2012-06-21 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 18, 1992


A Hustontown area woman was killed when a fire of undetermined origin destroyed a mobile home off Buck Lane in Taylor Township last Saturday morning, June 13. The deceased woman was identified as Patricia Diane Betts, 34, Hustontown. Bett’s three teenage daughters, two other juvenile girls and three young men who ranged in age from about 18 to 20 were able to escape the burning mobile home without injury. The fire may have begun in the bathroom in the center area of the mobile home and spread quickly in all directions.

A Bedford County man was killed when his milk truck wrecked along Interstate 70 near Hancock June 14, causing traffic delays on the highway. Police said that John Fisher, 59, New Enterprise, operating a milk truck owned by Koontz Trucking, Bedford, was hauling about 6,000 gallons of raw milk when the accident occurred.

An Everett man was killed by a falling tree while he was logging in a wooded area off Pa. Route 643 in Bethel Township last Friday, June 12. Police said that David Foor, 36, Everett, was killed when a tree he was cutting down struck another tree and caused it to fall and hit him on the head.

Former countian Mike Banzhoff played well but failed to qualify at the U.S. Open’s sectional tournament on Monday at Woodmont Country Club at Rockville, Md.

Chauncey and Polly McGarvey are constructing storefront commercial rental properties which will face Crystal Drive. Four units of 1,000 square feet each are now being built with three more planned for 1993.

A surprise party was held at the Foot of the Mountain Restaurant on May 23 for Robert Wright and Izetta Ulsh Wright, Chambersburg, who were married June 1, 1952.

Deaths: Patricia Betts, Hustontown; Goldie Houdersheldt, Warfordsburg; Eldridge Clark, Greencastle; Harry Lamberson, Dover, Pa.; Gerald Detwiler Sr., Three Springs; Thelma Strait, Everett.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Foor of Breezewood on June 9.

Thomas Cullen Jr. and Bronwen Greathead became man and wife at an informal wedding ceremony June 3 on the shores of Meadow Ground Lake in Ayr Township.

Marriage licenses: Gabriel Lewis Sr., Smithsburg, Md., and Sandra Lewis, Smithsburg, Md.; Edwin Cisney, Blairs Mills, and Carol Hockenberry, Doylesburg; Daren Schultz, Needmore, and Nichole Barton, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 24, 1982


A series of violent thunderstorms, the worst in years, ripped through the Clearville area in Bedford County last Wednesday evening, with the tornado like winds tearing off roofs, flattening outbuildings, uprooting hundreds of trees and interrupting utility service. The storm hit Fulton County, but not with the same severity.

Last Wednesday morning, two men robbed Donahue’s Country Store in Webster Mill, while holding co-owner Mrs. Cleo Donahue at gunpoint. The men escaped with $185 in cash from the register. According to Mrs. Donahue’s husband, James, she is too upset to talk about the incident. He said, however, that the two men entered the store and, after seeing that no one else was in the store, pulled out their guns. After taking the money from the register, the men left the store and drove south on Route 522. The two men remain at large. These men are also sought by police in connection with a recent robbery in North Carolina. The store has been robbed twice before in the past few years when it was owned by Mrs. Donahue’s father, Rankin Mellott.

Glee’s Fantasy Fashions, operated by family members Marlin, Jamie, Judy and Kelly, opened last Wednesday in the old Lodge Store on Lincoln Way West. The store, featuring a fine line of women’s and men’s sportswear, will be celebrating a grand opening this week.

Specials at the IGA: Country Time lemonade, $2.59; broccoli,79 cents; cantaloupes, 79 cents; bananas, 33 cents lb.; Clorox bleach, 89 cents a gallon; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 3 for $1.

Tom Peck of McConnellsburg won his first victory of the season Sunday night in the 25-lap Super Stock late model feature at Hagerstown Speedway.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clippinger, Three Springs, on June 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brown of McConnellsburg on June 17.

Deaths: Sarah A. Reel, Needmore; Thelma J. Cromwell, Harrisonville; Charles Ridgeway, Harrisonville; Bessie Wertz, Fort Loudon; Wilda McKee, Warfordsburg; Ettle Hill, Fairfax Station, Va.; Pearl Hauman, Needmore.

Michele L. Deshong and Michael M. Hill were united in marriage May 8 in St. Paul Lutheran Church of McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Kenneth C. Deshong, Harrisonville, and Mr. and Mrs. Clair Lininger Sr., Mc- Connellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hill of McConnellsburg.

The marriage ceremony uniting Deidre Lynn Beatty and James Dwayne Ritz took place on Saturday, May 15, at the Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren in Needmore. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Beatty of Needmore, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Gladys L. Ritz and the late Guy D. Ritz of Warfordsburg.

Marriage licenses: Claude Bookheimer and Mona A. Hunsinger, both of McConnellsburg; David R. Hewett, Needmore, and Julia A. Hoover, Fort Loudon; Kirk A. Mellott, Harrisonville, and Sally E. Baughman, Harrisonville; John M. Cosenza and Catherine L. Hendershot McKeever, both of Smithsburg, Md.; Allen M. May, Greenbelt, Md., and Susan L. Davis, Bowe, Md.; James G. Myers, Needmore, and Sandra K. Lucas, Hancock; David A. Davies, Levittown, and Lisa R. Houck, Robertsdale.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 6, 1972


President Nixon last week order U.S. troops in

Vietnam cut by 10,000 men in the July-August period. It was disclosed at the same time that draftees no longer will be sent to the war zone, unless they volunteer to go.

The county commissioners announced this week that Lester Carmack, director of civil defense, has been appointed director of the Flood Disaster Program in Fulton County. The appointment came after the county was declared a disaster area.

It may be a while before picnickers once again enjoy the beauties of Caledonia State Park, but hearty golfers and theatre lovers are back in the area. Although most of the park is still closed to everyone, the Caledonia Golf Course and the Totem Pole Playhouse are back in operation.

Marlys A. Bressler of Warfordsburg received an M.Ed. degree from Pennsylvania State University last Saturday.

Cheryl Peck, 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Peck of Big Cove Tannery, was recently crowned 1972 Poppy Queen of the 17th District of the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars at the district convention at Huntingdon.

Susan Garland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Garland of McConnellsburg, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Four Fulton County boys and girls who were selected as winners of the Cooperative Business Education Program will leave on July 9 to take part in activities at the Pennsylvania Association of Farmer Cooperatives Summer Institute at Shippensburg State College. Those attending will be Ruth Lane of Hustontown; Jocelyn Palmer of Warfordsburg; Daniel Leese of Needmore; and Duane Williams of Big Cove Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer Jr. of Greencastle on June 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rhodes of Mercersburg on June 27.

The marriage of Bonnie Eileen Runk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Runk of Hustontown, and Daniel Stephen David, son of Mrs. Anna David and the late Peter David of Grand Rapids, Mich., took place on June 17 at the Clear Ridge United Methodist Church.

Jerry Wright of Wells Tannery was named to the dean’s list at Penn State’s Altoona campus for the spring term with a 3.77 average. He will be a junior, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Janice Eichelberger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Eichelberger of Wells Tannery, a graduate of Forbes Road High School, has been named to the spring 1972 dean’s list at Clarion State College.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hess of Hustontown announce the engagement of their daughter, Cathy Darlene Hess, to John Bradford Fraker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fraker of Fort Littleton.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jarrett attended the graduation of their daughter, Mary, from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing on June 17. Mary has accepted a nursing position in the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., beginning in July 1.

Deaths: Kenneth George Hutchinson, Boonsboro, Md.; Mrs. Ora Jane Hess, Dublin Mills; Stephanie Souders, infant daughter of Lyle and Wanda Souders of Warfordsburg; George Lynch, McConnellsburg; Silas Gutshall, Three Springs; Marjorie Gallaher, Clear Ridge; Nellie Wilt, Crystal Spring; Glenn I.T. Dean, New Paris; Arthur N. Kerlin, Three Springs; Mrs. Anna Gordon, St. Maries, Idaho; Goldie B. Fields, Chambersburg; Mrs. Bessie Gress, Fort Loudon.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 12, 1962


Pictured on the front page of this issue are Mr. and

Mrs. Ellis Ray Souders with their new son, Warren Lee, born on June 27, who was the 2,500th baby born at Fulton County Medical Center since the hospital opened in October 1950. Dr. R.C. McLucas, the attending physician, told the parents “this one’s on me” and made no charge for his services. Of the total population of Fulton County, approximately 20 percent were born at the Medical Center, according to Woodrow Strait, administrator.

Another runaway-truck incident occurred on Saturday when a tractor-trailer rig, loaded with watermelons, lost its brakes descending Tuscarora Mountain and crashed and overturned at the “brick house” turn on Route 30 east of McConnellsburg. The driver escaped serious injury.

A series of meetings has been planned by the Fulton Industrial Development Association to finalize plans for the construction for the new Frederick Tailoring Co. plant in McConnellsburg which should be ready for bidding by August 1

A record 146 people were killed in traffic accidents in the state over the July 4 holidays.

Mrs. Watson Nelson has been appointed temporary assistant public nurse in Fulton County in the absence of Mrs. Parker Crouse, who recently underwent surgery.

The 1956 Chevrolet of rural mail carrier Raymond Kerlin was completely destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning when a car driven by Marshall Carbaugh hit it in the rear, causing the gas tank to explode. The accident happened on Route 522 north of McConnellsburg. No mail was being carried in the vehicle at the time.

Mrs. Elizabeth Goes retired on June 30 as clerk at the McConnellsburg Post Office after completing 18 years of service

News of men in service: Army Pfc. Donald E. Helman, McConnellsburg, is serving in Korea. Elwood V. Doyle of Mc- Connellsburg has completed training in the Marine Corps at Parris Island, S.C. Private George E.Wible of Hustontown has been assigned to Fort Jackson, S.C. Gunners Mate Second Class Raymond H. Barr of McConnellsburg is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Magoffin in Hawaii.

The engagement of Barbara Ann Sipes to Merrill David Seville, both of McConnellsburg, is announced.

Weddings: Catherine L. Bookheimer, McConnellsburg, to Gerald F. Peters of Scotland; Shirley B. Hess to Delmas Bard, both of Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hollenshead, Harrisonville, on July 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Sheffield, Fort Loudon, on July 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wible on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiders Jr., McConnellsburg, on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harper Black Jr., Three Springs, on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Everetts Jr., Fort Loudon, on July 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swadley, McConnellsburg, on July 5; a son to Mr and Mrs. Frank Keefer, Fort Loudon, on July 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Mellott, Needmore, on July 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ramsey, Breezewood, on July 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Wright, Hustontown, on July 8.

Round and square dancing at the Scrub Ridge Mountain Inn every Friday night is advertised.

Dale E. Hess of Warfordsburg has joined the teaching staff at the Lower Paxton Elementary School in Harrisburg.

New 10-feet-wide mobile homes are advertised for $3,495 delivered, set up, and ready to occupy.

Ott Brothers advertises a new GE 13.2 cubic feet automatic defrost refrigerator for $265.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 10, 1952


The proudest man in all Fulton County last Saturday was George Earley of McConnellsburg after his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Eugene Earley, presented him with twin granddaughters at the Medical Center. Mrs. Earley is the former Jean Kendall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kendall of Webster Mills.

Mrs. Matthew Lewis of town was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday for observation.

Miss Patty Wirth, a researcher in the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, is spending this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wirth of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Morgan of town attended the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Silas Morgan, at Charlestown, Va., last Wednesday. Mrs. Morgan passed away at the home of another son in Kansas.

A son, Paul Eugene, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John (Prine) Lowans at their home here on Monday.

Roy Rummell and Edna P. Souders were married June 21.

Foster Ambrose, owner of the Wild Game Farm and Zoo, reported to state police the theft of about $38 on July 4. Police have a suspect and expect to make an arrest this week.

Warren Peck, a member of the Warfordsburg FFA, placed sixth in the Chicken of Tomorrow Contest at Altoona on June 27.

H. Warren Daniels of McConnellsburg has been named commander of the local American Legion post.

More births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiders Jr., Knobsville, on June 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Lake of Needmore on July 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold

Fix of McConnellsburg on July 5.

Pfc. Basil Eugene Pittman and Norma Lee Mellott were married on June 11.

At least 643 persons met accidental death over the recent three-day Independence Day holiday.

A-3C Max E. Shope, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Shope of Hustontown, is now serving with the U.S. Air Force on the Island of Guam in the Pacific.

Deaths: Mrs. Leslie A. (Ranck) Markley of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Joseph B. Doyle of McConnellsburg; Mrs. William Cecil Lynch of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 9, 1942


Deaths: George

Morton Miller of

Emma-ville; George Glenn of Ayr Township; Mrs. Mary E. Marshall of Philadelphia; Mrs. Sadie Coolidge of Smith Center, Kan.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Knepper of Three Springs on July 6 in honor of the 66th birthday of Mrs. Knepper, which occurred the Saturday before.

The dates for the registration of motorists for a permanent plan of gasoline rationing on the Atlantic Coast has been set for July 9-11.

Guy Gienger, the organizater of the present department of agriculture at the Warfordsburg High School five years ago, has accepted a similar position in Conneautville, Crawford County.

Death: Joseph Welburn Deshong of Wilmington, Del.

R.M. Metzler, well-known druggist of Philadelphia, is spending a week’s vacation with Reuben Mellott and family at Harrisonville.

The interior of the Needmore Church is being entirely refinished and beautifully redecorated, and the church will be rededicated on July 19.

David S. Nace was recently transferred from Camp Tyson, Tenn., to an officers’ training camp at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Ted Hamil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamil, who is now stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, was recently promoted to sergeant.

Kenneth Wagner has been brought to a U.S. Army hospital in Savannah, Ga., from Panama, where he had been stationed for some time.

Harvey Doyle has been promoted to the rank of corporal at Winter Camp, Conn.

Mrs. Nelle McClain is spending several days in Harrisburg, where she will undergo medical observation and treatment.

Born: a daughter last Tuesday evening to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carbaugh of Cito.

Malcolm Alloway, who had been at his home in New Grenada suffering form a bruised knee, has returned to his employment in Baltimore

Blem McQuait of New Grenada has secured employment on defense work near Chambersburg.

A big three-day sale this weekend will mark the grand reopening of the new Pen Mar Store in McConnellsburg, the first self-service store in Fulton County.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 7, 1932


Jack Souders sustained a bad injury to the eye on Monday evening in the water battle staged by members of the McConnellsburg Fire Co. He was struck in the eye by the steam of water.

Deaths: Aaron C. Deshong of Johnstown; William David Little of Fort Loudon.

David Nace, John Greathead and Charles Clevenger left on Monday for Camp Meade where they will receive training in the Citizens’ Military Training Camp.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, governor of New York, was nominated as the candidate for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago last week, with John Gardner as his running mate. Cheers and applauding were tremendous when the convention members voted that the repeal of the 18th amendment should be one of the planks of their platform.

“The best ballgame I ever saw,” was the comment from practically everyone when the local team beat the Hagerstown Paramount Cabbies in a double-header on Saturday, 10-3 and 1-0. An outstanding feature of the game was a home run by “Happy” Kirchner, when he hit the ball over the schoolhouse.

Beginning Wednesday, Uncle Sam will demand 3 cents for first- class letter postage and 8 cents for air mail.

J.K. Johnston has improved enough to be able to enjoy these fine days by sitting on his front porch.

Miss Ida Johnson of Thompson Township continues very ill.

Prof. H.C. Welsh has enrolled for post-graduate work at Penn State.

A total of 724 persons were killed in auto accidents during the first five months of this year, 126 of whom were children.

At the Racket Store: men’s work shirts at 48 cents; boys’ bib overalls at 45 cents; men’s overalls at 69 cents; straw hats at 23 cents; brooms at 30 cents.

D.C. Peterson of Burnt Cabins suffered several injuries last Wednesday when he fell 20 feet from a cherry tree.

A new boy has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Yingling of New Grenada.

Mrs. Susan McClain of New Grenada has sold her farm to McDowell Houck of York.

Mrs. Richard Truax of Wells Valley suffered painful injuries last week when she fell out a doorway at her home.

Rilla Grissinger of New Grenada suffered painful injuries when a strong wind caused a ladder she was standing on to pick cherries to topple over, throwing her to the ground.

At the Pen Mar: mouse traps at 2 cents; paring knives at 9 cents; coconut at 21 cents; tapioca at 8 cents; coffee at 25 cents; jar gums at 7 cents a dozen.

Chicken thieves relieved U.S. Barnhart of Buck Valley of all his hens one night last week.

Edna Flowers, 18-monthold daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Flowers of Hancock, narrowly escaped death last week when she fell headfirst into a 10-gallon crock containing about 2 gallons of water. The child was unconscious when found by her mother but was revived after much patience on the part of Mrs. Flowers.

About 150 friends gathered at the home of Roy Mellott on Saturday evening to help him celebrate his 71st birthday.

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