2013-01-23 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by William Gordon of Harrisburg, Pa., pictures the grandchildren of W.R. and Thelma Gracey and was taken in the summer of 1943 at the Gracey farm in New Grenada, Pa. Left to right: Katherine, Billy and Larry Gordon. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by William Gordon of Harrisburg, Pa., pictures the grandchildren of W.R. and Thelma Gracey and was taken in the summer of 1943 at the Gracey farm in New Grenada, Pa. Left to right: Katherine, Billy and Larry Gordon. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 21, 1993


Melvin Hann was awarded the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.’s Fireman of the Year award at the company’s 31st annual banquet held at the firehall January 16.

Beckie Eisaman, daughter of Don and Judy Eisaman, will be attending the State Fair Queen pageant in Hershey January 22 and 23. Beckie was crowned Fulton County Fair Queen in August and will be representing Fulton County at Hershey.

Local novelist Martha Sheffield was elated to receive a personal thank-you note from then President-elect Bill Clinton last week. Martha had sent the Clintons a Christmas ornament which she crafted from oyster shells and then handpainted.

An 18-year-old Big Cove Tannery man died January 17 as the result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident earlier Friday evening along Route 522 in Dublin Township. Police said that Martin R. Seibert was travelling south on Route 522, about two miles north of Fort Littleton last Sunday when the car travelled off the west berm of the roadway. The car travelled back onto the roadway, travelled off the east berm into a gully, became airborne and struck a tree.

An elderly Orbisonia area woman was killed in a head-on accident January 14 in Three Springs. Police said that Viola Bowen, 73, Orbisonia, died January 15 in the J.C. Blair Hospital, Huntingdon, from injuries suffered in the two-vehicle accident.

About 55 members of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol involved in the search for a private plane which has been missing since last Friday stayed at the Mc- Connellsburg Jaycees community building in McConnellsburg last Saturday night. The members were in the area conducting a search for a Cherokee Piper 6 aircraft which was reported missing last Friday.

Deaths: Ivan L. Hamil, 80, McConnellsburg; John King, 60, McConnellsburg; Judy Parsons, 40, Bedford; Herbert Butterfield, 82, Warfordsburg; Viola M. Bowen, 73, Orbisonia; R. Vaughn Hixson, 69, Crystal Spring; Martin R. Seibert, 18, Big Cove Tannery; George R. Souders, 88, Lillington, N.C.; Andrew Rosenberry, 3, Chambersburg; Clifford R. Harkleroad, 85, Huntingdon; Janet Knode 72, Alexandria, Pa.; Mary J. Foor, 74, Hollidaysburg.

The engagement of Shanna Banzhoff and Joey Lane is announced by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Banzhoff of Hagerstown and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lane Sr., McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Barnhart of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Ginger, to Philip Majeski, son of Adam and Alise Majeski of Lebanon.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stepanik of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Kell, to Terry Barnhart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Barnhart of Harrisonville.

Herm and Brenda Mellott of Hagerstown announce the birth of a son, Charles Paul Mellott, December 29, at Washington County Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 3, 1983


Ray Robinson, owner of Johnnie’s Motel and Diner, took over management of the diner in partnership with his son, Dan Robinson, on Tuesday. For the past three years the restaurant had been leased to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Earley. The Robinsons are planning a special grand opening under the new management, sometime in April.

Rev. David R. Hoover has been appointed chaplain of the House of Representatives by Speaker of the House K. LeRoy Irvis.

Who was the oldest woman ever to live in Fulton County? Judging from a tombstone in Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery it was Margaret Hess, who died in 1798 at the grand old age of 648 years. According to Glen Cordell, who recorded the tombstone in 1978, Hess probably wasn’t that old. He said she was probably 48, but the stone cutter carved out a six at first by mistake. Rather than start on a whole new stone, the cutter filled in the six with putty and then carved out the eight. Over the years, the putty wore away, leaving the record of a woman who would have been born in the year 1150.

As we expected, the nationwide independent truckers’ strike that began Monday has been violent. A trucker was shot to death in North Carolina early Tuesday morning and there have been reports from around the country of shots being fired at trucks. Locally, rocks were thrown at truckers in Fulton County and three shots were fired at a Chambersburg trucking company.

The Gary Decker family will be undergoing a series of rabies shots late this week as a result of their encounter with a rabid raccoon last week on their Harrisonville area farm. Decker and his wife and daughters were all advised to take the shots because they might have come in contact with a pair of gloves Decker wore in handling the animal, which he killed after he found it in a pig feeding area on the morning of January 25.

Just about everybody must have been watching the Super Bowl on TV on Sunday afternoon, the town seemed deserted. The Washington Redskins beat the Miami Dolphins 27-17, their first time as champions of the Super Bowl.

Deaths: Helen Secrist, McConnellsburg; Harold Mellott, Needmore; Philomena Horton, Hustontown; Olive Bair, Willow Hill.

Specials at the IGA: navel oranges, 4- pound bag, $1; potatoes, 10 lbs., 79 cents; chuck roast, $1.69 lb.; Dove bath soap, 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Brown of New Jersey on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Mellott of Warfordsburg on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gress of McConnellsburg on January 22.

Marriage licenses: Katharine Hawkins, McConnellsburg, and Brentley Gamble, Concord; Elizabeth Patton, Gaithersburg, Md., and Thomas Stinebaugh, Great Cacapon.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 1, 1973


Church bells rang out on Saturday evening and one blast of the fire siren sounded to mark the end of the Vietnam War. Celebrations all over the world were similarly low-key, unlike the spontaneous celebrations that marked the end of World War II.

Two of the three juveniles sought by police in connection with the attempted armed robbery of Mellott’s Grocery Store at Websters Mill last Tuesday were apprehended in Fulton County Monday afternoon. Greg Garland, county probation officer, requested assistance form state police to pick up the youths after his suspicions were confirmed that they were at a residence on the outskirts of McConnellsburg. The youths gave no resistance to arrest.

Clyde Bookheimer, local banker, and Ray Koontz, IGA Foodliner owner, were recognized for their dedicated involvement in community affairs at the annual awards banquet of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce.

A Crystal Spring man was listed in fair condition last Tuesday in Bedford County Memorial Hospital after he suffered head and neck injuries when a tree fell on him while working. Paul Walters, 65, sustained the injuries while working near his home.

Mr. and Mrs. P.C. Mellott left on Monday for a month’s vacation in Florida.

Deaths: Elam G. Hoover, Chambersburg; Mrs. Edith R. Strait, Paris, Ill.; Marshall E. Evans, Bedford; Otis J. Mills Sr., Three Springs; Bessie G. Wagner, Wood; Leo Simon McMullen, Shade Gap.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mellott of Needmore on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Fetters of Hustontown on January 23.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 7, 1963


McConnellsburg Borough Council moved ahead to install a municipal sewerage system in the borough at Monday night’s meeting. A letter of intent was ordered sent to the state Board of Health, plans were made to form a municipal sewerage authority and the borough solicitor was requested to draw up ordinances to annex the Robert Fix property and the Sagner plant property owned by the Fulton Industrial Development Assoc. into the borough.

The Saxton Nuclear Reactor, designed primarily to test new concepts and methods for reducing the cost of nuclear electricity, has proved its ability to operate efficiently and safely at an initial top rating of 20,000 kilowatts (thermal) and is now embarking on the research and development program for which it was built.

In a study made by the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Commerce, Fulton County was rated 55th compared to the other 66 counties in uniformity of assessment levels for tax purposes in school districts within the county.

Traffic on Route 216 in the lower part of the county was brought to a standstill on Saturday due to the icy condition of the highway and fog, which caused a collision between a Greyhound bus and an automobile. The road was “like a skating rink” and at least 50 vehicles were involved in the traffic snarl.

A marriage license was issued to M. Lamont Brady and Alma E. Shives, both of Big Cove Tannery, at the local courthouse.

Miss Mary Trout, a guest at the Decker Nursing Home, celebrated he 93rd birthday on January 28.

Nancy Taylor, R.N., of McConnellsburg, is employed by the Department of Health and Welfare in Washington, D.C.

The federal budget this year is the highest in history – $98 billion, according to congressman J. Irving Whalley.

The Burnt Cabins correspondent reports “the mercury fell to 20 degrees below zero on Monday night, January 28.”

Recent weddings in the Needmore area: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bard and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Fahnestock.

The Needmore correspondent writes “Thanks to Don Hill for bringing our church service into the homes of the sick with his tape recorder, given to him by his wife for Christmas.”

Engagement announced: Doris Lee Mc- Cray, Warfordsburg, to A/1C James C. Akers of Crystal Spring.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Palmer, Warfordsburg, on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Ford, Needmore, on January 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Knepper, McConnellsburg, on February 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allison Truax, Needmore, on February 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brumbaugh, Shade Gap, on February 3.

Deaths: Mrs. Emma D. Decker, Warfordsburg; Albert F. Mellott, New Castle, formerly of McConnellsburg; Claude H. Stenger, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Goldie L. Cline, Mount Union, born in Fulton County; Mrs. Anna F. Martin, Needmore; Mrs. John W. Souders, Mercersburg, born in Fulton County; Ned A. Mellott, Mercersburg, born in Fulton County; Richard Y. Schooley, Harrisonville; Percy H. Sponsler, Harrisonville; Sherman Deshong, Washington, D.C., born in Big Cove Tannery.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 12, 1952


Cpl. Charles A. Mellott has returned home after 19 months in England. After a 30-day furlough with his wife, the former Betty Sheeder, he will go to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

Merrill W. Nace returned home Sunday after undergoing an operation at Maryland General Hospital. Mrs. Nace, who had been ill with the flu for a week at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Anderson, of Rising Sun, Md., returned home on Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Livingston returned home from England on the Queen Mary last Friday.

A 12-year-old Needmore boy was instantly killed Tuesday night when a tractor he was riding upset and pinned him underneath. Ross Mellott and a school buddy, Coy Spade, had driven the farm tractor to the home of a neighbor, Ted Morningstar, to watch television. On the way home, the tractor lights went out, and the machine ran into a bank and upset, pinning both boys underneath. Young Mellott was killed instantly, and the Spade youth suffered cuts and bruises and a possible fractured right leg. The accident happened about 10 miles south of Harrisonville on the Mountain Road.

Residents of North and South First streets in McConnellsburg were almost “up in arms” on Tuesday when workmen, hired by the town council, appeared and began removing the trees along these streets. The program, being done under an ordinance passed last August, calls for the removal of trees on the east side of First Street from the schoolhouse to the intersection below the Lutheran Church. The program is being done for the safety of the school children, who insist on walking on the highway while going to and from school because of the bad condition of the sidewalks. After the trees are removed, then the sidewalks will be repaired.

The Two by Two Class of the Methodist Church will meet on February 17, at which time Mrs. John Greathead will give a short talk on her recent trip to England.

Gene Stenger, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Stenger of McConnellsburg, was injured Tuesday evening when he dashed from the alley at the Fulton Theatre and was hit by a car. He was sent to Chambersburg Hospital with undisclosed injuries. He was being chased by his brother, Fred, 14, when the accident occurred.

Mr. and Mrs. Job T. Barnhart of Middleburg, Pa., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on January 25.

That zany, ornamental secretary of radio and TV, Marie Wilson, announced last week that she will be paid $22,500 for working one day in a Las Vegas, Nev., business office, with the money going to the March of Dimes fund for fighting polio. The actress said several weeks ago that her secretarial services for one day would go to the highest donation offered for the polio fund.

Death: Mrs. Mary J. Runk.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Wilson Wheeler of Mc- Connellsburg on February 3.

Harold, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Mann of Warfordsburg, fell while playing and broke his arm.

Marine Pvt. Glenn D. Gordon Jr. of Warfordsburg was home last weekend after a trip to Cuba on the battleship New Jersey. He expects to leave for Korea on March 5.

Mrs. B.O. Crist of Warfordsburg has received word that her daughter, Mrs. R. Ralph Layton, is a patient in the Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Ralph Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Michael, is a civilian again. He was recently discharged from the U.S. Army, serving overseas most of the time.

Mrs. Elder Gallaher of Clear Ridge is a patient in Hagerstown Hospital, suffering from rheumatic fever.

Marlene Yingling of Waterfall and Donnie Earley of Wells Tannery were among 11 students who received awards for outstanding achievement at Chambersburg School of Business during an assembly program on February 6.

Mrs. Catherine Mellott of McConnellsburg has a large cactus plant which is now in bloom. The plant has 98 flowers and buds and measures 29 inches across the top. Mrs. Mellott has had the plant for 23 years.

Sam Naugle of Burnt Cabins was admitted to the Medical Center last Sunday for a hernia operation.

Mrs. John Van Horn of Chambersburg received a telegram on Saturday that her husband had landed in Tokyo, Japan.

Deaths: Preston Lloyd Hoover of Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Sarah B. Moore of Johnstown; John Albert Gordon of Santiago, Calif.; Nathan H. Stevens of Taylor Township; Mrs. Eliza Hershey of Taylor Township; Mrs. Mary Jeneta Runk of Three Springs.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 11, 1943


Rationing of canned and frozen fruits and vegetables will start on

March 1. In the meantime, sales of these items will be suspended on February 20 to allow grocers to get ready for the rationing system. The sale of shoes in 200,000 stores was halted on Sunday to allow storekeepers to get ready for the rationing of these at about three pairs a year per person.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary M. Garland of Sipes Mill; Mrs. Charles A. McConnell of Mountain Green, Ill.

Borough council issued a warning on Monday that it will strictly enforce the snowremoval ordinance in the future, since many pavements were not cleaned after the last snow.

Mrs. F.M. Taylor, Wayne Taylor and Shirley Ann Ott are all suffering from mumps.

Miss Amanda Comerer fell on the ice last week, breaking her arm.

Daniel E.Winter left on February 3 for Miami, Fla., where he has enrolled as an air cadet with the U.S. Air Force.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 9, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Wishart of Charlton, Iowa; George B. Hockensmith of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Paul Coldsmith of Greencastle; Mrs. Henrietta Shadle of Greenvillage.

The annual convention of supervisors and auditors of Fulton County was held at the courthouse on February 3 with the president, J.E. Palmer, presiding. Delegates elected for the convention in 1934 were Edward McCray and Bruce Douglas, with Marshall Layton and Ross Mellott as alternates.

Arnold Bard and Julia E. Batdorff were wed February 1.

The local Athletic Association met on February 1 and elected Frank Kirchner as manager, Kenneth Shaw as business manager and Harvey Raker as treasurer.

Local firemen answered a call to Websters Mill on Sunday when the chimney of the tenant house on the J.H. Johnston farm caught fire. The home is occupied by the Robert Kerlin family. No damage was reported.

Mrs. Elmer Gress of McConnellsburg is confined to her bed with the flu.

William Sipe and son Eugene have the distinction of capturing and killing a large coyote last Wednesday night.

Virginia Ruth Hampton of Three Springs fell while playing at school last week and broke her arm.

Eggs are now selling at 10 cents a dozen.

Grace Thomas of New Grenada has been suffering from plural pneumonia for the past 10 days.

Born on Saturday morning, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sheeder of New Grenada.

Norman, John and Mildred McClain returned to their home at New Grenada on Monday after a three-week trip by auto to Texas and other points of interest.

The sick in the Mays Chapel area include Mrs. John Powell and daughter Gladys, J.V. Martin, Miss Marie Truxell, Master Billie Trail and Mrs. William Lanehart.

At the A&P: corn, No. 2 can, 5 cents; cheese spread, 4-oz. pkg., 5 cents; Heinz ketchup, 10 cents bottle; butter, 21 cents lb.; coffee 21 cents lb.

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