2018-03-15 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Joland Mohr of Cottonwood, Minn., pictures Lemuel McClain’s greatgrandson and great-granddaughter, Dennis Renner and Joland, in 2016 on the farmplace where Lemuel and his second wife, Rose Broadstone McClain, lived from about 1890 to 1904. This 80 acres is in Poweshiek County, Iowa. Lemuel was the son of Joseph McClain and Eliza Barnett McClain and when he was 15 in 1860, the family lived in Taylor Township, Fulton County. In 1904, Lemuel and his wife moved back to Illinois. Lemuel is buried at the Bunker Hill Cemetery near Buda, Ill. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Joland Mohr of Cottonwood, Minn., pictures Lemuel McClain’s greatgrandson and great-granddaughter, Dennis Renner and Joland, in 2016 on the farmplace where Lemuel and his second wife, Rose Broadstone McClain, lived from about 1890 to 1904. This 80 acres is in Poweshiek County, Iowa. Lemuel was the son of Joseph McClain and Eliza Barnett McClain and when he was 15 in 1860, the family lived in Taylor Township, Fulton County. In 1904, Lemuel and his wife moved back to Illinois. Lemuel is buried at the Bunker Hill Cemetery near Buda, Ill. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 12, 1998


An unidentified black male in his early to late 30s robbed the Getty Mart, located along Route 16 in Ayr Township, last week taking money in the cash register by threatening a clerk at knifepoint. According to police, the robber entered the store March 5 at 9:30 p.m., brandishing a survival knife and threatened to kill the clerk if she did not comply with his wishes. The man fled the scene on foot taking an undisclosed amount of money. According to reports, the robber has been identified as being seen in the area over the last few months, as well as after the robbery occurred, however, witnesses have been unable to provide authorities with a name.

The Lady Spartans defeated Quigley Catholic in firstround basketball playoffs held Saturday to advance in the state playoffs.

Dr. Asha Potnis, pediatrician and her husband, Dr. Mohan Paranjpe, obstetrician-gynecologist, recently moved to Fulton County to fill the position of resident physicians at Mercersburg Medical Associates, a facility owned and operated by Fulton County Medical Center. The couple will also be working one day at week at the Medical Center.

A check for $2,500, representing proceeds from Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority’s Sweetheart Ball, was donated to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Marriage licenses: Douglas Steiner Sr., McConnellsburg, and Delores Ann Hopkins, McConnellsburg; Brenton Scott Seville, McConnellsburg, and Mary Kathleen Hoover, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Pauleman Castle, Hancock; Jennings Vanorsdale Sr., Berkeley Springs; Margaret Hedges, Zullinger; Vernon Close, Berkeley Springs; Estalene Dyer, Greencastle; Angela Bryner, Berkeley Springs; Henry Keefer Sr., North Carolina; Lester Young, Berkeley Springs; Denver Mellott, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 24, 1988


The district magistrate in Everett reports that their telephone has been ringing with incoming calls from people offering to pay Clint Eastwood’s speeding ticket. Clint got the ticket on the PA Turnpike in 1977 but never paid the $63 fine and costs. Now that the sordid details have been made public, Clint’s fans are rallying to clear this matter. The magistrate reports that the offers of payment have been turned down and the ticket was placed in the “dead” file back in 1980.

Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club will sponsor a “Meet The Pro” social night at the club on Saturday, March 26. Members and guests and prospective members are invited to attend and meet the club’s new pro, Ira Kramer.

The Star Theatre in Mercersburg, built between 1914 and 1916, may soon be refurbished and reopened as a theatre for the performing arts as well as a movie theatre. The borough of Mercersburg has applied for a grant through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to refurbish the West Seminar Street landmark.

Philip S. English, candidate for state treasurer, was campaigning in McConnellsburg on Monday. The Republican Party-endorsed candidate is presently the Erie City controller.

Lydell Mitchell, retired professional football player, spoke at an assembly at Central Fulton Tuesday. Mitchell, who played college football for Penn State and professional football with the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers, was sponsored as a guest speaker by the local school’s chapter of S.A.D.D.

Specials at the IGA: Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, 99 cents; oranges, $2.89, 10-lb. bag; russet potatoes, 99 cents, 10-lb. bag; Robin Hood flour, 69 cents, 5-lb. bag.

Deaths: Lee F. Mellott, McConnellsburg; Thurman C. Truax, Needmore; Goldie E. Cook, Fairborn Ohio; Caroline Palmer, Hagerstown; Donald Henry, Willow Hill.

Miss Tracy Wahlbrink of Annapolis, Md., and Christopher Garber of McConnellsburg were united in marriage November 7 at St. Stephen’s Church in Crownsville, Md. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Wahlbrink of Annapolis and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Loy Garber of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kyne of Berkeley Springs on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Weicht of Everett on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sheeder of Orbisonia on March 16.

James and Delores Purnell of Wells Tannery announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Kay to George David Noll, son of Earl Noll and the late Martha Huntingdon Noll of Deland, Fla.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 16, 1978


A Needmore area farmer and a federal civil servant were honored at the annual dinner meeting of the Fulton Conservation District. The

Goodyear Award for superior performance in the practice of soil conservation was presented to Ray Adelsberger. Stanley Palmer of Warfordsburg received the district’s Outstanding Conservationist award.

Bedford state police are investigating a series of burglaries involving a large number of guns taken from homes in the Everett and Hopewell areas. Five guns and coins worth a total of $965 were taken from the Frank Foor Jr. home of Everett. Seven guns, a CB radio and coins valued at $88.50 were taken from the Thomas Donelson home in Everett and nine guns valued at $1,780 were taken from the Ralph Higquet Hopewell home.

Gulf Oil Corp. has joined the growing number of firms buying up oil and gas leases in the county. There are now three firms actively scouring the county and rumor has it a fourth is soon to follow. So far, we have heard of no actual drilling activity.

Specials at the IGA: lettuce, 31 cents a head; Del Monte peaches, 49 cents a can; Esskay Silver Label hams, $1.19; Banquet TV dinners, 2 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Keefer of Hancock on March 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Goshorn of Blairs Mills on March 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Foor of Three Springs on March 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Miller Jr., McConnellsburg, on March 8.

Those from the area who were included in the dean’s list at Bob Jones University, Greensvillle, S.C., are as follows: Daniel Leese, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese, Needmore and Miss Ruth Louise Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Ray Anderson of Three Springs.

Marriage licenses: Gerald Eugene Foster and Sheryl L. Vogt, both of McConnellsburg; Steven Deshong, McConnellsburg, and Kathy Keefer, Mercersburg.

Deaths: George Swope Sr., Youngstown, Ohio; Robert Clark, Three Springs; Rev. Colins Shade, for- merly of Hustontown; Ricky Knable, Chambersburg (killed in a crash of a Marine Corps helicopter near Camp Lejeune, N.C.); Mrs. Myrtle Peck, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 28, 1968


The state police substation in McConnellsburg will be moved this summer to a brand new building, now being constructed by Mack H.

Horton, local contractor. The new quarters for the state troopers serving Fulton County will be located along Route 522 north, opposite the Valley Treat Restaurant, approximately two miles north of McConnellsburg. Since 1957, the state police substation has been located in the building on Lincoln Way East, which is owned by Charles Taylor York. This building was converted for a private residence to serve as a police barracks.

Fulton County Medical Center recently received word that its request for a grant of $85,000 to cover approximately one-third of the cost of constructing a new wing to the hospital has been tentatively approved by the state and will be appropriated from the Hill-Burton funds. The remainder of the total amount needed will be raised locally by means of an intensive fundraising campaign, which is expected to get under way in the near future.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Earl Juffs, Warfordsburg, on March 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jones, Coalmont, Md., on March 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stains, McConnellsburg, on March 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hendershot, Warfordsburg, on March 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dennison, Shirleysburg, on March 23.

Specials at the IGA: Scott big roll towels, 25 cents; chuck roast, 43 cents lb.; TV dinners, 33 cents; Tide, 69 cents, 3-lb. box.

Cpl. Ralph Kell of the local state police substation underwent back surgery at Washington County Hospital on Monday.

Kit Lorentz, son of Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz, a sophomore at Yale University, is touring the Western states as a member of the university’s Glee Club.

Now showing at the Fulton Theatre: Paul Newman as “Cool Hand Luke.”

Deaths: Watson Peck Warfordsburg; George Hamil, Chambersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 25, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. George Richards moved from their farm in Todd Township to their home in McConnellsburg Monday.

Mrs. Homer Black has returned to her home here after undergoing surgery at Chambersburg Hospital.

Miss Maud Ott returned home from Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday after undergoing eye surgery.

A fast-moving fire, that apparently started from spilled gasoline, destroyed an Everett business and apartment building on Sunday evening and seriously threatened the town’s main business section. The building, which housed Helen’s Dress Shop and had apartments upstairs, suffered damage estimated at $35,000.

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

The Preaching Mission, sponsored annually by the Mc- Connellsburg Minsterium, will be held in the local Methodist church, beginning Palm Sunday evening and continuing through Wednesday evening. The principal speaker will be Rev. James Moyer, president of the Mercersburg Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

The Fulton County Council of United Church Women will observe its 10th anniversary at its spring conference in the local Methodist church on May 17.

Bids were opened last Friday for the proposed construction of a four-lane highway east of Everett on Route 30. The official low bid of $1,900,257 was submitted by the Central Pennsylvania Quarry, Stripping and Construction Co. at Hazelton

Three Farm Bureau meetings have been scheduled in Fulton County for April. Patrons of Ritz Bros. of Buck Valley will meet in the Buck Valley Methodist Church on April 3; those of John Culler and son of McConnellsburg will meet at the local firehall on April 15; and patrons of F.E. Palmer will meet April 17 at Green Hill School.

Investigation of two larceny cases on Friday night is currently being undertaken by state police. The grocery store, operated by Jake Lynch on Timber Ridge, was broken into by smashing the front door glass. Change from the cash register and candy and cigarettes were stolen. Police said $5 would cover the loss. Gordon’s Garage at Needmore was entered in the same manner. Tax pennies and candy and cigarettes were reported stolen. Police estimated the loss in this case at $12. Police also reported a wave of hub cap stealing is going on in the county, 11 of the discs having been reported stolen in the past two weeks.

Army Pvt. Harold Ray, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray of McConnellsburg, recently participated in a field training exercise with the 802nd Field Artillery Battalion in Germany.

Mrs. Samuel Mellott, 83, Harrisonville, was severely burned last Wednesday evening and listed as critical when she was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital at midnight. She was burned when her husband applied fuel oil to a fire to rekindle it and the oil exploded. Mr. Mellott suffered first and second-degree burns of the hands.

Miss Shirley Gordon of Warfordsburg is home on leave after finishing the basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Antonio, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sigel have purchased the former Howard Layton property on Route 522, near Cedar Grove and, after extensive remodelling, expect to move in on the first of April.

Since the new annex has been opened at the Medical Center, the hospital has been overrun with visitors, at all hours of the day and hight. To bring order out of this chaos and more proper care of patients, restrictions have now been placed on the hours and numbers of visitors.

Donald Appleby and Betty Strait were married March 8.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 1, 1948


Jacob Jaymes, 67, Burnt Cabins, was admitted to the Huntingdon Hospital last Thursday evening suffering from injuries he received when he was thrown from his buggy when it was hit by an automobile.

Donations and pledges for the proposed Fulton County Medical Center now total $53,000.

Mrs. Alvey Mellott returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital Saturday for observation and treatment.

Linda, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kendall, recently underwent an appendectomy at Chambersburg Hospital.

Mrs. A. Cloyd Gress remains in a critical condition in the Waynesboro Hospital.

Harold Knable, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jabez Knable of Needmore, had both bones in his right forearm broken on Monday when he tried to crank a farm truck.

Wallace A. Mellott of Harrisonville has completed a course in artificial breeding at Penn State.

Recent births: a daughter, Darlene Kay, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Myers on March 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Smith of McConnellsburg on March 31.

The body of a young war hero, who was born at Mc- Connellsburg, is now on its way home aboard a U.S. Army Transport. The youth, Pfc. John Marshall, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Marshall, now of Mount Union. He gave up his life for his country in France on September 10, 1944.

A kitchen shower was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clem Chilcote in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ramsey, newlyweds of northern Taylor Township.

A party was held recently at Warfordsburg in honor of the 40th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. B.O. Crist.

John Patrick Fox Tuberty and Genavive M. Booth were married March 20.

Deaths: Mrs. Alice Eby (Orth) Fraker of Fort Littleton; Henry Fisher of York; James Bard of Harrisonville.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 31, 1938


Deaths: George Ludwig Fischer of Buck Valley; Mrs. Ellie Akers of near Inglesmith, Bedford County; Mrs. Virginia Barton of Crystal Spring; Mrs. John Stiffler of Bedford.

The annual declamation and glee club contests among the high schools of Fulton County will be held in McConnellsburg auditorium on Friday evening. Medals will be awarded to the first three in the declamation contest, while a plaque will be awarded to the winning glee club.

Eugene Leedy and Edna Daniels were married Thursday.

“The world is in a state of flux; change is the order of the day,” said Dr. Lester Ade, superintendent of Public Instruction in Pennsylvania, when he addressed Fulton County teachers and the general public in the McConnellsburg auditorium last Thursday evening. This was Dr. Ade’s first visit in the county.

An item taken from the Straton Press in Colorado says that George Reeder left an egg in that office which measured three inches in circumference one way and 14 1/2 inches the other way, the largest egg ever shown in those parts. George was born near Hustontown and has many relatives living in Fulton County

Charles Alvin Jones, one of the Democratic candidates or nomination for governor, visited Fulton County on Wednesday. He had lunch at the Harris Hotel where he greeted many voters.

More than 300 people visited the Hustontown High School on Friday night to view the many exhibits on display for the fourth annual hobby fair.

Mrs. Lewis Youse broke ground last week for her new home in McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Harry Mock of Altoona, who was called here last Thursday due to the death of her brother, William Snyder, is spending a few days with her sister, Mrs. Norman Coper.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mosebey of East McKeesport are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son on March 23. The new one will be named William Lyle. Mrs. Mosebey is the former Edith Knepper, daughter of Charles Knepper of Center.

The stork left a new son last Thursday morning in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Waters of Burnt Cabins. He has been named James Ira.

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hall buried their infant son at Pleasant Hill last Thursday.

While Lloyd Kerlin of Burnt Cabins was cutting down trees on Friday morning, his axe slipped and hit him on the forehead. Dr. Mc- Clain used three stitches to close the wound.

The barn and contents on the farm of Frank Booher of Three Springs were destroyed by fire on Sunday.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 29, 1928


A marriage license was granted in Bedford to Daniel George Miller of Waterfall and Nina Edna Dever of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Emma Trout has sold her residence on North Second Street and the tearoom on Tuscarora Mountain to ex-county commissioner Cloyd Gress. The price for both was $7,000.

Miss Mary Cunningham was honored at a party on March 9 to celebrate her 17th birthday.

Deaths: Miss Annie Dickson of McConnellsburg; Kenneth Eugene Hamil of Altoona; Mrs. Howard Campbell of Pittsburgh; Devona Clara Null of Big Valley; Paul Chester Houpt of near Mercersburg.

Harold Reese of Burnt Cabins has purchased the stock of groceries from F.M. Shoop and will open a store i n what was known as the grange hall at that place.

Roy McGehee and family left Burnt Cabins last Thursday for their new home in Lewistown.

Donald Kope and Junie Chesnut were married Saturday.

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