2012-11-07 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, was taken around 1972 and pictures Governor Milton Shapp, Mary Hoover and Roy Gordon at a Democratic dinner held at the firehall. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, was taken around 1972 and pictures Governor Milton Shapp, Mary Hoover and Roy Gordon at a Democratic dinner held at the firehall. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 5, 1992


Fulton County voters offered no help to Bill Clinton’s presidential victory, preferring incumbent President George Bush by a margin of about 51 percent to about 32 percent, with independent H. Ross Perot garnering about 17 percent of county votes. County voters did help incumbent Republican Senator Arlen Specter to re-election as he outpolled challenger Lynn Yeakle here by a margin of 2,786 to 1,888.

Nancy Keebaugh Traxler was named the Hustontown Area Fire Co.’s “Fireman of the Year” at the company’s 25th annual banquet October 30 at the firehall in Hustontown. Traxler has been a member of the company for nine years, an emergency medical technician for seven years and a member of the auxiliary for 25 years. She is married to fellow firefighter Larry Traxler. The President’s Award went to Morris Crouse who is vice president of the company.

Work on the new Southern Fulton Elementary School is slightly behind schedule, but the project should be completed around August 1, 1993. Ground was broken for the $7 million plus program November 18, 1991, after the school board had awarded contracts.

A screaming good time was had by all who visited the Jaycees Haunted House over Halloween which many considered the best yet with all its added spine-chilling innovations.

Commander William G. Hine of Harrisonville will be the featured speaker for the Fulton County Veteran’s Day program November 11 at the courthouse.

Hustontown Area Fire Co. has dedicated a memorial and flag display in memory of their fellow firefighters who lost their lives while on work detail May 1, 1990. The company has also constructed a display case inside the firehall. The display shows photos and other memorabilia of the deceased firemen, James F. Chesnut Jr., Richard L. Hershey and Thomas L. Lane.

Ronald Younker and Tina Hendershott were united in marriage March 7 at Pleasant Grove Christian Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Younker Sr., Hancock, and Mr. and Mrs. John Hendershott of Big Cove Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: 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; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on October 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Moats of Warfordsburg on October 29.

Deaths: Arlie Strait, 67, Needmore; A. Preston Gerhart, 100, Mercersburg; Seibert Garlick Jr., 60, Needmore; Thelma Bergstresser, 80, Roaring Spring; Thelma Gardner, 63, Winchester, Va.; M. Helen Kesselring, 70, Chambersburg; Frank Carnell, 88, Warfordsburg.

Marriage licenses: Walter Barmont III, McConnellsburg, and Beth Fleck, Three Springs; Gregory Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Wendy Richards, McConnellsburg.

Kelli Wooldridge and Ray Collins were united in marriage at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Chambersburg, September 26. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wooldridge of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Collins of Meadville and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Collins, Layton, Fla.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 11, 1982


The Pennsylvania Turnpike toll plaza at Fort Littleton is moving.

A new booth and plaza are being built a couple hundred feet south of the current site, and the booth that now stands there is going even farther south, to Washington, D.C. The Fort Littleton plaza has been called “obsolete” and needs to be both replaced and expanded. To accommodate this expansion, the plaza has to be moved south along Route 522. The old toll booth is considered to be a relic, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has claimed it. The booth will make its trip to Washington in the middle of next summer when the new plaza is expected to be ready for operation.

McConnellsburg businessman David “Andy” Washabaugh III recently opened a combination convenience store, gas station and carwash on Lincoln Way West. The new business, “Handy Andys,” will be managed by Mark Clevenger.

Peggy D. Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Black of Waterfall, became the bride of David J. Baum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baum of York, on September 18, at Fairview United Methodist Church.

Specials at the IGA: tangelos, 19 for 98 cents; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, 68 cents; Clorox, 59 cents; Kraft macaroni and cheese, two for 79 cents; grapes, 59 cents lb.; Heinz homestyle gravy, 69 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Politis of Mc- Connellsburg on November 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Canary of Big Cove Tannery on November 2.

Marriage licenses: Jeannette M. Cochran, Waterfall, and Eugene A. Dumer, Baltimore; Lisa Henry, McConnellsburg, and Mark Knepper, Hustontown; Vickie Seville, McConnellsburg, and Gerald Zeger, Harrisonville; Beatrice Tyler, Warfordsburg, and Ronald Keefer, McConnellsburg; Lori Neil, Willow Hill, and Thomas Elmer Jr., Spring Run.

Deaths: John L. Elbin, Warfordsburg; Wilhelmina Mellott, Hustontown; Sheldon Madden, Ormond Beach, Fla.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 23, 1972


David Moses, administrator of Fulton County Medical Center; Fred

Mellott, board president; and Dr. G.T. Lorentz, chief of the medical staff, disclosed at a meeting of representatives of county businesses and civic organizations last Thursday night that there is a very real danger that the Medical Center may be forced to close unless more physicians are brought into this area. Mr. Moses said that the local hospital has been operating at only 45 percent of total capacity, and this situation cannot continue if the hospital is to remain financially healthy.

Pennsylvania’s deer hunters, who have recorded remarkably large deer harvests for a number of years, should again have a really good season in 1972, according to the Game Commission. The regular two-week antlered deer season will open one-half hour before sunrise on November 27 and close at sunset on December 9. The regular statewide antlerless deer season is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, December 11 and 12.

The home of “Buzz” Johnson, east of McConnellsburg, was considerably damaged by fire on Friday when a chimney from a wood and coal heating stove in the living room became overheated.

Coach Jack Frank has announced that Foster Earley has earned a slot on the 1972- 73 York College Spartan freshman basketball team. Foster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Earley of McConnellsburg, is a 6-foot forward on the squad.

Deaths: Earl B. Mellott, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Lulu Lodge, McConnellsburg; Irvin M. Hann, Everett; Roy E. Lowery, Altoona; Robert F. Rhodes, Mercersburg; Jesse R. Flood, Neelyton; Mrs. Larue Barthalow, Harrisonville; Richard R. Hull, Hancock; Tracey Lynn Brumbaugh, Saxton.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Monty R. Burrall of Mc- Connellsburg on November 12.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 10 thru 22 lbs., 39 cents lb.; pumpkin, 25 cents, 1 lb., 13- oz. can; sweet potatoes, 15 cents lb.; Duncan Hines cake mixes, 3 lb. boxes, $1; cranberries, 39 cents lb.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 29, 1962


County, township and borough officials met with Fulton Industrial Development Association members on Monday night to discuss the economic future of Fulton County and, in particular, the best means of providing sewage disposal for the new Sagner building. Funds from the Area Redevelopment Program are available, but the plant, which is in Todd Township, would have to be annexed into the borough before application could be made. Another meeting is planned for December 10.

Sixty-six residents of Pennsylvania who reached their 100th birthday during 1962 have received testimonial plaques from the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Records show three out of four centenarians are females.

Engagement announced: Gayle Partchey, Harrisonville, to Raymond R. Mellott Jr., Needmore.

Marriage licenses issued: Kenneth N. Ray and Bonnie L. Cornelius, both of Mc- Connellsburg, and Clair J. Hollenshead and Joanne R. Koontz, both of Needmore.

Marriage announced: Esther L. Warthin, McConnellsburg, to Robert E. Lee, Hagerstown, on November 10 at Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown.

News of men in service: Pvt. Marlin T. Douglas, 23, of Needmore, has completed an aircraft maintenance course at the Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala. Army Pvt. Willis L. Kerlin, 22, of McConnellsburg, has completed advanced infantry training at Fort Gordon, Ga. A/C-1 William Warthin, McConnellsburg, left this week for an Air Force base in Germany, following a tour of duty in Newfoundland.

In response to a survey, over 500 people say they would be interested in work at the new Sagner factory.

Born to Needmore residents: a son, Dan Thomas, to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Gordon; a son, Charles Webster, to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese.

Postal rates as of January 7 will increase to 6 cents for first class, 8 cents air mail and 4 cents for postcards.

Kenneth Hall, New Enterprise, and Dorothy Brown, Fort Littleton, were married on Thanksgiving evening.

Beginning December 1, The Fulton County National Bank will pay 3 1/2 percent interest on time savings certificates.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Eggleman, Burnt Cabins, on November 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Mellott, Needmore, on November 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Curfman, Three Springs, November 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Spielman, Mercersburg, on November 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hoover, Everett, on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs Donald Long, Hustontown, on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sheffield of Waterfall, on November 24.

Death: Charles W. Yaukey, 47, Chambersburg, brother of Humphrey Yaukey of Mc- Connellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 27, 1952


Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Abercrombie of Pittsburgh will spend Friday with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger of this place, before leaving on Saturday for a month’s vacation in Florida.

William Brewer of upper Ayr Township is listed in critical condition in Chambersburg Hospital.

John and Jim Taylor and Donnie Black of Waterfall and George Taylor of New Grenada drove to Potter County last week for a day of bear hunting.

Rev. Ernest W. Brindle has been elected president of the McConnellsburg Ministerium.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Pittman of McConnellsburg on November 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Morton of Burnt Cabins on November 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. H. Josef Stabler of Mc- Connellsburg on November 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gordon of Mercersburg on November 25.

Recognizing the sanctity of Christmas Day, the Game Commission decided on Saturday that all hunting in the state will be prohibited on December 25.

More births: twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Plessinger of Warfordsburg on November 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Powell of Needmore on November 17.

A massive crowd jammed the local American Legion Home last Wednesday night to hear Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra. A personal touch was added when the Wilson Wheelers of town renewed their acquaintance with the band’s pianist, Andy Wright Jr. Both Wright and the Wheelers grew up in Beaver and were well acquainted before Wright struck out into the music world and Wheeler became a forester.

As of November 22, 318 persons in Fulton County were receiving public assistance.

The seniors of Southern Fulton will present “Hillbilly Wedding” on December 4-5. Taking part will be Benny Truax, Marietta Mellott, Shirley Hanks, Nancy Sheetz, Lois Barton, Gladys Gordon, Goldie Houdersheldt, Sarah Duvall, Jimmy Hollenshead, Merrill Gordon, Gary Dick, Mildred Hill, Clifford Wilt and Jack Ritz.

Death: Mrs. James K. Lynn of Harrisburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Avery Bohrer, former residents of Ridge, W.Va., have purchased the John Truxel farm at Warfordsburg.

Larry Shultz, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Shultz of Warfordsburg, is suffering from blood poisoning, the result of running a nail in his foot.

Mr. and Mrs. William Kirk Sr. of Warfordsburg are minus a barn roof as a result of the wind and rainstorm last Friday.

Deaths: Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Shriever of Hancock; Mrs. Rebecca Margaret Baughman of Chambersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 26, 1942


Deaths: Mrs.

Priscilla Belle

(Keyser) Beatty of Cove Gap; Daniel Amos Fisher of Belfast Township; Andrew McGehee of Chambersburg.

Recent births: a daughter, Jeanine Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Russell of Huntingdon on November 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Martz of Hustontown, last Wednesday; a son to Dr. and Mrs. Lyle Sherwin of Mc- Connellsburg on November 8.

The following county men will enter the service on December 3: John V. Johnson, Norman F. Edwards, Forrest Garland, Harry E. Fix, Robert E. Doyle, Earl S. Alloway, Robert W. Colledge, Arthur L. Strait, Willard C. Mellott, John B. Stenger, Fred R. Sipes, Luther J. Strait, William C. Whetstone, Meade W. Stahle, Thomas W. Morton, Walter R. McElhaney, Clyde M. Craig, Maynard L. Mellott, Paul R. Michael, Emory N. Lanehart, Clyde R. Fletcher, William G. Buterbaugh, Wayne P. Strait, George C. Garland, Leo H. Gordon, Raymond E. Seville, Raymond Ward, Perry H. Seiders, Maurice E. Shaw, George W. Shaw, Robert W. Hann, James E. Keith and Albert Spriggs.

On Monday, Paul S. Shimer moved his barber shop from the Glen-Nel Hotel to the Morton building, just north of The Fulton County National Bank.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger of Hagerstown announce the birth of a daughter on Tuesday evening.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 24, 1932


The Democratic victory parade in

McConnellsburg on Friday evening was a great success, although not as long as the Republican parade held before the election. “He laughs best who laughs last.”

Death: Albert Allen Bollinger of Orbisonia.

Friends of Aunt Ray Sipes gathered at her home at Harrisonville last Wednesday and cut and stored five truckloads of wood for winter’s use. The wood was donated by Homer L. Sipes, and the following helped cut and store it: Wilmer Sipes, Elmer Schooley, DeKalb Metzler, Arlie Deshong, Reuben Mellott, Rev. Chris Haumann, Ross Bard, Loy Hollenshead and Earl Williams.

Mr. and Mrs. McCauley Lynch of town were both injured in an automobile accident in Ohio last week. They were touring the state and ran into a fierce snowstorm. Several trucks were bogged down and one ran into their car as it was attempting to get free.

Bert Colledge of Todd Township was badly injured on Monday when hit by a car driven by Jack Cutchall. Mr. Colledge was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital with a broken leg, dislocated knee cap and a torn tendon.

Blaine Huston and Pauline O. Helman were wed October 31, 1942.

Clair H. Strait and Anita S. Knepper were married on October 20.

Charles Gelbert, star shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, received a leg injury while hunting with friends near Harrisonville last Wednesday. A gun was accidentally discharged, severing a nerve in his leg.

Mrs. Will Hamil of Knobsville received a badly sprained left ankle, bruises of the hands and an injured side when struck by a car driven by Raymond Wible, also of Knobsville, last Friday.

George Deshong of near Andover shot his little toe off last Tuesday morning. He had placed the muzzle of his gun on his boot when it accidentally discharged.

A thief entered the chicken coop of Elmer McCusker of Hancock last week and stole 20 chickens – the entire flock.

John Shives and Iva Flowers were married last Monday.

The stork visited Wells Valley last week and left new sons at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. James Sheeder and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Foster.

Work has begun on the new road from Waterfall to Hustontown, giving work to many of the unemployed in that section.

Thanksgiving specials at the A&P: lard, 2 lbs., 13 cents; butter, 2 lbs., 49 cents; sugar, 25 lbs., $1.15; fruit and nut cakes, 23 cents; coffee, 25 cents a pound.

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