2012-08-23 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger recalls a summer day in August 54 years ago at the Ayr Township farm near Big Cove Tannery of Dan and Dot Trout of Bethesda, Md. Pictured, left to right, behind the raft, are Jamie Greathead, Audrey Greathead, Maggie Riggs, Lindsay Riggs Mellott, Leslie Riggs Broyles, and Nancy Greathead Janko. Pictured in the foreground is Bobby Riggs and in the background, on the inner tube, Johnny Greathead. Commissioner Irvin Dasher and wife Joy own the Trout farm today. This week’s Memory Jogger recalls a summer day in August 54 years ago at the Ayr Township farm near Big Cove Tannery of Dan and Dot Trout of Bethesda, Md. Pictured, left to right, behind the raft, are Jamie Greathead, Audrey Greathead, Maggie Riggs, Lindsay Riggs Mellott, Leslie Riggs Broyles, and Nancy Greathead Janko. Pictured in the foreground is Bobby Riggs and in the background, on the inner tube, Johnny Greathead. Commissioner Irvin Dasher and wife Joy own the Trout farm today. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 20, 1992


The 71st annual Fulton County

Fair will be held August 22 through

August 29 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. There will be a few changes at the fair this year, the most noticeable of which will be the addition of new bleachers which will provide seating for about 1,000 persons for the fair’s various events. A new feature at this year’s fair will be the Hollywood Stunt Show Friday, August 28.

The 1992 Fulton County Fair Queen will be named Monday evening, kicking off fair week. Contestants for this year’s title are Rebecca Eisaman, Danielle Poffenberger, Leslie Kendall, Jessica McLucas and Samantha McCoy.

A Licking Creek Township man is being held without bail in Bedford County Jail in connection with the stabbing death late last week of his brother-in-law. Police said that sometime around 9:45 p.m. August 13 Robert Steinhoff of McConnellsburg was involved in a physical confrontation with his wife at their home along Breezy Point Road. Police said her brother, Thomas Gingell, 41, who also resided in the home, became involved in the situation and allegedly stabbed Steinhoff in the upper left chest area and left forearm with a kitchen fillet knife. Police said that Steinhoff was taken to Fulton County Medical Center and flown to York Hospital where he died Friday, August 14. Gingell was arrested immediately after the stabbing and lodged in Bedford County Jail.

Bonnie Mellott Keefer of town is one of 2,210 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas, this week. Keefer is Fulton County treasurer.

Tyana Black and Robert Christopher exchanged wedding vows July 25 at Asbury Methodist Church in Harrisonville. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Black Sr. of McConnellsburg. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Christopher of Baltimore.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Eichelberger of Hustontown on August 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cordell of McConnellsburg on August 12.

Nicole Barton and Daren Schultz exchanged wedding vows June 27 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Barton of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schultz Sr. of Hancock.

Julie Line and Mark Gobin were married recently in the First United Church of Christ, Carlisle. Their parents are Melvin Line and Enid Line and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gobin, all of Carlisle. The groom is the grandson of the late Ivan Gobin and Martha Earley Gobin of Carlisle, formerly of Wells Tannery.

Marriage licenses: Bradley Palmer, Warfordsburg, and Linette Diehl, Bedford; Raymond Trail, Warfordsburg, and Janet Steiner, Berkeley Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Dion Miller of Peoria, Ill, announce the birth of their son, Cole Evan, July 16 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.

Deaths: Sherwood Serfass, McConnellsburg; Ethel Fries, Mercersburg; Kayla Knepper, Leola, Pa.; Betty Armstrong, Mc- Connellsburg; Marlin Chamberlain, Pittsburgh.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 26, 1982


Bob Lowry Chevrolet-Oldsmobile will become Mellott Motor Sales

Chevrolet-Oldsmobile next week. Preston Mellott, who has operated a used car dealership just up the road from the Lowry new car dealership for the past 11 years, has purchased the land, buildings, and franchise from Lowry and will be the new owner-operator. Lowry purchased the McConnellsburg dealership 12 years ago from Hubert Hershberger, after having worked for General Motors for 17 years.

Summer is drawing to a close. Temperatures dropped to the low 40s a couple of nights last week.

Dan Schriever, 17, Warfordsburg, showed the grand champion Monday in the 4-H and FFA Baby Beef Show at the Fulton County Fair. The 16-month-old steer, an 1,165-pound Limousin cross, was also named best steer in the heavyweight class. Rita Shives, 16, McConnellsburg, showed the reserve champion, with an Angus-Semital cross.

Specials at the IGA: Gold Medal flour, 99 cents, 5-pound bag; roasting chickens, 75 cents lb.; Scope, $2.39; bananas, 4 lbs., $1; Log Cabin syrup, $1.69.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Koontz of Harrisonville on August 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Doyle of McConnellsburg on August 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Carbaugh of Mercersburg on August 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Linn Seville of Hustontown on August 16.

Deaths; James F. Might, Warfordsburg; Norman Smith, York; Leslie Edwards Sr., Broad Top City; Nelson Moore Jr., Rockhill Furnace; Russell Hull, Hancock; John McLucas, Chambersburg; Robert Reinhold, Mc- Connellsburg.

Sixty-six family members and friends gathered at the McConnellsburg Firehall on August 8 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Mrs. Lucy Mellott of Cito.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 7, 1972


A scene, which could have been lifted from the classic Marlon

Brando motorcycle gang movie, “The Wild Ones,” took place opposite the Sipes Funeral Home at Harrisonville on Saturday afternoon when a group of approximately

20 motorcycle riders became enraged following an incident involving the driver of a pickup truck. Police reported that both the truck and the group of cyclists were travelling west on Route 30. The driver had passed some of the cyclists and then stopped to allow another truck to make a left turn. The truck was then surrounded by the cyclists and the driver was “set upon” and the headlight of his truck broken. What sparked off the confrontation between the area man and the cyclists was not reported by police, but no charges were filed and the cyclists continued on their way without further incident.

A young mother and her baby narrowly escaped injury when fire destroyed their trailer home just south of Breezewood last Thursday. Damage was set at $6,000 in the blaze that destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Layton on old Route 126. Mrs. Layton was using cleaning fluid in the kitchen of the trailer when she passed out, apparently from the fumes. When she awoke, the kitchen was in flames. She grabbed the baby from a bedroom and escaped.

Miss Sue Brown and Airman Edgar Wright were united in marriage on August 26 in the Presbyterian Church, Burnt Cabins. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown, Burnt Cabins, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wright Sr. of Wells Tannery.

The Hustontown Rockettes, an independent softball team, is pictured in this week’s issue after finishing a second undefeated season, having won a total of 37 games against teams from a four-county, two-state area. Members of the team are: Bobbi Clark, Dorothy Fix, Luella Keebaugh, Linda Downin, Barbara Plessinger, Trudy Waters, Lillian Keefer, Sally Keebaugh, Sandy Cooper, Boots Fix, Candy Keebaugh, Dorothy Knepper, Donna Kyler, Vickie Kyler, Joan Fleck and Susan Keebaugh.

A very pleasant evening was spent at the Pleasant Grove dining hall on August 26 when a number of friends and relatives gathered to help M. Earl Truax of Warfordsburg celebrate his 80th birthday.

The engagement of Sandra K. Miller to Gary A. Johnston has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Wayne Miller. Gary is the son of Mrs. Helen Johnston of McConnellsburg and the late Morrow Johnston.

Marriage licenses: Alonza Palmer of Warfordsburg and Debra Shives of Big Cove Tannery; Herbert Lee Truax of McConnellsburg and Brenda Brant of Hustontown; David Dombrowsky of Mary Esther, Fla., and Linda Deneen of Chambersburg.

Deaths: Clay W. Worthing, formerly of Saxton; Frances McDonald, Greencastle; Thompson Gordon, Reedsville; Mrs. Martha Jane Mellott, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 13, 1962


A 20-year-old McConnellsburg man and a 22-year-old man from

Crystal Spring escaped from the Fulton County Jail on Friday afternoon by scaling the 15-foot wall which encloses the exercise yard. Both were recaptured on Sunday, one gave himself up to police in a field near his home, near McConnellsburg. The other was stopped by Chambersburg police on Route 11 for speeding in what was found to be a stolen car.

Robert W. Locke, 18, of Burnt Cabins, was killed instantly on Saturday night on Route 522, just north of the borough line, when the car he was driving failed to make a curve and hit the guardrails. Locke was thrown from the vehicle and was apparently run over by the car, which continued on into a telephone pole.

Explorer Scout Robert McKinley of Post 45, Needmore, attended the first National Delegate Conference at Ann Arbor, Mich., on August 26 to August 30, attended by 3,200 elected delegates.

County schools opened on September 4 with a total enrollment of 2,701 pupils.

Marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse to James E. Stoope, Harrisburg, and Sarah E. Smith, McConnellsburg, and Jacob R. Everts, Hancock, and Patricia E. Martz, McConnellsburg.

Carter Bard, Warfordsburg, won the grand championship and showmanship blue ribbons in the FFA entries at the Fulton County Fair and Susan Black of the Wells Taylor 4-H Club won the grand championship award, with their prize Holsteins.

The marriage of Eleanor Lee Hill, Hancock, to Herbert Henry Fink, Hancock, on August 19, is announced.

Licking Creek Township School District announces its intention of adopting a $6-ayear per-capita tax for all residents over 21 years.

Engaged: Rosella J. Pittman, Mc- Connellsburg, to L. Roy Fahnestock, Carlisle.

A reception and shower were held Friday at the Burnt Cabins Methodist Church for the new minister, Rev. George Thayes, and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bard have purchased and moved into the Willis McCray home near Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mellott, Hancock, on September 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Shives, McConnellsburg, on September 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Golden, Warfordsburg, on September 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tice, McConnellsburg, on September 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Seiders, Chambersburg, on September 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pittman, Mc- Connellsburg, on September 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McQuait, Hustontown, on September 9.

Deaths: Roy M. Kendall, 79, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Sadie Elizabeth Mellott, 74, Fort Loudon, formerly of Taylor Township; Scott R. Smith, 66, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Helen Shives, 41, McConnellsburg; Dr. Herbert Ramsey Tobias, 61, Berkeley Springs. Dr. Tobias had a leading role in the development of the Berkeley Springs Hospital, the new wing of which will be named for him.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 11, 1952


The Medical Center Auxiliary is now planning a square dance to be held at Tuscarora Summit Inn in the near future.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Livingston and son Tommy of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., sailed for England last week on the Mauretania. Mrs. Livingston is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W. Nace of town.

The nationwide ads of the Greyhound Lines next week will feature the proprietor of the local station, Edward F. Stephens.

Mr. and Mrs. McCauley Pittman of Big Cove Tannery observed their 50th wedding anniversary on Wednesday of this week.

The McConnellsburg Municipal Authority issues a plea in this issue for all citizens to conserve water since the town’s supply is getting dangerously low because of the current dry spell.

Cyrus F. Wagner and Nellie Glazier were wed August 25.

A police car of the local substation, driven by Trooper Lammie, was struck head-on by an out-of-control car on Sideling Hill Mountain Saturday. The driver of the runaway car, a college student, was uninjured but Lammie suffered a bruised knee. Total damage to the cars was set at $650.

C.M. Bender, McConnellsburg gun expert, attended a national rifle match at Friendship, Ind., over Labor Day and came home with the 50-yard flintlock championship.

Pictured in the this issue is A-3C Elmer R. Peck, who spent a recent 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Peck. He is now on his way overseas.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morton of Mc- Connellsburg announce the birth of a son on September 4.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Crippen of Wells Tannery drove to Harrisburg on Sunday and brought home their son, Jimmie, who has been a polio patient in Harrisburg Hospital.

Deaths: Charles P. McFadden of Mercersburg; Cyrus S. Johnson of near Hancock; William Lake Swope of Licking Creek Township.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 10, 1942


Russell S. Garland has retired after 46 years of service as an enlisted man and later as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. When he retired, he was in charge of the Quartermaster Department in Philadelphia. Born in Fulton County, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1896 and served continuously since that time. He was compelled to retire from active duty due to his physical condition.

Deaths: Arlie Cletus Layton of near Chambersburg; David Grant Bock of Clear Ridge.

Word has been received from the U.S. Air Force Flying Command, somewhere in England, that Sgt. Christy Faith of Warfordsburg, an upper turret gunner, shot down one of the famed Goering squadron’s “yellow nosed” Focke Wulf planes during a recent Flying Fortress raid on Rottedame. “I let fly and he burst into flames and went down in a spin,” was his comment after the raid. Faith was born and reared on a farm near Warfordsburg.

William Trout has graduated form the officers training program at Fort Belvoir, Va., as a second lieutenant.

Recent births: a son, Lawrence Raymond Jr., to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Zwiebel of Hanover on September 5. Mr. Zwiebel formerly managed the Harris Hotel here; a daughter, Lois, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ramsey of Knobsville on Tuesday; a son, Stanley Noel, to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zeger of York on September 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max T. Fraker of Fort Littleton on September 7.

Mrs. Houston Johnston of Websters Mill reported finding a triple-yolked egg recently.

Jack Kelso and Jack Fore, 1942 graduates of McConnellsburg High School, left on Sunday for State College where they are enrolled as freshmen.

Mrs. L.L. Cunningham of New Grenada has entered Altoona Hospital where she will undergo treatment and an operation if necessary.

Mrs. Scott Walker has returned to her duties at Scotland School, while her sister, Miss Emma Sloan, has resumed her teaching position at Johnstown, after spending the summer at their apartment here.

Misses Martha Hohman and Dorothy Keebaugh left on Monday to enter Hagerstown Business College.

Glen Strait of Hustontown, who has been suffering from sinus trouble for some time, left for Arizonia on Monday.

Death: Morgan Brown of Canton, Ohio.

Francis Martin Wallace and Madelain Alverda Mellott were married on August 8.

Joseph M. Pittman and Ruth Harris were married on May 28.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of September 8, 1932


Deaths: Harvey Martin Snyder of

Needmore; Charles Leonard

Richards of Todd Township; Mrs. Cecilia Purcell of Hustontown.

A large crowd attended the annual IOOF picnic at Creekside Park, but the day was marred by accidents. A child of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Smith was struck by a car and severely injured; a man named Everhart from Three Springs was hit by a ball bat when a player threw it; and an unidentified child received injuries when struck by a baseball.

Miss Juliet Nace left on Saturday for Harrisburg where she is a kindergarten teacher.

Mel James, director of publicity for Gov. Pinchot, spent Labor Day with Mrs. James at the Fulton House.

Hon. John Fields, president of the Federal Land Bank of Wichita, Kan., and a member of the Federal Farm Board, spent Labor Day with his sister, Mrs. Roy G. Bohn.

Mrs. Bruce Douglas of Plum Run was rushed to the hospital in Cumberland on Monday for an emergency operation for gallstones.

Mary E. Schetrompf and Rev. Howard Pender were married on August 22.

Glenn Shafer of New Grenada, who had been convalescing from diphtheria, had a relapse on Saturday and was rushed to the hospital in Huntingdon.

Mrs. Raymond Mann of Hancock received a badly cut hand on a glass jar while canning fruit one day last week.

Mrs. Abner McCusker of Hancock died on Monday.

The Fulton County Fair will be held from September 20 to 23. The admission price this year will be 25 cents.

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