2013-02-28 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Bill Wright of St. Thomas, pictures the sons of Ivan and Wealthy Wright of Waterfall. The photo was taken at the home farm, shortly after World War II. Both are deceased. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Bill Wright of St. Thomas, pictures the sons of Ivan and Wealthy Wright of Waterfall. The photo was taken at the home farm, shortly after World War II. Both are deceased. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 25, 1993


Three heavy snowstorms in less than nine days with zero temperatures in between means the snow cover will be around for some time. Weather predictions call for more snow before the winter is over.

“Rookie of the Year” car racer Jeff Shearer of Big Cove Tannery was featured in Sunday’s Herald Mail’s Focus magazine section in a full-page, illustrated writeup.

State Senator Robert C. Jubelirer was guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce February 17 at the American Legion.

JLG Industries Inc. marked the successful completion of the first phase of the yearlong overhaul of its McConnellsburg manufacturing operations with a dedication of new production facilities on Monday.

Under intense questioning by members of the state Low-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee, Chem Nuclear Systems Inc. acknowledged last Thursday that siting maps released at their joint press conference with the Department of Environmental Resources two weeks ago had failed to show many areas of the state that are still under consideration for the siting of a radioactive waste disposal facility.

Talisha Appleby and Russell Harmon were united in marriage October 4 at Hustontown Church of God. Parents of the couple are Terry and Verna Appleby of Hustontown and Nelson and Joan Harmon.

Deaths: Geraldine Thomas, 88, McConnellsburg; Helen Larsen, 79, McConnellsburg; Helen Roll, 97, McConnellsburg; Kenneth Henry, 67, Hustontown.; A. Lester Mc- Cusker, 84, Hancock; Eugene Plessinger, 86, Endicott, N.Y.; Myrtle Lane Ramsey, 91, Harrisburg; Rev. E. Myrl Weyant, 81, Orbisonia; Helen L. Weaver, 73, Hagerstown; Mary L. Davis, 85, Bedford; Betty J. Barkman Luther, 71, Zephyrhills, Fla.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Buchanan on February 21.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 10, 1983


At the coroner’s inquest into the death of Debbie

Ray Witmer last Wednesday night, the jury said it was murder but could not say who did it. It urged the state police and the district attorney’s office to continue to investigate. Witmer was the daughter of McConnellsburg Boro policeman Charles Ray, and disappeared from her mother’s home in St. Thomas on May 27, 1981. Her remains were found in a quarry lake near Williamson on April 11, 1982.

Robert Covert was selected Fireman of the Year by Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. at its 15th annual banquet on Saturday night.

Luthern Social Services has closed the day care center on Route 522 north of McConnellsburg because it is no longer “cost effective to keep it open.”

Curtis Glazier of McConnellsburg was honored at the Tri-Ag banquet last week with a certificate of merit by the Fulton Conservation District for his “accomplishments in resource conservation.” Glazier farms in the valley south of McConnellsburg and has installed conservation practices on all his land.

Specials at the IGA: Chicken of the Sea tuna, 69 cents; Stove Top stuffing, 89 cents; bananas, 29 cents lb.; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 3 for $1; Ivory bath soap, 3-pack, 79 cents; Bounce fabric softener, $2.79.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Clark of Hustontown on March 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Beeler of Mercersburg on March 3.

Deaths: Anna Mellott, McConnellsburg; Melvin Fischer, Wells Tannery; Henrietta Mellott, Needmore; James H. Mills, Mercersburg; Edward C. Locke, Neelyton; Paul Klock, Chambersburg; Doris Drenning, Saltillo; David Johnson, Johnstown; Clair Walters, Warriors Mark; Charles L. Leidy, Bedford; Herbert Keefer, Cumberland County; John Lee Sr., New York; Vaughn F. Lynch, Michigan.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of March 8, 1973


At the recent stockholders’ meeting of The First

National Bank of McConnellsburg, all members of the board of directors were re-elected for the current year. As re-elected by the stockholders, the board includes Harry M. Johnston, Orville W. Duvall, Albert Foster, George Grissinger, Paul C. Mellott, H.J. Culler, Henry W. Daniels and H. Lyle Duffey.

A new police officer was hired on a part-time basis and a decision to resurface and curb certain borough streets were the main items on the agenda of the regular Borough Council meeting. Kenneth Phillips of Fort Loudon will take over the duties of part-time borough policeman to replace Fred Snyder, who does not wish to continue in police work.

Fulton Industries Inc. will be one of more than 500 manufacturing firms that will exhibit machinery and equipment at the 24th National Plant Engineering and Maintenance Show to be held in Chicago March 12-15.

Applications are now being accepted by the Fulton County Child day care center from Fulton County residents with children between the ages of 3 and 6 years who wish to enroll their children in the Day Care Center. The day care center is expected to open on April 1 and will be located in he Medical Center auxiliary rooms in the basement of the local hospital.

Boys and girls from the commonwealth’s 67 counties, including four from Fulton County, will have an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the function of state government when they participate in State 4-H Capital Days in Harrisburg, March 12-13. The county delegates selected to take part in this statewide event are Debbie Mellott, Michelle Rasp and Larry Lane of McConnellsburg and Clem Malot of Hustontown.

Kathy Snyder, a member of the Shepherd College girls basketball team, competed in the state basketball tournament at Huntingdon, W.Va., February 22-24 and finished as the high scorer for her team this year.

D.A. Washabaugh III spent a few days this week on a business trip to Puerto Rico.

Deaths: Robert F. Lynch, McConnellsburg; Brice R. Aller, McConnellsburg; William Wigfield, Hancock.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David K. Wilt of Everett on February 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Souders of McConnellsburg on February 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin McMullen of Burnt Cabins on March 1; twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Custer of Mercersburg on March 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bishop of Hancock on March 1.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 14, 1963


Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held on

March 22 for the new Sagner Inc. plant in Mc-

Connellsburg, less than a year after the Fulton Industrial Development Association was approached to provide a bigger building for the company.

Arlie Schetrompf of Hancock was admitted to the Medical Center early Tuesday morning with injuries sustained when his car skidded on a patch of ice in heavy fog in Buck Valley.

A house trailer owned by Vernon Rouzer and the residence of Robert Woy at Harrisonville were destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning. The trailer was unoccupied when the fire of undetermined origin broke out.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that the realized net income for the nation’s farms averaged $3,498 last year, a record high.

Engagement announced: Carol Ann Walls of Hancock to Eugene Grant Swope of Needmore.

A marriage license was issued at the local courthouse to David E. Kerlin and Phyllis Fix, both of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan left on Wednesday on a Mediterranean cruise and will spend Easter Sunday with their grandson, Lt. James F. Sloan, and wife in Rome.

Carl Gordon, McConnellsburg, is serving in the U.S. Air Force at Lackland AFB in Texas.

Miss Beulah Johnston recently returned from a visit with her sister, Dr. Jean Johnston, in London, England.

D.F. Trout of Bethesda, Md., is building an airstrip on his farm in Ayr Township so that he can commute in his recently purchased “Bonanza” aeroplane.

Marvin Sheffield recently completed an equipment dealer training course at Clay Equipment Corporation, Binghamton, N.Y.

Nelson Caldwell, Warfordsburg, is serving with the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale King, McConnellsburg, on March 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Daniels, McConnellsburg, on March 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gordon, McConnellsburg, on March 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William McMullen, Orbisonia, on March 9.

Phyllis Jean Smith of McConnellsburg and Donald Robert Bard of Needmore were married in Siloam Methodist Church on February 2.

Country music star Doc Williams of Wheeling, W.Va., will appear at Southern Fulton High School on March 21.

More announce candidacy: Fred S. Fisher for sheriff, Dennis Shaffer and Brinton C. Wright for county commissioners.

Mrs. Rachel Hendershot of Buck Valley suffered a slight stroke last week.

C.J. McGarvey Sr. advertises his beer distributing business in McConnellsburg for sale, due to his ill health.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary L. Hamil Snyder of McConnellsburg; Olive Souders, Big Cove Tannery.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 26, 1953


Invitations are now out for the double marriage ceremony of two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Max

Glee by Rev. David R. Hoover in the Lutheran Church on April 4. To be married are Evelyn Ruth Glee to Arthur Ott, and Audrey Catherine Glee to Donald Daniels.

Ray E. Robinson and Wavie Florence Hovermale were married in the local Lutheran Church on Saturday. The reception was held at the Fulton House.

Pvt. Earl Mellott is now stationed with the U.S. Army at Arlington,Va.

Carl Paylor and Jack Wildoner will both leave on Monday to further their careers in professional baseball. Paylor will go to Jackson, Tenn., and Wildoner to Shibe Park, Philadelphia, for probable reassignment.

Walt Sheldon and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Mrs. Willis Mellott of McConnellsburg has returned to her home from Waynesboro Hospital where she underwent surgery.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wible visited on Friday with relatives at Norristown and then went on to Philadelphia to visit their daughter, Marian, a student nurse at Philadelphia State Hospital. Marian returned here with them for the weekend and then went on to Windber Hospital to resume her training.

Miss Jeanne Greathead, a teacher at Bryn Mawr, is at her home here, suffering from a case of the mumps.

While gathering eggs last week, Mrs. John R. Pittman found a large egg which measured 7 inches around and had two shells. Some of the white was between the two shells.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eugene Swisher of McConnellsburg on March 19.

Thirteen young county men left on Wednesday for Pittsburgh for induction into the Army. Included in the group were: J. Thurman Strait of Harrisonville; Calvin C. Snyder of Hustontown; Donald W. Brown of Clear Ridge; Alvey J. Gordon of McConnellsburg; Calvin A. Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg; Mac J. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery; Raymond E. Melius of Hustontown; Kenneth P. Earley of Wells Tannery; Robert D. Earley of McConnellsburg; Norman C. Edwards of Laidig; Walter E. Knowles of Fort Littleton; Stanley H. Cline of McConnellsburg; and Edward H. Younker of Hancock.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit Fulton County on April 14. The quota for this visit is 150 pints.

Lewis F. Largent of McConnellsburg, county director of veterans’ affairs, has announced that April 9 has been set as the deadline for filing prisoner-of-war claims for additional compensation of $1.50 per day because of inhumane treatment or enforced labor. There are an estimated 27,000 veterans throughout the United States who have not yet filed claims.

H.M. Crow, who has been superintendent at Fulton County Medical Center since July 10, 1952, has accepted a similar position with Morgan County War Memorial Hospital at Berkeley Springs. No successor has yet been named.

Don Hill of Warfordsburg has been elected a director of the Valley Rural Electric Cooperative. A.C. Peterson of Burnt Cabins also serves as a director of the cooperative.

Congressman Richard M. Simpson has been unanimously elected as chairman of the Republican National Congressional Campaign Committee. As head of the 38- member committee, he will direct all campaign plans of GOP candidates for House seats in the 1954 election.

Death: Charlotte Mae Drenning of Robertsdale.

Constance Neir, a student at Altoona Nurses’ Training School, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Neir, at New Grenada, over the weekend.

Clair Oren Dickenson and Helen Elizabeth Karns were married on march 10

Charles Elwood Stapleton and Susie Didyk were married March 14.

Pvt. William Trail is now stationed at Camp Lee, Va.

The Charles Truax family has moved to their new home, the former property of Mrs. Sylvia Hiles.

Deaths: Mrs. Ernest S. Miller of Chambersburg; Mrs. Effie Irene St. Clair of Hagerstown; Jacob B. Carmack of Marion.

70 Years Ago

From the files Of March 25, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Netti Winegarner of McConnellsburg; Albert N. Shimer of McConnellsburg; Roy E.

Barton of Kearney.

Although the value of the gas rationing stamp has not been cut, motorists learned on Monday that the customary 24 gallons of gas they were allowed every two months must now last four months.

Dr. E.L. Nixon, known through the state as the “potato wizard,” will speak at Hustontown on April 6. Dr. Nixon, one of the foremost authorities in the United States on potato culture, has done more than any other person to make Pennsylvania one of the top potato-growing states.

A minor accident was investigated by state police on Saturday when cars of John Ramsey of McConnellsburg and George A. Bard of Knobsville, driven by George V. Kerschner of Wilkinsburg, sideswiped on Route 522, north of McConnellsburg.

Morrow Kirk of town suffered a heart attack last Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hann have moved form the Patterson farm in upper Ayr Township to the Woodall farm north of McConnellsburg recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hill, who moved to the farm south of town that they recently purchased form George Richards.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hull of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a son on March 18.

Eugene Fraker of Fort Littleton recently received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Miss Nellie Mellott has joined SPARS, the women’s auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard, and will receive her training at Hunter College in New York.

Edgar C. Hoffman and Althea L. Barnett were married on March 9.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 23, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Jess A. Roher of Three Springs;

Luther Cornelius of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Selea

Cutchall of Smithfield Township, Huntingdon County; Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Nail of Johnstown; Daniel H. Gladfelter of Waterfall; Mrs. Sophia Mellott of Whips Cove; Jean Valjean Barton of Akersville.

The town council and the local Civic Club joined efforts this week to try to keep the creek running through Mc- Connellsburg free from refuse and debris.

Word has been received here that Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart, son Howard and Oscar Johnston escaped without serious injury in the earthquake that destroyed millions of dollars worth of property in the Long Beach area of California. However, the Stewarts have decided to leave that state and left Wednesday morning for Pittsburgh, where they will live. Mr. Johnston is a brother of Miss Ella Johnston of this place.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. Largent are the proud parents of a 10-pound boy, born on March 16. He has been named Kenneth Franklin.

McDowell Houck of New Grenada is installing an electric light plant.

Roy Varner of Hancock was badly injured last Wednesday when struck by a car while he was working with a state highway crew. He suffered a broken shoulder and puncture wounds of the legs.

Miss Lillian Fleming, a teacher in Pittsburgh, spent from Friday until Sunday with her home folks at Clear Ridge.

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