2011-07-21 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 16, 1981


A vocational training school to turn out skilled tradesmen, first announced last summer by Glen

Emerick of BWH Stamping, is scheduled to begin classes on August 3. However, the school will not be located on the old Morton farm near McConnellsburg, as had first been planned. Nor will the school have any affiliation with BWH Stamping. The factory at Fort Littleton has been sold. Emerick bought the factory from BWH owner Edward Blaine of Hagerstown on July 1. A new company, tentatively named JGR Enterprises, is being formed to take over operation of the factory and will also operate the trade school.

When Viola Stevens was born in her father’s log house near Clear Ridge, James Garfield was serving as the12th president of the United States, although he lay fatally wounded from an assassin’s bullet and would die two months later. Last Sunday, a party for Viola was held close to where her birthplace once stood, a flag from the current occupant of the White House flew among the balloons and streamers put up as decorations. And Ronald Reagan, the 40th president and himself the victim of an unsuccessful assassination attempt, is expected to send a letter to Viola congratulating her on a remarkable occasion – her 100th birthday. She was born in 1881, the daughter of Bart Stevens and Anna Wilson Stevens.

Howard Mellott, Forbes Road’s 12-year-old shot put star, is now a nationally ranked shot-put champion. Last weekend, Howard threw the six-pound shot put 39 feet, 11- 1/4 inches at the USA Track and Field Association national meet in Philadelphia, winning a gold medal and the Track and Field Association’s national shot-put title in the 11- to 12-year-old class.

Clarence Eugene Barnett of Hustontown marked 40 years as a rural mail carrier on July 1.

Specials at the IGA: cantaloupes, 89 cents; Crisco shortening, $2.19, 3 lbs.; Bounty towels, 69 cents; sirloin tip steak, $2.39; Kool Aid, $2.70, 10-qt. size.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Gordon of Fort Loudon on July 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery A. Walker of Shade Gap on July 8.

Pamela Buterbaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin A. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg, and James Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Thomas, Fayetteville, were united in marriage on Sunday, June 21.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Groves of Lititz, Pa., wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cheryl Ann, to Bradley R. Bolinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilda Bolinger of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Roy Wilson, McVeytown; Amber P. Pittman, Big Cove Tannery; Jane Christensen, Geneva, N.Y.; Bennett Mellott, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Leonard Paul Ford, Wells Tannery, and Joan Marie Strait, McConnellsburg; Larry D. Medley, Fredericksburg, Va., and Teresa Darlene Heinbaugh, Mercersburg.

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