2010-10-28 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Edith Barnett Rhodes of St. Thomas, formerly of Fulton County, pictures, left to right: Ken (Coon) Deshong, Dean Mellott (Edith's brother), Guy Rotz and Marvin Mellott (Edith's brother). The photo was taken at the Bedford County Fair in the mid 1950s. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Edith Barnett Rhodes of St. Thomas, formerly of Fulton County, pictures, left to right: Ken (Coon) Deshong, Dean Mellott (Edith's brother), Guy Rotz and Marvin Mellott (Edith's brother). The photo was taken at the Bedford County Fair in the mid 1950s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 25, 1990 ’90 Large crowds were in attendance Saturday and Sunday for the 10th annual Grease, Steam and Rust Association’s antique tractor, small engine and machinery show held at the fairgrounds. A large number of tractors participated in the parade through downtown McConnellsburg to the fairgrounds.

A large portion of the money taken in the October 15 robbery at the Shade Gap branch of Fulton County National Bank was recovered Monday, October 22. Police said that “a large portion of the money was recovered Monday in the Fort Littleton area of Fulton County.” No other details of the recovery were available.

Mary Waltz will be celebrating her 97th birthday on October 29.

Congratulations to Clem Lake of Needmore, who celebrated his 98th birthday on October 20.

Rosalind Klinepeter, R.N., has been recognized for outstanding nursing care of infants and mothers by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the March of Dimes.

Deaths: Doris Hawbaker, McConnellsburg; Mary Akers, McConnellsburg; Benjamin Neil, Fort Littleton; Chanta Peck, McConnellsburg; Leona Sechrist, Camp Hill; Gary Vance, California; Ira Fleming, Hustontown; Alphie Hartman, Wells Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Williams of Wood on October 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Debski of Waterfall on October 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Wible of McConnellsburg on October 18.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garland of Warfordsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill, to Lt. Curtis Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hill of Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 23, 1980 ’80 In spite of some rain on Saturday afternoon, the rest of the Festival weekend was blessed with beautiful autumn weather and crowds of visitors found plenty of entertainment on Saturday, as well as Friday and Sunday.

Dorothy Shore of Reservoir Road, McConnellsburg, recently recorded a new gospel album. She is the daughter of the late John and Pearl Shore of Burnt Cabins.

Two schools in neighboring counties are in the process of being torn down. The Hancock Intermediate School, which was built in 1931 by Stenger Contractors of Mc- Connellsburg, and the Hopewell School, built on a hill overlooking the borough of Hopewell in 1893, were last used as schools in 1958 and 1959.

The two well-known local country music stars who received nominations for entry in the Hall of Fame, Elton Britt and Roy Horton, did not make it this year. The winners’ names announced were Connie G. Gay and the original Sons of the Pioneers.

Specials at the IGA: Cheer detergent, $2.99, 84 ozs.; Campbell’s pork and beans, 4 for $1; spaghetti, 2 for $1; hoagies, $1.19.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kelso of St. Thomas on October 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas DeShong of McConnellsburg on October 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Sowers of McConnellsburg on October 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer on October 4.

Death: Kurb C. Stoner, Hagerstown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 5, 1970 ’70 Despite the inclement weather on Tuesday, some 80 percent of Fulton County voters went to the polls on Election Day to help millionaire industrialist Milton Shapp in his landslide victory as governor of Pennsylvania.

World Community Day will be observed this year at the new United Church Center in McConnellsburg (the former Lodge’s Variety Store), instead of at one of the local churches.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Stanley of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Jean Stanley, to Joseph Keith Weller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Weller Jr., Hancock.

Mrs. Blanche Hill celebrated her 84th birthday on October 25.

News of men in service: Pfc. Leland Doney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Doney of Burnt Cabins, has been serving in Korea since May 20, having received his basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and Fort Knox, Ky. He will observe his birthday on November 12. Staff Sergeant Kenneth W. Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Black of Waterfall, is a member of a unit that has earned the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

Deaths: Ralph P. Wilson, Baltimore; Mrs. Alberta Golden, Warfordsburg; John Mills, formerly of New Grenada.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Watkins of Robertsdale on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Fahnestock of St. Thomas on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lane of Mc- Connellsburg on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barclay of Harrisonville on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bakelja of McConnellsburg on October 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Pine of Mercersburg on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoffman of Fort Loudon on October 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Vangi of Big Cove Tannery on October 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. A. Dale Souders of McConnellsburg on October 30.

Miss June Lucille Sharpe became the bride of Donald Sloan Glenn on Saturday, October 3, in St. Paul Lutheran Church. Parents of the couple are Claude Sharpe of Harrisonville and the late Mrs. Beatrice Bishop Sharpe and Mr. and Mrs. Sloan Glenn of McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 10, 1960 ’60 Unofficial returns in Fulton County on the presidential election showed Fulton County going Republican in every contest including the presidency, but nationwide Sen. John F. Kennedy won over Vice President Richard Nixon for president. Harry Elvey, Republican, won the seat in the General Assembly with a vote of 2,233 – 2,125 over his Democrat opponent, Marl H. Garlock. Republican J. Irving Whalley beat Democrat Robert M. Meyers in the race for representative in Congress with a vote of 84,738 to 52,179. Stanley G. Stoup was elected state senator over Democrat Joseph N. Cascio with a vote of 30,785 to 26,216.

Borough Council met on Monday and heard a report on the new waterline installation from the reservoir into town and also a complaint from a resident concerning his neighbor’s chickens being allowed to run loose over adjoining properties.

A picture of the Webster Mills baseball team, recent winners of the Fulton County Championship, is pictured in this issue. Team members shown are John Souders, Bill Kendall, Ronnie Bookheimer, Max McQuade, Bobby Pittman, Marvin Buterbaugh, “Bun” Sipes and Jimmy Pittman. Members not pictured are Donald Deshong, Melvin Moats, Fred Seville, Larry Zeger, Dale McQuade, Don Ott and James Mellott.

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Malot of Hustontown has enrolled at Junaita College in Huntingdon.

A brief history of Fort Littleton was presented to the Fulton County Development Committee by the Fort Littleton Study Committee, which definitely fixed the location of the fort on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kirchner. It is the hope of the committee to restore the site of Fort Littleton to the way it was in 1756.

The formal dedication of the Warfordsburg Junior-Senior High School is scheduled for November 18.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Keefer, Big Cove Tannery, on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Humbert, Hustontown, on November 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Knieriem, Mc- Connellsburg, on November 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Anderson, McConnellsburg, on November 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Keefer plan to move to McConnellsburg and have sold their home in Needmore to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mellott.

The Norman Goldens have sold their property at Gem to Rankin and Delmar Hollenshead, and they have moved east over the mountain.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Dawson, Hagerstown, on October 4. Mrs. Dawson is the former Ella Mae Hill of Warfordsburg.

Donald Bard, state FFA vice president, of Needmore, reports on his recent trip to the FFA National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Pebley, McConnellsburg, escaped injury on Sunday evening when the car Mr. Pebley was driving skidded on the snow-covered highway on Sideling Hill, hit an embankment and overturned.

Deaths: Elmer Edwards, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Dessa Stapleton, Saxton, formerly of Fulton County; Glenn Rudolph Spangler, Camp Hill, formerly of McConnellsburg.

The marriage of Mildred Mary Hill, Warfordsburg, to Clarence E. Snirk, Big Spring, Md., on October 15, is announced.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 9, 1950 ’50 Varian Hoover has completely remodelled his store at Hustontown and has converted it into a self-service market. This week he joined a cooperative chain of independent grocers, known as the IGA Food Stores.

Birth: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Daniels of Needmore on November 4.

Fulton Countians rallied behind most of the Republican candidates on Tuesday, helping to elect James H. Duff as United States senator, John S. Fine as governor, Richard M. Simpson as congressman and Fred P. Hare Jr. as senator of the General Assembly. In the only purely local contest, Democrat Ralph E. Berkstresser defeated Dr. E.H. MacKinlay for representative in the General Assembly by 30 votes.

A notice from the War Department states that Corporal Samuel Gordon Winter was killed in action in Korea on September 22. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Winter, he lived for several years with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Winter, at Warfordsburg.

Mack Lynch of Big Cove Tannery suffered second-degree burns over about 20 percent of his body on Tuesday when his clothing caught fire, presumably while he was smoking.

Fulton County sportsmen, by means of a petition sent to Harrisburg, have succeeded in closing the county to doe hunting.

On Wednesday morning, these six young men left for the armed forces: Charles Martin Clark of McConnellsburg; Clair Oren Dickinson of Wells Tannery; Marvin Oliver Sipes of McConnellsburg; Bobby Leroy Strait of McConnellsburg; Harold George Nhyle Deshong of Harrisonville; and Robert Lee Deshong of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. John Sheffield of Fort Littleton observed their golden wedding anniversary on October 30.

Orville Duvall and sons of Crystal Spring have set a new record in potato production in Fulton County. An acre of Sebago potatoes yields 701.3 bushels. The previous county record was 511 bushels, set by Earl Jackson of Crystal Spring several years ago. The potatoes were measured by county agent H.P. Kies.

Harry Brantner has started a used car business at his home on South Second Street.

After 12 years in one location, the local Western Union office was moved on November 1 to the Glen Nell Hotel.

Deaths: Mrs. Blanche Effie (Winegardner) Schooley of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 7, 1940 ’40 The table for the 1940 general election returns shows that Fulton Countians cast 2,108 votes for Wilkie for president, as compared with 1,982 for Roosevelt. In the contest for representative in Congress, Richard M. Simpson received 2,125 votes in the county, as compared with 1,964 for John Kechline. In the contest for representative in the General Assembly, Republican Walter R. Sloan received 1,976 votes, while Lewis Harris, his Democratic opponent, received 2,142 votes.

Deaths: Miss Rosann Locke of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Mada- line (Mellott) Shaw of Everett; Caleb J. Barton of Hustontown; Edward Jones of Robertsdale.

The story about the election shows that President Roosevelt, the “precedent breaker,” smashed one of America’s most ancient traditions with a dramatic and sweeping victory in his battle for third term in Tuesday’s election. His election was conceded on Wednesday morning by Wendell L. Wilkie, his dogged, hard-hitting Republican opponent, who had made the third term question one of the outstanding issues on the slam-bang campaign. Complete returns show that the president captured 39 states with an electoral vote of 468. Roosevelt won the greatest “vote of confidence ever given an American by his countrymen in more than 150 years of democracy.”

Mrs. Vallie Lowe, while visiting her brother, Walter, and family in Reading for a few days, was given an unusual surprise on Friday evening when she was asked to receive a caller at the door. At first, she did not know the man, but it turned out to be her brother, Clayton Sonen of Chicago, whom she had not seen for 17 years.

Dr. L.W. Sherwin and family have taken up residence here and the doctor has taken over Dr. John L. Neill’s practice.

The new parking meters in McConnellsburg yielded $46.20 during the third week of operation, as compared with $31.61 for the second week. Total collections for the three weeks of operation amount to $105.29.

The Borough Council has erected no-parking signs on the west side of North Second Street between the Lincoln Highway and the courthouse.

Fulton County will not be required to furnish any conscripts in the first draft call, November 25-29. Sufficient voluntary enlistments by Fulton County young men have made up the quota.

The seniors of Warfordsburg will present “The Mystery of Cozy Canyon Ranch” on November 14-15. Members of the cast include Anna Jean Shaw, Billie J. Covalt, Myreta Oakman, Russell Hann, Bruce Hendershot, Lois Akers, Raymond Ward, Eugene Garland, Paul Gift, Jane Barton and Louise Crawford.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Garland of Knobsville announce the birth of a daughter, Sandra Pauline, on October 27.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 6, 1930 ’30 Deaths: William Lee Berkstresser of Hustontown; Daniel Laidig of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Joseph S. Strait of Clear Ridge; Scott Stewart Hann of near Webster Mills, a veteran of the Civil War.

In the obituary of Mr. Hann, which tells of his many activities in the Civil War, part of it reads as follows: “He took great delight in telling of his experiences while in the service and was well qualified, because of his active participation in so many cavalry engagements, to give many vivid descriptions of the events which made such a deep impression on his mind. He was always a solider in spite of his advancing years and took a very prominent and leading part in every movement toward in the perpetuation of the memory of his comrades. He was the leading spirit in starting the annual Memorial Day exercises at the Union Cemetery in Ayr Township and was greatly interested and of much help in establishing the honor roll memorial at the courthouse in McConnellsburg. He enjoyed the distinction of outliving all of his comrades residing in the Cove and is only survived by three other veterans in Fulton County. Members of the Captain James McKibben Post of the American Legion were his bearers and a guard of honor and a firing squad preceded his flag-covered casket to its last resting place in the Union Cemetery. Following the interment and the firing of the salute of the dead, Taps were sounded and the service concluded.”

In the election on Tuesday, H.P. Barton, Democrat, defeated his Republican opponent, H.L. Baumgardner, for representative in the General Assembly by a vote of 1,768 to 1,617.

Eli Broch of Salvia and Walter Simpson of Everett, foreman on the Susquehanna Pipeline work, have paid a total of $427 for violation of the recent proclamation issued by the governor. They were smoking while at work in the forestlands of Fulton County.

Norman Baker of near Knobsville bagged a 17-pound wild turkey.

County Treasurer George W. Lodge reports that he has issued 1,542 hunting licenses.

Deaths: Charter Hock of Broad Top City; John Morgan Truax of Todd Township.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sigel of Buck Valley have announced the birth of a daughter.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Souders of Plum Run on October 29 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Souders.

October 31 being the 30th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Anderson of Wells Tannery, they held a reception in honor of the newlyweds, Dekalb Metzler and bride (nee Evaline Anderson).

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