2011-07-21 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 29, 1971


The third fatal automobile accident for 1971 in Fulton County occurred on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. on

Route 70, two miles west of Warfordsburg, when a car in which five young boys were travelling blew a rear tire and went out of control. Thomas Myers, 15, of Oneida, N.Y., a passenger in the car, was thrown out of the vehicle when it flipped over on the medial strip. He died of his injuries later the same day in Altoona General Hospital.

Chief of Police Merrill Seville, with assistance from the state police, is currently investigating a case which has shocked the entire community. At approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, a private home in McConnellsburg was forcibly entered and two elderly women sleeping in the home were viciously assaulted by an as yet unidentified young man. Following their nightmarish experience, the two terrified women told police that the man had made no attempt to disguise his face and they were able to give a detailed description of him. Police have used their description to make a composite picture which will be circulated in efforts to bring the man to justice.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley hosted Susan Martz and her family last week for a day in the Nation’s Capital. Susan, the 14-year-old girl from Hustontown who has collected more than 3-1/2 million Betty Crocker coupons for the purchase of artificial kidney machines for hospitals, was invited by Mr. Whalley to spend a day on Capitol Hill.

August 21 has been set as the date for this year’s District Jamboree, to be held at the Meadow Grounds Lake.

Since last week’s announcement of the nomination of Miss Laura G. Barnhart of Needmore as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for 1971, another Fulton County native has ben added to those being considered for the state’s top woman. The latest addition to the list, according to the director of the national awards program, is Mrs. Kathie Bolinger Bookheimer of Mountville, Pa., a native of Wells Valley.

Mrs. Elizabeth (Yeakle) Fite, now a guest at the Decker Nursing Home, celebrated her 92nd birthday on June 18.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Ray C. Byers Jr., Fort Loudon, announce the engagement of their daughter, Bonnie Rae, to John Charles Duffey, son of Mr. and Mrs.. H. Lyle Duffey of McConnellsburg.

Marvin J. Barton of Crystal Spring got a remembrance from the past recently. His granddaughter, Eunice, found a box turtle in the garden of the Barton home and rushed to show Grandpa. On the bottom shell, dim but still readable, Barton found engraved the initials, “MJB” and the date 1918. Barton, now in his late 60s, has lived in the family homestead at Crystal Spring all his life. He recalls the boyhood pastime of cutting initials on the shells of live turtles and one of his messengers came back with the initials intact.

Deaths: Elisha Souders, Needmore; Mrs. Wilda M. Barber, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Mary Jane Harris, Hancock; Lloyd Mellott, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Zoe Ellen Scott, Hagerstown; Stanley Koontz Sr., Bedford County; Mrs. Mabel P. Johnson, Van Nuys, Calif.; Charles G. Sheffield, McConnellstown; Rupert C. North, Indiana, Pa.; Mrs. Elsie M. Straley, Mercersburg; Mrs. Minnie F. Carbaugh, McConnellsburg; John A. Crist, Waynesboro.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Peck of Warfordsburg on July 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer L. Grove of Orbisonia on July 21.

Robert B. Richards and Nancy K. Hawbaker were married in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church at Winchester, Va., on July 16.

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