2011-06-02 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 30, 1991


Memorial Day had more meaning for many countians in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War as observances to honor America’s veterans were conducted at Union Cemetery and at the Fulton County Courthouse lawn. Maj. George Cutchall of the U.S. Marine Corps and veteran of Desert Storm was the main speaker at the day’s observances. Major Cutchall is a land mine specialist and served in Saudi Arabia from December 1990 until 1991. He is soon to be promoted to the rank of colonel. Many will remember seeing Maj. Cutchall explaining land mine warfare on a network news report from Saudi Arabia during the Persin Gulf War.

Greta’s Ace Critter, Great Dane, owned by Allan and Rosemary Martz of Mc- Connellsburg, took three first-place ribbons and one third-place ribbon in the Wilson College VMT Fun Dog Show in Chambersburg May 4.

Southern Fulton High School will hold commencement exercises June 3. Valedictorian of the class is Jenna Hoopengardner. Christopher Hill is the class salutatorian. Third-highest graduating senior is Kathy Hixon and fourth-highest scholastic average is Joseph Landers.

Larry and Judy Shade of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori, to Kurt Hoffeditz, son of Edgar and Betty Hoffeditz of Mercersburg.

James and Mary Keebaugh, Warfordsburg, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Natalie Jean, May 14, at Fulton County Medical Center.

Deaths: Leroy Williams, Big Cove Tannery; Robert Kegerreis Sr., Chambersburg; Sylvia Hockenberry, Neelyton; Hazel Ingram, McConnellsburg; Adda Dell, Mapleton; Eva Sipes, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Strait on May 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunn of Orbisonia on May 17; a son and daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson of Needmore on May 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Stottlemyer of Mercersburg on May 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Brechiel of Three Springs on May 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brubaker of Chambersburg on May 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Atkins of McConnellsburg on May 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller of Mc- Connellsburg on May 22.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 28, 1981


Mary Peck had a tomato plant growing nearly eight feet high out of a bucket on the porch of her home on Sipes Mill Road. The plant came up in one of Mrs. Peck’s flowerpots near the end of December and has been growing right along ever since and has produced three large, green fruit. Another anomaly at the Peck home is a small white birch tree sprouting out of the bark about six feet up the trunk of a maple tree in the front yard. The vegetable wonders should be no surprise to those who know Mrs. Peck, who seems blessed with a green thumb. Her home and yard are filled with a variety of beautiful flowers.

Unusually warm weather marked the official Memorial Day weekend with temperatures in the high 80s.

Workers began work on the $100,000 sewer line extension west from McConnellsburg along old Route 30 to the community on the Ridge this week.

Traffic accidents claimed the lives of at least 346 people nationwide during the three-day Memorial Day weekend, far below both last year’s total and the National Safety Council’s estimate for the holiday.

“Skip” Harris and four companions from Chambersburg recently returned from an eight-day bear hunting trip to Quebec, Canada. The five hunters killed four bears, with “Skip” lucky enough to kill the largest bruin.

Chauncey McGarvey of town and Bob Stanton of Waynesboro, formerly of Mc- Connellsburg, returned Sunday from a twoweek trip to Alaska. Bob was brown bear hunting and bagged his trophy. Chaunce spent his time salmon and halibut fishing, and his biggest catch was a 35-lb. King salmon.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft dressings, 69 cents; potatoes, 10 lbs., $1.99; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents lb.; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, $1.19; Cheer detergent, $5.49, 171 ozs.; Country Style or buttermilk biscuits, 4 for $1.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Nine To Five.”

Marriage licenses: Lee A. Tice, Hustontown, and Shirley Ruth Frain, Hustontown; Keith Stains, Harrisonville, and Michele Ramsey, Harrisonville.

Deaths: Willard Hess, Hustontown; Charles Stevens, Needmore; Paul O. Gordon, Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 10, 1971


To date, there are some 150 entries in the fourth annual Tuscarora

Mountain Hill Climb to be held June 19 and 20, rain or shine, on old Route 30 near McConnellsburg.

The resignation of Kenneth Hutchinson from the McConnellsburg Sewerage Authority was accepted by Borough Council at its regular meeting on Monday night of this week. Robert Earley, owner of the Glen-Nell Hotel, was appointed to the Authority to serve Mr. Hutchinson’s unexpired term to December 1973.

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Myers of Warfordsburg observed their 50th wedding anniversary on June 1.

Clem Malot of Hustontown will attend Camp Kanesatake from June 14-18 representing the Fulton County 4-H Club.

The annual homecoming at Hustontown will be held on Saturday, July 3, at 11 a.m. Two baseball games have been scheduled for the afternoon, the Fulton County League at 1 p.m. and the Little League at 4 p.m.

Karen Truax was named to the dean’s list at Penn State University with a 4.9 average.

Miss Barbara Lucille Glunt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Glunt of Burnt Cabins, became the bride of Donald E. Slodysko, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonsun Slodysko of Three Springs, on May 29 at Fair Ridge Assembly of God Church in Shade Gap.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Garlick of Wyoming, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia, to Victor Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Paul of Mc- Connellsburg.

Miss Lindsay Anne Riggs, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Riggs of McConnellsburg, attained first honors on the dean’s list for 1971 at Drexel University.

Nancy Virginia DeShong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard DeShong of Harrisonville and a junior at McConnellsburg High School, will be among the 214 girls representing the junior class of high schools throughout Pennsylvania who will attend the 1971 session of Keystone Girls State at Shippensburg State College.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary L. Keebaugh, Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Gladys V. Mellott, Fort Loudon.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell K. Hoffman of Big Cove Tannery on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Itel Duvall of Broad Top on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hill of McConnellsburg on May 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sipes of McConnellsburg on June 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marti Brunner of Mapleton Depot on June 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Griffin of Breezewood on June 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Suders Jr. of Mc- Connellsburg on June 3.

Staff Sgt. Clarence W.R. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Mellott of Needmore, is on duty at the U.S. Air Force’s new consolidated and advance helicopter training school at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 15, 1961


Southern Fulton School Board has scheduled a public meeting on Friday for discussion and adoption of a proposed 20-mill occupation tax for the district. Under the proposed levy occupation taxes would range from a low of $20 for a housewife to a high of$200foraaphysicianaccordingtothe occupation classification to be used. The board blames the need for the doubling of the occupation tax on several factors, e.g., state-mandated teacher salary increases; the loss of highway through the district resulting in a need for approximately $80,000 in new taxes next year and state subsidies not meeting the needs of the expanding school system.

About 700 Salk vaccines for polio were administered locally at Fulton County’s first clinic for polio prevention. The clinic was jointly sponsored by the Fulton County Medical Society and the National Foundation.

Pennsylvania motorists appear to be heading for a break in the price of gasoline. Four major oil companies (Sun Oil, Mobile Oil, Humble Refining Co. and American Oil) have announced that they are abandoning the fair trade price agreements. Under the agreements, the minimum price for gasoline was 30.9 cents per gallon.

Miss Doris Forbes of Homer, N.Y., has been named extension home economist for Fulton County this summer.

A car driven by Josephine Burton, Hancock, collided with a car driven by Edison Grant Seavolt, Hancock, in the Black Oak vicinity on Thursday. Both drivers suffered minor injuries and there was $200 damage to each car.

Miss Twila J. Miller of Clear Ridge recently passed the state board examination for practical nurses.

Walter Grissinger of McConnellsburg received his degree as doctor of dental surgery from the University of Pittsburgh on June 10.

Ninety FFA boys and vocational agriculture teachers from the Blair-Bedford-Fulton area are participating in the annual judging contests and FFA convention this week at Penn State. County boys participating are: Ron Richards, Reed Englert, Earl Carbaugh, Lamont Brady and Marvin Richards, from McConnellsburg High School; Dick Knepper, Bill Anderson, Larry Black, Harry Shaw and Gene Barnahrt from Forbes Road; Clyde Strait, Larry Hamil, James Smith and Donald Mellott from Green Hill; and Chalmer Strait, Forest Bard, Ronald Hixon and Dale Gordon from Southern Fulton.

Marriage licenses issued at the courthouse the past week: Russell D. Hamman, Rockhill, and Lynette K. Walters, Mc- Connellsburg; William L. Brockhoff, Pittsburgh, and Joyce E. Ferguson, Verona; Ray H. Newman, Wells Tannery, and Betty J. Strait, Waterfall; Doyle Eugene Rosenberry, Hustontown, and A. Joan Bard, Harrisonville, and Joseph Mancuso, Indiana, and Judith E. Elvey, McConnellsburg.

Jerry Mckee has been presented with a certificate of merit in farm mechanics for being at the top of the senior class at Southern Fulton in farm mechanics ability. The award was given by the Thor Research Center for Better Farm Living, Huntley, Ill.

Larry G. Chubb of McConnellsburg was the recipient of distinguished honors on June 4 at the 50th commencement of the Thaddeus Stevens Trade School at Lancaster.

Paul R. Deshong, ETNSN of McConnellsburg, has graduated from the Electronic Training Class A School at the U.S. Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

Groundbreaking services for the new Methodist Church of Fort Littleton were held on Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, Miss Brenda Hann and Orville Burger of Knobsville were united in marriage at the Church of the Brethren.

Friends and family of Mrs. Mary Williams joined her for a birthday celebration last Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Williams.

Deaths: Landis Leroy Runk, Huntingdon, on Friday, June 2, 1961.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 14, 1951


Miss Ruth Woodal and Mrs.

William Selser will leave by bus today to attend the Music Festival in the Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia.

Miss Judy Guyer received her degree in education at commencement exercises at Pennsylvania State College on June 11.

Mrs. Olive Crouse is a patient in a Philadelphia hospital for observation and treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mellott spent part of this week with his mother, Mrs. Olive Taylor, leaving on Wednesday for Framingham, Mass., where Joe has accepted an accounting position with B. Perini and Sons, Contractors.

Mrs. Vallie Lowe appeared on the “Breakfast In Berks” radio program at Pomeroy’s Store in Reading last week.

Unofficial word has been received here that Lt. Richard Akers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Akers, is a prisoner of war in Korea. The news came by way of a letter to Miss Nancy Glazier from Lt. Ferdinand Ferrer, a buddy of Akers in Korea. Ferrer said that part of their unit escaped during a patrol engagement in which Akers originally was reported as missing in action. Ferrer said, however, that Akers was among those captured.

Persons from far and near converged on Ritz Bros. Store in Buck Valley on Saturday evening when a 1902 Oldsmobile stopped there.

Four Fulton County youths will report to Pittsburgh on June 28 for induction. They are: Hubert Ficks of McConnellsburg; Grover K. Mellott of Webster Mills; Samuel Wilson of Fort Littleton; and Robert Leatherman of Hagerstown.

The body of Pvt. Gerald K. Sponsler was among 288 bodies aboard the funeral ship, Rutgers Victory, which was expected to dock in San Francisco on Tuesday. Pvt. Sponsler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sponsler of Harrisonville, lost his life in Korea.

Chief M. W. McCormick reports that six parking meters have been stolen in Mc- Connellsburg in the past 10 days. A reward of $100 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party.

Dale Watters of Burnt Cabins is sporting a new Frazier car.

Deaths: Walter Donaldson of Shirleysburg; Mrs. Alexander Bradshaw of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 12, 1941


Thirty FFA boys from the Franklin-

Fulton area will go to Penn State next week to take part in the 12th annual Future Farmer Week. Boys from Fulton County making the trip will be: Guy Truax, Howard Fix, Claude Sigel, James Culler, Norman Daniels, Herman Swope, Milton Deneen, Carl Johnston, John Buterbaugh, Richard Bottenfield, Frank Palmer, Smith Hollenshead, Max Akers, Lawrence Jackson and Edwin Eisaman. Four boys from Warfordsburg: Lloyd Smith, James Hann, Smith Hollenshead and Milton De- neen, will furnish entertainment as a string quartet. Three boys from Licking Creek: James Tice, Arlie Strait and Norman Daniels, will also entertain, while Sheldon Hess of Taylor Township will play in the Future Farmer Band.

Deaths: Mrs. Clara Grace (Duvall) Layton of Breezewood; Mrs. Dora Stunkard of McConnellsburg.

Raymond D. Grissinger was named as one of the vice presidents of the Pennsylvania Dental Society at its 73rd annual convention, which closed at Bedford Springs last week.

Twenty-two young men will leave for Altoona to undergo their physical exams prior to induction into the Army. They are: Lewis T. Hiles of Amaranth; Alvin H. Kerlin of Knobsville; Oscar T. Bivens of Mc- Connellsburg; Ira E. Daniels of Needmore; James M. Chesnut of McConnellsburg; Reed M. Paylor of McConnellsburg; Lester L. Shaffer of Waterfall; Harry Cromer Jr. of Fort Littleton; Ronald C. Wagner of McConnellsburg; Elmer G. Lanehart of Warfordsburg; Marshall N. Layton of Hancock; Willard F. Deshong of Harrisonville; Samuel M. Paylor of McConnellsburg; Robert D. Souders of Needmore; Harry J. Bivens of McConnellsburg; Lionel W. Layton of Warfordsburg; Harold E. Garland of Hustontown; James A. Johnston of McConnellsburg; David A. Lane of McConnellsburg; Pete Zuravitch of Allen’s Valley CCC Camp; and Edward F. Smith of Hancock.

Rev. John F. Samuel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Samuel of Bedford, has accepted a call as minister of the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish, which consists of Mc- Connellsburg, Big Cove Tannery and Sylvan. He graduated from Gettysburg Seminary on May 9, 1941.

H. Brinton Gerhart has been elected to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Wayne Handwerk as teacher of agriculture in Taylor Township. Mr. Handwerk has accepted a similar position at Emmaus.

Sometime during the night last Thursday, a Ford sedan owned by Sloan Warthin was stolen from a private garage on his property on N. Second Street. The car was found in Bedford on Saturday.

William H. Mellott and Phylene Zana Rummell were married on June 7.

Bruce W. Decker and Mary Alice Peck were married on June 4.

Theodore Keyser and Lorella Latshaw were married on June 7.

Mary Ann Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Harris, celebrated her 10th birthday last week by entertaining a group of friends at a theater party.

Miss Betty Bailey of Bedford has been named home economics teacher at the local school to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Mrs. Walter Woodal. Miss Bailey did her practice teaching here last year.

C.M. Ray remains a patient in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Donald Cooper, son of Mrs. Ruth Cooper of town, will graduate from Scotland School this year.

Dr. D.L. Hohman is now a first lieutenant in the Dental Reserve Corps at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Corp. David A. Nelson sailed on Tuesday for Puerto Rico.

H. Landis Miller and Gladys McLaughlin were married on June 8.

The Hustontown power sprayer, operated by Edwin Wright, will spray potatoes in Licking Creek Township on Friday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 11, 1931


Deaths: Mrs. John A. Irwin of Mc-

Connellsburg; Walter S. Hays of

Johnstown; Nathan C. Hill of near Warfordsburg.

Charles A. Cutchall, who has been seriously ill with a heart condition for the past 10 days, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday.

John Johnston, after completing a year’s studies at Penn State, is spending a week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Johnston of Webster Mills, before going to Washington, D.C., where he has a position for the summer months.

The Ritz Brothers of Buck Valley are now visiting the homes in that area every Friday with a fine line of fresh vegetables. “They are local boys and need your support.”

Mrs. Roy Jay died of injuries she received when struck by a car on May 20.

Mrs. E.A. Horton of Wells Valley is seriously ill from injuries she received when thrown form a buggy on Decoration Day.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Sheeders of New Grenada.

Amelia Earhart, who was in McConnellsburg two weeks ago, landed her plane in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday afternoon.

Harry Elmer Brant and Carrie Belle Seville were married on June 10.

Amelio Ragnone and Lenora E. Black were wed May 11.

Chester Mort and Marie Slates were married June 4.

Elizabeth Elder of Mc- Connellsburg graduated from Wilson College last Tuesday.

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