2013-04-18 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 15, 1993


DER has announced that the group tenting and camping area B will be closed for the 1993 season at Cowans Gap State Park in order for cleanup of the devastation caused by the “Blizzard of 1993.” The wind, ice and snow caused at least 800 to 1,000 downed trees at the park. The northwestern side of the lake was the hardest hit.

Sylvia Peck, chairman of the Iota Lambda Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi’s Sweetheart Ball, presented a $5,000 check representing the proceeds from the annual Sweetheart Ball to Diane Poffenberger, to help defray medical expenses incurred during her recent lengthy illness.

The cost for snow removal this winter has cost the town more than three times the budget figure for the whole year, a total of nearly $10,000. Nearly half of the total was spent on the blizzard of ‘93 but 75 percent of this may be reimbursed by the state due to the emergency call which included Fulton County.

Lisa Koontz and Emory Plessinger, both of Needmore, will be taking part in the filming of an upcoming movie called ”Guarding Tess” starring Shirley McClaine and Nicholas Cage. Lisa and Emory auditioned for the casting call which was held in Hagerstown. Although they both have minor roles in the movie, they will still get a taste of the wonderful world of show business as they experience first hand what it’s like.

Ricky Everetts, McConnellsburg, and Betty Smith, Mc- Connellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Deaths: Edward Barnhart, Hancock; Winferd Cutshall, Three Springs; Leila Lynch, Crystal Spring; Lewis Harbaugh, New Paris; Elmer Miller Sr., Clear Spring; Julia King, Altoona; Sarah Diehl, Hancock.

The United Methodist Church of McConnellsburg was the setting for the holiday wedding of Wendy Richards and Gregory Mellott on December 19. Parents of the couple are Mrs. Nellie Richards and Reed Richards, both of Mc- Connellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mellott.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 28, 1983


Several court cases have held up the printing of the primary election ballots, and county election officials are worried that the ballots may not be ready in time to send out to absentee voters. Two of the cases have been decided, but the third remains in the courts and if it’s not decided before the weekend, absentee ballots will almost certainly be too late to be counted in the primary.

The first Fulton Fall Folk Festival Road Race received a lot of attention at the monthly meeting of the Tourist Promotion Agency. Gary Layton reported that he has downgraded the race from a 26.2 mile marathon to either a 10,000-meter or a 10-mile race. Layton said the race will draw several hundred participants. The proceeds from the race will be donated to the Fulton County Library Fund.

The last snow of the season, it is hoped, fell last Wednesday morning, with the northern end of the county getting about an inch cover on the ground.

“Mama’s Pizza,” a new eating place in town and located on Lincoln Way West, opened Thursday.

Specials at the IGA: Cap’n Crunch cereal, $1.49; Quaker Life cereal, $1.49; grapefruit, $1.19, 5-lb. bag; Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, 59 cents; Downey, $2.09, 64-oz.; strawberries, 79 cents a pint.

Now playing at the Reality Theatre in Robertsdale: “Summer Lovers.” Playing at Fulton Theatre: “An Officer & A Gentleman.”

Deaths: Nora Earley, McConnellsburg; Elsie D. Shore, Mc- Connellsburg; Oris Nonemaker, Three Springs; Laura J. Rhodes Ott, Greencastle; Thelma E. Bathalow, Kissimee, Fla.

Marriage licenses: Richard A. Morningstar, Wheaton, Md., and Betty Lou Rotz, Silver Spring, Md.; Walter E. Swope, Harrisonville, and Rhonda L. DeShong, Mc- Connellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 26, 1973


The new sewing establishment at Hustontown will open on Monday, April 30. The new unit will be called Huston Sportswear and will manufacture outerwear of all sizes, shapes and descriptions for children, both boys and girls. Hiring at the new plant will take place over the next couple of weeks, starting with a labor force of 10 to 12 experienced sewers the first week and adding six to eight persons each succeeding week until the plant is working at capacity.

A facilties expansion program, one that will increase its plant and office space and capacity in excess of 100 percent, recently was started at Fulton Industries Inc., McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Lyle Francis Dawson Jr. of Berkeley Springs and Donna Lynn Young of Berkeley Springs; Gary Allan Johnston of Waynesboro and Sandra Kay Miller of Mc- Connellsburg.

Freda Raker, co-owner of Overly-Raker Gift Shop, Mc- Connellsburg, was awarded the “best in show” ribbon for her entry of a watercolor at the art showing sponsored recently by the Standing Stone Art League in the Shoemaker Galleries at Juniata College, Huntingdon.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Wagner of Harrisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Maria Grace, to Thomas Lynn Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller have returned home after a week’s trip to Florida.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fittery of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, M. Jean, to Carl E. Kauffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlan Kauffman of Blairs Mills.

Jim Cutchall fell while on a rollerskating party recently and fractured his right arm. He will be sporting a cast for four to six weeks.

Ross Ott remains a patient at the Medical Center where he was taken last Thursday after he fractured a vertebrae while working at the family business, Ott Bros. Farm Supply Inc. He was fitted with a brace this week.

Deaths: Mrs. William Palmer, Needmore; Mrs. Laura Bolinger, Wells Tannery; Dottie Kay Spriggs, McConnellsburg; Raymond L. Fogal, Dry Run; Mrs. Hetty B. Johnston, Mechanicsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry S. Snyder of Saltillo on April 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William D. Horner of Harrisonville on April 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Colledge of Wells Tannery on April 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Romig of Waterfall on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Rinard of Hancock on April 19.

McConnellsburg Untied Presbyterian Church was the scene of the wedding of Beth Mellott and Jack Mason on Saturday, April 14. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Hollis K. Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. John Mason of Cranford, N.J.

Specials at the IGA: sweet corn, 10 ears for 98 cents; Oxydol detergent, 69 cents for 3-lb. box; Taster’s Choice instant coffee, $1.69.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 2, 1963


An International trailer-truck wrecked on Tuscarora Mountain, 1/2 mile east of McConnellsburg, on

Monday afternoon when its brakes gave out above the horseshoe curve. Both the driver and relief driver were injured. The runaway rig missed colliding with the truck loaded with compressed gas which was forced off the road by the out-of-control rig.

Another runaway truck, with horn blaring, was seen on Sunday afternoon speeding through town but managed to make a right turn at the Route 522 intersection.

A group of Bedford youths rode through McConnellsburg on horseback on Friday to attend the “Elks National Youth Day” at Gettysburg. The pony express featured nine relay riders travelling 82 miles on the Old Forbes Road ‘to deliver a letter post haste to Abraham Lincoln.”

A large crowd gathered to watch firemen battle an allnight blaze of a refuse dump on Peach Orchard Road that was not brought under control until Sunday morning.

Lauren Bard won the 1963 FFA Land Judging Contest in Fulton County, and Ronald Richards, McConnellsburg, won second place.

A fieldman for Hoffman Seed and Grain Co., Muncie, Pa., is contracting with the Fulton and Franklin County farmers to grow kidney beans.

Marriage licenses were issued last week to Paul R. Deshong, McConnellsburg, and Sylva G. Brady, Warfordsburg, and Roger D. Daniels, Harrisonville, and Bobbie Jean Bradnick, Robertsdale.

The wedding of Mary Wanda Lee Mellott, Warfordsburg, to Lynn Letter of Scotland, Pa., was announced.

Born: a son, Steven Russell, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurd, Silver Springs, Md., on April 12. Mrs. Hurd is the former Delores Horton of McConnellsburg.

Mark Teeter, 3-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs. James Teeter of Waynesboro, was killed instantly on Saturday when he rode his tricycle into the path of a car.

The first day of May was heralded with snow flurries over most of the county on Wednesday.

Sharon Glazier, McConnellsburg, was awarded $100 for sustained superior performance at Letterkenny Army Depot.

Pouring footers for the new 94,000-square-foot Sagner plant will begin this week. The contractors received 53 applications from area men for jobs.

Congressman Irving J. Whalley says a “hotline” or combination cable-telephone line, available for instant use, is to be put into operation between the Kremlin and the White House. Reaction is mixed as to the benefit and dangers involved, he says.

Gary Waters of Burnt Cabins escaped serious injury last week when his farm tractor overturned.

Mrs. George Carson and Mrs. Lee Carson of Garland, Texas, flew home last week to attend the funeral of their grandfather, Carey Hixon of Buck Valley.

Felton Bennett has purchased the S.E. McKee Store property in Buck Valley. The late Mr. McKee operated the store for about 65 years.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Sipes, McConnellsburg, on April 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deshong, McConnellsburg, on April 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Kaiser, St. Thomas, on April 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Duffey, McConnellsburg, on April 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stains, Fort Littleton, on April 27.

Men in Service: Pvt. Melvin C. Ramsey, Hustontown, is undergoing advanced armor training at Fort Knox, Ky. John Souders, McConnellsburg, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Deaths: Mrs. Cora Rae Cosey, Mercersburg, formerly of Hancock; Ross Winter, Alliance, Ohio, born in Whips Cove; Mrs. Maude Ellen Culler, Needmore; Patricia Ann Moore, Saxton, 5-year-old granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Deshong, McConnellsburg; Caera Ellis Hixson, Crystal Spring; Neil Rohm, Breezewood; Mrs. Hattie Alden, Coolville, Ohio, formerly of McConnellsburg; James D. Locke, LaPlata, Md., born in Fulton County; Eugene Mumma, Newark, N.J., born in Burnt Cabins.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 30, 1953


Mrs. Victor Gobin underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital on Monday of this week.

Raymond McQuade and son Randy of Pittsburgh, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McQuade of McConnellsburg.

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

Roy Cutchall of Ayr Township is a patient in the Veterans Hospital in Altoona.

Mrs. Levi P. Morton of town underwent surgery last Friday at Waynesboro Hospital.

Mrs. Ida Lininger of town will celebrate her 75th birthday on Sunday, May 3.

Rev. LaRue G. Bender has been named a director of the Crystal Spring Camp Meeting, which will be held this year from August 14-23.

Mrs. Jeannett Gordon, a local teacher, has been summoned to serve as a petit juror for United States District Court, which will convene in Harrisburg on May 4.

A-2C Harold Lininger, who had been stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif., has been transferred to Camp Stoneman in California for overseas assignment.

Rev. William A. Slick, a native of Bedford County, has assumed the pastorate of the Bethlehem Evangelical United Brethren, located on the Peach Orchard Road. He succeeds Rev. Arthur Ritchey, who has retired from the active ministry.

Claude Strait of Warfordsburg suffered a painful eye injury last week when he was struck across the face by a strand of barbed wire. He was treated at Chambersburg Hospital, where he told attendants he was stringing wire when it slipped from his hand and the end lashed across his face, one of the barbs striking him in the eye.

A McConnellsburg woman and her 16-year-old son have set an enviable record of Sunday School attendance, not missing a Sunday in 14 years. Mrs. D.A. Washabaugh and her son, Andy, are members of Reformed Church of Mc- Connellsburg, and if they happen to be out of town, they attend Sunday School in the locality where they are. Once, while in New York City, they attended Sunday School in “The Little Church Around The Corner.”

Tom Johnston, Ph.D., a nephew of the late Finley McN. Johnston, a lifetime resident of Fulton County, is pictured in this week’s issue of Life Magazine. Dr. Johnston, a teacher at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., appears in a feature article that describes a school which teaches only the liberal arts. Tom now owns the farm in Ayr Township where his uncle lived for many years.

Open house will be observed at Fulton County Medical Center on May 12 to mark National Hospital Week, May 10-16.

Milford Hann of Mc- Connellsburg was trying his luck on Sunday morning in Cove Creek near Big Cove Tannery when he landed one of the largest trout yet reported in county streams. This one measured 22 inches and weighed 3-1/2 ponds

Pvt. G.S. LaVerne Klock and Lois Hess were married on April 9.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Jane Fogal to Richard Wright.

Mrs. Mae Fink of Crystal Spring has been caring for her aunt, Mrs. Stella Horton of Wells Tannery, who has been ill.

Mrs. Mildred Shaw has returned to Hustontown after doing missionary work in Boston, Mass., for the past 20 years.

A number of Mary Souders’ friends gathered at her home at Fort Littleton on Sunday to celebrate her 16th birthday.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Butler Warner of Johnstown; Mrs. Mae Rogers Darden of Hagerstown; Mrs. Margaret Jane Warnick Rosenberry of Burnt Cabins; George Roland Sipes of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 29, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Sloan

Warthin of Mc-

Connellsburg; Mrs. Louemma Holland of Hustontown.

Recent weddings: Anna Mary Conn of Greensburg, Pa., and Richard W. Grissinger of McConnellsburg on April 14; Hazel Palmer of Sipes Mill and Calvin Max Akers of Crystal Spring on April 21; Vera A. Foster of Union Township and Coy Jay of Johnstown. The Rev. T.P. Garland performed the latter two ceremonies.

William E. Selser of Mercersburg has completed 50 years of perfect attendance at Presbyterian Sunday School.

A picture showing Cpl. Donald F. McQuade, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McQuade of McConnellsburg, appeared recently in Life Magazine. The picture showed a room at Newport with young Mc- Quade coming through the door.

Henry LeQuear, Jack Gobin, William Kendall, Jack Hessler and Walter Barmont are heading a “Buy a Jeep” campaign at McConnellsburg High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Watters announce the birth of a daughter, Linette Kay, on April 21.

Death: Dick McGowan of Burnt Cabins.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 27, 1933


Deaths: Charles D.

Hixon of Mc-

Connellsburg; Mrs. John Stewart of Dormant, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

The Fulton Seven, a newly organized orchestra in the county, will take part in special services at Center Church on Mother’s Day.

The Rev. M. Knisely, through whose efforts the church at Burnt Cains was built in 1883, will preach at special services at the church on Sunday evening. Rev. Knisely was also instrumental in building the church at Metal 50 years ago. Also featured on the program at Burnt Cabins Church will be selections by the organist of the church 50 years ago.

Sheriff Roy M. Sipes had the misfortune to fall while fishing last week and broke a bone in his right hand.

Rev. A.A. Price has been reappointed as pastor of the local Methodist Church.

Nearly 24,000 men in Pennsylvania will get employment in the near future in Pennsylvania under President Roosevelt’s plan for a Civilian Conservation Corps.

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