2012-09-27 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick Price, was taken in the 1950s and pictures from left to right: William Hershey, McClellan Strait, Gerald Price, Gerald Fix and Charles Hershey. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick Price, was taken in the 1950s and pictures from left to right: William Hershey, McClellan Strait, Gerald Price, Gerald Fix and Charles Hershey. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 24, 1992


The Tom Peck Fan Club turned out in droves for the races at

Dover, Del., the past weekend with three bus loads and many private vehicles leaving town to support the local NASCAR driver. The race was televised and shots of the Mountain House banner and his fan club’s banner were seen on TV.

Any Washabaugh experienced the thrill of a lifetime by shooting a hole-in-one while playing in his regular Thursday night league tournament. He found the hole on Number 16 green using a six-iron while playing with his partner Des Ott against Bill Harclerode and Richard Price.

History buffs and members of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Fulton House last Tuesday evening to share awareness of the Lincoln Highway and to participate in a drive to get a 140-mile stretch of the highway designated as a State Heritage Park. The Lincoln Highway, now known as Route 30, was America’s first coast-to-coast highway and pawned roadside attractions and enthralled travelers for more than four decades. The highway was opened in 1913 to take motorists in Model T’s from New York to San Francisco and except for a few short stretches retains the same road bed, as it winds through Fulton County. A five-county task force has been exploring the idea of creating a State Heritage Park through Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday awarded the contract for construction of a new McConnellsburg area senior citizen center to Roy C. Kline Contractors Inc. of Smithsburg, Md., low bidder at a cost of $265,243.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lake of Harrisburg are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Edward, on September 15, at Harrisburg Hospital.

Pamela Downard and Brian Lake were united in marriage June 27 at the United Methodist Church, McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of the late John Downard Jr., Coalgate, Okla., and Joyce and Lynn Reeder of McConnellsburg.

Christine Grimsely, Hagerstown, became the bride of Michael Mellott of Chambersburg. Parents of the bride are Raymond and Carol Grimsely of Sykesville, Md. Parents of the groom are Ralph and Doretta Mellott of Hustontown.

Deaths: Marie Crist, Warfordsburg; Helen Fraker, Bethany Village Retirement Home; Lillie Wyant, Hancock; Charles Williams, Shade Gap; Willis Wright, Westlake Village, California; Dorothy Roher, Tyrone; Mary Myers, Hagerstown.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gordon of Fort Loudon on September 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hovermale of Hancock on September 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul McKinley of Orbisonia on September 16.

Marriage licenses: Kevin Mellott, Mc- Connellsburg, and Shanda Batdorff, Mc- Connellsburg; Jeff Carmack, Hustontown, and Deonna Carbaugh, Hustontown; Ryan DeShong, Harrisonville, and Lisa Miller, McConnellsburg; Owen Crouse, Harrisonville, and Erma Youtzy, Harrisonville; Russell Harmon, McConnellsburg, and Talisha Appleby, McConnellsburg; Michael Hall, Harrisonville, and Nichole Huston, Harrisonville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 30, 1982


An Everett trucker was killed Sunday night when his rig ran off Tuscarora Mountain a mile west of Fort Loudon and slammed into a tree, throwing him through the windshield of the cab. Israel E. Morris, 55, Everett, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County coroner. Police at Chambersburg said Morris was eastbound on Route 30, descending the mountain about 11 p.m., when he ran off the south berm and hit a tree.

After 38 years, Rev. Dr. David R. Hoover will be retiring on January 3, from the only pastorate he has ever held, the four-church McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish. Rev. Hoover, who came to McConnellsburg fresh out of Gettysburg Seminary January 1, 1945, will be staying in McConnellsburg, however.

On Sunday, October 3, St. Stephen Church, the only Catholic church in rural Fulton County, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding. The parish was established on October 1, 1962.

Donald Hockensmith of Hustontown celebrated his 81st birthday September 5.

Specials at the IGA: chuck roast, $1.59; Quaker Oats, 79 cents; Gold Medal flour, 89 cents; Tide detergent, $3.19.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shaw of McConnellsburg on September 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mellott of Warfordsburg on September 17.

Deaths: Guy S. Hixon, Hancock; Chad H. Thomas; George W. Martz, Cleveland, Tenn.

Shirley Seville and John Strub were united in marriage August 14 at Laurel Ridge Christian Church in Big Cove Tannery.

Marriage licenses: Sarah Keefer, Mc- Connellsburg, and Jeffrey Lynch, Needmore; Foster Cisney, McConnellsburg, and Martha Parsons, Fort Littleton.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 12, 1972


Fulton County was recently declared eligible to receive emergency conservation assistance because of damage to farmland caused by excessive rain and Hurricane Agnes.

A 67-year-old Burnt Cabins man was charged with murder on Sunday in connection with the death of an Ohio man he found trespassing on his property. Another man was seriously wounded in the shooting incident that resulted in the murder charge. The two trespassers were inside an unoccupied house owned by the Burnt Cabins man, along Route 522, on Sunday. The owner, upon seeing a strange car in front of the house, entered the building with a loaded .22 calibre revolver and confronted them. One of the trespassers reached for his back pocket and the owner, not knowing that the man was unarmed, started shooting. Both men were taken to Fulton County Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead with bullet wounds of the chest and buttock. The other man was transferred to Washington County Hospital.

The following couples applied for marriage licenses at the courthouse the past week: David Cline, McConnellsburg, and Cathy Joanne Pittman, McConnellsburg; David Klinepeter, Harrisburg, and Rosalind Carleton Williams, Big Cove Tannery; Joseph Price Jr., Shade Gap, and Debra Jean Kling, Burnt Cabins; Gerald Seville, McConnellsburg, and Debra Taylor, Spring Run; Donald Richards, McConnellsburg, and Sarah Barthalow, Mercersburg.

Mack D. Helman of McConnellsburg retired from Letterkenny Army Depot after 21 years of civilian service.

Automotive equipment valued at more than $2,599 has been donated by the Ford Motor Co. to the McConnellsburg High School.

Art’s Bowing Center, McConnellsburg, offers this October special: bowl three games for $1, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

The engagement of Debra Lee Steach of Three Springs to John C. Rhodes of Alexandria has been announced by her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. George Messinger of Harrisonville recently became the proud parents of a baby girl born at Bedford Memorial Hospital.

Pfc. Timothy DeShong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. DeShong of Harrisonville, is presently stationed in Okinawa.

Wedding anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brant Myers, October 8; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ranck, October 9.

A surprise birthday party was held on Sunday, October 8, at the home of Mrs. Alice Lininger of Harrisonville for daughter Terry Lee’s 12th birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Duffey Mellott of Needmore, having sold their home to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Mellott, moved on Wednesday to their new home in Chambersburg.

Bruce Mellott of Needmore is a surgical patient in Hagerstown Hospital.

Deaths: Morris L. Suders of McConnellsburg; Jack W. Ewing Sr. of Exton.

Sharon Watkins and Donald Truax of Hustontown were married on August 26.

Specials at the local IGA this week: 15- oz. box Cheerios for 48 cents; saltines, 37 cents box; corn, 5 cans for $1; Scotties facial tissue, 4 boxes for $1.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 18, 1962


Brush fires in the Timber Ridge area of Brush Creek Township on

Saturday were deliberately set, according to McConnellsburg firemen.

The third annual Tri-State Forestry Field Day was held near Hancock last week.

Paul Ott and D.A. Washabaugh III attended a national meeting of the March of Dimes at the Astor Hotel in New York on October 15 and 16 to plan the 25th anniversary campaign.

Marriage licenses were issued last week to Irwin J. Kerns, Gore, Va., and Mary Juanita Golden of Warfordsburg; Paul Snyder, Burnt Cabins, and Sherrill Houck, New Grenada; Robert McQuait, Hustontown, and Grace Leonard, Robertsdale; Clyde H. Bookheimer, Knobsville, and Judith Kay Earley, Wells Tannery.

The 2,100 doe licenses allocated to Fulton County were all sold by Tuesday.

Dr. and Mrs. Arnon Kaplan and family moved this week from Ayr Township to the former Bernard Gress home, on North Second Street, which they purchased form Jack Kelso.

Pfc. Lester Hoover is spending a twoweek furlough with his parents, state police Sgt. and Mrs. Lester Hoover, on his way to Quantico Marine Base after completing advanced combat training at Camp Lejeune.

Two men wanted by the Altoona Police were picked up by McConnellsburg state police on the Mountain Road last Wednesday as they were being driven to the bus station in McConnellsburg by a local woman.

Assets of the Fulton County Bank are quoted as $5,850,110.54.

A son, the fifth child in the family, was born on October 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Cromer, Fort Littleton. He has been called Ned Warthin.

Apple butter boiling is going on now at Greenhill Sewing Club, cost: $2.25 a gallon.

Born at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Knepper, Waterfall, on October 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Swailes, Fort Loudon, on October 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Doyle, Chambersburg, on October 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Henry, McConnellsburg, on October 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skiles, McConnellsburg, on October 13.

Deaths: Leona E. Tice, Harrisonville; Reid Bivens, Mercersburg, formerly of Fulton County; William A. Campbell, Dry Run, formerly of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. M. Lizzie Sharpe, Whips Cove; Mrs. Bessie Lee Sipes, Altoona, formerly of Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 16, 1952


A letter in this issue from Mrs.

Greathead, wife of the editor, who is visiting England for the first time since her arrival in America, tells of the rebuilding of London following the war and describes her visit to a British court session. One part of her letter laments the loss of the tram lines which are now obsolete. She says: “I do miss the rumbling old things, though. They were slow and noisy, but during the day one could travel all over London on them for “tuppence.’”

Tuesday evening, word was received by the Ott families here that their brother-inlaw, George Knotts of Altoona, had died suddenly.

Miss Nancy Glazier is a public health nurse in Pittsburgh.

Among the speakers at the Republican rallies in Fulton County this week will be Congressman Richard M. Simpson, John M. Spangler and others.

Mrs. George Grissinger returned to her home here on Tuesday after undergoing an operation in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mrs. Ronald Wagner underwent an operation for sinus trouble in Johnstown Hospital on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Rotz of town quietly celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on October 11.

As of October 11, 329 persons were receiving public assistance in Fulton County. Of these, 106 were receiving old age assistance; 27 blind pensions; 168 aid to dependent children; 9 general assistance; and 19 aid to disabled.

The Army has issued a draft call for 47,000 men in December. This will bring to 1,154,430 the total number of draftees since inductions were resumed in September 1950.

Water dipped from the Pool of Siloam 94 years ago by his great-grandfather was used last week to baptize John Edgar Wine, 6- month-old son of Mr. and Mrs John A. Wine of Greencastle. The infant became the 19- line lineal descendant of Dr. William F. Trout, Civil War physician, dentist and druggist of McConnellsburg, to be christened with water brought back to the states by Dr. Trout in 1858. As an unmarried young physician who accompanied missionaries to Syria and spent three years there practicing medicine, Dr. Trout filled two gallon jugs from the rockcut pool southeast of Jerusalem while travelling about the Holy Land. He brought the jugs home with him with little thought of the ultimate disposal of the water. The ritual of using the Holy Land water began with the baptizing of the first of his seven children and the tradition has been carried into the third generation.

The McConnellsburg Woman’s Club pays tribute in this issue to the life work and memory of Mrs. Chas. B. Stevens, who passed away recently. Appearing over the signature of Mrs. Wilson Wheeler, club president, the tribute ends this way: “Hers was a character deserving of emulation by those she left behind.”

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Winegardner of Burnt Cabins on October 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Hamil of McConnellsburg on October 14.

Deaths: William C. Heck, prominent Bedford architect; Mrs. Fred D. Lamberson; Mrs. Fanny S. Resley of Strasburg, Va.; George Thomas Barber; Mrs. Carl Fleming of Saltillo.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 15, 1942


An unoccupied frame house north of Harrisonville, owned by Cleve

Mellott, was destroyed by fire on Sunday night.

Death: Mrs. Mary Jane McNerlin Keith of Turtle Creek.

The annual school directors’ convention of Fulton County will be held October 21, to be followed by the two-day teachers’ institute on October 22-23. All sessions will be held in McConnellsburg.

David J. Lowe has accepted the position of organist, playing the Hammond electric organ, and choir director of the Hamilton Baptist Church of Baltimore. He can be heard in a broadcast over WBAL, Baltimore, every Sunday night from 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Houpt of Bedford spent last Sunday at Dr. D.L. Hohman’s cabin in Allen’s Valley with 15 of their nephews and nieces.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams of New York City are receiving congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Heather Ellen. Mrs. Williams is the former Beatrice Hamil, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamil.

D.E. Little took his wife to University Hospital in Baltimore last Thursday for observation and treatment.

Mrs. Oscar Gress spent the past two weeks with Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gress of Hagerstown, who are the proud parents of their first child, a son.

Dallas Strait of Harrisonville was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday.

Miss Rachelle M. Lequear was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh this week for further observation and treatment.

John P. Sipes, who had made his home at Hill Top Inn, west of town, for several years, has taken an apartment at the Mellott Hotel.

Hanes Lamberson of Hustontown is employed in Maryland.

Shirley Hendershot, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hendershot of Cito, enlisted in the U.S. Navy last week.

Elmer Seiders returned to his home at Cito on Saturday after being a patient in Chambersburg Hospital since August 31.

Miss Muriel Barnett of Center has secured employment at Penn Hall in Chambersburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 13, 1932


Deaths: Huston T.

Heeter of Allenport;

Mrs. Delana Keith of Trough Creek; Mrs. Mary E. Knox of Harrisburg; Mrs. Chris-tina Skipper of Tyrone; James Johnson of Thompson Township; Mrs. Sarah Hockenberry of Brownsvile; Mrs. Mary Jane Perkins of Hancock; Mrs. Lucy Lucretia Bishop of Hustontown; C.A. Boker of Chambersburg; Charles R. Gregory of Washington, D.C.

Thieves broke into the Olive Black store at Broad top on Sunday night and stole goods valued at $150.

Fulton County’s October court was held last week with President Judge Donald P. McPherson and associate judges J. Charles Fore and Ross G. Correll presiding. The only business before the court for this session was the confirmation of accounts and the presentation of various petitions.

Miss Alice Michael has retired from her millinery business in Everett, one of the oldest and best known businesses in that town. For the present, Miss Michael is making her home in Mc- Connellsburg.

Harvey Gregory of Thompson Township was greatly surprised last Saturday evening when more than 150 relatives and friends gathered at his home to help him celebrate his 38th birthday.

Another crowd gathered at the home of Watson Carbaugh of the same township last Wednesday to celebrate his 52nd birthday.

Miss Lib Hess is seriously ill at her home here and under the care of Miss Eliza Motter, R.N.

Roy Bohn, efficient clerk in the George W. Hays store, has been off work the past ten days due to illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ott and son Donald, of Mc- Connellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Foreman, daughter Jane and son Leo of Knobsville, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sipes of Baltimore.

Branson Harper and Zella Mellott were married October 8, 1932.

Sheridan Hann of Needmore underwent an emergency operation for appendicitis at Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

Morton and Harris advertises single-barrel shotguns at $6.50; double-barrel guns at $13; 9x12 grass rugs at $2.95; and shells at 70 cents to $1 a box.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stinson of Burnt Cabins have received a telegram stating that their daughter, Lena, is seriously ill in Washington, D.C., with acute appendicitis.

Miss Ruth Henry of Clear Ridge left on Tuesday for Petersburg where she has secured employment.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Brown of Clear Ridge on October 7.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas and children Beulah, Grace and Gene and Mrs. Mary Galbraith of New Grenada went to Huntingdon on Sunday to see Graft Galbraith, who is seriously ill.

At the local A&P Store: cheese 19 cents; Iona corn, 4 cans for 19 cents.

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