2012-02-09 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 1, 1962


Bernard M. Gress, editor of The

Fulton Democrat, has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for representative in the General Assembly in the May primaries. Incumbent Harry M. Elvey will seek the nomination for re-election on the Republican ticket.

The First National Bank of McConnellsburg celebrated its 75th anniversary on February 24.

Merle W. Riehl, 37, of Everett, formerly of Amaranth, was killed in an automobile accident near Roaring Springs last Wednesday morning.

Navy Lt. Commander Charles H. Zilch of Fort Littleton, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Randolph, participated in the recover operations of the Project Mercury orbital space flight last week. The Friendship 7 capsule, which carried Marine Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. on his historymaking three-orbit flight, was retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean by the U.S. Noa, approximately five hours after launching.

Richard H. Decker, McConnellsburg, received his M.A. in mathematics at the State College of Iowa in Cedar Falls, last month.

The Wilmer Hays property on North Second Street was sold last week to J. Irving Raker, who will take possession in mid- March.

Mrs. Pauline McCleary, McConnellsburg, fell on the icy sidewalk last Wednesday and broke her arm.

Pfc. Lyle E. Mellott of Needmore is currently serving a three-year hitch in the U.S. Army. He is currently stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Donald E. Myers of Needmore was awarded the Army Commendation Medal at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on February 16 for meritorious service in parachute packer supervision. He is now attending the Primary Helicopter School at Camp Wolters, Texas.

Charles Wagner of Mercersburg, who grew to manhood on what was formerly the David Washabaugh farm, is a guest at the Decker Nursing Home.

Ernest Fraker of Pitcairn, who was born and reared at Fort Littleton, was buried on Thursday, the last member of his immediate family.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gelvin, Fort Littleton, on February 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Miller, Fort Littleton, on February 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Mellott, Needmore, on February 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Souders, Hustontown, on February 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Keebaugh, McConnellsburg, on February 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cordell, Baltimore, on February 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cunningham, Richmond Furnace, on February 25.

The marriage of Cynthia Jean Kies, Mc- Connellsburg, to Harry B. Hill, Knobsville, on January 13, in San Diego, is announced. Mr. Hill is serving with the U.S. Navy on the USS Jason.

Serving in the U.S. Army: Pvt. Walter K. Purnell of Wells Tannery at Fort Godo, Ga.; Pvt. Terry B. Ramsey, Harrisonville, and Pvt. Chester W. Feagley, McConnellsburg, both of Fort Knox, Ky., and Woodrow W. Strait, Harrisonville, at Fort Jackson, S.C.

The engagement of J. Faye Gordon and Roger K. Elvey of McConnellsburg is announced.

Deaths: Mrs. Emma Woodal, Lewistown; Mrs. Mary Joan Reisner, Hagerstown; Harry N. Souders, Ayr Township; Robert Isaiah Edward, Waterfall; Floyd E. Hess, Needmore; Gertrude Elizabeth Sponsler, Laurel, Md., formerly of Harrisonville.

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