2010-12-30 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 9, 1941
’41 The first fatalities on the Lincoln Highway in this section in 1941 were recorded last Thursday afternoon when two persons from Millvale, Allegheny County, were killed in an automobile accident at Saluvia. The two, a man and woman, were fatally injured when the car in which they were riding skidded and crashed into a tree. A second man in the car received lacerations of the scalp and wrist.

Deaths: Mrs. Joan (Morton) Guillard of Saxton; Mrs. Elnetta Crawford Houston of Orlando, Fla.; David W. Gress of McConnellsburg; George W. Mellott of Everett.

Rev. E.M. Aller of Camp Hill writes a column of memoirs in this issue in memory of Rev. William Moses, pastor of the Methodist Church of McConnellsburg from 1881 to 1883.

The home and furnishings of Mrs. Mary Ramsey of Sipes Mill were completely destroyed by fire on Sunday night. The cause of the fire was given as an over-heated furnace with no one at home at the time. Local firemen were summoned but the house was burned down when they arrived. The pumper was put into action, however, to prevent sparks from flying to the woods and other nearby buildings.

During the past week, several schools in the county have been contacted and arrangements have been made for general defense courses for young men between the ages of 17 and 24. Interested young men will be given lessons in automotive maintenance, metal work, woodworking or elementary electricity.

The entire lobby of the Harris Hotel was refurnished this week under the supervision of the hotel manager, Ray Zwiebel. The new furnishings were planned by H. Lee Merrima, maintenance supervisor of the Grenoble Co., of which the Harris Hotel is a member.

John Franklin Smith and Betty Belle Divens were married on New Year’s Eve.

Russell Rotz and Laura Grove were married December 28.

Mrs. Wilmer G. Hays, an authority on the subject and the owner of an exceptional collection, will speak on “American Pottery” at the local Woman’s Club meeting on Friday.

Mrs. George Mosser was named as the winner of the Christmas lighting contest this year by members of the Mercersburg Rotary Club who toured McConnellsburg last Thursday evening. Other winners were: Mrs. Kenneth Glazier, second; Mrs. George Reisner, third; and Mrs. Charles Reeder, fourth. The contest was sponsored by the Lions Club.

Harry R. Brant and Mabel Wright were wed December 24.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Lynch of Crystal Spring and Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Regi of town attended the Democratic victory dinner at the Zembo Mosque in Harrisburg on Tuesday evening.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Cover of Big Cove Tannery on January 6.

Mrs. Mack Kerlin of Hustontown has been on the sick list.

Stanley Strait of Harrisonville has secured employment at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Mellott of Ottawa, Ill.

Delores, 44-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Knepper of Fairview, has been on the sick list.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver Fraker of Fort Littleton last Friday evening in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Fraker.

Alfred Park and Virginia Hicks were wed December 28.

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