2010-07-08 / From Days Gone By

60 Years Ago From The Files Of July 20, 1950

’50 A dozing driver completely demolished the tractor of his tractor-trailer truck, burned almost to the point of death his sleeping companion

and set fire to a house when he crashed on Route 522 in the northern section of town last Tuesday morning. The careening vehicle knocked over the tree and came to a stop on the lawn of the Clarence Bender property, setting fire to the house. The two men, both of Roaring Spring, are now in Chambersburg Hospital. Damage to the Bender house was set at $2,000 and to the rig and its cargo at $7,000.

George B. Keefer, 24, Big Cove Tannery, had his left leg amputated above the knee at Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday, following a motorcycle accident near his home the previous Saturday. Injuring his leg in the accident, doctors decided to amputate it after gangrene set in, in an attempt to save his life.

A short circuit in an electric hand drill was held responsible for the death on Monday afternoon of Ralph Eugene Mellott, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hendershot Mellott of Mercersburg.

The next in a series of “big name bands” at the local American Legion home will be Ted Weems on August 23.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William S. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery on July 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bair of McConnellsburg on July 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cromer of Fort Littleton on July 17.

Robert Bookheimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Bookheimer of Knobsville, has enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Knepper near Hustontown on July 15 in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Yohn.

Deaths: Mrs. Harvey M. Strait of Harrisonville; Earl Smith of Hancock; Wallace Pittman of McConnellsburg.

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