2010-04-01 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ferne Brant Vensel of Bedford, pictures the Hustontown High School Class of 1940. Readers are asked to identify the students. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ferne Brant Vensel of Bedford, pictures the Hustontown High School Class of 1940. Readers are asked to identify the students. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 29, 1990 ’90 The new year ushered in a new decade while 1990 has also brought a very tough McConnellsburg High School girls’ basketball

team. Known to all as the Lady Spartans, they have turned doubters into believers by earning the right to play in the PIAA Class A state tourney semifinals. At this point, MHS is 24-3. A win Wednesday night against District 6 powerhouse Bellwood-Antis would give the team 25 wins, a school record, and also advance them into the state final against either Pottsville Nativity BVM or Minersville Saturday at Hersheypark Arena.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce honored two outstanding citizens at its 21st annual awards banquet Saturday evening at McConnellsburg firehall. James M. Schall of McConnellsburg and William G. Hine of Harrisonville both received the “Outstanding Citizen” award for years of devotion to civic duty. William Hine received the Outstanding Citizen award from Donald Bard.

Darla and Duane Shives of Needmore are the proud parents of the Fulton County Farmers Association Ag Baby. Each year, the association, under the sponsorship of the Women’s Committee, honors the first baby born at Fulton County Medical Center during Ag Week. The new baby boy, Derek Dougals Shives, weighed 9 pounds, 15 ounces and was delivered by Dr. Sue Peck on March 26.

Deaths: Erin C. Moffat, daughter of Daryl and Dawn M. (Moore) Moffat, McConnellsburg; Albert Barnhart, Warfordsburg; Georgelyn Cordell, Newville; Cecil McCumbee, Berkeley Springs; Harold Cutchall, Mercersburg; Robert Strait Sr., Waynesboro; Russell Pool Sr., Spring Run.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis DeShong of McConnellsburg on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Fischer of Crystal Spring on March 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Barclay of Harrisonville on March 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Gabrielson of Broad Top on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leverknight of Mercersburg on March 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Runk of Spring Run on March 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Truax of Berkeley Springs on March 22.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 27, 1980 ’80 Richard Potts, the Amaranth farmer who last year decided to build his own still, has been chosen by the federal government to

carry his message of fuel alcohol advocacy throughout the eastern United States. Potts will begin a tour Friday in an alcohol-fueled van sponsored by the federal Department of Energy, Solar Energy Research Institute, and the American Agricultural Foundation.

Heavy rain last Friday created two rockslides on Interstate 70, according to local PennDOT manager Harold Harmon. Harmon said he had two crews out Friday evening until 8:00 p.m. clearing away the slides.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Parks of Maddensville were presented with an award last Wednesday for shipping milk for a quarter of a century through the Interstate Milk Producers Cooperative.

Deaths: Lewis J. Krugh, Burnt Cabins; Joseph E. Weaver Sr., Hagerstown; Glen Duvall, Mount Union; Ralph C. Hann, Wood; Ruth Hess, Huntingdon; John Stunkard, Wells Tannery; Grant Mellott, Everett; Catherine Kline, Everett; Chester W. Feagley, Big Cove Tannery.

Specials at the IGA: Chicken of the Sea tuna, 79 cents; Blue Bonnet margarine quarters, 2 for $1; boneless chuck roast, $1.49 lb.; giant-size, 3-lb. Tide, $1.59.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hann of McConnellsburg on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Reed of Orbisonia on March 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bookheimer of McConnellsburg on March 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bowman of Hancock on March 14; a daughter to Mr. an Mrs. Roger Gordon of Fort Loudon on March 16.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Ellis Swadley celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary wih a surprise celebration at the Needmore Firehall on February 17.

Marriage licenses: Harry T. Lanehart Jr. and Lynn Fetters, both of McConnellsburg; Kenneth G. Strait Jr., Warfordsburg, and Geraldine M. Strait, Needmore; Ernest W. King, Waterfall, and Laura J. McKenna, Darlington, Md.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 9, 1970 ’70 The hurricane-force windstorm which hit this area last Thursday interrupted telephone and electric service in some parts of

the county, blew down trees, upset trailers and took roofs off numerous buildings on a number of farms. The high winds lasted most of the day and throughout the night. No official estimate of wind damage in the county has been made but in all probability would run into the thousands of dollars.

Susan Martz, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martz of Hustontown, has undertaken a project to purchase an artificial kidney machine by saving 600,000 coupons from Betty Crocker products. The machine will be given to a hospital in this area to help kidney patients and will be donated in memory of Susan’s brother, David, who died of kidney disease on January 8, 1968.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Warfordsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Corine, to John W. Moon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Moon of Georgia.

The Dublin Mills correspondent reports that the weather bureau has said that 66 inches of snow fell this winter and to top it off, nine inches fell here on Easter morning, and on April 2 we had the highest waters of the winter, flooded streams stopping traffic.

Specials at the IGA: jumbo bologna, 59 cents lb.; IGA frozen potpies, 17 cents; Borden’s ice cream bar, 89 cents, 12 pk.; red delicious apples, 39 cents, 3-lb. bag.

Deaths: Wilmer D. Laidig, McConnellsurg; Daniel F. Lape, Mapleton; Reuben B. Mellott, Needmore; Rhoda Cromwell, Middletown.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bair of Shade Gap on March 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Middaugh of Doylesburg on April 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Truax of McConnellsburg on April 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hann of McConnellsburg on April 3.

Welcome home to Steve Cook of Needmore from his service in Vietnam. He will enjoy a 30-day furlough before returning to U.S. service.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 14, 1960 ’60William E. Weaver, 68, of Sipes Mill, Harrisonville, was killed instantly in an automobile accident in Grant County,

W.Va., last Wednesday morning. His wife, Elizabeth, and friend Mrs. Bolivia Miller of Bedford County were seriously injured and admitted to the Grant County Memorial Hospital. The station wagon driven by Mr. Weaver collided with a mail truck on a sharp curve.

Cloyd Stahle was elected commander of the McConnellsburg VFW Post at a meeting on March 17.

The home of Daryl North located between Fort Littleton and Burnt Cabins and owned by Robert Glunt, Burnt Cabins, was completely destroyed by fire last Friday.

Elsie Sipes was installed as president of the VFW Auxiliary on April 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ott, 21 Lincoln Way, McConnellsburg, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at an open house on April 20.

Twelve 4-H Clubs were started in Fulton County this year, according to county agent H.P. Kies, who has been organizing the clubs and their leaders. The first meeting of the Buck Valley 4-H Club was held on March 30 at the Christian Church.

The Gene Ward family, whose home was badly damaged by fire recently, are living in the Mrs. Martha Stahle, Needmore, apartment while their home is being rebuilt.

The Truax and Smith Barber Shop at Needmore is now completely equipped and ready for service.

Paul Ott, Lyle Duffey, Ray Stumpf and William Koehler formed a vocal quartet and gave a recital at the local school for the Musical Appreciation Program on April 6.

Mrs. Nevin Montgomery of Indiana, Pa., presented a beautiful communion table to the Burnt Cabins Presbyterian Church in memory of her brother, Samuel Doran, on Sunday.

Mrs. Bobby Kirk, Warfordsburg, was admitted to Waynesboro Hospital on Sunday for surgery.

Born at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Truax, Warfordsburg, on April 4.

Stanley Strait and Lester Carmack will be running for the office of Democratic county chairman at the primary election on April 26.

Death: James W. Gills, Mount Union, formerly of McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 13, 1950 ’50 Harold C. Welsh, county superintendent of schools for the past three terms, was re-elected on Tuesday by a vote of 32 as compared to 22 for his opponent, Fred Lamberson.

Lewis Crouse of Ayr Township was taken to Waynesboro Hospital on April 10, suffering from a stroke.

The Public Utility commissioner has approved the purchase of the McConnellsburg Water Co. by the McConnellsburg Municipal Authority for the sum of $69,478.

Births: a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Chester Wible of Hustontown on April 4; a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Harry W. Mellott of Cito on April 9.

Charlie Spivak and his world famous orchestra will appear in McConnellsburg on April 20, the fourth big name band to be featured at the local Legion home.

Willis F. Daniels, prominent Harrisburg attorney who was born in McConnellsburg, marked his 51st birthday on April 3.

Miss Doris Hamil of town has become engaged to Donald Bailey of Beavertown, Pa.

“Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.”

Deaths: Mrs. Wishard Deshong of Johnstown; Crist A. Carbaugh of Freeport, Ill.; Charles Floyd Snyder of Maddensville; Daniel Webster Knauff of Ayr Township.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 11, 1940 ’40 Penna.’s emergency cigarette tax, major item in 1937 list which was reenacted by the 1939 Legislature, has been held unconstitutional by the Dauphin County Court. A levy of 1 cent on each unit of 10 cigarettes was contested by a Philadelphia manufacturer of a brand of cigarettes retailing at 10 cents for a package of 20. The tax yields approximately $900,000 monthly.

A Franklin County coroner’s jury on Monday absolved a Myersville driver of all blame in the fatal accident in which Bert Henry, 64, off Todd Township, was killed last week.

Licensed to wed: Cadiz W. Schooley of Licking Creek Township and Reguhi E. Bergsted of Altoona; Grant E. Jones of Richmond Furnace and Anna C. Rotz of Fort Littleton.

Two men, Harry Hoffman of Fort Littleton and Clarence Lake of Knobsville, were arrested this week by Deputy Game Protector Lynn Bard and fined $45 each for failing to secure 1940 dog licenses.

Rev. J.M. Pheasant has been reappointed pastor of the local Methodist Church for the coming year.

On Tuesday of this week, Everett Reed, a turnpike worker from Wells Tannery, was arrested by motor police on a charge of assault and battery and surety of the peace. The charges were lodged against Reed by Mrs. Edna Clark of Wells Tannery. Reed was a boarder at the Clark home. He was committed to jail in default of $500 bond.

Mrs. Wilson Nace returned to her home last Thursday after spending several weeks in the Penn Hospital for observation and treatment.

A.U. Nace has been confined to bed for several weeks due to infirmities of age.

Death: Mrs. Price Davis of Cherry Tree.

Mrs. Blanche Peck is a patient in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Thurman Nesbitt was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital on April 1 for observation and a possible operation.

Mrs. Lillian Selser is confined to her home with diphtheria.

Mrs. A.J .Rotz underwent a operation at Waynesboro Hospital on Monday morning.

Dale Black of Center is now improving after being seriously ill with pneumonia.

Miss Katherine Hepburn, nationally known stage and screen star, stopped overnight in Bedford on Sunday after a slight accident involving her car and a motor police vehicle.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 10, 1930 ’30 Deaths: W.A. Montague of near Decorum;

Otho Summers of McConnellsburg; Benjamin Franklin Shives of Sharpe; George Ellsworth Marshall of Todd Township.

David Harr and Ethel Keefer were married on March 27.

Prof. DeKalb Baldwin, who teaches at Sunbury, is spending some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Baldwin of Burnt Cabins.

Fifty-six of Fulton County’s 60 school directors met at the courthouse on Tuesday and elected B.C. Lamberson as county superintendent of schools. He succeeds H.M. Griffith, who accomplished “splendid things” during his eight years of service as superintendent. During his term, one high school and four consolidated schools were built. The new superintendent is the teacher of the seventh and eighth grades in McConnellsburg and is a former superintendent.

Fish commissioner L.W. Seylar and several local sportsmen placed 80 cans of trout in Fulton County streams on Monday. Most of the trout were “beauties,” about 11 inches in length.

Federal agents last Friday arrested two brothers and a woman of near Hancock on a charge of manufacturing moonshine. Confiscated in the raid were a 150-gallon copper still, 400 gallons of whiskey mash and nine gallons of whiskey at one site, and a 75-gallon still and 450 gallons of mash at a second location.

Charles O. Wilson moved last Thursday from near Knobsville to the Thurman Nesbitt farm in the Cove.

Richard McClain will graduate from Williamson Trade School, near Philadelphia, the latter part of April.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Sipes and son Virgil moved on Tuesday from the McDowell Hotel to The First National Bank apartment, recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Scott Runyan and little daughter, who are now comfortably settled in the John Sheets property.

Edith E.M. Krug is seriously ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. John Nelson arrived home last Thursday after spending a year and a half with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. O. Palmer of Rockledge, Fla. At present, she is staying with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Rotz.

Bernice Adele is the name of the little girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Benson of Hustontown on April 1.

A daughter, Audrey, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray of McConnellsburg on April 5.

Deaths: Mrs. Olwilda Frehn of near Maddensville; William Helsel of South Fork.

The bodies of William Mort and Clarence Unger of Hancock, who were supposedly drowned two weeks ago, have not been recovered yet.

Master Glen Winters of Thompson Township received a broken arm last Wednesday evening while cranking a Ford.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Glazier are getting ready to go to housekeeping in their new home near McConnellsburg.

Chester and Judson Deshong of Pleasant Ridge are sawing for D.D. Hann and B.A. Truax

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