2010-03-25 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures the Wells-Taylor Elementary School fifth-grade class in the year 1955. Mrs. Alice Alloway was the teacher. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures the Wells-Taylor Elementary School fifth-grade class in the year 1955. Mrs. Alice Alloway was the teacher. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 22, 1990 ’90 Helen Overly, president of Overly-Raker Inc., was elected the new president of the Chicago Gift Show on February 6 at the annual

member-exhibitors’ meeting. The local businesswoman has served as vice president of the show for the past three years.

Two fires in wooded areas off Mountain Road in Belfast Township last Thursday afternoon were probably set fires, according to Ray Miller, fire prevention officer for the McConnellsburg office of the state Bureau of Forestry. About 50 firefighters used water to knock down the two woods fires at the foot of Sideling Hill Mountain. One of the fires damaged about one acre of woods, while the other damaged about three acres of woods. The fires are still under investigation.

Marlin and Linda Hollinshead of Hollinshead’s Store in the Penn’s Village Shopping Center announced Friday that they will be opening a Radio Shack franchise as well as expanding into a furniture line. The Radio Shack will occupy the area where the present Hollinshead’s Store is now located.

Snow was falling in the area on Tuesday, the first day of spring, but not in measurable amounts.

Inez Eddy, owner of Eddy’s Engraving in Needmore, announced Friday that she will relocate her business to the Penn’s Village Shopping Center in McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Betty Taylor, 55, Harrisonville; Bertha Ott, 93, McConnellsburg; Emmert Banzhoff Sr., Williamsport; Wilbert Peck, 97, Asheville, N.C.; Robert Strait, 85, Hustontown; Grant J. Leevy, 62, Fort Loudon; Harold Carlin, 77, Shade Gap; Sarah Sigel, 78, Piney Plains, Md.; William Shue, 70, Mapleton; Phylene Mellott, 71, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Powell of Hancock on March 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Heckman of St. Thomas on March 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoffman Jr., Fort Loudon, on March 15.

Tracy Wissinger and Jeffrey Ritz were married October 14 at Emmanual Baptist Church in Johnstown. Parents of the couple are Robert and Bonnie Wissinger of Johnstown and John and Hope Ritz of Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 20, 1980 ’80 Plans for early pre-spring farm and garden work were dashed last week when more than seven inches of snow blanketed the

area on Thursday and Friday. It was the first significant snow of the winter for this area. The storm shut down schools for all three county districts last week.

The First National Bank of McConnellsburg Board of Directors named Albert Foster, retired local attorney, director emeritus, at its recent reorganization meeting.

Deaths: Fred Hendershot, Hustontown; Melvin Carter, Rock Hill, S.C.; Gladys Fletcher, Breezewood; Kenneth Hoffman, Crystal Spring; Gertha Sauter, Hancock; Orrie Pete Jones, Dudley.

Specials at the IGA: boneless half hams, $1.89 lb.; Pillsbury flour, 89 cents, 5 lbs.; ground beef, $1.39 lb.; Esskay bologna, 99 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Halterman, Everett, on March 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Richards of McConnellsburg on March 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clark of Shade Gap on March 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fischer of Warfordsburg on March 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Long, McConnellsburg, on March 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Doyle of Mc- Connellsburg on March 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Sipes of McConnellsburg on March 12.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 2, 1970 ’70 Richard Munson, a senior at Southern Fulton High School, received district honors when his oil painting was awarded a firstplace

blue ribbon by the judges at the Fine Arts Day in Chambersburg on March 21.

A Hyattsville, Md., man, Terrence Lawrence, is listed in satisfactory condition in Chambersburg Hospital with a fractured back and multiple cuts which he received on Monday when his tractor-trailer rig plunged over the infamous Cape Horn curve on Tuscarora Mountain. The incident marked the second time in 1970 that a rig had wrecked on the Route 30 curve.

Supt. Robert Cutchall of the state Department of Highways reported that the roads in Fulton County were kept open on Easter Sunday during the big snowstorm, except for a short period between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the westbound lane of Route 70. Traffic was nearly back to normal on Monday with warmer temperatures and sunshine clearing most of the remaining snow from the roads.

Capt. Robert Comerer is spending a furlough with his family here after a year’s tour of duty in Vietnam.

At their regular meeting on Saturday, the Fulton County Commissioners passed a resolution to purchase the Ray Koontz property at 208 North Second Street, the former Clarence Seville home, for the sum of $10,000.

News of men in service: Airman Martin H. Shimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Hiley Shimer of McConnellsburg, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and has been assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Miss Mona A. Seiders, stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, will celebrate her 19th birthday on April 1 and works with Air Traffic Control at Keesler.

Deaths: Jesse McClain, Waterfall; Mrs. Claire Helzel, Jeannette.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoffman of Orbisonia on March 21 at Fulton County Medical Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Elvey recently entertained at a party in honor of the 80th birthday of Mrs. Elvey’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kendall.

The Hustontown correspondent reports that more than 100 wild geese were forced down by the snowstorm Friday morning of last week and landed on the farm pond of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mellott of Hustontown.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 7, 1960 ’60 At a meeting of the borough of Mc- Connellsburg on Monday night, council authorized the laying of new water lines consisting

of approximately 4,900 feet of 12-inch pipe and 1,100 feet of six-inch pie to provide a proposed sprinkler system for Fulton Manufacturing Co. and increase water pressure at all the fire hydrants in town so that McConnellsburg would no longer be rated an unprotected area for fire insurance coverage.

At the same meeting the State Highway Department was authorized to lay curbing on Maple Street from Route 522 to Route 30 at a quoted price of $2.5 per lineal foot. The lowest bid for curbing received by the borough was $3.30 a foot.

Robert L. Myers, Democrat, a Lewistown newspaperman, and Douglas Elliott, Republican of Chambersburg, will be opposing candidates on the ballot at the April 26 special election to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard M. Simpson as Congressman for the 18th District.

The official board of the McConnellsburg Methodist Church voted to continue the “dial-a-devotion” program for the coming church year.

Susan Diane Mills, 13-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Mills of Mercersburg, died on Tuesday night last week as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning attributed to a faulty furnace in the home. Another child, Gary, was made ill by the fumes.

Kenneth F. Deshong of Needmore and Larry E. Keebaugh of Harrisonville have enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and are now in training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

A legal notice applying for a charter of an intended public utility corporation to be called Columbian Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. appears in this issue and includes among its purposes the intention to mine for gas in Bethel, Thompson and Union townships in Fulton County as well as several other counties in the state.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Souders, Big Cove Tannery, on March 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gordon of Big Cove Tannery on March 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Montgomery, Three Springs, on March 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brown, Maddensville, on April 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hann, Chambersburg, on April 2.

Funeral services were held at Buck Valley Lutheran Church on Saturday for Mrs. Marie (Dorrie) Sands of Baltimore, formerly of Buck Valley.

Mrs. Galen Kling, Burnt Cabins, has returned home from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where she underwent surgery.

Announcement is made of the opening of the North Pole Kustard Kitchen at Harrisonville.

Carl B. Mellott, gunner’s mate, third class USN, of Harrisonville, left Norfolk, Va., on the guided missile cruiser US Camberra for a nine-month operational cruise around the world.

Deaths: Bessie Younker, Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 6, 1950 ’50 Congressman Richard M. Simpson will be the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting of the 18th District of the American Legion,

which will be held at the local home on Monday evening.

Dolly Tritle was elected last week as president of the local high school band.

Death: Johnny Group of Dublin Mills, a polio victim.

Justin McKee Jr. and Thelma Douglas were wed April 2.

M.H. Garlock, owner and operator of the Esso Station in McConnellsburg for the past 21 years, leased the station on April 1 to the Esso Standard Oil Co. The oil company, in turn, sub-leased the station to Earl Alloway and Lyle Duffey.

Births: a daughter on March 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Ted Branche of McConnellsburg; a daughter on April 4 to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reed of Cito.

Carl Paylor, one of McConnellsburg’s outstanding athletes, left this week to begin spring training with the Pioneer Baseball League in Columbia, S.C.

Deaths: Miss Ada Lillian Brown of Greencastle; Mrs. Allision Hamil of Knobsville; Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Gress of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 4, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Calvin Mann of Ayr Township; Mrs. Mary E. Vallance of Todd Township; John F. Correll of Belfast Township; Blair A.

Hurley of Manns Choice; Marion Steele Hess of Coles Valley; Robert T. McDonald of Chicago.

Albertus “Bert” Henry, 64, McConnellsburg, died Monday at 4:45 p.m. in Chambersburg Hospital of injuries sustained late Saturday evening when he was struck by a car driven by a Mt. Washington man, east of the intersection of Lincoln Way and First Street in Mc- Connellsburg. It was reported that Mr. Henry stepped in front of the car, was hit and thrown to the side of the street. He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital where it was discovered that, besides suffering from pain and shock, he had received internal injuries and both legs were broken.

A force of 120,000 enumerators throughout the United States began counting noses on April 2 for the 1940 census which is expected to show a population of 132,000,000 persons, an increase of about 10,000,000, since the last census in 1930.

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Cunningham of Knobsville were hosts at a turkey dinner on Sunday, at which time they announced the marriage of their son, John, to Bea Leonard of Illinois on April 7 at her home church.

Scott E. Palmer and Hulda Mae Smith were wed March 28.

An Employment Service Department, a new venture of McConnellsburg Woman’s Club, is expected to be in operation with in the next two weeks. The purpose of this service will be two-fold, to help those people who need or want work, either full or part time, and to help the women of the community who need extra help.

A kitchen shower was held April 1 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Metzler of Harrisonville in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Deshong.

More than 90 sportsmen attended a meeting on March 21 at the Fulton House when Newt Morton of the Pennsylvania Game Commission was the guest speaker.

At about midnight on Sunday, a Chevrolet sedan parked at Garlock’s filling station, by an unknown operator, drifted across the highway and crashed into the door of Daniels’ Garage. Estimated damage to the building was $25. The car was removed before the identity of the operator could be secured.

Fred Hamil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hamil of McConnellsburg, who is enrolled at Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C., has landed the third-base position on the varsity baseball team and, according to newspaper reports, is starting both at bat and in the field. “Irish,” as he is known to his friends here, is a first-year student at Catawba, having spent one year at Mercersburg Academy after graduating from McConnellsburg. At Mercersburg, he was a member of the varsity football, baseball, soccer and track teams.

Durkee Bard and Juanita Kline were wed Friday evening.

Treated at the dispensary of the Everett Hospital were Elmer Pullman of Wells Tannery for contusions of the back and Harry W. Oakman of Harrisonville for lacerations of the back of the hand.

Miss Rose Daniels, attorney-at-law, is now associated with the legal department of the Super Highway Commission in Harrisburg.

Hollis M. Wible has resigned his position at the Greenwalt Drug Store in McConnellsburg and is now employed at the local Rexall Store.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Frake of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on Sunday forenoon.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 3, 1930 ’30 Deaths: George W. Sipe of near Hustontown; Alfred Shade Shore of Saltillo; Louis C. Kelly of Kansas City, Mo.; Martin Luther Amick of

Earlston, Bedford County.

Robert H. Earley, a native of Wells Valley, a successful teacher in Fulton and Huntingdon counties for several years and for the past 12 years principal of Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Conn., recently received his Master of Education degree from Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Wells Valley High School and the Millersville State Normal School and received his AB degree from Franklin and Marshall College and threeyear credits from Yale.

Charles Joseph McDonald and Edna P. Clifford were married on March 8.

The roads having gotten better, the teacher of No. 3 School, Miss Florence Horton, is boarding at her home near Wells Tannery.

Death: David Diehl of Mt. Savage, Md.

E.R. Wible of Three Springs, who is confined to bed a great part of the time, remains in a critical condition.

Mrs. W.B. Truxell of Mays Chapel marked her 59th birthday last week.

Mr. Frog and Jennie Wren have been singing the past few days.

Earl Akers and John Hoope, two industrious young farmers of Brush Creek Township, are burning a lime kiln.

George Meyers Jr. of near Hancock was seriously injured last Monday afternoon when his car overturned on a curve near Hancock. He sustained a broken jaw and the loss of an eye.

Miss Gladys Fleming of Clear Ridge was feted at a party on March 29 in honor of her 13th birthday, which was on March 30.

Otho Summers is a patient at Chambersburg Hospital.

Charles Wolfe, an employee of Rays Bakery, was badly injured last Thursday morning. The young man was cleaning the breaker when his right arm was pulled into the machine almost up to his shoulder. As the thick part of the arm went through, it stuck, causing the flesh and muscle to be pushed into a big ridge. He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital where his condition is said to be rather serious.

Gracey School is progressing very nicely under the care of Mrs. Denver Evans.

Deaths: Milton Oscar Akers of Inglesmith; W.A. Montague of Decorum.

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