2012-07-26 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures her brother, Carl, and his son, Todd, at the piano circa 1974. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures her brother, Carl, and his son, Todd, at the piano circa 1974. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 23, 1992

’92 The Clinton-Gore Campaign Caravan made an unannounced stop in Fulton County last Saturday afternoon, July 18. The 18 buses carrying the Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates, along with their wives, campaign aides, national press and Secret Service agents, rolled into the Sideling Hill Plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Gov. Bill Clinton exited the first bus, called the Flagship, immediately upon arrival and plunged into the crowd which, during the course of the afternoon, had swollen to well over 200. The candidates did not enter the plaza restaurant but shook hands with supporters, tossed a football on the plaza’s lawn and were treated to fruit and beverages in a tent which had been erected for their stop. The candidates and their wives spoke with both the national and local press during their stop which lasted approximately one hour. Fulton County’s Democratic Party vice chairperson Althea DeShong, party secretary Kate Berkstresser and committeemen Rich Doney and Robert Covert were on hand to greet the candidates.

The recently established Market Street Inn, owned and operated by Tim and Marge Taylor, hosted its first international visitor last week when Jonathan So of Hong Kong stayed overnight on a business trip to Overly-Raker Inc.

The Tom Peck Fan Club held its summer family picnic July 14 in Tom’s hometown of McConnellsburg. Members of the fan club joined forces to raise money to help offset the medical expenses of 11-year-old member Brooke Peck.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer of Mc- Connellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Helser, Fort Littleton, are very pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Becky Keefer and Buck Helser, on July 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Alton and Alleene Hoopengardner of Buck Valley announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Marie Hoopengardner, to John Robert Motz, Herndon, Va., son of John and Jan Motz.

Deaths: Bertha R.Ramsey, 86, Duncansville; Kenneth Brown, 81, Huntingdon.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Strait of Harrisonville on July 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Stains of Orbisonia on July 13.

Kimberly Seville and Dennis McQuade were united in marriage May 9 at Corner Church of the Brethren in Big Cove Tannery. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Seville Jr., McConnellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Marlin McQuade, also of Mc- Connellsburg.

Teresa Starliper became the bride of Robert “Bobby” Fischer during a May 23 ceremony in The First United Methodist Church, Greencastle. Parents of the couple are Saundra Starliper, Greencastle, and the late Glenn Starliper and Gary and Barbara Fischer, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 29, 1982


The long, hot days of summer continue but rain is much needed at this point. The brief showers tend only to increase the humidity and bring out the bugs.

JLG Industries slashed its workforce to the bone at its McConnellsburg plant Wednesday afternoon with the layoff of about 375 production and office personnel, leaving only a skeleton force of about 150 to man the plant and company headquarters for the next two months. “Continued softness in domestic demand necessitated this action,” company President John L. Grove said, in announcing the shutdown.

For the past 15 years, Charles and Betty Baum have come to their Fulton County summer home to escape the city life of Essex, Md. This escape has meant even more to them during the last two years because since then a major expressway has come to a T-intersection right in front of their house, and their yard has frequently been invaded by cars and trucks failing to negotiate the sharp turns. But the sanctuary that Fulton County offered was rudely shattered last Saturday afternoon when an out-of-control car hurtled off Black Oak Ridge Road and onto the Baum’s farm, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Baum said he had stopped mowing in order to get a glass of water at a neighbor’s. While there, he heard a crash and ran back to his place, but didn’t see any damage until he noticed that the heavy wood gate across his driveway was scattered all over his yard. Then he noticed that several of his trees, including an 8-foot red maple, had been uprooted. Finally, he saw that a wide path had been cut through his cornfield; he walked down the path and saw a car at the foot of a 100-foot embankment. The driver, Frederick Lee Placka II, 19, of Dana Point, Calif., and Robert Lee Shaw, 17, of Hancock, were not injured. The front left tire on Placka’s Firebird blew out and he lost control. After striking a tree on the right side of the road, he careened across the road on to Baum’s property.

Mr. and Mrs. James Shaw of Needmore were honored on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary on June 21 at the American Legion.

Specials at the IGA: plums, 69 cents; blueberries, 99 cents a pint; cauliflower, $1.49; watermelons, 12 cents a pound; IGA canned vegetables, 3 for $1.

Roger Watkins of McConnellsburg won the Erik Hockenberry Memorial Race at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night, and Tom Peck won the 25-lap feature at Motordome 70 Speedway at Smithton, Pa., Sunday, driving his Peckies Auto Body-sponsored number 40 Camaro.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Wright of St. Thomas on July 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vance Cutchall of McConnellsburg on July 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Sipes of McConnellsburg on July 21.

Deaths: Paul L.Ward, Crystal Spring; Viola Hayes, McConnellsburg; C. Preston Bageant, Warfordsburg; Anna R. Diven, Shippensburg; Nancy Black, Three Springs; Alice B. Everetts, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 10, 1972


The decomposed body of a man, which was found on Friday at 6 p.m. in the woods along the Sipes Mill Road, was identified by state police as the remains of a York Haven man. Dr. McLucas, Fulton County coroner, established the cause of death as suicide by hanging, which had occurred presumably on June 29.

To date, seven girls have entered this year’s Fulton County Conservation Queen contest. All of the girls are active in school activities, church groups and their local 4- H clubs. The seven girls are: Nancy Mann, Inez Ramsey, Paula Smith, Sharon Strait, Marilyn Schriever, Sue Ellen Nesbitt and Michelle Rasp.

Jeffrey Ott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott of McConnellsburg, has been named as one of two students who will represent the Pennsylvania State University at the national convention of Alpha Gamma Rho, agricultural honorary fraternity, on August 13-17 at Utah State University.

Marriage licenses: Roger Deshong of Mc- Connellsburg and Linda Batdorff of Harrisonville; John Brady of Big Cove Tannery and Judith Wible of Hustontown; Max Harr of Big Cove Tannery and Robin Strait of McConnellsburg; Larry Seville of Mercersburg and Debbie Keebaugh of Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fraker of Fort Littleton celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 29 with a picnic at their home.

Four Fulton County students were among the 517 candidates for degrees at the commencement exercises for the summer term at Shippensburg State College on Friday, August 4. They are: Wayne Crouse Jr., Big Cove Tannery, and Marlin McKinley Lynch,Warfordsburg, receiving B.S. in education degrees; Janice Cutchall Hoover and James Runk, both of McConnellsburg, receiving Master of Education degrees in education.

Mr. and Mrs. K.G. Richards spent from Thursday through Saturday in Reno, Nev., where they attended the preview of the 1973 Chrysler Corporation vehicles. Among the entertainers they enjoyed were Les Brown and his Band of Reknown, Nipsy Russell and the Bourbon Street Singers.

Deaths: Donald L. McQuait, York Haven; Lawrence Stipe, Gettysburg; Samuel Thurber, Hagerstown; Evadene Anne McMullen, Three Springs; Orrison E. Mellott Sr., Six Mile Run.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Riley of Harrisonville on July 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Myers of Clear Spring on July 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Higgins of Mercersburg on July 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Bennett of McConnellsburg on August 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCarty of Hancock on August 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ulsh of Hustontown on August 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Mumma of St. Thomas on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Divelbliss Jr. of Warfordsburg on August 4.

Airman Denny Buterbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Buterbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg, has been assigned to Lowry AFB, Colo., after completing Air Force basic training.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 16, 1962


Stanley Sagner, president of Sagner Inc., announced that ground will be broken this month for the new $850,000 McConnellsburg plant. The article includes a history of the company, present management, projected production and payroll.

A 1960 Chevrolet owned by Mont Clippinger and stolen in McConnellsburg on August 9 has been recovered by Somerset state police in Jennerstown, Pa.

Due to the severe drought resulting in hay shortage, the Fulton County Fair Association has announced feed will not be provided for livestock entered in the fair this year.

Thirty-nine farmers have applied for disaster applications from the Farmers Home Administration, to be allowed to graze or cut hay from diverted acres under the reserve acreage program.

Marriage licenses: William E. Shaffer Jr. and Saundra M. Culler, both of McConnellsburg, and Foster A. Souders, Hancock, and Helen Jane Truax, Needmore.

Rev. and Mrs. Brian McConnell of Dublin, Ireland, were seeking McConnell family history during a visit here this week.

News of men in service: Airman Clifford E. Rotz, Harrisonville, has been assigned to Amarillo AFB in Texas. Marlin Hubert Hollinshead of Harrisonville was discharged from the U.S. Army on July 19 after a twoyear service. Franklin L. McKee, Warfordsburg, has been promoted to Specialist 4 at the 64th Field Hospital, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Chief Warrant Officer Michael Rajtik of McConnellsburg is serving 16 days of active duty with the National Guard at Camp Pickett, Va. A 19-year Army veteran, he served in World War II and the Korean Conflict as a combat tanker.

Charles L. Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, has completed recruit training in the U.S. Navy and has been assigned to communication school in Pensacola, Fla. Himmel Melvin Keith, Hustontown, was discharged from the U.S. Navy on July 27 at Charlestown, S.C., after four years of service.

A total of 35,564 speeding arrests have been made by state police sting radar. The electronic device went into use last September.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Calhoun, Everett, on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Rhodes, Mercersburg, on August 12.

Mrs. Mamie Baer of Burnt Cabins is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital with injuries suffered when her car ran her down after the handbrake gave.

A hard road has been constructed from Needmore, past Pleasant Grove, to join the road across Sideling Hill Mountain.

The Rev. George Thayer family of Burnt Cabins announce the birth of a daughter, Rachel Arlene.

The Saxton Post Office was dedicated on Sunday.

Deaths: Laura Catherine Carnell, Warfordsburg; Clem Summers, Shade Gap; Orlando S. Wible, Knobsville; Mrs. Willis P. Hawbaker, Mercersburg.

Cumberland Valley Electric advertises “Just one cent runs a food mixer for two hours electrically.”

60 Years Ago


From The Files Of August 14, 1952

Three young men from Fort

Loudon, returning to their homes after accompanying a baseball team to Berkeley Springs, were killed when their car plowed head-on into a tree near Hancock. James R. Mellott, 19, and Earl C. Zeis, 19, were pronounced dead at the scene. The owner and driver of the car, Wayne H. Zeger, 23, died early Monday morning.

Jean and Andrea Desmules of Quebec City, Quebec, were weekend guests of Robert Hayes, accompanying him here after attending summer school at McGill University. On Monday, the three went to Washington to attend the International Geographers Union Convention.

Paul C. Mellott broke ground on Monday for a new home on South Second Street.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Weller of Warfordsburg on August 6.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Miller of Laidig on August 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Richards of Needmore on August 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Gracey of Waterfall on August 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kendall of McConnellsburg on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stinson of Knobsville on August 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Deshong of Harrisonville on August 11.

F.E. Welch, former Hagerstown policeman, has been named chief of police of Mercersburg.

August 4 marked the first anniversary of the Bedford County Memorial Hospital.

A one-car accident on Sideling Hill last Wednesday caused the death of Theodore Weisel, brother of Mrs. Thad Shimer of Mc- Connellsburg. Mr. Weisel, 71, of Summit Hill, died of a broken neck. The Weisel party was en route to McConnellsburg to visit the Shimer family.

William R. King and Judy Guyer were wed August 9.

It’s a girl for Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Deneen of Buck Valley.

Deaths: Larry Elwood Black of Mc- Connellsburg; Roy A. Glunt of Altoona; Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Johnson of Shade Gap; Joseph B. Mellott of Belfast Township; Rev. John V. Royer of Lewisburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 13, 1942


Deaths: Fannie Hessler of Todd

Township; George B. Souders of

Fort Loudon; Mrs. Ross W. Stains of St. Thomas.

James McQuade and A.J. Laidig, both of Hustontown, were injured on Wednesday when the scaffold in which they were working broke and threw them about 10 feet to the ground. Working at the Fred Wilds home here, Mr. McQuade was knocked unconscious and received brush burns. Mr. Laidig received a sprained ankle and back.

While helping to load rye last Thursday, Miss Anna Mae King, daughter of Albert King of near Waterfall, was bitten by a large rattlesnake. Dr. McKinlay rendered medical assistance and she is now recuperating at home.

The local Eastern Star Club met in Allen’s Valley last Thursday. On the birthday cake these names were inscribed: Olive, Helen, Fannie, Zoe, Katherine, Laura, Irene and Vallie.

Mrs. Maye Miller of McConnellsburg and Miss Betty Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Harris of Webster Mills, are now employed as clerks at the local post office.

About five miles of hard road were started this week in Buck Valley by the Highway Department.

Sgt. Paul Luthern Knepp and Dorothy J. Cline were wed on Wednesday.

Charles Clark and Nellie Keebaugh were married August 4.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 11, 1932


Deaths: Watson Earl Crawford of

Whips Cove; Mrs. Lester Sheffied of

Fort Littleton.

Dennis, 18, son of Toby Carbaugh of Big Cove Tannery, drowned on Sunday when he slipped from a rock and fell into the Potomac River near Hancock.

A testimonial banquet was held at the Fulton House on Tuesday in honor of maintenance supervisor Joseph W. Sullivan of the Highway Department, who is leaving for Armstrong County. All of the officials of District 9 were present, plus the following invited guests: Leslie W. Seylar, Hon. H. Baumgardner, Dr. H.C. McClain, Hon. Norris E. Hoover, county Commissioner H. Howard Peck and H.E. Grissinger.

Helen Truax, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax of Warfordsburg, entertained the C. C. Club at her home on Friday evening.

Only one Japanese beetle has been caught in the 305 traps set up here a few weeks ago. This was evidently a religious beetle because it was caught in the trap in the United Presbyterian Church yard.

The birthdays of Mrs. J.B. Stevens and Charles Shatzer were celebrated at a party at the Stevens’ home at Clear Ridge on Sunday, August 7.

Dentist P.K. Evans will be on vacation until August 26.

Hershel B. Hershberger and Elaine Wigfield were married on August 4.

The D.F. Trout home, just a short distance north of McConnellsburg, was totally destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning. The fire started when an oil stove exploded.

Mrs. Rowe Mellott of Webster Mills fell and fractured her arm one day last week.

Ex- county Commissioner Sheridan Hann has purchased the former McKibbin Post Office and is having it remodelled into an attractive home under the supervision of contractor Foreman.

Miss Ella Kendall, county nurse, is now enjoying a well-earned vacation.

Mrs. Pearl Frable, daughter of Mrs. Catherine Connelly, is preparing to go to Arizona because of impaired health.

Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt has announced that she will support Herbert Hoover in the forthcoming election despite the fact that his opponent, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and her husband were fifth cousins.

At the Racket Store: dress shirts at 69 cents; men’s work shoes at 98 cents; men’s overalls at 69 cents; P&G soap, 7 cakes for 25 cents; work socks, 3 pairs for 25 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Barton of Brush Creek are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 5.

Dallas Edwards, teacher of English in the Clearfield High School, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Edwards of Hiram.

Maxine Garland of Hiram celebrated her seventh birthday at a party at her home on Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Grant Mansarber of Three Springs is seriously ill. Frank Wible of the same place is much improved following his serious illness.

Bennett Truax and Mabel Decker were married August 6.

A feature attraction at the Shade Gap Picnic this year was a 10-minute plane ride for $1.50.

Herbert Ward of Buck Valley badly injured his hand last week when he hit it with a hoe while digging out a groundhog.

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