2013-07-11 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Emma Bivens of McConnellsburg, pictures the north end of McConnellsburg at North Second and North streets. The date is unknown. Late 19th/early 20th century buildings identified from the left are the former Barmont, Kaplan and Nace homes, all of which still stand today. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Emma Bivens of McConnellsburg, pictures the north end of McConnellsburg at North Second and North streets. The date is unknown. Late 19th/early 20th century buildings identified from the left are the former Barmont, Kaplan and Nace homes, all of which still stand today. 20 Years Ago


Area residents flocked to Cowans Gap State Park and other area lakes over the Fourth of July weekend to try to deal with soaring heat and humidity here. The area has been beset by temperatures in the 90s for several days and the heat index, which also takes into account the humidity, has been tickling the 100-degree mark .

A big crowd attended the McConnellsburg firemen’s July 4 celebration bingo on Monday night with regular games paying $70 and big payouts for special games.

The Fulton County Commissioners discussed the proposal to build a McDonald’s restaurant in McConnellsburg during their regular weekly meeting held Tuesday. Tentative plans are to construct a McDonald’s along Lincoln Way East near Crystal Drive.

Three local boys narrowly escaped snakebite last Tuesday while riding their bikes along the pipeline on Meadow Grounds mountain. Gary Bowman Jr. was struck at by a four-foot rattlesnake just as he was being warned by his companions, Bill Carter and Buddy Swope, that a snake was by the side of the road. The snake missed the young man’s leg and went into the rear spokes of his bicycle. The spokes almost severed the snake’s head which the boys then completed with a piece of slate.

Tony Foreman of Chambersburg won the 1993 Riggs Memorial Open Tournament on Sunday at Great Cove Golf Club on the first hole of sudden death playoff against Mike Banzhoff. Mike’s father, Emmert Banzhoff, placed second on a match of cards with three other participants while Mike won the award for low gross score.

Timothy and Debora McGarvey of McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a daughter, Gabrielle Elizabeth, June 14, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Joseph Hawbaker Jr., Big Cove Tannery, and Holly Souders, Big Cove Tannery, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Deaths: Richard Souders, McConnellsburg; Mary Golden, Hancock; M. Rebecca Heeter, Elizabethtown; Charles Stahle, Williamsport; Vernon Vores, Waynesboro; Melvin Cuchall, McConnellsburg; Ruth Funk, Hancock; Mark Fost, Hancock; Clyde Stotler Sr., Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Peterson of Rockwood announces the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Peterson, to Dean Milligan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Milligan of Aliquippa, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mellott of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of Bonnie Jo to Mike Capaciione, son of Vito and Monica Capaccione of Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 21, 1983


Keeping cool was the order of the day the past week with temperatures soaring into the high 90s.

There was “a nice air going,” as they say, which made the heat more bearable, but rain is needed to break the heat wave.

The local Sears catalogue store, owed by Carl Mellott, will be moving from the Robert Snyder building on Lincoln Way East to Penn’s Village Shopping Center sometime in October. The business will occupy the long-vacant store originally rented by the A&P and later by other supermarket type businesses and will provide more space for showroom displays.

The leaves curling on a corn plant is a common picture in Fulton County this week as an extended hot, dry spell is taking its toll on the county’s agriculture livelihood. Furthermore, the situation has to change soon, county extension agent Don Fowler said, or the county faces a bleak summer. Fowler said nothing has grown in the county in the past week. He said with the hot, dry weather teaming up with often brisk winds, “the corn crop has really been suffering.”

Specials at Ott Brothers this week: all televisions on sale, only $299 for 17-inch diagonal; Hotpoint stove, now only $349; Hotpoint microwave, $319.

Specials at the IGA: Hawaiian Punch, 69 cents; top round London broil, $2.49/lb.; Raisin Bran cereal, $1.59; Log Cabin syrup, 99 cents.

Tom Peck of McConnellsburg has had a great racing season so far. He has raced at many area race tracks, including Hagerstown, Bedford, Jennerstown, Port Royal, Selinsgrove, Motordome and Williams Grove speedways. He has raced to 11 feature wins this year and has usually finished in the top five when he has not won.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Covert of Three Springs on July 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Miller, Mercersburg, on July 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schetrompf of Warfordsburg on July 10.

Deaths: Russell D. Gordon Jr., McConnellsburg; Dottie M. Schooley, McConnellsburg; Grant W. Diehl, Warfordsburg; Blair A. Gregory, Baltimore.

Sandra Dawn Smith and Robert Wayne Kylor Jr. were united in marriage at Antioch Christian Church, Big Cove Tannery, on June 17. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Waid Smith Jr., Warfordsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kylor Sr., McConnellsburg.

Marriage vows were exchanged by Lynn Geyer and Duane Waite during a double-ring afternoon service recently at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 19, 1973


Lynn Stahle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stahle of

Warfordsburg, was numbered among a group of students who left Dulles International Airport on July 5 to participate in a European study of comparative cultures.

Japanese beetles have arrived in Fulton County on schedule.

The annual carnival of Hustontown Area Fire Co. will begin on Monday and will be highlighted by a parade on Thursday night, as well as a full week of entertainment for all in the form of games, music, rides, fireworks, dancing and good eats every night.

Leroy Ray, son of Mrs. Hazel Ray of Warfordsburg, has been promoted to master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Ten-year-old Michelle A. Guyer of Inglewood, Colo, was injured and taken to the Medical Center on Friday when she ran from the side of the road where she was playing into the side of a car. The accident happened three-tenths of a mile south of Route 655 and Township Road 420 in the Davis Lane race track area.

Marriage license: Richard Swope and Betty Brumbaugh, both of McConnellsburg; Steven Robinson and Gloria Mellott, both of McConnellsburg; Gregory Gracey of Waterfall and Joyce Markle of Breezewood; Alvin Swope and Betty Lynch, both of Harrisonville.

Local track star Bobbie Snyder received a letter last week from Bill Toomey, 1968 Olympic star, congratulating him on his track record for 1973.

Deaths: Robert Bergstresser Sr., Port Royal; Bernard Zukus, Bedford; Andrew McLucas, Burnham, Pa.; Mrs. Iva Mellott, Hustontown; Minnie R. Shives, Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: Tablerite margarine 19 cents lb.; Borden’s ice cream, 69 cents gallon; personal-size Ivory, 99 cents, 12 pack.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 25, 1963


Pine Tree Farm No. 1, Harrisonville, owned by

Miss Blanche Swope, was damaged by fire in excess of $75,000 on Saturday, in what fire chief Max Stenger said was the most disastrous fire the fire company has recorded, as far as financial loss is concerned. Lightning hitting the barn and igniting the hay stored there was cited as the cause of the fire.

A sizable crowd is expected to gather at the courthouse on Saturday night at 9:15 pm.. for the McConnellsburg 100 Silver Dollar Jackpot.

The September draft call for Pennsylvania has been set at 840. Gen. Henry M. Gross, state selective service director, said last Thursday.

The Labor Department has reported that factory workers’ weekly pay averaged slightly more than $100 in June for the first time in U.S. economic history.

Bond sales in Fulton County during the month of June totalled $5,206, bringing the total for the first six months of the year to $91,360, according to Walter R. Sloan, county chairman.

F. Gene Headley was awarded his master’s degree in public health by the University of North Carolina School of Public Health at the June commencement exercises.

A marriage license was issued to William Clayton Gohn, McConnellsburg, and Julia Mae Black, Waterfall.

Eugene Swope, Darl Hixon and Jerry McKee, representing the Warfordsburg FFA, and Boyd Clevenger and Kenneth Hixon, representing the Southern Fulton Young and Adult Farmers Association, attended the Bedford, Blair, Fulton Market Hog Show and Sale held at Martinsburg on July 15.

Raymond R. Mellott Jr., Needmore, who was recently promoted to Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician, Third Class, is home from North Island, San Diego, Calif., on a 30-day leave.

Army Spec. Five Eugene A. Keebaugh, Harrisonville, completed a five-week demolition and mine warfare course at U.S. Army School, Europe, in Germany early in July.

Airman First Class James C. Akers of Crystal Spring has arrved at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida for assignment with a Strategic Air Command unit following a tour of duty in England.

The local IGA offers margarine, 6 lbs., for 95 cents and white bread pound loaves 6 for $1.

Miss Redith Fix and Ronald Snoberger were wed June 22, 1963.

Venessa Karen Mellott and Joe Leroy Allen were married recently.

The local A&P Food Store offers Bartlett pears, 4 cans for 79 cents; 3 cans of Hi-C juice drink for 89 cents and fresh turkeys for 39 cents lb.

Deaths: Mrs. Lloyd C. Kerlin of Burnt Cabins; Chalmer V. Keebaugh of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Lawrence Hay of New Kensington, formerly of Needmore, and Jay William Piper, Shade Gap.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 23, 1953


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

Mr. and Mrs, C.B. Chubb and sons Don, Larry and Ted attended the third reunion of the class of 1928 of the Halifax High School on Sunday at Halifax, Pa.

Mrs. Margaret Gobin is spending two weeks with her son, Fred, who is stationed with the armed forces in Minnesota.

F. Morse Sloan of Murrysville is a patient in West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh as a result of cutting the calf of his leg while mowing grass at his gas pumping station near his home.

Karl Faharinger, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. K.S. Faharinger, is returning home Sunday after spending seven weeks in Miami, Fla.

The Fulton Valley Boys will entertain at the Ambrose Game Farm on Sunday.

Ronald Cisney left on Saturday for Newton Hamilton where he is serving as a camp counselor this week.

Betty and Marjorie Grissinger visited last week in Spencer, Iowa, with Mr. and Mrs. Richard V. Clark. Although the ladies had never met, Marjorie and Mrs. Clark have been pen pals for 15 years.

Miss Ruth Woodal left Monday for a vacation in Denver.

During the past week, R.H. Mock of Burnt Cabins started construction of a farm pond, using the equipment of K.G. Richards of McConnellsburg.

On July 8, the school boards of Bethel, Brush Creek, Union and Thompson townships executed a joint agreement of the operation for their schools, grades 1-12. Mutural agreement was also expressed to move foward as rapidly as possible with an addition to the present Warfordsburg building to relieve the extremely crowded conditions that now exist there. Each of the members of the board named two of their representatives to a joint committee to organize the jointure.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brady Souders of Knobsville on July 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray of McConnellsburg on July 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Daniels of Needmore on July 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Eisaman of Hustontown on July 17.

Chalmer V. Keebaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer S. Keebaugh of Hustontown, has been assigned to the Air Force Mission in Bogota, Columbia, South America.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson of Wells Tannery were married on Friday evening.

Calvin Souders and Ruby Rhodes were married on July 15, 1953.

Death: George Calvin Downs of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 22, 1943


These eight men will enter the Army at New

Cumberland on August 3: Harold Jack Miller, Varian M. Hoover, Rudolph L. Snyder, Donald W. Miller, Arlie E. Strait, Frederick J. Morton, Henry W. Deshong and Robert L. Swope.

Deaths: Frank B. Spade of North Rose, N.Y.; Albert Helsel of McConnellsburg.

Two county men are patients in Huntingdon Hospital, recovering from injuries received in an automobile accident on Friday night. They are Boyd Hawkins of Knobsville and Lewis Williams of Hustontown. No details concerning the accident could be learned.

Henry “Budd” Byers celebrated his 16th birthday Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester G. Coons of Burnt Cabins announce the birth of a son on Saturday at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Eighty-one growers of peas for the vinery at Hustontown harvested a crop that made a total of 84,000 cans. The crop was worth about $13,000.

Due to the war conditions, Fulton County Fair has been cancelled this year, the first time in 22 years.

Melvin Leroy Hendershot, 13, of Buck Valley, drowned Saturday evening in the Potomac River near Hancock.

Arthur L. Strait and Elsie Hill were married July 1.

Michael Laidig of town celebrated his 91st birthday last Friday.

Esther and Cleo Houck became the brides of Charles and Clarence Atchley on June 27.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 20, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Bessie B. Garland of Whips Cove; Andrew W. McNeal of Altoona; Benjamin H. McLucas of McConnellsburg; Mrs. William Black of Broad Top City.

Dr. C.C. Ellis, president of Juniata College, will be the principal speaker at a mass meeting here next week in the interest of the “dry cause.’

Horseshoe pitching seemed to be the main interest of the day at Fulton County Ministerium meeting at Needmore on Monday. Rev. A.A. Price of McConnellsburg proved to be the champion.

Thirty young girls met on the lawn at the H. Scott Alexander home last Thursday to celebrate the birthday of their daughter, Frances.

J.H. Lee of Buck Valley was killed instantly on Sunday evening when he went to investigate the story of a man, armed and lying in a field. As he approached the spot, blasts from a shotgun rang out, the discharge striking Lee between the waist and the head and killing him instantly. An intensive manhunt was launched at once, and a suspect was captured in West Virginia on Tuesday. The man is yet unidentified but extradition papers are already in force, and the suspect is expected to be returned to Fulton County.

Wheat reached its highest price here since 1930 when $1 a bushel was offered this week. The lowest price since 1930 was 40 cents a bushel, which was offered in June of last year.

Mrs. Thomas Walker and Miss Emma L. Sloan moved on Monday from Chambersburg back to their home town of McConnellsburg, where they will make their home.

Word was received here on Monday that Mrs. Clyde Plummer of Youngstown, Ohio, had suffered a stroke. She was Luella Barnett before marriage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Barnett.

Thomas Grove of Pittsburgh is spending some time with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Grove of Clear Ridge.

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