2013-10-31 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Bille Cromwell of Needmore, pictures grades 7-8 from 1954-1955 at Belfast Towhnship School. The teacher was Mr. Wiser, who was also the school’s principal. Pictured left, top row: Marion Mellott, Ronnie Smith, Helen Garland, Dale Garland, June Miller, Donald Bard, Delores Barnhart, Ray Swadley; second row: Audrea Morton, David Koontz, Mildred Knable, Frank Hollenshead, Carol Faye Gordon, Roy Johnston; third row: Mary Manetti, Donald Morningstar, Mary Harr, George Mellott, Dorothy Swope, Marlin Ford, Betty Butterbaugh, Richard Wilson: fourth row: Billie Cromwell, Doris Truax, Mason Gordon and Mary Stevens. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Bille Cromwell of Needmore, pictures grades 7-8 from 1954-1955 at Belfast Towhnship School. The teacher was Mr. Wiser, who was also the school’s principal. Pictured left, top row: Marion Mellott, Ronnie Smith, Helen Garland, Dale Garland, June Miller, Donald Bard, Delores Barnhart, Ray Swadley; second row: Audrea Morton, David Koontz, Mildred Knable, Frank Hollenshead, Carol Faye Gordon, Roy Johnston; third row: Mary Manetti, Donald Morningstar, Mary Harr, George Mellott, Dorothy Swope, Marlin Ford, Betty Butterbaugh, Richard Wilson: fourth row: Billie Cromwell, Doris Truax, Mason Gordon and Mary Stevens. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 28, 1993


Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday signed a petition which seeks to receive property taxes from the Sideling Hill Plaza in Taylor Township. The petition is being circulated by Fort Littleton resident Elton Schoen and had already been signed by officials from Taylor Township and Forbes Road School. The petition will be forwarded to state Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer and state Rep. Dick Hess. The commissioners said that they will continue to pursue new legislation which would remove the tax-exempt status and urged area residents to support those efforts through letter-writing and other means.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, October 31.

To date this year, more than 700 brave men, women and children have experienced the terror of Sleepy Hollow on Cole Road near Hustontown. The annual scary ride through Sleepy Hollow is a fundraiser for the county Boy Scouts and the excitement will continue through this weekend.

PA Conservation Corps members stocked 380 cock pheasants on state gamelands and cooperative farms on Tuesday under the supervision of crew leader Dan Strait.

Brian and Barb Deneen, Needmore, announce the birth of their daughter, Erin Rachel, October 9 at Washington County Hospital.

LaDawn Truax and John Hoffman were united in marriage September 18 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Truax of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoffman, also of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Maxine Mellott, Warfordsburg; Alda Snyder, Shade Gap; Rhodena DeShong, Harrisonville; Gertrude Ensley, Florida; Goldie Shoemaker, Hagerstown; Eva Bentz, Orbisonia; Edward Hartman, Long Beach,Calif.; Kendall Keller, Chambersburg; Rev. Newton Tweedy, Chambersburg; Rebecca Peck, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Martha Swisher, Hancock; Raymond Seburn, Carlisle; Robert McMullen Sr., Mill Creek.

Hustontown United Methodist Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary at special services this Sunday, October 31. The first Methodist Church was built by Rev. David Hartman in 1851. It was known as the Hartman Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church. It was built at a cost of $600. The directors of the first church were David Stevens, Andrew Davis, Daniel Lambertson, Samuel Kirk, William Chestnut, Vincent Stevens, Peter Dyke, Abner Stevens, Mary Deavor, Rebecca and Mary Laidig.

Marriage licences: Scott Spearly, Bellefonte, and Traci Deshong, Harrisonville; Tracy Covalt, Warfordsburg, and Crystal Mitchell, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 10, 1983


The first snowfall of the winter season fell on Friday, covering the ground in some areas but not for long.

Tuesday’s election, with about a 60 percent turnout of voters, ended in a long night of waiting for even unofficial results. Results of the race for commissioner came as a surprise to both political parties, with Democrat Boyd Mellott, low vote-getter of any of the winning candidates at the primary, coming in top man at Tuesday’s election. The Republican Party won the majority seats on the county board, with Cecil Fraker garnering 1,705 and incumbent candidate Pete Culler 1,613.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft macaroni and cheese, 3 for $1; chicken noodle soup, 4 for $1; ground beef, 99 cents lb.; Bartlett pears, 49 cent lbs..

Shelly Gress of McConnellsburg, a member of Fulton County 4-H Horse Club, placed first with her entry in the stock horse class for 1983 colts, while Greg Strait of Harrisonville was second in a class for the 1983 fillies.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Starliper, Hancock, on October 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Price, Breezewood, October 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Smith, Great Cacapon, Va., on October 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernie McCusker on November 1.

On the afternoon of October 8, Susan Hollenshead and Keith Sipes were united in a candlelight ceremony at Sideling Hill Christian Church, Needmore. The bride is the daughter of Ray and Dorothy Hollenshead, Needmore. The groom is the son of Graffious Sipes, Chambersburg, and Pat Sipes, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Dr. Malcolm Mellott, Meadowbrook; Albert D. Price, Jeanette, Pa.; Geraldine Foor, Everett; Edythe N. Ferry, Mercersburg; Mary J. Holden, Newport; Warren E. Figard, Warfordsburg; Charles Souders, McConnellsburg; Eugene Strait, St. Thomas; Laure Peck, Chambersburg; Samuel Jones, Hummelstown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 8, 1973


Bob Snyder missed by only one-tenth of a second being the cross-country state champion in the Class B division by the judge’s decision at the state meet held on Saturday. In what was termed one of the most thrilling cross-country races ever seen, Snyder kept pace with Jim Morgan of Avalon after the first mile almost step for step until just a few feet from the finish line of the 2.5 mile course when he stumbled and finished one-tenth of a second behind Morgan. The old course record of 12:33 was broken by both runners, and the new record was clocked at 12:28.6. Snyder was awarded a silver medal and earned the admiration of his teammates, school and community, who all shared his disappointment at the hairsplitting decision that robbed him of the championship. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Snyder of McConnellsburg and since his sophomore year has been breaking records for the local school as a track and cross-country runner.

At the municipal election on Tuesday, a surprising 50 percent of the voter registration in the county turned out to cast their vote. In the borough, the contest was who would be serving as mayor, councilmen and school directors. Donald “Pete” Culler won the office of mayor over incumbent, longtime mayor Max Stenger, with a vote of 178 over 161 – in a close race.

Stanley J. Kerlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W. Kerlin of McConnellsburg, is participating as a member of the 83- member concert band this year at Elizabethtown College.

Miss Deborah Lynn Younker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Younker of Hancock, and Earl McKinlay Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin E. Edwards of Big Cove Tannery, were united in marriage on October 6 at Damascus Christian Church in Hancock.

Paula Jean Smith and William Reed Shives were united in marriage on Saturday, October 6, in the United Methodist Church of Warfordsburg. Parents of the couple are Mrs. Virginia Smith of Hancock, and Glen Smith of Warfordsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Reed Shives of Big Cove Tannery.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Foster were feted at a surprise party honoring their 25th wedding anniversary on October 6.

Varian Hoover of Hustontown recorded 30 inches of rainfall this summer, according to his rain gauge. Last year, 21 inches fell during the summer.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James F. Feremer of Breezewood on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Enos Beiler of Spring Run on October 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Emory Fleegle of Hancock on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas of St. Thomas on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Seville of Mercersburg on November 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Bookheimer of Hustontown on November 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Pine of Mercersburg on November 1.

Specials at the IGA: pancake mix, 39 cents, 2-lb. box; IGA peanut butter, 59 cents; Wheaties, 49 cents with coupon; Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pies, 59 cents; round steak, $1.29 lb.

Marriage licenses: Gary Bruce Mann of Hancock and Suzanne Kaye Wade of Cumberland, Md.; Leona Louise Lane of Hustontown and Dennis Lane Miller of Lancaster.

Deaths: John D. Fields, Hustontown; James L. Gatins, McConnellsburg; Calvin E. Long, Chambersburg; Mrs. Myrtle J. Seville, Chambersburg; Rufus Miller, Three Springs; Lloyd F. Unger, Shade Gap; Mrs. Erma V. Lynch, Chambersburg; Merrill C. Brant, Hustontown.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 14, 1963


Victor Fix, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Fix, McConnellsburg, is listed in serous condition at Chambersburg Hospital, where he was taken Monday afternoon after being hit by a car.

Ronald L. Howell, 20, son of Grace Howell of Harrisonville, is a patient in National Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington, Va., as a result of injuries he received when he fell eight stories from a partly constructed building on which he was doing carpentry work.

United Telephone Co. is greatly expanding its service and facilities throughout the county by establishing a new exchange at Knobsville and modernizing equipment in the original dial central office in McConnellsburg.

James Harold Eichelberger of Chambersburg and Nancy Arlene Peck of Big Cove Tannery and Lee Victor Johnson of Big Cove Tannery and Carol Jean Shank of Warfordsburg were issued marriage licenses from the local courthouse the past week.

The state Game Commission voted unanimously on Friday to extend the archery deer season and the small game hunting seasons that were interrupted by the recent drought-imposed ban on hunting.

The Greenhill Sewing Club has just ended another season of apple butter boiling at the club’s center at Salvuia. The club has been boiling apple butter as an annual event for the past 30 years, starting with one kettle of apple butter at the first boiling and increasing to 34 kettles over the years.

Edgar H. MacKinlay of McConnellsburg has been selected as one of the 23 Washington and Lee University seniors who will be listed in the 1963-64 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Miss Joy J. Schwartz and J. Calhoun Murdock were wed October 27.

Miss Kathryn Sigel of Warfordsburg and Merrill P. Gordon of Needmore were wed October 27.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Brown of Fort Littleton; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Starliper of Mercersburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sanbower of Mercersburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Glunt of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Smith Jr. of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a son on October 27 at Berkeley Springs Memorial Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sipes of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 20 when they were honored at a surprise party given by their children.

Deaths: Rev. Thomas Banbling of Hopewelll, pastor of the Nazarene churches in the area; Mrs Arthur Rich of Mercersburg; William B. McIntyre, Broad Top.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 12, 1953

’53 Harry Johnston and George Bard have been called for grand jury duty in Harrisburg.

Music for fun and square dancing at the local Legion home on Saturday night will be furnished by Shindledecker’s Band.

Horace Reed Feight and Leta Ferne Black were married on October 31.

McConnellsburg firemen are now making plans for their annual children’s Christmas party that will be held this year on Monday, December 21. The firemen are also planning to do more extensive decoration of the town streets than in former years, spending approximately $600 on the decorations.

George L. Reisner, advisor of vocational agriculture in Fulton, Bedford and Blair counties, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of McConnellsburg Woman’s Club on Friday evening. Dr. Reisner, who spent the past year in Ceylon, will give an illustrated talk on “Ceylon, The Pearl of the East.”

Ralph C. Witmiller and Mrs. Katherine Kirk Lodge were married on October 31.

George H. Reisner, a first-year student, has been named to the Freshmen Glee Club at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Dolores Bivens of McConnellsburg was one of our students who received recognition for outstanding ability in typing at a student assembly at Chambersburg School of Business last week.

Harry Winegardner of Clear Ridge, who suffered a paralytic stroke about 10 days ago, is recuperating satisfactorily.

Emery Wible of Clear Ridge was much surprised last Sunday when his brothers and sisters “dropped in” to partake of a delicious goose dinner and wish him a happy birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Yohn of Shade Gap are the proud parents of a baby girl born November 2.

Last week, large brown eggs were 51 cents a dozen and brown pullet eggs were 33 cents a dozen.

The first snowfall on November 6 was a real storm.

A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Strait is a polio patient in Harrisburg Hospital.

The Amaranth correspondent writes: “Mrs. Dr. Watson is critically ill in the Memorial Hospital.”

Quite a few Fulton County men were fighting fire last week on Sideling Hill Mountain.

Roy Deshong of Wells Tannery is a patient in Bedford Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery on Saturday.

Mrs. Harold Palmer of Warfordsburg is in Philadelphia, visiting her husband who is a patient in Penn Institute Hospital.

Pfc. Harry L. Bain, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bain of Cito, is now undergoing intensive post-truce training with the 114th Infantry Division in Korea.

Pvt. Paul T. Cromwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cromwell of Harrisonville, has arrived at the reception center at Fort Meade, Md., for his initial indoctrination into the Army.

Deaths: Jacob L. Keefer of Atlantic City, N.J.; Jacob Harvey Pittman of Conroe, Texas.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 11, 1943


Deaths: William Milton Kennedy of McConnellsburg; Mertie Vienna McKee of Marklesburg, Pa.;

Mrs. Maurice Shaw of Hancock; George E. Croft of Saltillo.

Wallace Fogal of Newbury was instantly killed on Friday night when the truck he was driving wrecked near the Fulton Huntingdon County line as it was rounding a left-hand turn. The truck hit the guardrails and overturned.

Harry Snyder underwent an operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday.

Tillie Sloan, freshman at Wilson College, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan.

Victor Gobin left on Friday for Parris Island, S.C., to begin boot training with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Major D.L. Hohman, who is stationed at Blytheville, Ark., is spending a two-week furlough here.

Death: Mrs. Kate Kerlin.

Chief Petty Officer John Henry is stationed at Norfolk, Va.

Pvt. Ronald Berkstresser is now at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Paul Alloway has moved from New Grenada to Shippensburg where he and his daughters have defense work.

Death: Mrs. Maggie Clark of Dudley.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sprowl of Wells Tannery have taken up residence in Chambersburg for the winter.

Mrs. Louella Mellott of McConnellsburg and Mrs. Blanche Reeder of McConnellsburg have been admitted to Everett Hospital for major abdominal operations.

Sgt. Thomas W. Truax has returned to Salt Lake City after a 16-day furlough spent here with his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Truax.

A-C Jennings M. Lynch Jr. is stationed at Winfield, Kan.

Non-leather shoes will soon be available, ration free.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of November 9, 1933


The annual Halloween party, sponsored by the civic club and held in the Harris Garage, was a howling success this year. One of the prize winners in the colorful parade was the high school band, under the direction of Clarence Shore.

Deaths: Jacob L. Moore of Everett; Mrs. Savannah Louisa Strait of Akersville.

The election on Tuesday was a quiet affair, but the results are not official of yet. The election board in McConnellsburg, by some means, counted more votes than were cast.

Miss Inez Fields arrived at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields, last week, after completing the training course for nurses at University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Charles Vores and his new bride, Verna Winer, were honored at a kitchen shower at the home of his parents last week.

Recent weddings: Lester Sipes and Dorothy Edwards on November 6; Fred Foster and Grace Gray on November 6; Leon Dawson McClain and Rusella Belle Mellott on November 4; Rolla Dais and Nellie M. Matlack on November 4; Brice Raymond Aller and Esther Rebecca Batdorff on October 18.

Dr. E.H. MacKinley received notice this week of his appointment as medical director of Fulton County.

Game must be scarce this year, at least near Jesse Gracey’s home, because hunters have killed two of his tame turkeys and injured a third.

Mrs. John Divens has returned to her home in Knobsville after being a patient for two weeks in Everett Hospital, suffering from blood poisoning.

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Mellott of Sipes Mill held a party on October 25 in honor of the fifth birthday of their daughter, Dorothua.

A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert King on October 25 in honor of Mrs. King’s 56th birthday, the 28th birthday of their son, Earle, and the 17th birthday of another son, Kenneth.

“Tug Boat Annie,” the year’s outstanding motion picture, starring Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler, will be shown at the Fulton Theatre this week.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 8, 1923


Deaths: Mrs.

Frances Keebaugh of near Hustontown; Mrs. Mary Catherine Miller of Center; Adam M. Grissinger of McConnellsburg; E.S. Heeter of Three Springs; George Dayhoff of Hagerstown; Miss Myrtle Charlotte Cunningham of Altoona.

Charles E. Rouzer and Velma Glunt were married November 6.

The story of the bear that went over the mountain is now out of date, for District Forester W.L. Byers tells a better one. This bear, a big one, climbed to the fifth platform of the Blue Knob tower last week, took a long look around the countryside, climbed back down and then went on about his business.

Hans Lamberson and Rachel Louise Wishart were married on November 3.

Walter Barnhart and Stella A. Hollenshead were married on August 8.

S. Blain Lehman of Franklin County has been named the state potato champion, having raised 520 bushels to a measured acre. Mr. Lehman is well known here, his wife being the former Miss Ruth Kendall, sister of James Kendall of the cove.

Guy Sharpe celebrated his 16th birthday on October 26.

Miss Rose Daniels, a recent graduate of Hood College, has been awarded the Mrs. Elsie Muir Loucks Prize for “exerting the most wholesome influence by word and act upon her fellow students during her four years of college.”

William Cline of Burnt Cabins is seriously ill again, having suffered another stroke last week.

Rev. Houck, whose automobile tire was stolen last week while he dined with friends, found the tire on his porch when he finally got home.

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