2010-09-23 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Harry J. Kline, pictures Walter Kline, 27, in August 1940, with his mules Beck and Tony, and a white horse that was traded to Frank Peck as boot money for a 1942 John Deere tractor. MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Harry J. Kline, pictures Walter Kline, 27, in August 1940, with his mules Beck and Tony, and a white horse that was traded to Frank Peck as boot money for a 1942 John Deere tractor. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 20, 1990 ’90 The first frost of the fall came on Tuesday, a little earlier than the official start of the autumn season.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation faces fines of $5,000 from the state Fish Commission in connection with damage to stream beds and banks in Union and Licking Creek townships, Fulton County. Noss said the fines stem from the actions of PennDOT crews during routine channel cleanings near bridges over Patterson Run on Route 30 in Licking Creek Township and over Bear Creek and Stahle Run in Union Township.

James Bishop, better known as J.W., 14-year-old son of Jimmy and Cindy Bishop of Warfordsburg, remains a patient in the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, awaiting a heart transplant. He suffers from Kawasaki syndrome, an acute, rare disease of unknown origin.

Ricky Schriever, Warfordsburg, and Denise Hess, Warfordsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Trudy Mort and Randy Gelvin were united in marriage August 18, at Walnut Grove Church of God in Maddensville. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Mellott and the late Larry Mort and Mr. and Mrs. Rheon Gelvin, all of Hustontown.

Deaths: Matthew Anderson, Orbisonia; Anna Golden, Hagerstown; Ethel Iden, Hancock.

Susan McCord, Lt., U.S. Navy, is serving as a nurse in Saudia Arabia. She is the daughter of James and Anna Vincill of Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Divelbliss of Warfordsburg on September 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Creager of Chambersburg on September 12.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 18, 1980 ’80 The former McConnellsburg Day Care Center, which was recently purchased by the Fulton Industrial Development Authority, was purchased by JLG Industries at a meeting of the Authority and JLG officials on Monday.

Letterkenny workers from this area who retired at the end of August included Leroy E. McGowan, Hustontown, with 34 1/2 years; Charles Williams, Shade Gap, 28 years service; and Thomas M. Hagie Sr., Orbisonia, with 35 years of service.

About 25 of the 80 workers laid off at the JLG Industries’ plant in May have returnd to work.

Specials at the IGA: spaghetti, 99 cents, 2 lbs.; Filberts margarine quarters, 2 for $1; Crisco shortening, $2.09, 3 lbs.; sirloin tip steaks, $2.49 lb.; Glad wrap, 59 cents, 100 feet; fresh ground beef, $1.39.

The Fulton County Cowboys Youth League football team shut out the Fort Ritchie Mounties Sunday 12-0.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Miller of McConnellsburg on September 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Duane D. Clymans of Shirleysburg on September 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy M. Hall of Saxton on September 11.

Via Elaine Hann and Michael Alan Shaw were united in marriage on August 9 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hancock. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Blaine E. Hann, Big Cove Tannery, and Mr. and Mrs. James E. Shaw, Needmore.

Deaths: John Abrams, St. Thomas; Mrs. Mary B. Stinson, Chambersburg; Kendra D. Kendall, Hancock; Edith H. Barton, Crystal Spring; Vincent T. Wiser, Shirleysburg; Virginia M. Barnhart, Hancock; Milford R. Brady, Big Cove Tannery; Helena Smith, Lancaster; Mrs. Dorothy Yaukey, Chambersburg; Otis Kerlin, Pennington, N.J.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 1, 1970 ’70 A Three Springs trucker escaped serious injury early last Thursday morning when his tractortrailer truck careened down the mountainside at the dangerous Cape Horne curve on U.S. Route 30, on the east slope of Tuscarora Mountain. Franklin James Wagner, 27, was admitted in an unconscious condition to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of head and thigh injuries after his rig was demolished.

Former Gov. William W. Scranton has named a Hustontown resident, J. Robert Cutchall, as chairman of the 1970 Citizens for Scott, Brodercik, Scalera Committee in Fulton County.

Sgt. Malcolm Ray Foster, formerly of Wells Tannery and Saxton, was fatally injured on Saturday in a head-on automobile accident at El Paso, Texas. Foster, a son of C.C. and Marjorie (Buckley) Foster of Wells Tannery, died at the William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso. A career man in the Army, Sgt. Foster was en route to his home in El Paso from Fort Bliss at the time of the fatality. He had been in the service for 17 years.

Mrs. Ethel Decker and Mrs. Frances Reed recently returned home from a European tour, during which they visited Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Marriage licenses: Robert Lee James of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Kay Frances Diehl of Chambersburg; Edgar C. Mellott of McConnellsburg and Lucinda Mae Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Riggs spent the weekend in Somerset where his father is seriously ill in the hospital.

Mrs. James H. Shultz keeps record of the rainfall from a rain gauge in her backyard. Over Saturday and Sunday, the gauge showed that 2.7 inches of rain had fallen in Mc- Connellsburg, most of it on Saturday night.

Deaths: Mrs. Georgetta Comerer Daniels of Hagerstown; Deborah Louise Sigel, Needmore; Floyd Ritchey, Breezewood.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ulsh of Mc- Connellsburg on September 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Patrick Kelso of Warfordsburg on September 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ramsey of McConnellsburg on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Morris Jr. of Hancock on September 25.

The Pentecostal Church of McConnellsburg was the scene of an impressive wedding ceremony on September 2 at 2:00 p.m., which united in marriage Miss Eliza Jane Cook and Jerry Andrew Clippinger. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Jere Cook of Fort Littleton and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Clippinger of Wells Tannery.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of October 6, 1960 ’60 A total of 5,150 county residents have registered to vote at the November 8, 1960, general election, 2,885 of them Democrats, 2,231 Republicans and 34 nonpartisan.

The Fulton County Medical Center marked its 10th anniversary on October 4 with a record of 1,950 births and 91,900 admissions since it opened. The first patient treated there was Judy Daniels of Waterfall on October 4, 1950, after falling from a car. The first patient admitted was Mrs. Raymond Martz of Hustontown on October 5, and the first baby born was Victoria Louise Cutchall to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Cutchall of Hustontown, delivered by Dr. E.H. MacKinlay.

Carl Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, and Clyde Morningstar, Harrisonville, were the top winners in the Fulton County plowing contest held on Saturday.

The construction work on Interstate Route 70, which extends 7.55 miles between Warfordsburg and Deneen’s Gap, is 93 percent completed and should be open for traffic this fall. Cost of the project was quoted at $5,176,771.

According to a preliminary report, the 1959 Census of Agriculture shows there are 901 farms in Fulton County with a total of 152,110 acres. The average size of a farm in the county was 168.8 acres and the average value, land and buildings, was $7,509.

The Borough Council, at the request of Mrs. John Mentzer, Fourth Street, voted to relocate the extension of East Walnut Street, 40 feet north, to avoid dividing the Mentzer property. Clear title for te new location will be given to the borough, and all legal expenses will be paid by Mrs. Mentzer.

The McConnellsburg school library will be open to the public Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse last week to Grover Elwood Strait, Amaranth, and Doris Peck, Big Cove Tannery, and Fred Eugene Waite, Three Springs, and Naomi M. Strait, Knobsville.

Helen Strait, Harrisonville, and Larry Gene Barnhart, Hustontown, were married on October 2.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morton, Big Cove Tannery, on September 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mack, McConnellsburg, on September 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Murphy, Burnt Cabins, on October 2.

Ray L. Swadley, Needmore, and Edward L. Ritz, Warfordsburg, graduated from recruit training on September 17 from the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

Death: Mrs. Mary E. Hanks, Everett, formerly of Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 5, 1950 ’50 A formal plea of not guilty was entered Monday by a 55-year-old Buck Valley man when he was called to trial in Fulton County Court on a charge that he ambushed and murdered his 34-year-old brother on the night of June 14. The case is still in progress at press time.

Mrs. Rena Ott was installed last week as president of the American Legion Auxiliary, with Mrs. Ruth Schmidt as first vice president and Mrs. Helen Buterbaugh as second vice president.

Ralph Swope, 15, has been in Waynesboro Hospital since August 1949, when he received severe burns trying to save his baby brother when their home near Needmore burned down. On Monday, Ralph was transferred to the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia where plastic surgery to his face and modern scientific methods to cure his badly burned leg will be applied. The transfer to Philadelphia was made possible by a benefit backyard circus staged by Waynesboro school children interested in Ralph. Service clubs and individual contributions swelled their $5 profit to the needed amount.

After months of hard work, the new Fulton County Medical Center is now ready to receive its first patients.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hunter of Mc- Connellsburg on September 27; twins, Mary Jane and Mark James, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Deshong of Harrisonville on September 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William D. Harr of Big Cove Tannery on September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Preston Carbaugh of Cito on September 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Parker Bivens Jr. of McConnellsburg on September 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Carl Hill of Warfordsburg on October 3.

The farm of M. Earl Truax of Warfordsburg was named this year’s winner in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s soil conservation contest.

Deaths: Edgar Allen Diehl of Amaranth; Olive Cromwell of near Maddensville.

70 Years ago

From The Files of October 3, 1940 ’40 A total of 92 contestants, with their varied pets, were in the line of march for the first Pet Parade in this community, sponsored by the McConnellsburg Lions Club last Friday afternoon. Horses, ponies, mules, goats, sheep, calves, rabbits, pigeons, frogs, chickens, etc., were some of the various pets entered.

Death: Mrs. Deward Strait of Pleasant Ridge.

Kenneth Miller and Blanche E. Hess were married on September 30.

Henry L. Rufle and Anna B. Meyers were wed recently.

At a special meeting of the McConnellsburg Borough Council on Tuesday night, a representative of the Duncan Meter Corporation of Chicago was present and received an order for the installation of parking meters in town. Officials of the company say the meters will be installed and ready for operation within the next two weeks. In order to get a fair reaction from the public, the meters will only be installed along a portion of the Lincoln Highway. The meters will be the two-coin type and the parking meter hours will be from 8:0 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day except Sundays and legal holidays.

George S. Grissinger Jr. and Beulah Gertrude Thomas were married on Saturday afternoon.

Ray Thomas George and Doris Chase Sloan were married on July 29.

A proposed expenditure of $107,000 to develop an airport near McConnellsburg is included in the airport development program for Pennsylvania, which has been prepared by the Civil Aeronautics Board.

In an accident last Thursday, cars operated by W. Russell Kendall of Webster Mils and Charles Raker of Mc- Connellsburg collided on the road from McConnellsburg to Cito. Mrs. Kendall received brush burns and lacerations of the face and a compound fracture of the left leg. Mr. Kendall had several ribs fractured and sustained possible internal injuries. They were both taken to Chambersburg Hospital. No one in the Raker car was injured.

Rev. and Mrs. Charles Pittman, missionaries in Tabriz, Iran, and well known locally, left Tabriz for America on October 1.

Pennsylvania’s $70,000,000 super highway, linking Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, was thrown open to the public at one minute after midnight on Monday. The dedication of the “dream road” will be held later, at which time President Roosevelt will be the principal speaker.

Quite a crowd of onlookers gathered to view a curious sight on Monday when the Joners family of Richmond, Ind., parked their 1906 model Brush car in McConnellsburg after it had successfully “conquered” Tuscarora Mountain. The car was a “one lung” affair.

Furman Hoffman Gyger Jr. and Laura Kirk Lodge were married September 28.

David D. Lynch, son of Rural Mail Carrier and Mrs. Jennings M. Lynch, has enlisted in the Air Corps. His brother, Robert, who has been in the service for the past five years, is now at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Hamil celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on September 24.

Death: James Schriever of Hancock. J.W. Deshong is seriously ill at his home here.

Patty Sheats marked her fifth birthday on Sunday.

Thomas Smith, 65, who resides at the home of Walter Bard near Harrisonville, was struck by a car on Saturday, receiving a broken right collarbone, lacerations of the hand, a fractured skull and a possible concussion.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 2, 1930 ’30 This issue reveals the reason why there was no paper last week. Edgar M. Krug, publisher of The Fulton County News, died at the Mont Alto Sanatorium on Friday afternoon, September 19. Death was caused by tuberculous meningitis, which followed an attack of pneumonia.

Other deaths: Mrs. Emaline Buterbaugh Sandretuer of Waynesboro; Harvey Lee Buterbaugh of Ayr Township.

Paul Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Hoover of Three Springs, was granted a commercial pilot’s license on September 8.

A.C. Garland, for the past 12 years cashier of the Peoples National Bank of Lemasters, has been elected executive vice president of the Littlestown Savings Institution, a bank with assets of more than $2 million.

Milton McKinley Foor and Marilla Chloe Metz were married September 25.

Norman Carl Fix and Evalene Anna Daniels were married September 27.

Thieves stole about $30 from Sheeder’s Green Grocery on Friday night. The same night, an attempt was made to rob the Ernest Harris Jewelry Shop and on Monday night, several pieces of meat, including hams, were stolen from D.A. Washabaugh’s smokehouse.

Mrs. Levi Morton and ex-county Commissioner Cloyd Gress underwent serious operations last week at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

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