2012-05-03 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Daisy Everts Burrall of Knobsville, was taken in 1953-54 at Cornelius Grocery Store in McConnellsburg and pictures, left to right, Daisy, Ed Cornelius and Geraldine Cornelius. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Daisy Everts Burrall of Knobsville, was taken in 1953-54 at Cornelius Grocery Store in McConnellsburg and pictures, left to right, Daisy, Ed Cornelius and Geraldine Cornelius. 20 Years Ago


Fulton County Republican voters joined their fellow Pennsylvanians in giving President George

Bush the primary victory he needed to capture enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination for president in Tuesday’s state primary election. County Republicans cast 913 votes for Bush to just 199 for challenger Patrick Buchanan. Ross Perot was given 71 writein votes by county Republicans disgruntled with President Bush. In the Democratic vote, countians clearly favored Bill Clinton over all challengers. Clinton garnered 668 votes in the county to 129 for Paul Tsongas, 122 for Jerry Brown, 57 write-ins for Ross Perot, 17 for Lyndon Laruche, 13 for Tom Harkin and 11 for Bob Kerrey.

Almost 60 athletes participated April 28 in the Fulton County Special Olympics competitions held at McConnellsburg High School track. This marked the first time since the early 1970s that the competitions were held locally.

Sam Buterbaugh, local historian, was named the Fulton County Historical Society’s Historian of the Year at the society’s annual meeting April 25. Buterbaugh is a well-respected local historian and is known by many county residents as someone who can be counted on to graciously answer any and all questions pertaining to the history of the county.

Fulton County Medical Center’s OB/GYN physician has terminated his relationship with the center and will not return to the area, but services for the center will continue. Dr. Gerson Paul had been providing services to the Medical Center since July 1991 following the closing of Mountain View OB/GYN and the departure of Drs. Steven Sheppard and Sue Peck. Dr. Paul had originally been based at the center but in August he and his staff relocated to the former Mountain View offices. Presently the clinic at the North Second Street location is being staffed through short-term arrangements with visiting physicians.

Announcement is made of the marriage of Carole Harr and Ricky Hoffman of McConnellsburg on April 24 in Hagerstown. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. JoAnne Harr and the late Dayton Harr and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Hoffman, all of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Phillip Lake, Harrisonville; Alvin Myers, Harrisonville; Eugene Caldwell, Hancock; Helen Jenkins, Upper Marlboro; Deborah Shoop, Chambersburg; Viola Schmidt, Takoma Park, Md.; Goldie Shives, Hedgesville,W.Va.; Carmen Foreman, Blairsville; Harry Cline Sr., Kernersville, N.C.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Runk of Robertsdale on April 12.

Marriage licenses: Brian Strait, Needmore, and Geraldine Strait, Needmore; Karl Petrie, McConnellsburg, and Sue Eigenbrode, Waynesboro.

Todd and Barbara Grissinger of Mercersburg announce the birth of their daughter, Tonya Marie, April 12, at Washington County Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 6, 1982


Voter registration for the upcoming May 18 primary is about the same as it was for both primary and general elections last year, with both the Democrats and Republicans making up the same proportions of the electorate as before.

Bicycle motorcross has been a popular sport in other states for several years. After seeing a BMX race in Johnstown last year, county extension agent Don Fowler decided it would be a good sport for his sons, as well as other Fulton County and area youths. He went to work organizing a 4-H BMX Club, open to girls and boys ages 6-19, which now numbers about 40 members from Fulton, Bedford and Franklin counties.

Sixteen-year-old Brian Mellott was proud as a peacock on Saturday when he brought home a 20-1/4 pound turkey with a 10-inch beard, which he got within his sights on the Meadow Ground Mountain. He is the son of Joe and Carol Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Terry Eugene Lushbaugh and Lisa Kaye Feaster, both of Mercersburg; James Dwayne Ritz, Warfordsburg, and Deidre Lynn Beatty, Needmore.

Specials at the IGA: Libby vegetables, 2 for 79 cents; Pepsi Cola, six 12-oz. cans, $1.39; ground beef, $1.29 lb.; lettuce, 49 cents; Campbell’s pork and beans, 2 for 79 cents; Downy fabric softener, $3.19, 96-oz. bottle.

At the opening of the 1982 season at the Jennerstown Speedway on April 24, Tom Peck of McConnellsburg started off the season as the big winner, competing in a large field of late model cars.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ted Bivens of Berkeley Springs on April 27.

Deaths: Margaret Patzer, Lancaster; John McCulloh, Waynesboro; W. Ralph Younker, Hancock; Clifford Seiders, McConnellsburg; Fred P. Ritchey, Breezewood; Ruth Garland, Needmore; Pierce Glunt, Burnt Cabins; Mary P. Woy, Orbisonia; Paul B. Thomas, Hustontown; Goldie M. Poffenberger, Williamsport; Beatrice E. Hoffman, Fayetteville.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 18, 1972

’72 Graduation exercises will get into full swing in Fulton County this coming weekend, with both Central Fulton and Southern Fulton scheduling baccalaureate services for 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. Forbes Road will follow the next week. A total of 160 seniors will receive diplomas.

A wind-whipped blaze on Thursday swept through five buildings in the worst fire to hit the tiny Broad Top community of Hopewell in almost four years. The inferno left 25 persons homeless and caused damage estimated at $100,000. The fire started in the Clover Farm General Store and quickly spread to an apartment building next door. A stiff wind, blowing through the small alley where the town is situated, carried the flames across Route 195, where two duplex homes were ignited. Downtown Hopewell was leveled by fire 41 years ago when scores of homes were lost in a disastrous blaze on December 4, 1931.

Amid a colorful setting, 116 mothers, daughters and guests enjoyed a Hawaiian luau at the McConnellsburg Firehall on May 9. The event was held in observance of May Fellowship by the Council of Church Women of McConnellsburg.

Cheryl Lee Bivens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Bivens of Big Cove Tannery was united in marriage to Dale O. Humbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Humbert Jr., McConnellsburg, on Saturday, April 8.

Two Fulton County students will be among the 535 to complete courses at Bob Jones University at Greenville, S.C., on May 31. Miss Joy Elaine Buterbaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Lawrence Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg, will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian education, School of Religion. Miss Eileen Kay Detwiler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Detwiler of Hustontown, will receive a certificate of completion, one-year business course, School of Business Administration.

Deaths: Don E. Wible, McConnellsburg; J. Frank Dunlap, Syracuse, N.Y.; Effie Divel, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Jessie C. Fox, Waynesboro; R. Pearl Nave, Bedford County; Lola Mude Flood, Greencastle.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Cutchall of McConnellsburg on May 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Sullivan of Mercersburg on May 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. C. Randy Shaffer of Waterfall on May 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ned J. Whitsel of Three Springs on May 10.

Airman Gregory Creager, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Creager of McConnellsburg, has completed his U.S. Air Force basic training at the Air Training Command’s Lackland AFB, Texas.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 24, 1962


The new $8.5 million nuclear reactor at Saxton will be dedicated on Friday and the following two days people will be allowed to visit the plant to see the top of the reactor, not in operation, which is loaded with one ton of nuclear fuel – enriched uranium oxide. The reactor is underground and covered with 3 feet of concrete and protective shields. The reactor is owned by Saxton Nuclear experimental corporation formed by Penelec and three other operating subsidiaries of General Public Utilities.

The fundraising drive for the new Frederick Tailoring Co. plant in McConnellsburg is under way this week to sell $65,000 in no-interest certificates.

George Reed Elbin, a teacher at Southern Fulton Joint School, was one of 60 teachers chosen nationwide to study this summer at the science institute at West Virginia Wesleyan College sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Ralph William Hammond of McConnellsburg will receive his B.A. degree in education on June 6 at the University of Kansas City.

A public hearing to determine the economic effect on the community by the construction of a section of Interstate 70 will be held in Warfordsburg on June 5. The section is 0.56 mile long and about 1-1/2 miles south of Warfordsburg.

Eugene Earley was elected president of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce at a meeting on Wednesday.

Born: a son, Jeffrey Stewart, to Mr. and Mrs. Leland Cisney, Erie, Pa.

An anonymous person has donated $1,500 for a Mohler organ for the Presbyterian Church of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hull, Big Cove Tannery, on May 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hann, Harrisonville, on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vazzola of Quantico, Va., on May 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jay McElhaney, Mc- Connellsburg, on May 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bain, Mercersburg, on May 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Weller, McConnellsburg, on May 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Evan Hoffman, McConnellsburg, on May 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Winter, Warfordsburg, on May 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mellott, Needmore, on May 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon, Big Cove Tannery, on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lake, Waterfall, on May 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hinkle, Hesston, on May 20.

The Forbes Road Joint School Board is accepting bids on the old Hustontown High School.

Quite a storm passed through the area last Tuesday with severe lightning, wind, rain and hail, leaving a lot of damage.

News of men in service: Army Specialist Four Donald E. Clippinger of Burnt Cabins, a radio teletype operator, took part in an Altantic Command training maneuver at Camp LeJuene on May 7-10. He entered the Army in November 1960.

Melvin Raymond Strait Jr. of McConnellsburg is stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. He entered the army in March 1962.

At the recent county field meet at Forbes Road, Mc- Connellsburg won both Class A and B events with a total of 97 points. Forbes won 64-1/2, Southern Fulton 41 and Greenhill 11-1/2 points.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 22, 1952


Blackface type at the top of the personal column this week reads: “Linnie has the measles! Operation delayed! Read about it in the Warfordsburg items in this issue. A check of the Warfordsburg column reveals that Linnie Hendershot, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Hendershot of Warfordsburg, has the measles, thus causing the delay of an operation in Pittsburgh for the transfer and separation of muscles to relieve the paralysis he suffered from an attack of polio. Surgeons at the Allegheny General hospital believe the operation will straighten his right leg.

Four from Fulton County will graduate from Shippensburg this year. They are: John A. Hollenshead of Needmore; Allison L. Shade of Clear Ridge; Dorothy M. Stahle of Cito and Fred Warthin of McConnellsburg.

Robert Eugene Rockwell and Ruth Almyra Hendershot were married on May 2.

Hustontown defeated McConnellsburg, 6-1 last week to win the Fulton County High School Baseball League.

Laundry service was interrupted in this area last week when five route men from the Chambersburg Laundry resigned due to a wage controversy.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George L. Buterbaugh of Cito on May 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lester of McConnellsburg on May 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Collins M. Shade of Clear Ridge entertained their seven sons and two daughters on May 10 in honor of Mr. Shade’s birthday, the first occasion in many years which brought the whole family together.

A Pittsburgh truck driver told police he was held up last Tuesday night and robbed of $300, two diamond rings valued at $350 and an $80 wristwatch while sleeping in the cab of his truck on Route 126 in Union Township.

Death: William Waugh of Warfordsburg.

Lloyd King of Fairview has secured employment at the Heinz plant in Chambersburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Buhl Rohrer of Center enjoyed visiting the tulip gardens at Hershey last week.

Billy Stevens, who is stationed with the Army at Omaha, spent several days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Stevens of Hustontown.

George Hamil of Knobsville won himself $5 last Tuesday night when he took off his heavy work shoes and ran the whole way from the Greenleaf Luncheonette to the Esso Service Station. A friend bet him $5 he couldn’t do it.

Measles, chicken pox and mumps are all here!

Guy Anderson has been elected president of the Wells Tannery 4-H Club, with Bill Mosebey as vice president.

Pvt. Ernest F. Doyle, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Doyle of McConnellsburg, has been assigned to the Fifth Army Division, Camp Chaffee, Ark., for training.

Deaths: Charles A. Elvey of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Charles T. Johnston of Delta, Colo.; Lester Edward Little of Chambersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 21, 1942


Rev. and Mrs. John F. Samuel left on Sunday afternoon to attend the annual conference of the

Central Pennsylvania Synod of the United Lutheran Church in Allentown. Rev. Samuel will be formally ordained at this convention, it being the first meeting since he began his ministry here about a year ago.

Deaths: Mrs. Beamer Gress of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Ida Mellott Smith of Great Cacapon, W.Va.

On the basis of unofficial election returns, General Edward Martin has won the Republican nomination for governor, while the Democratic nominee will be auditor general F. Clair Ross. On the local scene, Lewis Harris won the Democratic nomination for representative in the General Assembly, while Walter R. Sloan will be the Republican nominee. In the Democratic race for county chairman, Marshall Lynch won by a big margin over his two opponents, J.C. Kirk and Elwood Manning.

The state highway department began grading a portion of South Second Street on Monday morning, from the Seylar home to the borough line. Several trees on each side of the street had to be removed and several light poles will be moved.

At a special meeting of the Borough Council on Monday evening, A.J. Rotz and Frank Martin were appointed to fill vacancies caused by two members being called to the armed forces. Glen R. Bitner was called into the Army on April 12, and C.M. Bender will leave for induction on May 23.

The first public dance to be sponsored by the Mc- Connellsburg War Morale Dance Club will be held on Friday evening in the school auditorium. Music for the affair will be furnished by the 14-piece Club Del Rio Orchestra. The local dance club now has nearly 130 members.

Richard Grissinger, son of Mr and Mrs. H.E. Grissinger, received his B.A. degree from Gettysburg College on May 18. Having majored in chemistry, he has taken a position with the Hercules Powder Co. of Wilmington, Del.

The following have been elected directors of the Union Cemetery Association: James H. Kendall, Rhoda E. Kendall, Conrad Glazier, Wm. A. Secrist, Russell Kendall, Charles R. Duffey, Cam Mellott, Harold Rotz and Roy Cutshall. Elmer Seiders was retained a sexton, with Paul Seiders as assistant sexton.

Miss Mary Alice Clevenger has accepted a position as the telephone exchange operator at the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation in Hagerstown.

Mrs. Howard Fix of Fort Littleton is seriously ill at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Fraker.

Thomas Deshong, who is employed near Baltimore, spent the weekend with his family at Harrisonville.

Harry Ficks of McConnellsburg was one of four men injured when their car wrecked near Carlisle last Monday. He received a broken leg and is now a patient in Carlisle Hospital.

Pvt. William Gress of Waterfall is now stationed in Kentucky.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 19, 1932


Deaths: Daniel Milton Black of Waterfall; Mrs. Anna Margaret Hann of Webster Mills; Riley Hancock Younker of lower Fulton County; Elliott Reed Smith of Daimondale, Mich.; Harry Martin of Clear Spring, Md.; Glen Humbert Gallaher of Huntingdon.

A new law governing employment of women in Pennsylvania states that no woman may be employed in any establishment after 9 p.m. and limits an employed woman’s hours per week to 54.

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches this week issued the fifth edition of “The Federated Church of Mc- Connellsburg, PA,” an eightpage booklet by the Rev. William J. Lowe.

Mrs. Virginia Lynch has been appointed clerk to the County Board of Commissioners to fill the place of her late husband.

Mr. and Mrs. Orville P. Shaw and two children have moved from Ohio to the Horton farm in Wells Valley.

Health officer C.E. Seville lifted the quarantine of the scarlet fever victims in New Grenada on Friday.

Miss Ida Cowan of Burnt Cabins underwent an operation at Harrisburg last Wednesday.

Miss Florence Horton of Wells Tannery is a patient in a Philadelphia hospital.

At the Johnston store: ladies’ coats, $4.98; men’s all wool suits, $15; boys’ shoes, $1.65 men’s shoes, $1.98 and ladies’ pumps, $1.98.

Charley Deneen, Harry Hoffman and Carl Wolf of Buck Valley narrowly escaped death by drowning last Thursday night when the car they were driving plunged into the dam at Gapsville. All escaped with minor injuries.

A&P specials: bacon, 3 cents; sugar, 25 lbs. for $1.09; tomatoes, 3 cans for 20 cents; Lifeboy soap, 3 for 17 cents; Eight O’Clock coffee, 33 cents; pink salmon, 23 cents.

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