2012-10-17 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet Richards of Bethany Beach, Del., pictures her mother, uncle and aunts. Left to right: Myrtle Alloway, Mrs. Brinton (Velma) Laidig, Mrs. Roy (Freda) Witter, Jay W. Alloway, Janet’s mother Mrs. Varian (Jessie) Hoover, Mrs. Brown (Mabel) Miller and Mrs. George (Elsie) Newman. The photo was taken in Hustontown in 1958. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet Richards of Bethany Beach, Del., pictures her mother, uncle and aunts. Left to right: Myrtle Alloway, Mrs. Brinton (Velma) Laidig, Mrs. Roy (Freda) Witter, Jay W. Alloway, Janet’s mother Mrs. Varian (Jessie) Hoover, Mrs. Brown (Mabel) Miller and Mrs. George (Elsie) Newman. The photo was taken in Hustontown in 1958. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 15, 1992


The Fulton Fall Folk Festival kicks off its 19th year Friday, October 16, and will continue through the weekend as area residents and throngs of visitors alike enjoy the countryside’s blazing foliage and take a step into the past where “country is still country.”

The Green Hill Sewing Club will boil apple butter this weekend for their 59th year. One kettle was made in 1933 and today more than 16 kettles are made just for the festival.

Fulton County Fall Folk Festival parade committee has announced that this year’s parade marshal will be Mildred Foster of Wells Tannery. The marshal is selected from countians who have kept folk traditions alive within the community. Foster has been quilting since the age of seven, and most all countians are familiar with her spectacular handiwork. She still continues quilting at her home in Wells Tannery.

Brisk sales of antlerless deer licenses had exhausted allocations in 14 counties by October 8. Locally, Fulton County was allocated 3,900 licenses. According to the county treasurer’s office, those licenses were sold out by the close of business on October 6.

Mary Trail and Cornelius Strait were united in marriage August 29 at the Supreme Council of the House of Jacob, Hancock. Parents of he couple are Mary Trail of Berkeley Springs and the late Junior Trail and Timmy Strait Sr. and Connie Strait, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Lester Benson, 75, Three Springs; Melvin Reeder, 80, Adamstown; Jan Graffius, 39, Hartford, Conn.; Lacy Simmons, 69, Hagerstown; Harry Barthalow, 79, Mercersburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hull of Hancock on October 3.

Frederick and Dora Truax of Needmore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary September 27 with an open house at their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hershey of Harrisonville announce the birth of a daughter on September 9.

Marriage licenses: Nicholas Unger, New Oxford, Pa., and Donna Regg, Cumberland, Md.; Ralph Sipes, Lemasters, Pa., and Leta Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Paul Hock III, Mc- Connellsburg, and Tonya Miley, Mc- Connellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 21, 1982


The weatherman’s prediction of fair weather for the Fall Folk Festival was partially right. It was mostly fair but windy and chilly with a little bit of snow, sleet and rain on Saturday afternoon.

A Virginia man was killed Sunday afternoon in a one-car accident on Rt. 522 between Shade Gap and Burnt Cabins. State police at Huntingdon said Boyd Nesaw, 53, Woodbridge, Va., was southbound at about 2:15 p.m. when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel.

Ground was broken Monday afternoon for the Warfordsburg office of The Fulton County National Bank. The building is expected to be open in April 1983.

The Fulton County Medical Center recently purchased for the radiology department a state-of-the-art ultrasound scanning system from Picker International.

Fulton County 4-H members received awards in the state 4-H Horse Show held October 1-3 in Harrisburg. In 4-H horse production classes, local winners were Lorena Walters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Walters, McConnellsburg, and Shelly Gress, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Gress of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Duane Daniels, McConnellsburg; Ethel E Sigel, Warfordsburg; Winifred Chesnut, McConnellsburg; Olive M. Chesnut, Hustontown; Edith Cora Unger White, Pasadena, Calif.; Oscar G. Aller, Harrisburg; Grace M. Bambling, Langondale; Gerald G. Bryner, Mifflintown.

Specials at the IGA: Betty Crocker cake mixes, 79 cents; Clorox 2 bleach, $2.99, 100 ozs.; Pepsi Cola, $1.69, 16-oz. bottles; loin chops, $1.50 lb.; grapes, 89 cents; ground beef, $1.29 lb.; potatoes, 79 cents, 10-lb. bag.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David McCumbee of Hancock, on October 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Detwiler of Shirleysburg on October 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith of Warfordsburg on October 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Kipe, Mc- Connellsburg, on October 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Johnson of Mercersburg on October 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Toth, McConnellsburg, on October 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Fischer, Crystal Spring, on October 14.

Mr. and Mrs. John Lucas, Waterfall, announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lea Lucas, to Edward Sharpe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sharpe, McConnellsburg. They were married September 25.

Mr. and Mrs. John Black celebrated their 62nd anniversary and John his 81st birthday on October 12.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of November 2, 1972


The county commissioners announced at their meeting on Friday that Al Larsen, chief assessor, has been authorized to re-evaluate all real estate in Fulton County to reflect the true current market value of properties.

Bob Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Snyder and a junior at the McConnellsburg High School, is continuing to set new records in cross-country running competition. In the past two weeks, he set a new record at the Scotland School’s 2.8-mile course, finishing in 13 minutes and 51 seconds. At the Mercersburg Academy he finished the 3-mile course in 15 minutes and 34.6 seconds.

Chuck Tanner, former player for the Milwaukee Braves, was chosen this year for the Manager of the Year award in the American League. He has managed the Chicago baseball team for the past two years. During the 1950s, Tanner made a number of appearances in the McConnellsburg area in exhibition games and was very popular with local baseball fans.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ott have returned from a trip to the Western states.

Miss Rosalind Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Williams of Big Cove Tannery, became the bride of David Michael Klinepeter, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Klinepeter of Harrisburg, on October 14 at Damascus Christian Church.

Dr. and Mrs. David R. Hoover of Mc- Connellsburg returned home on Saturday, October 28, from a 10-day trip to the Holy Lands and Greece. They hosted a tour for 25 people from central Pennsylvania. Included were Mrs. Kathryn Shimer, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Williams, Frank Bivens, Gerald Waltz, Marcus Downes, Mrs. Leah Everts and Miss Barbara Pittman, all from Fulton County, and Mrs. Marguerite Stotler of Hancock.

The Central Fulton, Southern Fulton and Forbes Road school bands marched in the Mummers Parade at Hagerstown on Saturday. Many people from here went to the parade despite the foggy weather.

Deaths: Mrs. Clara Stotler, Hancock; Rhoda (Spade) Decker, Crystal Spring.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Winter of Rockhill Furnace on October 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Garlock of McConnellsburg on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill D. Gerringer of Orbisonia on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David McElhaney of McConnellsburg on October 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clingerman of Hancock on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris of Needmore on October 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Mellott of McConnellsburg on October 26.

Eighty-six friends and relatives visited in the home of Blanche Hill on Sunday, October 22, to bring her best wishes on her 86th birthday celebration.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 1, 1962


Fulton County voters registered opposition to the present administration by solidly favoring all Republican candidates listed on the ballot at Thursday’s election. Fulton joined the state in electing William Scranton as the new governor, I. Irving Whally was returned to Congress and on the local level, Republican incumbent Harry Elvey defeated his Democratic opponent Marl Garlock for state representative.

At the request of th Fulton Industrial Development Association, the assistant director from the state Bureau of Industrial Development of the State Department of Commerce spoke to the Borough Council at the regular meeting on Monday concerning grants and loans available for the installation of a municipal sewerage system. No action was taken by council on making application for a grant or loan but a motion was passed to engage Herbert Associates of Harrisburg to make a feasibility study and approximate cost of a sewerage system. The study wasn’t to cost more than $200. In other business, Gilbert Deshong was given the contract for snow removal with bulldozer rental of $6.50 an hour, $7 for a high lift, $4 for dump truck including operators and all labor at $1.25 an hour.

The Bethlehem EUB Church will celebrate the burning of the mortgage on the church at special services Sunday, November 18.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sheeder on October 30 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Kenneth Gordon has been named one of the five top grassland farmers of Pennsylvania. Gordon and his son, Earl, operate a dairy business in Ayr Township.

Dedication services for the recently completed Church of the Brethren at Knobsville will be held Sunday, November 11.

Mary Juanita Golden was married to Irvin Junior Kerns on October 14 in the Mays Chapel Christian Church.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hopkins, Mercersburg, on October 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hann, McConnellsburg, on October 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Esh Gearhart, Chambersburg, October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Everts, Mc- Connellsburg, October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Gordon, November 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Julius Gordon, Three Springs, November 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smartt, Needmore, November 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Barnett, Hustontown, October 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rheon Gelvin, Hustontown, November 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Harris, Hustontown, November 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Snyder, Mc- Connellsburg, November 4.

A birthday dinner was held at the Antioch Church for Rev. T.P. Garland, who was 91 years old on October 28.

The Pleasant Grove Friendly Workers Society made 126 gallons of apple butter last week.

Mrs. S.O. Deneen of Warfordsburg received a birthday card from President and Mrs. John Kennedy last week.

Ida Cools of Hilversum, the Netherlands, was married to A/1-C Donald O. Bard of McConnellsburg on September 7 in the Netherlands. The couple expects to come to the United States in 1963.

Deaths: Burton Wagner, Hustontown; R.F. Ralph Cook, Hancock; Mrs. Leona Tice, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 6, 1952


On Tuesday, the American people elected Dwight David Eisenhower as their 34th president, with Richard Milhouse Nixon as vice president. Richard M. Simpson was re-elected representative in Congress for his ninth term. On the local scene, Merrill W. Kerlin, young Mc- Connellsburg attorney, defeated his Democratic opponent, Ralph Berkstresser, for representative in the General Assembly by a vote of 1,983 to 1,838.

Because of the election on Tuesday, Amos Stouteagle, commissioners’ clerk, is now in possession of a signature which may become very valuable. As far as known, he is the only discharge in Fulton County of World War I to be signed by D.D. Eisenhower, captain of infantry.

John M. Spangler was the principal speaker at the Pegasus Club meeting in Hagerstown last Friday. He discussed the importance of salesmanship among all workers to provide greater productivity in the national economy.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Henry of Knobsville on October 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Barber of Robertsdale on November 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cutshall of McConnellsburg on November 4.

Grissinger Bros. celebrated the grand reopening of their newly redecorated market on Friday and Saturday. Winner of the grand prize on Saturday night was Mrs. Laverne Wermick of McConnellsburg. In addition, 24 baskets of groceries were given away with a drawing every hour.

More births: a daughter on October 30 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bailey of Spokane, Wash.; a daughter on Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Gordon of Needmore.

J. Wayne Black, well-known educator, died in Spokane, Wash., on October 14. Born near Waterfall on March 4, 1897, he was a son of the late Daniel M. and Laura (Alloway) Black.

Donald W. Mellott, fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin J. Mellott of Websters Mill, is now serving aboard the submarine Grenadier, attached to the Atlantic Fleet.

The local VFW Post has presented a check for $275 to the Medical Center for the purchases of a croupette, a major piece of equipment used to combat croup and other respiratory diseases in babies and children.

A telegram to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilson of Clear Ridge last week advised them that their son, Dean, had been wounded in the head in Korea. No further details were given. Another son, Ephriam, is also serving in Korea.

Linda Knepper marked her fifth birthday on Thursday.

Pam Fraker has retuned to her home at Fort Littleton after spending a week in Chambersburg Hospital for observation.

Deaths: John A. Swain of near Hancock; Alexander Bradshaw of Belfast Township; Emory Rolla Glunt of McConnellsburg; Chalmers Andrews Gress of near Knobsville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 29, 1942


Pvt. Samuel M.Carnell Jr. is now at

Camp Lee, Va. Staff Sgt. Floyd Fittrey is at Camp Wheeler, Ga. Cpl. Kenneth Seiders is at Camp Oglethroep, Ga. Pvt. Harold E. Hamil is at Keesler Field, Miss.

Deaths: Harriet Daisy Sipes of State College; Zack R. Fisher of Thompson Township.

Clyde R. Hendershot of Amaranth has been accepted as a member of Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, national honorary society in education at Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Special courses for farmers are being set up in each of the four departments of agriculture in the high schools of Fulton County. At these study sessions, farmers will learn how to repair farm machinery and farm tractors.

D.L. Hohman, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Hohman and for a number of years a prominent dentist in McConnellsburg, has been promoted to the rank of major in the dental department of the U. S. Army. Major Hohman entered the Army in 1941 and is now stationed at Blytheville, Ark.

The local Red Cross has rented a room in the H.U. Nace building to serve as a headquarters and a working area.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Hamil of Fort Loudon announce the birth of a son on October 30 at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Two accidents were reported in the county on the first day of hunting season. Jack Tolbert of Fayetteville received powder burns as his shotgun discharged as he was climbing over a fence near Robert Kendall’s in Ayr Township. Willis Smith, 17, had three shot grains removed from his thigh after he was accidentally shot near the home of John Smith in Belfast Township.

Charged with burglary and larceny, two youths, one from Saxton and one from Aitch, were sentenced to six months in jail on Tuesday when both pleaded guilty to the charge. They admitted stealing household goods and scrap iron from the house and wagon shed of J. Bart Stevens of Clear Ridge. About 800 pounds of scrap was taken and sold to the Riddlesburg Iron and Coal Co.

Mrs. Marshall Helman entertained at a shower on Friday evening in honor of her sister, Mrs. Dale Keebaugh, who, before her marriage two weeks ago, was Miss Kate Fields.

Miss Hazel Boarts has taken over the management of the Hershey 5 and 10 cents store here. Miss Betty Smith, the former manager, resigned to take employment in a defense plant.

General Edward Martin, Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, won easily on Tuesday over his Democratic opponent, Auditor General R. Clair Ross. Richard M. Simpson, Republican candidate for Congress, won easily and Charles H. Ealy, Republican candidate for the Senate, recaptured his seat for the fifth time. On the local scene, Democrat Lewis Harris defeated his Republican opponent, Water R. Sloan, for representative in the General Assembly by an unofficial margin of 187 votes.

Jack Kelso, Jack Fore and Carl Johnson of State College spent the weekend at their homes here.

The local rationing board issued a warning this week that all sugar ration books issued to persons who since entered the service or who may have died must be returned to the local office.

Due to the shortage of gasoline and tires and the difficulty of obtaining supplies as well as players, the Buck Valley Baseball Club has disbanded for the duration of the war and has invested its entire treasury, $175, in war bonds.

Roy E. Pittman of near Warfordsburg has been commissioned a second lieutenant, and has been assigned to Shaw Field, Sumner, S.C., as a flying instructor.

Paul E. Hoover has been added to the staff of flying instructors at the Sefair Flying School at Sunbury where 60 students from the Army and Navy are receiving instruction in the fundamentals of flying.

Mrs. Scott Walker, a matron at the Scotland Orphan School, spent Election Day in town.

Mrs. Effie Lamberson and son John have moved from the Ella Kendall home to the Edna Cline apartment on Lincoln Way East.

Mrs. Robert Lodge has accepted a position at Fairchild in Hagerstown.

H. Lyle Duffey, a junior at Westminster College, has enlisted as a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force. He will be permitted to finish his college course, however, unless urgently needed.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 3, 1932


Deaths: Mrs. Fannie Matilda Mellott of Saluvia; Mrs. Mary Jane

Shaffer of Bedford County; Mrs. Jesse B. Hastings of Wells Tannery; Ralph Moore of Shade Gap; John Fox of Six Mile Run; Sigle Ashman of Saltillo.

A terrific windstorm passed over this section last Wednesday. Among the heavy losers were Mrs. Lydia Aller of Todd Township, whose barn roof was blown off, and Luther Gordon of Ayr Township, who had a straw stack blown over, burying and smothering to death two of his best cows.

A state police substation has been established in McConnellsburg. Taking charge of his new office are Cpl. William Tevlin and Pvt. C.R. Meffatt.

A Republican mass meeting will be held ing this meeting will be a parade through the streets of McConnellsburg and a concert by the McConnellsburg School Band.

The state Game Commission has set up a new game refuge of 625 acres in the Whips Cove section of Brush Creek Township.

Ernest Harris motored to Philadelphia on Saturday to take treatments for acid burns of his arm, suffered while he was repairing jewelry.

Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Keefer of Republic, Ohio, are visiting relatives and friends in Fulton County. This is their first return to the county in 19 years.

The correspondent from Hancock this week starts out with “Hell readers here I am again with a bit of news for you.” Evidently the proof reader failed to catch the missing “o” on the first word.

At the A&P: Choice pea beans, 10 pounds for 25 cents; peanut butter, pound jar, 10 cents; pink salmon, 3 cans for 25 cents; family bread, largest loaf, 9 cents.

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