2011-12-01 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 21, 1961


Denver Mellott of McConnellsburg is in serious condition at Carlisle

Hospital following an accident at 11:20 a.m. on Sunday in the westbound lane of Blue Mountain Tunnel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Mellott was driving an Eastern Express trailer truck and crashed into the rear of another truck with a flat tire which was blocking the tunnel. The disabled truck in turn crashed into two cars in front of it in the tunnel. Mellott suffered multiple lacerations of the head, possible skull fracture and abdominal injuries.

A 19-year-old Mercersburg man is listed in serious condition in a Miami, Fla., hospital after being shot by a Miami police officer during his unsuccessful attempt to hijack a yacht to take him to Cuba. He boarded the boat and at gunpoint forced the captain to take it out to sea. He was shot by the police officer with a high-powered rifle in a Coast Guard vessel which was following the stolen craft. The hijacker told police his brother had been executed by a Cuban firing squad, and he wanted to get to Cuba to kill Fidel Castro.

More than a thousand hunters waited in line early Friday morning to get one of the 800 deer hunting licenses allocated to Washington County and issued from the Hancock High School. After all the licenses were issued at about 9:30 a.m., police and firemen were called into control the more than 200 disappointed applicants, some of whom had been drinking all night while waiting and had their hunting guns with them. A riot was avoided. Police said no one wanted to be doused with water from the fire hoses in the 10-above-zero weather.

A Chambersburg man was sentenced to 18 months in prison by federal court for illegal shipment of 15 slot machines from Chicago between January 1958 and September 1959. A Chicago novelty store owner was sentenced to a six-month prison sentence in connection with the shipments.

On Monday, the first day of doe hunting, three of the hunted animals were seen wandering on Lincoln Way East in town, seemingly quite unconcerned.

George Cook of Three Springs was recently awarded the Keystone Farmer Degree.

Army Pfc. Stanley Seiders of Big Cove Tannery is serving in Deaheim, Germany.

Merle Stenger has been elected president of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. for 1962.

Miss Nancy Taylor, R.N., is a patient in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

Marriage licenses were applied for at the local courthouse last week by the following couples: Melvin C. Rohm and Mary E. Barnhart, both of McConnellsburg; Daniel E. Everhart, James Creek, Pa., and Lorma E. Black, Huntingdon; Benjamin F. Youtzy, Lewistown, and Erma M. Jaymes, Shade Gap; Robert G. Dillman Jr. and Faye E. Bower, both of Fairfield, Pa.

Russell Manning, Warfordsburg, is improving at the Hagerstown Hospital from a serious operation last week.

Mrs. Lucille Shaw moved into her new house next to the post office in Warfordsburg recently.

Roberta Golden of Warfordsburg is taking nurses training at a hospital in Baltimore.

Clarence Gobin of Akron, Ohio, was visiting boyhood friends and neighbors in Knobsville on Saturday.

Barry Souders of Knobsville, who is with the Air Force in Alaska, was brought by plane to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., last week.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Powell, Needmore, on December 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick McCammon on December 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sheffield, Fort Littleton, on December 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Bain, McConnellsburg, on December 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Trail, Hancock, on December 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Walker of McConnellsburg on December 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Anderson of Orbisonia on December 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Hutchinson, St. Thomas, on December 17.

Deaths: Harry John Bossler of Johnstown, formerly of Saxton; John N. VanHorn of Wells Tannery; Emory L. Wible of Three Springs.

An ad for Christmas trees delivered anywhere in Fulton County for $3 each appears in this issue.

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