FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of November 22, 1990 ’90 No one was injured when a fire of undetermined origin gutted the second story of a home off Route 655 near the Sideling Hill Turnpike Plaza in Taylor Township November 17. The fire company received an alarm around 10:30 a.m. Saturday for a fire at the home owned by Charles Shotts of Hustontown and occupied by Lois Shotts and her three daughters. The state police fire marshal is investigating the blaze to try to determine its cause.
Southern Fulton School Board approved the submission of the final plan and specifications for its high school renovation project to the state department of education November 14. The project includes enlarging the library, expanding the industrial arts and vo-ag areas, relocating the art room, converting the old art area into two offices and a guidance office.
No one was injured when fire gutted the small building located between Chesnut’s Video Store and Arcade and Jim Chesnut’s Garage at 407 E. Pine Street, McConnellsburg, November 18. A woodstove in the furnace/boiler room of the former PennDOT highway garage apparently ignited the blaze.
Roger Sheeder, McConnellsburg, and Vicky Davis, Mc- Connellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the pat week.
Deaths: Daniel Carbaugh, McConnellsburg; Harry Swisher, Chewsville; Lavada Funk, Sanford, N.C., formerly of Fort Littleton; Bud DeShong, Hedgesville, W.Va.; Rudolph Laidig, Chambersburg; Thelma Morton, McConnellsburg; Richard Graeff, Lancaster.
A surprise covered-dish birthday dinner was held at the Burnt Cabins United Methodist Church for Merrill Brown’s 90th birthday on November 18.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Knepper of McConnellsburg on November 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Martz of McConnellsburg on November 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Booth of Berkeley Springs on November 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cheryl Sword of Mercersburg on November 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Truax Jr., Warfordsburg, on November 14.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 20, 1980 ’80 Fire police continue to investigate the Sunday morning fire which destroyed a 27-unit apartment building in Hancock which left 101 people homeless. Known as the Hancock Center Apartment Building and located on the corner of Main and Church streets, the 79-year-old landmark was formerly the fashionable Hotel Monterey. The fire which gutted the four story building started in the attic and quickly spread through the brick and wood structure, valued at more than $200,000. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Two to three inches of snow fell Monday, the first but presumably not the last snowfall of the season.
Specials at the IGA: cauliflower, 99 cents a head; Grade A turkeys, 79 cents lb.; pineapple, 2 for $1; Heinz ketchup, 99 cents, 32 ozs.; Ivory bath soap, 79 cents, 3 pack; Baggies, 89 cents, 150 ct.
Waneta Fraker of Forbes Road and Jodi Pepple of Mc- Connellsburg split the Most Valuable Player Award this year given by the Cove Girls’ Basketball League as elected by the league coaches. Also named to the league all-star first team were Forbes Road’s Jody Sweger and Mc- Connellsburg’s Pam Kerlin. Named to the second team were Robin Gracey, also of Forbes Road, and Darlene Davis and Carol Peck, both of McConnellsburg.
Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Airplane.” Playing at the Reality Theatre in Robertsdale: “Cheech and Chong II.”
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Moore of Shirleysburg on November 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brent Mellott of Greencastle on November 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dougals Watkins of Waterfall on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Arcq of Robertsdale on November 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Berkstresser of Waterfall on November 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William P. Kies of McConnellsburg on November 13.
Deaths: John C. Hess, Greencastle; Mrs. Marian Mellott, Mercersburg; Heath A. Hamman, infant son of Jeffrey and Rebecca Covert Hamman of Three Springs.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 3, 1970 ’70 Clair Miller, who helped to organize the fire company for the Hustontown area four years ago, has been re-elected president of the company, an office he has ably filled since the company was first established. Elected to serve with Miller during 1971 were: Frank Martz, vice president; Morris Crouse, secretary; Rudolph Bradnick, assistant secretary; Ralph Mellott, treasurer, and Albert Corman, financial secretary. At the same meeting, Clark Brant was named fire chief, with Leonard Shaw as first assistant and Ralph Mellott as second assistant.
A car in which four Hagerstown young people were traveling was demolished on Sunday when it skidded on the wet road on Route 16 near the Forestry Department building and ran into a utility pole, shearing it off at the base. Two of the occupants of the car, James Hunt and Cathy Marshall, were seriously injured and were transferred from the Medical Center to the Hagerstown Hospital by ambulance. The driver, Carolyn Hartle, and another passenger, Harry Sloan, were treated for minor injuries.
Henry W. Daniels, cashier of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg, has been elected president of the Franklin-Fulton County Bankers Association.
The Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. has purchased a 1965 model ambulance in order to provide better service for the residents of the area.
Engagements told: Mr. and Mrs. William C. Miller of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Lee, to John Wadel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Laban Wadel, Shippensburg; Mr. and Mrs. John Rasp Jr. of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Marlene, to Kenneth R. Snyder, son of Kenneth and Ethel Snyder of Centre Hall.
Army Spec. Four Lloyd G. Hann Jr., whose parents live in Needmore, recently received the Army Commendation Medal at Fort Sill, Okla.
Trooper Martin Marcus, who recently moved into the Carl Peck property on East North Street, entertained a number of his friends at a house-warming party last Wednesday evening.
Deaths: Earl J. Deshong, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Etta Clark, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Marie Black, Duncansville; William R. Oakman, Buck Valley; Walter G. Hershey, Mc- Connellsburg; Bonnie H. Hess, McConnellsburg; Rev. Daniel E. Lorentz, New Jersey.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn H. Bivens of McConnellsburg on November 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Garland of Breezewood on November 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Shontz of Mt. Union on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hendershot of McConnellsburg on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sterling D. Heinbaugh of Mercersburg on November 24.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 8, 1960 ’60 The State Council of Education has approved the annexation of 15.45 acres of ground in Ayr Township into the McConnellsburg School District. Two applications for annexation into the school district as referred to in Borough Ordinances No. 10 and No. 16 of 1959 which included several property owners were denied. They will pay school taxes in the township in which their properties were located before annexation to the borough.
Carmack’s Store on North Second Street was recently sold to Harry Reeder, who took over the business on Monday. Lester Carmack, former owner, said that there has been a Carmack’s Store practically on the same location for the past 35 years, the first being operated by his parents. Carmack built the new self-service market in 1958.
Marine Pfc. Ephriam D. Wilson of Hustontown sailed on the USSA Magoffin on November 18 for San Diego, Calif., for duty at Okinawa.
“The dry weather would account for the slightly below average deer kill this year,” states Game Warden Carl Jarrett, “the dryness makes the woods too noisy for good hunting.”
A marriage license was issued last week to Ronald Duane Ford of Bedford County and Margaret Fayanna Johnson of Wells Tannery.
Two Waterfall youths were apprehended by state police this week in connection with the burglary of the Ira Kerlin home and the theft of a rifle, pistol, shells and some silver dollars.
A change in the Social Security laws will allow a recipient to earn $1,200 without reductions in benefits. When earnings exceed $1,200 up to $1,500, $1 in benefits will be withheld for each $2 earned and over $1,500, $1 for every dollar earned will be taken from benefits. The law becomes effective in 1961.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Straley, Waterfall, on November 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norris Sipes, McConnellsburg, on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Starliper, Mercersburg, on December 5.
Mrs. Mary Purnell, Needmore, fell and broke her arm last week. Both she and her sister, Mrs. Reed Mellott, who is in critical condition, are in the Medical Center.
Herman Smith, Needmore, received word last week that his father, C.D.H. Smith, had died in the Bible Nursing Home in Waynesboro. The funeral was held at Fairview on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerre K. Mellott announce the birth of a daughter in England where he is stationed.
Daniel Alloway celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday, December 3, with an open house for friends and relatives at his home in Hustontown.
The Burnt Cabins correspondent writes, “Due to the lack of rain, many wells have gone dry, it is not unusual to see water trucks going through town to replenish the water supply.”
A dinner was held in the home of Dorothy Shank of Amaranth on Sunday, November 27, in honor of her son, Vaughn, and lady friend Patricia Morris. Vaughn was home on leave from Lackland Air Force Base and reported to Mountain Home, Idaho, on December 2.
A birthday supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Mellott to celebrate the 80th birthday of Mrs. J. Harvey Mellott.
A dinner was served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Pittman on December 4, in honor of their daughter Rosella’s birthday.
Marine Sgt. Robert L. Morningstar of McConnellsburg is presently serving with the landing force of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, with landings on the islands of Crete and Sardinia.
Pvt. John E. Helman is serving with the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga.
Deaths: Mrs. Bennett Mellott, Needmore; Mrs. S.E. Mc- Kee, Penn Wood Retirement Home, Everett, formerly of Buck Valley; Roy Deshong, Wells Tannery; Mrs.Fannie Myrtle Horn, Shippensburg, formerly of Clear Ridge; George W. Summers, Mapleton Depot, formerly of McConnellsburg; Speer Thomas Strait, Harrisonville; Mrs. Milton H. Shadle, McConnellsburg; Fred G. Lodge, McConnellsburg.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 7, 1950 ’50 The local VFW Club was robbed again on Monday night, the third time in about two years. The “loot” this time was the largest yet, consisting of merchandise and an unknown amount of money. The front door of the building was broken open this time.
Frank Kralik, manager of the McConnellsburg Auto Supply, and Merrill Black, salesman, left by plane Wednesday to attend a showing of automotive repair equipment in Chicago.
Death: Harold Akers of Vandalia, Ohio.
Tommy Tucker will be the next name band at the local Legion Home, appearing here next Thursday night.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Lois Jean Bard to Pvt. Henry Wayne Bard.
Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Seville of McConnellsburg on December 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George C. Barton of Knobsville on December 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Cornelius of McConnellsburg on November 29.
Richard A. Akers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Akers of McConnellsburg, has been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.
Fred Crawford, Everett businessman and big game hunter, recently bagged a Royal Bengal tiger in India. The tiger weighed 700 pounds.
“The Crossroads Store” is the name of a two-act comedy to be presented by the McConnellsburg seniors on December 7 and 8. Taking part will be Jack Fields, Homer Peck, Bill Morton, Earl Mellott, Ira Bain, Wayne Sipes, Zane Fraker, Robert Akers, Audrey Glee, Verna Buterbaugh, Evelyn Bivens, Shirley Christian, Doris Garland, Carolyn Buterbaugh, Mona Humbert, Mary Edna Bivens and Lavonne Cline.
Deaths: Robert Nixon Shimer of McConnellsburg; Nancy Ellen Glazier of McConnellsburg.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 5, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Annie A. Ott Beal of Riverside, Calif., and Mary Ott Mayer of McConnellsburg, sisters who died within a few days of each other – Mrs. Beal on November 22 and Mrs. Mayer on December 1; W. Ellis Peterson of Neelyton.
Edward S. Shuck, Clearfield hotel man and a native of Bedford County, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Lincoln Highway Association, a group which has been formed to fight for improvements of the Lincoln Highway. In order to determine how many businessmen along the Lincoln Highway have suffered because of the deteriorated road, a survey will be conducted, comparing present business with that before the opening of the super highway.
“Silas Smidge From Turnip Ridge” is the name of a three-act comedy to be presented by the Hustontown seniors on December 6 and 7. Taking part in the comedy will be Helen Cromer, Helen Keebaugh, Walter Fix, Louise Newman, Jean Barton, Harold Fox, Warren Black, Hazel Black, Betty Garland, Ralph Keebaugh, Elwyn Comerer, Reed Henry and Helen Taylor.
Patricia Flood, 7, Neelyton, was instantly killed Monday morning and her sister, Elligene, 9, was seriously injured when they were struck by a truck while crossing the highway from their father’s car to their schoolhouse.
The Fulton County Assistance Board has a small number of assistance recipients available for employment by the tax-supported agencies and civil subdivision of the county. The services of these workers are available without cost except for the cost of supervision on the job, transportation and workmen’s compensation. These men work out the assistance grants issued to them.
Dr. Charles R. Grissinger and Loretta Ann Doughterty were married on September 23.
Parking meter receipts for the two-week period ending November 30 amounted to $62.16.
Mrs. D.F. Trout of East Lincoln Way left Monday for Harrisburg where she is serving as a juror in the U.S. District Court.
Bernard Gress is spending this week in Harrisburg where he is taking the state board exam for funeral directors.
At a recent meeting of the McConnellsburg School Board, Levi P. Morton was elected to serve the unexpired term of one year caused by the resignation of Dr. John L. Neill.
Pvt. James H. Christian of Webster Mills has returned to his duties with the Medical Department at Langley Field, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. John McQuade of Cito are the proud parents of a baby daughter, born on Tuesday night.
Leonard Bivens of Cito was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday, suffering from injuries he received when he fell from a wagon loaded with corn fodder.
Mr. and Mrs. N.S. Edwards, lifelong residents of Wells Valley, have moved to Duncansville.
Ernest Sprowl and son Dale of Wells Tannery have secured employment at Indiantown Gap.
Mr. and Mrs. John Bracken of near South Fork have announced the birth of twins, a boy and a girl.
The annual convention of the supervisors of Fulton County was held at the courthouse on November 12, at which time E.G. McCray of Bethel Township was re-elected president.
Mr. and Mrs. Blem McQuait of New Grenada announce the birth of a daughter, Sandra Lucille, on November 29.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 4, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Peter P. Shives of McConnellsburg; Mrs. S.E. Everhart of Wood; Sherman Sheridan Rogers of near Shade Gap.
Newton Guy Hixson and Laura Belle Hasting were married on November 26.
On Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. George C. Mellott of Needmore, who were visiting relatives in the vicinity of Needmore, were motoring to town. In some manner, their car crashed into some long pieces of timber on the back of a truck, severely cutting Mr. Mellott’s wrist. He nearly bled to death from the severed artery until he was treated by a physician, who then sent him to Chambersburg Hospital.
The Clifton Theatre building in Huntingdon, owned by J. Linn Blackford, was completely destroyed by fire on Sunday afternoon, entailing a loss of $120,000.
Clair Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Decker of town, had a narrow escape from death last week. He was loading a rifle with newly purchased shells when one of them exploded, sending grains of powder into his face and at least one into his eye. It was found that the box of shells contained two sizes instead of one.
The Susquehanna River reached its lowest stage in history on Saturday with practically no water flowing from the upstate watersheds.
Harry Shimer, a sophomore at the local high school, brought home a nice 7-point buck this week.
Mrs. Jabez Knable, who underwent an operation for appendicitis, has returned home from Chambersburg Hospital.
The thermometer stood at two below zero last Friday.
Richard Glatfelty Jenkins and Helen Virginia Ritz were married on November 26.
The callithumpian band serenaded Mr. and Mrs. Si- mon Barton at R.H. Walters’ home on Thursday night.
Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Funk of Hancock.
Death: Will Hebner of Buck Valley.