FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of November 18, 1993
The news was all good at this year’s Fulton County Medical Center Corporation dinner Monday,
November 15, as center officials announced profits for the 1992-93 fiscal year. The center recorded a profit of $137,000 during the past year. The profit represents a turnaround of more than a half million dollars from last year’s recorded loss of $418,000.
Called the school for the next century, the new $8 million Southern Fulton Elementary School building was dedicated November 14 before more than 600 students, parents, faculty, board members and guests. The keys to the new building were ceremonially accepted by student Paul Swope and by Principal Clyde O. Booth.
In spite of a recent setback in procuring a license to serve alcoholic beverages, the “show will go on” at the Starlight Dinner Theatre, according to the theater’s owner, Dr. Darrell Robinson. Robinson and his wife, Lynette, are set to open both the dinner theatre and the Paradise Cafe November 30 at a newly remodelled property at 119 Lincoln Way West in McConnellsburg. Application for a restaurant liquor license was made on October 1. However, the application has generated a firestorm of controversy locally and has resulted in letters of protest to the state’s Liquor Control Board.
Former First Lieutenant Kathryn Porter McBeath of McConnellsburg spoke during Veterans Day ceremonies Thursday, November 11, at Fulton County Courthouse. She is the first female veteran selected to be the featured speaker on Veterans Day.
Temperatures in the 70s for several days this week are a nice change from last week’s cold and snowy weather.
A graveyard dating from the early 1800s recently pinpointed on the Russell McLucas farm in the Narrows has yielded an ancestor of a local man who most probably fought in the Revolutionary War. Kenneth Keebaugh of Hustontown has identified a tombstone found in the quarter acre site as that of Peter Aller. The graveyard has long been known to exist in general area on the old Jacob Wagner farm which was recently sold by Calla Hill to the Russell McLucas family. It was not until recently that the exact location and size of the burial ground was identified. McLucas plans to restore the graveyard and try and identify as many of the other markers as possible. There is some evidence that Andrew Cowan for whom Cowans Gap State Park is named, may have been buried in the plot. Local folklore has long held that both Cowan, his wife, and his Indian mistress are all buried side by side somewhere in the Narrows.
Leslie Fischer and Gerald Williams were united in marriage October 2 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James Fischer of Crystal Spring and Mr. and Mrs. Allen Williams of Breezewood.
Lloyd and Vivian Covert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 6.
Jim and Betty Lou Fischer of Crystal Spring celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on October 10.
Deaths: Merna Detwiler, Hustontown; Charles Boden, Three Springs; Dale Black, Greencastle.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 1, 1983
Hunting season is upon us and though the population swells considerably with incoming hunters, the towns and villages seem to be deserted, as they all take to the woods. Frances Rhoades counted 415 cars coming into the county down Mercersburg mountain on Monday, the first day of hunting season, between the hours of 4:45 a.m. and 6:45 a.m.
Mrs. Sandy Kylor left last Monday evening to join her husband, Pfc. Robert Kylor Jr., in Friedberg, Germany, where he is stationed with the U.S. Army. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waid Smith Jr., Warfordsburg. Rob is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kylor Sr., Mc- Connellsburg.
Funeral services were held Monday in Fayetteville for actor-director William Putch, the husband of actress Jean Stapleton. Putch, 60, who died of a heart attack Wednesday, operated the Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville. Putch suffered chest pains while walking near the Syracuse Stage Theatre in Syracuse, N.Y., where Stapleton is appearing in a review of the play, “The Show Off.” Stapleton, known for her role as Edith Bunker in the “All In The Family” television series, performed as scheduled Wednesday night, hours after Putch died, officials said.
Christy Coltrin spent a week participating in the Pennsylvania Junior Miss contest at Reading, Pa., competing with 28 other outstanding high school seniors for the title. The McConnellsburg High School student scored well in each of the various categories as representative for Fulton County, but the contest was won by Shelley Bowser of Butler County.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Souders of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elaina, to Denny Swope, son of Mrs. Joan Swope of Harrisonville.
Specials at the IGA: tangelos, 10 for $1; turkey drumsticks, 29 cents lb.; Heinz ketchup, 59 cents; Crisco oil, $2.29, 48-oz. bottle.
Hunters killed at least 1,527 black bears during Pennsylvania’s two-day season, making the harvest the largest since the state started keeping records in 1915.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Pittman of Hancock on November 19.
Deaths: Homer Litton, Big Cove Tannery; Thomas Vantz, Hancock; Edna F. Miller, Williamsburg; Charles Wilson, Winter Haven, Fla.; Mildred V. Murphy, Burnt Cabins; Lola Zellers, McConnellsburg; Clarabelle Bair, Mount Union.
Marriage licenses: Troy Yaukey, McConnellsburg, and Tracy Kerlin, McConnellsburg; William Hine, Harrisonville and Louise McDaniel, McConnellsburg; Bryan Seeders, Shippensburg, and Sue Ann Marshall, McConnellsburg.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 29, 1973
Everyone knows when buck season is upon us – the town is deserted. Many businesses just close their doors and the men take to the woods. Twelve-year-old Toby McGarvey was hunting buck for the first time and got himself a nice 7-point on Monday morning. Other lucky deer hunters on Monday include Dwight Washabaugh, a 7-point; Greg Gordon, spike buck; Gerald Marshall, 5-point; and William Brumbaugh, 8-point.
Donna Taylor, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taylor of Hustontown, was hit by a car on Friday in McConnellsburg. She was taken to the Medical Center, where she was treated for bruises and abrasions and released.
A two-car accident that occurred on November 9 on Route 75, two miles south of Mercersburg, claimed its third fatality last Tuesday with the death of Timothy R. Clevenger, 10, of Mercersburg. Timothy had been in critical condition at Harrisburg General Hospital since the ac- cident occurred. His 3-year-old sister, Saundra, and Lee Roy Woodring, 22, of McConnellsburg, were the other victims of the accident.
Rodney Barton, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton, will leave from Dulles Airport on December 4 for Guinea, West Africa, where he has accepted a position teaching in a school provided by Halco Mining Co. for families of their employees.
First-degree murder indictments have been returned in Cumberland, Md., against four men in connection with the death of a Pennsylvania youth whose body was found near there last June. Authorities said last Monday that a county grand jury had returned the charges against George E. Dungee, Wayne C. Coleman, Carl J. Isaacs and his brother, William C. Isaacs, all from the Baltimore area. They were charged with the slaying of Richard Wayne Miller, whose body was found in a wooded area six miles southeast of Cumberland June 3.
Some of the men from Hustontown were lucky on Monday in their deer hunting: Chris Brant, George Hann, Sam Ranck II, Leonard Shaw, Lee Tice and Herbert Berkstresser.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Martz of Harrisonville on November 16; a daughter to Mrs. Sandra Woodring and the late Lee Roy Woodring on November 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Molosky of Wood on November 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith of Mapleton Depot on November 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Whitsel of Three Springs on November 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stuart E. Trueax of Crystal Spring on November 23.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Appleby of Waterfall wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy E., to Ronald E. Horne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Miles Horne of Hustontown.
Deaths: Mrs. Bessie L. Clevenger, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Cora Stains of Three Springs; George Anderson Gordon, Hancock; Pearl O. Peffer, McConnellsburg; Joseph V. Kunigonis, Chambersburg; Russell M. Gordon, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Cornelius P. Hendershot, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Clara Powell Riggin of San Diego, Calif.; Grover C. Houck, McConnellsburg
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 5, 1963
The second Sabin Oral Sunday, this weekend, will again provide the new Sabin vaccine, giving new and better protection against polio for all who attend the clinic. Type III vaccine will be administered on Sunday in the familiar “sugar lump” or in drop form for infants.
The first fatal hunting accident in 10 years in Fulton County was reported on Monday when William J. Mitchell, 40, of Watertown, N.Y., was killed at 12:30 p.m., in the Black Oak section of Bethel Township. Mitchell was one of a hunting party of 11 men and had taken a stand with five other members while the remaining five started driving a patch of woods.
Sagner Inc. went into full production on Tuesday of this week in its new $700,000 plant in McConnellsburg, just one day behind the proposed schedule.
A McConnellsburg man, Victor M. Glee, 25, escaped injury last Wednesday when his car was hit by a train at the Western Maryland Railroad Crossing Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Kerns of Black Oak recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
“Grandad Goes Wild,” a three-act comedy will be presented by the senior class of McConnellsburg High School on Thursday, December 5, at 8 p.m.
Men in service: Airman Second Class Nelson C. Caldwell of Berkeley Springs is being assigned to a unit of West Virginia Air National Guard at Martinsburg; Airman Third Class Carl Gordon of McConnellsburg, who entered the U.S. Air Force last February, is now stationed in in Japan.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Deshong of Harrisonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, October 20.
Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuade, Mc- Connellsburg, on November 25.
Deaths: Mrs. Maude Alice Mellott of Warfordsburg and Oscar Leroy Houck of Robertsdale.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 3, 1953
Mr. and Mrs. David Trott and children recently returned form their home in Mexico City. Mrs. Trott went immediately to a hospital in Cincinnati where she is undergoing tests for undulant fever. The Trott children, Steve, Alexander and Sarah, are staying with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Spangler.
The Mustiones will play for dancing at the local American
Legion home on Saturday night.
Harry B. Martin of Dunkirk, Ind., is spending the first week of hunting season with his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martin.
Ronald and Leland Cisney, freshmen at Penn State University, spent the weekend at their home here. Ronald has been elected as a member of the university Glee Club.
On November 7, 1953, the 2,000th patient was admitted to Fulton County Medical Center, just a little over three years since the institution opened its doors to the sick and injured on October 4, 1950. The 2,000th patient was Andy L. Matoszki of Gettysburg, who was discharged on November 22.
Alexander B. MacKinlay of Romersburg, brother of Dr. E.H. MacKinlay of McConnellsburg, died of a heart attack on Sunday at a hotel in Kaine, Pa., where he had gone for the hunting season.
On November 20, the employees of Mercersburg Tannery voted against representation for collective bargaining by the United Shoe Workers of America, TIO. The vote was 120-69 for representation by the union.
Local firemen will hold a Christmas party for children of the area on December 21, plus free movies for the children at Fulton Theatre on December 26.
W. Carl Snyder and Madeline Humphreys were married on November 18.
Donald W. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin J. Mellott of Cito, has been promoted to engineman second class aboard the submarine Grenadier, based at New London, Conn.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer of Mercersburg on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stevens of McConnellsburg on November 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Lundberg of Mansville, Ohio, on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mumma of Fort Littleton on November 29; twin boys to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fraker of Fort Littleton on November 27.
W.M. Hendershot of Amaranth had the misfortune to fall and fracture a rib one day last week.
Patricia Dianne is the name Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Stahle of Amaranth have chosen for their new baby girl.
Last week, large brown eggs were 57 cents a dozen and medium brown eggs were 45 cents a dozen.
A-1C Marvin Northcraft, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Northcraft of Buck Valley, is now at home after serving a year with the U.S. Air Force at a Canadian base. His brother, Master Sgt. Willard Northcraft, is now stationed in Japan.
Mrs. Stella Steckman has returned to her home in Buck Valley after spending the summer in North Rose, N.Y.
Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax of Warfordsburg, underwent surgery for appendicitis last Saturday at Hagerstown Hospital.
Deaths: Joseph E. Smith of Clearville; Mrs. Mary Ellen Ray of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Laura Funk of Three Springs.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of December 2, 1943
Deaths: Mary Frances Fields of Fort Littleton;
Mrs. George A. Winters; Mrs. Carrie (Bottenfield)
Palmer of Warfordsburg; Blair Kauffman of Ayr Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Swope of McConnellsburg have been notified that their son, Staff Sgt. Howard B. Swope Jr., 20, is missing in action somewhere in the Asiatic area.
Eddie Shaw marked his eighth birthday at a party Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hann of Laidig have been notified that their son, Pvt. Guy R. Hann, was killed in action in the Italian campaign.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Bittinger of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a son in Chambersburg Hospital on November 28.
Wilmer Mellott, 23, Hustontown, died of a heart attack last Friday afternoon while fighting a brush fire on Tuscarora Mountain.
Mrs. Russell Foreman of Knobsville bagged a five-point buck the first day of the season. Lawrence Paylor got a sixpointer.
Conrad Glazier, 74, was badly injured Monday when he fell from a wagon while hauling wood from Jugtown to Mc- Connellsburg
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 30, 1933
Friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Issac Baker gathered on November 24 to help them cut their winter wood. While the men labored on the wood pile, the women prepared a big chicken dinner.
On November 26, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Knepper of Three Springs gave a dinner in honor of their son, Norman, and his recent bride.
A highlight of the recent meeting of Franklin County Medical Center was a tribute in memory of the late Dr. J.W. Mosser, who was a member of that society since 1907. The concluding part of the tribute read: “He was a good physician. He was a good citizen. He was a good man.”
The ninth annual ladies’ night and banquet of Masonic Club of Fulton County was held at Mellott Hotel last Thursday evening, with 86 members and guests present.
A tribute was paid to the late Dr. John Wesley Mosser, “who lived and labored in our midst for 34 yeas.”
Lester Guillard of Wells Tannery celebrated his 14th birthday on Saturday.
Miss Lois Fields of Fort Littleton left last Thursday to seek employment in York. Her mother, Mrs. Margaret Fields, is staying with her brother and sister, Sue and Billy Orth.
Dr. and Mrs. Edgar S. Krug announce the birth of a son on November 25 in Chambersburg Hospital. He has been named Alan Sents Krug.
Rev. William J. Lowe, local Civil Works administrator, spent Tuesday in Harrisburg.
Mrs. Fannie Barnhart of Amaranth had the distinction of being a great-grandmother for the fifth time when a daughter, Alice Catharine, was born to Virgil and Madeline (Barnhart) Hendershot on November 11.
Mrs. Alice McClain of Mount Union is seriously ill.
90 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 29, 1923
A picture and twocolumn story are printed in this issue about Chambersburg Hospital. The Children’s Aid Society of Franklin County conceived the idea of a hospital in 1890 and a charter was secured. But it was not until 1895 that the hospital got underway in the Dr. Braillier building on South Main Street in Chambersburg. Since that time, it has cared for more than 25,000 patients.
Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Morgret of Hancock; George W. Mills of Long Beach,Calif.
George U. Bathalow and Flora Belle Hess were married on November 24.
Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Hann of this place have both been indisposed with the grippe for some time.
George Peterson spent the weekend at his home in Burnt Cabins. He is in the garage business in Youngstown, Pa.
Mrs. Lemual Cline of Burnt Cabins is very ill, her life having been dispaired of.
Clifford Miller of Buck Valley went hunting last week and brought home a turkey with a beard more than 5 inches long.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Schriever of Buck Valley are now in Cumberland where Mrs. Schriever is taking treatment for cancer.
Mrs. Fulton Gordon of Thompson Township is very poorly at this writing.
Rev. and Mrs. M.S. Miller announce the birth of a daughter on November 22. She has been named Alma Virginia.
Game Protector John Berrier informs us that over 20 persons have been caught in the county so far violating the game laws and that they have paid fines totalling more than $300.
John Nelson celebrated his 81st birthday last Saturday and to show how young he feels, helped his son-in-law, Philip Rotz, butcher four hogs.
Death: Mrs. Mary Caldwell of near Warfordsburg.
Thursday evening was a gala occasion in McConnellsburg when a celebration was held in the Fulton Theatre in honor of the advent of electricity here.