2011-03-03 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 26, 1981

A few minutes after noon last Wednesday, Mrs.

L.D. Keebaugh of Fort Littleton heard what she thought was an explosion outside her home near the turnpike about 2-1/2 miles north of the Fort Littleton Interchange. Mrs. Keebaugh saw smoke coming from her own kitchen in the rear of her house and going out into the kitchen, she found a tractor trailer-tire and wheel lying amidst bits of broken glass and pieces of tile from the kitchen ceiling. Turnpike police said that the wheel popped off the right front spindle of a 1978 International truck tractor and Dorsey semitrailer being driven by Ira Stahl of Davidsville. The driver managed to steer his vehicle onto the north berm, where he put out a grass fire caused by heat from the loosened wheel. He was not injured.

Michael E. Grawel, 34, of York, a JLG Industries employee at the McConnellsburg plant, was killed early Friday morning in a four-car accident on Route 30, just west of St. Thomas.

February, so far, has been a mixup of both March and April weather with high winds and heavy rainfall, but no one is complaining of the mild temperatures, with the cost of fuel oil increasing steadily since the federal controls were taken off in January.

A transient driving an old model car made quite a bit of money for himself last week by stopping at three area churches, perhaps more, and begging for money which he said he needed to buy gas to get his home in West Virginia. The Shade Gap Methodist Church, the Burnt Cabins Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church in Mc- Connellsburg were three of the churches he hit.

Jack Myers of Needmore is credited with saving the life of one of the senior citizens at the McConnellsburg meal site one day last week by performing the Heimlich maneuver. One of the Boy Scout leaders of the Needmore area, Myers is certified in Red Cross lifesaving. It was his first day on the job as a driver for the Area Agency on Aging.

Marriage licenses: Charles R. Seville, McConnellsburg, and Sharon L. Musto, McConnellsburg; Russell N. Sipes, McConnellsburg, and Deborah J. Houck, McConnellsburg, Richard L. Peck and Jill Michele Schooley, both of Mc- Connellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Pillsbury Plus cake mix, 69 cents; Lucky Charms cereal, $1.39; cucumbers, 4 for $1; Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, 3 for 79 cents.

Now playing at the Reality Theatre: “The Aristocrats.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Keefer of Hancock on February 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Horton of McConnellsburg on February 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Deneen of Warfordsburg on February 13.

Deaths: Curtis D. Long, New Grenada; Clarence J. Stallman, Shenandoah, Va.; Mrs. Hulda M. Lane, Robertsdale; Robert G. Long, Three Springs; Roy R. Horton, Everett.

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