2011-12-15 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 1, 1942


Deaths: James Maple Winters of near Warfordsburg; Mrs. Margaret

A. Peterson of Burnt Cabins; Thomas E. Huston, 54, prominent merchant, who was killed when a gun he was cleaning accidentally discharged at his home in Petersburg.

A civil defense volunteer office will be opened in the Fulton County Courthouse next week where all persons, men and women, young and old, who want to help in the defense of their homes, their community and their country may register. All types of volunteer workers are needed and there are jobs to fit everyone’s aptitude.

Four judges from the Chambersburg Lions Club toured the town on Tuesday night and named Kenneth Glazier as the winner of the local Lions Club’s Christmas lighting contest. Other winners were H.B. Mellott, second; G.C. Fields, third; Mrs. Margaret Bender, fourth; and Russell Glazier, fifth.

Royal Clevenger and Beatrice Mumma were married on December 20.

Oliver and Pauline Wible have purchased from their uncle, L.H. Wible, the Daddy Bender property on East Market Street, now tenanted by Mrs. Inez Christian.

Shown in this issue is a picture of Sgt. Ralph Barnett, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Meade Barnett of Defiance, who escaped injury in the attack on Hickam Field, Honolulu. The Barnetts were former residents of Fulton County.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Truax of McConnellsburg celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on December 21. A double celebration, in honor of Christmas and their anniversary, was held on December 25, when a turkey dinner, provided by sisters of Mrs. Truax, was served to about 40 guests.

Tire rationing will start throughout the county on January 5.

Clarence M. Galloway and Dorothy Seyfert were married on Christmas Day.

Clifford Lynn Seiders and Ruth Moats were married December 24.

Aviation Cadet Lloyd E. Bergstresser is now serving with the Aviation Training Detachment at Santa Maria, Calif. He is a son of the late Hayes and Verna ( Starr) Bergstresser of Waterfall.

A.P. Doran of Burnt Cabins has received word from his daughter, Mrs. Cleveland Hayes, in Charles City, Iowa, that her husband, John D. Hayes, had died in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. “He went down with his ship; its flag is still flying,” the message said.

On December 30, the Nesbit Hotel, a popular landmark in McConnellsburg, made a change in ownership. Glen R. Bitner, owner of the local Rexall Store, became the new owner and took possession on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. C.K. Nesbit, who owned and operated the hotel for the past six years, have moved to their farm near Knobsville. Bitner said that extensive changes, both inside and out, will be made in the near future.

Fred N. Hill and Sara Marjorie Lake were married December 24.

Miss Cleo Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin J. Mellott of Webster Mills, who is studying home economics at Penn State, was one of four sophomore girls to be awarded a $150 scholarship to the Owens Sophomore Women’s Honorary at a Christmas banquet on December 16. The awards were made on the basis of scholastic standing, need and general attitude.

Miss Beulah Largent, beautician in Harrisburg, spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Largent.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Raymond Deshong of East Lincoln Way announce the birth of a son, Paul Raymond, at Chambersburg Hospital last week.

Lois Waters celebrated her 16th birthday on December 3.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Kirk of Wells Tannery celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on December 24.

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