2018-08-02 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures herself and her brother, Carl Gordon, celebrating Easter around 1943. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures herself and her brother, Carl Gordon, celebrating Easter around 1943. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 30, 1998


The first four pages of this issue are missing from the files of the “News.” Fulton County 9- and 10-year-old Little League All-Stars took third place in the Everett tournament. Members of the team are Derek Long, Kevin Hinkle, Jordan Brady, Russell Glazier, Scott Cromer, Andy Swope, Andrew Doyle, Josh McClosky, Joey Mickey, Mark Lynch, Tyler Smith, Jesse Richards, Kegan Zeger, Stephen Deshong, coaches Ned Cromer, Lou McClosky and Tim Cromer.

The 115th annual Shade Gap Picnic is going on now thru August 1.

Julie Berkstresser of Harrisonville has been accepted to Lock Haven University for the fall 1998 semester. She is a physician assistant major and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Berkstresser.

Christopher Snyder, son of Larry and Lorraine Snyder of Wells Tannery, was awarded his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Meicine on May 24.

Julie Decker and Kevin Shafer announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and Eileen Decker of Harrisonville and Kevin and Crystal Shafer of Needmore.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Hollis True of Big Cove Tannery on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Theron Brennan on July 23.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 11, 1988


An anonymous tip to state police at McConnellsburg led to the discovery and destruction of two large patches of marijuana plants in Belfast Township last Friday morning. Police removed the plants and transported them to the PennDOT garage where they were burned in an incinerator.

Dr. Michael Peck has returned to his hometown to associate with longtime Fulton County practitioner Dr. Russell McLucas. He will establish a general practice in Fulton County. Dr. Peck and his wife, Dr. Susan Peck, will reside south of McConnellsburg. Susan Peck and Steven R. Sheppard will open their obstetrical and gynecological practice in St. Thomas and McConnellsburg, effective August 8. The practice will be known as Mountain View Obstetrics and Gynecology. The physicians will refer their patients to Fulton County Medical Center.

About 50 persons attended the grand opening of the new county Republican Party headquarters at 656 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, on August 8.

John Gracey, 56, Waterfall, was among the more than 1,200 senior citizens who participated in the eighth annual Pennsylvania Senior Games held at Shippensburg University August 2-6. Gracey competed in the bicycle road race, 50-yard swim, 400-yard swim, 100-meter run and 400-meter run and finished first in the bicycle; second in both swimming events; third in the 400-meter run; and fourth in the 100-meter run to win one gold, silver and one bronze medal.

Deaths: Margaret Black, McConnellsburg; Charles Burton, Hancock; John Doyle, Great Falls, Mont.; Paul McCans, Chambersburg; Martin Shatzer, Spring Run; Alberta Walker, Three Springs; Ronald Walker, Three Springs; Lavina Hann, McConnellsburg; Melvin Reeder Sr., Dillsburg; Paul Layton, Breezewood.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Keefer of Mercersburg on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Hockenberry of Fannettsburg on August 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Mellott of Needmore on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Truax of Berkeley Springs on August 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pittman of Warfordsburg on August 3.

Marriage licenses: Allen Garlock, McConnellsburg, and Laurie Scott, Harrisburg; Bryan Sipes, McConnellsburg, and Rebecca Black, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 3, 1978


John W. “Ike” McCormick died early last Wednesday of a gunshot wound of the chest inflicted in an apparent holdup near his Washington, D.C., home. McCormick, a native of Hancock, was the owner of the Harris Hotel in McConnellsburg, which was closed about two years ago and is no longer in operation. He was also part owner of the McCormick Hotel in Hancock. He had made his home in Washington for many years. Police said he had parked his Diamond cab a short distance from his home in southeast Washington a little after 3 a.m. last Wednesday. He was walking toward his home when he was apparently held up and shot in the chest by an unknown assailant.

Paul and Helen Lininger had their house at 116 North Third Street insulated last week and workmen doing the job found that the frame house was a solid log structure underneath. It was built in the early 1840s and it is thought at one time to have been either the Methodist Church or the parsonage.

A 27-year-old Needmore native has been named administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office in McConnellsburg. John K. Johnston, a former vocational-agriculture teacher, assumed the title of executive director for Fulton County on July 31. He replaces Ralph Layton, who retired last winter. Johnston’s late father, John W. Johnston, taught at Warfordsburg High School and both his brothers, Roy and Tom, were certified vo-ag instructors.

Marriage licenses: James Howard Gochnour and Nancy Jane Fisher, both of Woodbury; Jeffrey Mark Miller and Linda Diane Watkins, both of Robertsdale.

Specials at the IGA: bananas, 19 cents lb.; Shasta soda, 8 cans for $1; Domino sugar, 89 cents, 5 lbs.; Hills Bros. coffee, $2.59 lb.

McConnellsburg’s Bob Snyder ran the 5,000-meter in a time of 15:34 last Sunday to take seventh place at the National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo. Snyder, one of eight 5,000-meter runners chosen to participate in the festival, said he found running at an altitude of 5,900 feet to be very difficult. A native of Colorado Springs won the 5,000-meter event with a time of 14:30.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Chilcote of Mapleton Depot on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith of Warfordsburg on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Leidy of Blairs Mills on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Dick of McConnellsburg on July 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fraker of Waterfall on July 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Riley of Broad Top on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Geist of Warfordsburg on July 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ballas of Three Springs on July 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Taylor of Mercersburg on July 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jason Faith of Warfordsburg on July 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gambol of Broad Top on July 25.

Deaths: Horace Peck, McConnellsburg; Maynard Crouse, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Blanche Schooley, Mercersburg; Clara Smith, Little Orleans, Md.; Mrs. Georgie

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 15, 1968


With the emphasis on agriculture, the Fulton County Fair will open its 49th year on Monday, August 19, and run through Saturday, August 24.

More than 100 farmers and their families gathered at the Red Bridge Park at Chambersburg last Thursday evening to attend a meeting of the Tri-State Natural Weather Association. In a brief talk to the group, Sen. D. Elmer Hawbaker said that more “down to earth evidence” would be necessary if farmers are to stop any illegal cloud seeding activities.

David R. Hoover II, son of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. David R. Hoover of McConnellsburg, received his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock State College at commencement exercises on August 9. He has accepted a position with the Forbes Road Joint School District, where he will teach elementary physical education.

The marriage of Sharyn Ann Wagner, niece of Rev. and Mrs. Gerald David Wagner of Shippensburg, and Dennis Allen Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Hill of Knobsville, took place June 8 in the United Methodist Church of Mc- Connellsburg.

Miss Elizabeth Lucille Bivens of Harrisonville has accepted a clerical position in the administrative offices of Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bivens of Harrisonville.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Keebaugh of Hustontown wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sandra Jean, to James Edward Daughenbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Daughenbaugh of Orbisonia.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duvall, Crystal Spring, on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bigler of Orbisonia on August 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Souders of McConnellsburg on August 8.

Deaths: Oscar J. Rash, Hancock; James A. Hockensmith, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 14, 1958


Mrs. William Welsh, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Kerlin of Knobsville and Miss Dorothy Deshong of Needmore left Friday to visit David Welsh, who is stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

Dr. Arnon Kaplan will attend a meeting of the National Veterinary Medical Association in Philadelphia the week of August 17.

Fulton Chamber of Commerce went on record at its meeting on Monday night in the courthouse as being 100 percent in favor of taking the Lincoln Highway around the borough and thus eliminate the danger from runaway trucks. Sen. J. Irving Whalley and Rep. Garlock both pledged their support of a bypass.

Local firemen have awarded a contract for a new fire truck to Home Fire Apparatus of Anderson, Ind. The company will build a fire body on a C-800 Ford chassis that the firemen recently bought. The contract calls for delivery to McConnellsburg on November 1, 1958, at a price of $14,000.

John R. “Bob” Shimer has been elected by the local Legion to serve as deputy district commander for Fulton County. Ordinarily, the state commander would name the appointee, but this year the newly-elected state commander, Paul E. Walters of Pine Grove, requested the local Legion to make the appointment since he is not acquainted here.

Pictured in this issue is Earl Hawkins Jr. and family, son of Mrs. D.G. Fowler of Wells Tannery. He was recently discharged from the Jack Martin Respirator Center New York City after contracting polio last September while doing construction work near Harrisonburg, Va. He and his family are staying at the Fowler farm, where his recovery has been cited by the county Infantile Paralysis Chapter as one of the most remarkable and encouraging cases in the records of Fulton County.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Donna Bard to Blaine Gordon.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Swope of Wells Tannery on August 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale McQuade of McConnellsburg on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert VanPelt of Breezewood on August 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on August 10.

Deaths: Mary Cover of Big Cove Tannery; Wendall Kline, Mrs. Jesse McClain of Elizabethtown; Harry Fraker of Clear Ridge; Charles Akers of Crystal Spring; Clair Ramsey of near McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 19, 1948


C.B. Chubb’s mother, from Halifax, who had been visiting here, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart attack.

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Cunningham celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on August 17.

John Runyan, although still in critical condition, was brought home from Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday.

The 80-year-old farmer from Amaranth who has been accused of murdering his neighbor, Amber W. Fischer, was denied bail in court on Monday and returned to await trial in October.

Continuing their sweeping search of county homes, Game Law officials report that they have smashed a “ring” of pre-season deer hunters in the county, having found illegal deer meat in a number of homes in Licking Creek Township.

Fred Fore, 22, local star baseball pitcher and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Fore, has been signed by the Philadelphia Athletics and is under option to Petersburg, Va., in the Virginia League.

The Army announced Monday that its first draft call will be for 15,000 men and will be issued about September 2.

Deaths: Harry Reilly, Clearfield; Mrs. David Thomas of Hollidaysburg; Rev. Lawrence Bianchi of Intercession City, Fla.; David Grover Gumbert of Huntingdon County.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 18, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Charlotte Crouse of Ayr Township; William True of Cumberland; John Heinbaugh of Mercersburg; Mrs. Lucy Truax of Timber Ridge; Mrs. Emory Everhart of near Saltillo; Samuel Reese of Burnt Cabins; David Hann.

The schools of Fulton County will begin their new term on August 29. Eighty teachers are now preparing for the new term. Last year, there were 2,200 pupils in the county schools and this number will be exceeded this year.

Future Farmers of Fulton and Franklin counties will hold their annual picnic at Cowans Gap on August 23.

George Nagy and Florence Szilagy were wed August 13.

Of the 27 members of the class of 1933 of the local high school the following met at Jerry Springs on August 14 for a reunion: Laura Kirk Lodge, Helen McLucas, Mrs. Forrest Middaugh, Nellie Mellott, Mildred Shimer, Mabel Hess, Gladys Black, Walter Kendall, Eugene Fraker and Harry Shimer.

Ethel Foreman, a 1938 graduate of McConnellsburg High School, is among the more than 100 freshmen who will enter Juniata College this fall.

Harriet Knepper of Hustontown, who won the American Legion scholarship last spring, will enter the University of Pennsylvania this fall, majoring in mathematics. Sen. Ealy furnished the scholarship for the Legion and has instructed the university to credit Miss Knepper with it.

Of the young people who have had their eyes examined through the courtesy of the McConnellsburg Lions Club, four have been fitted with glasses and will return to school better prepared for their studies.

Ira Kerlin of Knobsville was thrown from a mule on Saturday and received a fracture of the left wrist.

Rosaline Henry has returned to her home at Clear Ridge after spending nine weeks in the University of Pennsylvania hospital. She got the inner shell of a peanut “in her tubes” and had to visit the hospital six times.

Mason Daniels and son Harry have “tractorized” their farm at Saluvia.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 16, 1928


Deaths: John Raker, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Frank Geddes, Chambersburg; Robert Hann of Laidig; Mrs. Mary Wink of Dickeys Mountain; Evelyn Zimmerman of Chambersburg; James Walker of Polk State School; Luther Bishop, who was killed in an automobile accident in Ohio, no details being given.

Mack Crouse of Big Cove Tannery suffered severe injuries last Thursday on a lumber job. A tree fell on him, breaking the bone of his left arm clear off, well up toward the shoulder. At the same time, his axe “slithered,” striking him on the right thigh near the knee and cutting him severely. He is now in Chambersburg Hospital.

Harter W. Sheeder has moved his fruit and vegetable store from the Henry Sharpe building to the Dickson building.

The new bridge across the creek at Back Run was opened for traffic on Monday.

George Earley and Nora Ray were wed August 8.

For sale: 1926 Ford touring car, $115, R.O. Shaw.

Rev. J.E. Veach of Wells Tannery carried a bucket of water one day last week to a young bull that was tied. In some manner, the bull seriously injured him. Rev. Veach managed to stagger back to his house, bleeding from the mouth and fell over unconscious. As yet, he has not been able to tell anyone what happened.

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