2011-07-21 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 3, 1961


Approximately 100 taxable persons failed to pay their borough wage tax, Administrator Elwood

Mellott reports. The newly enacted tax is set at 1/2 percent.

Wallace Simpson, Big Cove Tannery, suffered a fractured skull, lacerations and abrasions of the scalp, chest and shoulder when he was thrown from a tractor after being knocked unconscious by a low-hanging branch. After a brief stay in the Medical Center, he is recuperating at home.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gress of Mc- Connellsburg on July 1 at the Medical Center.

The Rev. Ray Saxe, pastor of the Hustontown Methodist Parish, will be leading the singing for the historical camp meeting at Crystal Spring from August 11-20.

The 28th annual Knobsville homecoming was held on Saturday. People from Detroit, Sundusky, Baltimore, Arlington, Altoona, Johnstown, Biglerville, Chambersburg, Robertsdale and Fulton County attended the event.

Harry Lee Garland, Needmore, was among the 57 summer graduates of Shippensburg State College.

A month of complete rest has been ordered for Rev. J. Carl Williams, who returned home Saturday after spending a week in Washington County Hospital.

The August draft call for Pennsylvania was boosted from 521 to 847 last week following President Kennedy’s call for a defense buildup to meet the Berlin crisis and prevent a “shooting war.” It is noted that Fulton County is the only county in the state which has never had a case of a delinquent among those receiving orders.

Saggy, sire of Kentucky Derby and Pimlico Preakness winner Carry Back, has been moved from the County Life Farm to Glenangus Farm, both in Maryland. He has been owned by Stanley Sagner, owner of Fulton Manufacturing Co. in McConnellsburg, since his racing days.

Fred Hamil, Falcroft, Pa., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamil, McConnellsburg, played in the annual Eastern Pennsylvania American Legion all-star baseball game last Friday.

The 1961 teachers’ reunion was held in McConnellsburg on Saturday. Officers elected were: A.B. Gordon, president; Floyd Truax, vice president; Blanche Hollenshead, secretary and treasurer; and Lenora Martin, assistant.

Miss Maude Ott, McConnellsburg, suffered a badly sprained ankle when she fell on the steps at Tobey’s Department Store last Thursday.

Mrs. C.B. Chubb, McConnellsburg sub-district chairman of the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the Methodist Church, attended a School of Missions and Christian Service at Dickinson College in Carlisle last week.

Merrill W. Nace, McConnellsburg, celebrated his 89th birthday on Monday.

A new winter wheat, Redcoat, caught the eye of seed growers attending the annual small grains field day at Penn State research laboratory near Landisville. It has a combined resistance to Hession fly, mildew, leaf and steam rust and loose smut.

A family picnic was held on Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Mellott, McConnellsburg, in honor of Mrs. Mellott’s mother, Mrs. Harvey H. Harris, who recently celebrated her 77th birthday.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Black, McConnellsburg, on July 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs.. Walter Branche, McConnellsburg, on July 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Chilcote on July 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alvey Gordon, Chambersburg, on July 27 and twin girls to Mr. and Mrs. John Deck on July 30.

Deaths: Mrs. Lillie May Fraker, 88, Burnt Cabins on July 27.

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