2011-09-22 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 17, 1981


Berkstresser’s Maytag Sales is trying to pick up the pieces after last week’s devastating tragedy and has moved into the Washabaugh building on South Seventh Street, formerly the Teen Center. They will be sorting our salvageable stock and conducting some office business. Ronald was discharged from Washington County Hospital last Wednesday. Many people thought he was out mowing grass that day, but it was his brother, Archie Berkstresser, who served in the Merchant Marines, and is home on shore leave. Although the matter still has to be discussed with the district attorney, it looks as though no charges will be filed in the accident. A complete exam of the truck’s brakes showed them to be in “A number one” condition.

In the wake of another runaway truck on Sideling Hill last week, county commissioners agreed Friday to ask PennDOT to remove heavy truck traffic from Route 30, east of Breezewood, as soon as possible. The decision followed another runaway Thursday evening, in which the driver managed to steer his vehicle onto the truck runoff on Sideling Hill. No one was injured. About five weeks ago, a tractor-trailer went out of control on Route 30 and slammed into the Wallace Mellott home on a curve on Sideling Hill and seriously injured the driver.

Hoover’s Grocery, a McConnellsburg landmark for the past 22 years, closed for good last week due to the health of the store’s operator, Kermit “Petey” Hoover, 63. The store, located in the home of Hoover’s brother-in-law and sister, Guy and Eleanour Souders, in which Hoover also lives, will be converted into more living space for the family. Located on Lincoln Way East, the store was originally built by Orrin Shaw in 1927 and operated by him as a restaurant until about 1933. The place was then purchased by Lilly Wible, Hoover’s aunt, who also operated a restaurant there until 1935, when the business was sold to Wible’s sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hoover, parents of the present owners. Eleanor Souders said the family operated the place as a restaurant for 17 years. “Petey” assisted his father in waiting tables, while Eleanor waited tables and later helped her mother to cook. The restaurant was not converted to a full-time grocery until 1951. Although Eleanor and her husband have always assisted with the store operations, Petey has been the proprietor since 1951. He has never had a cash register or adding machine, doing all the totaling and making of change in his head. His sister describes him as “good at math.” His amazing ability with figures is evident in the number of birthdates he has memorized. He knows from memory literally hundreds of his customers’ and friends’ birthdays.

Specials at the IGA: Philadelphia cream cheese, 73 cents; Tide, $1.89, 49 ozs.; Libby vegetables, 5 cans for $2; ham halves, $2.29 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weller of Mc- Connellsburg on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rosenberry of Mercersburg on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Exline of Hancock on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Black of Hustontown on September 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Fix of Hustontown on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stephani of Warfordsburg on September 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ehman of Upper Strasburg.

Stephanie McLucas and Mark Crouse were united in marriage on July 25 in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R.C. McLucas of McConnellsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.Frank Crouse of Big Cove Tannery.

Deaths: Bessie E. Sigel, Buck Valley; Raymond Cline, Needmore; Robert Zeger Sr., Lemasters; James Biesecker, Marion; Mae Wareham, Indianhead, Md.; Chalmer Chronister, Pleasant Hall; Harry Lear, Harrisonville; Roy Black, Mount Union; Leroy Snyder, Hustontown.

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