2013-09-26 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Herman Hill, of Needmore, pictures, from left, local bikers Floyd Palmer, Herman Hill, the late Royce Zimmerman and Dr. Tom Cullen, who now resides in Montoursville, Pa., in August 1992 when they took part in the Kids Crusade ‘92 that benefited the Children’s Hospital at Hershey Medical Center. The four men rode 300 miles in the rain with nearly 300 other bikers to raise more than $10,000. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Herman Hill, of Needmore, pictures, from left, local bikers Floyd Palmer, Herman Hill, the late Royce Zimmerman and Dr. Tom Cullen, who now resides in Montoursville, Pa., in August 1992 when they took part in the Kids Crusade ‘92 that benefited the Children’s Hospital at Hershey Medical Center. The four men rode 300 miles in the rain with nearly 300 other bikers to raise more than $10,000. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 23, 1993


The boardroom battle for control of JLG Industries ended last Friday when company founder

John L. Grove and the JLG Board of Directors agreed to a settlement in which the company bought back Grove’s stake in JLG and Grove resigned as a director of the company. The agreement effectively ends John Grove’s influence over the company which he founded and built and brings to a close the founding era of an industry that has brought hundreds of jobs to Fulton County and put Mc- Connellsburg on corporate America’s map.

The Beistle Co., a Shippensburg-based manufacturer of paper novelties, opened its new McConnellsburg plant in the former Fulton Auto Parts building on Monday, September 20.

It was a late summer day made to order as voices were raised in song and the gospel was preached once again at the historic Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church on Sunday, September 19. There were more than 200 in attendance, the collection plates were overflowing and even the front pews were filled as Tonoloway presented a special service, “Remembering the Indian Raids of the Seventeen Fifties.”

An almost year-long struggle to find an appropriate site for a new Hustontown area senior citizen center apparently came to an end September 21 when the Fulton County Commissioners agreed to purchase a tract of land from Woodrow and Betty Malot at the cost of $1. The Malots agreed the sell the two-plus acre site along Cole Road, about one-half mile north of Route 475, in Dublin Township for the nominal fee, ending a process which began with the first advertisement for land proposals last fall. The commissioners recently received the offer from the Malots and were able to get DCA approval for purchase of that site for $1.

The Worldwide Wrestling Alliance is bringing championship professional wrestling to McConnellsburg High School September 25. The Big Boss Man will be facing off with the 400 lbs. Abdoullah the Butcher. The world famous Bushwhackers will go up against Tag Team Champions The Diamond Express.

Ginger Barnhart and Philip Majeski were married June 12 at Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Barnhart of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Adam Majeski of Mt. Lebanon.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stevens of Three Springs on September 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Morey of Amberson on September 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stokes of Flintstone, Md., on September 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Dalbert Knepper of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 21.

Deaths: Charles Hammond, Chambersburg; Seymour Winans, Arizona; Reba Wright, Altoona; Pauline Deavor, St. Thomas.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 6, 1983


Fall is only two weeks old and it still feels like summer in the afternoons, but the leaves falling into the stream near Thomastown Road signal the onset of colder weather.

In conjunction with its move towards being a more customer oriented bank, The First National Bank of Mc- Connellsburg is in the midst of a major facelift at its Lincoln Way West location. The renovations, the first in more than 25 years, were needed due to the growth of the banking operation and the move towards being a full-service bank. The interior work will provide more private space for customers to discuss their financial dealings with the bankers.

JLG Industries has temporarily shut down its Bedford manufacturing plant and transferred part of the workforce and its aerial work platform production to the McConnellsburg plant.

Fulton County experienced the sixth-largest growth in population in the state, according to the final population count of the 1980 U.S. Census.

Keystone Printing is under new management. Gene and Barb Leese of McConnellsburg took over the business through a lease-purchase agreement with owner Lee Oakman on October 1 and will operate both the printing business in McConnellsburg and the Mercersburg Journal.

Specials at the IGA: celery, 49 cents a stalk; yams, 3 lbs., $1; ground beef, $1.69 lb.; bananas, 39 cents lb.; Heinz gravy, 69 cents a jar; Viva towels, big rolls, 3 for $2; cabbage, 19 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Estol Clingerman of Artemas on September 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Detwiler of Hustontown on September 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Miller of Everett on September 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Guyer of Needmore on September 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Knepper of Hustontown on September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Hixon Sr., Hancock, on September 29.

Deaths: Todd Koons, McConnellsburg; John Fogal Sr., Waterfall; Clair Brown, Fort Littleton; Dr. John Donoghue, Hagerstown; Vashit Stahle.

Marriage licenses: Daniel McQuade, McConnellsburg, and Dorothy Mumma, Fort Littleton; Randy Mills, Hancock, and Cheryl Seburn, Big Cove Tannery; William Watson III, Harrisonville, and Michele Sponsler, Harrisonville; Brian Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Rita Lehman, Mc- Connellsburg; Timothy Cromer, McConnellsburg, and Tammie Earley, McConnellsburg; Dale Palmer, Warfordsburg, and Brenda Sites, Big Pool, Md.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 4, 1973


When the morning fog for early autumn lifts over the central Pennsylvania Appalachians, sun sparkles the 30-mile length of Pennsylvania’s newest lake. More than a decade in the building at a cost of $67.8 million, Raystown Lake stretches from south of Huntingdon into northern Bedford County. The opening of full recreation facilities is slated for the bicentennial year of 1976. The lake waters forced the relocation of 407 graves from 13 cemeteries and will come close to, not endanger, the burial site of Pennsylvania’s 28th governor, Martin G. Brumbaugh. Real estate prices for land surrounding the project have jumped. Wild turkeys still strut over acreage that sold from $100 to $500 an acre a few years ago, but now goes for from $1,000 to $3,000 an acre.

Women of the Greenhill Sewing Club are busy with their annual apple butter boiling at the club grounds.

Marriage licenses: Joseph Allen McClure of Three Springs and Karen Ann Roher of Waterfall; William Reed Shives of Big Cove Tannery and Paula Jean Smith of Hancock; Lee Roger Musselman of Mercersburg and Laura Geneva Barnhart of Needmore; Earl McKinley Edwards of Big Cove Tannery and Debra Lynn Younker of Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Decker of Harrisonville were honored at an open house celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary on September 30 at their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell A. Deshong of McConnellsburg and daughters recently returned from a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii.

The family of Harry Helsel gathered at his home on September 23 in honor of his 84th birthday, which was on September 21.

Miss Linda Jean Seburn and Wallace Eugene Hann were united in marriage on September 16 at Damascus Church at 3 p.m. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Seburn of Big Cove Tannery and Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hann of Needmore.

The First National Bank has added something new to the downtown area by hanging a lighted, automatic time and temperature sign to take the place of the clock that hung on the corner.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Henry of McConnellsburg on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Mentzer of McConnellsburg on September 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Didyk of Robertsdale on September 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin De- Hart of Robertsdale on September 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Shope of Three Springs on September 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Mellott of McConnellsburg on September 26.

Specials at the IGA: gingerbread, 39 cents; Chef Boy-ardee ravioli, 3 cans for $1; king-size Tide, $1.19; IGA soda, 8 cents, 12-oz. bottle.

Deaths: James V. Shepard Jr., Fayetteville; Arthur Woodcock, Mount Union; Albert J. Largent Sr., Waynesboro; Nelllie M. DeShong, Huntingdon County; Calvin Beatty, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Tempie Wink, Needmore.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 10, 1963


Ronald McQuait, 23, Hustontown, and his brother, Robert Gail McQuait, 22, Three Springs, were killed and a 17-year-old Hustontown juvenile seriously injured shortly after midnight on Sunday on Route 35 in Shade Valley, north of Shade Gap. The car in which they were travelling without lights, and with an illegally shot deer in the trunk, smashed into the car of state Game Protector Lloyd Burton Welsh, 51, Three Springs, who was accompanied by his deputy, William D.Horton, 33, Orbisonia. Both officers had heard shots and were on their way to investigate. The game protector suffered a fractured hip when his pistol, on the seat beside him, exploded on impact, and his deputy suffered a concussion and severe lacerations in the crash. The force of the impact of the collision was so great, the 150-pound, six-point buck was hurled through the trunk and rear seat of the car, tearing the front seat from the floor and slamming against the heads and necks of the three youths in the vehicle.

Robert Zeis, 45, Fort Loudon, was nearly within sight of his home at 4:05 a.m. on Sunday when he was killed as his car ran off the Lincoln Highway on the east slope of Tuscarora Mountain.

A really warm welcome to town was given to Joanne Gum, a newcomer to this community, on Saturday night when she was awarded $100 as a winner of the 100 Silver Dollar Jackpot sponsored by the merchants of McConnellsburg.

Mollie Shives of Lincoln Way East was struck by an automobile last Wednesday afternoon when she walked into the path of a vehicle driven by Robert Varner of North Third Street. She was treated for bruises of the left hip and cuts and bruises of the right arm.

James Trego, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Trego of Fort Littleton, remains in a semiconscious condition at Harrisburg General Hospital, where he was taken after being struck by a car near the Y on September 26. Hospital officials list him as “somewhat improved.”

On “SOS” Day in Fulton County – “Sabin Oral Sunday” – October 20, 1963, buses will be operated to and from Mc- Connellsburg in order to provide free transportation to the Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine Clinic, which will be held at the McConnellsburg School from noon to 6 p.m.

The McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. has just received a water truck as a gift from Deshong Oil and Gas Inc., of Harrisonville.

Deaths: Paul Hiram David Mellott of Harrisonville; Riley P. Sipes of Mercersburg; Mrs. Besse L. Laidig of Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. John H. Hartzell of Spry; Harry A. Deshong of McConnellsburg; Michael F. Black of Mc- Connellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 8, 1953


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

Thomas Luparello, foreman at Fulton Manufacturing Co., underwent eye surgery on September 30 at Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J.

Miss Beulah Johnston, who spent the past three years with her sister, Dr. Jean Johnston, in London, will arrive home this week on board the Queen Mary. Due to the dock strike in New York, the huge liner is expected to dock at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the passengers will continue their journeys by train.

Harold Cooper is now stationed at the naval installation in French Morocco.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miller have moved from Lincoln Way West to their newly built home in Fairview Extension. Their former home has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cutshall.

Capt. William A. McClain has returned to his home in Youngstown from Korea where he spent 34 months as a prisoner of war. He was the last prisoner to be released by the Reds.

Death: John Hess of Three Springs.

Pfc. Stewart E. Harris, whose wife, Betty, lives in Mc- Connellsburg, has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for active participation in ground action with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea before the cease-fire.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman William Kerlin of Knobsville on October 3.

Pfc. Harry J. Okeson, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Okeson of Burnt Cabins, is with the 40th Infantry Division in Korea.

County Treasurer Guy F. Oakman reports that the last of Fulton County’s 1,125 doe licenses were sold on Saturday.

Capt. George C. Elvey of McConnellsburg has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his performance while flying a T-6 type aircraft in Korea on November 17, 1951. Despite considerable enemy groundfire, Capt. Elvey maneuvered his plane and directed an air strike on enemy installations.

Mr. and Mrs. Mervin E. Harr of Greencastle announce the birth of a son on October 5.

Five Republican women of Fulton County – Mrs. Ray Sprenkle, Mrs. Sloan Glenn, Mrs. Frank Kirchner, Mrs. George Paul and Mrs. Paul Shimer – will bake cakes for President Eisenhower’s birthday at Hershey October 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Shaw of Warfordsburg have an- nounced the birth of a son.

Deaths: Mrs. Nellie Jane Layton of Altoona; Stephen J. Fisher of Needmore; Jenne Bridenstine of Wells Tannery; John Alfred Foreman of Hustontown.

Harley Stunkard of Wells Tannery left Monday for Dallas, Texas, where he will work for General Electric.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 7, 1943


Deaths: Charles

S. Wilson of near

Clear Ridge; Lydia A. Swope of Wells Tannery; J. Elmer Johnston of near Albia, Iowa.

The citizens of Fulton County have made remarkable expression of patriotism toward the nation and her armies by oversubscribing the Third War Loan by $2,800. Individuals in the county were asked by the United States Treasury Department to buy $98,000 worth of bonds during the campaign. A heavy spurt of buying during the final few days of the drive sent the county’s total to $101,767.50.

Pvt. Kenneth W. Gutshall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Gutshall of Three Springs, lost his life in action, according to a message received by his parents on Monday of this week.

Barnhardt H. Neal, 24, son of Mrs. Viola McKee of Amaranth, has been promoted from private first class to corporal at the Army air base at Blythe, Calif. Cpl. Neal attended Army service schools at Amarillo, Texas, and Ypsianti, Mich., since he entered the service in September 1942. He is serving as an airplane mechanic.

Pvt. Earl L. Devor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Deavor of Hustontown, is serving in the Army at New Orleans, La.

Pennsylvania farmers will able to purchase about twice as much farm machinery in 1944 as this year, but the supply will still be only about half as large as the demand.

The local telephone exchange, which has been located in the home of Mrs. Grace Sheets on North Second Street for many years, will be moved on November 1 to the room on South Second Street, which had been occupied by Mrs. Ella Kendall, state nurse, and owned by R.G. Alexander.

Cpl. Grover C. Fields Jr., who is home on furlough from his army duties at Camp Gordon, Ga., was feted at a dinner given in his honor Monday evening at Cove Mountain Tea Room.

“Money talks most when a man marries it.”

Lt. Kenneth M. Spangler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Genn R. Spangler was recently promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Langlin Field, Del Rio, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. John Vores and son, Velyn of Woodlawn, Md., were called home over the weekend to visit with John Carmack, who has been very ill in Chambersburg Hospital.

George Earley, local garageman who was seriously burned some time ago, is now home and able to be about.

Miss Charlotte Sharpe entered Cumberland Hospital on Tuesday for a tonsillectomy and other treatments.

John Hays, son of Rev. and Mrs. Hays, arrived home Thursday following his honorable discharge form the army.

A.W. Grissinger returned home Sunday from a moose hunting trip in Canada. He succeeded in killing a large bull moose.

Leroy Bivens of Wells Tannery is now working in New York.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 5, 1933


The McConnellsburg High School soccer team, under the management of Bud Grissinger, played its first game of the season on Friday, defeating St. Thomas by the score of 2-1.

Death: Edmund Hunter Riddle of Chambersburg.

A Virginia woman, Mrs. Mary A. Wagner, was instantly killed when her neck was broken when her husband’s car overturned on Tuscarora Mountain on Sunday afternoon, pinning her beneath the wreckage.

Mrs. Netti Booth, on her return from a trip to California, stopped off in Chicago and enjoyed a few days at the Century of Progress.

Clarence Bender and Marcus Downes returned Friday from a motorcycle trip to Chicago to enjoy the Century of Progress.

Mrs. Roy Sipes underwent a serious operation at Everett Hospital last week for a tumor and complications.

John W. Tomlinson and Marcella Mellott were married on September 9.

George Skinner Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Black of St. Thomas, was notified on Monday that he had passed the Pennsylvania State Bar exam.

Earl Swope and Thelma Decker were wed September 23.

Dr. Jean Johnston of London, England, is enjoying a visit with her home folks here.

Mr. and Mrs. Thad Winegardner of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a new baby boy born last Tuesday night.

Mrs. Clara Weller, who has been seriously ill for two weeks at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.C. Comerer, in Thompson Township, is slowly improving.

A pleasant surprise party was held on September 30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Barnett in honor of Mrs. Barnett’s 46th birthday.

A new Pennsylvania law now permits Sunday concerts.

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