2010-04-29 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 9, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Joanne Deloris Gordon of Needmore;

James Taylor of Hustontown; Martha Jane Richards of Ayr Township; William Edward Stone of Thompson Township; Louis Albert Barney; Joseph P. Hege of Mercersburg.

Pennsylvania’s new law requiring applicants for marriage licenses to undergo blood tests will become effective on May 17. Harvey I. Raker, Fulton County clerk of courts, reminds prospective newlyweds.

“Hillbilly Courtship,” a three-act play, will be presented by the junior class at Hustontown High School on May 17 and taking part in the play will be Harold Fix, Louise Newman, Helen Taylor, Jean Barton, Hazel Black, Walter Fix, Reed Henry, Glenn Kesselring, Ralph Keebaugh, Mary Cornelius and Kenneth Fix.

Louis B. Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Johnston of Wells Tannery, has enlisted in the U.S. Army at Hagerstown. He will be assigned to the Quartermaster Corps in the Panama Canal Zone.

The honorary membership of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., a new innovation to secure funds for the maintenance of the company, is rapidly increasing in number. Donations of $1 or more entitle the donor to a card showing that he is listed as an honorary member. The honorary members to date are Miss Elsie Greathead, J.C. Patterson, W.H. Greathead, W.R. Sloan, Owen C. Fries, Harry L. Baumgardner, George W. Mosser, H.C. Welsh, Scott Runyan, John W. Mentzer, Geo. S. Grissinger, Robert G. Alexander, John L. Neill, Harry M. Johnston, Lewis Harris, John Kelso, M.W. Kirk, Carl Fraker, Lloyd Mellott and M.W. Nace.

Marriage licenses have been issued to the following: Bazzil Catlett of Harrisonville and Mary E. Deshong of Clear Ridge; Robert Buterbaugh and Florence Mills of McConnellsburg.

For many years, Mc- Connellsburg had one of the finests sandlot baseball teams in this section of the country, and baseball was in the heart of practically every resident of the community. For several years, however, baseball has all but faded out of the local picture. In an effort to revive interest in this sport, a meeting of both fans and players will be held at Hamil’s Restaurant on Friday evening.

Workmen in the borough are busily engaged repainting the speed limit signs, changing the limit from 25 to 35 miles per hour.

The first Vacation Bible School in many years at Clear Ridge will open in the Methodist Church there on Monday, May 13. The school will be under the direction of the pastor and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Marcus Randall, with several helpers.

Highway construction costing more than $40,000,000 is anticipated in Pennsylvania before the close of 1940.

District Attorney John W. Mentzer and family have moved from the T.J. Comerer house on South Second Street to the Seylar house adjoining the Lutheran Church.

Mrs. John Martin suffered a broken leg last week in a fall at her home at Welsh Run.

Miss Jessi Shimer and brother Arthur have returned to their home here after spending the winter with their sister, Mrs. Olive Course, at Webster Mills.

Death: Daniel Cunningham of Nashville, Tenn.

Fishermen’s Paradise will open this year on May 24, two weeks later than usual.

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