2010-05-06 / From Days Gone By

20 Years Ago

20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 3, 1990 ’90 A routine work detail for members of Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. on May 1, turned to tragedy when three company members

died after being overcome by a toxic gas inside a well at a Taylor Township property southwest of Hustontown. Firefighters sent to the property of Nellie Brown that evening to remove a dead animal from the home’s well encountered some type of toxic fumes which proved fatal to three of the firefighters. Killed in the accident were James Chesnut Jr., 20; Richard Hershey, 40; and Thomas Lane, 39, McConnellsburg. Dr. Russell McLucas listed the presumptive cause of death for all three as asphyxiation due to oxygen deprivation and speculated that carbon dioxide may have been the gas which overcame the victims. The elderly homeowner, Nellie Brown, remained inside her home during the rescue operations, being watched over by friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rotz will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on May 15.

A business history of Fulton County’s H.B. Mellott Estate Inc. was the featured cover story in the April issue of the national trade magazine “Stone Review.” The county-based quarrying, stone-crushing and ready-mix operation has portable stone crushing equipment working throughout the East and is ranked as one of the largest stone-crushing operations on the East Coast.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Snyder of Shade Gap on April 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Anderson of Hustontown on April 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ignatius Drury of Mercersburg on April 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McQuade Sr. of Big Cove Tannery on April 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foster of Six Mile Run on April 25.

Deaths: William Tritle, 87, McConnellsburg; John Parkinson, 69, McConnellsburg; Joanne Wilson, 60, Three Springs; Clara Mahan, 82, Bristolville; Samuel Dyson, 78, Waynesboro; Donald Benson, 67, Three Springs; Wilbert Covert, 69, Orbisonia; Veryl E. Horton, 77, Robertsdale.

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