2011-02-17 / From Days Gone By

20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 14, 1991

A tragic piece of Fulton County history will soon appear on the small screen when “Cry In The

Wild” is aired on one of the major networks. The made-for-TV movie, which is scheduled to air in April, recounts “Mountain Man” William Hollenbaugh’s reign of terror in the Shade Gap area from 1964 through 1966. Hollenbaugh, a loner who lived in the Shade Gap area and was called the “Bicycle Man” or “Bicycle Pete” by local residents, kidnapped Peggy Anne Bradnick, a Shade Gap teenager, in broad daylight on May 11, 1966. What followed was eight days of terror that ended when Hollenbaugh was shot down in a hail of bullets at the Luther Rubeck farm on Route 522. The movie is being shot in the San Jose foothillls of California in the small town of Cupertino and the “News” learned of the production from former area resident Bobby Riggs, who is working on a different production in that area. Robert Cox won a Pulitzer Prize for his account of the reign of terror and subsequent manhunt published in 1977 in a book entitled “Deadly Pursuit.” A song entitled “Eight Days At Shade Gap” was also recorded during the time of the manhunt, which was reported as the largest manhunt in Pennsylvania’s history.

Twenty-two students from the county’s three school districts are building the second student-built house in Coldspring Manor on Cooper Street just northeast of Mc- Connellsburg through the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ashley of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa, to Anthony Helman, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Helman and Carla Helman of McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Christopher Hoover, Needmore, and Susan Mellott, Needmore; Brion Morgan, Mercersburg; and Carol Mason, Mercersburg.

Deaths: Thaddeus Winegardner, 93, Fort Littleton; Myrtle Waite, 87, Three Springs; Gladys Palmer, 92, Warfordsburg; Hazel Clark, 74, Pittsburgh.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rutter on February 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Finafrock on February 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Souders on February 4.

The wedding of Drema Waltz and Michael Purnell was held October 6 at Wells Valley United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Gerald and Betty Waltz of Big Cove Tannery and James and Dolores Purnell of Wells Tannery.

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