2018-10-18 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Phyllis McClain Thumma and Norma Everts Bean, pictures the family of Howard and Esther Barnett of Waterfall in the early 1920s. Back row, left: Seibert Barnett, Howard and Esther Barnett, Buelah Barnett Stevens and Ollie Barnett McClain; front row: Leah Barnett Everts and Violet Barnett Brant. Another daughter, Verna McClain, is not pictured. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Phyllis McClain Thumma and Norma Everts Bean, pictures the family of Howard and Esther Barnett of Waterfall in the early 1920s. Back row, left: Seibert Barnett, Howard and Esther Barnett, Buelah Barnett Stevens and Ollie Barnett McClain; front row: Leah Barnett Everts and Violet Barnett Brant. Another daughter, Verna McClain, is not pictured. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 15, 1998


The Fulton County Tourist Promotion Agency

(TPA) invites all to come back to the country to share a trip down memory lane this year as the TPA and the Fall Folk Festival celebrates 25 years. The festival is set to kick off this Friday afternoon. The parade marshals for this year will be Helen Overly and Skip Kies.

A new 48-page booklet traces the beginnings of the Fulton Fall Festival and its sponsoring agency, the Fulton County Tourist Promotion Agency. The booklet covers the festivals from 1974 to 1981 and has more than 40 photographs and is available from the Tourist Promotion Agency.

Local livestock dealer and butcher John Eader and wife Shiela, who recently purchased Grissinger’s Meat Market in downtown McConnellsburg, held their grand-opening sale last week with scores of customers lining the market’s extensively-stocked fresh meat counters.

Deaths: James Murphy Jr., McConnellsburg; Marvin Sipes, Needmore; Daniel Pluta, McConnellsburg; Shirley Edwards, Big Cove Tannery; Lester Detwiler, McConnellsburg; Charles Adams, Charles Town, W.Va.; Rosemary Turner, Manns Choice; Heverline Dinsmore, Fort Loudon; Eliza Corbin, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Marriage licenses: Adam Thomas, Hustontown, and Jennifer Coffey, Hagerstown; David Johnston, Mc- Connellsburg, and Shari Bourns, McConnellsburg.

Edward Grove of Hustontown will celebrate his 96th birthday this week.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 27, 1988


Pennsylvania voters will find much more than a presidential contest when they head to the polls on November 8. Democrat Michael

Dukakis and Republican George Bush have most of the attention in their race for the White House. Five third-party candidates are vying for votes for president. They are Sen. Eugene McCarthy, Ron Paul, Lenore Fulania, David Duke and Edward Winn.

Jim and Jean Souders and Grant and Evelyn Souders of McConnellsburg spent a very enjoyable past weekend sightseeing the beautiful fall foliage of the Great Smokey Mountains. They also attended the annual clogging contest at Maggie Valley, N.C.

Troy Buterbaugh earned his first-degree black belt on September 20 at McConnellsburg Cobra Karate School.

Mrs. Maxine Barton of Crystal Spring and Ray Smith of Harrisonville are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Rae Smith, to Mark Wayne McCullough, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin McCullough of Monaca.

Mr. and Mrs. George Davidheiser of Pottstown wish to announce the birth of their first child, Lauren Michele, October 13. Mrs. Davidheiser is the former Julie Parsons.

Specials at the IGA: roasting chickens, 89 cents lb.; gingerbread, 59 cents; cucumbers, 4 for $1; bananas, 29 cents lb.

Marriage licenses: Richard Eckels II, Fort Loudon, and Shawn Bair, Spring Run; Barry Mellott, Hustontown, and Monica Knepper, Hustontown.

Deaths: Earl Waltz Jr., Needmore; Alfred Keebaugh, McConnellsburg; Leroy Golden, Hancock; Guy Truax, Warfordsburg; Wallace Locke, Shade Gap; Richard Bradnick Sr., Fayetteville; Clair Wible, Three Springs; Betty Kerlin, St. Thomas; Betty Bard, Orbisonia.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 19, 1978


A Hustontown area man escaped with minor injuries in a one-car accident Saturday at Cove

Gap in which a Mercersburg woman was killed.

Mark Seville of Hustontown was a passenger in car driven by Nathan Barthalow, 29, Mercersburg, which skidded on the rain-slicked highway and crashed into a stone wall while going east on Route 16. Barthalow and another passenger, Annabelle Harnish, 34, also of Mercersburg, were thrown from the vehicle after it struck the wall, then continued across the road into a tree with Seville still in it. All three passengers were taken to Fulton County Medical Center, where Harnish was pronounced dead on arrival and Barthalow was admitted in fair condition. Seville was treated and released.

The Waynesboro Knitting Co. became the new owners of the old Sagner Building on Lincoln Way West at a meeting last Thursday. The target date for takeover has been set for February 3, 1979.

A student pilot walked away unhurt from his Cessna 150 Monday after making a forced landing on a deserted Mc- Connellsburg High School soccer field. Reyes Diaz, 37, Silver Spring, Md., was on the second leg of a cross-country training flight when he lost radio contact with a fellow flier in another plane during a severe rain and snowstorm over Tuscarora Mountain. Diaz said he was unable to determine his location and circled around McConnellsburg for about an hour Monday before his dwindling fuel supply forced him to start looking for an emergency landing site.

Specials at the IGA: bananas, 19 cents lb.; Jiffy cake mix, 4 for $1; Bounty towels, 58 cents; jumbo roll; Tide, $4.39, 10 lbs.

Deaths: Mary S. Hourrold, Paris, Ill.; Ronald Allan Cordell, Greencastle; Annabelle Harnish, Mercersburg; John Betts, Sunbury; Anna Furlong Baker, Columbus, Ohio; Matthew Baker, Shippensburg; John Kendall, McConnellsburg; Ephriam Everts, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Martha Locke Harper, Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Shanon Barton of Hustontown on October 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lynch of Hustontown on October 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Stotler of Hancock on October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Bloomfield of Chambersburg on October 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger McDaid of Hustontown on October 11.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 31, 1968


On Sunday, October 27, Lisa MacDonald, Lynn

MacDonald and Carolyn Walker received the

God and Country Award at the regular service in the McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church. Although the program usually requires a year to complete, Lisa, Lynn and Carolyn, as a group, were able to fulfill the conditions of receiving the award in nine months.

Mrs. Helen Ruth Kylor, 32, and her 9-year-old daughter, Brenda Kylor, of Shade Gap, were killed Friday in a three-car crash which occurred on Route 30, two miles west of St. Thomas. Her husband, Samuel, 35, and another daughter, Wava Kylor, 12, were seriously injured. The small foreign car in which they were travelling was demolished.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Brant of Harrisonville quietly celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Edward Vensel in Bedford on October 20.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Seville of McConnellsburg on October 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Mellott of Needmore on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Keefer of Mercersburg on October 25.

Men in service: Cpl. Thomas Hollenshead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hollenshead of Harrisonville, who recently returned from Vietnam, is now stationed at Cherry Point, N.C. He is assigned to the Organic Supply Section as a freight operation man.

Specials at the IGA: pancake mix, 29 cents, 2-lb. box; Heinz ketchup, 23 cents; sauerkraut, 19 cents; Carnation evaporated milk, 15 cents.

A busload of local people left the courthouse square on Monday for Pittsburgh to attend the Nixon Rally in the Civic Arena. The chartered bus trip was sponsored by the Fulton County Republican Committee.

Mrs. John Greathead accompanied fellow publisher Paul Chalfant of the Waynesboro Record Herald and his managing editor, Robert Baugher, to Pittsburgh Thursday to attend the annual convention of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association.

Approximately 150 people attended the dedication of the new Pennsylvania State Police substation for Fulton County last Tuesday with more than 100 others visiting the barracks during the afternoon and evening.

Mr. and Mrs. M. Dean Brant of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen, to Richard Lyle Duffey, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Lyle Duffey of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: James Garland Sr., Hancock; Dora McGowan, Burnt Cabins.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 30, 1958


Friends here of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Luparello of Fredrick, Md., were sorry to learn of the death of their infant son, Thomas J., on Monday.

A total of 174 loyal Republicans gathered at the firehall last Friday evening for the annual GOP banquet and rally.

Oscar Keefer, building contractor, has been awarded the contract to build a new post office building in Mc- Connellsburg. It will be located across the street from the firehall and will remain the property of Mr. Keefer, but will be leased by the post office department.

Despite all its previous surgical work, two “firsts” were performed at the Medical Center last week. The first was a thyroidectomy, the second was a delicate three-hour female operation. The operations were performed by a Chambersburg surgeon who is a member of the hospital’s consultant staff.

Squire U. Frank English, 52, Huntingdon, is a patient in the hospital there for treatment of sciatic rheumatism. A retired state police sergeant, he was formerly stationed at the McConnellsburg substation.

John Baumgardner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Baumgardner of Cambridge Springs, was killed in a traffic accident in Erie County last Wednesday. The elder Mr. Baumgardner was formerly a game protector in Fulton County and is now superintendent of the state’s Western Game Farm.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fischer of Crystal Spring on October 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Foreman of Breezewood on October 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Rohrer of McConnellsburg on October 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg on October 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester McQuait of Mc- Connellsburg on October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rohm of Amaranth on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hann of Needmore on October 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bevins, whose golden wedding anniversary fell on October 22, celebrated the occasion at the firehall on October 19.

Death: George Alexander Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 4, 1948


Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane of McConnellsburg on October 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bivens of Needmore on

October 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Souders of Webster Mills on October 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Keebaugh of McConnellsburg on October 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sott Buterbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilds of Fort Littleton on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Seville of Cito on October 26.

Miss Greta Truax, manager of the local Pen-Mar Grocery Store, has purchased the Seibert Young Store at Wells Tannery which she will open on November 11. Manager of the local PenMar for 13 years, she will continue in that capacity until the first of the year when Don McQuade will take over those duties.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoch of Mercersburg announce the birth of a son on October 28.

Frank Schenck, 33, Wells Tannery, was seriously wounded on Monday, the opening day of the small game season. Shot by another hunter, his right arm was so badly shattered that surgeons at Huntingdon Hospital amputated the limb just above the elbow.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 3, 1938


A wedding trip for McConnellsburg people was spoiled on Thursday when a Mississippi driver smashed into their car on Tuscarora

Mountain, injuring two of the party. Miss Elizabeth Lodge, who was riding in a car driven by her fiance, James Simon of Hopewell, suffered possible fractured ribs and her mother, Mrs. Sadie Lodge, suffered a cut on the left arm. The local group was en route to Harrisburg for the wedding party. The driver of the other car was arrested for reckless driving and paid a fine and costs.

Brinton McClain of Waterfall suffered a broken leg on Saturday while attempting to crank a tractor. Young McClain, a senior at Hustontown High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse McClain, is now confined to Everett Hospital.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Secrist on Saturday in honor of the second birthday of their daughter, Janice.

Fulton Countians in Everett Hospital include Calvin Mellott of Needmore for treatment of concussion and lacerations received in an automobile accident and Mrs. Alice Plessinger of Amaranth for a minor operation. Treated at the hospital dispensary were Mrs. Raymond Duvall of Crystal Spring, X-ray of the neck; Robert Romig of Wells Tannery, incision and drainage of a finger; and Herbert Koontz of Needmore, repair of lacerations of the scalp received in an automobile accident.

In addition to the annual Halloween parade, the local firemen will sponsor a masquerade dance this year. The dance will be held in the local school auditorium on Monday evening and there will be an admission charge.

Among the native sons who have returned for the hunting season are Clarence Trout of Red Lion, Marshall Nace of Harrisburg and Thomas Sloan of York.

So far, the “News” hasn’t learned of any Fulton Countians who were panicked by the “Martian war scare” on Sunday night, but hundreds of thousands elsewhere spent anxious hours Sunday night after the rocket ships were reported landing in New Jersey. This will no doubt go down in history as radio’s greatest hoax.

Death: William Wink of near Needmore.

Luther Chilcoate of Knobsville is driving a new Chevy.

Mrs. A.P. Fore and son, who had been living the past year in Ohio, have purchased the Smith property on top of the Mercersburg Mountain.

Harold Hamil of Knobsville has accepted employment with Ott Brothers of McConnellsburg.

The stork visited Mr. and Mrs. J. Bathlow of Burnt Cabins on Sunday morning, leaving a nice baby girl.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Naugle have gone to housekeeping in the D.P. Bowman tenant house at Burnt Cabins.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 1, 1928


Mrs. George Sipe returned home Friday after being a patient for four weeks in a Baltimore hospital where she underwent an operation for a goiter.

Lucky turkey hunters in the Wells Tannery so far are Levi Johnson, Sheridan Fessler and Clair and Fred Heckman.

Norman Strait of Harrisonville had the misfortune of fracturing his right arm on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brant took dinner with Robert Brant on Sunday, helping to eat the wild turkey that Katherine killed. She killed one last year, too.

Robert Strait and Susie Moore were wed October 16.

Clarence Bender of McConnellsburg brought in a seven-pound turkey hen on Monday.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Lynch of Laurel Ridge on October 20 in honor of Mrs. Lynch’s 38th birthday.

Mrs. George Hess of Needmore, vice chairman of the Democratic organization in Fulton County, was a Mc- Connellsburg visitor on Saturday.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Mellott of Sipes Mill.

A sumptuous dinner was served to 68 guests one day last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sigel of Amaranth in honor of Mr. Sigel’s 71st birthday.

Oliver Metzler of Burnt Cabins left for Harrisburg on Monday to enter Beckley College.

A.G. Deshong has purchased 300 acres of land from the L.D. Oakman property along the Lincoln Highway and will open a filling station.

The Raker farms near the Bethlehem Church have been purchased by P.B. Foreman for $3,000. The residence of the late John Raker in McConnellsburg has been purchased by John Stewart for $1,250.

Dr. Beatty, state veterinarian, will start on November 5 to test all the cows in Taylor Township.

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