2013-06-06 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Chalmer Strait of Buck Valley, pictures the Strait family in September of 1965. Pictured, left: Claude Strait, Abby Mellott Strait, Jessie Mellott Strait and Frank Strait. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Chalmer Strait of Buck Valley, pictures the Strait family in September of 1965. Pictured, left: Claude Strait, Abby Mellott Strait, Jessie Mellott Strait and Frank Strait. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 3, 1993


About 125 persons attended the dedication of the new McConnellsburg Area Senior Citizen Center held May 28 at the center located adjacent to the Woodside Apartments complex off Cito Road. The 40- foot-by-80-foot center, which includes a conference room, a kitchen, office, restrooms and a large open room on the first floor and a small quilting room and large open area for the Fulton County Food Basket program in the basement, was constructed by Roy C. Kline Contractors Inc. of Smithsburg, Md., at a cost of about $265,000.

Cmdr. William Hine (U.S. Navy, ret.) delivered the Memorial address at Union Cemetery on May 31. A large crowd attended the ceremonies despite intermittent rain.

Fulton County Commissioners Thursday received seven proposals to provide land for a new Hustontown area senior citizen center. Bids received Tuesday were two to four acres from Raymond Strait; four acres of vacant land and four acres of partially developed land both from Victor Cutchall; two acres from Ralph and Doretta Mellott; and three four-acre tracts from Ken Reeder. Another bid from Zane and Gail Fraker was withdrawn.

Two busloads of Tom Peck fans spent the weekend at the NASCAR races at Charlotte, N.C., to see Tom drive one of his best races yet, holding first and second place before finishing in 12th after a disastrous pit stop on a caution.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Petersen of Warfordsburg on May 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Seville of McConnellsburg on May 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Irvin of Concord, Pa., on May 28.

Deaths: George Eppinger, former Franklin County judge, 72, Chambersburg; Vada Cubbage, 75, Hancock; Donald Reeder, McConnellsburg; Moody Newman, 74, Three Springs; Viva M.S. Murray, 87, Warfordsburg.

Marriage licenses: Danny Stotler, Needmore, and Nancy Mellott, Needmore; Edward Smith, Hagerstown, and Shawn Isham, Hagerstown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of June 16, 1983


Little Leaguers ringed the field as the new field lights at the Lions Club Community Park in Mc-

Connellsburg were dedicated in a ceremony between games of a doubleheader last Friday night.

One of the best athletes in Fulton County history and one of the best track athletes at Penn State University is now one of the best runners in the Mid-Atlantic states. Bobby Snyder of McConnellsburg is still running after stellar careers at McConnellsburg High School and Penn State University, and he is still winning. On June 5, he beat Hagerstown running star Terry Baker to win the Natural Lite 10 Kilometer Run Through History at Antietam Battlefield.

Dr. Edward Kemp, a surgeon from Colorado, is in the process of starting up a practice in Fulton County. Kemp hopes to become part of the staff of Fulton County Medical Center in addition to opening an office in town.

According to the National Weather Service, 1983’s weather has been the worst in 40 years, with precipitation for the nation as a whole running 50 percent above average.

Jeanne McKelvey was among 166 seniors to receive juris doctor degrees from Dickinson School of Law at ceremonies held June 4.

Specials at the IGA: sweet corn, 6 ears for 89 cents; Tide $5.99, 171-oz. pkg.; Heinz ketchup, $1.69, 44-oz. bottle; Pepsi, 6-12-oz. cans, $1.69; cauliflower, $1.29 head; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Zeger Jr., Hustontown, on June 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Spoonhour, Chambersburg, on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cohenour, Three Springs, on June 8.

Deaths: Myrtle F. Miller, McConnellsburg; Paul E. Wilds, Fort Littleton; Janet V. Fittry, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 14, 1973


Six Holstein-Friesian heifers and four bulls from

Bedford County farms were part of a 437-head shipment to France last Tuesday from Richmond, Va. The cattle exportation was the first major export shipment of registered dairy cattle to that country and was coordinated by William Nichols of State College. Three of the open-bred heifers were from the Galen Detwiler farms in New Enterprise, one from the William Helsel farm in New Enterprise, one from the Bryon Over farm in Roaring Spring and one from the Ralph Ritchey farm in Hopewell.

Mrs. Lee Oakman and daughter are spending a twoweek vacation with her sister, June, in Burlington, Vt.

An oversized mobile home being hauled through town was badly damaged Monday morning when it failed to make the turn from Route 30 onto Route 522 at the bank corner and hit the traffic light on one side.

The local fire company assisted at the landing of a Navy helicopter on the school grounds on Sunday evening by providing lights to aid in landing and takeoff. The helicopter was sent here from Washington to transport serviceman Robert Vogt to a naval hospital for treatment of a severely injured arm.

Susan Brown Garland of McConnellsburg was one of 1,593 persons who received degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania on May 27. Susan received a B.S. degree in education.

The following Fulton County students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Shippensburg State College: Kenneth Keebaugh, Hustontown; Cheryl Swope, Needmore; Larry Truax, Needmore; George Shearer, Waterfall; Ada Adams, Gregory Gordon, Diane Jefferson, Karen Keebaugh and Kathleen Rajtik, all of McConnellsburg.

Charlotte Kelly and Arnold Martz exchanged wedding vows on June 2 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the coupe are Mr. and Mrs. James Skelly of Oil City and Mrs. Mabel Martz and the late Russell Martz of Fort Littleton.

Miss Darce Keefer and Garth Douglas were united in marriage on June 3 in Damascus Christian Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Hancock and Walter Douglas of Hancock and the late Catherine Douglas.

Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McGarvey and children were vacationing in Florida last week, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ward in Tampa and touring Disney World.

John Naugle, part-time “News” employee, is confined to his home by sickness.

Deaths: Wilburt Hess, Warfordsburg; Annette Doyle, McConnellsburg; Carol Sponsler, Robertsdale; Eldon Yingling, Hamburg, N.Y.; Verna Hann, Harrisonville; Simon Daniels, Needmore.

Mrs. Patricia Kay Walters of New Oxford and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Foreman of Hustontown graduated on June 2 with a class of 40 student nurses from York Hospital School of Nursing, after successfully completing a nursing program of 33 months.

Specials at the IGA; meat pies, 19 cents each; chuck roast, 89 cents lb.; IGA cake mixes, 27 cents; ground beef, 79 cents lb.

50 Years Ago

From the Files Of June 20, 1963


A flatbed trailer truck loaded with heavy road equipment and with horn blaring ran wild through town on Monday afternoon. Its brakes began to burn descending Tuscarora Mountain. The driver managed to get the rig stopped at the Sunoco Station on Lincoln Way East without incident.

Clarence Victor Johnson, 31, Hancock, was killed in an auto accident early Saturday on the Damascus Church Road in Thompson Township. Stella P. Younker, 55, also of Hancock, the driver of the other car involved, suffered a broken nose and internal injuries and was rushed to Washington County Hospital. Johnson was the father of nine children between the ages of 9 and 13 years.

Elizabeth Lodge Bookheimer graduated recently from Linden Hall, Lititz, Pa., the second-oldest girls school in America.

George Reed Elbin, Warfordsburg, received his Master of Education degree on June 5 from Western Maryland College, Westminster, Md.

Marriage licenses: Roger D. Truax, Warfordsburg, and Carolyn Winters, Needmore; Ronald D. Snoberger, Lewistown, and Redith I. Fix, McConnellsburg.

Debbie Welsh, 4 1/2 years, Knobsville, will appear on the TV program “Romper Room” for two weeks starting June 24.

Mrs. Retha Glazier fell at church last week and broke her arm.

Men in service: Cadet Jerry L. Beatty of Warfordsburg recently completed his first year at the Air Force Academy in Colorado and is on a field trip to armed forces installations across the country. Marine Cpl. Reuben A. Ramsey, Hustontown, was one of the top 350 Marine rifle and pistol marksmen competing for division honors at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Pvt. Ralph L. Hann, Warfordsburg, is taking advanced armor training at Fort Knox, Ky. Pfc. Melvin R. Strait, Mc- Connellsburg, is serving with the U.S. Army at Fort Polk, La.

Janet Faye Gordon and Roger Elvey, McConnellsburg, were married on June 8 in the Methodist Church.

Merrill Houck, Robertsdale, and Bonnie Horne, Hustontown, were married in Maddensville Church on Friday.

Randy Henry, Hustontown, has been a very sick boy in the Medical Center with a whooping cough and pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed McCray, Warfordsburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday. About 150 friends attended their celebration.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mac Peck, Needmore, on their recent marriage.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Painter, Breezewood, on June 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Abbott, Three Springs, on June 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Black, Chambersburg, on June 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George R. Rohrer, Mc- Connellsburg, on June 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sheffield, McConnellsburg, on June 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Edwards, Shade Gap, on June 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Calhoun, Breezewood, on June 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Deshong, McConnellsburg, on June 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ramsey, McConnellsburg, on June 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, on June 15.

Deaths: Mrs. Leah Wildoner, McConnellsburg; Clarence Cutchall, McConnellsburg; Kenneth E. Fix, Hustontown; K. Dale Fix, Hustontown; Mrs. Amy R. Bennett, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Huldah A. Stoner, Hancock, formerly of Buck Valley; Gilbert George Ward, Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of June 18, 1953


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

Miss Emma Sloan, a teacher for the past 44 years in the public schools at Johnstown, retired this year and is now at home here with her sister, Mrs. Scott Walker.

Mrs. John C. Halderman of Blanchard, Iowa, is spending some time with relatives and friends here. She came east with her nephew, Sgt. Lloyd Golden, and wife, who were returning home after spending three years in Alaska. Sgt. and Mrs. Golden will leave in July to go to Texas, and Mrs. Halderman will accompany them as far as Iowa. In the meantime, she is visiting friends and relatives whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Mack Horton of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter on June 15 in Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Silas Rhodes of McConnellsburg on June 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Glenn of Websters Mill on June 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lake of Mercersburg on June 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sipes of McConnellsburg on June 13.

The 73rd annual convention of Fulton County Sabbath School Association was held on June 4-5 at Center Methodist Church in Taylor Township.

The local VFW auxiliary entertained at a wiener roast last Thursday for the children who sold poppies last year.

Mack Black, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Black of McConnellsburg, was painfully injured on Monday evening when he was struck in the eye by a foul ball at the Little League baseball game. The lad was sitting in the bleachers with his father when the mishap occurred.

Police Chief Merrill Seville warns that parents will be held responsible for their children’s actions. In the past few weeks, a number of grade lines have been destroyed by children on First Street where sidewalks are being installed and newly made lawns have been cut up by bikes. Two juveniles, feeling the urge for “devilment,” also took milk bottles from porches and smashed them on the sidewalk

Lodge and Nelson awarded prizes Saturday at the opening of their new Westinghouse appliance store here. Miss Freeda Duvall of McConnellsburg won an electric roaster; Mrs. Bessie Strait of Needmore a radio, and Mrs. Wayne Seville of McConnellsburg an open handle iron.

James Hollenshead, a 1953 graduate of Southern Fulton, was elected last week as a sentinel of Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America.

Pvt. William G. Roher, son of Mrs. Millie Roher of Wells Tannery, is now serving with the Korean Military Advisory Group in Korea.

Melvin Everts, 22, of Cito, was admitted to the Medical Center with severe lacerations of the scalp following a car accident on Tuesday in Belfast Township.

Woodrow Malot has returned to his home at Hustontown after doing engineering work at Hudson Bay, Canada.

Deaths: Blem L. McQuait of Robertsdale; Miss Roxabel M. Fling; Ira Emerson Mellott of Warfordsburg; Ivah Mellott Barton of Crystal Spring; James Marshall Crawford of Little Orleans, Md.; William Andrew Coile Waldlich of Fayetteville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 17, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. James R. Hill Sr., Buck Valley; Mrs.

Viola B. Shaw, Youngtown, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Rebecca Teeter of Williamsport.

Members of the armed forces who were residents of Pennsylvania for at least 60 days before induction are eligible for free fishing licenses

Victor G. Coons and Alberta Irene McGowan were married on May 23.

Two local motorists were charged this week with violating the ban on pleasure driving when their cars were spotted at a block party in Greencastle. At a hearing, one was cleared when he explained that he had taken a patient to a doctor in Greencatle. The other could give no good reason, so his driving privileges were revoked for the duration.

Cyrus F. Wagner has announced his candidacy for the office of county commissioner.

The local rationing board has announced that 2,322 applications for canning sugar have been received up to June 15, and that certificates for 126,222 pounds of sugar had been issued.

Robert Wilmer Hays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Hays of McConnellsburg, has been announced as the winner of the state senatorial scholarship for Fulton county.

Raymond C. Wible has announced his candidacy for sheriff.

OPA ruled this week that political candidates will be allowed extra gas rations for campaign purposes.

Mrs. Vallie Lowe was called to Reading to attend the funeral of her aunt, Miss Sarah Binkley, who was 89 years old.

George Albert Wink and C. Louise Foose were married on June 5.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of June 15, 1933


Deaths: Miss Elizabeth Hess of McConnellsburg, the first woman to be elected a school director of the local schools and who served as president during her term; W.B. Stunkard of Wells Valley; Horace Meyers of Venezuela, South America.

The local Civic Club held its regular meeting on June 9 at which time Miss Minnie McGovern spoke on “Beauty in Common Things.”

Miss Jeanette Findley, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F.D. Findley, received her B.A. degree from Wooster College last week.

Recent weddings: Paul Woodall and Melva A. Sipes on June 13; Michael Garbish and Mary Elizabeth Miller on April 30; Frank I. Mellott and Pearl Rebecca Moore on June 7; Howard Stewart and Rose Black on June 10; Leo R. Fields and Thelma Grace Bivens on May 25; Jobe Peck and Ruby Crist on June 5.

Beaver Fraker of Fort Littleton received a broken wrist and arm while paying baseball at Burnt Cabins on Sunday.

Specials at the Racket Store: garden plows at $2.50; window screens at 25 cents; three-burner oil stoves at $15.50; wash boilers at $1.25; brooms at 23 cents.

One out of every three farm families in Pennsylvania now has a radio, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

Harvey I. Raker announces in this issue his candidacy for the office of prothonotary of Fulton County.

The McConnellsburg ball team lost to the Martinsburg American Legion team on Saturday by the lopsided score of 8-1. “Hap” Kirchner received an unexpected honor in this game, however. He now has the credit for the first homerun hits on the new field.

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