FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of September 3, 1992
The community was saddened at the death of Dr.G.T. Lorentz last Tuesday. He was one of the area’s most respected physicians, having practiced family medicine here for nearly 50 years before his retirement due to ill health. His wife, Lois, preceded him in death July 6 of this year. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year.
The BiLo Market of McConnellsburg came away from Saturday night’s bidding with the grand champion steer, paying $2 per pound for the 1,237-pound crossbreed. The grand champion was owned and shown by Mike Leese of Needmore. Fred Waite of McConnellsburg captured the reserve champion owned by Shelly Gress. Waite bid $1.30 per pound to win the auction. The steers were sold at the 29th annual Fulton County Youth Livestock Association sale last Saturday, August 29, at the livestock building on the Fulton County Fairgrounds. A total of 34 steers, 43 hogs and 21 lambs were sold to the highest bidders.
McConnellsburg Jaycees chapter is joining other chapters in the state in collecting nonperishable items for victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Louisiana.
The new Rainbow’s End Restaurant, featuring flame-broiled, low fat beef burgers, has opened at the east end of Mc- Connellsburg. The restaurant and drivethru features low fat meats and yogurt as part of its healthy choice menu. Co-owners are Tom and Judy Robinson and Dan and Nancy Robinson.
Ten years ago the Capitol Hang Glider Association and the Maryland Hang Gliding Association purchased a launch site called The Pulpit atop Tuscarora Mountain near McConnellsburg. On October 3, pilots from Washington, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia have been invited to attend The Pulpit’s 10th anniversary with a fly-in and competition.
A miniature golf course under the lights is about to open along Route 30 west of Mc- Connellsburg when Pete and Jean Pepple open their Licking Creek Country Club on September 3. The 18-hole miniature golf course was designed by Pepple and presents a fair test of putting skill and fun for all ages.
This year’s Farm League Champions were the Orioles. Members of the team are Chad Everetts, Andrew Patton, Chad Lininger, Anthony Hughes, Michael Miller, Steve Weller, Walter Taylor, Walter Jefferson, Tyler Horton, Jason Buterbaugh, Timmy McQuade, Nicholas Souders, manager Roger DeShong, coaches Ed Souders, Calvin Wolfe, Tim McQuade and Fred Mellott Jr.
Jennings and Martha Lynch celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party July 25.
Deaths: Gerald T. Lorentz, McConnellsburg; Dorothy Mumma, Burnt Cabins; Diana Shafer, Dillsburg; Mary Bender, Chambersburg; Joseph Stafford, Wells Tannery; Lester Shoop, Burnt Cabins; Ira Moats Sr., Mercersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Gelvin of Waterfall announce the birth of their first child, a son, Dylan, August 26 at Chambersburg Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Karczewski are proud to announce the birth of a son, Nathan, August 11, at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Geraldine Strait became the bride of Brian Strait during a May 23 double-ring ceremony in Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Gerald and Betty Strait, Needmore, and Chalmer and Marion Strait of Warfordsburg.
Marriage licenses: Eddie Brown, Burnt Cabins, and Tracey Peterson, Shade Gap; Ray Booth II, Big Cove Tannery, and Marcie Reveal, Warfordsburg; Jamie Booth, Warfordsburg, and Machelle Stotler, Mercersburg.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 9, 1982
Lightning struck the transformer on the local school grounds during the brief storm last Thursday evening, and the spluttering electrical current caused it to burst into flames. Firemen were at the scene within minutes and brought it under control.
Congressman Bud Shuster, on a weeklong trip through the 9th District, stopped in McConnellsburg on Wednesday. He met with local constituents in the courthouse for about two hours.
A break-in at the home of McConnellsburg police officer Charles Ray last Thursday netted thieves a quantity of weapons and diamond rings valued at nearly $7,000.
Twenty-five people lost their lives in traffic accidents during the Labor Day weekend. There were no fatal accidents in Fulton County.
Jeff Sprenkle of York Haven, Pa., was the winner of the Burndy/Termacs Inc. Division’s Twilight Golf League and was presented with the championship trophy at the Honey Run Golf Club in York last week.
A rare mineral is slated to be mined in Fulton County. A spokesman for Conrell Minerals of Lemoyne, Pa., said the firm has leased the old barite pit on the Boyd Cromer farm near Fort littleton and plans to mine the mineral some time in the future.
Specials at the IGA: Hawaiian Punch, 69 cents; iceberg lettuce, 39 cents; grapes, 79 cents lb.; Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 2 for $1; baking hens, 69 cents lb.; Green’s ice cream, $2.39, half gallon; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 3 for $1.
The men’s golf championship tournament was won in the final round on Monday by Don Pensinger, Fort Loudon, longtime Great Cove member and winner of the championship trophy in 1971 and 1978.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sipes of Saint Thomas on August 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Locke of Orbisonia on August 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ramsey of Harrisonville on August 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Johnson of Hancock on September 2.
Deaths: Ralph Darling Jr., Three Springs; Miriam Kelly, Hustontown; Dorothy Omps, Crystal Spring.
Barbara Ramsey and Richard Truax, both of Hustontown, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.
40 Years Ago
From The Files of September 21, 1972
Robert Fred McCoy, 13-year-old son of Mrs. Sarah Jane Miller of
Fort Littleton, is reported in satisfactory condition at Fulton County Medical Center with fractures of the arm and leg after he ran into a car on his bicycle near his home on Friday. State police reported that the boy rode his bicycle from the driveway of his home onto Route 522 and into a southbound car. The injured boy was taken to the Medical Center and transferred immediately to Chambersburg Hospital where he was admitted.
Patricia Jean Rhodes, 16, McConnellsburg, suffered a broken arm and a broken collarbone on Friday when she ran into a car on Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg. She was taken to the Medical Center and then transferred to Chambersburg Hospital where she remains a patient.
The fifth annual Tuscarora Mountain Hillclimb last Saturday and Sunday attracted some 2,000 spectators to Mc- Connellsburg to witness 178 cars racing up the 7/10th mile course at speeds up to 120 miles per hour.
Marriage license: Fred Swailes of Mercersburg and Vicky Lynn Lundberg of Mc- Connellsburg; Russell McLucas Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, and Linda Fay Long, Orbisonia.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark of Hancock announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon Meda, to Barry Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Mellott of Needmore.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott and son Jeff and daughter Sheila, returned Monday from a vacation in England and Scotland.
Deaths: Mrs. Dovie Mellott Hann, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Frances Blaine, Hustontown; Mrs. Iva Mellott Mellott, Chambersburg.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ivin Ray of Hancock on September 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of Mt. Union on September 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray O. Mellott of Needmore on September 15.
On Saturday, August 19, Judy Marie Wible, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wible of Hustontown, and John Karl Brady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mayford Brady of Big Cove Tannery, were united in marriage.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 27, 1962
Word was received by Mr. and Mrs.
Marl H. Garlock last week of the accidental death of their son, Machinist Mate Marl H. Jr., while serving aboard the submarine HSS Requin. “Tinker,” as he was known locally, was asphyxiated by fumes from a grease-removing solvent he was using in a confined space in the engine room of the submarine. Funeral services were held from his parents’ home on Tuesday with eight submariners form the Requin, paying their final respects to their shipmate, acting as pall bearers.
At the Chamber of Commerce meeting on September 19, a motion was passed to explore the possibility of having a sewage plant installed in McConnellsburg, with funds under the Public Works Law.
Rev. Benedict Wolf has been named as the first pastor of the newly established Catholic parish in Fulton County, effective October 1.
A tractor-trailer hauling sheet steel ran over the embankment at Ladies Turn on Route 30 west of McConnellsburg last Wednesday. The driver, who jumped from the rig, suffered a fractured ankle and lacerations.
The New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. has been awarded the $2,911,485 contract to build a 3.7 mile section of a proposed link between the Breezewood Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Maryland line, in Bedford and Fulton counties.
Marriage licenses applied for: Donald L. Hill and Marlene Barnhart, both of Arlington, Va.; James C. Sheffield, Fort Littleton, and Elaine D. Eichelbergr, Wells Tannery; Thomas M. Henry, Hustontown, and Carol Ann Fraker, Three Springs; Duane Roy Daniels, McConnellsburg, and Shirley Ann Zeis, Fort Loudon.
Donald E. Hamil and his brother, Wallace L. Hamil, and their wives celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on September 9. They were married in a double wedding ceremony 25 years ago.
An ad appears in this issue for 600 sewing machine operators to work at the new Sagner Plant in McConnellsburg.
Sp. Four Eugene C. Ritchey, Harrisonville, is serving with the U.S. Army in Murnau, Germany.
The Fort Littleton Elementary School has an enrollment of 130.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. A. Dale Souders, McConnellsburg, on September 23; a daughter to Mr. an Mrs. Maynard Robinson, Chambersburg, on September 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Robinson, McConnellsburg, on September 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McDonald, Harrisonville, on September 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, Orbisonia, on September 18.
Deaths: Miss Mae E. Jones, Ebensburg, Pa.; Miss Naomi J. Rottger, McConnellsburg; John Edgar Horton, Three Springs; George A. Schooley, Everett, formerly of Fulton County.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 25, 1952
’52 this issue are taken up by a letter from the editor’s wife, Mrs. John Greathead, who describes her trip to England aboard the Queen Elizabeth. She starts out by saying she and her son, Jamie, who accompanied her to England, missed seeing the Statute of Liberty because they were on the wrong side of the ship and when they tried to gt to the other side, they got lost. The food on the trip was excellent, she said, but they were often late for meals because of the constant changes in time. She and Jamie had a cabin all to themselves “way down in the bowels of the ship.” She said they got lost several times – ‘The Queen Elizabeth is immense. Jamie is behaving well and everyone thinks he is a seasoned traveller except that he keeps calling the Atlantic a creek. We saw everything, including Henry Ford sitting as big as you please having a drink in the first-class lounger. He didn’t ask us to join him. We saw the galleys, too. We were having turkey that night, and there must have been about a hundred of them in stacks. Wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they had a turkey farm on board. I saw the purser and had my money checked to see that I didn’t bring out more than I took into England. Fat chance of my doing that. It was raining cats and dogs when I got my first glimpse of England in six years, and I wondered whether it had just kept up during the whole six years I had been gone. It was raining when I left. We were allowed to leave the ship about 8:30 and I found my mother and part of my family waiting for me. We arrived in Wimbledon around 1 p.m. and the inevitable cup of tea was waiting. Home at last!
Lauren Taylor of McConnellsburg is a patient in Veterans’ Hospital in Baltimore for examination and treatment.
Paul Wible of McConnellsburg is a patient in Waynesboro Hospital.
Mrs. H.R. Grimm, the former Ruth Morton, underwent surgery on Saturday at the Maryland General Hospital.
Births: a daughter, Betty Lou, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Rotz on September 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald “Bucky’ Truax of Fort Littleton on September 20
These eight young men left for Pittsburgh on Wednesday for induction into the armed forces: James Clark of Needmore; Herbert Deshong of Harrisonville; Preston Mellott of McConnellsburg; Marlis Wertz of Amaranth; Stewart Harris (who was transferred to Harrisburg); Thurman Lynch of Needmore; William Strait of Warfordsburg; and Charles Wilson of Knobsville (transferred here from Huntingdon). The number of inductees from Fulton County in October – 24 in all – will be the greatest since the beginning of the Korean War.
Deaths: Myra V. Duvall of Harrisburg; Mrs. Adie Jane (Forner) Chesnut of Mc- Connellsburg; Frank Aller of Mount Union.
70 Years Ago
From The Files of September 24, 1942 ’42
Deaths: Mrs. Robert M. Newingham of McConnellsburg; Emily
Cromer Cunningham of New Grenada; Daniel Bermond of Harvard, Neb.; Mrs. Ada May Hess of Needmore; Palmer P. Mann of Pittsburgh; Ralph “Daddy” Glenn of Webster Mills.
WPA furnished the labor for work on 77.3 miles of highways in Fulton County in the seven years from 1935 to 1942.
David S. Nace, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W. Nace, was commissioned a second lieutenant at Fort Belvoir, Va., on September 16. He has been assigned to train recruits in the balloon barrage division.
The following men will enter the armed forces at New Cumberland on October 2: John M. Potts, John A. Ford, Emerson J. Plessinger, Harold S. Mellott, Wallace W. Mellott, Bruce O. Bivens, Robert T. Raker, Clair M. McElhaney, Samuel M. Carnell, Norman E. Swope, Alvin E. Glenn, Frederick A. Truax, Lloyd W. Mellott, Joseph S. Strait, Floyd E. Powell, Roy H. Wever, Charles R. Kerlin, Charles L. Clark, Herbert N. Barnhart, Paul I. Gift, Hollis K. Mellott, Albert E. Layton and Merrill I. Lockard.
Pvt. Henry Melius is now stationed at Fort Stevens, Ore.
Sgt. Christy Faith of near Warfordsburg was recently decorated by Maj. Gen. Carl Spaatz, commander in-chief of the U.S. Air Corps in Europe. Sgt. Faith received the Distinguished Flying Cross. It was told before in this column how Sgt. Faith downed one of the famed Goehring Squadron’s “yellow nose” Focke-Wulf planes.
Mrs. George Snyder underwent an operation in Chambersburg Hospital last week.
Paul Ott, who had been employed at the U.S. Employment Bureau in Huntingdon, is now working at Fairchild.
Pvt. Joseph Tierney of the state police has been transferred to the Pleasant Gap, Centre County substation.
Cecil Gregory of Thomp- son Township was taken to Everett Hospital on Saturday and operated on for appendicitis.
80 Years Ago
From The Files of September 22, 1932
“Life’ Simple Story
Simple Told” –
Nathan Palmer died on September 20 at Sipes Mill; George W. Wagoner of Knobs-ville died on September 18; Samuel Mellott of Breezewood died on September 10; Alice Taylor of Dublin Mills died on August 28.
The “bigger and better” Fulton County Fair is now in full swing.
General Edward Martin, state treasurer and chairman of the Republican State Committee, was a dinner guest in the Seylar home on Monday.
Gaily R. Clevenger and Sara Schetrompf were married on September 14.
Marlin Shimer and Howard Ott have returned to State College for their final year’s work.
W. Donald Martin, son of Mrs. Mary B Martin, has entered Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport as a first-year student.
D.E. Little has been quite ill at his home in Mc- Connellsburg for the past few weeks.
Walter Woodal entered Dickinson College on Monday as a first-year student.
Mrs. W.H. Greathead and son John left on Wednesday for Pennington, N.J., where John is enrolled at Pennington Academy.
Miss Mary Lane enrolled at Grove City College this week.
Mrs. Grant Mansbarger and Frank Wible of Three Springs are slowly recuperating after their long illnesses.
Luther Cornelius returned to his home at Burnt Cabins on Tuesday after undergoing observation and treatment at Lewistown Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Cymans of Decorum are rejoicing over the arrival of a new daughter. She has been named Elizabeth Malissa.
Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fraker of Fort Littleton.
Ralph Edwards of Hiram is now the happy father of child number three.
Mrs. Mary Tolbert of Big Cove Tannery was delightfully surprised on Monday when a large group of friends gathered to help celebrate her 41st birthday.
At the A&P: bacon, 11 cents lb.; rice, 3 lbs. for 10 cents; Palmolive soap, 4 for 25 cents; Red Circle coffee, 21 cents; pink salmon, 11 cents a can.