2012-10-04 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Iris Hendershot of Warfordsburg, was taken circa 1880, and pictures the men who worked at the Franklin Mills Tannery near Warfordsburg. Pictured, in no particular order: William Downes, ? Downes, Phil Divelbliss, Meril Golden, William Snoingle, George Bloome, Charlie Ranck, George Booth, Elwood Goodman, Pete Crist, George Miller, ? Litton, Tobias? Cover, Charles Lewis, Don Forback, Calvin ?, William Rank,? Troxell, Charles Cover, Stilwill? Barnhart, ? Hughes, Joseph Barnhartt, Edward Divelbliss. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Iris Hendershot of Warfordsburg, was taken circa 1880, and pictures the men who worked at the Franklin Mills Tannery near Warfordsburg. Pictured, in no particular order: William Downes, ? Downes, Phil Divelbliss, Meril Golden, William Snoingle, George Bloome, Charlie Ranck, George Booth, Elwood Goodman, Pete Crist, George Miller, ? Litton, Tobias? Cover, Charles Lewis, Don Forback, Calvin ?, William Rank,? Troxell, Charles Cover, Stilwill? Barnhart, ? Hughes, Joseph Barnhartt, Edward Divelbliss. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 1, 1992


Dollarland USA will open this Friday. The new store, which features items for less than $1, will be located on Main Street in the former G.C. Murphy Store.

The first day of fall was last Tuesday and the first heavy frost hit the county on Thursday morning when many drivers were putting their ice scrapers to work for the first time.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday adopted an ordinance to allow the borrowing of $80,000 to purchase two properties adjacent to the county courthouse. The commissioners will borrow the funds from The First National Bank of McConnellsburg to purchase the former R. Ardella Raker home and lot and a lot owned by Ray Koontz. Both are located along North Second Street, just north of the county sheriff’s office.

The home of Dr. and Mrs. Arnon Kaplan located on North Second Street in McConnellsburg is one of the properties that has been added to the Fulton County Historical Society’s National Register nomination for an historic district in the borough. The nomination has now been submitted for state review.

Deaths: Anthony Whisner, Hagerstown; Mary Garlock, Saxton; Robert Mentzer Sr., Mount Union; Marcia Baughman, Fayetteville; L. Paul Fleck, Three Springs; Mary Brunner, Broad Top City.

Diane Mellott and Curtis Bryner were united in a double-ring ceremony August 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hancock. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene “GeneO” Mellott of Needmore. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bryner of Warfordsburg.

Paul and Laura Bowers of Warfordsburg announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Kajin Nicole, September 9.

Mrs. Cindy Marshall, Three Springs, is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Diane Renee, to Gregory Ross Walters, Hustontown, son of Ross Walters, Hustontown, and Harry and Patricia Mc- Quade of McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 7, 1982


Myron Todd Shimer, Harrisonville, younger son of B. Hiley Shimer of

McConnellsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on the Cito Road, on Tuesday evening of this week. According to reports, he was driving north at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of his 1973 Pinto station wagon after coming over a rise in the road. He is survived by his bride of less than two months, the former Sonnie Deshong, whom he married August 20, as well as his father, three brothers: Martin, Mahlon and Kent, and a sister, Colleen Layton.

Jeremy Lee Divens, 5, Waterfall, was killed September 30 when he fell off a farm tractor and was run over by a brush hog. The youth was riding on the tractor with his father at their home near Waterfall when he apparently fell off and was run over.

Two men were injured, one seriously, on Thursday when a strip of aluminum flashing they were installing in the bell tower of the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church on North Second Street accidentally struck a 7200-volt power line. Frank Seville of Gettysburg suffered third-degree burns on both hands after being shocked by the power line. He is currently in the Fulton County Medical Center. The other man, Stanley Harmon, Gettysburg, was treated at the center and then released.

Deaths: Donald R. Truax, Hustontown; Darlene Bradnick, Burnt Cabins; Goldie M. Shaw, Crystal Spring; Mary C. Kelso, Markes; Hugo K. Frear, Bedford; John Kuhn, Greencastle; Mary King, Atlantic City, N.J.; Lt. Irene Truax, Mercersburg.

Specials at the IGA: Tide, 49 oz., $1.89; Campbell’s pork and beans, 2 for $1; lettuce, 39 cents a head.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Reihart, Mc- Connellsburg, on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Akers of Needmore on September 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas, Warfordsburg, on September 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cook, Three Springs, on September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Frisby, Mc- Connellsburg, on September 28.

Marriage licenses: Ruby Hazelwood, Harrisonville, and Rudolf Beck, New York; Rebecca Fields, McConnellsburg, and Victor Erickson, Mercersburg; Melinda Houck, Robertsdale, and Mark Stevens, Saltillo; Elza Clippinger and John Rubeck, both of Fort Littleton.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 19, 1972


James Robert Deshong, 21, Mc-

Connellsburg, died Friday afternoon in the Medical Center following emergency surgery for massive internal injuries. Deshong was fatally injured when a “skidder” tire from lumbering equipment, which the young man had just filled with air at the O.J. Shaw service station, Mc- Connellsburg, exploded as it rested against the garage doors. The force of the explosion knocked him to the ground and shattered a window in the office building.

A preliminary hearing was held on Tuesday before Justice Ernest Harris, for a 67- year-old Burnt Cabins man charged with murder in the death of a 24-year-old Ohio man last week. An additional charge of assault with intent to kill was also filed against the accused man in connection with the wounding of a second Ohio man, a 22-yearold from Euclid, in the same shooting incident.

John Johnston of McConnellsburg has been appointed deputy game protector under the jurisdiction of Carl E. Jarrett, Fulton County game protector.

The engagement of Cindy Aller of Mc- Connellsburg to Jake Dorty of Mercersburg has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.R. Aller.

Newlyweds: David Michael Klinepeter and Rosalind Williams; and Thomas Wilson and Mary Plessinger, all of the Needmore area.

Specials at the local A&P store this week: four loaves of bread for $1; three onepound packages of margarine for $1; Bounty jumbo towels, three rolls for $1; 1-pound, 12-ounce jar peanut butter, 79 cents and a 2-pound bag of frozen peas for 59 cents.

Deaths: Buhl G. Roher of Hustontown; Miss Rosa P. Mellott of Mt. Union; Charles R. Horton of McConnellsburg; and Earl S. Barclay of Bellefonte.

Rex Romig of Waterfall and Christine Darlene Dodson of Hopewell applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Rev. David R. Hoover and wife Mary left Wednesday on a 10-day tour of the Holy Land and Athens, Greece.

The local Big D Discount Store offers children’s Halloween costumes for 99 cents.

Specials at the IGA: salad dressing, 1- quart jar, 30 cents; Kellogg’s cornflakes, 18- oz. box for 35 cents and 5-pound, 4-ounce box of Tide for $1.15.

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Mellott of Knobsville are the proud parents of a new baby girl, born to them at Fulton County Medical Center on October 14.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of October 25, 1962


Joseph Critchfield, chief fish commissioner for the South Central

Division of Pennsylvania, spoke to the Fulton County Sportsmen’s League on Friday on the subject of the Meadow Grounds Lake now under construction. The lake will cover 204 acres of mountain land and will be 20-feet deep at its deepest point. The lake will be exclusively for fishing.

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce is promoting a big membership drive, listing new members who have joined the organization.

Marshall Taylor, 30, is in serious condition at Chambersburg Hospital after being badly injured in an explosion at Letterkenny Ordinance Depot, where he is employed. Taylor was welding inside a tank when the vehicle exploded.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley was discharged on Saturday from Windber Hospital, where he had been a patient for several weeks following a heart attack.

A marriage license was issued to Allan G. Huston and Sara V. Swope, both of Harrisonville, last week.

Mr. and Mrs. William Shaffer Jr. moved from East Market Street to the Robert Fleming property on Lincoln Way West on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith have purchased the business known as Ruth’s Hat and Dress Shop from the estate of the late Naomi Roettger.

Mrs. Chalmer Horton of Wells Tannery received a letter from Mrs. John Glenn, to whom she had written congratulating her on her husband’s successful space flight.

Pvt. Robert Allen Barnhart of Warfordsburg is stationed at Fort Polk, La.

New auto-lighting requirements will go into effect October 31. All passenger vehicles must have directional signal lights and two rear lamps are included in the list of new requirements.

Linda Barnhart of Needmore recently graduated from York Hospital School of Nursing and is employed at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Miller of Needmore have moved into their new home in upper Belfast Township.

Rev. Robert Rhoades was installed as pastor of the Wells Valley Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

Born at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Parsons of Shade Gap on October 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bookheimer, Hustontown, on October 15; a son to Mr. and Ms. John W. Smith, Warfordsburg, on October 20; a son to Mr. and John Jackson, McConnellsburg, on October 20.

The Fulton County Bank advertises 3 1/2 percent interest on time saving certificates starting December.

Deaths: Earl R. Fields, Dudley, born in Fulton County; Carl E. Helman, Chambersburg, born in McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mary E. Litton, Hancock; Samuel M. Pittman, McConnellsburg; Harold H. Hann, Websters Mills; Aley Leroy Powell Sr., Bethel Township; E. Reid Bivens, St. Thomas, born in Ayr Township.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 23, 1952


Viola Kuykendall, 18, Big Cove

Tannery; Cora Ankrom, 17, Harrisonville, and Elsie Matthews, 18, McConnellsburg, received slight injuries last Friday evening when the car in which they were passengers, driven by Leroy Sheeder, 21, McConnellsburg, crashed into the rear of another car at Saluvia.

Mrs. John Greathead and son Jamie arrived home from England on the Queen Mary on Tuesday.

Emroy Glunt of McConnellsburg is in critical condition in the Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Next Wednesday, these 24 young men will leave for induction into the Army: Leroy Luther Sheeder of McConnellsburg, Donald Eugene Ott of McConnellsburg, Lloyd Ivan Divelbliss, Warfordsburg, Frederick Knepper, Hustontown, Melvin Reed Souders, McConnellsburg, Georg Albert Truax, Mc- Connellsburg, Donald Ray Gracey of Waterfall, Oliver E. DeShong of Big Cove Tannery, John Ray Booth, Clear Ridge, Orville Eugene Shaw, Crystal Spring, Gerald Leroy Suders, Hancock, Floyd David Seville, Brodbeck, Pa., William Glenn Roher, Wells Tannery, George Calvin Gress of Mc- Connellsburg, John P. Martz, Jr., Knobsville, Ira Brooks Bain, Websters Mill, Harry Lee Bain, Websters Mill, Donald DeShong, Harrisonville, Alton Ritchey of McConnellsburg, Earl McClain of Waterfall, George W. Humbert of Big Cove Tannery, Harry Allen Tritle of McConnellsburg, William Clarence Hamil of McConnellsburg and Robert Cunningham of McConnellsburg. Also included will be these two “re-check” inductees: Marlis Lee Wertz of Amaranth and Herbert Hoover Deshong of Harrisonville.

These 13 men reported to Pittsburgh on Tuesday of this week for their preinduction physical exams: John Albert Batdorff of McConnellsburg; Donald Nevin Culler of McConnellsburg; Harold George Bivens, Webster Mills; Harold Glover Taylor of Three Springs; Carl Lloyd Helman of Mc- Connellsburg; Edgar Joseph Lake of Harrisonville; Avon Lee Deshong of Harrisonville; Guy Eugene Hann of Needmore; Junior Guy Strait of Needmore; John Marshall Keefer of Hancock; Lee Myers of Needmore; Robert Calvin Kerlin of Hustontown; and Marion Ernest Foster of Wells Tannery.

Twin daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert William Gracey of Waterfall at Fulton County Medical Center on Sunday. The girls, who are in in an incubator, weighed 3 pounds.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 22, 1942


District Game Protector Isaac

Baumgardner has been granted a leave of absence to enter Johns Hopkins Hospital at Baltimore for surgical treatment.

Deaths: Mrs. Ellie (Detrich) Fryman of McConnellsburg.

Robert S. Bratton, 22, Clear Ridge, was uninjured Monday night when he feel asleep while driving his 1941 Pontiac sedan near Chambersburg. His car ran off the road, snapped off a telephone pole and went over an 8-foot embankment. The car, valued at $900, was demolished.

Cloyd Rowe Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Mellott, has been placed on the honor roll at Franklin and Marshall College at Lancaster for his scholastic achievements last year.

A reopening service will be held at the Burnt Cabins Methodist Church on Sunday evening to mark the completion of an intensive renovation program.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Deshong of Saluvia announce the birth of a son on Saturday at Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Hill and children recently moved to the Hill Top Inn, west of town.

Pvt. Earl Dean Long is now stationed at Camp Hood, Texas.

Pvt. Henry Melius is now stationed at Fort Stevens, Ore.

Ernest Batdorff of Harrisonville has received word that her nephews, Sgt. William and Pfc. Frank Horn, of near Shippensburg, are now in England. Another nephew, Brent Mackey, is on the West Coast.

Death: William E. Winters of Hopewell.

Brint Black is having a new dwelling erected in Wells Township.

Anne Steele of Fort Littleton entered Windber Hospital a few weeks ago as a student nurse.

Dale Keebaugh and Katherine Field were married October 15.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sheffield of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby boy, born last Tuesday.

Delmar Ramsey and Lois Sipes were married October 16, 1942.

Sgt. James A. Welsh is now stationed at Camp Davis, N.C.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 29, 1932


Burgess Charles B. Stevens warns that Monday night only will be given over for Halloween pranks. Those playing pranks on nights other than this will be prosecuted.

Deaths: Boyd Andrew David Truax of Needmore; Mrs. Carrie Walters Grey of South Altoona; Mrs. Mary E. Piper of Orbisonia.

A “dry rally,” “Prohibition and Its Benefits,” will be held in the Methodist Church here on Thursday evening.

Jon Hendershot of Cito was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday, suffering from a slight concussion of the brian, a shoulder injury, “knots” on the forehead and black eye. He was struck by a car as he alighted from his milk truck near St. Thomas.

Rev. F.D. Eyster and Mary G. McKibbin wee married on October 17.

A lifelong friendship came to an end on Sunday morning when a 24-year-old Hancock man was shot by his boyhood companion, a 23-year-old man, also of Hancock. The shooting was the aftermath of a quarrel which had been going on between the young men for several days. Because of the close friendship, the boys shared for years, the parents have requested the state’s attorney not to prosecute.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mellott entertained at a “4500” party in their beautiful new home here on Tuesday evening.

Rev. Raymond Daihl of Walnut Grove Church of God circuit has been transferred to Washington Borough. He will be replaced by Rev. E.E. Facker of Linglestown.

Miss Blanche Stinston of the Juniata College force visited her home folks at Burnt Cabins over the weekend.

Miss Freda Duvall, who is teaching science in the Saltillo High School, spent the weekend with Prof. and Mrs. H.M. Griffith.

Merrill Wible was greatly surprised on Saturday evening when a large crowd of friends gathered to help him celebrate his 31st birthday.

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