2017-12-07 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Naomi Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the fountain in downtown McConnellsburg at the then Fulton County National Bank in 1998 when someone put soap in the fountain that made suds which turned into icicles. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Naomi Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the fountain in downtown McConnellsburg at the then Fulton County National Bank in 1998 when someone put soap in the fountain that made suds which turned into icicles. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 4, 1997


Despite what forecasters and game commissions officials have deemed as “excellent,” according to hunters in the county, mother nature, with the help of gusting winds, for the second year in a row has plagued chances of taking home a trophy buck or for that matter catching a small glimpse of a animal with antlers.

Only a few days after members of the District 1199P union picketed the Fulton County Medical Center’s annual meeting at the American Legion, the members convened once again and unanimously voted to send a notice to the hospital of their intentions to picket December 6.

Santa Claus is coming to town this weekend and bringing with him what promises to be two days of shopping bargains, Yuletide celebrations, delectable food and good old-fashioned fun. McConnellsburg PRIDE is again coordinating the third annual Christmas In McConnellsburg which will kick off Friday, December 5, and feature daylong activities on both Friday and Saturday, December 6.

Pfc. Mike Lynch Jr., son of Mike and Brenda Lynch of Big Cove Tannery, is on leave at his home following a year’s tour of duty in South Korea. He will be assigned to Walter Reed Army Hospital when he returns to duty later in December.

President Bill Clinton enjoyed golfing at the Penn National Golf Course in Chambersburg over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Clinton family and friends stayed at the Camp David retreat over Thanksgiving.

Bear hunter Art Neil of Warfordsburg bagged a 250- pound bear last Wednesday while hunting near Cowans Gap State Park.

Michele Funk and Jeffrey Foster were united in marriage August 23 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Charles and Nancy Funk of Needmore and Tom and Shelby Foster of Three Springs.

Deaths: Virginia Fortney, Needmore; Wilmer Edwards, Hancock; Roy Pittman, Williamsport; Carter Motz, Sterling, Va.; Beverly Hawkins, Nokesville; Wayne Hawbaker, Fannettsburg; Aaron Geesaman Jr., Fairfield.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 17, 1987


A Hollywood production company is currently negotiating with CBS to film a television movie depicting the story of the kidnapping of

Peggy Bradnick near Shade Gap back in May 1966. Stephen J. Cannell Productions holds an option on the book “Deadly Pursuit” written by former Chambersburg Public Opinion reporter Robert Cox,which depicts the “Mountain Man” kidnapping. Cox wrote the book in the mid-1970s after having been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of the bizarre “Mountain Man” episode in May 1966. At that time, there was some talk of turning the story into a movie but nothing ever developed.

Approximately 275 to 300 deer were killed in the county Monday on the first day of the three-day antlerless deer season.

Air Force Senior Airman Donald Reed,whose wife, Deborah, is the daughter of John and Betty Bennett of Three Springs, has arrived for duty with the 4th Security Police Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

McConnellsburg Post 561 could not hold an early 1-0 lead and lost its chance at a second straight sweep of the Mason Dixon Soccer League championship with a 2-1 loss to Walkersvile, Md., on December 13. John Schultz scored the Post’s lone goal on an assist from Toby Mc- Garvey.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Paruch of Harrisonville are proud to announce the birth of a daughter on November 30 at Hershey Medical Center.

Specials at the IGA: chicken legs, 37 cents lb.; sirloin tip roast, $1.99 lb.; cream cheese, 75 cents; cucumbers, 4 for $1.

Jerry Hixson of Middletown, Md., and Vickie Bailey of Vicksburg, Miss., were married October 3 at Goodrun Baptist Church, Vicksburg. Parents of the couple are Claude Bailey and Letha Bailey Hampton of Vicksburg and Mr. and Mrs. R. Vaughn Hixson of Crystal Spring.

Marriage licenses: William Ferguson, Hustontown, and Cindy Cryder, Hustontown; Anthony Harris, Mc- Connellsburg, and Christine Spriggs, McConnellsburg.

Blanche Chilcote was honored at her home in Hustontown on November 29 with a surprise 75th birthday party. She was born November 29, 1912, the daughter of Floyd and Carrie Shaw, and is the wife of the late Clem Chilcote.

Deaths: Grace (Cook) Brant, Harrisonville; Eugene T. Bergman, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Ray Sprenkle, McConnellsburg; Ray Shoots, Shippensburg; William Sandrus McConnellsburg; Gilbert Colledge, Wellsboro; Ida E. (Everts) Robinson; Gladys (Guillard) Gandy, Oxen Hill, Md.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 15, 1977


State game protectors in Fulton and nearby counties are reporting a very good deer harvest this year, some think it may be a record. The wardens attribute this high kill to excellent hunting weather the first day and a good acorn crop this year.

Only one hunting accident has been reported in Fulton County. Ben Ramsey was reportedly shot in the foot while hunting in Dublin Township with his brother the second day of the season.

Maynard Bard was re-elected to office as president of the McConnellsburg Fire Co. at the regular meeting of the company on December 6. Bob Ramsey was newly elected to serve as vice president.

Specials at the IGA: beef liver, 49 cents lb.; pork roast, 69 cents lb.; Robin Hood flour, 49 cents, 5 lbs.; Stroehmann bread, 3 for 99 cents.

Navy Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Recruit John Hewett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cam Hewett, Warfordsburg, is serving as a crew member aboard the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. He is a 1976 graduate of Southern Fulton High School.

McConnellsburg High School’s track great Bob Snyder, now a star on the Penn State University cross-country team, has received one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on collegiate runners in this country – he has been named a 1977 All American in cross-country. He earned this status with his outstanding performance at the NCAA National Cross-Country Championship held November 21 in Spokane, Wash.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Knepper of Waterfall on December 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gracey of Breezewood on December 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Golden of Warfordsburg on December 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rickie Hoffman of Mc- Connellsburg on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Whitsel of Three Springs on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lininger of McConnellsburg on December 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Shives of Warfordsburg on December 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cramer of Shade Gap on December 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bigler of Big Cove Tannery.

Linda J. Johnston, daughter of Mrs. Ronald Johnston and the late Ronald McCoy Johnston of Uniontown, Pa., and Mark Sheffield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Sheffield of McConnellsburg, were united in marriage at the Wurtsmith AFB Chapel Oscoda, Mich., on September 24.

Karen Louise Deshong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Deshong of Hancock, and Terry Alan Stanley, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stanley Sr., Hancock, were united in marriage on November 19.

Deaths: Mrs. Lois Gordon, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Nellie Glenn, McConnellsburg; Carrie Brant, McConnellsburg; Ernest Gaster, Waterfall.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 28, 1967


Two fatalities were reported in Fulton County on Friday, bringing the total to 13 for 1967, compared to only two in 1966. The fatal accident occurred on Interstate Route 70, 11 miles east of Breezewood on Friday when John Miller, 29, Brownsville, Pa., driving a 1964 Ford and traveling east in the westbound lane of traffic, crashed head-on into a 1962 Ford station wagon driven by John Foster of Richmond, Calif., traveling west in the passing lane of the four-lane highway after passing another vehicle. At the time of the accident, police reported, traffic was heavy and as a result was blocked as far as the Maryland line.

Millions of new stamps are on their way to the nation’s post offices so they will be on hand when the new, higher mailing rates go into effect on January 7, 1968.

Merle Levin Danfelt, 26, Saltillo, son of Mrs. Florence Summers Danfelt of McConnellsburg and the late Paul Danfelt, was killed instantly in a two-car collison near Mill Creek in Huntingdon County on Saturday morning.

Kenneth Wile of McConnellsburg has been named the winner of the Jaycees’ “Big Buck Bonanza” contest with his 8-point buck entry with a spread that measured 22 inches.

Maj. Billie R. Ramsey, son of Mrs. Anna Ramsey of Wells Tannery, recently received the Army Commendation Medal in recent ceremonies at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Va. Major Ramsey was cited for meritorious service as an infantry instructor and as chief of the Officer Candidate Instruction Center, Combat Arms Branch, Combined Arms Division, Department of Engineering and Military Science, at Fort Belvoir.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, on December 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lake of Harrisonville on December 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Stuart, Mc- Connellsburg, on December 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Diffenderfer, Mercersburg, on December 23.

Engagement: Mrs. Faye Gordon Fix of Reservoir Lane, McConnellsburg, announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Lorraine Faye Gordon, Baltimore, to Barry F. Chaney of Washington, D.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Chaney of McConnellsburg.

Men in service: Technical Sgt. Allen Melius, son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Melius of Hustontown, has arrived for duty at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.; Marine Cpl. Dennis Barton, son of Shannon Barton of Wells Tannery, is serving with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

Deaths: Scott Carmack, McConnellsburg; Alice E.Wishart, England.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 26, 1957


Will Mellott of Iowa, sends greetings to his friends in Fulton County and reports that the weather in Iowa is ideal for this time of year.

Mrs. Blanche Rotz of McConnellsburg has been taken to the home of her son, Walter, at Harrisonville, to recuperate from her recent illness.

Miss Jeanne Greathead, a teacher in Miami, Fla., is spending the holidays with home folks here.

Mrs. Donald Ward of Oceanside, Calif., youngest sister of county agent H.P. Kies, was killed in an automobile accident on December 17. Her husband, a pediatrician, was critically injured but has recovered sufficiently to spend Christmas with his six children at his parents’ home in Pasadena. The youngest child, a daughter, was born in August. Mr. Kies flew to California on Thursday afternoon.

Harold Welsh, superintendent of schools in Fulton County, has been re-elected vice president of the Bedford-Fulton Tuberculosis and Health Society.

The Fulton County Medical Center, during its relatively short existence, has been rendering a certain specialized service that is not generally known to the public. It is skin grafting, a delicate operation, which, of necessity, has been performed on a limited scale due to lack of equipment The center has now acquired a Dermatone, a machine of great importance in this specialized skill. The Dermatone can shave off a slice of skin .001 to .04 inches thick by micrometer reading. The shaved-off skin is then ready to be sewed to the area where needed. Grafted skin is sued to cover areas where tumors have been removed, where burns have ruined the original skin, where skin lesions have been removed. Credit for the addition to this machine is due to the generosity of Fulton County’s doctors.

Bond of $10,000 has been approved for the sale of real state of the late Jobe Harr of Ayr Township.

A 2-year-old Fulton County girl is a patient in Berkeley Springs Hospital suffering from severe burns of the face and arms which she received when her parents’ home was destroyed by fire last Thursday morning. The destroyed home was owned by Crown Diehl of Flickerville, near the Whips Cove Christian Church. With the exception of some canned food in the cellar, everything the family owned was destroyed. The child who was burned was the youngest girl of six children whose ages range to eight years. The Diehls only recently purchased the home. This is the second tragedy which has struck the Diehl family within a few months. Last summer, death claimed their youngest child.

Quick response by the McConnellsburg firemen is credited with saving two homes in the vicinity of town, one last Thursday and one on Friday. On Thursday, defective wiring caused a fire at the home of Mrs. Lena Deshong along the Peach Orchard Road. On Friday, firemen were called to the George Carbaugh home along the Cito Road, where an overheated stove pipe caused a fire on the second floor. Although damage was considerable, both homes were saved.

The heretofore beautifully lighted Christmas tree in the square this year is suffering periodic spells of darkness in various spots. Vandals are stealing the Christmas bulbs and others are unplugging various sections of lights, which the local firemen work so hard to place each year.

The flow of gas from the Bedford County well mentioned in this column last week reached 1,400,000 cubic feet per day before the well was capped. An official in Pittsburgh of the New York State Natural Gas Co., however, stated that it is still too early to determine whether or not there are commercial possibilities in the area south of Everett.

Three Burnt Cabins men were injured near Fort Littleton Saturday night when the car in which they were riding left the highway, jumped a ditch and rolled over into a field. The injured men were Richard Locke, fractured spine below the neck, fractured nose and injuries of the right shoulder and knee; Elwood Gallagher, possible chest injuries; and Boyd Kling, two broken teeth and abrasions of the face.

Three robbers were nabbed by the McConnellsburg state police on Saturday morning less than one hour after they had robbed a service station in Mifflin County. The men stopped at a service station, 1 1/2 miles east of Mount Union, bound the attendant’s hands and feet with adhesive tape, threw him into the boiler room and rifled the cash register. The attendant freed himself within one hour and notified police, who alerted all surrounding substations. Officers Pistone and Kuhns of the local substation immediately set up a roadblock at Burnt Cabins and shortly thereafter stopped a car matching the description given. The three men in the car, two from Brooklyn and one from Philadelphia, were turned over to Lewistown police after the youngest of the three cooperated with local police and the stolen money was found on the trio, including a quantity of tax pennies.

Gene Mellott, parachute rigger third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Mellott of Needmore, is now serving with Guided Missile Group 2 at the Naval Air Station at Chincoteague, Va.

Marine Pvt. Alvin Doyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Doyle of McConnellsburg and husband of the former Miss Andrea Huntsberger of Chambersburg, is now serving with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune.

Deaths: Mrs. Lola Cheliva (Griffin) Younker of Little Orleans; Mrs. Melvin Zook of Chambersburg; Mrs. J Calvin Hewett of Cumberland, Md.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 1, 1948


Deaths: Orpha Knable of Ayr Township; John Emme of Altoona; Mrs. Daisy Strait Wentling of McConnellsburg; S.Logue Wink of Needmore; Margaret May (McQuait)Price of Mount Union.

C.B. Stevens of town was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Tuesday, suffering from pneumonia. His wife was admitted to the same hospital the next day, suffering from heart trouble.

The McConnellsburg Bottling Works, formerly owned and operated by Raymond Wible, has been sold to Robert A. Hamil and Ellis Peck, both of McConnellsburg.

Recent births: a son on December 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lynch of McConnellsburg; a daughter on December 26 to Mr. and Mrs. George Strait of Warfordsburg; a daughter on December 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Melius of Hustontown; a daughter on December 29 to Mr and Mrs. Bernard Baer of McConnellsburg; a daughter on Decem ber 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lester of Waterfall.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 30, 1937


Deaths: Gracey

Naugle, proprietor of the Naugle Hotel at Burnt Cabins, who died of a heart attack while transacting business at the courthouse last Wednesday; Mrs Louisa Miller Winegardner of Clear Ridge; Albert Alexander of Juniata; Mrs. Laura (Foote) Baker of near Waterfall; Daniel Scott Hull of Knobsville; Horace Jesse Cook of near Fort Littleton.

Carl Hetterman and Helen Sigel were married December 28.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 29, 1927


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary December 25 at their home in Webster Mills by having a reunion of all of their children and grandchildren.

Deaths: Etta May Lane; Henry Barmont of McConnellsburg; John Alva Naugle Jr. of Knobsville.

Leon G. Stevens and Virginia Gelvin were married on December 24.

John Hovis and LaRue McGowan were married on December 22.

Mrs. Lavina Hill of Mc- Connellsburg celebrated her 89th birthday on Thursday.

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