2012-03-22 / From Days Gone By

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 12, 1962


Harold C. Welsh, longtime county school superintendent, failed in his bid for re-election to that office at a meeting of county school directors held on Tuesday. The directors voted 21 for and 23 against his re-election. The Department of Public Instruction in Harrisburg will be asked to appoint someone to that office.

The residents of McConnellsburg were spared the terror of having a steel-laden tractor-trailer truck run through the town early Monday morning, when the driver steered his rig into an embankment on Tuscarora Mountain after the brakes failed, about a mile east of town. The driver, Richard N. Thompson of Baltimore, suffered a broken nose and abrasions, and there was $9,000 worth of damage to the rig.

Three members of a Delaware family and a truck driver were burned to death in an accident in the mile-long Tuscarora Tunnel of the PA Turnpike on Sunday afternoon. Police said the family was travelling in a convertible going east when the father lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into the side of the tunnel and fell into the path of the truck travelling behind it. They were pinned to the tunnel wall. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Marlene Ford of Crystal Spring has been appointed staff aide in the personnel department of the Bell Telephone Co. in Philadelphia.

Birth: a son, David Martin, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mertz, Haddon Heights, N.J., on March 13. Mrs. Mertz is the former Dolly Tritle of McConnellsburg.

Engagement: Alma E. Karns, Amaranth, to Joseph L. Horst, Hancock.

Ms. Lulu (Mann) Shultz of Warfordsburg is a patient in Berkeley Springs Hospital with injuries she received while rollerskating in Hancock.

Dr. George D. Weiss, a former principal of Bethel Township consolidated schools, has been appointed head of the Education Department at Kutztown State College.

Mrs. Paul Lake underwent major surgery last Thursday at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley explains the new Manpower Development and Training Program which is expected to start in July at a cost of $35 million.

News of men in armed forces: Army Pvt. Clair W. Hawkins of Harrisonville has completed eight-week police training at Fort Gordon, Ga.; Marine Pvt. Mayford L. Brady, Big Cove Tannery, is attending the Field Music School at the Marine Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.; Fredrick B. Humbert Jr., Big Cove Tannery, was discharged from the Army on April 12 after completing two years of service; John Boyd Harr, Big Cove Tannery, was discharged at Fort George G. Meade after four years of service; Benjamin F. Youtzy, Shade Gap, was discharged from the Army at Fort Bliss, Texas, after serving three years.

Neil Miller of Needmore is building a new home near Harold Morton’s on Route 76.

The Burnt Cabins Civic Club has begun work on the ground where a community building will soon be erected.

Jack Sharpe, manager of Ray’s IGA, is absent from duties due to an attack of mumps.

The Magic Brush Beauty Salon, proprietor Louise Strait, is now open for business near Hustontown.

Marriage announced: Iva L. Eader, Berkeley Springs, and Robert Shives, Warfordsburg, on March 31.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Schooley, Fort Loudon, on April 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Fischer Jr., Amaranth, on April 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Munch, Warfordsburg, on April 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nile Calhoun, Breezewood, on April 7.

Deaths: Alfred H. Parsons, Orbisonia; Mrs. Mary Etta Fleck, Broad Top City, born at Waterfall; Irvin Archie Cook, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Mary C. Kerlin, Shade Gap, born in Locke’s Valley; Miss Mary Ellen Ramsey, Maddensville; James Clarence Conrad, Carlisle, formerly of Ayr Township; Guy G. Hendershot, Langley Park, Md., formerly of Buck Valley.

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