2010-08-12 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Richard Price of Harrisonville and pictures the old Hiram schoolhouse circa 1920. This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Richard Price of Harrisonville and pictures the old Hiram schoolhouse circa 1920. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 9, 1990 Area golfers dreams will become reality on Saturday when Great Cove Golf Course opens its newly built back nine holes transforming it into a full-fledged 18 hole golf course. Ground ’90was broken for the new nine holes on March 18, 1989.

A Harrisonville area man died Tuesday evening of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident in Licking Creek Township. Police said Matt Stewart Hill, 34, Harrisonville, was going west on Route 30, about four-tenths of a mile east of Patterson Run Road Tuesday, August 7, when the car left the roadway and struck a large boulder. He was transported to Fulton County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Marriage licenses: Dale Cutshall Jr., Broad Top, and Rena Ross, Broad Top; Robbie Shives, McConnellsburg, and Leah Deyarmin, Harrisonville; William Sturtevant Jr., St. Thomas, and Deborah Fura, Chambersburg.

Ronda Grove and Darren Eddy were united in marriage June 30, at the First Church of God in Mercersburg. Parents of the couple are Chester Jr. and Dorothy Grove of McConnellsburg and Merwyn and Inez Eddy of Needmore.

Judy McMullen and Bernard Esque were married June 30 in Corner Church of the Brethren in Big Cove Tannery. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hann and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Younker of Big Cove Tannery, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Irene Esque of Akron, Ohio.

Births at the Medical Center: son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bisser of Waterfall on July 30.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 7, 1980 The Mountain House Hotel along Route 30 near the Bedford County line has stood for almost 200 years. But it may no longer be standing a year from now. Started as a log tavern for ’80travellers on the Forbes Road, the first structure was probably built in the 1780s when Fulton County was still a part of Bedford County. Presently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Pete Dale, Harrisonville, the hotel may be seeing its final days. Several weeks ago the Dales ran an ad in the Bedford newspapers offering to donate the hotel to some organization which would tear it down and salvage as much material as possible.

A large barn plus all its contents, on the property of Omert B. Lake, Harrisonville, was destroyed by fire last Thursday after it was struck by lightning.

James Heroux, a 37-year-old science teacher from McVeytown, was named the new principal of Forbes Road High School at a regular board meeting last week.

Jim Pittman had quite an audience outside the firehall a day last week, showing off the huge rattlesnake he had killed on Scrub Ridge.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft velveeta cheese, $2.79, 2 lbs.; fresh ground beef, $1.39 lb.; Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, 3 for 89 cents; Clorox, 79 cents a gallon.

The Fulton County League All-Stars for 1980 area: Jeff Seville, Deran Hess, Greg Bard, Brent Culler, Ken Welsh, Bill Hoffman, Todd Garber, Mike DeShong, Kevin Fowler, Bobby Morgan, Matt Cover, Howard Mellott, Chris Ritchey, Harry Zeger, Scott Grissinger, Troy Ott, Tim Fowler, Kenny Everetts, Chester Feagley.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Booher of Hustontown on July 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Horton of Breezewood on July 25.

United in marriage on April 5 were Deloris Martin and Keith Clugston.

Death: Elvin E. Brumbaugh, Mapleton Depot.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of August 20, 1970 70 The Fulton County Fair will open on August 24 and continue through August 29 at the fairgrounds in McConnellsburg. ’70Fulton County chalked up its fifth automobile fatality for 1970 in an accident which occurred on Sunday on Route 70, seven miles east of Breezewood. The victim was identified as Mary Ellen Grassel, 17, of Cagrin Falls, Ohio, a passenger in a car driven by her uncle, John Wilson.

The Forbes Road schools will open the 1970-71 term on August 31 with a total enrollment of 600 students – 305 in the elementary grades and 295 in the junior-senior high school.

Mrs. Mary Jane Harris of Hancock will be 100 years old on August 23.

Marriage licenses: David Hoover II and Janice Cutchall, both of McConnellsburg; Jerry Clippinger of Wells Tannery and Eliza Jane Cook of Fort Littleton.

Barbara Black of Waterfall was awarded a gold ribbon at the Central Region 4-H Dress Revenue held on August 13 at Bucknell University. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Black of Waterfall.

Confirmation of the appointment of Edward Palmer of Warfordsburg as superintendent of highways for Fulton County is expected to be given by Gov. Shafer this week. Mr. Palmer will replace Robert Cutchall, who resigned from the office on July 15. Mr. Palmer is justice of the peace for Bethel Township and also serves as vice chairman of the Republican Committee.

SP-5 George Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Smith of McConnellsburg, is on a tour of duty in Germany with the U.S. Army.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Isban of McConnellsburg on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Smith of McConnellsburg on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Knepper of Hustontown on August 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Henry of Hustontown announce the marriage of their daughter, Sandra, to Ssgt. Gerald P. Land, son of the late Hope Land of Milfort, Pa. The wedding took place on Saturday, August 8, in the Clear Ridge Methodist Church.

Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz returned on Sunday from a two-week vacation in Mexico.

Sheriff Charles Waters and Bob Hill Jr. spent a few days fishing in Canada last week. Dick Crouse took over as deputy sheriff and managed to have the jailhouse almost full by the time the sheriff returned.

Herbert C. Barnhart, 35, of Hancock, was found dead on Thursday morning, August 6, after he apparently had walked into the side of a Western Maryland Railway train on Wednesday night. The accident occurred at the intersection of the Western Maryland tracks and William Street, according to Hancock Police.

Deaths: Theodore Hixon and his wife, Emma Grace Hixson, Mount Union, who died within two days of each other; Orville Shaw, Dauphin; Mrs. Nellie Mellott, Philadelphia; Mrs. Dorothy Sheely, Gettysburg; Mrs. Evelyn Smith, Greencastle; Mrs. Nettie Kerlin, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 25, 1960 ’60 State Sen. J. Irving Whally (R-Somerset) resigned last week as senator for the three county 36th Senator District (Fulton, Bedford and

Somerset) in order to seek the 18th Congressional District vacancy created by the death of Rep. Douglas Elliott of Chambersburg. He will seek the unexpired portion of Elliott’s term plus a full two-year term.

Terry Lee Bivens, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bivens, McConnellsburg, suffered a broken thigh bone and bruises of the head and shoulders on Monday when he was hit by a car on North Third Street.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information concerning a private model 182 Cessna plane which is presumed to have crashed on its way from Teterboro, N.J., to Oklahoma City, on a route which would have taken it over the northern part of Fulton County.

South Penn Power Co. will reduce its rates $3.16 an average customer and Cumberland Valley Electric Co. $3.80 a customer effective September 1.

Chief Petty officer Wayne Spence and wife, the former Bonnie Cutchall, left this week to take up residence at a naval base in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sprenkle spent a few days in Waukegan, Ill., attending graduation exercises for their son, Marty, who is serving in the U.S. Navy.

Pvt. Morris L. Suders, McConnellsburg, was recently assigned to the 32nd Armor at Fort Stewart, Ga. He entered the Army in July and completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Ky.

Vivian K. Wright, Wells Tannery, driving a 1950 Chevrolet on Route 30, 16 miles west of McConnellsburg, escaped injury when the car skidded on the wet road and overturned.

Recent marriage licenses issued at the local courthouse: Emory M. Snyder and Anna Mae Mitchell, both of Warfordsburg; Paul Hendershot and Iris Martin, both of Warfordsburg; Richard M. Munch, Warfordsburg, and Betty Culler, McConnellsburg; Larry F. Deshong, Harrisonville, and Dorothy L. Ranck, Hustontown; Wayne Adams Frankhouser, Hagerstown, and Dolores Arlene Bivens, Mc- Connellsburg; Paul Kokal Sr. and Pauline W. Kokal, both of Pittsburgh.

Bids are advertised for the remodelling and redecorating of the McConnellsburg Methodist Church.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George F. Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, on August 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Umbrell, McConnellsburg, on August 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Reel, Harrisonville, on August 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mearl Rosenberry, Maddensville, on August 18.

Daryl Hendershot, Warfordsburg, was burned while burning trash at his home and taken to the Medical Center for treatment.

The store at Warfordsburg formerly operated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax is now under the management of Charles Golden.

Many folks from our community attended the Bicentennial held last week in Orbisonia.

Sgt. and Mrs. William Schrier and two sons, Burnt Cabns, have arrived in Monteray, Calif., where he will be stationed for two years.

Former Amaranth resident, Steven Shanholtz, 12, of Flintstone, Md., was struck and killed by a car while riding his bicycle near his home recently.

Death: Emma B. Ritchey, 90 of Wells Tannery.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 24, 1950 ’50 Judge J. Colvin Wright of Bedford County will be the principal speaker at the dedication services for the new Fulton County Medical Center

on September 2.

A picnic dinner was held at Caledonia State Park on Sunday in honor of the 80th birthday of Sanner Ray of Mc- Connellsburg.

William S. Livengood Jr., now serving his third term as secretary of Internal Affairs of Pennsylvania, will crown the queen of the Fulton County Cenntennial on August 29.

“Sade” (Sarah Jane) McQuade is still leading in the contest to select a Centennial Queen. June Cornelius is in second place, followed by Bonita Madden, Reba Wible and Alma Shore.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Duffey of Mc- Connellsburg on August 19; twin daughters, Sandra Jane and Sarah Ann, to Cpl. and Mrs. Dale Black at the Fort Benning Station Hospital, Columbus, Ga.; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Kuykendall of Big Cove Tannery on August 21.

The “Shooting Linds” (Dot and Ernie) will give an exhibition of trick and fancy shooting at Cline’s Park on September 17.

Robert McDaid suffered a broken leg on a construction job at Spruce Creek.

James E. Keith and Esther Burke Lane were married recently.

Deaths: Mrs. Alice Cooper of Cito; Samuel Mellott of Cito.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 22, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Henrietta Margaret McClellan Steele of Everett; Chester Adair Byers of Huntingdon; Harvey Grant Banks of Altoona.

According to figures made public this week, the local fire company realized a profit of $478.30 from its second annual carnival which was held on August 7-10 at the schoolgrounds.

A two-day school in soil conservation was held on Monday and Tuesday of this week for the teachers of agriculture in Fulton and Franklin counties. Held on the Max Morton farm just west of McConnellsburg, the school was directed by Henry Warner of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fulton County teachers attending were Guy Giener of Warfordsburg; Joseph Shelly of McConnellsburg; Robert Stauffer of Green Hill; Wayne Handwerk of Hustontown; and G.L. Reisner, advisor.

The Green Hill School will open on Monday. These three new teachers have been added to the faculty: Miss Mary McCullough of Newville, home economics; Donald Lynch of McConnellsburg, science and mathematics; and Paul Wilson of Hummelstown, English and social science. A WPA project for two new cesspools has been approved for this school.

Marshall Helman and Marjorie Fields were wed Sunday.

Kenneth W. Truhn and Dorothy V. Barton were married on August 16.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Snyder of near Knobsville celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on August 17.

McConnellsburg will close its current baseball season on Saturday when the local team meets Three Springs here at 2:30 p.m. The local team has won all of its league games, 13 in all.

Junior Glunt, who is in the Army at Carlisle, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. George Glunt of Knobsville.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mellott moved from Harrisonville to Franklin County last Monday, where he will be employed on a fruit farm.

Fulton Countians admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week included Ameda Mills of Hustontown for tonsillectomy; Mrs. Thelma Meyers of Harrisonville for tonsillectomy; Norman Edwards of Waterfall for emergency appendectomy; Kenneth Morton of Andover for intestinal obstruction; Mrs. Elizabeth Sipes of McConnellsburg for medical treatment and observation.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 21, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Mrs. Harry Wagner of Amaranth; Mrs. Margaret Sloan of Grove City; Mrs. Susan E. Yoston of Clear Spring, Md.

Robert Lodge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lodge, had a narrow escape on Tuesday morning. He was helping his father paint and, wishing to know the amount of tar paint in a barrel, held a lighted match to the bung hole. The gas in the barrel exploded, the flaming gas burning his fingers and the barrel struck his leg as it whirled around in the explosion. Fortunately, the end of the barrel away from him blew out. As it was, the explosion demolished a door and a window in a nearby building.

George Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morton of Andover, had the large finger on his right hand crushed last week while hauling switch ties.

George Seville of McConnellsburg was one of six freshman students who received gold medals for outstanding work during the year at the Pennsylvania Forestry School.

McConnellsburg will get a new business on Saturday when Miss Winifred Bard opens a beauty parlor in the D.E. Little building on the square.

Two tablets were unveiled Sunday at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Liverpool, commemorating President Hoover’s attendance at services there a few weeks ago. Rev. H.L. Jarrett, former pastor here, is now the minister at Liverpool. The tablets were unveiled by Grace Bucher and Carl Jarrett, young son of Rev. Jarrett.

Donald Winegardner and Alda Blanche Cunningham were married on August 12.

Mr. and Mrs. George Crouse of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a son at Chambersburg Hospital on Tuesday.

Benny and Sidney Fisher have returned to their home at Mifflinburg after spending two weeks with Mr. and Mrs.Fred Wilds.

Johnnie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Martz of Knobsville, was bitten on the finger by a copperhead snake last week.

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