2012-05-10 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 7, 1992


The late Elton Britt was a world famous country music singer and was widely believed to be the finest yodeler in western music. Today, nearly 20 years after his death here in Fulton County, his fans still believe that he should be inducted posthumously into the country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Britt made his home in Fulton County from 1968 to 1971. Ironically, he was back in the area visiting friends in June of 1972 when he suffered a heart attack. He died at Fulton County Medical Center on June 23, 1972.

Fulton County Center for Families is currently sub-contracting with Central Fulton School District to run an after school childcare program and a Parents-As-Teachers program for the district. The center is also planning to expand its services by offering a summer childcare program and a family literacy program.

With the rainy weather this week, it looks promising that the local firemen will be lucky enough to have a rain-free carnival this year, starting next week on May 11.

Walter Lane Sr. of McConnellsburg bagged a 20-pound gobbler sporting a 10-inch beard on Sideling Hill Mountain.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barker, Hancock, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary, to Gary Swope, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Swope Sr. of Harrisonville.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hockenberry of Saltillo on April 27.

Deaths: Dennis DeShong, McConnellsburg; Velma Gracey, New Grenada; Helena Harper, McConnellsburg; Alma Seigh, Bellaire, Ohio; John Poper, St. Thomas; Abigail Weiss, Audubon, N.J.; Nina Bivens, Big Cove Tannery; Hattie Reeder, Mercersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files OF May 13, 1982


Two local businesses will be closing this month due to lack of business. LeFabrik in Penn’s Village

Shopping Center, owned by Joe Boor of Mifflintown, will be closing at the end of the month; and Ye Olde Apothecary Shoppe, the former Trout Drug Store owned by Mary Lou Taylor Calabria, will close at the end of the week. Mrs. Calabria said most of the stock will be transferred to the other store she owns at the east end of town, Taylor’s Flower and Gift Shop.

It’s not an unusual sight anymore to see hang gliders landing in the open spaces in the Cito Road area, and Monday afternoon one landed in a tree on the Bob Hill property, and needed a fire truck to get him down, safe and unharmed.

Two area families were left homeless last week by fires caused by faulty wiring in one case and by lightning in the other. The first fire broke out at the trailer home of Bill and Joyce Trail, located on Rt. 484 near the Stoney Break intersection, four miles west of Warfordsburg, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Trail and two of their four sons, four months and four years, were at home when the fire broke out. The older sons, 10 and 16 years of age, were at school. It was later established that the fire had been caused by a short in the electrical wiring. The second structure fire broke out during a severe electrical storm at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning when the home of Rev. and Mrs. Kenny Cornelius, located on Clear Ridge Road just north of the Fulton Huntingdon County line, was struck by lightning. The family was awakened by what they described as “a loud explosion inside the house.” Lightning had struck a transformer some distance from the home and telephone service was cut off. Rev. Cornelius had to drive to the firehall about seven miles away to get help. Firemen were at the scene in about five minutes, but the home had received the full force of the lighting, which had knocked bricks off the gable end and was in flames when the firemen arrived.

Firemen from several surrounding companies, including Mercersburg, Needmore, Shade Gap, Breezewood and McConnellsburg, gathered at the Pleasant Vally Gospel Tabernacle Friday to honor deceased comrade Paul Thomas of Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Company with a special firemen’s funeral.

Specials at the IGA; Hawaiian punch, 69 cents; sirloin tip roast, $2.29 lb.; strawberries, 69 cents a pint; chicken rice or chicken and stars soup, 3 for $1.

Birth: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Miller of St. Thomas on May 6.

Deaths: Goldie A. Hess, Fayetteville; Emory Youse, Mc- Connellsburg; C. Blaine Rotz, Chambersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of May 25, 1972


Memorial Day services for McConnellsburg and community will be held on Monday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the Union Cemetery.

Grayson Davis was chosen Jaycee of the Year for the second year in succession at the annual banquet for installation of the officers of the Fulton County Jaycees held at the McConnellsburg Firehall on Saturday night. Parker Knepper was also honored by his fellow Jaycees by being named the Most Outstanding Young Man of the Year.

Five students from Fulton County are numbered among the 572 who are candidates for degrees at commencement exercises or the spring term at Shippensburg State College on May 26. The five Fulton County students, all of whom will receive B.S. degrees in education, are: Willard Hill of Needmore; Franklyn Geist Jr. of Warfordsburg and Thomas Duffey, Barbara Oakman and Gerald Peck Jr., all of Mc- Connellsburg.

Dale “Toadie” McQuade was mushroom hunting last Wednesday on the mountain near the Franklin County line and found a giant specimen which measured 9-1/2 inches tall and 3-1/2 inches across – a meal in itself.

Deaths: Daniel Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Esther Bishop, Waynesboro; Clarence W. Metz, Mercersburg; George Buterbaugh Sr., Carlisle; Mrs. Ann Akers, Miami, Fla.; Mrs. Hazel Tramp, Kenmore, N.Y.

Navy Petty Officer Second Class George M. Everett Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Everett Sr. of Hancock, is aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Inchon, taking part in “Exotic Dancer Five,” a training exercise in the Camp Lejeune, N.C. areas and waters off shore.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Smith of Hancock on May 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Elan of McConnellsburg on May 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Trueax of Crystal Spring on May 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hann of Warfordsburg on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mellott of Hancock on May 19.

Army Reserve Specialist First Class George W. Brant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brant of Harrisonville, and Army Sgt. First Class Marion E. Foster, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Foster of Wells Tannery, recently participated in the 1972 First U.S. Army Commander’s Rifle and Pistol championship matches at Fort George Meade, Md.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph G. Ritz of Hancock announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon, to Thomas P. Reinwald, son of F.L. Reinwald of Hamilton, N.Y., and the late Mrs. Reinwald.

Navy Airman Harold Sheffield Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sheffield of McConnellsburg, has reported for duty at Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Oahu, Hawaii.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of May 31, 1962


The 16th anniversary banquet of the Frederick Tailoring Co. in McConnellsburg was held last Thursday. Employees awarded a set of sterling iced teaspoons for 16 years of service were Esta Wible, Leota Hamil, Verda Seiders, Virginia Morgan, Hazel Stewart, Bessie Clevenger and Virginia Buterbaugh.

Harry Brantner and Paul L. Mellott, co-chairmen of the fund drive for the new building for Frederick Tailoring Co., announced this week that a total of $40,300 has been raised towards the $65,000 goal, which must be raised at the local level.

Approximately 900 people attended the recent open house at the Fulton County National Bank, which marked the 75th anniversary of its founding. The original handwritten ledgers of bank transactions since 1887 were on display.

The 1962 Fulton County Grassland Field Day, sponsored by the extension service, was held at the Dr. R.C. McLucas farm on May 23. More than 2,000 people attended.

John Wine of Greencastle, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan of McConnellsburg, was seriously injured in an auto accident last Tuesday.

Born: a son on May 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Vance Swope of Planwel, Mich.

Larry Porter Cisney of McConnellsburg will be graduating from Lebanon Valley College on June 3 with a B.A. degree, majoring in history.

Earl Alloway, owner of Johnnie’s Motel and Diner, is building an additional dining room on the west end of the present restaurant.

The local courthouse is undergoing outside replastering and inside redecorating.

The McConnellsburg Esso Service Center advertises packaged ice cubes from a newly installed outside automatic dispenser.

The amount anonymously donated for the purchase of a pipe organ for the Presbyterian Church was $11,500 and not $1,500 as formerly reported.

Mrs. Clinton Lester has opened a nice new dress shop on Lincoln Way West, McConnellsburg.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Northcraft of Warfordsburg on May 27.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max DeShong, Carlisle, on May 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shimer, McConnellsburg, on May 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rowles, Shippensburg, on May 26.

Deaths: Rosie M. Hollenshead, Needmore.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 29, 1952


Mrs. Blanche Hollenshead of Needmore attended commencement exercises at Shippensburg State

Teachers College on Monday where her son, John Allen, received his bachelor of science degree.

Robert G. Alexander is confined to his bed, suffering from high blood pressure which “hit” him on Saturday.

David R. Duncan and Mary B. Shimer were married May 25.

The McConnellsburg School Band was feted at a rollerskating party at Bedford on Friday evening by the band parents association.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hann of Needmore on May 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hanks of Hancock on May 23.

Fulton County Pomona Grange will meet at Waterfall on June 7 to mark its 30th anniversary.

Ralph Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Knepper of Waterfall, received a B.S. degree in education on Monday from Eastern Nazarene College at Quincy, Mass.

Death over the weekend claimed the lives of two wellknown jurists, one in Franklin County and one in Huntingdon County. Hon. Chester D. Fetterhoff died in Huntingdon Saturday and Hon. Watson Rowe Davison died in Chambersburg on Sunday.

Contributions to the cancer crusade now total $1,016.69, more than double the $500 quota set for Fulton County.

The State Liquor Store was moved this week from the Wesley Mellott building to the new Washabaugh building.

Kenneth Dale is the name given to the new little son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fix of Boswell.

Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Ficks received a telegram Saturday stating that their sons, Pvt. Hubert B. Ficks and Pvt. Donald Leese, had landed safely in Tokyo, Japan.

Deaths: Roy David Rosenberry of Waynesboro; Mrs. Nora May Higgins of Mercersburg; Mrs. Alfretta May Swartz of Tyrone; Mrs. Clara B. Smith of Six Mile Run; Mrs. Sarah Olive Taylor of McConnellsburg; Albert Ellsworth Morgret of Hobart, Okla.; Mrs. Anna Belle Mellott of Willow Hill; D. Edwin Kline of Waynesboro; William Oliver Waugh of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 28, 1942


William Enright Stepp and Katherine Elizabeth

Widde were married on April 26. Mr. Stepp is superintendent of the Fulton Electric Light, Heat and Power Company.

Death: Andrew McFarland Garlick of Everett.

June 1-6 has been designated as Farm Salvage Week in Pennsylvania. During this week, farmers in the state will be asked to furnish enough scrap metal to build two battle- ships for Uncle Sam’s Navy.

A young buck deer died Saturday morning when it broke its neck jumping into a wire-enclosed chicken yard at the home of Robert G. Alexander.

The engagement of Miss Jane Frances Kellett of Frackville to Hayes P. Zimmerman of Needmore is announced in this issue.

Miss Jeanne Greathead, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Greathead, received her degree in education at commencement on Tuesday at Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Clifford David Foreman and Helen Henrietta Souders were married on May 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deshong of Baltimore announce the birth of a son on May 22.

Clarence Brindle and Nellie A. Cromer were married May 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fitzwater of Harrisonville announce the birth of a daughter, Sharon Yvonne, on May 21.

Miss Nellie Mellott, who had been employed with the Farm Credit Administration in Washington, D.C., since 1939, has been transferred to the office in Kansas City.

Paul Ott, who recently completed a secretarial course in Huntingdon, has taken employment with the U.S. Employment Office in that city.

Mr. and Mrs. James Swope have moved from Wells Tannery to a truck farm near Irwin.

When Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bolinger were returning to Wells Tannery on Sunday, the door of their car came open and their five-year-old son, Freddie, was thrown to the ground. The car was moving slowly, fortunately, so he wasn’t badly hurt.

Special at the Harris Hotel on Sunday: spring chicken dinner or spring lamb dinner for 55 cents.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 26, 1932


Deaths: Mrs. Ira Lloyd Fleming of Clear Ridge;

Mrs. Ella Gaster Reeder of Wells Valley; Mrs. Harvey Unger of Cito.

Harvey I. Raker has received notice of his appointment as prothonotary of Fulton County to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles W. Mellott. Mr. Raker has been a successful teacher and merchant, and is well qualified to fill the position.

Thomas Cutchall has opened a barber shop in a room in the Mrs. George Unger building. On Wednesdays he will cut children’s hair for 20 cents.

Henry Miller was instantly killed at his home near Boiling Spring last Wednesday after saving his mother who had received an electric shock while using the sweeper. Her screams brought her son to the scene. He instantly seized the sweeper in both hands and pulled it from his mother’s grasp. Doctors worked for two hours trying to revive the young man, but to no avail. They believe he was killed instantly.

MHS seniors will present “Tiger House” in the Fulton Theatre on June 2 as a climax to their commencement exercises. Seniors taking part in the play include Mary Lane, John Kendall, Janet Deshong, Mildred Clugston, Dayton Mellott, Walter Woodall, Guy Sipe, Emma Lodge Clevenger, Hubert Elvey, Anne Johnston and the Tiger Man!

On Friday, Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to make a solo trip across the Atlantic. Her time was less than 14 hours. She and Col. Charles A. Lindbergh are the only persons ever to fly across the Atlantic alone.

A long letter in this issue from Miss Beulah Johnston tells of the beauties of Gibraltar, where she is vacationing with her sister, Dr. Jean Johnston.

Lewis Donald Harris and Rheat Lilyan Gagne were married on May 2.

The barn on the Claude Stenger farm at Thomastown was struck by lightning and burned to the ground last Wednesday.

A marriage license has been issued to Charles E. Ramsey and Opal Fix.

At the A&P: ham, 15 cents lb.; corn, 4 cans for 25 cents; cheese, 15 cents lb.; cigarettes, $1.25 carton; flour, 24 pounds for 49 cents; sardines, 5 cents a can.

Mrs. Oliver Divel of Hancock escaped serious injury on Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a car.

While Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hann were in Hancock last Saturday night, thieves entered their chicken house and stole a number of fine hens.

At the Pen Mar: cocoa, 8 cents; oleo, 12 cents; coffee, 20 cents; pork and beans, 5 cents.

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