2013-01-16 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lisa Clevenger Kemp, was taken in the mid 1960s and pictures her father, Mack M. Clevenger, her mother, Shirley A. Clevenger, her paternal grandmother, Edith “Dollie’’ Duvall, her paternal grandfather, Porter Duvall (former Fulton County sheriff), and Isabel Laidig. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lisa Clevenger Kemp, was taken in the mid 1960s and pictures her father, Mack M. Clevenger, her mother, Shirley A. Clevenger, her paternal grandmother, Edith “Dollie’’ Duvall, her paternal grandfather, Porter Duvall (former Fulton County sheriff), and Isabel Laidig. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 14, 1993


Michael Hann was named Needmore Fire Co.’s Fireman of the Year at the company’s 23rd annual banquet January 9. Frank Mellott, company president, announced that he is leaving his three-year post, and Brian Strait will take over the presidency of the company.

Lady Spartan basketball star Dee Deshong of Big Cove Tannery has signed a letter of intent to attend UNC-Charlotte on graduation from McConnellsburg High School this year. She chose UNC-Charlotte over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Rutgers and Connecticut. Dee is the daughter of Liz Gouak of Big Cove Tannery and Walter Deshong of Needmore.

Crissy Miller of McConnellsburg headed the list of county residents recognized in various competitions during the first few days of the 77th annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show. Miller captured first prize in the youth crocheting garment competition and also notched a second in skill in needlecraft-handknitted and a third in skill in needlecraft-crochet competition. Crissy’s mother, Kay Miller, took a second place in crocheting, child’s garment. Helen Clusman, McConnellsburg, took second in knitting. And Jack Clark, Hustontown, captured several prizes in the Yorkshire and Hampshire swine competitions held last Friday.

A restructuring plan released last week by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture targets the Fulton County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office as one of possibly 1,000 agricultural field offices nationwide which could be closed or consolidated.

Fulton County Medical Center’s New Year’s baby was born January 9 at midnight to Debra Jean Hicks and Brian Keith Long, both of Shade Gap. Kaitlyn Keturah weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. She was delivered by Dr. Darrell Robinson.

McConnellsburg High School Student Council S.A.D.D. chapter hosted the 13th annual Snowball dance in the high school gym December 26. Named Yule King and Queen were Jamie Sherman and Misti Seville.

Nearly 200 friends, relative and co-workers gathered at McConnellsburg Firehall on Saturday evening, January 9, to celebrate the retirement of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Daryl E. Heckman.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hill of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Ann, to Dennis Lee Orth Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Orth Sr. of Harrisonville.

Jerry and Trudy Smith are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jolinda Christine, to Larry Richard Wilson, son of Richard and Mary Jane Wilson of Needmore.

Deaths: Lula E. Murphy, 89, Shade Gap; Anna Peterson, 95, McConnellsburg; Dorothy Farndell, 57, Warfordsburg; Elsie J. Kerns, 77, Whitacre, Va.; Grant Hixon, 70, Warfordsburg; Norman H. Seville, 72, Greencastle; Ida M. Golden, 74, Warfordsburg; Finlay J. Wible, 74, Chambersburg; Nellie M. Miller, 74, Hagerstown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of January 27, 1983


County Red Cross Chairman Bonnie Keefer was contacted by officials in Washington last week and told what emergency steps to take should the Russian satellite, which fell out of orbit and hurtled to earth, fall in Fulton County. Luckily, it fell in the Indian Ocean when it did land on Earth on Sunday. Had it fallen here, Mrs. Keefer was to call local firemen and police to cordon off the area and call the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, where emergency teams were ready to fly to the scene of impact. The piece of the satellite, which was being tracked by the U.S., did pass over Pennsylvania before coming down in the Indian Ocean.

The Fulton County Medical Center Long-Term Care Unit is facing a projected $166,075 deficit this year.

It has been three and a half months since 36-year-old Harry Leisher of Chambersburg drowned in Lake Raystown. No trace of the angler has been found, but the state police surface search for the drowning victim is continuing. Scuba divers hunted for the body that day and the following day, but abandoned the hunt due to poor visibility and hazardous conditions at the site. Leisher and his brother in-law were fishing in the lake October 5. His brother-in-law managed to get to shore, but Leisher, an inexperienced swimmer, vanished underwater.

Specials at the IGA: cauliflower, 99 cents a head; cucumbers, 4 for $1; Crisco shortening, $1.99, 3-lb. can; lettuce, 39 cents a head; ground beef, $1.09 lb.; oranges, 10 for 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Snyder of Greencastle on January 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald VanGosen of Hancock on January 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Souders of Mercersburg on January 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kirk of Hancock on January 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pine of Mercersburg on January 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Stoltzfus of McConnellsburg on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Felty of McConnellsburg on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Pittman of Needmore on January 19.

Tammy Gray and Gregory Garland were united in marriage on November 21 in the May’s Chapel Christian Church in Warfordsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Gray of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. James Garland of Warfordsburg.

Rebecca Jane Fields and Victor Paul Erickson were united in marriage October 9 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mercersburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fields of McConnellsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Erickson of Mercersburg.

Kristen Worthing, Waterfall, recently won a Certificate of Merit in the 1982 Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards program, with a shot taken of a window at Pepple’s Auction Barn in Harrisonville.

Recent deaths: Helen Souders, Mc- Connellsburg; Roy Golden, Hagerstown; Herman Seiders, McConnellsburg; Franklin Price, Little Orleans, Md.; Henry Wible, Three Springs; Mary Lake, St. Thomas; Midge D. Dahlinger, Hancock; Ruth M. Shoemaker, Big Cove Tannery.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 25, 1973


Three runaway youths form the Youth Development Center at Loysville are being sought by police in connection with an armed holdup attempt at Mellott’s Grocery store at Websters Mill on Tuesday. The unsuccessful attempt to rob the store was made by two of the youths, one of whom was identified as a 16-year-old from McConnellsburg. Rankin Mellott, 81-year-old owner of the store for the past 26 years, and alone in the store when the attempted holdup occurred, told a “News” reporter that he was suspicious of the two youths when they came in the store and did not immediately come to the counter to say what they wanted. The store is a typical country store – not self-service. Mr. Mellott, who walks with the aid of canes, stood at the end of the counter near an emergency switch that is connected with his residence on the east side of the building.

When he asked the youths what they wanted, one came to within a few feet in front of him and one was at his right side. The youth in front then pulled a gun, pointed it at him and said something about it being a stickup. Known all his life for his fearlessness, the 81-year-old store owner swung at the youth nearest him, hitting him on the jaw with his fist. He then turned to bend down to press the emergency signal, the young thug beat him about the back of the head and shoulders in an unsuccessful attempt to stop him from reaching the switch. When asked if they had stolen anything, Mr. Mellott said, “All they got is what I gave them – a good sock on the jaw – and I wish I could have given them more.”

The trailer home of Mr. and Mrs. Junior Seville, located one-quarter mile south of Burnt Cabins along Route 522, was destroyed by fire on Monday. There was no one at home when the fire started, presumably by a faulty furnance that had been giving him trouble.

George D. Sowers, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Sowers of McConnellsburg, has completed all the requirements for his B.S. in health and physical education degree at Slippery Rock State College.

Mr. and Mrs. Bower Shields of Three Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 25 at Clear Ridge community building.

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Chilcote and daughter have arrived home from Oklahoma, where they were stationed in the Air Force. They plan on residing in McConnellsburg.

Airman Richard G. Alloway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Alloway of McConnellsburg, has been assigned to Lowery AFB, Colo., after completing Air Force basic training.

Recent deaths: David F. Oliver, Mc- Connellsburg; Allen S. Batdorff, Mercersburg; Mary P. Cordell, Mercersburg; O. Vernon Hixson, Crystal Spring; Elizabeth Taylor, Hancock; Ada Chesnut, Cleveland, Ohio; Harry J. Shoop, Fannettsburg; Robert Jaymes, Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Eva Smith, Warfordsburg; Joseph T. Whiteside, Tayloria, Oxford; Gladstone Cromwell, Hustontown.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James F. Trail of Hancock on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Wood of Fannettsburg on January 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Powell of Needmore on January 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lockard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on January 18.

Sharon Meda Clark and Barry Lyle Mellott were married December 24 in a ceremony performed in The Gospel Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark of Hancock and Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer R. Mellott of Needmore.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 31, 1963


Mrs. Mary Hammann of Buck Valley, who celebrated her 101st birthday on January 16, was left homeless last Thursday morning, when a fire destroyed the two-story frame house that had been her home for more than 50 years, and all its contents. Mrs. Hammann will make her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William Oakman, but plans to rebuild in the spring.

Another fire at 4 a.m. last Thursday gutted the building housing Clevenger’s Petroleum Products, Star Route North, Mc- Connellsburg, owned by Donald Clevenger.

Marriage licenses applied for at the local courthouse: Dale B. Fahnestock, Carlisle, and Elsia A. Fix, Needmore; Donald R. Bard, Needmore, and Phyllis Jean Smith, McConnellsburg.

A.B. Gordon is enjoying a stay at the Sun Air Lodge in Tucson, Ariz., which is owned by former residents Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Mellott.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley writes “the projected federal deficit of $11.9 billion is viewed with concern.”

Engagement announced: Anna Maye Zimmerman to George Edward Sigel, both of Warfordsburg.

Men in Service: Allen Kent Henry of Hustontown was discharged from the U.S. Army on January 10 at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., after two years of service, most of the time in Kassel, Germany. Charles Robert Mills of Waterfall enlisted in the Army Reserves on March 27, 1962, and after six months active duty was transferred to Chambersburg unit to serve the balance of his enlistment. John A. Edwards of Waterfall was discharged on December 27, 1962, after spending most of his two years enlistment in Alaska.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Pittman, McConnellsburg, on January 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McQuait, Hustontown, on January 23.

Several correspondents remarked on the extremely cold and snowy weather the past week.

Deaths: Mrs. Ella L. Garlick, Everett, born in Fulton County; Mrs. David H. Boden, Little Orleans, Md., born in Fulton County and daughter of the late Rev. A.R. Garland.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 5, 1953


The granddaughter of a Warfordsburg woman, Mrs. Lee Charlton, was killed in an automobile accident near Havre de Grace, Md., on Sunday. Lillian R. Wicks, 19, of White Plains, N.Y., was one of three persons killed when the car in which they were riding crossed the center strip of a dual-road highway and was rammed by a Baltimore to New York bus.

J.C. Patterson and Fred Morton of the Fulton Natural Gas Co. spent the early part of this week on a business trip to New York

Charles Petro of Bever Falls, music teacher in the McConnellsburg schools, moved his family into the George Reisner home last Sunday.

Charles A. Cutchall of McConnellsburg was admitted to the Veterans Hospital in Altoona on Monday for observation and possible surgery.

David, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Shives, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from a broken leg which he received on Sunday when he fell from a chair.

Mrs. Vernon Schooley is a patient in Bedford Memorial Hospital.

The American Legion basketball team will play the Shippensburg Varsity Alumni Club here on Friday evening. On Saturday evening, they will play the Chambersburg Elks, also here.

Rep. Merrill W. Kerlin has been named to the following House committees: aeronautics, judiciary and law and order.

A delegation of Fulton County farmers was in Washington last Friday and Saturday to meet with Cong. Richard M. Simpson. Included in the group were G.A. Biggs, Robert Kendall, Glenn Mosebey, Joel Knepper, Lee Bard, Veryl Spade and Robert Ford.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Emma Jean McQuade to Donald R. DeShong.

Lem E. Kirk, who was born and reared in Warfordsburg, was elected last week as mayor of Hancock.

John William Martz is now stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas and Earl Leroy McClain is at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Elwood J. Mellott was the principal speaker at the local PTA meeting on Monday night, giving an informative talk on “Children’s Allowances and Teaching Financial Responsibilities.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James R. Cutchall of Waterfall on January 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin E. Keebaugh of Harrisonville on January 27.

John Foreman of Hustontown spent the past five weeks with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Lyons, at Hollidaysburg.

Mrs. A.M. Sipe and Mrs. Harmon McElhaney of Hustontown have both been ill with the flu.

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. McCray and Mr. and Mrs. Mark McCray of Warfordsburg left on Saturday for an extended vacation in Florida.

Ninety-year-old Ella Golden is ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lee Manning, in Hancock.

Ritz Bros. Store of Buck Valley was responsible for one of the television sets installed recently in the Warfordsburg School so the students could view the inauguration.

Mrs. Harvey Kelly of Burnt Cabins was discharged last week from Lewistown Hospital. George Woy of the same place was discharged on Saturday from Chambersburg Hospital.

Pictured in this issue is Dayton Harr, son of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Harr of Big Cove Tannery, who is serving aboard the USS Sabine. He celebrated his 21st birthday on February 4, 1953.

Mr. and Mrs. Clell Souders and daughters, formerly of near Mercersburg, have moved into the Cline tenant house at Fort Littleton.

Recent deaths: infant son of Melvin and Dorothy (Henry) Keebaugh; Simon Preston Metzler of North Jackson, Ohio.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 4, 1943


Recent deaths: Nannie R. Kline of Shady Grove; Sarah E. Pittman of Maugansville, Md.; William Harry Woodal of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mary Alice Kerlin of McConnellsburg.

Miss Cora Winters of Thompson Township has in her possession an African lily that measures 6 feet from the bulb to the top of the flower. The main part of the flower is 11 by 18 inches. The bulb weighed 10 pounds when Miss Winters took it out of the ground last fall, and it grew 7-1/2 inches in 24 hours when the flower was getting ready to open.

Birth announcements: a son on Monday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Brown of Fort Littleton; a son on February 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Peterson of Burnt Cabins; a son, Roger Elliott, on January 26 to Mr. and Mrs. John Ray of McConnellsburg.

Every man between the ages of 18 and 45 must carry his draft classification card with him at all times, it was ruled this week.

Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown has been awarded the Army-Navy “E” for excellent performance of work.

It was revealed on Wednesday that the New Store in McConnellsburg is going out of business, the final sale starting the same day.

Frank Alexander graduated this week from the dental department of Pitt University in Pittsburgh.

Herbert Zilch of Fort Littleton is now employed near Washington.

Reed Henry of Fort Littleton was inducted into the U.S. Army last Wednesday.

Cpl. Bernard D. Truax of Warfordsburg is now stationed at Camp Cook, Calif.

Bluejacket Ray E. Long, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Long of Waterfall is now enrolled in the training school at Great Lakes, Ill.

Miss Alice Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall hart of Amaranth, was sworn in as a WAVE this week, the first Fulton County girl to become a member of this service organization. She will report for her basic training about the middle of March.

The property of the late Mrs. Jemima Brant was bought at public sale on Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Seiders of Mc- Connellsburg.

Tons and tons of food stuffs were destroyed by fire on Saturday when th J.W. Myers warehouse in Chambersburg burned. The loss, estimated between $125,000 and $150,000, is believed to have been caused by rats gnawing on matches.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 2, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Cora Lane of Huntingdon; John H. Huber of Wilkinsburg;

Mrs. J.C. Fassold of Shamokin; Mrs. Olive S. Greenland of Saltillo.

Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields of this place gave a dinner on Sunday in honor of their daughter, Miss Inez, who is a student nurse at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

At a special meeting in Harrisburg on Saturday, the stockholders of United Telephone Co. voted to purchase 11 independent companies now operating in adjacent territories.

Glenn Spangler served as toastmaster on Tuesday evening at one of the community’s outstanding social events – the annual banquet for the wives and sweethearts of local Odd Fellows, held in the Methodist Church with 165 in attendance.

Latest statistics show there are 12,659 public school buildings in the state of Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie W. Seylar and son Joe left on Sunday for St. Petersburg, Fla., to spend the remainder of the winter.

W.L. Miller of the Harrisburg office of the Department of Forests and Waters was in town this week, making the annual audit of the books of the local forestry office.

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