2011-07-14 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 9, 1981


Shade Gap fire chief, 43-year-old Lloyd C. Harper, was killed last Wednesday when the large coal truck he was driving upset on Route 655 in Waterfall. Harper was pinned in the wreckage of the rig for two hours before he was freed by firefighters from McConnellsburg and Hustontown. The rig operated by Harper flipped onto its left side, spilling many tons of coal over the accident scene. The Kenworth and semitrailer were owned by P&W Excavating.

The McConnellsburg Borough Council chose Merl L. Pogue, 31, of Chambersburg, to be the new part-time borough policeman at the wage of $4.25 per hour.

The H&P Store, a fixture in downtown McConnellsburg since about 1950, will be closing its doors for good within the next two weeks, according to Irvin Feld, president of the H&P Stores Inc.

“News” printer Greg Peck, Needmore, was one of about 4,000 persons from all over the U.S. who tramped off to the Civil War over the July 4 weekend, dressed in authentic 1861- 65 uniform. Peck participated in the annual re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, serving as a “rebel” soldier with the First Tennessee Infantry from Chambersburg and was involved in the historic Pickett’s Charge” during which he was “killed” while being filmed by CBS News cameras.

Marriage license: Mark Allen Crouse, Big Cove Tannery, and Stephanie McLucas, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Clifford Trail, Hancock; Lottie May, Everett.

The marriage service of Krista Trumpower and Walter Lane Jr. was held on June 20 at the Orchard Ridge First Church of God, Hancock. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Denver H. Trumpower, Clear Spring. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Lane Sr., McConnellsburg.

Tina Lininger and Thomas DeShong were united in marriage on June 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Miss Mary Lininger and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mosser DeShong, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Chicken of the Sea tuna, 89 cents; Crisco oil, $4.99 gal.; lean ground beef, $1.59 lb.; Del Monte canned vegetables, 2 for 89 cents.

The Dr. Robert E. Riggs Memorial Tournament was held on Sunday and though the holiday weekend was one of the wettest on record, no rain fell during the very competitive 18-hole play. Winners in the tournament were James Gordon, Harold Mosely, Bill Hockenberry, Mike Long, Jeff Sprenkle, Foster Earley, Dan Minnich, Dan Swank and Dan Riggs.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Doyle of McConnellsburg on June 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Martinez of Hancock on June 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Randall of James Creek on July 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Forsyth of Mercersburg on July 2.

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