2015-12-31 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Stella Pittman, McConnellsburg, is a group of local women on a trip to Niagara Falls in 1977. Pictured are Blanche Mellott, Betty Bivens, Dorothy McQuade, Mary Ellen Morton, Elva Keefer and lying down is Hazel Lynch. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Stella Pittman, McConnellsburg, is a group of local women on a trip to Niagara Falls in 1977. Pictured are Blanche Mellott, Betty Bivens, Dorothy McQuade, Mary Ellen Morton, Elva Keefer and lying down is Hazel Lynch. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 28, 1995


If all goes according to schedule, cable television viewers in McConnellsburg and surrounding areas will be doubling their channel surfing capacity within the next few weeks. According to GS Communications Vice President of Operations Bob Cole the rebuild of the local system is complete and the splicing-in and testing is now under way. Cole said that some McConnellsburg households have been switched over to the new system. Local residents may have noticed workmen in the area running the fiber optic cable and some interruptions in service have been experienced as testing has begun here.

Fulton County commissioners December 27 approved a $3,548,490 proposed 1996 county budget, which keeps the county millage rates at 18.5 mills. This marks the fifth consecutive year the commissioners have held the line on county taxes.

Forbes Road Cardinal field hockey players Gena Keebaugh, Tricia McQuait, Shelly Horne and Kara Downes have been honored in recent announcements. Gena has been selected to the Pennsylvania Field Hockey All Academic Squad. Tricia has been named to the All State second team. Shelly and Kara received honorable mention nods to the All State AA team. The three All State honorees join Cardinal alumni Cortney Cutchall (first team) and Mary Truax and Sunshine Rife (second team) in Pennsylvania All State recognition.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Wible of McConnellsburg December 23.

Steven and Betty Swadley of Big Cove Tannery announce the birth of their second child and son, Matthew Steven, on November 28.

Deaths: Cecil Williams, McConnellsburg; Claie Hollenshead, Needmore; Rev. Marion Walker, Three Springs; Merrill Snyder, Burnt Cabins; Irene Wagner, Orbisonia; Samuel Grissinger, Lewistown; Thurman Garland, Huntingdon; Evangeline Rasp, St. Thomas; Edward Brant, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 2, 1986


Prothonotary Ruth Bolinger and jury commissioners Mildred Fix and Doretta Mellott were sworn into office Monday by Judge John W. Keller, new president judge of the 39th Judicial District.

Keith Gangewere, D.O., McConnellsburg, has been charged with 26 counts of Medicaid fraud, according to a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s office. The counts stem from 13 alleged incidents, which occurred between June and November 1984, in which Gangewere’s office claimed to have seen patients on two occasions when, in fact, the patients had been seen only once each.

Stacey Reihart of Wood had the first child born at the Medical Center this year. Her new son, Derek John, weighed five pounds, four ounces and made his arrival January 1 at 8:35 a.m.

Former McConnellsburg High School track and basketball phenom Kim Spriggs received another accolade while home visiting over the holidays. She was awarded a plaque as an All-American by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for her performance last spring in the 300-meter hurdles. Spriggs had received honorable mention in the Coaches Association All-American awards the two previous years.

Roger Horton of McConnellsburg recently was elected president of the Fulton County Home Nursing Agency’s board of directors.

Airman First Class Patrick Doyle, son of Ralph Doyle of McConnellsburg, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force medical services specialist course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fox of Hancock on December 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max Miller of Harrisonville on December 31.

Deaths: Bascom Lucas, Waterfall; Dora Seville, Mc- Connellsburg; Elisha Thomas, McConnellsburg; Ruth Thumma, Philadelphia; Norman Helman, Union Bridge, Md.; Ira Black, Coalmont; Leroy Lytle, Saxton; Joyce Munch, Carmichael, Calif.; Carl Richardson, Hagerstown; Frank Lynch, McConnellsburg; Mary Everts, McConnellsburg; Loretta Umholtz.

Mr. and Mrs. John Rasp Jr. celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary January 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Coy Rohm, Warfordsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Sue, to Roger Black, son of Mrs. Susan Peck, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 8, 1976


President Judge George Eppinger administered the oath of office to nine newly elected or re-elected Fulton County officials last Monday in the courtroom of the county courthouse. Those participating in the brief ceremony were re-elected county commissioners Delmar Mellott and W. Edward Palmer, Commissioner-elect Donald Bard, Treasurer-elect David Wright, re-elected Sheriff Charles Waters, auditor-elect Gary Decker, re-elected auditor Wayne Decker and re-elected district justices Don Knepper and J. Pierce Gordon. It was the first time a group of county office holders were sworn in by a judge of the court. In the past, officers-elect merely affirmed their oath before the county prothonotary or another other officer of the court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals last week lifted a lower court injunction and allowed a postal rate increase, including a 3-cent hike to 13 cents for first-class mail.

The first baby born at the Medical Center in 1976 was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Holden of Orbisonia at 11:40 a.m. on January 1. Mrs. Holden is the former Donna Brown.

Before Fulton County’s own radio station WVFC went on the air on Monday, it had already been named the “Wild Voice of Fulton County” by local wags. The radio station is indeed an asset to the county and with community support should enjoy a successful operation.

Marriage licenses issued from the Fulton County Courthouse took a sharp drop in 1975 compared to 1974. In 1974 there were 105 issued, while last year there were only 87 recorded.

A barn fire at the Bedford Fairgrounds last Sunday killed 25 race horses and caused damage estimated at between $150,000 and $230,000.

Specials at the IGA: Tide, giant size, 99 cents; ground beef, 75 cents lb.; Robin Hood flour, 79 cents, 5-lb. bag.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peck of McConnellsburg on December 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max Hoffman of Three Springs on December 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wertman Jr., December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Holden of Orbisonia on January 1.

An open house was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Pittman of Big Cove Tannery to celebrate their 59th anniversary.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Blankley, Hancock, announce the engagement of their daughter, Iris, to Kevin Weller, son of Gladys Weller and the late James Weller of Hancock.

Deaths: Mrs. Ruth Layton, Needmore; Mrs. Martha Killian, Chambersburg; Herbert Hann, Mount Union; Clair L. Bussard, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 20, 1966


Joe Foor, 23, McConnellsburg, suffered a badly mangled and broken left arm last Thursday in an accident at the Richards coal breaker, along Route 522 north of McConnellsburg. Foor was attempting to clear coal from a large conveyor belt when his arm became entangled in the mechanism.

The 1996 PA Farm Show attracted a record 700,000 visitors for its five-day run.

Three Fulton County youths left on January 10 for induction into the armed forces. Daryl W. Mellott, son of Mrs. Olive Mellott, and Frederick J. Glee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Glee, were accepted in the U.S. Army, and James E. Fischer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Fischer, joined the U.S. Marines. Pfc. LeRoy Legeer of Hancock has received his discharge from the U.S. Army after serving two years.

Mrs. Mary Hammann of Buck Valley celebrated her 104th birthday on January 16, and was full of spirit all day, welcoming more than 125 people who came to her home to congratulate her and wish her well.

Fire Chief Max Stenger was honored last Wednesday night at the third annual banquet of McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. by being named Fireman of the Year.

Pamela Eileen DeShong, 2, daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. DeShong of McConnellsburg, was lost in the wooded area on Scrub Ridge Mountain near her home on Saturday afternoon. McConnellsburg firemen responded to a call for help in the search for the child. However, she was found by her grandmother, Mrs. George DeShong, and a neighbor, Mrs. Harry Ficks, before a search party could be organized. She had been missing from home two hours. Mrs. DeShong said her daughter was playing outside the house with her two brothers and two cousins when she wandered away. After being found, the child told her mother she had followed “the kitty,” which was with her when she was found, about a mile from her home, none the worse for her long hike in the cold.

The single-engine airplane that was forced down on the George Richards farm January 4 is still grounded there, but the engine has been taken away for repairs. The plane is owned by Jerry Peer, vice president of the Dublin Aviation Corp. of Columbus, Ohio. He and the pilot, Allen Shepard, also of Columbus, were returning to Ohio from Philadelphia where they had delivered a new plane. The plane forced down was the trade-in on the deal.

Betrothal: Mr. and Mrs. Chester Seiders of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Doris Louise, to George Black Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Black of Upper Strasburg.

The marriage of Miss Judith Ann Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Mellott of Needmore, and Sheldon Warren Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Mellott of Needmore, took place Sunday, December 19, at Sideling Hill Christian Church.

Men in service: Pfc. Earl Sipes returned to Toul, France, after spending 30 days at home.

Betrothal told: Mr. and Mrs. Norman Munson are announcing the engagements of their daughters, Gail and Barbara Jane. Miss Gail Munson is engaged to Warren Chester Golden, son of Mrs. Charles Golden of Warfordsburg and the late Mr. Golden. She is a senior at Hancock High School and will graduate with the class of 1966. Miss Barbara Jane Munson is engaged to Robert Golden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Golden of Warfordsburg.

A trucker suffered multiple injures on Saturday in an accident on Interstate 70, 2 1/2 miles west of Warfordsburg. Glenn Smith of Akron, Ohio, was pinned in the wreckage of his overturned rig for nearly two hours before he was freed by Breezewood and Hancock firemen.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wright of McConnellsburg; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sipes of McConnellsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Swindell of Robertsdale; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Hull of Hancock; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Reed Richards of McConnellsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harper Black of Three Springs; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Barnhart of Needmore.

Deaths: Mary Stapleton, Todd; John Jarrett, Chambersburg; William Heefner, Tyrone; Warren Jones Jr., Alexandria, Va.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 19, 1956


Mrs. Clarence Bender entered the Medical Center on Tuesday where she will undergo surgery.

Miss Harriet Sloan of this place and her sister, Mrs. Mary Reisner of Hagerstown, left on Wednesday to spend some time in Orlando, Fla.

Robin, 4, son of Mrs. Walter Kendall, is recovering from an attack of pneumonia.

T. Roy Morton, forester with the State Department of Forests and Waters, has retired after 50 years of service.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the Ellis Hess farm, located between the Dutch Corner and Breezy Point roads.

Pictured on the front page is Rachel Ann Crippen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Crippen of Wells Tannery. A senior at Robert P. Smith High School in Yellow Creek, she has been selected to represent her school in the District Band Festival at Blairsville in January. She plays the trombone.

Hopes for high employment in this area rose on Sunday when a Harrisburg paper published a story that the government was buying land for a second Pentagon to be built in Franklin County. Prompting the story is the fact that for some time attorney George Black of Chambersburg has been buying Franklin County land for an unidentified client at premium prices. On Monday, however, the Chambersburg paper quashed the Harrisburg rumor when it published a story that said the government had no record of buying land in Franklin County and revealed that several reliable sources in Washington denied the Harrisburg report. One of the points brought out was the fact that “the government doesn’t negotiate for three years when it wants to buy land.” The government offers the fair market value and then proceeds “to take the land by condemnation if agreement cannot be reached with the owners.” The government doesn’t pay local taxes, either. Mr. Black still holds title to all the land he has purchased for his unnamed client and annually pays taxes to local taxing agencies.

Plans have been completed for the annual March of Dimes in Fulton County with the Mothers’ March on Polio set for the latter part of the month. Last year, the mothers collected $1,811.27.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Frances M. Crawford to Richard E. Catterton.

An independent girls basketball team has been organized here. The Starettes, as the girls call their team, won their first game against Reedsville last week, 35-32.

A three-day search for two Bedford County boys, missing from their homes since January 7, ended last Wednesday night when they were found, unharmed, living in an unused cabin near Wells Tannery. The boys, aged 12 and 14, were turned over to their parents by state police.

Births at the Medical Center: a son, Donald Edwin, to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Cover of McConnellsburg on January 9; a daughter, Barbara Ellen, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Phenicle of McConnellsburg on January 14.

Birth correction from files of December 22: a son, Mark Elvis, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Harr, Big Cove Tannery.

Pfc. Glenn I. Knepper and Dorothy Ann McKendree were married December 30.

Deaths: Elmer C. Carbaugh of Rockford, Ill.; Milton A. Stinson of Chambersburg; Amos M. Keefer of Chambersburg; John B. Mish of Chambersburg; Carl A. Jackson of Crystal Spring.

70 Years ago

From The Files Of January 24, 1946


Deaths: Benjamin Woolet Fisher of Selinsgrove;

Andrew J. Schetrompf of Lashley; Anna Margaret

Mayne of Fort Littleton.

The local fairgrounds and buildings have been rented for five years to C.M. Austin of Chambersburg, who will use them for livestock auctions. The terms of the agreement provide that Austin shall vacate the premises for two weeks each year for the annual fair.

According to an announcement this week, George S. Grissinger Jr. and Roy Sheeder, both of McConnellsburg, have purchased a half interest in the R.G Motor Co. from Lloyd E. Ray. The new partners and A.W. Grissinger will continue under the same firm named as before.

Mrs. Amy Wolf of town underwent a major operation at Chambersburg Hospital last Friday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 23, 1936

’36 Deaths: Daniel W. Shaffer of Enid; Newton Stains of Three Springs; Mrs. John Bennett of Artemas.

Last Friday night, McConnellsburg trimmed Warfordsburg in a doubleheader basketball game. The girls’ score was 34-24; the boys, 47-24. The strong Green Hill teams play next Friday.

M.K. Burgner, Franklin County’s Republican political leader, died Sunday night at the age of 66.

King George V, ruler of England for 26 years, died just before midnight on Monday. A new king, Edward VIII, known as the Prince of Wales, assumed rule of the British empire of nearly 500,000,000 people on Tuesday.

Ellis Hann of Harrisonville and Mary Shaw of Hustontown secured a marriage license on January 3.

All traffic in Fulton County was paralyzed on Sunday when the worst blizzard in many years hit this section. About 14 inches of snow fell.

At a meeting of the Fulton County Historical Society last Thursday, it was unanimously agreed by all organizations present that the 150th anniversary of the founding of McConnellsburg should be fittingly observed this summer.

Following a basketball game in Greencastle on Tuesday evening, R.B. Regi’s bus, which regularly carries the local teams, was involved in an accident on the bridge that spans the Conococheague Creek. The bus collided with an empty trailer used for transporting automobiles. Fortunately, no injuries occurred to the 24 passengers, with the exception that Dorothy Kendall fainted.

Rudyard Kipling, 70, world-famous British poet and writer of tales of India, died in London on January 18.

Orlando Wible and Samuel Kerlin of Knobsville have enlisted in the U.S. Army and will be stationed in Brooklyn until their transferral to the Hawaiian Islands. The boys chose the field artillery as their branch of service.

Bruce and Frank, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schenck of Wells Tannery, played and sang “Lamplighting Time in the Valley” over station KDKA on Friday.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of
January 21, 1926


Deaths: Miss Agnes

Jeannett Stouteagle of McConnellsburg; Lloyd Knepper of Clear Ridge.

On Sunday morning, the Asbury Sunday School held a memorial service for one of its members, C.H. Mann.

Clemmie Truax of Need- more is cutting logs at Scott Mellott’s.

Denver Evans is teaching school at Sipes Mill.

Ross Kling and wife of Burnt Cabins are rejoicing over the arrival of boy number two at their home last Saturday.

Bonds of the following justices of the peace were approved this week: H. S. Daniels of McConnellsburg; P.C. Mellott of Todd Township; Sheridan Hann of Belfast Township and A.E. Deshong of Licking Creek Township.

A wagon shed, corn crib and hen house were completely destroyed by fire at the R.M. Cline farm at Fort Littleton on Thursday night. The loss was estimated at $2,000 to $2,500.

Raymond Wible has returned to the home of his father, D.H. Wible, in Todd Township, after undergoing an operation for appendicitis in Altoona.

Delphine Northcraft of Buck Valley has been called to the bedside of her sister, Miss William Fischer, who is seriously ill in Cumberland Hospital.

Mrs. Russell Steckman of Buck Valley gave a surprise party on Friday in honor of the 22nd birthday of her brother, Ernest Clingerman.

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