2012-09-20 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by N. Betty (Garland) Light of Harrisburg, pictures the General Store (circa 1920s) that was owned and operated by her grandparents, Essie and Aaron “A.P.” Garland. The store was located on the outskirts of Needmore. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by N. Betty (Garland) Light of Harrisburg, pictures the General Store (circa 1920s) that was owned and operated by her grandparents, Essie and Aaron “A.P.” Garland. The store was located on the outskirts of Needmore. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 17, 1992


Dr. R.C. McLucas returned home from Harrisburg Hospital on Tuesday of this week. Dr. McLucas was hospitalized on September 5 after suffering a light heart attack. He remained in the hospital for testing and is now recuperating at his home.

Central Fulton Elementary School’s Play For All Committee continues its efforts to expand and improve the school’s playground area, according to organizer Kathy Kendall. Kendall said the committee has raised $10,000 through a fundraising event and another $4,000 through activities nights and the collection of BiLo receipts. So far the committee has been able to purchase swings, a merry-go-round, see-saws, parallel and horizontal bars, sandboxes, basketball hoops, monkey bars, a volleyball court, a broad-jump pit, park benches, balls, jumping ropes and other apparatus as well as paying for excavating, installation, mulching, seeding, etc.

A Hustontown area man was charged with arson and related offenses in connection with a fire at an unoccupied home along Route 484 in Union Township September 12. Police said that Christopher Robinette, 25, Hustontown, was charged for allegedly setting a fire which damaged an unoccupied two-story wood frame home owned by Clara Smith of Baltimore. Police took Robinette into custody in connection with charges stemming from the incident and questioned him. He was arraigned on arson and related charges and remanded to Bedford County Jail.

Mrs. Helen Garlock, Mary Lou Calabria, Robert, Donna and Michael Garlock attended the USS REQUIN Submarine reunion at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh September 12 and 13. The REQUIN has been moored there as a permanent science exhibit. This reunion was very unique since the crew members were on the actual boat they served on. M.H. Garlock Jr. was killed aboard the REQUIN September 21, 1962.

Buckey Shafer of McConnellsburg was inducted into the Broad Top Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame at the association’s annual Labor Day picnic. Shafer has played left field in the annual baseball game since 1968. Shafer, who is originally from Wells Tannery, was honored along with four others from the Broad Top area.

Tiffanie Martz, Miss Pennsylvania American Coed 1992, represented Pennsylvania at the National American Coed Pageant held at the Hyatt Regency in Hawaii August 19-27. Martz was the only contestant at the Pennsylvania state pageant held July 3 and 4 to receive two crowns. The first was received at an awards luncheon for being featured on the most pages of the stage pageant book. Again she was crowned on pageant night for outstanding pageant participation and performance. In addition, she received a trophy, flowers and an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii for the national pageant. She was in the top 12 nationally at the national pageant and was one of nine photogenic finalists.

Angela Keebaugh, daughter of Robert and Mary Burton of Warfordsburg, has graduated from the Franklin County Area Vocational Technical School’s Practical Nursing Program.

Carla Overcash became the bride of Jacob Strait during an August 21 ceremony at Mt. Calvary Church, Clear Spring, Md. The bride is the daughter of Harold and the late Edna Overcash, Mercersburg. The groom is the son of Herman and the late June Strait and Judy Strait of Harrisonville.

Deaths: Nessi Dost, Fort Littleton; Mary Mellott, Warfordsburg; Richard Browell, Halifax; Ruth Runk, Three Springs; David Gabert, Scotland, Pa.; Lydia Stunkard, Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Todd Beatty on September 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darren Sheppard on September 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bowers of Warfordsburg on September 9.

Howard Mellott, Hustontown, and Karla Barnett, Hustontown, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 23, 1982


Mary Kirk of Big Cove Tannery was selected as parade marshal for the annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival at a meeting of the Fulton County Tourist Promotion Agency last week.

A Hancock area man was killed and another injured Monday when a front-end loader rolled over an 83-foot embankment while the men were working along an old dirt logging road four miles west of Hancock. Guy Hixon Jr., Hancock, was killed when the loader he was operating went over the embankment, pinning Hixon beneath it. Steven Hanks, 30, Hancock, Hixon’s nephew, was reported in stable condition in Washington County Hospital, suffering from a broken leg and other injuries. Police said Hanks was standing on a hitch at the rear of the loader as the two were moving 55-gallon drums up an incline, when the vehicle began sliding downhill and went over the embankment.

The family of the late Paul Lininger has donated to the local high school a copy of the first issue of the high school newspaper, “Student Flashes,” dated September 30, 1935, which was found in his effects. Lininger, was editor-in-chief of the first school newspaper with Kenneth Spangler, Mary Jane Martin and Mary Jane Truax as his associate editors.

Specials at the IGA: Hamburger Helper, 89 cents; Velveeta cheese, $1.49; Mountain Dew, $3.09, 12-10-oz. cans; turkeys, 88 cents lb.; bananas, 29 cents lb.; Dove bath soap, 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Truax of McConnellsburg on September 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Souders of Wells Tannery on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hann, Three Springs, on September 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Walck, Mc- Connellsburg, on September 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Conner, Breezewood on September 16.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hann of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carol Sue, to Garry Wayne Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Wright, Robertsdale.

Deaths: Dr. Harry Deschamps, Hagerstown; Olive McCain, Austintown, Ohio; Elsie N. Ewing, Chambersburg; Victor Newman, Breezewood; George Hollinshead, Harrisonville; George Martz, Cleveland; Lucille F. McAllister, Hagerstown.

The double-ring candlelight ceremony uniting in marriage Lisa Michelle Younker and John Reed Beatty was performed Saturday, August 14, in Hancock United Methodist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Blair Hann, Big Cove Tannery, announce the marriage of their daughter, Robin Lucinda Hann, to Michael John Hoffman, son of Mrs. Florence Pittman and the late Russell Hoffman of Big Cove Tannery.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 5, 1972


Upon looking back over the records for the past 20 years for

The Fulton County News, the figures show that the circulation of the News has almost tripled. In 1952, 1,200 copies of the Fulton County News were printed each week. Today, October 5, 1972, that figure stands at 3,500 copies. The newspaper itself, has increased in size from an 8-page to a 12- 14-, or 16-page papers each week to take care of the added features and increased news coverage relating to Fulton and her people.

The annual Warfordsburg Arts and Crafts show, sponsored by Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, has been scheduled for early spring of 1973.

The Greenhill Sewing Club will hold its annual apple butter boiling on October 7 and October 14.

Marriage license: Mahlon Leon Shimer of McConnellsburg and Jody Ruie Stains of Orbisonia; Leonard Allen Plantz and Jane Susan Lynch, both of State College.

Mr. and Mrs. H.J. (Jim) Culler, Mr. and Mrs. William McKelvey and Mr. and Mrs. Don Clevenger have returned form a fiveday vacation on Aruba Island, off the South American coast.

The unusually high number of Canada geese flying southward this past week could be the sign of a hard winter to come.

Deaths: Matthew Lynn Hull; Lula H. Caldwell, Hancock; Maude Ethel Strait Kline, Saltillo; Mrs. Freda Long, McVeytown; Walter Gabert, Chambersburg; Bertha Shaw Hill, Hancock; Charles E. Fisher, Chambersburg; Bessie Cornelius, Alexandria.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar A. Miller of Needmore on September 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Scott R. Shelley of McConnellsburg on September 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Pittman of Three Springs on September 27.

Airman Harold B. Garlock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Garlock of McConnellsburg, has been assigned to Chanute AFB, Ill., after completing Air Force basic training.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of October 11, 1962


The contract for the building of the new Sagner plant in Mc-

Connellsburg is now open for bids, which will be opened on November 2. A newspaper survey is being made by the Fulton Industrial Development Association to determine the number of women available for employment when the new facility is completed.

Voter registration for the November 1962 election shows 2,898 Democrats, 3,212 Republicans and 38 nonpartisans, total of 5,248 voters.

K.G. Richards, McConnellsburg, submitted a low bid of $185,418.05 for the construction of a bridge over Licking Creek, near Dickey’s Mountain, Thompson Township, familiarly known as “the iron bridge.”

A new treatment center in the courthouse annex sponsored by the Fulton Society for Crippled Children and Adults was opened on October 4, with six patients being treated.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Tack, Towson, Md., announce the birth of a daughter on October 4. Mrs. Tack is the former Evelyn Bivens of McConnellsburg.

The Fulton County Extension Service will sponsor a tour of livestock farm in the county on October 23, which will include Glen Mosebey’s sheep farm, J. Wilma and Howard Sipes’ beef farm, Don Hill’s hog and beef farm and Emil Mellott’s sheep farm.

Al Diegelman has purchased the J.C. Hamil property on South Third Street.

Color television has been installed at the American Legion home.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boden, Shade Gap, on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Danny Carbaugh, Hancock, on October 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Plessinger, Needmore, on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle J. Kerns, Hancock, on October 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Zeager, Mercersburg, on October 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Snyder, McConnellsburg, on October 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hess, Clear Ridge, on October 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Graffious Sipes, McConnellsburg, on October 7.

The First National Bank reports total assets of $4,042,787.21.

New homes are being built in the Hustontown area by George Hann, Donald Miller and Harry Hawkins.

Donald Bradshaw, Needmore, suffered a fractured skull last week when he was hit by a falling tree while cutting lumber.

Tri-State Cable TV of Hancock advertises cable TV for $4 a month.

Deaths: Mrs. Catherine Florence (Andrews) Barnhart, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Louise M. Barton, Crystal Spring.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of October 9, 1952


Eric, son of Mr. and Mrs. Finlay

Wible of town, had the misfortune of getting his hand and arm caught in the wringer of a washing machine this week. No bones were broken, however.

Daryl Sipes returned last Friday from Detroit, Mich., where he underwent two weeks of training in the mechanics and operation of the Army’s newest underwater and land-operating vehicles. He is employed at Letterkenny Ordinance Depot.

Ross King, formerly of Hustontown, celebrated his 72nd birthday on October 5 at his home in Clearville.

Penstate Veeman Josie, Penn State’s famous Holstein cow, died on September 29. For a time, Josie was the nation’s numberone milk producer, having produced 257,778 pounds of milk during her lifetime. She would have been 20 years old in January.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Strait of Saluvia will observe their 50th wedding anniversary this Thursday.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on October 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd K. Moats, McConnellsburg, on October 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Schmidt, McConnellsburg, on October 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Cornelius, Hustontown, on October 6.

Herbert Divelbliss, 20, Warfordsburg, suffered a severe arm injury when his car upset near his home on September 25. He was driving with his left arm resting on the door and his arm was crushed when the car turned over.

Clem G. Smith Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Clem Smith of Amaranth, has enrolled as a freshman at West Chester State Teachers College.

Severe lacerations of the left side of his face, neck and shoulder, a compound fracture of the left leg and thigh, a fractured right leg, an amputated left foot and right arm, and blindness of the left eye, and yet a well-known serviceman from the lower end of the county says he was lucky. These were the injuries Robert Wilson told of in a letter to his mother, Mrs. Homer Fisher of Buck Valley. In spite of all these injuries, he said he and a buddy were the only lucky ones in the outfit in which he was serving in Korea. Although he didn’t say it, it may be inferred that the rest of the group was killed in action. Wilson, 23, graduated from Warfordsburg High School in 1946. He was wounded on September 13 and reached an Army hospital in Tokyo on September 16.

Prothonotary Marlin Shimer received three broken fingers on the right hand, a severe left knee injury, cuts of the right knee and face and body injuries when his car was hit by another car last Thursday at an intersection in McConnellsburg. He was thrown from his car and onto the highway.

Blaine Stevens and Kathryn Shimer were wed October 4.

Miss Birdie Kirk has retired from her government job in Washington, D.C., and plans to make her home in Hancock.

W. Edward Palmer and Helen James were wed last Saturday.

Deaths: Mrs. Charles B. Stevens of Mc- Connellsburg; Roy McGehee of Mc- Connellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 8, 1942


Charles H. Croft recently purchased a lot from Mrs. Clara

Magsam in the east section of town and is planning to build a house soon.

Deaths: Mrs. Rufus D. Horton of Mc- Connellsburg; William Eiley Lynch of Belfast Township.

Pvt. Warren G. Hoover, who was formerly stationed at Miami, Fla., has been transferred to Tyndall Field, Fla.

Pvt. George A. Paul, former postal clerk here, is now working at the New Cumberland Army Post office.

Pfc. John H. Waltz is now stationed at Middletown.

Sgt. Theodore Hamil, who recently returned to the states from Hawaii, has been transferred to a camp in Texas.

October 3 was the last day for registration of voters, and figures released this week by the county Board of Elections show that 318 majority held by the Democrats in the county at last year’s deadline has been cut to 238.

John Johnston has moved his family to a home near Needmore, having accepted the position of agriculture teacher at Warfordsburg.

Dr. and Mrs. Frank D. Findlay are now in East McKeesport, visiting their new grandson, born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Russell C. Eadie.

Mr. and Mrs. John Vores and son Verlyn of Woodlawn, Md., spent the weekend with their home folks here.

Pfc. Royal Clevenger is now stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas.

Virginia Fields left Sunday for York where she has enrolled a student at Thompson Business College.

Death: Mrs. Jacob A. Martin of Mercersburg.

Two infants, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yost, and Larry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray, were baptized at services in the local Lutheran church on Sunday morning.

Mrs. Bessie Laidig, of near McConnellsburg, now has three sons in the service of their country. They are Pfc. Raymond Laidig, stationed on Bobcat Island, near Australia; Pvt. Howard Laidig, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Sgt. Harold Laidig, stationed at Nashville, Tenn.

Larkin Bolinger of Wells Tannery is employed in Baltimore.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Eichelberger have moved from Wells Tannery to Chambersburg.

Death: Mrs. Harry Foster of Buckhorn.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 6, 1932


A Harrisburg man and woman were killed last week when their car rammed a heavily loaded truck near Camp Hill. The owner of the truck was Nhyle Morton of McConnellsburg, who suffered a bruise on the head, and the driver was Ellis Carmack of Fort Loudon, who escaped uninjured.

Deaths: Mrs. Jennie Clevenger of Washington, D.C.; Joseph William Rice of Amaranth.

A meeting was held at the Greenhill School on Monday evening to organize a county baseball league. To date, Greenhill, Fort Loudon, Hustontown and Warfordsburg have entered teams in the league.

Veryl Woy and Eva Ranck were married on September 24.

Dr. Albert Lindsay Rowland will be formally inaugurated as president of Shippensburg State Teachers College at ceremonies on October 22.

A county unit of the State Tax Justice League was organized at a widely attended meeting at the courthouse on Monday. B.C. Lamberson was named president of the local unit; John P. Sipes, vice president; Geo. A. Comerer, secretary; and J. Linn Patterson, treasurer. Among the aims of the organization are the taxation of all incomes for school purposes, the abolition of road tax on real estate and the cost of government and the salaries of all officials to return to a parity with peacetime, etc.

Harry M. Johnston has girls’ school oxfords at 98 cents.

H.S. Daniels observed his 81st birthday on Monday.

Guy W. Mellott and Vera M. Leach were wed September 24, 1932.

Morton and Harris advertises shells at 79 cents a box, with the heavier loaded variety at 95 cents a box.

The stork called at the home of Brady Truax of Warfordsburg recently and left a fine baby girl.

A mean, mean thief stole a lot of meat last week from Ira Hess of Warfordsburg. Making him doubly mean was the fact that Mr. Hess has been in ill health for some time past.

Mrs. Bruce Shore of Oak Grove severely scalded her foot last week.

Leland Corbett and family have started on their return trip to Michigan after visiting relatives and friends near Hancock.

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