2010-10-07 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 4, 1990 ’90 Forbes Road School Board will sell a 1.28-acre tract of land behind the Dalco sewing plant in Hustontown to the Fulton County Industrial Development Association for $15,000 should the purchase receive court approval.

The September 16, 1990, edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer magazine features a story entitled “The Lost Highway.” The feature article retraces the nation’s first transcontinental road, The Lincoln Highway, and along the way the story, written by writer William Ecenbarer, makes for some interesting reading about McConnellsburg and other surrounding areas. The magazine’s cover also features an old postcard picturing Big Cove Tannery and Mc- Connellsburg from Tuscarora Mountain, Lincoln Highway.

Darryl Heckman of Dutch Corner Road, Todd Township, recently earned his state taxidermy permit from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald McClure of McConnellsburg on September 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Montague of Neelyton on September 26.

Deaths: Daniel Miller, 87, Waterfall; Walter Block Jr., Hancock; Chalmer Sipes, Chambersburg; James Vincill, Warfordsburg.

Marriage licenses: Harry Houck, Hustontown, and Lodema Souders, Hustontown; Todd Fling, Hagerstown, and Linda Wills, Warfordsburg; Elmer Bowman Jr., Hancock and Lori Richards, Hancock; Michael Purnell, Wells Tannery, and Drema Waltz, McConnellsburg; Larry Morton, Needmore, and Kelley Mills, Warfordsburg; David Polk Jr., Marion, Pa., and Edeltrud Shaffer, Chambersburg; Paul Bowers, Warfordsburg, and Laura Yost, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 2, 1980 ’80 Valley-Hi is again back on top of the legal seesaw over whether that 100-acre development in Brush Creek Township is an incorporated borough. The commonwealth court in Harrisburg handed down a decision which upholds the original 1973 decree by the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas granting borough status to Valley-Hi.

The McConnellsburg firehall took on the look of a national Democratic convention in miniature last Saturday as about 250 Democrats and a few Republicans jammed the banquet room for the annual county Democratic fundraiser.

Firemen from Needmore, assisted by Hancock and Mc- Connellsburg fire companies and a ladder truck from Long Meadow Fire Co., Hagerstown, were able to save a silo on the Robert Souders farm, six miles south of Needmore, after a flash fire in the almost filled structure threatened to destroy it.

Miss Anne Elizabeth Eisenhower became the bride of Paul Mitchell Robinson September 6. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eisenhower, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Minor Robinson.

Marriage licenses: Gerald L. Boynton, Murlow, N.H., and Sharon Wible, Mt. Holly, N.J.; Dennis W. Baylor, Bel Air, Md., and Karen S. Glunt, Shade Gap, David A. Washabaugh II, McConnellsburg; and Tina A. Horton, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA; celery, 39 cents a stalk; whole hams, $1.29 lb.; ground beef, $1.39 lb.; potatoes, $1.39, 10-lb. bag.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Babcock of Fort Loudon on September 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Motto of Everett on September 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Berkstresser of Mc- Connellsburg on September 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas D. Mellott of Needmore on September 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Zane L. Zirkle of Little Orleans, Md., on September 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William E. Reed Sr., Saltillo, on September 22.

Deaths: Esther J. Davidson, Three Springs; Annie E. Trois, Hancock; Jesse H. Black, Broad Top City; Leroy Brakeall, Needmore; Rolson D. Varner, Orbisonia; Lester J. Wagner, York.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 15, 1970 ’70 The first major surge in Pennsylvania hunting activity starts with the opening of the early small game season on Saturday, October 17.

The Great Cove Camporee, held at Hustontown this past week, was rated as a big success. The purpose of the camporee was to open Forbes Road through Fulton County and the Scouts accomplished this mission. It can now be used by Scout units, Cub Scout packs or other units interested in hiking it.

The McConnellsburg Lions Club has announced that the ice skating rink at Sagner Park has been completed and will be ready for use this winter. It is believed that, in the long winter months ahead, the skating rink will be the center of much activity.

Marriage licenses: Glundall Paul Glunt of Burnt Cabins and Janice Fay Zerby of Boalsburg. William Wible of Wells Tannery and Diana Lee Peffer of Wood.

Linda Deshong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Deshong of Harrisonville, enlisted recently in the Women’s Army Corps. Linda, a graduate of Central Fulton High School, will take her basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala.

News of men in service: Airman Rodney A. Keefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar E. Keefer, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. U.S. Air Force Sergeant Duane Ramsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Ramsey of McConnellsburg, is participating in a massive NATO training exercise in West Germany.

Allen Henry has been named instructor of computer science at Penn State’s New Kensington Campus. He was a graduate assistant at the main campus for two years prior to going to New Kensington.

Deaths: Solomon Leonard McKee, Needmore; Daisy D. Washabaugh, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Souders of McConnellsburg on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Swope of McConnellsburg on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Clark of Needmore on October 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bard of McConnellsburg on October 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Warsing of McConnellsburg on October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Barton of Needmore on October 7; twins, a boy and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meyers of Clear Spring on October 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Mason of Mercersburg on October 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rhodes of Greencastle on October 8.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martz of Hustontown were honored at a 25th wedding anniversary celebration at their home on October 4. The couple’s children, Susan and Gary, and Mrs. Martz’s mother, Mrs. Myrtle Decker, hosted the surprise affair.

Miss Christina Lou Mellott and Christos Papavasilious were married in Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Washington, D.C., on October 4. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Wilson Mellott of Mercersburg and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mellott of McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 20, 1960 ’60 An executive committee composed of Max Stenger, Earl Gordon, Eugene Earley, Rev. Benjamin Davis, Lester Carmack, Mrs. Russell Glazier and Mrs. C.B. Chubb has been formed to plan celebrations for the 175th anniversary of the founding of McConnellsburg to be held in 1961.

The Clear Ridge Methodist Church will observe its 100th anniversary on Sunday, October 30.

The McConnellsburg firemen’s Halloween parade will be held on October 28.

Applications for the annexation of Ayr and Todd township school districts to the McConnellsburg Borough School District are on the agenda of the State Council of Education meeting on November 10.

James Mellott, 25, of Hustontown, is in Harrisburg Hospital with a broken neck and severe lacerations of the skull. Mellott was working on a timber sawing job at Cowans Gap Lake Thursday when a tree being sawed struck another tree, the top of which fell on his head.

Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Washabaugh III attended the seventh World Series game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees last Thursday. The Pirates won.

Mrs. Parker Crouse, RN, and Mrs. Harold Shore attended the 50th anniversary of the founding of the J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon on Saturday. Mrs. Crouse was the highest honor student graduate form this hospital 25 years ago.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Blankley, Needmore, on October 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Abbott, McConnellsburg, on October 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Shives, Harrisonville, on October 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Fisher, Hustontown, on October 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bivens, McConnellsburg, on October 13.

Statements of conditions of the two local banks as of October 6 show total assets of The Fulton County National Bank set at $5,116,467.74 and The First National Bank at $3,484,088.39.

Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds of last Saturday: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shirk (nee Mildred Hill) and Mr. and Mrs. Grover Strait (nee Doris Peck) of Needmore.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ward Jr., Warfordsburg, are the parents of a baby daughter, Joann Elizabeth.

Mr. and Mrs. Junior Shank, Needmore, are repairing the former Markley home and getting ready to move into their newly purchased property.

The Presbyterian Women’s Class will hold a roast beef and ham dinner at Wells Tannery Community Hall. Tickets are $1, adults, and 50 cents for children.

Deaths: Walter Mellott, Needmore; Mrs. Thomas W. Walker, McConnellsburg; Alvin J. Dohner, Bridgeton, N.J., husband of the former Nora O. Fisher of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Belle M. Hess, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Frances Larue Brown, Hopewell.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 19, 1950 ’50 Last week the new Fulton County Medical Center recorded its first emergency patient, its first inpatient and the first birth. This week, the first death was recorded. Gary Lee, 3-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. Truax, Needmore, died on October 15 of pneumonitis. Apparently, however, many local people don’t even know about the local hospital yet. Last week, an Ohio motorist needed medical attention and was brought to McConnellsburg by a passing motorist. Four or five people on the street were asked where the hospital is located. No one knew.

Death: Miss Jessie Wishart of Johnstown.

BM3-C Raymond A. Benz and Edna Lorain Spade were married recently.

Approximately 550 people crowded into the local American Legion home on Tuesday evening to hear the World Famous Claude Thornhill Orchestra. The next band at the Legion will be a return engagement of Blue Barro in November.

A kitchen shower was held Thursday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Truax of Burnt Cabins in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Bricker, who were married October 1. The new bride is the former Caroline Audrey Truax.

Mrs. Madeline Sharpe of Needmore is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital undergoing treatment for a fractured leg received in an automobile accident October 13.

Birth: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane of Hustontown on October 13.

Mr. and Mrs. George Kline of Fairview celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on October 14.

Deaths: Walter W. Wigfield of near Amaranth; Amanda Robison Lehman; Miss Lessie Rachel Shimer of Mc- Connellsburg; Bundy Oliver Crist of Warfordsburg.

Correction from last week: Mrs. Laura June Martz of Hustontown became the first inpatient at the new hospital, being admitted at 4:30 a.m. on October 5, instead of Mr. Raymond Martz.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 17, 1940 ’40 A new, modern hardwood back bar was installed back of the soda fountain at McLaughlin’s Drug Store on Tuesday of this week. The new bar is of the same material and finish as the recently installed booths.

Death: Mrs. John J. McDonald of Ransom, Kan.

Claude Chesnut and Helen McLucas were married October 12.

The United States Senate recently confirmed the appointment of Ellis L. Lynch as postmaster of McConnellsburg.

Seized last Thursday evening by Sheriff Porter Duvall and members of the sate motor police, a McConnellsburg stock dealer was arraigned on Friday morning before Judge W.C. Sheely and given a three-year sentence in the Allegheny County Workhouse on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Charged last winter with killing a state trooper in McConnellsburg, the man was acquitted at the March session of court when he testified that a revolver in his pocket discharged accidentally, the shot striking the policeman.

A 24-year-old Thompson Township man was arrested recently on charges of passing worthless checks and lodged in the local jail in default of bail; two checks were issued in the county, one to Gayle Waltz of Needmore for $20 and one to H.P. Charlton of Warfordsburg for $1,000. In addition, warrants on bad check charges have been lodged as retainers against the man, one from Huntingdon County for $200, one from Franklin County for $581.90 and one from Washington County, Md., for $1,400. All the checks were issued for the purchase of cattle and were drawn on The Peoples National Bank of Hancock.

The Young Peoples Choir of the local Methodist Church will go to Duncannon on Sunday where they will present a concert of 15 selected musical numbers.

Miss Geraldine Thomas, who had been quite ill, has resumed her teaching at Warfordsburg.

Parking meters have now been installed on both sides of the street through the business section of McConnellsburg. Although the meters were completed on Thursday, Borough Officer Lynn Bard made no prosecutions the first two days, giving only a warning on Friday and Saturday. The section covered by the parking meters takes in both sides of the street from the first alley west of Second Street to the first alley east of First Street.

Homer Richards, 19, son of James Richards of Big Cove Tannery, while cleaning out a steel barrel with gasoline at his home last Wednesday evening, received severe burns when the gasoline suddenly became ignited. Rushed to the office of Dr. Neill in McConnellsburg, he was then taken to Chambersburg Hospital in the Kelso ambulance where his condition is reported as serious.

The personnel of the Selective Service board of Fulton County was announced on Tuesday by Gov. Arthur H. James, following final approval by President Roosevelt. The first members of the board are John Stunkard of Wells Tannery, H. Scott Alexander of McConnellsburg, and Oscar Litton of Thompson Township. The examining physician is Dr. E.H. MacKinlay of McConnellsburg and the appeal agent is John W. Mentzer of McConnellsburg. The personnel of the local board was recommended by a county advisory board which was made up of Judge W.C. Sheely, County Superintendent H.C. Welsh and the county commissioners, J.S. Alexander, Cyrus Wagner and Ralph Berkstresser.

Ray Kelso and Ione Branthaver were wed Saturday.

Miss Esther M. Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Harvey Mellott, was one of the 44 graduates of the Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening.

Three registered Holstein-Friesian heifers were recently purchased by Russell Thomas of McConnellsburg from J. Stevenson of Waynesboro.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 16, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Mrs. Fulton Gordon of near Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Webb Seville, who died while sitting in a chair at her home at Cito on October 10.

The Pen Mar corner in town was the scene of a tragic accident last Wednesday afternoon when Mrs. Jacob Schultz, age about 55, of Union Township, was hit by a state highway truck. The truck, driven by Ernest Cooper, was crossing the street and hit Mrs. Schultz, the rear wheel striking her in such a way as to scrape along the length of her legs. The entire soft part of her right leg, including the tissues and nerves, was stripped from the bone in shreds. The left leg was also badly bruised and scratched. Taken at once to Chambersburg Hospital, her right leg was amputated that same evening.

George R. Snyder and Florence R. Clouser were married on October 11.

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