2010-06-03 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files of May 29, 1980 ’80 Maj. Paul E. Cullinane of Letterkenny Army Depot spoke at Memorial Day services held at Union Cemetery south of McConnellsburg


A large wooden barn on the Elton Schoen farm was destroyed by fire, after being hit by lightning at 3:00 p.m. during the storm, which struck the area on Saturday afternoon. The farm property is occupied by Donald Kerlin, who said a small calf and four kittens perished in the blaze which also destroyed a quantity of stored hay and straw. Several people saw the lightning strike.

Tom Deshong of Harrisonville takes his dog, Mitzi, with him whenever he goes mushrooming. The mushroom sniffing mutt is pictured in this issue with one of several he pointed for his master while hunting for the delicacies last week on the east side of Tuscarora.

Naomi Shvies, 53, Harrisonville, was admitted to the Medical Center following an accident last Thursday in which she suffered serious injuries, including a fractured vertebrae, four broken ribs, a puncture wound of the neck and multiple lacerations and abrasions.

Marriage licenses: Buddy Didawick, Berkeley Springs, and Janet Powell, Hancock; Calvin Everets, Big Cove Tannery, and Barbara Thomas, Chambersburg; Chester Clark Jr., Three Springs, and Alice Knepper, Hustontown; Randy Waters, Burnt Cabins, and Cheryl Wilson, Shade Gap.

Specials at the IGA: strawberries, 59 cents pt.; Banquet chicken, $1.89; Hills Bros. coffee, $7.77, 3 lb.; pineapple, 2 for $1; watermelons, 15 cents lb.; Campbell’s chicken rice soup or chicken noodle, 3 for 89 cents.

McConnellsburg’s Bill Bain ran the 200-meter dash in 23.82 in the qualifying rounds Friday at the PIAA state track championships at Shippensburg State College, taking 18th place out of a field of 26 and qualifying for the semifinals.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Craig Frey of McConnellsburg on May 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Weicht of Warfordsburg on May 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Shafer of McConnellsburg on May 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Leese of Needmore on May 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Divelbliss of Berkeley Springs on May 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brenton Smith of Mercersburg on May 19.

Deaths: Norman Schooley and his sister, Laura, both born and raised in the Harrisonville area, died May 21 within a few hours of each other, though several miles apart. Laura was a patient for almost three weeks in City Hospital, Martinsburg, Va. She had been ill for one month and Norman was in ill health for the past 10 months. Other deaths: Otto Clark, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Virgie Beatty, Needmore; Robert Murray, Harrisburg; Flora Mellott, Needmore; Thomas R. Long III, McConnellsburg; Lionel Layton, Warfordsburg; Thomas McMullen,Three Springs; Mrs. Virginia Frey, Warfordsburg.

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