2012-03-22 / From Days Gone By

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 6, 1972


State police of the Bedford substation arrested a 24-year-old stable boy at the Meadows race track on Thursday morning and charged him with the murder of two women at the Beechwood Inn near Bedford on December 1. Police had earlier filed homicide charges for the young man’s arrest, nearly four months after the killing of two elderly ladies who had operated the Beechwood Inn for nearly 30 years. The dead women were Margarite Snyder, 69, and Mary Deremer, 67. Their restaurant and service station was ransacked, but police, who went over it with a “fine tooth comb” for days, uncovered more than $2,300 in currency and coins which the robber/ killer overlooked.

The Fulton County Commissioners have officially designated the week of April 9-15 as “Cancer Control Week” in Fulton County.

The following students were named to the dean’s list for high academic achievement at Shippensburg State College during the winter term: Jacqueline Cline of Harrisonville; Martin R. Brown and Kenneth Wayne Keebaugh, both of Hustontown; Sara C. Peck of Warfordsburg; and Ada Jane Adams, Karen Marie Keebaugh, Kathy Keebaugh, Kathleen Rajtik, Marie Rotz and Clarence Souders, all of Mc- Conellsburg.

Noel Mellott of Hustontown suffered fractures of both legs in a farm accident that occurred last Wednesday afternoon on the Wayne Decker farm, located along the Sipes Mill Road. Mr. Mellott was taken to the Medical Center and transferred immediately to Chambersburg Hospital where he underwent surgery on his right leg on Friday. The accident occurred as Mr. Mellott was riding a fertilizer spreader behind a tractor. The legs of his pants became caught in the power takeoff and his legs were pulled into the mechanics. He managed to hold on or he would have been pulled in bodily before the machine was able to be turned off.

Randy Keefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer of McConnellsburg, was named to the dean’s list at Penn State University, Mont Alto Campus, for the winter term.

Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Bard recently returned from a trip to Key West, Disney World and other points of interest in Florida.

Deaths: Mrs. Julia Gobin, McConnellsburg; Lewis M. Linn, Chambersburg; W. Webb McFadden, Hancock; Alfred Newman Sr., Montgomery County.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sammie Peck Jr., McConnellsburg, on March 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Plessinger of McConnellsburg on March 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Skiles of McConnellsburg on March 29.

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