2011-11-17 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 19, 1981


At about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer loaded full of Pyrex ovenware barreled through the intersection of routes 16 and 30 on the east end of McConnellsburg, smashing into a van at the intersection and shearing off two utility poles and a gas station sign before coming to rest on its side. The driver of the truck was taken to Fulton County Medical Center with injuries to his shoulder and left forearm. The driver of the van was taken to the Medical Center with a fractured rib and lacerations to the head and hand. State police said the brakes on the truck apparently failed for some unknown reason, as he was westbound on Route 16 heading into the borough. The truck then jumped the triangular traffic island in the intersection and struck the left side of the 1979 Ford van and pushed the van into a utilty pole at the corner of the Sheetz Kwik Shopper parking lot. The truck continued westbound along the edge of the roadway and parking lot, shearing off a Union 76 gasoline advertising pole belonging to Sheetz and the truck began to tip over. Continuing on, the truck sheared off another utility pole before finally coming to rest on its right side in front of Berkstresser’s Maytag Appliance Store, which has been temporarily abandoned after a similar accident occurred less than three months ago on September 3, killing one man.

A young mother and her six children, the oldest being 7 years old, were left homeless and without possessions on Monday when fire destroyed their rented home near Dott. Debbie Keller, 25, Warfordsburg, nor any of her young children were in the home when the fire started. She had gone with a friend to collect firewood for the kitchen stove and on returning found it destroyed. Firemen said the stove had not been lit that day, and the fire was apparently started when the basement oil furnace blew up.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Snyder, Mc- Connellsburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Susan Heidi, to David Ray Newman, on October 11. Parents of the groom are Mrs. Betty Newman of Waterfall and Ray Newman of Greencastle.

Specials at the IGA: tangerines, 89 cents a dozen; Kraft Velveeta cheese, $2.89 lb; Viva towels, 79 cents; Minute Maid orange juice, 99 cents; Louis Rich turkey breasts, $1.39 lb.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Todd of Shady Grove on November 10.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Pyne, Newburg; Paul E. Lininger, McConnellsburg; S. Ellen Thomas, Breezewood; Mrs. Goldie Deshong, Shippensburg; Herbert O. Ross, Martinsburg; Margaret S. Glunt, Burnt Cabins; James L. Deshong, Honey Brook.

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