2012-12-19 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger pictures Mays Chapel school students in the 1915-16 school year. This week’s Memory Jogger pictures Mays Chapel school students in the 1915-16 school year. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 17, 1992


Heavy snow and ice from last week’s “nor’easter” clung to the branches and forced them into power lines, creating havoc for many in the area. Twenty inches of snow and more in some areas created impossible driving conditions and downed power lines and caused outages in many areas of the county.

The first day of winter will fall on December 21, the first day of the winter solstice, which will be the shortest day of the year.

McConnellsburg Lady Spartans presented coach Audrey Hall with her 300th career victory with a 57-54 non-league win over Bedford in the team’s season opener played December 14 at McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Johnson of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Teri, to Daniel Souders Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Souders Sr. of Hancock.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rhodes of Harrisonville on December 10.

Marine Pfc. Christopher Ramsey, son of Thomas and Barbara Ramsey of Three Springs, recently deployed with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, N.C., for six months to the Mediterranean Sea as part of the USS Guam Amphibious Ready Group.

Marriage licenses: Harold Hess Jr., Hustontown, and Brandy Fortney, Hustontown; Andrew Park, Orbisonia, and Kara O’Neal, Orbisonia.

Deaths: Orville Strite, 59, Fort Littleton; John Ray, 81, McConnellsburg; Quay Mellott, 73, Warfordsburg; Verda Mundwiler, 83, Clearville.

Curtis and Lori Spade Glazier announce the birth of a son, Conrad Joshua, December 10, at Chambersburg Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 23, 1982


Things look promising for a white

Christmas with the first appreciable cover of snow falling on Sunday, and, according to the weatherman, more to come.

Despite a relatively sluggish economy nationwide and high unemployment in Fulton County, most area retailers report Christmas season sales are at least as good or slightly better than last year.

A 3-year-old Greencastle girl, whose grandparents reside in Fulton County, was killed December 17 when she was run over by her parents’ car in the parking lot of Stickell’s Store in Upton. Cheryl Lorraine Martin, daughter of Rick and Linda Martin of Greencstle, was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital. She is survived by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert House of Fort Littleton.

Specials at the IGA: navel oranges, 10 for $1; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, $1.19; ribeye steaks, $2.09 a pound; tangerines, 10 for $1; tangelos, 8 for 89 cents; cream cheese, 79 cents.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “E.T.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hull, Hancock, on December 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brad Gilbert, Needmore, on December 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bird, Chambersburg, on December 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Hurney, Mc- Connellsburg, on December 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Scratchard, Mt. Union, on December 15.

Deaths: Lamberth E. Ford, Wells Tannery; Lee E. Hixon, Hancock; Blanche M. Miller, Burnt Cabins; Mary Z. McKinley, Hancock; Mahlon W. Raffensperger, Biglerville; Mrs. Harriet Metz, Baltimore.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Deshong, McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a son on December 18, at Chambersburg Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fagley, Harrisonville, announce the birth of a daughter on December 18, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Kathy Ann Brown, 22, Hustontown, and James Williams, Fayetteville, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 28, 1972


The Census Bureau reported last week that the nation’s birth rate during the first six months of 1972, for the first time ever, dropped to a level that could lead to “zero population growth.”

Navy Chief Warrant Officer Harry B. Hill of McConnellsburg was a crew member on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, the primary recovery ship for Apollo 17.

The Valley Treat Drive-In is now open under the management of Roger H. Seiders, and is offering lunch specials every day from $1.10 to $1.30.

This year’s New Year’s Eve dance at the American Legion Home features music by “The Imperials” with McConnellsburg High School vocal music instructor Bill Koehler at the organ. The New Year’s dance at the “Y” Bar in Fort Littleton features “The Golden Lancers.” At Perrey’s Inn, “The Star Lite Play Boys” will ring in the New Year, and the VFW will feature music by Art Cutshaw.

Playing at the Fulton Theatre this weekend: “101 Dalmatians,” at the Hancock Drive-In, Steve McQueen in “Junior Bonner,” and at the Reality Theatre in Robertsdale, “Swiss Family Robinson.”

Year-end specials at the G.C. Murphy Co. are: boys’ flare jeans, $2.97 pr.; cashews, 76 cents lb.; panty hose, 38 cents a pair; package of 3 boys’ underwear, only $1.33.

Pennsylvania Lucky 7 lottery will be continued until at least February 15, 1973, according to Secretary of Revenue Robert P. Kane.

Specials at the IGA; bananas, 12 cents a pound; Campbell’s tomato soup, 10 cents a can; sauerkraut, 35 cents, 2-pound bag; grapefruit, 79 cents, 5-pound bag.

50 Years Ago


The daughter of a well-known Mc-

Connellsburg man, was killed early Thursday, December 20 in a onecar accident near her home in Suitland, Md. The victim of the accident was Mrs. Mary Hazel Pittman, 37, daughter of Mont Wm. McCormick, who is well known throughout Fulton County, having served as chief of police of McConnellsburg for a number of years.

The deadline for applying for the Pennsylvania World War I bonus is December 31.

Pennsylvania hunters bagged an estimated 30,000 antlerless deer in the oneday doe season last Monday.

Rev. and Mrs. Homer Winters of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn Amelia, to Roger D. Truax, son of Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Truax of Hancock.

The members of the Forbes Road varsity basketball team for this year are: Rodger Keebaugh, Terry Eisaman, Charles Mc- Quait, John Thomas, Tim Mosebey, Carl Fix, Harry Shaw, Larry Black, Ted Fraker, Guy Snyder and Donnie Eisaman. The junior varsity team consists of Greg Henry, Joe Stafford,Gary Hockensmith, Donnie Horne, Ronnie Horne, Henry Knepper, Charles Black, Jim Yarlett and Leland Wilds.

Deaths: Mrs. Naomi Benson, Three Springs; Mrs. Goldie Pittman Bard, Needmore; Mrs. Alice E. Hann, Needmore; Leroy Shank, Buck Valley.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Nonemaker, Mercersburg, December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Berktresser, McConnellsburg, December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darl Schriever, Hancock, December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pittman, McConnellsburg, December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Runk, Hustontown, December 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Tritle, Mc- Connellsburg, December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Swope, Harrisonville, December 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fischer, McConnellsburg, December 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Churchill, Mc- Connellsburg, December 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Beegle, Clearville, December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Hill, Washington, D.C., December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Muser, Six Mile Run, December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wible, Three Springs, December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Burger, McConnellsburg, December 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norris Sipes, McConnellsburg, December 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey King, St.Thomas, December 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stickle, Waynesboro, December 17.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 25, 1952


A 12-year-old Harrisonville boy is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds of the face, arms and legs as the result of a hunting accident on Monday, the first day of the bonus hunting season following deer season. Harold Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Deshong of Harrisonville, was hunting with his 13-year-old brother, Boyd, when he was accidentally shot by his older brother. Harold was brought to the office of Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, who rendered first aid and then sent him on to Chambersburg Hospital.

Dr. Clifford 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 very near future.

The 30th annual convention of Fulton County Association of Township Officers was held in the courthouse in McConnellsburg on December 10. Present were 27 supervisors, eight auditors, three township secretaries, two assessors, three tax collectors and 10 visitors, representing every township in the county.

Charges of assault with intent to kill, assault with intent to maim and aggravated assault and battery were filed on Monday against a Big Cove Tannery man, who, according to state police, fired three shots into a group of men at a shooting match late Saturday afternoon, wounding two. The man was found in a semiconscious condition Saturday night, ending a fivehour search by law enforcement officers. He was suffering from a self-inflicted bullet wound of the head. After treatment, he was lodged in the county jail.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on December 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Reasner of McConnellsburg on December 14.

Deaths: Mrs. Miriam Mellott, widow of the late Jonas T. Mellott, Meadow Grounds.

The Greenhill Sewing Club held its annual Christmas party last week at the new clubhouse, recently donated by Miss Blanche Swope. New members taken into the club were Lorella Keyser, Carole Kline, Mabel Stains, Iva Gress and Henrietta Chamberlain.

70 Years Ago

’42 The holiday dance, sponsored by the War Morale Dance Club, which was held in the school auditorium on Monday night, was the highlight of the social activities over the holiday weekend. Nearly 100 couples enjoyed the music of Eddie Millard’s band and had what everyone agreed was a wonderful evening of fun and frolic.

Report of Bethel Sunday School in New Grenada on December 27: attendance 29 and collection $2.23. For Center Church: attendance was 62 and collection $3.58.

McDowell Houck of New Grenada is entitled to the prize for killing a hog weighing 527 pounds.

Weddings: Miss Helen E. Litton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar E. Litton of Hancock, and John P. Lamberson, son of Mrs. Effie Lamberson of McConnellsburg, were united in marriage at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Hagerstown, on Sunday, December 28. Marian E. Morton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi P. Morton of McConnellsburg, and B. Hiley Shimer, son of Benjamin F. Shimer of Websters Mill, were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage in Hagerstown on December 5. Edward Everett Vensel and Ferne Brant were united in marriage on December 24 in Cumberland, Md. Doris Elizabeth McKenzie, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H.A. McKenzie of Houtzdale, became the bride of J. Frank Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Alexander of McConnellsburg on December 26.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 29, 1932 ’32

Dr. R.H. Barton of Everett announces the opening of a dental office in McConnellsburg about January 2.

Deaths: Mrs. Elmira Harvey, Saxton; Mrs. Ethel Mellott, Jersey Shore; Mrs. Belle Unger, Mowersville, Pa.; Rev. Elias Cambridge Bedford, West Virginia; Mrs. Margaret Hooper, Altoona; Mrs. Sarah Flowers Ward, Buck Valley; Mrs. Emma Harmon, Black Oak Ridge.

Specials at the Racket Store: bed blankets, 95 cents to $6 a pair; bedroom slippers, ladies, 45 cents to 98 cents; men’s at 98 cents to $1.95; lard cans, 50 lbs., 38 cents; flashlights, 9 cents, 39 cents, 49 cents; ladies’ and men’s umbrellas at $1.35.

Specials at Harry Johnston’s store: men’s and boys’ dress shirts, 49 cents to 99 cents; outing clothes in light or dark shades, 10 cents per yard; ladies’ rayon silk dresses, 98 cents; ladies’ new pumps, $1.98.

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