2011-11-03 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago 50 Years Ago

From The Files of November 18, 1971 From The Files Of November 23, 1961


A 21-year-old Shade Gap man was fatally injured on Saturday morning, November 13, in a one-car accident in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, just north of the Huntingdon-Fulton County line. The victim, Paul S. Bair, was pronounced dead on arrival at Fulton County Medical Center.

The fourth annual Warfordsburg Arts and Crafts Show will be held at Southern Fulton High School this weekend.

Officials of the Buchanan Forest District reported that six fires had been deliberately set in the district on Saturday.

A marriage license was applied for at the local courthouse last week by Dennis Neil Rotz of Three Springs and Deborah Ann Sweger of Waterfall.

Cutbacks in the use of electricity are being asked by the Potomc Edison Company even though a settlement has apparently been reached in the coal strike.

The Fulton County Grange is 50 years old this year.

News of men in service: Army Private Lynn Mellott, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Mellott of Needmore, recently completed nine weeks of advanced individual infantry training at Fort Polk, La. Airman Gordon M. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brown of McConnellsburg, has completed his U.S. Air Force basic training at the Air Training Command’s Lackland AFB, Texas.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Reed Shives of Big Cove Tannery wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Debra Kay Shives, to Alonza Wayne Palmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer of Warfordsburg.

Specialist Five Harry E. Hendershot, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hendershot of Mc- Connellsburg, was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement for his outstanding service as a stock control clerk at Fort Wolters Breach Army Hospital.

Deaths: Mrs. Pearl Thomas, Mercersburg; Charles Hoopengardner, Marion; David R. Gracey, York; Elva “Pete” Brown, Orbisonia; G.L. Hanks, Robertsdale; Earl K. Johnson, Fannettsburg; Jacob E. Aurand, Warfordsburg; Lloyd Percy Gamble, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Peck of Warfordsburg on November 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Statler of Greencastle on November 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sullivan of Hancock on November 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clingerman of Hancock on November 11.

A former Broad Topper has been named to the Country Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. He is Vaughn Horton and the country and western smash hit that helped put him there is the ever-popular “Mockin’ Bird Hill.” Horton, who was born in Broad Top City and later lived in Wood, was selected along with Tex Ritter and Bill Monroe for induction into the Hall of Fame on October 11. The well-known composer, who has to his credit 19 songs that have become million sellers, also lists countless other hits of lesser degree. It was also reported that no other country song has ever come closer to the Horton hit in the sale of records and sheet music.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ott celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on East Market Street on November 21. ’61

In answer to many inquires as to why Fulton County does not have an agreement with the state for a child welfare program, County Commissioner Earl Sipes explains that the number of cases in the county does not warrant an expanded program. These cases, five at the present time, are taken care of entirely from county funds, and it is felt by the commissioners that should an expanded program to be set up, more people would take advantage of the services which would mean additional cost to the county. The present system has proved adequate in the past without benefit of state aid. Commissioners will be meeting with Judge Sheely on Friday, however, to discuss the possibility of employing a county probation officer.

Over 130 people attended the Farm City Week banquet at the Green Hill Sewing Club on November 11. Penn State community development specialist Peter Norton spoke on land-use planning or zoning.

Mrs. Betty Chesnut was elected president of the McConnellsburg Democratic Club at a meeting of the club last Tuesday.

Dale E. Hess, Warfordsburg, and Robert E. Swadley, McConnellsburg, were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees at commencement exercises at Shippensburg State College on November 19.

Marriage licenses were applied for at the local courthouse last week by William Allen Nearhood and Salena Jean Ruby, both of Mapleton Depot, and Jerry E. Hall of Burnt Cabins and Norma E. Bricker of Fannettsburg.

The missing return sheet from Todd Township, which halted the official recount the Friday after election, was found last Friday in the envelope containing the inspector’s own copy, making it unnecessary to open the ballot box to obtain the copy sealed within. The official count revealed only one change, Maurice E. Sherman, won the election for borough assessor over Mrs. Blanche Warthin, 290 over 288.

Larry Ray, McConnellsburg, received his letter in soccer at the first athletic awards ceremony at Slippery Rock State College last week. He is a 1960 graduate of Mc- Connellsburg High School.

The Mercury Meteor, a completely newsized car, will be unveiled at the new car showing at Fulton Motor Sales in Mc- Connellsburg this weekend.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon Jr., Mercersburg, on November 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brumbaugh of Shade Gap on November 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Summers, Mapleton Depot, November 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Myers, Mercersburg, on November 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Miller, Fort Littleton, on November 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shoemaker, McConnellsburg, on November 19.

Donald S. Strait is serving with the U.S. Air Force in Seattle, Wash.

The first snow of the season fell on Sunday night, making a beautiful winter scene.

C.S. Baldwin of Burnt Cabins will have a sale of his household goods on Saturday.

Jerry Mentzer of Burnt Cabins remains a patient in a Philadelphia hospital.

R.S. House, Hustontown, funeral director, purchased the two lots belonging to the late Jerry Heefner at public sale on Saturday.

Deaths: Joseph Diehl, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. M. Earl Truax, Warfordsburg; Laura Suella Shaw, Hancock; Mrs. Rosa Ethel Lynn, Three Springs; Dr. Ralph S. Akers, Miami, Fla., a retired dentist born in Brush Creek Township.

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