2013-03-28 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet E. Mellott Geyer, pictures her father, Lloyd W. Mellott, and was taken in 1917, just North of McConnellsburg. Lloyd saw kerosene lights go electric in 1923 and worked for several different light companies in Fulton County. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet E. Mellott Geyer, pictures her father, Lloyd W. Mellott, and was taken in 1917, just North of McConnellsburg. Lloyd saw kerosene lights go electric in 1923 and worked for several different light companies in Fulton County. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 25, 1993


Anna Shore of Fort Littleton went out in her backyard on Monday afternoon to feed the birds and found two coiled snakes, probably waiting to make a meal of her feathered friends. After killing them, she found out they were 30-inch long copperheads.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce voted to approve having the annual county business Expo ‘93 on the same weekend as the chamber’s annual Strawberry Festival in early June.

More than 1,000 fans packed the McConnellsburg High School gym Friday night to watch the World Wide Wrestling Alliance’s Main Event. The event was originally to feature Jake “The Snake” Roberts against Texas Tornado Kerry Von Erich. Tragically, Von Erich committed suicide several weeks ago, and Maxx Moon was scheduled to replace him on the wrestling card. Fans were disappointed when it was announced that Jake “The Snake” would not appear. He had been seriously injured while wrestling in Australia. According to the WWWA, one of Jake’s snakes was killed and was then used to beat Jake.

Fulton County Citizens Against the Radioactive Dump will be stepping up and refocusing its efforts to oppose siting of a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in the area following an informal meeting held last Sunday, March 21.

Unless the state rules otherwise, all of the county schools will have a lot of snow days to make up this year. The three county schools were closed until Thursday last week after the “Blizzard of ‘93.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Cheyenne Eader of Big Cove Tannery on March 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shaw of Needmore on March 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Swope of McConnellsburg on March 21.

Marriage licenses: Terry Barnhart, Harrisonville, and Kelly Stepanik, Warfordsburg; Anthony Carbaugh, Mc- Connellsburg, and Carey Buterbaugh, Fort Loudon.

Deaths: Roger Wilt Jr., McConnellsburg; A. Crown Diehl, Warfordsburg; Russell Rosenberry, Fort Loudon; Grace Bequeath, Breezewood; Robert Kylor Sr., Hagerstown; Wilmer Black, Chambersburg; James Park, Broad Top City; Amy Douglas, Mercersburg; Clifford Keebaugh, Chambersburg; Ethel Snow, Hancock; Roger Younker Sr., Greencastle; Ethel Sharon, Martinsburg; Elaine Robinson, Needmore; Arminda Strait, St. Thomas.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 7, 1983


The skeletal remains of an Indian believed to have been buried about 700 years ago were excavated from the James Chamberlain farm south of Mc- Connellsburg by an archeologist from William Penn Memorial Museum on Saturday. About two months ago, Gregory Seville of McConnellsburg, an Indian artifacts enthusiast, was roaming the fields on the Chamberlain farm in search of Indian arrowheads. He came upon some pieces of broken pottery and exploring further unearthed a bone. Suspecting that it was the bone of a prehistoric Indian, Seville came back to the site with a friend the next day. Digging uncovered several other bones and a piece of unbroken pottery, a rare find. Researchers estimate that the burial took place between 1200 and 1300 A.D. He said skeletal traits, such as the absence of bicuspids, mark the skeleton as Indian. The skeleton has been taken to the museum where it will be studied further.

More than 200 people crowded into the Broad Top Senior Citizens Center in Saxton on Monday night to meet with representatives of General Public Utilities and to discuss the planned dismantling of the Saxton Nuclear Power Plant. After two and a half hours of sometimes heated discussion, however, neither side appeared willing to accept any validity in the other’s arguments.

In its largest expansion to date, The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. opened two new branches on Monday. The two identical buildings, in Hustontown and Warfordsburg, will provide customers with full services.

Specials at the IGA: Velveeta cheese, $1.69; grapes, 89 cents lb.; Clorox, 89 cents a gallon; Dawn, $1.89; strawberries, 79 cents lb.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Truax III of McConnellsburg on March 28.

Deaths: L. Viola Stevens, Chambersburg; John R. Barton, McConnellsburg; Stephanie Locke, Alexandria; Willard L. Mills, Warfordsburg; James Newman, Wells Tannery; Louemma C. Mellott, Needmore; John H. Briggs, State College; Simon Calhoun, Everett; Anthony Bendik, Mc- Connellsburg; Mabel Zeis, Fort Loudon.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 5, 1973


John Angle of Mercersburg has been appointed officer in charge of the McConnellsburg Post Office to take over the duties of Postmaster George Paul, who retired from that position on March 31.

The Fulton County Sportsmen’s League has announced that 200 trout will be tagged and stocked in the streams of Fulton County prior to opening day and others will be stocked at a later date.

Ross Wendell Henry of Hustontown and Phyllis Janette Conn of McConnellsburg applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Gerald E.Wright Jr. of Wells Tannery has been named to the dean’s list at Penn State University for the winter term with an average of 3.73. He is a junior, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Jerre Snyder, a member of the Air Force, who has been stationed in Adana, Turkey, is spending his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Snyder of Three Springs.

Thomas D. Haubrick was called to his home in Buffalo, N.Y., due to the sudden death of his father on April 1.

Deaths: Lucy Ruble, Arlington, Va.; J. Russell Foreman, Clear Ridge; Mrs. Melissa Mae Cowan, Neelyton; Mrs. Eliza Hoffman, Three Springs.

Airman John L. Buterbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg, has graduated at Keesler AFB, Miss., from the Air Training Command’s basic course for electronic specialist.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred F. Swailes of McConnellsburg on March 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Suders of McConnellsburg on March 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. E. Marshall Beatty of Mercersburg on March 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Sullivan of Mercersburg on March 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Younker of Hancock on March 28.

Specials at the IGA: Campbell’s pork and beans, 5 cans for $1; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, 3 cans for $1; Downy fabric softener, 49 cents a quart.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 11, 1963


The Fulton County Federation of Women’s Clubs, composed of the Woman’s Club of McConnellsburg, the War-Nee-Do Club of Warfordsburg and Greenhill Civic Club of Harrisonville, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 19, 1963.

The United Telephone Co. announces reduced rates effective April 4. After 9 p.m., three-minute calls from Mc- Connellsburg to any point on the West Coast will be $1 and all long-distance calls over 220 miles will be reduced.

C. Kenneth Gordon, McConnellsburg, has been re-elected president of Fulton County Local of the Inter-State Milk Producers Coop.

High winds during the past week kept firemen busy extinguishing brush fires.

There are presently four Girl Scout troops in the county, one in Needmore sponsored by the Grange and three in Harrisonville sponsored by the Siloam WSCS.

Ground was broken last week for the new home on North First Street to be built for Mr. and Mrs. Mark Clevenger.

The Ambrose Game Farm Zoo in Harrisonville has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Wheeler of Hagerstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McGarvey Jr. and family have moved into Mr. McGarvey’s parental home on Lincoln Way East, and his parents have taken up housekeeping in their brand new trailer at the rear of the property.

The McGarvey Beer Distributing business has been sold to Omar Mongold and Helga V. Zimmerman of Chambersburg. The new owners plan to relocate the business to the D. A. Washabaugh building on South First Street.

A marriage license was issued last week to Fred M. Culler of McConnellsburg and Violet G. Knepper of Waterfall.

Joan Deshong and Max Miller, both of Harrisonville, were married on April 6 in Nazarene Church at Hancock.

Nathan Hill of the U.S. Navy is spending two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester B. Hill of Buck Valley, after spending the winter at the South Pole.

Gary Boher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Boher of Warfordsburg, has been inducted into the armed forces, making three of their four sons in the service.

Linda Lou Sowers and Harold Edgar Deshong, both of McConnellsburg, were married on March 24 at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mellott are opening a new restaurant in Needmore, called G&V Restaurant, located near Dwight Gordon’s store.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Swope are building a new house on Sideling Hill.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McGarvey Jr., McConnellsburg, on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Swope, Robertsdale, on March 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Swope, Warfordsburg, on March 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Clippinger, Hustontown, on March 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hann, Needmore, on March 30.

Deaths: Deborah Ann Shaw, York, Pa., 6-year-old granddaughter of Mrs. Ruth Shaw and Mr. and Mrs. George Garland of Crystal Spring, of polio; Frank L. Fix of McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 9, 1953


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

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hancock returned home this week from a vacation in Florida.

A 52-year-old part-time farmer was painfully injured last Thursday by the premature explosion of a dynamite cap at his Fulton County farm. George Miller of near Laidig was preparing a charge of dynamite to clear stumps when the cap exploded in his right hand. The explosion caused mangling injuries to the hand, a deep puncture wound of the chin, severe lacerations above the right eye and painful burns over the entire face. He underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital where surgeons found it necessary to amputate the little finger and portions of the ring and index fingers. Miller is regularly employed at Letterkeny Ordnance Depot.

These 12 young Fulton County men left on April 8 for Pittsburgh for induction into the armed forces: Marcus E. Layton of Warfordsburg; Curtis R. Nunn of Breezewood; Elwood G. Gallagher of Burnt Cabins; Omert B. Lake of Harrisonville; James E. Shaw of Warfordsburg; Homer H. Peck of McConnellsburg; Gorman V. Palmer of Warfordsburg; Wayne M. Sipes of McConnellsburg; Donald M. Fischer of Amaranth; Dean E. Grove of Clear Ridge; Clair I. Park of Maddensville; and Edward Mellott of Mercersburg.

County Treasurer Guy Oakman has begun work on collecting more than $16,000 in delinquent real estate taxes as shown on the dockets of Fulton County. He will mail each delinquent taxpayer a notice, stating the amount of the tax and the time by which it must be paid to void additional costs.

Cpl. William E. Moran has been assigned as officer in charge of the McConnellsburg state police substation, taking the place of Ray Sprenkle, who retired.

Lyle Putt of McConnellsburg has been named to head the American Cancer Society’s 1953 crusade in Fulton County.

“The Boarding House Reach” is the name of a hilarious comedy to be stage by the Warfordsburg juniors on April 16-17. Taking part will be Keen Elbin, Dean Truax, Nancy Brant, Jean Carson, Bea Joy Crabill, Ruth Hill, Velma Mellott, Joyce Booth, Joanne Funk, Alice Mellott, Ruth Swain, Charles Manning, Thomas Dugan, Gerald Mellott and Allen Lee Smith.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Peck of McConnellsburg on April 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Leevy Jr. of Websters Mill on April 2.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Sharon (Bettie Shade) Wilson has been named Douglas Randolph. Mr. Wilson is with the armed forces in Korea.

Pvt. John Booth of Clear Ridge, who had been at Fort Breckinridge, Ky., is now at Fort Knox, Ky.

Pvt. Dean Wilson, who was wounded in Korea, returned last week to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilson, at Clear Ridge.

Pvt. Earle McClain is now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Miss Gail Shaw of Wells Tannery spent the weekend with her fiance, Pvt. Gerald Johnson, at Fort Breckinridge, Ky.

Mrs. Mary Barnett has returned to her home at Hustontown after spending five days in Fulton County Medical Center, where she had 18 teeth extracted by Dr. D.L. Hohman of Hagerstown.

Miss Florence Cromer has returned to Fort Littleton after spending the winter months with Mr. and Mrs. Nels Konold of Chambersburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brown and Mrs. Brown’s mother have moved into the home they recently purchased from Maynard Sheffield at Fort Littleton.

Harry Fraker of Orbisonia had several potted plants placed in the church at Fort Littleton on Easter Sunday in memory of his father and mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Mumma and family have moved into the Washabaugh apartments near the Fort Littleton interchange.

Charles Hershey, who underwent surgery twice at Chambersburg Hospital, has returned to his home at Fairview.

Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Hendershot of Warfordsburg took their son, Linny, to Pittsburgh last Thursday for another in a series of checkups at the Industrial Home for Crippled Children.

A double wedding was held at the local Lutheran Church last Saturday when the Misses Evelyn and Audrey Glee became the brides of Arthur Ott and Donald Daniels.

Robert W. Solenberger and Doris Jean Laidig were married on March 27.

Deaths: Benjamin W. Morris of Amaranth; Thomas C. Redinger of Earlston; Mrs. Ethel Edna Barnett of Hopewell; Wilmer W. Young of Tatesville, Bedford County.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 8, 1943


Deaths: Raymond

Leroy Swope; Eli

McCullough Peck of Needmore; John S. Booth of near Warfordsburg; Mrs. Ozena Bain Reed of Roanoke, Va.; Milton Henry Shadle of Knobsville.

Recent births: a daughter, Patricia Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fix of McConnellsburg on April 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mellott of Cito on April 3.

A forest fire burned about five acres on Scrub Ridge, south of Harrisonville, on Tuesday afternoon.

Pvt. Harry Trout is now stationed at New Cumberland.

Pvt. Kenneth Barnett is now stationed at Cross City, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brant of Fairview are the proud parents of a baby born at Everett Hospital on March 28. He has been named Harry Clyde.

A linen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Brant of Fairview on April 3 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Vensel.

Guy Crippen of Wells Tannery was called to Galeton on Saturday due to the illness of his father, Homer Crippen.

Certified seed potatoes are selling for $6 per 100 pounds.

Mark McCray, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. McCray, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is still in Puerto Rico.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 6, 1933


Deaths: Mrs.

Charles E. Deavor of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. H. Tobias of Hancock; J. Allie Eichelberger of Saxton; Albert Plessinger of Emmaville; Charles B. Gordon of Needmore; William Palmer Heck of Huntingdon County; Jesse J. Wible of Mapleton; Mrs. Jacob Sigel of Breezewood.

The McConnellsburg Glee Club broadcast part of the opera, “Martha,” over Station WORK in York last Saturday.

The world’s mightiest dirigible, the U.S. Akron, 785- foot flagship of the American Navy’s aerial fleet, crashed to her destruction off the Jersey coast on Tuesday, with the probable death of 73 of her crew of 76, including Rear Adm. William A. Moffett.

The Young Peoples Society of the local United Presbyterian Church adopted a resolution last week to fight for the maintenance of the 18th Amendment, total abstinence from liquor on the part of its members, and to help men with the same ideals in their fight for public office.

President Roosevelt this week signed an executive order which dramatically cuts veterans’ pension. The order is designed to save $450,000,000.

Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart and son Howard have retuned here after leaving California for good because of the recent earthquake, which occurred while they were there. They came though the disaster unscatched but want to be far away if another quake occurs there.

The farmhouse of Daniel Wilson of Dublin Mills, with most of its contents, was destroyed by fire last Wednesday morning.

Mrs. Helen Bohn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bohn of this place, remains in critical condition, the same as for the past two weeks.

“Knocking The High Out of Prices” at Feld’s Low Price Store: men’s overalls, 59 cents; men’s dress shirts, 47 cents; work pants, 59 cents and ladies’ hose, 9 cents.

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