2018-11-08 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Helen Overly, pictures the groundbreaking for the Overly-Raker building expansion in 1981. Front row, left: Betty Hollinshead, Doris Fell, Freda Raker, Helen Overly, little Aubrey Hurst, Clyde Bookheimer, Clair Miller, Dick Barton, Andy Washabaugh and Jim Culler; back row: Treva Starr, Kathleen Sprowl, Warren Daniels, Leon Hurst and Lyle Duffey. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Helen Overly, pictures the groundbreaking for the Overly-Raker building expansion in 1981. Front row, left: Betty Hollinshead, Doris Fell, Freda Raker, Helen Overly, little Aubrey Hurst, Clyde Bookheimer, Clair Miller, Dick Barton, Andy Washabaugh and Jim Culler; back row: Treva Starr, Kathleen Sprowl, Warren Daniels, Leon Hurst and Lyle Duffey. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 5, 1998


U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, during a quick stop in McConnellsburg last Friday, announced the inclusion of funding for the Fulton County Medical Center in the new federal budget signed by the president late last month. Although not guaranteed, the total funding package could total $8.25 million in grants and loans.

A Robertsdale man died and his three passengers sustained moderate injuries as the result of a weekend three-car accident outside of the borough of McConnellsburg. Police reported Lewellyn Watkins, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene November 1. He was travelling north on Rt. 522 when a southbound 1991 Ford Explorer driven by Loren Reeder, 33, McConnellsburg, crossed the double line and struck Watkins head-on. An S-10 Blazer operated by Linda Hann, Fort Littleton, was also travelling behind Watkins when it was struck by flying debris from the other vehicles. Following the collison Watkins’ vehicle spun off the roadway in a counterclockwise motion and came to rest in a culvert. Reeder escaped injury, however, Watkins’ passengers, Violet Watkins, Angela Watkins and Randy Watkins, all sustained moderate injuries. Violet Watkins and Randy Watkins were treated and released, but Angela Watkins was flown to Conemaugh Medical Center and is listed in fair condition. Hann and her passenger, William Hann, were uninjured.

Following the closing of the polls election night the hallways of the courthouse quickly filled with election officials and curious residents wanting to catch the first glimpse of the county’s initial run of the new electronic vote counting machine. Even though voter turnout was moderate in the 13 precincts appearing at the polls, incumbents Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker captured 66 percent of the votes cast and secured a second term as governor and lieutenant governor. Republican Arlene Specter was elected to his fourth therm as senator.

Southern Fulton High School will present “100 Years Of Broadway” November 13 and 14.

Deaths: Eleanora Regi, Wells Tannery; Karin Clouser, Wisconsin; Carl Batdorff, McConnellsburg; Kenneth Sahffer, Chambersburg; Erma Stanley, Hancock; James Hill Jr., Tumwater, Wash.; William Hill, Spring Run; Raymond Jaymes, Chambersburg; Esther Clippinger, Wells Tannery; Edith Black, Waterfall; Elizabeth Paylor, Hershey; Warren Hoover Sr., McConnellsburg; Gladys Murphy, Orbisonia; Lewellyn Watkins, Robertsdale; Anthony Drunk, Altoona.

Marriage licenses: Brett Cornelius, McConnellsburg, and Kimberly Mellott, Needmore; Shawn Lynch, Mc- Connellsburg, and Shannon Archer, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 17, 1988


Veterans Day observances for Fulton County were held Friday with a parade through McConnellsburg and ceremonies at the courthouse. Col. Stephen Etzel, commander of Letterkenny Army Depot, urged those gathered for the occasion to keep the torch burning for a strong national defense.

A Colorado man was killed in a one-vehicle accident last Thursday along U.S. Route 30 in Licking Creek Township. The truck-trailer, with semitrailer, was traveling east on Route 30 when he apparently drove too fast into a sharp right curve known as the notorious Ladies Turn. The rig skidded off the north berm, crashed through the metal guardrails and overturned down an embankment.

Marilyn Anderson of McConnellsburg was recently honored as the Family Dollar Store’s manager of the year.

Members of Green Hill Sewing Club demonstrated their talents at apple butter-making at Ebenezer Elementary School in Lebanon last week, with the grade school students helping with the stirring and being fascinated with the process. The club has been making apple butter to raise money since the early 1930s and has given demonstrations at various folk festivals in several states.

Penny Runk and John Mixell were united in marriage October 1 at Needmore Bible Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wheeler Sr., Warfordsburg. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mixell of Fort Littleton.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Gladhill of Baltimore on November 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Marshall of Mercersburg on November 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hann of Needmore on November 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hostler of Mercersburg on November 8.

Marriage licenses: William Bohrer, Needmore, and Vicki Johnson, Needmore; Christopher Robinette, Waterfall, and Jacqueline Watkins, Waterfall.

Specials at the IGA: round steak, $1.99 lb.; sweet potatoes, 79 cents a can; mincemeat pies, $1.59; fresh cranberries, 79 cents, 12-oz. pkg.

Deaths: Earl Schooley McConnellsburg; Marie Brady, Waynesboro; Leon McCray, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 9, 1978


Riding high on a better-than-average voter turnout here, Republicans swept all races in Fulton County in Tuesday’s general election. The county Election Board finished tabulating votes earlier than usual election night, and the unofficial results showed that Fulton County had followed the rest of the state in giving Republican Richard Thornburgh the edge over Pete Flaherty in the governor’s race.

Kenna Lea Doyle, 8, daughter of Kenneth and Sharon Doyle of McConnellsburg, died last Thursday after she was hit by a car near her home. The accident occurred on Route 522, about two miles north of McConnellsburg, when the child darted across the road from east to west into the path of a Chevrolet Camaro driven by an 18-yearold girl from Chambersburg, which was travelling south at a legal and proper speed.

David Welsh was named Pennsylvania’s State Champion Fox Hunter following a hunt last weekend at Fawn Grove, Pa. Dave said the hunt was something to see when at a given time 200 trained hunting dogs were let loose to pick up the scent of crafty, old Reynard. His four dogs proved their mettle, and he came home with the state trophy.

A barn raising is planned for November 11 at the Clarence McKee residence at Warfordsburg, at the foot of Townhill Mountain. Mr. McKee’s barn was destroyed by fire several weeks ago and good neighbors are organizing the barn raising.

The marriage and divorce rates in Fulton County were well below the rates for the state as a whole during 1977, according to an analysis for the year completed by the state Department of Health. Marriages in Fulton County fell from 66 in 1976 to 55 in 1977, while divorces increased from 21 to 26.

Trudy Mae McQuait and Terry Eugene Fix were united in marriage September 2 in Fairview United Methodist Church.The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester McQuait of McConnellsburg, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Dorothy Fix of Hustontown and the late Kenneth Fix.

Marriage licenses: Michael Glenn, McConnellsburg, and Sharon Hann, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Banquet cookin’ bags, 4 for $1; tangerines, 12 for 99 cents; Cottonelle toilet tissue, 89 cents; Robin Hood flour, 59 cents, 5 lbs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnhart of Warfordsburg on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Barnhart of Warfordsburg on October 28.

Deaths: Nettie Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Vivian Hoffman, Saltillo; Mrs. Emily Scriever, Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 21, 1968


Mrs. Harold Peck of McConnellsburg, mother of five children, was killed in a two-car head-on collision on Saturday on Route 522, one-half mile south of Fort Littleton. Norman Baker of Fort Littleton, driver of the second car, remains in critical condition in Washington County Hospital where he was taken following the accident with severe abdominal injuries, a ruptured spleen and chest contusions. Four passengers in the Peck vehicle, a 1961 Plymouth station-wagon, were injured and taken to the Medical Center and treated and released. They were Laurie Peck, 12; Adele Hall, 4; Gaynell Hall, 23; and Daryl Peck, 15. Mrs. Peck’s death marks the fourth fatality in Fulton County this year.”

“The Shoe,” the teenager coffeehouse, will be open this Saturday, November 23, from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m

A festive mood prevailed at the McConnellsburg Firehall on November 8 as people from all areas of Fulton County gathered to participate in the 20th anniversary banquet of the Fulton County Extension Service, which was established on July 7, 1948.

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Ritchey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on December 1, at their residence in Wells Tannery.

Wedding vows were exchanged October 19 by Ruth Powell and Carl Reed. The ceremony was performed in the Nazarene Church in Needmore. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Powell of Warfordsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Reed of Hancock.

Miss Sarah Yost became the bride of SP5 Ezra Rodger Peck in a double-ring ceremony performed October 26 at Mays Chapel Christian Church, Warfordsburg. Parents of the couple are Mrs. Sarah Yost and the late Guy R. of Berkeley Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Peck of Needmore.

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Seville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary November 24.

Deaths: Nelle Rummel, McConnellsburg; Edith Cutchall, McConnellsburg; Myrtle Williams, Robertsdale; Mary Houck, Altoona; Myrtle Flenner, Dudley.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 20, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. George Mosser of Harrisburg spent the weekend at their home at Cowans Gap. Mrs. Mosser is almost fully recovered from a broken ankle she received some time ago.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Nancy Wible to Jacob Hewett.

Congressman Richard Simpson, because of his “past distinguished record,” has been notified that he will move into new seniority ranking position on the Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation. It is expected that he soon will join the House leadership in the formulation of the legislative program for the next session of Congress.

The new Civil Defense short-wave radio-phone communication system for Fulton County, located in the courthouse, was tested last week and proved satisfactory. There are also two mobile units, one assigned to the local Civil Defense director George Albert, and the other located on one of the fire trucks.

Carmack’s new 3,700-square-foot store in McConnellsburg was opened to the public on Monday.

Sarah Garlock, 2 1/2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Garlock of town, is listed in serious condition at the Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from burns of the buttocks, legs and feet. The child climbed into the bathtub by herself and turned on the hot water. Doctors told the parents it will be two weeks before the bandages are removed and then it will be decided whether plastic surgery is needed.

The Pennsylvania Farmers’ Association has re-elected G.A. Biggs, McConnellsburg cattle breeder, to his fourth two-year term as president of the statewide organization.

Mrs. H.B. Mellott of town suffered a broken ankle on Monday when she fell from the last step while descending a flight of stairs.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Strait of Harrisonville on November 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Strait of Hancock on November 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Seburn of Big Cove Tannery on November 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Everetts Jr. of Fort Loudon on November 13; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bain of McConnellsburg on November 16.

Naomi’s Beauty Shop at Harrisonville, located at the Guy Shives residence, will open in the near future.

Deaths: Fanny Rebecca Strait of Licking Creek Township; William Black of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 25, 1948


It was announced this week that the federal government has allocated the sum of $52,000 to aid in the construction of the Medical Center.

James Harris, whose arm was torn off in an accident at the Mellott quarry last week, is improving steadily at Chambersburg Hospital.

Merrill Kerlin received word this week from the State Board of Law Examiners that he had passed the bar exam satisfactorily. He had taken the various tests on August 5 and 6.

Oscar Unger has erected a prefabricated house along the Reservoir Lane. He bought the 16x17-foot house from the American Legion at Fort Loudon and trucked it here in sections. The house cost $100 and was put up in four hours by Oscar and a handful of amateur construction men.

Five-year-old Peggy Ann Sweger of Wells Tanney was instantly killed last Friday morning when she was hit by a heavily loaded coal truck after she had exited a school bus.

Births: a daughter, Sharon Joan, to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ritz of Hancock on November 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clever of Big Cove Tannery on November 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Everts of Big Cove Tannery on November 23.

Deaths: Mrs. Catherine Rebecca Wagner of Altoona; David William Ott of Mercersburg; Mrs. Minnie Henderson of Mapleton; Ross Mellott of near Sipes Mill; Mrs. Elizabeth Tenbrook of West Philadelphia.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 24, 1938


George Hays, well-known and highly respected merchant of McConnellsburg for many years, died Tuesday of a heart attack. Although not in the best of health due to his advanced years, he attended church services on Sunday and was at his store on Monday.

Other deaths: Mrs. Mazie Helman of McConnellsburg; Mrs. John Sollers of Wood; Mrs. Harold Eugene Chesnut of McConnellsburg.

With two stretches for the new “dream highway” under construction or offered for bids, rumor in Harrisburg has it that the next section to be offered for bids will be located in Fulton County.

Brooks Smith, master; Lillian Lynch, secretary; and Aura Deneen, lecturer, announce that the Fulton County Pomona Grange will be the guest of the Warfordsburg Grange on Saturday, with both an afternoon and evening session.

Officer George Mosser picked up a local youth last week and lodged him in jail to await trial. The youth was charged with entering the home of Mack Crouse at Big Cove Tannery and taking a shotgun.

The new basketball team here, sponsored for the first time last year by local merchants, had such a successful season the first year that a meeting was held Friday evening for the purpose of scheduling games with stronger opponents. The team this year will play against Waynesboro, Greencastle, Chambersburg, Hagerstown, Bedford, etc. Last year, the local five won 12 of the 16 games played.

All the churches of McConnellsburg will unite for Thanksgiving services this year, with services in the United Presbyterian Church.

Shoe specials at the Racket Store: men’s work shoes, $1.65; men’s overshoes, 90 cents; and men’s hi-cuts, $2.75.

Mrs. Alice Edwards of Center was called to Altoona to see her son, Raymond, who was injured in a fall while at work.

Otis Winters and Dorothy McKee were married Thursday.

The men folks of Damascus Church treated that building to a new coat of paint last week.

Last Friday, Gerald Price of Hiram shot a rabbit. When he stopped to pick it up, he found two, having shot both.

Some hunter was so careless last week as to shoot one of the tires of Lester Mellott’s parked car at Hiram.

A kitchen shower was held last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hohman in honor of their son and daughter in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hohman.

Mr. and Mrs. William Miller and family moved from Edenville to Knobsville last week.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Miller of Fort Littleton on November 13.

McCleary Oil Co. is advertising gasoline at 12.9 cents a gallon.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 22, 1928


Deaths: Daniel Grissinger of McConnellsburg; William Kellner of McConnellsburg; Amos Sigel of Buck Valley; Joel Walters of Round Knob. Recent births: a daughter, Sarah Ellen, on November 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Max Glee of McConnellsburg; a daughter on November 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Horace Peck of Ayr Township; a child on October 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lynch of Big Cove Tannery; a son, Harry Lee, on October 21 to Mr. and Mrs. William Buterbaugh of Ayr Township; a daughter, Carol Davis, on October 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Black of McConnellsburg; a daughter, Nancy Maxine, on October 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Nhyle Morton of McConnellsburg; a daughter on October 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Ramsey of Knobsville; a daughter, Arabelle, on September 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Mellott of Ayr Township; a daughter, Betty Ellen, on September 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Burke of Ayr Township; a son, Willard Glendon, on September 25 to Mr. and Mrs. George Lynch of Big Cove Tannery.

George Schenck and Esther Black were married November 17.

Six members of the local senior class will debate on the subject “the Indian has been more cruelly treated than the Negro.” On the affirmative side will be Richard Fraker, Kermit Bard and Colonel Keefer. Taking the negative side will be Beulah Henry, Alma Kendall and Katharine Kendall.

Scott Runyon, who recently sold his store here to the A&P Tea Co., is now acting as manger of the A&P Store in Mount Union. When the new store opens here in a couple of weeks, he will return here as the local manager.

Death: George Taylor of Huntingdon.

Early in the summer, it was told how Richard Kendall was badly injured in a fall from the top of the barn. This week, he entered the University Hospital in Philadelphia for exam, he does not have the right use of his arms and foot, and it is feared that the bones may have to be broken again and reset.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Marshall of Saltillo.

Death: Kirk Cutshall of Washington, D.C.

David Rotz of Todd Township celebrated his 81st birthday on November 18.

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