2012-10-31 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder, was taken in the 1950s in front of McLaughlin’s Drug Store and pictures, left, Ruth, unknown Little Leaguer, and Marie Shimer. Both girls worked at McLaughlin’s. Note the familiar milk can that held ice cream mix during the day and loafers at night. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder, was taken in the 1950s in front of McLaughlin’s Drug Store and pictures, left, Ruth, unknown Little Leaguer, and Marie Shimer. Both girls worked at McLaughlin’s. Note the familiar milk can that held ice cream mix during the day and loafers at night. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 29, 1992


Fulton County Chamber of Commerce voted to purchase Christmas lights, finalized plans for the chamber’s annual Christmas party and heard the nominating committee’s report at their monthly luncheon on October 21. Helen Overly, chairman of the Christmas lights committee, demonstrated a new lighted Christmas angel which she had obtained from a Louisiana company. The angels would be used in conjunction with the Christmas banners purchased last year.

The presidential race highlights the ballot for the general election to be held next Tuesday. Voters will be asked to choose among incumbent Republican President George Bush and running mate Dan Quayle, Democratic challenger Bill Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore, and independent candidate Henry Ross Perot and his running mate, James B. Stockdale. Others running for president are Libertarian candidate Andrew Marrou and running mate Nancy Lord; and New Alliance candidate Lenora B. Fulani and her running mate, Maria Elizabeth Munoz.

Prayers were answered on Monday for Diane Poffenberger, wife of Rev. Doug Poffenberger, pastor of Needmore Bible Church, when she became the recipient of a heart transplant. The hours-long surgery was reported very successful and her condition is listed as stable.

Marriage licenses: Henry Daniels, Mc- Connellsburg, and Tonya Black, Mc- Connellsburg; Richard Myers, Gibsonia, Pa., and Marilyn Tanocko, Allison Park, Pa.; Paul Morningstar, McConnellsburg, and Guyda Hanks, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Vera Appleby, 73, Hustontown; James Hiles, 82, Berkeley Springs; Siebert Garlick Jr., 60, Needmore; W. Clair Crum, 87, Alexandria; Walter Moats, 86, Hancock; Jean Sunderlin, 70, Manutua, Ohio; Crystal Fox, 14, Hancock; Roy Johnston, 91, Mc- Connellsburg.

A double-ring ceremony was performed at Amaranth Church of the Brethren on September 12 joining in marriage Glenn Schriver and Debra Miller. Parents of the couple are Hilda Schriver of Warfordsburg and Eldon Schriver of Florida and Walter and Marie Miller of Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Walker of Mc- Connellsburg on October 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Jones of Mt. Union on October 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gale Rouzer of Harrisonville on October 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Knepper of Hustontown on October 22.

Melissa Humbert and William Cover were united in marriage September 19 in the United Methodist Church in Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Madeline Humbert of Mc- Connellsburg and the groom is the son of Kirk and Sally Cover, also of McConnellsburg.

Lisa Seville and Michael Sellers were united in marriage August 15 in St. Thomas Assembly of God Church. The bride is the daughter of Harvey and Madeline Seville of Fort Littleton. The groom is the foster son of Paul and Betty Mellott of St. Thomas.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 4, 1982


Furnaces have been turned off due to the Indian-summer weather of the past week, with temperatures ranging up into the high 70s. The long, hard winter that has been forecast is slow in starting.

Approximately 70 percent of Fulton County’s eligible voters turned out on Tuesday to vote in the general election, giving the Republicans victory over the Democrats in five of seven county contests.

McConnellsburg Fire Co. received its 13th ambulance Friday since the formation of the ambulance and rescue squad in 1954.

Special at the IGA: apples, 3-lb. bag, 79 cents; Campbell’s tomato soup, 4 for $1; rump roast, $1.99 lb.; bananas, 29 cents; cauliflower, $1.29.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Esteban Salinas of Three Springs on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Bottenfield of Harrisonville on October 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Clark of Warfordsburg on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mellott of Harrisonville on October 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Smith on October 28.

Deaths: Orlena B. Mellott, Knobsville; J. Harry Jaymes, Shade Gap; Eva R. Edwards, Big Cove Tannery; Ernest Bradley, Greencastle; Clifford Foreman, Defiance; Harold P. Lockard, Wells Tannery; Ellen M. Krugh, Burnt Cabins.

Marriage licenses: Betty Ann Etter, Mc- Connellsburg, and Joseph P. Hann, Mc- Connellsburg; Denise Black, Waterfall, and Clarence O. Slates, Three Springs.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 16, 1972


A McConnellsburg man and his wife were seriously injured on Sunday afternoon in a one-car accident on Route 913 at the Huntingdon-Fulton County line. Mrs. Frances R.Tolbert, McConnellsburg, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital where she is being treated for a fractured right hip, a fractured lower left femur and multiple chest contusions. Her husband, Jack, driver of the vehicle, is being treated at Fulton County Medical Center for a fractured right arm and numerous lacerations of both knees and his left elbow. State police said the accident happened when Tolbert was westbound on Route 913, driving a 1968 Chevrolet station wagon. His car ran off the highway onto the north berm and hit three guard posts and then struck a tree, dead center. The tree was 5 feet from the guardrails which were mowed down. The vehicle hit the tree with a “terrific” impact, with the result that the engine was driven back under the front seat of the vehicle.

Mrs. Mary Agnes Breakall of Bethel Township, Fulton County’s only centenarian, celebrated her 100th birthday on November 14.

State police of the McConnellsburg substation are currently investigating the slaughter last Wednesday of two white-face heifers owned by Mrs. Louise E. Lucas of Hancock. The animals were found shot and with their throats slit in a pasture owned by Mrs. Lucas along Township Route 301. The dead animals were found by her son, William. Several leads are now being followed which, it is believed, will lead to the identification and eventual arrest of the suspects.

Marriage licenses: Dennis J. Miley of Chambersburg, and Valerie Jean Liskey of St.Thomas; Marlin Glenn Wertz of Needmore and Daisy Mae Everts of Hancock.

The 109th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will be commemorated with ceremonies at the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19.

Navy Warrant Officer Harry B. Hill of McConnellsburg is pictured in this issue receiving his new bars during ceremonies aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga.

Deaths: Edgar E. Layton, Breezewood; William Fred Stake, Mapleton Depot; Harold Oster, Bedford; Allison B. Truax, Needmore; John P. Schooley, Harrisonville; Mrs. Hazel Cisney, Blairs Mills; Frederick A. Sipes, Mount Union.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sowers of Mc- Connellsburg on November 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Piper of Burnt Cabins on November 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Martz of Hustontown on November 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bard of Needmore on November 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cutchall of McConnellsburg on November 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Botscharow of Big Cove Tannery on November 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Best of Bedford on November 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Geist Jr. of Warfordsburg on November 9.

One of the main events of the school year at Wells-Taylor Elementary School is the annual Halloween party. This year’s party was held October 27. Following are the winners in the listed categories: prettiest – Julie Chamberlain, grade one; couple – Diane Brown and Sheila Henry, grade six, who were Siamese twins; Halloween character – Tammy Earley, grade five, a witch; ugliest – David Newman, grade five. Clowns: Charles Clippinger, grade one; girl disguised as boy, tie – Denette Parent and Debra Barnhart; boy disguised as girl, tie – Timothy McClain and Allan Regi, grade six; animal character, tie – Robin Gracey as a green frog, grade four; and Joseph Wright, as the beloved cartoon favorite Snoopy, grade five; most original costume – David Gartland, grade five, a vampire.

50 Years ago

From The Files Of November 22, 1962


Harold C. Welsh has been appointed by the state Department of Public Instruction to fill the vacancy in the office of county superintendent of schools in Fulton County for the period beginning November 16, 1962, to July 3. 1966. The office of county superintendent will be abolished at the end of the term in school districts of less than 22,000 population, according to recent legislature. The chief administrator will be the supervising principal.

A 1961 Dodge convertible, formerly owned by Robert Downes Jr., Fort Littleton, was stolen from Richards Motors late Friday night and was found abandoned near Richmond, Va.

An 18-year-old Berkeley Springs man was stopped by Game Warden Carl Jarrett on Dickey’s Mountain on Saturday night and found to be in possession of a 10-3/4- inch barrel sawed-off shotgun, without a permit. He was charged with violation of the Uniform Firearms Act by state police.

At a regular meeting of the Fulton County Board of School Directors, a resolution was adopted to submit a plan that the county consist of one school district, in compliance with Act 561 of the General Assembly for the reorganization of school districts within the county.

Mrs. Helmer S. Pearson of Naples, Italy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Mellott of Websters Mill, attended the American Red Cross Chairmen of Volunteers Conference held in Berchets Garden, Germany, recently. The Red Cross will mark its 100th anniversary in 1963.

At the DHIA banquet held last Thursday, Dennis Shaffer was awarded top honors for his herd of 23 cows, which averaged 15,003 pounds of milk and 614 pounds of butterfat during the year ending September 30. Second high was Nathan Hixon with 21 cows averaging 14,832 pounds of milk and 610 pounds of butterfat. This is the first year that any Fulton County dairy herd has average more than 600 pounds of fat.

Roy Miller, 16, of Needmore, was injured on Monday night when his car struck a telephone pole on Route 522 en route home from basketball practice. He was admitted to the Medical Center.

Erma L. Mellott, Needmore, received a Bachelor of Science degree in education at Shippensburg State College on November 18.

Marriage licenses: Ronald L. Janick and Sally C. Mellott, both of McConnellsburg.

S.M. Cunningham, McConnellsburg, sold two pigs recently with a combined weight of 1,430 pounds. Could be a new record for hog raising in Fulton County.

Wayne McLaughlin, phys. ed. teacher at the local school, suffered a heart attack last Tuesday and is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Deaths: George Sipes of Waynesboro, formerly of Knobsville; Judson Francis Powers of Hancock; Mrs. Jesse R. Flood, Neelyton; Mrs. Elle Foster, Artemas.

Alleine’s Fashion Shop will open soon at 208A Lincoln Way East.

Men in service: Marine Pvt. Sheldon W. Mellott of Needmore has completed recruit training at Parris Island, S.C.; Don H. Chubb, McConnellsburg, has been promoted to private first class while serving in the U.S. Army at Toul, France; Raymond R. Mellott, Seaman USN, of Needmore, has completed training at Aviation Electronics School, Memphis, Tenn., and will report to Aircrewman School, San Diego, Calif.

Mrs. Mildred Shaw and Mrs. Grace Chesnut of Hustontown attended the 88th annual convention of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in York, the week of October 22.

David Harr and family have moved to their newly purchased home in the Corner, Ayr Township.

The Herman Smiths, Needmore, have built an addition to their house – needed, for they now have four sons and four daughters.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller, Shade Gap, on November 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese, Needmore, on November 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kendall, Hancock, on November 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Earley, Waterfall, on November 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hartmine, Spring Run, on November 15; a daughter to Rev. and Mrs. Charles Wealand, McConnellsburg, on November 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Myles Hockenberry, Fannettsburg, on November 17.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 20, 1952


Small-game hunters were cheered on Saturday when word was received that the current hunting season would be extended for six days. The extension was granted to make up for the delayed start of the season due to the dry weather.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin W. Swope of Mc- Connellsburg announce the birth of a daughter on Sunday at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Mrs. Paul Shimer spent Monday and Tuesday in Harrisburg attending the Republican Women’s Convention.

Mrs. Raymond Duvall, chairman of the ways and means committee of the Warfordsburg PTA, has announced that $40 was cleared to the PTA’s recent oyster supper.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Everetts of Cito on November 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mellott of Harrisonville on November 12; son to Mr. and Mrs. King Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on November 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rosenberry of Burnt Cabins on November 16.

The office of Gerald T. Lorentz will be closed Saturday while he is taking a course in anesthesia at Hagerstown Hospital under the direction of Dr. Flagg of New York City.

The abandonment of the 55-mile Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad was authorized last week by federal Judge Frederick V. Follmer.

Ross E. Spade has returned to his home at Crystal Spring after attending a five-day rescue course at the State Civil Defense Training Center at Ogontz Center, Pa.

Harold George Bivens and Elizabeth Ellen Morton were married on November 7.

Edward Stephens, proprietor of the Glen-Nell Hotel, has remodelled the former cocktail lounge and dining room of the hotel into a room for teenagers of the community. “Teen Haven,” as the center has been named, opened last Saturday and will be open every night of the week. The former bar is now a refreshment counter and the dining area is now a dance floor, equipped with a 100-play juke box and various pinball machines.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Ruby C. Rhodes to Calvin Souders.

Mrs. Lois Ayers has closed her home at Warfordsburg and has gone to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the winter.

It’s a double feature for Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Plessinger of Warfordsburg. They are the proud parents of twin girls, born at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Deaths: James E. Varnes of Gallitzin, Pa.; Charles Calvin Appleby of St. Thomas; Clarence Adam Bittinger of Shippensville, Clarion County.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 19, 1942


Deaths: Mrs. David E. Little of Mc-

Connellsburg; Andrew Putnam Doran of Burnt Cabins; Martin Luther Smith of Belfast Township; James N. Barnhart of Warfordsburg.

Each of Pennsylvania’s 422 draft boards will be required to call up a “few” married men for the first time since conscription became compulsory in order to meet the December quotas. Only those men whose wives have no children will be involved in the first calls.

A sergeant at New Cumberland thought he was stuttering one day last week when he started roll call at reveille and barked the same surname eight times. A check of his roster, however, revealed that eight members of the Mellott clan of Fulton County had been inducted at the same time. Their ages ranging from 20 to 34, the newly inducted Mellott octet are all related. They are: Charles J., Clyde A., DeKalb H., Fred H., Lloyd, Mearl T., Norman W. and Vaughn H. Norman and DeKalb are brothers and they have a third brother, James, who is a bombardier in the Army Air Force. The other six are cousins of some sort. Mearl and Lloyd are second cousins of Vaughn; Fred is a second cousin of DeKalb, Norman and Charles; DeKalb and Norman are second cousins of Charles, and Clyde is a fourth cousin of DeKalb, Norm and Charles. Confusing? Blame it on Hitler!

Willis John Smith, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith of Warfordsburg, died in Everett Hospital on Monday from injuries received in an automobile accident last Thursday on Route 522, south of Websters Mill. Smith and three companions were travelling toward McConnellsburg. Brought to town by Todd Lynch, all were ordered taken to Everett Hospital by Dr. MacKinlay, where Smith died of a fractured skull, ruptured liver and spleen, lacerations of the left wrist and chest injuries. Others in the car and their injuries were Ruth Weaver of Hancock, lacerations of the lip and scratches about the face and neck; Abner Weaver, 13, cuts above the left eye and bruises about the face; and Leona Zimmerman, 15, Hancock, compound fractured of the right leg and cuts about the face. An only child, Smith is survived by his parents, John L. and Rentha Truax Smith.

During September, only 3.9 percent of Fulton County’s population benefitted from public assistance, compared with the statewide average of 4.5 percent.

The following boys were initiated into the FFA at Hustontown on November 6: Donald Brown, Warren Locke, Leo Rouzer, Marshall Taylor, Curtis Bard, George Brant, Ellis Clippinger, Raymond Deavor, Ralph Edwards Jr., William Fix, Melvin Hann, Kenneth Hershey, David Miller, Vernon Rouzer and Harley Stunkard.

Mrs. Robert A. Hamil spent the past week with her husband, who is taking his basic training at Fort Bragg N.C.

Master Elwood Appleby of Clear Ridge was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Friday night for an emergency appendicitis operation.

Mrs. Emory Youse of Cito is recuperating from an appendectomy at Chambersburg Hospital.

Alcesta Lynch and Robert Cleaver and Margaret Myers and Lloyd Smith were married in a double ceremony at Hagerstown on Nov. 10.

Pvt. Wayne A. Layton is now at Fort Knox, Ky., and Pfc. Carl E. Helman is at Fort Meade, Md.

Death: Mrs. Ross W. Kling of Burnt Cabins.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 17, 1932


A committee from the local Civic Club, composed of Mrs. J.W. Mosser, Mrs. Merrill W. Nace and Mrs. William J. Lower, supervised the planting last week of several hundred iris bulbs flanking the entrance to the local school.

Deaths: Mrs. William Black of McConnellsburg; Ellie Sheetz of Washington, D.C.

Charles M. Hetzel and Erma Louise Barnhart were married on November 6.

Donovan Hamilton and Florence Helsel were married on November 12.

The Greenhill Parent- Teachers Association held its monthly meeting last Thursday evening. The president, Mrs. Arlie Deshong, was in charge.

The State Emergency Relief Board on Tuesday granted Fulton County $386 for local relief work.

H.S. Daniels of town has been confined to his bed by illness since last Saturday.

At the Racket Store: hunting coats, $1.95; hunting pants, 95 cents; caps, 48 cents; flashlights, 39 cents; 60x80 bed blankets, $1.65; roofing paint, 5 gallons for $2.25.

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