2013-02-06 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files of February 4, 1993


The state of Maryland has sent a detainer to Georgia indicating it will pick up William Isaac’s February 18 so that he can serve prison time in Maryland in connection with the May 1973 kidnapping and murder of Richard Wayne Miller, 19, McConnellsburg. The other three men involved in the Miller and Alday cases remain imprisoned in Georgia.

Sybil Coble, Penn State Extension’s home economist in Fulton County for many years, died January 29 in York Hospital while undergoing surgery for injuries which she received in an automobile accident earlier that day in Franklin County. She was 71 years old. She is fondly remember in Fulton County for the 18 years of service which she gave to the community as home economist.

This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Carol Welsh Layton, was taken in 1959 after a tractor-trailer lost its brakes while descending Tuscarora Mountain (Rt. 30) and slammed into the home of Carol’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Welsh. The room where the truck hit was unoccupied. . Mr. and Mrs. Welsh were watching TV in the living room at the time of the crash. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Carol Welsh Layton, was taken in 1959 after a tractor-trailer lost its brakes while descending Tuscarora Mountain (Rt. 30) and slammed into the home of Carol’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Welsh. The room where the truck hit was unoccupied. . Mr. and Mrs. Welsh were watching TV in the living room at the time of the crash. Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter’s season were recorded on Monday and Tuesday of this week, with Monday’s high winds contributing to the single-digit figures. Groundhog Day on Tuesday was sunny but very cold so winter will be around for another six weeks.

Roger and Carolyn Buterbaugh, Fort Loudon, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carey Lynn, to Anthony Carbaugh, son of Richard and Irene Carbaugh, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Sybil Coble, 71, Mercersburg; V. Jean Deavor, 61, Chambersburg; Wilbert Taylor, 89, Chambersburg; Lewis W. Taylor, 73, McConnellsburg; Raymond Sipe, 81, Oceola; Adaline Brown, 75, Everett; Herbert D. Ramsey, 57, Three Springs; Charlotte Pringle, 56, Fayetteville.

Pvt. Robbie Shew, son of Robert and Luella Shew and husband of Selena Miller Shew of McConnellsburg, has recently graduated form advanced individual training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jill Swope has arrived for duty at Izmire Air Station, Izmir, Turkey. She is the daughter of Alvin Swope of North Charleston, S.C., and sister of Leonard Swope of McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 17, 1983


While cities and airports shut down, people panicked and stocked up on canned goods and the whole East Coast turned to a bright white. People in Fulton County seemed to take “the blizzard of ‘83” in stride. Twentyfour inches of snow fell on the county between 1 a.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Truckers went back to work last Thursday after the president of the Independent Truckers Association called a halt to the 11- day strike.

Visitors to the Eisenhower National Historic site in Gettysburg will now be able for the first time to view the late president’s extensive personal book collection. The Eisenhower farmhouse reopened to the public on Sunday after a month’s renovation.

Deaths: Guy Kriner, Mercersburg; William Kuhn, McConnellsburg; R. Chester Mellott, McConnellsburg; Olive Woodall, Fayetteville; Clarence T. Barnhart, Cumberland, Md.; Maudelene Garland, Warfordsburg; John P. Shives, Hancock; Vera B. Schooley, Harrisonville.

Specials at the IGA: bananas, 29 cents lb.; Campbell’s soup, 3 for $1; Viva towels, 79 cents, big roll; Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 2 for $1; sirloin tip roast, $2.29 lb.; Oscar Meyer bologna, $1.39, 12-oz. pkg.

The McConnellsburg Spartan boys basketball team has extended its unbeaten streak to 21. Brian Davis went into last week’s games needing only two points to cross the 1,000 career points plateau.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Golliday on February 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Appleby on February 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Keefer of McConnellsburg on February 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keefer of Mercersburg on February 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Deshong of McConnellsburg on February 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Leese of McConnellsburg on February 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blain Middaugh of Doylesburg on February 10.

Marriage licenses: Gerald R. Peck and Susan L. Koontz, both of McConnellsburg; Kenneth W. McCommons, Shade Gap, and Connie S. Crouse, Shirleysburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 15, 1973


The newly organized Fulton Honor Guard met at the VFW home on

February 4. Five new members were voted in, bringing the guard’s strength to 38 members.

Kent Shimer was taken to the Medical Center from his apartment on South Third Street on Friday evening where he was admitted with a gunshot wound of the leg. Shimer suffered a flesh wound of the upper right thigh when a .22 rifle he was cleaning accidentally discharged.

A postage stamp in memory of Lyndon B. Johnson is scheduled to be issued August 27 – which would have been the late president’s 65th birthday.

Marriage licenses: Dennis Keith Clingerman of Gainesville, Md., and Lucinda Mae Deshong of McConnellsburg; Richard Paul Lehman of McConnellsburg and Barbara Sue Fix of McConnellsburg.

Craig A. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover K. Mellott of McConnellsburg, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall term at Penn State.

Miss Cheryl L. Deshong of Harrisonville is one of 21 Juniata College seniors currently student teaching in elementary education. Miss Deshong has been assigned to teach kindergarten at the Juniata Valley Elementary School.

Sgt. Howard P. Naugle Jr. has now returned to duty in Japan after a five and a half month tour of duty in Vietnam. His wife and son are residing with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Naugle Sr., McConnellsburg.

A surprise dinner was held on February 11 at Perry’s Inn to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Mellott of Cito.

Deaths: Dr. Robert E. Riggs, McConnellsburg; George D. Wagner, Huntingdon; Brinton C.Wright, Needmore; Mrs. Kitty G. Smith, Mercersburg; Morgan Gordon, Needmore; Ray A. Tice, Hustontown.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Peck of Breezwood on February 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hockenberry of Doylesbug on February 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clippinger of Fort Littleton on February 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Coffman of McConnellsburg on February 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Shipley of Everett on February 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Truax of Hustontown on February 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Glessner of McConnellsburg on February 7.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 21, 1963


An Indiana woman was killed on Tuesday evening when the car in which she was a passenger skidded on the snow-covered highway on Route 522 north of McConnellsburg. The car collided head-on with an auto driven by Kenneth Earley of Waterfall. Both drivers were seriously injured and their cars demolished.

Homes owned by R.N. Thorpe of Hustontown and M.H. Garlock near Knobsville were badly damaged by fires last week caused by overheated chimneys.

A meeting to form the Fulton County Council of Churches will be held on Sunday at Cito Methodist Church.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson of Chambersburg on February 7. Mrs. Johnson is the former Margaret Sheffield.

James A. King, 18, Waterfall, suffered a broken leg and nose on Sunday when he was struck by a car driven by Larry W. Black, also of Waterfall.

Mike Keebaugh, McConnellsburg, has been awarded the John M. Spangler Scholarship by the directors of the McConnellsburg Joint School Board. His mother, the former Catherine Fields, won the same scholarship 22 years ago.

Marriage licenses at the local courthouse: Eugene W. Mellott, Needmore, and Shirley M. Guessford, McConnellsburg; Gerald O. Wible, McConnellsburg, and N. Maxine West, Fayetteville; Richard T. Ramsey, Mc- Connellsburg, and Betty L. Deshong, Needmore; Dean LeRoy Allison, Perulack, Pa., and Wanda Jean Stains, Orbisonia.

A 1963 Mercury, painted gold and bearing a license plate No. FM 60,000, was stopped in Fulton County last week and the driver charged with speeding at 80 miles an hour. The car had been on display in Washington as the 60 millionth car manufactured by the Ford Motor Co. and was being returned to Detroit.

A car owned by Thornton Mellott Jr. of Cito was stolen from North Third Street, McConnellsburg, last Thursday. It was found later in New Jersey being driven by a fugitive from justice from Massachusetts and his girlfriend, who had hitchhiked to McConnellsburg.

Clyde Stahle of Greensburg, formerly of Buck Valley, died on Saturday.

Correspondents report many cases of pneumonia in their communities.

Sharon Keebaugh of Knobsville is a student at the Franklin School of Science in Philadelphia.

The state’s monthly pensions to the blind have been increased from $70 to $85 and their allowed income from $2,800 to $3,600.

Gov. William Scranton indicated last week that he would favor legalized bingo for charitable purposes.

The nation’s traffic accidents last year cost the lives of 41,000 people, a record high.

Engagement announced: Josephine Breakall, Hancock, to Maynard C. Spade, Crystal Spring.

Deaths: Snively Ryder, 98, Fort Loudon; Albert Zeis, Fort Loudon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of February 26, 1953


Mrs. Charles Cutchall is a patient in the Maryland General Hospital where she was admitted last week for surgery. Mr. Cutchall remains a patient in Altoona Veterans Hospital where he is also undergoing surgery.

Eric, 6-year-old son of Finlay Wible of town, is confined to his home with tonsillitis.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Hann of Needmore on February 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Ott of McConnellsburg on February 18.

Eight people from all over Fulton County attended the annual meeting of the Fulton County Agricultural Extension Association last Thursday, re-electing G.A. Biggs of McConnellsburg as president. Other officers re-elected were Orville Duvall of Crystal Spring, vice president; Mrs. Glenn Moseby of Wells Tannery, secretary; and Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg, treasurer. The main speaker for the evening was Judge W.C. Shelly, who spoke on “Responsibilities.”

The recently built R&G Motor Co.’s service station, located next to the garage and showrooms on East Lincoln Way, has been leased to the Sun Oil Co. John Ray, former service station operator in McConnellsburg, in turn has leased the station from Sunoco and will take over the management on February 27. Ray has been with the McCleary Oil Co. of Chambersburg for the past 16 years.

Six young men from Fulton County left McConnellsburg on Wednesday of this week for induction into the armed forces. Included in the group are Ralph Harvey Clark of Needmore; John F. Houdersheldt of Warfordsburg; Warren Elwood Hess of Clear Ridge; Wayne A. Sowers of Websters Mill; Calvin Howard Souders of McConnellsburg, and James M. Chamberlain of Wells Tannery. Thirty other young men also left on Wednesday for Pittsburgh for their pre-induction physical exams, but their names were not released for publication.

Dr. Theodore Whitsel, physician at Hustontown for the past two and one-half years, announced this week that he will discontinue his practice in Fulton County on February 28. Dr. Whitsel will enter the Army Air Force Medical Corps, reporting to Gunter Air Force Base at Montgomery, Ala.

Local state police reminded all merchants who sell cigarettes that the law requires a person to be 21 years of age before he is permitted to buy cigarettes or cigarette papers, and must be 18 years of age or older to frequent poolrooms. Police said the law is an old one and seldom enforced, and it is doubtful if half the dealers know they are not permitted to sell cigarettes or cigarette papers to persons under 21. The reminder from the police came after an editorial comment in the “News” last week concerning a recent party held by high school students.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Shaw of Laidig announce the birth of a son in Huntingdon Hospital on February 12. This is their second son and he has been named Danny Lee.

People were standing in the aisles last Sunday night to see the Billy Graham movie, “Mr. Texas,” shown at Pleasant Grove Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Copper of Warfordsburg have returned from a vacation in Florida, sooner than planned due to the illness of her mother, Mrs. Earl Truax.

Mrs. Logue Wink of Needmore, who had been ill at her home, developed double pneumonia and is now a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Excavation was completed last week for the building addition to the Presbyterian Church at Warfordsburg.

Due to the quick action of the Breezewood Volunteer Fire Co., Herman Mellott’s home at Flickerville was saved after fire started inside. Details are not known.

Deaths: James E. Hollinshead of near Sipes Mill; Mrs. Nora E. Hoover of Rockhill Furnace.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 25, 1943


The following men will enter the service on Saturday: Nathan R.

Henry, Merrill E. Richards, Earl L. Deavor, Roy O. Park, Donald W. Price, Carl E. Linn, Claude W. Hendershot, Herbert E. Ward, Cecil E. Williams, Lewis F. Largent Jr., William R. Keebaugh, Morris V. Bailey, Galen N. Hanks, George S. Dickinson, Mark E. Clevenger, Henry E. Daniels, Harold E. Fix, Robert S. House Jr., Earl B. Long, Ray Smith, Warren E. Black, William H. Doyle, Lawrence S. Schooley, John W. Hays, Elzy E. Golden, William G. Lane Jr., Bernard C. Barton, Merrill I. Culler, Herman L. Shelton, Hayes E. Palmer, Donald E. Carbaugh, Leon D. Fraker, Homer L. Scriever, Dale L. Keebaugh, Roger C. Bivens, George J. Strait and Edgar Norris.

Deaths: Mrs. Inez Akers Walters of Brush Creek; Mrs. Amelia C. Fix of Three Springs.

Ford Milton Bowen and Bessie Cooper were married on February 13.

Born: a daughter on February 18 at Everett Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hamil of McConnellsburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 23, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. James K. Van Dyke of Philadelphia; Henry Parkenson Palmer of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Harriet Pittman of Six Mile Run; Mrs. Jennie Hixon of Everett; Harry Warsing of Bedford County; Raymond C. Hauman of near Saluvia; John Frank Smith of Brush Creek Township.

Hetzel D. James and Ethel E. Sigel were married on January 21.

The high winds on Tuesday toppled over the grandstand at the athletic field in Mc- Connellsburg.

The New Grenada writer says the ice houses there are now all filled with fine, clear ice about 5 inches thick.

Secretary of Agriculture John A. McSparran sent a printed letter to all newspapers this week, asking them to publicize the fact that farmers do not have to own a license to sell their own products.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newman of Waterfall on Saturday to celebrate Mr. Newman’s 49th birthday.

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