FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of March 18, 1993
Snowbound is the only word that “fits” to describe a late winter storm that swept the East
Coast on Saturday. The “nor’easter” didn’t spare Fulton County as area residents were buried under 24-28 inches of snow that fell and blew about all day Saturday and into Sunday. The “Blizzard of 1993,” as it has been dubbed, was being called the “storm of the decade” on Saturday morning but by Saturday night had been renamed the “storm of the century.” In the aftermath of the high winds, some areas measured six-foot drifts and just a few feet away, the ground lay bare. It was a dangerous storm with the East Coast death toll now set at over 100. By late Saturday, many roads were impassable and Gov. Casey declared a state of emergency, closing interstates and the Turnpike. One death was reported in Fulton County in the Little Egypt area. Barry “Jake” Mellott died Saturday evening of cardiac arrest after walking through the snow from a stranded car. Although ambulances could not reach him, CPR was performed in a private home, but efforts to resuscitate him were not successful.
Major winter storms bring on all sorts of hardships and stories of heroism aways abound. This storm in Fulton County was no exception in the case of local OB-GYN physician Dr. Darrell C. Robinson. In a strange twist of events, Dr. Robinson was rescued by one of his patients while the storm raged on Saturday evening. One of his patients, Tonya Beegle of Everett, went into labor at a most inopportune time on Saturday. Since she lived in Everett Robinson advised her to try to get to Bedford Hospital, which would have been the closest. However, she was riding out the storm at her mother’s home on Town Hill in Fulton County so she, her mother and stepfather, Rose and Willis Hendershott, piled in their four-wheel drive Ford pickup and set out for McConnellsburg at approximately 4:30 p.m. Her husband, Boyd, stayed behind to care for their 3-year-old son, Boyd II. At the same time, Robinson walked to the end of his driveway just off Rt. 522, got into his motor home parked there and began the journey north to town. At Union Cemetery he hit a three-foot drift and went no further. As he began walking toward McConnellsburg, he was picked up by a truck traveling north. In the truck was none other than his patient, Tonya. They all made it to the hospital where Robinson delivered little Brittani Rose Beegle at 10:03 p.m.
William “Bud” Kirk Jr. was named the Conservation District’s “Cooperator of the Year’ at the annual banquet March 11.
Deaths: Barry “Jake” Mellott, Hustontown; Ralph E. Long, Chambersburg; Bruce E. Mellott, McConnellsburg; Alice V. Smith, Chambersburg; Mabel H. Sheffield, Mercersburg; Irene E. Armstrong, Mercersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Younker of Big Cove Tannery announce the engagement of their daughter, Carri, to Lance Younker, son of Wayne and Rhonda Younker of Dott.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Billie Denninson of Three Springs on March 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wilson of Saltillo on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Beegle of Everett on March 13.
30 Years Ago
From The Files of March 31, 1983
Entering its fourth year, the Family Planning
Agency at the Penn’s Village Shopping Center is in the midst of an expansion and reorganization. The agency is looking to provide services on a more consistent basis without increasing staff for costs. Included in the changes will be an additional two clinics per month at the McConnellsburg office.
Distinct from many other annual banquets in Fulton County, the McConnellsburg Future Farmers of America banquet last Thursday night was arranged completely by the young members of the organization. Ken Brady of Big Cove Tannery was awarded the prestigious DeKalb Award, which is given to the chapter member who best exhibits qualities of scholarship and leadership and who displays excellence in his FFA project. Brady also received the FFA Chapter Scholarship Award and the FFA Foundation Award for public speaking.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Gordon of Needmore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 28.
Deaths: Charles Rotz, Three Springs; Marie Thompson Hancock, Lake Placid, Fla.; Arthur E. Kegerreis, Pine Grove; Greta J. Bailey, Baltimore; Angela Bishop, St. Thomas; Harold E. Winters, Mercersburg; Thomas W. Morton, Mc- Connellsburg; Clara B. Smith, McConnellsburg; Donald E. Ritz, Breezewood.
Specials at the IGA: Star Kist tuna, 79 cents; Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 2 for $1; Cheer detergent, $3.69, 101-oz. pkg.; boneless hams, $1.79 lb. Pillsbury Plus cake mix, 59 cents.
Named to the Public Opinion Basketball All-Star Team are: McConnellsburg’s Brian Davis and Dave Thomas and Forbes Road’s Mark N. Knepper. McConnellsburg coach Dave Sowers was also named the Morning Herald Coach of the Year after leading the Spartans to an undefeated regular season and berth in the state playoffs.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Knepper of Hustontown on March 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Rotz of McConnellsburg on March 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Grissinger of Orbisonia on March 21.
Marriage license: Kevin L. Mills, Burnt Cabins, and Connie L. Fields, Three Springs; James S. Post, Needmore, and Linda C. Swope, Needmore.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 29, 1973
The Hustontown Area Fire Co. received $700 worth of home-care equipment last week from Susan Martz of Hustontown, who used the remaining 200,000 Betty Cocker coupons from a total of 5,000,000 she had collected since April 1970, all of which have been used to benefit the sick. For more than two years, Susan solicited coupons, which were donated from all over the United States, to purchase kidney machines for various hospitals in memory of her brother, David, who died of a chronic kidney ailment. Susan also donated a cardiac unit to Fulton County Medical Center. The special-care equipment include a complete hospital bed, folding wheelchair, folding walker, crutches, portable commode, bed pan, enesis basis, bed table, electric back vibrator and a knee brace.
Robert Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook of Three Springs, is one of four FFA members in the state of Pennsylvania to be selected for an award from the Interstate Milk Producers Coop. Robert’s award was based on his project work in dairy herd records during the 1972 state project evaluation of the FFA.
A former Fulton Countian, Mrs. Laura Unger, who has been a guest at the Shook Nursing Home in Chambersburg since 1958, quietly celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday. Her sister, Mrs. Mary Waltz of McConnellsburg, and relatives enjoyed a visit with her.
Marriage licenses: John Mason Jr., Arlington, Va., and Olive Mellott of McConnellsburg; Larry Roland Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg and Linda Lou Glunt of Fort Littleton; Dale S. Clevenger of Warfordsburg and Anna Mae Mellott of Crystal Spring.
Erica Lorentz, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald T. Lorentz of McConnellsburg, was among the 165 students named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Booth of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Eileen, to Melvin Thomas Lee, son of Mr. and Mr. John Lee Sr., North Rose, NY.
United in marriage on March 10 were Miss Lucinda Mae Deshong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack DeShong of Mc- Connellsburg, and Dennis Keith Clingerman of Ijamsville, Md., son of Mrs. Helen Lydard of Frederick, Md.
Deaths: Russell Foreman, Clear Ridge; Estella V. Wible, formerly of Clear Ridge; Eugene V. Ramsey, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Janet Patterson Bigelow, Cranbury, N.J.; Mrs. Maye Garland, Needmore; Martha Kephart, formerly of Riddlesburg; Ortho Brown, Johnstown; Austin W. Golden, formerly of McConnellsburg.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hoffman of Wells Tannery on March 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ramper of Robertsdale on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Bard of McConnellsburg on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Abbott of McConnellsburg on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wills of Hancock on March 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boden of Hustontown on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max Harr of McConnellsburg on March 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Johnson Jr., Needmore, on March 22.
Specials at the IGA: Maxwell House instant coffee, 99 cents, 10-oz. jar; Viva paper towels, 3 big rolls for $1; Campbell’s vegetable soup, 7 cans for $1; red tomatoes, 33 cents lb.; Seven-Up, 8 bottles for 79 cents.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of April 4, 1963
The newly organized McConnellsburg Sewerage
Authority held its first meeting on Thursday,
March 28, at which time the following offices were elected: Gerald T. Lorentz, chairman of the board; Robert L. Fry, vice president; John J. Kelso, secretary; Ralph Mellott, treasurer; and James Shultz, assistant secretary. The services of John J. Brinjac and Associates, engineers of Harrisburg, were retained to draw up preliminary plans for constructing a sewerage disposal unit for the borough of McConnellsburg.
Brent Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gordon, Mc- Connellsburg, was given a $25 savings bond as the first Blue Cross baby born at the Medical Center on the 25th anniversary of Capital Hospital Service.
Between December 1962 and April 1,1963, the Republican Party in Fulton County picked up 60 new registrants and 16 registered as Democrats. There were 20 Democrats changed to Republican. No Republican changes were recorded.
A marriage license was issued last week to Robert W. Drenning, Waterfall, and Gloria Neuder, Robertsdale.
Dale Keebuagh, owner of Fulton Gas and Appliance Co., has announced he will open a furniture store at 115 Lincoln Way West in the coming month.
Former area residents Mr. and Mrs. John Mentzer Jr., of Framington, Mass., announce the birth of their second son, Bruce Edward, on March 22.
Emergency loans have been made available to local farmers whose crops were damaged by drought last year, according to the Farmers Home Administration.
John Enk, school bandmaster, attended a social in honor of Mrs. Helen Aber, daughter of the late Phillip Sousa, in Reading on Sunday.
Cpt. Walter Grissinger returned home Friday after serving 18 months in Japan.
News of men in service: Pvt. Frank C. Plessinger, Warfordsburg, is taking advanced armor training at Fort Knox, Ky. Victor M.K. Glee, McConnellsburg, was discharged from the U.S. Army on March 18 after three years of service.
David Clair Koontz, Needmore, has been discharged from the U.S. Army after three years service, part of it in Germany. Philip Fix, Hustontown, entered a six-month training period in the National Guard on March 20. Airman James R. Schock of Harrisonville has been assigned to George AFB, Calif., for training as a vehicle operator.
Deaths: Willard Vernon Bohrer, Clear Spring, Md.; Benjamin F. Keefer, Windber, born in Fulton County; Harry James Spidle, Fort Loudon; Archie W. Fisher, Hancock, born in Bethel Township; John C. Vance, Fort Loudon; Mrs. Madeline Eva Sharpe, Needmore.
Congressman J. Irving Whalley reports a 6.1 percent jobless rate nationwide.
Charm Step shoes at Bob’s Shoe Service are advertised for $2.99 to $5.95.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 26, 1953
Thirteen young men of Fulton County left Mc-
Connellsburg Wednesday for Pittsburgh where they were inducted into the armed forces. They are: J. Thurman Strait, Calvin Snyder, Donald Brown, Alvey Gordon, Calvin Mellott, Mac Pittman, Raymond Melius, Kenneth Earley, Robert Earley, Norman Edwards,Walter Knowles, Stanley Cline and Edward Younker.
S&A Implement Co. is offering a new car battery for $8.45.
Playing at the Fulton Theatre this week: “Blue Canadian Rockies,” “Target Hong Kong,” “Hurricane Smith,” and “Million Dollar Mermaid.”
Deaths: Mrs.. Evers S. Miller of Chambersburg; Mrs. Effie St. Clair of Greencastle; Jacob B. Carmack of Marion.
G.C. Murphy Co. offers nylon tricot blouses for $1.98; rayon skirts, $2.98; tots’ Easter dresses, $1.98; and boys gabardine trousers, $1.95.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 25, 1943
Retail sales of butter, lard, margarine, shortening and cooking salad oils – everything in the new rationing program except meat and cheese – have been suspended. Individuals will be limited to the following average weekly ration: meat, two pounds; butter, not more than four ounces; cheese, about two ounces.
Deaths: Nettie Winegardner of McConnellsburg; Albert N. Shimer of McConnellsburg; Roy E. Barton of Kearney.
The ban on pleasure driving in the East has been lifted, but motorists may travel only 90 miles a month to shops, baseball games, picnics, dentists, doctors and other places. The customary allowance of 24 gallons of gas for use over a period of two months must now last four months.
The O&T Store in McConnellsburg offers rayon curtains for $1.29 a pair.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of March 23, 1933
Deaths: Mrs. Jessie Alberta Roher, Three Springs;
Luther S. Cornelius, Bt. Cabins; Mrs. Sarah Cutshall, Huntingdon; Mrs. Sophia Mellott, Whips Cove; Daniel Gladfelter, Waterfall; Mrs. Elizabeth Nail, Johnstown; Jean Barton, Akersville.
The condition of the town’s creek has been such that the Town Council and Civic Club are asking all citizens to cooperate in keeping it clean by not throwing anything into it.
Word has come from Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart and son Howard that they were all uninjured in the California earthquake, which caused millions of dollars in damage. The experience was a nerve-racking one. The Stewarts left on Saturday for Pittsburgh, where they will now reside.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Largent announce the birth of a 10- pound boy, Kenneth Franklin, on March 16.
Specials at the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.: 3-lb. Eight O’Clock coffee, 45 cents; pancake flour, 29-oz. package, 5 cents; longhorn cheese, 15 cents lb.; pink salmon, 3- lb. can, 25 cents; Ivory soap, four cakes, 19 cents.
Mrs. H.E. Mort and son and daughter visited Mr. Mort at Chambersburg Hospital.
McDowell Houck of New Grenada is installing an electric light plant on his farm.
Fulton Hatchery, Dott, Pa., lists blood-tested chicks, English white leghorns, $8 per 100; and Rhode Island Reds, $9 per 100.
For rent: two-story house and 4 acres of fertile ground, good garden, some fruit, good outbuildings, price, $3 a month.