2011-09-08 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files of September 18, 1941


Dr. Lester A. Welliver, superintendent of the Harrisburg District of the Methodist Church, will rededicate the newly-renovated Siloam Methodist Church on Sunday. John P. Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg, a loyal friend of Siloam Church, will also speak.

Deaths: George Calvin Thomas, 98, son of Ayr Township’s oldest citizens; Dr. Howard Van Locke of Orbisonia.

Ernest Berkstresser of Knobsville was slightly injured on Sunday when the car in which he was riding left the road at the top of Sideling Hill Mountain and ran into a concrete abutment. According to state police, Mr. Berkstresser fainted when he reached the top of the mountain due to low blood pressure. His wife, who was riding with him, tried to stop the car but was unsuccessful. The injured man was treated in McConnellsburg for a badly bruised chest. Damage to the car was set at $50.

Enforcement officers of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, assisted by local state police, raided an Ayr Township home on Tuesday and found 75 bottles of homebrewed beer. The Ayr Township man pleaded guilty before a local justice and, in default of a $25 fine, was sentenced to serve 25 days in jail.

Wilbur Jones Harley and George Warren Martz, both of Hustontown, will leave September 23 for induction into the Army at New Cumberland. This will bring the total number of selectees inducted from Fulton County to 44.

Royce T. Zimmerman and Kathleen Mellott were married on September 5.

The commonwealth collected $2,203.83 in inheritance taxes from Fulton Countians during the calendar year 1940.

Mrs. Fred Reichley of McConnellsburg, Miss Betty Bailey, a teacher in McConnellsburg, and Miss Lois Rupert, a teacher at Green Hill, all occupants in a car operated by Miss M. Isabel Rupert of Verona, narrowly escaped injury in Chambersburg last Saturday when their car became “stuck” on the railroad tracks. The four abandoned the car before a slow-moving locomotive, drawing 110 loaded cars and with a “pusher” in back, hit the 1941 Ford coach and pushed it along the tracks until it was finally thrown clear.

Mrs. Horace R. Lequear, wife of the local Evangelical Reformed pastor, has entered Chambersburg Hospital for observation and treatment.

Joseph Shelly and family have moved into the Hollis Wible property.

Mrs. Edith Truax of Needmore was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

Paul K. Shotts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shotts of Laidig, left on September 10 for Mobile, Ala., where he has secured employment with the Bloomer Construction Co.

Miss Dorothy Hamil arrived at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamil, on Saturday after a two-week cruise to Havana, Cuba. She will resume her teaching duties in the Malvern School this week.

Kenneth Wagner enlisted in the U.S. Army recently.

Chester Stevens of Hustontown has gone to Indiantown Gap where he has secured employment.

There was a light frost in Licking Creek two mornings last week.

The New Grenada Callithumpian Band serenaded three newlywed couples last Wednesday: Mr. and Mrs. John Hawley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Black and Mr. and Mrs. Don Leabhart.

Paul Hamil, Merrill Peck, Mahlon Cline and Merrill Regi, all of Knobsville, each bought a car last week.

Bruce Douglas broke the record for seeding in Thompson Township by being done by September 1.

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