2012-12-26 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 24, 1992


Four bids were received and opened December 17 for a water distribution, sewage system and roadways project at the South Central Business Park located adjacent to the Palmer Construction building off Cito Road in Ayr Township. The project consists of the installation of a water distribution system, including excavation, bedding, backfill, highway boring, concrete valve chamber, pipe vales and hydrants and service connections; septic tanks and leaching field, including excavation, bedding, backfill, pipe, manholes and service connections; and roadways, including subgrade, sub-base, pavement, surface and shoulder swale.

Santa came to the Needmore Elementary School Tuesday morning in grand style with the help of one of his elves, Randy Peck, who brought him down from the sky in his home-built helicopter. There was much jubilation from the first- through third-grade students taking part in an outside fire drill when they realized Santa was a passenger who came at the invitation of Herman Hill.

The staff of Fulton County Library will be trying to do more with less during 1993 as demand for services increases while funds for operation decrease. Library director Bernice Crouse states that through the first 11 months of 1992, the library staff has spent $12,882.81 on library materials. She said the budgeted figure for such expenditures in 1993 is $5,089, possibly enough to purchase a new set of encyclopedias.

Cito Methodist Church’s Christmas cookie sale surpassed everyone’s expectations. People flocked to buy the delicious cookies of all kinds, buying up more than 400 dozen and realizing over $600 for the church.

A former Clear Ridge man died after being stabbed in his Richland, S.C., home November 18. Hollis Calvin Henry, 73, died November 19 in Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, S.C. Henry died of a stab wound to a major vein leading to the heart, according to published reports. He was stabbed at approximately 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday and died Thursday. He was born in Clear Ridge, a son of Calvin Lewis and Lula Agnes Henry. Investigators believe the motive for the stabbing was money.

David and Eileen (Elbin) Drexel Sr., Glen Burnie, Md., announce the birth of a son, David Jr., November 24. Maternal grandparents are Keen and Mercy Elbin, Warfordsburg.

Rebecca Strait and David Firestone were united in marriage October 10 at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, York, Pa. The bride is the granddaughter of Mildred Strait, McConnellsburg, and Melvin Strait Sr., Orlando, Fla.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mumma of McConnellsburg on December 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton of Breezewood on December 14.

Deaths: Jerry Rhodes, 27, Bushnell, Fla.; Lodema S. Hoover, 81, Three Springs; Edgar S. Krug, 87, State College; Harry K. Potts, 83, Hagerstown; James W. Gray, 89, Fort Littleton.

Shanda Batdorff and Kevin Mellott were united in marriage at Siloam United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, October 10. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Batdorff of McConnellsburg. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Carl B. Mellott of McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 6, 1983


There’s an old Pennsylvania saying which goes “Farm Show weekend and bad weather go together,” but indications are that the good weather so far in January will continue until next week when the annual agricultural show starts.

The New Year’s holiday was quiet throughout the county with no serious accidents and many people bringing in the New Year at home. The state of the economy and the new laws on driving and drinking may have been the reasons. Across the nation 200 people died over the78-hour holiday in traffic accidents, 10 of them in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Gail Brumbaugh of Broad Top City is pictured in this issue with her new son, Christopher Michael, the first child born at the Medical Center this year. Christopher was born on Saturday, January 1, and weighed 7 pounds, 1-1/2 ounces.

A 20-year-old Big Spring, Md., woman was killed when a low-flying plane in which she was a passenger struck utility wires east of Hancock Sunday and crashed into the Potomac River. Cara E. Roherer, died in the crash.

Deaths: James E. Myers, Hancock; Walter M. Peck, Three Springs; Michael E. Appleby, Neelyton.

Specials at the IGA; Log Cabin syrup, $2.19; spaghetti and meat balls, 59 cents; Chicken of the Sea tuna, 79 cents.

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

Airman James L. Matney, son of Johnnie C. and Betty E. Matney of Crystal Spring, has been assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, after completing Air Force basic training.

Karen Lynn Saportio, Shippensburg, and Edmund Bloomfield, McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the courthouse during the past week.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 4, 1973


Esta Gray, register of births and deaths for Fulton County, reports that there were 267 births and 79 deaths last year in the county, both showing a sharp decrease when compared to 1971, when births were recorded at 287 and deaths at 109.

R. Kirk Cover, owner of McConnellsburg Plumbing and Heating, has been appointed to a high Masonic office in Pennsylvania. He has been made a new district deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania.

Fulton County’s third fatal accident for 1972 occurred on Route 70 in Brush Creek Township, one and a half miles east of the Town Hill exit. Killed in the one-car accident was Elizabeth A. Hagedrn, 12, of Annapolis, Md., who was thrown from the family station wagon after it went out of control and hit an embankment. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. R.C. McLucas, Fulton County coroner.

Two local youths were injured, one seriously, in a one-car accident on Friday. The mishap occurred on old Route 30, one mile east of McConnellsburg. Injured were the driver of the car, Thomas Richards, 17, of Mc- Connellsburg, who was taken to the Medical Center with injuries of the chest, and a passenger, Leonard Allan Swope, 17, Mc- Connellsburg, who was transferred to Hagerstown Hospital with an injury to the liver. Both youths later underwent surgery.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Page Roher of McConnellsburg proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth Elizabeth, to Michael George Fraker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fraker of Fort Littleton. Mrs. Blanche McElhaney wishes to announce the engagement of her daughter, Linda Hess, to Larry Lynch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reed Lynch.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Clippinger celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on December 20.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Cathy D. Hess and J. Bradford Fraker on November 4 at the Fairview Methodist Church, Harrisonville. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hess of Hustontown and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fraker of McConnellsburg.

Engagements: Dr. and Mrs. James Shultz of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Eileen Susan, to Gary Kyle Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley K. Decker of Harrisonville. Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Colledge of Wells Tannery wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon Ann, to Ronnie Chamberlain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Chamberlain Jr. of Clearville.

W. Marvin Swope, son of Mrs. Thelma Swope and the late Earl F. Swope of Needmore, was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree by The Pennsylvania State University at commencement exercises on December 16.

Deaths: Don Chesnut, McConnellsburg; Ella Mongold, New Paris; Jessie Weber, Berkeley Springs; Stanley Bussard, Breezewood; Raymond Hoffman, St. Thomas; Mrs. Mary Fraker, Three Springs; Mrs. Mildred A. Higgins, Chambersburg; Flo Dickinson, Saltillo; Harry Blain, Hustontown; Mrs. Cora Hill Fost, Hancock.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herman L. Hill of Needmore on December 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hoover of Robertsdale on December 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Seville of McConnellsburg on December 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Hollenshead of Needmore on December 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer C. Strait of Warfordsburg on December 28.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 10, 1963


McConnellsburg firemen were called to assist at a house fire in

Fort Loudon where an elderly man and wife were found in a first-floor bedroom with bullet wounds to the head. The wife, who had been seriously ill, was dead at the scene and the husband died at Chambersburg Hospital on Monday. The deaths were described by the district attorney as murder and suicide.

A new siren was installed on top of the McConnellsburg firehall on Sunday.

Thomas E. Gregory of McConnellsburg was admitted to the Medical Center on Friday night with a fractured skull, which he received when he was attacked by an unknown assailant. Mr. Gregory was struck as he left his garage on his return from work. Mr. Gregory owns a general store on Dickey’s Mountain and was carrying a large sum of money when attacked but managed to struggle with his assailant, who fled emptyhanded in the direction of East Market Street.

Harold R. Largent, with his family, spent the Christmas holiday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Largent. Harold is employed at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peck celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on December 23 with a family dinner at their home in Needmore.

The Frederick Tailoring Co. Inc. and the Dorchester Corp. have been merged into Sagner Inc., formerly known as A. Sagner’s Son Inc. as of December 31, 1962. A new plant in McConnellsburg for the company is being planned.

Four young people, visiting in the home of one of them during the holiday from the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Center near Johnstown, were arrested for shoplifting on Saturday following a chase through town by Ronald Berkstesser, who caught two of them attempting to steal a new radio from his store. More stolen property was found in their possession.

Engagements announced: Sylvia Brady, Big Cove Tannery, to Paul R. Deshong, Mc- Connellsburg; Leota G. Snyder, Cassville, to Robert Mills, Waterfall.

Joyce Mellott and Allen Cover, both of McConnellsburg, were married December 29 in the Methodist Church.

There were 337 births and 100 deaths in Fulton County during 1962 compared to 283 births and 77 deaths in 1961.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Gordon, McConnellsburg, on December 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gibble, Shade Gap, on January 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Keefer, Big Cove Tannery, on January 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Williams, Breezewood, on January 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clevenger, McConnellsburg, on January 6.

Lloyd W. Mellott, retired veteran employee of the various light companies that have served the community, reviews the history of electric service in the McConnellsburg area in this issue. Electric current was supplied to McConnellsburg for the first time on the last Sunday of November 1923.

The Fulton County National Bank reports assets of $5,948,575 as of December 28, 1962.

Deaths: Bessie G. Fraker, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Pansy V. Seusser, Good Year, Pa., formerly of Fulton County; Allen Lee Smith, Breezewood; Albert L. Biggs, Mt. Lake Park, father of Gerald Biggs, McConnellsburg; Guy N. Hixson, Crystal Springs; Harper L. Gontz, Scotland, Pa.; Mrs. Charles E. Edwards, Harrisonville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 15, 1953


The National Council of Churches has requested that every church observe January 20, Inauguration Day, as a day of prayer.

Mrs. Lou Hockensmith and Miss Nellie Hays left by auto on Sunday for a trip to Florida.

Teen-Haven, the teenager center in the Glen-Nel Hotel, opened a lending library on Monday of this week.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Cutchall of Mc- Connellsburg on January 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norris L. Sipes of McConnellsburg on January 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darl Long of McConnellsburg on January 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Wilson of Huntingdon on January 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Truax of Needmore on January 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grissinger Jr. of McConnellsburg on January 8.

A Big Cove Tannery man has been sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison because of a shooting spree during Christmas week in which two McConnellsburg men were shot.

These six Fulton County men will enter the armed forces next Wednesday: Donald Edward Yonker of Hancock; Marlis Lee Wertz of Amaranth; Wayne Brant Mort of Clear Ridge; Leroy Baughman of Wells Tannery; Ellis Loraine Yingling of Waterfall, and Harry Jess Okeson of Burnt Cabins.

The Keystone Chapter of the Future Farmers of America has chosen David Welsh, a student in vocational agriculture at the McConnellsburg High School, as the year’s outstanding grower of fat hogs and barley in Pennsylvania. He was selected from more than 12,000 boys taking vocational agriculture in the state and was presented gold medals at the Farm Show this week.

Congratulations! It’s a girl for Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Powell of Warfordsburg, born at Berkeley Springs Hospital. Carol Louise is the name.

Joe Lowry died at Chambersburg Hospital at about midnight on Tuesday of this week after he was seriously burned in a fire that destroyed his home at Harrisonville earlier the same day.

Norman B. Hess, 26, of Harrisonville, an infantry veteran of World War II, died almost instantly of a broken neck on Saturday when he was struck by a car near his home.

A Fulton County farmer, Orville W. Duvall of Crystal Spring, was one of the six Pennsylvania farmers who received the state’s top agricultural award, Master Farmer, at Harrisburg this week. Gold medals were presented to the men in recognition of their achievements in agriculture and community affairs.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Ruby Eileen Hewett to Jack D. Fields.

Mrs. William Ritchey of New Grenada recently underwent an appendicitis operation at Chambersburg Hospital.

Lex, 8-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Mellott of Warfordsburg, has returned home from the Berkeley Springs Hospital where he had been ill with double pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. John Powell of Warfordsburg received word that their son, A-3C Kenneth Powell, is now at a camp at Valdosta, Ga. He had been home for the holidays.

It’s a boy for Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Powell of Warfordsburg, born last Sunday morning at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

There were 44 at Sunday School at Fort Littleton on Sunday. The offering was $6.86.

Lynch’s Store at Crystal Spring was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning of this week. Marshall Lynch, owner, narrowly escaped from being trapped in the burning building.

Deaths: Matthew Lewis Sr. of Mc- Connellsburg; William Carles Hershey of Laidig.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 14, 1943


The McConnellsburg Blue Devils continued their winning streak by defeating the Mercersburg basketball team on Tuesday night in an overtime battle by a score of 31-29. At the final whistle, the score was 27-27. In a three-minute extra period, each team scored once and the score stood at 29-29. In another extra period, Lequear made the final tally, giving the Devils a 31-29 victory.

Deaths: Denton Keefer of Hancock; Mrs. Elizabeth Mellott Truax of Belfast Township.

Pvt. Grover D. Fields Jr. is stationed at Camp Gordon, Ga.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knepper of Mc- Connellsburg announce the birth of a daughter at Everett Hospital on Tuesday of this week.

Miss Paulina L. Wible, stenographerclerk in the district office of the Highway Department at Hollidaysburg, has been transferred temporarily to the Cambria County maintenance office at Ebensburg.

Henry Warren Daniels and Bernice June Bivens were married on January 6.

Mrs. Norman Wermick was admitted to Everett Hospital on Wednesday where she will undergo an operation.

Pfc. Herman Keebaugh is stationed at Rodgers Field, Okla.

Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Taylor of town celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 10.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of January 12, 1933


Deaths: Jesse V.

Williams of Union,

Iowa; Frank M. Lodge of Brush Creek Township; Sarah Ellen Layton Clark of Needmore; William C. Brubaker of Fort Littleton; Ray Leslie Lake of Saluvia; Elston Jacob Mattison of Three Bridges, N.J.

The nation was shocked on Thursday, January 5, when former President Calvin Coolidge died of a heart attack at his home at Northampton, Mass. Coolidge was the only living expresident and had risen to the nation’s highest office from the humble beginnings of a farm boy.

A Thompson Township man was found guilty on Tuesday of maintaining and operating a still and sentenced to serve six months in the county jail, fined $20 and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.

Fred L. Heberlig of Steelton was sentenced to serve from one to three years in Western Penitentiary for stealing meat and other items from Riley Cline of Belfast Township.

Mrs. William Linn of Fort Littleton, suffering from pneumonia, died in Chambersburg Hospital after giving birth to a son of January 7. The newly born son is reported as doing well. Mrs. Linn was 30 years of age.

Recent births: a son, William, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Brannon of Big Cove Tannery on November 21; a daughter, Mary Jane, to Mr. and Mrs. John Humbert of Big Cove Tannery on November 1; a son, Harold L., to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lininger of McConnellsburg on November 29; a son, Robert D., to Mr. and Mrs. Gorge Earley of McConnellsburg on December 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. C.K. Bolinger of Mc- Connellsburg on December 15; twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Clymans of Burnt Cabins on December 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Winegardner of Mc- Connellsburg on December 21; a daughter, Ima Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gelvin of Fort Littleton on December 28; a child to Mr. and Mrs. Wiltie A. Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on December 31; a daughter, Patricia, to Mr. and Mrs. Reed Souders of McConnellsburg on January 3; a daughter, Grace, to Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Lynch of Mc- Connellsburg on January 3.

Roy Wilson and Bernice Brown of Maddensville were married on January 3, 1933.

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