2011-12-15 / From Days Gone By

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 3, 1952


Two Fulton County men were convicted and fined last Thursday in the first embracery case ever heard here. They were charged with discussing a court case with jurymen before the case had been decided. Each was fined $250 and costs. In sentencing the two, Judge Sheely said, “Any outside influence or pressure by anybody tended to break down the whole jury system.”

Radford Crouse of Shippensburg and his nephew, Ronald Cisney, spent several days last week visiting relatives in Arlington, Va.

Roy Rummell has returned to his home here from the U.S. Veterans’ Hospital in Altoona.

The following girls, who are in nurses’ training, spent the holidays at home: Gayle Fraker from Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia; Patsy Souders from Harrisburg Hospital; Marie Bivens from Baltimore; and Marian Wible from Windber.

John W. Mentzer was sworn in as Fulton’s new district attorney on Monday and Guy Oakman as treasurer. John Culler, Frank S. Thomas and W. Hendershot will retain their offices as commissioners. Don Chesnut will also serve another term as sheriff, the first time in the history of Fulton County that a sheriff has succeeded himself in office.

These six young men will leave for induction on January 24: Donald O. Smith of Artemas; Herbert H. Deshong of Harrisonville; William H. Cunningham and Preston A. Mellott of McConnellsburg; Vaughn L. Ramsey of Clear Ridge; and Samuel K. Helman of Fort Littleton. The local draft board also announced that all former 4-F classifications will be called for examination during January.

On January 1, the old one-cent postcard became history. It now costs two cents.

December weddings: Merrill Hopkins and Betty L. Rotz; Sgt. George M. Meyers and Vesta Isabella Crist; Herbert R. Grimm and Margaret Ruth Morton; Verne Ray Baker and Mary Kendall Kelso.

This week the “News” welcomes Mrs. David Hollenshead to its family of correspondents. Mrs. Hollenshead will write a weekly column about happenings in the Needmore area.

Birth: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane of Hustontown on December 29.

Peggy Lee, 6-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lamison of near Fort Littleton, has been admitted to the Childrens’ Hospital in Philadelphia for observation and treatment.

Sgt. Ralph Stewart Akers Jr. of Crystal Spring returned home on December 1 after serving 14 months with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea. Following his return home, he and Carolyn Cobb were married on December 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Elbert F. Lake of town celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on December 25.

Deaths: Lynn Roy, infant son of Clarence E. and Mildred Crawford of Amaranth; Lewis D. McQuade of Altoona; Harvey Black of McConnellsburg.

A large group of friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Strait at Hustontown on December 26 to bid them farewell before leaving for their new home in Franklin County.

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