2011-01-13 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 21, 1971

Dr. Gerald T. Lorentz and Dr. Robert E. Riggs were honored at the annual awards banquet of the

Fulton Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at the American Legion. Dr. Lorentz was recognized as the “Man of the Year” for his dedicated service and leadership in making municipal sewer facilities a reality for a small community. Dr. Riggs was presented with the “Outstanding Citizen Award” for his tenacity of purpose and the responsibility he undertook in providing Fulton County with the Great Cove Golf Club, an important addition to the county and one of the best golf courses in a four-state area.

A visit to the State Farm Show in Harrisburg ended in tragedy for five young people of the McConnellsburg area when the Volkswagen in which they were travelling was involved in a three-vehicle collison last Wednesday at noon. The accident claimed the lives of two of the young occupants and seriously injured the other three. Richard Black, 22, McConnellsburg, and Joyce Laidig, 17, McConnellsburg, were fatally injured in the accident. Kay Sipes, 17, and Debra Laidig, 15, both of McConnellsburg, and Terry Bivens, 17, also of McConnellsburg, suffered multiple injuries in the crash and were admitted to Harrisburg General Hospital. The Bivens boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bivens, who remained unconscious until Sunday, has now regained consciousness and has been removed form the intensive care unit. He suffered a severe head injury and broken ribs and is now showing improvement. Miss Sipes, daughter of Mrs. Kate Sipes of McConnellsburg and Wayne Sipes of Chambersburg, suffered internal injuries, a fractured pelvis, lacerations of the head, a punctured eardrum and her arm was broken in five places. Debbie Laidig, daughter of Mrs. Isabel Laidig and a sister of the dead girl, suffered a fractured pelvis and multiple abrasions. Police said the northbound auto occupied by the young people was attempting to make a left turn onto the boulevard from Harrisburg’s 17th Street when it was hit by a tractor-trailer travelling east in the heavy Farm Show traffic.

The trailer home of Mrs. Charles Beauchamp of Webster Mills was completely destroyed by fire at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, believed to have started from a faulty furnace.

Associate Judge Charles E. Glenn of McConnellsburg was named “Fireman of the Year’ at the annual banquet of McConnellsburg Fire Co. last Wednesday night at the firehall.

Engagements: Mrs. and Mrs. Lawrence Bivens of Big Cove Tannery wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cheryl Lee, to Dale O. Humbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Humbert of McConnellsburg. William P. and Mildred R. Barnhart of Warfordsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carol Faye, to Allen Leslie Hollinshead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Hollinshead of Harrisonville. Mr. and Mrs. Nathan R. Henry of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Hope, to James Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Clark of Pittsburgh. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Winters of Hancock announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Patricia Laura Winters, to Lynn Nelson Wingert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Wingert of Mechanicsburg.

Happy anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mellott of Hustontown, who celebrated their 42nd anniversary on January 20.

Deaths: George W. Decker, McConnellsburg; Arthur Sheeder, Cassville; John Bain, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Estella Smith Mahon, Chambersburg; Mrs. Clara Ellen Keefer Weller Rockwell, Hancock; Omer Layton, Hancock; Lloyd Moats, Mercersburg; C.B. Beauchamp, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Sally O’Neal Black, Waterfall.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Puffenberger of Rothsville on January 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pollock of Needmore on January 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Everetts of Hancock on January 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Younker of Big Cove Tannery on January 13.

News of men in service: Gary J. Hershey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Hershey of Harrisonville, was recently promoted to Army Specialist Four while serving with the 523rd Engineer Co. in Vietnam. Marine Lance Cpl. Roger L. Hensley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hill of Hancock, is now serving with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 333 at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C.

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