2012-11-14 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by LaRue Waters Davis was taken in 1956 and pictures Larue and Sheldon Waters holding twin sons, left, Rodney Dean, and right, Randy Eugene. The twins were born May 8, 1956. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by LaRue Waters Davis was taken in 1956 and pictures Larue and Sheldon Waters holding twin sons, left, Rodney Dean, and right, Randy Eugene. The twins were born May 8, 1956. 20 Years Ago


At one time in the recent past the

Food Lion supermarket chain was, along with Wal-Mart, looking to establish an outlet here, but the deal fell through. The Belgium-controlled company is now under investigation by the federal government for violation of child labor laws.

A used motor oil recycling program has been formally organized in Fulton County by county recycling cordinator Deanne Baker. Baker said that eight area service stations or car dealers have agreed to act as used oil collection sites under the program. Do-it-yourself oil changers in Pennsylvania dispose of 11 million gallons of used oil each year. If every Pennsylvanian who changed his or her oil recycled it, we could save more than half-a-million barrels each year, reducing the need to import foreign oil.

State Public Welfare Secretary Karen Snider has announced grants totalling $3.6 million to counties to provide drug and alcohol services for child welfare agency clients. Fulton County received $3,150.

A Needmore teenager appears in the November issue of Boys’ Life magazine in an article about a caving experience. Mike Leese, a sophomore at Southern Fulton, appears in an article entitled “Get Down, Get Dirty.” Leese, along with seven other Scouts and their leaders from the Mason- Dixon Council, explored Norman’s Cave in West Virginia back n March. Leese, 15, is a Life Scout with Needmore Troop 45. He is the son of Ricky and Marjorie Leese of Needmore.

The convenience store on Route 16 which has been a High’s, a Mr. Food, Getty, Uni-Mart, etc., closed unannounced last week and has now been boarded up and no further plans for the store have been made public. The Uni-Mart store was sold in late September to a New Jersey man to be operated as a Union Mart. The store operated for less than two weeks before closing down.

Mendy Sowers and Eric Mellott were united in marriage October 3 at Siloam United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sowers Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mellott.

Deaths: Michael Rajtik Jr., 72, Mc- Connellsburg; Daisy Shillingburg, 93, Mc- Connellsburg; Pansy Snyder, 88, Hancock; Robert Henry, 66, Shade Gap; Merle Unger Sr., 71, Mercersburg; Edith McMillin, 82, Bedford; Wilson Wheeler, 74, Ebensburg; Walter Ervin, 79, Three Springs; Harold Black, 70, McConnellsburg.

Bertha Laidig, formerly of Knobsville and now of Leader Nursing Home, Chambersburg, celebrated her 99th birthday October 6.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sheeder of Warfordsburg on October 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Divelbliss of Warfordsburg on November 5.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 18, 1982


The faculty and student body of

Forbes Road Elementary School turned out along Route 522 Tuesday morning to watch the moving of the former Parsons’ residence from its original site near the Fort Littleton Turnpike interchange to a location along Sinoquipe Road, just off Route 522. The brick, two-story home was recently purchased from the PA Turnpike Commission by Cecil Fraker of Fort Littleton in a public bidding process, along with the former Toll House Restaurant, Parsons’ Exxon and an old motel building. Fraker is having the other three buildings demolished.

Area rock artist Brad Divens is in Miami Beach, Fla., for a recording session as the lead guitarist for “The Kix,” who are making a new album.

A New Jersey man was extradited to Fulton County and then jailed in connection with a decptive meat-selling scheme that occurred at McConnellsburg construction company nearly a year ago. Police said the incident allegedly occurred December 2, 1981, when the man entered Palmer Construction Co. and convinced the secretary that the firm’s owner had ordered meat from him, for which she then issued a check for $960. Afer the suspect left, the secretary learned that no such order had been placed.

Rev. Dr. David Hoover and his wife, Mary, were honored Sunday at a retirement dinner at the McConnellsburg Firehall. The Hoovers were treated to a “This Is Your Life” presentation, with family members and people from the past recalling special memories as well as gifts and accolades. More than 400 people attended the banquet. Dr. Hoover will be retiring after 38 years of service in Fulton County.

Specials at the IGA: tangerines, 89 cents a dozen; cranberries, 79 cents; cauliflower, $1.39; noodles, 59 cents; turkeys, 69 cents a pound.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bishop of Warfordsburg on November 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Arcq of Robertsdale on November 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shafer of Three Springs on November 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kelso of St. Thomas on November 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Swope of Needmore on November 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Creek of Hancock on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester McCusker of Warfordsburg on November 11.

Deaths: Donald Shives, Canton, Ohio; Hazel Bowers, Warfordsburg; Ernest Morris, Hancock; Alfred Baker, Columbus, Ohio; Carl Garland, Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From the Files Of November 30, 1972


A small plane, missing since June

18, and the bodies of its three passengers were found by a hunter on Monday afternoon on the side of a mountain north of Chambersburg. The wreckage was found on Timmns Mountain, north of Roxbury. The victims were from the Baltimore area. It disappeared on a flight from Detroit, Mich., to Fort Meade, Md.

The nation’s death toll for the four-day Thanksgiving holiday was listed at 638.

In a “spare the rod and spoil the child” case, the Supreme Court last week refused to hear arguments that paddling public school students without parental permission is unconstitutional. Teachers, however, may paddle a student only upon receiving written approval of the parents and in the presence of an adult witness.

Miss Judy Ann Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Mellott of McConnellsburg, recently graduated from United Air Lines’ training center near Chicago and has been assigned to the company’s stewardess base at Washington, D.C.

Some of the men of the Hustontown area who enjoyed a bear hunting trip were Ralph Mellott, Roger House, Kenneth Everts, LeRoy Mellott of Mercersburg and Joseph Ross of Saltillo.

Wedding bells chimed November 4 for Patti J. Pittman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pittman of McConnellsburg, and Duane L. Ramsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Ramsey, also of McConnellsburg, in the United Methodist Church, McConnellsburg.

Walter Schriever, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levearl A. Schriever of Warfordsburg, recently returned to Fulton County after two years’ service with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California’s North Mission.

Deaths: Charles B. Taylor, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, Warfordsburg; Samuel Skvarka, Robertsdale; Mrs. David G. Shives, Harrisonville; Mrs. Elva Hawbaker, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John A. Kendall of Mc- Connellsburg on November 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Bivens of Mercersburg on November 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denton Everts of McConnellsburg on November 21.

Susan M. Sipes and Kirk M. Blenard were wed in holy matrimony on November 18 at the Church of the Nazarene in Hagerstown. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Grace Sipes of Needmore and Fred Sipes of Falls Church, Va. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blenard of Hagerstown.

Specials at the IGA; pork chops, 99 cents/lb.; Campbell’s tomato soup, 10 cents a can; Oxydol detergent, 75 cents; Swanson’s frozen TV dinners, 49 cents.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 6, 1962


McLaughlin’s Drug Store and the

Rexall Drug Store were broken into Sunday night and about $300 in cash was stolen.

D.A. “Andy” Washabaugh was re-elected president of the Fulton Industial Development Association Inc. at the annual meeting on November 3.

Relatives of Miss Rhoda Kendall held a surprise party on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

The regular meeting of Borough Council on Monday night was of short duration. The fact that Monday was the first day of buck season may have had some bearing on the matter. At the meeting relief policeman Luther Sixeas was given a pay increase to $70 a week, for full-time duty and $1.50 an hour for relief-duty work. Advertising for a new 1963 model car for police use was ordered.

Engagement annoucned: Ann DeShong, McConnellsburg, to Robert E. Morgan, Camp Hill.

Capt. Harold Knepper, a jet pilot with the U.S. Air Force, at Portland, Ore., is spending a four-week furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knepper.

Local firemen have donated, erected and decorated a big Christmas tree for the courthouse square, as they have for many years, and three more strands of lights for the downtown area have been purchased with donations from local businesses.

The marriage on October 20 of Denise Ruth Hamrick of Shelby, N.C., to Harold Eugene Ritz of Buck Valley is announced. Also Linda I. Barnett, Hustontown, to Phillip Fix, McConnellsburg, on October 15.

News of men in service: Airman Second Class Ronald L. Vance, McConnellsburg, has been selected as Outstanding Airman of the Month of the 101st Radar Squadron at Fort Fisher Air Force Base in North Carolina. Staff Sgt. Ernest W. Brown of Harrisonville is among Air Force personnel deployed in southeastern United States for combat-ready alert in support of President Kennedy’s actions in the Cuban missile crisis. Raymond R. Mellott of Needmore has graduated form the Aviation Electronics Technican School at the Naval Air Training Center at Memphis, Tenn. Harold Glenn Clouser of McConnellsburg was discharged from the U.S. Army on November 2, after two years service including a tour of duty in Korea. Frank Plessinger of Needmore is now taking training with the National Guard at Fort Knox, Ky.

The Decker Nursing Home is operating at 100 percent capacity with 23 guests being taken care of.

Johnny Winter of Warfordsburg will undergo surgery at Chambersburg Hospital, having suffered burns on one side of his body.

Mrs. Rose Mary Moseby of Wells Tannery, who has been working for several months at the United States Consulate in Saw Paulo, Brazil, has been transferred to Washington, D.C.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul VanPelt, Everett, on November 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Akers, Williamson, on November 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hawkins, Hustontown, on December 1.

Deaths: Luther K. Lynch, Berkeley Springs, born in Fulton County; Mrs. Olive R. Anderson, Springfield Township, Huntingdon County, born in Maddensville; Mrs. Mary E. Swisher, Hopewell; Clarence Deshong, Utica, N.Y., born in Needmore; Mrs. J. Ambrose Welsh, Waynesboro, mother of Harold C. Welsh of McConnellsburg; Mrs. David R. Showalter, Fayetteville; Mrs. Samuel S. Mellott, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mildred Fogal, Needmore; Frank S. Mort, Three Springs, born at Clear Ridge; Lawrence R. Gress, New Brunswick, N.J., born in McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 4, 1952


Walter Major of Cleveland, Ohio, business manager of the Blue Barron Orchestra, spent the first three days of buck season in Fulton County as a guest of Max Stenger, steward at the local American Legion home.

Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Spangler of Camp Hill spent the Thanksgiving weekend with his mother, Mrs. C.R. Spangler.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax of Cito on November


At the election meeting of the Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co. on Tuesday evening, Roy Gordon and Max Stenger, both of Mc- Connellsburg, were elected to head the organization in 1953.

Mrs. George Crouse and her pupils at the Knobsville School are using art to enrich their social studies through a novel experiment being conducted by a student of the Pennsylvania State College. Through the project, art, English and social studies are being integrated, giving the children a more meaningful learning experience. The novel experiment is being conducted by Lockhart, graduate assistant at Penn State. Three photos showing the children’s work accompany the story. Pictured in the photo are Helen and Audie Bathalow, Jeannette Llister, Gene Kerlin, Predita Shaw and Barbara Shore.

Within the next few days, the local Lions Club will be reelected a large bulletin board along the sidewalk near the post office, on the site donated by The First National Bank.

Mrs. Emma Ford of Hopewell observed her 85th birthday on November 30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Bollinger, Altoona, where he has been residing.

Three young men will report to Pittsburgh on December 8 for induction into the armed forces. They are Lee Meyers of Needmore; Robert Kerlin of Hustontown; and John Batdorff of McConnellsburg.

Ulysses Simpson Stone, 59, Hagerstown, was killed at Letterkenny Ordinance Depot last Thursday when he was run over by a truck. A native of Big Cove Tannery, he had been employed at the depot since December 1950.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Winter of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a son, Daniel Emerson Winter Jr., on November 21, 1952.

Mrs. Miriam Mellott has returned to her home at Hustontown after being hospitalized at the Medical Center with a broken shoulder.

Freddie Barber and Lorraine Webb were married recently.

Deaths: Mrs. Nettie B. Mickey of Chambersburg; Lloyd Mellott of Johnstown; Mrs. Orlena (Madden) Miller of Altoona; Mrs. Mararet McKibbin Linn of Harrisburg; Jefferson C. Mellott of Needmore; Mrs. Elizabeth Kirk Bare of Lancaster; Mrs. Bertha Mellott Cox of Cumberland.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 3, 1942

’42 ’42

Two persons received slight injuries

Sunday morning near Richmond Furnace when the car of George Mellinger of Greencastle sidewiped the car of Harold Carlin of Burnt Cabins, causing it to run off the road and hit a tree. Mrs. Martha Carlin received bruises of the forehead and left ankle and Pauline A. Carlin, 2-year-old daughter of the couple, sustained a laceration of the right side of the head.

Deaths: Rebecca Jane (Morton) Wilson of Big Cove Tannery; Albert Cloyd Gress of McConnellsburg.

Among the lucky deer hunters the first two days of the season were Amos Shaw, Gene Kelso, Varian Hoover and William Lane of Hustontown; Claude Sharpe, Howard Fix and Samuel Hess of Harrisonville; Harry Sheffield of Fort Littleton; Max Stenger, Merle Stenger, H.B. Mellott, Merrill Souders and Don Headley of Mc- Connellsburg; Harry Knepper of Knobsville; and Bucky Everhart.

The Damascus Church gave a fine donation to its pastor and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. T.P. Garland, on Thanksgiving Day, consisting of dollar bills, groceries, etc.

Patricia Ayleen Lynch is the name given to the little daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lynch of McVeytown on November 25.

Harry Knepper of Knobsville, while hunting in the New Grenada section on Tuesday, killed an all-white deer. Weighing 125 pounds, the buck had an 8-point rack.

Mrs. Leo Fields has returned to her home here after undergoing an operation in Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia.

Clarence Appleby of Clear Ridge was badly burned in an explosion last Monday. No details are given.

Miss Betty Gracey and Miss Maxine Heeter of New Grenada have secured employment in Hagerstown.

Pvt. Fred Barnhart and Emma Cathryn Spade were married last week.

John W. Cline, A.S., is now stationed at Treasure Island, Calif., and Pvt. Harry Cormer Jr. is at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The Fort Littleton School has a 100 percent enrollment in the junior Red Cross.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 1, 1932


Deaths: Albert

Smith Stevens of

Ames, Iowa; Rhoda F. Myers of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Simon Ficks of Hustontown.

A travelling salesman, Louis Dinsby of Pittsburgh, reported to local state police that he was held up and robbed by two men near the Long View Lodge on Sunday. Dinsby said the men forced his car off the road and, at the point of pistols, relieved him of a $2,300 stickpin and $20 in cash. The officers are still looking for the holdup men.

Residents of Dry Run were startled last week when a pet deer owned by Clyde Crouse, owner of the Dry Run Hotel, broke from captivity and ran amuck through the streets of the town. The deer was finally returned to its pen after being lassoed by a band of volunteers. Raised from infancy and now six years old, this widely known animal sports a 12-point rack.

Quick response by volunteer firemen averted a serious fire on Thanksgiving Day when it was discovered that the A.D. Hohman slaughterhouse in McConnellsburg was ablaze. Believed to have started from a defective flue, the fire caused minimum damage.

George Hamil and Maudelayne Souders were married November 23.

Elmer Hendershot and Helen C. Swanger were married last week.

Samuel W. Irwin and Helen L. Bletzacker were wed November 12.

Leo C. Murphy and Dorothy Locke were married November 24.

Rev. Frank D. Findlay, D.D., newly called pastor of the United Presyterian Church, will begin his duties here December 4.

Mrs. Lena McNeal, youngest daughter of Riley Berkstresser of near Waterfall, was killed last Wednesday evening when she suffered a broken neck in a triple automobile accident near Johnstown. She was en route to Waterfall to spend the holiday with her father and family.

Ellis Lynch, hardware salesman and part owner of The Fulton Democrat, received a broken arm while cranking his car on Monday evening.

“Henry Tells The Truth,” the play by the McConnellsburg seniors, was presented before a capacity crowd in the Fulton Theatre on November 24.

An out-of-state couple escaped uninjured last Friday evening when a deer crashed into their car near the brick house, east of town, causing their car to leave the road and turn over three times. The deer was killed and game protector Fred Fisher had the animal dressed by Grissinger and Morton, and the venison was distributed by the Red Cross.

Charles Earley of Wells Tannery was a McConnellsburg visitor on Friday. Seeming unusually happy, questioning brought out the fact that he had become a grandfather for the first time on November 15 when a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Earley. The new grandchild has been named Kenneth Paul.

D.L. Hohman, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, spent Thanksgiving with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Hohman.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Stevens and Miss Mary Trout motored to Harrisburg on Thanksgiving where they were dinner guests of Mrs. Virginia Beidleman.

Mrs. Fred Romig of Wells Tannery is a patient in the Huntingdon Hospital.

A birthday supper was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wash Glunt on Friday in honor of the eighth birthday of Billie Oakman Glunt.

Ida Everts was hostess at a party on Saturday in celebration of her 12th birthday.

Mrs. Margaret E. Golden was guest of honor at a party on Saturday to celebrate her 69th birthday.

Miss Ruth Hixson of Brush Creek has been seriously ill the past week with pneumonia.

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