2011-02-17 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 25, 1971

David Henry, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs.

Howard Fix of McConnellsburg, died as the result of a fractured skull on Monday morning following a two-car accident on Route 30, 3-1/2 miles west of Breezewood. The accident occurred when a car driven by Donald Ray Truax Jr., 18, of Hustontown, and travelling west on Route 30, rounded a slight curve in the road and hit a large rock which had rolled onto the highway. The impact caused Truax to lose control of his vehicle, and the car crossed over the westbound lane and spun around in the eastbound lanes. A car driven by Fred Reighard, 39, of Clearville, which was travelling east, then collided with the Truax car. Other passengers in the Truax car were Gary L. Gregory, 19, of Needmore and Roland R. Deneen, 19, of Warfordsburg. Deneen, Gregory and the driver of the vehicle were treated for minor injuries at the Bedford Memorial Hospital and then released.

A new auto parts store will open here in the near future, just west of McConnellsburg along Route 30. The new store will be known as Fulton Auto Parts Inc. and will be managed by Walter L. Fix, who will also be president of the firm.

Vickie Jo Gobin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor K. Gobin of Harrisonville and a freshman at the York Hospital School of Nursing, was one of 51 students to commit themselves to the ideals of nursing in a dedication ceremony held in York last week.

Charles C. Kipe Jr., 19, of Mercersburg, lost control of his 1963 Buick convertible last wednesday night while descending Cove Mountain on Route 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hoffman of Three Springs are very thankful and happy to receive a phone call on February 1 from their nephew, Sgt. Gary L. Barnett, stating he had arrived safely at Fort McCord, Wash. He had just completed a four-year enlistment in the Air Force. During that time, he was stationed at Lackland, Texas.; McGuire, N.J.; Lowry, Colo.; and then Thy Hoi and Phu Cat, Vietnam. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carnece Barnett, is married and has two children.

Directors elected at the annual shareholders’ meeting of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. on February 9 were: Dr. Frank Alexander, Merrill W. Kerlin, Walter Sloan, Dr. R.C. McLucas, John J. Kelso, D.A. Washabaugh, Harold E. DeShong, Marlin C. Shimer and Robert C. Snyder .

U.S. Route 30 on Tuscarora Mountain is slated for improvement in one of the most expensive reconstruction projects scheduled by the State Highways Department.

Deaths: Glenn N. Gordon, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Bessie Peck, Breezewood; Mrs. Harriet Ritchey, Everett; Thomas B. Matthews, McConnellsburg.

Pfc. Neil Kendall, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall of McConnellsburg, is in a serious condition in the 1st Medical Btl. Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam, according to word received last Wednesday by his parents and wife, Mrs. Lois Barnett Kendall, presently residing with Mr. and Mrs. Kendall. Pfc. Kendall enlisted in the U.S. Marines and following basic training was transferred to California where he was married last September to Lois Barnett, McConnellsburg. He was struck by incoming rocket and mortar fire while on guard duty on a 40-foot tower, one and one half miles from the Loatian border on Charley’s Ridge, north of the Que Sanh Mountains.

Army Sgt. Thomas E. Deshong, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. DeShong of Harrisonville, recently received the Combat Infantryman Badge while serving with the First Cavalry Division near Phuoc Vinh, Vietnam.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas of McConnellsburg on February 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leriwyn Glunt of McConnellsburg on February 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Rosenberry of Shade Gap on February 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howells of McConnellsburg on February 17; a son to Mr and Mrs. Willis Wible of Wells Tannery on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Keebaugh of Three Springs on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Younker of Hancock on February 18.

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