2014-03-27 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Helen DeShong of Harrisonville, pictures the 1934-35 Green Hill High School girls basketball team. The team played every school four times each seaon and in 1934-35 was undefeated. Pictured, front row, left, are Helen Hockensmith DeShong (L), Helen Fix Hutchinson, Blanche Strait Hamil, Bernadine DeShong Brant (L), Cleo Decker Fisher, Rosella Mellott Souders; back row, left, Janet Bartdorff Grove, Vera Decker Woodcock (L), Dorothy Hockensmith Mahon, Martha Cutshall Sipes, Madeline DeShong Mellott, Doris Mellott Mellott, and Claude Mellott, coach and principal. (L) denotes living. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Helen DeShong of Harrisonville, pictures the 1934-35 Green Hill High School girls basketball team. The team played every school four times each seaon and in 1934-35 was undefeated. Pictured, front row, left, are Helen Hockensmith DeShong (L), Helen Fix Hutchinson, Blanche Strait Hamil, Bernadine DeShong Brant (L), Cleo Decker Fisher, Rosella Mellott Souders; back row, left, Janet Bartdorff Grove, Vera Decker Woodcock (L), Dorothy Hockensmith Mahon, Martha Cutshall Sipes, Madeline DeShong Mellott, Doris Mellott Mellott, and Claude Mellott, coach and principal. (L) denotes living. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 24, 1994


No one was injured when a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a pasture field on the Billy Ward farm along Pa. Route 484 in Buck Valley, last Tuesday, March 15. The Piper Arrow with four persons on board experienced engine trouble and was forced to land in the farm field around 5 p.m. March 15. The pilot said the plane had been flying from Butler, Pa., to Leesburg, Va., when the problems occurred.

Approximately $15,000 to $16,000 in cash was taken in a burglary at the McConnellsburg American Legion Post sometime early Monday morning, March 21. Unknown person( s) forcibly entered the post and removed the cash from a safe in the manager’s office.

McDonald’s Playland opened to throngs of children last Saturday. Although temperatures have moderated, Playland is now covered with an awning and is being heated for the comfort of the children.

D. Kenneth and Mary Ellen Morton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary February 26.

Bonnie Hann and Perry Hensley were united in marriage February 19 in Hagerstown.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Kirk of Warfordsburg on March 19.

Ott Brothers Furniture and Appliance and Sign Design hosted the second annual Fulton County Motorsports show last Saturday at Ott Brothers. On display were 17 cars including late models, sprints, micros, 4-cylinders and pure stocks. The show also included 20 go-carts and five quarter midgets.

Deaths: Audrey Peck, McConnellsburg; Neil Adelsberger, Hancock; John Hixon, Warfordsburg; Frank Swope, Hopewell; George Diffenderfer, Mercersburg; Harold Baker, Fort Littleton; Lettie Klippert, Huntingdon; Sherman Jenkins, Chambersburg.

Marriage licenses: Darrell DeShong, McConnellsburg, and Deborah Jackson, McConnellsburg; Edgar Keefer Sr., McConnellsburg, and Cleo Yonker, Needmore.

Estalene Crouse wishes to announce the engagement of her daughter, Donna, to Lester Dildy.

Brian and Gerri Strait of Needmore announce the birth of their daughter, Courtney Sierra, March 16, at Chambersburg Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 5, 1984


Robert G. Wright, 33, Hagerstown, one of the three suspects awaiting trial in the stabbing death of Jeffrey C. Beatty of Cove Gap, was killed in a motorcycle accident on U.S. 11, four miles north of Shippensburg on Monday. Wright was free on bail awaiting trial on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Beatty, who was found dead of stab wounds on February 7 in the living room of his trailer home at Cove Gap.

The big snow last Thursday was the heaviest of the winter season and was hopefully the last. All schools were closed and there were no mail or paper deliveries. Funeral services for retired state police Sgt. Lester Hoover had to be delayed until Saturday.

Specials at the IGA: Velveeta cheese, $3.19; chuck roast, $1.59 lb.; Ragu spaghetti sauce, $1.49; Gravy Train dog food, $8.49, 25-lb. bag; navel oranges, $1.29, 4-lb. bag; Star Kist tuna, 69 cents.

Deaths: Wilma J. Griffith, McConnellsburg; Annie Weller, Mercersburg; Evelyn Dorrier, Hancock; Norman Seiders, McConnellsburg; J. Morrow Bollinger, Newport, Pa.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 4, 1974


The Fulton House Steering Committee has been authorized by Borough Council to accept bids for the tearing down of the stone barn located at the rear of the Fulton House to make way for a parking area.

Mayor Donald Culler announced at the Borough Council meeting on Monday that E. Roger Peck had resigned from the police department, two weeks after accepting employment as a full-time patrolman.

Congress approved legislation last week boosting the nation’s minimum wage in three steps to $2.30 per hour and extending it to about 10 million more workers.

March went out like a lion last weekend with high winds, hail and snow, icy rains and fog.

Marriage licenses: Robert C. Snyder and Arlene Wilson, both of McConnellsburg; Gary Lininger of McConnellsburg and Marcia Gingrich of McConnellsburg; Franklin James Dodson of Hopewell and Cathy Jean Truax of Harrisonville.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Leasure of Warfordsburg on March 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Higgins of Mercersburg on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin McKee of Hancock on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Smith Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, on March 29.

Airman Terry L. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis E. Smith of Needmore, has been assigned to Keesler AFB, Miss., after completing Air Force basic training.

Specials at the IGA: haddock fillets, $1.09; Peter Pan peanut butter, 1-lb., 12-oz. jar, $1; lettuce, 29 cents a head; peas, 5 cans for $1; smoked hams, 85 cents lb.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Inez Garland, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Elsie F. Blair, Greencastle; Mrs. Nancy Weikert, Blue Ridge Summit; Galen L. Funk, Hancock; Mrs. Mary R. Metz, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 16, 1964


The last of the Sabin oral polio vaccine clinics was conducted in McConnellsburg on Sunday, with

4,893 doses being administered. This was 300 fewer than given at the last clinic in December.

At a meeting of Group V of Pennsylvania Bankers Association, held in Harrisburg on April 12, H. Lyle Duffey, executive vice president of First National Bank of McConnellsburg, was elected vice chairman of the group. Mr. Duffey had previously served on the executive committee of the group.

Robert Knepper, dairyman in Taylor Township, was elected chairman of Fulton County Agricultural Development Committee at a meeting last Thursday evening. Elected vice president was Harold Deshong, Licking Creek dairyman. Retained as secretary from the past year was Paul Ott, McConnellsburg.

Three persons escaped serious injury Monday afternoon following the collision of two cars and a truck on Route 30 about six miles west of McConnellsburg. Floyd Jay of Breezewood, the operator of a tractor-trailer, was descending the west side of Scrub Ridge and applied the brakes on his vehicle when it skidded into the eastbound lane of traffic and struck a car operated by Mrs. Joan Gabrielson of Washington, D.C., and then struck a car operated by Charles Black of Waterfall.

Calls answered by local firemen during the past week were on Thursday morning for a chimney fire at the home of Mrs. Martha Stahle, Buck Valley, and two grass fires on Saturday, one at the Harold McQuade property south of town and the other at the Decker property at Harrisonville.

Leroy MacArthur, a pilot reported missing in this area Monday evening, was found dead in the wreckage of his single engine airplane on Tuesday afternoon near Altoona. MacArthur, 46, manager of the DuBois-Jefferson County Airport at DuBois, was en route between Clinton, Md., and DuBois when he was reported overdue at his home base early Monday evening.

Married on Saturday, April 4, in Asbury Methodist Church of Harrisonville, were Miss Darlene Jane DeShong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Deshong of Harrisonville, and Kenneth Mirz Branscome, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Branscome Sr., Dallas, Texas.

Engagement told: Mr. and Mrs. David Mellott of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon Hammond, to Daryl Hendershot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hendershot of Warfordsburg.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Fischer, Warfordsburg, on April 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Long, Fort Littleton, on April 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Seville, McConnellsburg, on April 11; twin boys to Mr. and Mrs. John Oakman, Warfordsburg, on April 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mellott, McConnellsburg, on April 13.

Specials at the IGA: Hi-C drinks, 3 cans for $1; potatoes, 5-lb. bag for 39 cents; rib roast, 65 cents a pound.

Army Spec. Five George E. Martz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Beulah Martz, Harrisonville, and other members of the 25th Infantry Division are participating in Exercise High Top IV, an Army Navy Air Force field training maneuver on the island of Hawaii.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “The Sword In The Stone” and “Yellowstone Cubs” and “Wall of Noise.”

Deaths: Mrs. Jessie Kendall Atchison, Albia, Iowa; Helen M. Sponsler, Harrisonville; Mrs. Linnie Clark, Everett; E. Ray Fields, Juniata; Scott Mock, Altoona, and George C. Barton, Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 15, 1954


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

Raymond S. Gracey of New Grenada and Foster Ambrose of McConnellsburg left on Wednesday for their camp in Potter County where they will enjoy trout fishing.

Any resident of McConnellsburg who is eligible for the surplus food to be distributed in Fulton County may register on Thursday, Friday or Saturday at the office of the justice of the peace, Ray Sprenkle.

Seaman Jim Martin, stationed at Newport, R.I., spent the weekend with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martin.

The body of a young Air Force member who was drowned in the Mississippi is scheduled to arrive in Johnstown today. The victim of the accident was A-3C James M. Laidig, a grandson of Mrs. Bess Laidig of McConnellsburg and the only grandson of Mrs. Laidig who carried the family name. The young airman, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Laidig of Johnstown, drowned in the sound at Biloxi, Miss., on April 10, while he was swimming with a group of companions. Crash boats from his base dragged the waters all day Saturday without any success and the search was resumed on Sunday, the body of the airmen being found at 6 a.m.

After a lapse of 124 years, McConnellsburg once again is listed as having a Masonic lodge. In December 1826, the first Masonic lodge was constituted here but was closed four years later due to nationwide feeling against the order. At the time, the lodge was called Mt. Zion No. 210 and today retains the same name, although the number has been advanced to 774. On Saturday, a meeting of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was held in McConnellsburg with 15 officers present. Due to the size of the lodge rooms, located over First National Bank, permission was granted by the grand master to hold the meeting in the local school auditorium, at which time Mr. Zion Lodge, No. 774, F&AM, was constituted with 27 warrant members. Officers of No. 774 installed at the meeting were David R. Hoover, master; John Greathead, senior warden; John Kelso, junior warden; Daniel M. Grissinger, treasurer; and Paul Ott, secretary. Following the grand lodge meeting on Saturday, a banquet was held at the Fulton House.

Over $3,000 in damage was estimated on Saturday in a four-car crash in McConnellsburg. Charles S. Wilson, 24, of Needmore, was travelling west on Lincoln Way East near the R&G Garage when he sideswiped the car of Mrs. Paul Mills of Mercersburg. Wilson’s car then swerved to the right and struck the parked car of Sherman Gordon. Continuing on about 500 feet, it then hit the parked car of Miss Grace Shimer. No injuries were reported, but damage was listed as $400 to the Mills car, $800 to the Wilson car, $650 to the Gordon car and $350 to the Shimer car.

Borough Council has voted to adopt daylight saving time again this year, going into effect the last Sunday in April and continuing until the last Sunday in September.

A check for $4,100 has been received from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to help provide care for polio patients in Fulton County, according to Paul T. Ott, local chairman.

To date, eight farm machinery companies have indicated that they will demonstrate forage harvesters at Fulton County Dairy Field Day on May 28.

Pfc. Clyde L. Barton and Donna Wallestad were wed March 5.

Kenneth Crabill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Crabill of Crystal Spring has enlisted in th U.S. Air Force.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Julian Shanholtz of Amaranth.

Death: Paul A. Comerer of New Oxford.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 13, 1944


Deaths: Mrs. Suan Truax of Sipes Mill; Linda Lou

Koontz; Mrs. Clara Adaline Fraker of Orbisonia;

Samuel Logue Bedford of Shippensburg.

Maj. Harry Carleton Henry, son of Lula and the late Calvin Henry, a fighter pilot of four campaigns, has been named the Man of the Year by Chamber of Commerce of Washington, Pa. A native of Fulton County, he completed 81 missions and 103 sorties.

Five members of McConnellsburg FFA will be guests of United Chain Store Council in Altoona on April 28. They are Rankin Mellott, Grover Mellott, Warren Kerlin, Alvin Swope and Walter Barmont, all elected because of the special projects they are carrying.

Hon. and Mrs. Wm. B. Stigers celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 9 at their home, “Maple Dale,” at Warfordsburg.

Madeline Alverda Mellott, seaman second class, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon K. Mellott, Needmore, has completed her basic training at Naval Training School in New York.

Miss Mary Pittman, who has been living with Mrs. Nellie McClain on North Second Street, died suddenly on Wednesday from injuries she received when she fell down the stairs leading to the basement of the McClain home. Dr. Edgar MacKinlay said she suffered a compound fracture of the skull, a broken neck and brush burns.

Staff Sgt. Robert Barkman is spending a furlough with his parents at Hustontown after participation in 50 missions in Europe.

Pfc. G.C. Fields Jr. is a patient in the station hospital at Camp Rucker, Ala., suffering from an injured hand.

Edwin R. Wright, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan M. Wright of Waterfall, is now enrolled as an aviation cadet at Maxwell Field, Ala.

Death: James Strait of Cambria County.

Leo Rouzer of Fairivew has enlisted in the Navy.

Death: Mrs. Susie Truax of Sideling Hill.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fraker of Fort Littleton.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 12, 1934


Deaths: Mrs. Peter Guillard of Wells Tannery;

Robert Vaughn Barnett of Hustontown; Mrs.

William Ranck of Hustontown; Mrs. Elmer Forry of Savanna, Ill.

A meeting of Fulton County farmers was held at the courthouse last Thursday to hear in detail the government’s new corn and hog reduction program. A temporary allotment committee was chosen, composed of Marshall Lynch, Erby Booth, Scott Deneen, John Smith and Horace Bivens.

William Mumma, native of Fulton County, died on Monday of injuries received on Saturday when he fell down a flight of stone steps at the shop of the Bennignton Electric Company in Curwensville.

Recent weddings: Frank S. Sulzer and Elizabeth Z. Metcalf on March 21; Lloyd C. Hamman and Mary Unger on March 30; Clarence Spence II and Stella Lurene Bohrer on April 4; Frank M. Peck and Maxine B. Hill on April 4.

B.C. Lamberson was re-elected by the school directors of Fulton County on Tuesday to succeed himself as county superintendent of schools. All 12 school districts of the county were represented at the meeting, with 59 directors in attendance. The annual salary for the job will be $2,700 a year for the next four years.

Trout fishermen are reminded that the daily take has been reduced by an act of the legislature from 25 to 20.

Merchant Peter Kirk of Big Cove Tannery fell over a pipe in his yard on Saturday and broke his arm. The aged man was taken to Chambersburg Hospital.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Mort of Clear Ridge.

The Green Hill baseball team played its first game on Friday with the Saluvia independent team. The score was 2-1 in favor of Green Hill.

The annual banquet of Green Hill basketball teams was held last Friday evening. The following players were honored: Woodrow Strait, George Hollinshead, Coy Swope, Harold Strait, Robert Mellott, Morsella Mellott, Helen Fix, Cleo Decker, Lydia Swope, Blanche Strait, Helen Hockensmith and Bernadine Deshong. Willis, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swope of Wells Tannery, is in Roaring Spring Hospital suffering from a broken leg received when he was struck by an automobile.

Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Palmer of Needmore are both seriously ill at this time.

James R. Hill of Needmore fired a three- eye limekiln on Monday.

The farmers are plowing; their wives are housecleaning.

90 Years Ago

FromThe Files of April 10, 1924


Elders J.H. Johnston and W.C. Patterson and Rev. Jas E. Springer left on Friday for York to attend the spring meeting of the Big Spring Presbytery, of which Rev. Springer is the moderator.

Death: Scott W. Brown of Orbisonia.

Fred Wilds and Donald Shimer graduated last Friday from the Stevens Trade School at Lancaster. Freddie took the electrical course and Don the mechanics course.

John F. Stenger has purchased the Abner McLucas property on East Lincoln Way and will engage in the building trade with his brother, Chas. F. Stenger.’

Wilber Mann, with his wife and small child, is moving this week to Tiffin, Ohio, where he expects to make his home.

Andrew P. Lyler, superintendent of highways, has moved his family from Newville to the John Sheets property here.

The Knobsille correspondent says: “Some of our young fellows gathered at the garage and rendered some fine music Wednesday night. Thanks, boys, but next time don’t tap the keg so hard.”

Clemma Truax of Needmore is singing. It’s a girl.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Shaw of New Grenada entertained at a party on Thursday in honor of daughter Della’s 10th birthday.

L. W. Seylar has been named a member of Pennsylvania Fish Commission.

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