2014-02-27 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, comes from the “News” office files and pictures the Sagner Inc. sewing plant on Lincoln Way West. The plant was built in December 1963 at a cost of $700,000. Arnold Sagner, vice president of Sagner Inc., referred to the new plant in McConnellsburg as “a dream come true.” This week’s Memory Jogger, comes from the “News” office files and pictures the Sagner Inc. sewing plant on Lincoln Way West. The plant was built in December 1963 at a cost of $700,000. Arnold Sagner, vice president of Sagner Inc., referred to the new plant in McConnellsburg as “a dream come true.” 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 24, 1994


McDonald’s will open this Thursday at 5 a.m., according to franchise holder Steve Delamater. The fast-food restaurant will open its doors for Thursday morning breakfast. Workers have put the finishing touches on the building which has gone up amid snow, sleet, freezing rain and mud.

Dr. Brian Tray has announced the opening of his medical practice in McConnellsburg. He specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and his offices are located in the Specialty Clinics area of Fulton County Medical Center.

The warming trend, after a long, hard winter, has brought many reports of robin sightings and even crocuses blooming through the snow.

A building expansion project planned for a McConnellsburg area business has been awarded a low interest loan that could provide up to 50 percent of the total funding needed for the construction. Overly-Raker Inc. will receive a building construction loan to partially fund construction of a 9,700-square-foot addition to the company’s existing offices, factory and warehouse located just north of Mc- Connellsburg off Route 522.

Tom Peck finished 10th in the Goody’s 300, a NASCAR Busch Grand National event at Daytona, Fla., on Saturday after starting in the 32nd slot. A good beginning for the driver who has the biggest fan club on the NASCAR Busch Grand National circuit.

Goldie Gracey of Waterfall will celebrate her 90th birthday on March 7.

Alicia Stenger and Christopher Mellott were united in marriage December 18 in McConnellsburg United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stenger of McConnellsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Terri May and Ronald Morgan were united in marriage September 4 at Everett Church of the Brethren. Parents of the couple are Robert Morgan Sr. of McConnellsburg and Ann Morgan of Greencastle and Mr. and Mrs. Gary May of Clearville.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Keebaugh of Burnt Cabins on February 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Duffey of McConnellsburg on February 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Harrisonville on February 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Sweger of Waterfall on February 18.

Deaths: Barry Mellott, Harrisonville; Wayne Ritchey, Woodbury; Mary Bergstresser, Waterfall; Reba Unger, Cumberland, Md.; Clarence Stewart, Lancaster.

Mr. and Mrs. William Shilling, Waynesboro, announce the engagement of their daughter, Darlene, to Donnie Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gordon of Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Gregory Shafer, Waterfall, and Danielle Orem, Waterfall; Juan Riojas, Shirlesyburg, and Patricia Dean, Mount Union; David Strait III, McConnellsburg, and Gail Johnson, Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. William Miller of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine, to Nathaniel Avella, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Avella of Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Tucker of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Belinda, to Randy Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dubbs of Alexandria, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richards of McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 8, 1984


Clair Traxler was selected Fireman of the Year by

Hustontown Area Fire Co. at its 16th annual banquet on Friday night. Morris Crouse received the President’s Award and Roscoe Swope received the Chief’s Award.

Several area farmers were honored at the annual Tri-Ag banquet held last Thursday at Needmore Firehall. Richard and Robert Duvall of Crystal Spring were honored as conservation district cooperators of the year for 1983. The brothers were recognized for their outstanding job of practicing good conservation measures in their farming operation.

The dining room at Great Cove Golf Club is now open for luncheon service under the management of Robert Downes. The golf course, too, is now officially open for play, weather permitting.

Deaths: Lois Seiders, McConnellsburg; Floyd Graham, McConnellsburg; George Crouse, Fort Loudon; W. Floyd Smith, Everett; William L. Linn, Saxton; Russell Fischer, Sunbury.

Specials at the IGA: Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 2 for $1; bananas, 29 cents; ground beef, $1.29; Philadelphia cream cheese, 3 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Stotler, Hancock, on February 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wood, McConnellsburg, on February 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gress, McConnellsburg, on February 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Miller, Saint Thomas, on February 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Poper, McConnellsburg, on February 25.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Myrle Trail of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Diane, to Steven Phillip Blankley of Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 7, 1974


In last week’s issue of the “News” we incorrectly printed deaths instead of births. Following is the correct birth report:

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale O. Humbert of Mc- Connellsburg on February 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Swanger of Mercersburg on February 17.

McConnellsburg, Hustontown and Mercersburg fire companies were able to contain the fire which threatened to destroy the Lyle Mellott residence, McConnellsburg, early Monday morning, though thousands of dollars damage resulted from the blaze. The home is located on Narrows Road, northeast of Knobsville and is constructed of imitation logs.

Highway Department workers took advantage of the balmy weather on Monday to begin removing snow fences – a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.

At the annual meeting of the shareholders of First National Bank of McConnellsburg, the eight members of the board of directors were re-elected: H.J. Culler, Henry W. Daniels, H. Lyle Duffey, Orville W. Duvall, Albert Foster, George Grissinger, H.M. Johnston and Paul C. Mellott.

Wanda Buterbaugh and Ralph Shives were included on the dean’s list of Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C., having earned a better-than-B average during the first semester.

Althea Deshong of Harrisonville was recently named chairperson of Fulton County Join Us In ‘74 campaign, a massive statewide voter registration effort.

Specials at the IGA; ground beef, 79 cents lb.; Chiquita bananas, 10 cents lb.; haddock fillets, $1.09 lb.; Hills Bros. coffee, $1.99, 3-lb. can.

Central Fulton School District reports absenteeism is returning to normal levels after last week’s influenza flareup forced the district to close its schools on Friday. Southern Fulton and Forbes Road districts weathered the outbreak without a shutdown.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Deshong of Harrisonville will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on March 15.

Deaths: Howard Truax, McConnellsburg; Robert A. Barnhart, infant son of Robert and Barbara Barnhart, Warfordsburg; Marshall Garland, Needmore; Oscar Weller, Hancock; Bert Wagner, Orbisonia; Charles Shore, Orbisonia; James Deshong, Harrisonville.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 12, 1964


A Piper Cub plane, hemmed in by fog, landed about 4:30 p.m., on Sunday in a field adjacent to the Hon. H.L. Baumgardner residence at Wells Tannery. A number of people, hearing and seeing the plane circling, were aware that it was having trouble, and as soon as it landed, young and old were on hand for a first-hand look. The younger folks helped move it to a spot where it could be tied down.

Local firemen were called to the home of Paul Sipes on Lincoln Way East on Friday morning to extinguish a chimney fire caused by an overheated furnace.

Dr. Robert E. Riggs, dentist of McConnellsburg, was elected on Monday night to head a committee whose aim will be to make Fulton County more attractive to the travelling public by establishing recreation facilities here that will appeal to tourists.

Charles Walter of McConnellsburg; Edward Palmer of Warfordsburg; Joel Knepper of Hustontown; and G.A. Biggs of McConnellsburg attended Pennsylvania Farmers’ Association’s annual congressional tour in Washington, D.C.

A record 262 persons attended the fourth annual Fulton County ASCS banquet on Friday evening, March 6, at the firehall in McConnellsburg. Dorlin W. Hay, USDA farmerfieldman for the third district of Pennsylvania, was the toastmaster for the evening.

The elementary building and the new high school building of McConnellsburg Joint Schools were broken into over the weekend and petty cash and articles valued at approximately $170 were taken. Damage to doors and windows was estimated at $175. Entrance was gained to the buildings by breaking windows.

The John F. Kennedy half dollar will be distributed by banks starting March 24.

Marriage license: Ralph Andrew Campbell of Spring Run and Edna Roslie Kline of Fort Littleton.

Mr. and Mrs. George H. Breakall of Hancock have announced the engagement of their daughter, Judy, to Thomas Lloyd Swain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Swain of Needmore.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kerlin of McConnellsburg on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mellott, Baltimore, on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Melhorn, Willow Hill, on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kline, Harrisonville, on March 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown, Robertsdale, on March 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett Jr., Fairfield, on March 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer, McConnellsburg, on March 6.

Deaths: William Paul Foster Sr., Broad Top; Mrs. Hazel Mae Roher, Hustontown; Harold Edward Divel, Hancock; Mrs. Pierce Gordon, Warfordsburg; Chester Wellington Mann, Fairview; T .P. Garland, Needmore.

60 Years Ago

From the Files Of March 11, 1954


The Metronomes will play for dancing at the local American Legion on Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brantner of town left on Monday for a vacation in Florida.

Mrs. James Hockensmith has returned home from the Bedford Memorial Hospital where she underwent surgery.

Fulton County Methodist Youth sub-district meeting, held at Burnt Cabins on Monday night, was attended by 120 young Methodists. Twenty-five churches were represented at the meeting, the largest ever to attend such a meeting.

Pennsylvania Farmers’ Association last week moved into high gear with its policy execution program. Delegates from each of the 19 organized units were in Washington March 1-2 to meet with the 30 Congressmen from the Keystone State. Attending from Fulton County were G.A. Biggs, Robert Kendall, Ned Knepper, Glenn Mosebey, Alvey Gordon and Robert Cromer.

The average person in the United States last year ate 75 pounds of beef, the largest quantity in 54 years of recordkeeping.

The Hustontown juniors will present “That’s My Boy,” a three-act comedy, on March 19 and 20. Taking part in the play will be Richard Price, Glenda Truax, Mary Ellen Okeson, Bernice Cook, Patricia Edwards, Virginia Blaine, William Wright, Patricia Metzler, Gerald Gress, Larry Knepper, Galen Winegardner, Parker Knepper, Dolores Downes and Donna Deshong.

Future Farmers of the Bedford, Fulton and Blair area will have a cargo plane load of onion plants delivered to them at Martinsburg, around April 20. Of the sweet Spanish variety, this is the first time that a full plane load has been ordered for this area alone. The total order will be nearly 500 crates. Future Farmers of the area are now taking orders for the plants.

L.H. Wible of town showed the “News” a pocket-sized ballot that was filed many, many years ago and rediscovered last week among his papers. The ballot measures slightly less than 3x5 inches and was for an election in the borough. Neither the date or the party was listed, but Mr. Wible said it was the Republican ballot for 1892, 62 years ago, and everyone on it was elected. Listed on the ballot were R. Shimer, judge of election; Nicholas Trout, inspector of election; Lewis H. Wible, justice of the peace; Harvey O. Unger, constable; Samuel A. Nesbit, assessor; Daniel L. Grissinger and Sylvester B. Woollett, school directors; Jonathan Hess, poor director; Thomas Patterson, auditor; Michael Cromer, burgess; William Stoner and M. Shaffner, councilmen for two years; and Isaac Hull, councilman for one year. Mr. Wible is the only man on the ticket still living. The last to die was Harvey O. Unger, who passed away more than 22 years ago. This type of ballot was used until around 1912 when the present ballot was adopted

The marriage of Miss Jacqueline T. Develle, daughter of Mrs. Henriette Develle of Bordeaux, France, and Sgt. Lee M. Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ray of McConnellsburg, was solemnized on January 30 in the chapel at Merignac Air Force Base in France

McConnellsburg One Hour Cleaners now has on display a quilt with more than 1,700 names on it, over 1,500 of whom are Mellotts and their descendants. The names are headed by the three Frenchmen who settled in Licking Creek and who were the progenitors of the Mellott families in Fulton County. The quilt was made by the ladies aid of Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren and is owned by Mrs. George C. Mellott.

Death: Bert James Helman.

At a meeting here on February 24, bylaws were adopted for a Chamber of Commerce and another meeting was set for March 10, when all businessmen are invited to join the infant organization. The organization will be called Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Several wildcats, one of which is a wily old animal believed to be nearly 6 feet in length, have holed up in the rocks and caves on top of Tonoloway Mountain near Hancock and are preying on the wild game that abounds there. Foster Ambrose, local trapper, will be on the scene this week in an attempt to capture the animal.

Mrs. Clifford Foreman of Wells Tannery is a patient at Huntingdon Hospital.

Donald Divens has purchased the Mrs. Carrie Divens property at Knobsville and the property of the late John A. Foreman was sold at public sale on Saturday to Paul Henry for $4,000.

About 100 friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Golden of Warfordsburg on February 22 in honor of the 16th birthday of Opal and the 17th birthday of George.

Deaths: Elizabeth Ellen Keyser of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Levi P. Morton of McConnellsburg; John Calvin Maun of McConnellsburg; Bertha May Bookheimer of Clairton.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 9, 1944


These draftees left March 6 for Army service: Lorenzo P. Swope of Harrisonville; Samuel Lee Mellott of

Cito; Frank Mayer Skiles of Websters Mill; Ernest Clarence Harris of McConnellsburg; Ralph Eugene Berkstesser of Laidig; David Ellworth Mellott of Needmore; Merrill Webster Kline of Saluvia; Delbert Eugene Black of Three Springs; George Benjamin Truax of Dott; John Wilson Hess of Clear Ridge; and Porter Eugene Watters of Burnt Cabins.

Death: Mrs. George W. Gunnels.

These men will enter the Navy on March 10: Howard Carl Fix of McConnellsburg; Orlen Ross Kerlin of Knobsville; Robert Mark Spade of Crystal Spring; Samuel Joseph Burton of Clear Ridge and Ernest C. Fittery of Waterfall.

Word was received here this week that Sgt. Robert S. Hart, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Hart of Camden, N.J., formerly of Whips Cove, was killed on February 25, in an airplane crash in Texas where he was in training. Sgt. Hart was first radio operator and waist gunner aboard a Liberator B-24.

Sgt. Herman Mellott Jr. has arrived in the states from Italy. He spent Thursday at his home here, en route to Johnson Field, Goldsboro, N.C., where he will begin aviation cadet training.

J. Wilmer Sipes, undertaker of Harrisonville, has filed his petition for county chairman of the Democratic Party. He will seek the position now held by Marshall Lynch of Crystal Spring.

Two Union Township women were killed on Saturday when the car in which they were passengers skidded on the icy road and hit another car in the village of Warfordsburg. Mrs. Pleasant A. Decker, 53, died instantly and Bertha Clara Diehl, 63, died within two hours after the accident. They were passengers in a 1935 Plymouth, owned and operated by Riley B. Decker, 52, husband of one of the women. The Decker car skidded into a car operated by Lloyd Denton Walls, 22, of Hancock. Injured in the accident were Decker, Walls, Ernest H. Hill, 22, of Amaranth and Rose Marie Brewer of Hancock.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shotts on February 28 in honor of the 19th birthday of their son, Charles.

Jacob Kerlin Jr., who was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed, is spending a furlough with his father and other relatives here.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 8, 1934


Deaths: Jacob S. Eitemiller of Waterford, near

Ligonier; Richard G. Truax of Wells Valley; William

Henry Readle of San Bernadino, Calif.; Charles W. Grove of Bedford County. On February 24, Mrs. David Gregory was surprised at a party given by her children in honor her 66th birthday.

Ralph Bush and Edna M. Mellott were married on February 28.

According to the latest information from the Department of Pubic Instruction, Pennsylvania now has 12,319 school buildings in use, more than half of them being oneroom schools.

Archibald Rutledge, wellknown poet, author and teacher at Mercersburg Academy, has been named poet laureate of South Carolina.

Miss Jean Mentzer daughter of Attorney and Mrs. John W. Mentzer, entertained 16 guests at a party on Saturday in honor of her eighth birthday.

The school directors of McConnellsburg voted on Tuesday to add a course in home economics at the local high school, effective at the beginning of the next school term. At the same meeting, the directors accepted the resignation of Miss Ellen Smith, teacher of music and history.

William H. Leighty and Mabel Cook were married on January 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schwartz of near Hustontown, announce the birth of a daughter on Saturday, March 3.

Calvin Laidig of Fairview killed a 41-pound beaver last week.

Dixie, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Richards of Fairview, is recovering from severe burns she received some time ago.

Lloyd Culler was rushed to the hospital in Cumberland, Md., last week where he was operated on for appendicitis.

A surprise party was held on February 24 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry N. Deshong in honor of the 18th birthday of their daughter, Nellie.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 6, 1924


Deaths: Mrs. Matilda E. Clarke of

Huntingdon; Mrs. W.H. Grove of Williamsburg; Mrs. William L. Hendershot of Lashley.

A case of scarlet fever was reported in Wells Valley this week, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner.

Andrew Stevens and Luella Hoffman were wed February 27, 1924.

Wesley Elwood Arnold and Olive Johnson were married on February 2.

William James Harris and Emma Ziegler were wed March 3.

Harvey Yingling and Thelma Wible were married January 31.

Mrs. Martha Horton Cornelius of Burnt Cabins presented her husband with a 9-pound daughter on Tuesday, girl No. 3 in this home.

The people of Hustontown, 55 in all, celebrated Andrew M. Sipes’ birthday on February 29. They made it a joyous occasion since Mr. Sipes only has a birthday once every four years.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Smith of Hustontown on March 1.

Harvey Cooper is seriously ill at his home here with pneumonia.

Walter E. Jr. is the name of the little son, the first child, who came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Garman on February 28.

Mrs. George Mock was called to Pittsburgh on Friday because of the serious illness of her son, Orlando, who is suffering from blood poisoning.’

Mr. and Mrs. George Wink of Pleasant Ridge are all smiles over a new boy. His name is Billy.

The new Ford cars for 1924 were introduced this week, the most popular model, the Ford touring, sells for $1,295, FOB Detroit.

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