2010-10-21 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 18, 1990 ’90 A Hustontown man’s daring actions helped state police capture a man suspected of robbing the Shade Gap branch of Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. October 15. Kelly Black, 29, Hustontown, who owns Collision Works body shops in both Fort Littleton and Shirleysburg, was at work in Shirleysburg Monday when he began hearing that the branch had been robbed. Kelly was driving home when he saw the police and commotion at the bank and more police stopping at homes. When he arrived at his home in Dublin Township, the suspect had been seen in the immediate area and had abandoned his car in a junkyard off Plum Hollow Road. Kelly knew the area and decided to go to a sawdust pile in the woods behind his home to see if the man would show up. Kelly saw the man approaching him from the woods. He walked up to him and offered him $50 for a ride to Chambersburg. Kelly took the man to his parents’ house and told his mother to call the police and tell them he was bringing the robber in to them. As Black’s truck came up the police station driveway, Trooper Ron Barton, who was alone on desk at the station and who had received a warning call from Black’s mother, came out of the station with a shotgun and told the man to get out of the truck and lay on the ground. The suspect was handcuffed and taken inside the station without having offered any resistance during the arrest. The man was later identified as William Carl Miller Jr., Elkton, Md..

The 17th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival is expected to draw 15,000 visitors to a full plate of events across the entire county this weekend. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and parade marshal for this year’s parade will be Mrs. Mildred Bloom.

Officials from Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties were on hand October 15 to dedicate the authority’s new lined landfill and administration building in Broad Top Township.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gilhart of Hancock on October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dysinger of St. Thomas on October 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Brant of Harrisonville on October 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Seburn of Greencastle on October 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Price of Three Springs on September 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Briggs of Harrisonville on September 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harper of Warfordsburg on September 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Whitman of Hustontown on October 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hershey of Mercersburg on October 4.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Price of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Marcie of Mechanicsburg, to Steven Klinedinst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Klinedinst of Dover, Pa.

Deaths: William Hopkins, 38, McConnellsburg, in a traffic accident; I. Ruth Brown, 88, Maddensville; Kenneth Sowers, 51, McConnellsburg; Renea Baranoski, 17, Chambersburg; James Robinson, infant son of James and Billie Bishop Robinson, Mercersburg; Lucy Ray, 95, Berkeley Springs; Lillian Mentzer, 65, St. Thomas.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 16, 1980 ’80 A fire on Friday in a overhead storage area at Elvey’s Flower and Gift Shop resulted in $20,000 to $30,00 damage to the property, according to owner Roger Elvey, who said the cause of the fire continues under investigation by the fire marshal. Mr. Elvey said a lot of inventory was destroyed and about 80 feet at the end of the building was extensively damaged.

A colorful caravan of covered wagons moved into the county fairgrounds in McConnellsburg on Tuesday. The travelers set up teepees Tuesday afternoon for a two-day camp that should be struck Thursday as the wagon train moves out. The wagon train just happened to pass through the county at festival time is perhaps the least remarkable thing about it. The train is manned mainly by kids and most of those kids joined the wagon train after being locked up in reform schools, training schools and jails.

Deaths: Donald L. Crouse Sr., Winter Haven, Fla.; George F. Mellott, Breezewood.

Specials at the IGA; Campbell’s tomato soup, 4 for 89 cents; Kraft Miracle Whip, $1.29 qt. Tide, $2.89 5 lbs., 4 ozs; Downy fabric softner, $1.99, 64 ozs.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Urban Cowboy.” At the Reality Theatre: “Herbie Goes Bananas.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow W. Keefer Jr., McConnellsburg, on October 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lee Zeger of Mercersburg on October 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John E. Lotz of Blairs Mills on October 5.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 29, 1970 ’70 Fulton County Game Protector Carl Jarrett has recently made several out-of-county excursions to give snake lectures and demonstrations. Because of his knowledge of snakes and his ability to handle the poisonous reptiles, the Game Commission uses his services in other locations.

Township officials of Fulton County will convene at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 9, at the McConnellsburg Firehall to attend their 47th annual county convention.

On Saturday, October 17, at 1:30 p.m., Miss Charlotte Ann Hunter, Carrboro, N.C., and Brent Eugene Mellott, Carrboro, N.C., were united in marriage. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hunter of Charlotte, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. R. Chester Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Mae, to Meredith R. Shives, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Guy Shives of Harrisonville.

Mrs. John Greathead attended the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Convention in Philadelphia for three days last week and attended a breakfast meeting on Saturday when the two candidates for governor, Raymond Broderick and Milton Shapp, confronted one another on issues and campaign tactics.

Deaths: Beulah G. Snyder, McConnellsburg; Helen O’Brien Romig, Florida; Andrew P. Oyler, Camp Hill; Lt. Cmdr. Ira Peck, Chambersburg; Mrs. Margaret Winifred Koontz, Needmore; Howard C. Crawford Sr., formerly of Fulton County; Nathaniel Munson, Hancock.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Truax of McConnellsburg on October 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fleck of Fort Littleton on October 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred McClure of Hustontown on October 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Gordon of Mercersburg on October 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald McDaid of Hustontown on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence P. Whitsel of Three Springs on October 23.

Amid a beautiful fall setting, a surprise birthday party was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mellott of Hustontown in honor of the 70th birthday of Anna B. Mellott of Fort Littleton.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of November 3, 1960 ’60 On Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. local church-goers will gather in the United Presbyterian Church on North Second Street to hear the last service to be preached there. Since the merging of the church with the United Presbyterian Church, the building is not big enough for the combined congregations. It has been sold to the Mount Zion Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the sum of $18,500, with the deed to be delivered on January 1, 1961. The church was built in 1937.

Roy A. Mills, Warfordsburg, and Robert E. Swadley, Needmore, have been named to the dean’s list at Shippensburg State College for academic work completed last semester.

Students at the McConnellsburg Joint School are soliciting funds to purchase a motorized wheelchair for ninthgrade student Jane Linthurst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Linthurst, who was stricken with paralysis three years ago.

Florence Mosebey, Wells Tannery, graduated with high honors last week from the Bryn Manor Hospital School of Medical Technology. She has accepted a position in research at the Bryn Manor laboratory.

The engagement of Gertrude Ford of North Rose, N.Y., and Sylvan Hendershot of Amaranth is announced.

Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hann moved last week into their newly purchased property on South Second Street. Former owners, Mr and Mrs. Robert Earley, have moved to Chambersburg.

Mrs. Herman B. Mellott and daughter Kay will return on Sunday from a tour of Europe. They will be met in New York by her sons, Forrest and Paul, and their wives.

Mr. and Mrs. Buhl Roher of Hustontown were in Huntingdon last Monday and heard Vice President Nixon when he stopped there on his campaign tour for president.

Pennsylvania Crop Reporting Service predicts a bumper crop of corn this year.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Watkins, Robertsdale, on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Strait, Bedford, on October 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith, Hancock, on October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Fix, Harrisonville, on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Kerlin, McConnellsburg, on October 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sowers, Harrisonville, on October 30.

A large crowd enjoyed the Halloween parade in Mc- Connellsburg on Friday evening.

The Edith Wirick, Wells Tannery, public sale scheduled for Saturday was cancelled due to her death early Saturday morning.

Calvin Auman, Wells Tannery, died suddenly Sunday afternoon of a heart attack.

A letter to the editor in this issue from the Republican Committee in Fulton County accuses the Highway Department of deliberately trying to inconvenience those wishing to attend the Republican rally at the firehall on October 29 by barricading the street for road repairs. “The Greyhound buses were permitted to use the street, but passenger cars were not, so it looks like plain downright trickery on behalf of the political bosses of Fulton County. It is also a proven fact that our highway department in McConnellsburg never had a full crew out on that day, the first day of small game season,” the letter points out.

The deadline for World War II veterans to sign up for their bonus is December 31. The state has paid $426,741,937 in bonuses to 1,318,495 World War II veterans or their survivors in the last 10 years in bonuses ranging from $20 to $500.

The Medical Center kitchen is in need of dish rags and tea towels, a vegetable grater, shredder or slicer.

Deaths: Clarence N. Keefer of Windber; Mrs. Roseanna Shearer of Yellow Creek; Mrs. Alice Wilson Morse of Warfordsburg; Aubrey W. Parsons, Shippensburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 2, 1950 ’50 A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Poffenberger of Williamsport, Md., last Sunday in honor of the 80th birthday of the latter’s mother, Mrs. Ella Mellott, widow of the late Richard Mellott.

Birth: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schooley of Harrisonville on October 30.

Nearly 80 players, their wives, girlfriends and guests were present at the fifth annual awards banquet of the Blue Ridge Baseball league at the local Legion home last Thursday night. Don Ott, McConnellsburg, pitcher, received an award as the leading pitcher, and the team trophy for having won the league championship was presented to Lawrence Shimer, president of the McConnellsburg Baseball Club.

Dorothy M. Stahle of Cito and William F. Swope of Needmore have been accepted as members of Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, national honor fraternity of Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of N. Betty Garland of Harrisburg to Cpl. Glenn Ratcliffe of Ashland, Ky.

Death: George Ellsworth Sprowl of Wells Tannery.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 31, 1940 ’40 A 23-year-old McConnellsburg youth is now in the Fulton County Jail on a “dizzy” driving charge after he was arrested on Sunday by local Motor Police following an accident in which he was involved near Mercersburg. His car, an old model Ford, was demolished and the youth received a severe laceration about the eye and body bruises.

Death: Mrs. Minnie Washabaugh Richards of Mc- Connellsburg.

The Bedford-Fulton Soccer League came to a close on October 22, with Hustontown winning the league championship by a single point over Everett.

The nation’s only legal lottery took place on Tuesday beginning at noon and lasting almost 15 hours, when some 9,000 numbers were drawn to provide an order for the calling of draftees in the nation’s first peacetime draft. The first eight numbers affecting Fulton Countians, with the names of the persons holding them, are: 158, John Wilson Dyer, Needmore; 192, Woodrow Wilson Strait, Harrisonville; 105, Harold Eugene Marks, Knobsville; 188, Marshall Mason Daniels, Saluvia; 120, George Cloyde Clouser, Webster Mills.

Dr. Lyle W. Sherwin of Windber will take over the practice vacated by Dr. John L. Neill in McConnellsburg on November 1. Dr. Sherwin graduated from Juniata College in 1935; from Temple University Medical School in 1939; and completed his internship at Windber Hospital in June 1940. He will resign the position of house physician at Windber Hospital in order to locate in McConnellsburg.

Milford Hann of McConnellsburg was seriously injured on Saturday night when the car in which he was riding left the road and hit a tree in front of the Harvey Raker residence on North Second Street. Hann together with Leo Gordon of Ayr Township and James Mellott of Cito were occupants of a Ford roadster, owned/operated by Kenneth Richards of McConnellsburg, who told police the right front tire blew out, causing the car to leave the road. Hann, Mellott and Gordon were all taken to Chambersburg Hospital in the Kelso ambulance, where Gordon and Mellott were released. Hann’s injuries consist of a broken arm and shoulder, lacerations of the face and a possible skull fracture. Richards escaped injury.

A Republican rally will be held at the local school on Saturday evening at which time two motion pictures of Wendall L. Wilkie will be shown. Hon. Richard M. Simpson of Huntingdon, candidate for Congress, and Walter R. Sloan, candidate for the state Legislature, will be the speakers.

Death: Dr. Harry B. Cunningham of Los Angeles, Calif.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 30, 1930 ’30 Deaths: David Alexander Nelson of near Mc- Connellsburg, a former associate judge of Fulton County; Rev. G.W. McInay, pastor of the Mifflintown Methodist Church.

Paul Stevens of Pleasant Ridge, who had been employed on the highway being constructed over the Mercersburg Mountain, stayed in McConnellsburg over Saturday night and was travelling southward on Sunday morning in a milk truck operated by Chalmers Peck, son of Eli Peck of Needmore. At the intersection of the state road and the lane leading to the William Brewer farm, the truck and a Chevrolet coach driven by Mr. Brewer collided as Mr. Brewer emerged from the lane. Stevens was thrown from the truck and under the Brewer car. Taken to Chambersburg Hospital, he was found to be suffering from a broken back and other injuries and died at 5:30 Sunday evening. The driver of the truck was also thrown out but was not badly injured and Mr. Brewer escaped injury. Mr. Stevens was a son of David Stevens, who moved to the Virgil Bard farm about 10 days ago.

On November 8, a parents’ meeting will be held in the Fulton Theatre to complete plans for the organization of a McConnellsburg School Band.

Charles Ott and Helen Katherine Wagner and Fred W. Sipe and Floella Rose Wagner were united in marriage in a double ceremony in Hagerstown on October 8.

Donald G. Souders and Aura L. Pittman were wed October 22.

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