2010-05-06 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 19, 1960 ’60 The Fulton Manufacturing Co. held a banquet at the local American Legion Home on Friday to celebrate the 14th anniversary of its plant in

McConnellsburg.

The Post Office Department is accepting bids for the rental of modern facilities for use as a post office for Waterfall.

Vertie C. Weller, Hancock, a well-known Thompson Township resident was killed instantly on Tuesday morning in a farm tractor accident. He was thrown from the tractor and the wheels passed over him after it left the field he was plowing and entered Timber Ridge Road near Johnston’s Mill.

State Senator J. Irving Whalley was the guest speaker at the Fulton Chamber of Commerce meeting last Wednesday and talked on promoting industrial development in the county. H. P. Kies was elected president of the chamber at the meeting.

Two McConnellsburg youths were lodged in the Franklin County Jail after being charged with breaking and entering at the Mercersburg American Legion Home early Monday morning and stealing money and liquor.

Rex Stout, mayor of the city of Southhampton, England, will be the guest speaker at Memorial Day services on May 29 and will be a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Shimer. The mayor met the Shimer’s son, Sgt. Paul Jr., on October 25, 1944, when he was honored as the “Millionth Yank” to sail from Southampton for the battlefields of Europe. Sgt. Shimer was killed in action in Germany on April 14, 1945.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott O. Deneen of Warfordsburg celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on May 17 with a party at their home on Sunday.

Dr. Francis Shunk Downs, former pastor of the McConnellsburg Presbyterian Church, died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday morning at the Swarthmore Hospital.

Associate Judge and Mrs. Bruce Paylor will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on May 19.

Effective June 1, 1960, the Fulton County Medical Center will open an outpatient department in the basement of the hospital and the present dispensary will be used for emergencies only.

A 68-year-old Arizona motorist was killed in an accident on the turnpike last Thursday. It was learned that the man was a citizen of Norway and was on the way back to the country of his birth when he was killed. The Kelso Funeral Home arranged for cremation of the body and the ashes will be sent to relatives in Norway.

Mrs. Russell Glazier attended the 35th-year reunion of her class at Shippensburg College on May 7. Mrs. Mary Jane Duffey, Miss Grace Shimer and Russell Kelso were at the college for their 50th reunion.

Graveside funeral services were held last Tuesday at the Union Cemetery for the Rev. Allen J. Crooks of Ann Arbor, Mich. He was the husband of Mary Grove, formerly of McConnellsburg.

Jerome, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Buzz Johnson, underwent successful eye surgery at Chambersburg Hospital last week.

Mrs. Grace Shimer is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital after falling at her home and fracturing her leg and pelvis.

A.W. Charlton, son of Mrs. Ray Charlton of Warfordsburg, underwent major surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mellott of Hustontown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 14.

Whips Cove baseball team beat Breezewood 16-4 on Sunday at a home game.

Donald Waters, Burnt Cabins, and Geraldine Webb, Kingsport, Tenn., were married Saturday.

Robert Johnson, Wells Tannery, underwent an appendectomy at the Medical Center on Sunday.

John Martz Sr. is suffering from a very sore foot, having stepped on a nail.

Mrs. Cassie Mellott, Harrisonville, celebrated her 97th birthday on Friday.

The first meeting of the McConnellsburg 4-H Club was held on April 13.

Nine years ago, the Men’s Brotherhood of Hustontown sponsored streetlights for the village of Hustontown from dusk to midnight and an hour before dawn in the winter. The neighborhood is now asking approval and financial help to have the streetlights from dusk to dawn. The cost to each patron will be $7 a year.

Parker Hann announces the opening of a barber shop in the Comerer building on South Second Street.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skiles, McConnellsburg, on May 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richards, McConnellsburg, on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Deshong, McConnellsburg, on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Mellott of Warfordsburg on May 14.

Deaths: Mona McDaid, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl McDaid, Hustontown; Mrs. Ella May Heman, McConnellsburg; Riley Deshong Sr., Harrisonville; Mrs. Sara Mellott, Everett, formerly of Fulton County; Harmon Cutshall, McConnellsburg.

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