2012-03-22 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 25, 1982


Two people died, one in Bedford County and the other in Huntingdon County, last week due to being exposed to the cold too long, resulting in loss of body heat and subsequent heart failure. The grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Mellott of Needmore, Arthur J. Hauze, Everett, was dead on arrival at Bedford County Hospital last Tuesday. An autopsy on Wednesday determined the cause of death as hypothermia. Hauze had been hiking and climbing on the Warrior’s Ridge area of Hopewell Township with a friend. He had accidentally got wet crossing a waistdeep stream and had continued walking until later in the afternoon when he told his companion “he couldn’t go on.” His friend carried him for some distance, then went on alone to get help quickly, at least two miles away. An area resident with a four-wheel-drive vehicle drove part way up a mountain road and was able to bring the man down to the highway near Yellow Creek and get him to the hospital. The second death from exposure was Wilford P. Helsel, 66, Laurel, Md., whose lifeless body was found in the middle of an old logging road in Dublin Township, near Shade Gap, on Saturday afternoon. An autopsy performed determined the cause of death as hypothermia, and a police investigation showed that he had been seen in Shade Gap early last Thursday. He had apparently been en route to his cabin in Dublin Township when his car became stuck in the mud. His body was found on Saturday in the middle of the road leading to the cabin. Apparently he tried pushing the vehicle in an attempt to get it moving.

Deaths: Kevin Snyder, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 2 for $1; Kraft American cheese, $1.39, 12-oz. pkg.; Cheer detergent, $1.99, 49 ozs.; ground beef, $1.29 lb.; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, $1.19 qt. Post grapenuts cereal, $1.59, 24- oz. pkg.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Night Crossing.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Byers of Chambersburg on March 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fischer of Mercersburg on March 18.

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