FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of January 13, 1994
County folks have had to endure the hardships of early winter storms which have dogged the county the last two weeks. Last week’s considerable snowstorm was followed by wind, sleet and freezing rain and layers of ice left in the aftermath. The frigid temperatures have insured a lengthy stay for the slippery sheets of ice which have resulted in fender benders, broken bones, treacherous streets in the borough and aching backs.
Responding to recent controversy surrounding the placement of names under the heading of Killed In Action on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Fulton County Courthouse, members of the Veterans Memorial Committee voted last week to change the wording on that portion for the memorial plaque. The members approved a motion that states, “The wording ‘killed in action’ be removed from all memorials and replaced with the wording ‘in memory of those who gave their lives in the war,’ until such time as all causes of war era deaths can be identified, documented and proved.”
Brian Strait was named Needmore Fire Co.’s Fireman of the Year at the company’s 24th annual banquet January 8.
McConnellsburg Borough Council members elected Ellis Yingling to serve as president of the town council during their reorganizational meeting held January 5.
She wasn’t born on New Year’s Day but little Jennifer Louise Shore was the first baby to greet the new year at Fulton County Medical Center. Jennifer was delivered by Dr. William Milroth Saturday, January 5. She is the daughter of Thomas Shore and Bonnie Harnish of Hustontown.
Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Anderson of Three Springs on January 8.
Denny and Joyce Mellott of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Sue, to Chad Barnhart, son of Bill and Norman Barnhart of Mercersburg.
Harry and Patricia McQuade of McConnellsburg and Ross Walters of Hustontown announce the engagement of their daughter, Melinda Kay, to Mark Peck, son of Sammie and Saundra Peck of McConnellsburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walters of Crystal Spring celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary October 30 at Breezewood Firehall.
Mark Seville, Warfordsburg, and Carlotta Divelbliss, Warfordsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.
Deaths: Dorothy Miller, McConnellsburg; Frances Wible, Three Springs; Robert McCarty Sr., Hancock; Glenda Carpenter, Everett; Vera Hollenshead, Mercersburg; James Hollenshead Jr., Chambersburg; John Parson Sr., St. Thomas; Gladys Mon, Fayetteville; Edith Jones, Annandale, Va.; Monty Sipes, York; Bertha Gabert, Belleville; Mildred Hann, Chambersburg; James Foreman, Chambersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Isban wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara, to Timothy McElhinny.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mellott of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their son, Lee Mellott II, to Michelle Martin of Sharpsburg, Md.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of January 26, 1984
Mail trucks were unable to make it to McConnellsburg on Tuesday morning due to the ice storm. Although the storm made driving hazardous, some folks enjoyed the weather. All county schools were forced to close, and children were able to enjoy the improved sledding.
Local bowling rivalries are heating up in the Tuscarora League, with Emmert Banzhoff’s Diggers taking on Steve Hoover’s Exxon Tigers here this Thursday night. Banzhoff is warning the Tigers that his Diggers have their shovels loaded and are promising full vengeance for an earlier defeat.
Retirement ceremonies were held on January 20 at Andrews Air Force Base for Col. Jerre K. Mellott. He is the son of Elena Mellott of McConnellsburg and the late Claude Mellott. He and his wife, Frances, reside in Hustontown.
Specials at the IGA: turkey drumsticks, 35 cents a pound; Pillsbury flour, $3.99, 25-lb. bag; salad dressing, 49 cents; pineapple, 99 cents each; celery, 89 cents a stalk; red grapefruit, 5 for $1.
Playing at Fulton Theatre: “Never Say Never Again.”
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Peachey of Mercersburg on January 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Neelyton on January 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles McFadden Jr., McConnellsburg, on January 19.
Needmore Bible Church was the setting of the marriage of Debra Ann Richards, Needmore, and Richard Lee Buterbaugh II, McConnellsburg, on September 24. The bride is the daughter of Ronald and Carol Richards of Needmore. The groom is the son of Richard and Lillian Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg.
Deaths: Louie Pittman Peck, Fort Littleton; Elizabeth Schetrompf, Warfordsburg; Mary Hixson, Crystal Spring; Isaac Harris, Mount Union; Linda Carbaugh, Mercersburg.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of January 24, 1974
Wayne Carl Coleman, the third and final suspect to be tried for the mass murder of a prominent south Georgia farm family, smiled and thanked the judge Friday after being sentenced to death in the electric chair. Coleman, like the two men tried before him, Carl Isaacs and George Dungree, was sentenced to die February 15. Appeals are expected to delay the execution.
Five 4-H members were Farm Show winners last week. Out of 11 entries, nine received ribbons and premiums. Michelle Rasp of McConnellsburg received a white ribbon on her freelance outfit, second place in peanut butter cookies and third place in yeast breads. Tina Horton of Mc- Connellsburg received a fifth place in the butter cake category. Karen Hoch of Mercersburg received a second place on vanilla drop cookies and third in sweepstakes, third place on both peanut butter and oatmeal drop cookies, and fourth place on brownies. Rita Cook of Harrisonville received a fifth place in the sleeveless dress category, and Christine Berkstresser of Harrisonville received a sixth place in the same category.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 13.
Recent engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deshong of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey Lee, to Roy Allen Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allison Shaw of McConnellsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Mellott of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Mona Fern, to Robert Neil Kidwell of Great Cacapon, WVa., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leo Kidwell. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mellott of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Ellen, to Dennis Harold Ritchey, son of Mrs. Clair Ford of Orrtanna and the late Harold Ritchey. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mellott of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Shirley Ann, to Leslie N. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mellott of Big Cove Tannery. The engagement of Miss Shirley Marie Bar- ton to Nelson Francis Jewell, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jewell of Philadelphia, has been announced by her parents, Mrs. Esta Barton and the late George C. Barton of Warfordsburg. Mrs. Judy Kling of Burnt Cabins and John Kling of Harrisonburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Diane, to Fred A. House, son of Mrs. Ruth House of Orbisonia. Mr. and Mrs. Willard L. Mellott of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise Ruth, to Harry Grissinger III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grissinger Jr., McConnellsburg.
Three brothers and their cousin were charged last Wednesday in the murder of sad-faced country comedian David “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife, Estelle, at their farm home north of Nashville, Tenn., on November 11. Akeman, 58, famed for his sprightly banjo picking and baggy trousers, was killed when he apparently surprised burglars on returning home from a performance on the Saturday night Grand Ole Opry. Police speculated his wife was killed as she attempted to flee after parking the car. Akeman was shot once and found lying in the living room. His wife was shot three times and was found lying outside the house. Their bodies were discovered by a close family friend, Louis “Grandpa” Jones, another Grand Ole Opry star and regular on the “Hee Haw” series, who had dropped by the farmhouse to take Stringbean on a fishing trip. Akeman, known to carry large sums of money, left an estate estimated at more than $500,000.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Hoffman of Three Springs on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Mellott of Hancock on January 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Gordon of McConnellsburg on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William O’Donnell of Burnt Cabins on January 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Greg Shaffer of Breezewood on January 17.
Specials at the IGA: IGA cake mixes, 29 cents; Downy fabric softener, $1.19, half gallon; lettuce, 25 cents a head; IGA king-size bread, 19 cents; Cascade dishwashing liquid, 79 cents.
Deaths: Mrs. Mary H. Johnston, McConnellsburg; Benjamin O’Rourke, Cumberland, Md.; Mrs. Margaret Briggs, Guilford Convalesarium; Mrs. Mildred Kelso, Shippensburg; Earl Gracey, Lewistown; Wilbur R. Morris, Needmore.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of January 30, 1964
The Red Cross Blood Program in Fulton County was given a real “shot in the arm” on Friday when a record-breaking 160 pints of blood were donated at the regular visit of the bloodmobile.
All the merchandise that was in stock when the Hays Store in McConnellsburg changed ownership two weeks ago has been sold to R.M. Crawford of Everett, who gave a lump sum for the complete inventory.
Word was received here on Tuesday of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Judson Wink of Sycamore, Ohio, who were killed in an automobile accident on Sunday. Mr. Wink was formerly of Fulton County and was a brother of Mrs. Daisy Washabaugh of McConnellsburg.
As of Tuesday of this week, Patty Hunter, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunter of McConnellsburg, was listed as still in critical condition at Harrisburg General Hospital, suffering from a serious kidney ailment.
Emil Mellott and Hazel Akers, both of Needmore, were winners in the sheep division at the Pennsylvania Farm Show held two weeks ago. Mellott won first place and third place in the ram lamb class, second and third in yearling ewe, third and fourth with ewe lambs, fourth in yearling ram and second awards in breeding young flock, get of sire, pen of three ewe lambs and flock class. Mrs. Akers won second award in the yearling ram class, third awards in the group classes, fourth, fifth and two sixth awards in other classes.
A highway department cindering truck operated by Aulden “Bill” Cutchall of McConnellsburg skidded on a the icy road at Akersville last Monday and slid sideways into a tree at the edge of the road. Damage to the 1955 truck was set at $100.
Don Reeder of Lincoln Way East remains a patient in Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, after he was admitted for suffering a heart attack last week.
Mrs. Albert Foster was discharged Sunday from Chambersburg Hospital and is recuperating at her home from a painful back ailment.
Mrs. Anna Ramsey of Wells Tannery, who had been making her home with Mrs. Ida Lininger and family, was admitted to Fulton County Medical Center on Thursday suffering from a kidney ailment.
Gerald Wible, son of Mrs. Esta Wible of Knobsville, and Martin Sprenkle, son of Mrs. Martha Sprenkle of North First Street, left on Thursday for University of West Virginia, where they will study general business administration.
Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards and baby daughter left Saturday morning for Mantec, Calif., where Mr. Edwards hopes to secure employment.
Harvey Berkstresser is a pneumonia patient at Fulton County Medical Center.
S.H. Hershberger, proprietor of the Glen Nel Hotel, suffered a heart attack on Monday night and was admitted to Fulton County Medical Center on Tuesday, where he remains a patient.
One of Bedford County’s outstanding milking herds and one of its largest dairy barns was totally destroyed last Tuesday morning in a tragic and unstoppable fire on the Melvin Snyder farm near the Twin Churches. The loss in the fire was estimated at $65,000 to $75,000 by the Snyders, who reported it was covered by a minimum of insurance. A second major fire hit the borough of Saxton last Tuesday morning, destroying one building and damaging two others. The fire last week destroyed the Grove second-hand store, damaged the Harclerode 5 & 10, ruined the McCahan electric store and damaged the Stoler store. Early estimates put the loss at $75,000. The work of an arsonist is suspected.
Willard Shore of McConnellsburg has been appointed by the Board of Assistance of Clinton County to the office of resource examiner.
Eugene F. Earley, former cashier of Fulton County National Bank, has accepted a position as special agent with the Department of Justice, commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Decker entertained Sunday at Decker Nursing Home at a turkey dinner in honor of Miss Mary Trout’s 94th birthday.
Janis Rae Cline and Larry E. Poe were married December 28.
Pvt. Donald E. Melius, son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Melius of Hustontown, celebrated his 19th birthday on January 25.
Second Lt. William E. Shafer, who received his commission from ROTC in June 1963, recently completed an advanced course on tanks at Fort Knox, Ky.
Betty Anne Malot of Hustontown and Frederick D. Funk of McConnellsburg were wed January 25.
A surprise party was held in honor of the 74th birthday of Mrs. Mabel Mellott, wife of Thornton Mellott, at her home on Sunday, January 19.
A surprise birthday party was held on Sunday afternoon, January 19, at Potomac Fish and Game Club, Williamsport, for Mrs. John Robert Shimer of McConnellsburg.
Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Miller of Blairs Mills on January 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knable of Warfordsburg on January 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brown of Six Mile Run on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Needmore on January 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Huston Richards of Big Cove Tannery on January 22.
Miss Wanda Lee Souders, daughter of Mrs. Ruth Souders of McConnellsburg, has received her Bachelor of Science degree from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va., with a major in physical education and a minor in history. She has accepted a position in Woodbury, N.J.
Deaths: Rev. David Hollenshead; Charles J. Meyers of Chambersburg; Mrs. John DeBerry of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mary Ann Murphy of Shade Gap; Franklin B. Bernhard.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of January 28, 1954
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon for Mrs. Alice Carbaugh, who was killed in the death- dealing fury of a runaway truck in Mc- Connellsburg on Friday evening. Another victim remains critical in Chambersburg Hospital. Mrs. Carbaugh, the wife of Charles Carbaugh and the mother of a 5-year-old son, was killed when her automobile was struck by a runaway tractor trailer whose brakes failed on Tuscarora Mountain. Mrs. Jean Russell, wife of the truck driver, John Russell, of Chicago, is listed as critical in Chambersburg Hospital. Mrs. Russell, a passenger in her husband’s truck, had her leg torn off below her knee and suffered a fractured pelvis and shock. Her husband is suffering from severe pain and shock and is also a patient in the hospital. Immediate result of the tragedy was one dead, five injured and damage to homes and vehicles estimated at more than $50,000. Injured in the accident were Charles Carbaugh Jr., who was treated at the Medical Center and released; William Watkins of Mc- Connellsburg, the driver of a second vehicle struck by the rig, who suffered fractures of the ankle and ribs; and Melvin Reeder Sr., who was just leaving his parked car when it was hit, who suffered fracture of the rib and other chest injuries. Attendants at the Esso Station said the runaway truck roared past there at a terrific speed with its lights blinking. As it sped past that intersection, it came upon the slower moving Carbaugh and Watkins cars. Vehicles parked along the street that were damaged were owned by Dean Melvin Reeder Jr., Melvin Reeder Sr., and Wallace Shives. Homes damaged were occupied by Mrs. Ruth Cooper, Raymond Garland, Melvin Reeder Sr., Jack Miller, Wallace Shives, John Ray and Foster Cisney. Three large trees along the curb were uprooted, and traffic along Lincoln Way was detoured from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday evening while the wreckage was cleared away. Ray Hancock, local photographer, supplied The Fulton County News with a series of pictures that were printed in this issue.
Mr. and Mrs.Glenn Strait and family of Hustontown and Paul Jamison of Three Springs left Tuesday for Arizona and then will go to California to spend a month. The Straits’ son, Carl, is in school in Tuscon, Ariz., and will graduate in the spring.
Patrick J. Largent, infant son of Harold Largent of Berkeley Springs, was the first baby to receive one of the 60th anniversary saving accounts being presented by Hancock Bank to newborn babies in this area.
Fred Mellott of Brush Creek Township has been elected president of Southern Fulton County School Authority. Other officers are Ralph Ritz of Union Township, vice president; Ray Moore, Bethel Township, secretary; Albert Barnhart, Bethel Township, treasurer; and Thomas Gregory of Thompson Township, assistant secretary-treasurer.
A second story about the runaway truck tells how another truck driver revealed that the accident could have been avoided. Barry Shepherd had warned Russell, the driver of the wrecked truck, that it had a defective brake hose and advised him to wait at the top of the mountain until it was repaired. Shepherd repeated the warning he had given to Russell when he stopped at Fulton Motor Sales in McConnellsburg for oil. He had barely finished telling D.A. Washabaugh about the defective hose when the fire siren sounded – and he guessed at once that Russell had tried to make it down the mountain and wrecked.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Matthews of McConnellsburg received a presidential citation last week in honor of their son, Sgt. Richard L. Matthews, who died in Korea. The citation was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Walter R. Sloan of Mc- Connellsburg retired on January 1 after 30 years of service with Cumberland Valley Electric Co. or its predecessors. Mr. Sloan was one of the organizers of the Fulton Electric Light, Heat and Power Co. in the year 1923 and helped bring light and power to this community. The first directors of that infant company were Daniel L. Grissinger, Hon. Peter Horton, George W. Hays, Merrill Nace, Wilson Nace, M.W. Lodge, D.E. Little, William Hull and Walter R. Sloan. Those were the men who “lit up” Mc- Connellsburg.
Another story about the above wreck tells that Mrs. Ruth Cooper was working in the kitchen when she heard the crash in front of her home. Going to the door, she noticed the Carbaugh boy on the Garland porch, presumably thrown there when the vehicles collided. Mrs. Cooper took the lad into her home and cleaned the blood from him and was amazed that he was cut so little, especially when she found that all his pockets were filled with glass.
Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin A. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg on January 22.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of January 27, 1944
Deaths: James Mc-
Clellan Chesnut of near Hustontown; Mary Maude Miller of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Florence Seville of Cito; Miss Emma M. Vance of Fort Loudon.
In accordance with legislation enacted by the last session for the General Assembly, the 18th Congressional District now becomes the 17th Congressional District. Known as the Shoestring District, it embraces Bedford, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Fulton, Snyder and Union counties. Under the new law, there are now 33 districts instead of 32 and one at-large post. Practically all the districts in the state have been renumbered.
Word was received recently by Mr. and Mrs. George M. Fischer of Crystal Spring from the War Department that their son, Pfc. Robert L. Fischer, died December 25, 1943, as the result of wounds received in action in Italy on October 17. The 21-year-old soldier has been awarded the Purple Heart and the Bar of Honor in the Sicilian campaign.
Thirteen draftees from Fulton County passed their pre-induction physical at Altoona on January 14 and were inducted into the armed services. Accepted by the Navy were: Walter A. Lake of Laidig; Charles Raymond Horton of McConnellsburg; James Finis Lake of McConnellsburg; Gerald T. Mentzer of Needmore; Adrian Edwin Reeder of Fort Littleton; Fred Ashland Price of Hustontown; and George Leo Rouzer of Laidig. These men left for service on January 21. Accepted by the Army were: Mack H. Horton of Mc- Connellsburg; Preston Carbaugh of Cito; John Richard Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg; John A. Ramsey of Clear Ridge; Lester Charles Backman of Wells Tannery; and Sheridan Lloyd Garland of Hancock. The Army men will report for active duty on February 5.
Three boys from Fulton County were awarded the Keystone Farmer Degree at the annual meeting in Harrisburg last week. They were Edward Beatty of Warfordsburg chapter and Herbert Knepper and Paul Strait of Taylor Township chapter.
Cpl. Joseph Mellott is now stationed in Washington, D.C.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of January 25, 1934
Deaths: Homer L.
Sipes of near Harrisonville; James Carson of Amaranth; O. Rufus Henry of Dudley; Mrs. Mark S. Dickson of Buffalo, N.Y.
The committee in charge decided last week to accept Needmore’s invitation to hold the Fulton County Field Meet at that place this year. This annual school event will be held there on April 28. A deficit will have to be made up in last year’s account, so for this reason all teachers in the county are being asked to assess themselves $2 to help defray the expenses.
Roy Witter of Waterfall represented Fulton County in the horseshoe pitching contest at the Farm Show last week, remaining a contestant until the semifinals. He and Stewart Straw were the only contestants this year who had been in the first such contest, which was staged in 1931.
Gilbert W. Mellott, missing farmer of Amaranth, has been traced to Reno, Nev., where he proposed to avail himself of the opportunity for speedy divorce proceedings. Mellott disappeared several weeks ago after withdrawing $10,000 from the bank, supposedly to buy a farm in Lancaster County.
Russell Hann, 12, son of Jacob Hann of Sipes Mill, was the most seriously injured of 13 school children who were hurt when a school bus and a coal truck collided near Needmore late Monday afternoon. The Hann boy was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for an emergency operation for the removal of his spleen.
The Burnt Cabins ladies report that their sauerkraut supper on Saturday evening was a huge success. They realized a nice little sum of money even though the price was low – all-you-can-eat for 25 cents.
Mrs. Jennie Brant of Hiram, who is past 82 years of age, is badly crippled with rheumatism at this time.
90 Years Ago
From The Files Of January 24, 1924
Deaths: Mrs. Dawson Strait of Gracey;
Charles F. Nesbitt of Ayr Township; Mrs. Wilhelmina Hendershot of Buck Valley; Mrs. Mary Ellen Sipes Bender of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Margaret O’Rourke; Edward Batt of Willow Street; Johnston Forney of Knobsville.
Judge Donald McPherson has presented $50 to the local library to buy a series of books on American history.
On Monday, Guy E. Beatty of Hancock opened a jewelry and repair shop in the Bruce Stoner building here.
Frank Seville, who moved from Cito last spring to the George Garman farm in York County, lost all his household goods a few weeks ago when the tenant house in which he was living was destroyed by fire.
Yutaka Minauchi, noted Japanese orator, will speak here next week.
Charles Bishop and Preston Bishop were given a hearing on Tuesday before Squire Charles Lynch, charged with disturbing and interfering with a religious meeting. After hearing the testimony, the case was ordered to court.
Mrs. J. C. Peterson of Burnt Cabins is quite ill at this time with “congestion of the lung.”
Mrs. Fernando Decker of Saluvia has been quite poorly for several weeks, suffering from heart trouble.
The Big Cove Tannery correspondent says: “Last week we had good roads; this week we have none. The rain took them all away.”
A double surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Ritchey on January 17 in honor of Mr. Ritchey’s 26th birthday and Mrs. Ritchey’s 23rd birthday.
Mrs. Maurice Sipes marked her 20th birthday on January 13.