2010-12-30 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 12, 1961
’61 At the annual meeting of The First National Bank on Tuesday, approval was given to the proposal to split the capital stock of the bank, four shares for one, and for the sale of 1,500 new shares of stock. The present 750 shares of $100-per-value stock will be split to 3,000 shares with a par value of $25 a share. The offering price for the new shares will be $50 to current shareholders. Harvey J. Culler was appointed to the board to fill the unexpired term of the late A.W. Grissinger.

Mrs. Mary Hammann, lifelong resident of Amaranth, Buck Valley and the oldest resident of Fulton County, will celebrate her 99th birthday next Monday.

C. Kenneth Gordon won the grand championship in the grass silage division at the Pennsylvania Farm Show this week.

McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. answered 80 calls during 1960. Three families were left temporarily homeless due to house fires. They were the Daryl North home, Burnt Cabins; the Vivian Miller home at Fort Littleton and the Gene Ward home at Needmore. The barns of Charles Edward of Waterfall and Vernon Leese of Needmore were also destroyed by fire last year.

The local post office handled 73,896 letter cancellations during the period of December 10-31, 1960, not including metered or permit mail, with receipts for that period totalling $2,812.95.

Bobsledding was in full swing at Allen’s Valley on Sunday afternoon with people from, Hagerstown, Fort Loudon, St. Thomas, Chambersburg and McConnellsburg enjoying the ride from the Fire Tower Road to the foot of the mountain.

A history of the old Narrows Road by Professor Charles M. Hassell of Johnstown, formerly of Burnt Cabins, appears in this issue. “It was over this road my parents took me in 1886 to attend the Centennial in McConnellsburg,” Professor Hassell says.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Walker, McConnellsburg, on January 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Trail, Amaranth, on January 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Purnell, Wells Tannery, on January 5; a son to Mr and Mrs. Roy Barthalow, Mercersburg, on January 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Dickinson, Harrisonville, on January 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Knepper, Hustontown, on January 7.

Donald Bard, Needmore, is attending the State Farm Show this week, serving as an officer of the three-county regional FFA and as vice president of the state FFA.

Lynn, 19-year-old son of James Fisher of York, formerly of Needmore, was killed early Saturday in a car collision near his base in Pensacola, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mellott of Hustontown butchered a hog recently, which tipped the scales at 735 pounds and made four cans of lard.

Gilbert Fischer of Amaranth suffered a stroke on Saturday.

Pvt. William Mosebey of Fort Knox, Ky., spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mosebey of Wells Tannery.

Engagements announced: J. Kay Sheats to J. Garry Beidler, both of Biglerville; Janet Elizabeth Rouzer, Fort Loudon, to Ernest L. Harris, McConnellsburg; Predita Shaw, McConnellsburg, to John A. Edwards of Waterfall; Phyllis Ann Dehong, Needmore, to Charles L.Wright Jr., Baltimore.

Deaths: Floyd W. Waltman, McConnellsburg; Raymond Buterbaugh, Maugansville, Md., formerly of Webster Mills; Mrs. C. Clair Winter, Everett, formerly of Six Mile Run; Eldon E. McClain, Youngstown, Ohio, formerly of New Grenada; Donald K. Winegardner, Somerville, N.J., formerly of Clear Ridge; Mrs. Margaret Killner Snyder, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Nathan H. Stevens, Hustontown; H. Howard Peck, McConnellsburg.

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