2012-03-15 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 2, 1942


Michael A. Lehner, 83, proprietor of the Dagmar

Hotel in Hagerstown, died in Hagerstown Hospital last Wednesday evening from injuries he received when a car driven by his son crashed into the rear of a slowly moving coal truck, one mile east of McConnellsburg. Lehner died of a crushed chest, two broken ribs and cuts about the face and hands. The son’s wife received a slight skull fracture and a throat injury.

The three members of the tire rationing board of Fulton County, which has been functioning for the past several months, have tendered their resignations and asked the reason for their action. The members said that the quotas assigned to the county were entirely too small compared to the large number of applicants. They also said that the April quota has now been received – 15 passenger tires, 54 passenger retreads, 46 passenger tubes, 34 truck tires, 26 truck retreads and 27 truck tires – which is far greater than any quota the resigning board had ever received.

Major Grover C. Kirk, who before the Pearl Harbor tragedy was chief surgeon in an Army hospital near Baltimore, called to see friends in town on Tuesday and visited with his brother, Judge George Kirk of Belfast Township.

Nearly 50 young people met at the home of Bernard M. Gress on Monday evening to form the McConnellsburg Dance Club. Officers elected were: Bernard Gress, president; Mrs. Mack Horton, vice president; Mary Jane Hamil, secretary; Martha Clevenger, assistant secretary; John Lamberson, treasurer; and Mrs. U.F. English, assistant treasurer.

Mrs. Netti Winegardner, who is visiting with her son-inlaw and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields, of East Lincoln Way, celebrated her 83rd birthday on March 29.

Thirteen highway department superintendents are pictured in this issue, holding plaques awarded by Secretary I. Lamont Hughes for not having any lost-time accidents in their territories during 1941. Included in the picture is Earl J. Madden of Fulton County.

Mrs. Ed Palmer of Warfordsburg and Mrs. Lloyd Kerlin of Burnt Cabins, subchairmen for the Red Cross first-aid program in Fulton County, have announced that classes will be organized in their communities next week. These coursSell es will be open to all high school students and adults.

Paul Gregory and Helen Gordon were wed April 11.

Since the death of Linda Patterson of Ayr Township, a sister, Miss Bess Patterson, found a copy of the New York Herald, dated April 15, 1865, the day after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The paper also carries a story on the “daggering” of Secretary Seward, a cabinet member, on the same day.

The Easter sunrise service at Baltimore will be broadcast on Sunday. David J. Lowe, formerly of Mc- Connellsburg, will play the Hammond pipe organ for this service.

A total of 135 citizens have enrolled to date for volunteer civilian defense services in Fulton County.

The senior class of the McConnellsburg High School will present the play, “Almost Summer,” on April 9. Those taking part will be Jack Fore, Erma Stinson, Lewis Largent, James Culler, Grace Raker, Jack Kelso, Lois Brown, Dale Fraker, Olive Unger and Dorothy Baumgardner.

Raymond C. Wible, who recently purchased the diner at the east end of Mc- Connellsburg from the Mc- Cleary Oil Co., opened for business on Tuesday evening of this week.

Death: Harry Martin of Chambersburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray announce the birth of a child on March 31.

Kenneth Gordon and family have moved from the Kendall farm near Webster Mills to the farm they purchased from J.C. Brewer. Paul Stahl and family have moved to the Kendall farm, while Edmund Seiders and family have moved from the Brewer farm to the Ott farm near Knobsville.

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