2010-04-22 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Edith Barnett Rhodes, was taken in the 1950s at her homeplace on Black Bear Road and pictures siblings (Susan) Ruth Bottenfield, Marvin R. Mellott and Edith Barnett Rhodes. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Edith Barnett Rhodes, was taken in the 1950s at her homeplace on Black Bear Road and pictures siblings (Susan) Ruth Bottenfield, Marvin R. Mellott and Edith Barnett Rhodes. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 19, 1990 ’90 Marlin Shimer, known affectionately as “Corny” by just about everyone in Fulton County, died on Sunday, but his name will

long be remembered as one of the most-respected and well-liked public servants the county has known. Corny was county prothonotary for 36 years until his retirement in 1981. Since first being elected on the Republican ticket, he was never defeated by Democratic or Republican candidates during his long career and was usually voted back into office by a majority of votes from both parties, clearly showing the measure of respect in which he was held in the county.

A proposal by the Palmer Group to construct a regional minimum security detention facility in this area has been presented to the Huntingdon and Bedford County commissioners. A proposal was presented to the Fulton County commissioners to construct a 500-bed minimum detention facility which could serve Fulton and surrounding counties.

The Fulton Conservation District has hired William L. Fink to serve as nutrient management technician for Fulton County.

David and Tina Washabaugh of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a son, Caleb John, on April 10.

Deaths: Marlin Shimer, 80, McConnellsburg; Florence Ridenour, 64, Hancock; Frank Martin, 82, Harrisburg; Gladys E. Coffman, 71, Berkeley Springs; Mildred Johnson, 72, Berryville, Va.; George Ritzert, 75, Pittsburgh; Nellie G. Miller, 92, Orbisonia; John H. Pittman, 52, Everett; Ruth Meyers, 62, Waynesboro; Robert L. Daley, 81, Greencastle; Sarah B. Yost, 80, Berkeley Springs; Mabel G. Walker, 74, Chambersburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duvall of Crystal Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Ann, to Terry Darl Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darl Cook of Hancock.

Marriage licenses: Myron Hall, McConnellsburg, and Tammy Mellott, McConnellsburg; Kirby Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, and Donna Hann, Needmore.

Clarence and Nancy Kerlin wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Joan L. Peck, to Dane R. Miller, son of Sandy Miller.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of April 17, 1980 ’80 A good turnout of voters is expected at the presidential primary on April 22. Republicans will have a choice of seven candidates: Reagan,

Baker, Stassen, Bush, Connally, Fernandez and Jacobson, though the race is expected to favor Reagan and Bush. The Democrats will choose between Carter, Brown and Kennedy.

Nine-year-old Rebecca Souders, who was struck by a car on Easter Sunday while visiting at the home of her grandparents at Webster Mills, died on Sunday morning in Washington County Hospital. She was admitted to the hospital with massive head and internal injuries, and emergency surgery had been performed in efforts to save her life. She died while on life support system in the intensive care unit just a week following the accident. She was the daughter of Grant and Evelyn Souders of McConnellsburg.

The old Harris Hotel on Lincoln Way West, McConnellsburg, which in its heyday was a resting place for weary travelers on the Lincoln Highway, will be torn down starting next week and in its place, The First National Bank, the current owners of the property, will create a different kind of resting place, in the form of a small outdoor landscaped park which will be open for public use with benches for the weary.

Mrs. Daryl Forner phoned the “News” on Tuesday to say she had seen a most unusual bird feeding on her lawn – an albino robin with a red breast, but most of the rest of its plumage was pure white.

Specials at the IGA: Banquet cooking bags, 2 for 89 cents; fresh ground beef, $1.39 lb.; pork chops, $1.30 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Deremer of Breezewood on April 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Henry of Harrisonville on April 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randal Pyles of Little Orleans, Md., on April 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lane of McConnellsburg on April 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keefer of Mercersburg on April 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Kling of Hustontown on April 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sexton of Needmore on April 7; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Weicht of Everett on April 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Knable Jr. of Needmore on April 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Seiders of McConnellsburg on April 10.

Deaths: Norma Lousie Berkstresser, McConnellsburg; H. Allen Wagner, Warfordsburg; Jacob Lininger, St. Thomas; Goldie Richards, Warfordsburg; Alonza Bishop, Hancock; Elizabeth McMath Reilly, Shade Gap.

Marriage licences: John Marshall Keefer Jr. and Patricia Maye Spade, both of Needmore; Richard Lee Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, and Barbara Jo Cromer, McConnellsburg; Timothy Allen Mellott, Three Springs, and Teresa Ann Wilkins, Hustontown; James Clifford Hendershot, McConnellsburg, and Jolene Dawn Mihalick, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 30, 1970 ’70 County commissioners received court approval on April 16 for the purchase of the Ray Koontz property at 208 North Second Street,

adjacent to the present courthouse annex, for the sum of $10,000. The proposed new addition to county properties will be converted into office space for the Justice of the Peace of District 4-2, and the commissioners pointed out at their meeting on Saturday that this was the primary reason for the purchase.

Earl Franklin Swope of Needmore is offering a reward of $150 for information which will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who entered his barn over the past weekend and deliberately killed two yearling heifers by shooting them squarely between the eyes. State police have been called to investigate the accident.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ashley of McConnellsburg on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Orville S. Shaw of Crystal Spring on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ramsey of Breezewood on April 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hess of Fort Littleton on April 24.

Deaths: James R. Guyer, Warriors Mark; George Pittman, Big Pool, Md.; Maurice (Bud) Shaw, Needmore; Mrs. S. Mildred Smith, St. Petersburg, Fla.; William W. Swain, Hancock.

Beautiful additions at the bandshell plantings on the courthouse lawn are a quantity of spring flowering bulbs, donated by Mrs. Paul Stadler of Wheaton, Md.

Approximately 400 worshippers more than filled St. Paul Lutheran Church in McConnellsburg on April 26 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ordination of the pastor, Rev. Dr. David R. Hoover. It has also been 25 years since Pastor and Mrs. Hoover came to McConnellsburg to serve this parish.

Specials at the A&P: boneless round roast, 99 cents lb.; Eight O’Clock coffee, $2.05, 3-lb. bag; Ann Page layer cake mixes, 4 boxes for 99 cents; bananas, 2 lbs., 33 cents.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 5, 1960 ’60 Douglas H. Elliott was elected to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard Simpson for U.S. representative, defeating Robert M.

Meyers in the special election. Harry Elvey, Republican, and Marl H. Garlock, Democrat, both running unopposed, were nominated for state representative.

At the annual field meet of the county schools on Saturday, McConnellsburg was the winner with 59 1/3 points, Warfordsburg was second with 45 1/2 and Hustontown was third with 30 1/6 points. McConnellsburg also won a dual meet with James Buchanan School on April 3 55-33.

Four men with out-of-state addresses were arrested and charged with fraudulent pretenses in connection with payments made by two local homeowners to them for supposed termite extermination of their homes. They were released on $1,200 bail after making restitution to the two local women.

A motion was passed at the Borough Council meeting on Monday night to have a telephone installed in the meeting room for use of the council and chief of police.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John R. Glazier of Elizabeth on April 26.

Foster Ambrose left on Wednesday for Jamestown, Va., to buy fish to stock the pond at Ambrose Game Farm and Zoo.

Installation of an ultra-modern navigational aid has been completed by the Federal Aviation Agency at St. Thomas, 15 miles east of McConnellsburg. The new, very high frequency omni-directional radio range cost $100,000.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ott, 521 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house given by their daughter, Mrs. Tad McLaughlin, on April 20. There were 170 guests attending.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rohm, Amaranth, at Berkeley Springs Hospital on April 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Leasure,Warfordsburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Members of the Church of the Brethren, Warfordsburg, have completed work on the cistern, floor, walls and steps in the church basement. Gene Schriver and William Karns, foremen, supervised the work.

A new law will go into effect on July 1, 1960, which gives pensions to widows and orphans of World War II and Korean Conflict veterans who died from non-service connected injury or disablement.

Evelyn L. Ramsey, McConnellsburg, and Donald Fisher, Fort Littleton, were married on April 16.

Deaths: William E. Weaver, Harrisonville; Rhoda Frances Lake Edwards, Altoona, formerly of Needmore; Mrs. Susie Rebecca Thomas Mellott, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Jacob Kogo, Biloxi, Miss., formerly of Wells Valley.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of May 4, 1950 ’50 At the regular meeting of the local Band Parents Association last Thursday evening, announcement was made of a gift of $300 from

the local American Legion to help purchase band uniforms.

During the past two weeks, tuberculin tests were administered to 1,858 school pupils in Fulton County.

Work began on Monday on the installation of traffic lights in the borough, at the intersections of Route 30 with First Street and Route 522. A tree at Trout’s Corner, one of the few remaining along the Lincoln Highway in town, was also cut down.

Gloria Jean Deshong of Needmore celebrated her third birthday on April 29 at a party at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Deshong.

A daughter was born on April 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Bitner of Mercersburg.

Raymond Deshong has purchased and installed the first home television set in McConnellsburg, reporting good reception on three, and sometimes four, channels.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Catherine Brown of Ellicott City, Md., to Paul Clifford Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: David Rufus Horton of McConnellsburg; William Mark Morrow of Fort Littleton; Lewis C. Crouse of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 2, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Lillian May Deshong of West Providence Township, Bedford County; Harrison Locke of near Three Springs.

Several hundred persons are expected to attend a dinner meeting at the Fort Bedford Inn on Thursday evening at which time plans will be discussed on how to improve the Lincoln Highway. The purpose of the meeting is to investigate improvement and stimulate travel over this route.

Construction of 10 deluxe service stations on the 160-mile super highway was begun on April 27 by the Standard Oil Co. Ground was broken near Bedford for the first time.

The 12th annual field meet was held at Hustontown on Saturday with Hustontown winning the Class A events and McConnellsburg and Dublin tying for the Class B cup.

“Miss Caruthers Returns” is the name of an operatta to be staged on May 10 by the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club. Mrs. James Anderson is the director of the play. Miss Mary Jane Kirk is the lead and solo parts are taken by Miss Virginia Beach, Mr. Donald Sipes, Mrs. Glen Bitner and Mrs. Alin Dalbey, Mrs. Russel Glazier and Mrs. Thomas Sloan. Mrs. George Resiner is the accompanist, assisted by Mrs. Sipes. The supporting cast members of the chorus are Mrs. Earl Madden, Mrs. Daniel Grissinger, Mrs. Thad Shimer, Mrs. Kenneth Glazier, Mrs. Harold Welsh, Miss Jeanne Greathead, Mrs. Fred Wilds, Mrs. Donald Winegardner and Mrs. Mack Horton.

Harper Barton, who bought the Thomas Metzler timber at Harrisonville is about done cutting it. Clem Deshong is doing the sawing and Elliott Deshong and Clyde Wible the cutting.

On Monday a Ford car driven by Harry W. Oakman of Harrisonville, ran into the back end of a car driven by Roy Sheeder, also of Harrisonville. Oakman was following the Sheeder car on Sideling Hill Mountain and ran into it when Sheeder slowed to avoid hitting a dog. Estimated damage to the cars was $50.

Also on Monday, a Ford truck driven by George Keflas of Chester left the highway and ran into the home of George Lynch of Crystal Spring. Damage to the truck was estimated at $150 and to the house at $100.

Local firemen were called on Tuesday to extinguish a chimney fire at the Harris Hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shearer of Willow Hill announce the birth of a son on Monday.

Ted Hamil left on Monday for Bedford County to begin his work as an inspector on the all-weather highway.

Miss Betty Barkman of Hustontown has completed her beauty culture course and has taken employment in Everett.

Jacob Douglas of Thompson Township continues critically ill at this time.

Mrs. Brady Fleming of Clear Ridge suffered a stroke one day last week.

Elliott Deshong of Harrisonville suffered a fractured bone in his leg last week when a dead tree fell and struck him.

Stanley Strait has opened a grocery store in the Howard Hollinshead storeroom at Harrisonville.

William Deshong and bride are at home to their many friends at the Mill property at Harrisonville.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 1, 1930 ’30 Deaths: James McConnell Hurley of Neffs Mills, Huntingdon County; Ann Smith of near Taneytown, Md.; George W. Horton of Wells Tannery; Esta May Schooley of near Saluvia. Fire of unknown origin on Saturday evening destroyed the barn and wagon shed on the farm owned by Jane Smith in Buck Valley.

C.U. Schriever and family of Buck Valley will move in soon to the farm they recently purchased form T.R. Bridge of Hancock.

Walter Kenneth Shaw of McConnellsburg will serve as captain of the baseball team at Mercersburg Academy this year. He has been at the academy for the past four years and has played varsity ball for three years. Last year he was the mainstay of the pitching staff.

Announcement has just been made of the marriage of A.W. Grissinger of Mc- Connellsburg and Lula M. Roberts of Ebensburg. They were married April 26, 1929.

The children and grandchildren of Mrs. Elizabeth Smith met at her home at Northcraft on April 3 to celebrate her 80th birthday.

A little daughter was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Stinson of Burnt Cabins.

Births at Big Cove Tannery: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Gearhart and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hess.

Todd Lynch has moved into his new home at Big Cove Tannery.

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