2010-03-18 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Richard Price, pictures students outside the Hiram School circa 1920. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Richard Price, pictures students outside the Hiram School circa 1920. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 15, 1990 ’90 In a surprise announcement Monday, it was disclosed that the McConnellsburg IGA Foodliner was sold last week to Riverside

Supermarkets of Dubois. The new owners will take over operation of the Penn’s Village Supermarket on March 19. The supermarket will be completely remodelled and a larger variety of merchandise and food products will be added.

Kenneth “Lee” Glazier was presented the Soil Conservation District’s 1989 Conservation Farmer Award at the Fulton County Tri-Ag banquet held at the Mc- Connellsburg Firehall on March 8.

Everyone is talking about the weather and the unseasonably high temperatures recorded for this time of the year. They were in the high 80s by the beginning of the week.

Northern Bedford girls outscored McConnellsburg 21-11 in the fourth quarter to defeat McConnellsburg 59- 54 in the District 5 title game at Everett last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barnett of Hustontown are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Teressa Barnett, to Gregory Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Swope of Harrisonville and Dallas Bard of Everett.

Cindy Mellott of Warfordsburg and Perry Mellott of Needmore are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacy Mellott, to Chris Munson, son of Charles Munson and Mary Gardner.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Perry of Chambersburg on March 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Deshong of McConnellsburg on March 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Black of Waterfall on March 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fleck of Three Springs on March 8.

Deaths: Eli Bookheimer, infant son of Marvin and Vicki Souders Bookheimer; Clifford Rotz, 46, Suisun Valley, Calif.; Harry Parks, 27, Shippensburg; Dearl Smalley Sr., 78, Chambersburg.

Marriage licenses: Michael Blumenthal, Mc- Connellsburg, and Terri McGarvey, McConnellsburg; Richard Harper, Hancock, and Stephanie Barnhart, Warfordsburg; Travis Fogal, Needmore, and Deneen Fagley, Harrisonville; Clinton Garland, Warfordsburg, and Tammy Trail, Needmore; Craig Starr, Three Springs, and Colleen Glunt, Burnt Cabins.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 13, 1980 ’80 Marvin DeShong, a charter member of Hustontown Fire Co., was honored Saturday as the HAFCO “Fireman of the Year” at the

12th annual banquet at the firehall.

Rev. Lonnie Clark, pastor of the Asbury United Methodist charge at Harrisonville, and his wife were awakened from sleep in the middle of the night on Monday by a pounding on the parsonage door, to find a distraught husband seeking help for his wife who had started delivery of their child while on the way to the Medical Center. They found Mrs. Debra D. Halterman of Everett, the sooner than expected mother-to-be, on the front seat of her husband’s van, in the critical stages of delivery. While a telephone call was made for an ambulance, Rev. Clark’s wife, Sally, who is a registered nurse, helped with the delivery through the open door of the van while the patient’s husband sat in the driver’s seat holding his wife, with her head on his lap. When the ambulance arrived at 3:50 a.m., corpsmen Ellis Yingling and Ken Peck assisted Mrs. Clark in the final stages, and the mother and baby were transferred to the warmth of the ambulance from the 34-degree temperature of the cold night and taken to the Medical Center.

A Fulton County man, Freddie Hendershot, 27, of Hagerstown was killed instantly in an accident on Interstate 70 on Tuesday. The fatal accident occurred one mile east of the Route 68 exit at Clear Spring, Md. Hendershot was travelling east in a westbound lane on the highway and drove head on into a westbound tractor trailer rig.

Since featuring the story of Nellie Covalt in last week’s issue, Mrs. Orintha A. Norris Schafer of Hancock, contacted the “News” to say that her aunt, Harriet Metz of League City, Texas, celebrated her 100th birthday on March 8. Ms. Metz was reared on a farm in Buck Valley, and she also is a member of the church in the valley, then the Christian Church, but now the United Church of Christ, so they probably knew each other as girls.

The St. Paul Lutheran Church of McConnellsburg was the setting for the wedding of Carol Lynette Hawkins and Robert Charles Shimer on February 26. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hawkins of Hustontown. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shimer of McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: sirloin tip roast, $1.99 lb.; Velvetta cheese, $2.59, 2 lbs.; Scot towels, 59 cents big roll; Crisco shortening, $2.09, 3 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Wood of Fannettsburg on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Keefer of McConellsburg on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Seville of McConnellsburg on March 4; son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on March 6.

Deaths: James W. McCarty, Hancock; Elizabeth J. Deshong, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Etta Everhart, Mc- Connellsburg; Myrtle Fix, Chambersburg; Glen Duvall, Mount Union; George A. Caldwell Sr., Hancock; Raymond E. Keefer, Big Cove Tannery; Carl A. Locke, State College.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 26, 1970 ’70 More than 4,000 members of Amalgamated Clothing Workers marched through Chambersburg last Thursday in protest

against low-priced clothing imports. Nine busloads of women from the Sagner plant in Mc- Connellsburg were among those who joined the march after the management closed down all operations at the local plant in sympathy with the demonstration.

The appointment of Robert C. Snyder of Snyder Insurance Agency of McConnellsburg as chairman of the Fulton County Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses has been announced by W.E. Stine, district manager.

Mrs. Emma Lodge Gordon, county treasurer, is recuperating at her home following surgery at the Hagerstown Hospital on Friday for the removal of growths from her vocal cords. She will not be able to use her voice for the next week.

The Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club will officially open the season on April 1 when the clubhouse facilities will be put into use. Membership now stands at 105 paid members, 41 of which were initiated as new members.

Miss Susan Elaine Frehn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Frehn of Orbisonia, became the bride of Paul D. Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Schmidt, of Oxon Hill, Md., on February 14 in Walnut Grove Church of God, near Maddensville.

Deaths: C. Wilbert Mann, McConnellsburg; Earl Sipes, Harrisonville; Howard Peck, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Bessie Maude Strait, Waterfall; Raymond Plessinger, Warfordsburg; Mary C. Osbaugh, Chambersburg; Alvie Keeer, York Springs.

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

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Swadley of Needmore on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Bathavic of Broad Top on March 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Hann of Harrisonville on March 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hockenberry of Doylesburg on March 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas of Hustontown on March 20.

St. Paul Lutheran Church of McConnellsburg was the setting for the recent wedding of Sharon Louise Hawbaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hawbaker, and Roy Lorentz Seiders, son of Clifford Seiders, all of McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 31, 1960 ’60 The 1960 Census of Population, the nation’s 18th decennial nose count, will get under way on April 1. Seven Census takers will

start a house-to-house canvass covering Fulton County to pick up advance report forms and household questionnaires.

R. Samuel Dillon Jr. of Hancock announces the sale of the 5,200-acre Dillon Orchards to the Davis-Eadington Interests of California for $2 million.

Mrs. Betty Mellott of Needmore was not injured in an accident on Tuesday while driving north on Route 522 when her car came over a rise in the road and ran into logs being rolled over the road at Lynch’s Sawmill, six miles south of tow.

Johnnie’s Motel and Diner in McConnellsburg, owned and operated by John B. Stenger, will be sold on Friday to Earl Alloway, formerly of Hustontown, who currently operates a Gulf Station in Greencastle. He will take over the motel and diner on June 1.

A marriage license was issued at the local courthouse to Charles Edgar Snyder of Mercersburg and Carolyn Jean Benedict of Lemasters.

A charger was approved in court for the Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Cemetery Association.

Registration figures for the April 26 primary election show a total of 4,835 registered voters in the county, of these 2,741 are Democrats, 2,065 Republican and 29 nonpartisan. For the November 3, 1959, municipal Eelection there were 4,866 voters registered.

The Report of Condition of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg shows total assets of $3,250,134.49 as of March 30, 1960, and assets of The Fulton County National Bank totalled $5,116,908.76.

United Telephone Co. advertises “An extension phone in your barn costs less than 4 cents a day.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Neuder of Waterfall on March 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Miller, McConnellsburg, on March 27.

Coy Spade of Needmore underwent an appendectomy at the Medical Center last week.

The Leroy Swope family has moved from Belfast Township to Spring Run.

Penn Mar Grocery lists coffee, 49 cents lb.; longhorn cheese, 49 cents lb.; and 10 16-oz. cans of pork and beans for $1 in this week’s grocery ad.

Death: Mrs. Ida Seaffer of Blain, Perry County, formerly of McConnellsburg; Frank V. Niedfeldt, Washington, D.C., formerly of Buck Valley.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnston celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on March 23.

McConnellsburg Explorer Post was winner of the Tuscarora District of the Mason Dixon Council’s bowling tournament on Saturday with a score of 2,275. Allen Kies of McConnellsburg took the high individual game award with a total of 204 and the high triple with 494.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 30, 1950 ’50 James L. Gatins of Fort Littleton has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for congressman in the House of

Representatives from the 17th District.

Clarence Snyder, 42, of Hustontown, was killed almost instantly early Saturday morning in a wreck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Carlisle when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and his truck ran off the road, struck the guardrails and an abutment and turned over. Injured in the accident were his two sons, Calvin, 20, who suffered chest injuries, and Edward, 25, who suffered a possible skull fracture, and a neighbor, Norman Kough, 52, who suffered leg injuries.

Paul Sipes and Jack Tolbert both received head injuries on Monday evening when Sipes’ stationwagon was demolished when struck by a passing motorist as he was pulling onto the highway from the driveway of his home about a mile east of McConnellsburg. Both men were taken to Chambersburg Hospital.

John J.Kelso of McConnellsburg graduated with honors on Sunday from the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Houck of Hustontown on March 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Crouse of Big Cove Tannery on March 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Swope of Needmore on March 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Milford Hann of McConnellsburg on March 21.

Reuben Mellott Jr. and Elizabeth Ruth Ault were married on Saturday.

Miss Ellen Lee Welsh has been admitted to the national honorary biology fraternity, Beta Beta Beta, at Gettysburg College.

Earl Alloway has been elected commander of the local VFW.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 28, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Alfred Guy Strait of Hustontown; Mrs. Samuel Mellott of Ayr Township; Frank Smith of Big Cove Tannery; Joseph C. Barnett

of near Waterfall; James R. Sharpe of Bethel Township; Mrs. Florence E. Reeder of Mc- Connellsburg.

Fire of undetermined origin on Monday destroyed a two-story frame combination garage and apartment building opposite the Vance Inn in Fort Loudon and owned by Mrs. George Vance. One of the apartments was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. James I. Page, the other by Mr. and Mrs. Harold McKinnon and their two children. Firemen from McConnellsburg and Mercersburg were called, but the fire had too much of a head start to save any of the building. Nothing was saved in the Page apartment, where the fire started, but the McKinnons were able to save some personal belongings and some furniture.

“Uncle Cy Hits a New High” will be presented at the Fort Littleton Junior High School on March 30. Taking part will be Dorothy Hoffman, Vivian Reese, Ann Steele, Beulah Stinson, Pauline Cornelius, Dale Fraker, Willard Fegley, Hilda Miller and Roy Park. John Cline is the publicity manager and Fred Martz the stage manager.

More than 20 children turned out for the Lions Club’s Easter egg hunt last Thursday. The grand prize, a large white rabbit, was awarded to the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Glee of McConnellsburg.

Frank D. Shimer of Harrisburg has been named head of the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He is a son of the late Edward D. Shimer, who was editor of the Fulton Republican many years ago.

On March 23, Stull Baldwin of Burnt Cabins, driving south from Orbisonia, was forced off the road by an unknown car. Stull received cuts about the face and head and a severe shoulder injury. He was treated at Everett Hospital.

Marriage licenses have been issued to Herbert B. Duval of Wells Tannery and Frances C. William of Hopewell and to Roger H. Shoop of Hagerstown and Muriel Carbaugh of Mercersburg.

A McConnellsburg man was acquitted by an all male jury on Friday night of murder in the death of state policeman Frederick J. Sutton, but still faces charges of illegally carrying the gun, which he carried for protection from dogs and was defective and accidentally discharged when the police officer grasped his arm. The jury deliberated four hours before reaching its verdict after hearing an hour-and-fifteen-minute charge from Judge W. Sheely.

Roy Gordon, a member of the local fire company, which answered a call Sunday evening to extinguish a chimney fire at the home of Morrow Kirk, sustained painful injuries when a ladder he was climbing slipped. He stayed with the ladder until about 15 feet from the ground when he jumped, landing on both feet. Taken to Waynesboro Hospital, X-rays revealed that the heel bones in both feet were fractured.

Rinehart R. Hess and Grace L. Hill were married March 20.

State police officer M.J. Walsh has been transferred from McConnellsburg to Bedford. Paul Ruda of Bedford will come here.

Nancy, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvey Souders, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday evening.

80 Years Ago

From the Files Of March 27, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Mrs. Mary Steckman of Union Township; David

Fay, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Garland; Andrew J. Steckman of Bedford County; Mrs. Simon Claybaugh of LeMars, Iowa and Mrs. E.A. Claybaugh of Armour, S.D., sisters in-law who died within a space of 24 hours; Mrs. Margaret Baxter of Los Angeles, Calif.

The Bruce Paylor family will move on Tuesday to the Jacob Motter place at Thomastown, which they recently purchased.

A son was born on February 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Kerlin of Todd Township.

Thurman Nesbitt has been considerably afflicted, suffering from a bealed head over the right eye. A short time ago, he had been bealing over the left eye.

The funeral of Mrs. Martha Miller was largely attended at Fairview on Monday afternoon.

From the Northcraft writer come these items: “The Barnes Gap Transportation Company has improved its passenger service by adding a new bus station at what is known as the Town House and the West side Transit Company has contracted to haul the products of the Trough Hol- low Lumber and Broom Co.”

The following Methodist ministers have been returned to Fulton County for another year: Rev. Cummings, Burnt Cabins; Rev. Parker H. Heller, Hustontown; Rev. J.H. Gilbert, Needmore; Rev. O. Williams, Breezewood; Rev. J. Beale Meloy, Mc- Connellsburg.

Harvey Naugle of Burnt Cabins was here this week to see the twin babies that came to his home a few weeks ago.

Death: J.E. Welch of Burnt Cabins.

Mr. and Mrs. Mack Keyser of Mercersburg announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, named Betty Jane.

Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Gress and son, Bernard, attended the wedding dinner given by Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Cline in Huntingdon on Sunday in honor of their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Finney Jaymes.

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