2013-12-05 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reederof McConnellsburg pictures the Luther & Sophia Gordon family enjoying a get-together around 1939. Top row, left to right, Donald & Mary Richards, Luther & Sophia Gordon, Woodrow & Velma Lake, Roy & Emma Lodge Gordon, Lois & Ken Gordon, Gailey & Margaret Paylor; second row: Reed Richards, Earl, Glenn & JohnGordon, Don Lake, Ruth Gordon Reeder, baby James Gordon, Oneda Paylor Stahl. Lying down is Harold Paylor. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reederof McConnellsburg pictures the Luther & Sophia Gordon family enjoying a get-together around 1939. Top row, left to right, Donald & Mary Richards, Luther & Sophia Gordon, Woodrow & Velma Lake, Roy & Emma Lodge Gordon, Lois & Ken Gordon, Gailey & Margaret Paylor; second row: Reed Richards, Earl, Glenn & JohnGordon, Don Lake, Ruth Gordon Reeder, baby James Gordon, Oneda Paylor Stahl. Lying down is Harold Paylor. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 2, 1993


A Licking Creek Township man was shot to death in his home early November 27 and his longtime friend is lodged in the Franklin County Prison after being arrested by police Sunday morning at a farm about two miles from the shooting scene. According to police, Daniel Totten, McConnellsburg, was shot to death in the kitchen of his home following a dispute with James Leo Durbin, who lived in a small camper on Totten’s farm off Peach Orchard Road. Police revealed that Totten and Durbin had known each other since they met as children in Maryland. Totten family members said the two at one time had served several years in jail in the state of Indiana on an armed robbery charge.

The annual lighting of the tree at the courthouse, which is sponsored by the Women of Today and the Jaycees, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.

Stanley Strait of Harrisonville bagged an 8-point, 125- pound buck Monday morning not far from his home on Patterson Run Road.

Last weekend’s heavy rains did cause some minor problems along roads in Fulton County. The major problem was that the rains washed out a temporary bridge along SR 3008 in Belfast Township north of Needmore.

Seniors of McConnellsburg High School are putting the final touches on this year’s senior class play, “Get Witch Quick.”

Deaths: Ethel Berrier, East Waterford; Clair Wible, Dublin Township; Dennis Zeger, Mercersburg; Richard Hann, Chambersburg; Daniel Totten, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Roger Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, and Mitzi Large, McConnellsburg; Michael O’Neal, Saxton, and Amy Runk, Saxton.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 15, 1983


Rabies was diagnosed as the cause of death of a milk cow, owned by Kenneth L. Glazier, last week.

According to Glazier, the cow, which was valued at approximately $1,500, died after a four-day illness. Glazier said he noticed a decrease in the cow’s milk production and a reluctance to eat her food. A Franklin County veterinarian looked at the cow and diagnosed her as having a twisted stomach. She didn’t respond to the treatment and when she died, Glazier, who said he never had a cow act the way this one had, sent her head to the state laboratory in Harrisburg, where it was found rabies positive. The other 133 cows in the herd were given a rabies vaccination last week.

Two Rottweiler puppies died in a barn blaze at the Tony Raia residence in Hustontown on Monday evening. Hustontown firemen responded to the call with all their trucks and one ambulance. Heavy smoke was pouring from the structure when firemen arrived on the scene, however, since Raia’s daughter had held a water hose on the blaze from the time she found it, the fire was almost out.

Felipe “Toni” Celestino, owner of the Mexican Hideaway in town, has expanded as a restaurateur having recently become the owner of the Kustard Kitchen on Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eugene DeShong of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tina Louise, to David E. Welsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. David H. Welsh of McConnellsburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Houck of Robertsdale wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Ann, to Jeffrey Rupert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rupert of Three Springs.

Specials at the IGA: iceberg lettuce, 59 cents a head; turkeys, 63 cents lb.; Viva paper towels, 69 cents big roll; Crisco $1.99, 3-lb. can; Pepsi Cola, six 16-oz., $1.79; green peppers, 59 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter o Mr. and Mrs. Abert Doyle of McConnellsburg on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Truax of Hustontown on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy McGowan on December 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Waugh Jr., Berkeley Springs, on December 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lininger of McConnellsburg on December 8.

Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Saltillo was the setting for the wedding on October 22 of Michele Diane Houck of New Grenada and Jon Vincent Senft of Pogue. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Houck of New Grenada and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Senft of Pogue.

Deaths: Ethel B. Gilliland, Orbisonia; Zelma V. Baughman, Everett.

Marriage licenses: Thomas E. Cromwell Sr., Three Springs, and Unice K. Snyder, Three Springs; Gary Cordell, McConnellsburg, and Kimberly A. Souders, Hustontown; Lynn Bard, Warfordsburg, and Anne McKee, Warfordsburg; James Runk Jr., Big Cove Tannery, and Penny Wheeler, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 13, 1973


Another hunter was accidentally shot on Monday morning, the first day of doe season, making the third accidental shooting in Fulton County in the last two weeks. Game Warden Carl Jarrett reported that Eddie J. Amsley of Chambersburg was shot in the upper thigh by his sister-in-law. He was given emergency treatment at the Medical Center and transferred to Chambersburg Hospital. The accident occurred in the woods near Cove Creek in the Big Cove Tannery area.

The badly decomposed body of an unidentified male was found on Saturday near what is known as Foreman Road on the west side of Sideling Hill Mountain off Route 7. The remains were found by Richard Eiley of Everett while hunting on state gamelands. Investigating officers reported that the remains were those of a male between the age of 55 and 66 years. When death occurred has not yet been established, but no signs of foul play were found. Police removed the skeleton from the scene, plus an upper set of false teeth, a pair of glasses, a leather belt, assorted keys and coins molded together, a pair of leather shoes and a plastic wallet, the contents of which were stuck together and illegible. The wallet will be processed for possible identification of the dead man.

Don Hill of Needmore is pictured in this issue displaying two yellow jacket nests that were built in the attic of his home during the summer. One measured 6 feet around and 3 feet long and other was more perfectly formed, about 39 inches long.

After weeks of argument and debate, the administration now says gasoline rationing – if it ever is imposed – will not come before March.

TSgt. Harold E. Berkstresser of the U.S. Air Force stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, was recently promoted to the grade of master sergeant.

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Garland of Warfordsburg celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on November 18. Mr. Garland also celebrated his 85th birthday on December 2.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Harold P. Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Knepper of McConnellsburg, is a member of the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, which earned the Aerospace Defense Command’s “A” award.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis E. Hendershot of Warfordsburg on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Skvarka, McConnellsburg, on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Keefer of Little Orleans, Md., on December 4.

Mr. and Mrs. George Bard of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday with relatives, friends and neighbors visiting in their home.

Susan D. Ranck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. Black of Waterfall, earned her B.S. degree in health and physical education during the 1973 summer session at Slippery Rock State College.

Julie Beth Fraker and Robert Lynn Knepper were united in marriage on November 4 at Walnut Grove Church of God, Maddensville. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fraker of Fort Littleton and Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Knepper of Three Springs.

United in marriage on November 17 were Miss Leona Lane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane of Hustontown, and Dennis Lane Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Miller of Somerset.

Deaths: Mrs. Pearl F. Black, McConnellsburg; Lillian Bergstresser, Huntingdon; Maude A. Shuke, Six Mile Run; M. Jeanne Snyder, Shade Gap; Jessie C. Taylor, Hancock; Tracy Star Hendershot, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mabel Robinson, Mercersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 19, 1963


With nine traffic fatalities recorded in this area during November, the total for the first 11 months of this year far exceeds the total for the same period in 1962. According to the monthly report of Capt. Clarence F.T Temke, commanding officer of Troop C, District Two, Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg, the nine deaths in November brought the 1963 total of 94, compared with a 1962 fatality record of 50 for the same period.

A Christmas cantata, “Carol of the Bells,” by Lee Rogers, will be presented by the choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg, on Sunday, December 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the sanctuary of the church.

The U.S. Treasury Department has expressed its concern over the coin shortage that has become steadily worse during the Christmas shopping rush, but has tried not to call attention to the shortage, apparently on the theory that publicity would lead to hoarding.

Two tractor-trailer wrecks were reported the past week, the first on Thursday night at 11 p.m. when the driver discovered he had lost the brakes on the outfit as it descended Sideling Hill Mountain, causing $3,000 damage to the rig. The driver was uninjured. The second tractor-trailer accident occurred on Tuesday of this week on the east side of Tuscarora Moutain when the brakes failed and the driver ditched his rig. He was admitted to the Medical Center for observation.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse during the past week to George M. Shearer of McConnellsburg and Nancy Jane Fix of McConnellsburg.

The local IGA offers a half gallon of ice cream for 59 cents.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. DeShong of McConnellsburg on December 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bain of Needmore on December 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis of Hancock on December 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Devinney of Burnt Cabins on December 14.

The eternal flame on President Kennedy’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery flickered out for about one minute last Tuesday because of a freakish accident. A group of children was visiting the grave when the cap came off a bottle of holy water. “A stream of water hit the flame directly, extinguishing it,” John Mentzler, cemetery superintendent, said. “An attendant relighted the flame immediately. I estimate it was out for only one minute.” There were about 20 children from 8 to 11 years old in the group, Metzler said. They were taking turns sprinkling the grave with holy water.

Deaths: Mrs. Emory Diehl of Bedford, Ohio; Porter J. Waters of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Lester O. Gantt of Warfordsburg; John C. Crouse, Detroit, Mich., formerly of Fulton County; Mrs. Davis S. Good of Chambersburg, formerly of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Grover W. Keefer, formerly of Chambersburg, a native of Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 17, 1953


Mrs. Fred Martz of Hustontown is a patient in Fulton County Medical Center suffering from a stomach injury received when struck by a bale of hay that fell from a hay mow.

Mrs. George H. Thorstenson, the former Betty Smith, has moved from Hawthorne, N.J., to New Milford, N.J.

William Glunt of the U.S. Navy, now stationed at Boston, Mass., spent two days with his foster mother, Mrs. Paul Bradnick of Knobsville, and did some hunting.

Hustontown High School alumni banquet will be held at the American Legion in McConnellsburg on December 23.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Ray Regi of Fort Littleton on December 10.

An 88-year-old hunter, Peter B. Weyant of Needmore, received a suspended sentence in court on Monday on condition that he pay $500 to Clem Truax who was shot by Weyant in mistake for wild game. His hunting privileges were suspended for five years.

Employees of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. throughout the country will share more than $2,225,000 in pre-holiday compensation this year.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg were guests of honor at a dinner on December 9 at Francis Scott Key Hotel in Frederick, Md., hosted by Pioneer Corn Co.

Army Cpl. Donald R. Gracey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gracey of Waterfall, recently spent a seven-day rest and recuperation leave in Kokura, Japan. He is normally stationed with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

Ward Trucking Corp. of Altoona has announced the opening of a motor freight terminal in Chambersburg and regular routes will be operated in Fulton County.

Army Pvt. Omert B. Lake, son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Lake of Harrisonville, has arrived in Korea for duty as a rifleman with the 25th Infantry division.

Participating in the Navy’s winter training maneuvers, “Operation Springboard,” last month aboard the Destroyer USS Miller was Seaman Alfred W. Deneen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Deneen of Amaranth.

The annual meeting of Fulton County Dairy Herd Improvement Association was held at the American Legion Home in McConnellsburg last Thursday night. It was reported at the meeting that the 10 high herds in the count during the year were owned by Foster Swope, Needmore; Lemuel Hill, Knobsville; Joel Knepper, Hustontown; Willard Mellott, Needmore; Robert Knepper, Three Springs; Webster Fischer, Crystal Spring; Frank Palmer, Warfordsburg; Melvin Crist, Needmore; Blanche Swope, Harrisonville, and Charles Palmer, Warfordsburg. A grade Guernsey in the herd of Lemual Hill took high honors in butterfat production among the 608 cows in the 31 herds in the local association, according to Ray Robinson, supervisor. This cow produced 11,410 pounds of milk and 536.7 pounds of fat.

The annual meeting of Fulton County Medical Center will be held January 18, at which time seven members will be elected to the board of directors.

Death: Alfred Schetrompf.

Mrs. Blanche Shank has been spending some time at her home in Amaranth, but expects to return to Johnstown soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Stahle of Amaranth have installed a TV set.

Mrs. Goldie Layton of Amaranth broke her leg some time ago.

Several days ago, Fred Mellott, carrier of Buck Valley, reported seeing 58 deer, with one buck in the lot.

Pictured in this issue are five generations in the family of Mrs. Ella Golden, 91, a native of Bethel Township, but now one of the oldest residents of Hancock. Pictured are Mrs. Golden; her son, Charles Golden of Warfordsburg; her granddaughter, Mrs. George Hendershot of Royal Oak, Mich.; her great-grandson, Kenneth Hendershot of San Diego, Calif.; and her great-great-granddaughter, Julie Hendershot.

Last week, large brown eggs were 46 cents a dozen and medium brown eggs were 42 cents a dozen.

It is reported that all the polio victims at Needmore are improving. Tommy Strait has returned home, while his sisters, Joyce and Barbara, can now stand on both feet; Jean Mannetti is improving slowly; and Leroy and Walter Reed Mellott are improving, although the former still requires the use of an iron lung at times.

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

Cornelius Cash Grocery advertises fresh ground beef at 3 pounds for $1.

Ten-year-old Miriam Clingerman of Amaranth, a polio victim, is now at the Industrial Home for Crippled Children in Pittsburgh. She is improving and now uses a wheelchair.

A fire of undetermined origin caused destruction of a barn and chicken house, including 350 laying hens, last Sunday morning near Needmore at the Veryl Spade farm.

Death: Samuel Jacob Strait of Saluvia.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 16, 1943

’43 Of the 5,000-plus employees at Letterkenny, 159 are from Fulton County.

Death: Jacob Alexander Snyder of near Everett.

Kermit C. Heefner, 20, son of J.L. Heefner of Hustontown, has completed his training at the submarine base at New London, Conn.

Pfc. Robert R. Vores of McConnellsburg has graduated from the bomber mechanics school at Keesler Field, Miss.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stenger have received word that their son, Paratrooper George W. Stenger, was wounded in action in Italy on November 25. No details were given.

Death: Herschel Philips of Harrisburg.

Amanda and Nelson Beatty, aged couple of Union Township, both died at their home on December 12.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 14, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Mary

V. Reed of Webster

Mills; Mrs. Jemima Frances Hershey of Knobsville; Dr. Harry Lynn Beers of Youngstown, Ohio; Mrs. Rebecca Knotts of Altoona.

McConnellsburg High School will open its first basketball season on December 21 when the boys and girls teams meet the Fort Littleton teams on the court in the McDowell Hotel garage.

The Civil Works Administration is now in full blast in Fulton County with 21 projects being given approval. The two largest ones are in McConnellsburg. They are the high school auditorium, with $14,092 coming from the federal government and $5,697 pledged by the community and the tennis courts, with $4,400 coming from the government and $30 from the community. The 21 projects in the county will employ 373 men.

An “ Old Time Party,” sponsored by the local Civic Club, was held in the Mellott Hotel last Thursday night and proved to be a brilliant success. One of the highlights of the program was a solo, “The Second Minuet,” by Jeanne Greathead, while Mary Jane Martin, LaVerne Hamil, Daniel Grissinger and Wilson Elder “gracefully danced.”

The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Sprowl was celebrated last week at a dinner in their honor at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Wilt of Breezewood. Sixty-five persons were present for the bountiful dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. William Harris of McDowell House announce the birth of a daughter on December 11 at Sipes Hospital in Everett.

The new Ford V8 is now on display in the local showrooms. The prices remain low – $535 for the Tudor sedan, $515 for the coupe, $585 for the four-door sedan.

Alva Hershey of Hiram is pleased over the arrival last Thursday of a 10 1/2-pound boy at his home.

Mrs. Edward Wible of Three Springs, who has been an invalid for 12 years, is very much weaker at this time.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 13, 1923


Deaths: Mrs. Newton J. Knable of

Meadow Grounds; Mrs. Samuel Clevenger of Clear Ridge.

Miss Ada Rexroth was sworn in last Monday as the newly elected member of Mc- Connellsburg School Board.

George P. Bard and Cora Madaline Nesbitt were married on December 5.

The state Department of Agriculture reports that 3,000 more tractors are in use on Pennsylvania farms in 1923 than the previous year.

Walter Knable has bought the Thomas Johnston farm at Back Run and his son, Sylvester, who was recently married, will live and farm there.

Blair Strait and wife of Pleasant Ridge have moved to Central City.

The little daughter of Roy Truax of Pleasant Ridge, who was seriously ill with spinal meningitis, is now better.

John Hollenshead of Pleasant Ridge is seen going to Charles Mellott’s pretty often. What’s the attraction, Johnnie?

W.C. McKee and Mrs. J.W. Rice, both of Amaranth, are very ill at this time.

G.A. Fischer of Amaranth is nursing a broken collarbone that he received last Wednesday when the mule he was riding slipped and fell, throwing him over her head.

L.H. Carnell of Amaranth is suffering from a very bad cut on the head and a stiff neck, received when he fell from a load of corn fodder to the barn floors, striking his head on a bolt.

Melvin Fischer and Calvin Beatty of Amaranth went hunting last Friday night and came home with two large coons, one weighing 19 pounds and the other 22 pounds. Who can beat that?

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Barkman of Brush Creek are the proud parents of a baby boy, who came to their home on December 8.

B. J. Hixson of Brush Creek bought a new car last week, a Star.

Mrs. John Thomas of New Grenada, who has been sick for the past year, is no better at this time.

Mrs. Catherine Tice of New Grenada is moving to Coles Valley in the tenant house of her son-in-law, Scott Dunlap.

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