2011-06-09 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 6, 1991


The circus is coming to town. Mc-

Connellsburg Jaycees are sponsoring the event on June 10.

U.S. Senator Arlene Specter of Pennsylvania met with about a dozen constituents during a visit to the Neighborhood Service Center in McConnellsburg June 3.

Apparent ongoing tensions between a Todd Township couple ended tragically Tuesday afternoon, June 4, when Edward Elwood Keefer shot and killed himself in the living room of the mobile home of his estranged wife, Wanda Jean Keefer, in Gordon’s Trailer Park just north of McConnellsburg.

Helen Overly and Freda Raker of Overly Raker Inc. left this week for a business trip to Hong Kong. While there, they will be visiting factories that have expressed an interest in doing work for their company. On the way home, they plan to stop in Hawaii for a few days vacation.

The hottest May heat wave on record is over and the area is enjoying perfect June weather.

Former President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn and their Secret Service agents made an unannounced stop at GeneO’s in Needmore June 1 before 9 a.m. The Carters were returning to Georgia following a fishing vacation in Spruce Creek, Huntingdon County. Rosalynn purchased bananas while at the store.

Rebecca DuVall and Terry Cook were united in marriage April 20 in the Breezewood Full Gospel Lighthouse. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Richard DuVall of Crystal Spring and Mr. and Mrs. Darl Cook of Hancock.

Steven Novick, Westminster, Md., and Maria Berkstresser, Harrisonville, applied for a marriage license sat the courthouse last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hann of Harrisonville were honored at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration March 20 at Hustontown Firehall.

Deaths: Merrill Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Adda Sheffield, Fort Littleton; Karl Conner, Breezewood; Ernest Truax, St. Thomas.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dawson Waite of Three Springs on May 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brogdon of St. Thomas on May 30.

30 Years Ago

From the Files Of June 4, 1981


Crowned as this year’s VFW poppy queen was Carla Souders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Souders of Warfordsburg.

Runners-up were Wendy Sue Tritle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Tritle of McConnellsburg, and Wendy Jo Souders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Souders of Wells Tannery.

Fishermen and hunters are reporting lots of snakes being sighted in the area this year. Daryl Hauman of Big Cove Tannery reports having killed a 42-1/2-inch rattler with nine rattles and a button on Dickey’s Mountain on Sunday afternoon, just a short time after killing a three-foot copperhead about 50 yards from the rattlesnake. It was his first encounter with the poisonous reptiles and “hopefully my last,” he said.

The search for oil or natural gas in Fulton County is continuing, with a seismic test for those resources scheduled to be conducted along a strip of land southwest of Needmore at the end of June or early in July. Workers from the United Geophysical Corporation, a gas and oil exploration company, are already preparing for the seismic test, drilling holes in which to place charges of dynamite, according to eyewitnesses.

Diane L. Clugston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. Clugston of McConnellsburg, was the first graduate of the Mountain View Christian School at exercises held Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Mennonite Church

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, $1.29 lb.; Heinz ketchup, $1.19; Betty Crocker layer cake mix, 59 cents; Pepsi, $1.69, six-pack cans; Cascade, $1.89.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Mumma of McConnellsburg on June 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Middaugh of Doylesburg on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm of Breezewood on June 8.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 17, 1971


More than 200 entries of sports cars are now signed to participate in the fourth annual Tuscarora Hillclimb on Saturday and Sunday of this week.

Connie Hollinshead, owner of the B&M Sporting Goods Store on Lincoln Way East, was informed by telephone on Tuesday of this week that 48 of the stolen guns will be returned to him this week. The store was robbed of 103 guns and a large amount of ammunition, valued at more than $12,000 on the night of May 25. Approximately 50 of the guns, identified by their serial numbers, were recovered by U.S. Treasury agents when they arrested two Baltimore men on May 20. The two men face charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon and interstate transportation of stolen guns.

Clyde H. Bookheimer, assistant cashier of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co., has been elected president of the McConnellsburg Lions Club.

Cherry Peck, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Peck of Big Cove Tannery, was recognized as Poppy Queen of Fulton County at ceremonies at the Bishop-Raker VFW home in McConnellsburg on Sunday. Runners up were: Regina Wible, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wible of Harrisonville and Ada Mae, 9, and Crystal Lee Cline, 6, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Cline of McConnellsburg.

Barbara Ellen Strait of Warfordsburg was handed her nursing diploma on Saturday morning by Mary Hogan, director of the Washington County Hospital School of Nursing, Hagerstown and thus became the 931st and last graduate of the school. The nursing program will be taken over by the Hagerstown Junior College.

The followng Fulton County students were named to the dean’s list for high academic achievement at Shippensburg State College for the spring term: Donald R. Shives, Harrisonville; Martin R. Brown and Kenneth Keebaugh, both of Hustontown; Chery Lorraine Swope of Needmore and Thomas Duffey, Kathy Keebaugh and Marie Katherine Rotz, all of MccConnellsburg.

Miss Karen Joan Winters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Winters of Hancock and Roy Hershcell Andrews, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Andrews of La Porte, Texas, exchanged marriage vows in a double-ring ceremony Sunday, June 6 at the Stone Bridge Church of the Brethren.

Air National Guard Airman First Class Theodore A. Keebaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keebaugh of Hustontown, has graduated at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., from the technical training course for U.S. Air Force radio equipment repairmen.

Deaths: Ida Nesbtt, Decker Nursing Home; Mrs. Hattie Cornelius, Saltillo; Mrs. Janet Dell, Shirleysburg; Terry Jack Marshall, York; Ora b. Baker, Columbus, Ohio; William Tilley, Wells Tannery; Glenn Flood, Fayetteville; Richard Cooper, Homedale, Idaho; George Shives, Three Springs; Mabel Snyder, Williamsport.

Marriage licenses: Frankly Geist Jr. and Jane Hendershot, both of Warfordsburg; Gerald Wright Jr. of Wells Tannery and Karen Louise Park, Burnt Cabins; Marvin Wadal of Shippensburg and Virginia Miller of McConnellsburg; William Warthin of Mc- Connellsburg and Betty Answell of Three Springs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. ivan Mumma of McConnellsburg on June 4; a daughter to Mr. an Mrs. Blaine Middaugh of Doylesburg on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm of Breezewood on June 8.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 22, 1961


The State Superior Court has affirmed a ruling of the Fulton

County Court, holding that land owned by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission but not used for highway purposes can be assessed for tax purposes.

Mrs. Betty Culler Munch was crowned queen of McConnellsburg’s 175th anniversary celebration on Saturday night. Patsy Brant was first runner-up.

During the month of May, state police in McConnellsburg investigated eight accidents, in which there were two persons injured and one fatality.

A resolution was adopted by Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives, commending McConnellsburg on its 175th birthday. It was introduced by Hon. Harry M. Elvey and signed by Hiram Andrews, speaker, and Joseph Ominsky, chief clerk.

Anniversary celebration events for this week include an Old Timers’ Day, Firemen’s Day and Anniversary Day. The highlight of Anniversary Day will be a gigantic anniversary parade.

During this week’s anniversary celebrations, Harry Carbaugh and Calvin Bishop were sentenced on Saturday by the Kangaroo Court to serve 15 minute sentence is in “jail” because they had no beards and could not produce shaving permits.

Rev. Ruth McDannell, Rev. Jay A. Saxe, Rev. Sherwood Thomas and Rev. J. Carl Williams were returned to their charges in Fulton County for another year by the Methodist Conference in Williamsport last week.

A letter was received by the “News” last week from Rev. and Mrs. Everett Woodcok, who are presently serving as missionaries in Africa.

Marriage licenses were issued during the past week to: N. Parker Knepper and Patricia M. Brown, both of Three Springs; David S. Shore, Shade Gap, and Norma J. Park, Saltillo; David G. Martin and Harriet E. Eppinger, both of Pittsburgh, and Sherwin G. Hollenshead, Harrisonville, and Betty J. Snyder, Hustontown.

David E. Hawbaker, Mercersburg, received a “Howdy” award last Thursday from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association for submitting a jingle about “outdoor runners.”

Fred A. Thomas of Beavertown, Pa., has been named as a summer assistant in extension work in Fulton County. He is a senior at Penn State University.

Ray E. Robinson, McConnellsburg, received a certificate of recognition for serving 12 years as dairy herd improvement association supervisor in Fulton County at a recent meeting of PA DHIA supervisors at Penn State.

J.R. Guyer, McConnellsburg, attended the recent 50th anniversary reunion of his class at Penn State.

Lt. Harold Knepper, a jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force, is spending two weeks’ leave with his parents in McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Mellott, Bloomdale, Ohio, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 11 at Pleasant View EUB Church. They were married in McConnellsburg in 1911.

Brenda Kay Woodall, St. Thomas, was among the 161 graduates of Shippensburg State College on May 28. She was awarded a degree in elementary education.

Karl Eugene Hawbaker, Mercersburg, received his diploma from Chambersburg School of Business on May 25.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Walker, Wood, on June 17.

Blair Schetrompf was surprised on Sunday when friends and family gathered to help him celebrate his 62nd birthday.

Miss Linda Hoopengardner, Amaranth, is attending the 4-H Leadership Conference this week at State College.

Deaths: Lewis Albert Williams, 83, of Hustontown on June 8 and Newton T. Downs, 86, Elkins, W.Va. Mr. Downs worked for 50 years as a railway agent and telegrapher for Western Maryland Railway. A former resident of Fulton County, he is survived by a brother, Reed M. Downs and a sister, Mrs. Devona Mann, both of Warfordsburg.

Army Pfc. Marvin R. Mellott of Needmore, is a member of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 21, 1951


Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Grissinger, accompanied by their son, Walter, and

Leland Cisney left last Tuesday for a visit to Nova Scotia.

Ralph Hammond left Sunday to attend summer school at Dickinson College in Carlisle.

Eleven members of the Methodist Church in Johnstown attended the Methodist Sunday School here on Sunday.

Miss Jeanne Greathead, who taught school in Dallas, Texas, the past term, is spending the summer here.

Dr. and Mrs. F.K. Stevens of town celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last Friday – and in a way that few couples celebrate. The same day, Dr. Stevens announced his retirement after 57 years of practicing dentistry, all in McConnellsburg. Despite his 88 years, Dr. Stevens is remarkably hale and hearty. When asked what he will do with his equipment, he laughed and said: “Anyone who comes along wanting to go into the business can have it.”

Jack Morton, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morton of Big Cove Tannery, broke his leg in a baseball game between Webster Mills and Knobsville on Sunday. Jack and Ray Mellott were both running after a fly ball when they collided. Mellott was knocked unconscious and Jack’s leg was broken.

Forty-five wool producers of Fulton County joined Franklin County in a wool pool last Tuesday. Nearly 23,000 pounds of wool were delivered to the pool by the local men, for which they received more than $25,000.

Harold Richards and Anna Marie Waugh were married on June 11.

Paul Clifford Mellott and Edith Virginia Rodier were married on June 2.

W. Harry Reisner Sr., a leader in the industrial and civic life of Hagerstown, died on June 15.

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kendall of Ayr Township represented Fulton County at the bicentennial celebration of the Sons and Daughters of Mother Cumberland at Carlisle on June 19. Almost all of Pennsylvania was at one time a part of Cumberland and 48 separate counties have been founded from the mother county.

Death: Orville James Taylor of Calvin.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 19, 1941


Sunday evening marked the close of the special services which were held in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Akersville Sunday School. A highlight of the services was a history compiled and read by Mrs. T.H. Walters, parts of which follow: On June 13, 1941, a group of Christian Workers, composed of six teachers and 48 scholars, met at 8 a.m. and continued until 1: 30 p. m. The following served as superintendents during the century: John Wesley Akers ( a photo of him is in the glass-enclosed case during the services) was first. Others were John Akers, Amos Wink, Morgan Barton, Jerl Jackson, E.E. Akers, J.L. Jackson, W.H. Williams, N.B. Jackson, E.A. Akers, Lewis A. Duvall, A.W. Duvall, S.M. Jackson, J.E. Jackson, B. Arthur Duvall, O.R. Duvall, E. A. Jackson, Mrs. M. A. Barkman, S.E. Walters and Mrs. T.H. Walters. The Sunday School closed for the winter months until about 1888. Since then a session has been held each Sunday of the year except the two Sundays in August when the Crystal Spring Camp Meeting is in progress.

Death: Bert Irwin Barnett of McConnellstown.

The following young men, having successfully passed their physical exams at Altoona, will leave for Fort Meade, Md., next Thursday for induction into the Army: Alvin Harry Kerlin Jr. of Knobsville; Ira Elmer Daniels of Needmore; James Mack Chesnut of McConnellsburg; Marshall Nycum Layton of Hancock; Willard Francis Deshong of Harrisonville; Samuel Motter Paylor of Mc- Connellsburg; Robert Clair Souders of Needmore; Harry James Bivens of Mc- Connellsburg; Lionel Webster Layton of Warfordsburg; Harold Ernest Garland of Hustontown; Pete Zuravitch of Richmond Furnace and Edward Francis Smith of Hancock. Melvin Willard Summers of McConnellsburg has been transferred to Fairfield, Iowa, for induction.

Max Theodore Fraker and Sylvia Leone Miller were married on Saturday.

The following officers have been elected by the Crystal Spring Camp Meeting Association: David Little, Mc- Connellsburg, vice president; Earl Truax, Crystal Spring, superintendent of grounds; Bruce Barton, Crystal Spring, assistant superintendent of grounds; A.C. Clevenger, Everett, secretary; and Amos Duvall, Crystal Spring, treasurer. The camp meeting will be held this year from August 8-17.

The desire of Donald Spriggle, 17, York, to eat some cherries cost him his life last Thursday near Everett. Spriggle, helper on a truck driven by Ray Brant of York, jumped from the vehicle as it was slowly ascending a steep grade to get some cherries from a tree along the road. When he tried to get on the truck again, he slipped and the wheels of the machine passed over his head, crushing him to death.

Mr. and Mrs. T. Roy Morton of Petersburg have announced the marriage of their daughter, Miss Marjorie Morton, to Dr. O.V. McKinley, son of Dr. and Mrs. A. C. McKinley of Brookville. The marriage ceremony took place on the lawn of the Morton home on June 7.

The annual firemen’s carnival is now in progress here, the highlight of which will be the firemen’s parade tonight. A total of $80 will be awarded in prizes to outfits in the parade.

Master Donald Kyler has retuned to his home in Hustontown from the Everett Hospital.

Dan Stiffler, who is now stationed in Youngstown, Ohio, was greeting friends in town early this week. He was accompanied back to Youngstown by Miss Wanda Lee Bishop, who has secured employment there.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Seiders of Cito are the proud parents of a baby girl. She has been named Janne Marie.

Born: a son to Dr. and Mrs. Rinard of Hustontown.

Ida Hawkins has opened the restaurant and cabins at Shady Brook Camp near Harrisonville.

Mrs. Laura Rider of New Grenada, who is seriously ill, was taken on Thursday to the Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.

Mr. and Mrs. Seth Gordon of Port Royal have announced the birth of a son in Lewistown Hospital.

80 Years Ago

From the Files Of June 18, 1931


Deaths: John Nycum Duvall, the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in Wells Township; James Clabaugh of Everett; Miss Annie Doyle of McConnellsburg; George Fesler of Three Springs.

Mayor, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Skiles of East Lincoln Way, received a broken right arm on Sunday evening while cranking a car. The same evening, a son of Bert Souders had his arm broken at the wrist when he fell off the porch.

Dr. Ezra Lehman, 60, president of the Shippensburg State Teachers College, died suddenly on June 11.

Frank H. Howard and Gladys Helsel were married on Friday.

Emory E. Amick and Evelyn Shoenthal were married June 6.

Marshall Comerer of Mercersburg, a senior at the Mercersburg Academy and a grandson of William Comerer, formerly of McConnllsbug, has been notified that he has been awarded a four-year honors scholarship to Columbia University.

More weddings: L. Eugene Crouse and Mary Barbara on June 10; Raymond D. Grissinger and Margaret M. Fletcher on June 6; Samuel D. Fleming and Martha McClain on June 15.

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