2010-03-11 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Richard Price of Harrisonville, pictures Hiram school students circa 1920. Front row, left to right: Charlie Hershey, unknown, Pauline King, Nellie Hershey Strait, Bertie Hershey Price, unknown; second row, far right, Ava Hershey Fix. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Richard Price of Harrisonville, pictures Hiram school students circa 1920. Front row, left to right: Charlie Hershey, unknown, Pauline King, Nellie Hershey Strait, Bertie Hershey Price, unknown; second row, far right, Ava Hershey Fix. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 8, 1990 ’90 Ray Koontz, owner of Penn’s Village Shopping Center is building an addition on the east end of Hollinshead’s Store for the store

to expand to furniture sales. Fred Waite is constructing the new addition.

No one was injured in an early morning fire Monday, March 5, which gutted a fire along Pa. Route 475 in Taylor Township. Hustontown Fire Co. was called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gartland, one-half mile north of Clear Ridge. When firefighters arrived, the kitchen wall and ceiling and second-story bedroom were well engulfed. The home was insured and the occupants are now staying with relatives nearby.

Forbes Road School Board Monday night approved in principle the sale of unused school property located behind the Dallco Industries sewing plant in Hustontown to that company for a planned expansion project.

Mr. and Mrs. Hal Gobin of Virginia Beach, Va., announce the birth of their daughter, Sara, January 29.

Southern Trail Beverage Distributor recently opened for business at 109 South Seventh Street, McConnellsburg, under the ownership and management of John Kauffman. His father owns K&K Beverage at Fort Littleton.

A fire which destroyed a vacant house along a Thompson Township road late Friday night, February 23, has been ruled an arson by Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Gary Trivelpiece. The fire at the vacant house owned by Edward Younker of Warfordsburg was an “incendiary fire” and that signs indicated the fire began outside the south end of the house. The home had no electrical service hooked up and no heat, indicating that there were no accidental sources for ignition.

Sgt. Kimberly Foster has arrived for duty at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. She is the daughter of James and Beverly Foster of McConnellsburg.

A surprise party was held March 3 in honor of Catherine J. Sipes’ 80th birthday at Knobsville United Methodist Church.

Deaths: Harold “Tom” Richards, 64, McConnellsburg; Robert DeShong, 56, McConnellsburg; Anna Beard, 94, Westminster; Robert R. Everts, 76, State Line; Armeta Stonebraker, 51, Hagerstown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 6, 1980 ’80 Temperatures of five degrees above zero and below were reported in the county over the weekend, but even those people vacationing

in the sunny South, to get away from the cold, were shivering – it registered 32 degrees in Miami on Saturday. The snowstorm which dumped around two feet on places as far south as North Carolina, missed this area except for a light cover.

Nellie Covalt, a remarkable woman of good farm stock, will be 100 years old on March 17 and will become, as far as can be determined, Fulton County’s only centenarian. Though now a guest in the Extended Care Unit at the Medical Center, Mrs. Covalt was born on a farm and spent the biggest part of her life as a farmer’s wife, raising a family of eight. Hard work was something she was used to, but she says thing are a lot easier for a farmer’s wife today.

A four-room frame house, owned by Betty Malot of Hustontown and rented by Pete Hockensmith, was severely damaged in a fire which was started by an overheated woodstove in the living room last Wednesday. Hustontown Fire Co. was called to the residence, located on Route 655, by a neighbor. There was considerable heat, smoke and water damage, which made the home uninhabitable.

McConnellsburg IGA owner Ray Koontz unveiled plans for his new supermarket to be built at Penn’s Village Shopping Center at an Ayr Township supervisors meeting on Friday.

Specials at the IGA: Kessler’s hams, 79 cents lb.; pork shoulder steaks, $1.19 lb.; boneless chuck roast, $1.59 lb.; Hills Bros. coffee, $7.99, 3 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlyn Lynch of Warfordsburg on February 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Chilcote of Mapleton Depot on February 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Shope of Saltillo on February 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richards Snyder of Breezewood on February 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson of McConnellsburg on February 28.

Deaths: Gladys Fix, Fort Loudon; Mrs. Hazel Broadwater, Waterfall; John Hollenshead, St. Thomas; Wilmer Johnson, Hershey; Lewis Conner, Duncansville; James Hess Sr., Hancock; Marshall Daniels, Hancock; Pearl Landers, Hancock; David J. Simmers, McConnellsburg; W. Bruce Mathias, Shade Gap; Belle Elizabeth Pyles, Neelyton.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 19, 1970 ’70 The Sagner Inc. plant in McConnellsburg, together with similar clothing factories across the nation, will close down on Thursday

at 10:00 a.m. so that workers may rally to protest the rising volume of Japanese and other foreign made, low-profit imported clothing into the United States, which threatens to wipe out this country’s men’s clothing industry.

The Tuscarora Hillclimb will be held this year on June 20 and June 21.

Veryl Donald Mellott, 38, Chambersburg, was killed in a truck accident on Route 30, one mile west of Breezewood, last Tuesday, March 10, at 9:15 p.m. Mellott’s rig ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer operated by a Michigan man. The Mellott rig overturned and he was pinned in the wreckage.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Garland will mark their 50th anniversary on April 3.

The H-H Market is moving its place of business from Lincoln Way East to Harrisonville.

Deaths: Earl Sipes, Howard Peck, McConnellsburg; John Ray, Hancock; Howard Parsons, Fort Littleton; Lloyd King, Kissimmee, Fla.; Mack Clevenger, Fort Loudon; Dale Garland, Johnstown.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “The Outdoorsman” and “The Great Bank Robbery.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Long of Breezewood on March 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Black of Greencastle on March 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Gordon of Mercersburg on March 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Varner of Three Springs on March 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stine of Chambersburg on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Hollenshead of McConnellsburg on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ray of Needmore on March 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Powell of Hancock on March 13.

Specials at the IGA: IGA ice cream, 59 cents, half gallon; Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner, 19 cents; tissues, 25 cents box; ground beef, 69 cents lb.; chuck roast, 50 cents lb.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 24, 1960 ’60 A small headstone, measuring eight inches wide and 10 inches long, was unearthed last week from under The First National Bank

during excavation work to expand the basement for storage space. It bore the inscription “Florence V., daughter of James and Malinda Lin Coivan, who died January 31, 1855, age 12 years and 22 days.” It is thought that the headstone was among the rubble hauled in for reinforcement when the bank vault was installed several years ago. Wooden water pipes installed when the bank was built 90 years ago were also found during the excavation, still in good condition.

George Smith of Cashtown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Smith of Warfordsburg, has been appointed sales representative for the Speedy Manufacturing Co. of Oelwein, Iowa, with a territory covering western Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.

Bishop Howard J. Carroll, head of the Altoona Johnstown Catholic Church Diocese, died early Monday at Washington Hospital. His diocese included Fulton County.

A defendant in court last week, pleading guilty to transporting untaxed liquor, was fined $100 and costs. The court ordered the liquor confiscated and given to the Medical Center.

Over $280,000 will be spent on the 1960 highway program in Fulton County, which includes 13 projects of new and resurfaced roads and the completion of the Route 29037 bridge north of Needmore, which is 50 percent complete.

A fried chicken dinner will be served at the local American Legion home on Sunday. The price will be $1 and free refreshments will be served.

P.A. Mellott, a salesman at Fulton Motor Sales, Mc- Connellsburg, will be presented with a 300-500 club award as a top ranking salesman for 1959 at a banquet in Pittsburgh on March 26. The average salesman sold 100 new cars and 70 used cars in qualifying for the national honor, according to the district Ford sale manager.

Buhram Stahle of Amaranth was presented a certificate for 45 years of service as a fire warden at the annual meeting at the Buchanan State Forest District on March 11.

Doctors Robert Fry, Gerald T. Lorentz and Russell McLucas will sponsor the kickoff dinner at the Medical Center for the Fulton County Unit of the Cancer Society on March 31

Roger Daniel of Needmore, who was seriously injured in a car accident on January 29, has returned home from the Chambersburg Hospital and is back in high school. He will graduate in 1961.

Mrs. Robert E. Riggs entered Chambersburg Hospital on Thursday for surgery.

With a view to opening a carpentry shop, Charles Croft of McConnellsburg has purchased a 100-foot fronting on Route 16 from Humphrey Yaukey.

At a meeting of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, W. Pyles, president of the town council, told members he felt sure the borough could supply the amount of water needed to provide a sprinkling system for the Fulton Manufacturing Co., but to meet the requirements specified by the insurance underwriters was an almost impossibility, considering the size of the town and the available water supply.

K.G. Richards, local Dodge dealer, was informed this week that Richards Motors had achieved the highest rating of sales for February, compared to sales of other dealers of like sales areas.

Pennsylvania’s new equal pay law prohibiting discrimination in payment of wages on the basis of sex went into effect on March 17.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Kendall, Washington, D.C., on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rogers, Harrisonville, on March 14.

Mrs. Sadie Peterson, former Burnt Cabins postmistress, died unexpectedly at her home last Wednesday.

Mrs. Galen Kling, Burnt Cabins, is a surgical patient in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Duane Parsons, Burnt Cabins, who was injured in a car accident last week, has returned home from Chambersburg Hospital.

James Shank of Homestead, Pa., died last Friday and was buried in the Buck Valley Methodist Church Cemetery.

Keith Hixon, Amaranth, who is serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Ky., spent the weekend with his parents.

Cpl. Joseph Miller of Camp Lejeune, N.C., while visiting with his wife in the Robert Shaw home, Wells Tannery, was stricken with appendicitis and was rushed to Bedford Hospital.

The Knobsville correspondent writes, “Did you see the Northern Lights the first of last week? They were beautiful.”

A birthday dinner was held recently in the John R. Pittman home in honor of Mr. Pittman, Lloyd Fahnestock and his triplet sons, Dale, Dean and John, and Rev. John Peffer of Carlisle.

Army Pvt. Glenn M. Layton, 18, of McConnellsburg, recently arrived in Baumholder, Germany, and is now a member of the 8th Infantry Division.

Deaths: Mrs. Maye Sheetz Miller, McConnellsburg; George W. Doyle, McConnellsburg; Alfred C. McCoy, Fort Littleton; Ms. Sadie K. Peterson, Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Victoria Erhardt, Roaring Spring; Albert S. Heer, New Grenada; Sarah Catherine Everts, Needmore.

The Keystone Kustard Kitchen at Knobsville will open on March 25.

There will be a grand opening of the Harris Hotel dining room on March 25 with a square dance in the evening.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of March 23, 1950 ’50 For the first time since the start of construction, the board of directors met in the new Fulton County Medical Center on Monday


Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Richards of Webster Mills on March 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raker of McConnellsburg on March 20

Fulton County’s only centenarian, John W. Comerer, died on Sunday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ott of McConnellsburg. He was aged 100 years, one month and 20 days.

Willis Preston Hawbaker Jr. and Dorothy Chamberlain were married on March 4.

Harold Eugene Chesnut, 61, McConnellsburg, died at the home of his son, Claude, in Chambersburg, on March 16. He was a former treasurer of Fulton County.

The Mixed Chorus of the McConnellsburg High School will present the operetta, “Belle of Barcelona,” on March 31. Taking the female leads will be Martha Culler and Virginia Gress. Starring in the male roles will be Bob Cutchall and Stanley Kline.

Deaths: Mrs. Dora Means Hendershot of Buck Valley; Mrs. Mary Ellen Creek of Warfordsburg; Billy Glenn Foster of Wells Tannery; John Sollers of Mount Union; Elder Hugh Gallher of Fargo, N.D.; Margaret M. Cook; George Cutchall of McConnellsburg; Russell Sanford Garland of Lansdale.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 21, 1940 ’40 An Easter service will be presented in the Knobsville Church on Saturday evening.

Sunday School class members taking part will be Betty Miller, Jean Hamil, Maxine Cline, Oscar Kerlin, Ruth Miller, Adrian Reeder, Dorothea Reeder, Marveline Croft and Arlene Glunt.

Deaths: Mrs. J.C. Maun of near McConnellsburg; Isaac Beatty of Buck Valley; Moses Gordon of Sharpe.

Local firemen were called Wednesday morning to extinguish a chimney fire at the home of Mrs. Martin Souders at Jugtown.

The Lions Club egg hunt at the school grounds on Saturday will be under the supervision of Prof. Owen C. Fries, Joseph Shelly and Howard Peck.

Indicted on Friday by the grand jury, a local man went on trial on Monday on a charge of murder in the fatal shooting of a state patrolman outside a local restaurant on January 3. Judge W.C. Sheely is presiding at the trial and a day and half were spent in selecting the following jurymen: Harold Martz, Jacob B. Mellott, Omar Layton, Jay W. Alloway, John Chamberlain, Harvey Bishop, David P. Bowman, James Harris, Paul Gordon, John Vanhorn, Earl M. Akers and Frank Chilcote.

The season for trout fishing will open at Cowans Gap on April 15 instead of April 1, the opening date for the remainder of the state.

Icy road conditions were the cause of a collision between a 1939 Chevrolet truck, operated by Merrill Culler of McConnellsburg, and a Desota sedan, operated by Dorothy M. Pine of Hagerstown, near Sylvan on March 17. There were no injuries.

The Fulton County Fair Association has received a payment of $790 from state Treasurer F. Clair Ross as its share of $50,000 in state-aid payments to 84 fair associations in 51 counties.

Admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week were Arthur L. Cady of Harrisonville for medical treatment and Mrs. Minnie Leasure of Mc- Connellsburg for treatment and observation.

The operetta, “Top of the World,” will be presented by the McConnellsburg Glee Club next Tuesday. Taking the leading roles will be Bonnie Cutchall, Lyle Duffey, Paul Ott, Mary Jane Hamil, Grace Raker, Lewis Largent, Eleanor Stevens, Robert Raker, Dorothy Paylor, Arthur Grissinger and Robert Hays.

Richard K. Deshong and Marjorie Ella Metzler were married on March 17.

Wendell R. Henry and Dorthy M. Fraker were married on March 16.

Mrs. Mary Vallance continues seriously ill at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Harr, near town.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Richards announce the birth of a son at Chambersburg Hospital on Thursday.

George Grissinger attended the Federal District Court at Scranton last week where he served as a juror.

A daughter, who has been named Charlotte Rebecca, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Barnett of Hustontown, on February 29.

Guy, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Strait of Hustontown, died last Wednesday evening of pneumonia.

Mrs. Lillian Fraker of Fort Littleton was admitted to the Huntingdon Hospital on Friday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 20, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Peter Culler of Johnstown; Austin Allen

Clymans of East Bevier, Miss.; Florence Jeannette Hauman of Mount Union.

Jacob Mottor has sold his property at Thomastown, consisting of a frame dwelling on four acres of land, to Charles B. Paylor for the sum of $1,000. Mr. Motter purchased the adjoining property, with a dwelling and one acre of land, from Scott Oliver for $200.

Death: Jon W. McCoy of Fort Littleton.

A.L. Weaver’s sale at the Hykes farm last Thursday amounted to $1,900. His highest priced cow brought $103.

State police arrested a Saluvia man on Saturday, charging him with forging a license plate by changing 1928 to 1930.

Recent births: a son on March 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolinger of McConnellsburg; a daughter on February 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Souders; a son, Paul Andrew, to Mr. and Mrs. Amon Fittery of Mc- Connellsburg on February 18; a son, Donald Pittman, to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Divens of near Knobsville on February 21.

Death: Mrs. Rebecca Deshong of Johnstown.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Steckman of Northcraft was saddened by two deaths the past week. On Tuesday, Jake Steckman of Clear Ridge, who spent the winter in the above home, died at the age of 8 years. The following week, Mrs. Mary Steckman, a member of the same home, died at the age of 80 years. Both deaths were caused by influenza.

Born: a son, Herman Eugene, to Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Mellott of Needmore on March 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Orville DeShong also.

Claude Smith of Brush Creek was admitted to the Roaring Spring Hospital on Thursday where he underwent an operation for appendicitis

Pearl Bishop, teacher at the Fairview School, fell last week and broke her wrist.

Death: Dr. Martin G. Brumbaugh, president of Juniata College.

On February 27, a party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Brady Mellott of near Hustontown in honor of the 20th birthday of their daughter, Helen.

F.S. Ambrose, president of the United Coon Hunters’ Sportsmen’s Association, has started a dog kennel on the old W. King property, midway between Mc- Connellsburg and Hustontown, which will be known as the Blue Ridge Mountain Kennels. In the near future, all kinds of sporting dogs will be boarded and trained at the kennels.

The mud has dried up at last!

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