2011-04-21 / From Days Gone By

20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 18, 1991

Two persons, including a Warfordsburg man, were killed in a two-vehicle accident along a road in East

Providence Township, Bedford County, last Wednesday afternoon, April 10. Police said that Denver Plessinger, Warfordsburg, was southbound at Graceville around 2:38 p.m. that day and Gladys Ramsey, Everett, was northbound on that road. Police said Plessinger’s vehicle was in the center of the road when it crested a hill and the left fronts of the two vehicles collided head on. Ramsey was pronounced dead at the scene by Bedford County Coroner Jack Geisel, while Plessinger died several hours later in Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Cambria County near Johnstown.

Thunderstorms packing high winds up to 60 mph spawned a reported tornado-like storm that leveled two barns, destroyed a trailer and a cement block garage as well as knocking down many trees and damaging barn and house roofs. The most severe damage occurred April 9 along a corridor that closely paralleled Route 475 and 655 from Maddensville through Hustontown and Needmore into Hancock. A barn owned by Lee Madden near Maddensville was torn apart by the raging winds and near Hustontown the Charles Shott’s barn completely collapsed, killing 17 head of cattle. Near Needmore, a house trailer owned by Eunice Morton was literally torn to pieces by the tornado-like winds. Morton barely escaped serious injury before her son was able to get her out of the trailer.

A surprise 50th wedding anniversary party was held on Sunday for former county agent Harold “Skip” Kies and his wife, Jean, at the VFW Home in McConnellsburg arranged by their family. The Kieses were married on April 15 in the Methodist church in Chambersburg.

Mary Louise Ericke, Reading, and Robert Thomas Cornelius, also of Reading, were united in marriage March 23, in Holy Guardian Angels Church in Reading. Parents of the couple are Carl and Stephanie Ericke of Reading and Robert and Elaine Cornelius of Hustontown.

Deaths: D. Alan Plessinger Jr., Warfordsburg; R. Lamont “Pete” Bergstresser, McConnellsburg; Frank Robison, Ocala, Fla.; Marshall McClain, Carlisle; Gladys Ramsey, Everett; David Duvall, Chambersburg; Chester Cline, Chambersburg; D. Carl Stouffer, New Oxford, Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Mitchell of Three Springs on April 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Clark of Needmore on April 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Spade of Needmore on April 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ewing of Everett on April 10.

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