2017-03-16 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Terry Mellott, pictures Needmore area men posing in front of the Pennsylvania Memorial on the Gettysburg Battlefield. The photo was taken in the 1920s or 1930s and shows Will Truax, Melvin Mellott, Webster Mellott, Thorton Melott (Terry’s grandfather) and John Mellott. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Terry Mellott, pictures Needmore area men posing in front of the Pennsylvania Memorial on the Gettysburg Battlefield. The photo was taken in the 1920s or 1930s and shows Will Truax, Melvin Mellott, Webster Mellott, Thorton Melott (Terry’s grandfather) and John Mellott. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 13, 1997


Gov. Tom Ridge is soon expected to announce his plan to give up state control of liquor sales

– an idea that seems to be met with either enthusiasm or disdain and very little sentiment in between.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s decision to discontinue sweeping streets in the commonwealth’s boroughs has left McConnellsburg Borough Council wondering how to “sweep the town clean” this spring. During Wednesday night’s meeting council members discussed alternative ways to clean the streets.

The blizzard-like conditions on Sunday night made driving hazardous especially on the mountains east of town, but the snow cover didn’t last long and was mostly gone by Monday.

Southern Fulton suffered a heart-stopping and heartbreaking loss to the Sweickley Academy Panthers Friday night, closing out a winning 19-9 season for the boys.

Deaths: Blair Souders, Lancaster; Warren Smith, Three Springs; Robert Hays, Kyrslatt, Finland; Christoper Miller, Cincinnati, Ohio; Richard Boyer, Chambersburg; Charles Morrow Jr., McVeytown; Susan Tedesco, Brandon, Fla.

Marriage licenses: Harmon Sites, Harrisonville, and Mitcha Fellows, Harrisonville; Charles Snouffer Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, and Brenda Felty, McConnellsburg.

More than 50 relatives and friends helped to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Donald and Doris Ray at a surprise party held in their honor March 1.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 26, 1987


More than 3,000 McConnellsburg customers will soon be benefitting from United Telephone’s $900,000 investment in digital equipment for the area. The installation of a new digital switch June 6 will bring several new services to customers in the 485 exchange.

Bill Nesbitt, longtime manager of the state liquor store, retired on March 20 and last Thursday, family and close friends gathered at his home for dinner to celebrate the event. Too young to quit work entirely, he and his brother, Tum, plan to go into the cattle hauling business.

Airmen Tony and Joe Helman recently spent time at home with family and friends of McConnellsburg. Tony has returned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Joey returned to Osan Air Force Base, Korea.

A new deli has recently opened for business just west of town at Handy Andy’s garage, carwash and convenience store.

Former McConnellsburg track and basketball standout Kim Spriggs was recently named an All-American in NCAA Division II indoor track.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shehan of McConnellsburg on March 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Metcalf of Greencastle on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Hendershot of McConnellsburg on March 17.

Deaths: Morris J. Bishop, Hagerstown; Annie Brady, Needmore; Hazel Brindle, Mercersburg; Alberta Craig, McConnellsburg; Norman Doyle Sr., McConnellsburg; Leo Fagert, Rockhill Furnace; Jack Richard Hann, Ranson, W.Va.; Rhea Harris, Morristown, N.J.; Donald E. Mills, Clear Spring; Gertrude Mitchell, Hancock; Emma K. Peck, Quincy, Pa.; Jack B. Tolbert, McConnellsburg.

Army National Guard Pvt. Michael Blattenberger, son of John and Sonja Blattenberger of Burnt Cabins, has graduated from the U.S. Army Signal Center’s signal channel radio operator course at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leader of Mc- Connellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Max Stackhouse of Muncy, Pa., wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mindy, to Jeff Straley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Straley of Baldwin, Md.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 24, 1977


A Burnt Cabins family was left homeless on

Monday afternoon when a fire completely destroyed their rented home and all the contents. Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Tritle were shopping in Chambersburg and there was no one at home when the fire broke out. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but was believed to be faulty electrical wiring.

Bedford Republican Clarence Dietz polled a convincing victory in last Tuesday’s special election for 78th District state representative, racking up a 1,824 vote margin over his Democratic opponent, Gary Ebersole.

A gathering of 604 “good buddies” met at the firehall on Saturday night for a coffee break and dance sponsored by the Fulton County C.B. Club.

Snow fell in Fulton County on Friday and over the weekend, changing to heavy rains early this week, despite temperatures in the 70s earlier in the week.

Specials at the IGA: strawberries, 5 cents pint box; IGA canned soda, 8 cans for $1; frozen vegetables, 4 pkgs. for $1; round steak, $1.19 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. McCusker of Hancock on March 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Craig Fazenbaker of Breezewood on March 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weller of Warfordsburg on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Shoop of Orbisonia on March 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Snyder of McConnellsburg on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Lake of McConnellsburg on March 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cavender Jr., Warfordsburg, on March 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bowman of Warfordsburg on March 16.

Deaths: Gynieth Myers, Huntingdon; Mrs. Lillian S. Barton, Hustontown; Mrs. Rella Paul, Johnstown; James A. Smith, Mapleton; Melvin F. Miller, Saxton.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 6, 1967


A 16-year-old Hancock youth, Herman Allen

Younker, died Sunday morning of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident Saturday night about two miles west of Hancock. Younker, a son of Herman Elwood and Pansy Walls Younker, was a member of the junior class at Hancock High School.

Senior students at Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore have entered one of the most important and most interesting phases of their three-year course. It is a four-week tenure in the hospital’s intensive nursing therapy unit. Among the students now serving in the program is Miss Larraine E. Gordon, daughter of Mrs. Faye Zimmerman Fix of McConnellsburg and Maynard Gordon of McConnellsburg.

Work was begun this week on the proposed addition to The First National Bank property in the center of Mc- Connellsburg.

Mrs. Florence Shaffer, a Bedford County mother of two children, died early Sunday in Fulton County Medical Center of injuries received in a one-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, eight miles west of Fort Littleton.

Open chest surgery was performed recently at Fulton County Medical Center for the first time. This operation represented a milestone in the history of the local hospital, never before had an operation been performed in a small hospital such as this. Dr. Gordon Myers of Harrisburg General Hospital performed the open chest surgery on one of the leading citizens of the community, Mack H. Horton of McConnellsburg.

Application for a marriage license was made at the local courthouse last week by Glenn Lee Keefer of Mercersburg and Karen Lynn Watters of Mercersburg.

Deaths: Mrs. Olive McAlvey, Shade Gap; Jennings M. Lynch, McConnellsburg; Samuel Fred Bowman, Minnesota; Mrs. Viola Boles, Shippensburg; Alfred J. Hall Sr., North Jackson, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Jarrett Faillo, Hillside, Ill.; Harry C. Jarrett, Chambersburg; Rush L. Oyler, Harrisonville; Harvey W. Lake, Mercersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 4, 1957


Mr. and Mrs. Herman Decker are building a convalescent home near their residence along the Cito Road, which they plan to open early this summer.

John R. Shimer broke ground last week for a new home on the Medical Center street.

The H.U. Nace tailor shop and home were purchased last week by D.A. Washabaugh.

An early Sunday morning fire in the business section of Mount Union caused an estimated $500,000 damage and cut the town off from all but emergency telephone service for 24 hours. Firemen from all surrounding communities were called to help fight the flames. Destroyed or damaged were a large furniture store, the apartments above, a theatre, the telephone building, etc., with damage to the telephone exchange alone estimated at $100,000. Three phone operators, Mrs. Fred Hicks, Mrs. Margaret Scott and Mrs. Musetta Wagner, stayed on the job during most of the blaze to alert residents in the building. They wore handkerchiefs over their mouths to fight off the smoke.

Miss Aileen Meyers of Chambersburg and Mrs. Herman Decker of McConnellsburg attended a dinner meeting and welfare forum in Harrisburg last Wednesday and in the afternoon had tea at the executive mansion with Mrs. Leader, wife of the governor, as hostess.

Several county boys have been chosen as members of the first two all-star teams named by the Cove Basketball League. Included on the first team are Dick Munch of Warfordsburg and Bill Tritle of McConnellsburg. On the second team are Stiles Duvall of Warfordsburg and Bob Kendall of McConnellsburg.

Shively Mellott of McConnellsburg unexpectedly came into possession of a souvenir of the 1893 World Fair last week when his small dog dug a silver spoon out from under the boardwalk at the Mellott home. The spoon bears the date 1893 and several pictures of buildings at the 1893 Exposition.

Pvt. Paul N. Bard, son of Sgt. Lynn S. Bard, has arrived at a maneuver base near Fort Polk, Pa., where he will participate in exercise King Cole.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Garrett of Martinsburg, W.Va., announce the birth of a son on March 11. The new mother is the former Louise Layton of Warfordsburg.

John Winter and June Strait were married recently.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Black of Waterfall on March 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Heefner of Hustontown on March 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fields of McConnellsburg on March 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Caldwell of Warfordsburg on March 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Brantner of Waterfall on March 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mellott of McConnellsburg on March 30.

Deaths: Ruth Ann Foster of Dudley; George Billow of Hustontown; Mrs. John E. Lanehart of Greencastle; Mrs. Lenoe Lackard Ferry of Altoona; James Arthur Layton of Warfordsburg; James Eward Reeder of Detroit, Mich.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 10, 1947


An estimated 1,000 acres of forestland, an unoccupied home and a large barn burned in Bethel Township on Sunday afternoon in one of the worst forest fires in years in Fulton County. The fire started when the house, owned by John Ray and located in the Black Oak section, burned from undetermined causes.

Ralph Thumma and Phyllis McClain were married Easter Sunday.

Mack Helman of McConnellsburg was a proud fisherman on Friday afternoon. He returned home from his favorite hole at Hoover’s Mill near Fannettsburg with 14 big suckers, the largest of which measured 19 inches and weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces.

Duane Newman and Dorothy Maye Knepper were married Easter Sunday.

Henry Ford, famed pioneer of the automobile industry, died Sunday night at his home in Dearborn. He was 83.

John W. Ziegler and Jane Adams Owens were married on March 29.

Deaths: William Elmer Peck; Henry Sharpe of Amaranth; Mrs. Bessie Thomas Peck.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 8, 1937


Deaths: Miss Marian Hart of Camden, N.J.; Grover Clem Mellott of Hustontown; Janet Louise Nonemaker of Three Springs; Elijah Irvin Bohrer of Hancock; Howard Zimmerman of Hancock; Mrs. Annie Mansberger of Three Springs.

At the services in the Presbyterian Church of Mc- Connellsburg on Easter Sunday morning, the water used in baptizing the children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sloan III, Mr. and Mrs. John Mentzer and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mc- Clain was from the Pool of Siloam, located near the city of Jerusalem in Palestine. This water was dipped from the pool by the late Dr. William Trout in 1858, and has been preserved in his family for baptismal purposes during the past 78 years. Dr. Trout practiced medicine in Syria for three years and was stationed at the Christian Hospital of Damascus. All of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been baptized with this water.

The Agricultural Department of the Warfordsburg School has installed soil testing equipment so that the farmers of the area may determine the degree of acidity in their soils.

Big Cove Creek has produced some good sucker fishing this past winter. Fifteen suckers were taken during a day’s fishing by Clifford Helman; and Jacob Clevenger had a catch of 11.

Miss Helen McGehee is employed at Ott Bros. Store.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eichelberger of Cleveland, Ohio, announce the birth of a 10-pound daughter on Sunday, their second

Mrs. Mary Ott Mayer, who suffered a paralytic stroke in Altoona several weeks ago, was brought to her home here last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Knepper of Center are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son at Chambersburg Maternity Home on Easter Sunday. He has been named Parker Norman.

Mr. and Mrs. David Knepper Jr. of Center have moved to the M.A. Grissinger property in Dublin Mills, where David will have charge of the mill.

Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Cook bought the E.O. Kesselring farm.

The school directors of Taylor Township named the following teachers on Friday: Hustontown – Ray Hess; Laidig – Lois Madden; Hiram – Eleanor Edwards; Gracey – Elizabeth Gastor; Waterfall – Inez Brown; Winegardner – W. H. Ranck and Wintergreen – H.P. Barton.

Mr. and Mrs. Glad Cromwell moved from Fort Littleton to Huntingdon County last Thursday.

The Laidig postmaster, Gerald Price, and wife are the proud parents of a son, born on March 31.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Bowman of Mapleton Depot celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Huston have gone to housekeeping in Fort Littleton.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 7, 1927


After thinking and talking about it for years, several townships of Fulton County have decided to do away with their one-room schools and build centrally located schools. Bethel Township will close all eight of its one-room schools since four would have to be rebuilt this year and erect a 10-room consolidated school at Warfordsburg. Licking Creek has done the same thing but has not yet selected a centrally located site. Belfast decided last Saturday to close its six schools, but the site for this centrally located building has not been chosen either.

Deaths: Miss Jennie Strait of Bedford; Rev. Herman S. Cook of Wilmington, Del.

We were treated to some fine April Fool weather on Friday: rain, sleet and snow, followed by mud and more snow.

Rev. O.R. Williams, wife and son Bobby are now comfortably settled in the Methodist parsonage at Burnt Cabins.

John Bowman of Burnt Cabins expects to leave soon for Aberdeen, Nev., to work on a sheep ranch.

Henry Roy Black, who has been in the electrical contracting and supply business in Greencastle since returning from the World War, has opened a branch office in Mc- Connellsburg, in the Henry Sharpe building on East Lincoln Way.

William Nace sailed for Europe today. His class at the Mont Alto School of Forestry, under the care of a German forester, will be abroad for 10 weeks. During that time, the boys will visit the Black Forest of Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France and England.

County Commissioner Cloyd Gress and merchant J.K. Johnston arrived home Thursday after a five-week vacation in Florida.

A.P. Oyler, D.E. Little, R.A. Hamil and George E. Little spent Saturday in Harrisburg, purchasing supplies and equipment for the local ball team.

The Reichley family moved from Wells Tannery last Thursday to their new home here, the former A. Clevenger property.

Bryan Deshong of Whips Cove escaped serious injury last week when he was thrown from his mule. The mule became frightened at the shouts of school children.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reeder of Ayr Township on March 17; a daughter, Helen Rosetta, to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Crouse of Ayr Township on March 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Cam Mellott of Cito on March 21; a daughter, Lillian Doretha, to Mr. and Mrs. John Black of Ayr Township on March 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Richards of Big Cove Tannery on March 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chilcote of Dublin Township on March 16 a daughter, Dorothea LaVerne, to Mr. and Mrs. James Reeder of Knobsville on March 14; a son to Mr. an Mrs. Horace Peck of Mc- Connellsburg on March 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sipes of McConnellsburg on March 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nhyle Morton of McConnellsburg on March 14.

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