2011-02-10 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 20, 1941

Deaths: Mrs. Cora E. Croft of Knobsville; Howard

Henry Layton of Flickerville; Simon Ward of Buck

Valley; Mrs. Agnes (Peterson) Green of Altoona; Charles Taylor Waite of near Three Springs.

The state police fingerprint expert who addressed the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club on Friday revealed these facts, among others, about this method of identification: Fingerprinting was first used in England in 1901 by Secretary Henry; it was brought to the United States in 1905; and, in 1921, a law was passed that all persons taken into custody had to be fingerprinted. Fingerprints never change from birth to decomposition.

George W. Reisner, local merchant, celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday with a dinner at the Mellott Hotel. Mr. Reisner is the oldest active merchant in McConnellsburg, having been in business here for 63 years.

The WSCS of Waterfall will hold a supper on February 22. On the menu will be a choice of roast pork and sauerkraut or roast beef and baked beans, in addition to mashed potatoes, applesauce, relish, pie and coffee. The price: all you can eat for 35 cents.

Two support cases were heard in court on Friday. In one, the husband was ordered to pay $1.50 a week; the other a $1.

District Attorney John W. Mentzer was the guest speaker at the meeting of the Upper Adams County Lions Club at Biglerville on February 18.

After an absence of 23 years, Mrs. John C. Halderman has returned to Warfordsburg for a visit with her brothers, Bundy and Harry Crist, and her sisters, Mrs. William Hiles of Warfordsburg and Mrs. Curtis Golden of Berkeley Springs. Mrs. Halderman has been the editor of the Blanchard Herald and Coin News for the past 10 years.

Charles W. Benson of Hustontown will be sent to Altoona on February 24 for induction into the Army. He will replace one of the men who was rejected in the second call from Fulton County. To date, the local draft board has sent out 150 questionnaires, all of which have been returned. Of these, 103 have been classified – 9 for immediate induction, 2 as students and 92 in various other classifications. Of the 150 young men returning the questionnaires, 31 have been examined by the local medical examiner, Dr. E.H. MacKinlay.

The will of the late Rev. Oliver Sterling Metzler of Williamsport contained these bequests: $200 in trust for the upkeep of the Green Hill Presbyterian Cemetery; $500 to the annuity fund of the Central Pennsylvania Conference for the establishment of an “Oliver S. Metzler Memorial” and $300 to the board of directors of the Central Pennsylvania Conference for the Home for the Aged at Tyrone.

Pvt. Wayne Myers, arrived here Monday to assume command of the criminal investigation division of the local state police.

Raymond and George Grissinger returned from Florida on Sunday.

Mrs. John W. Bain of Webster Mills has been seriously ill for the past three weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yost have sold their garage in Greencastle and are visiting here with Mrs. Yost’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sanner Ray, before locating elsewhere.

Death: John Mellott of Allenport, Huntingdon County.

Woodrow Grove and Janet Batdorff were wed February 13.

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