FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of September 9, 1993
The Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church will hold a special program at the church September 19. The service, entitled “Remembering The Indian Raids Of The Seventeen Fifties” will re-enact a 1750s church service during which one of the members returns to Tonoloway after escaping captivity by the Indians.
Plans for the new McDonald’s franchise for McConnellsburg are apparently moving along as the company continues to be involved in the various permitting stages of the project. According to the permit issued, the project will cost approximately $240,000. Although McDonald’s will construct and own the building, Delamor Enterprises, a Franklin County proprietorship, owned and operated by Steve Delamater, will hold the franchise. Local businessman Ray Koontz will lease the land for the restaurant.
McConnellsburg Borough Council voted to crack down on curfew violators and on hazardous parking in the borough at their regular meeting on September 1.
A Hagerstown man was charged last week in the January 12, 1989, murder of his girlfriend, Shawn Ann Reitz, who was a 1985 graduate of Southern Fulton High School. Richard Simmons, 26, Hagerstown, was arraigned before District Justice Ommert in Greencastle September 1 on a charge of criminal homicide and was placed in the Franklin County Prison without bail pending a preliminary hearing on September 9. He is charged in the January 1989 shooting death of Reitz at their second-floor apartment at 2226 Leitersburg Pike in Antrim Township. She was found shot to death at the apartment after Simmons had called police late that afternoon to report that he had found Reitz’s body on the bedroom floor.
Dick Decker won the 1993 Club Championship for the first time at Great Cove Golf Club.
Bradley True of Warfordsburg and Tammy Smith of Warfordsburg were united in marriage May 7. The ceremony took place at sunset at Diamond Head State Park’s beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas Sr. of Neelyton on September 4.
Deaths: Walter Hockensmith, Harrisonville; Jayneel Fleck, Three Springs; Dotte Rouzer, Fort Littleton; Kenneth Stull, Waynesboro.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 22, 1983
An artist in Fulton County, Mark Twain Noe, has spent the past six years capturing Fulton County on his canvases and he is now having his first oneman showing. Noe’s paintings of Fulton County and other scenes will be on display at the Benjamin Art Gallery in Hagerstown.
Mercersburg Academy opened its 91st year last Tuesday with 289 students.
From all over the state, 376 bicycle riders converged on McConnellsburg this past weekend to compete in the state Bicycle Motocross Championship, which was held at Mc- Connellsburg BMX track. Christopher Seiders, son of Dolly Seiders, McConnellsburg, won the state championships for the 7-year-old expert class. He won all three heats in his age group to take the title over some impressive competition. Ryan Richards, 6, son of Deborah and Denny Richards of McConnellsburg, came in second in the 6-and-under expert class. Winning the novice classes, for which there was no state championships, were Shawn Kobel and Kevin Truax. Coming in second in the 8-year-old novice class was Bobby Lynn, and Brian Robinson, 8, took fifth in the novice class.
Clarence Smith and Sgt. Alan R. Layton were united in marriage August 6 at Whips Cove United Church of Christ. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith Jr., Sacramento, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Layton, Warfordsburg.
Lloyd Fleming celebrated his 92nd birthday on September 13.
Specials at the IGA: Green Giant canned vegetables, 4 for $2; Parkay margarine, two 1-lb. pkgs., 89 cents; Wheaties, $1.59; Pillsbury instant potatoes, 99 cents; Shake and Bake, 99 cents.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Diehl of Warfordsburg on September 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kaplan of McConnellsburg on September 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCommons of Shade Gap on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Morris of Hancock on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Domke of Burnt Cabins on September 13.
Death: Phillip Foor, Everett; Ruth Clark, Warfordsburg; Ella Melius Hunt, Pomona, Calif.; Helen G. Rogers, Huntingdon; Travis L. McCusker, McConnellsburg.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 20, 1973
Harry Kendall, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Kendall of McConnellsburg, died Monday in Washington County Hospital from a severe head injury received in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. The accident occurred on the farm property of his sister and brother-inlaw, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Richards, north of McConnellsburg. “Bait,” as he was familiarly known, was riding the cycle on a dirt road behind the barn when it hit an iron gate against which he was thrown head first.
Bob Lowry, owner of Lowry Chevrolet on Lincoln Way East, broke ground last week for his new garage and showroom north of town at the Route 30 bypass and Route 522 intersection.
The Wells Tannery community building was the setting for the surprise 25th wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Souders of Wells Tannery. The celebration was hosted by their daughters on August 25, with approximately 60 members of the family and close friends attending.
Mrs. Marian Hess Sprenkle and her husband, Lester S. Sprenkle, Windsor, Pa., have just returned from an extensive trip to Athens, Greece; Cairo, Egypt; Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia and Rhodesia, Africa. They returned to the states from Bulawayo, Africa, and Johannesburg, Africa, by way of the Canary Islands, Lisbon, Portugal and Rome, Italy, to New York.
Specials at the IGA: IGA cake mixes, 4 for $1; IGA frozen meat pies, 4 for $1; golden sweet potatoes, 15 cents lb.; Jif peanut butter, 49 cents; Maxwell House instant coffee, $1.19.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Hann of Hustontown September 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Densberger of Nescopeck on September 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Hann of Harrisonville on September 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Truax of Hustontown on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald McDaid of Hustontown on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garland of Needmore on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert House of Hustontown on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Truax of Berkeley Springs on September 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Strait of Six Mile Run on September 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barnhart of Hancock on September 14.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cornelius of Hustontown have announced the marriage of their daughter, Melissa June, to Michael Patrick Murphy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Murphy of Reading.
Pictured in this issue is Coast Guard Rear Adm. Helmer S. Pearson being congratulated by Rear Adm. Robert W. Goehring after Adm. Pearson assumed command recently of First Coast Guard District in Boston. Adm. Pearson is married to the former Nell Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Mellott of Websters Mill.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer of Warfordsburg celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on September 11.
A surprise birthday party was held September 10 for Mrs. Catharine Mellott, McConnellsburg, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Preston Mellott, for her 70th birthday.
Deaths: Mrs. Mary Fisher, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mary Breakall, Hancock; Mrs. Lillian Barmont, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Daisy Truax, Needmore; Glenn B. Wildoner, Pittsburgh.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 26, 1963
Many local residents were roused form sleep after midnight on Sunday by the noise of the crash and the wail of the local fire siren, following the collision of a car with a trailer-truck rig at the intersection of routes 30 and 522 in McConnellsburg. The car was demolished when the trailer overturned on the car’s roof.
Bertha Rotz was the winner of the ninth $100 Silver Dollar Jackpot held Saturday evening at the courthouse.
Charles Ronald and Elizabeth Lodge Bookheimer announce the birth of a son, Brian David, on September 18 at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.
Ronald James Pool of Fort Littleton and Sandra Lee Fox of McConnellsburg applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse the past week.
Army Pfc. George W. Wible, 18, Hustontown, recently participated in Exercise Lion Vert, held in Central Europe.
Ray L. Swadley, radarman second class, USN, of Needmore, participated in the traditional “stepping of the mast” ceremony recently conducted aboard the USS Stickell, a radar picket destroyer undergoing conservation at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brady of Big Cove Tannery on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ramsey of Harrisonville on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Patton of McConnellsburg on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Purnell of Wells Tannery on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Deremer of Friedens on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Hollenshead of Needmore on September 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Fahnestock of Mc- Connellsburg on September 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rohm of McConnellsburg on September 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Stahl of Mercersburg on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers of Harrisonville on September 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bard of Needmore on September 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Deshong of McConnellsburg on September 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gail Sheffield of Mc- Connellsburg on September 21.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 24, 1953
A man giving his name as James Headrick got off a bus in McConnellsburg last week with a heartwarming story concerning two local boys who were reported as missing in action in Korea. The soldier claimed the two men, Richard Akers and Richard Matthews, were still in Korean camps and that he had seen them recently, apparently well and in good health. After raising the hopes of the Russell Akers and Charles Matthews families here, he went on his way to Detroit, where he told a similar story to another family and then again to a second family there. The second family in Detroit became suspicious of the man and entertained him until they got in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI agents found him to be a “four-flusher” and placed him under arrest. It was also discovered that his surname is Lee and not Headrick, which he used when contacting the families of missing persons.When asked by the FBI why he did it, he said, “I like to make people happy.”
Tiny Wright and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.
Miss Olive B. Wible and Mrs. Raymond C. Wible spent Sunday and Monday with the latter’s daughter, Marian, who is a student nurse in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Annie Prosser Metz of Philadelphia left last Thursday by plane for Los Angeles where she is visiting a nephew, Dean Lesher. Mrs. Metz is well known in McConnellsburg, having lived here for several years.
Cpl. Warren Kerlin took his basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and is now a tank instructor there.
Mrs. Besse Laidig of McConnellsburg is spending a short vacation with relatives and friends in Buffalo, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Kopec of Memphis, Tenn., announce the birth of a daughter, Pamela Sue, on September 9. Mrs. Kopec is the former Pauline Cutchall of McConnellsburg.
County Health Officer Lewis F. Largent of McConnellsburg reports that 19 cases of rabies have been found in Pennsylvania so far this year. There were none in Fulton County, however.
The Boy Scouts of McConnellsburg will collect waste paper Saturday of this week.
George David Weiss, former principal of Warfordsburg High School, has been appointed director of Laboratory Schools of Kutztown State Teachers College.
With the opening of school in Fulton County, the everincreasing number of pupils is again a difficult problem to solve. As of the opening day this year, 2,646 pupils were in attendance, compared with 2,553 as the average number last year.
David E. Carbaugh, 42, formerly of McConnellsburg, but now living in Hancock, was the driver of a car carrier that ran over an embankment on Route 126 last Saturday. Carbaugh was not injured, but the carrier was demolished as well as two new Plymouth cars on top of the carrier.
Daylight Saving Time will end here at 2 a.m. on Sunday.
The Mrs. Lola Knepper property was sold at public sale to Albin Welsh for $3,100.
Mr. and Mrs. James Barnhart were in Baltimore a day last week, where their infant son is a patient in Maryland General Hospital.
James H. Flynn Jr. and Anna Mae Sprowl were married on September 19.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wright of Waterfall on September 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eugene Bain of McConnellsburg on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Simpson of Big Cove Tannery on September 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis of McConnellsburg on September 18.
John Abrams and Dorothy Keebaugh were married on September 12.
Deaths: Harry M.Truax of Bowling Green, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Virginia Cowan Stenger of Chambersburg; Harry Lee Sipes of Shippensburg; Raymond Irvin Brewer of Elizabeth, Colo.; Mrs. Blanche Stevens of Bellefonte; Mrs. Pauline Shore of Burnt Cabins.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 23, 1943
’43 Deaths: Cornelius W. Prosser of Baltimore; Eugene R. Harris of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
According to Police Chief Merrill Seville, parking meter receipts for the past two weeks amounted to $77.14.
Miss Matilda Sloan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Sloan of McConnellsburg, has enrolled as a freshman at Wilson College.
Three write-in candidates have filed petitions to have their names withdrawn from the November ballot. They are John W. Mentzer for district attorney, George S. Grissinger for county auditor and L.H. Wible for district attorney.
After spending a 10-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cutchall, Pfc. Melvin E. Cutchall has returned to Camp McCoy, Wis.
Thomas Comerer of town has been discharged from Chambersburg Hospital where he was under observation.
Mrs. Ellis L. Lynch of town underwent an eye operation at Harrisburg Hospital last Friday.
T-5 Paul Gregory has returned to camp at Greenville, Pa.
Miss Betty Grissinger has enrolled as a freshman at Hood College, Frederick, Md.
Mrs. Edgar Harris is now employed in Baltimore as a filing clerk for the Social Security Board.
Miss Grace Raker is a student nurse at Cumberland Hospital.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 21, 1933
Deaths: James E. Jackson of Everett; Mrs. Malcolm Snyder of Knobsville; Mrs. Jane Wink Robinson of Tiffin, Ohio; Arnold LeRoy Wible of Harrisonville.
Hon. John M. Reynolds, lieutenant governor under Gov. Tener, died at his home in Bedford on September 14, 1933.
On Saturday night, Irish Joe Lynn, former amateur heavyweight champion of Philadelphia, will stage boxing bouts at the local fairgrounds for the benefit of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Five bouts have been scheduled between the champion CCC team of Allen’s Valley and boys from nearby towns. “Willie Davies,” who at one time defeated the flyweight champion of the World Midget Wolgast, of Philadelphia, only to be robbed of the decision, will referee the bouts.
Arch W. Keyser and Pauline B. Lininger were married on September 16.
The house, barn and several outbuildings on the Hawkins farm at Hustontown, occupied by Boyd Hawkins, were totally destroyed by fire on Tuesday night. At least three barns have burned at this same location, the first when the farm was occupied by county Superintendent B.C. Lamberson.
The first fall meeting of the local civic club was held on Friday, with the president, Mrs. G. Russell Glazier, presiding. New officers were elected at this meeting, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Nelson being named president.
A very light vote was cast at the primaries on Tuesday. The office of prothonotary was the only major issue, Harvey I. Raker receiving the nomination on both tickets.
At the meeting of Presbytery of the United Presbyterian Church in Lewistown last Thursday, Dr. Frank D. Findley, pastor of the local church, was honored by being elected moderator.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Fix of Fairview are the proud parents of a baby girl, their fifth child, born September 13.