2013-11-28 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lowell Stephens of Crystal Spring, pictures Warfordsburg School in 1928, two years after it opened. The school’s first school bus was built by Ed McCray. The school is currently being torn down. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lowell Stephens of Crystal Spring, pictures Warfordsburg School in 1928, two years after it opened. The school’s first school bus was built by Ed McCray. The school is currently being torn down. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 25, 1993


The first day of bear season proved very lucky for two local hunters. Roy Knepper of Three Springs bagged his prize black bear on Jack’s Mountain, Huntingdon County, soon after sunrise November 22. Ralph Mellott of Hustontown got his black bear Monday morning at a favorite hunting spot at Miller’s Run, Lycoming County.

Southern Fulton School District Superintendent Mary Louise Coleman submitted her resignation effective January 7, 1994, to the school board at its meeting held November 16. She is resigning in order to fulfill the one-year residency requirement for her Ph.D. studies at Penn State.

Fulton County Library again faces a financial crisis, as anticipated funds are either cut or remain in limbo. Unfortunately it has become an annual event this time of year. The state informed the library that they would not be receiving a special grant which it had come to depend upon.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday approved the hiring of William C. Fink of Hopewell as the Chesapeake Bay technician working in the Fulton Conservation District office.

Leroy Knepper of Three Springs killed a 200-pound black bear on Jack’s Mountain, Huntingdon County, November 22.

Mary Chamberlain, formerly of Wells Tannery, and residing in Fulton County Medical Center Extended Care Unit, celebrated her 92nd birthday November 16.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Flood of Doylesburg, Pa., on November 17.

Deaths: Lem Kirk, Hancock; Mary Moats, Greencastle; Bessie Gray, Three Springs.

Christopher Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Alicia Stenger, McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 8, 1983


The town is taking on a festive air, starting with the Jayceettes’ lighted tree being erected outside the courthouse last week, and the Chamber of Commerce sponsored streetlights and decorations hung in place on Sunday. Firemen are to be congratulated on the decorating of the firehall. The outside lights and lighted tree make a fine display.

As just about every Christmas shopper knows by now, the country is in the midst of the biggest doll fad ever. The Cabbage Patchdoll has crowds of would-be purchasers risking riots and mayhem to get one before Christmas. Because the Cabbage Patch dolls are so popular and are also in short supply, frantic buyers are willing to do just about anything to get one. Helen Overly and Freda Raker, soft sculpture designers and manufacturers, have not let this phenomenon go unnoticed. The company, Overly- Raker Inc., is in exactly the same kind of business. They both design and make dolls, stuffed animals and other fabric and stuffing-type fancywork. Freda has designed a new doll to introduce in Atlantic City January 8. The new dolls, named Bobby and Bonnie, are a rag-type doll with lifelike hair and a face that only a “little mother” could love. Could Overly-Raker have the next fad doll to sweep the nation?

Last Tuesday, President Reagan signed a dairy bill that for the first time will pay dairy farmers not to produce milk. The bill is aimed at ending the huge surpluses of milk that are presently costing taxpayers $250,000 a day or $2.4 billion a year. Under the bill, farmers who reduce milk production between 5 and 30 percent will be paid $10 for each hundred pounds, approximately 12 1/2 gallons of milk, they cut.

The month-long Greyhound bus strike is expected to be over before Christmas, with a tentative contract agreement having been reached.

Game Protector Mark Crowder said this week that the wet weather on the first day of buck season cut into the usual first-day harvest of antlered deer and estimated that about 275 were taken.

Specials at the IGA: navel oranges, 8 for $1.39; bananas, 24 cents lb.; Green Giant vegetables, 2 for 89 cents; Star Kist tuna, 77 cents; Tide detergent, $1.99, 49-oz. pkg.; Chex cereals, $1.29.

Sherwin Hollinshead, McConnellsburg, bagged an eightpoint buck on the second day of the season. The rack had a 20-inch spread.

Elaine Spade of Crystal Spring took a series of top honors at the Pennsylvania Gymnastics Class IV meet held at Carlisle.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Houp of Dudley on November 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Fogal of McConnellsburg on November 29.

Motorists often stop at the Warfordsburg Tastee-Freez to ask directions, but on Monday morning it was a helicopter, piloted by R.E. Mayberry, that landed in the parking lot to ask the way to Fischer’s Garage at Crystal Spring. Just for a minute, the staff thought Santa Claus was paying them an early visit in his red and white whirlybird.

Deaths: Ryan M. McQuade, McConnellsburg; Sylvia D. Hollenshead, Chambersburg; Delilah Purnell, Chambersburg; Carl Donivan, Breezewood; Verna Lane, Hustontown; George W. Maconaughey, Hancock.

Marriage licenses: William Metz, McConnellsburg, and Sharon Seiders, McConnellsburg; Albert Melvin, Spring Run, and Anna Neil, Spring Run; Timothy Gordon, Mc- Connellsburg, and Lori Lake, Big Cove Tannery; Harold Kelly, Hustontown, and Ruby Rayne, Baltimore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 6,1 973


Game Warden Carl Jarrett reported the second accidental shooting of the week occurred on Friday afternoon when Ira Mellott, 74, of McConnellsburg, was shot in the leg while hunting in a wooded area west of what is know locally as the Turkey Farm, north of Breezy Point Road. The first accidental shooting of this year’s buck season was reported last Monday, and it occurred near Dublin Mills, near the Carl Hess property and not in Springfield Township, Huntingdon County, as was first reported. This accident involved an off-duty Ohio state highway patrolman, Frank W. Booker, who was shot in the hand by an unidentified hunter while hunting with his father and brother. Game Warden Jarrett reported that the deer kill in the county to date, in his opinion, is comparable to last year’s. He added that several good racks have been taken by local hunters.

Ellis Yingling, proprietor of the Exxon Service Station, said this week that if he can find the locks to the doors, his station will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday night until after midnight on Sunday in compliance with President Nixon’s request for voluntary Sunday closing of service stations during the fuel crisis. He went on to say that the station, as far as he knew, had never been closed for nearly 40 years, but would have been closed last Sunday following the president’s announcement except that he had taken off for hunting season. The Exxon is the only one in the immediate McConnellsburg vicinity that offers 24-hour service at all times. Yingling said that he had not rationed his gas supply as yet, but did not know how long it would be- fore it would be.

Gov. Milton J. Shapp has directed Transportation Secretary Jacob Kassab to exercise his statutory authority in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and uniformly reduce the speed limit on all state roads to 55 miles per hour unless they are already marked lower.

Five area five companies will receive rescue sleds as a result of the snowmobile drag race held Sunday at P&W field. Fire companies to receive sleds include McConnellsburg, Mercersburg, Hustontown, Needmore and Breezewood. The race was well represented with spectators and sled entries despite the freezing temperatures. Ninetythree sleds registered in the four classes.

The Loy Garber family moved over the weekend from the United Church of Christ manse on Walnut Street to their new home on the Peach Orchard Road.

Thurman Clark of Hustontown gives us a report of 85- degree weather in sunny Florida and it’s too warm.

Marriage licenses: Dennis March of Mount Holly Springs and Donna Johnston of McConnellsburg; James Lynn Babinsack of Tarentum, Pa., and Carl Ann Rapsinki of Mc- Connellsburg; Richard Duane McCoy and Winifred P. Humbert, both of Fort Littleton.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Glendenning of Hancock on November 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Robinson of Mercersburg on November 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Barron of Three Springs on November 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Everetts of Warfordsburg on November 28.

Kathy Snyder of McConnellsburg and Lois Barnhart of Needmore are enrolled for the fall semester at Shepherd College. Miss Snyder is a senior health and physical education major and is a member of the 1973-74 athletic committee. Miss Barnhart is also a senior health and physical education major and is a member of the 1973-74 athletic committee and has been on the dean’s list for maintaining a high grade-point average.

Linda L. McQuade and Jack Glessner were united in marriage on November 10 in the United Methodist Church of McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Donald McQuade of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Glessner of Shippensburg.

Miss Patti Jane Souders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Souders of McConnellsburg, became the bride of Richard Gerald Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bard of Harrisonville, on November 3 at Calvary Independent Church.

Specials at the IGA: Van Camp’s pork and beans, 6 cans for $1; Crisco oil, 38-oz. bottle, $1; Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, three 1-lb. pkgs., $1; IGA sugar, 59 cents, 5-lb. bag.

Deaths: Mrs. Florence Stotler Beard, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Watson Nelson, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Harriet Hepler Powell, Hancock; Flo E. Doyle, Orbisonia; John Scott Barber, Robertsdale.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 12, 1963


Even though the weather became inclement during the afternoon, 5,308 doses of Type III Sabin oral vaccine were administered via the “sugar lump” or by drops during the course of the six-hour operation held in McConnellsburg Elementary School.

Wilmer G. Hays of McConnellsburg was honored by his fellow volunteer firemen at the regular meeting last Tuesday evening for his 30 years of continuous service as treasurer for the company.

Arnold Sagner, vice president of Sagner Inc., twice referred to the new plant in McConnellsburg as “a dream come true” in his remarks to a record crowd of Sagner employees and their guests on Friday night at the annual Christmas banquet, and dance held at the American Legion home in McConnellsburg.

Police reported that the treasurer’s office in the local courthouse was broken into over the weekend, and the safe was damaged beyond repair in an attempt by the burglar or burglars to open it. The strength of the safe foiled the would-be robbers in their burglary attempt.

A Taylor Township couple, Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Shotts, will be guests of honor at a celebration in observance of their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, December 22. They were married December 23, 1913.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse during the past week to Clarence Barnett Jr. and Norma Jean McQuait, both of Hustontown.

Miss Patricia Jean Shatzer and James Frederick Shives were married on Sunday, December 1, 1963.

Petty Officer Paul R. Deshong of the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Great Sitkin, now cruising in the Ranean Sea, has visited the ports of Beirut, Lebanon; Salerno, Naples, Genoa and Livarno, Italy; Cartegena, Spain; and many other ports, as well as the islands of Corsida, Sardina and Sicily.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Bottenfield of Needmore on December 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Deshong of McConnellsburg on December 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Feagley of McConnellsburg on December 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Voss of St. Thomas on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Nunemaker of Greencastle on December 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Harper of Shade Gap on December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Newman of Hustontown on December 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Swope of Needmore on December 8.

Deaths: Flossie H. Laidig Diehl of Bedford, Ohio, formerly of Fulton County; Austin Siles of Chambersburg; Albert R. Hockensmith of Florida; Mrs. Bess Shoemaker of Huntingdon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 10, 1953


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

Boyd Fore Jr. of New Brunswick, N.J.; Robert J. Fore of St. Loues, Mo.; Fred Fore of Fostoria, Ohio,and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fore of Prairie du Sac, Wis., spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Fore. Jack and his father were lucky deer hunters.

Arch Keyser of town is a patient in the Medical Center, suffering from a heart condition.

Pvt. Kenneth Ray has returned to Camp Chaffee, Ark.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ross (nee Wanda Bishop) announce the birth of a daughter, Consuella Denise, on November 15.

Merrill W. Nace of town, a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years, was presented with a 50-year pin by officers of the lodge on Sunday. The presentation was made at his home.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Ivan Hess of Hustontown December 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Alfred

Swope of McConnellsburg on December 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lyle Duffey of McConnellsburg on December 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey James Culler of McConnellsburg on December 5.

A drive is now being conducted in the Harrisonville- Needmore area to raise funds to buy an artificial limb for Clarence Deshong, 21, of Needmore, who had his arm torn off in a cornpicker two months ago. The artificial arm will cost in the neighborhood of $600 and will be the latest development, with movable elbow and wrist joints. The end of the arm will have movable hooks that, when a plastic hand is slipped on, will move like fingers. Due to the time required to heal the wound, it will be several weeks yet before he is equipped with the arm. To date, $421.10 has been raised for the fund.

Four Fulton County inductees will leave for Pittsburgh on December 14 for induction into the armed forces. They are William Burket and George A. Golden of Needmore; Denver E. Mellott of Big Cove Tannery and Carl Fletcher of Amaranth.

Clyde Ernes Moats, 28, of McConnellsburg, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident near McConnellsburg on October 31, died in Chambersburg Hospital on Monday night. Suffering from head and spinal injuries, he failed to respond to treatment.

Harold R. Richardson and Dorothy J.. Schultz were married November 29.

Foster Ambrose has added two African lionesses and a pea hen to his zoo near McConnellsburg. They were acquired at public auction at the S.R. Edwards private zoo at Appleton, Md. The lionesses weigh about 250 pounds each and are 11 months old.

Despite the lateness of the season, two more polio victims have been reported in the Needmore area. They are Walter Reed Mellott, 9, and his brother, Leroy Mellott, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Mellott.

Joel L. Knepper of Hustontown has been elected president of District 26, Interstate Milk Producers Coop.

Jack Fields and Ruby Ilean Hewett were wed November 26.

Leo Foreman, Richard Ulsh, Amos Shaw, Jimmy Chesnut, Gail Cook, Elwood Snyder and Leonard Keebaugh were among the lucky deer hunters in the Hustontown area.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Johnston of Amaranth.

George N. Mellott, 29, of Harrisonville, a construction worker, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital last week for treatment of a fractured right ankle and contusions, which he received when hit by a boulder that fell from a power shovel.

John T. VanHorn, 26, has been promoted to sergeant with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

Deaths: Thomas W. Greathead of Croydon; Irvin Detweiler Garlick; Mrs. Amy Ott of Silver Spring, Md.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 9, 1943


Beverly Harrison Ferrenberg of Three Springs was accidentally killed on December 1 at Camp Banning, Calif. No details of the accident are given.

Rationing of new automobiles hit its lowest point in two years in December when the quota for the entire nation was only 15,500.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Shoop of Burnt Cabins have announced the engagement of their daughter, Glorynne, to Robert Kauffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kauffman of Chambersburg.

Ott Brothers, local merchants, have purchased the old McClain Garage at the west end of town.

Charles Gobin Jr., a U.S. Marine, is spending six days with his parents here, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gobin. He has some “ wonderful experiences, having crossed the ocean six times to various countries.”

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hamil of Philadelphia announce the birth of a son, Fredrick Ross Jr., on December 1 at a Philadelphia hospital.

The accidental discharge of a shotgun, which he had just used in butchering on Friday morning, caused the death of Jacob Foster Bolinger of Robertsdale, vice president of the Three Springs Bank and a prominent citizen of Huntingdon County.

H. Scott Alexander has been named president of the local school board. Other members of the board are David Washabaugh, Thad Shimer, Wm. Lodge, Chas. B. Stevens and Ross Ott.

Thomas Cromwell of Clear Ridge died of a heart attack last Thursday morning. Mr. Cromwell was found dead on a tractor that he was operating while plowing.

Miss Matilda B. Sloan of McConnellsburg has been elected to the freshman cabinet of Wilson College YWCA.

William Weaver, 40, broth- er of Mrs. Raymond Deshong of McConnellsburg, was severely wounded last week when a .38 calibre bullet fired by a fellow hunter ricocheted from a stone and hit him in the abdomen. He is listed in critical condition in Phillipsburg Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth Shives marked her 81st birthday on Monday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 7, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Mary

Catherine Lamberson of Hustontown; Mrs. Amanda Covalt Humbert of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Amelia Gunnels Manning of Thompson Township.

Clark Catlett and Violet Pittman were wed November 27.

Philip T. Maske and Mary L. Middleton were married on November 26.

J.S. Jenkins and Myrtle S. Cooper were wed December 1.

John V. Stouteagle, who for many years conducted one of the leading grocery stores in McConnellsburg, died suddenly at his home here on Sunday afternoon.

Harry M. Elvey and Alma Kendall were married on Thanksgiving morning.

Last week, N.A. Mellott sold two tracts of timberland in Licking Creek Township to John W. McClain of Franklin County for $374.20.

Fulton County’s Civil Works administrator, Rev. William J. Lowe, has approved 14 projects covering civic improvements in every part of the county. Before the end of this week, several hundred men in the county are expected to be on the federal payroll. The work now being done includes grading schoolgrounds, painting and repairing school buildings, building streets and alleys, etc.

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Marcum were honored guests at a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. Lodge.

Hon. D.H. Patterson observed his 89th birthday last Friday.

W. Donald Martin, a second year student at Dickson Seminary, spent the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Mary B. Martin.

Roy Gordon and Miss Emma Lodge Clevenger attended the Epworth League Convention in York last Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Ray Weller of Thompson Township was operated on for appendicitis and gallbladder trouble last Tuesday in the hospital at Cumberland, Md.

Clair Shafer of New Grenada killed a 17-pound gobbler on Thanksgiving Day.

Slim Summerville and Zasu Pitts are the stars in the movie at the Fulton Theatre this week. The name: “Love, Honor and Oh Baby.”

90 Years Ago


Deaths: Mrs. John

Brown of near Burnt

Cabins; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Caldwell of near Franklin Mills; William Homer Covert of Three Springs; Mrs. Sara Robinson of near Burnt Cabins.

William B. Sukard Jr. and Nellie Ritchey were married November 28.

George R. Souders and Mabel E. Hardy were wed October 10.

A total of 1,732 deer licenses have been issued in Fulton County this year.

Bruce Souders and Rena Margaret Green were married on August 28.

Roland Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg suffered a broken right arm last week while cranking a Ford car.

Jay E. Gilpatrich and Anna Hughes were wed December 1.

Mrs. Laura Rider of Enid has been quite poorly due to having a small piece of rabbit lodged in her throat.

Mrs. V.D. Schenck of Altoona is in serious condition from the effects of a broken hip suffered in a fall.

The 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miller Donelson of Wells Tannery died last week after suffering for eight days from painful burns. The child was playing with a celluloid comb and stuck one end in the stove. The resulting fire quickly spread to her clothes, causing severe burns before the mother could get the burning garments off the child.

A little girl, Fleta Almeda, came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Amick of Wells Tannery on Thanksgiving Day and adopted them as mama and papa.

Leonard Schultz of Mays Chapel had the misfortune of breaking his arm while cranking his Ford.

A pleasant surprise party was held at the home of Melvin Fischer at Amaranth on Saturday in honor of son Paul’s sixth birthday.

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