2012-05-17 / From Days Gone By


From The Files Of May 20, 1982

This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Gordon Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures her father, Roy W. Gordon, with her brother, Carl, and two of their pet chickens. The photo was taken around 1943 at the present firehall between Second and Third streets. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Gordon Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures her father, Roy W. Gordon, with her brother, Carl, and two of their pet chickens. The photo was taken around 1943 at the present firehall between Second and Third streets. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 14, 1992

’92 The annual McConnellsburg Fire Co. carnival got under way Monday evening with fair skies and a nice crowd. Kitty Wells, appears on May 13 and Thursday evening is the annual parade.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 655 honored essayists from local schools Saturday night at an awards banquet. Savings bonds were issued to Mark Klinepeter of Southern Fulton; Anne Politis of Forbes Road; Samantha McCoy of McConnellsburg; Jeremy Golden of Southern Fulton; and Chris Gloyd of Southern Fulton.

McConnellsburg Borough Council members passed a resolution adopting the McConnellsburg Sewerage Authority’s Act 537 Plan at the regular meeting May 6 at the Fulton House in McConnellsburg.

Forbes Road Blue Team won the 10th annual Eco-Meet competitions held last May 8 at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon for junior high, middle school students. Another Forbes team and three teams from Southern Fulton also competed in the program. Members of the Blue Team were Tom Dunkle, Elijah Drawbaugh, Mike Keebaugh, Josh Hall, Aaron Hoover, Tara Nulton, Ryan Brown, Gena Keebaugh, Courtney Cutchall, Anitra Hoover, Mark Long and Jason Sharpe.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mellott of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a son, Lucas MacKinlay, on May 6.

Maxine Kerlin of McConnellsburg announces the engagement of her daughter, Leta A. Kerlin, to Ralph Sipes of Greencastle, son of Beulah Sipes Jones of Portland, Ore.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Fleck of Three Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Beth Ann Fleck, to Walter Rush Barmont III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barmont Jr. of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Dennis P. DeShong, McConnellsburg; Alda H. Foster, Palmetto, Fla.; Steven S. Peck, Killeen; Russell D. Mellott, St.Thomas; Aileen May, Mercersburg; Lester Joy Sr., Hagerstown; Charles Clevenger, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Strait of McConnellsburg on May 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Stoltzfus of Newburg on May 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg on May 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James McCulloch of Hustontown on May 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Waters of Fannettsburg on May 5.

Marriage licenses: John Andrew, Clear Spring, and Zella Waite, Mapleton Depot; Jonathan Shields, Shirleysburg, and Alicia Yohn, Orbisonia; Roger Leasure, Warfordsburg, and Karen Mooneyham, Warfordsburg; Gregory Deneen, Greencastle, and Chaun Tel Hoopengardner, Greencastle; Scott Hann, Shippensburg, and Bonnie Keefer, Shippensburg; Wilmer Bucher Jr., Rockhill Furnace, and Margaretta Black, Rockhill Furnace; Mark Remsburg, Warfordsburg, and Tia Hovermale, Warfordsburg; Emory Snyder, Three Springs, and Miriam Shields, Three Springs.

30 Years Ago


Muzzleloader riflemen fired a salute to mark the passing of Clarence M. Bender, a lifelong muzzleloader collector and enthusiast and a many-time state champion. In ceremonies Sunday at the Fulton County Rifle and Pistol Club Range, a King Crimson maple tree was also planted in Bender’s memory. Eulogizing the man were Harry Elvey, executive director of the Pistol Club, and Harold Bender, president of the state Federation of Muzzleloaders.

As of Tuesday, there has been no report received from the Philadelphia pathologists who were called in to examine the skeletal remains found last month in the Williamson quarry. A member of the family of Debra Ray Witmer, missing since May 27,1981, who is anxiously awaiting identification of the remains, said last week that another noted pathologist from Denver, Colo., had been called in to assist.

Kwik Shoppers Inc. will be changing its name to Sheetz Inc., returning to the family name of the brothers who operate the 74 convenience stores in central Pennsylvania, including the one in town.

J. Frank Alexander, president of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co., announced that permission has been granted by the comptroller of the currency to establish branch offices at Warfordsburg and Hustontown.

In what had been expected to be a ho-hum election due to the lack of contested races, a very low 24 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls in Fulton County Tuesday, and all the votes were in at the courthouse and tabulated by 11:30 p.m. election day.

Susan Mellott, McConnellsburg, showed in the 65th Little International Livestock Exposition. The show is modeled after the Chicago Livestock Exposition of days past. It is one of the most prestigious shows for college students on the East Coast. After hours of competition, Susan emerged the grand champion of the show. Susan captured the honors showing a Dorset ewe lamb.

Specials at the IGA: Crisco shortening, $1.99, 3-lb. can; Skippy peanut butter, $1.59; Jello gelatin, 3 for 79 cents; whole fryers, 59 cents lb.; bananas, 3 lbs. for 99 cents; Purina Cat Chow, 4-lb. bag, $2.49.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Miller of St. Thomas on May 6; twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Harr of McConnellsburg on May 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on May 13.

Deaths: John Harding Jr., Hopewell; Clifford Seiders, McConnellsburg; Nellie Kelso, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Dorothea Ribblet, Johnstown; James Divens, Burnt Cabins.

An outdoor spring wedding was performed at Cowans Gap State Park on May 1 when Deborah Lynn Shore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shore of Fort Littleton, became the bride of Roger E. Miller of Hustontown, son of Blanche Miller of McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 1, 1972


The Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District again this year will sponsor a conservation queen contest to choose a Fulton

County queen to represent the district at the state convention in Wilkes Barre on October 3.

L-Cpl. Eldon C. Strait, who is stationed with the U.S. Marines at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, is spending a 25-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Strait.

The Fulton County Sportsmen’s League announced this week that it would sponsor a kiddies’ rodeo at Esther Run on Sunday.

Marriage licenses: Andrew Park of Fort Littleton and Joni Gracey of Waterfall; William Kies of McConnellsburg and Jane Pittman of McConnellsburg; John Mellott of Needmore and Barbara Mellott of Warfordsburg; Leon Mellott of Needmore and Priscilla McQuait of Harrisonville; George Sowers of McConnellsburg and Barbara Decker of Harrisonville.

Friends and family of Lydia Shank of Warfordsburg gathered at her home for a surprise dinner to help her cel- ebrate her 87th birthday on May 20.

Mrs. Clarence Keefer had a rare experience last Tuesday morning while driving to work when a big bear crossed the road in front of her car on Route 16 near the old Hunter Road. Mrs. Keefer said the bear looked both ways before crossing the road and then stood on a rock looking at her before he ambled on.

Deaths: Mrs. Laura C. Beck, Mercersburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Morrison, Hancock; Ralph G. North, Shirleysburg; Robert G. Divelbliss, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Strait of Warfordsburg on May 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Long of Waterfall on May 21.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of June 7, 1962

’62 A large picture appears on the front page of this issue showing the artists’ conception of proposed new plant for the Frederick Tailoring Co. in McConnellsburg, together with a list of employees, local businesses and individuals and the amounts they donated, either outright or for no interest bonds, to help pay for its construction. About $18,000 needs to be raised to reach the goal of $65,000.

The Gress Funeral Home, established by Bernard Gress 20 years ago, has been sold to John J. Kelso effective June 1.

Fulton County’s first fatal auto accident for 1962 occurred on Monday when a car overturned on the Sinoqipe Road near Fort Littleton and killed Robert Durbin, 17, of Hagerstown, a passenger in the vehicle.

Marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse last week to Gail E. McClain, Waterfall, and Betty J. Brown, Three Springs, and to Delmas F. Bard and Shirley B. Hess, both of Warfordsburg.

An invitation from Franklin County farmers to Fulton County farmers to join them in the fight against cloud seeding appears in this issue. A meeting to organize it is set for June 13 in Mercersburg.

Glenn Souders of Hustontown, a senior in brick masonry at Thaddeus Stevens Trade School, has been awarded a Hamilton watch for greatest scholastic and personal improvement.

Jane Truax of Needmore received a Bachelor of Science degree at commencement exercises at Indiana State College on May 27.

The community building at Burnt Cabins is now completed and a festival is being planned.

County postmasters Erman Knepper, Chester Stevens and Marjorie Crippen attended the dedication of the new post office building in Harrisburg on Friday.

Rev. Alan Lumpkin of Harrisonville has graduated from Dickinson College and will enter Wesley Seminary in September.

Gerald Wible returned to his home in Knobsville on Memorial Day after being discharged from the U.S. Air Force.

Melvin Buterbaugh fell approximately 10 feet to a concrete floor last Thursday at Letterkenny Army Depot where he is employed. He was released from Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday and is now back at work.

News of men in service: Maynard E. Gress of McConnellsburg is presently serving aboard the dock landing ship USS Casa Grande, serving with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Raymond R. Mellott, Needmore, graduated on May 11 from the Aviation Familiarization School at the Naval Air Technical Center at Memphis, Tenn.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Barton, Six Mile Run, on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Crouse, Shirleysburg, on May 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Zeger, McConnellsburg, on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Deshong of McConnellsburg on June 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dell, Shade Gap, on June 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Kelso, McConnellsburg, on June 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Naugle, McConnellsburg, on June 3.

Death: Mrs. Helen L. Morse. Everett.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of June 5, 1952


Ralph Hammon left on Wednesday to enter Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., for observation. While there, his wife and two daughters will be guests of Mrs. Hammond’s mother, Mrs. Mayme Plessinger.

The churches of Belfast Township will serve a ham dinner at the Needmore School on June 12 for the benefit of the Fulton County Medical Center.

Mrs. Richard Johnston, 86, of Bristol, Colo., visited Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lodge on Memorial Day, her first visit here in more than 30 years.

The Fulton County teachers’ reunion will be held on July 19 of this year.

Norris Lee Sipes and Dolly Jean Carbaugh were married on May 27.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Oakman of Mc- Connellsburg on May 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anderson of Mc- Connellsburg on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry of Clear Ridge on May 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Kesselring of Hustontown on June 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Gall of Littlestown on May 25.

Representatives of the Ayr, Todd and McConnellsburg Joint School District went to Harrisburg on Wednesday to sign final agreements and various contracts for the completion of plans for a new joint school building. The problem of overcrowded schools in the three districts has been discussed since 1949, and the go-ahead was given in February of this year for a new 16- room joint building.

Harry Wible of Clear Ridge received word Sunday of the death of his sister, Sadie Leader, widow of Jefferson Leader, who died in a western state.

Mrs. Herman Decker of McConnellsburg has been elected president of the Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary.

Kay Brant of Hustontown and Earl Laidig of Three Springs graduated last week from Chambersburg Business School. She is in the secretarial course and he is in the business administration course.

John C. Foe, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Fore of Knobsville, suffered bruises of both knees when he was knocked from his bicycle by a car last Thursday.

Eugene Nordeck, manager of the local H&P Store since its opening two years ago, has been transferred to Kingwood, W.Va. The new manager of the local store will be Louis Philip of Oakland, Md.

Lawrence Golden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Golden of Warfordsburg, has accepted employment at The Fulton County National Bank.

Deaths: Etta Cutchall Speer of Saxton; Mrs. Nora (Charlton) Bowers of Hancock.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 2, 1942


Pvt. Walter

Kendall, a member of the U.S. Air

Corps, has been transferred from Keesler Field in Mississippi to Loury Field near Denver, Colo.

Death: Mrs. Rosella Stahl of Lewistown.

The beautiful evergreen that was recently planted in the courthouse square was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Linn of East Lincoln Way in memory of Mrs. Linn’s father, who passed away one year ago.

C. Owen Fries, principal of McConnellsburg High School, was honored at a party in the school building last Thursday evening, given by the teachers of McConnellsburg.

Vernon Schooley has purchased the Elias Deshong farm in Andover.

Mr. and Mrs. George Evans of Sharpe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 31.

The Science Forum of McConnellsburg High School made an inspection trip of the Everett Hospital last Thursday. The trip was made possible through the courtesy of Dr. E.H. MacKinlay.

The engagement of Fred A. Spancake to Marian A. Mellott is announced in this issue.

On Monday, Mrs. J. Irvin Raker underwent a surgical operation at Waynesboro Hospital in which she had a tumor removed from her abdomen, as well as her appendix.

George E. Lyons and Verna Hazel Foreman were married June 1.

The local Woman’s Club gave its annual award to two pupils of the eighth grade this week. Chosen to receive the awards on the basis of outstanding school work and desirable traits of character and citizenship were Alice Johnston and Robert Carmack.

Ralph Kerlin of Knobsville and Russell Swope of Wells Tannery left on Wednesday for New Castle, Del., where they have secured employment.

Pvt. Lawrence Shimer is now stationed at Fort Livingston, La.

Mr. and Mrs. Clem Chesnut of Andover have moved to the home on East Lincoln Way recently vacated by Harry Oakman and family.

Cpl. Christopher A. Faith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Faith of Warfordsburg, is now stationed at Langley Field, Va.

Mrs. Roy Deshong recently underwent surgery in the Huntingdon Hospital.

Palmer Strait of Harrisonville sold a 470-pound hog at the Chambersburg Market last week that brought more than $60.

Wilmer Knepper of Center has completed his junior year at Juniata College.

E.L. Cutchall of Waterfall left on Monday for Aberdeen where he hopes to find employment. Zane Cutchall and Edwin Eisaman, also of Waterfall, are now employed at Chambersburg.

William Lister of Burnt Cabins is employed in Washington.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 2, 1932


Deaths: Dr. John

M. Kuhn of Mercersburg; John

Uptom Jackson of Everett; Charles E. Sipes of Needmore.

Mrs. William Ferguson of Avalon spent Sunday in Wells Valley, her first visit to her former home in more than 30 years.

Rev. Donald F. Rake was the principal speaker at the McConnellsburg baccalaureate service in the Methodist Church on Sunday evening. Others taking part in the service were Rev. A.A. Price and Rev. R.A. Parvin.

Melvin Kerlin of Burnt Cabins had his collarbone broken in an accident on Monday. No details of the mishap were given.

Eugene Plessinger and Marguerite Ernst were married May 25.

Raymond Wible of Knobsville was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

At the Racket Store: lawnmowers for $5; house paint at $1.45 gallon; roof paint at 60 cents per gallon; dishpans at 30 cents; brooms at 30 cents.

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