2010-09-09 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger was taken by C.B. Chubb and pictures the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. auxiliary serving a banquet around 1960. Pictured, left to right, front row: Emma Carbaugh, Marvelene Schooley, Goldie Deshong, Jean Hess, Florence Gordon, Mabel McQuade, Bessie Richards, Dora Lynch, Oda Glunt; row two: Elizabeth Paylor, Katherine Deshong, Dorothy McQuade, Virgie Fore, Elizabeth Clippinger, Helen Black, Mayme Helman, Ruby Stenger, Emma Jean Deshong, Grace Anderson, Hazel Lynch, Fillmore Fore; row three: Reed Lynch, Pauline McCleary, Mary Hoover, Imogene Vores.The auxiliary was founded on September 29, 1949. Original officers were Emma Lodge Gordon, president; Mabel Deshong, vice president; Edith Cutchall, recording secretary; and Dorothy McQuade, treasurer. MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger was taken by C.B. Chubb and pictures the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. auxiliary serving a banquet around 1960. Pictured, left to right, front row: Emma Carbaugh, Marvelene Schooley, Goldie Deshong, Jean Hess, Florence Gordon, Mabel McQuade, Bessie Richards, Dora Lynch, Oda Glunt; row two: Elizabeth Paylor, Katherine Deshong, Dorothy McQuade, Virgie Fore, Elizabeth Clippinger, Helen Black, Mayme Helman, Ruby Stenger, Emma Jean Deshong, Grace Anderson, Hazel Lynch, Fillmore Fore; row three: Reed Lynch, Pauline McCleary, Mary Hoover, Imogene Vores.The auxiliary was founded on September 29, 1949. Original officers were Emma Lodge Gordon, president; Mabel Deshong, vice president; Edith Cutchall, recording secretary; and Dorothy McQuade, treasurer. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 6, 1990 ’90 Union Cemetery, just south of McConnellsburg, is the final resting place for many Fulton Countians and their relatives, friends and

neighbors. Over the last 50 years, many have received financial help with burial expenses from one or more of the many burial associations located within Fulton County and its outlying areas. The clubs, which used to boast 999 members and long waiting lists, are now having difficulty in recruiting new members, and the clubs are asking folks to consider joining to continue the long-standing tradition of neighbors helping neighbors.

Preliminary 1990 Census figures indicate that Fulton County’s population increased from 12,842 in 1980 to 13,775 in 1990, an increase of more than 7.2 percent.

Kansas City Royals director of player development announced the call-up of Jeff Garber to their triple-A affiliate in Omaha, Neb. Garber has been moved up to strengthen Omaha’s infield, since he can play either second base, third base or the shortstop positions. He is the son of Loy and Linda Garber of McConnellsburg.

Madaline Garland and the late Harold Garland of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of her daughter, Karen Sue Everts, to Harry Runk, son of Harry and Mae Runk of Willow Hill.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Walker of McConnellsburg on August 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Blumenthal of McConnellsburg on August 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon of Breezewood on August 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bennett of Warfordsburg on August 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Howell of McConnellsburg on August 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Harris of Mc- Connellsburg on August 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Craig Starr of Shade Gap on August 29.

Deaths: Rodney Marshall, 37, Three Springs; Harold A. Metz, 66, McConnellsburg; Deborah Crouse, one-month-old daughter of Glen Jr. and Bernice Crouse; Marie Bivens, Wells Tannery; Donald Hockensmith, 88, Hustontown; William Daughenbaugh, 45, Orbisonia; Ella Fink, 82, Fritch, Texas; Mildred Buterbaugh, Chambersburg; Annie Hess, 73, Hagerstown; Charlotte Stevens, 73, Mechanicsburg; Robert O’Donnell, 51, Dry Run.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1980 ’80 The Fulton Industrial Development Authority has entered into a signed sales agreement for the purchase of the former Sagner daycare

center building east of McConnellsburg in Ayr Township.

The Blue Ox Market in McConnellsburg will remain open, even though the owners, Blue Ox Inc. of Hagerstown, filed for bankruptcy last week.

Construction of the highway divider to be placed at the intersection of old Route 30 and Route 16 at the east end of McConnellsburg is scheduled to begin Monday, September 8.

Anne Gobin resigned as an art teacher at Central Fulton last spring. But she found it impossible to give up teaching. Last week she began advertising to teach lessons in pastels and oil paintings at her home on Route 522 north of McConnellsburg.

Despite engine trouble and a wreck that caused him to drop out of two races over the weekend, Tom Peck picked up a track championship at one raceway and regained his point lead at another. On Friday, Peck had motor trouble at the Bedford oval and had to drop out of the feature there. But Peck was named track champion at Bedford, having already won enough point races over the season, to capture that honor. Peck was also named second among the season point scorers at Jennerstown. Then on Sunday, Peck and Ron McBee shared honors in the Twin 20s for late models staged at the Hagerstown Speedway.

Specials at the IGA: Betty Crocker cake mix, 2 for $1.29; sirloin tip steak, $2.19 lb.; cauliflower, $1.19; rope sausage, $1.29 lb.

Twenty-year-old Jeff Sprenkle was named champion golfer for 1980 on Sunday at Great Cove, finishing the last round of tournament play with a 72 par for the course. Lorraine Milroth was presented with the trophy for the 1980 Women’s Champion and Beulah Fix with the runner-up award.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Yeager of Mercersburg on August 22; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. William Meyers of Mercersburg on August 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Covert of Hustontown on August 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bird of Fort Loudon on August 28.

Deaths: Marvin C. Plessinger, Warfordsburg; Stefan Botscharow, Burnt Cabins; Rozella Bishop, Warfordsburg; Carl L. Hill, Mercersburg; Sgt. Clifford Stoner, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Freda Cromer Hitzel, Pittsford, Vt.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 17, 1970 ’70 Two 17-year-old Forbes Road High School students were pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car accident on Saturday at 5:10 p.m.

in which the driver and five passengers in the second car suffered numerous injuries. The two victims were Robert Lee Miller of Three Springs and Vance Duvall of Harrisonville. The driver and occupants of the second car and their various injuries were Gabriel Coccagna of Fayetteville, leg and chest injuries; his wife, Anna May Coccagna, shoulder injury and fractures of both legs; Helena Harper, Hustontown, fractures of both legs; Donald Kyler, Hustontown, broken ankle and facial injuries; Nellie Kyler, Hustontown, broken arm; and Donette Parent, Hustontown, a passenger in the back seat, lacerations.

Mrs. Judy Hess Barnett remains a patient in the Harrisburg General Hospital where she is showing some improvement from the multiple injuries she suffered in an automobile accident six weeks ago.

Father Benedict Wolf, after sprinkling the site with holy water, broke ground on which the new St. Stephen Catholic Church will stand, adjacent to the old church building on Lincoln Way East. The crowd gathered there on Sunday afternoon and was then invited to turn a spadeful of earth to celebrate the occasion.

The partially clothed body of 12-year-old Kelly Jo Brallier of Bedford was found late Friday night in a wooded area approximately 100 yards from the road and less than a mile from her home. She had been struck about the head with a blunt instrument and police reported that a ball peen hammer had since been recovered from the nearby quarry in the rural area. Several hours after the body was discovered, police arrested a 22-year-old Cumberland, Md., man who is being held in the Bedford County Jail without bail on an open charge of murder. Kelly Jo is one of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brallier and had left home to walk to the home of a girlfriend nearly a mile away to go to a school ballgame.

Stephen M. Hoover, son of Dr. and Mrs. David R. Hoover, McConnellsburg, and a senior at Gettysburg College, has been assigned to do his student teaching at the James Gettys Elementary School in Gettysburg.

Betrothal told: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Abbott of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their son, Thomas.

Deaths: Dewey Peck, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Mrs. Edna Abercrombie, McConnellsburg; William Brooke Jr., Silver Springs, Md.; Harry Marshall Jr., Mount Union; Mrs. Pansy T. Spade, Hancock; Curtis Pittman, Needmore; Hubert Kline, Everett; Mrs. Regina Miller, Greencastle.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Pittman of Three Springs on September 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sipes of Warfordsburg on September 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Schooley of Greencastle on September 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Black of Mc- Connellsburg on September 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ray of McConnellsburg on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs.Chalmer Mellott of McConnellsburg on September 10.

The 100th annual homecoming service which was held on Sunday, September 6, at Rehobeth United Methodist Church was well attended.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 22, 1960 ’60 Robert Eugene Hornbaker, 13-year-old grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Bradnick of Burnt Cabins, was killed on Saturday when he rode

his bicycle into the path of a car near his home, 2-1/2 miles south of Mercersburg.

Two runaway trucks coming off Route 30 east of town last week caused concern among citizens. No one was hurt in the two incidents.

Four young people miraculously escaped serious injury in an accident early Wednesday morning when the car in which they were tavelling failed to make a curve on Route 30, two miles west of Harrisonville, ran through the guardrails and rolled over three times. The driver was William Swisher, 38, of Mercersburg and the passengers were Elwood Doyle, 19; Willis Kerlin, 20; and Linda Cutchall, all of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Fields celebrated their golden anniversary on Sunday with a family luncheon at their home.

Fulton County students enrolled at Shippensburg State College this year include: Daryl L. Hendershot and Dorothy Layton of Warfordsburg; Douglas Henry, Dennis Martz and Sarah Shaw of Hustontown; and Garey L. Sprowl of Wells Tannery.

Webster Fischer, Crystal Spring, Kenneth Gordon, Mc- Connellsburg, James Purnell, Wells Tannery, and Wayne Decker, Harrisonville, won top awards in the annual hay show held on September 14 at Penn State.

Harold E. Deshong, McConnellsburg, has been named to the county committee of the Farmers Home Administration.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Randall, Waterfall, on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Ritchey, McConnellsburg, on September 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Johnson, Hustontown, on September 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lee Glazier, Mc- Connellsburg, on September 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Souders, McConnellsburg, on September 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Duvall, Fort Littleton, on September 16.

Samuel O. Morgan of Amaranth completed basic training on September 3 at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

Harold Wesley Parsons, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Parsons, Burnt Cabins, is in serious condition at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital following an accident on Route 522, north of Shade Gap, on Sunday night when his car overturned and then struck two trees. He suffered rib fractures, punctured lung and possible internal injuries.

Joy Eileen Gobin, Carlisle, formerly of Wells Tannery, and Kirby K. Burkholder, Carlisle, were married August 21.

Rufus Funk of Knobsville has entered Penn State University for his third year.

James Garland, Warfordsburg, is improving at the Berkeley Springs Hospital from a fractured skull and broken leg, suffered in an auto accident on September 11.

Death: Mrs. Louise Dalby of Burnham, Pa., formerly of Hancock.

According to a release by the Department of Internal Affairs, Fulton County townships reported less revenues in 1958 then in 1957 but the borough of McConnellsburg increased. Township revenues for 1958 were $141,766 and the borough’s totalled $24,989.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Lininger were honored at a surprise shower on September 16 at the home of Mrs. Anna Okeson, Burnt Cabins.

Regular Friday night dances will be resumed at Harris Hotel September 23.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 21, 1950 ’50 Harmon L. Cromwell, 61, operator of Johnston’s Hotel at Harrisonville, is a patient at Chambersburg Hospital suffering from injuries

he received on Saturday night when he was “jumped” by three men as he was trying to evict one of them from the hotel taproom for improper conduct. Kicked in the stomach and groin in the altercation, Cromwell was first listed in serious condition but is now reported as satisfactory.

Mrs. Clarence Seville of town suffered a broken shoulder on Sunday when she fell down the cellar steps at her home.

Edwin M. Murray, Hancock, and Marie Hays, Mc- Connellsburg, were wed recently.

Gerald Barnett and Betty McQuait were wed August 14.

Theodore D. Whitsel, M.D., opened his office for the practice of medicine on Monday in the Jay Alloway home at Hustontown. Dr. Whitsel is a native of Mount Union and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

Athough released by a cororner’s jury on September 11, a 26-year-old man, driver of the car in which Maynard Barnhart was killed in an accident near McConnellsburg on September 2, is being held for grand jury action by District Attorney Albert Foster, since “additional evidence against him has been discovered.” He is being held under $1,000 bond on a charge of manslaughter.

Deaths: William Stephen, infant son of John and Beatrice Johnston of Needmore; Mrs. Estella Oakman Winck of Shelby, Ohio.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 19, 1940 ’40 At the September meeting of the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club, Mrs. James Guyer was the principal speaker using as her topic, “Historical

Notes of Fulton County.” Mrs. Guyer had collected a number of true stories, going back to the first surveying of Fulton County, its early settlers’ industries and schools and telling the story of the first surveying and the work done on the road that is now the dream highway. Her paper read like a book, and, in fact, she is being urged to print it so that everyone living in the county may enjoy it.

Death: Carl Russell Mentzer of Mount Union.

Final plans are now being made by the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club for a pet parade to be staged in Mc- Connellsburg next Friday afternoon. Open to all children of school and preschool age, more than 40 valuable prizes will be awarded to the winners in the various classifications.

The Department of Highways has listed one road project in Fulton County this fall – two miles of macadam reconstruction on Route 522 from McConnellsburg south.

The United States Marine Band passed through Mc- Connelslburg on Tuesday morning, en route to Connellsville. Musical instruments worth $26,000 and uniforms valued at $6,000 were carried in a special van.

Fulton Encampment, No. 54, IOOF, nominated the following offices at its last regular meeting: Paul Shimer, high priest; Russell Rotz, grand patriach; Herbert Souders, junior warden; H.C. Peck, junior warden; Paul Shimer, treasurer; Wilber Mann, scribe; and Roy W. Gordon, delegate to the grand session.

Johnny Ray of Pittsburgh, manager of Billy Cohn, light heavyweight boxing champion, was arrested for speeding by officers Harris and Rudy of the local police station last Wednesday. Arraigned before a local justice of the peace, Ray paid a fine of $12.25 and costs.

A.P. (Andy) Oyler reported to the local highway office on Monday of this week to assume his duties as superintendent of highways in Fulton County. Mr. Oyler held this position in Fulton County from 1923 to 1929 when he was transferred to Thompsontown.

On Friday morning, an International truck owned by Allen Ensminger of Mercersburg collided with a car from Pittsburgh near Saluvia, overturned and caught fire. Because the burning truck was close to several buildings, both the McConnellsburg and Mercersburg fire companies were called to extinguish the blaze. Damage to the truck was $1,400.

Relief payments in Fulton County showed a slight increase this week, with $132 being paid in 34 checks as compared to $113 in 30 checks the previous week.

Charles Chilcote of Taylor Township reported to local police that three calves had been stolen from a pasture field on his farm on Saturday night.

Pennsylvania’s role in the nation’s unprecedented peacetime military preparedness program began on Monday when machinery was set in motion to register approximately 1,500,000 men between the ages of 21 and 35 under the Congress-approved conscription bill. A total of 420 three-man draft boards will be set up in the commonwealth.

Mrs. Frank Ott retuned home Saturday from the Chambersburg Hospital, and Mrs. George Hays returned home Sunday.

Mrs. Albert King of Hiram is having trouble with her eyes, requiring several visits to an eye specialists in Chambersburg.

Countians admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week included Mrs. Vera Croft of Knobsville for a major operation; Mrs. Myrtle Strait of Sipes Mill for medical treatment Harry Hamil of McConnellsburg for tonsillectomy; Stanley Hann of McConnellsburg for tonsillectomy; Harry Keebaugh of Burnt Cabins for fractured pelvis; Helen Pittman of Knobsville for tonsillectomy and Mrs. Elizabeth Sipes of McConnellsburg for medical treatment.

Reuben Mellott Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Mellott Sr., of Harrisonville, is enrolled at Penn State in the chemical engineering class. Reuben graduated with second honors from Green Hill last June.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 18, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Edward C. Whitehill of near

Cypher, Bedford County; Mrs. R.E McElain of Huntingdon; Betty Jane Wertman of Hancock; Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Nesbitt of Greencastle.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shimer are having a miniature golf course laid out on the grounds surrounding their home along the Lincoln Way at the east end of town. Work was started last week on an 18-hole course, which will be opened on September 30.

Adama Lauver, 75, was struck by an automobile on Tuesday morning near Webster Mills and injured so badly that he died in Chambersburg Hospital the same afternoon.

We are grieved to inform our readers that Mr. E.M. Krug, publisher of the Fulton County News, is lying at the point of death with no hope for recovery. He has been in an unconscious condition for the past four days and growing weaker each day.

Death: Dr. Andrew Curtin Wolf of Bedford.

Hunter Fraker and Lester Sheffield of Fort Littleton attended a dog race near Altoona last Saturday.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Wilson of Fort Littleton is suffering from an attack of scarlet fever.

Gifford Pinchot, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania on the Republican ticket, will speak hear on October 17.

Rev. Paul W. Kapp and Helen Gilbert were married September 5.

Miss Winifred Bard, proprietor of the Power Box Beauty Shoppe on the square, has installed a machine to do permanent waving.

Ex-judge David Nelson suffered a paralytic stroke on Monday. His right side is paralyzed and his vocal chords are affected.

Lloyd Pine has killed 28 groundhogs so far this summer.

Miss Betty Elder began her senior year at Wilson College on Tuesday.

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