2011-11-17 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 7, 1961


This issue of the “News” was again printed at the Mercersburg

Journal’s plant, the old press having broken down in the middle of the press run last week. The old press, weighing about 14 tons, has been dismantled and junked and delivery of a new press is expected on Monday.

Three men were injured in hunting accidents on Monday, the first day of deer season. Emido Tavoletti of Carnegie, Pa., was hit by a stray bullet while hunting in Buck Valley and suffered a severe fracture of the left leg below the knee; Paul Hendershot of Warfordsburg suffered severe damage to the right eye when he stooped over a buck he had just shot and the buck reared its head striking him in the eye with its antler; the third hunter, Harvey Stains of Three Springs, suffered a dislocation of the shoulder when he fell while hunting.

Donald Martin, local A&P manager, after 20 years of buck hunting, killed his first buck on Monday, a prize specimen weighing 155 pounds with a large eight-point rack. The editor notes in his writeup that “there’s no truth whatsoever to the rumor that the animal was blind and hard of hearing.”

The Frederick Tailoring Co. of Mc- Connellsburg held its annual employee Christmas banquet at the American Legion on Friday night. Alex Parson, plant manager, in his final remarks, said the output for the local plant for next year has been set at 1,000 coats.

The Intoximeter, commonly known as “the balloon test” was used for the first time this week by officers at McConnellsburg state police barracks on Saturday night for on-the-spot test for alcohoic influence in two drunk-driving incidents.

At Monday’s Borough Council meeting the salary of the town policeman, Chief Merrill Seville, was increased from $3,600 to $4,000 a year beginning January 1, 1961. Men elected to serve a four-year term of office on council at the November election are Grover C. Fields Jr., Nelson Comerer and Russell Glazier.

The engagement is announced of Marian Mellott of Needmore to Robert Dale Truax of Hancock.

The dairy herd of Nathan Hixson of Brush Creek Township wound up as the top herd on the DHIA list for Fulton County for the sixth consecutive year.

Student Beverly Vance won an award at Chambersburg School of Business in a typing contest, typing 49 words a minute and qualifying for the state contest.

C. Owen Fries, McConnellsburg High School principal, will undergo eye surgery at Washington County Hospital this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kendall will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary on December 15.

Capt. Harold Knepper, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force in Portland, Ore., is spending a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knepper.

Shirley Ann Wible, Three Springs, and Wade E. Garland of McConnellsburg were married on October 21.

The traffic death toll for the four-day Thanksgiving holiday reached 380.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Strait, Harrisonville, on November 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Abbott, Greencastle, on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rheon Gelvin, Hustontown, on December 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Souders, McConnellsburg, on December 3.

The engagement of Donna Lee Saunders of Lebanon to Gary Lee Divens of Burnt Cabins is announced.

Death: Roscoe Quincey Shives, 69, Hancock, of a heart attack.

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