2010-03-04 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Mike Decker of McConnellsburg, was taken in the late 1960s at the Gulf Station in Ft. Littleton and pictures left, Harper Cline, and Henry Prettie. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Mike Decker of McConnellsburg, was taken in the late 1960s at the Gulf Station in Ft. Littleton and pictures left, Harper Cline, and Henry Prettie. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 1, 1990 ’90 The Fulton County community was shocked and saddened by the violent event which occurred last Friday, February 23, in

front of Chambersburg’s Borough Hall. Patrick Garlock, 39, McConnellsburg, shot and seriously wounded his estranged wife, Karen L. Garlock, 33, Hustontown, and shot and killed her co-worker, Brad W. Evans, Chambersburg, and then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life. Police interviewed numerous witnesses and are considering the account a homicide suicide.

Two Hancock Fire Co. firefighters suffered minor injuries in a fire which destroyed a vacant home along a Thompson Township road late Friday, February 23. When firefighters arrived at the two-story home one and a half miles southeast of the Damascus Church, the south end of the house was fully engulfed. The house was owned by Edward Younker of Warfordsburg. Two Hancock firefighters were treated at Washington County Hospital for minor injuries suffered when they fell through the home’s first floor and into the basement.

Fulton County Medical Center reports that enough donations have been received to renovate every patient room at Fulton County Medical Center. The center’s “Renovate A Patient Room” program, begun recently, has received more than $35,000 in donations from various community groups and individuals.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Gary McCardell of Rouzerville are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tammy, to Gary Gearhart, son of Charles Gearhart of Wells Tannery and Gloria Gearhart of Hustontown.

Deaths: Patrick Garlock, 39, McConnellsburg; Edith Garland, 70, Warfordsburg; Jack Miller, 67, Mercersburg; John Goyne, 83, Hockessin; Pearl Layman, 81, Clearville; Eleanor Stoner, 81, Chambersburg; Leona Price, 73, Broad Top City; Beatrice Divelbliss, 80, Clear Spring; Kathryn Laidig, 88, Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Craig Keefer of St. Thomas on February 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skiles Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Wade of Chambersburg on February 22.

Army Pvt. Michael Golden has arrived for duty at Fort Carson, Colo. He is the son of Robert and Barbara Golden of Warfordsburg.

Engagement: Trudy Mort and Randy Gelvin, both of Hustontown, announce their engagement. Their parents are Chalmer and Patsy Mellott and the late Larry Mort and Mr. and Mrs. Rheon Gelvin, all of Hustontown.

Drema Waltz and Michael Purnell wish to announce their engagement. Drema is the daughter of Gerald and Betty Waltz of Big Cove Tannery, and Michael is the son of James and Delores Purnell of Wells Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From the Files Of February 28, 1980 ’80 The weather this winter may not have been choice for ski enthusiasts or snowmobilers, but it’s been pretty good for aficionados of

another exciting sport – hang gliding. After discovering Tuscarora Mountain late last year, hang gliders from as far away as Washington, D.C., have been jumping off the top and soaring along the ridges every weekend that the weather and winds would permit.

Specials at the IGA: Grosso spaghetti sauce, 99 cents; Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, 4 for $1; Kessler’s hams, 79 cents lb.

Now playing at the Reality Theatre; “Starting Over” and “Roller Boogie.” Playing at Fulton Theatre: “Escape From Alcatraz.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Souders of McConnellsburg on February 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Musselman of Mercersburg on February 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on February 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Lynch of Warfordsburg on February 22.

Mrs. Violet Barnhart celebrated her 80th birthday on February 14.

Deaths: Rev. Edward W. Reitler, Orbisonia; Mrs. Esther A. Seburn, Little Cove; George K. Black, Margaret, Fla.; Mrs. Kathryn B. Burns, Knobsville; William R. Henry, Portsmouth, Ohio; Margaret N. Weaver, Hagerstown; Walter G. Whitsel, Mapleton Depot; Flossie V. Bard, Portsmouth, Va.; Robert E. Briggs, Burnt Cabins.

Margaret Ulrich Taylor, a veteran journalist, has been named assistant director of information and publications at Wilson College.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Clifton, North Wilkesboro, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Anne, of Winston Salem, N.C., to Charles D. Bumgardner of Winston Salem, N.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bumgardner, the former Kay Brant of Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 12, 1970 ’70 The Great Cove Golf Course will be opened to its members and the public on Saturday, March 21. To date, 80 applications for membership

to the club have been received, 35 of them new members.

A 24-year-old McConnellsburg man is being held in the Huntingdon County Jail on charges of staging a daring ski mask armed robbery Monday evening at the Deforest Ford Esso Service Station in Saltillo. Police reported that the alleged bandit’s accomplice in the armed robbery was a 17-year-old McConnellsburg juvenile who was arrested on Tuesday. Police are also trying to connect the suspect with a $265 stickup on February 28 at the Truax Store in Burnt Cabins.

Practical nursing fees in Franklin and Fulton counties were raised from $18 to $21 per day at a meeting of the Chambersburg Division, Licensed Practical Nurses Association, last Tuesday at Chambersburg Hospital.

Trooper Robert Albright has purchased the Pierce Glunt home at Knobsville and will take possession in April.

Specials at the local A&P: Bounty jumbo roll towels, 29 cents; large Sunkist navel oranges, 69 cents dozen; Crisco, 79 cents, 3-lb. can.

Deaths: Paul Seiders, McConnellsburg; Alfred E. Brown, Detroit, Mich.; Violet Snyder, Hancock; Ella May Klippenberg, Cumberland; Walter Schwinn, Pittsburgh; D. Newton Litton, Sr., Hagerstown; Gladys Evans, Wood; Anna Mary Brown, Hustontown.

The State Department of Health has published its birth and death rate report for 1968 which indicates that, for the 11th year, the birthrate among commownealth residents has declined. The report stated that 185,720 babies were born to residents in 1968 and 130,802 deaths.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Shew of Mercersburg; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Try of Orbisonia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carbaugh of Hancock; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer of McConnellsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Golden of St. Thomas on March 5.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of March 17, 1960 ’60 At the annual Crops Day meeting last week C. Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg was named champion corn grower in the county

with a yield of 128.5 bushels of shelled corn at 15 percent moisture per acre. Joel Knepper of Hustontown had the next high yield of 127.1 bushels.

Advance Report Forms for the 1960 Census of Population and Housing will be distributed by the post office this week to all households in the county.

A program composed of films taken during the Fulton County Centennial celebration in 1950 and the Sessui Centennial of McConnellsburg in 1936 will be presented at the McConnellsburg High School on March 24.

State Agricultural Department Veterinarians are in the process of testing all cows in Fulton County for TB.

Bedford County’s newest natural gas strike was made last Thursday on the Percy C. Akers farm in Monroe Township and was giving an initial rate of 800,000 cubic feet a day, before being capped, according to the owners, New York State Natural Gas Co.

Two county men were seriously injured in accidents over the weekend. Dewayne Parsons of Burnt Cabins was taken to Chambersburg Hospital with multiple head injuries after his car ran off the road near Orrstown, ran through the guardrails and hurtled 45 feet through the air, landing on the far side of a stream 15 feet below the road. In the second accident, James E. Bloom of Star Route North, McConnellsburg, was critically injured with head and internal injuries when he failed to negotiate a turn on Timber Ridge Road, sideswiped one tree and crashed head-on into another. He was thrown from the vehicle, which was demolished.

Albert Foster has been named to the Public Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Mrs. Daniel Grissinger underwent surgery at Waynesboro Hospital last week.

A group of Lancaster County friends helped local bandmaster John Enck celebrate his birthday on Sunday.

Elliott Deshong Jr., 22, Needmore, was promoted to Specialist Five in Mannheim, Germany, where he is stationed with the 545 Signal Co. in the U.S. Army.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hawkins, Wood, Pa., on March 9; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sheffield, McConnellsburg, on March 11.

Below zero temperatures were recorded in the county all last week.

Miss Ann Deshong, student nurse at the Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Deshong, Harrisonville.

Mrs. Clarence Naugle, Burnt Cabins, has received word that her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Schriever, who have spent the past two years in Beruit, Lebanon, will be arriving home shortly.

Marl H. Garlock Jr., of McConnellsburg, graduated from recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif., on March 11.

Recruit Franklin L. McKee of Amaranth is undergoing eight weeks of basic training at the U.S. Army Infantry Training Center at Fort Jackson, N.C.

Marine Private Norman R. Kanouff of Wells Tannery has completed recruit training at Parris Island, S.C.

Deaths: Mrs. Lydia Aller, Altoona, formerly of Knobsville; Mrs. Maggie Lydia Beltz of Carlisle; Stanley Carnell Sharpe, Dott; Mrs. Mary Ann Hess, Hustontown; Mrs. Ella Mae Booth, Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 16, 1950 ’50 William Black of McConnellsburg is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital suffering from a fractured pelvis, which he received

when he walked in front of a moving car on Saturday.

Miss Eliza Corbin, who has spent the past six months in Europe, is now on her way home.

Recent births: a son, William Carleton Jr., to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Greenleaf of Leechburg, Pa., on March 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Mellott of Needmore on March 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hill of Needmore on March 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sipes of Needmore on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Pittman of Big Cove Tannery on March 14.

According to the Pennsylvania Bonus Bureau, Robert Mann of McConnellsburg will be the first veteran in Fulton County to receive a state bonus check.

Blue Barron, the famous creator of “Music of Yesterday and Today,” will be featured at the local Legion home on Monday night.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Sara L. Akers to Lawrence M. Garman.

Also announced was the engagement of Miss Marjory Hayden to Paul Strait.

Deaths: Robin Linday of Wilmington, Del.; Roy Harris; Mrs. Lourena C. Smith of Altoona; and Jacob Motter.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of March 14, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth W. Shives of near Pleasant Ridge; Mrs. Martha Ellen Wolfe Oyler of Harrisonville; William F. Engle of

Amaranth; Joseph M. Deshong of Harrisburg; Blaine Brinton Booth of Three Springs; Charles Burton Lane of Mount Union; Martin A. Souders of Mc- Connellsburg; Elijah E. Covalt of Kansas, Ill.; Mrs. Elizabeth Aller of Ransom, Kan.

Two Knobsville men are in the local jail in default of $1,500 bond on charges of aggravated assault and battery with intent to kill. Their victim, who was stabbed three times in the stomach with a long-bladed pocketknife, was taken immediately to Everett Hospital and was operated on at once. He is reported in fair condition. The incident occurred at the victim’s house in Knobsville at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon.

Dr. R.D. Grissinger of Bedford was recently elected president of the Pennsylvania State Dental Society.

The total return on the recent Christmas Seal sale in Fulton County amounted to $237.77, considerably larger than any other year.

At the regular monthly meeting of the directors of the McConnellsburg Lions Club, it was decided that the club would sponsor an annual Easter egg hunt for the children of the community. The first will be held next Thursday when 64 dozen colored eggs will be hidden. Fifty of the eggs will be numbered, and the finders of these will be awarded additional prizes.

Captain James McKibbin Post No. 561, American Legion, will celebrate its 21st birthday at the Mellott Hotel March 15.

Jacob “Jake” Clevenger has been re-elected chief of the local fire company, a position he has held since its organization.

Miss Martha Jane Souders, 19, a student at Shenandoah Valley Academy, New Market, Va., died on Tuesday from injuries she received on Sunday in an automobile accident on Pleasantville Mountain. Her father, J.J. Souders, son of Andrew Souders of Thompson Township, was driving the car and suffered a fracture of the right arm and contusions. Miss Souders died in the Windber Hospital of a pulmonary embolism.

Don’t forget the chicken supper in the Methodist Church on Saturday evening. The price: 40 cents for allyou can-eat.

Frank Mellott was in Philadelphia on Tuesday for observation at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Marriage licenses have been issued to the following: Grant C. Mellott and Della Swope, both of Needmore; Richard K. Deshong of Andover and Marjorie E. Metzler of Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Hustontown are the proud parents of a baby girl.

Guy, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Strait of Hustontown, is seriously ill with pneumonia. on Saturday evening.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 29, 1940 ’40 Because of an error in pasting up, the following items appeared

in the 60 Years Ago column instead of those of 50 Years ago in the February 22, 1990, issue of the “News.”

Countains treated at the dispensary of Everett Hospital during the past week include Mrs. Raymond Deshong of Harrisonville for X-ray of the right foot; Earl McFarland for reduction of multiple compound fractures of middle finger of the left hand; and William Anderson of Saluvia for X-ray of the right leg.

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 Raker, 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 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 receive a cash award of $10 and a trip to Hershey at the time of the annual meeting of the Farm Bureau.

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

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 13, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Gerald Anson Deshong of Fayette, Mo.; Robert

Lehman Jackson of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Sophia Campbell Jones of Mount Union; L. Albertus Dorty of Cove Gap; Thomas Clingerman of Green Ridge, Md.; John William Pouson.

People here were stunned on Friday forenoon when they learned that Mrs. McCauley Lynch had nearly lost her life at the hands of a male assailant in her own home, just south of Mc- Connellsburg. Being ill Thursday night, Mrs. Lynch remained in bed Friday morning and her husband left on his duties as rural mail carrier. During the morning, she heard someone downstairs and coming down, fully clothed, was confronted by the masked man. He said, “I want money” and when she replied that she had none, said: “You d_ _ _ liar. I have 75 cents that I found in the cupboard.” Thus they confronted each other in the kitchen, the masked man pointing a revolver directly at her face. Mrs. Lynch seized a baseball bat standing in the kitchen, struck at the man’s head, missed but did knock the gun from his hand. He stooped for the weapon, at the same time preventing her from escaping by holding onto her skirt, while she tried to tear the mask from his face. Uttering an imprecation, he hit her on top of the head with the revolver and she lay unconscious until found by her father an hour or more later. State police have joined local authorities in investigating the attack and, while there are suspects, there have been no arrests thus far.

Prothonotary Charles W. Mellott and A. Lincoln Wible have traded their properties in Mc- Connellsburg on an “evensteven” basis.

Announcement was made in Waynesburg on February 28 of the resignation of J.A. Hannas, county detective. He served in that position in Green County since 1928 and will now enter the automobile business in Uniontown. He is a son of W.M Hann of this place.

James Russell Guyer, son-inlaw of Francis M. Taylor of East Lincoln Way, has announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket for election to the legislature from Huntingdon County.

Miss Mildred Clugston of the Cove, who drives to and from school, wrecked her car at the McDowell hotel corner on Friday afternoon when she ran into a pole. Two schoolmates were with her and one of these was cut when his head went through the windshield. This was the only injury, but the car was badly damaged.

Mr. and Mrs. Oral Cooper are completely renovating their West End Restaurant in McConnellsburg.

Charles Connelly and Wilbert Hess are assisting Frank P. Plessinger on a surveying job in the Meadow Grounds.

Charles B. Paylors’ sale at Back Run last Friday was considered very successful. The horses brought $120 and $139.

L.K. Cline, formerly of Burnt Cabins but now with his son, H.L. Cline, in Bedford County, was taken to the Roaring Spring hospital on February 28 where his left arm was amputated above the elbow. He has been suffering from blood poisoning for the past four months, caused by a splinter in his thumb.

On account of the serious illness of Mrs. Sipes, wife of Hon. John P. Sipes, the defending attorney in practically all the criminal cases listed for the March court term, the petit jurors have been instructed not to appear.

“Jackie” Kelso is improving after being quite ill.

Peter Forner and Helen Reigel were wed March 8.

Marshall J. McClain and Ollie Louise Barnett were married on March 12.

Ruby Strait marked her 18th birthday on Saturday.

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