in an accident last Tuesday in No. 7 mine of the Rockhill Coal and Iron Co. at Woodvale.

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Daniels of Philadelphia have announced the engagement of their daughter, Helen Virginia Daniels, to Dr. Edgar Sents Krug, son of Editor and Mrs. E.M. Krug of Mc- Connellsburg.

Bird Mellott of near Pleasant Ridge is somewhat improved after suffering a light stroke.

Ben O’Neil, formerly of Northcaft, had one of his legs cut off while crossing the B&O tracks at Cumberland last week.

Frank Shanholtz owns the record- breaking team around Northcraft. He skidded along on bare ground that made 12 7x9 crossties.

Three local young ladies graduated from Thompson Business School in York on Friday evening: Miss Helen Ott of Mc- Connellsburg, an honor student in the secretarial department; Miss Mary E. Clouse of Webster Mills and Miss Lois Fields of Fort Littleton.

Deaths: Henry Hammann of Piney Plains, Md.; Amos O. Carnell of Bedford; Dr. George W. Huston of Lancaster; Mrs. Annie Lucretia Dasher of Parsons, W.Va.; Mrs. C.H. Kendall of Altoona.

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