2011-03-03 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 16, 1961

Plans for a big celebration to mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of McConnellsburg are now being made for the week of June 18-24. The John B. Rodgers Producing Co. of Fostoria, Ohio, will be directing the entire celebration.

Frankie Avalon, nationally known rock and roll singer, stopped in town Monday en route to Washington, D.C. He talked to Sally Mellott at the One Hour Cleaners and gave her his autograph, making her the envy of the high school set.

The home of William Wible of Clear Ridge was destroyed by fire on Saturday night. McConnellsburg firemen were able to save part of the contents, but an inadequate water supply proved a big drawback in their efforts to save the sixroom frame dwelling.

Two brothers, one of Mercersburg and the other Harrisonville, were sentenced last week in the Franklin County Court to three to six years in a penitentiary after pleading guilty to burglary of the James Buchanan High School. They will appear together with two juveniles of Thompson Township at the March session of Fulton County Court to face other burglary charges.

Gerald H. Peck, McConnellsburg, has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for prothonotary.

Betty Jean Bard of Needmore is pictured as Fulton County’s Easter Seals Child, representing the many children receiving care and treatment through the Society for Crippled Children and Adults.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley was the guest speaker at the first ASC banquet held in McConnellsburg on March 3. More than 200 people attended.

A.B. Ruppenthal, Charles Kendall, Donald Richards, Ned Knepper and Earl Gordon represented Fulton County farmers at the PA Farmers Association’s annual congressional meeting held in Washington, D.C., on March 6- 7.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. D.K. Alloway of Hustontown was entered while they were on vacation and a 105-piece china set and other valuables taken.

Ira B. Lake and Carl G. Hann, both of Harrisonville, announce their candidacy for associate judge, and Marlin C. Shimer announces candidacy for prothonotary.

Deborah Anne Schriever, Amaranth, is improving at home after spending several weeks in a Philadelphia Hospital where she had two heart operations.

Clifford Hixon has purchased from William H. McKee the tract of timber known as the Cottage Place from the estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. S.E. McKee, Amaranth.

Wild geese were seen making their way north last Wednesday.

Word has been received that Seibert Young, former Knobsville resident, passed away in a nursing home in Idaho.

Don Carbaugh, Burnt Cabins, is undergoing tests in the Harrisburg Hospital for an infected arm.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Walters of Kingsport, Tenn., announce the birth of a son. Donald is one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Walters of Burnt Cabins.

The Chambersburg office of Pennsylvania State Employment advertises “Farm Hiring Days” at the Recreation Center, a service offered for farmers to hire workers and for farm workers to get jobs.

Army Private James E. Stevens arrived in Korea on February 25 and is serving with the 7th Infantry Combat Division. He is from Wells Tannery.

Mrs. Mary Wible was feted on her 75th birthday recently with a party given by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Swope.

Deaths: Mrs. Olive Wilds, Fort Littleton; Lloyd S. Gordon, Mercersburg, formerly of Fulton County; Miss Violet Mellott, Sipes Mill; Mrs. Abbie Morton.

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