2013-10-10 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, shows the local United Methodist Church before remodelling around 1960. The pastor was Rev. J. Carl Williams and choir members were Bonnie Sipes, Evelyn Gobin, Althea Cisney, Beverly Cisney, Colleen Shimer, Carl Gordon and Victor Paul. Note the organ chimes on the wall. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, shows the local United Methodist Church before remodelling around 1960. The pastor was Rev. J. Carl Williams and choir members were Bonnie Sipes, Evelyn Gobin, Althea Cisney, Beverly Cisney, Colleen Shimer, Carl Gordon and Victor Paul. Note the organ chimes on the wall. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 7, 1993


In late 1991, Fulton County Historical Society applied for a grant to assess the potential for a historic district in downtown McConnellsburg. The grant was approved and now, nearly two years later, the project has come to fruition with the announcement last week that the McConnellsburg Historic District has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, effective August 9, 1993. The boundaries approved for the district are the same as those set early in 1992 by the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission and include properties facing onto Lincoln Way from the south Fifth Avenue alley on the south side and North Fourth Avenue alley on the north side, west to and including 215 Lincoln Way West on the south side and to and including the R.E. Fleming garage on Lincoln Way West on the north side and properties facing onto Second Street from 401 North Second Street on the west side and 328 North Second Street on the east side south to and including 323 South Second Street on the west side and 334 South Second Street on the east side. And facing onto Market Street from North First Street on the west to and including 206 East Market Street on the north side and continuing to North Third Street on the south side. And properties facing onto North Third Street from East Market Street south to just beyond Lincoln Way East.

Bertha Laidig recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Leader Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg. She was born October 6, 1893, the daughter of Isaac and Barbara (Heefner) McClain, and she attended school in Waterfall.

Forbes Road School Board awarded school district Superintendent Charles Dunn with a new five-year contract during the board’s regular meeting October 4.

Congratulations to GeneO’s Grocery in Needmore on the 20th anniversary of is opening.

The first frost of the year hit the area on Friday morning. Scraping the car windshield in the early morning is one of the first signs that winter is just around the corner.

The last round of the Women’s Championship Tournament was played on Saturday and was won by 1991 champion Bronwen Greathead Cullen in match play against Phila McDonald at Great Cove Golf Course.

Martha Williams, daughter of Maurice and Alice Williams, and Darin Swope, son of E. Charles and Beverly Swope, were united in marriage September 11 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Nazarene, Harrisonville.

Deaths: Nannie Klobetanz, 73, McConnellsburg; William Sullivan, 33, Three Springs; Adele Smith, 73, Three Springs; Richard E. Decker, 43, Crystal Spring.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 20, 1983


It could not have been better. The weather was perfect; the crowds were huge and the events of the

Fall Folk Festival ran smoothly. Already, just days after the 10th annual festival ended, it is being called the most successful ever.

After searching the skies during the summer months for some relief from the unrelenting heat and sun, droughtstricken farmers in Fulton County will now receive relief from a different source, the federal government. Last Tuesday, United States Secretary of Agriculture John Block declared Fulton County and 16 other Pennsylvania counties drought disaster areas.

Mame Waltz has been familiar to “News” readers through her articles on life in the old days, which they read and enjoy. Mame will be 90 years old on October 29.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Lucy Caple of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Robin Lynn, to Vernon Allen Knable, son of Joe and Rose Knable of Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: pears, 39 cents lb.; apples, 89 cents, 3-lb. bag; Kraft Velveeta cheese, $1.69; pork butt roast, $1.19 lb.; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, $1.19; bananas, 3 lbs. for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ramsey of Three Springs on October 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Vinson of Hustontown on October 10.

Angela Kerlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kerlin of McConnellsburg, and Mark Frederick Sollenberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar F. Sollenberger of Carlisle, were united in marriage September 3. The wedding was performed standing on the rocks overlooking a valley at a fire tower atop Tuscarora Summit, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 18, 1973


A capacity crowd was at the McConnellsburg firehall on Saturday night to hear special guest state

Secretary of Agriculture James McHale speak at the annual Democratic dinner.

A search party was organized at 8 p.m. on Saturday night by state police, state Game Warden Carl Jarrett and Deputy Warden C.P. Upperman, the Needmore firemen and local residents to hunt for Norman Roy Hauman, 58, of McConnellsburg. Hauman had left his son’s residence at 7:30 a.m. that morning to hunt small game and the family became concerned when he failed to return. His body was found at 9:25 p.m., approximately 1 1/2 miles from of his son’s home. Death was due to a heart attack.

A pesky new virus that penetrates the body’s natural defenses could give Americans a replay of the miserable, flufilled winter of 1968. The new influenza virus bears little resemblance to any of the strains previously known. It is know as the B-Hong Kong-572 strain.

A loud explosive noise was heard by almost every resident in Fulton County on Saturday, which brought people out onto the streets to ask “what happened?” Various explanations were given, including dynamiting at the stone quarries or a plane breaking the sound barrier. Ken Wible, local wit, thought it was a strike he made at that instant at the bowling alley, and some smart Democrat said it was Spiro Agnew banging the door behind him as he left the White House after resigning as vice president. It was later learned that the noise had been heard in at least 10 states, and the most acceptable explanation being that it was a meteorite falling into the earth’s atmosphere at high speed. A similar signal was recorded when a meteorite fell in July 1968.

Army Pvt. Michael Morris, son of Mrs. Goldie Schriever of Warfordsburg, completed eight weeks of basic training at U.S. Army Training Center, Infantry, Fort Dix, N.J.

Miss Debra Faye Stanley and Austin Douglas McKee exchanged marriage vows Friday, September 28, at Hancock Methodist Church.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knepper of Three Springs wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Judith Kay, to Jack Eugene Appleby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Appleby of Waterfall; Mrs. Mae Hovermale of Hancock wishes to announce the engagement of her daughter, Carol Ann, to Donald Eugene Keefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keefer of Hancock.

John C. Duffey of McConnellsburg has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Grove of Orbisonia on October 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Two of New Enterprise on October 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Elvey of McConnellsburg on October 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Doug Shaw of Warfordsburg on October 11.

Specials at the IGA: Nescafe, $1.19, 10-oz. jar; Viva towels, 3 for $1; liquid Ajax, 49 cents; Robin Hood flour, 25-lb. bag, $3.79.

Deaths: Charles Hawbaker, Mercersburg; Edward Walker, Fort Loudon; Ray Musselman; Albert Sucik, Greencastle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 24, 1963


With quiet efficiency, staff of more than 60 volunteers administered 5,163 doses of oral vaccine to Fulton Countians on Sunday.

James Ronald Pyles, 24, Piedmont, W.Va., and Robert Franklin Percy, 17, of Hancock, were killed Saturday in Hancock when the car in which they were riding ran off a 35-foot abutment of a washed-out bridge and landed in the Potomac River.

C. Kenneth Gordon and son of McConnellsburg have been named Grassland Club winners for 1963 from Fulton County and will receive special recognition by the Pennsylvania Grassland Council at its annual Grassland Conference on November 25-26 on the Penn State campus.

Forty-five applications for emergency livestock seed corn had been received at the Fulton County ASCS office at the close of business on Friday, October 18.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boden of Newburg announce the birth of a son, born October 14 at Chambersburg Hospital. Mrs. Boden is the former Sally Grissinger of McConnellsburg.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse during the past week to Merrill Palmer Gordon of Needmore and Kathryn Irene Sigel of Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Leroy Gipe of Willow Hill on October 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lister Mull Jr., Fayetteville, on October 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barnett of Harrisonville on October 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Herbert Rhodes Jr., Mercersburg, on October 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg on October 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Seibert Beatty of Hancock on October 20.

Deaths: Ralph T. Truax of Needmore; Mrs. Minnie Leasure of California; Marshall Keefer of Hancock; James Bishop of McConnellsburg; Susan Kay Baker, 9-month-old daughter of Verne R. and Mary Kelso Baker of Fayetteville; Jesse Houpt of Mercersburg; Charles Gienger of Buck Valley; Isaac Black of Waterfall.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 22, 1953


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vores were weekend guests of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Vores of Baltimore.

Miss Mary Trout is confined to her bed with a leg injury that she received in a fall last Sunday.

Mrs. Edith Malcolm of Iowa is visiting her sisters, Mrs. Scott Runyan and Miss Ella Kendall.

Mrs. Dan Grissinger left Tuesday for Pittsburgh to help care for her mother, who recently underwent surgery.

Mr. and Mrs. George M. Paylor, Greencastle, are the parents of twin girls born on October 15.

R. Glenn Sleichter, 43, next month will make his fifth appearance before the state parole board, seeking his release from Eastern State Penitentiary. Sleichter is serving a life sentence for the brutal 1937 slaying of a ward of the Children’s Aid Society of Franklin County. The child was 6-yearold Jean Seville, daughter of Willis Seville, who then lived near McConnellsburg.

Carl Paylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Paylor of Mc- Connellsburg, who starred in Class C baseball last year in Ogden, Utah, will report to Tulsa, Okla., on March 1, for spring training in Double A ball. This is the final step before entering the major leagues.

Borough Council met in special session with several town citizens on Monday night to discuss the November 15 deadline for the abatement of the discharge of sewerage and wastewater to the stream that runs through the borough. Council rejected all requests for its help, saying the problem belongs to the property owners. With less than a month remaining before the deadline, property owners are worried as to what to do. After November 15, the fine will be $25 a day for polluting the stream.

Eugene Ross Clippinger and Bertha Agnes Young were married on October 10.

The McConnellsburg Borough Authority reported this week that, despite the water shortages in many nearby communities, the supply for McConnellsburg is adequate. The level in the reservoir is as high now as its ordinarily maintained, and there is more water coming in than being used. This situation was brought about by the drilling of a new deep well and the installation of a large pump cable for delivering 100 gallons of water per minute.

John H. Gracey of Water- fall and Paul T. Cromwell of Harrisonville left on Tuesday for Pittsburgh for induction into the armed forces.

The town dump has been posted with signs warning people not to start fires without first obtaining permission from the Forestry Department. Despite this, someone started a fire on Sunday that almost ignited the nearby woods. Borough Council has now decided to treat anyone starting a fire there as an arsonist, and has instructed the chief of police to arrest any person he finds burning trash at the dump.

Jerry, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bair of Warfordsburg, is convalescing at home after undergoing surgery at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Pvt. Robert M. Strait, 19, son of Mrs. Vera Mae Strait of Tucson, Ariz., has completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky.

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

70 Years Ago


Deaths: George W. Locke of Fort Littleton; John Wesley Miller of Mapleton.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Bookheimer of Hustontown.

Willis G. Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. John L.Wright of Three Springs, was commissioned a second lieutenant on October 9.

Sixteen young men were inducted into service on Friday; Army – Donald E. Hamil, John E. Bard, James R. Cutchall, William Urian Edwards, George C. Barton, Denver N. Deshong and Oscar W. Kerlin; Navy – Wallace Pittman and Paul D. Hunter; Marine Corps – James G. Stahle, Robert O. Hann, Merrill C. Crouse, Clyde M. Beatty and Earl H. Golden; Army Air Corps – Frederick H. Lynch. The new Army inductees will leave for active service on November 5, the rest at different times.

Weddings: Charles W. Hershey and Anna Mae King on October 16; Fred A. Hornsby and Jean Edna Stitt on October 21; Lloyd Wilson Mellott and Marion Divelbliss on October 20

80 Years Ago


McConnellsburg and community, in fact the whole county, has sustained a real loss in the passing of Dr. John W. Mosser who for more than 34 years lived in this community and gave his services night and day to the relief of pain and suffering. While he had been in failing health for the past several years, his sudden death from a heart attack last Friday, October 13, as he was preparing to retire for the night, came as a shock to the whole community. On April 2, 1902, Dr. Mosser was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth W. Fisher, who preceded him in death in May of this year. His son, Harry, died in May of 1932. These two deaths in less than a year had much to do with hastening the death of Dr. Mosser. His funeral was conducted on Monday afternoon, with Rev. Arthur A. Price, Rev. William J. Lowe, Rev. Donald F. Brake and Rev. Harry L. Jarrett officiating. Never before had such a gathering been seen at a funeral service in Mc- Connellsburg.

Harry R. Bivens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bivens of Websters Mill, has been notified of his appointment as a full-time state appraiser and state investigator for the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a new federal organization designed to refinance liens and encumbrances against homes.

Additional deaths: Mrs. Amelia M. Lowe of Zullinger; William Henry Mellott of near Breezewood; Raymond Shives of near Big Cove Tannery.

Game Protector Orrie Smith of Amaranth was the victim of a severe clubbing on Monday. He was driving along a highway in Bedford County when he noticed a man carrying a sack from which blood was dripping. Smith investigated and found a number of squirrels. This happened at the man’s home and, after Smith found the squirrels, a woman leaned from an upstairs window and ordered Smith to put up his hands, pointing a rifle at him. He did, and then another woman appeared and clubbed him over the head with the hunter’s gun. Then the violators ran into the house and Smith found himself confronted by three rifles. He then left the scene, got help, returned and arrested the man, who has a number of aliases. The two women have been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

Duffey Mellott of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Little of this place left on Monday for Chicago where they will take in the Exposition.

D.P. Bowman of Burnt Cabins returned home on Saturday from his second trip to the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Mrs. P.M. Guillard of Wells Tannery suffered a fractured skull last week when she was knocked down by a cow, her head striking a stone pile.

Charles Tice of Breezy Point, says he has canned 99 quarts of huckleberries, 60 quarts of tomatoes, 30 quarts of blackberries, 20 quarts of sweet corn, 20 quarts of plums and 30 quarts of cucumber pickles, besides a cupboard full of jellies and butters. He adds: “What a wonderful wife I’ll make the next time I enter the sea of matrimony!”

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