2013-02-21 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by William R. Gordon of Harrisburg, pictures his grandmother, Thelma Gracey, circa 1945 at her telephone switchboard in New Grenada, Pa. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by William R. Gordon of Harrisburg, pictures his grandmother, Thelma Gracey, circa 1945 at her telephone switchboard in New Grenada, Pa. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 18, 1993


Fulton County was hit with a double dose of winter over the long holiday weekend. Friday’s storm dumped 6-8 inches of snow and ice over the area and just as shovels came to a rest, 3-5 more inches of snow and ice came down Monday night and Tuesday. The weather for the remainder of this week calls for frigid temperatures and high winds.

Southern Alleghenies Emergency Medical Services Council Inc., announced receipt of grants to the counties of Bedford, Cambria, Fulton and Somerset from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, totalling $325,382 for improvements to emergency medical communications in the respective counties.

Schools in the county were closed on Friday and Tuesday of this week due to the heavy snowfalls on those days.

Clair Lininger Jr. and Darlene Lininger of Needmore wish to announce the birth of a son, Kenneth Alan, February 11.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brown of Burnt Cabins wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Torrie Ann, to Bradley Eugene Miller Sr.

Roger and Carol Williams of Needmore announce the birth of a son, Jebediah Barnhardt Williams, on February 12 at Washington County Hospital.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Reilly of Amberson on February 10.

Deaths: Charles R. Thomas, McConnellsburg; Ralph Remsburg, Warfordsburg; W. Wallace Simpson, Mc- Connellsburg; George Swartz, Harrisonville; Luther Stouffer, Marion; Roy E. Harmon, Mercersburg.

Rodney and Kristi Fix of Waterfall announce the birth of a son, Taite Hunter, January 18.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 3, 1983


The Silver Creek Flight School of Falls Church,

Va., travelled to Fort Littleton to get some hang gliding in on Sunday afternoon. Sunday seemed perfect for the Fort Littleton hill, but the wind died early in the afternoon.

At the McConnellsburg Firehall on Saturday night, about 220 local Republicans joined together to listen to present-day politicians at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Guest speaker at the dinner was William R. Davis, secretary of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Sunday’s balmy weather, with temperatures in the mid- 60s, had many golfers getting into the swing of things at Great Cove links.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Regi, McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a daughter, Sheena Rae, on February 8 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Specials at the IGA: iceberg lettuce, 39 cents a head; turkeys, 57 cents lb.; ground beef, $1.09 lb.; Hungry Jack biscuits, 2 for $1; Skippy peanut butter, $1.49, 18-oz. jar.

By halftime in the Spartans’ game against Hancock last Friday night, it was obvious that the team was on its way to the first undefeated record in the school’s history. Dominating in both games they played last week, the Spartans finished the regular season with a perfect 25-0 record.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Murphy of Hancock on February 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ross W. Henry, McConnellsburg, on February 22.

The marriage of Katherine Ivy Hawkins, McConnellsburg, daughter of Clifford Hawkins, Newark, Del., and Barbara Moser, Mount Union, to Brently L. Gamble, of Concord, son of Bruce and Betty Lou Gamble, Concord, Pa., was held on February 12, at Knobsville United Methodist Church.

Deaths: Ethel G. Fittery, Chambersburg; Jerry Golden, Warfordsburg; Ada Dodson, Hopewell; Lawrence Gress Sr., Richmond, Va.; Brady A. Ramsey, Everett; Amos F. Doyle, South Bend, Ind.

Marriage licenses: Dennis J. Miller, 33, and Ginger L. Nicholas, 30, both of Chambersburg; Christopher A. Deshong, 19, McConnellsburg, and Wilma M. Strait, 18, Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 1, 1973


Parker Bivens, 42, of Big Cove Tannery, is listed in satisfactory condition at Fulton County Medical

Center after undergoing surgery at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for the amputation of the third, fourth and fifth fingers of his left hand. He is employed at the Robert Keefer sawmill at Big Cove Tannery and was using an edger when his hand became caught in the machinery.

Jean Stapleton, who over the short period of two and one-half years, has just about garnered every award possible for her performance on CBS’s “All In The Family,” has been selected by producer-director William H. Putch to open the 1973 summer season at Totem Pole Playhouse on May 26. She will appear in two plays, each running three weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Lyle Duffey and son Jim spent Washington’s birthday weekend with their son and daughter-inlaw, John and Bonnie Duffey of Portsmouth, N.H. While visiting one of New Hampshire’s many ski areas, Bonnie had the misfortune to fall, breaking an arm in two places. John is a fire protection specialist, stationed at Pease Air Force Base, and his wife is employed by the Indianhead Bank of Portsmouth.

Curtis Schetrompf, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schetrompf of Hancock, who underwent open heart surgery at the Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg last month, is now back in school, and his doctors say he can now lead a normal and active life.

A number of golfers took advantage of the warm weather break on Sunday to play at Great Gove Golf Club, even though the greens were closed for play.

Deaths: Jesse N. Mann, Hancock; Marvin J. Barton, Crystal Spring; Ida Mae King, Decker Nursing Home.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace A. Hershey of McConnellsburg on February 17.

Specials at the IGA: chuck roast, 85 cents lb.; IGA soda, 8 cents a bottle; facial tissues, 15 cents box; Campbell’s pork and beans, 10 cents a can.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of March 7, 1963


A tank truck, loaded with 33,835 pounds of compressed gas and without brakes, was able to come to a stop at the east end of town last Thursday after descending Tuscarora Mountain. The fact that the truck was loaded with an explosive cargo made residents acutely aware once again of the danger of runaway trucks. That same evening another brakeless truck ran into a field on Sideling Hill when the blocks the truck driver had placed under it while he went to seek help failed to hold.

At the meeting of the McConnellsburg Borough Council on Monday evening, ordinances were adopted for the purpose of forming a Municipal Sewage Authority and the annexation of various properties in Todd Township to the borough.

Robert Blaine Lynch, 18, of Big Cove Tannery, suffered numerous compound fractures of the legs on Tuesday evening when his legs were crushed between two cars on Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg. He was helping push a disabled car driven by John Rotz into the Sunoco Service Station when it was hit by a car driven by Robert Hoffman, which was unable to stop on the icy highway. Lynch jumped onto the trunk of the Rotz car and his legs were pinned when the cars collided. Four youths also helping to push the disabled car, Tom Kendall, Rodney Barton, Richard Duffey and Robert Crouse, were able to jump clear. Lynch is in serious condition at Chambersburg Hospital following emergency surgery.

Birth announcement: a son, David Matthew, the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Les Strang, Ann Arbor, Mich. Mrs. Les Strang is the former Jean Mentzer of McConnellsburg.

Joy Merrill, manageress of the Tinytown Restaurant, and employees Mrs. Paul Shaffer and Mrs. James Sipes will leave tomorrow for a vacation in Puerto Rico with Mrs. Robert Hunter, whose husband is employed there.

The marriage of Alma E. Shives and Lamont Brady of Big Cove Tannery on February 2 is announced.

Delmar Mellott, William Vance and Elwood Mellott announce their candidacy for county commissioners and John S. Beatty and Roy Gordon for county treasurer.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cutchall of Waterfall celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

There will be a sale of the pews and other contents of the Center Church on March 5.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Myers, Mercersburg, on February 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Blankley Jr., Needmore, on March 3.

Deaths: Mary M. Garland Needmore; Mrs. Mary Ruth Helman, Robertsdale, born in Todd Township; Russell J. Deshong, Harrisonville; Clyde V. Stahle, Greensburg, born in Buck Valley; Luther E. Weller, Berkeley Springs; Isaac Grummon Bratton, Three Springs, born in Taylor Township; Charley H. Oyler, Harrisonville; George Abslum Bishop, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Anna Ruth Ritz, Buck Valley; Mrs. Blanche E. Robinette, Berkeley Springs, formerly of Buck Valley; Phoebe Burkett Whetstone, Everett.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 12, 1953


Tiny Wright and his popular band from Harrisburg will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Ned Knepper and son Ellis have returned home after spending some time in Florida.

Death: Russell T. Myers of Hancock.

The McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. has booked Johnny Schmoker’s Little German Band for its July 4 Jamboree. Schmoker appears in a feature article in this month’s American magazine.

First Lt. Margery F. Cutchall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Cutchall of Laidig, is now stationed at the 343rd General Hospital in Koizuma, Japan. Lt. Cutchall has two years’ service in the Army and was formerly stationed at Brook Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. She is serving as a staff nurse.

A large crowd attended the Harry Clevenger sale last Friday. Much interest was shown in the dairy herd that was sold. The high cow bringing $502, while the calf at her side brought an additional $100.

David Mellott, son of Mrs. Mary Mellott of Harrisonville, has returned home following a mastoid operation at Chambersburg Hospital.

The Game Commission reports that 30 turkeys and 184 ringnecks were released in Fulton County last week.

Mrs. Richard Kopec, who spent a week with her mother, Mrs. C.A. Cutchall, left, on Tuesday for Memphis, Tenn., to join her husband, who is stationed with the Navy there.

Clete Peck, 68, of Big Cove Tannery, damaged his Plymouth sedan to the extent of $200 last Thursday when he skidded into the Chevrolet truck owned by Floyd Mc- Quade of McConnellsburg. The accident happened two miles south of town.

Records were computed on 634 dairy cows during February, owned by 33 members of the two Fulton County Dairy Herd improvement associations, according to county agent H.P. Kies. In DHIA No. 1, the high herd was that of W.C. Welsh of Knobsville, whose herd average was 751 pounds of milk and 32.2 pounds of butterfat. In DHIA No. 2, Joel Knepper of Hustontown had the high herd with 670 pounds of milk and 32.8 pounds of fat.

The tax rate for the borough of McConnellsburg has ben set at 14 mills for the present year.

Three Fulton County young men have completed their basic training at Medical Replacement Training Center at Camp Pickett, Va. The three are Pvts. Leroy L. Sheeder, George W. Humbert and Alton J. Ritchey.

The county tax millage for 1953 has been set at 20 mills.

The Democratic State Policy Committee has endorsed Judge W.C. Sheely for election to the State Superior Court.

Mrs. Guy Hixson of Crystal Spring had a freak chicken egg laid last week by one of her year-old hens. The egg measures 8 by 9 1/4 inches in circumference and weighs 7 ounces.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Foster of McConnellsburg on March 7.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerre Cook of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby daughter, born on March 3 at Waynesboro Hospital. She has been named Eliza Jane.

Mrs. Ralph McCoy and baby son returned home to Fort Littleton from Huntingdon Hospital last Tuesday.

The new baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Gracey of Fairview has been named Sandra Kay.

Mrs. Minne Waltz remains ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Adelsberger of Needmore.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gordon of Needmore have returned from a vacation in Florida.

The average Pennsylvania motorist paid about $94 last year in special automobile taxes – but he can include only $56 of this as a deductible item in figuring his income tax.

A-3C William Martz and Shirley J. Stewart were married on February 26.

Charles R. Kirk, work unit conservationist with the Fulton County Soil Conservation District, is attending a threeday meeting at State College this week.

Deaths: Walter H. Barnhart of Boonsboro, Md.; Leonard Jefferson Hockensmith of Saluvia; Mrs. Laura Jane Heeter of Three Springs.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 11, 1943


Deaths: John W.

Rotz of Harristown,

Ill; Harry Watson Mellott of Needmore; Virgil Loy Hollenshead of Harrisonville; Mrs. Harry B. Atkinson of Charlestown, W.Va.

The family of Clyde A. Swope was driven into freezing weather last Thursday night when fire destroyed their home near Sipes Mill. Local firemen were able to save the barn, but the home was a total loss.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shore on February 28; a daughter, Sandra Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fox on March 4; a son, Russell Earl, to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Layton of Hancock on February 27.

Billy Hayden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ott, underwent a tonsilectomy at Everett Hospital last Wednesday.

Doris Winifred, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Shank of Amaranth, was one of 25 nurses capped at ceremonies on March 5 at Clearfield Memorial Hospital.

Virginia Shimer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Shimer of Websters Mill, was awarded the Spangler Scholarship.

Mrs. Robert Fix of Mc- Connellsburg fell in the driveway of her home on February 26, breaking her ankle in two places.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 9, 1933


Deaths: Clarence

Emil Daub of Mercersburg; Mrs. Bertha E. Cordell of Fort Loudon; Barnabas K. Keefer of Sylvan.

Distribution of 1,810,215 fish in the streams of Fulton County was made by the Fish Commission during 1932.

President Roosevelt on Monday declared his famous “bank holiday.” During the four days, ending on Thursday, banking institutions throughout the country are ordered to curtail all phases of business.

Anton J. Cermak, who rose from a coal miner to become mayor of Chicago, died in Miami, Fla., on Monday from the effects of an assassin’s bullets, intended for Franklin D. Roosevelt 19 days previously.

Wilson L. Nace and Merrill W. Nace, cashiers of the local banks, sign their names to an article in this issue, announcing their banks’ compliance with President Roosevelt’s four-day “bank holiday.”

Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Regi were among the 200,000 who attended the presidential inauguration last Saturday.

For rent: two-story house, 4 acres of land, with fruit trees, good garden and outbuildings, $3 a month in advance. Inquire at this office.

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