2011-11-24 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 4, 1961


This issue is the first to be printed on the newly installed press, a

Miehle No. 1, purchased from Northern Machine Works of Philadelphia and erected last week. The two previous issues were printed on the Mercersburg Journal’s press, after the old press broke down and had to be junked, and while a replacement was being located. The “News,” is now back to normal after three weeks of chaos.

Earl D. Knepper was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering at commencement exercises at Tri- State College, Angola, Ind.

Bill’s Place, the well-known restaurant on the summit of Rays Hill, was destroyed by fire on Sunday night. The adjacent souvenir shop, however, was saved from damage. Bill’s Place, owned by Bill Wakefield for the past 28 years, was listed as “the smallest place in the world” in a national syndicated newspaper feature a few years ago. Damage was estimated at $20,000.

Tools valued at $150 and owned by Oscar Keefer were stolen over the weekend from the Masonic Home on North Second Street where Mr. Keefer was engaged in remodelling the interior.

Marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse last week to Alvin P. Doyle, McConnellsburg, and Shirley J. Sparks, Everett; Lyle S. Souders, McConnellsburg, and Wanda Lee Ritz, Warfordsburg; Carl D. Knepper and Margaret E. Houck, both of McConnellsburg.

Pfc. Rodger L. Mellott, 21, of Amaranth, is serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska.

Paula Cover, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Cover, suffered a severely dislocated elbow last Monday while playing. After two unsuccessful attempts to set the elbow, she was taken to Chambersburg Hospital where it was set and placed in a cast.

Rev. and Mrs. Everett Woodcock, Harrisonville, have safely arrived in North Rhodesia from Elizabethville in the Belgian Congo, an area in which fighting had broken out between Katanga and the United Nations troops. The Woodcocks are missionaries with the Untied Methodist Mission.

Pat Davis, Dianne Waters and Barbara Shore, members of the McConnellsburg chapter of the FHA, have been named as State Homemakers of America.

An article entitled, “The Old Village Sunday School and Church,” by Helen F. Rinker, describes childhood memories of the old Methodist Church at Fort Littleton, which was recently torn down to make way for a new one.

Jerry Mentzer of Burnt Cabins is slowly improving following surgery at the Univer- sity Hospital in Philadelphia.

Jerry Hall of Burnt Cabins and Elaine Bricker of Fannettsburg were recently married.

U.S. Army Pvt. Gleavor Horton is spending a furlough with his grandmother, Golda Browand, Burnt Cabins.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Souders, McConnellsburg, December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Richards, McConnellsburg, December 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Broadwater, Hancock, December 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Swope, Harrisonville, December 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Seiders, McConnellsburg, December 10.

Deaths: Mrs. James H. Kendall, Mc- Connellsburg; Albert Wright, Hopewell; Mrs. Della Kyle, Carlisle, formerly of Fulton County.

Ben Thomas Home Sales advertises 47- foot mobile homes for $2,695 and 55-foot three-bedroom mobile home for $3,500.

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