2013-10-03 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Deb Shore of Clear Ridge, pictures a landscape scene of north Clear Ridge in the early 1900s. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Deb Shore of Clear Ridge, pictures a landscape scene of north Clear Ridge in the early 1900s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 30, 1993


McConnellsburg Hang Gliding Festival, postponed last weekend due to the adverse weather conditions, will be held October 2 and 3 at the pulpit, a launch site on Tuscarora Ridge near McConnellsburg.

Now that fall is officially here, countians can look forward to fall foliage, pumpkins, witches and goblins, homemade apple butter and the always exciting Fulton Fall Folk Festival. The festival will be held October 15-17 this year and will feature all the usual festivities and more.

JLG Industries Inc. announced Monday that its board of directors appointed George R. Kempton as a member of the board to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of John L. Grove.

Southern Fulton School Board last week rejected two bids for purchase of the old Needmore Elementary School building and grounds and set a date for dedication of the new elementary schools. Two bids were submitted on the Needmore school and grounds but were rejected. The board set November 14 at 3 p.m. as the date and time for the formal dedication ceremony for the new elementary school.

Mr. and Mrs. John Zeek Sr., Orrstown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Rhonda, to Eric Ziemba, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ziemba of Warfordsburg.

The longest fall archery deer season in Pennsylvania history will begin October 2 and continue through November 13.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Barnhart on September 25.

Deaths: Vivian Golden, 81, Warfordsburg; Samuel Steach, 71, Crystal Spring; Pearl Ellis, 72, Chambersburg; Josephine Mellott, 75 Needmore; Raymond Smith, Orbisonia; Ella Welch, 80, Mount Union.

Cynthia Dorin and Brent Layton were married August 7 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Hagerstown. Parents of the couple are Mayor and Mrs. John Dorin of Mountoursville, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Layton of Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 13, 1983


Contrary to the widespread rumor that JLG Industries will lay off a large part of its production workforce in the near future, a JLG spokesperson said JLG has no such plans. The rumor, which has been rampant during the past few days, is “untrue” and the result of hysteria.

C. Owen Fries, longtime principal at McConnellsburg High School, died Tuesday afternoon in Greencastle.

Pictured in this issue is the restored Big Spring Graveyard with two darker headstones, which are restored wooden ones, found in the graveyard and placed in their approximate original position. Little is legible on either, only “Alexander .. Aged 89.” The graveyard is a major restoration project of the Historical Society and will be one of the highlights of the annual house tour during the Fall Folk Festival.

An article written by Roy Cline of Waterfall appears in the October issue of the Pennsylvania Game News. It describes a successful day of buck hunting in Fulton County with his brothers. Mr. Cline is teacher at McConnellsburg High School.

Patricia A. Everts and Edward L. Brubaker were united in marriage July 30 at St. James Untied Brethren Church in Chambersburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Everts of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Hykes and Glen E. Brubaker, all of Chambersburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Mellott, Needmore, announce the marriage of their daughter, Cindy, to Perry Lee Mortzfeldt, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Mortzfeldt, Hancock, on September 17.

Laura Ramsey of McConnellsburg and Edward Mickey of Chambersburg were united in marriage September 3 at Calvary Independent Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ramsey of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shatzer of Chambersburg and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mickey of Orrstown.

On September 29, Brenda Barnett of Harrisonville and Gerald Ramsey Jr. were united in marriage at Calvary Independent Baptist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas of New Grenada and the late Kenneth Barnett and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Ramsey of Mc- Connellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Libby’s pumpkin, 59 cents a can; Tetley teabags, $1.99, 100 count; apples, 89 cents, 3-lb. bag; cauliflower, 98 cents; tomato soup, 4 cans for $1; Ivory soap, 79 cents, 4-pack.

Now playing at the Reality Theatre: “Trading Places.” Playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Smokey and the Bandit III.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Wolfe of McConnellsburg on September 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morningstar of Wood on October 1.

Sharon Shaw and David Dere Jr. were united in marriage June 10 during a candlelight ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hancock. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Shaw of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. David Dere Sr., Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Ruth S. Keadle, Mercersburg; Paul E. Schooley, Beaver Falls, Pa.; Woodrow W. Grove, Williamsport.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Paul MacDonld of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynn, to Sandford Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Smith of Waynesboro.

40 Years Ago

Fro The Files Of October 11, 1973


The Chambersburg Social Security office is now taking applications for supplemental security income payments, a federal program scheduled to start in 1974 that will establish an income floor for people in financial need who are 65 or over, or blind or disabled.

Gary D. Wilt, McConnellsburg, was admitted to Fulton County Bar Association on Friday and sworn in by Judge George C. Eppinger before relatives and friends and his legal colleagues in the courthouse in McConnellsburg.

A California driver miraculously escaped serious injury on Friday at 10:10 p.m. when he feel asleep at the wheel of the 1962 Volkswagen he was driving east on Route 70. The small car ran off the south berm, flipped over, burst into flames and continued rolling over six or seven times. The driver, identified as Mitchell Carpeto, 22, of Pittsburgh, Calif., was admitted to the Medical Center with minor injuries he received when he was thrown from the burning car.

The Fulton County Commissioners have enacted an ordinance establishing a planning commission for Fulton County.

The compound bow is now a legal device for hunting in Pennsylvania.

Ted DeShong of Harrisonville returned home last Tuesday after spending a few weeks in the Medical Center. He suffered severe burns, which he received while working. He is improving a little each day.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Parson of Shade Gap on September 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darl Hixon of Hancock on September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mellott of Warfordsburg on September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hollenshead of Harrisonville on September 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Rotz of Waterfall on September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Mellott of Warfordsburg on October 5 ; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm Jr. of Breezewood on October 5.

Wedding vows were exchanged Saturday, September 1, by Cheryl Lynn Deshong, daughter of Mrs. Althea S. Deshong and the late Clyde Deshong Jr. of Harrisonville, and Roy Allan Donkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Donkin of Delmont.

Specials at the IGA: Folger’s coffee, 3-lb. can, $1.99; Nestle’s Quik, 2-lb. can, 79 cents; canned sauerkraut, 27 cents; Hunt’s Snack Pak puddings, 50 cents.

Deaths: Miss Blanche Elizabeth Lanehart, Hancock; Charles W. Hershey, Waterfall; Helen Fraker Rinker, Aitch; Mrs. Ada J. Carbaugh, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 17, 1963


“Suicide Crossing” is the name now being given to the intersection of Route 522 and Route 30 in

McConnellsburg after the third serious accident occurred there on Friday night for the third weekend in a row. The accident occurred when a Volkswagon driven by Ronald Rinker of Huntingdon and travelling south on Route 522 failed to yield the right-of-way to a 1958 Plymouth driven by Mrs. Linda Ann Dunheimer of Centerville, Ohio, travelling west on Route 30 and crashed into it.

Theresa Lester, teenage daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lester of McConnellsburg, was the winner of the 100 silver dollars in the final drawing for the McConnellsburg merchants 100 Silver Dollar Jackpot on Saturday night.

The annual Halloween parade in McConnellsburg will be held Friday, November 1.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse during the past week to Barry Lister Parsons of Fort Littleton and Judy Lane Strait of Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lauren Murray of Buck Valley observed their silver wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Suders Jr. of McConnellsburg on September 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Hann of Big Cove Tannery on September 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson of Needmore on October 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bookheimer of Hustontown on October 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Hockenberry of Orbisonia on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens of Orbisonia on October 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Jones of Neelyton on October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James McMullen of Mercersburg on October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Smith of Needmore on October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max Kough of Saltillo on October 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford House of Mc- Connellsburg on October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Coy Spade of Needmore on October 8; a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fry of McConnellsburg on October 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Allison of Chambersburg on October 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Carbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg on October 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Peck of Big Cove Tannery on October 12.

Deaths: Mrs. Marcus Mellott; William D. Wright of Huntingdon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 15, 1953


The Metronomes will play for dancing at the local American Legion Home on Saturday night.

Pvt. Robert Bradnick, who returned to camp on Monday, expects to leave soon for Germany.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Crider left Sunday for their home in Orlando, Fla., after spending the summer months here with his aunt, Mrs. Susie Lewis.

Medical history was made at Chambersburg Hospital last week when staff surgeons performed the first electric chest surgery in the hospital’s long history. As a result, 18- year-old Carl Hess of Clear Ridge appears on the definite road to recovery for the first time since he was critically injured in an automobile accident near his home on July 25. Hess, who was listed in critical and poor condition for weeks after his admission to Chambersburg Hospital, underwent the chest surgery on his 65th day of hospitalization. Less than a week later, the youth’s condition was listed as good, and he is looking forward to returning home in another week. Although he suffered multiple fractures, including fractures of the skull, nose, jaw and thigh, his most serious injury proved to be a long rupture of the diaphragm, which permitted his abdominal organs to become displaced. The lobe of the liver, the transverse colon, the stomach and some of the small intestines moved through the rent in the diaphragm into the chest cavity. Ordinarily, the operation procedure at Chambersburg Hospital would have been through the abdomen. Attending surgeons, however, elected to open the chest cavity and through this opening, to restore the displaced organs to the proper positions. Once the organs were replaced, the rent in the diaphragm was sutured. Hess’ ninth rib was removed to make the operation possible. The operation was completed in two hours and 45 minutes, fully an hour quicker, surgeons said, then the same operation could have been completed through the abdomen.

W.C. Sheely of Gettysburg, president judge of Adams and Fulton counties, is now a candidate for judge of the Superior Court.

Wayne D. Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Black of Waterfall, enlisted in the regular army for three years on September 14, and is now stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala.

The Rev. Lloyd H. Call will be ordained and installed as minister of the Associated Presbyterian Churches of Mc- Connellsburg at services in the Presbyterian Church on October 22.

Mary J. Barton of Hustontown, Mary A. Martz of Knobsville, and Sara J. Waters of Burnt Cabins have enrolled as freshmen at Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Francis Allison was installed on Monday night as commander of the local American Legion Post.

Cadet James F. Sloan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sloan of Zullinger, has been named as a member of the 1953 varsity football squad at Valley Forge Military Academy.

W. Russell Kendall has been named to the board of directors of Fulton County National Bank of McConnellsburg.

Janet C. Cline of McConnellsburg, Gene F. Headley of McConnellsburg, and Kenneth H. Sheetz of Warfordsburg are enrolled at Juniata College this year.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Souders of Cito on October 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rohm of McConnellsburg on October 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Benedick Jr. of Lemasters on October 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clayton G. Angle of Mercersburg on October 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Deshong of McConnellsburg on October 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Munch of Hancock on October 11.

Gene R. Mellott, seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Mellott of Needmore, participated in the NATO exercise Mariner from September 16 to October 5 with the staff of Commander Carrier Division Two on board the attack and aircraft carrier, USS Bennington.

It’s a girl for Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ward of Buck Valley.

Floyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Mentzer of Burnt Cabins, has been discharged from the Army after three years’ service.

Deaths: Miss Annie Metz; Mrs. Jessie (Hebner) Gienger of Buck Valley; Mrs. George Paylor of Mercersburg; James Melvin Brown of Clear Ridge.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 14, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Nevin Aller of Juniata, Altoona;

James A. Truax of Needmore; Professor Harry E.

Gress of Millersville.

The local Lions Club is now starting a campaign to raise money to buy cigarettes for soldiers in foreign countries. Through the cooperation of one of the large companies, cigarettes will be purchased for 5 cents a pack, in lots of 1,000 packs.

T.P. Jenkins, 71, widely known funeral director and furniture dealer of Hancock, was seriously injured in a fall early Saturday morning. Although he has been unable to give an account of what happened, it is believed he fell down the elevator shaft in his store. He sustained a fractured skull and shoulder injury.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Souders, Homer Souders and Kathryn Seville were visiting the former’s parents in Jenners over the weekend.

John Shroyer, secretary of highways, has pledged that extensive renovation of the Lincoln Highway will take place “after the war.”

Registration figures released this week show there are 4,775 eligible votes in Fulton County, 2,501 Democrats, 2,251 Republicans and 23 “others.”

Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Grissinger have received word from their son, Arthur, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps, that he has arrived “somewhere in India.”

Findley McN. Johnston of Ayr Township is a patient in Everett hospital.

Pfc. Raymond McQuade is now stationed at Fort Belvir, Va.

Miss Neva McQuade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Mc- Quade of town, has accepted a position at the local telephone exchange.

Mrs. Hammond Prosser left on Saturday for Abington, Va., to attend the wedding of her son, Lt. Lewis Prosser.

Mrs. Grace Mock left on Saturday to spend the winter months with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lindsay, in Wilmington, Del.

Evelyn Cutchall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cutchall of town, underwent an operation for appendicitis at Everett Hospital on Tuesday.

John Carmack returned to his home here on Monday after being a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Dale Keebaugh, accompanied by his wife, has returned to his base in Oklahoma after spending a short furlough here.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stevens and family have moved to the Charles R. Brown farm that they purchased recently.

Eldon McClain of Youngstown, Ohio, has moved to Wells Valley.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 12, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Miles

C. Greenland of

Bedford; Susan Amelia Kanode Eader of Thompson Township; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Mellott of Breezewood; Col. W.C. Bambrick of Scotland; David Benjamin Nace of Chambersburg.

A total of 104 winter CCC camps have been set up in the state, according to Robert Fechner, director of emergency conservation work.

William K. Kerlin of Hustontown and Ladena G. Knepper of Three Springs have been licensed to wed.

A marriage license has been issued in Bedford County to David Schaff Kregar of Emmaville and Ivadeen Valentine of Bedford Valley.

Nelson Comerer has opened a radio and electric shop in the post office building, in the room formerly occupied by Hull’s butter and egg store.

Dr. Jean Johnston left Mc- Connellsburg on Tuesday to begin her return trip to London.

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