2018-04-12 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Brenda Truax of Hustontown, pictures three Hustontown Fire Co. members in the early 1970s. From left: John Hann (deceased), Ralph Mellott and Clark Brant, who was fire chief from 1967-1980. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Brenda Truax of Hustontown, pictures three Hustontown Fire Co. members in the early 1970s. From left: John Hann (deceased), Ralph Mellott and Clark Brant, who was fire chief from 1967-1980. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 9, 1998


A Saturday morning fire that caused $375,000 in damage to Calvary Independent Baptist

Church has brought state and federal investigators as well as an arson trained dog to Fulton County this week to determine th origin of the blaze. Authorities are unwilling to reveal or speculate if the fire was arson related or possibly due to faulty wiring, however, a black Labrador is being used on the scene to smell for traces of fuel that may have been used. Since the beginning of the year, arson has damaged or destroyed six separate rural churches across western Pennsylvania in Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland and Somerset counties. Since then President Clinton has ordered ATF agents to be present in any investigation involving church fires. Meanwhile Rev. Carroll said services for the 100 parishioners who currently attend the Baptist church will be conducted at the Fulton Theatre.

In one of the largest search and rescue parties to take place in Fulton County in recent years, foot, horse and dog patrols swept Scrub Ridge Mountain for nearly 24 hours to ironically find a McConnellsburg man 150 yards from his home where he had been reported missing March 31. Galen Hanks, McConnellsburg, was discovered at 3:15 p.m. on April 1 by three men of the Southern West Virginia Mountain rescue group. They found Hanks conscious and lying bent over a log in a brush-covered hollow between his home and a neighbor’s garage. Hanks, who is afflicted with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, had presumably tripped over the logs as he was wandering around the wooded area. He was transported to the Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

Three members of Sideling Hill Forestry Department with help from the Pennsylvania Game Commission captured a mature bald eagle that was discovered near Bark Road March 30. The eagle was approximately two feet tall and had a six-foot wing span and was only able to fly for short distances a few feet off the ground. The bird was captured and transported to the Animal Medical Hospital in State College for trauma as well as insecticide and lead poisoning, which is common in various bird species.

Helen Overly and Ronnie Boyer shared the spotlight Saturday evening as Fulton County Chamber of Commerce bestowed upon them their highest honors – the Outstanding Citizen and the Man of the Year awards.

Fulton County Game Protector Mark Crowder recently retired after 21 years of service to the PA Game Commission.

“Fiddler On The Roof” opens April 16 at McConnellsburg High School auditorium. Clara Hendricks and Tom Brown star in the musical.

Joe and Sharon Snyder of Waterfall announce the engagement of their daughter, Bobbie Jo, to Jared Wilt, son of Charlotte Wilt of McConnellsburg, and the late Gary Wilt.

Deaths: William Clark, Three Springs; Carl Anderson, Shade Gap; Zelda Ramsey, Hustontown.

Marriage licenses: Patrick Kelly, Needmore, and Karen Hann, Needmore; Jacob Mills, Shade Gap, and Linda Mitchell, Shade Gap; Todd Fisher, Warfordsburg, and Jodi Wilt, McConnellsburg; Troy Miller, McConnellsburg, and Mitzi Ramsey, Hustontown; Chad Bard, McConnellsburg, and April Fritz, McConnellsburg.

Dreama Hann and Norman “Bubby” Everts Jr. announce their engagement.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 21, 1988


The first day of trout season opened on Saturday with below normal temperatures and snow flurries, but an awful lot of people in the county got up at dawn to go fishing.

Voters will face a lengthy ballot at Tuesday’s primary election as they choose their party’s candidates for federal, state, judicial, delegate and committee positions. In the presidential race, Republican voters will see the names of Pat Robertson, Bob Dole and George Bush on the ballot, although Dole has formally withdrawn from the race and Robertson’s candidacy seems no more than symbolic at this stage of the race. Democratic voters can choose from Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakais, Jennifer Wesner, Gary Hart, Lyndon Larouch Jr., Paul Simon and Dick Gephardt, although only Gore, Dukakis and Jackson still seem to be in the running for that party’s nomination at this point.

Needmore is a boom town lately. They have a new post office. They are getting a new senior citizens center and there is even talk of putting a branch bank there. What it already has, though, is citizen Clem Lake. Clem is 95 years old and has voted in 19 presidential elections. He began voting in presidential elections in 1912 when he voted for Woodrow Wilson and he hasn’t missed an election since then. He’s looking forward to April 26 when he will vote in the primary of his 20th presidential election.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Timko of McConnellsburg are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Lee Alan, on March 21, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Specials at the IGA: turkey breast, 98 cents a lb.; Scot towels, 59 cents; chuck roast, $1.58 lb.; strawberries, 69 cents a pint; Russet potatoes, 98 cents, 10-lb. bag.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Meyers of Orbisonia on April 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Golden of Hancock on April 12.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ott of McConnellsburg are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Emile Rose, on April 4, at Chambersburg Hospital.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 13, 1978


The old United Methodist Church at Knobsville is soon to be torn down and removed from the site. The trustees are now taking bids for the razing and would like the work completed in six months. The church was built in 1886 and the people of the area will be sad to see it go. However, the old steeple will be removed and eventually be placed on the new church, which was recently built at the picnic grove just north of Knobsville. The site where the old church stood will eventually be part of the cemetery.

Awarded top honors at Future Farmers of America banquets last week were Brian Figard and Danny Lake. Brian was recognized during the Forbes Road FFA annual banquet for the Keystone Farmer Award, one of the most prestigious FFA awards given in the state. Brian is a 1977 graduate of Forbes Road High School and he now operates a farm in Wells Tannery, where he lives with his wife, Nancy, and 19-month-old son Jason. Danny was the recipient of the DeKalb Award last Thursday at the McConnellsburg FFA banquet.

Nonagenarian Arbie Rotz, McConnellsburg, turned 95 last Wednesday. She was born in a country home in Todd Township on April 5, 1883, a daughter of David and Mary Jane Grissinger Rotz. Her four brothers and two sisters have all passed away, but surviving nieces and nephews hosted a birthday party for her last week. To what does she attribute her longevities? “Because I’ve never married,” Miss Rotz replied.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keefer, Mercersburg, have announced the marriage of their daughter, Kathy Renee, to Steven Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Deshong, McConnellsburg. They were married in St. Paul Lutheran Church on March 18.

Marriage licenses: Mark Hale of Wells Tannery and Cherry Fraker of Fort Littleton; Darius Dale Chapman and Debra Kay Palmo, both of Berkeley Springs; Allan Andrews Akers Jr., Crystal Spring, and Kathy Eileen Hixon, Crystal Spring; Steven Morris and Wanda Hammaker, both of Warfordsburg; Jacob Strait, Harrisonville, and Lori Souders, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: catsup, 3 for $1; Red Delicious apples, 2-lbs., 89 cents; Downy fabric softener, 33 ozs., 89 cents; pork roast, $1.19 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Covert of Hustontown on March 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lindsay of Mercersburg on March 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miller Sr., Berkeley Springs, on April 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Hornbaker of Mercersburg on April 1.

Deaths: Emery Parks, Altoona; Myrtle Anderson, Orbisonia; Mary Palmer, Greencastle; Mrs. Marian Shimer, McConnellsburg; Freda Tilley, Wells Tannery.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 25, 1968


Stanley Palmer of Warfordsburg, technician for the Conservation Service in Fulton County, was promoted last week to the position of GS-6

Conservation Technician.

Nearly 150 stockholders and friends gathered at the local firehall Thursday evening on the occasion of The First National Bank’s annual stockholders’ banquet.

Ida Lininger, a guest at the Decker Nursing Home, will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 3.

The board of directors of the Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club decided at a meeting on Monday night that the swimming pool at the club would be open to members and their guests starting May 30 and would remain open throughout the summer months from 1 p.m to 8 p.m. every day.

McConnellsburg officials of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Fulton County Jaycees and the Franklin County Sports Car Club of Chambersburg have announced the scheduling of a championship hill climb event to be held at McConnellsburg on June 29 and 30. The road course will be approximately seven-tenths of a mile in length with various turns and curves along with a straight portion of road.

Marriage licenses: Warren Sharpe Palmer of Mc- Connellsburg and Kathy Romaine Batdorff of Harrisonville.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm Jr., Breezewood, on April 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Anderson, Hustontown, on April 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuade, Mc- Connellsburg, on April 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Shives, Needmore, on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Deremer, Breezewood, on April 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clippinger, Big Cove Tannery, on April 16.

Specials at the IGA: Hi-C fruit drinks, 29 cents; IGA saltines, 19 cents 1-lb. box; Hills Bros. coffee, $1.39.

Alice Funk became the bride of Isaac Hensley on Sunday.

Linda Heefner of Hustontown became the bride of David Cook, also of Hustontown, on April 20.

Deaths: C.D. Black, Johnstown; William Hendershot, Buck Valley; Ruth Coffman, Saxton; Gilbert Deshong, Harrisonville; Ray Mellott, Cortland, Ohio; Elmer Schooley, Harrisonville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 24, 1958


Ralph Lininger Jr. and family have moved from their home here to Orrstown, from where he will operate a service station in Shippensburg.

Trooper and Mrs. William Eiker have bought the Lininger home, located in Fairview Extension.

Donald Martin, manager of the A&P Store here, spent part of this week in Saxton familiarizing himself with the operation of a supermarket in preparation of the opening of such an A&P Store here.

Harry Kesselring, an employee of the Mack H. Horton Building Supply, has returned from Chambersburg Hospital where he was a patient for five weeks as the result of an accident that injured his left eye.

The library building was moved last week to its new location at the rear of the courthouse annex. The actual moving operation was carried out by Paul Mellott, associate of the H.B. Mellott Estate Inc. He has also completed the initial phase of the construction of a patron parking lot at the rear of The First National Bank, where the library building formerly was located. The bank donated the building to the library and paid for its removal. A rear entrance has also been added to the bank for the convenience of patrons using the parking lot and the restrooms and lounge have been redecorated for the additional convenience of customers.

Homer Powell, head of the English department at Warfordsburg, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital rather than Baltimore as reported last week. He expects to be placed in a body cast and be back on his feet in a short time. He suffered a back injury two weeks ago in an auto crash.

A McConnellsburg woman was seriously injured in a spectacular accident at Fort Loudon early Monday morning. Mrs. Edith Clark, 45, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital and shortly thereafter was taken to surgery where she was treated for a severe flesh wound which extended from the knee to the ankle of her right leg. An employee of the U-Wanna-Wash Frock Co. in Fort Loudon, Mrs. Clark was injured when she stepped outside the plant door and was bowled over by a car which careened onto the plant grounds after being involved in an accident in Fort Loudon. The out-of-control car was driven by Thomas Jenkins, 53, an employee of Letterkenny Ordnance Depot, who swerved the car to avoid another vehicle which pulled onto the highway in front of him. In doing so, his car hit the rear fender of the other car, causing the Jenkins car to go out of control. The Jenkins car then veered into the driveway of the plant, hit a parked car, bowled over Mrs. Clark, who had just stepped out of the plant and came to a halt when it crashed into the plant building. Damage was estimated at $500 to the building, $250 to Jenkins’ car and $20 to the other two cars. Fate played an unusual hand in the accident as far as the two local persons are concerned. Mrs. Clark, who makes her home with the Jenkins family, usually travels with Jenkins on a bus to their respective places of employment. On Monday morning, however, they were about to board the bus when Jenkins discovered he had forgotten something. He returned to his home to get it and then drove his car to work, Mrs. Clark going ahead on the bus.

Time will step ahead one hour here at 2 a.m. Sunday.

The state has ruled that the speed signs in Mc- Connellsburg reading “25 miles per hour” are illegal. The 25-mph limit applies only to congested areas and does not apply to the entire borough. Council will now have to decide whether to erect some signs reading “end of 25-mile-zone” or make signs to read “35 miles per hour.” The state survey also found a sign violation in Hustontown, but the nature of this sign was not revealed.

Donald Lynch, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Lynch of Mc- Connellsburg, has resigned as a supervising principal of the Southern Huntingdon County Schools to accept a position as mathematics instructor at St. Petersburg Junior College in St. Petersburg, Fla. He had been at Orbisonia for 12 years. His wife, Mrs. Ruth Lynch, also resigned as home economics instructor at Orbisonia High School to accept a position as a fourth-grade teacher in St. Petersburg. Lynch was the first supervising principal of Southern Huntingdon School Jointure, which was formed in 1956.

On Saturday, Harry Brant and Foster Ambrose, who have been trapping varmints all winter, caught one of the largest wildcats Mr. Ambrose has ever seen in his years of trapping. The cat was caught near a turkey pen on Mr. Brant’s farm in Licking Creek Township, but the cat’s leg was too badly mangled by the trap to be taken to the Ambrose farm. The two men have caught about 75 different kinds of varmints in an area of three square miles.

Lightning can strike twice at the same place and was proven last week on a country farm. On Saturday night, lightning struck at the Ben Mills farm at Warfordsburg, killing a cow valued at $200. On Sunday afternoon, lightning struck again at the Mills farm, but the only damage that time was putting the phone out of order.

Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower and several friends shopped in Chambersburg on Saturday. The first lady arrived without advanced notice, but by time she left, a curious crowd had arrived to get a glimpse of her.

Republican Arthur McGongle, candidate for governor, and Hugh Scott, candidate for the U.S. Senate, will speak at the courthouse here next Tuesday.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr.and Mrs. John Sponsler of McConnellsburg on April 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brown of Hustontown on April 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hill of Needmore on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Smith of Hancock on April 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Well of Warfordsburg on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Brantner of Waterfall on April 20.

Jody Snyder has been elected as the first president of the Knobsville 4-H Club.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Barbara Ann James to Leland Charles Cisney.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Mollie Rohrer of Wells Valley; William Motler of Columbia, Pa.; Ray Byers of Fort Loudon; Mrs. Minnie Pearl Gatins of Fort Littleton; Miss Bess Virginia Grissinger of McConnellsburg; Hannah Elizabeth Reinbeck of Erie.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 29, 1948


Theodore College of town suffered a fractured skull and fractured nose when he fell off the bleachers at the annual track meet here on Saturday. He was taken to Chambersburg Hos pital for treatment.

The Pittsburgh Press will send a reporter here next week to help boost the Fulton County Medical Center. The reporter will gather material for a special feature, “The Country Doctor,” using Dr. E.H. McKinlay as the subject.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mowen of Cito announce the birth of a daughter on April 27.

The Fort Littleton baseball team, made up of players from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, has won three out of six games played against high school teams. Last Thursday, they defeated Green Hill 15-3 and, on Monday of this week, trimmed Saltillo by a 12-5 score.

Joe Brehany, a scout for the Pittsburgh Baseball Club, was here on Tuesday to observe the playing tactics of Carl Paylor. Brehany said that the Pirates are definitely interested in the local star.

At the field meet here on Saturday, Eugene Schriever, 16-year-old athlete from Warfordsburg, failed to clear the bar in the pole vault, falling into the pit in such a manner that he broke his arm.

Deaths: John Lammerer of Brush, Colo.; James Duvall of Lakemont; Mrs. Isaphene (Edwards) McKelvey Barnett of Youngstown, Ohio; Mrs. Henry Newman of Rockwood; Harry Foreman of Burnt Cabins; Roy Walter Layton of Warfordsburg.

Nhyle Helman and Mary Ellen Spangler were married on April 28.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 28, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Mary McKnight of Arlington, Va.; John Cunningham of Hastings, Neb.; Edward McQuait of Altoona; Mrs. Charles Fries of near Mercersburg; Mrs. Edward Fetterhoff.

The winner of the recent scholarship contest, sponsored by the local American Legion Post, was announced this week. Prof. David Chapman, head of the history department of the Mercersburg Academy, judged the entries and selected the essay of Harriet Knepper of Hustontown High School as the best. Second place was awarded to Louise Betty of Warfordsburg High School. Essays were also submitted by Izora Lynch of Warfordsburg; Thelma Deshong, Green Hill, and Alicia Hart of Warfordsburg. The winner of the contest will be awarded a scholarship furnished by Sen. Ealy.

Max Stenger and Thomas Morton are now making plans to open a men’s clothing store in the former post office building. The young men will make a buying trip to Baltimore next week. Tom is a senior at the local high school while Max graduated last year.

Attorney General Margiotti has ruled that the name of Pennsylvania State College can be changed only by a three-fold approval of the board of trustees of the college, the State Council of Education and the Common Pleas Court of Centre County.

Russell Dogherty and Dorothy Gress were married on Easter.

Mrs. Lee Catlett of Needmore has been taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Truax, where she continues to be seriously ill.

Ralph Akers, 35, and Pau Nixon, 23, both of Cumberland, were killed in an automobile accident on April 17.

Mrs. Roy Kendall of town and Mrs. Carl Becker of York entertained a group of young people at a birthday party on Saturday. The occasion was in honor of Jack Kendall’s 11th birthday on April 24 and Dorothy Becker’s’ ninth birthday on April 25.

Roy Deshong was injured last week while working on the new highway near New Grenada when the cab of a shovel hit him.

Deaths: Mrs. Myrtle Shore of Oak Gove; Mrs. Harry Benson of Cherry Grove.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 26, 1928


Deaths: William Lowery of near Harrisonville; Mrs. Rebecca Hanks Foster of Altoona; Mrs. Hannah Cromer of Pittsburgh; James Snare of Shirleysburg.

On Saturday Margaret Naugle, Sara McGowan and Alda and Mary Foreman of Burnt Cabins hiked to Fannettsburg. When the heavy rains came, they were extremely glad to meet Harry Naugle in his closed car.

William Stigers of Warfordsburg lost a cow valued at $150 last week.

Violet Schetrompf of Buck Valley left on Sunday for Mt. Wilson, Md., where she will be employed in the sanitarium.

The dwelling house and outbuildings on the farm owned by Clem Creek and tenanted by William Wertz were destroyed by fire of unknown origin on Friday night.

Death: Rev. J.A. Cowan of Wattsburg, Erie County.

Walter Shaw is remodeling his home on North Second Street, intending to open up a lunchroom for tourists.

Ray Hess’ school at Dublin Mills has adopted this slogan “Not for school but for life we learn.”

Charles Edwards has moved to Ira Lake’s farm, Mr. Lake going to Indiana County where he has worked in a coal mine.

Leroy Mellott has purchased the Mays Chapel schoolhouse and grounds for $91.

On Monday of this week, a full truckload – 80 cans – of brook trout were delivered to the sportsmen of the county for distribution in four different streams.

The residence of Lee Funk near Needmore was totally destroyed by fire last Thursday forenoon.

Marshall Carbaugh and Goldie King were married April 13.

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