2011-01-27 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 9, 1961

The results of an income survey of borough residents and nonresidents working in town showed an estimated total of $2,853,819.29, according to Elwood Mellott, who presented the figure to borough council on Monday. Consequently a motion was made to levy 1/2 percent wage tax which would give the borough an estimated $14,000 a year revenue. A special meeting will be held on February 27 for enactment of the wage tax ordinance.

Orance Easton Stinson of Huntingdon died of head injuries suffered when he slipped on an icy street last Thursday night. He was married to Amelia Cline Stinson, a former Fort Littleton resident.

According to Vincent T. Sweigena, park superintendent, the winter of 1960-61 is setting a record for snowfall at Cowans Gap State Park, with 67 inches to date. The park is covered with over two feet of snow at this time.

State Police Trooper Richard Miller of McConnellsburg has been transferred to Huntingdon and Trooper Charles Marshall of Rockview to McConnellsburg.

Ott Brothers Farm Supply was broken into last Thursday and a quantity of merchandise stolen.

Drilling for gas is going on in Bedford County with a number of the operations reported successful.

Two new businesses, the Ultra-O-Ray Wash-B-Dry Laundry and Gordon’s TV and Radio Store, will hold grand-opening celebrations this week.

Mrs. Mary Hammann of Amaranth, who celebrated her 99th birthday on January 16, received greetings from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Mrs. J.R. Guyer fell on the ice on Sunday and broke her arm.

The financial statement for Fulton County for 1960 shows total expenditures of $10,786.34 and a cash balance of $11,982.25 to start off the new year.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mellott, McConnellsburg, on January 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnard, Hancock, on February 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Earley, Harrisonville, on February 4.

Gerald Wible, who is serving in the armed forces in Greenland, is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Wible of Knobsville.

Dianne Watters was chosen Color Day Queen and her court was Judy Shore, Cindy Kies, Carol Welsh, Sally Mellott, Ellen Jones and Jo Culler at McConnellsburg High School. The snow which fell on February 3 cancelled the basketball game and dance planned for the celebration.

Deaths: Mrs. Annie Fox Cooper of Todd Township; Alex C. Lamberson, formerly of Crystal Spring; Mrs. Daisy B. Shendell of Johnstown, formerly of Fulton County; Benjamin O’Neal of Wood, Pa.; Rev. Horace R. Lequer, Orlando, Fla.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley reports that the federal budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1961 has been set at $82.5 billion and adds “this amount together with state and local taxes amounts to about $125 billion, which means that the cost of government (local, state and federal) is presently costing $1 out of every $4 income.”

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