2014-01-09 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 6, 1994


As local residents woke up to a “blanket of white” on Tuesday morning, many commented that last year’s “Storm of the Decade” had barely faded from their minds as they hauled out shovels, salt and snowblowers to begin yet another cycle of “digging out.” Although the first storm of ‘94 seemed to lack the “punch” of last year’s March storm which dumped 24 inches on the county, at press time on Tuesday evening, 10 inches had fallen in McConnellsburg.

The First National Bank of McConnellsburg will open a First National Express Banking Center across from Penn’s Village Shopping Center on Route 16. When completed three of the five lanes will come from Route 16 and exit through to old Route 30 while the other two lanes will enter from old Route 30 and exit through to Route 16.

Student Council President Rebecca Horton and MHS class officers displayed a check for $1,286.09, which was presented to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society recently.

Clarence and Mary Sexton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 26.

Deaths: Betty Brown, Orbisonia; Clarence Carbaugh, Mifflintown; Mary Chamberlain, Wells Tannery; Norman Wible, Chambersburg; Cecil Fetters, Hustontown; John Pine Jr., Greencastle; Mrs. Annalee Daniels, Beech Creek, Pa.; Edna Divel, Berkeley Springs; Eliza Rotz, Harrisonville.

Dennis Palmer, McConnellsburg, and Gina Kreps, Mc- Connellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 19, 1984


Robert Vores, McConnellsburg, was named Fireman of the Year at the 20th annual banquet of Mc-

Connellsburg Fire Co. held last Wednesday at the firehall. Ray Miller of Needmore, a five-year member of the fire company, was named Fireman of the Year by Needmore Fire Co. at its 14th annual banquet held last Saturday evening in the firehall.

A Needmore woman, Ethel Everts, and her six children were left homeless in an early Monday morning fire on the Mountain Road. The 130-year-old, two-story wood frame structure was totally engulfed in flames when firemen arrived on the scene. The structure, which was owned by Albert Clark, Warfordsburg, was completely destroyed. Damage was conservatively estimated at $15,000.

Violent crime in Fulton County did not increase significantly in 1983 in contrast to trends in surrounding counties, according to the 1983 annual report of Fulton County Probation Department.

Sgt. Edwin Souders, son of Tom and Janet Souders of McConnellsburg, was promoted to staff sergeant in United States Marine Corps on December 1.

McConnellsburg Lutheran Church was the setting for the wedding of Tracy Yvonne Kerlin of McConnellsburg and Troy Humphrey Yaukey of McConnellsburg on December 10. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kerlin of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Yaukey of McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: lettuce, 2 heads for $1; Pepsi-Cola, $1.79, six 12-oz. cans; paper towels, 19 cents, big roll; large eggs, 49 cents a dozen.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hull of Hancock on January 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gelvin of McConnellsburg on January 12.

Deaths: Cora Hemminger, Hustontown; Murnie Raker, Waynesboro; Michael J. Bednar, Somerville, N.J.; Laura M. Watkins, Three Springs; Mary B. Hixson, Crystal Spring; Florence Hartman, Silver Spring, Md.; Nora Swartzwelder, Everett; Geraldine E. Humbert, Chambersburg; Dallas H. Edwards, Meadville.

Marriage licences: Stephen E. Lynch, Needmore, and Lucinda M. Keebaugh, Warfordsburg; Jeffery Breeden, Hancock, and Janet Truax, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of January 17, 1974


Morris Suders Jr., more familiary known as “Jute,”

McConnellsburg, was chosen by his fellow firemen as Fireman of the Year at the annual banquet of Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. held this week.

Clarence E. Dietz, well-known Bedford civic and business leader, sportsman and veteran, is the first Republican candidate to declare himself openly for the seat in the PA House of Representatives.

George L. Dungee, 35, received the same sentence as Carl Isaacs for his part in the mass murders of the Alday family, following his trial in Donalsonville, Ga., last week. He was sentenced to death in the electric chair.

Former resident Carl Paylor, representative for Har-Tru Tennis courts, and Richard Funkhouser Jr. of Hagerstown had the thrill of a lifetime last week. While lunching with Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla., and discussing the possibility of building additional tennis courts for him, the subject of how they were returning to Hagerstown came up. Mr. Palmer offered them a ride to Latrobe, Pa., in his private jet. They readily accepted and with Arnold at the controls, it was easy to relax and chat with Mrs. Palmer, who accompanied them.

An autocar tractor and semi-trailer slid across Route 75 north of Fort Loudon early last Thursday and crashed into the car occupied by a father and a son. Taken to Chambersburg Hospital in serious condition were Woodrow Keefer Sr., 42, and his son, Woodrow Jr., 19, both of Burnt Cabins.

Several Fulton County farmers won awards at the PA Farm Show last week. Emil Mellott and son of Needmore walked away with most of the awards in the Corriedale sheep show. They had the champion and reserve champion ewe and the reserve champion ram. They took first place in these classes: ram, 1 year old and under 2; ewe, 1 year old and under 2; ewes, under 1 year; 2 ram lambs owned by exhibitor class; 2 ewe lambs owned by exhibitor; breeders flock pen of lamb, and get of sire and flock class. In addition to the first awards, they won second awards in the ram, under-1-year-old class and the ewe, 1-year-and-under 2-year class. They also won a third award in ram, under 1-year-old class. Other farmers were among winners in the hay show. They were: Robert Knepper, Three Springs, first in the first cutting alfalfa-grass class and fourth in the late cutting grass class; Boyd Cromer, Fort Littleton, second in the clover-timothy class; Fredric Knepper, Hustontown, third in the clover-timothy class; Wilkie Mellott, Harrisonville, fourth in the same class, and Ellis Knepper, Waterfall, fourth in the later cutting alfalfa-grass class.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown Miller of Hustontown left last week to spend the winter months in Florida.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward of Harrisonville on January 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley of Mercersburg on January 9.

Marine Lance Cpl. James Exline, son of Mrs. Leotta Exline of Hancock, visted Genoa, Italy, while on a training deployment in the Mediterranean with the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit.

Specials at the IGA; Heinz ketchup, 15 cents, 14-oz. bottle; Tide detergent, 69 cents, 3-lb. box; chicken noodle soup, 15 cents a can; Nescafe instant coffee, 99 cents.

Deaths: Mrs. Martha Shaw, Three Springs; Mrs. Stella Blanche Steckman, Buck Valley; Cloyd Roy Plessinger, Warfordsburg; Gertrude M. Price, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 23, 1964


In listing financial gifts to the Medical Center from businesses and individuals, Woodrow Strait, administrator, included the estate of Anna May Snyder of Cumberland, Md., and a native of Thompson Township, which is expected to realize $27,500. The grandfather’s clock at the Medical Center was also given by Miss Snyder.

McConnellsburg firemen held their first annual meeting on January 14 that was nearly an hour late getting started due to a fire alarm from a farm in Harrisonville. Reed Lynch was selected as Fireman of the Year.

Larry J. Mellott of Everett, and grandson of former Fulton County Sheriff Minnick Mellott, was instantly killed on January 8 in an auto accident on Route 30.

The Hays Store in McConnellsburg was sold “lock, stock and barrel” on Friday, January 17, to First National Bank, and the doors closed on a business that, according to records, had been in existence since 1817.

An 18-inch snowstorm on Sunday and Monday ruined the first two days’ attendance at the Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Beginning February 1, the Post Office Department will eliminate stamping the time when cancelling letters and will use only a.m. or p.m.

There were five people killed in auto accidents in the county during 1963.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoffman, Harrisonville, on January 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Lininger, McConnellsburg, on January 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Booth, on January 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Waite, McConnellsburg, on January 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bookwalter, Mercersburg, on January 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heidler, Hancock, on January 18.

Mrs. Cassie Mellott of Needmore, who was 100 years old last May, remains a patient at the Medical Center after breaking her hip in a fall.

Eliza Cook, Fort Littleton, celebrated her 93rd birthday on January 16.

Patty Hunter, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunter, was transferred from the Medical Center to Harrisburg General Hospital on Monday for treatment of a chronic kidney ailment.

Carter Bard of Warfordsburg was awarded the Keystone Farmer Degree at the FFA convention in Harrisburg last Wednesday.

New of men in service: Airman Clarence W.R. Mellott of Needmore has been assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. John J. Peck of Needmore has been promoted to specialist five and is serving with the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The budget for the United States for 1964 is $97.9 billion, $500 million less than last year and a tax cut will be passed promptly, according to Congressman J. Irving Whalley.

Deaths: Mrs. Robert W. (Bechtel) Lohr, Mercersburg, born at Websters Mill; Lillian E. Booty, Bedford; Mrs. Norman L. (Tritle) P. Foutz, Mercersburg, born in McConnellsburg; Mrs. John W. Dorty, Mercersburg; William Bryan Newman, Waterfall; Mrs. Elizabeth Goes, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Lois H. Shaw, Hopewell, born in Wells Tannery; Mrs. Charles (Keefer) Jones, Chambersburg, born in Fulton County.

Glen Strait of Hustontown has a 1958 Edsel for sale.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of January 21, 1954


Miss Martha Lodge entered Jefferson Hospital in

Philadelphia on Sunday, where she underwent surgery this week.

Mr. and Mrs Thomas McDowell of Mercersburg celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Linn left on Sunday for Pottstown, where Mr. Linn will be employed on a construction job.

Dr. Leo S. Shives, well-known veterinarian of Hancock, has been elected a director of Hancock Bank.

W. John Stiteler of Somerset County has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for state Senate from the 36th Senatorial District, which includes Fulton, Bedford and Somerset counties.

Bonds of the following justices of the peace have been approved: Howard Culler of Brush Creek; Paul S. Shimer of Todd; David P. Knepper of Taylor; and Grant Chamberlain of Wells.

At a student assembly of Chambersburg School of Business last week, two county students won awards as a result of entrance in national competition last November. They were Guy M. Hess of Needmore, who qualified by typing at the rate of 61 words a minute, and Delores Bivens of Mc- Connellsburg, who attained a certificate in Gregg shorthand theory.

During the weekend cold wave, the lowest temperature reported in the county was at Dan Montague’s, north of Burnt Cabins, where the reading was 10 degrees below zero early Monday morning.

The public has been invited to attend the next meeting of the local fire company on February 2, where the discussion will center on the possibilities of erecting a building to house the company.

Fulton County is now one of the Pennsylvania counties listed for eradication of Bangs disease through a blood-testing program. To date, 91 percent of the livestock owners of the county have signed agreements for the testing program, which is already under way in Taylor, Dublin, Wells, Brush Creek, Union and Licking Creek townships. The remaining townships will be tested later.

The Covered Wagon Boys will again play for dancing at the local VFW home on Friday night.

Wishart Orth of Fort Littleton, who had been a patient at Fulton County Medical Center, returned home on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Verle Sheeders and six children moved on Friday from Clifford Miller’s house at Warfordsburg to the farm near Amaranth formerly owned by Albert Schetrompf.

John Van Horn was discharged at Camp Meade last week.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Helman of Knobsville on January 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fix of McConnellsburg on January 17.

Union Sunday School at Warfordsburg is currently sponsoring a clothing drive for Korea. Each one contributing clothing is also asked to donate 8 cents per pound, which will be used to cover the overseas handling charge.

Students and teachers at Warfordsburg feted Homer Powell at a going-away party following the Warfordsburg- Saltillo basketball game last Wednesday night. Mr. Powell, a teacher and girls basketball coach, will soon become a member of Uncle Sam’s Army.

Johnny and Tommy, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston of Needmore, are recuperating from chicken pox.

Death: Clarence Brewer.

Last week, large brown eggs were 43 cents a dozen and medium brown eggs were 40 cents a dozen.

Deaths: Leibert Earl Foreman of Chambersburg; Mrs. Cora Bella King; Mrs. George Schetrompf of Bedford.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 20, 1944

’44 Two persons lost their lives early Monday morning in McConnellsburg’s worst disaster when fire gutted the Fulton House, a historic landmark of Revolutionary War days. Miss Elsie Greathead, a retired school teacher of McConnellsburg, and Elmer R. Keim, a truck driver from Sacramento, Pa., were found in the ruins after firemen got the flames under control. The three-story, stone front and log structure was completely gutted. Also destroyed was Mrs. Vera James’ collection of valuable antiques, one of the largest in this part of the state. The fire, of undetermined origin, was discovered about 4:30 a.m.

Other deaths: Nancy Jane Berkstresser of Waterfall; Mrs. Oscar Barney; Carl Edmond Pittman.

S-Sgt. Ralph E. Strait, a flight engineer and assistant gunner in the Air Force, has been awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action over Norfolk, England, on November 13.

Pvt. William J.. Harris, writing from a hospital, “probably in Africa,” where he is hospitalized for injuries received in action, says he thought he recognized a nurse attending him. Further inquiry revealed that she was Miss Esther Mellott of Cito, a strange coincidence, a wounded soldier and a devoted nurse from little Fulton County meeting in far-off lands.

The Earl Swope home near Greenhill burned on Wednesday morning.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 18, 1934


Deaths: Mrs. Lydia Virginia Kendall of McConnellsburg; Mrs. William Brice Jr. of Bedford; Mrs. Violet

B. Breckbill of Breezewood; William Riley Myers of Thompson Township.

Several local high school students have signed up for jobs under the Civil Works Program, but they will not be hired because this program was designed only for the unemployed.

Weather conditions considered, work on the new auditorium in McConnellsburg is progressing rapidly. The excavation of the cellar is almost completed and three walls of the foundation have been put in.

Clyde Mellott, 23, a son of Richard Mellott of Needmore, was instantly killed in an automobile accident last Thursday.

Gilbert M. Mellott, 58, prominent farmer of near Amaranth, is being sought by police since his disappearance on December 22. Mellott left his home on that date, intending to buy a farm in Lancaster County for $10,000 cash. His wife received a letter several weeks ago, postmarked at West Chester, and since then no word has been received from him.

Mrs. Peter Kirk is seriously ill at her home in Big Cove Tannery.

Mrs. J.R. Guyer, daughter of county commissioner and Mrs. F.M. Taylor of this place, has been requisitioned to teach occupational therapy in Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon. Mrs. Guyer is the only woman teaching in this institution.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 17, 1924


Deaths: Mrs.

Martha J. Akers of

Huntingdon; Leo Blaine Hixson, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine J. Hixson, who drank a small quantity of oil of teaberry that resulted in his death; Mrs. Clarence Knable of Orbisonia; Margaret Deshong of Wilmington, Del.

Last Sunday, Rev. James E. Springer called on his congregation in United Presbyterian Church to volunteer to work for the enforcement of the laws of the land, especially the enforcement of the 18th amendment and the Wolstead Act.

After objection by the WCTU and other moral organizations, Huntingdon Borough Council has banned all street fairs and carnivals from exhibiting at that place.

A Warfordsburg father, son and grandson were given a hearing before Justice Charles A. Lynch on Tuesday and held under $500 bond to appear in court on a mali- cious mischief charge. On an assault and battery charge, the defendants were dismissed because they were charged with assaulting four persons and the commonwealth only produced one victim. Later, the son and grandson were re-arrested for disturbing and interfering with a religious meeting and were again placed under $500 bond for a hearing.

Invitations are out for the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Baltzer F. Cutchall of Ayr Township on January 26.

Mrs. Roy M. McGehee fell on the ice at her home at Burnt Cabins last Thursday and suffered a compound fracture of the leg.

Last Saturday night, Gilbert Bickel of Burnt Cabins was carrying a revolver and in some manner it went off, shooting Warren Mentzer in both legs.

Leroy Mellott of Amaranth has bought a new Ford roadster. Look out, girls!

Last week the stork visited the homes of Jerre Knepper and Daniel Wilson, leaving a boy at Knepper’s and a girl at Wilsons.’

J.A. Rummel of Gettysburg, an ex-sheriff of Fulton County, visited here a few days this week.

W.H. Greathead received a telegram Friday telling him his nomination as postmaster of McConnellsburg had been confirmed by the Senate.

Death: Mrs. Steve Wilson of Wells Tannery.

Mrs. Lib Barnett of Center fell last week and broke her arm.

Fort Littleton Post Office was moved last week from the Dr. Hill building to the home of the postmaster, ex- Judge S.L. Buckley, who has served as postmaster at Fort Littleton since 1865, assisted lately by his daughter, Miss Anna.

Margaret Sigel of Amaranth marked her 34th birthday on Sunday.

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