40 Years Ago
Mrs. Lela (Baldwin) Reed of Miami, Fla., called friends in her home town of Burnt Cabins during the holidays to tell them she had been listening to a recent Arthur Godfry program and that he had quoted a poem, “Are You a Bridge Builder,” from the November 19 issue of The Fulton County News. The poem, had been submitted for publication by Mrs. Robert Cromer, the Burnt Cabins correspondent for this paper. The News staff remains mystified as to how Mr. Godfrey received a copy of the News, in which he read a poem which he felt was worth repeating on his program.
Mrs. Nettie Golden, a lifelong resident of Fulton County, will observe her 90th birthday on January 14.
The McConnellsburg Lions Club has announced that the ice skating rink at Sagner Park is now open.
Marriage licenses issued from the local courthouse during 1970 totaled 84, as compared to 89 in 1969.
Marriage licenses: Daryl Meyers of Greencastle and Helen Yvonne Doyle of McConnellsburg; George Blankey Jr. of Hancock and Patricia Ann Hart of Clear Spring, Md.
Norman Helman of Star Route South, McConnellsburg, suffered a fractured spine on Saturday when the roof of a carport at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sowers, collapsed from the weight of the snow on it and fell on him. He was working in the carport when the roof caved in. He remains a patient in the Medical Center.
On November 27, 1970, Miss Nancy Jean Plessinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Plessinger of Warfordsburg, became the bride of Andrew Nathan Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Smith of Warfordsburg.
Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Drake of Chambersburg announce the engagement of Martha Diane Drake to LeRoy H. Mellott, son of DeKalb Mellott of Harrisonville. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Park of Burnt Cabins announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Louise, to Gerald Wright Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wright of Wells Tannery. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Sipes of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, to Walter Ray Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross DeShong of Needmore.
Beth Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark of Hustontown, returned home on Friday after her trip to the hospital in Pittsburgh, where she underwent surgery of the spine.
Marine Pfc. Dale H. Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hoover of McConnelslburg, was promoted to his present rank upon completion of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C.
Esta Gray, recorder of births and deaths in Fulton County, reported 111 deaths and 275 births in the county during the past year. The 1970 figures compared to 99 deaths and 238 births during 1969.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Riggs entertained at an open house on New Year’s Eve, with 40 or more guests braving the heavy snowstorm to enjoy their hospitality. More than two feet of snow covered the county on New Year’s Day following the storm, which started on New Year’s Eve.
Deaths: Mrs. Samuel Baillo of Detroit, Mich.; Charles Vores, Waynesboro; Christopher Landers, infant son of Lester and Patsy Sipes Landers of Hancock; Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Oakman, McConnellsburg; Lewis Knable, Hancock.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Miller of McConnellsburg on December 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Younker of Hancock on December 27.