2012-06-14 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, was taken in 1950 and pictures Warren and Almyra Keefer cutting their wedding cake. Almyra was Ruth’s sister-in-law. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, was taken in 1950 and pictures Warren and Almyra Keefer cutting their wedding cake. Almyra was Ruth’s sister-in-law. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 11, 1992


Fulton County Medical Center announced plans this week to build a new five-bay emergency room inside the existing hospital on the ground floor. The $150,000 building project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Plans call for the new emergency room to be built inside the north end of the hospital next to the laboratory where the snack bar and a meeting room now exist.

Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School’s second student-built home was sold for $70,000 at a public auction held last Thursday evening, June 4, at the home site along Cooper Lane in the Cold Springs Development in Todd Township.

The 1992 Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. Princess was crowned last Thursday evening prior to the company’s parade. Named as princess was Amy Spade, daughter of Jim and Dee Spade.

Local students receiving degrees from Penn State are: Tonya Trueax, Crystal Spring; Nichole Hall, McConnellsburg; Christopher Palmer, Needmore; and Steve Smith, Warfordsburg.

Wilson and Beulah Rhodes celebrated the 59th anniversary of their wedding which took place at a private ceremony at Hagerstown May 29, 1942.

Navy Ensign Michael T. Wilson, son of Diane Y. Wilson of McConnellsburg, graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., May 27 and was commissioned to his present rank in the United States Navy.

Deaths: Scott Sipes, McConnellsburg; Frank Bivens, Big Cove Tannery; Lee Madden, Three Springs; Terry Seville, Shippensburg; Clair Decker, Fort Littleton; Dora Myers, Williamsport; Judith Edmonds, Alum Bank.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Forsyth of Mercersburg on May 29.

Five area women are among the class of February 1993 of the Franklin County Area Vocational Technical School’s practical nursing program. They are Tammy Cook, Three Springs; Christina H Kerlin, Harrisonville; Ronda Wilson, Burnt Cabins; and Carol Kelso and Melissa Vogt, both of McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 17, 1982


Weathermen say more than 10 inches of rain has fallen since the middle of May, which is the normal amount expected during the three-month period of May, June and July. Could be we are due for some fine weather in the weeks ahead.

A 5-year-old Saltillo girl, Susan McCarty, was killed early Sunday evening, the victim of an accidental shooting. The child was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Jimmy McCarty of Three Springs. Huntingdon state police said the little girl was playing in her bedroom with some other small children when a 12-gauge shotgun was accidentally discharged. Suffering a wound in the left side, the child was taken to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A new produce stand has been built at the Tastee- Freez at the Warfordsburg exit of Interstate 70.

Specials at the IGA: San Giorgio macaroni, 2 for 99 cents; Hershey chocolate syrup, $1.29; Dawn, $1.09; Downy, $1.99, 64 ozs.; Banquet meat pies, 3 for 99 cents; lettuce, 59 cents a head.

McConnellsburg Spartan Kim Spriggs won a medal in state track competition this year by placing third in the 300- meter hurdles.

Deaths: Mildred Bigler, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Ray O. Mellott, Needmore, and Patricia Lee Hess, Hancock; Tony J. Walck, McConnellsburg, and Brenda Lee Miller, McConnellsburg; Ross Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, and Lisa Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Cedric Diffenderfer, Chambersburg, and Jocelyn A. Keebaugh, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 29, 1972


Elton Britt, world-famous country music singer who had made Fulton County his home for the past several years, died on Friday, June 23, 1972, at Fulton County Medical Center. Mr. Britt was en route from Florida to the New England states on an engagement tour and had stopped to visit with friends at Crystal Spring when he became ill. He suffered a heart attack on his way to seek medical help in McConnellsburg on Tuesday afternoon and was taken to the Medical Center by ambulance. A second heart attack on Friday proved fatal to the 58-yearold celebrity. Friends from all over the United States attended his funeral, which was held on Tuesday of this week from the Kelso Funeral Home in McConnellsburg. Burial was made in the Broad Top IOOF Cemetery.

Compared to adjoining counties and vast other areas of Pennsylvania, Fulton County suffered relatively little damage as a result of tropical storm Agnes, which left flood devastation in its path as it travelled north last week.

Word was received here this week of the death of Lucy Ott, widow of the late Paul Ott of Iowa, who was born and reared in Fulton County.

Marriage licenses: William Harold Woodal of Needmore and Satricia Adele Deneen of Warfordsburg; Terry Leroy McGowan of Hustontown and Janet Louise Zeger of Chambersburg.

Ruth Ellen Lane is one of approximately 225 girls representing the junior classes of high schools throughout Pennsylvania who are spending this week on the campus of Shippensburg State College to participate in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

Deaths: Raymond O. Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Ronald (Karen) Selig, Appleton, Wis.; Leonard L. Schultz, Silver Spring, Md.; Dewey B. Fisher, Warfordsburg; Mrs. James Hockensmith, McConnellsburg; Ruth R. Bohn, Everett.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Elvey have retuned home after spending a 10-day vacation touring the New England states.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Mellott of Mercersburg on June 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dennis Henry of McConnellsburg on June 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barnett of Needmore on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Sigel of Warfordsburg on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Crawford of Fort Loudon on June 21.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 5, 1962


Jerry Lee Beatty of Buck Valley entered the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado on June

25. He is a graduate of Southern Fulton High School, Class of 1962.

The Fulton Democrat Publishing Co. of McConnellsburg, formerly owned by E.V. Lynch, has been purchased by Guy F. Oakman of Harrisonville, who took over its operation on July 2. Bernard M. Gress, editor and manager of The Ful- ton Democrat for more than 20 years, has terminated his association with the paper due to ill health.

Leonard Ford, 15, of Wells Tannery, suffered crushing chest injuries on Monday when the farm tractor he was operating overturned and he was pinned beneath it when he tried to jump clear. He underwent emergency surgery at Chambersburg Hospital where he remains a patient.

A street dance, sponsored by local businesses, will be held in the parking lot at the rear of the McConnellsburg High School on July 12.

The marriage of Joan F. Truax of Harrisonville and Ronald P. Swope of Needmore on June 23 is announced.

Holis Wible, longtime managing pharmacist at the Rexall Drug Store in McConnellsburg, retired on Saturday after 22 years of service.

Fulton County has been allocated 2,100 doe licenses for the December 17, one-day hunting season.

Kathy L. Golden, 18-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Golden of Warfordsburg, was slightly injured when the car in which she was travelling with her parents was struck in the rear by a truck, east of Fort Loudon.

Kenneth R. Eichelberger, Wells Tannery, has received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Penn State University.

Edgar Carbaugh was treated for injuries to the arm and leg at Chambersburg Hospital on Friday after falling from a tree.

Dr. and Mrs. Frank Alexander left this week to visit the World’s Fair in Seattle, Wash.

Rudolph Smith underwent major surgery at Harrisburg Hospital on Tuesday.

News of men in service: Roy Miller, McConnellsburg, is presently serving aboard the submarine rescue, USS Chanticleer, out of San Diego, Calif. Clifford E. Rotz, Harrisonville, enlisted in the Air Force on June 11. Paul John Snyder of Burnt Cabins was discharged from the Army on June 14 after serving two years of active duty. Calvin Philip Ramsey, Harrisonville, was discharged from the Army on June 12 after two years of service. Ray Eugene Lear, Harrisonville, was discharged on June 12 after two years in the Army. Don Henry Chubb is spending a 30-day furlough at his home in McConnellsburg prior to leaving for a tour of duty in the European Theatre of Operations. Sheldon Quay Deshong, Harrisonville, is serving with the Army in Germany. Gerald Orlando Wible, McConnellsburg, was discharged from the Air Force on May 28 after four years of service.

Rev. George Thayer is the new Methodist minister for the Knobsville, Fort Littleton, Burt Cabins, Fannettsburg and Metal Methodist churches.

Ruth Gordon and Robert Reeder were married on June 30 at the McConnellsburg Methodist Church.

A poem entitled “A Salute To McConnellsburg,” by Erdman S. Bowders of Chambersburg, appears in this issue.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bookwalter, McConnellsburg, on June 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Seburn, Warfordsburg, on June 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller, McConnellsburg, on June 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Weller, Warfordsburg, on June 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Seville Jr., Carlisle, on June 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Slates, Three Springs, on June 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Souders, McConnelslburg, on June 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Otis Mills, Hustontown, on June 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCullough, Mercersburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Deshong, Harrisonville, on June 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Melhorn, Willow Hill, on June 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Neuder, Harrisonville, on July 1.

Carl Strait of Hustontown graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, on June 23.

Rev. Gerald D. Wagner is the new minister for the Mc- Connellsburg and Cito Methodist churches.

Deaths: Clarence R. Shore, McConnellsburg; Mary Agnes Sponslor, East Riverdale, Md., wife of Clyde Sponsler, Harrisonville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 3, 1952


Miss Zoe Mason of Akron, who usually spends her summer vacations at the Mason home here, will spend her vacation this year in Seattle, Wash., with her brother, Witz Mason, and family.

Robert Raker of McConnellsburg took over his duties as postmaster at the local post office this Tuesday.

Nancy Glazier retuned to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, where she is a public heath nurse.

Miss Helen Linn is now a student nurse at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Mrs. W.H. Greathead suffered a broken wrist on Tuesday when she tripped and fell over a croquet peg at her home here.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Black of Waterfall on June 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnston of Knobsville on June 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl H. McDaid of Hustontown on July 1.

According to the State Tax Equalization Board in Harrisburg, the market value of all taxable real property in Fulton County in 1951 was $9,246,165.

Judge W. Clarence Sheely, president judge of the Fulton County Courts, was installed last week as president of the Pennsylvania State Bar Association.

Roger Elvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Elvey of Mc- Connellsburg, has turned down the state scholarship which he won by competitive examination this year. A 1952 graduate of McConnellsburg High School, he has now decided to learn a trade. The scholarship, worth $100 a year for four years, will now be awarded to the senior making the nexthighest grade.

Clarence W. Livengood and Marie B. Heeter were married last Sunday.

The Fulton County News announced a boost in subscription rates this week – $2 in the county; $2.50 elsewhere.

Bruce Douglas, president of the Fulton County Medical Center, announced this week that Harry M. Crow Jr., a native of Pittsburgh, has been named superintendent of the local hospital.

Three McConnellsburg men escaped serious injury on Friday evening when the car in which they were riding rolled over three times on Tuscarora Mountain. They were John Albert Lowans, Paul King and Malcolm B. Helman.

Robert M. Brenneman, 66, prominent Saxton businessman and president of The First National Bank of Saxton, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home last Tuesday morning.

Samuel Mayne has been elected president of the Fort Littleton Cemetery Association.

Death: Mrs. Leslie A. Markley, former postmaster at Warfordsburg for about 45 years.

Jere Knepper Jr. of Center is now stationed at Camp Meade.

Deaths: Ross G. Correll of Needmore; Mrs. Naomi T. Runk of Shirleysburg; James Henry Truax of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Stella Maude Barber of Riddlesburg; William Lee Charlton of Warfordsburg; William Walker Carbaugh of Waynesboro.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 1, 1942


Mrs. J. Irvin Raker returned home by ambulance on Sunday from Waynesboro Hospital where she had been a patient for four weeks following an operation for the removal of a tumor from her stomach.

Death: Mary Elizabeth Swisher of McConnellsburg.

Harvey Goddard and Maxine Carolyn May were married on June 22.

Family men and key war workers will be the last men to be drafted, according to orders sent from Washington this week.

Dale Clevenger and Myrtle F. Mellott were wed June 12.

Of the 193 pupils who participated in the recent eighth-grade exams in Fulton County, 180 of them passed, qualifying them for entrance into high school. The best showing was made by Charles Zilch of Dublin Township, who scored 360 points out of a possible 400. Other high scorers were Gerald Mellott, Brush Creek, 328; Max Truax, Belfast, 327; Doretta Mellott, Dublin, 326 Audrey Mellott, Brush Creek, 320; Dorothy Frehn, Dublin, 313; Rose Mosebey, Wells, 312; Phyllis Sprowl Wells, 311 and Max Helman, Dublin, 306.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Truax have moved into the A.J. Pittman home.

Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Hann of Baltimore are the proud parents of a 9-pound baby son, Edmund Jr., born on June 24.

Mrs. Albert Deshong is seriously ill at Bedford Hospital.

Misses Dorothy and Joan Alloway returned to their home at Hustontown on Saturday after a week’s visit with their aunt, Miss Myrtle Alloway of Philadelphia.

Bertha Orth of Fort Littleton left for Atlantic City on Tuesday to spend some time with her sister, Mrs. Bart Bullock, and family.

Corp. Alvin Kerlin Jr. of Knobsville returned to his camp in Texas on Thursday.

James Deshong, Harold Hann and Robert Hann of Harrisonville are employed at Herman Mellott’s construction job near Saxonburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of June 30, 1932 ’32

Gov. Pinchot called a special meeting of the legislature on Monday of this week to consider measures for unemployment relief in the state.

Deaths: Mrs. Susan Jane Truax of Juniata; Henry I. Fraker of Clear Ridge; Mrs. Ellen Garland of Cumberland.

A new telephone line has been completed north from McConnellsburg, adding at least 20 customers to the rapidly growing local exchange.

George A. Comerer was elected Republican County chairman at a meeting on Saturday. Mrs. James H. Kendall is vice chairman; C.E. Seville, secretary; and Grant Spade, treasurer.

Matthew Lewis and Mrs. Susan E. Black were wed June 25.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lake of Needmore had the unique honor this year of having four of their grandchildren graduate from various schools.

Burgess Charles B. Stevens warns that no fireworks will be allowed to be sold or put off prior to July 1 nor after midnight on July 4.

Mrs. Mary B. Martin and children have moved from Yeagertown to McConnellsburg to make their home with grandfather C.J. Brewer.

Miss Emma Sloan has enrolled for the fall term at Clark University at Worcester, Mass.

President Judge Donald P. McPherson and associate judges Charles Fore and Ross G. Correll presided at the June term of court. The only business before the court was the presentation of several petitions and the settling of various estates.

A large barn on the W.O. Hendershot farm in Buck Valley burned last Tuesday after being struck by lightning.

Harold Baumgardner and sister Mary Jean entertained a large group of their friends at a lawn party at their home at Wells Tannery last Thursday.

At the A&P: hams, 14 cents lb.; cigarettes, $1.25 carton; salmon, 23 cents; peanut kisses, 3 lbs., 25 cents; Palmolive soap, 4 cakes for 25 cents; beans, 4 cans for 25 cents.

J.A. Cohill of Hancock planted 45,000 tomato plants this year.

Mrs. B.J. Hixson of Brush Creek Township received word on Monday that her father, Aaron Deshong, had died suddenly in Johnstown.

Leslie W. Seylar, Republican candidate for the general Assembly, was the principal speaker at the Republican Committee meeting on Saturday.


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