2011-12-08 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 28, 1961


Richard “Dick” Bivens of Mc-

Connellsburg is improving satisfactorily at the Fulton County Medical Center from first-degree burns of the face, arms and legs which he received when an explosion rocked the paint shop at the K.G. Richards garage on Lincoln Way East on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Dale McQuade, another employee at the garage, who was working in an adjoining room, suffered a slight knee injury when the blast hurled him against a car. Bivens had the presence of mind to discard his burning clothing and then jump through a plate glass door away from the fire. He was rushed to the Medical Center by Benny Mumma, another employee. Damage was estimated at $6,000.

A head-on collision on the snow-covered highway at Big Cove Tannery on Christmas Day injured three of four passengers in a car driver by Agnes Gress of Big Cove Tannery and Leo L. Ramsey of McConnellsburg, the other driver involved, and a passenger in his car. Mrs. Gress was transferred to Chambersburg Hospital with a possible dislocated hip.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse last week to A. Ronald Zeger and Iola G. Swope, both of Mc- Connellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Knepper of New Holland, Pa., announce the arrival of a daughter, Karen Lynette, on December 8.

The marriage is announced of Melvin Rohm and Mary E. Barnhart, both of Mc- Connellsburg, on Friday evening at the home of the groom.

Paul R. Deshong, ETN3, of the U.S. Navy, has been promoted to petty officer third class.

Early estimates show 25 percent less doe were killed this year than were last year, the reason cited being the unseasonably warm weather.

Kenneth Gordon, McConnellsburg, Joel Knepper, Hustontown, and Robert Knepper, Three Springs, were the first, second and third award winners in the Pennsylvania 5-Acre Corn Club with yields exceeding 100 bushels of shelled corn per acre.

SSgt. Carl Funk, wife and sons Mike and David of Panama City, Fla., are spending the holiday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Blair Garland, Lincoln Way East.

Nancy Taylor, R.N., is recuperating at the home of her mother, Mrs. Lauren Taylor, Lincoln Way East, following surgery at the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Cam McCray, Warfordsburg, have returned from a 10-day vacation in Europe.

Russell Manning, Warfordsburg, is a patient at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., following recently surgery at the Hagerstown Hospital.

The State Liquor Control Board has placed a complete ban on solicitation of drinks in taprooms, clubs and other licensed establishments.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Miller, Mercersburg, on December 23.

Applications for the office of postmaster of the Needmore post office are being accepted. The job pays $4,605 a year.

We had a beautiful, white, sunshiny Christmas Day, says the Amaranth correspondent.

Elmer, Sarah, Panny and Gladys Carson and Reed Layton of Amaranth spent the Christmas holiday with relatives in Dallas, Texas.

Social Security tax rates will increase on January 1 to 3 1/8 percent from employee’s pay and the same paid by employers. Selfemployed workers will pay 4.7 percent. The tax applies to the first $4,800 of annual earnings. Payments to dependent and widows will increase from the minimum $33 to $40 a month.

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