2013-02-13 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lisa Clevenger Kemp, pictures her mother, Shirley A. Clevenger. The photo was taken on her grandparents’ farm in Waterfall in the late 1930s-early 1940s. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lisa Clevenger Kemp, pictures her mother, Shirley A. Clevenger. The photo was taken on her grandparents’ farm in Waterfall in the late 1930s-early 1940s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 11, 1993


A 17-year-old white male juvenile admitted to the act which resulted in the shooting death of

Matthew Aaron Oakman of Harrisonville November 12, 1992, during a closed hearing held February 5 in Fulton County Courthouse. The boy admitted to the act charged, involuntary manslaughter, during the hearing. He was placed in Adelphoi Village in Westmoreland County for a 90-day evaluation. A dispositional hearing will be held following that evaluation in May.

Congratulations to Forbes Road junior Kari Zittle for breaking the school’s girls’ basketball scoring record last Thursday evening. Zittle scored 31 points against Fannett Metal, bringing her career total to 1,217 and breaking the record set last year by Stacy Hoover.

A herd of 15 to 20 deer roamed through downtown Mercersburg on Saturday morning with one crashing through the front window of the Valley Bank and Trust Co.’s branch office and then out another. No other damage was reported as the herd split up and found their way out of town.

Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be holding its ninth annual Sweetheart Ball February 20. This year’s benefit will be for a sorority sister, Diane Poffenberger, who received a heart transplant October 27, 1992.

Mr. and Mrs. Craig McCusker of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Becky, to Paul Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ray of Warfordsburg.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Culler of Mc- Connellsburg honored their parents on Sunday, February 7, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married during World War II on February 7, 1943, in Funkstown, Md.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mellott of Harrisonville on February 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Heckman of St. Thomas on February 4.

Christine Seville and John Boehme III were united in marriage November 28 at United Methodist Church in McConnellsburg. The bride’s parents are Tom and Melinda Howells of McConnellsburg and Roger Seville of St. Thomas. The groom is the son of Kim and John Boehme Jr. of Venetia, Pa.

Deaths: Gladys Mellott, 70, McConnellsburg; H. Allen Cutshall, 82, Three Springs; Bette J. Dodson, 65, Hagerstown; Robert G. Shockey, 81, McConnellsburg; Robert O. Browand, 65, Dillsburg; Norman R. Munson, 74, Hancock; Charlotte J. Mason, 66, Rohresville, Md.; Arthuer E. Fultz, 67, McClure, Snyder County.

30 Years Ago


Mild weather followed the big snow of Friday a week ago, and signs of spring are now seen everywhere, from crocus blossoms coming up through the remaining snow to budding trees and shrubs of several species.

At the 14th annual Fulton County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet on Saturday night, 195 people gathered to fete the chamber’s choices for the Man of the Year award and for the Outstanding Citizen award. Fulton County Treasurer David Wright of Needmore was named Man of the Year, and Ora Deneen was named the Outstanding Citizen.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Helman, located on Route 475, three miles south of Hustontown, was severely damaged by fire last Wednesday. About 35 firemen from Hustontown and McConnellsburg were at the scene. The owners and their three children were not at home at the time of the fire which was believed to have started in the kitchen.

Chauncey McGarvey, who recently purchased the Keebaugh Furniture storage facility building on North Third Street, is converting it into one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. The townhouse type units will be named Creekside Apartments.

Specials at the IGA: Velveeta slices, $1.49; Clorox, 66 cents, 1/2 gallon; asparagus, $1.39 lb.; ground turkey, 79 cents; ground beef, $1.19 lb.; Kraft salad dressings, 99 cents.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Airplane II – The Sequel.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mellott, Needmore, on February 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hinckle, Hancock, on February 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Miller of McConnellsburg on February 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Keefer, Mc- Connellsburg, on February 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Mellott, Warfordsburg, on February 17.

Deaths: Harry M. Elvey, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Mark Gray, Hagerstown, and Ann Cromer, McConnellsburg; Gary Schooley and Jana Mellott, both of McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 22, 1973


Merrill C. Brant was named Fireman of the Year at the annual banquet of the Hustontown Area

Volunteer Fire Co. last Wednesday night. Mr. Brant is recuperating from a recent heart attack and could not attend the banquet, so the award was presented to his wife. He has lived in the Hustontown area all his life and is a master mechanic. He has owned and operated Brant’s Garage at Hustontown for many years. He is married to the former Sarah Mumma, and they are the parents of a daughter and a son, both married.

A summer home in Licking Creek Township, owned by Mrs. Martha Wallam of Andora, Pa., was completely destroyed by fire on Sunday. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but is recorded as being of suspicious nature since all power lines into the house had been disconnected for the winter. The home was a two-story, old frame farmhouse and was located on the Patterson Run Road. The house had been used as a summer residence by the owner for several years and was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Kevin Hann, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Hann of McConnellsburg, who is suffering from a serious kidney infection, is again a patient in Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital.

Robert Franklin Garland of Warfordsburg and Bonnie Kay Mellott of McConnellsburg applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

The records of the Fulton County Registration Commission indicate that 105 Democratic male electors, 104 Democratic female electors, 95 Republican male electors, 70 Republican female electors and 8 voters of other parties have not voted in the past two years.

An 8-year-old Fulton County boy suffered a fractured left leg on Saturday afternoon when struck by a car on South Main Street in Chambersburg. Police said that the boy, Gary Oakman of Warfordsburg, ran from the west curb directly into the path of a southbound car. The boy is listed in satisfactory condition at Chambersburg Hospital.

Larry Chubb, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb of Mc- Connellsburg, received the third-place award in Pennsylvania for E Production, III Class. He received the award at a banquet sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association for the year 1972.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark and family just returned home after spending a few days in Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Clark also enjoyed a trip to Venezuela recently.

Deaths: Robert F. Lynch, Pittsburgh; Delena Dian Yarlett, infant daughter of James L. and Vivian Yarlett of Carlisle; Mrs. Hazel Deshong, Harrisonville; Luther M. Black, McConnellsburg; Mary Etta Gallagher, Mount Union.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Strait of Fort Littleton on February 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Patrick of McConnellsburg on February 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Peck of Warfordsburg on January 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Peck of Crystal Spring on February 15.

Specials at the IGA: Downey fabric softener, 69 cents a quart; Spic and Span, 88 cents; IGA frozen dinners, 39 cents; fancy iceberg lettuce, 29 cents a head; Hellman’s salad dressing, 49 cents, quart jar.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 28, 1963


Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Wilson and six children of

Shade Gap were left homeless on Sunday morning when fire destroyed their home, located just north of Burnt Cabins, while the family was at church.

An accident near Warfordsburg between an H.J. Culler milk truck and a private car resulted in extensive damage to each vehicle and minor injuries to the truck driver, James M. Chamberlain of McConnellsburg. The truck, loaded with cans of milk valued at $2,000, was struck by a car driven by Webster Mellott of McConnellsburg, and then rolled over an embankment.

The second-largest producing well in the Monroe gas field in Bedford County was brought in Sunday on the Paul Snyder farm, making the eighth successful strike in the area.

Postmaster Erman S. Knepper and wife have returned from a visit with their daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Estel (Hilda) Cobb, and four children in Honolulu, Hawaii.

News of men in service: Pvt. Bernard M. Shadle, Shade Gap, has completed eight weeks of military police training at Fort Gordon, Ga. During basic training, he was awarded the sharp-shooting medal for pistol, 8mm and .30 caliber rifles. John M. Souders, McConnellsburg, reported for active duty with the National Guard on February 9. Cadet William E. Sahffer Jr., McConnellsburg, has been selected for the senior division of the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Penn State University. Harold E. Berkstresser of Hustontown re-enlisted in the Air Force on February 11 and will report to McCord AFB, Washington, on March 25. He first enlisted in May 1957. Ralph E. Spies, McConnellsburg, has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center at San Diego, Calif. Gary Houdersheldt, Needmore, has enlisted for three years in the U.S. Army.

The county’s financial statement for 1962 advertised in this issue shows a total of $163,837.85 in annual revenue.

Milton Deneen, Warfordsburg, is very ill in the Medical Center form the effects of being bitten by a hog.

Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mellott have taken up housekeeping on the Hoard Layton tenant house at Needmore.

Calvin Beatty, Buck Valley, underwent surgery at Washington County Hospital last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Beddlow of Washington, D.C., announce the birth of a son, Kirk Lee, on February 21. Mrs. Beddlow is the former Mildred Schetrompf of Buck Valley.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Smith, Artemas, on February 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Davis, McConnellsburg, on February 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McMullen, Orbisonia, on February 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Strait, Harrisonville, on February 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Miller, Blairs Mill, on February 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lynch, Big Cove Tannery, on February 14.

Deaths: Elmer J. Lake, Needmore; Harvey H. Doyle, Waynesboro, born in McConnellsburg; Betty Jane Hixon of Buck Valley; Joseph M. Mellott, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 5, 1953


Because of his high scholastic standing, George

Reisner, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Reisner, is one of eight students at Mercersburg Academy who has been chosen to deliver addresses at the 60th annual commencement on June 1, 1953.

A-2C Gilbert Lake, who had been stationed in Japan, has been transferred to Clark Air Base in the Philippines.

Reed Cutchall, who had been stationed with the Army in England, is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cutchall of McConnellsburg.

Television owners in McConnellsburg are anxiously looking foward to the day when Station WFBG-TV in Altoona goes on the air full force. Reception in many cases here is almost perfect, but it is understood that there are still several “bugs” to be ironed out. Operations are now being conducted on 60,000 watts, but by May 1 the station hopes to be transmitting on 335,000 watts. Altoona is received here on direct signal, while other stations are received on reflected signals.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Mellott of Websters Mill on February 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James L. Deshong of Harrisonville on February 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Buterbaugh of Hancock on February 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reeder of McConnellsburg on February 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Gracey of Waterfall on February 27.

Former McConnellsburg postmaster Ellis Lemuel Lynch, 70, died unexpectedly at his home here on Monday afternoon. In April of 1952, he retired as postmaster of Mc- Connellsburg after more than 15 years of public service.

Thanks to Emory Booth, who donated the lumber, and to Bud Shaw, Walter Golden and Russell Manning for making and hanging them, the Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church now has book racks on the backs of the pews.

The Burnt Cabins Men’s Brotherhood Club has been responsible for the signing of an agreement with the Cumberland Valley Electric Co. for the installation and maintenance of streetlights at Burnt Cabins. Wires for the lights have already been installed and completion of the work has been promised by March 14, according to a report given by C. Stull Baldwin, chairman of the lighting committee.

The official big-game count for 1952 shows the following kills: legal antlered deer, 27,164; antlerless deer, 37,820; and bears, 261.

According to a report from county agent H.P. Kies, Union, Brush Creek and Wells townships in Fulton County have been authorized as a Bangs Disease Test Area. More than 94 percent of the dairymen in these townships have already signed an agreement to have their herds tested.

Sgt. Kenneth Batzell and Charlotte Bessette were married on February 6.

Alfred Scetrompf of Warfordsburg is home on a threeweek leave of absence from Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he had an eye removed.

The primary election this year will be held May 19.

The McConnellsburg Lions Club will stage its annual minstrel show on Friday and Saturday evenings in the local school auditorium. The proceeds from the show will be donated to the Fulton County Medical Center. The show will feature the Warfordsburg High School Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Dorothy Golden, the Hustontown High School Chorus, under the direction of Charles Petro; the McConnellsburg School Band, under the direction of John Enck; and a hillbilly band, which plays nothing but Fulton County music. In all, more than 160 persons will take part in this “spectacular” event, and the admission price will be only 70 cents for adults and 35 cents for children.

The Fulton County Soil Conservation District has been notified that it will receive approximately 40,000 trees this year for distribution to its cooperators.

Larry Golden of Penn State College spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Golden of Warfordsburg.

Death: Mrs. Rhoda Spade.

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. McCray of Warfordsburg have returned from a month’s vacation in Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Winegardner and two daughters have moved into the house recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. John Mumma at Fort Littleton.

Hayes Richards was feted at a birthday party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Richards of near Cito on Friday evening.

Teddy Fraker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Fraker of Fort Littleton, is a patient in the Fulton County Medical Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McCoy of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby son, born at Huntingdon Hospital on February 26. Miss Edna Bain of near Cito is taking care of the other sons while Mrs. McCoy is in the hospital.

Mrs. James Weakland and family will move from Burnt Cabins to Albuquerque, N.M., in the near future, where Mr. Weakland has been since last fall.

Latest word from Mrs. EJ. Madden (Sarah Grove) is that she remains seriously ill in Huntingdon Hospital.

Deaths: Ulysses Kirtz Secrist; Daniel S. Henry of Clear Ridge; Norman S. Gladfelter of Allenport.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 4, 1943


Deaths: infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John R.

Pittman of McConnellsburg; George Henry

Rinedollar of Ayr Township; Anna Laura Lodge of Needmore; William Henry Harrison Wagner of Johnstown; Mrs. Clara Fields Alexander of Fort Littleton; Roland Austin Sharp of Knobsville.

American housewives went shopping with “points” for the first time on Monday. The eight-day, nationwide sales freeze on more than 200 food items was lifted on Monday and point rationing was started.

Harry M. Elvey has been elected president of the Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co.

Raymond Wible was taken to Everett Hospital on Monday in the Kelso ambulance.

Pilot Officer Daniel F. Trout has begun his duties as an instructor of aeronautics at Davison, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dr. and Mrs. E.H. MacKinlay have made a donation to Everett Hospital for remodelling and furnishing of a new nursery.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of March 2, 1933


Deaths: John Lachman of South Hills; Mrs. Lucinda Catherine Clevenger of Cito; Evan Hawkins of near Hustontown; Miss Laura Linn of Norristown; Wilkinson Montgomery Clippinger of Wells Tannery; Mrs. B.F. Cline of Knobsville; John Hamil Sr. of Hubbard, Ohio; Doris Lee Layton.

Excitement reigned in Harrisburg on Wednesday when a group of 1,500 Pennsylvania unemployed gathered at a joint meeting of the House and Senate and made imperative demands for aid. Although no immediate action was taken by the lawmakers, one of the unemployed women in the group declared that the cattle at the Farm Show were better cared for than many of the destitute of the state.

Paul E. Schooley and Ada Mae Mellott were married on February 25.

John McQuade and Martha E. Seiders were married on February 17.

Kenneth C. Sloan, grandson of Mrs. Josephine A. Sloan of McConnellsburg, has been awarded a decoration for superior academic work at the Staunton Military Academy.

John Peterson, who is employed near Lewistown, spent the weekend with his home folks, Mrs. Sadie Peterson and family of Burnt Cabins.

Doyle Horton of Wells Tannery stepped from the running board of a truck last week, fell and the rear wheel passed over his chest. No account of his injuries is listed.

A full column on the front page and the entire contents of page five of this issue are devoted to a speech made by Hon. D.H. Patterson before the local Civic Club on February 10.

Mrs. Harry Cowan was guest of honor at a party on Friday evening in celebration of her 51st birthday.

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