2010-04-15 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Mary Brant of Hustontown, pictures the Hustontown High School girls softball team in the mid 1940s. Front row, left to right: Louella (Lane) Keebaugh, Dorothy (Benson) Fix, Lois (Lane) Bard, Evelyn (House) Hann, Marian (Mellott) Keebaugh; back row: Betty (Mellott) Berkstresser, Frances (Gracey) Fix, Bruce Sheets (teacher), and Joanne Fields. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Mary Brant of Hustontown, pictures the Hustontown High School girls softball team in the mid 1940s. Front row, left to right: Louella (Lane) Keebaugh, Dorothy (Benson) Fix, Lois (Lane) Bard, Evelyn (House) Hann, Marian (Mellott) Keebaugh; back row: Betty (Mellott) Berkstresser, Frances (Gracey) Fix, Bruce Sheets (teacher), and Joanne Fields. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 12, 1990 ’90 Trout season opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, but fishermen are invariably early risers and will be settled on their favorite stream banks long

before eight o’clock.

Even those who are not avid car racing fans felt a glow of pride watching McConnellsburg driver Tom Peck race in the NASCAR Busch Grand National at Bristol, Tenn., which was nationally televised on Saturday. He held third place racing against NASCAR biggies for several laps and finished a commendable seventh.

Fulton County commissioners Tuesday met with Bill Palmer and Richard Cordrey of the Palmer Group of McConnellsburg to discuss their proposal to construct a regional minimum security detention facility. The county has been without such a facility since the county jail was closed in 1980 in lieu of meeting state Department of Labor and Industry regulations for the jail. Since that time, the county has sent its prisoners to either the Franklin or Bedford County jails.

A Syracuse man escaped injury last Friday when he landed his amphibious plane in a local farmer’s field just south of McConnellsburg. The pilot was en route from Syracuse to Florida, became disoriented in the foggy conditions and was unable to make his way out of the valley. He was able to see a long dirt road through a field on the Tom Kendall property and put the plane down without incident. The man took lodging at Johnnie’s Motel for the night and taxied down the same field runway Saturday and proceeded on his way.

Deaths: Harry Branche, 77, McConnellsburg; Dorothy Everts, 75, Big Cove Tannery; Joseph Rouzer, 84, Hustontown; Michael Kulinch Sr., 62, McConnellsburg; Pamela Willard, 73, Hagerstown; Bessie Rockwell, 83, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Frazier of Mercersburg on March 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Remsburg of Crystal Spring on April 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward DeCouto of Waterfall on April 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brubaker of Chambersburg on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Barton of Wells Tannery on April 4.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 10, 1980 ’80 What are the unusual rock piles at the head of Indian Grave Run on top of Town Hill near Amaranth? The answer to that question remains

a mystery, although an anthropologist looked over the site on Friday and made some educated guesses based on his observations. Charles Nelson, a former McConnellsburg resident, hiked up the mountain Friday with Mike Klinepeter to view the rock piles, which, according to local legend, are Indian graves. After looking over the rumored graves near Amaranth, Nelson said he couldn’t tell for certain what they are. His first guess was that the rocks are a natural formation. He explained that frost heaving and other natural occurrences can cause rocks to pile up in unusual patterns. However, Nelson said he could not rule out completely the possibility the rock piles were made by human, or even Indian, hands. A complete excavation of one of the piles would be necessary to determine human construction.

Rebecca Souders, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Souders, McConnellsburg, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Washington County Hospital, after being hit by a car on Easter Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The girl was playing ball with some of her cousins, at a family gathering at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Souders on Route 522, one mile south of Webster Mill, when the ball bounced out of the yard and into the road. She waited on the west side of the road for a northbound vehicle to pass but ran into the path of a southbound car, which was unable to avoid hitting her.

A number of Fulton County women are without jobs as a result of the closing down of the Mercersburg Dress Co. last week.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Souders of Harrisonville are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Donette M. Parent, to Craig A. Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Strait of McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: whole fryers, 39 cents lb.; Betty Crocker layer cake mix, 59 cents; Banquet meat pies, 3 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weller on March 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Knepper of Three Springs on March 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Neuder of Breezewood on March 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pine of Mercersburg on March 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Souders of Wells Tannery on April 3.

Deaths: Richard P. Guillard, Port Royal; Mrs. Abbie J. Mellott Tritle, formerly of Greencastle.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 23, 1970 ’70 Believed to be the first time in the history of Fulton County, or at least one of the first, in the memory of veteran political figures, the

Republican Party now leads in the registration of voters in Fulton County. The margin, however, is very slim, with the Republicans leading by six votes over the Democratic Party.

Police from the McConnellsburg substation were called by headquarters to assist officers from the Rockview substation at the student demonstrations at Penn State University on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week. The local officers, however, were not prepared for the barrage of assorted missiles thrown at them by angry student demonstrators when they tried to restore order on the campus.

Hubert Hershberger, owner of Lynn Chevrolet- Oldsmobile, McConnellsburg, left for Europe on Saturday on an all-expense-paid, nine-day tour awarded by Chevrolet Motor Division for achieving the highest percentage of sales in the Harrisburg Zone during January and February

Fulton Beverage, owned by Omar Mongold, was sold last week to Clevenger’s Beer Distributors, owned by Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Clevenger. The business has now been moved from the Washabaugh property on South First Street to the barn on the former Biggs farm, west of McConnellsburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Black of McConnellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon, to Allen T. Remaly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Remaly of Easton.

Fulton County chalked up its first fataility of 1970 in an accident on Route 70, two miles west of Warfordsburg on Sunday. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and was identified as Jean M. Vincent, 23, of Erie, Pa. She was a passenger in a 1966 Volkswagon. The driver and two other passengers were injured and were taken to Berkeley Springs Hospital. .

Deaths: Susan Lida Waugh, Hancock; Ruby Fern Browning, Cheswick; Bessie R. Cordell, Waynesboro; Lovie Angie Bowen Hill, Warfordsburg; Noah Mentzer, Mount Union; Geneva Clark, Warfordsburg; Charles Tice, Sandusky, Ohio.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. George Stenger of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Linda J. Stenger, to Terry Blosser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Blosser of Enola.

Wedding vows were exchanged on April 4 between Miss Cheryl Ann Ward and George Calvin Barton Jr. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ward of Warfordsburg and Mrs. Esta Barton of Warfordsburg and the late George Barton Jr.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs.

Raymond Seville of McConnellsburg on April 12. .

50 Years Ago

From The Files of April 28, 1960 ’60 In Fulton’s only countywide contest at the primary election on Tuesday, Stanley Strait was reelected Democratic county chairman over his

opponent, Lester Carmack, with a vote of 1,042 to 696.

George A. Smith of Quarrysville, Pa., a Fulton County native, announces the publication of his book, “The Apple Tree Community.”

Mrs. E.H. McCabe of London, England, returned to her home after a six-month visit with her daughter, Mrs. John Greathead, editor of the “News.”

The Fulton Chamber of Commerce, which is working to ward attracting new industry to the county, reported on an offer made to a Romney, W.Va., furniture factory to locate in the area. Ed Cornelius, E.W. Pyles, Elwood Mellott and Andy Washabaugh had talked to the factory owners in Romney.

Mrs. Fanny Stains was installed as president of the Democratic Women of Fulton Townships Club at a fourcounty meeting in Altoona on April 20.

An extra-large red reflector was installed in the traffic light at the intersection of Lincoln Way and North Third Street on Monday, to cut down the number of accidents on this corner because of motorists failing to see the light.

Leaders of several farm and civic groups met last Thursday to discuss future development of Fulton County.

John W. Wine of Greencastle, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sloan of Mc- Connellsburg, has been named assistant postmaster at Greencastle, the first assistant postmaster in the history of that post office.

Mrs. Bertha Hemminger returned to her home following recent surgery at Harrisburg Hospital.

Woodrow Strait, Medical Center administrator, is spending this week in Atlantic City at the Mid-Atlantic Hospital Assembly convention.

Morgan Gordon of Needmore has returned to his home from the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McKee, who were both seriously injured in an auto accident on January 23. Mrs. Gordon will stay with the family until a later date.

April 18 was a beautiful warm Easter Day.

Mention is made by the Needmore correspondent of the 60-feet-high, 30-feet-wide cross erected by Don and Alton Hill and others which was lit up for three nights during Easter.

Frank Plessinger, Needmore, had the misfortune to break his arm at school.

Lloyd Swain of Needmore was given a 20-year merit award for 24 years of accident free driving with the Yankee Lines Inc. of Akron, Ohio.

The John Wink family of Needmore has been visiting with the Harry Clopper family until their farm is sold, after which they will move their large trailer to house their family in Florida.

Herbert Ward Jr., Warfordsburg, and Joan Trail were married April 23 at the Methodist parsonage in Hancock by Rev. Lloyd Hager.

Army Pfc. Harold J. Fox, whose wife, Helen, lives in Warfordsburg, was one of 8,000 American soldiers who planted trees on Arbor Day in Korea.

Robert Kylor of Burn Cabins has re-enlisted in the Navy.

Sideling Hill was afire last week due to dry leaves and high winds.

Deaths: Lawrence Guillard of Hagerstown, formerly of Wells Tannery; Mrs. Nicholas I. Finniff, Chambersburg, formerly of Fulton County; Mrs. T.C. McDowell of Mercersburg.

Announcement is made of the opening of the Tuscarora Riding Stables on Route 522, 2 1/2 miles north of McConnellsburg. 60 Years Ago

From The Files

Of April 27, 1950

’50 Mrs. Mary Rinedollar will quietly observe her 94th birthday this week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Paylor.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bergstresser of McConnellsburg on April 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Augustine of Burnt Cabins on April 21.

The directors of the Fulton Artificial Breeding Corporation have approved Walter Knowles Jr. of Fort Littleton as assistant technician, and he will go to State College on May 15 to receive instruction. He will assist Wallace Mellott of Harrisonville.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Roena Decker to Charles Crist of Tamaqua.

One of the early landmarks of McConnellsburg is now being torn down to make way for a modern service station. The R&G Motor Co. is razing the old Hanks building, better known as the Wagner porperty, on Lincoln Way East.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Roenia Jane McCoy to George Steffee Anderton.

Death: David Rufus Horton of McConnellsburg; Joseph Lanehart of near Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files

Of April 25, 1940

’40 Deaths: James Archie Carbaugh of Cito; Mrs. Joseph M. Pittman of Harrisburg; Edward H. Sipes of Florida; Ellwood Lanehart of near Sylvan; Daniel W.C. Cunningham of Nashville, Tenn.; David Gladfelter of Waterfall; Mrs. Adaline Walker of Fannettsburg.

Jacob H. Everets, 26, of Ayr Township, died Wednesday morning of shock, hemorrhage and severe injuries which he suffered while working at the stone quarry at Big Cove Tannery, operated by H.B. Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg. Everets, a laborer at the quarry, was caught in the machinery by a conveyor belt at about 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. The entire lower part of his body was crushed and mangled. Fellow workmen freed Everets from the machinery by cutting the conveyor belt.

Future Farmers of Taylor Township held their first annual banquet in honor of their fathers, the farmers’ evening class and friends at Hustontown High School last Friday evening. Forty persons were present and enjoyed a dinner which was prepared by the home economics class, under the direction of Miss Branthaver.

With less than 40 percent of the county’s voters participating in Tuesday’s primary election, Republicans reinstated Walter R. Sloan, who was unopposed for representative in the Gneral Assembly. In the Democratic race for the same nomination, Lewis Harris defeated Herman Clevenger by 480 votes. Republicans named L.H. Wible as their member of the state committee, while Fred Mellott nosed out by Glenn Yonker for Democratic state committeeman by 23 votes.

Fulton countians admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week included Dale Black of Waterfall for rib resection; John Keebaugh of Needmore for treatment of a fractured skull, fractures of ribs, fractures of the humorous, left radius and ulna and multiple fractures of pelvis and left femure; Samuel Keebaugh of Needmore for treatment of fractured skull and fractured leg. Treated at the dispensary were Ulysses Mellott of Big Cove Tannery for contusions and sprain of left knee; Lamont Stunkard of Wells Tannery for puncture wound of left foot; Raymond Stevens of Hustontown, for lacerated forehead and contusions of left shoulder.

Fulton County farmers last year received $42,958 in Agriculture Adjustment Administration payments.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Sylvia Leone Miller to Max Theodore Fraker.

A marriage license has been issued to Lester K. Clippinger and Mary J. Burns of Three Springs.

Donald, young son of Rush Kerlin, received a fractured left arm last week in a fall at his home along the Reservoir Road.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Harris moved on Wednesday to their new home on South Second Street.

Death: Mrs. Alice Witter Horton of Pittsburgh.

John O. Cunningham and Bessie I. Leonard were married April 7.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 24,


’30 Deaths: Mrs. Levina Brown Grove of Clear Ridge; Lewis Martin Barnhart of near Knobsville; Miss Gertrude Kendall of Washington, Pa.; Andrew S. Brant of near Hustontown.

Russell Kendall, young farmer residing on the Glazier farm south of town, was badly injured last Saturday. He was pulling felled locust trees with a tractor when one tree turned suddenly and a thick limb struck him. His right arm was broken in two places between the wrist and elbow and his right leg was broken at the ankle. He is now a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

The Bedford Parent- Teachers Association held a celebration on April 7 in honor of Mrs. Lizzie Bain Lysinger teaching school for 50 consecutive years. She will retire at the end of this term.

Fred D. Lamberson of Hustontown has been reelected to teach in the Duquesne Senior High School for the 1930-31 term.

Charles Black and Margaret Seiders were married on April 22.

Ernest Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Harris, will soon complete the course in watchmaking which he is taking in Lancaster. He plans to engage in the jewelry and watch repair business in Mc- Connellsburg, locating in the building next to The First National Bank.

Treasurer Riley Sipe has reported that the Licking Creek School District received a check for $5,000 last week as special aid from the Council of Education. The amount will not be deducted from any future appropriations.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Justus Wilson of Center.

The dance at John Hoop’s was largely attended Saturday night. Howard Crawford played the violin and Earl Welsh the banjo.

Veteran J.N. Duvall has returned to his home at Wells Tannery after spending the greater part of the winter with his son, William and family on the Shives farm at Mercersburg.

A home owned by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Helsel at Wells Tannery was totally destroyed by fire last Wednesday night. The house was occupied by Albert Edwards and family.

Norman Kellar of Pittsburgh was called home to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Andrew Brant.

Work has started on the relocation of the road over the mountain between Mc- Connellsburg and Mercersburg.

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