2010-09-30 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church and includes several ministers who preached at Tonoloway in the 19th century. The photograph is believed to have been taken in 1899 at a meeting of Primitive Baptist ministers, some from as far away as the Carolinas, that took place at the Tonoloway church in southern Fulton County. The photograph is one of a number of photographs and Tonoloway memorabilia that will be displayed at a special 2 p.m. service this Sunday at Tonoloway that marks the 175th anniversary of Tonoloway’s brick church building. MEMORY JOGGER This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church and includes several ministers who preached at Tonoloway in the 19th century. The photograph is believed to have been taken in 1899 at a meeting of Primitive Baptist ministers, some from as far away as the Carolinas, that took place at the Tonoloway church in southern Fulton County. The photograph is one of a number of photographs and Tonoloway memorabilia that will be displayed at a special 2 p.m. service this Sunday at Tonoloway that marks the 175th anniversary of Tonoloway’s brick church building. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 27, 1990 ’90 The Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church need more friends. Simply put, Fulton County’s first church has fallen into a serious state of disrepair and lacking its own congregation, the survival of the church depends upon all of us and upon our willingness to dig deep into our pockets to help or preserve a part of our history, a history that spans some 238 years. The church is located in southern Fulton County about a mile north of Hancock and the Maryland line on Route 655. It was founded in 1752 by a group of Baptists. The “Friends of Tonoloway” are a group dedicated to the preservation of the church and is attempting to raise funds to repair and restore the historic church.

James W. “J.W.” Bishop, 14, Warfordsburg, was listed in satisfactory condition in the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore Tuesday following heart transplant surgery at that facility last week. J.W. was doing real well and would probably be staying at the center for some time following the successful transplant surgery. J.W., an eighth-grader in the Southern Fulton schools, had suffered from Kawasaki syndrome, an acute illness characterized by fever, rash, swelling of lymph nodes, sore throat, swollen hands and feet, peeling skin and red-rimmed eyes. Cause is unknown, but the disease can cause aneurisms.

Marvin Byers of the Orbisonia area was the winner of the annual crow shoot contest. Byers bagged 46 crows to win the award.

Jennifer Lynn of McConnellsburg will be competing on October 6 and 7 in the BMX National Championship races in Long Island, N.Y. She is the daughter of Bob and Pat Lynn.

Mary Brant of Hustontown was awarded a gold putter by David Washabaugh of Fulton Motor Sales for being the first golfer to shoot a hole-in-one on the new back nine at Great Cove Golf Club, which was opened August 11, 1990.

Deaths: Clara H. Souders, 78, McConnellsburg; Grant Mellott, 70, Needmore; Daniel Hill, 72, Mercersburg; Minnie Cowan, 62, Greencastle.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dixey of Hustontown on September 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Egolf of Mercersburg on September 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas of Mc- Connellsburg on September 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Fogal of Rockhill Furnace on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heinbaugh of Fort Loudon on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darren Glunt of Orbisonia on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sowers of Harrisonville on September 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Augustine of McConnellsburg on September 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Garry Shoemaker of Harrisonville on September 19.

Cheryl Souders and Stuart Fletcher were united in marriage May 19 at the United Methodist Church in Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James Mellott and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Souders, both of Mc- Connellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Vearl Fletcher of Warfordsburg.

Marriage licenses: Daniel Price, Hagerstown, and Sandra Kump, Needmore; Gregory Akers, McConnellsburg, and Heidi Deshong, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 25, 1980 ’80 Area viewers should have more than a passing interest in the Kraft Music Hall’s, Country Music Awards Show to be shown on CBS on October 13. Two country music artists, personally known to many in the county, will be among the top five finalists vying for the honor of being elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. They are Roy Horton, one of the “Horton Brothers” of country music fame, native of the Broad Top area, and the late Elton Britt, close friend and professional associate of the Horton Brothers, who made his home in Crystal Spring for several years before his death in 1972. Horton was born in 1914, the son of the late George and Eunice Horton of Broad Top.

A partially furnished, unoccupied trailer home on the J.R. Shimer trailer lot at 532 East Poplar Street was destroyed by fire Friday morning.

Route 16 will be a through street with no stops once the stop sign at the intersection with Route 30 is taken out upon completion of work at the intersection. Concrete curbing has been installed to divide traffic and the two stop signs on Route 30, for both east and westbound traffic, will remain.

Specials at the IGA: Cascade, $2.5 65 ozs.; Viva towels, 69 cents; Sunkist oranges, 6 for 99 cents; Campbell’s tomato soup, 4 for 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Unger of Hancock on September 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peck of McConnellsburg on September 17; twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Weller of Hancock on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Clippinger of Hopewell on September 18.

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Knepper were honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary at a buffet luncheon held at the Center Church on August 17. They were married August 16, 1930.

Betty Kay Geyer and Mark Steven Jamison were united in marriage on July 26 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Geyer of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Jamison of Plainfield, Pa.

Deaths: Helena Smith, Lancaster; Ernest Deneen, Hagerstown; Blair Schetrompf, Hancock; Mary Renner, Hancock

John Whipple of McConnellsburg celebrated his 90th birthday recently.

Marriage licenses: Paul E. Cutchall, McConnellsburg, and Cindy Diffenderfer, McConnellsburg; Ricky T. Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Jenny L. Winter McCray, McConnellsburg; David R. Kline, Harrisonville, and Kimberly A. Hess, Fort Littleton; Terry L. Knepper and Ruth A. Lear, both of Waterfall.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 8, 1970 ’70 Eugene Riggs of Somerset, father of Dr. Robert E. Riggs of McConnellsburg, who had been ill for some time, died in the Somerset Hospital on Monday.

Building seems to have been on the increase during the past few years in and around McConnellsburg but never more noticeably than this year. Not only are the streets torn up throughout the town with construction in high gear for the installation of sewerage facilities, but a number of new buildings are going up and old ones expanded. Fulton Motor Sales recently completed an attractive new showroom opposite the old quarters on Lincoln Way West. Also, an office building is being constructed for Dr. Harry Johnston, and Ray Koontz is in the process of expanding his store facilities to keep pace with his growing business.

Ten delegates of the Fulton County Council for Republican women attended the annual convention of the PA Council of Republican Women held at the Penn Harris Ho- tel and Motor Inn, September 27-29. Those attending were Mrs. Robert Fix, Mrs. Lester Hann, Mrs. Larry Deshong, Mrs. Dan Winter, Mrs. Horace Kline, Mrs. Merrill Culler, Mrs. Albert Barnhart, Mrs. Clinton Lister, Mrs. Robert Cutchall and Juanita Golden.

Miss Linda McQuade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald McQuade, has enrolled as a freshman at Thompson Institute of Harrisburg.

Sgt. Harvey E. Berkstresser was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal by his squadron commander on August 11. He is presently stationed with the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn AFB, Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Berkstresser.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Souders, Wells Tannery, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia, to Don M. Elbin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshal Elbin of Artemas.

Marriage licenses: Ronald John Hoopengardner of Hancock and Sandra Elizabeth Stahle of Warfordsburg; Donald Eugene Staley of Hancock and Virgina Ann Weller of Warfordsburg; Robert Duvall and Pauline Jean Barber, both of Robertsdale; Gerald Raymond Peck of McConnellsburg and Lois Marie Heinbaugh of Greencastle.

Terry Grace, Wells Tannery, is listed in satisfactory condition at the Chambersburg Hospital following an accident on Saturday. His injuries include a compound fracture of the left leg and a mangled left elbow.

Deaths: Mrs. Goldie Fields, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Bessie Shaffer, Everett; Mrs. Julia Johnston, Chambersburg; Christina Mae Nonemaker, Waterfall; Mrs. Blanche Gordon, Needmore; Mrs. Samuel Daughtery, Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Houck of McConnellsburg on September 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Ortez of Warfordsburg on September 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Morgan of Three Springs on September 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Brown of Fort Littleton on September 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Barnhart of McConnellsburg on September 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Miller of Chambersburg on September 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Heinbaugh of Mercersburg on September 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Blankley of Hancock on October 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Cotton Jr. of Mercersburg on October 2.

In an impressive late summer ceremony, Miss Karen Lynn Grissinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elden Grissinger of Hustontown, became the bride of Dennis Lee Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Long of Waterfall, on September 19 at the Dublin Mills United Methodist Church.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 13, 1960 ’60 Donald Swope of Harrisonville was recently awarded the American Farmer Degree in FFA, the highest possible award in the organization, at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo. He was accompanied to the convention by Joseph Clark, his vocational advisor and teacher.

At the recent National Redbone Coon Hound Association meeting, a coonhound named “Morton’s Colonel Satchel,” owned by Thomas Morton of McConnellsburg, was judged grand champion of the day.

At the annual fall institute of the Fulton County Church Women, Mrs. Claude Mellott was elected president.

The Medical Center Auxiliary will sponsor a dance at the American Legion Home on October 22 featuring Tiny Wright and his orchestra.

Mr. and Mrs. James Leahy of Carlisle announce the birth of a daughter, Deborah Lynn, on September 27. Mrs. Leahy is the former Carolyn Kendle, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Mellott of Needmore.

Elmer Kerlin of Knobsville reported to police that someone had taken a shot at his car, parked outside his home, shattering the windows on both sides, at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. He had been sitting in the car listening to the radio shortly before the shooting.

Theresa Ford, Crystal Spring, recently graduated from the Hagerstown Business College and has accepted a position with the Insurance Company of North American in philadelphia.

Claude and Cora Mellott have retired from the store business, having sold their store to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Gordon of Needmore.

Vernon Leese, Needmore, raised his new barn last week.

Mrs. Greer Screiver, Warfordsburg, underwent surgery at a hospital in Baltimore recently.

The Warfordsburg correspondent writes, “Our school is operating on Standard Time while everything else is Daylight Saving Time, which is making quite a mixup here.”

Henry Golden, Warfordsburg, who is employed by Westinghouse Corp., is attending night classes at the University of Pittsburgh, working toward a degree in electrical engineering.

Marriage licenses issued at the local courthouse last week: Hubert Hohmn, McConnellsburg, and Doris Jean Henry, Hustontown; Marvin N. Peck, McConnellsburg, and Bethlene A. Schooley, Richmond Furnace; William R. Hann, McConnellsburg, and N. Arlene Clever, Mercersburg.

Mrs. Cline Mathias, Burnt Cabins, fell on her porch last Friday and broke her arm.

Mrs. Dora McGowan, Burnt Cabins, was presented with a certificate award on Sunday at the Methodist Church for her long and faithful service. She has served as treasurer for more than 40 years.

Mr. and Mrs. George Baldwin of Washington, D.C., attended services at the Fort Littleton Methodist Church last Sunday, the church where his father, Rev. Amos Baldwin, preached in 1891.

Fire destroyed the three-story home in Wells Tannery early last Wednesday which was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mellott and Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Souders and daughters. The house, valued at $20,000, was owned by Leonard Feight of Breezewood. None of the occupants was injured.

Ensign Richard C. Price, serving aboard the USS Independence, sailed for the Mediterranean.

Deaths: John E. Ramsey, infant son of Donald E. and Edna Chilcote Ramsey, Hustontown; Clyde Strait, New Orleans, La., formerly of Hustontown.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of October 12, 1950 ’50 On Monday, Judge W.C .Sheely imposed a prison sentence of from 10 to 29 years on a Warfordsburg man who was convicted of second-degree murder in the Fulton County Courts last week. He was found guilty of the shotgun slaying of his brother last June 16 at the home of his sister near Warfordsburg. He was taken to Western Penitentiary at Pittsburgh immediately by Sheriff Don Chesnut.

A.W. Grissinger left Monday for Canada where he will spend the next two weeks moose hunting.

Judy Daniels, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Daniels of Waterfall, “jumped the gun” and caused the new Fulton County Medical Center to treat its first patient ahead of schedule last week. Judy fell from an automobile last Tuesday evening and was taken to the office of Dr. Whitsel at Hustontown. The doctor, however, was at the Medical Center, so the parents contacted him there. He told the parents to bring her there, so Judy became the first patient treated at the center, where Dr. Whitsel used three stitches to close a wound in her head. Mr. Raymond Martz of Hustontown became the first inpatient at the new hospital, being admitted at 4:30 a.m. on October 5. The first baby born at the center was a 4-pound, 11-ounce daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Cutchall of Hustontown. Dr. E.H. MacKinlay delivered the girl at 12:48 a.m. on October 6.

Claude Thornhill will be the next name band at the local American Legion home, appearing there next Tuesday night.

Gerald E. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace E. Mellott of Amaranth, has been elected president of the noted Defiance College Choir at Defiance, Ohio.

An American Farmer Degree, the highest honor that a boy can receive as a Future Farmer, was awarded this week to Orville Duvall Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Duvall of Crystal Spring.

Kenneth Henry and Lillian McElhaney were wed recently.

Deaths: Margaret Catherine McClain Mills of Somerset; William B. Hershey of Altoona.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 10, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Rachel Rebecca Garland of Dott; Mrs. Della Mellott Wright of near Westminster, Md.; Harry Aeron Cowan of Burnt Cabins.

Carl Johnston, a student in vocational agriculture at the local school, attended the tryouts at State College on October 5 for the livestock judging team to represent Pennsylvania at the American Royal Livestock Show at Kansas City next month. Last June, Carl placed sixth out of 230 boys in the livestock judging show at the college. This allowed him to return for the finals with the nine other highest contestants. Although he dropped to eighth place in the finals, Carl has the honor of being the first Fulton County boy to ever place in the first 10 and of being the eighth best livestock judge in Pennsylvania.

During the early morning hours last Friday, the local Western Union office was broken into and the safe carried off. Entrance was gained through a window and the safe, weighing about 300 pounds, was removed through the front door. The opened safe was found about 7:30 the same morning by Milford Summers in Todd Township. W.H. Greathead, operator of the office, said that stamps, coins and cash stolen amounted to $150.

Mrs. C.B. Stevens was elected president of the new Women’s Society of Christian Service of McConnellsburg at a charter meeting on Monday evening. Others elected were Mrs. Harvey Clevenger, vice president; Mrs. Olive Crouse, retary; and Mrs. Andrew Washabaugh, treasurer.

Donald E. Peterson and Mary L. Cornelius were married on September 28.

The local Lions Club celebrated its fourth anniversary on Tuesday evening with a dinner meeting at the Fulton House. In attendance were 108 Lions, their guests and friends.

Dr. John L. Neill, who has been practicing medicine in McConnellsburg since October 1933, will discontinue his practice here on Thursday of this week. He will immediately take up new duties at Smethport, located between Bradford and Kane in McKean County. Until a successor is found by Dr. Neill or his patients here, he has arranged with Dr. Rinard of Hustontown to maintain regular office hours in town.

On October 6, Mr. and Mrs. A. Judson Wink entertained at a birthday dinner in honor of the 75th birthday of his mother, Mrs C.J. Wink.

J. Calvin Maun, 76, of upper Ayr Township, was injured on Friday night when he was accidentally struck by a car driven by Finlay Wible of McConnellsburg. The Wible car was parked along Lincoln Way and as Finlay backed up, preparatory to moving away, he struck Mr. Maun, who was standing behind the car. Unaware that he had struck anyone, Finlay went onto the post office where he was informed of the accident. Returning immediately to the scene, he took Mr. Maun to the Chambersburg Hospital, where it was found he had suffered a fractured hip.

On October 7, these five boys from Fulton County were enrolled for service in the Civilian Conservation Corps: William C. Lake; Robert L. Lininger and William E. Mosten, all of Mc- Connellsburg, and Robert W. Mock and Thomas G. Waters, both of Burnt Cabins.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Bruce Barton of Crystal Spring were surprised on October 6 when a group of relatives and friends gathered to help celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

Work started on Wednesday of this week on the installation of 75 parking meters in the business section of McConnellsburg.

By defeating the Concord ball club in a hard-fought game on Saturday, Mc- Connellsburg won the tricounty league championship, winning two out of three playoff games.

These new members have been admitted to the rolls of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.: John Naugle, Silas Morgan Jr., Leroy Morgan and Robert Mann.

Ross B. King of Hustontown celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 9,

1930 ’30 Isaac Park of Knightsville, was instantly killed, Emory McQuait of Clear Ridge was seriously injured and Walter McConaughey of Saltillo was painfully injured when they were caught in a premature dynamite blast on Sunday afternoon at the stone quarry operated by Wayne Steel of Huntingdon and located one mile south of Saltillo. The cause of the premature blast is unknown. Park’s body was badly mutilated and Mc- Quait, who is 29 years old, was seriously injured about the head and face and is being treated at the hospital in Huntingdon. McConaughey was struck on the head and body by flying rock and was treated by a local physician.

Death: Scott A. Smith of Inglesmith.

Guy H. Gress and Iva Maye Mellott were married September 18.

Luther McMullen and Rose Starr were wed October 3.

Frank Varner has taken over the G.F. Naugle filling station at Burnt Cabins, beginning work on Monday.

The Fulton County Fair, held in McConnellsburg on Tuesday and Wednesday, was a big success.

Billy Wilds Jr. of Fort Littleton, went to Mt. Union on Tuesday where he has employment.

Dr. Edgar S. Krug has opened medical offices in the J.W. Linn building in Mc- Connellsburg. He has also been appointed medical inspector for the schools of Bethel and Union townships.

C.U. Schriver marked his 55th birthday on September 21.

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