FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of September 16, 1993
The weather was made to order last Friday evening and Saturday as large crowds gathered for the estate sale of the late Ruth Reeder. The sale was held at the Reeder farm must north of McConnellsburg on Route 522. Some interesting items and the prices they brought were: a grandfather’s clock, $1,225; a beautiful Seth Thomas clock, $325; spinning wheel, $500; an oak table with nine leaves $1,250; corner cupboard, $950; a metal Fulton County National Bank bank, $500; a set of sterling silverware, $510; a hutch, $2,000 and a dry sink, $825. The farm, including the house and the farm equipment will be sold at auction on October 23.
Two area youths can consider themselves fortunate after being found inside The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co.’s main office early last Saturday morning. Police responded to an alarm at the bank office at 100 Lincoln Way East around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Upon arrival the officers found two white 11-year-old males had gained access to the bank through a side door which was secured only by a piece of wire. The youths, out on the town during a sleeopver at the McConnellsburg youth’s home, were quite intimidated by the arrival of police who were alerted by the alarm triggered inside the bank. The parents of the youth hosting the sleepover were called and, following consultation with the parents, local state police commander and Hollidaysburg headquarters, it was agreed that no charges would be filed against the youths.
JLG Industries Inc. last week reported a continuation of the positive trend in sales and earnings it has experienced for the last four consecutive quarters. Sales for the fourth quarter ended July 31, 1993 were $38 million, a 24 percent increase over fourth-quarter 1992 sales of $30.7 million.
About 60 persons attended the dedication of the newly renovated Southern Fulton Junior-Senior High School building held Sunday, September 12, in the school’s auditorium.
Tracy and Misty Pittman of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Mercedes Nicole Ashley, born September 7 at Fulton County Medical Center.
Family Health Services of South Central Pennsylvania and the Cumberland Valley Mental Health Center has opened an out-patient office at 105 Crystal Drive, Mc- Connellsburg, in the Grammy’s Corner Plaza.
Marriage licenses: Ronald Smith, Newry, Pa., and Alma Deremer, Altoona; Ervin Steele, Warfordsburg, and Shawne Beard, Warfordsburg; Michael Hess, Warfordsburg, and Rebecca Mills, Warfordsburg; William Dohe, Teton Village, Wyo., and Laura Daub, Hustontown.
Deaths: Ruth Foreman, McConnellsburg; Eugene Sullivan, Warfordsburg; Hazel Mason, Alexandria; Ralph Cantner, Needmore; Lewis Gordon, Hancock; Palmer Taylor, Hagerstown.
Deanna Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson of Needmore and Michael Wenschhof , son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wenschhof of Fairfield, were united in marriage April 24 in Sideling Hill Christian Church.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 25, 1983
It is no longer just the three R’s in school anymore.
NowthereisaCaswell,computers.Increasingly, high school students need to have some knowledge of computers if they hope to get a good job or get into a good college. The three county school districts have established computer instruction courses in the high schools.
More than 100 McConnellsburg and Hustontown firemen scoured the area about four miles northwest of Mc- Connellsburg in search of a reported downed small plane for about two hours on Tuesday night, but had to call off the search due to darkness without finding anything. The search was initiated when an Air Force aviation satellite picked up a distress signal coming from the McConnellsburg area at about 10 p.m.
Tragedy and unanswered questions, as thick as the smoke that shrouded the scene, surround the burning down of a house on Sipes Mill Road on Monday afternoon. More than 24 hours after the incident, the wife and one of the children of owner Roger Daniels had yet to be located and Daniels was in the Bedford County Jail. Both the house and Daniels’ truck had been deliberately set alight. Daniels, however, is not in jail on an arson charge, rather on charges of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and public drunkenness. Any arson charge would have to wait definite proof that arson occurred.
Friday marked the official arrival of fall and the frost in the mornings attest to its arrival.
Specials at the IGA: iceberg lettuce, 59 cents a head; ground beef, $1.19 lb.; Libby canned vegetable, 2 for 89 cents; Banquet cooking’ bags, 2 for 89 cents.
Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Trading Places.”
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Darden of Three Springs on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Heckman of St. Thomas on September 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roland Bailey of Berkeley Springs on September 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ritchey of Waterfall on September 22.
Deaths: Jams E. Keyser, McConnellsburg; Ned R. Knepper, Waterfall; Paul H. Johnson Sr., Hancock; Ira J. Youse, McConnellsburg; Fred S. Carmack, Clearville.
Marriage licenses: Gerald J. Ramsey Jr., McConnellsburg and Brenda S. Barnett, Harrisonville; Keith A. Sipes, McConnellsburg, and Susan E. Hollenshead, Needmore; Steffan A. Gordon, McConnellsburg, and Jenny L. Rockwell, McConnellsburg.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 27, 1973
Ellis L. Yingling, local service station proprietor, was one of 23 winners in the”Winner’s Choice” lottery drawn at Lebanon, Pa., last Wednesday. Yingling won $12,174 by selecting the winning pool number 198.
Fulton County Commissioners are continuing with their efforts to find some means to persuade the Department of Environmental Resources to relax the stringent regulations required for approval of onsite sewerage disposal facilities in the county.
The McConnellsburg FFA dairy cattle judging team represented the state of Pennsylvania on Saturday at the Atlantic Rural Expo in Richmond, Va., in a national FFA Dairy Judging contest. FFA dairy judging teams from all over the country competed in this contest. McConnellsburg placed second at the expo, just a few points from being number one at the national level. The McConnellsburg team was made up of Edwin Shope, Robin Smith and Mike Glenn.
The former Fort Loudon Hotel on the square in the small community is being razed this week. The property was purchased by the Valley Bank of Chambersburg. Once the land is cleared it will be used for parking facilities for the bank.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Elvey spent the past week vacationing at Cape Hatteras, N.C.
Robert Winegardner of Dublin Mills recently celebrated his 89th birthday.
For many years a large farm about a mile north of Dublin Mills belonged to different Grissinger families. About 10 or 11 years ago it was purchased by Bryan G. Harris of Washington, D.C., who spends part of his time here with his wife. He is now nearly finished with a project to turn 8 acres into three ponds with water 3-10 feet deep and stocked with fish. Mr. Harris went to California to learn how to manage a project this big.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Summers of Waterfall on September 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Kelso of McConnellsburg on September 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morrison of Artemas on September 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Aikey of Breezewood on September 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wible of Harrisonville on September 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer DeShong of McConnellsburg on September 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Waid Smith Jr. of Needmore on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wible of McConnellsburg on September 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Parsons of Hustontown on September 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Martz of Mc- Connellsburg on September 20.
A 20-year dream is becoming a reality for Clifford Merle Hixon of Warfordsburg in Fulton County. It was then he dreamed of constructing a recreation building for church, church-related groups and young people and five years ago, he began making that dream a reality. Hixon, who has a farm and sawmill near Amaranth, took trees from his land, hauled them to his mill, converted them into lumber and began his project designed by his son, Larry, an agricultural engineer. The 60-year-old builder has an A-frame camp structure well under way. The camp will be able to house 30 people, including two counselors. It will have sleeping quarters, bathrooms and cooling facilities as well as instructional areas for residents.
Specials at the IGA: ground beef, 79 cents lb.; IGA orange juice, 59 cents, half gallon; IGA king-size bread, 35 cents; IGA frozen beef dinners, 59 cents; Pampers, $1.39, 30 ct.
Deaths: Ronald C. Wagner, Hustontown; Russell W. Gordon, Needmore; Mrs. Emma Trump, Chambersburg.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of October 3, 1963
The Franklin-Fulton County Medical Society plans to conduct a countywide mass polio vaccination program on October 20 between noon and 6 p.m. The new oral Sabin vaccine will be utilized.
At a speed estimated at more than 60 miles an hour, a runaway coal truck successfully made it through town Saturday afternoon until it reached the traffic lights at the bank corner, where it crashed into a fuel oil truck, lifting it and turning it over, and then continued on until it hit a parked pickup truck, which was competely demolished. A car parked in front of the pickup was also damaged.
James Trego, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Trego of Fort Littleton, remains a patient in Harrisburg General Hospital, still unconscious from a head injury he suffered when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle last Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
A Forbes Road junior, 16-year-old Darlene Ramsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ramsey of Hustontown, was the youngest person yet to win the 100 Silver Dollar Jackpot given away by McConnellsburg merchants.
Walter E. Seville of McConnellsburg was awarded a $100 superior performance award at Letterkenny Army Depot last week.
“People and Timber’ will be the theme of the fourth annual Tri State Forestry Field Day on October 10 on the Carl Hul Tree Farm near Hancock.
Congressman J. Irving Whalley has announced that he is giving $6,000 to colleges in the 12th Congressional District.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilda Bolinger of Wells Tannery announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathie Aleta Bolinger, to Larry Paul Bookheimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bookheimer of McConnellsburg.
Miss Ruth Ellen Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Taylor of Waterfall, has been appointed a general duty nurse at Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.
The local IGA offer a 5-pound bag of sugar for 49 cents.
Miss Sylvia D. Stunkard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Bigler Stunkard, Chambersburg, was graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, on September 22. She is a granddaughter of Mrs. Ella Swope of McConnellsburg.
Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Richards, Mc- Connellsburg, on September 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fischer of Crystal Spring on September 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kerlin of McConnellsburg on September 26.
Deaths: Paul Mellott of Harrisonville; infant daughter of Kenneth E. and Dorothy M. Brown Hall of Fort Littleton; Russell D. Thomas of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Gertrude B. Spade.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of October 1, 1953
The Musitones will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.
Miss Marjorie Lininger and Miss Lois Wible, student nurses at Windber Hospital, spent the weekend with their home folks in McConnellsburg.
Judy, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Culler of McConnellsburg, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from a leg infection.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Kerlin of Hustontown on September 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mosco Mills of Burnt Cabins on September 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn LaMaster of Knobsville on September 21.
Seven Fulton Countians have been denied hunting and trapping privilege this year by the Game Commission.
Edgar H. MacKinlay, son of Dr. and Mrs. E.H. MacKinlay of McConnellsburg, has been named to the Senate of Mercersburg Academy. The Senate, made up of both student and faculty members, is part of Mercersburg system of student government. The other part of the system, the council, has not yet been named. To be a senator is one of the highest honors attainable by a Mercersburg Academy student.
Bruce Harris Jr., 15, McConnellsburg, suffered a broken right leg in an automobile accident on Saturday. Riding in the back seat of a car driven by Wade Garland, 16, Harris was thrown against the back of the front seat when Garland misjudged a turn and ran head on into a fencepost on Route 522.
John Elmer Ritz, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ritz of Buck Valley, was critically injured in an automobile accident last Thursday when he lost control of his car and hit a tree near Ritz Bros. Store. He suffered a broken foot, broken hip, injured pelvis and internal injuries. His brother, Dale, 25, a passenger in the car, suffered cuts, bruises and shock.
Howard Furman, who operates a service station on Route 126 near Warfordsburg, called the Grove ambulance of Hancock on Wednesday when a carload of tourists stopped at his place of business needing help. Frank Pepke of Parmar, Ohio, was placed in the ambulance but died of a heart attack on the way to Berkeley Springs Hospital. Mr. Pepke’s wife and sister were travelling with him. They were on their way to Florida where they planned to make their future home.
Pvt. Francis Harding, formerly of Huntingdon, has been transferred to the local state police substation to replace William R. Lammie, who retired. For two months, Harding was a member of the state police rodeo.
George S. Earley sustained broken ribs, an injured right hand and bruises of the body and Wilbur Sipes received a bruised right knee when their cars collided Saturday on the ridge west of town.
Mr. and Mrs. John Spangler celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at Sagle’s Restaurant in Hancock on September 16, 1953.
The Sylvan Post Office, located 12 miles southwest of Mercersburg in Little Cove, will be discontinued on October 31.
The Dublin Township School board has rejected an invitation to form a jointure with Wells and Taylor townships.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Nancy Glazier to Dr. David Simpson
George W. Martz of Cleveland, Tenn., has been appointed assistant principal and coach of Harrison School, Chattanooga, Tenn. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Martz of Hustontown.
Recent weddings: Wayne Milton Akers and Margaret Ann Bratt on September 5; Homer H. Peck and Betty Jean Mellott on August 25; John Robert McDowell and Arlene Louise Charlton on September 16; George Mellott and Freda M. Hinish on September 26.
Deaths: Fred Showalter of Hopewell; Mrs. Matilda Lane Miller of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Gertrude Viola Cooper of Greencastle.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 30, 1943
Fulton County Pomona Grange will be the guest of Warfordsburg Grange on October 2, when names for Pomona officers for 1944-45 will be presented.
The OPA has found it necessary to sharply curtail gasoline rations in the state since the Petroleum Administration War Board in Pennsylvania pointed out that coupons already issued have exceeded by the monthly quota by 8,200,000 gallons.
Local firemen were called to Shade Gap on Sunday to aid the Orbisonia volunteers in fighting a fire at a sawmill used by Harper Barton of Hustontown. Orbisonia firemen were unable to reach the blaze with their equipment, but the combined equipment of the two companies was effective, although a slab pile and sawed lumber were destroyed.
On Monday evening, a large group of friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Mellott to cut his corn since Mr. Mellott has been unable to work very much.
John Spangler has donated a new service flag for the public square to replace the old one, which became soiled and torn. The new flag contains a large blue star with the numerals 637, representing the number of men and women of the county who are serving in the armed forces. It also contains a gold star with the number 2, representing the two Fulton County boys who gave their lives. They were Dallas Hunter son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hunter of Mc- Connellsburg and George Miles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Miles of Amaranth.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 28, 1933
Deaths: Mrs. Mary
Cooper of near Websters Mill; Mrs. Minerva Lane Doyle of Three Springs.
Lloyd Seville and Gladys Bishop were married September 13.
W. Donald, son of Mrs. Mary B. Martin, has resumed his studies as second year student at Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport.
Deputy Game Warden David Kregar of Emmaville is a patient in Everett Hospital, suffering from a fracture of the left leg. He and Orrie Smith were pursuing a game-law violator on Saturday when Kregar ran into a low-hanging limb of a tree, lost his balance and broke his leg between the knee and hip.
A new baby girl came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Leabhardt of New Grenada on September 11.