2012-09-13 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick Price of Harrisonville, was taken in the mid 60s at a family gathering. Front row, left to right: infant Ricky Earley, Karen Earley; Seated: Ethel Jackson, Jean Price holding Jerre Price, Dorothy Zimmerman, Gerald Price, Martha Earley, Randy Keebaugh; standing: Dick Price, Charles Zimmerman, Rodger Keebaugh, Terry Earley and Bertie Price. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick Price of Harrisonville, was taken in the mid 60s at a family gathering. Front row, left to right: infant Ricky Earley, Karen Earley; Seated: Ethel Jackson, Jean Price holding Jerre Price, Dorothy Zimmerman, Gerald Price, Martha Earley, Randy Keebaugh; standing: Dick Price, Charles Zimmerman, Rodger Keebaugh, Terry Earley and Bertie Price. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 10, 1992


Two McConnellsburg area residents were killed in a one-vehicle accident early last Saturday, September 5, along U.S. Route 30 in Brush Creek Township. Police said that Michael Strait Jr., 20, McConnellsburg, operating a 1985 Pontiac Trans Am, was traveling west on Route 30 at an apparent high rate of speed Saturday when the car began to slide sideways on the roadway just past the intersection with Route 915 south. The Pontiac travelled off the roadway and the passenger side of the Trans Am struck a tree. Police said that both Strait and his passenger, Karen Gress, McConnellsburg, were thrown from the vehicle and apparently died instantly.

A $61 million agribusiness complex proposed to be built near Town Hill in Brush Creek Township by a Washington, D.C., based corporation would initially mean 150 new jobs for the county. Dr. John Lee Sr. of Bethesda, Md., announced plans for the new agribusiness complex at a press conference. The proposed complex would include a cheese factory, an alcohol plant, a greenhouse operation, a feedlot and a cannery.

Kelly Weaver was named the 1992 champion golfer at Great Cove on Monday after the final round in the three-round tournament of stiff competition.

Deaths: Karen Gress, McConnellsburg; Mary Helman, McConnellsburg; Michael Strait Jr., McConnellsburg; Lester Sheffield, Fort Littleton; Judith Jones, Needmore; Nannie Gaster, Waterfall; Myrtle Fleegle, Hancock.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Everts of Hustontown on August 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Grove Jr., Orbisonia, on August 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman of Newville on August 29.

Marriage licenses: Guyowen Hall Jr., Big Cove Tannery, and Loretta Cassell, Big Cove Tannery; Darius DeShong, Hustontown, and Lauri Traxler, also of Hustontown; Glenn Schriver, Warfordsburg, and Debra Miller, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 16, 1982


Rep. Charles Dietz and House

Majority Leader Sam Hayes Jr. cut the ribbon over the new Maddensville bridge last week. The old bridge was destroyed in an ice jam in 1978, and Hayes and Dietz both told tales of the bureaucratic red tape they had to wade through to get to the ceremony on Friday.

Last year’s planned expansion of the Waring Products plant is once more in the works thanks to a $50,000 state site-development grant, but several other factors must fall into place before work can actually begin. The expansion, if it does occur, is expected to provide about 60 additional jobs in the county.

Specials at the IGA: bananas, 29 cents lb;. IGA tomato soup, 4 for $1; Helman’s mayonnaise, $1.49; round roast, $1.89 lb.; beef liver, 69 cents lb.; Crispy Wheat’n Raisin cereal, $1.09.

McConnellsburg’s Tom Peck chalked up two racing victories last week. He won the 50-lap Outlaw Late Model special at Bedford Speedway last Monday night and then on Sunday won the 25-lap feature for Super Stock Late Models at Hagerstown Speedway.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Strait, McConellsburg, on September 6.

Deaths: Raph Johnston, McConnellsburg; Allen R. Grissinger, Virginia Beach,Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Lindy DeShong celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on August 25.

Marriage licenses: Chandra Carbaugh and Timothy Elmes, both of McConnellsburg; Wynetha Guessford and Ronald Briggs, both of McConnellsburg; Dora Golden, Warfordsburg, and Richard Ridgeway, Great Cacapon, W.Va.; Jennifer Lucas, Waterfall, and Edward Sharpe, McConnellsburg; Connie Souders, Warfordsburg, and Mark Mellott, Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 28, 1972


A barn on a farm two miles south of McConnellsburg, just off Route

522 along the Thomastown Road, was almost completely destroyed by fire on Sunday afternoon. Lack of a good water supply contributed to the loss, which was estimated at approximately $8,000. The barn is on the farm property owned by Mrs. Russell Thomas and tenanted by James Chamberlain.

Following a decade of service as an important nuclear research, development and training center, the Saxton reactor in northern Bedford County will be retired.

Friends and fans are now making plans to build a memorial chapel in the Broad Top Cemetery to honor the late Elton Britt, star of the country and western music field. An estimated 25,000 persons gathered last Sunday at Lake Compounce Park, America’s pioneer playground at Bristol, Conn., for a memorial service for the singer, who died near McConnellsburg on June 23 and was buried in the beautiful cemetery in the Broad Top mountains he loved so well.

The detour around the construction work on the Cape Horn Curve on Route 30, two miles west of Fort Loudon, went into effect at noon on Monday, and the heavy machinery, which will cut through the mountain to eliminate the dangerous curve, is in the process of being moved onto the construction site.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. Stains of Orbisonia wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jody R., to Mahlon L. Shimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Hiley Shimer of McConnellsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Hollis K. Mellott wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Beth, to Seaman Jack Mason, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mason of Cranford, N.J.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Debbie Shives, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Reed Shives of Big Cove Tannery, and Lonnie Palmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer of Warfordsburg, on September 9 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren, Needmore.

Death: J. Edward Simpson, Chambersburg.

Air Force Sgt. James A. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Miller of North Meyers, Fla., was recently promoted to his present rank. Sgt. Miller is stationed at Clark Air Force Base in the Phillippines and is expected to return home in December.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas of Hustontown on September 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Hildebert Smith Jr. of Hancock on September 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crouse of McConnellsburg on September 20.

Major Harold P. Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Knepper of McConnellsburg, has been selected to participate in the U.S. Air Force’s “William Tell” fighter-interceptor weapons meet at Tyndall AFB, Fla., September 18-29.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 4, 1962


Government-owned feed grain has been made available to county farmers at reduced prices to supplement feed shortages caused by the severe drought.

An Everett man was fined for public intoxication following an incident on Route 30 west of McConnellsburg last Thursday night when he threatened U.S. Senator Hugh D. Scott of Philadelphia with bodily harm. The car in which Scott was travelling had broken down, partly on the highway, and was struck by the car in which the Everett man was a passenger. The driver of this car was charged with hit-and-run and drunken driving.

Plans for a ski resort in the Blue Knob area of Bedford County have been announced.

At the borough council meeting on Monday a letter was read from Dr. R.E. Riggs requesting “the city fathers look kindly on the matter of providing a parking space in front of my office to avoid discomfort in proffering professional services in emergencies.” The request was granted.

The McConnellsburg soccer team played and won its first game of the season against Smithburg on Sunday with a 6-1 score. Winning goals were scored by Bob Kendall, Dick Ray, Jack Sipes, Earl Mellott and Gerald Wible.

A marriage license has been issued to Lloyd Ray Fahnestock and Rosella Jennie Pittman of McConnellsburg.

“The Mail Must Go Through” – this famous slogan was borne out on Monday when Richard Miller, local mail carrier, ripped the seat of his paints but continued to deliver mail without taking time out to get his pants fixed.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reeder, Mc- Connellsburg, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on October 11.

Mrs. Harold Lockard, McConnellsburg, fell from a moving truck on the courthouse square on Monday when the door flew open throwing her to the road. She was admitted to the Medical Center.

The second accident in a little over a week occurred at Ladies Turn on Sideling Hill on Friday when a truck pulling a 50-foot mobile home apparently skidded on the turn and hurtled over a 30-foot embankment, demolishing both vehicles. The driver was admitted to the Medical Center with severe injuries.

Hazel Lloyd of London, England, is spending a three-week vacation with Mrs. John Greathead. Both women served together in the Women’s Royal Naval Service during World War II.

News of men in service: Carl B. Mellott, Harrisonville, is serving aboard the USS Amphion out of Norfolk, Va.; Army Specialist David C. Koontz of Needmore has completed a six-week combat engineer noncommissioned officer course in Marnau, Germany.

At the IGA: chuck roast, 49 cents a pound, longhorn cheese, 49 cents a pound and potatoes 33 cents for 10 pounds.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gail Sheffield, McConnellsburg, on September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Omps, Warfordsburg, on September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kendall, McConnellsburg, on September 30

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Fix have moved into their new home at the “Y” purchased from Max Snyder.

James Sheffield, Fort Littleton, and Elaine Eichelberger, Wells Tannery, were married on Saturday.

Bard and Cisney’s Grocery advertises frying chicken at 33 cents a pound and coffee at 59 cents.

Deaths: Mrs. Rhoda (Truax) Layton, Breezewood, formerly of Fulton County; Miss Susan A. Orth, Fort Littleton; Clarence S. Foster, Wells Tannery; Mrs. Elsie Mary Hall, Johnstown.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 2, 1952


Donald F. Lynch, supervising principal of the Orbisonia Schools, is one of eight Huntingdon County educators who are attending the annual Education Congress in Harrisburg this week. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Mc- Cauley Lynch of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Houston Johnston of Mercersburg have rented the Ross Hamil farm in Ayr Township and will take possession on November 1.

Mrs. Herbert Helman returned to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday for observation and treatment.

Mrs. Robert E. Lodge of McConnellsburg is a surgical patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fox of Knobs-ville on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brinton D. Miller of Three Springs on September 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pine of Mercersburg on September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. DeShong of Harrisonville on September 30.

Cloyd R. Mellott and Lois Miriam Williams were married on August 16.

Death: infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Layton of Warfordsburg.

Bruce “Bubbles” Becker, his orchestra and floor show will return to the local Legion home next Wednesday night.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Elmo Laidig to Charles E. Lorah.

A total of 2,050 doe licenses will be placed on sale in Fulton County on Monday by county Treasurer Guy Oakman.

Donald W. Mellott, engineman fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Mellott of Webster Mills, has graduated from the basic submarine course at New London, Conn.

Alan, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Fraker of town, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital with a broken leg. Mrs. Fraker scrubbed the kitchen floor on Saturday, and Alan went “scooting” across it, fell and broke his right leg below the hip. His father returned from the same hospital the day before, having been a patient there with virus pneumonia.

P.J. Waters of Burnt Cabins received a telegram that his brother, Isaac Waters, had passed away in California on Friday. He left this county 47 years ago.

Cadet Forrest R. Mellott, son of Mrs. Amy Mellott of town, recently enrolled in the senior division of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Massanutten Academy, Woodstock, Va.

Grissinger Bros. Store in McConnellsburg will be closed all day Monday for remodelling.

Pictured in this issue is Miss Shirley Ann Duvall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville W. Duvall of Crystal Spring, who graduated on September 12 as a nurse from Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital. She received a special award at the graduation exercises for efficiency in orthopedic nursing.

Mrs. John Powell of Warfordsburg remains very ill in Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Mrs. Melvin Fischer of Wells Tannery fell last week and broke her nose. Her grandson also fell and cut his head, which required three stitches.

Deaths: Mrs. Laura May Marshall of Mc- Connellsburg; David Grant Hershey of Hustontown; Miss Rheue Cleona Barmont of McConnellsburg.

The Fulton County News publishes a statement of circulation in this issue which shows that 1,200 copies are printed each week.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 1, 1942


Automobile drivers are warned by

T.P. Garland, chairman of the Fulton County War Price and Rationing Board, to cease driving their cars for purposes other than those for which the supplemental ration as granted.

Deaths: Lemuel Gordon Divens of Knobsville; David Knepper of Taylor Township.

Clarence M. Bender has been promoted to the rank of corporal at Fort Meade, Md.

Pfc. George C. Elvey is now stationed at Santa Anna, Calif. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Elvey, have received a letter from his commanding officer which states, in part: “It is with great pleasure that I notify you that your son has been selected by the classification board for pilot training in the United States Army Air Force.”

Pvt. Donald D. Downes, son of Mrs. Myrtle Downes of McConnellsburg, has graduated from the radio school of the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at Scott Field, Ill.

Western Union’s EFM service started in Mc- Connellsburg this week. The EFM service allows the customers to send messages to servicemen overseas by means of code, each code figure representing one of 103 fixed-text messages. Miss Frances Exline of Hancock was the first customer to use the new service at the local office.

Miss Frances Alexander marked her 16th birthday on Thursday.

Howard B. Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Knepper of Taylor Township, has accepted a position on the national staff of the Boy Scouts of America.

Effective today, Governor James has set a wartime speed limit of 35 miles per hour for Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Matilda Booth is seriously ill at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Clark of State College.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamil observed their 47th wedding anniversary on Thursday, September 24.

Sgt. Herman C. Garland is now stationed at Victorville, Calif.

Apprentice seaman Melvin Cutchall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cutchall, and Darel Sipes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sipes, have returned to the Great Lakes Training Center after spending a furlough here.

Mrs. Herbert Zilch of Fort Littleton entered the hospital at Everett on Thursday for treatment.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 29, 1932


Deaths: Watson C.

Lynch of Mc-

Connellsburg; Ralph Glenn Shafer, Waterfall; Chester McKinley Cavender of Homestead, Pa.; Harrison Grely Wagner of Hustontown.

Arnold, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Bard of near Mc- Connellsburg, had his arm broken last Wednesday when it was caught in the cylinder of a lime drill.

W.H. Knepper of Waterfall suffered a dislocated shoulder last Wednesday when he fell through a hay hole in his barn.

The local ministers gave a farewell supper at Seylar’s Tuscarora Mountain on Friday evening in honor of Rev. and Mrs. R.A. Parvin, who are leaving this community.

David, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Nhyle Morton of town, received a very painful injury last Wednesday when he cut his foot with a hatchet.

Two rural roads in Fulton County, Route 29024 in Wells Valley and Route 29020 in Todd Township, were completed and opened to the public last week. Both roads have oil-bound stone surfaces.

Richard McClain left on Wednesday to resume his studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

A son was born on Monday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Winters of Big Cove Tannery.

Fred Charlton of Warfordsburg has registered in the freshman class at Albright College in Reading.

The old stork flew over here on September 21 and left a big boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar L. Gress. He has been named James Lamar.

Dr. J.A. Watson was called to the home of Charles Stahley in Buck Valley on Saturday to see his wife, who is seriously ill.

Mrs. Walter Palmer of Dott has returned home from the hospital and is getting along nicely.

Mrs. Howard Warsing of Wells Tannery is a typhoid fever patient in Roaring Springs Hospital.

At the A&P: flour, 24 pounds for 49 cents Bokar coffee, 27 cents lb.; pea beans, 3 lbs. for 10 cents; Camay soap, 4 cakes for 91 cents; Iona corn, 3 cans for 25 cents.

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