2011-08-25 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 7, 1961

’61

Willis Decker of Harrisonville was the grand champion award recipient, and Fred Fleming showed the reserve champion at the Fulton County Fair last week. Other special ribbons were presented as follows: championship food, team unit of the Warfordsburg Club and Lindsay Riggs of McConnellsburg; championship clothing, Carol Black of Waterfall and Linda Hoopengardner of Buck Valley; championship animal, Roger Akers of Needmore and Pat Davis of McConnellsburg; championship crops, Janice Hann of Buck Valley and John Davis of McConnellsburg.

Prothonotary Marlin Shimer’s office in the courthouse was burglarized on Friday night and $17 was taken form the petty cash drawer.

Four boys, ranging in age from 9 to 12, were questioned by the state police last week and charged with malicious mischief for their part in the act of vandalism reported from the old Hustontown High School, which is no longer in use. Estimated total damage to the building was set at $1,500.

Rev. W. Sherwood Thomas, pastor of the Harrisonville Methodist Parish, has been named as the next pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Danville.

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hartzell of Pleasant Grove, York Haven, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on September 16. Mrs. Hartzell is the former Laura Wagner of Mc- Connellsburg.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley has announced that he, along with several members of Congress, will spend the day with former President Eisenhower on Monday, September 11.

Mrs. Carol Gordon Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gordon of Needmore, graduated from Hagerstown Business College on August 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rotz of McConnellsburg were the guests of honor at a surprise party held to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary recently.

A bill changing borough executive head title from burgess to mayor went into effect on Friday.

Miss Carolyn Steckel of Huntingdon County has joined the faculty of the Mc- Connellsburg Joint School as junior high mathematics teacher.

Miss Juanita Kay Sheats and Jon Garry Beidler, both of Biglerville, were married last Sunday afternoon in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Biglerville.

Miss Alda Mae Louise Crawford and Lee Francis Lashley, both of Amaranth, were joined in marriage at the Buck Valley Christian Church on July 22.

Miss Esther Freeda Mellott and Dale Benjamin Mellott were united in marriage on June 10 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Big Cove Tannery.

Master of Education degrees were conferred on four Fulton Countians at Penn State University on August 26. They are: Gladys Yeakle, McConnellsburg, elementary education; Clyde Booth, Warfordsburg, elementary education; Cecil Williams, Big Cove Tannery, agriculture education; and Clifford Berkstresser, McConnellsburg, educational administration.

Mrs. Evelyn Swope Clonch of Mc- Connellsburg was one of the graduates of the Holzer Hospital School of Nursing in Gallipolis, Ohio, who received their degrees on August 31.

Deaths: Nicholas E. Summers, 50, of York, died on September 1. He was a former resident of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Rebecca Jane Mellott, 63, of Greencastle, died August 26.

Joy Schwartz of Hustontown was admitted to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon on Saturday for treatment of a back injury sustained in an auto accident on August 28. Her mother, Mrs. Wayne Schwartz, is a patient at the hospital suffering form a whiplash injury of the neck sustained in the same accident.

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