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FROM DAYS GONE BY

This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Patti (Pittman) Ramsey of Harrisonville, pictures McConnellsburg Elementary’s first-grade class in 1958-59. The teacher was Mrs. Clouser. Top row, left: ?, Kathy Lynch Cheryl Souders, Patsy Thomas, Sherry Creager, Kay Morton; second row: Pam Gobin, Erica Lorentz, Randy Keefer, Susan Brantner, Roger Garland, Dennis Lane; third row: Paul Mellott, Vickie Earley, Nancy Greathead, ?, Kenneth Spriggs, Gary Johnston; fourth row: ?, Peter Naugle, ?, Shirley Mellott, John Cutchall, Roger Deshong, Melissa Lodge, Patti Pittman; fifth row: Doris Deshong, Ronald Sipes, Donald Keefer, Valerie Kendall, Debora Paylor, Dean Seville, Steve Truax and ?.This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Patti (Pittman) Ramsey of Harrisonville, pictures McConnellsburg Elementary’s first-grade class in 1958-59. The teacher was Mrs. Clouser. Top row, left: ?, Kathy Lynch Cheryl Souders, Patsy Thomas, Sherry Creager, Kay Morton; second row: Pam Gobin, Erica Lorentz, Randy Keefer, Susan Brantner, Roger Garland, Dennis Lane; third row: Paul Mellott, Vickie Earley, Nancy Greathead, ?, Kenneth Spriggs, Gary Johnston; fourth row: ?, Peter Naugle, ?, Shirley Mellott, John Cutchall, Roger Deshong, Melissa Lodge, Patti Pittman; fifth row: Doris Deshong, Ronald Sipes, Donald Keefer, Valerie Kendall, Debora Paylor, Dean Seville, Steve Truax and ?.
20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 19, 1998

’98

Following a nearly 3-hour public meeting Monday evening, Ayr Township supervisors gave conditional final approval to Phase I of the Fulton County Industrial Development Association’s proposed South Central Business Park.

Local attorneys Stanley Kerlin and Dwight Harvey recently moved into new offices located in the new restored building on the town square. Kerlin purchased the home last year from the Freeda Gregory estate and then began a restoration both inside and out. The Greek Revival style building that dates circa 1852 is essentially the same style as the courthouse across the street also built in 1852.

Central Fulton School Board member and volunteer soccer coach Mahlon Shimer handed in his resignation to the board March 10, citing family and personal reasons for his stepping down from the position he has held for approximately 16 years. The board has 30 days to appoint a replacement for Shimer to serve until the next general election in November.

Officially the first day of spring this year will be Friday of this week, but the temperatures of late have been anything but springlike.

Serviceman Mike Keebaugh, son of Mike and Theresa Keebaugh of Hustontown, is currently serving in Kuwait.

Fulton County Commissioners gave the Warfordsburg Lions Club a 25-year lease for land at the Warfordsburg Community Park. Included in the construction at the park will be a baseball diamond, bleachers and possibly restroom facilities.

Alan Kelso of Kelso’s Restoration, together with his son, John, and restoration associate Loren Burch, visited “The Tonight Show” set and met with host Jay Leno on March 4 in Los Angeles, Calif. Leno, an avid antique car and motorcycle collector, has three steam cars he would like to restore. Kelso and Burch have been negotiating with Leno for the restoration jobs.

McConnellsburg Lady Spartans lost in the second round of state basketball playoffs to Kennedy Christian March 11. McConnellsburg finished its season 24-5, capturing a District 5 championship and going two rounds in state playoffs.

Barbara Diehl and Adam Hoover were united in marriage August 9 at Whips Cove United Church of Christ. Parents of the couple are Victor Diehl of Warfordsburg and Shirley Diehl of Breezewood and Frances Diehl and the late Allen Crown Diehl of Warfordsburg and McClellan and Betty Barnes of Breezewood.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Lowery on March 13.

Deaths: Charles Gobin Jr., McConnellsburg; Colen Detwiler, Orbisonia; Doris House, Hustontown; Florence Miller, Needmore; William Spade, Hagerstown; Rose Carbaugh, Greencastle; R. Eugene Arthur, Waynesboro; June Wible, Needmore.

Adam Thomas, Hustontown, and Jennifer Coffey, Hagerstown, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 31, 1988

’88

If you noticed the sign on the former Tomanetti’s Pizza establishment on Lincoln Way West then you know that the ’50s are coming. David and Darla Parrill of Martinsburg, W.Va., will be opening the restaurant called “The Fifties Place” sometime next week. The new restaurant will have a 50s atmosphere and will serve pizza and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches. The eatery will also feature 50s music and pinball machines.

The cost of mailing a first-class letter will rise to 25 cents beginning April 3.

Participation in the McConnellsburg area curbside recycling program is probably much higher than percentages indicate, according to Jim Hedges, one of the organizers of the voluntary program. It has been reported that participation was about 11 percent on the first pickup day on March 7 and had risen to 36 percent on the second pickup day on March 21. Area residents are encouraged to continue to participate in both the borough curbside program and, for those outside the curbside program area, in the Friends of the Library program.

Marriage licenses: Robert Burton, Warfordsburg, and Mary Garland, Warfordsburg; Leon Souders, Big Cove Tannery, and Cynthia Petersen, Big Cove Tannery; Preston Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, and Joyce Carbaugh, Mc- Connellsburg.

Miss Gina Kerlin, McConnellsburg, and Dale Waite, Fort Littleton, were united in marriage March 18 in Hagerstown.

Deaths: Shelly Taylor, Wells Tannery; H. Earl Crawford, Artemas; Helen Bishop, Warfordsburg; Pauline Gordon, Everett; Chester Bennett, Clear Spring; J. Mearl Shockey, Chambersburg; Samantha Hendershot, Kilmarock, Va.; Megan Stotler, Berkeley Springs; Wilbur Webb Shank, Hagerstown; Bethany Stotler, Berkeley Springs.

Tonya Rittenhouse and David House, both of Fort Littleton, were united in marriage March 12 at Pine Glen Church of the Brethren.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 23, 1978

’78

The robins are with us now in great numbers, but Harold Welsh phoned to say there were two pairs of them on his lawn over two weeks ago, long before there were any other signs of spring.

Fulton County’s first fatal accident for 1978 was recorded last Thursday with the death of a 60-year-old Missouri man who was killed as a result of a tractor-trailer accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, one mile west of Sideling Hill Plaza. The driver, John Pemerton Jr., 60, Slater, Mo., was pronounced dead on arrival at the Medical Center. The accident occurred during the unexpected snowstorm which caused hazardous driving conditions. The driver applied the brakes after his rig skidded on an icy patch, causing it to jackknife.

Ralph McMillan Gray, 67, Warfordsburg, was found dead one mile west of Dott on Route 643 in Bethel Township last Tuesday. Police reported that death was due to natural causes and the body was taken to Grove Funeral Home.

A two-span bridge over Aughwick Creek in southern Huntingdon County was damaged by an ice jam last Tuesday night at approximately 7:30 p.m. The bridge is located just west of the village of Maddensville, which is approximately four miles southeast of Three Springs. A detour has been established after engineers from the PennDOT District Office in Hollidaysburg were at the site last Wednesday to evaluate the situation. A first-hand account of the happening was reported by Mary and Charles Cutshall. They were parked at the edge of the bridge deciding if they should go across the creek with so much ice jammed under and around it. They didn’t have to decide very long; they watched the bridge burst and go down the creek a distance. The older people around Maddensville stated that a bridge at this location has never been wiped out as long as they can remember.

Specials at the IGA: eggs, 68 cents a dozen; pineapple, 39 cents; frozen strawberries, 3 boxes for $1; tomato soup, 6 cans for $1; sirloin tip roast, $1.49 lb.; whole smoke hams, $1.29 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith of Mapleton Depot on March 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keebaugh of Hustontown on March 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Hann of Mc- Connellsburg on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Straley of Lemasters on March 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Mellott of Needmore on March 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Fix of McConnellsburg on March 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ted Bivens of Berkeley Springs on March 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Robinson of McConnellsburg were honored at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary celebration March 19 at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Deaths: Ralph Gray, Warfordsburg; Ellis Smith, Fairhope; Ruth Hiquet, Saxton; Carrie Wilt, Everett; Elliott Stewart, Huntingdon; Mrs. Goldie Brant, McConnellsburg; George Lake, Harrisonville; Edgar Berkstresser; Chester Plessinger, Needmore; Mrs. Reba Hoch, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 4, 1968

’68

Fulton County had its first spring fire of 1968 on March 27, when approximately two acres of woodland burned near Wells Tannery. Again, somebody got careless. So far, it has been an unusually dry year, and the warm winds and warm temperatures combined are threatening to create a hazardous fire situation.

Plans for the Medical Center Auxiliary’s arts and crafts show, to be held at the American Legion April 25 and 26, are progressing.

Mr. and Mrs. Riley Sipes will hold an open house April 7 in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Lee Clark and Betty Mellott, both of Needmore, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Pine, Mercersburg, on March 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Souders, McConnellsburg, on March 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Hall, McConnellsburg, on March 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Murphy, Shade Gap, on March 26.

Congratulations to Terry McGowan for successfully completing 1,250 hours of barber classes at the Cambria County Barber School in Johnstown.

Specials at the local IGA: round steak, 9 cents lb.; Robin Hood flour, $1.79, 25-lb. bag; jelly bird eggs, 25 cents lb.

Men in service: Donald Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlen Bard of McConnellsburg, has been promoted to technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Birth: a son, Richard Lee, to Abram and Dessie Peck of Upper Strasburg, Pa.

Marlys Ann Palmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Palmer of Warfordsburg, successfully completed four years of study at the Pennsylvania State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education at commencement exercises March 23.

Deaths: Mrs. Goldie Hann, Waynesboro; Lester Mellott, Needmore; Reynolds Cooper, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 3, 1958

’58

Mr. and Mrs. John Enck attended the 10th anniversary concert of the Allentown Band on

Sunday. The concert was a tribute to John Philip

Sousa. Among those attending was the daughter of Mr. Sousa, whom Mr. and Mrs. Enck had the pleasure of meeting.

William Lister of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suffered a heart attack Saturday and is now a hospital patient. He is a brother of Clinton Lister of Knobsville, salesman for Richards Motors of McConnellsburg.

The ladies of the local Woman’s Club will take over Albert’s Atlantic Service Station on Saturday, with all proceeds to be used for Woman’s Club projects. Cars will also be washed by the ladies.

Gary Tritle, pictured on the front page of this issue, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Tritle of McConnellsburg, has completed his recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. The recruit training prepares the young Leathernecks for further specialized training at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

A Fulton County woman joined her husband as a patient at Chambersburg Hospital on Friday after she was injured in an automobile accident while driving to work. Mrs. Fay Souders, 44, Hustontown, was taken to the hospital suffering from injuries she received when thrown from her car. Her husband, Jack, has been a medical patient at the hospital since March 26. Driving alone to work at Fulton Manufacturing in McConnellsburg, Mrs. Souders was injured when she was hurled from her car after she struck a patch of ice, skidded and turned over twice. The accident happened on Rt. 522 1 1/2 miles north of Knobsville.

A service expansion and construction program to cost nearly $5.75 million this year has been announced by United Telephone Co., the largest in the history of the company and more than $1 million more than the 1957 expenditures. Jobs totalled $154,722 have been programmed for the McConnellsburg area. The 1,150 phones connected to the McConnellsburg dial exchange represent an increase of 165 telephones or 17 percent over one year ago. Since 1945, phones in the entire area served by United have increased from 30,000 to more than 92,500.

The Hustontown High School was broken into sometime Monday night and $10 to $15 in change was taken. State police are investigating this burglary, as well as those last week at the Lynch Store and the Gordon Garage.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hess of Dublin Mills celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary March 27.

Gifts now totalling $157.50 have been added to the Medical Center’s lasting memorials in memory of Miss Nelle Barmont. It has not been determined yet how this money is to be used.

A young gunman more than met his match Monday night in Banks Boyer, 79, a waiter employed at the Cove Mountain Restaurant on top of Tuscarora Mountain. Boyer, who resides at the restaurant, told police he was alone at 11:40 Monday night when a young man, who appeared to be about 25 years of age, walked into the restaurant, glanced around, pulled out a revolver and demanded “all the paper money” in the cash register. In the kitchen of the restaurant at the time was James Wearing, 59, operator of the restaurant and cook. As the young man kept flashing his pistol, Boyer called to Weavering “bring out the gun,” and the confused intruder turned and fled.

Four-year-old Dianne Fix of McConnellsburg was reunited with her parents on Saturday after being a guest for a brief time of the Chambersburg Police Department. The child, who became separated from her parents in the downtown business section of Chambersburg, was turned over to a patrolman by three young women who discovered the tot’s plight. Within 10 minutes after the child was taken to police headquarters, the distraught parents showed up at the station to enlist police help in locating their daughter, and were promptly reunited with their daughter.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Kerlin of Mill Creek on March 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Crouse of Knobsville on March 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nevin Shatzer of Chambersburg on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pine of Mercersburg on March 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Eisaman of Waterfall on March 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Ritchey of McConnellsburg on March 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seville of Big Cove Tannery on March 24; a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Riley Miller of McConnellsburg on March 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. R. Kuhn of Mc- Connellsburg on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McGarvey of McConnellsburg on March 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barber of Warfordsburg on March 28.

Deaths: Orville Guy Schetrompf of Greencastle; Mrs. Thena Alice Hockensmith of Chambersburg; Orlando Chalmer Piper of Shade Gap.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 8, 1948

’48

Pfc. John Foreman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Foreman, recently graduated as an electrical mechanic at Chanute Field, Ill., and will be stationed at Elgin Field, Fla.

Mrs. Fred Funk of Knobsville has been called to her home in Oil City due to the serious illness of her mother.

Mrs. Chas. A. Cutchall has received word of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Laura Sayre of St. Charles, Iowa.

Deaths: James Allen, well-known chef of McConnellsburg; Miss Estella Catherine Harper of Huntingdon; Edna Alfretta Snyder of Hustontown.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 7, 1938

’38

Deaths: Mrs. Harry Deshong of Licking Creek Township; Albert Clark of Bedford County; Verda Mae Snyder of Knobsville; David Miles Kline of near Saluvia; Mrs. Elmer Johnston of near Albia, Iowa.

Sixty-eight farmers have enrolled in the evening class at Warfordsburg High School. Under the direction of G.W. Gienger, supervisor of agriculture, the farmers are studying a course in “Growing Alfalfa.”

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 5, 1928

’28

Deaths: Amy Gordon Correll of Chesterfield County, Va.; Mrs. Mary Jane Gordon Fisher of Sharpe; William Baumgardner of McConnellsburg; Foster Hopple of Markes; Mrs. Charles Hixson of Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Jennie Patterson McDowell of near Lemasters; David Hockensmith of Cameron, Ill.; Mrs. Jessie Cooper Mull of York.

A valuable diamond ring belonging to Mrs. Roy Daniels, which she thought was lost or stolen about 10 months ago, was found last week by members of her family who were rummaging through a box of books in the attic.

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