2011-07-28 / From Days Gone By

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 9, 1951


Practically everyone in McConnellsburg had a rude awakening on Tuesday morning when houses were rocked by a dynamite truck which exploded near Cove Gap. The blast occurred at 5:15 a.m. and within minutes the streets of the town were filled with wondering people. What really happened was that runway truck, loaded with six tons of dynamite, exploded on the east slope of Tuscarora Mountain, destroying two homes, injuring two people and devastating an area about 1,400 feet in circumference. The driver of the truck jumped from the vehicle about 150 feet from where it went over a 75-foot embankment. Not seriously injured, he alerted four persons and asked them to leave their home because of the dynamite in the burning truck. Injured when the truck exploded were 4-year-old Ester Gordon, who was cut by flying glass, and Mrs. Lula Rockwell, who was standing on the porch and was knocked down by the blast.

Mrs. George Harness and son George Jr. of Philadelphia are spending some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kendall. On the first day of their visit, George fell from an apple tree and has been confined to bed since.

Mrs. M. Lodge is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

On Monday evening, Mr. Lodge was taken to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston of Needmore, born last week at the Medical Center, have been named John Kendall and Thomas Logan.

Harry Grissinger and family have moved to their newly built cabin in Allen’s Valley to spend the month of August.

Mrs. Alice Swope attended funerals of relatives in Philadelphia and Ohio last week.

Mrs. Harvey Unger received a telegram on Saturday that her brother, Joe Traffley of Chicago, had passed away.

Due to the one-vote margin by which Guy F. Oakman won the nomination for county treasurer, the election board has been petitioned for a recount of the ballots in Taylor Township. Taylor is the home township of Oakman.

At a family reunion on Sunday, August 5, Miss Dorothea Cook became the bride of Ray L. Foreman.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Richards of Big Cove Tannery on August 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Seville of Cito on August 3.

Deaths: Nick Zenos of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Hattie Gress of Fort Loudon; Ralph Eddowes McKibbin of Lesterville, Mo.

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