2011-04-07 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files of April 17, 1941

Deaths: Mrs. Minnie Mock Lachman of Brentwood; Mrs. Olive Helsel of Wells Tannery; William

M. Wagner of Huntingdon; Miss Ellawea M. Johnston of McConnellsburg.

Rehearsals for the Lions Club Minstrel Show, which will take the stage next Thursday and Friday, are now in full swing. Among the highlights of the show will be a dancing number by 16 of the most popular young girls of Mc- Connellsburg.

The local Triangle Food Store, which has been operated for several years by Charles Reeder, was purchased this week by Scott Runyan. Mr. Runyan, who had managed the A&P Store here for many years, took possession on Wednesday morning.

The local draft board has announced that four young men of Fulton County will be sent on April 5 for induction into the Army. Those who will be sent are Clyde M. Craig, Harold Sipes and Robert E. Doyle, all of McConnellsburg, and George M. Shives of Needmore, who will be sent as a replacement for Kenneth Wagner of McConnellsburg, who was rejected on call No. 6.

April 18 is the date set for members and friends of the Sideling Hill Church to meet and build a new driveway to the church.

McConnellsburg’s oldest active merchant, George W. Reisner, died at the age of 80 on April 10 at Chambersburg Hospital after a lingering illness. Mr. Reisner went to work in the mercantile business in 1875 when he became a clerk in the store of the late D.B. Nace. In 1887, he and his brother, Jacob, purchased the Nace store and continued in the general merchandising business until 1919. For the past 21 years, he had been the efficient manager of the local Pen Mar Grocery Store. He was active in both civic and religious affairs and served the borough for many years as burgess and as a member of council.

Wallace Mellott, Green Hill’s only first-place winner in the track meet with McConnellsburg on Tuesday afternoon, is entered in the annual invitation meet at Shippensburg State Teachers College on Saturday. He will run in the Class B 880.

Miss Greta Truax, who had been employed for the past five years as a clerk in the local Pen Mar Grocery Store, was officially appointed manager of the store on Tuesday of this week.

Harvey Laidig, who is employed at an Army camp in Virginia, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Laidig of Fairview.

Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Shives of Needmore called on their daughter, Shirley, at Everett Hospital on Sunday.

The first forest fire in this vicinity started on Monday afternoon on the ridge east of the Thurman Strait and John G.E. Deshong farms on Patterson Run.

Larry, son of Edward Decker of Harrisonville, received a broken arm on Friday. He was treated at Everett Hospital.

Clyde Hann and family have moved to the Shady Brook Tourist Camp near Harrisonville.

Robert Hann and Chester King returned to their work at Camp Belvoiron Monday. This job will be completed this week.

Mrs. John Bain Sr. of Cito is spending some time with her daughter, Mrs. Beulah Glazier, in Mercersburg.

Mrs. James Gordon was buried at the Union Cemetery on Tuesday, Mrs. Minnie Lachman and George W. Reisner on Saturday afternoon and Miss Ella Johnston on Monday forenoon.

Miss Betty Watkin of New Grenada was taken suddenly ill on Wednesday evening. She was rushed to the hospital in Huntingdon where she was operated on for appendicitis.

Lloyd Kerlin of Burnt Cabins attended the funeral of William Wilds at Harrisburg last Saturday.

Wilmer Knepper, a sophomore at Juniata College at Huntingdon, spent his Easter vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Knepper of Center.

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