2010-06-10 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 20, 1940 ’40 The Turnpike Commission has confirmed reports that the superhighway dedication will not be held on July 4 as had been planned. As

of this week, only about 90 miles of the new road have been paved. Assuming that the 29 contractors doing the work can maintain their present pace of three miles a day, it will take about 23 working days to complete the paving job. President Roosevelt had been scheduled to take part in the dedication services on July 4, which were to be presented at Bedford and include “the longest parade in the state’s history.”

Deaths: Vesta Maude Davis of Medill, Miss.; Herman Carbaugh of Websters Mill.

In spite of the heavy rains this week, the Vacation Bible School, which started here on Monday, is largely attended, 157 already being enrolled.

Robert Pryor, 24, an attendant at a gasoline station in Philadelphia who had purchased an old-type airplane in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning, cracked up Tuesday afternoon near the summit of Tuscarora Mountain, about 10 miles from the restaurant operated by Fillmore Fore. The plane was demolished, but young Pryor freed himself from the wreckage and walked to Fore’s place. He was taken to Dr. MacKinlay’s office where it was found he had suffered a slight brush burn and a cut above the right eye. Pryor stated that he was a licensed pilot and had been flying for about four years.

Recent weddings: Harold Watson Douglas and Dorothy Gordon on June 16; Coy E. Swope and Marjorie Laidig on Saturday; Harold Deshong and Helen Hockensmith on May 29.

Jerry Desemo, 20, of Chicago, was arrested by state police on June 17 after he stole a yellow-gold Green Hill High School class ring belonging to Kathryn J. Welsh, who lives with Mr. and Mrs. William Hines in Licking Creek Township. The ring was stolen from a washroom in the basement of the Hines home. Arraigned before a local justice of the peace, Desemo was released after making restitution of the ring.

A Bethel Township man was arrested by state police on three spearate charges. The charges stemmed from the larceny of tools and equipment from a contractor, temporarily stationed in Dublin Township. Following the first man’s arrest, a second Bethel Township man was arrested and charged with larceny on two counts, information being given by the first man arrested.

During Future Farmer Week at State College last week, Carl Johnston of McConnellsburg won sixth place in livestock judging; James Culler of McConnellsburg, 14th place in feed identification; Frank Palmer of Warfordsburg, 16th in insect and plant disease; Roy Kline of Green Hill, 18th in the dairy contest and Wendell Decker of Green Hill, 17th in the horsemanship contest.

Mr. and Mrs. David Knepper Jr. of Center are the proud parents of a baby girl, their third daughter.

Lewis Barnhart of Harrisonville underwent an operation at the Everett Hospital last week for the removal of a finger that had been giving him much trouble.

Preliminary census figures show that McConnellsburg has gained 285 in population in the past 10 years. The 1940 population is 1,053 as compared with 768 in 1930.

Roy Gordon, who broke the bones in both feet while fighting a fire on Easter, returned to Waynesboro Hospital last Friday for the removal of the casts.

The Republican County Committee, at its reorganization meeting in the courthouse last Thursday night, elected J.E. Palmer of Warfordsburg as county chairman for the coming year. He defeated Paul S. Shimer of McConnellsburg by two votes, the final tally being 19-17. Other offices elected were: Mrs. George E. Tritle, vice chairman; John W. Mentzer, secretary; and Grant F. Spade, treasurer.

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