2010-12-16 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Alma Kinzie of McConnellsburg, was taken in 1960 and pictures, front row, center, Bruce Sipes (Alma’s nephew); row two, left to right: Denny McElhaney (Alma’s son), John Earl Kendall, Pixie Lumberg Mellott, Teresa Kendall Carter; back row: Kay Sipes Pine, ?, Ted Lumberg, David McElhaney (Alma’s son), Vickie Lumberg Swailes, Teresa Lumberg Keebaugh. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Alma Kinzie of McConnellsburg, was taken in 1960 and pictures, front row, center, Bruce Sipes (Alma’s nephew); row two, left to right: Denny McElhaney (Alma’s son), John Earl Kendall, Pixie Lumberg Mellott, Teresa Kendall Carter; back row: Kay Sipes Pine, ?, Ted Lumberg, David McElhaney (Alma’s son), Vickie Lumberg Swailes, Teresa Lumberg Keebaugh. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 13, 1990

’90 McConnellsburg Jaycees and Women of Today sponsored a community Christmas party December 7 on the courthouse lawn. Christmas carols were provided by The First National Bank staff and an appearance was made by Santa Claus.

Police from the McConnellsburg station are continuing their investigation into the death of a Hancock woman whose skeletal remains were discovered November 29 in a remote area of Thompson Township. They have not ruled out an accidental death, and it appears more likely that Darla McCarty’s death was either a suicide or murder. Police are continuing their investigation.

A Maryland man was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit of York Hospital on Tuesday as the result of injuries suffered in a hang-gliding accident December 9 near the summit of Tuscarora Mountain off U.S. Route 30 in Ayr Township.

Washabaugh Insurance Agency participated in the Teddy Loving Care program by donating teddy bears to local law enforcement agencies to be used to comfort children who have been involved in domestic violence, child abuse, automobile accidents or other incidents involving police intervention.

Deaths: Amy Chamberlain, McConnellsburg; Cora Hays, McConnellsburg; Clarence Yetter, Wells Tannery; Fredford Moore, Mount Union; Mary Cutshall, Three Springs; Frank Barr, Hagerstown; Rolla Mellott, Needmore; Robert Carson, Berkeley Springs; Cauley Smith, Donahoe Manor; Darla McCarty, Hancock; Marjorie Steel, Everett; Richard Felton, Breezewood; Kenneth C. McReaken, Crofton, Md.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Perrin of Everett on November 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fraker of Fort Littleton on December 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Leese of Needmore on December 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Covert of Mercersburg on December 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fischer of Warfordsburg on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pierce of Hancock on December 4.

Lee Everts and Rebecca Fox were united in marriage July 21 in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hancock. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. George Lashley of Hancock and Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Everts of Warfordsburg.

Clifford and Karen Price, Harrisonville, announce the birth of a daughter, Nicole Marie Price, December 3, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Marine Cpl. Sheldon Ramsey, son of Sheldon Ramsey Sr., Hustontown, recently reported for duty at Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 11, 1980

’80 Santa Claus will be at the McConnellsburg Fire Co. on December 20 with treats for the children of the community.

A technicality required in preparing a budget explains away most of an 11 percent increase in the tentative $997,392 county budget for 1981 adopted by the commissioners last Friday. According to that budget, the county will borrow $200,000 to meet expenses early next year. So the county will not be saddled with any long-term loans next year, borrowing will be done to meet early expenditures.

Clifford Peck, 23, McConnellsburg, suffered a broken neck in an accident on Friday and underwent surgery later that day at the Shock Trauma Center of the University Hospital in Baltimore. Police report that the two-car accident in which he was injured occurred at 4:00 a.m. on Route 475, west of Route 522.

A Hustontown man, Robert Clem Malot, surprised four people burglarizing storage sheds on the property where he lives on Sunday afternoon and held them at gunpoint until state police arrived to arrest them. The property, owned by his father, John Woodrow Malot, is located two miles north of Harrisonville. At about 5:00 p.m. Malot noticed a Dodge pickup truck parked on the property with items in the bed of the truck which he recognized as having been taken from some unoccupied buildings on the property. Later he saw the three men and a woman approaching the truck from the shed area and after phoning the police held them at gunpoint until the patrol car arrived.

Don Gracey of Waterfall shot an eight-point albino buck at 7:20 a.m. on the first day of the season near his home on Sideling Hill. It is only one of many eight-pointers he has harvested over the years

Specials at the IGA: Chicken of the Sea tuna, 99 cents; Viva towels, 69 cents; beef liver, 79 cents lb.; tangerines, 99 cents a dozen

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Dressed To Kill.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hockensmith, McConnellsburg, on November 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joel E. Seilhamer, Mt. Union, on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rhodes of Fort Loudon on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lynn of McConnellsburg on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Mellott of Harrisonville on December 4.

Deaths: Mrs. Amy Stevens, Bellefonte; Geoffrey R. Kopec, Lancaster; Miss Arbie Rotz, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Robert C. Snyder II and Catherine A. Schmidt, both of McConnellsburg; Kirk Younker, Hancock, and Diana Hoffman, Big Cove Tannery; Bob Wright Jr. and Debra K. Boring, both of McConnellsburg; Joel Gordon Bradnick, Mercersburg, and Christine A. Soter, McConnellsburg; Larry R. Lynch, McConnellsburg, and Pam Wilson, Shade Gap.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 24, 1970

’70 At the December meeting of Mount Zion Lodge, Ralph B. Everhart of Hustontown was elected grand master to lead the organization during 1971.

A Needmore man, Dennis Wayne McCarty, 22, was seriously injured last week when a dynamite cap exploded, tearing off his right hand. He was taken to Washington County Hospital following the Saturday incident. Cumberland State Police said that McCarty was setting off blasts along Fifteen Mile Creek in Little New Orleans, about 15 miles from Hancock. His one eye was also blinded in the explosion, and his left elbow was damaged.

Thad Winegardner of Fort Littleton was honored on Friday nigh at a banquet at the Fort Littleton IOOF Lodge by Glenn W. Stutzman of Johnstown, past grand master of the Pennsylvania IOOF, who presented him with a 50-year jewel to mark his 50 years as an Odd fellow.

Cassius Clay, or Muhammad Ali, was a brief visitor at the Breeze Manor Motel at Breezewood last Sunday. Passing through on the turnpike, he stopped at the motel to find out if Wide World Sports was appearing on television there. Scenes from his recent fight were scheduled to be broadcast on the program and, if the film was being shown in that area, he planned to rent a room and watch the show. He was disappointed when he found out that the program was not listed in the TV schedule for that area. However, he was pleased when members of the motel staff recognized him, and he seemed to enjoy discussing his recent fight with Os- car Bonavena. He graciously complied with requests for his autograph.

A marriage license was applied for at the local courthouse last week by Denver Allen Kuhn and Dolly Jane Mellott, both of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Ms. Olive W. House, Hustontown; Thomas E. Harr, Chambersburg; Vaughn Chesnut, Hustontown; Merrill Black, Shippensburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Horton of McConnellsburg on December 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Lewis of Warfordsburg on December 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger King of Mercersburg on December 17.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 29, 1960

’60 Mrs. Ellis Lynch, McConnellsburg, suffered frostbite of the fingers of both hands early Friday morning when she fell and lay for sometime in the snow outside her home. She was found by her sister-in-law, Mrs. E.V. Lynch, who heard her cries of distress at about 6:00 a.m.

Ronald L. Umbrell, Chambersburg, formerly of Fulton County, accidentally shot himself in the chest while fooling around with a 22 caliber revolver and a rifle. He is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

The Commerce Department predicts a 13 percent drop in auto production next year due to the unsettled business conditions.

C. Kenneth Gordon, McConnellsburg, has been named Master Farmer for 1960. Formal presentations of the award will be made in January in Harrisburg during a Farm Show week. Mr. Gordon recalls that he started farming with 12 “rented” cows in return for the calves they produced and three of his own.

Billie N. Moffat, husband of the former Pauline Ford of Crystal Spring, is serving in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Station at Brunswick, Maine.

Marriage license: Lloyd Lee Glunt, Shade Gap, and Virginia Rose Doyle of McConnellsburg.

Announcement is made of the engagement of Shirley Ann Brant, McConnellsburg, to Maynard E. Mellott of Needmore and of Rachel Ann Crippen, Wells Tannery, and Robert Kenneth Burk of Cleveland, Ohio.

Earl R. Sipes, Harrisonville; Rodney C. Knepper, Wells Tannery and Dean L. Mellott, Needmore, are all enrolled at the Williamsport Technical Institute.

Besides the regular $3 semiannual dividend, stockholders of The First National Bank will receive an extra dividend of $1 per share this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Manning, Warfordsburg, had 39 family members and guests for dinner on Christmas Day.

Born a few days before Christmas, a baby girl, Kathy Lorraine, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Golden.

Miriam Grace Bock of Willow Hill and Galen Reed Winegardner, Fort Littleton, were married last Saturday.

Deaths: Charles W. Snyder, McConnellsburg; Job Winter, Breezewood; Lillie Viola Mellott, Needmore.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 28, 1950

’50 A drive for funds was conducted at Letterkenny last Friday to aid the Willis Seville family whose home and possessions were lost in a fire a few weeks ago. As a result of the drive, a gift of more than $800 has been presented to the family – now starting to “get back on their feet again.”

Eddie MacKinlay, a student at Mercersburg Academy, is spending the holidays with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. E.H. MacKinlay.

These three Fulton County men will report to Pittsburgh on January 9 for induction into the armed forces: Calvin E. Truax of Hancock and John W. Mentzer Jr. and Jack A. Wildoner, both of McConnellsburg. These nine will report to Pittsburgh January 10 for pre-induction physical examinations: John E. Appleby of Hustontown; Roy M. Shoemaker of Big Cove Tannery; Robert M. Mellott of Big Cove Tannery; C. Edward Beatty of Needmore; John H. Hann of Hustontown; Sidney G. Lucas of Hancock; Harold B. Richards of McConnellsburg; Sherman M. Carson of Amaranth; and John L. Newman of Wells Tannery.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Edwards of Big Cove Tannery on December 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keebaugh of Hustontown on December 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yost of McConnellsburg on December 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. J. Nelson Kendall of Blairsville on November 24.

The War Department has announced that American dead wounded or missing in action since the outbreak of the Korean War now totals 42,992.

A lengthy article in this issue, written by Jerry Fitzpatrick, staff writer of the Huntingdon Daily News, describes the life and activities of the “1st leaf upon the tree” of the Fulton County Bar – a “truly remarkable man” – John P. Sipes – who at 94 is still active daily as a lawyer.

Deaths: Dixie Ellen Clark of Everett; Mrs. Virginia Richnafsky of Clairton; Elmer Ellsworth Gress of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Gertrude Hoke Henry of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Laura Lillian Houck of Robertsdale.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 26, 1940

’40 A Merry Christmas To All from your friends at The Fulton County News. Somehow, the news coming to The Fulton County News office seems less important – you can find people in all the departments grinning broadly for no apparent reason – but there is a reason – it’s Christmastime! The Christmas spirit has penetrated into every nook and cranny here at the News office. Every member of the staff, from the publisher to the correspondents, wants to pass this feeling on to you – and to wish you the merriest of Christmases and to pledge continued support to make The Fulton County News a better newspaper. And a Happy New Year!

Deaths: Abram D. Mathias of Monte Vista, Colo.; Mrs. Ida Betz Sipes of Curwensville.

The first Future Farmers in Fulton County to be advanced to the degree of Keystone farmer received approval of their applications last week. They are Paul Gift and Wilmer Mellott of the Warfordsburg chapter and James Culler of the McConnellsburg chapter. The boys will receive their coveted degrees during the Farm Show in Harrisburg in January. Teachers responsible for the boys’ excellent projects were G.W. Gienger of Warfordsburg and Joseph Shelly of McConnellsburg.

While attempting to park a Ford sedan near the Fulton Theatre last Friday, Mrs. Sheldon Madden of Hustontown lost control of her car and hit a lightpole on the opposite side of the street when her foot slipped off the clutch. The pole was broken off about 10 feet above the ground. Mrs. Madden was uninjured, but damage to her car was placed at $150 and at $50 to the pole.

Fulton Countians admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week included Mrs. Bertha Deshong of Hustontown for medical treatment and observation and Mrs. Rex Sipes of Harrisonville for a minor operation. Discharged were Shirley Shives of Needmore; Nicholas Hoover of Laidig; and Georg Lynch of Big Cove Tannery.

In a second report this week, Game Protector Isaac Baumgardner reported that 213 deer were killed this year by Fulton County hunters, as compared to only 27 reported last week.

A 21-year-old Buck Valley youth was arrested on Monday on a charge of stealing a 28-pound ham from the smokehouse of James Schetrompf of Buck Valley. The youth pleaded guilty before a local justice of the peace and was committed to the Fulton County Jail in default of $500 bond.

Rev. and Mrs. John Mellott of Needmore will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on January 5, 1941.

Harry Hamil purchased a new Packard on Monday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall announce the birth of a son last Wednesday and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon, a son last Thursday.

Death: Mrs. W.W. Dinsmore of Welsh Run.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 25, 1930

’30 Deaths: Hon. George B. Mock of McConnellsburg, a former associate judge of Fulton County; Harry Kenneth Helman of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mary Louise (Brewer) Douglas of Hancock; Mrs. E. Belle Brumbaugh of Huntingdon; Paul Deshong of Pleasant Ridge; Mrs. Carl J. Flowers of near Brosius, W.Va.; D. Frye Stenger of Los Angeles.

Ralph J. Briggs and Mary E. Mentzer were married on December 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hendershot of Buck Valley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 21.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Tyrone closed its doors on December 11 in order to protect its depositors. It is said that the bank “over-reached” its loans, some of which are down in Florida, made during the flush days of the real estate boom.

Grover Miller and family have moved from Waterfall to Dudley.

Mrs. Sheridan Deshong is seriously ill at the family home on Pleasant Ridge.

Stanley Humbert remains in a critical condition in a Pittsburgh hospital.

Born: a daughter on December 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Fora King of Waterfall.

Allison Truax of Sipes Mill received a broken arm last week when he fell from a wagon.

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