2011-01-20 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 2, 1961

McConnellsburg volunteer firemen were unable to save the home of Mrs. Alta Crouse, Harrisonville, last Friday mainly due to the fact that the available water supply was frozen in the 20-degree weather. The fiveroom house was burned to the ground. This is the second time Mrs. Crouse, a widow with four children, has lost her home by fire in the past few years.

Charles Hann of Needmore suffered a fractured pelvis in an accident at Richards’ coal breaker, Route 522 north, while helping to free a truck which had become bogged down in the snow last Monday.

Elwood Mellott has been appointed by the Borough Council to make a survey of all residents and wage earners employed in the borough, to be used to implement the borough’s 1 percent wage tax levy.

The farm of Kenneth Gordon, McConnellsburg, was recently named by the Agricultural College of the Pennsylvania State University as a demonstration dairy farm.

The Post Office Department has informed the borough that city delivery service will be established in McConnellsburg and surrounding area as soon as the necessary equipment is obtained. An ordinance has been adopted mandating the display of street numbers on all properties.

The Rev. Horace R. Liquear, former pastor of the local United Church of Christ, died at his home in Orlando, Fla., on January 27.

Robert Greathead, son of the late R. Newton and Mary Robinson Greathead, formerly of Fulton County, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on January 27 at his home in Richmond, Va.

Articles of incorporation have been filed and application will be made on February 7 for the incorporation of the Fulton Industrial Development Association under the nonprofit laws.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Deshong, St. Thomas, on January 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnston, McConnellsburg, on January 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Marshall, Maddensville, on January 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Watkins, Waterfall, on January 24.

Homer Powell, an English teacher for many years at the Southern Fulton High School, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on Sunday morning, January 29. He was 33 years old.

A shower was held last Wednesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Zilch at Fort Littleton in honor of their son, Billy, and his future bride.

Lloyd Swain of Needmore has been awarded a gold watch and a portrait of himself for his 21-year record of safe driving for the Yankee Lines Inc.

Kay Virginia Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Kendall Owen Keller of Chambersburg, were married on January 21. The couple is residing in Chambersburg.

Pfc. Franklin L. McKee of Amaranth is serving at twoyear tour of duty in Seattle, Wash., as a medic. He joined the Army on January 21, 1960.

Deaths: Joseph E. Woodcock, Wells Tannery; Abner S. Black, New Grenada; Mrs. Winifred M. Tritle, Fort Loudon, formerly of Fulton County; Mrs. Daniel Everhart, Marklesburg; Bruce L. Ramsey, Bedford, formerly of Burnt Cabins

Mr. and Mrs. Allen D. Hixon announce the birth of a son on January 21 a the Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.

John F. Kennedy took the oath of office on January 20 as 35th president of the United States, in bitter cold weather following one of the worst snowstorms in history.

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