2011-11-17 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 2, 1971


Thousands of holiday-bound motorists were stranded in and around Fulton County due to the Thanksgiving Eve snowstorm which brought traffic to a virtual standstill, even on the main highways. As much as 17 inches of snow was recorded in some areas. Traffic on Rt. 70 was paralyzed for some time and the people of Warfordsburg pitched into help those stranded by opening the Southern Fulton School building to shelter the motorists. Every motel in the southern end was filled to overflowing and, in Hancock, churches and the American Legion opened their doors to travelers for the night. The Presbyterian Women of Warfordsburg and other church women of the Hancock area provided hot food and drinks. In the northern end of Fulton County, turnpike travellers filled every motel and restaurant, both on the turnpike and at the various interchanges. Most of the restaurants and many service stations stayed open all night to provide food and shelter. In Mc- Connellsburg, all motel and hotel accommodations were taken early in the afternoon and many travellers had to be turned away. However, traffic on the Lincoln Highway was kept moving, but travelling was extremely hazardous. Police and state highway workers labored all night to clear the roads which, for the most part, were cleared for traffic early Thursday.

A 36-year-old woman, a native of Fulton County, was stabbed to death in her Main Street apartment in Hancock early Thanksgiving Day. Police charged her husband with murder.

Fatalities in Fulton County for 1971 reached a total of eight with the deaths of a mother and her small daughter following an accident last Wednesday afternoon on Route 70. Marion Galucci, 29, of Alexandria, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene of the three-car accident. Her 2-year-old daughter, Renne, died in Washington County Hospital on Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ott of McConnellsburg were honored at an open house at their home on Sunday, November 21, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The party was hosted by their children: Mrs. Donald Ray and Paul, Dick and Bill Ott.

Airman Larry A. Sipes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Sipes of McConnellsburg, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and is now assigned to Weapons Specialist School at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.

Wanda Jane Fix, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fix of McConnellsburg, bagged a six-point buck on Sideling Hill on the first morning of deer season while hunting with her sister, Monica.

Deaths: Mrs. Lola E. McGaughey, Philadelphia; William M. Locke, Shade Gap; Clyde A. Hess, Johnstown; Mrs. Mabel Mc- Quade, Chambersburg; Dr. Norman A. Timmins, Bedford; Mrs. Maude B. Lake, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Edna Viola Young, Three Springs.

State police reported that a twin-engine, four-passenger plane made a safe emergency landing in a field owned by Walter Deshong last Wednesday morning. The plane was forced down due to the hazardous weather conditions caused by snow and fog. The pilot of the private plane was Edward Powers of Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Snyder of Everett on November 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. E. Charles Swope of Needmore on November 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carbaugh Jr. of McConnellsburg on November 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peck of Mc- Connellsburg on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Albright of McConnellsburg on November 25.

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