2012-12-12 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Moynelle and Calvin Peck of Hancock, formerly of Warfordsburg, pictures the Singing Ambassadors, a country gospel music group that performed in Fulton County and surrounding areas, and was taken circa 1974. Pictured, left to right: Marie Shaw, Moynelle Peck, Vicki Shaw; back row: Stanley Shaw, Calvin Peck, Donnie McCusker. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Moynelle and Calvin Peck of Hancock, formerly of Warfordsburg, pictures the Singing Ambassadors, a country gospel music group that performed in Fulton County and surrounding areas, and was taken circa 1974. Pictured, left to right: Marie Shaw, Moynelle Peck, Vicki Shaw; back row: Stanley Shaw, Calvin Peck, Donnie McCusker. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 10, 1992


Buck hunters in Fulton County experienced “a fantastic kill for

Monday and Tuesday,” as buck season opened Monday, November 30. Game Warden Mark Crowder estimated the kill at 450 on the first day and at 300 on the second day.

One business has opened and another will open this Saturday at the Country Corner Plaza in McConnellsburg. Best Way Pizza opened December 4 and offers pizzas, hot and cold subs, stromboli, etc. Olde Tyme Cleaners will open December 12 and is owned by Janet Henry of Hustontown.

Forbes Road School Board re-elected Lynn Knepper as board president at the board’s annual reorganizational meeting December 2.

Southern Fulton School Board re-elected Neill Miller to a fourth-consecutive oneyear term as board president at the annual reorganizational meeting December 2.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday gave tentative approval to a proposed 1993 county budget of $2,851,850 which calls for no increase in taxes.

Volunteers who ring the bell for the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive were surprised to find on Monday morning that the chain which holds the kettle was stolen sometime over the weekend by someone apparently lacking in true Christmas spirit. Sister Margie and all the volunteers who ring the bell at the BiLo so that we may help our fellow man all year deserve better than such nonsense as this.

Jeff Shearer was named “Rookie Of The Year” at Hagerstown Speedway’s annual banquet Saturday night.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Keefer of Hancock on December 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chester King of Chambersburg on December 5.

Deaths: Kathryn Divens, 87, Mc- Connellsburg; Robert Ott, 74, McConnellsburg; Lilah Beidel, 87, Shippensburg; Sheldon Flasher, 82, Three Springs; J. Blanche DeShong, 87, Harrisonville; Norman Edwards, 82, Martinsburg; David Hann, 70, Warfordsburg.

Deonna Carbaugh and Jeffrey Carmack were united in marriage September 19 at Meadow Grounds Lake, McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Carbaugh of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Carmack of Hustontown.

Andrew Park Jr., Orbisonia, and Kara O’Neal, Roaring Spring, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 16, 1982


To date, Joseph Strait of Harrisonville, who is 78, is the person who can claim to be the oldest World War II veteran in Fulton County. Mr. Strait says he was drafted in October 1942 at the age of 38 and honorably discharged from the Army Engineers at Camp Meade, Md., in 1943.

A Bedford-based machine shop specializing in material handling equipment for the military has expanded into the former Mellott Motor Sales, McConnellsburg building and plans to establish a new larger operation in Fulton County within six months.

Harry Hawkins of Hustontown, who was shot in the abdomen the first day of buck season by an, as yet, unidentified hunter, underwent further surgery last Tuesday for the removal of his spleen.

Despite good hunting weather and 400 more doe licenses in Fulton County than last season, the kill as of 2 p.m. Tuesday was down approximately 10 percent compared with the same period last year.

Specials at the IGA; bananas, 4 for $1; turkeys, 55 cents a pound; sugar, 79 cents, 2-lb. bag; Kraft cream cheese, 79 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson Jr., Greencastle, on December 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hull of Hancock on December 10.

Deaths: Carl Pittman, Needmore; Mrs. Evelyn Cunningham, Salem, Ohio; Blanche Barmont, St. Thomas; Fred Houck, Robertsdale.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 28, 1972


Miss Ada Adams, daughter of Mrs.

Dolly Adams of McConnellsburg, is a member of the Madrigal Singers of Shippensburg State College who are making a concert tour of Southern cities this week.

Sgt. Richard L. Kelso, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm E. Kelso of McConnellsburg, recently helped launch a U.S. Air Force Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan M. Wright of Waterfall was celebrated the afternoon of December 17.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gale Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on December 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Curfman Jr., Three Springs, on December 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daryl L. Scott of Harrisonville on December 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Seville of Mercersburg on December 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams of Orbisonia on December 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar R. Horton of Three Springs on December 22.

Marriage licenses: Barry Mellott of Needmore and Sharon Clark of Hancock; C. Richard Mosemann Jr. of Warfordsburg and Linda Russell of Landisburg, Pa.; Phillip Lane of Three Springs and Leah Stains of Fort Littleton; Craig Cutchall of Hustontown and Barbara Black of Waterfall.

Engagement announced: Mr. and Mrs. Bernard P. Barnhart of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lois, to Dale R. Deneen, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Deneen of Chambersburg.

Marine Sgt. Roger L. Hensley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hill of Hancock, received the Good Conduct Medal first award aboard the aircraft carrier USS America in the Western Pacific.

Specials at the IGA: sauerkraut, 2-lb. bag, 35 cents; pork loins, 89 cents lb.; liquid Wisk, 69 cents, quart container; IGA potato chips, 49 cents; Campbell’s tomato soup, 10 cents a can.

Airman Harold B. Garlock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Garlock of McConnellsburg, has graduated at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., from the U.S. Air Force jet engineer mechanic course conducted by the Air Training Command.

Deaths: Don Chesnut, former sheriff of McConnellsburg; Theo Keefer, Big Cove Tannery; Brint Hess, Fayetteville.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 3, 1963


The barn on the Cletus Hann farm at the foot of Sideling Hill Mountain was completely destroyed by fire last Wednesday night. Two collie dogs housed in the barn perished in the fire and a quantity of hay and farm machinery destroyed. Icy roads delayed the arrival of fire units.

On Sunday night firemen extinguished a fire at the Jim Culler home from an overheated open fireplace, which damaged wood in the partitions between the hall and kitchen and basement.

The new 5-cent stamp for letters goes into effect on January 7.

Cheryl Ann Gibble, Shade Gap, was born on January 1, the first baby born at the Medical Center in the new year.

Floyd Peck of Attica, and formerly of Fulton County, has been installed as deputy grand master of the 16th Ohio Masonic District. He is the brother of Mrs. Jeannette Gordon and Howard Peck of Mc- Connellsburg.

Roger E. Miller of Hustontown suffered severe head injuries when the car he was driving hit a bridge abutment on Route 76 then bounced across the highway and over a guard fence, coming to rest on its top. Miller was thrown onto the road. A car driven by John D. Fields of Clear Ridge stopped to avoid hitting the unconscious youth, and his car in turn was hit by one driven by Jim M. Mellott of Harrisonville.

There were no fatal accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike over the holidays despite snow, freezing rain and high winds.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tadesco, Lubrock, Texas, on December 16. Mrs. Tedesco is the former Shirley Taylor of McConnellsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bard of Mars, Pa., formerly of McConnellsburg, on December 15.

Miss Beulah Johnston, who has lived with her sister, Dr. Jean Johnston, in London for the past several years, returned to her home last Sunday.

Mrs. Esther Kerlin of Knobsville suffered a heart attack last Saturday.

Miss Grace Wagner thanks the people of Knobsville who purchased a television set for her for Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Mannign of Warfordsburg had 42 guests for Christmas dinner – their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Morningstar on December 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Chamberlain, Robertsdale, on December 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Martin, Dry Run, on December 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hedge, Orrstown, on December 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Kuykendall, McConnellsburg, on December 30.

Robert Albert Barnhart, Warfordsburg, was discharged from the armed forces at Fort Polk, La., on December 24.

Deaths: H. Frank Bratton, McConnellsburg; Mrs. James V. Carlin, Richmond Furnace, mother of Mrs. Kenneth Shaw of Burnt Cabins.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 1, 1953


A one-car accident brought grief to five families when two youths were killed and three seriously injured at 12:30 a.m. on December 25. The tragic holiday crash occurred on the Breezy Point Road, about one and a half miles west of Knobsville, when the car ran head on into a tree along the narrow country road. Killed instantly were Samuel E. Seville, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Seville of Fort Loudon, and Freddy R. McCoy, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCoy of Fort Littleton. Injured were Lewis F. Bowden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bowden of Fort Littleton, severe head injury with possible brain damage, compound fracture of the right thigh, compound fracture of the left ankle and lacerations of the right leg, face and scalp; Guy E. Johnson, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Johnson of Shade Gap, internal injuries and multiple rib fractures; and Carl Sheffield, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sheffield of Fort Littleton, fractured left arm, lacerations of the face and multiple bruises of the body. McCoy was an electrician and Seville a laborer at L.B. Smith Ordinance Plan.

Charlie Croft, a recent patient in Chambersburg Hospital, was discharged in time to spend Christmas at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Lake of town celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary December 25.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kendall of McConnellsburg on December 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Pool Jr. of Burnt Cabins on December 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald McQuade of McConnellsburg on December 28.

Rep.-elect Merril W. Kerlin will take office in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 6. This will be his first term in the lawmaking body.

Lynn Stanley Bard and Mary Elizabeth Knauff were married December 24.

Mrs. Susan Steach of McConnellsburg will observe her 86th birthday next Tuesday.

Franklin E. Lynch, radioman first class, USN, is now serving aboard the fleet tug USS Luiseno with the U.S. Second Feet.

Woodrow Malot, who is employed in New York state, is spending the holidays with his family at Hustontown.

Alice C. Harper of Neelyton spent Christmas in the Trite-Henry home at Center.

It’s a girl for Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Crawford of Amaranth, born last Saturday at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

The new arrival at the Benard Barnhart home at Needmore has been named Lois Margaret.

The biggest bargain we have seen for years is Uncle Davey’s 10-cent box of cornflakes at Needmore.

Pvt. Wm. Roland Henry of Clear Ridge arrived home from Korea last Friday evening.

Deaths: George C. Sipes of McConnellsburg; George E. Williams of Knobsville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 31, 1942


The December meeting of the War-

Nee-Do Club was held at the home of Mrs. Logue Wink in Needmore when the members filled 40 baskets to be distributed to the sick and aged of the community at Christmas.

Death: Mrs. Maggie B. Small Wilkinson of Fayetteville.

A service flag was dedicated at the Sideling Hill Christian Church on Sunday. The flag contains 35 blue stars representing the boys of the church now in the service of their country.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wermick of Mc- Connellsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Linda Jane, on December 19 at Everett Hospital.

A letter received by Mrs. Reed Wible of Murrysville states that her brother, Staff Sgt. Alvin Taylor, is “safe with the Army Air Corps somewhere in the Pacific War Zone.” Sgt. Taylor is a son of Mrs. Sarah Taylor of McConnellsburg.

More than 100 couples enjoyed the dance in the high school auditorium on Monday night, sponsored by the War Morale Dance Club.

Harry M. Johnston, local merchant, received a cablegram on Christmas Day from his sister, Dr. Jean Johnston of London, England, in which she sent greetings from two Fulton County boys who were spending Christmas with her. The cablegrams imply the last names of the boys but is supposed that the two were Clarence Winegardner and Robert Lynch of McConnellsburg.

Pennsylvania’s three former living governors – John K. Tenor, Gifford Pinchot and George H. Earle – have been invited to the inauguration of Gov.-elect Edward Martin on January 19.

Virginia Fields, Betty Lea Washabaugh and Irma Louise Johnson, all students at Thompson’s Business College in York, are spending this week at their homes here.

Miss Betty Helman, a student nurse at Altoona General Hospital, spent the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Helman.

Mrs. Jennie Wible spent the holidays with her son, Pvt. Finlay Wible, at Langley Field, Va.

John Culler, suffering from a back injury, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday.

Ira Bechtel of Websters Mill is seriously ill in Chambersburg Hospital where he is under the care of Dr. Seaton.

Fuel oil shortages and plenty of stove wood are creating a strong demand for wood-burning stoves this year.

C.E. Parker of Painesville, Ohio, lost his black collie puppy and phoned a newspaper to place a lost advertisement. The girl at the classified desk started to take down the dog’s description, then suddenly flushed in anger. she snapped: “You needn’t swear about it.” Patiently, Mr. Parker spelled out his pet’s name: “Dammit.”

A turkey dinner was served on Christmas Day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Brant of Laidig in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Vensel, who were married the evening before.

McDowell Houck of New Grenada butchered a hog last week that dressed out at 527 pounds.

Glen Winters of Thompson Township is under the care of a Hagerstown physician. He was helping his brother, Otis, to butcher and lifted too heavily, spraining a ligament in his back.

Hilda Knepper, a senior at Indiana State Teachers College, spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Knepper of Center.

Mr. and Mrs. William Hopkins of Mc- Connellsburg have received word from their son, Merrill, that he is “somewhere in Africa.”

John P. Lamberson and Helen E. Litton were married on December 28.

B. Hiley Shimer and Marian E. Morton were married December 25.

J. Frank Alexander and Doris E. McKenzie were married December 26.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 29, 1932


Deaths: Mrs. Elmira Harvey of Saxton; Mrs. S.Q. Mellott of Jersey

Shore; Mrs. H. Scott Unger of Mowersville; Rev. Elias Camride Bedford of Beverly, W.Va.; Mrs. Margaret Hoper of Altoona; Mrs. Sarah Flowers Ward of Buck Valley; Mrs. Emma Harmon of Black Oak Ridge.

Thinking some larger animal had killed his pet dog, Howard Seburn of Buck Valley set a number of traps about his place last week and was surprised to find he had caught a full-grown eagle. This kind of bird measured nearly 7-1/2 feet across the wing.

All the larger streams in Fulton County were stocked with black bass and brook trout the past November, the Fish Commission announced this week. All the fish were over 6 inches.

County Superintendent B.C. Lamberson is attending the State Education Meeting in Harrisburg this week.

Mrs. Harry Reisner has returned to her home in Hagerstown after being a patient for several weeks in University Hospital of Philadelphia.

District Forester Henry B. Philips was forced to resign his position here this week due to a complete nervous breakdown.

Miss Emma Lodge Clevenger is substituting as clerk in the Hays Store for Roy Bohn, who has been in greatly impaired health for several weeks.

Those who ate turkey at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Helman on Christmas were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Helman of Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Arthur Swisher and son of Mount Union; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Batforff and family of McConnellsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Blane Huston of Hustontown, and Donald Helman.

Mrs. N.E. Ewards of Wells Tannery spent several days last week with her daughter, Mrs. Roy Lowry of Altoona.

At the Racket Store: bedroom slippers at 45 cents; Congoleum rugs at $4.75; men’s white shirts at 48 cents; handkerchiefs, 2 for 5 cents; lard cans, 38 cents.

The Three Springs correspondent says: “It is a pity that Congress cannot get the beer foam blown off their minds and get down to real sensible business. They have been playing too long already with human misery.”

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