2018-02-15 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the dedication of the McConnellsburg Firehall in 1955. Front row: Max Stenger, Hiley Shimer, Don McQuade, Reed Lynch, Guy Souders; back row: Bill Shaffer, Paul Knepper, Humphrey Yaukey and Merle Stenger. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the dedication of the McConnellsburg Firehall in 1955. Front row: Max Stenger, Hiley Shimer, Don McQuade, Reed Lynch, Guy Souders; back row: Bill Shaffer, Paul Knepper, Humphrey Yaukey and Merle Stenger. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 12, 1998


During a two-hour court session February 5,

Judge Walker sentenced John J. Kling to a 12- to

30-year sentence for the third-degree murder and aggravated assault resulting from a fatal accident which claimed the life of Helen Ditha Mellott in 1996.

Downtown McConnellsburg’s newest business marked its first anniversary this month and is making plans to expand floor space yet again. Fulton Antiques, located at 211 Lincoln Way East, opened its doors last February with 14 display vendors. Today it boasts 43 vendors and has a waiting list of dealers wanting floor space. Teresa Bricker says her business will expand to include the second floor of the building by spring.

John R. “Bob” Shimer was recently honored by the Jaffa Temple of Altoona for his work organizing the November 1997 auction to benefit the Shriner’s Hospitals For Children. The local event raised more than $2,000 for the children’s hospitals.

February 9 marked the 225th anniversary of the birth of William Henry Harrison for whom Harrisonville is named. Harrison was the first president to die in office, only one month after his inauguration. He was also the oldest person elected to the White House, until Ronald Reagan.

Clifford Berkstresser was recently honored as “Outstanding Educator” by Shippensburg University School Study Council. He is a graduate of Shippensburg and has been a teacher, administrator, coach and counselor at Forbes Road in his 44-year career. He currently teaches physics and serves as guidance counselor.

Marian Humbert will celebrate her 90th birthday February 20. She lived in Big Cove Tannery until 1980 and taught schools in the Fulton County area for many years.

Deaths: Melvin Souders, McConnellsburg; Esther Bittinger, Needmore; C. Dean McMullen, Willow Hill; Charles McFadden, Baltimore; Blaine Kerlin, Greencastle; Norma Watts, Needmore; William McCrerey, Homestead, Fla.; Ruth VanPelt, Breezewood; Milton Souders, Cascade, Md.; Harold Taylor, Hustontown.

Daniel Ramsey of Hustontown celebrated his 90th birthday recently.

Kathy Corbett and Kirk McCray were united in marriage August 22 at Hancock Assembly of God Church. The bride is the daughter of Don and Jeanie Corbett, Hancock. The groom is the son of Rodney and Carol McCray of Warfordsburg.

Joel Knepper of Hustontown celebrated his 90th birthday January 26 with family at Pleasant Valley Restaurant.

Lee Truax and Suzette Brought of Hustontown announce the birth of their daughter, Brittany Lei, December 26.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 25, 1988


One of three men injured in a helicopter crash in Taylor Township last Tuesday remained a patient in Washington County Hospital this week.

The helicopter, which was traveling at about 100 knots at an altitude of about 700 feet, plummeted into a pasture field on the Taylor Township farm of Warren and Vera Black of Hustontown. The accident is being investigated by Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Doyle wish to announce the birth of a son, Andrew Doyle, born on February 17, in Milton Hershey Medical Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith, Big Cove Tannery, announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa K., to John C. Schooley, son of Daniel Schooley of Fannettsburg and Anna P. Schooley of Chambersburg.

Bilie Jo Souders and David Todd Strait exchanged marriage vows at Dublin Mills Community Church on October 17. Parents of the couple are Jay and Helen Souders of Dublin Mills and Donald and Sue Strait of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. John Black of Hustontown announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Sue, to Daniel Robert Mack, son of Gladys Mack of McConnellsburg and the late Thomas Mack.

Capt. Alvin Strait was recently promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Varner of Spring Run on February 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Fix of Waterfall.

Deaths: Edward Nearhood, Three Springs; Glenn Trail, Woodstock, Va.; Alice Leininger, Greencastle; Mary E. Parson, Shippensburg; Howard Sipes, Chambersburg; Mabel Mellott Long, St. Thomas; Walter Cromwell, Three Springs; Margaret McKelvey, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Wayne Pyne Sr., Needmore, and Amy Paulin, Needmore; Stephen Maloney, McConnellsburg, and Victoria Hafer, McConnellsburg.

Tina Marie Washabaugh, McConnellsburg, was honored along with the other graduates at ceremonies February 19 at Chambersburg Area Senior High School for receiving the obstetrical nursing award given to the student excelling in obstetrical nursing. She was among 22 graduates from the February practical nursing class at Franklin County Area Vocational-Technical School.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 16, 1978


State Sen. William Moore gave the keynote address Saturday night at the annual Lincoln Day

Dinner sponsored by Fulton County Republican Committee. More than 190 Republicans and guests turned out for the turkey and stuffing dinner at Mc- Connellsburg Firehall.

The Fulton County commissioners have taken steps to prevent the recurrence of an incident last week that left the safe in the county treasurer’s office with a gaping hole and the treasurer’s cash balance about $1,000 short. The commissioners have decided to install a burglar alarm on certain county buildings.

Three area dairymen were honored for having high producing herds this past year at the 14th annual District Eight meeting for Atlantic Breeders Coop members held February 14 at McConnellsburg Firehall. Receiving certificates of merit for having top dairy herd improvement association averages were Wallace Mellott, Harrisonville; Webster Fischer and Sons, Crystal Spring; and Nathan Hixson, Crystal Spring. All herds were at least 15 percent above the state average for milk or butterfat production last year, while at least two-thirds of the cows in these herds are progeny of Atlantic sires.

The frozen body of an 11-pound newborn baby girl was found on a snow bank on Route 163 near State Line, Pa., last Thursday at 10 a.m. The body was found by a passing motorist and was taken to Carlisle for an autopsy which was performed on Friday. The autopsy revealed that the baby had been stillborn and had probably died during the birth process. It was not known if the mother was aware the child was stillborn when it was abandoned soon after birth. Chambersburg police are investigating the improper disposal of a dead body.

Marriage licenses: Joe Johnson and Lee Ann Krause, both of Needmore; Darryl Richard Kipe of Mercersburg and Eugenia Lynn Hann, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: chuck roast, 99 cents lb.; pork roast, 79 cents lb.; Scope mouthwash, $2.29, 40-oz. bottle; bananas, 15 cents lb.; honey tangerines, 10 for 9 cents; Borden’s ice cream, 89 cents, half gallon.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Canary of Big Cove Tannery on February 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Mihalick, McConnellsburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Carol Ann, to Michael Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gregory of St. Thomas, on December 24, 1977, at the Lutheran Church of Mc- Connellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Kuykendall observed their 25th wedding anniversary on January 17.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Jack H. Morton of Big Cove Tannery are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carol Ann, to David Paul Tebo of Waynesboro, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tebo of Norwood, N.Y.

Deaths: Alice Johnson, New Enterprise; Lorenza D. Miller, Saxton; Earl T. Bard, McConnellsburg; Velma Barnhart, Warfordsburg; Elsie Mae Covert, Shade Gap; Maeford L. Cooper, Chambersburg; Edith S. Truax, Waynesboro.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 29, 1968


Sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, an unidentified person fired shots through the plate glass window at Thomas William Gordon’s garage at Needmore, through the plate glass door of the McCray Building Supply building at Warfordsburg and through the state Game Commission’s sheds in Deneen’s Gap. Police are now hunting for the trigger-happy gunman.

Marriage license: Lauren Ross Bard of Warfordsburg and Sharon Mentzer of Needmore.

Pennsylvania will have to provide 2,291 conscripts for the April draft call, the largest number it has been called upon to supply since October 1966.

Men in Service: Pfc. Allen Weller, son of Mrs. Marie Weller and the late Leo Weller, is now in South Vietnam and will observe his 20th birthday on March 17.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 30 cents lb.; toilet tissue, Waldorf, 19 cents; fruit cocktail, 23 cents, 1 lb., 1 oz.; IGA regular or drip coffee, 59 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Flasher, Mercersburg, on February 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Reuben David Hann, Harrisonville, on February 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller, McConnellsburg, on February 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hawbaker, Mercersburg, on February 24.

Now playing at Fulton Theatre: “The Sound of Music.”

Deaths: Mrs. Ethel Purinton, Warfordsburg; D. Irene Funk, formerly of Mercersburg; Harry Mills Sr., Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 27, 1958


Carl Gordon and Parker Crouse, seniors at McConnellsburg, participated in the Southern District Pennsylvania Music Educators Chorus Festival last week at John Harris High School in Harrisburg. The choral group consisted of 204 students from 67 different high schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Alexander returned home Sunday after spending a week in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras.

The dedication of the new annex to the Fulton County Medical Center will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. Dr. Francis Shunk Downs, president of the McConnellsburg Ministerium Association, will preside during the ceremonies, which will include singing of “America,” invocation by Dr. Downs, scripture by Rev. J. Carl William of the Methodist Church, presentation of guests by Dr. Downs, remarks by Brooks Smith, vice president of the center’s board of directors, remarks by Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, music by a brass ensemble from the local high school under the direction of John H. Enck, prayer of dedication by Rev. Ernest W. Brindle of the United Church of Christ, remarks by Judge W.C. Sheely, address by Rev. David R. Hoover of the Lutheran Church, music by a quartet from the local high school, singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” benediction by Dr. Downs, and a reception and refreshments in the annex’s reception room.

Even though the goal of $60,000 for additional facilties remains to be met, the directors of the Fulton County Medical Center have contracted with Westinghouse for the purchase of a new X-ray machine. Since the opening of the hospital in October 1950, emphasis has been placed on hospital beds and care. It is now realized that, in order to reduce the great burden on the three community physicians, additional hospital facilties may help to attract new physicians to this area. Mindul of this and the local need, the directors are increasing the facilities of the hospital as rapidly as possible.

Donna Jean Bard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Bard of Harrisonville, and Sylvia Chesnut, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Raymond Chesnut of Warfordsburg, have been awarded Home Economics Extension Service scholarships at the State Teachers College in Indiana, Pa.

Gov. George M. Leader has appointed Don Knepper of Wells Tannery as justice of the peace for Wells Township.

The state’s motor vehicle violation penalty system revision will start on Saturday. Two of the new rules to go into effect include a 15-day license suspension instead of a mere letter of warning for the first offense and 90-day suspension for three-time offenders and a one-year suspension to replace the 180-day suspension for racing on the highways.

A gasoline tank truck exploded on Town Hill Mountain on Friday morning. The truck driver, from New Enterprise, was flagged down by a motorist who told him his truck was on fire underneath the clutch. The driver tried without success to extinguish the blaze with a small extinguisher. He then realized the truck may explode and started running to safety, getting over a bank before the truck exploded. The explosion jarred the brakes loose and the truck began moving down the mountain. Fortunately, it ran off the road, through the guardrails and into a field where a second explosion completely destroyed the rig. The loss was estimated at $8,500.

A new desk has been placed in the local library, a gift from Mrs. Mary Ellen Helman and her mother, Mrs. John Spangler.

The Borough Council met in special session on February 18 to appoint three new members to fill vacancies caused by the resignation of three former members. The new members are H.W. Sheeder, C.R. Shore and E.W. Pyles, who replaced Lloyd Culler, Raymond Paylor and John Greathead, who resigned. Besides these three, the other council members are David Franklin, Harry Grissinger, Charlie Waters and Kenneth Reeder.

On February 16 Rev. Charles W. Johnson assumed his duties as full-time pastor of the Mercersburg Cito Charge of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is now the first full-time resident minister in the recent history of the local church.

The custodian of the local library has reported that someone drained all the fuel from the tank used to supply heat to the building.

Two guards at the Sideling Hill tunnel of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Cloyd Johnson, 46, Wells Tannery, and Brady Ramsey, 49, Breezewood, had a close brush with death last Sunday night when they were overcome by carbon monoxide. They were on duty at the west portal of the tunnel when power, supplied by Potomac Edison, went off for an 11- hour period. The guards started an emergency gasoline generator system to maintain light. The guards discovered their danger from carbon monoxide poisoning when they started to get groggy and managed to get out into the fresh air. Ramsey was admitted to Bedford County Medical Hospital and Johnson was treated and released.

Dixie Divens of McConnellsburg has qualified for national recognition by winning an award for competent typing at the Chambersburg School of Business. She typed 48 words a minute.

Dial telephones will go into operation in the Warfordsburg area on Sunday, March 2, according to Walter Nave, president of the Breezewood Telephone Co.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Dickinson of Wells Tannery on February 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sharron Wilson of Shade Gap on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Hutchinson of Willow Hill on February 19.

Vaughn Ritchey and Annalee Joyce Strayer were wed February 15.

Pvt. Joseph Wible, son of Mrs. Myrtle Wible of Fort Littleton, is scheduled to go to Germany this month as part of Operation Gyroscope, the Army’s unit rotation plan. He is a member of the 36th Field Artillery Battalion.

Boyd Fore of Lincoln Way East has been honored by the Atlantic Refining Co. for 35 years of service. He is currently employed as warehouse manager in the Harrisburg district of the firm’s domestic marketing department.

Deaths: J. Frank Daniels of Rutledge, Pa.; Zane Floyd Detwiler of Three Springs; Thomas Truax of Breezewood; Mrs. Mary Eliza May of Amaranth; Harry Hershey Cromer of Fort littleton; William Ellsworth Spike of Warfordsburg; Nellie M. Barmont of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 4, 1948


Ivan Hamil of McConnellsburg has been a patient in the Veterans’ Hospital at Aspinwall for the past five weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Shore moved from the Cline building on Lincoln Way East to the home of Mrs. Anna Wible at Knobsville on Saturday.

Heavy black type on the front page of this issue warns residents not to become alarmed when they hear the fire siren blowing on Friday evening. The recently installed push button system in the local telephone exchange will be tested at that time. The new setup includes two buttons, one for town calls and one for the country. When a fire call is received, the exchange operator will merely push the appropriate button without having to leave her regular duties.

Births: a son on February 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strait of Laidig; a daughter on February 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Lynch of Big Cove Tannery; a daughter on February 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Boggs of Burnt Cabins.

Dr. E.H. MacKinlay delivered the only Leap Year baby born at Chambersburg Hospital this year, a daughter, Lyvonna Karol, to Mr. and Mrs. James Briggs of Mercersburg.

Dr. Gerald Lorentz has been appointed physician for the local Child Health Clinic.

Mrs. Kenneth Glazier will open a children’s wear store in the old post office building as soon as alterations now being made are completed. It will be known as the Kiddie Haven Shop.

Deaths: Elsworth Fessler of Broad Top; Baltzer Aerioch Deshong of Licking Creek Township; Joseph Miller of Shade Gap; John Gladfelter of Mount Union.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 3, 1938


A large group of young people met in the Reformed Church on Sunday evening to form a Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor. The officers of this new group are Lyle Duffey, president; Richard Grissinger, vice president; Julia Grissinger, secretary; and Phylene Rummell, treasurer.

Deaths: John Seiders of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Ettie Gilliland Patterson of Pittsburgh; Helen Cutchall of near Waterfall; Audrey Hinish of Six Mile Run.

Robert Boop and Sophia Zerba were wed February 26.

Dr. Nicholas Marion Musso and Mabel Elizabeth Long were married February 19.

Throughout the state, intoxication cost three women and 52 men their drivers’ licenses during the week of February 18.

The state Democratic Party this week announced its ticket for the 1938 election, headed by Gov. George Earle for U.S. senator and Charles Alvin Jones for governor.

Local firemen were called to Hustontown on Monday morning when the home of Robert House caught fire. It is reported that two rooms of the House home were badly damaged. At the same time, the flue at the home of Mrs. B.C. Lamberson caught fire but was extinguished without damage.

Miss Martha Lodge is again at work at Lodge’s Variety Store after an illness of several weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Stripe of town left last Wednesday to spend a month in Florida.

The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reeder of the Triangle Store is slowly improving after being seriously ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. Elizabeth Neeson is critically ill at her home on South Second Street.

Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields and family moved on Monday from the Nelson home on West Lincoln Way to a property owned by G. Alexander on East Lincoln Way. The Fields family lived in the Nelson home for many years and most of their children were born there.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Parson of Burnt Cabins are the proud parents of a 10- pound daughter, born on Thursday night. She has been named Patricia Lavonne.

Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Mellott of Thompson Township welcomed a new daughter into their home one day last week.

John Hockensmith of Saluvia, who was injured recently in a mine at Broad Top, was able to come home for the weekend.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 1, 1928


Deaths: Thomas Henry Litton of Hancock; Mrs. Phillip Divel of Hancock; Jacob Shafer of Huntingdon County; Margaret Ferne Deshong of New Enterprise.

Ira Waters of Burnt Cabins celebrated his 22nd birthday on Sunday.

Ira Mumma of Burnt Cabins left Sunday for State College where he has found employment.

A surprise party was held February 22 for veteran Scott Hann of Webster Mills in observance of his 83rd birthday.

A number of garments made by the local sewing club were exhibited at the recent state show in Harrisburg. Local prize winners were Maye Jarrett, Helen Grissinger and Nancy Nace.

Claire Miller celebrated her 17th birthday at a party on February 18.

Another birthday: the 81st of Mrs. George Sipe on February 26.

Mr. and Mrs. William Deavor of Lewistown announce the birth of a daughter, Caroline Nina, on February 12.

Mrs. Clarence Hoover is spending some time with her daughter, Madeline, who is seriously ill at the Mont Alto Sanitarium.

Fairview School has been closed because of diphtheria in the home of Berlyn Cutchall.

R.C. Smith of Northcraft took his mother, Mrs. E.A. Smith of Cumberland, last Tuesday for medical treatment.

Deaths: William Leroy Mort of Clear Ridge; Joan Garber, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Patterson of the Cove.

Tom Johnston was injured last Friday when a load of hay lurched, throwing him to the ground. A local doctor sewed up a big gash in his head.

Charles Otho Wolfe and Amy Ruth Black were married February 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Christ Shimer of McConnellsburg celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on February 21.

Rev. David Hollenshead spent a day last week inspecting his sawmill and timber holdings in the area of Harrisonville.

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