2011-08-25 / From Days Gone By

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 6, 1951


Fulton County’s first orange crate derby, sponsored by the local Lions

Club, was held Monday and the large crowd attending all agreed it was an outstanding success. First-place winner was Bob Bender, driving a car built by Bob Reeder, Harry Johnston Jr. and Bill Selser. He won the first prize of a $50 war bond. Second prize, a $25 war bond, was won by Bill Warthin, and the third prize of $10 was won by Don Chubb.

Because of the orange crate derby on Monday, the News was a day late this week – but for “good reason.” One of the racers in the derby was built in the News office and the staff “just had to take the day off” to see how their “pride and joy” performed. Driven by Freddie Stenger, the car finished fourth in the race, just out of the money, but it did receive first prize as the best appearing racer.

Another interesting note about Monday’s race: Two pictures of the racers are printed in this issue and both were taken with John W. Spangler’s new Polaroid camera, believed to be the first in Fulton County. Mr. Spangler was so enthused about the races that he donated an extra prize and called for an extra race – the J.M. Spangler Cup – between the first three place winners and awarded Bender an extra $10 for winning this race. The 13 drivers in all the races were: Bob Bender, Jim Chesnut, Don Chubb, Mike Carnochan, Phil Carnochan, Joe Garlock, Harry Hull, Dale Kendall, David Kendall Jr., Dale McQuade, Nancy Mentzer, Fred Stenger and Bill Warthin.

Herbert W. Locke, 25, of Fort Littleton, was killed on Saturday when the car he was driving struck a truck and another car near Knobsville. The driver of the truck, from St. Thomas, was uninjured. The driver of the second car, Donald Kyler, 18, of Hustontown, suffered a fractured left ankle and lacerations of the head and arms. A passenger in Kyler’s car, Audrey Locke, 19, of Burnt Cabins, received a serious laceration of the right arm and lacerations of the face. Locke died 12 hours after the accident.

Three young men will leave September 19 for induction into the armed forces. They are Hubert Bruce Ficks of McConnellsburg; Glenn Lee Benson of Hustontown; and Ephriam Darrell Wilson of Clear Ridge.

Virgil Sharpe of Big Cove Tannery again won the horseshoe pitching contest at the Fulton County Fair on Thursday. Second place was won by Roy Witter of Waterfall and third place went to Guy Oakman of Waterfall.

Blue Barron and his famous band will return to the local American Legion home next Tuesday night.

Guy Oakman has petitioned the Fulton County Courts to set aside the recent recount of ballots in Taylor Township, which reversed the original ballot count and made Gerald Peck the Democratic candidate for treasurer by one vote. In the petition, Oakman avers that the request for a recount was invalid, one of the main reasons being that it was not filed in the time prescribed. The court will make its decision on September 11.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Silas Rhodes of McConnellsburg on August 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Miller of Fort Littleton on September 1.

Deaths: June Anderson Unger of Harrisburg; Reed N. Wible of Murrysville; Mrs. Florence DeForrest of Lancaster County.

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