FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of December 3, 1992
People came from all over to the public sale at Pepple’s Auction
Barn on Friday night when word got around that a rare copper horse weather vane was going on the block. The antique went for a high bid of $2,190 to a Franklin County dealer. Col. Jean said that a representative from the Smithsonian Institute came to inspect it before the sale.
Doris Jarrett treated herself to a happy 71st birthday by bagging an 8-point in Belfast Township on the first day of buck season. Jarrett has hunted the elusive antlers for 30 years but this was her first successful year. She has bagged two does previously, but we should add that the does were taken during doe season. Doris is married to retired longtime Fulton game protector Carl Jarrett.
Game commission officials reported three deaths in the state on opening day Monday including one in Franklin County. Gerald Rife, 54 of Greencastle, apparently died from “presumed natural causes” just after shooting a deer in Quincy Township.
McConnellsburg Borough Police with the assistance of Pennsylvania State Police from McConnellsburg are continuing to investigate the November 12 shooting death of Matthew Oakman, 19, Harrisonville. No new details on the investigation are being released by police.
JLG Industries Inc. reported sales for the first quarter ended October 31, 1992, of $25.0 million compared to $25.1 million in the first quarter of the previous fiscal year.
Mayor Max Stenger is up and around following recent major heart surgery at Harrisburg Hospital.
Margaret Clark and Douglas Keebaugh were united in marriage July 18 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Trimmer of Woodsboro, Md. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Keebaugh of McConnellsburg.
Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hoover of Berkeley Springs on November 29.
Deaths David Kerlin, 79, McConnellsburg; Louise Wright, 68, Needmore; David Hamby, 80, Mercersburg; Matthew Smith, 21, Berkeley Springs; Homer Lane, 84, Three Springs; Hollis Henry, 73, Columbia, S.C.; Donald Cover, 36, Wernersville; Jesse Flowers, 89, Hancock.
Marriage licenses: Raymond Plessinger, Warfordsburg, and Beatrice Baltierra, Robstown, Texas; Jeffrey Keefer, Big Cove Tannery, and Karen Gorsuch, Warfordsburg.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 9, 1982
Records for the highest temperatures for this time of the year were broken last week when they hit the low 70s over the weekend. There were lots of golfers taking advantage of the balmy weather at Great Cove, and one group was seen having an outdoor picnic on the patio.
Area residents were shocked last Thursday to hear of the death by choking of Mabel Kendall of North Fourth Street while visiting with her longtime friend, Beulah Rotz, at Rotz Meat Market, north of Mc- Connellsburg. Efforts by people in the store, including the Heimlich maneuver, to dislodge the large piece of meat, which became stuck in her throat, were unsuccessful and though the local ambulance crew, who arrived promptly at the scene, and Dr. R.C. McLucas, who happened to be driving past, rushed to assist, it was too late to save the 78-year-old woman, who suffered from an asthmatic condition. A happier ending resulted at a second choking incident on Monday afternoon when Jane Grissinger choked on a coconut cookie she was eating while doing volunteer work at the Fulton County Library. The librarian, Mildred Henry, was able to use the Heimlich maneuver successfully to help the victim eject the obstruction.
The 2-year-old modular home of the Gary Rouzer family was heavily damaged by fire Saturday, leaving the Rouzers and their four children at least temporarily homeless. The blaze broke out about 11:30 a.m. Saturday when a french fryer overheated and caught fire. The family, assisted by neighbors, got the blaze under control before Needmore firemen arrived, but not before the kitchen was destroyed and heavy smoke had damaged the remainder of the seven-room home and contents.
Specials at the IGA: tangelos, 10 for 98 cents; Tide detergent, $5.99, 171-oz. pkg.; ground beef, $1.17 lb.; chuck roast, $1.59; Viva paper towels, big roll, 79 cents; Lysol spray, $1.39.
Donnie Sipes of McConnellsburg took an 11-point from the woods on Tuesday morning in Fulton County. This is the second trophy Sipes has bagged. The first was a 17- point five years ago.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Boden of Mc- Connellsburg on November 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Liggett of Hancock on November 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Truax of Mercersburg on November 28.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Swain of Needmore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 24.
Deaths: Mabel Kendall, McConnellsburg; Willard R. Plessinger, Colorado.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 21, 1972
Small game hunters and archers will take to the fields and forests for the final time this year when the late small game and bow and arrow seasons open December 26.
Dr. Francis A. BaBione, professor of marketing, Penn State University, said last Thursday that Christmas buying in Pennsylvania points to a “best-ever season for retail merchants.
On December 20, The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. paid a regular dividend of 75 cents per share and an extra dividend of 75 cents per share to the holders of the 20,000 shares of stock outstanding.
Edmund Henry Soter of McConnellsburg and Mitzi Gaye Hull of Big Cove Tannery applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse this week.
S-Sgt. and Mrs. Harvey Berkstresser and family have arrived home from Germany, where they had spent a tour of duty for three years.
Miss Teresa Hendershot and Miss Carolyn Walker, both of McConnellsburg, are members of the Shepherd College Marching Rams Band and performed with the Shepherd College Concert Band for the Christmas music given on campus December 10.
Specials at the A&P: large California navel oranges, 10 for 99 cents; sweet potatoes, 3 cans for $1; tomato juice, 32 cans for $1; porterhouse steaks, $1.69 lb.
Army Pvt. Wayne N. Keefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer of Mercersburg, recently completed eight weeks of basic training at the U.S. Army Training Center, Armor, Fort Knox, Ky.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Palmer of Needmore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.
Deaths: Marshall Hart, Fulton County; Mrs. Flossie Rife, Chambersburg; Deborah Hess, Hancock; Russell Horton, Fayetteville; Harry Miller, Three Springs; Ira Lloyd Harper, Shade Gap; D.F. Overcash, Hagerstown.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Keebaugh of Hustontown on December 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ilyas Altinarda of McConnellsburg on December 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denver R. Seville of McConnellsburg on December 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Souders of Warfordsburg on December 14.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 27, 1962
McConnellsburg revenues increased $7,986 or 30.8 percent to a total of $33,831 for 1961, according to statistics released by the secretary of Internal Affairs, while townships in the county reported an increase of $17,270 or 12.1 percent to make a total of $159,436.
An estimated 30,000 antlerless deer were taken in Pennsylvania during the one-day doe season last Monday, which is double the take in 1961.
The death of Mrs. Mary Hazel Pittman, 37, Suitland, Md., as a result of an auto accident near her home, is reported in this issue. She was the daughter of former borough Chief of Police Mont McCormick.
Engagement announced: Carolyn Amelia Winters, Needmore, to Roger D. Truax, Hancock.
Bobsledding from the top of Tuscarora Mountain down to Allen’s Valley was excellent on Christmas Day – that’s until the arrival of the cinder truck.
Ernest Harris Jr., who is serving with the U.S. Army in Georgia, is home for the holidays.
The deadline for veterans to apply for the World War II bonuses is December 31, 1962. The bonus, maximum payment $500, pays $10 a month for domestic service and $15 for foreign duty from December 7, 1941, to March 2, 1946. The deadline for the Korean bonus is December 31, 1963.
A marriage license has been issued to Leonard Jay Snyder, Neelyton, and Karen M. Mellott, McConnellsburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Colledge of Wells Tannery announce the birth of a baby boy on December 7 at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Eader were honored at a surprise party given by their children and grandchildren last Sunday to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Nonemaker, Mercersburg, on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Berkstresser, McConnellsburg, on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darl Schriever, Hancock, on December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pittman, Mc- Connellsburg, on December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Runk, Hustontown, on December 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Tritle, McConnellsburg, on December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Swope, Harrisonville, on December 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fischer, McConnellsburg, on December 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Churchill, McConnellsburg, on December 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Beegle, Clearville, December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Hill, Washington, D.C., on December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Musser, Six Mile Run, on December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wible, Three Springs, on December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Burger, McConnellsburg, on December 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey King, St. Thomas, on December 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stickle, Waynesboro, on December 17.
Deaths: Mrs. Naomi Jane Benson, Three Springs; Mrs. Sherman Bard, Needmore; Mrs. Norman Hann, Needmore; Leroy Sank, Buck Valley; Mrs. Blanche Fossett, Mount Carroll, Ill., formerly Blanche Houck of McConnellsburg; W. Rush Barmont, Mc- Connellsburg.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 25, 1952
Miss Jeanne Greathead, a thirdgrade teacher at Bryn Mawr, is spending Christmas at her home here.
Forrest Mellott, a student at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., is spending the holidays here.
Danny Grissinger, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger, is a patient in Hagerstown Hospital with rheumatic fever.
Word was received here recently of the death of Mrs. Phoebe Skinner of Simms, Mont.
Dr. and Mrs. R.E. Riggs spent Wednesday in Somerset attending the funeral of his grandfather.
Four columns of the front page of this issue are taken up with the classic Christmas editorial, “Is There A Santa Claus,” written September 21, 1896, by Francis P. Church of the New York Sun’s editorial staff in reply to a little girl’s question to that effect. Down through the years, it has remained a beautiful expression of Christmas sentiment.
Harold Deshong, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Deshong of Harrisonville, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital with gunshot wounds of the face, arms and legs. He was accidentally shot by his older brother on the first day of the bonus hunting season on Monday.
Dr. Russell McLucas of Lemasters, recently discharged form the Army after having served four and one-half years in the Air Corps as a practicing surgeon, will open offices in McConnellsburg in the near future. Dr. McLucas is married and the father of a five-week-old baby.
A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray in McConnellsburg on December 19 in honor of the ninth birthday of their daughter, Judy.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne C. Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde J. Reasner of McConnellsburg on December 14.
Some of the college students in the Warfordsburg area who are home for the holiday are Joanne Charlton, Clem Smith Jr., Larry Golden and Eileen and George Elbin.
Death: Mrs. Miriam Mellott of Hustontown.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 24, 1942
President Roosevelt has approved an act of Congress authorizing the substitution of other materials for strategic metals used in minor coins. The measure also authorizes the secretary of the treasury to prescribe regulations for new pennies and 3-cent pennies.
Death: Harry J. Crist of Warfordsburg.
Ralph Martin, son of Mrs. Mary Martin of upper Ayr Township, was operated on for appendicitis at Chambersburg Hospital last Thursday.
Twenty-two of the 39 men who went to Altoona last Friday for their physical exams successfully passed the test and will enter the armed forces on January 1. One of the draftees, William J. Harris, waived his twoweek furlough and went directly from Altoona to New Cumberland. Two of the draftees are colored men, Robert L. Spriggs and J. Leroy Mosten, and will report to Fort Meade, while the following will go to New Cumberland: Robert S. Bratton, Elmer A. Deshong, Homer A. Stone, Claude L. Ward, Denver Oakman, Wallace L. North, Edgar C. Downin, Scott C. Bishop, Charles A. Watters, Lemar S. Kline, Victor W. Landers, Fred N. Hill, Eugene W. Strait, Ralph P. Weller, Edward Barnhart, William W. Orth, Gerald R. McElhaney, Allen M. Booth, Willard M. Wible, Marvin C. Snyder, Thomas W. Truax and Donald F. Sprowl.
Lt. C. Owen Fries, U.S. Navy Reserve, former principal of the McConnellsburg High School, has been transferred from Tucson, Ariz., to Hollywood, Fla.
The service flag for Fulton County, donated by John M. Spangler, and the flag of the county, donated by the county commissioners, both for use in the courthouse square, will be dedicated on January 2. The principal address will be given by Hon. W.C. Sheely.
Mrs. Janet Fore has been appointed as county auditor to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mrs. Retha Glazier
Death: Monroe Binkley of Reading.
Pvt. Frank Kirchner is now stationed at Middletown.
Lee Mellott, son of John Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg, fell from a truckload of wood in McConnellsburg on Tuesday and received a possible skull fracture. He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital.
Whishard Deck of McConnellsburg fell on the ice on Wednesday morning, breaking one of her legs. She is now a patient in Everett Hospital.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 22, 1932
Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, after practicing medicine in Altoona for two years, has settled in McConnellsburg to continue his profession.
Norman Watkins of New Grenada was taken to Lewistown Hospital last week and operated on for appendicitis.
Successful deer hunters in the New Grenada section included Clair Shafer, Robert Lockard, William Edward, George Newman, Matt Bergstresser and Ellis Newman.
Congressman J. Banks Kurtz of Altoona has introduced a bill in Congress asking for the return of 2-cent postage instead of the 3 cents now being collected.
H.U. Nace advertises men’s suits and coats for Christmas at $9.
Raymond C. Eyler and Marie Pittman were married November 24.
The young people of the UP Church gave a shower last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Mellott of Cito in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kendall, Mr. and Mrs. Clair Decker and Mr. and Mrs. Harry McQuade.
Mrs. Blaine Mellott of Sipes Mill was taken to Chambersburg Hospital early this week.
John Hamil of Hubbard, Ohio, a brotherin law of Mrs. Katie Nelson of this place, is critically ill as the result of a paralytic stroke.
Dr. Paul K. Evans left here on Wednesday for Hershey where he will practice dentistry. Mrs. Evans and daughter Jane will go there on Friday.
Deaths: William H. Cunningham of Enid; Miss Mary Rebecca J. Cook of State College; Roy C. Shafer of Port Royal; Mrs. Horace M. Griffith of Wells Valley; Mrs. W. Amos Huston of Huntingdon; Mrs. Lorena M. Lynn of Latta Grove; Susannah Richardson of Aitch; Mrs. F.L. Wertz of Chambersburg; Margaret Myrtle Ramsey of Knobsville.
Mrs. Grace Mock of this place will leave for Wilmington to spend Christmas and part of the winter with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robin Lindsay.
Mr. and Mrs. Riley Deshong and son Jimmie, of near Needmore, were hunting Santa Claus in town on Monday.
R.G. Alexander motored to State College on Saturday and was accompanied home by his son, Frank, a first-year student at Penn State.
Dr. Edgar S. Krug attended the regular monthly meeting of the Franklin County Medical Center, held in Chambersburg Hospital on Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Keith of Hustontown are the proud parents of a 10-pound baby boy who arrived at their home on December 15. The young lad has been named Marlin Franklin.
Raymond Gracey of New Grenada killed a nice deer on Thursday.
The stork left a new daughter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alloway of New Grenada last Monday.
Henry Rowe has moved from his old homestead in Wells Valley to the tenant house on the Frank Stevens property in New Grenada.
Mrs. Ida Johnson of Thompson Township fell on the ice last Wednesday and injured her hip and back so badly she has been unable to walk.
Quite a few of Wallace and Allen Simpson’s friends gathered at their home in Thompson Township on Thursday evening to give them a surprise party. The Simpson boys have re-enlisted, so will be gone for three more years.
At the A&P: sugar, 25 pounds for $1.15; lard, 2 pounds for 11 cents; gelatin, 5 cents; cigarettes, $1.29 per carton; coffee, 3 pounds for 55 cents; almonds, 17 cents per pound; cream cheese, 19 cents per pound; sweet potatoes, 5 pounds for 15 cents.
At Harry M. Johnston’s: men’s bathrobes, $1.59; fitted suitcases, 98 cents; men’s boots, $1.98; ladies’ pumps, $1.98; men’s dress caps, 25 cents.