2012-03-01 / From Days Gone By

60 Years Ago

From The Files of March 20, 1952


The Luther Gordon sale last Thursday attracted one of the largest crowds in history here. The sale totalled almost $15,000, with the top cow, a Holstein, bringing $416.50. All the cows sold high. The top price on machinery was for a combine which brought $1,210. It cost Mr. Gordon $1,253. Oats, the market price for which is about $1, brought $1.40 a bushel and potatoes sold for $3. An old kerosene lamp, which the Gordons thought was valueless, brought $10, and a similar salt and pepper set brought $4. Leghorn chickens, which average $1 to $1.20 on the market, brought $1.70 at the sale. A Farmall H tractor sold for $1,000, which was practically the new price, but loss was taken on a cornpicker. McConnellsburg firemen set up a lunch stand and came home with a profit of $131. Mr. Gordon operated this farm, owned by William Secrist, for the past 26 years but is retiring due to ill health.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bailey, formely of Harrisburg, moved on Saturday to Spokane, Wash. Mrs. Bailey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamil of McConnellsburg.

During the storm one night last week, Charles B. Stevens of town got up too close to a door which had blown open. In so doing, he stumbled over a chair, fell and broke three ribs.

Mrs. George Reisner is expected to return to her home here today from the Harrisburg General Hospital.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peck of Warfordsburg on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Deshong of Harrisonville on March 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Helsel of Wells Tannery on March 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shotts of Waterfall on March 16.

The First National Bank of Everett will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the week of May 14.

County Commissioner W.L. Hendershot of Buck Valley celebrated his 75th birthday on March 9.

Fred Crawford and William Wakefield left last week for Venezuela where they expect to spend several weeks hunting jaguar.

Six weeks ago, D.A. Washabaugh of McConnellsburg found one of his cows dead, with nothing to indicate the cause of death. Three days later, another cow was found dead. Some time later, another was found dead and a veterinarian was called to perform an autopsy. He found that the cow had been electrocuted. It was then discovered that a short circuit existed in a water heater and an electrical charge was being carried to the stanchions.

Mrs. Mary Kirk Linn, who was born near Warfordsburg in 1850, died at her home in Roanoke, Va., on Saturday at the age of 102 years.

The school directors of Belfast, Bethel, Brush Creek, Thompson and Union townships met last week to form plans for a joint school at Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Burns Mellott of Mercersburg; Benjamin Franklin Weaver of Big Cove Tannery; Jesse S. Kope of Blain City; Mrs. Sarah J. Beatty of Little Orleans; H. Rush Hafer of Chambersburg; Mrs. Anna B. Fraker of Maddensville.

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