2012-01-19 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 8, 1962


The McConnellsburg Volunteer

Fire Co. has purchased a 1960 Pontiac ambulance at a cost of $4,500, about half the cost of the original selling price of $8,700. The old 1949 Cadillac ambulance now in use will be disposed of.

Harry Brantner, local used-car dealer, has purchased the Mrs. John M. Spangler property, comprising 82 acres, an eightroom house, two guest houses and other farm buildings for $60,000. The property is located just north of McConnellsburg on Route 522.

Rep. J. Irving Whalley announced this week that he will be a candidate for re-election to Congress from the newly-designated 12th District of Pennsylvania, consisting of Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Blair counties.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse last week to Max Houck, Broad Top, and Marie Louise Johnson of Wells Tannery.

S.W. Cunningham of lower Dublin Township recently took two little pigs to market – one weighed 718 pounds and the other 644 pounds.

Dr. Robert Fry gave public recognition to Kenneth Welsh, Merrill Black, Richard Barton, Harold Divens and Mrs. Willis Mellott, who no doubt helped save a life at the Medical Center last Friday when they answered the call for emergency blood donors.

Officials of The Association of Fire Underwriters, Altoona, were in McConnellsburg last week and, following an inspection for fire protection available, gave the town a “C” rating, comparable to that given much larger cities. Until last week, the town was classed “unprotected.” The work done to increase pressure on the municipal waste system, upgraded the rating and should save residents as much as 30 percent on their annual fire insurance premiums.

A total of 317 persons died of disease of the heart and blood vessels in Bedford and Fulton counties in 1960, according to the two-county Heart Committee.

Lawrence Plessinger of Warfordsburg was discharged from the U.S. Army Signal Corps last week, after serving three years, two of them in Alaska.

The new Methodist Church at Fort Littleton will be formally opened and the building consecrated on Sunday, February 11.

William E. Golden and Martin Lynch of Warfordsburg left on January 23 for Lakeland Air Force Base, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Naugle of Burnt Cabins celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday.

William Hendershot of Amaranth has received word of the death of his sister, Mrs. Blanche Mortensen of Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 30.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Beatty, Needmore, on January 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mull, Fayetteville, on February 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Hollenshead, Needmore, on February 2.

Marine Pvt. Mayford L. Brady of Big Cove Tannery completed his basic training on January 31 at Parris Island, S.C.

Deaths: John M. Bain, Northumberland, Pa., born in Fulton County; Miss Flora E. Shives, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Rita D. Mellott, Harrisonville; Mrs. C.H. Gochaneur, New Bern, N.C., born in Clear Ridge; Leo Allen Weller, Warfordsburg; Mrs. William E. Buterbaugh, Wilmington, Del., formerly of McConnellsburg; Louis K. Geist, Clinton, Md., husband of Grace Lake Geist, formerly of Needmore.

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