2011-10-13 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago 50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 2, 1961
From The Files Of October 28, 1971


Two women and three children, travelling in a 1969 Volkswagon in

Buck Valley on Friday night, were overtaken, harassed and threatened by three men in a car who shouted obscenities and forced the car to pull off the road and stop. The victim, Mrs. Liza Ann Bruce, driver, and her passengers, Barry, Bradford and Debbie Bruce and Lillian Wolf, reported to police that she was travelling west when an unidentified car approached from the rear and appeared to want to pass. When the Volkswagon slowed, it pulled alongside. One of the three men in the car shouted to her to pull over and stop. When she stopped, the men beat on the car doors and then lifted the hood of the Volkswagon, removed the distributor cap and pulled out various wires. They then returned to their car and left the scene. Mrs. Bruce and her passengers then left the car and ran into a nearby field. The men returned and chased them a short distance, shouting the obscenities and making threats. Before leaving the scene the second time, the three men broke all the side windows of the volkswagon.

Three Fulton County students were among those who qualified for the dean’s list at Penn State University. They are David Earl Pittman of Big Cove Tannery and Albert Foster Jr. and David M. Metz, both of McConnellsburg.

Pennsylvania’s regular small game season will open on Saturday, October 30, at 9 a.m.

News of men in service: Airman First Class John P. Lane is currently training as an electronics technician at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Sgt.Thomas L. Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lane of Hustontown, is currently serving in Germany. Private Michael L. Stenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Stenger of McConnellsburg, recently completed eight weeks of advanced individual training at the U.S. Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Ky. Ray Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Miller of Needmore, was recently promoted to Army Specialist Five while serving in Vietnam.

An explosion of undetermined origin occurred at the Cutchall Gulf Station at Fort Littleton on Tuesday which resulted in a fire that caused damage to the ceiling and roof of the building.

The McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church was the scene of a recent wedding in which Miss Bonnie Rae Byers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray C. Byers of Fort Loudon, was united in marriage with Airman John C. Duffey, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Lyle Duffey of McConnellsburg.

Some local residents who left on Tuesday from Chambersburg for a 10-day tour of the Holy Land included: Daisy Sheffield of Fort Littleton and Rev. and Mrs. Belvy C. White.

Death: Frank I. Mellott, Harrisonville.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Reed of Warfordsburg on October 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ruppenthal of Berkeley Springs on October 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Less H. Wertz of Needmore on October 21; twins, a girl and boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Shore of McConnellsburg on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Plessinger of Warfordsburg on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duvall of Crystal Spring on October 22. ’61

Cito Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th year of service to the people of the Cito community with a week of special services November 5-12. A total of 100 families make up the church membership.

A more serious accident was averted by the quick action of Mrs. Gene Stahle of Amaranth on Monday evening when a hay wagon carrying about 20 Halloweening youngsters came unhitched from the tractor pulling it on a downgrade. Mrs. Stahle managed to steer it into a bank before it ran out of control with the children aboard. Mrs. Stahle suffered a possible serious back injury and lacerations and bruises when she was caught by the axle as the wagon passed over her. None of the children were injured.

The porch on the Mrs. John Greathead home and a car in front of the Harry Brantner home on South Second Street were damaged on Saturday night by a car driven by Grenville A. Brady of Big Cove Tannery. The Brady car, going south, struck the Branter car and pushed it into the Greathead property.

The McConnellsburg soccer team won its third successful game on Sunday, defeating Boonsboro 6-2. Spriggs, Buterbaugh, Selser, Kendall, Cheeks and Ray scored.

Rev. T.P. Garland of McConnellsburg celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday with a surprise party given by Mrs. James L. Deshong and Mrs. Harry McFadden at his home.

Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Bolinger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 21 at a party attended by all their eight children but one, SFL Donald Bolinger, who is serving with 1-1 Headquarters, ASASAE, in Germany.

A marriage license was issued last week to Kenneth H. Wilson of Wells Tannery and Wanda Carol Frey of Warfordsburg.

Ronald Koy Hann, Needmore; Melvin Clifford Peck, McConnellsburg; Thomas Nelson Henry, Hustontown; Maurice Clifton Yonker, Hancock; Clair Wilbert Hawkins, Harrisonville; and Harvey Darl Lake of Big Cove Tannery all left for Pittsburgh last Tuesday for induction into the armed forces.

The Green Hill High School will present “Be Happy! Go Wacky!” on November 10. Students taking part in the play are John Oakman, Gloria Deshong, Patsy Brant, Dean Strait, Susan Mellott, Darlene Sipes, James Mellott, Clifford Rotz, Carol Hann, Ronald Howell, Iola Swope, Nancy Strait, Shirley Lowery, Ralph Mellott, James Schock and Delmar Mellott

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Reed Brown, Fort Littleton, on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Smith, McConnellsburg, on October 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lanehart, Warfordsburg, on October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott, McConnellsburg, on October 28.

The engagement of Evelyn Priscilla Bair of Orbisonia to Jerry R. Chilcote of Hustontown is announced.

Deaths: Luther R. Gordon, 80, Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Frank Thomas, 78, New Grenada; Mrs. Roy Barnett, 65, Hustontown; Daniel Cooper, 61, Huntingdon, formerly of McConnellsburg.

An audit of the McConnellsburg Borough Municipal Authority shows assets and liabilities at $165,202.32.

Will Coffman and his Night Riders will play for dancing at the Harris Hotel on Friday night.

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