2012-06-07 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Ida Strait of McConnellsburg, pictures the 1975 Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League Champs. Left to right: Ida Strait, Delores Christian, Sue Fleming, Edith Foreman, Dixie Eisaman and Ann Hall. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Ida Strait of McConnellsburg, pictures the 1975 Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League Champs. Left to right: Ida Strait, Delores Christian, Sue Fleming, Edith Foreman, Dixie Eisaman and Ann Hall. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 4, 1992


Charles Dunn, superintendent of Forbes Road

School District, was named superintendent of record for the Fulton County Area Vocational- Technical School for the next two years by the vo-tech school’s joint operating committee. Dunn replaces Robert Swadley of Central Fulton, who served the vo-tech superintendent of record for the past two years.

The annual Strawberry Festival will be held this year Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6, on the courthouse lawn in McConnellsburg.

Fulton County Citizens Against the Radioactive Dump Organization is urging area residents to write to the state regarding what it perceives as a violation of the threestage land disqualification process for siting a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in the state.

The twins born to a Mercersburg woman at Chambersburg Hospital following a head-on accident along Route 16 in Ayr Township May 23 are improving at Hershey Medical Center. The infant boy and girl, children of Chauncey and Kataja Harryman of Mercersburg, were flown to Hershey after being born in Chambersburg. The girl was listed Tuesday in good condition and the boy in fair condition in the neo-natal intensive care unit.

Baccalaureate services will be held June 3 in Forbes Road High School gymnasium and commencement services will be held June 5. Science teacher Garey Sprowl will be guest speaker. Valedictorian is Ginger Everhart and salutatorian is Tammy Hoffman.

A total of 52 seniors received their diplomas at Southern Fulton High School commencement ceremonies Friday, May 29. Salutatorian of the class is Christopher Bryan and valedictorian is Dariel Bard.

McConnellsburg High School’s Class of 1992 will be honored at baccalaureate services June 7 and commencement exercises June 9. Named as valedictorian is Angela McElhaney and salutatorian is Timothy Hendricks.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary King of Chambersburg on May 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bohrer Jr., Warfordsburg, on May 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Keebaugh of Harrisonville on May 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shearer of East Waterford on May 26.

Mary Peck of Big Cove Tannery announces the engagement of her daughter, Chery Peck, to Keith Souders, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Dale Souders of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: John Kriner, Shippensburg; Lester Burke, Mc- Connellsburg; Hilda Barton, Breezewood; Stanley Alexander, Hagerstown; Jack Fleming, Three Springs.

Marriage licenses: Jeffrey Seville, Big Cove Tannery, and Lyndora Morris, Big Cove Tannery; Walter McElhaney Jr., Mercersburg, and Veronica Strait, Mercersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Files Of June 10, 1982


The Mountain House on Tuscarora Summit has reopened a restaurant and bar, according to owner Jack Gothie, who for the past couple of years had leased the property to the Fulton Faith Center, a religious group which apparently has been disbanded.

The Fulton County Fairgrounds has begun to take on new look in recent years, and, with a little bit of luck, the improvements should continue well into the future. A local dairy promotion board has plans to build a permanent dairy products refreshment stand at the grounds, to sell such items as milkshakes and ice cream. The fair association has approved a location at the grounds for a permanent building to be built by the Jaycees as a food concession stand. Also, this summer the local 4-H Club is planning to build an exhibit building, and the fair association has approved the location of the building between the livestock arena and the firemen’s stand.

Commencement ceremonies for 47 graduating Forbes Road High School seniors will be held on June 11. Guest speaker will be former superintendent Clyde Blair.

Sam Buterbaugh is enjoying the pickings, which are a little unusual, from his strawberry patch. Instead of bright red, they are ripe white, but taste the same as the red variety. He grows them from some he found growing on Route 16 several years ago.

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, $1.29 lb.; Scope $2.39; Tide detergent, $5.99; cantaloupes, 99 cents each; grapes 99 cents.

The McConnellsburg Spartan baseball team travelled to Everett to meet Mt. Union in the first round of the PIAA state class AA baseball tournament, after having beaten Berlin 7-4 last Friday to win the District 5 championship.

The Southern Fulton girls softball team won its second consecutive District 5-AA crown by defeating Meyersdale, the Somerset County champ, in the championship game by a score of 19-4 at Schellsburg last Wednesday.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George W. Shotts Jr., Hustontown, on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Smartt of Needmore on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Didyk of Robertsdale on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Amos Weaver of Breezewood on May 30.

On April 3, Miss Jody Anna Gress, McConnellsburg, became the bride of Max Edward McQuade, McConnellsburg, at the Lutheran Church. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gress and Mr. and Mrs. Max H. McQuade.

Marriage licenses: Michael Bishop and Patty Kerlin, both of McConnellsburg; Eric Souders and Cathy DeShong, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 22, 1972


A northern pike landed by a Fulton County angler

David Strait Jr. of Harrisonville while fishing on

May 29, near Preque Isle in Lake Erie, has been officially recognized as a state record by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. The huge trophy, a mount of which was recently verified for species identification by a commission officer, measured 45 inches in length and breaks the previous record of a 42-7/8-inch northern pike.

Fulton County’s antlerless deer license allocation for 1972 has been set by the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 3,900.

The annual Hustontown homecoming will be held this Fourth of July, with a full day of activities on tap for residents, relatives and friends.

Marriage licenses: John Smith of Three Springs and Juanita Shotts of Waterfall; Irven Cornelius of Saltillo and Tomiko Wilson of Three Springs; Paul Purgason of Hillcrest Heights, Md., and Karen Jaymes of Shade Gap; Ronald Cutchall of Three Springs and Alice Rohm of McConnellsburg.

Miss Andra K. Miller has graduated from the Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in secretarial science. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Wayne Miller of McConnellsburg.

Cheryl Mae Souders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Souders of McConnellsburg, and Willard F. Deshong Sr. of Needmore were married April 15.

Sideling Hill Christian Church at Harrisonville was the site for the marriage of Barbara Jean Decker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Decker, to George David Sowers, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Sowers of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Paul S. Shimer, McConnellsburg; Charles Souders, McConnellsburg; Raymond Duvall, Warfordsburg; Theodore Ray, Hancock; Gilbert Wagner, Mount Union.

Wedding vows were exchanged on June 2 between Jean Patricia Hill, Needmore, and Thomas Gerald Henry, Berkeley Springs. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Fred N. Hill of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. Webster Henry of Hancock.

Center Church of Hustontown was the scene of a wedding Friday evening, April 21, uniting in marriage Sharon Knepper of Waterfall and Joe Snyder of Three Springs. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Mary Knepper of Waterfall and the late David P. Knepper. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Snyder of Three Springs.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 28, 1962


After a three-week fund drive, the goal of $65,000

– which had to be raised locally toward the cost of a new building for the Frederick Tailoring Co., has been reached. February 1, 1963, has been set as the completion date of the new one-story 70,000-square-feet facility. The company is expecting to nearly double its employment figure of 350 to 600 workers.

Effective July 1, 1962, the room rates at Fulton County Medical Center will be: ward, $11.50; semiprivate, $13.50; private, $17.50; nursery, $5.50; and boarding nursery, $6.40 per day. The increase is the first since December 1957.

The Licking Creek Township High School closed the first week of June 1962. It had a student enrollment of 74 at the time and had been in existence for a little more than 30 years as the Greenhill High School. High school students form Licking Creek Township will be able to attend McConnellsburg High School on a tuition basis. The Greenhill Elementary School will continue in operation.

R.C. Mellott of Needmore narrowly escaped serious injury on Sunday when he intentionally ditched his truck after the vehicle’s breaking system failed as it was descending Cove Mountain, travelling towards Mercersburg. He jumped from the truck and was knocked unconscious by his fall. Damage to the cargo of cans and milk was placed at $500 and $1,000 to the truck owned by K.G. Richards of McConnellsburg.

The Rev. McClelland H. Fortney will take over the Warfordsburg circuit of the Methodist Church this Sunday.

Rev. Charles W. Wealand of the McConnellsburg United Church of Christ was ordained on June 24 in the Bethany United Church of Christ in Ephrata, Pa.

The engagement of Sara E. Smith of McConnellsburg to James E. Stoops, Harrisburg, is announced.

Birth: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Miller, Mc- Connellsburg, on June 26.

Esther Warthin, R.N., has accepted employment at Fulton County Medical Center.

Marriage licenses applied for at the local courthouse: Donald R. Long, Hustontown, and Joyce A. Kendall, Mc- Connellsburg; Coy E. Swope, Needmore, and Dorothy R. Knepper, Waterfall; Gerald R. Johnson, Pittsburgh, and Patricia Lee Rohrer, McConnellsburg.

News of men in service: Private Lester F. Hoover Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, is presently undergoing basic training at Parris Island, S.C., in the Marine Corps; Charles L. Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, is taking recruit training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. David R. Kylor of Burnt Cabins was recently promoted to private first class while serving in Korea. Pvt. Robert Appleby was recently assigned to the U.S. Army Signal Missile Support Agency at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Pvt. Boyd N. Deshong of Warfordsburg recently completed a six-week ammunition course at the Armor Center, Fort Knox, Ky. George F. Morton Jr., quartermaster second class, is serving aboard the radar ship USS Tracer, out of San Franciso.

Born at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Dickinson, Harrisonville, on June 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pittman, McConnellsburg, on June 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray, Chambersburg, on June 20; twin boys to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Snyder, Hopewell, on June 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Seville, McConnellsburg, on June 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Welsh, Mc- Connellsburg, on June 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Waltz Jr., Hancock, on June 23.

Deaths: Bennett Lloyd Black, El Segunda, Calif., formerly of Hustontown; Henry Scott Unger, Chambersburg, formerly of McConnellsburg; Eugene K. Shaw, Tyrone, Pa.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 26, 1952


Bardy Hays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Hays, has enrolled for a six-week summer course in geography at McGill University, Stanstead, Quebec.

Birth: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Drenning of Laidig on June 24.

A New Grenada man, critically injured about two weeks ago in a sawmill accident, died last Tuesday in Huntingdon Hospital. The victim, Charles Bishop, died as a result of internal injuries and uremia. Bishop, a veteran sawyer, was injured while working for the W.R. Gracey Lumber Co.’s sawmill near New Grenada. He had cut one board from a log and started to cut another before the offbearer had removed the first. The fast-turning saw caught the first board and threw it backwards, striking Bishop a terrific blow in the lower-right chest and abdomen.

A local board of review this week awarded Mrs. Emma Alexander of McConnellsburg $300 for a piece of land which the town had taken for a street in the southeastern section of the borough. Mrs. Alexander had sought $500.

Clyde L. Park of Needmore and Gerald P. Barnett of Hustontown reported for induction into the service at Pittsburgh on Wednesday of this week. These four will report to Pittsburgh on Monday for their induction physicals: James E. Clark of Needmore; Marlis L. Wertz of Amaranth; Gerald L. Souders of Hancock; and Norman W. Kerlin of Waterfall.

Approximately 115 persons gathered at the Lewis Everts home in lower Thompson Township last Friday to help him erect a new barn. Mr. Everts’ first barn was struck by lightning and burned about a year ago.

In 1786, the borough of McConnellsburg was founded. In 1952, some 166 years later, the Borough Council of McConnellsburg saw fit to pass an ordinance prohibiting the keeping of hogs, goats, horses, etc., within the borough limits. The complete ordinance is printed in this issue.

Ernie Kessler and His Trio will be featured at the local VFW home on Saturday evening.

Gail Shaw of Wells Tannery underwent a tonsillectomy at the Bedford Memorial Hospital on Friday.

Pvt. John Van Horn of Wells Tannery has completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Ky.

E.B. Ranck of Morristown, N.J., will celebrate his 80th birthday next Friday.

Willis Horton, agriculture teacher at Hustontown, has accepted a position in Huntingdon High School. Ralph Cline will be the new teacher at Hustontown.

Attendance at Fairview Methodist Church on Sunday was 61. The offering amounted to $6.15.

Donald Lee Deshong and Shirley Joan Armstrong were married June 7.

Basil Pittman and Norma Mellott were wed June 11.

Deaths: Mrs. George E. Crooks of Riverside, Everett; Elston R. Mattison of Three Bridges, N.J.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 25, 1942


Deaths: Arthur Barton of West Palm

Beach, Fla.; Calvin Johnson of Timber Ridge; Melissa Jane McGowan of McConnellsburg; Mrs. China Elizabeth Stunkard of Wells Tannery; Paul Jackson Lynch of McConnellsburg.

Dr. and Mrs. F.K. Stevens of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14, with all members of their family present for the occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Miles of Amaranth have received word from the War Department that their son, George Miles, has been “missing in action somewhere in Australia” since June 9. Young Miles, who enlisted in the Air Corps in August 1940 is Fulton County’s first missing-inaction case to be reported in the present conflict.

Pvt. Samuel Paylor is now stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. Richard W. Kendall, second son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kendall to enlist, is now located at Norfolk, Va. His brother, Walter, enlisted in the Air Corps last spring; James H. Christian, who was sent for foreign service, has arrived safely at his destination.

The Pen Mar opened on Saturday as the first self-service store in Fulton County. Miss LaGretta Truax manages the store.

William Wishart Orth and Gladys Sponsler were married on June 20.

Miss Lois Brown enrolled at Hagerstown Business College on Monday of this week.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 23, 1932


Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of

Northcraft; Mrs. Della Deavor McClain of Robertsdale; Mrs. Anna C. Woodcock of Bellefonte.

Milk is now being retailed at 5 cents a quart by the farmers of Selinsgrove, who refuse to sell to the milk depots for the low prices they offer. Instead, the farmers decided to pass on the savings to the customers.

Herbert Hoover was nominated for re-election to the presidency at the Republican National Convention last week.

Mrs. Queen Benson has been appointed as the postmistress at New Grenada.

Little’s Millinery is now offering a special sale of summer hats at 50 cents.

Mrs. Martha R. Mellott, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Heinbaugh, formerly of the cove, graduated with honors last week from Beckley College in Harrisburg.

Shooting of antlerless deer in all parts of Pennsylvania will be prohibited this year.

Mrs. John Stouteagle of town continues seriously ill.

Frank Sloan is expected home today from University Hospital in Philadelphia where he has been a patient for several weeks, suffering from rheumatism.

Miss Beulah Johnston arrived home on Tuesday after spending two months abroad.

Donald Nace, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.U. Nace, graduated from the law school of National University in Washington last Tuesday.

A charge of 2 cents is now being imposed on all checks drawn by depositors at the local banks.

The real estate of Scott S. Hann will be offered at public sale on July 16.

Turnip sauerkraut is now being made by some of Fulton County’s farmers.

Phyllis Gracey has returned to her home in New Grenada from Lewistown Hospital where she had been a patient.

Mrs. Mary Witter of Waterfall suffered a dislocated wrist last week when she fell while putting down stair carpet.

At the A& P: sliced pineapple, 10 cents; cheese, 15 cents; White House milk, 5 cents; cornflakes, 2 for 15 cents; early June peas, 10 cents; Lifebuoy soap, 3 for 17 cents.

Mrs. William Fischer and Maxine Giegener of Buck Valley have enrolled at Shippensburg as summer students.

Myda Schetrompf of Buck Valley underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Church Home Hospital in Baltimore.

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