2013-07-04 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Thelma Hanks Zeger of Fort Loudon, was taken in 1940 and pictures Betty Shoe, Norma Schriver, Ruth Schriver, Fern Plessinger, Dorothy Harper, Wanda Engle, Virginia Diehl, Leona Fletcher, Myra Mellott, Thelma Hanks and Wayne Hanks. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Thelma Hanks Zeger of Fort Loudon, was taken in 1940 and pictures Betty Shoe, Norma Schriver, Ruth Schriver, Fern Plessinger, Dorothy Harper, Wanda Engle, Virginia Diehl, Leona Fletcher, Myra Mellott, Thelma Hanks and Wayne Hanks. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 1, 1993


The Pennsylvania Senate last Wednesday confirmed Chambersburg attorney Douglas Herman as interim judge for the Court of Common Pleas, 39th Judicial District comprised of Fulton and Franklin counties.

Approximately 30 people attended the colonial dinner celebration of the Bicentennial anniversary of the Fulton House on June 26. The event was held in the old log kitchen and featured traditional fare catered by Monica’s Side Door Deli. Guests dined by candlelight to the music of 18th century Annapolis. Several of those attending wore period dress, as did servers for the evening, members of Girl Scout Junior Troop No. 1263 and Cadette Troop No. 861.

Central Fulton School Board Tuesday night approved a final 1993-94 district budget of $6,971,186 which calls for a three-mill real estate tax hike up to a level of 64 mills.

The annual Women’s Invitational Tournament was played on Monday with 80 players from various clubs in the area taking the field at Great Cove. Winners were Lucille Adams, Janet Kurey, Jean Smallwood and Alberta Riggs with a team score of 113.

Joseph Sharpe of Wells Tannery has been designated a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Club International Foundation in recognition of his commitment to serving the world and community. He is a member of the Forbes Road Lions Club.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jones of Hustontown on June 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Bard of Needmore on June 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morton II on June 26.

Deaths: Clarence Dietz, Bedford; Nancy Zdrosky, Spring Lake, N.C.; Willis Chilcote, Hustontown; Floyd Mearkle, Breezewood; Lawrence Cutchall, Harrisonville.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Hagerstown was the setting for the April 17 wedding ceremony which united Todd Palmer and Kimberly Lesher. Parents of the couple are Warren and Kathy Palmer of McConnellsburg and Charles and Evelyn Lesher, both of Hagerstown.

Marriage licenses: Scott Zeilinger, Three Springs, and Amy Montgomery, Three Springs; Edward Wilson, Breezewood, and Tonia Blackstone, Breezewood.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 14, 1983


For the fourth time in less than two years, the Mc-

Connellsburg Borough Council is searching for a new policeman as patrolman Charles Ray handed in his resignation at the council meeting last Wednesday night. Patrolman Gary Long will assume Ray’s administrative duties in the police department.

Russell D. Gordon Jr., 21, McConnellsburg, died at Fulton County Medical Center Monday night after a tragic accident when the hi-lift in which he was working fell to the ground. Gordon and his father, Russell Gordon Sr., were replacing the rope on the flagpole at Dr. Harry Johnston’s house on Thomastown Road when the accident occurred.

A year almost to the day that his brother drowned in a swimming pool at Harrisonville, Greg Frazer, 18, died at a swimming party at the Walter Peck home south of Needmore on Sunday morning. The cause of death is not yet known. According to reports, Frazer swam the length of the pool, stood up in about 4 feet of water and then collapsed. He was immediately removed from the pool and CPR was performed. In what is a macabre coincidence, Frazer’s brother, Todd, died on July 12, 1982, at a swimming party in Harrisonville. Todd, who was 18 years old at the time of his death, also did not respond to CPR and was pronounced dead at the Medical Center. His death was ruled as accidental drowning.

Brad Divens and his band “Wrathchild” won the battle of the bands contest held at the Rabbit’s Foot Club in Frederick, Md.

Joshua Knepper, young son of LeRoy and Susan Knepper of Three Springs, was brought to the Medical Center last Tuesday evening with a badly mangled foot resulting from a lawn mower accident at his home. He was transferred to Washington County Hospital following emergency treatment.

A wedding shower was held June 25 at Wells Valley Presbyterian Church in honor of Dana and Rebecca “Becky” Ford, who were married April 24 at a beautiful oceanside ceremony at Ocean City, Md.

Specials at the IGA: Kix cereal, $1.19; Spaghetti O’s, 39 cents; Parkay margarine, 2 for 89 cents; broccoli, 69 cents a bunch; Tide, 49 oz., $1.99.

Members of this year’s Little League All-Stars are: Kevin Fowler, Brian Ramsey, Leonard Thomas, Keith Barclay, Allen Mellott, Shawn Berkstresser, Kevin Swope, Greg Walters, Scott Knepper, David Poffenberger, John Rotz, Chris Mellott and Ronnie Morgan and batboy Terry Lanehart.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keebaugh of McConnellsburg on July 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sullivan of Warfordsburg on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Leese of Needmore on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Rubeck on July 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Slates of Waterfall on July 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Price of Shade Gap on July 5.

Deaths: Stephen Shives, Hancock; Guy Krause, Dushore; Layo Garman, Calvn; Floyd Morris, Scottsville, Va.; Joseph Price, Shade Gap; Carol Lake, Mechanicsburg; Mary G. Youse, Philipsburg; Kenneth Sigel Sr., Warfordsburg; Foster C. Lynch,Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 12, 1973


State Sen. William J. Moore of Perry County called for quick action in the state Senate last Monday on a House-passed death penalty bill, reading a letter from a McConnellsburg couple whose only son allegedly was killed by a group of fugitives from prison. Moore asked that the letter from Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Miller of Mc- Connellsburg be placed in the Senate record.

Jocelyn Palmer was named Fulton County’s 1973 Dairy Princess at the firemen’s carnival. First runner-up was Connie Brant. Joycelyn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Palmer of Warfordsburg.

The State Liquor Store in McConnellsburg – the only such store in Fulton County – closed its doors at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday of this week in response to a directive from the supervising officials for this district in Hollidaysburg. Liquor stores throughout the state have been closing due to the strike now in progress by the Retail Clerks Union.

Miss Sharon Lee Park of Burnt Cabins received her associate degree in business administration on June 15 during the third annual commencement of DuBois Campus of Pennsylvania State University.

Over the Fourth of July holiday, there were no accidents in Fulton County and no fatalities reported.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sharpe of Harrisonville quietly observed their 72nd wedding anniversary on June 26.

A wedding of local area interest took pace Saturday, June 16, in Shippensburg, uniting Miss Evelyn Ruth Besaw and Stephen Grissinger. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Besaw of Mechanicsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Grissinger of Hustontown.

Engagements: Glen Smith of Warfordsburg and Mrs. Virginia Smith of Hancock announce the engagement of their daughter, Paula Jean, to William Reed Shives, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Reed Shives of Big Cove Tannery. Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. DeShong, Hustontown, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Kay, to Richard Lee Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allison L. Shaw of Mc- Connellsburg.

Cpl. Carl E. Bain Jr., USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bain Sr., McConnellsburg, completed the school prescribed by the commandant of the Marine Corps for Marine security guards on June 8. He has been assigned for one year on security guard duty at the American Embassy, Accro, Gahna, Africa.

Deaths; J. Alvy Lauver, Fort Loudon; Charles F. Keefer, Mercersburg; Mrs. Pearl Rohrer, Hagerstown; Seibert D. Beatty, Hancock; Harvey Rosenberry, Spring Run; Earl G. Rotz, Newbury, Ohio; Harry A. Edwards, Huntingdon; Robert Bergstresser Sr., Port Royal; Cpl. Bernard P. Zukus, Bedford; Kenneth Semple Jr., Shirleysburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Claycomb of Osterburg on July 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCumbee of Berkeley Springs on July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine E. Middaugh of Doylesburg on July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Peterson of Shade Gap on July 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Downin of Hustontown on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kline of Hustontown on July 6.

Specials at the IGA: giant size Tide, 49 cents, 3-lb. box; Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, 3 boxes for $1; ground beef, 79 cents lb.; iceberg lettuce, 39 cents a head.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 18, 1963


Starting Saturday, July 27, a jackpot of 100 silver dollars will be awarded to some lucky person each

Saturday night at the courthouse for 12 consecutive weeks.

Brantner’s Bowling Alley in McConnellsburg changed hands this week when it was sold to Melvin E. Chilcote of Hagerstown.

A carnival to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Fund will be held Friday in the backyard of Dr. Robert L. Fry, sponsored by Dr. Fry’s son, James, and Jeff Ott, Dennis Cisney, Susan Garland, Dennis Seiders, Bob Yost and Nancy Mellott.

There will be a solar eclipse on Saturday, July 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reeder, proprietors of the new Valley Treat Drive-In north of McConnellsburg,will sponsor a record hop for the teenagers of the community on Saturday night in front of their custard kitchen.

Roy W. Gordon of 331 South Second Street has been appointed as Civil Defense director of McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Robert R. Grove of McConnellsburg and Virginia J. Locke of Burnt Cabins; Russell E. Brown of Maddensville and Betty J. Barnett of Three Springs.

Willis Decker of Harrisonville has been chosen to attend the 10th annual Boys’ Forestry Training Camp at Stone Valley in Centre County.

A local family’s pet cat gave birth to a litter of kittens last week, three of which were joined together like Siamese triplets. Two were joined at the abdomen and the other at the foot. Dr. Arnon Kaplan, local veterinarian, painlessly severed the animals. The two kittens joined at the abdomen failed to survive, but the one whose foot was attached to the other two seems to be fine.

Hulda Mae Wilt and David Raymond Chesnut Jr. were married on June 29.

Doris Lee McCray and James C. Akers were wed on June 23.

There will be a square dance with Delmar Mellott and The Tonoloway Ramblers on Saturday night at the Wild Game Farm and Zoo park.

Two brothers took brides in a double ceremony on June 30. William E. Davis wed Nita Lee McKee, and Richard E. Davis took Sharon Lee Eversole as his bride.

Army Pfc. George W. Wible, Hustontown, participated in a massive display of missiles, artillery and engineer equipment in honor of President Kennedy’s visit to Hanau, Germany, on June 25.

Army National Guard Private Ralph L. Hann, Warfordsburg, completed eight weeks of advanced armor training on June 28 at the Armor Center, Fort Knox, Ky.

Pvt. Kermit C. Ramsey, 19, McConnellsburg, has been assigned to the company of the Fourth Training Regiment at Fort Dix, N. J., for eight weeks of basic training. Specialist Four Gerald Ramsey of McConnellsburg participated in Exercise Dhanaarjata, which took place in northeast Thailand June 11-19. He is a member of the 25th Division’s Fifth Infantry.

Deaths: Walter H. Gress of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Laura Brewer Smith of Williamsport, Md.; N.H. “Brownie” Hendershot of Warfordsburg; Robert Blaine Bergstresser of Waterfall.

60 Years ago

From The Files Of July 16, 1953


The Mello Macs will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Carol Dohner of Central Park, N.J., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Morton. Mr. Dohner is a son of Norah Fisher Dohner.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnston entertained Dr. and Mrs. W.J. McKnight of Pittsburgh on Sunday. The McKnights were college mates of Mrs. Johnston at New Wilmington.

A-1C Clarence Reed Cutchall, who is spending a twoweek furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cutchall, will leave on Sunday to return to duty at Lake Charles Air Force Base in Louisiana.

Dolly Meyers of Hancock and Charles Deneen of Warfordsburg will be married on Sunday afternoon, July 26.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Belle Carmack of Harrisonville to Larry Wagner of Greencastle.

Mrs. Mazie Hancock of McConnellsburg has been named to the staff of the summer workshop for nursery school teachers that is being conducted at Pennsylvania State College. Mrs. Hancock is advisor of the Private Academic School Registration, Department of Public Instruction, Harrisburg.

Seventy-five 4-H members, leaders and parents attended the first countywide 4-H one-day camp held on July 9 at Cowans Gap State Park. Leaders attending were Mrs. Gerald Biggs and Mrs. Norman Wermick of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Paul Earley of Wells Tannery; Mrs. Harry B. Knepper of Waterfall; and Webster Fisher of Brush Creek.

A Grassland Demonstration Day will be held August 21 at the C. Kenneth Gordon farm in Ayr Township.

According to the State Tax Equalization Board, the market value of taxable real estate in Fulton County is $9,642,754, while the assessed valuation is $2,358,348.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Miller of Fort Littleton on July 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hockensmith of Wells Tannery on July 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Varner of Clear Ridge on July 9; a son to M. and Mrs. David Duvall of Chambersburg on July 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Covert of Mercersburg on July 11, 1953.

Ray Bolinger of Wells Tannery returned to Veterans Hospital in Altoona on Tuesday. From there, he will be transferred to Aspinwall.

The ladies of the Knobsville community cleaned the church on Thursday, and the men of the community gathered at Hershey Grove on Tuesday evening and built a new platform.

Printed in this issue is a picture supplied by Paul Johnston of Tulsa, Okla., which shows the MHS graduating class of 1903. Shown in the picture are Clarence Seville, Helen Fore, Marden Stouteagle, Lillian Grissinger, Grace Shimer, Hattie Kendall, Dessie Kendall, Ruth Kendall, Mary Houston, Hattie Doyle, Paul Johnston, Jess Dickson, Bess Irwin and Professor Barton.

Rev. Carl L. Buterbuagh and Nancy Jane Johnston were married on June 20.

Deaths: Connie Jean Varner, infant daughter of Paul and Miriam McQuait Varner of Spring Run; Harold Ritchey of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Sarah (Swope) Grimm of Connellsville, Pa.; Harper P. Barton of Hustontown; Alonza Spriggs of near McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 15, 1943


“War alarm clocks” are now coming on the market at the maximum retail price of $1.65, exclusive tax, it has been announced by Harrisburg OPA office.

Deaths: Mrs. Amanda J. Kling of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Herbert M. Carson of Williamsport.

This year, the Pleasant Grove Church will celebrate its centennial year, having been founded in 1843 by Revs. John Smith and J. Ramsey.

Homer Johnson, 31, son of Mrs. Sarah Johnson of Mc- Connellsburg, died within an hour after being stricken by illness while walking along Main Street on Tuesday evening. An employee of a taxi company in Washington, D.C., he had been visiting relatives and friends here.

Joseph S. Shelly has resigned as agriculture teacher in the local school to accept a similar position in Somerset County.

Second Lt. Lloyd E. Bergstresser, 24, Waterfall, was killed in a plane crash in California on Thursday evening.

Sgt. David A. Nelson, a grandson of Mrs. Katie Nelson of town, has been awarded the Silver Star for “gallantry in action in the vicinity of El Guettar, Tunisia, March 23, 1943.

Sgt. Donald McQuade is now stationed at Newport, Conn.

A single license plate for each of Pennsylvania’s 2,000,000 motorists is in prospect for next year.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. Earl Palmer on June 29, in honor of their daughter, Hazel, who recently married Calvin A. Akers.

John Bringman and Anne Houston Kegerreis were married on July 11.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 13, 1933


Deaths: Mrs.

Martha Palmer Truax of Peabody, Kan.; Clyde Warsing; Mrs. Sadie Gunnells of Knobsville; Mrs. Margaret Valance of Smithfield, Iowa.

Charles Scott has moved his shoe repair business from its former location on North First Street to a new building at the rear of his residence on Lincoln Way East.

According to Pennsylvania State College, Mc- Connellsburg High School is one of the better schools in the state. According to officials at the college, Mc- Connellsburg graduates who enroll there attain such high scholastic ratings that the local school is placed high in the listing of other schools in the state.

John W. Mentzer, Esq., is a new member of Fulton County Bar Association, having received his certificate on July 1. “He is a young man of brilliant mind, with a personality that wins friends and keeps them.”

A new restaurant has been opened in the basement of the Fulton House. Thus, after 75 years of inactiv- ity, Mel James has put into use the first floor of the old log cabin, which was built in 1770.

Recent births; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cromer of Fort Littleton on May 24; a son, Carl Edward, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Batdorff on June 11; a son, Stanley Milton, to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin E. Long of McConnellsburg on June 11; a daughter, Audrey Catherine, to Mr. and Mrs. Max Glee of McConnellsburg on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stevens Jr. on June 14; a son, Raymond Leroy, to Mr. and Mrs. John Seville of Cito on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Hedge of Knobsville on July 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. D. Souders of Big Cove Tannery on July 8; a son, Herman Jr., to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Purnell of Cito on June 16, 1933.

Callie D.Truax of Thompson Township announces in this issue his candidacy for the office of jury commissioner.

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