2010-04-08 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Betty Helman Dick of Big Cove Tannery, pictures the Hustontown High School teachers in the year 1940. Pictured are Mr. Harley, Alice Snyder and Ione Branthaver. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Betty Helman Dick of Big Cove Tannery, pictures the Hustontown High School teachers in the year 1940. Pictured are Mr. Harley, Alice Snyder and Ione Branthaver. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 5, 1990 ’90 Open house visitors poured through the doors Saturday night as former store owner Ray Koontz was given the honor of cutting the official

dollar bill ribbon-opening the new BiLo store in Penn’s Village Shopping Center. The former Koontz IGA was recently purchased by Riverside Markets and has been completely remodelled and now boasts a flower shop and video rental as well as expanded produce, bakery and deli departments.

McConnellsburg Lady Spartans’ dream season came to a crashing end on Wedneday night. After reaching the PIAA Class A western final, farther than any other MHS team has ever advanced, the Lady Spartans came up six points short in a loss to Dsitrict 6 champion Bellwood-Antis at Altoona High School. The Spartans had an incredible season, making the final four in Class A out of nearly 300 schools.

Marriage licenses: Eddy Keebaugh, Burnt Cabins, and Kathy Cowan, Mount Union; Wade Mellott, Big Cove Tannery, and Debora Houck, Big Cove Tannery; Edward Whiteside, Warfordsburg, and Kathleen Reardon, Fort Washington, Md.

Rex and Bonnie Parson of Shade Gap wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Kay, to Jeffrey Pepple, son of Pete and Jean Pepple of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Thurman Nesbitt Jr., 54, McConnellsburg; Melvin Warner, 73, McConnellsburg; Maude Evans, 80, Three Springs; Alma Starr, 84, Three Springs; Arnold Woodcock, 34, Nitro, W.Va.; Max Clugston, 81, Chambersburg; Charles K. Mellott, 73, Berkeley Springs; Joseph Rouzer, 84, Hustontown.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Truax of Berkeley Springs on March 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Shives of Needmore on March 26.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 3, 1980 ’80 When Alton Hill went up to light the cross on Sideling Hill last night he continued a tradition he began 20 years ago. The cross lighting, set

for April 2, is carried on each Easter by the Southern Fulton Parish of the United Church of Christ. But the annual event began in 1960 as a thing of tribute to Alton Hill’s grandfather. Alton’s grandfather was ill at that time at his home near Needmore and his son, Boyd, who lived in Lancaster came to see him. On the way, Boyd saw a cross, somewhere near Harrisburg, lit up on a hillside. Boyd told Don about it, and the two thought it would be a nice gesture to duplicate that cross here in Fulton County. Every year since, the cross has shone out over the Easter season, becoming the responsibility first of the Pleasant Grove United Church of Christ, which the Hills attend, and finally of the entire parish.

Mellott’s Butcher Shop in Needmore did an unusual job a few weeks ago. They cut up a full buffalo carcass. And what’s more unusal, Earle Yearsley got the buffalo head. He’s got it stored in his freezer. The buffalo was the first to be butchered out of the herd Amaranth farmer Richard Potts started six years ago. The buffalo killed on March 4 dressed out at 720 pounds. Yearsley, who lives on his family’s farm in lower Buck Valley, is an amateur taxidermist.

Brian Kendall, 15, a junior at McConnellsburg High School, captured second prize in individul competition at the 23rd anual mathematics contest held recently at Shippensburg State College. He is the son of William L. Kendall, Big Cove Tannery, and Mrs. Judy Uglow of Mercersburg.

Specials at the IGA: Esskay silver label hams, 89 cents lb.; Planters peanuts, $1.99, 24 ozs.; Vienna sausage, 89 cents; two 5-oz. cans; Delmonica steaks, $3.39 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Colledge of Everett on March 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Earley of McConnellsburg on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. McMullen of Blairs Mills on March 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schetrompf of Warfordsburg on March 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weller of McConnellsburg on March 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Younker of Hancock on March 27.

Deaths: Woodrow L. Shank, Warfordsburg; Carl S. Runk Hustontown; Father Anthony Wolf, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Henrietta Oakman, Spencerville, Ohio; Lt. Cmdr. George T. Garland, Chambersburg; Lori A. Shoemaker, Hancock; Ella L. Mellott, McConnellsburg; William C. Miller, McConnellsburg; Ollie Mellott, Everett; Harold Hamil, Arbutus, Md.; Wilmer C. Leighton, formerly of Three Springs.

Marriage licenses: Randy C. Brantner and Debra K. Barton, Waterfall; Larry A. Defenderfer, Fort Loudon, and Saundra K. Bitner, Chambersburg; Jeffrey W. Culler and Lisa A. Anderson, both of McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 16, 1970 ’70 McConnellsburg firemen were called at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to the George Earley home on South Second Street to extinguish a fire of

suspicious origin. Mr. and Mrs. Earley were at home when the fire broke out, and they were able to summon the fire company before the flames could spread. A quantity of paper which was found stuffed behind the siding where the fire started was taken by Fire Chief Max Stenger for testing at the state fire marshal’s office.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the firehall in McConnellsburg on Friday, May 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Marine Private Dale Harvey Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hoover of McConnellsburg, and Private Howard Peter Naugle Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Naugle Sr., McConnellsburg, enlisted on March 10 for four years in the United States Marine Corps. Randolph Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deshong of McConnellsburg, enlisted recently in the U.S. Navy, at the recruiting office in Chambersburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd “Bill” Moats of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sandra Kay, to Don Kitchen, son of Ginnige Kitchen of Wexford, Pa.

Specials at the A&P: sliced cheese, 89 cents lb.; white bread, 3 loaves for 89 cents; Kleenex, 3 for 79 cents; Red Rose tea bags, 69 cents; chuck roast, 99 cents lb.

Deaths: Rev. J. Edgar Ranck, South Renova; Mrs. Besse Madden, Three Springs; Miss Suzanne W. Weisel, McConnellsburg.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and “Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun.”

Mrs. Blanche Harclerode Campbell, Bedford County, who was born and reared in Fulton County, celebrated her 89th birthday on Easter Sunday with her family of seven all present.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ranck of Hustontown on April 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mellott of McConnellsburg on April 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Shives of Chambersburg on April 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hall of Burnt Cabins on April 8.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of April 21, 1960 ’60 Samuel Edgar Keebaugh, 41, Needmore, was instantly killed on Monday, April 18, while working on a bridge construction job near

Warfordsburg. Mr. Keebaugh, a carpenter, was working on a ladder when a crane holding a concrete beam failed mechanically. The beam swung out of control and pinned him against the side of the bridge. In the 20 Years Ago “Remember” columns of the April 17, 1960, issue of the “News” it was recorded that his brother, John W. Keebaugh, was killed in an auto accident near Harrisonville on April 3, 1940.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Miller of Fort Littleton was burnt to the ground on Friday at 3:30 p.m., by fire of undetermined origin. The Millers are the parents of 12 children and are living temporarily with relatives in Fort Littleton.

Other fires reported last week included a chimney fire at the Kenneth Schooley home south of Harrisonville which burnt a hole in the wall, and a fire which caused extensive damage to a barn owned by the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club. This fire burnt down other outbuildings and swept more than 500 acres of timberland before it was brought under control.

Mr. and Mrs. Merill W. Nace celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

A Fulton County Baseball League has been organized, including teams from Wells Tannery, Whips Cove, Breezwood and Websters Mill. Officers are Ed Cornelius, president; Glenn Ford, secretary; and Bob Wilt, treasurer.

Donald Eisaman, 15, of Waterfall, is listed in fair condition at the Medical Center after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle between Waterfall and New Greanda. He was treated at the scene by Dr. R.C. McLucas and brought to the Medical Center suffering from multiple lacerations, contusions and shock.

Pictured in this issue is a 4-cent Water Conservation Stamp which went on sale on April 18.

Acting on complaints, Chief of Police Merrill Seville warns that dogs running at large will be disposed of and the owners prosecuted.

Hidimi Ito of Washington, D.C., a Japanese native who as a small boy was there when the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, will speak at the Methodist churches at McConnellbsurg and Cito on Sunday.

In this issue, full-page coverage is given to the new Forbes Road School dedication set for April 21, with many pictures of the old and new schools, the faculty and students, a blueprint of the new school and the dedication progrm.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rohm, Amaranth, on April 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Roland, Three Springs, on April 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fraker, Fort Littleton, on April 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mellott, Needmore, on April 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roddie Love, Robertsdale, on April 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Shore, Burnt Cabins, on April 17; a son to Rev. and Mrs. Carl Williams on April 17.

Customers are invited to try the new oats crimper recently intalled at Baldwin’s Mill at Burnt Cabins.

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Stultz of Warfordsburg celebrat-

ed their 43rd anniversary on April 15 at a family dinner in the home of their daughter, Dorothy.

Boy Scout Troop 49 with Scoutmaster William Stultz and leader Dale Bair went on a hike and camped out on Good Friday with scouts Jerry Bair, Warren Golden, David Layton, Rodney Swain, Donald Golden, Roer Ward, Dale Golden, Robert Harris, David Winter, John Geist and Rodney McCray.

A former Wells Tannery native has been named “Teacher of the Year” in the state of Arizona. She is Mrs. Jesse Maddden, nee Helen Helsel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Helsel.

Deaths: Charles S. Foster Sr., Maugansville, formerly of Fulton County; Roy Cromwell of Maddensville; Mrs. John Deneen, Amaranth.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of April 20, 1950 ’50 The McConnellsburg School band, now just a

little more than a year old, will soon have new uniforms, thanks to the Band Parents’ Association, which has organized a drive to raise funds.

Death: John L. Lashley of Glen Cove, N.Y.

Births: a son, Michael William, to Mr. and Mrs. William Lake of Baltimore on April 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stahle of Cito on April 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Schriever of Needmore on April 17.

Death: William Martin of Texas.

Beginning on Sunday, the now almost completed Fulton County Medical Center will be opened for public inspection.

Fulton County marked its 100th birthday on April 19.

Clyde H. Deshong Jr. and Althea Sharpe were married on April 8.

Denver Runk is now walking very carefully, due to burning his feet while fighting fire five weeks ago.

Deaths: Guy Slayman of Chambersburg; Zephaniah A. Piper of Neelyton.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 18, 1940 ’40 John W. Keebaugh and his brother, Samuel,

were seriously injured when their 1937 Ford coupe collided head on with a 1940 Ford truck operated by Clarence R. Carney of Jones Mills, in front of the L.D.Oakman home at Harrisonville. The accient happened at 6:15 Sunday morning and John died at 1:00 p.m. the same day. His injuries included a fractured skull, fractured left arm, double fracture of the left forearm, fracture of all ribs on the left side, multiple fracture of the pelvis and fractured left thigh. Samuel received a fractured skull and other severe injuries and is in crticial condition at Everett Hospital. Carney received a broken nose and lacerations of the nose. There were no eyewitnesses other than the victims, so the cause of the accident has not yet been determined. The car was demolished and the damage to the truck was estimated at $1,500. Dr. E.H. MacKinley, county coroner, will hold an inquest later.

Deaths: Aaron U. Nace of McConnellsburg; James Truax of Wells Tannery.

Rev. Snyder Alleman will deliver the baccalaureate service at Needmore School on Monday evening.

With an all-star cast of 75 people, the Lions Club Revue and Minstrel Show will open a two night stand tonight in the school auditorium. Headed by Prof. Harold C. Welsh as interlocutor, there will be such versatile performers as Eugene Chesnut, George Earley, Wilmer Hays, Lewis Largent, Frank Kirchner and Charles Ray. Ballad singers will include Mrs. Glen R. Bitner, Miss Virginia Beach, Mrs. Donald Sipes, Charles Vogelsong, Joseph Shelly, Mark Clevenger, Albert Ott and Glenn Wildoner.

The first annual music festival of the schools of Fulton County, held in the local auditorium on Friday, was a huge success. About 750 people filled the auditorium to capacity and, of these, 150 participated in the program. The climax was the singing of “Indiana Love Call” and “My Bonny Lass She Smileth” by 80 students from the four high schools.

The seventh anniversary of the establishment of the CC Camp at Cowans Gap was celebrated on Sunday.

Emmert Swigart of Huntingdon called on Mrs. Vallie Lowe on Thursday to look over some of the old books in her collection.

Mrs. Mary Mayer has been a victim of paralysis for over two years.

Mr. and Mrs. Max H. Sheets returned home on Monday after spending the winter months in Texas.

James Christian has returned to Websters Mills after spending a few months in Detroit.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mrs. Myrtle Henry of Fort Littleton last Friday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Henry.

Dale Black of Center has been taken to Everett Hospital for drainage of a lung as a result of pneumonia.

Alvin Peck’s children are all suffering from pnuemonia.

A marriage license has been issued to Bard F. Rosenberry of Mercersburg and Irma Craig of McConnellsburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 17, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Miss Alice Hoke of Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Mary Ollie Smith of near Needmore; James C. Kelly of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Amos Seville of Bethel Township; Mrs. Matilda Bishop of Warfordsburg; James Kendall Cooper of Websters Mill; William Spurgeon Mellott of near Sipes Mill; William Mellott of Ellsworth, Ohio. Three full columns of the front page of this issue are devoted to obituaries.

Ex-governor Gifford Pinchot will speak in Mc- Connellsburg on Tuesday afternoon. While in town, he will be registered at the Fulton House. If the weather is favorable, he will speak at the courthouse forum; otherwise in the Fulton Theatre.

Mr. and Mrs. James J. Harris and daughter, Elizabeth, arrived in town on Thursday after three months in Florida, but they were minus two daughters who went south with them, the young ladies getting married while in Florida. Miss Kittie became the bride of Larry E. Stipe and Miss Estelle became the bride of Morris L. Bolton.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody Greenland of Cherry Grove have a new baby boy in their home.

Miss Martha Lodge, a student at the Sargeant School for Physical Education. Boston University, arrived home Friday for her spring vacation. Miss Martha made the trip from Boston to New York by plane, taking one hour and 45 minutes to cover more than 300 miles. Luncheon was served on the plane, and the passengers were offered cotton to place in their ears to deaden the noise of the three motors.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Plessinger have sold their home on South Second Street to Dick Fisher, who has rented it to Rev. Stewart E. Vance, local superintendent of highways. The Plessingers have moved to the Max Sheets property on Lincoln Way.

Clyde Wible and Olive Sharpe were married on April 12.

Harry M. Johnston of town is sporting a “beautiful new Chrysler sedan.”

Miss Blanche Mellott will graduate this summer from the Harrisburg General Hospital Training School for Nurses.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Noah Runk.

Marie Runk has attended school for five years without once missing a day.

Born: a daughter on April 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Fix of Hustontown.

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