2011-11-24 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 9, 1971


An elderly couple and an elderly woman living alone were robbed at knifepoint and gagged early Monday evening by two masked youths who forced their way into their homes in Mc- Connellsburg. The victims of the terrifying experience were Mrs. Josephine Wagoner, 76, and Mr. and Mrs. George Richards, both 77, who live opposite each other on East North Street. State police are assisting borough policeman Guy Souders in investigating the crime.

An order of the Supreme Court was received by the Fulton County Court this week which states that, effective December 2, 1971, Fulton County will join with Franklin County to form the 39th Judicial District and that the 51st Judicial District will be comprised of Adams County alone.

A Saltillo woman, the mother of three children, was fatally injured last Wednesday when her car skidded out of control on Route 994 in Huntingdon County and plunged down a 37-foot bank into a creek. The accident victim, Mrs. Darlene (Wible) Cornelius, was the wife of Allan Cornelius, who is employed as credit manager at the Medical Center.

The annual Christmas banquet of the Sagner Inc. Social Club held on Friday night, was not as well attended as in former years. Usually, approximately 600 members and their guests enjoy the club’s social event of the year, but only 200 were in attendance this year.

Fulton County Game Warden Carl Jarrett reports that, to date, there have been only two hunting accidents in the county since the season began and both were accidentally self-inflicted. Last Tuesday, Lawrence Short, 24, of Chambersburg, was hunting when he shot at a deer. The bolt of the .308 rifle he was using exploded. A piece of the bolt flew back and embedded itself in his left eye. The other accident occurred during the same game season of November 20, when Eugene Russell Duvall, 24, of Crystal Spring, accidentally discharged a .22 revolver, inflicting a minor injury on his knee.

Marriage license: Gerald Exline of Hancock and Carol Pittman of Hancock; Carl Peck and Sylvia Rock, both of McConnellsburg; Ronald Strait of Chambersburg and Aloma Twigg of Dover; George Glunt and Theresa Gayman, both of Orrstown.

Seventeen-year- old Mrs. Roger Lee (Beverly) Sipes of McConnellsburg, a novice hunter, showed seasoned sportsmen what a lady can do. Last Tuesday Sipes brought down a large 8-point buck with a 15-1/4- inch spread while out hunting with her husband.

Seven Fulton County students have been named to the dean’s list for high academic achievement at Shippensburg State College for the fall term. They are: Martin R. Brown of Hustontown; Cheryl Lorraine Swope of Needmore and Ada Jane Adams, Thomas A. Duffey, Karen Marie Keebaugh, Kathy Elaine Keebaugh and Kathleen Karen Rajtik, all of McConnellsburg.

Airman Richard Truax recently complete training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He and his wife, Karen, spent some time with his home folks here and attended the senior play at Southern Fulton High School before returning to Richards Air Force Base near Kansas City.

Deaths: Miles Fleming, Mount Union; Donald M. Hann, Youngstown, Ohio; Cadiz W. Schooley, Harrisonville; Clem C. Schooley, Harrisonville; Joseph M. Clark, Mc- Connellsburg; Ross E. Barkman, Hustontown; Harry O. Hamil, McConnellsburg; Charles L. Mowery, Chambersburg; Mrs. Grace Atherton, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith of Chambersburg on November 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Snyder of Shade Gap on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Watkins of Robertsdale on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Pittman of Mercersburg on December 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Garland of Warfordsburg on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hamil of Needmore on December 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darl Bishop of Mercersburg on December 3.

Army Private Gregory Garland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Garland of Mc- Connellsburg, recently completed nine weeks of advanced individual infantry training at Fort Polk, La.

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