2012-07-12 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Mary Cromwell of Needmore, pictures Alice (Deshong) Mellott and Dolly (Cromwell) Burkett (deceased), members of Warfordsburg High School Class of 1949. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Mary Cromwell of Needmore, pictures Alice (Deshong) Mellott and Dolly (Cromwell) Burkett (deceased), members of Warfordsburg High School Class of 1949. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 9, 1992


Filing of charges against an Ohio fireworks firm are pending further investigation following the confiscation last Thursday of four tractor-trailer loads of fireworks from the Phantom Fireworks Outlet off Pa. Route 484 in Bethel Township. Several complaints from area residents and other state agencies prompted officials at state police Troop G headquarters in Hollidaysburg to initiate an investigation into the outlet on June 25. According to state police, the state law allows for the location of fireworks manufacturers and distributors within the state. But, such facilities may only sell wholesale to out-of-state concerns and may not sell to Pennsylvania residents. The confiscated fireworks were temporarily being stored at the PennDOT maintenance garage. Charges may be made to both the company itself and against individual employees who actually made retail sales from the outlet building.

What has become almost an institution in McConnellsburg will change hands next week when Ellis Yingling hands over the keys to the Exxon Service Station to Cameron Lowry. Lowry, 28, will take over as proprietor on Monday, and the service station will change to Citgo gasoline. Located on the point at the intersection of routes 30 and 16, the service station center houses the radio base station for the McConnellsburg Fire Co. and McConnellsburg Borough Police. It also serves as the McConnellsburg fire and ambulance dispatch. All of these services will continue. Lowry is the son of Bob Lowry, former owner of the Chevrolet dealership north of town. Yingling, 60, first leased the property in 1958 and later purchased it from Exxon in 1973. He pointed out that prior to the 1973 gas crisis the Exxon had not been closed five minutes for 17 years. Following that national crisis, the station began closing at 11 p.m. He will be retiring after 35 years in the service-station business.

The 20th annual Dr. Robert E. Riggs Memorial Open Tournament was played on Sunday at the local course with longtime Great Cove member Marty Marcus being named as winner of the much-coveted trophy and a $100 gift certificate with a low net score of 69.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Smith recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 4.

Lori Shade and Kurt Hoffedtiz were united in marriage April 4 at United Methodist Church, McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Larry and Judy Shade, McConnellsburg, and Betty and Edgar Hoffeditz, Mercersburg.

Deaths: Lois Lorentz, 76, McConnellsburg; Charles Reel, 79, Inwood, W.Va.; Lenora Morton, 98, Burnt Cabins; Charles Kerlin, 57, Hagerstown; Alice Rose, 68, Mount Union.

30 Years Ago


History will be made in Needmore on Thursday night when the firstever Needmore parade will be held. A search of old records found no evidence of there ever having been a parade in Needmore. Della Correll, 86, Needmore, said that there was once a band in the early years of the century but no parade.

An 18-year-old Fulton County youth, Todd Frazier, was pronounced dead at Fulton County Medical Center Monday night after accidentally drowning about an hour earlier in a pool at the home where he had been staying in Harrisonville. He was a student at McConnellsburg High School, entering the junior class this fall.

Specials at the IGA: Blue Bonnet margarine, 2 quarters for $1; Crisco shortening, $2.09, 3-lb. can; Pepsi Cola, 6-pack bottles, $1.79; Crest toothpaste, $1.33; Kool Aid, 6 for 99 cents; bananas, 4 pounds for $1; nectarines, 49 cents.

This year’s Little League All-Stars are: Steve Bard, Brian Ramsey, Chris Bard, Clay Ritchey, Shain Mellott, Tommy Morton, Mike Kendall, Kelly Weaver, Allen Mellott, Robbie Shives, Glenn Briggs, Grey Zeger, Troy Parsons, Brian Henry, George Shearer, Chip Wireman and Keith Keebaugh.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy McFadden of Big Cove Tannery on July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mellott of Needmore on July 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Mellott of Harrisonville on July 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sheldon of Burnt Cabins on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Smith of Orbisonia on July 8.

Deaths: Myrtle Knepper, Orbisonia; Raymond Bowers, Hagerstown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 27, 1972


Roy A. Richards, 16-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. David R.

Richards of Needmore, is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Chambersburg Hospital with multiple lacerations and a ruptured spleen, which he received in an accident on Friday at the Lloyd Hann property, five miles east of Needmore. Police reported that the left rear wheel of a 1963 Chevrolet station wagon passed over the midsection of the lad as his father started the car in reverse. The boy was rushed to the Medical Center and transferred immediately to Chambersburg.

A trailer home in Buck Valley, owned by Mrs. Guy Schetrompf and occupied by her brother, Austin Bishop, was completely destroyed by fire on Monday morning. Mr. Bishop was not at home when the fire of undetermined origin started.

Mrs. Patricia Mellott, 30, Hustontown, underwent a frightening experience on Friday when her car wrecked on the Fannettsburg mountain and her calls for help went unheeded as she lay with a broken neck until shortly before 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Mrs. Mellott was en route to Fannettsburg on the little-travelled road at 10:30 p.m. on Friday when her 1964 Dodge went off the road at the turn on the top of an incline and over an embankment. Mrs. Mellott was unable to move due to her injuries, and, eventually her calls were heard by a man in a truck from the Shade Gap area, who called the Rockhill ambulance, which took her to Fulton County Medical Center. She was later transferred to Chambersburg Hospital where her condition is listed as satisfactory.

L. Chester Stevens, Hustontown postmaster, has chosen optional retirement from the Hustontown Post Office after nearly 29 years of service. He started his postal career as acting postmaster on February 12, 1944, and was confirmed as postmaster on June 6, 1944.

Second Lt. Sharon L. Wible, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wible of Waterfall, has graduated at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, from the U.S. Air Force transportation officer course, conducted by the Air Training Command.

The McConnellsburg United Methodist Church was the scene of the wedding of Juniata Shotts and John Smith on June 24. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. George Shotts Sr. of Waterfall and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith of Three Springs.

Satricia Adele Deneen, daughter of Lewis Deneen and Mrs. Lena Belle Berkstresser of Warfordsburg, was united in marriage to William H. Woodal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Woodal of Needmore, June 24.

Howard Sipes accidentally cut off the tip of his finger while combining last week and had to have it sewn back on at the Medical Center.

Deaths: Mrs. Phyllis Winegardner, Hustontown; Mrs. Anna Helman, McConnellsburg; Irvin W. Gordon, Hancock; Colonel L. Keefer, Orlando, Fla.; P. Clarence Mellott, McConnellsburg; Vernon Weller, Hancock.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Gothie of Breezewood on July 17.

Nine 4-H teen leaders accompanied by two chaperones left Sunday morning, July 25, for Troy, N.Y., and vicinity. Teen leaders making the trip are Michelle Rasp, David Beale, Ruth Lane, Linda Seburn, Lynn Knepper, Jocelyn Palmer, Robin Feight, Diane Clippinger and David Drenning. Dennis Mosebey and Reed Feight are chaperoning the teen leaders.

The Presbyterian Church of McConnellsburg was the scene of the summer wedding on Saturday evening, July 1, uniting in marriage Miss Naomi Diane Conn and Stephen Carl Seiders. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. William Conn, McConnellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seiders of Mc- Connellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 2, 1962


The Medical Center auxiliary will hold a street fair on Saturday on the hospital grounds that will include a chicken barbecue dinner and a concert by the McConnellsburg High School Band, directed by John Enck.

Bruce Douglas has been elected president of the Medical Center board for the 11th year in succession.

Elwood J. Mellott, executive vice president of The Fulton County National Bank, has resigned his position having accepted the same position at The National Bank in Melbourne, Fla.

Al Larsen, chief assessor for Fulton County, has resigned to accept a position with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

A marriage license was issued last week to Archie R. Decker of Needmore and Patricia Lawrence Fetter Davis of McConnellsburg.

Earl S. Alloway, proprietor of Johnnies Motel and Diner in McConnellsburg, took over the management of the Cavelier Motel, Fort Littleton, on August 1. He purchased the business from Carl Amsely, St. Thomas contractor and owner of the property.

Blue Barron and his orchestra, nationally famous “big band,” will play music for dancing at the American Legion Home on August 23. Tickets will sell at $2.50 each.

Rev. and Mrs. Charles Wealand of the Reformed Church will be moving in to the newly built parsonage on Walnut Street next week.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brantner and family moved last week to their new home “Tall Timbers,” recently purchased from Mrs. John Spangler. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ott moved into the Brantner home on South Second Street.

Lt. Walter Grissinger, currently serving with the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, has been promoted to captain.

News of men in the service: Jack R. Ramsey of Hustontown, who entered the U.S. Army on May 15, 1962, will report to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for training as a medical technician. Jacob MacKinlay Sowers was discharged from the U.S. Army on July 9 at Fort Hamilton, N.Y. He entered active service on May 20, 1959, and served in France and Germany. Fred Thomas Seville, McConnellsburg, was discharged on July 6 after two years in the U.S. Army, mostly in Germany. Gary Grissinger, McConnellsburg, is serving with the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Lowry.

Marriages announced: Joanne Smith, McConnellsburg, and James Lee Coffman, Greencastle, on June 17 and Coy Eugene Spade, Needmore, and Dorothy Knepper, Waterfall.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Straley, Waterfall, on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Carnell, Warfordsburg, on July 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson Wright Jr. of Fort Littleton on July 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Albert, Big Cove Tannery, on July 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William King Jr., Waterfall, on July 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bain, McConnellsburg, on July 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilson, Needmore, on July 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harclerode, McConnellsburg, on July 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Decker, Warfordsburg, on July 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mellott, Harrisonville, on July 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wilson, Chambersburg, on July 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith, Altoona, on July 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Earley, McConnellsburg, on July 29.

The76th anniversary of the Methodist camp meeting at the Crystal Spring Campgrounds will be held August 10-19.

Deaths: Rev. Leslie L. Garland, St. Thomas, formerly of Needmore; Mrs. Paul A. Lake, Warfordsburg; David Blaine Chesnut, infant son of Blaine E. and Norma Watcher Chestnut, Chambersburg; Mrs. Mary E. Stevens, Three Springs.

Mae’s Beauty Salon opens in Hustontown August 14.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 31, 1952


S.S. Alloway of Waterfall returned to his home last week after three weeks in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott have moved into their newly completed home on South Third Street.

Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston of Needmore entertained on Sunday in honor of their twin sons’ first birthday.

John Lake, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lake of town, has received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army after serving four years overseas and in the Panama Canal Zone.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Swope of Wells Tannery on July 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Woods of Fannettsburg on July 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morton of Big Cove Tannery on July 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Park of Fort Littleton on July 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Wilson of Fort Littleton on July 25.

Next Friday, the farm of Charles O. Morningstar in Belfast Township will be the scene of a land-clearing demonstration under the direction of the Soil Conservation Service, the first such demonstration in Fulton County. Several pieces of heavy equipment, supplied by Cleveland Brothers, Caterpillar dealers of Harrisburg, will be used in the demonstration, including a tractor and dozer blade, a root rake, a brush-hog harrow and a stumper.

Gov. Adlai Stevenson of Illinois was nominated as the presidential candidate last week at the Democratic National Convention, with Sen. John Sparkman of Alabama as his running mate.

Officer Joe Stabler of the local Pennsylvania State Police has retuned to his duties here on Monday after a week’s vacation, during which he married the former Miss Doris Price of Williamsport.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Phyllis Arlene Ritchey to Sgt. Alfred Granger.

July 30 marked the 10th anniversary of the WAVES.

Five-year-old Dale Golden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Golden of Warfordsburg, received a badly cut hand last Wednesday when he fell on a mowing scythe. Rushed to the Hagerstown Hospital, he was on the operating table one hour and 45 minutes having stitches put in his hand. He was discharged Friday but still has to have daily penicillin shots to fight infection.

A farewell dinner was held on July 20 in honor of Pfc. Robert Akers, who sailed for Austria July 22. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Akers of Crystal Spring.

Deaths: Robert Reeder of Greencastle; Porter E. Osburn Snyder of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Etta Louise West of Fayetteville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of July 30, 1942


Deaths: Mrs. Sarah S. Taylor of

Taylor Township; William Roy

Foreman of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Emma Carmack of Chambersburg.

Jacob W. Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Strait of Saluvia, is now stationed at Fort MacArthur, Calif.; Pvt. Howard M. Deshong is now at Camp Delworth in North Carolina; Samuel Taylor, recently promoted to sergeant, is at Fort Ord, Calif.; Pvt. David S. Nace has been transferred from Camp Tyson, Tenn., to the Officers’ Training School at Fort Belvoir, Va.

The new rationing board for Fulton County began its duties on Friday of last week. The new board is composed of Thomas Garland and Lloyd W. Mellott of McConnellsburg and Harold Rotz of Mc- Connellsburg.

Three Licking Creek Township men were injured last Friday evening when their car crashed into a tree while they were returning from work at Chambersburg. Reamer F. Deshong, 27, the driver, apparently fell asleep and received lacerations of the chin and forehead and brush burns of the knee. His father, Gilbert Deshong, 60, received lacerations of the face and forehead and possible fractures of the skull and upper jaw. Fred Sipes, 28, received lacerations of the face and forehead, brush burns of the knee and a chest injury.

John Mosser left on Tuesday for Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where he will be under observation for some time.

Only 31 of the 55 young men of the county who went to Altoona last week for physical exams before entering the Army passed the test.

Miss Martha Jane Duvall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Duvall of Wells Tannery, will graduate from the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago on August 5.

Miss Thelma Cooper, daughter of Mrs. Ruth Cooper of McConnellsburg, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Thursday and operated on for appendicitis.

Last Wednesday, Rev. John F. Sammel took John Wright to Pittsburgh for a preliminary fitting for an artificial limb.

Major and Mrs. G.C. Harness of Drexel Hill announce the birth of a son on July 27.

Harry M. Edward of Six Mile Run, while visiting in Wells Valley, was injured at the new home of Eugene Thomas. He was sitting on a board when it broke and he fell backwards, breaking two ribs and his collarbone.

Harry Wagner of Wells Valley received a broken collarbone when he fell from a load of hay.

Death: William Gallentine of Washington, D.C.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Oakman of Center.

Sheldon Witter and family have moved from Wells Tannery to Williamsburg, where he has secured employment.

Earl H. McDaid and Anna B. Shoemaker were married July 3.

Jennings M. Lynch Jr. and Martha Jane Peck were married July 25.

Mearl O. Mellott and Wildena Mellott were married on Wednesday.

Benjamin Harold Buterbaugh and Ethel Rhoades were married on July 24.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 28, 1932


Deaths: Rev.

Joseph Charles

Rinehart of Sidney, Ohio, former president of the Rays Hill and Southern Pennsylvania Christian Conference; Clara Enea Cromell of Salem, Ohio; Hiram Felton of Woodbury; John C. Adams of Hustontown.

A lengthy story in this issue describes in detail how President Herbert Hoover has arranged to have $15,000 of his $75,000 salary sent back to the U.S. Treasury. He also has ordered the salary of his cabinet members sliced 15 percent, or about $2,500 a year.

On Sunday evening, Charles Clevenger and Harry Lininger borrowed Arch Keyser’s car, presumably for a short errand. However, they drove nearly to Everett and there collided with another car, damaging the Keyser car considerably.

Marriages in the state last year totalled 60,160, the lowest on record, while divorces totalled 7,241, the lowest since 1922.

Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart and son Howard left on Wednesday evening for California where they will make their home at Long Beach.

Closing services for the local Vacation Bible School were held in the park forum on Sunday evening. Diplomas were awarded to Mirian Black, Miriam Hopkins, Esther Ray, Isabelle Ray, Dorothy Kendall, Mabel Taylor, John Mosser, Harry Grissinger Jr. and B.F. Hiley Shimer.

A surprise party was held on Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Spade in honor of their son Alvin’s birthday.

The McConnellsburg School Band will give a concert on the Harris Hotel porch on Saturday evening.

Officer Russell Lanehart of Hancock was kicked in the eye and otherwise roughed up on Saturday night when five men ganged up on him. The instigator of the attack will stand trial, while the others were fined $10 each.

Sherman R. Barnhart and Leona B. Dinger were married on July 18.

C. Lee Truax and Beulah M. Naugle were wed July 23.

Miss Inez Fields, R.N., of Philadelphia, arrived home on Saturday for a month’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields.

County Superintendent B.C. Lamberson attended a state meeting of superintendents in Harrisburg last Wednesday.

Mrs. Ernest Sprowl of Wells Tannery took her Sunday School class to Cypher’s Beach for a day’s outing last Thursday.

Harry Gordon of Chicago has hitch-hiked to the home of his brother, A.B. Gordon of Thompson Township. Reporting hard times in Chicago, he said he was without work for two years.

Maynard Mellott of Sipes Mill, who had a pitch fork run in his face, is getting along fine.

Howard Culler, proprietor of Shorty’s Place, rammed his car into a standing train at Everett on July 18. Culler was uninjured, but his companion, Carl Seiders, was cut about the face.

The Masonic Club of Fulton County will hold its annual picnic on August 11.3 1128-1366 lbs., $106 to $109.

Slaughter bulls: yield grade 1, 1044-1812 lbs., $98.50 to $110; low dressing $96.50; yield grade 2, 992-1254 lbs., $92.50 to $95.

Feeder cattle: no trend available due to limited comparable receipts.

Holstein steers: large 3, 524-956 lbs., $104 to $111.

Heifers: medium 1, 362- 475 lbs., $130 to $140; 746 lbs., $125; medium 2, 306 lbs., $122.50; large 2, 724 lbs., $98.

Bulls: medium 1, 364 lbs., $142.50; 702-724 lbs., $117 to $120; 930 lbs., $101; medium 2, 244 lbs., $125; 386 lbs., $117.50.

Holstein bulls: large 3, 370 lbs., $90; 976 lbs., $99.

Return to farm calves: compared to last week’s sale, Holstein bull calves returning to special fed veal barns, 94-124 lbs., sold $25 to $40 lower.

Holstein bull calves: 31, 94- 124 lbs., $ 147.50 to $167.50; 80-92 lbs., $140 to $152.50; #2, 94-122 lbs., $115 to $145; 80-92 lbs., $120 to $140; #3, 76-108 lbs., $65 to $120; utility 56- 104 lbs., $5 to $65.

Holstein heifer calves; #1, no market test. #2 no market test.

Holstein/beef cross calves: 88-112 lbs., $107.50 to $152.50.

Slaughter hogs: Barrows and gilts, 45-60 pct. lean, 339- 342 lbs., $58 to $59. Sows: U.S. 1-3, no market test. Boars: 646 lbs., $22.

Feeder pigs: no market test.

Lambs: choice 2-3, 50-52 lbs., $120 to $150; 80-97 lbs., $135 to $145; 115 lbs., $150.

Ewes: Good 2-3, 147 lbs., $69; 250 lbs., $47.50.

Nannies: selection 1, 130- 140 lbs., $120 to $127.50; selection 2, 80-130 lbs., $72.50 to $110; selection 3, 90 lbs., $68.

Billies: selection 1, 140 lbs., $142.50 to $157.50. Wethers: selection 1, 100-130 lbs., $149 to $192.50.

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