2016-02-18 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick and Joan Snyder Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., and formerly of McConnellsburg, pictures cousins Peggy Clevenger Headley, Catherine Jean Clevenger Bivens and Joan Snyder Mellott. The photo was taken in 1946. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick and Joan Snyder Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., and formerly of McConnellsburg, pictures cousins Peggy Clevenger Headley, Catherine Jean Clevenger Bivens and Joan Snyder Mellott. The photo was taken in 1946. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 15, 1996


The State Health Center in McConnellsburg is one of 60 centers in Pennsylvania that are targeted to be closed under Gov. Tom Ridge’s state budget proposal. And for those countians who depend on the center to meet many of their health needs, the news of the slated closings last week has left them shocked, saddened and worried.

Thanks to the efforts of several area residents, a disaster assistance center will be opened in McConnellsburg to help area residents affected by the recent blizzard and subsequent flooding. Several concerned citizens have organized the effort to set up a disaster center in the conference room of the county’s U.S. Department of Agriculture offices in the old IGA building. Area residents who have suffered losses from the recent weather disasters are eligible. The local disaster effort has been spearheaded by Phil and Shirley Prager, Joan Carlson, Jackie Cornelius, Ron Mitchell, Ben Heckman and Jana Malot and more volunteers are joining in on the effort.

Earning degrees at Shippensburg University at commencement ceremonies in December were Deborah King, McConnellsburg; Christine Umbrell of McConnellsburg; and Rebecca Nonemaker of Waterfall.

Doug and Diane Kerlin, McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a daughter, Nicole Olivia, February 9 at Phoenixville Hospital.

Paul and Laura Bowers, Warfordsburg, announce the birth of their second daughter, Mikayla Michelle, January 20 at Washington County Hospital.

Deaths: Leroy McMullen, McConnellsburg; Catharine Cutshall, Fayettevile; Leroy Doyle, St. Thomas; Esther Bates, State Line; Robert Black, Baltimore; George Dickinson, Gettysburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 27, 1986


Fulton County Medical Center last Friday furloughed three employees and announced cutbacks in hours for other staff members, prompting an outcry from staff members, particularly nurses. The cutbacks were made because patient days at the center were down 15 percent from figures from fiscal year 1984-85, which ended June 30, 1985.

A Warfordsburg man, David L. Woodal, 32, was killed last Friday afternoon in a traffic accident near Bethlehem, Pa. He was operating a pickup truck with caution lights behind a tractor-trailer, owned by H.B. Mellott Estate, which was hauling a wide-load portable stone crusher.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce honored George M. Shearer as Man of the Year and Mildred E. Bloom as Outstanding Citizen at its 17th annual awards banquet held Saturday night at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Fulton Motor Sales on the west end of McConnellsburg has opened a new Motorcraft Parts Store, which plans a grand opening for the middle of March. The business is owned and operated by D.A. “Andy” Washabaugh and his sons David, Dwight and Mark.

Raymond M. and Dorothy Henry were honored on their 39th wedding anniversary at a dinner party at Hoss’s at Chambersburg on February 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Faust, St. Thomas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Sue, to Anthony Mark Horton, son of Gary Horton of McConnellsburg and Lana Baer of Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schmidt of Saltillo on February 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Mellott of Hancock on February 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boor Jr., McConnellsburg, on February 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Clark of Warfordsburg on February 20.

Lisa Deneen and Edward Younker Jr. were married February 8 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren, Needmore. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James Deneen, Needmore, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Younker, Mercersburg.

Deaths: David L. Woodal, Warfordsburg; Erma Paine, Chambersburg; Bruce Weller, McConnellsburg; Herman Bishop, Berkeley Springs; Mary Garland, Warfordsburg; Beatrice Clevenger, Burnt Cabins; Earl Newman, Three Springs.

Specials at the IGA: grapes, 98 cents lb.; turkey drumsticks, 29 cents lb.; sugar, 99 cents, 5-lb. bag.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 26, 1976


Melvin “King” Rohm’s 26-year-old son, Darl, risked his own life Saturday to pull his father from under a burning car after the vehicle’s gas tank had exploded. King, aflame from the waist up, fell to the ground, and Darl and Larry Lane, a visitor at the home, beat out the flames. King’s wife, Mary, rushed him to the Medical Center in her own car. He was immediately transferred to Chambersburg Hospital where he was listed in fair condition in the intensive care unit. Rohm suffered first-, secondand third-degree burns of the face, both hands and right forearm. Firemen confined the structural damage to one bedroom of the house, but Stenger said there was considerable damage to the cinderblock garage.

Patrons of Johnnie’s Diner are enjoying the new look of the popular eating place since it reopened last week after extensive remodelling was completed.

Mrs. Pearl Ulrich of Chambersburg announces the marriage of her daughter, Bonnie Rae, to Ben Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Taylor of McConnellsburg on January 31 at the Open Door Church.

On Saturday evening, February 21, Rev. and Mrs. Leonard Wright were honored with a 50th wedding anniversary celebration given by their family at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Specials at the IGA: Scot towels, 2 jumbo rolls for 89 cents; whole fryers, 45 cents lb.; Lilt home permanents, 99 cents; Stove top stuffing, 55 cents.

The General Motors automobile franchise in Mercersburg is under new management. Robert Hoffman is the new owner of Clyde Fox Motors

Deaths: Mrs. Carrie Cline, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Anice Gordon, Mercersburg; Ernest J. Jones, Cherry Valley, Ark.; Bruce Johnson, Crystal Spring; Mrs. Mary Wible, Harrisonville; Mrs. Etta Mae Zimmerman, Hancock; William Price, Seattle, Wash.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 10, 1966


A special meeting of Borough Council was held last

Wednesday evening for the purpose of discussing the ordinance that will provide free garbage and refuse service to all homes in the borough. Places of business are not included in the ordinance. An ordinance adopted at the regular meeting on Monday provided for the service to begin April 1, 1966.

At the February meeting of McConnellsburg PTA, plans were made to hold a testimonial banquet in honor of Principal Owen C. Fries, who will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Seibert Dale Beatty of Buck Valley, Union Township, was brought into Fulton County Medical Center late Thursday at 6 p.m., with injuries of the face and eye resulting from an accident with a gun. Mr. Beatty, using ammunition he had reloaded himself, was testing a .306 government surplus Remington rifle when the base of the cartridge being fired blew off, particles of the shell and brass case hitting him in the face.

Office space in the courthouse and the courthouse annex will be re-allocated in the near future to make room for the new child welfare and aging agency soon to be established for the county by the commissioners.

A record hop will be held at Clear Ridge community building Saturday evening.

The following county youths left for induction into the armed forces at Pittsburgh: George E. Lynch, son of Mrs. Lena Lynch; Robert L. Lininger, on of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Lininger Sr.; Alva R. Brady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mayford Brady, and Herbert L.Truax, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Truax.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Houck, McConnellsburg, on February 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Deremer Jr., Breezewood, on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thomas of Robertsdale on March 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilkie Mellott, Harrisonville, on March 5.

Deaths: Eunice Horton, Wood; Rose Ramsey, Breezewood; Harry A. Gordon, Little Cove; Clem C. Mellott, Hustontown; Clinton B. Alexander, Washington, D.C.; Clifford L. Long, Chambersburg; Chester W. Kennedy, Berks County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of March 8, 1956


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

Clair Decker, principal of the Fort Littleton School, was off work three days last week due to illness. Mrs. Harry Blaine of Hustontown substituted for him.

Mr. and Mrs. Emil Sipes and sons moved this week from the Thurman Lynch farm in Todd Township to the Norman Gress home, just below the courthouse.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Trout and children and his brother, Harry of Bethesda, Md., spent last Saturday at their farm here.

Mrs. Annie Lininger, 89, McConnellsburg, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday after she fractured her right shoulder in a fall at her home.

Ruth C. Gordon, a freshman, has been named to the dean’s list at Indiana State Teachers College.

Borough Council met for a routine session on Tuesday evening. Members present were David Franklin, Scott Carmack, Raymond Paylor, Harry Grissinger and John Greathead.

A marriage license has been granted in Hagerstown to Robert M. Strait of Hustontown and Ida E. Robins of Mercersburg.

The Ford family of Crystal Spring was left homeless on Monday when a mid-day blaze burned their frame home to the ground.

An oil boom is being forecast in Franklin County with the disclosure that drilling will start on a great acreage of leased land near Mercersburg within the next 30 days.

Fulton County Medical Center reported one “leap year baby” this year. A daughter, Dorothy Jean, was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Shotts of Waterfall on February 29.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Joan Delores Crawford to Elmer A. Plessinger.

David Welsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Welsh of Knobsville, was the winner of the grand prize, an IH refrigerator, at Ott Bros.’ grand-opening celebration on Saturday.

Clyde Bookheimer, a member of Hustontown FFA, was the winner of this year’s annual speaking contest sponsored by the Soil Conservation Service. His winning speech, “Man of the Soil,” is printed in this issue.

Lee M. Ray has graduated from the International Business Machines Corp.’s School in Endicott, N.Y., and has been assigned to the company’s Norfolk, Va., sales and service office.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son, Roger Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Akers of Crystal Spring.

Deaths: Mrs. Myrtle Elizabeth Wright of Six Mile Run; William Glen Roher of Wells Tannery; Rev. William Howard Hendershot of near Needmore.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 14, 1946


Deaths: Mrs. Scott Carmack of McConnellsburg;

Mrs. Sarah Ellen Lake of McConnellsburg; David

Harry Horton of Elhurst, Ill.

These seven men left for induction on March 13: Eston H. Paylor of McConnellsburg; Norman W. Kerlin of Knobsville; Hubert B. Ficks of McConnellsburg; Paul A. Diak of Waterfall; Kenneth L. Hershey of Clear Ridge; Ross R. Wible of Knobsville; Theodore J. Divens of Knobsville.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Mary Logan Nace to Norman Anderson of Rising Sun, Md.

Two peacetime buddies here, Lloyd W. Strait of Harrisonville and William Lewis of Sipes Mill, met recently at Okinawa where they are stationed only six miles apart.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mumma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

George H. McLucas and Anna Mary Yetter were married on March 5.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 12, 1936


Deaths: Emory Irvin Cromwell of Maddensville;

David Lewis Rinedollar of McConnellsburg; Winfield Scott Wagner of near Knobsville; Mrs. Zillie M. Watkins of Three Springs; John Howard Cook of Williamsburg; Mrs. Rebecca Gress Wolfe of McConnellsburg; Walter Paul Bachtel of Three Springs; Wesley A. Whited of Kuna, Idaho; Charles Hussler of Carlisle.

Rev. Frances J. McConnell, resident bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City, has accepted an invitation to participate in the 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of McConnellsburg this summer. Bishop McConnell will be the featured speaker at a union service on August 2.

William Powell Hohman and Juanita Verda Wink were married on March 6.

Miss Hilda Crist has returned to her home at Warfordsburg from Balchard, Iowa, where she spent the winter with her aunt, Mrs. John C. Halderman. While in Iowa, she worked as an apprentice in her aunt’s print shop.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Nesbitt of Ayr Township announce the birth of a son on Tuesday in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mrs. Matthew Lewis spent last week with her husband in Six Mile Run and Stoystown. Mr. Lewis operates a mine at the former place and teaches mining classes at Stoystown.

Petitions were circulated last week to for Ray W. Weller Republican, and Geo. B. Mellott, Democrat, for the nomination as candidates for representative in the General Assembly.

Mrs. Lillie McCoy of Fort Littleton has been on the sick list.

Gerald Fox of Fairview lost a valuable cow last week.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 11, 1926


Deaths: Mrs Eliza Ann Mumma of near Knobsville; Emma Lee McKibbin of Wilmington, N.C.;

Allison Shaw Greenland of Wells Valley; Mrs. Katherine Abernathy Greathead of Buchanan, Va.; Mrs. Jane Warsing of Wells Tannery.

The main building of historic Saint James School, formerly the famous Fountain Rock Manor, where George Washington, first president of the United States, Dolly Madison and other famous persons were entertained, was destroyed by fire early last Friday morning. The loss is estimated at more than $100,000. The loss of this school, located about six miles south of Hagerstown, is keenly felt in McConnellsburg as Mr. and Mrs. James Nelson of here are instructors in the school and three of our boys, Frank Harris, Nelson Comerer and Clarence Bender, are students there. Frank Harris is a senior and was in the building that burned, escaping without even shoes and stockings.

Robert Ramsey Jr. and Edith E. Wilson were married on February 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bohn of McConnellsburg celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on March 4.

A.T. Elbin and Edna Pearl Brannon were married March 9.

Miss Florence Pittman, a student nurse at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, spent the weekend with her father, A.J. Pittman.

Cyrus S. Johnson of Hancock advertises a farm for sale, 140 acres, with six-room house, barn, hog pen, wagon shed and corn crib, at less than $8 an acre.

Special at the Racket Store: clothespins, 2 dozen for 5 cents.

Frank Stevens has installed a new radio in his home at New Grenada. column that should have appeared:

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 7, 1946


Deaths: Mrs. Rilla E. Grissinger of New Grenada; Edward

B. Price of Robertsdale.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Mona Jean Park to Wilson Max Ewing.

Col. John S. Rice, a fruit grower from Adams County, has accepted his party’s recommendation to seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

Miss Pauline Wible has resigned as stenographer in the Highway Department office in Hollidaysburg and, on March 1, will accept a similar position in the local office of the Department of Public Assistance.

The Republican Party has endorsed James H. Duff for the nomination of governor.

Norvell Stoner and Verna L. Runk were wed February 16.

Harry M. Levy has been elected president of the local fire company, with Max Stenger as first assistant chief.

Richard Grissigner has been discharged from St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh where he spent six weeks after being burned in an explosion.

Paul Alloway of New Grenada is a hospital patient as the result of an accident at Letterkenny. No details were given.

Correction To Last Week’s From Days Gone By

Alert readers will have noticed that no 70 Years Ago items appeared last week. The following is the 70 Years Ago

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