2010-09-02 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by David Gregory of Crystal Spring, pictures his father, Cecil Gregory (left), on an antiaircraft gun in Attu in the Aleutian Islands. The photo was taken on September 15, 1945. MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by David Gregory of Crystal Spring, pictures his father, Cecil Gregory (left), on an antiaircraft gun in Attu in the Aleutian Islands. The photo was taken on September 15, 1945. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 30, 1990 The BiLo Market of McConnellsburg paid $2.95 per pound, or $3,410.20, to purchase Ben Knepper’s grand champion steer at the Fulton County Youth Livestock Association’s sale ’90last Saturday night at the fairgrounds. Although The Fulton County Bank was outbid for the grand champion steer, the local banking institution emerged as the single biggest buyer at the sale. The bank purchased a total of four steers. The reserve champion steer went to Fraker’s Market of Fort Littleton at $1.60 per pound for a total of $1,860.80. The steer was shown by Shelly Gress of McConnellsburg.

BiLo Market also bought Shannon Thomas’ grand champion hog for $4.10 per pound for a total price of $947.10. The reserve champion hog shown by Dennis Mellott went to Farm Credit of Chambersburg for $2.60 per pound. The grand champion lamb was bought by Greencastle Livestock Market for $5.10 per pound. It was shown by Weslie Kendall. The reserve champion lamb was purchased by State Rep. Dick Hess and was then donated back to the club for resale to benefit the building fund. It was shown by Jody Hess of McConnellsburg, daughter of Roy and Dixie Hess.

June 20 marked the 25th wedding anniversary of John R. and Ruth Smith of Warfordsburg. A surprise celebration was given in their honor by their children at the Needmore Firehall.

Renee Koontz became the bride of John Brink during a ceremony May 26 in the chapel of Mercersburg Academy. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Koontz of Mc- Connellsurg and Mr. and Mrs. George Emery of Chambersburg and the late Dr. Cornelius Brink.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gale Rouzer of Harrisonville on August 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Fagley of Harrisonville on August 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Deike of Breezewood on August 23.

Kang, Yon Hui of South Korea and Joseph Helman of McConnellsburg were united in marriage on June 2, in an outdoor ceremony at McConnell Park, McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Kang, Soon Duk and Kim, Dong Suk, Pyeong-taek, Kyongi-do, South Korea, and the groom is the son of Carla Helman of McConnellsburg and John Helman of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Carl Hendershot, Warfordsburg; Lila Fields, Hustontown; Philip Gress, Waynesboro; Kay Hege, Mercersburg; Harry McDonald, Hagerstown; M. Grace Snyder, Everett; Layton Yost, Berkeley Springs.

Marriage licenses: Chester Laye III, Chambersburg, and Cherry Leab, McConnellsburg; Kevin Pittman, McConnellsburg, and Tammy Abbott, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago From The Files Of August 28, 1980

Hearings on appeals of the county’s property assessments will begin on September 8 for about 220 persons who have filed appeals with the assessment office. ’80A 17-year-old unidentified Long Bach, Calif., youth was arrested last week in connection with the murder of a former Mercersburg resident, Lloyd A. Ensminger, 45, of Norwalk, Calif. Ensminger was found dead in bed at his home on August 12 and had apparently died of strangulation on August 9. The youth was a hitchhiker Ensminger had picked up and taken home. The youth’s wallet was found at the scene and police were able to trace the youth by photos and phone numbers found in it.

The grand champion steer at the local fair was shown by Joe Mellott of McConnellsburg and was purchased for the McConnellsburg Fire Co. by The First National Bank. Jack Sharpe and Pete Lynch of McConnellsburg IGA bought the grand champion hog exhibited by Brent Gordon at the hog auction on Friday at the fair.

Specials at the IGA; ground beef, $1.39 lb.; Skippy peanut butter, $1.19; Clorox, 79 cents gallon; broccoli, 69 cents a bunch; Kraft Velveeta, 2-lb. box, $2.79; Purex liquid detergent, 32 ozs., 99 cents.

Tom Peck, McConnellsburg, took the lead with just six laps remaining and scored a split-second victory in the thrilling Tri-State championship for late models Sunday at the Hagerstown Speedway.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Leevy of McConnellsburg on August 21.

Deaths: Mrs. Lyda Peck Lynch, Needmore; Olive T. Pittman, Hancock.

40 Years Ago From The Files Of September 10, 1970

Fulton County was always left out in the cold during the whistle stop railroad campaigns which were once a part of the American political scene – but not any more. On Tuesday ’70morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Milton Shapp came to Fulton County as his first stop on a two-day campaign tour of nine central Pennsylvania counties. He came by helicopter and landed at the fairgrounds.

The Census Bureau reported last week that it has counted 200.2 million Americans in the 1960 head count so far, but predicted that the final figure would come much closer to its advance estimate of 204.8 million.

Raymond Paylor will celebrate his 80th birthday on September 10.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new St. Stephen Catholic Church in McConnellsburg will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 13. The new church will be located east of the present structure, the former Sheets property, which has been used as a church for the past several years. The new church will be a “first” in the history of Fulton County. A Catholic church has never been built in Fulton County until the present time.

Marriage licenses: Dennis Lee Long of Waterfall and Karen Lynn Grissinger of Hustontown; Stanley Helman Kline and Naomi Alice Deshong, both of McConnellsburg.

Stanley Kline and Naomi Deshong were married September 5 in a quiet ceremony at the United Methodist Church in Mifflinburg.

Carol A. Mellott of Needmore graduated from the Practical Nursing Program of the Franklin County Area Vocational Technical School at exercises held last Friday at Chambersburg High School.

Karen L. Grissinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elden M. Grissinger of Hustontown, graduated on Friday, September 4, from the Franklin County Vocational Technical School of Practical Nursing. Miss Grissinger plans to start working at the Fulton County Medical Center in October.

The residence of the late Mrs. Blanche Grissinger was purchased by Jack Kelso for $15,250 at the public sale held on Labor Day.

Deaths: Mrs. Blanche Chamberlain, Kissimmee, Fla.; Mrs. Jessie C. Hollenshead Parry, Lansdale, Pa.; C. Russell Souders, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Barthalow of Mercersburg on August 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hill of Hancock on August 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Akers of Breezewood on September 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Snyder of Needmore on September 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Woodring of Mercersburg on September 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McCarty of Needmore on September 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Walters of Crystal Spring on September 3.

In a most impressive ceremony, Miss Janice Kay Cutchall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cutchall of Hustontown, became the bride of David Rishell Hoover II, son of Rev. and Mrs. David R. Hoover of McConnellsburg, on Saturday, August 22, at 2:00 p.m., in St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago From The Files Of September 15, 1960

A runaway tractor-trailer, carrying a cargo of steel, rammed the corner of the home of Mrs. Winifred Chesnut, Lincoln Way East, when its brakes failed while descending Tuscarora ’60Mountain. There were no injuries.

James E. Garland, Amaranth, is in critical condition and Lucille Shoemaker, Hancock, is in serious condition at the Berkeley Springs Hospital, both with skull fractures and other serious injuries suffered in an accident on Route 522 south of Warfordsburg on Monday at noon. Both Garland and S. Thomas Anderson of Northeast, Pa., the other driver involved, were driving convertibles, which were demolished when they hit head-on. Anderson was taken to Washington County Hospital with a broken jaw and head lacerations.

Nancy Cornelius, who graduated from the Washington County Hospital School of Nursing last week, was presented with the Medical Society Award for Scholarship, attitude, neatness and deportment. Jane Humbert, Big Cove Tannery, was also a member of the graduating class.

Dr. James H. Shultz, optometrist, moved into his new offices in the Frank Alexander building, Lincoln Way East.

C. Kenneth Gordon and son Earl of McConnellsburg are cooperating with the Pennsylvania State University in raising experimental field corn hybrids and commercial hybrids for production in this area.

Half of the courthouse is being re-roofed to eliminate leaks and new boxing installed. Fulton Builders and Supply is doing the work.

Shippensburg State College opened the 1960-61 year on September 9 with a record enrollment of 1,240 full-time students.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hockensmith, McConnellsburg, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on September 25 with an open house at their home.

McConnellsburg Fire Co. was called out twice last week to vehicles on fire on the turnpike.

The Clear Ridge Methodist Church will observe its 100th anniversary with special services from October 30 through November 5.

At Borough Council meeting on Monday night, council agreed to pay George Morton the sum of $200 plus reimbursements for any damage to crops from the right-of-way on his land for the new waterline. Morton was given permission to tap the new line with a 2-1/2-inch pipe to give water service to the family farm, this right to be terminated should the farm be sold.

Mrs. Mayme Helman will leave on Saturday with his son, Nhyle, to spend a year in his home in Atigo, Wis.

Nancy L. Taylor, McConnellsburg, graduated on Saturday from the Jefferson Medical College Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Audrey Morton, Nellie Swope and Myretta Hann, all of Needmore, and Larue Hann, Knobsville, graduated last week from Chambersburg Hospital School of Practical Nursing.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kerlin, McConnellsburg, on September 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Penicie, Hancock, on September 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ray Peck, Mc- Connellsburg, on September 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Himmel Keith, Hustontown, on September 9.

Ray Woodcock, 13, of Elizabethville, Congo, Africa, arrived here last Monday to spend a week with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Decker, Harrisonville. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Ray Woodcock, who are missionaries in Africa.

The Fort Littleton School opened last week with an enrollment of 125.

Deaths: Mrs. Charles Glunt, Biglerville, Pa.; William E. Helser, Mercersburg; A.W. Grissinger, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Alice C. Harper, Neelyton; Bruce Douglas Kniseley, Shade Gap; W. Aflred Stunkard, Wells Valley.

60 Years Ago From The Files Of September 14, 1950

Bardy Hays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Hays of McConnellsburg, returned home on Tuesday after a 13-month tour of Europe. ’50Jack Wildoner, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wilonder of McConnellsburg, has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Athletics and will report on March 1 to Miami, Fla., for spring training.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sponsler of Saluvia received a War Department telegram over the weekend telling them of the death of their son, Gerald, 18, in the Korean fighting.

A Fulton County woman is being held in the Dauphin County Jail at Harrisburg as a result of the death of a Huntingdon County man, Herbert S. Lemin, 30, in Chambersburg Hospital last Friday. Lemin died of a gunshot wound, allegedly fired by his 20-year-old girlfriend.

Registered nurses are now needed at the new Fulton County Medical Center.

While visiting in Harrisonville last week, Mrs. Hazel Deshong suffered a hard fall, fracturing two ribs.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Foster of Denver, Pa., announce the birth of a daughter, Sharon Lucille, on September 1.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Wirick of Wells Tannery celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on September 3.

Virgil Sharpe of Big Cove Tannery won the countywide horseshoe pitching contest at the Fulton County Fair this year.

Herbert Crouse, Harold Largent and Jack Mellott, volunteers for the U.S. Army, passed their physical exams at New Cumberland on Monday and left to begin training for the Army Air Corps at San Antonio, Texas.

Victor Cutchall and Genevieve Barnett were married August 12.

70 Years Ago From The Files Of September 12, 1940

Deaths: Mrs. Nevin Strait of Harrisonville; Eliza Jane Layton of Needmore; Martha Ellen Pittman Truax of Needmore; Monroe Sipe Stunkard of Fort Jay, Governor’s Island, N.Y. ’40Hon. John P. Sipes of McConnellsburg has donated the larger part of his book collection to the Green Hill school, including 20 leather-bound volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. There are 284 pupils enrolled at Green Hill this year with 223 in the first eight grades and 61 in the upper four.

M.H. Garlock, 31, of McConnellsburg, is in the Everett Hospital suffering from an injury of the shoulder, concussion of the brain and possible internal injuries which he received last Friday afternoon. According to police who investigated the incident, Garlock was struck by a truck operated by Frank B. Smith of McConnellsburg as Garlock allegedly attempted to block the movement of the Smith truck and, failing to get out of its path, was hit by the left front part of the truck body. Smith was reported to have driven his truck through a hedge fence after the driveway had been blocked by a fallen tree and two parked cars.

With perfect weather, more than 12,000 people paid admission to the Fulton County Fair last week. The largest crowd was present on Thursday night, due probably to the fact that school children were admitted free. Approximately $1,100 was paid to exhibitors at the fair this year, one of the highest amounts ever paid in premiums.

Invitations have been issued for the marriage of Miss Laura Kirk Lodge to Furman Hoffman Gyger on Saturday, September 28, in the Presbyterian Church.

At the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday evening, action was taken on the parking meter situation which has been pending for some time. A poll of business places along the Lincoln Highway was taken during the preceding week and, of the 36 business places contacted, 32 were in favor of installing the meters. A committee was set up to work out a place and means of having the meters installed. Included on this committee were C.M. Bender, P.B. Foreman and Roy Gordon. A resolution was also passed to increase from 25 to 35 miles per hour the speed limit on the Lincoln Highway through town. An ordinance will be drawn up in the very near future to limit parking on the east side of North Second Street from Route 30 to the public square.

Oscar T. Bivens and Hazel Margaret Hollinshead were married on September 8.

During the electrical storm on Sunday, lightning struck the large brick house on the Foreman farm in Wells Valley. Neighbors chopped a portion of the roof away and succeeded in confining the fire to one corner of the kitchen. The home is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Alloway, who were absent at the time.

Mr. and Mrs. Alva E. Shaffer left on September 3 for their home in Decedar Rapids, Iowa, after spending a month with their aunt, Mrs. Clara Seiders of Burnt Cabins.

Friends of Miss Laura Kirk Lodge entertained her recently at a linen shower at the home of Mrs. Daniel Grissinger.

Mrs. Frank Ott is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, having undergone an operation on Tuesday.

Willis Wright of Center left last week for Elkland, Pa., where he has accepted a position in the high school.

Merrill Kerlin of Burnt Cabins is attending the Presbyterian Camp for boys at Fannettsburg.

Luther Hiett of Thompson Township is seriously ill at this time.

Willis Mills of Warfordsburg fell off the back end of a car last week, knocking several teeth loose.

Roy W. Hope and Ruth S. Henry were married August 18.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 11, 1930 Deaths: Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Devor of Lewistown;

Marshall Porter of Newton, Kan.; John Spade of near Hancock; Willis Ray Naugle of Knobsville. ’30Dr. Paul K. Evans’ dental office here will be closed September 10-15 while he is taking an advanced course in ra- diography and X-ray techniques at the Eastman Clinic in Rochester, N.Y.

Jay R.S Stunkard and Martha Kiester were married on Wednesday.

Ned R. Knepper and Elnora Strait were wed September 3.

Dr. Edgar S. Krug has secured rooms in the J.W. Linn building on Lincoln Way, next to the Racket Store, and will open an office soon for the practice of medicine and minor sugery Dr. Krug, a son of Editor and Mrs. E.M. Krug, is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College and completed his internship at the Uniontown Hospital on July 1.

Death: E.E. Whitehill of Everett.

Jackie, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kelso, is a victim of scarlet fever.

Miss Irene Glenn left on Monday for the Harrisburg General Hospital where she is enrolled as a nurse in training.

Mrs. W.M. Lodge is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for observation and treatment.

Frank Ranck of Warfordsburg received a brain concussion on Wednesday when he was struck by a truck while walking along the highway between Warfordsburg and Hancock.

The callithumpian band entertained Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Strait of Clear Ridge with some choice music on Saturday night.

A young farmer arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Shoemaker of Thompson Township one day last week.

Max Fraker of Fort Littleton is suffering from scarlet fever.

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