2010-02-18 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was taken in 1956 in front of the home now owned by Tim McGarvey and located next to the fairgrounds on Lincoln Way East. Pictured is Tim’s mother, Kay Souders McGarvey of Mc- Connellsburg. Kay was 17 at the time.The home has been in the McGarvey family since the mid-1940s. This week’s Memory Jogger was taken in 1956 in front of the home now owned by Tim McGarvey and located next to the fairgrounds on Lincoln Way East. Pictured is Tim’s mother, Kay Souders McGarvey of Mc- Connellsburg. Kay was 17 at the time.The home has been in the McGarvey family since the mid-1940s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 15, 1990 ’90 A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a barn along U.S. Route 522 in Ayr Township last Friday, February 9. Firefighters taking

a fire truck on a test run spotted the blaze at a barn owned by Dr. Harry Johnston of McConnellsburg. The barn is located about two miles south of Mc- Connellsburg. Lynch said the barn was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene. Damage was estimated at $65,000.

Tom Peck qualified fourth on Tuesday for the Goody’s 300 to be run on Saturday of this week at Daytona. Peck, in his Thomas Chevrolet Olds Number 96, qualified just behind Winston Cup regulars Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt and also behind Bobby LaBonte. Waltrip’s best speed in the qualifier was 188.945, and Peck posted a 187.091 to qualify fourth for Saturday’s race.

Lester Hoover of Hustontown has taken over the management of the Sunoco Station at Fort Littleton owned by Edna Kirchner and until recently managed by the late Edgar “Skip” Henry. Hoover will move his battery sales business to this location which will be called Hoover’s Sunoco and Battery Outlet.

George S. Hann Sr. of Hustontown, founder of George S. Hann & Son Inc. Contractors, was listed in serious condition in the adult trauma unit of Washington County hospital as the result of injuries suffered in a tractor accident at his Taylor Township property last Thursday. Hann was working at his property just north of Hustontown, and family members apparently became concerned when he had not returned to his home by early evening. His son, George Hann Jr. of Fort Littleton, apparently went to his father’s property sometime around 6:30 p.m. and found his father under a medium-sized John Deere garden tractor on a deep embankment. He had been hauling and dumping dirt when either the tractor’s brakes failed or the tractor slid over the embankment.

Rita Fletcher and Darrin Butts were united in marriage September 9 in Hagerstown at the Assembly of God Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vearl Fletcher, Warfordsburg. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Butts, Smithsburg, Md.

Deaths: Zola King, Waterfall; William Morton, Harrisonville; Evelyn Charlton, Warfordsburg; Lee Straley, Lemasters; Frank Miller, Lewistown.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crouse of Upper Strasburg on February 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Pyles of Hustontown on February 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Irvin of Concord, Pa., on February 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Foor of Chambersburg on February 7.

Karen Garland and Ray Everly were united in marriage January 13 at Faith Assembly of God Church in Warfordsburg. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Breathed Garland.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 14, 1980 ’80 It’s been an eventful year for Harold Rotz. First, he was selected to lead the Old Timers Parade during the Fall Folk Festival.

Then he was honored with a lifetime membership in the county Historical Society. And on Saturday, Rotz received the Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year” award. The honors stem from the work Rotz has done over the past year and a half to restore the old log kitchen of the Fulton House. Also honored at the banquet on Saturday was Roy W. Gordon, who was presented with the “Outstanding Citizen” award.

The Tastee-Freez restaurant on Lincoln Way East is now closed after changing hands the first of this month. Walter Peck, Warfordsburg, purchased the restaurant from the previous owner, Larry Shade of McConnellsburg. Details of the sale and future plans for the restaurant are not being commented on by either party pending further business deals concerning the facility.

The Fulton County Teen Center program got under way last week in its temporary headquarters in the basement of St. Stephen Church.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Miss Rhonda Sue Hann and James Richard Cordell during a Sunday afternoon ceremony February 3 in the Free Brethren Church of Websters Mill. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Hann of St. Thomas and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Cordell, Mercersburg.

Specials at the IGA: round steak, $1.79 lb.; Mc- Cormick black pepper, 89 cents, 4 ozs.; Philadelphia cream cheese, 7 cents; honey tangerines, 99 cents a dozen; Esskay bacon, $1.09 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cook of Three Springs on February 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Seville of Hustontown on February 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Winter of Three Springs on February 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Flowers of Hancock on February 7.

Deaths: Mrs. D. Beulah Sheeder, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Lois Carmack, McConnellsburg; Lynda Joane Gallagher, Burnt Cabins; Albert Ward, Warfordsburg; John C. Sheehan, Enola; E. Doyle DeShong, Logan, Pa.; W. Lee Anderson, Chambersburg; Evelyn E. Shuman, Williamson; Jacob Heinbaugh, Hagerstown; Alta Klotz, Everett.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 26, 1970 ’70 A 19-year-old Warfordsburg youth was killed Saturday night when the car he was driving hit the U.S. 522 bridge over the Potomac

River. Morris David Mills was pronounced dead on arrival at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital. He was the son of Mrs. Cornelia Milly Golden Mills and the late Benjamin Arthur Mills.

Republicans came from far and near on Saturday to Fulton County to hear Lt. Governor Raymond Broderick, the party’s candidate for governor, speak at the Lincoln Day Banquet sponsored by the County Republican Women. More than 400 people crowded into the local firehall, with all surrounding counties being represented and a speaker’s table heavy with honored guests, including Lt. Governor Broderick and his wife, Marjorie, Congressman J. Irvin Whalley, Senator and Mrs. D. Elmer Hawbaker, Representative and Mrs. Percy Foor and Judge John McPhail.

Headling the list of eclipses in this year’s almanac is an eclipse of the sun on Saturday, March 7, visible in this area only as a partial eclipse but providing the spectable of a total blackout along portions of the Atlantic seaboard.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Koontz and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Culler have returned from a cruise in the Mediterranean. They were impressed by the friendliness of the people of Spain and Marjorca, where they were welcomed into a farm home.

Delores Hall Christian of McConnellsburg will graduate as a practical nurse at graduation exercises of the Chambersburg Area District Practical Nurse Program on February 27.

Army Private First Class Terry Lynch, 20, son of Mrs. Lena Lynch of McConnellsburg, was assigned on December 5 to the First Logistical Command in Vietnam.

Three students from Fulton County will be among the 170 who are candidates for degrees for the winter term at Shippensburg State College: Marshall Welsh Reeder of Burnt Cabins; Karen Bernice Dennis of Mc- Connellsburg; and Trudy Marie Nonemaker of Waterfall.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Waugh of Hancock on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Richards of Needmore on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Quenten Wagner of Hancock on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ott of McConnellsburg on February 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ramsey of Breezewood on February 20.

Deaths: Elder William Gallaher of Clear Ridge; John G. Scriever, Hancock; Kenneth Donelson, Chambersburg; Clifford Lininger, McConnellsburg; Mary Booth, Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mellott of Needmore recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Specials at the IGA: beef liver, 49 cents lb.; IGA sugar, 59 cents, 5-lb. bag; Viva towels, 19 cents; eggs, 63 cents dozen.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 3, 1960 ’60 The McConnellsburg Borough Municipal Authority met on Tuesday at a special meeting to discuss a request by the Fulton Manufacturing

Co. for an increased water supply to make it possible to install a sprinkling system at the local sewing plant. The Authority decided to have a complete study made of the town’s present water supply and lines and an estimate made for costs and materials needed for the requested improvements. The figures will be presented to the Borough Council at a meeting on March 7 to which the owners and manager of the factory will be invited.

U.S. Soil Conservation Service Workers, George R. Rohrer and Stanley Palmer of the McConnellsburg Work Unit, attended a three-day workshop in Harrisburg for training in monitoring radioactive fallout and instructions for manning an active detecting station in Fulton County.

Pictured in this issue are 14 Boy Scouts of Wells Valley Troop 81 who received their first-class awards at recent special ceremonies. They are: Jerry Summers, Charles Black, Clem Ciampi, Joseph Stafford, Dennis Ritchey, Bill Watkins, James Foster, Joe Helser, Bob Horton, Gary Hockensmith, Allen Long, Murray Romig, Bill Julilan and Melvin Johnson. The scoutmaster is identified as Tom Wolfe.

The population of Fulton County dropped 3 percent during the years 1940-50 and has every indication of dropping well under the 10,000 mark by the time the next census is taken, according to William Carroll, specialist from Penn State University, who spoke to the Fulton Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday evening on ways of attracting new industry to the county.

Gerald E. Strait, an employee of H.B. Mellott Estate, was admitted to the Medical Center on Tuesday with a broken tibia and fibula and three bones in the right foot, when a rock fell on him while working in the quarry at Warfordsburg.

Howard L. Sipe of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of this community, suffered a heart attack on February 13.

Riley Deshong of Needmore advertises the public sale of 11 head of cattle and his dairy and farm equipment on March 19. He was 81 years old on February 22 but on Friday suffered a serious heart attack and was admitted to the Medical Center.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. McFern Shoop of Orbisonia on February 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Mellott, Needmore, on February 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stevens, Mc- Connellsburg, on February 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Souders, Wells Tannery, on February 28.

Army recruits Marlin J. Glee of McConnellsburg and John Edwards of Waterfall are undergoing eight weeks of basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Mellott and family have moved to their new home overlooking Needmore on the Pigeon Cove Road.

The Eugene Ward home at Needmore was a loss, having been totally destroyed by fire last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Sherd Mellott of Needmore are happy over the birth of their first daughter, Beverly Eileen. They have three sons.

A severe snowstorm last Thursday interrupted electric and telephone service in some parts of the county for 15 hours and made roads impassable.

Mrs. Anna Lamberson, Hustontown, observed her 96th birthday on February 19.

Mrs. Ray Charlton of Warfordsburg has quilted five large quilts since October and pieced and knotted a large one for a baby bed.

The Tonoloway Ramblers, a group of young folks from Warfordsburg, play and sing over radio station WCBG, Chambersburg, in a half-hour program every Saturday morning.

Army Private Neill E. Miller of Hancock has completed eight weeks of military police training at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Deaths: Mrs. Edna Hess Latshaw, Chambersburg, formerly of Hustontown; George T. Kaufman, Geistown, formerly of Fulton County; Cletus Ford, Burnham, Pa., formerly of Wells Tannery; James W. Wilkins, Chambersburg, formerly of Bedford County; Mrs. Margaret Dean, Tyrone, formerly of Hustontown; Mrs. Seibert Garlick, Amaranth; Mrs. William Hopkins, McConnellsburg; H. Scott Alexander, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Blanche Hays, Evansville, Ill., formerly of Burnt Cabins; and Brownie Reeder, Wheeling, W.Va., formerly of Hustontown.

60 Years Ag

From The Files Of March 2, 1950 ’50 For the first time in the history of Fulton County, pickets appeared last week in the mine fields in the northern end of the county.

The striking miners stopped all trucks, but no violence was reported.

The home of Stanley Romig of Wells Tannery was completely destroyed by fire on Monday.

Born: a son, Reed Brown Runk, to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Runk of Clear Ridge on February 16.

Andrew Rotz has sold his property on East Lincoln Way to Dale Keebaugh.

Death: Rober Weaver of Webster Mills.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Greathead of Mc- Connellsburg on February 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Mumma of McConnellsburg on February 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Mellott of Needmore on February 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sowers of Needmore on February 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cromwell of Clear Ridge on February 5.

Deaths: Grover Cleveland Deshong of Dublin Township; Edward S. Frehn of Maddensville; and Lillian Blanche Mellott.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 29, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Miss Mary Mellott of Carlisle; Mrs. Peter Morton Sr. of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mary Burket of Wells Tannery; Mrs. Rebecca

A. Hamilton of Boyd, Mont.; John Mc- Clain of Saxton; Jessie Mae Morningstar of Dudley.

Two workers were seriously injured on Friday morning in a rock slide at the east portal of the Sideling Hill Tunnel on the all-weather highway. The injured were Gerald Hurley of Houtzdale, fractured skull, cuts and lacerations of the face and body, and Richard Thomas of Johnstown, compound fracture of the right ankle, cuts, abrasions and lacerations.

The Warfordsburg School publishes a note of thanks to Vallie G. Lowe for her recent general contribution of books to the school library.

Pictured in this issue are four generations of the William Sprowl family. Pictured are Mr. and Mrs. Sprowl, their daughter, Leta, wife of Sherman Amick of Claysburg; Mr. and Mrs. Amick’s daughter Geraldine and husband Ted Gordon and their son, Bobbie. All are living except Mrs. Sprowl, who died on February 16 this year. Many Fulton Countians will recall that Mr. Sprowl took an active part in the pageant at the Sesqui-Centennial in McConnellsburg in 1936.

Countians treated at the dispensary of the Everett Hospital during the past week included Mrs. Raymond Deshong of Harrisonville for X-ray of the right foot.

Dr. and Mrs. John L. Neill are the proud parents of a son, born at Waynesboro Hospital on Sunday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Foster Cisney are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son, born at Chambersburg Maternity Home on February 25.

Barton Funk, bartender at the Nesbit Hotel for several years, has secured employment in Waynesboro.

Wilmer G. Hays was admitted to Waynesboro Hospital on Monday and underwent a minor operation on Tuesday.

Berling Thomas of Wood is a patient in the Blair Hospital where he underwent an operation for appendicitis.

Miss Thelma Cromer of Fort Littleton has gone to Annapolis, Md., where she is employed in the emergency hospital.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Keith of Fairview.

After being closed down for 3 1/2 weeks, Russell Kendall has announced that Kendall’s Mill at Websters Mill has resumed operation. During that time, extensive repairs were made to the machinery, with several new pieces being added.

Under the direction of Miss Virginia Beach, high school students of McConnellsburg will present the operetta, “Top Of The World,” on March 21. Taking the leading parts will be Bonnie Cutchall, Paul Ott, Lyle Duffey, Eleanor Stevens, Mark Clevenger, Grace Fraker, Lewis Largent, Dorothy Paylor, Arthur Grissinger and Robert Raker.

Chief of Police Norman Runyan issued a final warning this week that all motorists will be prosecuted who park within the 25-foot space adjacent to the intersections.

Frank W. Haney and Pearl Crawford were wed February 22.

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Cooperative Association has announced that Paul Gift, a Future Farmer of Warfordsburg, has won fifth place in a hybrid corn growing contest which was statewide in scope. Paul will re- ceive a cash award for $10 and a trip to Hershey at the time of the annual meeting of Farm Bureau.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Nickles moved to Chesteron Saturday. He had been employed at the Sun Oil pumping station at Saluvia.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of February 27, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Mrs. Lillie Hixon Mellott of near Warfordsburg;

Amos Wesley McKee of Needmore; Henry Howard Palmer of Hiawatha, Kan.; Alfred Hendershot of Buck valley; Rev. George H. Knox of Cassville.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mayne of Harrisburg have presented a number of books to the local library. Mr. Mayne is native of Fort Littleton.

Death: L.C. Kelly of Kansas City, Mo.

An exact copy of the last will and testament of Mary Washington recorded in the clerk’s office in Fredericksburg, Spottsylvania County, Va., is printed in this issue. One of its many stipulations follows: “I give to my son, General George Washington, all my land in Accokeek Run, in the county of Staford and also my negro boy, George, to him and his heirs forever; also my best bed, bed stand and Virginia cloth curtain (the same that stands in my best bedroom), my quilted blue and white quilt and my best dressing glass.” Another item reads: “I give and devise to my grandson, Lawrence Lewis, my negro wench, Lydia, to him and his assigns forever.”

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Cromwell of Clear Ridge.

Frank Ranck has sold his farm in Bethel Township to Ezra L. Pittman for $10,000. This farm contains 184 acres.

Sunday was the 60th wedding anniversary of Mrs. Josephine A. Sloan. Although her husband, the late Thomas Sloan, has been deceased for quite a number of years, her children always observe their anniversary with their mother.

Guy Gienger, a student at the University of Maryland, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gienger of Buck Valley.

Death: Donald Powell of near Uniontown.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Divens of Knobsville on February 21.

Harry Trout, a student at Williamson Trade School, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Trout.

Mack D. Helman and Catherine F. Shaffer were married February 15.

Loney Flowers of Hancock is in serious condition as a result of the mumps.

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