30 Years Ago
McConnellsburg, Hustontown and JLG firemen responded, in biting cold weather, Monday at noon, to a house fire at the Maxine DeShong residence just off Route 30 opposite the old Green Hill School. No monetary value has been determined for the amount of damage done to the home, but firemen said the fire burnt a partition behind a flue, where the fire apparently started, swept up a set of steps to the second floor, burning out the stairway and damaging a second story loft and rafters.
Walter “Bud” McKinley was named Fireman of the Year at the Needmore Fire Co.’s 12th annual banquet.
McConnellsburg Borough Patrolman Charles R. Ray is making a plea to anyone with information that might reveal the whereabouts of his daughter, Deborah Ray Witmer. Ray said a reward fund for information concerning the young woman, missing since last May 27, is being established and will include at least $500 that Ray himself is offering. No reason has ever been determined for the mysterious disappearance of Deb Witmer from the home she shared with her mother and brothers in St. Thomas.
It depends on who is talking about just how cold it was, but there was no doubt about it that the arctic storm, which reached here Saturday afternoon, brought subzero temperatures way below any recorded in this century. The high winds on Saturday drove the wind chill factor down as low as minus 56 degrees for various periods of time.
Deaths: Dayton Harr, McConnellsburg; Adam E. Swadley, Needmore; Georgia E. Lewis, Warfordsburg.
Specials at the IGA; bananas, 3 lbs., $3; Camay beauty soap, 2 for 89 cents; Scotties facial tissues, 2 for $1; sirloin tip roast, $1.98 lb.; Pepsi, 99 cents, 2-liter bottle; oranges, 10 for 98 cents.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Barnett of Everett on January 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Karl Swope of Needmore on January 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ballas of Three Springs on January 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Covert of Shirleysburg on January 6.