2013-03-07 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder, pictures Cowans Gap State Park sometime in the early 1940s. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder, pictures Cowans Gap State Park sometime in the early 1940s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files of March 4, 1993


Tonoloway Primitive Church, located just north of the Maryland line on Route 655, was recently approved to receive a $23,940 matching grant from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission. The grant would enable work to begin on the first phase of the rehabilitation and restoration of the historic church.

Jennifer E. Reed of Doylestown, a 1988 McConnellsburg High School graduate, was hired Tuesday by the Fulton County Commissioners as the county’s new conservation district manager.

Warren E. Spade of Crystal Spring was inducted into the Voters Hall of Fame for an outstanding record of citizenship by voting for 50 or more years every November election. He received a certificate signed by Gov. Robert P. Casey applauding his outstanding voting record. Warren was born in Crystal Spring in 1915 and has lived there all his life in the same home where he was born.

The mild temperatures and sunshine are making a dent in the snow cover which has blanketed the area since December. Crocus shoots can be seen – a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.

Chris and Tracy Garber of Baltimore announce the birth of their first child, Justin Loy Garber. He was born February 18 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Deaths: Mary Berkstresser, 70, McConnellsburg; Dorothy Smith, Crystal Spring; Gladys Stevens, Philadelphia; Kenneth Hill, Hancock; Mabel Lane, Harrisburg; Helen Stouffer, Greencastle.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Martz of Hustontown on February 22.

More than 300 people attended the Grease, Steam and Rust Association’s sixth annual Farm Toy Show and Auction last Saturday in McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 17, 1983


The bill which would make Fulton County a separate judicial district is sitting on Rep. Dietz’s desk, waiting for a chance to make it to a vote in the state House of Representatives. Dietz said he is “holding the bill up,” waiting for the right time. He said he is still waiting for an appropriate judicial bill to be introduced so he can attach his bill as an amendment. He said his bill has already been written.

Kevin and Tim Fowler, Bobby Lynn, Ryan Richards and Bryan Robison and their families attended the King Manor Indoor BMX track meet at King of Prussia on Sunday.

Children in the Head Start program recently enjoyed a field trip to visit the sheep at Loy and Linda Garber’s house on Peach Orchard Road.

On November 20 last year, Dale Hoover, son of retired state police Sgt. and Mrs. Lester Hoover of McConnellsburg, had the unique experience of standing at the North Pole with crew members of the nuclear-powered submarines, USS ASPRO and USS Taulog. Hoover is married to the former Daisy Souders of Big Cove Tannery and they are the parents of a son and a daughter.

Specials at the IGA: Total cereal, $1.49; Lucky Charms, $1.59; Velveeta slices, $1.99; chuck roast, $1.68; Pepsi Cola, $1.79, 8 bottles.

Now playing at the Fulton Theater: “Honkytonk Man.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Breakall of Warfordsburg on March 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Foor of Breezewood on March 10.

Roy Plessinger of Warfordsburg will celebrate his 87th birthday on March 20.

Deaths: Verna M. Chesnut, McConnellsburg; Mary B. Fischer, Warfordsburg; Goldie E. Layton, Hancock; Eva R. Ritz, Warfordsburg; Loni B. Daugherty, Bedford; Linn Burall, Glen Burnie, Md.; Clarence Palmer Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 15, 1973


Dr. James E. Witt has announced that he will join the faculty of the Philadelphia Osteopathic Medicine as medical director at Laport Medical Center, Laport, Pa. Dr. Witt, whose office is located at Spring Run, will assume his new position on May 1, 1973.

Robert M. Jaynes, D.D.S., of Beckley, W.Va., will take over the dental practice of the late Dr. Robert E. Riggs in the near future.

Fulton County farmers packed the courtroom in Mc- Connellsburg last Monday afternoon for the annual Corn Day program, sponsored jointly by the seed dealers of the county and the local Extension Service. Blue ribbon awards in the 5-Acre Corn Club went to Bernard Barnhart of Needmore and Bruce Bivens of Big Cove Tannery. Barnhart had the high yield in the county with 153.8 bushels of shelled corn per acre. Next highest yield was that of Bivens with 152.9 bushels per acre. Red ribbon awards were presented to Kenneth Gordon with a yield of 139.6 bushels and to Fredric Knepper of Hustontown with 122.1 bushels. White ribbon awards went to Robert Knepper of Three Springs, whose yield was 109.9 bushels, and to Glenn Mosebey of Wells Tannery with a yield of 103.4 bushels per acre.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Vores of Mc- Connellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Lynn, to George Alan Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. George N. Mellott of Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seiders were feted at a surprise 25th anniversary dinner and party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dane Seiders, hosted by their children.

Combined funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m., from Kelso Funeral Home, for Ross W. Hamil, 73, and his wife, Garnet M. Hamil, 72, both of McConnellsburg, who died of heart attacks within days of each other last week at the Medical Center. Mrs. Hamil had been a patient in the Medical Center for the past three weeks and was there when her husband was admitted on Thursday after suffering an attack at their home. He died a few hours later. Mrs. Hamil, whose health had been poor for the past several years, died on Saturday evening. She had been told of her husband’s death.

Additional deaths: Mrs. Clara V. Reed Mellott, Needmore; Lawrence Alfred Black, Three Springs; John L. Cutshall, Allentown.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Krause of Warfordsburg on March 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Brown of Fort Littleton on March 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Hartman Black of Six Mile Run on March 9.

Special at the IGA: Tablerite bacon, 95 cents lb.; IGA canned vegetables, 6 cans for $1; Borden’s ice cream, 99 cents a gallon; Ivory liquid detergent, 59 cents a quart.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 21, 1963


McConnellsburg Borough has passed an ordinance granting a franchise to Cumberland Valley

Electric Co. to continue to provide electric service to customers in the borough for a period of two years. The franchise will be automatically extended to 40 years if electric rates are reduced to the rates available to the South Penn Power Co. customers by 1964.

C. Stull Baldwin, Burnt Cabins, escaped injury on Monday when the car he was driving was struck by a tractortrailer on Route 522 at Mumma’s Service Station in Fort Littleton.

Donald Richard Cover and Robert Grove Kendall, both of McConnellsburg and phys. ed. majors at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va., have earned their Bachelor of Science degrees.

A marriage license was applied for at the local courthouse by Harold Edgar Deshong, McConnellsburg, and Linda Lou Everts, Harrisonville.

Former residents Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hancock and Mrs. Dorothy Hamil Browne of York attended the funeral of the ladies’ uncle, John C. Vance of Blairsville, Pa., on Friday and stopped to see relatives in McConnellsburg.

Miss Beaulah Johnston gave an illustrated talk on her trip to Persia to the McConnellsburg WSCS on Friday.

Parker Knepper, formerly with The First National Bank, recently joined the staff of The Fulton County National Bank.

Mrs. S.E. Greer, state WCTH worker in the public schools on alcohol and narcotic education, will visit the public schools in Fulton County from March 26-29.

Men in service: Army Specialist Four Donald K. Clippinger, 20, of Burnt Cabins, recently graduated from the 7th U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at Ba Tolz, Germany. Airman 3rd Class Roger D. Skvarka of Wells Tannery has been assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C. Gary Wayne Houdersheldt of Warfordsburg enlisted in the armed forces on February 15. John Edgar Helman of Mc- Connellsburg was discharged from the United States Army on February 15 at Fort Benning, after three years of service. James C. Akers of Crystal Spring has been promoted to airman first class in the U.S. Air Force at Fairford R.A.F. Station in England. Army Specialist Four Clever B. Horton, Burnt Cabins, serving with the 3rd Infantry in Korea, recently attended a five-day religious retreat near Seoul. Pfc. Elwood Doyle, McConnellsburg, is serving with the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Elmer Ray of Buck Valley has enlisted in the U.S. Army and is stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley writes “many letters have been received in this office on the subject of a nuclear test ban,” but goes on to say that Russia has conceded nothing toward on-site inspections.

Workers are now paying 3.58 percent of the first $4,800 of their annual wages in Social Security taxes.

The John Mellott family of Burnt Cabins has moved to their new home just north of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shaw, Warfordsburg, on March 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hann, Three Springs, on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Austin McMullen, Blairs Mills, on March 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keebaugh, Warfordsburg, on March 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Booth, Hancock, on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Lynch, Needmore, on March 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mellott, Warfordsburg, on March 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Berkman Miller, Warfordsburg, on March 17.

Deaths: Miss Rosalie Starr, Mercersburg, born in Fulton County; Mrs. Grace V. Kerlin Wincer, Greencastle, born near Clear Ridge; Mrs. Kathryn Appleby, Carlisle, formerly of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Beulah Ruth Newman, Wells Tannery; A.C. Stuckey, McConnellsburg; Bruce H. Barton, Crystal Spring; John W. Walck, Fort Loudon; Elmer Moore, Hopewell.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 19, 1953


Hal Herman and his orchestra from Harrisburg will play for dancing at the local Legion home on Saturday night.

Several friends from here visited Mrs. Annie E. Sord at the Franklin County Home on Sunday. Mrs. Sord will be remembered as the former Annie Elizabeth Deshong of Pleasant Ridge.

The first of a series of nurses aide classes will be held on Saturday at the VFW home in McConnellsburg.

Pvt. Frances E. Hunter has been transferred from Fort Lee, Va,. to Fort Dix, N.J., where she will attend a clerical school for eight weeks.

A card reached the “News” office this week from Mabel L. Edwards of Wells Tannery, saying that she is at the Riviera, one of the best hotels on the Halifx, near Daytona Beach, Fla.

Mr. an Mrs. Maris Eshelman of Lancaster were in town on Saturday helping with the sale of the personal effects of her father, the late C.H. Stenger.

Mr. and Mrs. John Sullivan announce the birth of a son on St. Patrick’s Day in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Sullivan is the former Nancy Runyan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Runyan.

Forrest Mellott, a student at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia, spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Amy Mellott.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Velma Jean Mellott to Harvey “Jess” Souders.

Bruce Paylor has been appointed tipstaff of Fulton County courts to serve until further notice.

As part of the work of the churches of Fulton County, the ministers will conduct a religious survey the weekend of March 22.

Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Dunlap of Girard, Kan., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on February 25. Mrs. Dunlap is the former Miss Nora Kezia Johnston of McConnellsburg.

The junior class of Hustontown High School will present the three-act comedy, “Dimples,” on Friday and Saturday evenings. Taking part will be Warren Brown, Mary Frances Blaine, Frances Mellott, Donald Huston, Betty Mumma, Helen Hess, Raymond Hawkins, William Parsons, Carol Alloway, Nancy Mellott and Helen Runk. The production is under the direction of Faith Gensler.

Kenneth B. Scriever, whose wife, Jessie, lives at Amaranth, recently was promoted to sergeant in the army while serving with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. Sgt. Scriever, a squad leader, arrived in Korea last May.

The local state liquor store has been given additional help and will be open 11 hours a day instead of six.

Licking Creek Township has been authorized by the state Bureau of Animal Industry for an area Bangs test as the result of the sign-up of more than 90 percent of the herd owners. The test is now being conducted in these other county townships: Wells, Union and Dublin.

If enough people are interested, a course in typing will begin at the local high school March 24 under the supervision of Miss Lenore Raffensberger.

Dale Winegardner and daughter of Fort Littleton underwent tonsillectomies at Fulton County Medical Center Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Appleby have moved to the farm they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kerlin, the former George Laidig farm.

Pfc. Franklin R. Single Jr., whose parents live in Hustontown, is returning to the states from Augsburg, Germany, for release from active Army duty. He was serving with the 172nd Infantry Regiment.

A turkey dinner was served on March 8 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bookheimer in honor of their son, Sgt. Robert Bookheimer of the U.S. Marines, who recently returned form 14 months active duty in Korea. The occasion was also in observance of the birthday of three sons, Merrill, Bob and Jack.

Death: Mrs. Louise Huston of Huntingdon.

Mervin E. Harr and Beulah Layton were wed March 14.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Max Snyder who are the proud parents of a baby, Paul Max.

David Layton marked his fifth birthday last week.

It’s a girl for Mr. and Mrs. James Golden of Warfordsburg. She was in Pittsburgh due to the serious illness of her mother when the baby announced its arrival three months ahead of time, weighing 3 pounds at birth. Mother and infant are doing fine and, after the baby’s required length of time in the incubator, they will return to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Golden.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown Miller of Hustontown are spending their winter vacation in Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ulsh recently purchased the home of the late J.B.Shaw from Mr. and Mrs. Amo Shaw.

Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Russell Forman and son Ronald have moved form Fort Littleton to the home they recently purchased at Clear Ridge. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Everetts and family of Wells Tannery will move to the Foreman farm.

Deaths: Eliza Ellen (Clevenger) Exline of Hancock; John Howard Peck of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Rhoda J. Swayne of Newton Hamilton.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 18, 1943


Deaths: Mrs.

Charles Stiver Sr. of

Charlotte, Mich.; Mrs. Mary Bishop of near Big Cove Tannery; Francis Hayes Lashley of Buck Valley; Mrs. Elsie Rebecca Cook Sipes of McConnellsburg.

During the past week,160 pounds of discarded silk hose were shipped from Fulton County to a defense supply plant in New York. This makes a total of 335 pounds collected in the county.

Fred J. Morton, who recently graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, has accepted a position as final assembly inspector at the Republican Aviation Corp. at Evansville, Ind.

Rationing of raw meat, canned meats, canned fish, cheese, butter, edible fat and oils will begin in America on March 28. Americans will get nearly twice as much meats and fats but only half as much cheese as the British get.

Mrs. W.H. Greathead has been elected president of the local Woman’s Club, with Mrs. Harry M. Johnston, first vice president; Mrs. Elizabeth Guyer, second vice president; Mrs. Clarence Bittinger, secretary; Mrs. Charles Duffey, assistant secretary; Mrs. George Stoll, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Fred Wilds, treasurer.

State police are investing the death of George A. Bishop, 53, of Needmore, whose body was found early Monday morning lying along a road leading to Needmore. Coroner E.H. MacKinlay believes the death was due to heart failure.

Rep. Lewis Harris has introduced a bill requiring the Game Commission pay a $4 bounty on every horned owl killed in the state.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 16, 1933


Deaths: James Elder Sheffield of Fort

Littleton; Florabelle Hess of Big Cove Tannery; J. Campbell Peterson of Burnt Cabins; Philip Sheridan Thomas of Saltillo; Ima Jean Gelvin, of Fort Littleton.

Both local banks have reopened for business after President Roosevelt’s “bank holiday” last week. Both banks are justly proud of their 100 percent record of business, revealed after close examination by officials of the government.

Chairman B.C. Lamberson has called a meeting of the Tax Justice League of Fulton County for Tuesday evening.

The Order of Eastern Star of Fulton County held its second annual gathering at the home of Dr. and Mrs. H.C. McClain of Hustontown on Tuesday evening. The meeting was in the form of a covered dish social.

A meeting of World War and Spanish American War veterans was held in Mc- Connellsburg last Thursday night at which time 22 overseas veterans signed a charter for the formation of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Fulton County.

Frank C. Thompson and Venus M. Mort were married on March 8.

Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Trout have moved from Todd Township to the Mrs. Nellie McClain home here.

Miss Martha Lodge has returned home from a 10-day visit in Boston with former school friends at Sergeant School, Boston University.

Donald Downes, the younger son of Mrs. Myrtle Downes, joined the U. S. Marines on March 7 and is now located at Parris Island.

John A. Martin and Ethel M. Croft were wed March 11.

Two flocks of wild geese, totalling 130 in all, were seen flying north on Saturday.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fost of Hancock on February 27.

The grist mill in Hancock, operated by Alex Mosier, was destroyed by fire last Thursday night.

Additional deaths: Mrs. Rose Booth of near Warfordsburg; James Clark of near Maddensville; William Harper, 22, of Shade Gap, who fell from a barn loft on March 4 and broke his neck.

The Angle Fee and Lumber Co. of Hancock advertises oats for seed at 35 cents per bushel and acid fertilizer at $12.50 per ton.

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