2012-05-31 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 28, 1992


Chilly temperatures and threatening skies didn’t deter a large crowd from gathering at Union Cemetery on Monday to remember those who died in America’s wars. Col. Jerre Mellott, retired from the United States Air Force, was the featured speaker for the observance.

A Crystal Spring woman was killed and a Warfordsburg man seriously injured when their ultralight crashed in Mellott’s Quarry, Hancock, May 23. Don Whiteside of Warfordsburg and Monica Hess of Crystal Spring were riding in Whiteside’s two-seat ultralight when it crashed into a 50- foot cliff at 8:07 p.m. Saturday. The couple had been flying along with Whiteside’s brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs Marc Whiteside, taking off from a small field near Hancock Saturday evening.

Dr. Christopher Lorentz and his wife, Melissa, were married in Baltimore on Thursday, May 14.

Local milk hauler H.J. “Jim” Culler was featured in an article in last Wednesday’s Morning Herald and was pictured with his collection of toy pedal tractors, the envy of collectors on a national level. Culler also collects full-scale antique farm machinery and has also restored a 1945 Ford flatbed truck, the same model as the one he began hauling milk cans with in 1946 from which his present fleet of milk tankers grew.

A Mercersburg woman gave birth to twins after being involved in a head-on accident along Pa. Route 16 in Ayr Township last Saturday morning. Police said that Katja Harryman of Mercersburg gave birth to a boy and girl at Chambersburg Hospital Saturday morning. Mrs. Harryman was listed in satisfactory condition in Chambersburg Hospital Tuesday evening, while the newborns were transferred to Hershey Medical Center. Police said Christopher Gurly, Greencastle, was eastbound on Route 16 and drifted into the westbound lane and struck head on a 1987 Oldsmobile operated by Chauncey Harryman of Mercersburg. Police said Mrs. Harryman was taken to Fulton County Medical Center but was transferred to Chambersburg where she gave birth to the twins.

Deaths: Frances Fix, 62, McConnellsburg; Daniel Ramsey, 52, Breezewood; Roy Kunkle, 82, McConnellsburg; Jobe Lanehart, 65, Odenton; Monica Hess, 23, Crystal Springs; Mulford A. Garland, 75, Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gobin III of Arlington, Va., announce the birth of a daughter, Leah Southall Gobin, Thursday, May 20, at 7:55 a.m.

Jane Rubeck of McConnellsburg is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Stacey Lynn Clippinger, to Jonathan Charles Helman, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Helman and Ms. Carla Helman of McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Clay Pittman, Monroeville, Ohio, and Jean Williams, Monroeville, Ohio; Todd Hege, Mercersburg, and Margaret Keefer, Mercersburg; James Wiser Jr., Three Springs, and Susan Benson, Three Springs; Randy Long, Baltimore, and Carole Beers, Rockhill Furnace; Thomas Rubino Jr., Falls Church, Va., and Rachel Brown, Arlington, Va.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 3, 1982


At Cowans Gap State Park over the weekend there were about a thousand campers taking advantage of the hot weather and an estimated 9,500 day visitors used the park on Memorial Day.

After falling slightly for two months in a row, unemployment in Fulton County shot back up to 25 percent in April. Unemployment had fallen to 21 percent in February and to a low of 20.7 percent in March, but jumped back to 25.3 percent, almost as high as the 26 percent rate recorded in January, which was a record high.

In Pennsylvania, at least eight persons were killed in traffic accidents during the holiday weekend. None were reported in Fulton County.

Commencement exercises for Southern Fulton will be held June 10. The class of 1982 will be represented by class speakers Sharon Smith, Kathi Swadley, Mark Booth and Teresa Shives, who hold the four highest scholastic averages in the class. Commencement ceremonies for 87 graduating seniors will be held on June 4 for McConnellsburg High School. Class salutatorian is Tricia Glazier and valedictorian is Karen Gordon.

Area students named to the spring dean’s list at Shippensburg State College are: Eileen Price, John Fraker, Daniel Waltz, Sherry Northcraft and Karen Sigel.

Specials at the IGA: Little Friskies cat food, 79 cents; Crisco oil, $1.99, 48 ozs.; Purex, detergent, $4.39; boneless chuck roast, $1.89 lb.; large eggs, 65 cents; strawberries, 79 cents a pint.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith of Artemas on May 25.

Deaths: Beulah B. Cutchall, McConnellsburg; McCellan Kerlin, Mt. Union; Robert W. McKelvey, McConnellsburg; Oleta Ray, Warfordsburg; Geneva Beam, Akron, Ohio; Darrell G. Fleming, Blairs Mills; Martha Pebley, Windber; Charles R. Aughinbaugh, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Jerris Weller, McConnellsburg, and Shelby Bottenfield, Needmore; William Reihart and Kenya Gaus, McConnellsburg; Glenn Pittman, McConnellsburg, and Nancy Decker, Harrisonville; Chris Stains, Fort Littleton, and Anna Kerlin, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 15, 1972


The 1970 Census of Housing counted 3,911 housing units in Fulton County – and 2,965 of these households had at least one television set and 636 of those were UHF-equipped, the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce, announced last week.

Miss Chery Peck, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Peck of Big Cove Tannery, was crowned 1972 Poppy Queen of the 17th District of the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars on June 11.

The McConnellsburg Spartan Band will provide music throughout the evening at the annual Strawberry Festival, to be held on the courthouse lawn this Saturday.

Marriage licenses: Ronald Lee Souders of McConnellsburg and Bonita Louise Gracey of Waterfall; Percy Wilbur Peck Jr. of Waynesboro and Carol Ann Mellott of Needmore; Stephen Carl Seiders of McConnellsburg and Naomi Diane Conn of McConnellsburg.

Over the weekend, John Gracey took fourth place in the 1972 Pennsylvania State Smallbore Rifle Position Championship Match, held at the Wilkes Barre Rifle and Pistol Club’s range.

A Needmore girl has been given a special award for a trophy catch that she landed during April from Fulton County’s Barnetts Run. Fisherman Penny Lee Garland, 6, has been given a Pennsylvania Angler Magazine Fishing Citation for her catch of a 33-inch, 2-3/4 pound eel, caught on April 19.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. George N. Mellott of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Bonnie Catherine, to Randolph Irwin Keefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow W. Keefer of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Mellott of McConnellsburg cele- their golden wedding anniversary on May 7 at their home in Webster Mills.

Miss Trudy Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Mellott of Three Springs, graduated form the Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., on June 4. She is a graduate of the Forbes Road High School and entered the nursing school in September 1969.

Deaths: Clarence J. Everts, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Mamie Seville, Big Cove Tannery; James Heefner, Waterfall; Jesse S. Bussard, St. Thomas.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Buterbaugh of Fort Loudon on June 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Peck of McConnellsburg on June 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Middaugh of Shade Gap on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William D. Strait of Warfordsburg on June 9.

The 89th annual Shade Gap Picnic, one of the area’s big outings, will open July 31 and continue through August 5.

Marine Cpl. Norman R. Rhodes, son of Mrs .Margaret Rhodes of McConnellsburg, participated in the training exercise “Exotic Dancer Five in the Camp Lejeune, N.C., area.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 21, 1962


A McConnellsburg man died on Saturday in

Chambersburg Hospital following a shooting incident at 2 a.m. on Friday in which he shot and wounded his estranged wife in the knee and her sister in the back, then shot himself three times in the chest with a .22 rifle. The shootings occurred on North Second Street outside the homes of the victims.

Roger Elvey has purchased Kerlin’s Greenhouse from Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kerlin, and it will now be known as Elvey’s Flower and Garden Shop.

Robert L. Garlock’s 1912 International “high wheeler” and John J. Kelso’s 1911 Model “T” Ford won first-place trophies at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s spring meeting in Altoona last weekend.

Fred A. Thomas of Beavertown has been named assistant county agent for Fulton County.

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Matthias of Burnt Cabins will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary on June 29.

Mrs. Ida Nesbitt will be 91 on Thursday, June 28.

Former residents Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Mellott of Gettysburg announce the birth of a daughter, Susan Lynn, on June 6.

The following Methodist ministers have been given charges in Fulton County: Rev. George Chayer to Burnt Cabins; Rev. Francis Yarlett to Hustontown; Rev. Gerald Wagner to McConnellsburg; and Rev. McCleland Fortney to Warfordsburg.

The following applied for marriage licenses: Gerald F. Peters, Scotland, and Catherine L. Bookheimer, McConnellsburg; Paul L. Hamil, McConnellsburg, and Verna M. Shindleman, Fort Littleton; Robert J. Reeder and Ruth C. Gordon, both of McConnellsburg; Rodger P. Bledsoe, Richmond, Va., and Alexandria Jane Stewart MacKinlay, Mc- Connellsburg.

Steve Trott, a member of the singing group “The Highwaymen” of “Michael Row The Boat Ashore” fame, visited his grandmother, Mrs. John Spangler of McConnellsburg, on Monday after appearing on the “Ed Sullivan Show” on Sunday night.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will erect 25 miles of medial guardrails in areas considered to be the most critical on the toll highway.

Born: a daughter, Sherry Lynn, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Northcraft of Warfordsburg on May27.

News of men in service: James Mellott of McConnellsburg was recently promoted to specialist four in Germany where he is serving with the Third Armored Division. Larry Gene Chubb of McConnellsburg and Gerald Lloyd Hendershot of Amaranth entered active duty in the armed forces on June 13 in Pittsburgh.

Deaths: Mrs. John W. Michael, Hancock; Mrs. Alice R. Criswell, Huntingdon, formerly of Wells Tannery; Mrs. Ida Ingham of Shrewsburg, Pa., mother of Mrs. Mary Hoover, McConnellsburg; Adda C. Tice of Washington, D.C., formerly of McConnellsburg; Jesse Earl Shaffer of Everett; Mrs. John Sixeas, Greencastle; Mrs. Carrie Walker, Hustontown.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 19, 1952


Foster Ambrose’s Game Farm Zoo near Mc-

Connellsburg is now headed for national recognition if a present experience by Mr. Ambrose continues favorably. After seven years of failure, Ambrose “hit the jackpot” on Monday when 12 chicks were hatched form a cross between a Lady Amherst hen and an Achinese golden cock. Game propagators have been trying for years to raise chicks from this cross, but so far no one has met with any success. According to records, last year a man in Osterburg, Pa., came near success when he hatched one bird from this cross, but it died before maturity. The 12 chicks that Ambrose now has from this cross are the only ones known to pheasant fanciers in the United States. If these 12 survive, they will be the only ones in existence. In all probability they will be named after the man who raised them. When asked how much his newly hatched birds might be worth, Ambrose said that no price could be placed on them yet, but they would be “plenty.”

Miss Judy Guyer is spending this week as a counselor at Camp Kanestake at Spruce Creek

Roy Bohn of Glassport and Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Middaugh of Kingston are spending this week in McConnellsburg, preparing for their personal property sale on Saturday .

William Anderson of Laidig received a broken shoulder bone, a broken hip and other injuries when he fell from a ladder while painting the Fairview Methodist Church last Tuesday.

Vernon Kuykendall of Big Cove Tannery was instantly killed last Sunday in a motorcycle-car accident near Berkeley Springs. Mrs. Kuykendall, who was riding on the motorcycle with her husband, received a fractured pelvis and a fractured right hip. She is a patient in the Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Mrs. Harold C. Welsh was called to Philadelphia last week when her brother, Charles F. Wilkinson, was killed when a truck he was repairing slipped from a jack and crushed him to death.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Morrow Johnston of Cito on June 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ritchey of Mc- Connellsburg on June 15.

Harry Kline, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kline of Harrisonville, won a silver certificate in poultry judging during FFA Week at Penn State. He placed 15th in a field of 140 boys.

Rev. Carl Buterbaugh, whose home is at Cito, has been appointed pastor of the Montandon Charge.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Grace Kesselring to Dale Feight.

Gilbert Edgar Deshong and Donna Lucille Bard were married on June 7.

Deaths: Rev. Parker Gardner of Jersey Shore, Pa.; Mrs. Lettie B. Deshong of Needmore.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 18, 1942


A two-week drive for scrap rubber will begin throughout the nation on June 15 in an effort to make available the estimated two-to-three-year supply of rubber now lying around as scrap.

Death: Mrs. Daisy Ann Fix of McConnellsburg.

The successful and colorful career of Hon. George B. Mellott came to an end on Sunday when he was stricken with a heart attack. Three-time Democratic representative in the state legislature, he was the proprietor of the Mellott Hotel in McConnellsburg for the past 25 years.

James C. Anderson, science teacher at McConnellsburg High School, has accepted a similar position at State College.

At a meeting on Saturday evening, Fulton County Republicans elected J. Edward Palmer as county chairman, Paul Shimer and Mrs. George Tritle as vice chairman, John W. Mentzer as secretary and Grant Spade as treasurer.

Pvt. Guy Glunt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Glunt of Burnt Cabins, is now stationed at Camp Cooke, Calif.

Harry Wesley Mellott and Jean Murcelle Morton were married on June 11.

Mrs. Floyd Daniels received word on Monday of the death of her sister, Mrs. Frank Hockensmith of Johnstown.

Miss Loriel Booth of Newburg is now at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erby Booth, recuperating from a serious spinal operation performed at Washington County Hospital on May 28.

Word has been received here that Pvt. Donald Helman has landed in northern Ireland.

Extensive remodelling is being done this week at the Pen Mar Store in anticipation of the opening soon of Fulton County’s first “self-service” store.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 16, 1932


The George Washington Memorial Plantation of the Buchanan State Forest will be dedicated on

Sunday afternoon. Thirteen hemlocks, representing the 13 original colonies, were planted on Sideling Hill to form the memorial. County superintendent B.C. Lamberson of McConnellsburg and Howard Cessna of Bedford will deliver the main address.

Deaths: Mrs. John Wright of Back Run; Mrs. Henrietta Erskine Carson of Wheeling, W.Va.

A picture of Dick Fraker is printed on the front page of this issue with an article telling of his election as captain of the baseball team at Juniata College.

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Sloan and daughter Doris miraculously escaped death on Saturday when their car was demolished after being struck head on by another car from Chicago. The Sloans were en route from their home in Portage to McConnellsburg, where they were to be guests at a dinner in honor of the 81st birthday of Mr. Sloan’s mother, Mrs. Josephine Sloan.

A letter in this issue from Dr. Albert S. Stevens describes present conditions in Iowa, as follows: nonemployment, bank failures, foreclosures of mortgages, bootleggers, business failure, suicides, political aspirants, divorces, city councils bonding sites for entertainment to be paid for by inbrated creasing taxes – a “not very optomistic picture of the future.”

A public sale of the R.M. Cline and Morgan Cline property on Saturday brought low prices. The McDowell Hotel and garage in rear was bought for $6,300 by Jas. J. Harris. The garage and dwelling on Lincoln Way was bought for $3,000 by Mrs. Edna Cline. A store and dwelling in Fort Littleton was bought by Mrs. George Sheffield for $215.

Dallas M. Shaw and Martha A. Davison were wed May 8.

Earl Morton has been confined to his bed for the past month due to illness.

Margaret Rexroth has returned home after being a patient for several weeks in a Philadelphia hospital.

The McConnellsburg graduating class, chaperoned by Prof. Harold C. welsh and Miss Olive Lodge, enjoyed a sightseeing trip to Washington.

James Hendershot of Warfordsburg advertises the establishment of an automobile electrical shop in Hancock.

Al, the simonizer, is back at his shop near Black’s planing mill in McConnellsburg.

Harvey Bergstresser of Hustontown has an ad in this issue advertising genuine Rock of Ages monuments and markers.

Five-year-old Eddie Flowers of Hancock escaped serious injury one day last week when he was thrown from a horse.

Geraldine Flowers, 3-yearold daughter of Elmer Flowers of Hancock, received a severe gash on the head and other injuries when struck by a car driven by Miss Mary Ann Cohill.

Mrs. Lester Sheffield of Fort Littleton has been seriously il for two weeks, also Mrs. W. M. McClain of Robertsdale.

At the A&P: sugar, 25 lbs. for $1.05; malt, 3 lbs. for 79 cents; coffee, 3 lbs. for 49 cents.

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