2010-12-09 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Alma Bivens Kinzie of McConnellsburg, was taken near Rankin Mellott’s store in Webster Mills, and pictures, back row, left to right: Nina Bivens, Martha Bivens Seville; front row: Kate Bivens and Alma Biven Kenzie. The photo was taken in 1945. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Alma Bivens Kinzie of McConnellsburg, was taken near Rankin Mellott’s store in Webster Mills, and pictures, back row, left to right: Nina Bivens, Martha Bivens Seville; front row: Kate Bivens and Alma Biven Kenzie. The photo was taken in 1945. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 6, 1990

’90 An autopsy performed Monday night at Chambersburg Hospital has determined that the skeletal remains found November 29 in a wooded area of Thompson Township are the remains of Darla Mae Mc- Carty, 34, Hancock, who has been missing since July. A local deer hunter found the remains last Thursday in a wooded area about three-tenths of a mile south of DeLancey Road in Thompson Township. Cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the actual death was ruled to have occurred months prior to Thursday.

The attorney of Winford Melvin Jr. of Cumberland, Md., said Monday that he planned to file motions either to withdraw his client’s “no contest” plea or for modification of sentences after Melvin was sentenced to a total of 20 to 40 years in prison plus five years of intense probation.

Richards Auto Sales and K.G. Trucking held their 18th annual Christmas banquet at McConnellsburg Firehall December 1. Eighty employees, families and guests were present.

Deaths: Martin Mowen, McConnellsburg; Edward Fessler, Dudley; Ross Steele, Bedford; Grant McElhaney, Chambersburg; Madeline Territo, Robertsdale; Amy Taylor, Fort Littleton.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Brown of Hustontown on November 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Younker Jr., Warfordsburg, on November 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Pittman of McConnellsburg on November 28.

Marriage licenses: Mark Clapsaddle, Hustontown, and Susanna Jones, Hustontown; Timothy Swindell Sr., Needmore, and Elania Andrews, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 4, 1980

’80 McConnellsburg firemen were called out at 3:00 a.m. on Monday to a barn fire, 1/2 miles west of the borough line on old Route 30, but were unable to save the structure which was engulfed in flames before the trucks could get there. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The barn is owned by Forrest and Paul Mellott, Edward Palmer and H.J. Culler and was rented by Gerald L. Culler, who used it to house a number of pigs and for hay storage. The pigs were saved from the blaze, but the hay was destroyed. The local fire company was short-handed due to Monday being the first day of buck season, and personnel from the Needmore, Hustontown and Mercersburg fire companies assisted at the blaze, as well as equipment from the Forestry Department and JLG Industries.

Matthew Downes, 14, son of Robert and Dixie Downes of Fort Littleton, shot an eight-point buck, his first, on Monday while hunting with his father and brothers. The rack had a 17-1/2 inch spread. Arthur Woods, Lancaster, shot an albino spike buck on his brother’s farm about three miles south of Fannettsburg on Monday. His 18-year-old daughter, Penny, shot another spike buck of natural coloration in the same area about two hours later. It was her sixth deer in as many years of hunting.

Specials at the IGA: Robin Hood flour, $3.99 for 25 lbs.; Tetley tea bags, $1.89, 100 ct.; ground beef, $1.39 lb.; tangelos, 99 cents a dozen.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Bernhard of Hancock on November 23; twins, a daughter and son, to Mr. and Mrs. Julian Dingzon of Mc- Connellsburg on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Duane A. Williams of Big Cove Tannery on November 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max King of Blairs Mills on November 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hockensmith of Mc- Connellsburg on November 27.

Tina Ann Horton and David Andrew Washabaugh IV were united in marriage at the United Methodist Church on October 4. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Horton of McConnellsburg and the groom is the son of Mr and Mrs. David Washabaugh III of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Rev. Michael Horst, Hancock; Frank W. Wright, Chambersburg; Mary E. Clark, Everett; W. Preston Hawbaker, Mercersburg; George Cornell, Hollidaysburg; Roy E. Sigel, Baltimore; Catherine M. McDannell, Burnt Cabins; James P. Tassell, Newark, Del.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 17, 1970

’70 The Fair Ridge Assembly of God Church, in Shade Gap, recently presented a 1971 Plymouth Valiant sedan to their pastors, the Rev. and Mrs. Belvy White. Pastor White has served the church for 21 years.

Preston Mellott is the new owner of the former Brantner Motor Co. property along Route 522 north, McConnellsburg, which includes the car lot, garage and offices. Mr. Mellott plans to establish a new and used car sales business before January 1.

Fulton Industries Inc. held its second annual Christmas party on Saturday night at the local American Legion home with approximately 80 people enjoying the evening’s festivities.

Mrs. Olive Dishong of Johnstown was among the lucky deer hunters, killing an 8-point buck on the second day of the season.

Mrs. Beatrice Barmont and Mrs. Retha M. Glazier returned on Thursday from a 31-day cruise to the Mediterranean. The cruise included tours in Portugal, Spain and Greece and eight days in Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples.

Alton Hill, Warfordsburg, has been named to receive a special award for his excellence in corn growing.

Don McQuade, local fisherman, won second prize, a Chrysler 3.6-horsepower outboard motor in a Wheaties fisherman’s contest which he entered last spring. Don was notified on October 19 that he had won by writing an essay of 100 words or less on a fishing experience encountered by him. His story was entitled “Like All Fisherman, You Don’t Tell Where They Were Caught,” and he’ll tell the story to anyone who contacts him.

At the last meeting of the Forbes Road School Board, Cecil Fraker was re-elected president for the coming term, and Clyde Bookheimer was named vice president.

Miss Nancy Barnett, daughter of Mrs. Maude Barnett of McConnellsburg and Kenneth Barnett of Waterfall, became the bride of John A. Cutchall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin E. Cutchall of McConnellsburg, on December 5.

Deaths: Harry J. Everetts, Mercersburg; Mrs. Mildred Ritz Thomas, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Eleanor C. Hoachlander, Chambersburg.

Carl T. Lundberg, son of Mrs. W. Gehr of McConnellsburg, has enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John K. Hess of Warfordsburg on December 5.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilmer Sipes will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on December 20.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of December 22, 1960

’60 A hearing will be held on February 7 on the proposed sale of the Akersville School property to the Akersville Methodist Church and the Fairview School property to the Amaranth Church of the Brethren.

Former Fulton County News editor Hugo K. Frear, 49, now editor and publisher of the Bedford Gazette, was admitted to Bedford Memorial Hospital last Thursday after suffering an arterial spasm. Frear was editor and publisher of the “News” following the retirement of Mrs. E.M. Krug.

SAR Martin Sprenkle, USN, Norfolk, Va., is spending 10 days leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sprenkle of McConnellsburg. Martin received a letter of congratulations from his commanding officer on having set a new school standard by making the honor list seven consecutive times.

Himmel M. Keith, machinists’ mate of Hustontown, is serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Rover, now in its home port at Norfolk, Va.

A surprise shower was held for Miss Wanda Lee Hill of Hancock on December 4. She will be married on December 26 to John Zink of Cumberland and is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Willard Palmer of Warfordsburg.

A marriage license has been issued to Raymond Robert Shoemaker of Fannettsburg and June Souders of Mc- Connellsburg.

A daughter was born on December 17 at the Medical Center to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Waltz of Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. John Willard Palmer of Warfordsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception at the Cedar Grove Congregational Christian Church last Sunday with a turkey dinner. They are the parents of 10 children (two deceased) and all five sons and three daughters were present for the celebration.

Deaths: Smith Milroy Hoover of Buffalo, N.Y., formerly of Hustontown; Mrs. Catherine Bain of Webster Mills; Mrs. Bennett Mellott of Needmore; Ralph Harvey Clark, a native of Needmore, who was killed in an auto accident at Concocheague Creek; L.D. Oakman of Knobsville.

Dr. J. Fred Myers announces the opening of an office for Chiropractic Health Service in the Wesley Mellott Building, Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg.

Correction: In last week’s 30 Years Ago column, the death of Scott Rinedollar of Everett was mistakenly printed. It was his wife, Mrs. Scott Rinedollar, who died.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 21, 1950

’50 Mrs. Thelma Bergstresser, who has been directress of nursing at Fulton County Medical Center since its opening in October, has been named superintendent of the Center.

Mrs. Max Snyder and infant daughter Jean Elizabeth were discharged from the Waynesboro Hospital on Sunday.

James Montgomery Clippinger and Evelyn LaVerne Chesnut were married on December 1.

At a meeting of the Fulton County Eastern Star Club last Wednesday, Mrs. Vallie Lowe was elected president.

The local Lions Club launched a drive this week to attract new industries to Fulton County. Gilbert E. Kindelan, manager of the local G.C. Murphy Store, and Paul Shimer, McConnellsburg barber, have been named as co-chairman of the committee to work toward this goal.

The schools of the county are currently sponsoring a drive to collect canned goods for the Medical Center. So far, over 1,000 jars of food have been donated.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Seville of Cito on December 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McMullen of Fort Littleton on December 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Buterbaugh of Hancock on December 19.

Mrs. Joseph Rouzer has returned to her home at Fairview after being a surgical patient in Waynesboro Hospital.

Deaths: Aaron P. Garland of Needmore; Mrs. Clara Virginia Hinish of near Breezewood.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of December 19, 1940

’40 When Walter J. Hill of Needmore returned from church on Sunday, he was greatly surprised to find his home filled with neighbors and friends who had gathered to help him celebrate his 39th birthday.

The Rev. Horace R. Lequear was officially installed as pastor of the McConnellsburg-Fort Loudon charge on December 11.

Charles E. Stevens Jr. and Charlotte A. Knepper were married on November 30.

Rev. and Mrs. Horace R. Lequear of McConnellsburg announce the marriage of their daughter, Ruth Alice, in the Union Church at Peking, China, to Oswald A. Holzer, M.D, a member of the staff of the Peking Union Medical College.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith of Big Cove Tannery announce the birth of a daughter on December 15.

Questionnaires have been mailed to the second 50 potential draftees in Fulton County to help make up the state’s increased quota. Pennsylvania will be required to furnish 4,023 instead of the 1,580 first listed.

The Music Department of the McConnellsburg High School will present the dramatized biography “Stephen Foster” in the school auditorium tonight. Robert Hays will portray Foster, America’s number one writer of plantation melodies, while Martha Clevenger will be Jeanne with the Light Brown Hair. Others taking part will be Lois Humbert, George Mellott, Bonnie Cutchall, Hope Sipes, Erma Stinson, Kathryn Shimer, Paul Ott, Henry Lequear, Grace Raker and Mack Fore.

A posse of local men is now searching for Beatrice Knable, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Knable of Ayr Township. She was reported missing to state police on Tuesday afternoon of this week. According to police, the parents found a note on Tuesday afternoon, written by their daughter, in which she said they would find her on top of the mountain. The officers were told she had taken a .22 rifle with her. Police said that she had run away from home on previous occasions and was probably nearby, but they were continuing the search anyway.

A 29-year-old Hagerstown man was arrested by state police on Tuesday, charged with issuing two forged checks, one for $14 to Stanley Strait of Harrisonville and one for $14.40 to Vaughn Barnett of Hustontown.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Newman of Wells Tannery announce the birth of a son on December 15.

Wilson “Bud” Elder, son of Mrs. and Dr. Elder, is reported to be in a very critical condition in Chambersburg Hospital.

Parking meter receipts totalled $53.23 the past week.

A miscellaneous shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. G. Shafer of New Grenada on December 6 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George Sprowl who were recently married.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Purnell of Knobsville are all smiles over the arrival of a daughter on December 10.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of December 18, 1930

’30 Deaths: John Gress of Knobsville; Rev. W.J. Sheaffer of Newport; John Scott Bolinger of Mount Union; Mrs. Catherine K. Black of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Rachel Ann Wilt of Breezewood; Mrs. Phoebe Elizabeth Mellott.

It is reported that a state enforcement officer was shot in the chin by an Andover resident when the officer attempted to arrest him for the manufacture of illegal liquor on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the woodlands in Licking Creek Township were being scoured by police in an attempt to apprehend the offender.

Mrs. Daniel Miller of Hancock was burned to death last Sunday when her clothing caught fire. The woman was alone at her home at the time, and it is presumed that she was using kerosene or gasoline in some manner when her clothing ignited. She was burned almost beyond recognition. She is survived by two sons, Jacob and Russell of Hancock.

Emory McQuait of Clear Ridge, who was injured in the Saltillo quarries some weeks ago, has lost the sight of both eyes.

McConnellsburg is now the possessor of a splendid new fire truck which arrived here on Monday. The new truck cost about $3,800. Jacob Clevenger, John Black, Bruce Ray and Edgar Harris have been named as drivers of the new vehicle.

Mrs. Clarence Hoover and Mrs. Lillie Wible have purchased the Orrin J. Shaw property on East Lincoln Way and expect to go into the restaurant business in the near future.

The twin children, a son and daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Deshong of Pleasant Ridge, are seriously ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. Belle Wigfield of Northcraft is seriously ill at this time.

Death: Mrs. Paul Hammann of Martinsburg, W.Va. Marshall Keefer marked his 22nd birthday on December 10.

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