2010-10-14 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 11, 1990 ’90 A Big Cove Tannery area man was bound over for court on several charges in connection with the July 7 shooting death of his wife at their Thompson Township mobile home at a hearing held October 5. Calvin Everts, 35, Big Cove Tannery, was held for court. He is accused of fatally wounding his wife, Barbara Everts, 28, on July 7 at their mobile home in Thompson Township.

Three patients at Fulton County Medical Center recently had their gallbladders removed through holes smaller than a dime. In a history-making day, surgeons performed the first laproscopic cholecystectomies in Fulton County.

Bernard Barton, a Brush Creek Township supervisor, was re-elected president of the Fulton County Association of Township Officers at the association’s 68th annual convention held Monday, October 8, at McConnellsburg Firehall. Re-elected along with Barton was the remaining slate of offices: Robert Cromer of Dublin Township, first vice president; Fred Cornelison of Union Township, second vice president; Betty Swope of Licking Creek Township, secretary treasurer; and Ann Hall of Dublin Township, assistant secretary.

A 50th wedding anniversary celebration was held Saturday, July 28, for Walter and Marie Miller of Warfordsburg.

Amy Burton and Frank Plessinger were united in marriage September 22 in the United Methodist Church, Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Theodore High of Chambersburg and Frank Plessinger of McConnellsburg and Rita Plessinger of Gettysburg.

Marriage licenses: James Skiles, Harrisonville, and Lisa Carriero Decker, Harrisonville; Stewart Mason, McConnellsburg, and Sandra Mellott, Fort Loudon.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 9, 1980 ’80 President Jimmy Carter made his sixth fishing trip to Spruce Creek in Huntingdon County over the weekend as guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. Wayne Harpster. His wife, Rosalynn, and daughter Amy accompanied him to church services at the Upper Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

A McKeesport elderly woman died on Friday in Washington County Hospital as the result of injuries sustained in a two-car accident on Thursday on Route 30, two miles east of McConnellsburg. This was the seventh fatal accident this year in the county.

County Treasurer David Wright announced on Monday that all 4,350 doe licenses allocated to the county had been issued to applicants on Monday on a first-come, first-served mail-only basis.

Apples measuring 13 inches in circumference are being harvested this year by Gene Stenger from a tree planted at his home in McConnellsburg. The tree was grafted from an old pound apple tree growing on the George Morton farm.

On September 21 a covered-dish luncheon was given by the family in honor of Percy Fetter’s 80th birthday.

Specials at the IGA: IGA chicken noodle soup, 3 for 79 cents; pork loin chops, $1.29 lb.; Fab detergent, $1.69; Blue Bonnet margarine, 55 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. H. Gregory Peck, McConnellsburg, on September 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Hinckle of Hancock on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Crouse of Warfordsburg on October 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Strait of Mc- Connellsburg on October 2.

Kory Sue Chamberlain and Gregory J. Wengert were united in marriage on September 26. Kory is the daughter of Henrietta Chamberlain of Chambersburg and the late Charles Chamberlain. The groom is the son of Joan and Nelson Wengert of Chambersburg.

Deaths: Foster Broadwater, McConnellsburg; Zella True, Artemas; Stanley Fulton, Hancock; Alfarata Holden, Riverside, Calif.; J. Boyd Hill, Lancaster.

Marriage license: Mont R. Chamberlain of McConnellsburg and Reta M. Watkins of Hustontown

40 Years Ago

From The Files of October 22, 1970 ’70 The German measles vaccine, never before given in schools or by the Health Department, will be available for Fulton County elementary school students, kindergarten through the sixth grade, without charge in November.

The state will return to Eastern Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 25.

Chief of Police Merrill Seville has announced that trick or treating will be allowed in the borough one night only, on Thursday, October 29, and then only until 10:00 p.m.

Construction started recently on two full-size, professional tennis courts at the Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club. The courts will be located to the south of the swimming pool.

The retired normal teachers’ reunion was enjoyed last Satuday at the Needmore Firehall.

Lester S. Sprenkle and Mrs. Marian Hess Sprenkle, his wife, of Windsor, Pa., recently returned from a trip aboard. The Sprenkles visited various parts of Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, spending three weeks on the tour.

Work on the sewerage line construction continues in high gear in the borough and is keeping up to schedule.

Deaths: Oliver Bard, Warfordsburg; Myrtle F. Clevenger, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Martha Layton, Marion; Charles W. Reese, Greencastle; Mrs. Cordelia Carson, Warfordsburg.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McFadden of Hancock on October 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rose of Orbisonia on October 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Truax of McConnellsburg on October 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snyder of Rockhill Furnace on Oc- tober 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Truax of Everett on October 15.

Engagement told: Mr. and Mrs. Jean Litton of Hagerstown announce the engagement of Joan Ray Oddono, daughter of Mrs. Little and the late Dr. Raymond Oddono, to Richard L. Bernhard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard V. Bernard of Needmore.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 27, 1960 ’60 A fiery collision of three tractor-trailers and a car in the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Tuscarora Tunnel killed one man and injured three other persons on Monday at 4:10 p.m. The accident occurred when the car broke down in the tunnel, the first tractor-trailer stopped behind the car but was rammed by another rig, which in turn hit one coming the other way. One of the tractor-trailer drivers died in his fiery rig. McConnellsburg firemen extinguished the fire in less than a hour, but traffic was backed up for more than five miles, each end of the tunnel.

The Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary realized a profit of $590 from the benefit dance held on Saturday at the American Legion, which was attended by more than 200 people.

The Defense Department has asked for a draft of 8,000 men in December.

Rev. T.P. Garland was honored with a party for his 89th birthday after services at the Antioch Church on Sunday.

First Lieutenant Harold P. Knepper, McConnellsburg, is a member of the 460th Fighter Interceptor Squadron which this year was awarded the Hughes Trophy, the most coveted award of the Air Defense command. Lt. Knepper is stationed at Oregon and a picture of him in his jet fighter plane is published in this issue.

Mrs. Mildred Fix has been elected president of the Fulton County Council of Republican Women.

Mrs. Louella Cornelius will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 28.

Mrs. Lee Richards was named president of the Fulton Society of Farm Women at a meeting on October 11.

The McConnellsburg Methodist Church has raised $23,110 toward the $25,000 needed to redecorate the church according to Rev. J. Carl Williams.

A car owned by Paul A. Henry, McConnellsburg, stolen on Monday, was involved in a hit-and-run later in the day and found abandoned 12 miles south of Orbisonia. Police are searching for two youths who were seen in the car.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Peck surprised them with a birthday party on Sunday. Both celebrate birthdays this week.

A poem, “The Old Cracker Barrel,” by Eugene H. Plessinger of Warfordsburg is published in this issue.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Barnhart, McConnellsburg, on October 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Hopkins, Big Cove Tannery, on October 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Mixell, Chambersburg, on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Seville, Greencastle, on October 22.

Mrs. Lloyd Covert, Hustontown, underwent major surgery at Chambersburg Hospital last week.

Wild geese were seen on their flight south this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morton, Needmore, received word that their grandson, Lowell Morton, who is teaching school in Oil City, Pa., is the proud father of a baby daughter.

Rev. Charles Perrin will begin his duties as pastor of the Pleasant Grove Church in November.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Okeson of Enola, Pa., a son, Robert Trent, on October 19 at Harrisburg Hospital.

Six members of the Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reese family of Burnt Cabins have birthdays in October. A family party was held on October 16 to celebrate them.

Deaths: Walter J. Fontz, Juniata Gap, a nephew of Mrs. Reynolds Forner, McConnellsburg; Rush Horner Jackson, Hagerstown, formerly of McConnellsburg; Verl Emert Decker, Harrisonville; Mrs. Luella L. Brode, Coalmont, formerly of Taylor Township; Warren Diven Murphy, Burnt Cabins, who died of a heart attack while driving his truck home from a paperwood cutting operation.

Army Sgt. Oliver E. Deshong, 29, of Big Cove Tannery, graduated on October 7 from the noncommissioned officer academy at Fort G, Meade, Md. He entered the Army in 1952.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 26, 1950 ’50 Mrs. Isaiah Mellott, 74, wife of Rev. Isaiah Mellott of Needmore, was pronounced dead on arrival at Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday night of injuries she received when the car of her husband’s collided with one driven by George W. Humbert, 18, of Big Cove Tannery. Both Mellott and Humbert were injured, as well as these other passengers in the cars: Jo Ann Adelsberger, Bernice Younker, Earl Feagley, Dayton Harr and Winifred Humbert.

Charles B. Perdue and Margaret Ruth Correll were married on October 15.

Fulton County’s second contingent of peacetime draftees will leave McConnellsburg on Monday. The group includes Earl H. Feagley of Big Cove Tannery; Robert C. Deshong of Harrisonville; Isaac C. Harris of McConnellsburg; Carl G. Taylor of McConnellsburg; Leslie E. Sweger of Wells Tannery; and Jack R. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Petitions bearing more than the required number of signatures have been sent to Harrisburg requesting the Game Commission to ban the coming doe season in Fulton County.

Birth: a baby daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Decker of Harrisonville on October 24.

Wayne McLaughlin, physical education teacher at the local school, suffered a fractured right arm last Wednesday while practicing with his soccer team.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Weller of McConnellsburg on October 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mellott of Warfordsburg on October 24.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hershey of near Waterfall celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary and also the birthday of Mrs. Myrtle King on Sunday, October 15.

Deaths: Mrs. Dorothy (Foor) Satterrifle of Fairbank, Fayette County; Miss Jessie Benton Wishart of Johnstown; Thomas T. Cromer of Burnt Cabins; Margaret Clevenger Brown. 70 Years Ago

From The Files of

October 24, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Mrs. Jemima Moore Kline of Harrisonville; Mahlon E. Barton of Crystal Spring; Johnson Keefer of Thompson Township; John W. Walker of Cove Gap; Harry Cowan of Burnt Cabins; Elmer Ellsworth Fraker of Fort Littleton.

Fulton County’s manpower between the ages of 21 and 35, in response to the govern- ment’s call, registered last Wednesday for the peacetime draft. A total of 1,040 young men registered in the county.

George F. Mellott and Evelyn Harris were wed October 8.

Paul D. Bradnick and Ida Maye Glunt were wed October 12.

Harry D. Shaw and Kathryn Burkett were married Saturday.

New rates, which will bring about a $4,450 reduction in gross operating revenues a year, will be filed shortly by the Fulton Electric Light, Heat and Power Co. with the Public Utility Commission. The company now serves 744 customers in and near McConnellsburg. The new rates will be effective for all billings after November 30.

A total of $36.48 was collected by the new parking meters on the first five days of operation in McConnellsburg. The meters began operations on October 14 and were emptied on October 18. The following coins were removed: 1,253 one-cent coins and 475 nickels. In addition, two 10-cent pieces were found in the meters.

Mr. and Mrs. Elder Gallaher and friends of Fargo, N.D., are visiting his brother, D.B. Gallaher of Burnt Cabins. Mr. Gallaher is in the ice business in Fargo and this is his first visit here in 39 years.

The first fatal accident on Pennsylvania’s new turnpike was recorded near Greensburg on October 21 with the death of a Bethlehem man and the serious injury of his wife.

It is reported that Charles King recently purchased a farm east of Roxbury in Franklin County.

Charles Tice of Harrisonville received severe bruises and a cracked hip bone last week when he was thrown to the ground while helping to get a thresher into the barn.

Death: John Feagley of Harrisonville.

A big crowd gathered Friday evening to give Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bradnick of Knobsville a rousing serenading.

Paul Colledge of Camp Meade, Md., is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Colledge of Fort Littleton.

Lamont Bergstresser of Waterfall has returned home after a minor operation on his nose at the Everett Hospital.

Paul Alloway of New Grenada received a fractured knee last week when a railroad tie fell on his leg.

Mr. and Mrs. George King of Fairview celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on October 16. 80 Years Ago

From The Files of

October 31, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Mrs. M.G. Schucker of Mc- Connellsburg; Elmer Mellott of near Sipes Mill; Norman Guy Seville of Porter’s Sideling; Earl Eugene Heeter of Trough Creek Valley; Jacob Clark Lamberson of Hustontown.

Mrs. Parl Akers and son Alvin of Akersville started on Thursday morning for Miami, Fla. They were accompanied by Mrs. D.S. Gump of Everett.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beeler and family moved on Friday to their farm near Crystal Spring.

From the Buck Valley correspondent: “Yes, sir, and yes, mam, the weather man pulled one over on the most of us over the weekend and sent the mercury down some 40 degrees, and most of the folks have gotten out their knee warmers and discarded their straw hats.

Jacob Wertz, who is more than 80 years old and one of the oldest men in Buck Valley, is suffering from an attack of acute paralysis.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Deshong are planning to move from their home at Andover to Stony Ridge.

Edison P. Foster and Aurelia Kirby were married Saturday.

Burgess Charles B. Stevens has issued this edict: Notice is hereby given that one night only, Friday, October 31, shall be permitted for Halloween pranks, throwing corn or confetti. The public nuisances of marking windows, blockading highways or alleys or removing personal property are positively prohibited. Any “violator” shall be dealt with according to law.”

Herman Mellott has been quite indisposed the past week, suffering from an abscess on his arm.

Bernard Gress spent the weekend in Philadelphia with his mother, Mrs. Cloyd Gress, who is undergoing treatment in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Howard Hill, popular huckster of Needmore, suffered a stroke of paralysis on Wednesday and is now seriously ill.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Raymond Deshong of Harrisonville are spending the week at the latter’s home in Tyrone.

Death: Cyrus Grove of Chambersburg.

The callithumpian band serenaded the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Park Foster, on Saturday evening.

Miss Hester Cunningham has returned to her home at Knobsville after spending the past year with Mrs. E.P. Neeson in McConnellsburg.

The weather situation at Three Springs has become critical, most wells and streams being dry due to the long drought.

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