FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of March 11, 1993
Fulton County Chamber of Commerce named
Daniel E. Waltz as Man of the Year and also honored John “Jack” Kelso with the Outstanding Citizen Award while presenting a Special Service Award to Margaret “Margie” Taylor at its 24th annual awards banquet Saturday night.
Richard and Michael Glenn received the Penn State Extension’s Five-Acre Corn Club first-place award for 1992. The Glenns won the honor by recording an average of 212.9 bushels of corn per acre in a five-acre plot. This is the highest average ever recorded in the state since the contest’s beginning.
Recreation seekers who planned on visiting state forests in the next two months will find closed roads, picnic areas and campgrounds, the Department of Environment Resources announced. State forest picnic areas that will be closed beginning next week include Olde Forge and Bear Valley in Franklin County and Sideling Hill in Fulton County. A $1.4 million short in this year’s state budget is forcing the closures.
Deaths: Margaret McMullen, 87, Fort Littleton; Edna Bush, 76, Johnstown; Edward Leab, 28, Roxbury; William Abbott, 85, Saxton; Virginia Brookens, 62, Hagerstown; Howard A. Shipley Jr., Chambersburg; John Jefferson, 48, Harrisburg.
Ronda Duvall and Breton Fink were united in marriage December 5 at Full Gospel Lighthouse in Breezewood. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Duvall of Crystal Spring. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fink of Woodstock, Ill.
Michelle Anderson and Daniel Jo Chamberlin were united in marriage on Valentine’s Day in King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Anderson of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Chamberlin, Orrstown.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 24, 1983
Members of the McConnellsburg Woman’s Cub planted a pink dogwood tree as part of their project of landscaping the front of the Fulton County Neighborhood Center on West Market Street.
JLG Industries will be exhibiting its products next week at the 1983 National Plant Engineering and Maintenance Show in Chicago.
Rev. and Mrs. David Hoover moved last week to the late Mrs. Mabel Kendall home on North Fourth Street from the Lutheran Church parsonage on South Second Street, which they had occupied for the past 38 years prior to Rev. Hoover’s retirement.
The Pleasant Grove Church of Needmore was the scene of the wedding of Kimberly Ann Plessinger and Keith Leroy Williams on January 29. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Plessinger and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Williams.
Specials at the IGA: grapes, 98 cents lb.; apples, 39 cents lb; boneless hams, $1.77 lb.; Libby’s vegetables, 3 for $1; Kleenex towels, 59 cents; Huggies disposable diapers, $3.19; ground beef, $1.98 lb.; green peppers, 69 cents lb.
Tom Peck of McConnellsburg out-dueled Sam Nalley and captured the 25-lap Super Stock Late Model main event Sunday afternoon at Hagerstown Speedway.
Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Knepper of Three Springs on March 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hoffman, Big Cove Tannery, on March 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Parson of Shade Gap on March 17.
Deaths: D. Verona Mellott, Pleasant, Calif.; Oscar H. Lashley, Waynesboro.
Mr. and Mrs. John McQuade of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 17.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester R. Neuder Jr., Harrisonville, announce the birth of a son, Chad Lee, on March 17, at Chambersburg Hospital.
Marriage license: Richard Clippinger, Hustontown, and Shirley Reed, Hustontown; Michael Baughman and Robin Wilson, both of Harrisonville.
40 Years Ago
Positive steps were taken to establish a Fulton County Historical Society at a well-attended meeting in the courthouse in McConnellsburg last Tuesday night.
The Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club will officially open for the summer season on April 1.
A report given by the executive director of Fulton County Board of Assistance at the annual meeting last Wednesday shows that the caseload of welfare money cases in the county has dropped from 268 last year to 231, or, of 602 persons receiving money one year ago, the number has dropped to 499 persons at this time.
Dennis G. Moseby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn F. Moseby of Wells Tannery, has been named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Susquehanna University. Mosebey is a senior, majoring in physics.
The engagement of Miss Gail L. Pittman to George R. Ramsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Ramsey of McConnellsburg, has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pittman of McConnellsburg.
Engagements: Mrs. Althea S. Deshong of Harrisonville announces the engagement of her daughter, Cheryl Lynn, to Roy A. Donkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Donkin Jr. of Delmont, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Hann of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cathy JoAnn, to Lance Cpl. Robert Thomas Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mellott of Needmore.
Deaths: Elmer D. Carson, Hancock; Roy E. Varner, Hancock; Raymond E. Boore, Cumberland, Md.; Stanford Hershberger, Chambersburg; Landis Walker, Cedar Crest; Mrs. Grace Strait Swope, McConnellsburg; DeKalb Chestnut, Hustontown.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Bucher of Orbisonia on March 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Frontz of Warfordsburg on March 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allan Pittman of Mercersburg on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Wright of Hustontown on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Martie Clark of Mc- Connellsburg on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Strait of Warfordsburg on March 16.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 28, 1963
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Friday at the site of the new factory building to be constructed in McConnellsburg for Sagner Inc., the county’s major industrial employer. In marking the occasion, Arnold Sagner, president of the company, said, “Mc- Connellsburg is not just a dot on the highway. Its name will be known for its progressive spirit and earnest desire to forge ahead towards the future and not to sit idle and contemplate its past.”
A marriage license was applied for at the local court- house by Harold Edgar Deshong, McConnellsburg, and Linda Lou Sowers, Harrisonville.
Of the new issue of 1,500 additional shares of stock sold by The First National Bank, about a third was purchased by new stockholders. The 6,000 outstanding shares are now held by 143 people.
Dale Gress, 17, McConnellsburg, suffered a gunshot wound of the right shoulder when a .22 calibre rifle discharged accidentally as he attempted to remove a telescopic sight, on Sunday night.
Miss Mary Barmont, McConnellsburg, will join the staff of First National Bank as a bookkeeper on April 1.
Dorinda Clippinger, McConnellsburg, and Garey Lee Sprowl, Wells Tannery, have been named to the dean’s list at Shippensburg State College for the third term of the 1962-63 college year.
Chief Split Cloud and his troup of Iroquois Indians will perform at Greenhill School on March 29.
Former K. G. Richards employee Benjamin Mumma has gone into business for himself, having taken over the management of Hilman’s Sunoco Station at Knobsville.
The Greenhill Civic Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a federated club on April 2.
Betty Laverne Deshong, Needmore, and Richard Thomas Ramsey, McConnellsburg, were married on February 28.
News of men in service: Larry G. Chubb, McConnellsburg, stationed with the U.S. Army at White Sands missile testing range, New Mexico, has been promoted to private first class. Sp. 4 Dave C. Koontz of Needmore was recently awarded the Good Conduct Medal while serving with the U.S. Army in Dexheim, Germany. George Willard Black, Waterfall, was discharged from the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., on March 14 after four years service, part of which was spent in Germany. His brother, Victor Ray, and James Joseph Black are both serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the carrier Lake Chaplain in the southern Atlantic.
Thompson Township’s ballot for the primary election will include a local option petition for the granting of liquor and beer licenses.
Born at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Neil, Willow Hill, on March 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kerlin, McConnellsburg, on March 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Lake, Shade Gap, on March 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Taylor of Hustontown on March 24.
Deaths: William E. Ott, 98, a guest at Decker Nursing Home, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Michael F. Black, Mc- Connellsburg; Clem B. Truax, Needmore; Mrs. Minerva Hershey, Hustontown; Ray E. Sprenkle, McConnellsburg; Clyde Y. Rohm, Warfordsburg.
Correction: The notice of the marriage license issued in last week’s column was to Harold Edgar Deshong and Linda Lou Sowers and not Linda Lou Everts as was mistakenly printed in the March 21, 1963, issue.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 11, 1953
N. H. Roettger, well- known McConnellsbrg plumber and heating contractor who had been in ill health for the past several years, passed away at his home shortly before midnight on Tuesday.
Randolph Brannon of Pittsburgh died on Monday and funeral services will be held here on Friday. He was the husband of the former Ada Lynch of Fulton County.
Mrs. George Reisner writes from Philadelphia that she likes her new position as executive secretary at Lankenau Hospital very much, although she misses friends and activities in McConnellsburg. Her son, George Jr., a student at Mercersburg Academy, spent Christmas with her.
Ross W. Hamil of McConnellsburg has been a patient in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Altoona for the past four weeks.
Mrs. Dorothy H. Brown, a teacher at Ardmore, spent the holidays with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamil.
Raymond Johnston is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnston, while home on furlough from Korea.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Austi G. Somerton of Harrisonville on December 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Buterbaugh of Hancock on December 29.
Carl L. Helman, 20, of McConnellsburg, was uninjured on January 1 when his 1947 DeSota skidded on the icy highway and ran into the rear of a highway cindering truck driven by Aulden Cutchall of McConnellsburg. The accident happened on Route 30, one and a half miles west of town.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Reba Leone Wible to Rodney S. Wright.
Fulton County had approximately $19,400 cash on hand at the beginning of 1953, according to figures released this week by county treasurer Guy Oakman.
Fourteen members of the Fulton County Senior Extension Club will take part in the state Rural Talent Festival at the Farm Show on January 13. Taking part will be Earl Gordon of McConnellsburg, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Hendershot of Cito, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hendershot of McConnellsburg, Ray Robinson of Warfordsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Helman of McConnellsburg, Miss Wavie Hovermale of Warfordsburg, Mrs. Anne Peck of McConnellsburg, John Beatty of Needmore, William Nesbitt of McConnellsburg and the Misses Arlene Paylor and Millicent Clippinger of Mc- Connellsburg.
Rev. G. Loren Jones will leave McConnellsburg the last week of this month to accept a pastorate in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He has served the Association of Presbyterian Churches here for four and one-half years, having come here from Homer City.
Pvt. Donald Ray Gracey of Indiantown Gap and Miss Virginia Gracey of Chambersburg spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gracey of Fairview.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Brant of Fairview have treated themselves to a new television set.
Donald Keebaugh, stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Illinois, is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Keebaugh of Hustontown.
John Foreman of Hustontown celebrated his 84th birthday on January 1.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gladfelter moved from Pittsburgh District to Hustontown on Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon L. Mellott served a turkey dinner at their home in Needmore last week in honor of their son, Gene Mellott, of the U.S. Navy, who recently returned form tour of duty in the Mediterranean aboard the carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt. Upon his return, he will go to Florida and Cuba. His brother, Walter, was expected home, but a telegram was received, saying that he was being promoted and that he had re-enlisted in Japan. Walter’s wife and little daughter will join him in Japan in the near future.
Deaths: Mrs. Anna Mary Fischer of Amaranth; Mrs. Sarah Frances Deshong of Everett; Mrs. Minnie McKee of Altoona; Joseph W. Hendershot of Hancock; Charles Curtis King of McConnellsburg.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 11, 1943
Deaths: Samuel Hendershot of Buck Valley; Mrs. Mahalay Mellott of Needmore; Mrs. Indiana Peck of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Magsam of McConnellsburg.
One of the most impressive services ever held in Fulton County took place on Saturday when the service flag for the men and women in the armed forces was dedicated at the courthouse. Another story in the next column of this issue tells how a new flag was torn down by the high winds on Tuesday.
J. Newton Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Morton of McConnellsburg, who served with the engineers in France during World War I, is now a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Intelligence Force.
Miss Jeanne Greathead and Mrs. Russell Akers underwent operations at Waynesboro Hospital on Tuesday.
Pvt. William Peck of Knobsville is now stationed at Keesler Field in Mississippi.
Seventy deer hides were donated by Fulton County hunters to aid the war effort, Game Protector Isaac Baumgardner reported this week.
80 Years Ago
From The Files of March 9, 1933
Deaths: Mrs. Bennett Truax of Needmore; John A. Myers of Mercersburg; Miss Rhoda J. Peterson of Neelyton; Herbert Wright Johnson of Carversville; Mrs. Sophia Gress of York; James W. Powers of Thompson Township; Mrs. Margaret Catherine Linn of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Emma M. Cosgrove of Waynesboro; Mrs. Stilwell Johnson of Hancock; Kenneth Eugene Mellott of Lancaster County; Thomas Godfrey McCusker of Long Hollow.
William Rosenberry, 51, of Chambersburg, was killed and his son, Brad Rosenberry, 24, was badly injured when the car in which they were riding ran into the side of a concrete bridge near Shade Gap on Sunday night.
William Elliot Bair died at his home at Greenhill on Monday.
Dr. E.H. MacKinlay was called to Altoona last Thursday on account of the death of his father.
Mrs. D.B. Hewett of Big Cove Tannery has returned home after being a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. James J. Harris and daughter Elizabeth left last week for Florida where they will spend the winter.
A baby daughter was born last Tuesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gelvin of Fort Littleton.