2011-12-15 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 4, 1962


Pennsylvania’s new minimum wage law went into effect on Monday and specifies that workers must be paid a minimum of a dollar an hour. There were many exemptions to the new law, including agricultural workers and hotel and restaurant employees.

The first baby born at the Medical Center this year was a daughter, Tammy Ellen, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodall on January 2.

Daniel M. Grissinger was elected worshipful master for 1962 of the Mount Zion Lodge No. 774, the local order of Free and Accepted Masons, last week.

Fred Souders, linotype operator at The Fulton Democrat, underwent emergency surgery at the Medical Center on Friday for a ruptured ulcer.

Wayne Truax, 3-year-old son of Benjamin Truax, Warfordsburg, fractured his right hip when he fell while playing at his home on Monday.

A marriage license was issued at the local courthouse last week to Jerry R. Chilcote of Hustontown and Evelyn P. Bair of Orbisonia.

Pennsylvania’s new medical assistance to the aged, a multi-million dollar program, started on January 1 this year.

Bobsledding enthusiasts enjoyed the run down Tuscarora Mountain into Allen’s Valley over the weekend, and there was a lot of ice skating on the farm ponds and lakes in the county also.

Ott Brothers Farm Supply announces International Harvester will be showing an experimental tractor No. HT-340 at the Farm Show next week that runs on a gas turbine engine paired with a hydrostatic transmission. The experimental model is made of fiberglass and has no gear shift lever, no throttle and no brake or clutch pedals.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Danfelt, Saltillo, December 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hanks, Breezewood, December 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Stains, Three Springs, December 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Deshong, McConnellsburg, December 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Shaffer, McConnellsburg, December 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hann, McConnellsburg, December 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Simon Mellott, McConnellsburg, December 31.

Rev. Everett Woodcock of Harrisonville, now a missionary in the Belgian Congo, writes a letter to the “News,” describing the hostilities in the Congo and adding “While the United States government supports the UN action, we feel it has a moral obligation to take a stand against the in-humane activities of the army it supports. Military might is deepening divisions in the Congo and destroying the civilizing influence of many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Lamont Bergstresser have moved to their new home along Route 522 in the Cove.

Word has been received of the death of Donald G. Buterbaugh of Camp Hill, husband of the former Naomi Wilds of Fort Littleton, and Dr. Sam Fraker of California, husband of the former Dora Orth of Fort Littleton.

The Empire State Building, the world’s tallest structure, was sold last week for $65 million to the Prudential Insurance Co. of America.

Deaths: Fred Hays Hanks of Greencastle, formerly of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Linda M. Mellott of Breezewood, born in Brush Creek Township; R. Edgar Hill of Chambersburg, formerly of Mercersburg; Grover Cleveland Mellott, Hustontown; Mervin W. Crouse, Chambersburg, formerly of Fulton County; Sheldon G. Fogal, Mechanicsburg, formerly of Shippensburg.

Dale Truax and Marian Mellott of Needmore were recently married.

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