2010-11-18 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by C. Joan Snyder Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., was taken in late summer 1935 and pictures her mother and father, Francis Maye Spidle Snyder and Harry “Jack’’ Snyder holding daughter Joan. The photo was taken at their home on Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by C. Joan Snyder Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., was taken in late summer 1935 and pictures her mother and father, Francis Maye Spidle Snyder and Harry “Jack’’ Snyder holding daughter Joan. The photo was taken at their home on Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 15, 1990

’90 A new memorial marker dedicated to all veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam was dedicated following Veterans Day services at

the courthouse Monday. The new memorial joins the memorial of Civil War, Spanish-American War and The World War Veteran on the left and the monument to all veterans in the center of the new memorial area.

Three persons were arrested Thursday evening, November 8, along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County and charged with an armed robbery which occurred late that afternoon at the Dutch Haus Inn Motel off Interstate 70 in Crystal Spring. Two males entered the motel’s office and used a sawed-off .22-caliber Mossberg rifle to rob motel managers. A description of the vehicle and occupants was given to turnpike troopers, and the trio was stopped in the Bowmansville area of Lancaster County area Thursday. McConnellsburg police traveled to that area and arrested the three.

McConnellsburg High School girls volleyball team finished a shining season, placing second in the state following Saturday night’s state tournament at Robert Morris College in Coraopolis. The team advanced to quarterfinal play after defeating every team in their pool. The Spartans finished the season with a 26-1 record.

Harold and Alice Hunsecker of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the weekend of September 15 and 16 with their family in a restored log house in Snyder County.

Deaths: Dale “Toadie” McQuade, McConnellsburg; Mildred Melius, McConnellsburg; Clem Lake, Needmore; Genevieve Sipes, Hancock; Wilford Cutchall, McConnellsburg; Gertrude Truxell, Largo, Fla.; Margaretta Brown, Fort Littleton; Dorothy Kriner, Shippensburg; Raymond DeShong, Harrisonville; Dean Johnston, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sean Ward of Chambersburg on November 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Wertz of Warfordsburg on November 6.

Karen Smith and Danny Smith of Crystal Spring were united in marriage September 15 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Jay and Maxine Barton of Crystal Spring and Ray and Kim Smith of Harrisonville.

Lori Ann Spade and Curtis Lee Glazier were united in marriage at an outdoor ceremony at the grove at Ebenezer United Methodist Church near Harrisonville. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Coy Spade of Hustontown and parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Glazier.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 13, 1980

’80 As Old Glory waved in the first chill winds of November, a persistently patriotic crowd huddled in front of the cenotaph at the courthouse

for Veterans Day services following a parade through downtown McConnellsburg. Guest speaker was Clarence Dietz, state representative and WWII veteran.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new IGA Foodliner Store in the Penn’s Village Shopping Center was held last Thursday.

The official tabulation of Fulton County’s votes in last week’s election has been completed, and the only major change is a large increase in the number of votes going to Congressman Bud Shuster. Running uncontested for reelection in the Ninth District, Shuster was registered under both the Republican and Democratic parties.

For more than 20 years, Beulah Fix has taken to the woods come turkey season hoping to come home with a gobbler, but without any luck. On Saturday her luck changed. She was hunting with her husband, Haddie, on Scrub Ridge and managed to bag their Thanksgiving turkey, a 12-1/2 lb. gobbler with a three-inch beard.

On Monday, Wilkie Mellott and his sons, 18-year-old Kirk and 14-year-old Kevin, were hunting in Sideling Hill Mountain and the two boys were lucky enough to bag turkeys. Kirk’s was 18 pounds with a 7-1/2-inch beard and Kevin’s, 19 pounds with a 19-1/2-inch beard.

Specials at the IGA: Pillsbury Plus cake mix, 69 cents; Campbell’s tomato soup, 4 for 89 cents; Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, 99 cents; Hunt’s tomato paste, 4 for 79 cents; Pillsbury biscuits, 4 or $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cromwell of Three Springs on November 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Clark Jr., McConnellsburg, on November 5.

Deaths: Hazel Sipes, Harrisonville; Donald E. Swope Jr., Needmore; Mrs. Golda M. Browand, Burnt Cabins.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 26, 1970

’70 Some 7,000 Pennsylvania veterans who served in the Vietnam War should be getting their state bonus checks this week.

The Fulton County Jaycees have been working and planning the past week to herald the beginning of the Christmas season in the county with a little more fanfare than has been shown in the past. On Friday, Santa Claus will be at the firehall and will ride on a fire truck through the streets of the borough, turning on all the Christmas lights strung across the streets as he goes. The trip will end at the Penns Village Shopping Plaza, where he will alight to greet and talk to the children of the county who are all invited to be at the Big D Shopping Center on the big night. “Dial Santa” is another project of the Jaycees.

A victory banquet was held by the Fulton County Democratic Party at the Mountain House Restaurant on Friday night to celebrate the election of Milton Shapp as governor in the November election by a landslide vote throughout Pennsylvania and by a majority of 47 votes in Fulton County.

David Lorentz left Monday to drive to Boulder, Colo., where he will join relatives for a river camping trip on Green River, Utah, over Thanksgiving, after which he will continue to Tuscon, Ariz., where he will visit with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gobin III.

Marriage licenses: Robert L. Statler of Greencastle and Donna M. Barber of Greencastle; Steven M. Stultz and Carleen Fisher, both of Mercersburg.

The McConnellsburg High School Band was one of 14 guests from two states to appear in the annual Band Youth Day program at Gettysburg College on November 14.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ramsey of Breezewood on November 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Yost of Needmore on November 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg on November 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Plessinger of McConnellsburg on November 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Truax of Warfordsburg on November 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph D. Mellott of Hustontown on November 20.

Miss Saundra Ann She, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin She of Fort Loudon, and Harold Fix Jr., son of Faye Z. Fix of Reservoir Lane and Harold Fix of McConnellsburg, were united in marriage on November 15 at the Trinity United Church of Christ in St. Thomas.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Chilcote of Hustontown recently went to Oklahoma. Mrs. Chilcote spent some time with their son, Terry, and his wife while Bill did some hunting and returned home. Mrs. Chilcote plans to return with Terry and his wife in December.

Mr. and Mrs. Jay W. Alloway of Hustontown celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on November 14 in the community room of The First National Bank, where they were the guests of honor at a surprise reception.

Deaths: W. Guy Horton, Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Nettie Horton, Lewistown; Norman Harry Shaw, Neelyton; Walter A. Reeder, Mercersburg.

New of men in service: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary L. Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Hustontown, is currently on duty at Phu Cat Air Base in Vietnam.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 1, 1960

’60 Nelson Deshong, 14, McConnellsburg, remains in serious condition at Washington County Hospital with a compound fracture of the skull and

other injuries suffered in an auto accident on November 23. He was a passenger in a car driven by his 16- year-old brother, Gerald, which ran off the road south of Mc- Connellsburg, knocked down a utility pole, rolled over and burst into flames. Both occupants were thrown from the car. Gerald suffered abrasions and contusions.

Sgt. Blair M. Souders has returned to Fort Dix, N.J., after spending a 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Souders. His wife, Elfriede, who is a German citizen, remained behind with their two children, to apply for U.S. citizenship before joining her husband in Panama.

David D. Kendall was painfully burned last Thursday, while helping with the butchering at the William F. Keefer farm at Sipes Mill.

Pfc. Frederick B. Humbert Jr. is now serving with the U.S. Army in Korea.

Dr. Theodore Whitsel, formerly of Hustontown, has opened an office for the practice of internal medicine in Huntingdon.

“The Ultra Ray Wash and Dry” laundromat will be opening soon in the Cline building on Lincoln Way East. The coin operated automatic laundry will have 14 washing machines and seven dryers and will be open 24 hours a day.

Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Hosmer III of Turtle Creek, Pa., announce the birth of a daughter, Dawn Lee, on November 1. Mrs. Hosmer is the former Joann Palmer, granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Judson Palmer of Needmore.

Navy Ensign Edgar H. MacKinlay, McConnellsburg, returned to Mayport, Fla., on October 30 following six weeks combat training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, aboard the destroyer USS Turner. During the training period, the ship stopped at Kingston, Jamaica.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lynch, Needmore, on November 23 at the Medical Center.

Orien Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Alice G. Yocum, Huntingdon, were marriage in Manassa, Va., on November 24.

Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Hamil observed their 50th wedding anniversary on November 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Water, Burnt Cabins, have moved to Kingsport, Tenn.

Deaths: Roy Deshong, Wells Tannery; Fred G. Lodge, Mc- Connellsburg.

Sarah Ann Johnston, McConnellsburg, and Raymond Kirk Cover, Big Cove Tannery, were married on September 23 in the Cito Methodist Church.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of November 30, 1950

’50 Flood damage in Fulton County probably reached an all-time high in the rainstorm preceding the snow during the past weekend.

Basements in houses which never before became wet were flooded; whole fields were inundated; garages were destroyed; families became isolated; and utility services were disrupted.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Lake of Baltimore on November 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chamberlain of McConnellsburg on November 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Reeder of Hustontown on November 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hann of Harrisonville on November 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Strait of Harrisonville on November 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Keebaugh of Mc- Connellsburg on November 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Keefer of Hustontown on November 23.

Donnie Miller of Hustontown, who enlisted in the Navy last week, has been sent to Great Lakes, Ill.

Deaths: Jesse Alber Cavender, Sr. of Amaranth; Mrs. Huldah Belle Sigel; Mrs. Lillie Grove Patterson of Mc- Connellsburg; Andrew Curtin Clevenger; Mrs. Alice Mc- Clain of Shirleysburg; Mrs. Catherine (Reed) Heeter of Windber.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 28, 1940

’40 On November 20 P.P. Huffard, president of the

National Carbon Co. Inc. of New York City, announced that John Spangler had been elected vice president of the company. Mr. Spangler, who is well known by Fulton Countians, has been with the National Carbon Company for 22 years. Starting as a salesman, he was later promoted to general sales manager, a position held for several years. Mr. Spangler recently purchased the Robert Fleming farm north of town and plans to build a summer home there in the near future.

Death: Claude Metzler Sr. of Philadelphia.

George W. Sprowl Jr. and Kathleen Shafer were married on November 23.

On Tuesday afternoon, two Huntingdon County men were given a hearing before Justice of the Peace Thad M. Shimer of Mc- Connellsburg on a charge of disorderly conduct as the result of a shooting affair at the home of James Wible near Clear Ridge on November 17. Found guilty of discharging a shotgun at the home of Wible, each paid a fine of $10 and costs. Immediately following the first charge, the two men were charged with pointing and discharging a firearm. On this charge, both were committed to jail in default of bond.

A 17-year-old Bethel Township boy, who was recently sentenced to the Fulton County Jail for six months on a larceny charge, was transferred on Tuesday to the Industrial School For Boys at Oakdale. Sheriff Porter Duvall and Private Paul Ruda took the youth to Oakdale.

George Bretz, about 36, a state game protector of Shippensburg who was on special duty in Fulton County, was reported missing on Tuesday night by game protector Isaac Baumgardner of McConnellsburg. Bretz, who became bewildered in the fog and spent the night on Tuscarora Mountain, was located near Sylvan early Wednesday morning after an allnight search by about 100 men.

Mrs. T.P. Garland is able to be around the house again following her serious illness.

Roy Rummell of Mc- Connellsburg and William Keebaugh of Hustontown each killed a wild turkey on Tuesday of this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Richards of Cito announce the birth of a daughter on November 21.

Clifton Foster of Wells Tannery met with a serious accident the past week. While sawing wood with a “buzz” saw, his hand came in contact with the saw, severing one finger and lacerating another.

Mr. and Mrs. George Grissinger Jr. have gone to housekeeping in McConnellsburg. Mrs. Grissinger is the former Miss Beaulah Thomas of New Grenada.

Mrs. Mabel Yetter marked her 32nd birthday last week.

Little Wanda Fitry of Waterfall is very ill at this writing.

Brinton Knepper and Myrtle Clippinger were married on November 23.

James Hockensmith of Harrisonville recently moved his sawmill to the James Hollinshead tract in Belfast Township.

Henry B. Conner and Amanda Perrin were married on November 14.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 27, 1930

’30 Deaths: Dr. William H. Brosius of Mont

Alto; Merrill Wilson Brady of near Big Cove Tannery; James E. Lyon of Altoona.

The Sheeder Green Grocery was purchased last Thursday by Howard Stewart and Harry Elvey and they have already taken possession.

Miss Zoe Mason, a member of the McConnellsburg High School Alumni Association and now teaching in Akron, Ohio, has sent to the school library a well-chosen list of new books.

Dewees B. Waite and Louella Brown were married on November 17.

Russel Nelson, a teacher at St. James School, Md., is spending as much time as possible with his mother, Mrs. John Nelson, who is seriously ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Philip Rotz.

Another scarlet fever victim in town is little Ruth Harris, foster daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. J. Harris. She is under the care of a trained nurse, Miss Mary Kirk, of Big Cove Tannery.

County Treasurer George W. Lodge was taken to the Chambersburg Hospital last Friday, in serious condition from infection which started from a small wound on his hand.

Tom Ira Mills and Catherine Stuckey were married on October 25.

Born: a son to Rev. and Mrs. Charles McClay of Burnt Cabins on Thursday morning.

The R&G Motor Co. advertises the new Chevrolet Six this issue. Some of the prices quoted are $510 for the phaeton, $475 for the roadster, $495 for the sport roadster with rumble seat, $545 for the coach, $545 for the standard five-window coupe and $635 for the standard sedan.

Orben Hebner and F.L. Lashley returned to their homes in Buck Valley on Sunday after spending two weeks with friends in Long Island.

Joseph D. Potter of Buck Valley is in the Hagerstown Hospital, the result of being “kicked” in the face while attempting to start his tractor. The Buck Valley correspondent says: “we are unable to learn the exact extent of his injuries at this writing but his nose in broken and his jaw, and it is very probable an eye is gone. He is in a very serious condition.”

Vivian Stahle, teacher of Harmonia School, is also in the Hagerstown Hospital with an infected jaw caused by an extracted tooth.

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