FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of January 28, 1993
One of the four persons involved in the May 10, 1973, kidnapping and shooting death of Richard Miller, 19, McConnellsburg, will be returned to Maryland next month to serve prison time there in connection with the Miller case. The state’s attorney is seeking to return William Isaacs to Maryland following his release from a Georgia prison February 18 to serve time in Maryland for second-degree murder, kidnapping and motor vehicle theft charges. Isaacs, now in his mid-30s, who was 16 at the time of Miller’s murder, received consecutive 30- year sentences on the charges. He turned state’s evidence in Georgia and testified against his brother, Carl Isaacs Jr., his halfbrother, Wayne Coleman, and another man, George Dungee, in their trials for the murders of five male members and one female member of the Alday family and the rape of the female Alday. Those three each received the death sentence in Georgia, but those sentences later were commuted to life sentences. The four men escaped from a work camp in Towson, Md., on May 5, 1973, and made their way to Fulton County. Richard Miller spotted the men acting suspiciously around a truck parked near Patterson Run Road. Miller went to see what the men were doing and apparently was kidnapped.
A juvenile petition was filed last Wednesday charging an unidentified youth with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the November 12, 1992, shooting death of Matthew Oakman of Harrisonvile which occurred at a home on West Market Street.
Last Friday evening, the largest and greatest Busch fan club, the Tom Peck Fan Club, held its annual appreciation party at the McConnellsburg American Legion.
Fulton County’s three-term prothonotary, Ruth Bolinger of McConnellsburg, has announced that she will retire from the position at the conclusion of her current term, which expires January 1, 1994.
Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday received three new proposals to provide land for the county to construct a new Hustontown area senior citizen center.
Sears, Roebuck & Co. announced Monday that it is overhauling its faltering retail business, dropping its famous catalog, cutting 50,000 jobs and backing away from the idea that Sears should sell all things to all people. Carl Mellott, owner of the local Sears Catalog Store, said at this point he didn’t know what the final outcome of the corporate decisions would be, but at some point the Sears Catalog Store in the Penn’s Village Shopping Center would be closed. Mellott and his wife, Pat, have operated the store here for 24 years.
Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Clapsadle of Hustontown on January 19.
Deaths: Donald R. “Dick” Cover, 52, McConnellsburg, McConnellsburg; Daisy Sheffield, 81, Fort Littleton; Junie S. Kope, 92, McConnellsburg; Rev. Margaret Barnhart, 82, Greencastle; Ralph H. Mellott, 27, York; Thelma Miller, 68, Taneytown; Viola J. Bagby, Lansdowne, Md.
Sharon Crouch and Eric Hoopengardner were united in marriage October 3 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Sonny Boyd of Manassas, Va., and Iona Boyd of Front Royal, Va., and Rocky Hoopengardner of Needmore and Brenda Gordon of McConnellsburg.
Melissa Knoll and Gregory Rouzer were united in marriage December 5 in St. Thomas Assembly of God. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Eddy Knoll, Chambersburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rouzer, Harrisonville.
Kerby Randler, California, Md., and Melissa Garland, McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 10, 1983
Although only about a third of its normal workforce is currently working, JLG Industries remains Fulton County’s largest employer, with 280 persons carrying on the cutback operations at its McConnellsburg headquarters. But since the firm had about 850 employees at its peak in McConnellsburg, it is also the county’s largest source of unemployment, which stood at 22.6 percent, up from 20.9 percent in November.
Platt and Sons Inc., a Bedford-based machine shop that set up operations in the old Mellott Motor Sales building north of McConnellsburg late last year, recently moved part of its shop into the old Waynesboro Knitting Co. building on Lincoln Way West in McConnellsburg.
Thomas P. Wolfe, Wells Tannery, recently observed his 35-year service anniversary with the United Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bishop of Knobsville celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on February 4.
Specials at the IGA: Hi-C fruit drinks, 9 cents; Kraft Velveeta cheese, $3.19, 2-lb. pkg.; Royal pudding, 3 for $1; large eggs, 69 cents; potatoes, 59 cents, 10-lb. bag; cabbage, 13 cents lb.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hoover of Mc- Connellsburg on January 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Spade of Hancock on January 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. LaFern Clark of Clearville on February 2.
Deaths: James C. DeLancey, Big Cove Tannery; Kathryn E. Pittman, Hancock; Olive H. Bair, Willow Hill; Margaret V. Yost, Berkeley Springs; Burton O. Kemmerer, Allentown; Lottie M. Batdorff, McConnellsburg.
Marriage license: Lorri Jeanne Gunnell, Warfordsburg, and George Russell Moats, Hancock.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 8, 1973
The U.S. Postal Service has taken steps to cut off the flow of mail to
American military post offices in Vietnam. The service said it acted in compliance with a Defense Department request. Over the next two months, all U.S. military personnel will be withdrawn from South Vietnam in compliance with the cease-fire agreement.
The annual Fulton County Dairy Day will be Tuesday, February 13.
Marriage licenses: Roy Hess and Dixie Houck, both of McConnellsburg; Robert Burton of Warfordsburg and Geraldine Davis of Hancock; Dean Seville of Mc- Connellsburg and Hattie Clippinger of Wells Tannery.
The Broad Top Bulletin and the Bedford County Press, two Bedford County weekly newspapers, changed hands last week, making four area weeklies to come under new ownership in the last few months. The Greencastle Echo Pilot was sold last summer and The Fulton Democrat of Mc- Connellsburg in December. The Bulletin, published at Saxton, was sold last week by Olin Horton, publisher for 26 years, to John D. Baughman, also of Saxton. The Press of Everett was sold by Mr. and Mrs. Milton L. Barnett to Richard L. Benner of Harrisonburg, Va.
McConnellsburg High School’s 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker is Lynn MacDonald of McConnellsburg. Lynn is a senior in the academic section of her class at MHS.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Besaw of Mechanicsburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Evelyn R., to Stephen G. Grissinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elden Grissinger of Hustontown.
Miss Debra Lee Steach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Steach of Three Springs, became the bride of John C. Rhodes Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rhodes Sr. of Alexandria, in a recent ceremony performed in the United Methodist Church of Petersburg.
Bobby Merrell, son of Joy Merrell, fell while playing on the schoolgrounds last Wednesday and broke his right arm.
Deaths: Mrs. Maud Stoner, Buck Valley; Mrs. Viola Bechtel, McConnellsburg; Francis R. Allison, Minneapolis; Ellis J. Carmack, Mercersburg.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ruppenthal of Hancock on January 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Horne of Hustontown on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Keefer of McConnellsburg on January 29; twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Foor of Breezewood on January 30.
The Jerusalem Christian Church of Warfordsburg was the scene for the evening wedding of Mary Lou McKee of Warfordsburg to Robert E. Souders of Hancock on January 28. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKee of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Souders of Hancock.
Specials at the IGA: Del Monte tender peas, 5 cans for $1; country style sausage, 89 cents lb.; Jiffy frozen entrees, 98 cents; Duncan Hines cake mixes, 3 boxes for $1.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 14,1963
Callas Construction Co. of Hagerstown will be the prime contractor for the construction of a $700,000 new plant for Sanger Inc. in Mc- Connellsburg which will double the present employees to 600. D.A. Washabaugh III, president of the Fulton Industrial Development Association, has announced that plans are now being made for groundbreaking ceremonies to be held in March.
Ross E. Spade, Crystal Spring, has been appointed county highways maintenance superintendent by the secretary of state highways. He will succeed Raymond D. Chesnut of Warfordsburg, who has held the $6,090 a year post since 1955.
The high-pitched continuous wailing sound of the local fire siren on Monday at 6:15 a.m. had many people scared almost witless, thinking it was an air-raid warning. The reason for the malfunction was a short in the mechanism.
An article in this issue by the county agent tells how to build a shelter for radioactive fallout.
The annual Fulton County Dairy Day at the McConnellsburg firehall on Friday was attended by nearly 100 local farmers
Traffic was held up on Route 16 early Tuesday when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in the deep snow.
The Game Commission says 14,510 deer were killed in Pennsylvania in 1962 by various causes other than legal hunting, 9,544 of these by road kill.
News of men in service: Marvin L. Powell, Warfordsburg, is undergoing recruit training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill. Army Pfc. Terry B. Ramsey, Harrisonville, has competed specialized training at the Artillery and Missile Center, Fort Sill, Okla. Army Pfc. Stanley V. Seiders, Big Cove Tannery, is serving as a demolition specialist at Dexheim, Germany. Sp-5 Thomas Ramsey, McConnellsburg, was discharged from the Army Reserve on January 25. Ramsey enlisted in 1955. Sp-4 Mearl Evans Rosenberry, Maddensville, has been discharged from the Army Reserve, having completed nine years service. Nelson Charles Caldwell, Berkeley Springs, formerly of Warfordsburg, enlisted in the West Virginia National Guard on February 1, 1963. Marlin Tyrone Douglas, Warfordsburg, was discharged from active duty on December 21, 1962, and will complete the balance of his military obligation with the Army Corps Reserves. Maynard E. Gress, Knobsville, has re-enlisted for a term of four years on board the USS Casa Grande, having already completed three years of Navy service on January 24.
Pfc. Don H. Chubb, McConnellsburg, is picturd playing the drums with a rock group, “Three Guitars Plus One,” made up of servicemen with the U.S. Army in France.
A communion table, made by Norman Mellott, McConnellsburg, has been given to the Clear Ridge Methodist Church in memory of Steward and Rose (Mort) Linn. Mr. Mellott also crafted the pulpit for the church.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Duvall, Fort Littleton, on February 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lanehart, Warfordsburg, on February 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Wright, Robertsdale, on February 8.
Deaths: Robert Joseph Faith, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Kitty P. Wright, Defiance, Pa.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 19, 1953
Miss Helen Linn, a nurse in training at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, is spending this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Linn of town.
Miss Martha Barmont, student nurse at Harrisburg General Hospital, spent last week helping to care for her parents at the Medical Center.
Mr. and Mrs. D.A.Washabaugh, Miss Ruth Woodall and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Henderson of Philadelphia attended the wedding of Mack Morton Jr. at Butler on February 14.
John M. Spangler will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Chambersburg Rotary Club on Thursday.
George Terry Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bard, and Harry Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Johnston, have been named members of the concert band at Mercersburg Academy.
Appearing on the front page of this issue is a picture of Pvt. Fredric J. Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel L. Knepper, who will celebrate his birthday on February 28. Pvt. Knepper is now stationed at Camp Breckenridge, Ky.
Miss Margaret E. Isenhower has assumed her duties as home economics extension representative in Fulton County, succeeding Miss Jeanne Haxton, who resigned. A native of California, she come here from the University of California where she did research in foods for the past two years.
Raymond Frank Johnston and Jeanetta Joanna Winegardner were married on February 7.
Mr. and Mrs. Foster Cisney of Mc- Connellsburg were guests at a surprise birthday dinner held by their children on February 8 to commemorate their birthdays, which occurred on the fifth and sixth of February.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet Mellott have just about completed their new house at Knobsville.
Miss Cherylyn Rouzer of Fairview has been ill the past week with an infected ear.
The Friendship Circle Club of New Grenada has elected these new officers: Helen Long, president; Louise Shafer, vice president; Annabel Miller, secretary; and Bernice Shafer, treasurer.
Miss Mary Ritchey of New Grenada has been on the sick list, suffering from a bealed ear.
Mrs. R.E. Swope of Wells Tannery accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shaw to Youngstown, Ohio, over the weekend to visit their sister, Mrs. Eldon McClain, who recently underwent an operation.
Jeff Hockensmith of New Grenada fell last week and broke his hip.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Appleby have sold their home at Clear Ridge to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Foreman of Fort Littleton and have purchased the farm of Howard Kerlin, near Hustontown, which was formerly the George Laidig farm.
Mrs. Denver Evans was absent from her teaching duties at Websters Mill last week because of illness.
Howard Mellott, who had been seriously ill at his home at Warfordsburg, has been moved to Berkeley Springs Hospital.
Some of the residents of Warfordsburg who are confined to their homes by illness are Delores Ritz, Mrs. Mamie Barnhart, Mrs. Leroy Barnhart and the Ralph Golden family.
Deaths: Ulysses Kirtz Secrist of Flickerville; Ulysses Grant Hann of Chambersburg; Frank Ross Mellott Jr., Needmore; Mrs. Mary Agnes Snyder of Burnt Cabins; Miss Lillie Mae Gordon of Big Cove Tannery; Jacob Winfield Mellott of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Lincoln Deshong of Harrisonville; Daniel S. Henry of Clear Ridge; Laura Elizabeth Hill of near Needmore; William E. Brewer of Ayr Township.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 8, 1943
Deaths: Orpha Mellott Decker of
Saluvia; Gertrude Elizabeth Wilson; James Woodall of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Pittman Deshong Golden of Dott.
Four members delightfully entertained the local Woman’s Club last Friday. Dressed in costumes typical of the characters they told about, the members were Mrs. Harry Johnston as Annie Oakley, Miss Mary Kendall as Carrie Nation; Miss Mary Logan Nace as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mrs. F.D. Findley as Jane Adams.
Mrs. George Stoll substituted as teacher in the local high school last week for Miss Ruth Kirk, who was absent due to the illness of her mother, Mrs. S.W. Kirk.
As soon as plans are given the final okay, R.B. Regi will start a bus service to Letterkenny Depot.
In a contest last week among all bakers in his MP battalion, Sgt. Samuel Paylor was awarded first prize for cake baking. Sam is now the official baker for the 799th and 800th mess hall – only 1,500 men.
John L. Neill, former McConnellsburg physician, has been promoted to the rank of major at Camp Butler, N.C.
The Unger Shoe Repair Shop, operated by Oscar Unger, has been moved from Lincoln Way West to the room formerly occupied by the R.N. Shimer Tailor Shop on the courthouse square.
Mrs. Jennie Wible fell in front of the Mellott Hotel on Saturday evening and fractured her arm.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 16, 1933
Col. Alfred L. Moudy of the Flying
Squadron of Indiana will speak at a mass meeting in the local Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon. All citizens interested in prohibition are urged to attend.
Deaths: George W. Mentzer of Ephrata; Mrs. James Woodal of McConnellsburg.
James E. Ritz of Warfordsburg has been appointed mercantile supervisor for Fulton County for 1933.
On Wednesday evening, about 45 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Harry Stunkard to help her celebrate her birthday.
George B. Alexander and Blanche Ott were married on February 11.
Sheriff Roy M. Sipes and jury commissioners Jacob A. Hann and George M. Deshong selected the March juries on Saturday. Glenn R. Sponsler served as the clerk for the drawings.
Motor vehicles killed 119 children in the state in 1932.
J.K. Johnston and daughter Beulah left on Tuesday to spend several weeks in Florida.
Edward Holford and Madeline Crider were married on February 4.
Mrs. Stull Baldwin is spending some time in Orbisonia taking care of her parents, Prof. and Mrs. E.E. Kell, both of whom are on the sick list.
Mrs. Minnie Klotz has purchased a house and lot from H.L. Baumgardner and is now living on “Society Hill” in Wells Tannery.
Prof. and Mrs. Boyd Walters of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a new baby daughter, born last Wednesday at Waynesboro Hospital.
Thomas Hussle, the oldest resident of Fort Littleton, as been in ill health for the past several days.