2011-05-26 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 23, 1991


County commissioners Gary

Decker and Bob Garlock and former commissioners Donald “Pete” Culler and Boyd Mellott won party nominations in the primary election held May 21.

Rodney Monroe, senior guard and alltime leading scorer for the North Carolina State University basketball team, kept a promise here in McConnellsburg on Sunday afternoon. And with that promise, the dream came full circle for the McConnellsburg Lady Spartans champion basketball team. Last year when Monroe attended the Lady Spartan awards banquet, he praised the team for making it to the Final Four in the PIAA tournament. Then he added an incentive. He told the ladies that if they won the championship at Hershey this year, “I’ll be back to celebrate with you at next year’s banquet.” The rest is, as they say, history. Monroe did them one better on his promise. This year Monroe (a Hagerstown native) brought his NCS teammate, senior guard Chris Corchiani, to the banquet May 19. Together the two make up the “Fire and Ice of North Carolian State,” a term coined by the sports information director that he felt best typified Monroe and Corchiania on the court. Corchiani, the “fire,” while Monroe, the “ice”.

Christopher Culler received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Long of Three Springs on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gearhart of Wells Tannery on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Keebaugh of Warfordsburg on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Travis Kendall of McConnellsburg on May 14.

Deaths: Marshall Spayd, Huntingdon; Mildred Nearchos, Hagerstown; Arline Donahoe, Chambersburg; Harold Walker, Chambersburg; M. Izella Bamblng, Hopewell.

Graduating May 18 at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport were: Jeffrey Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Troy Chamberlain, Wells Tannery; and Charles Nesbitt, McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Timko of Mc- Connellsburg announce the birth of their child, Kathryn JoAnn, April 25 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Marriage licenses: Ronald Roberts Jr., New Bloomfield, Pa., and Tiphanie Rice, Duncannon; Steven Novick, Westminster, Md., and Maria Berkstresser, Harrisonville.

After 36 years of serving area furniture customers, Walterick’s Furniture owner Helen Walterick Meyers has decided to retire. The Route 30, St. Thomas, store will continue its “retirement sale” until most of the furniture is sold to customers. Meyers, who has sold furniture to three generations of many local families, just didn’t want to sell the business to anyone else when she decided to close it.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 21, 1981


Last Tuesday, Needmore firemen assisted Hancock Fire Co. at a barn fire at the Blanche Oakman property in Buck Valley. Fire officials report that no one was injured in the blaze which burned the barn to the ground and destroyed its contents, including three tractors, an antique car, farm machinery, tools and bushels of wheat. Damage was estimated to total $95,000.

Mrs. Daryll Forner reports seeing an albino robin around her home on East North Street. It must be nesting nearby as she sees it regularly, sometimes with its mate, which has the ordinary robin plumage.

Father Benedict Wolf of St. Stephen Church soon will be celebrating 40 years in the priesthood, having been ordained in June 1941.

Chubby’s Handicrafts has been awarded the grand prize of a Quasar TV in “Woman’s Day” magazine’s Coats and Clark retail display contest.

Deaths: Earl J. Madden, Big Cove Tannery; Ida M. Oakman, McConnellsburg; Palmer F. Hess, Hancock; Alice B. Exline, Hancock; Mrs. Chriena J. Deaver, Mercersburg; Richard M. Stinson Sr., Big Spring, Texas; Carl N. Hampton, Needmore; Mrs. Lula S. Muschamp, Chambersburg.

Specials at the IGA: watermelons, 17 cents a lb.; bananas, 3 lbs. for $1; Nittany Lion franks, $1.09 lb.; Philadelphia cream cheese, 79 cents; Patio Chef charcoal, $3.99, 20 lbs.; Crisco shortening, $2.19 lb.; Banquet chicken, $2.39, 2 lbs.; IGA catsup, 39 cents.

The McConnellsburg Spartans took the Cove League title with a shutout win over Southern Huntingdon, and the Southern Fulton Indians upped their record to 11 wins and one loss with a victory over Forbes Road in county baseball action last week.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Bair of Shade Gap on May 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Strait of Breezewood on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodger L. Byers of Mercersburg on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Detwiler of Rockhill Furnace on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Rhoades of Greencastle on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Emroy H. Fleegly of Hancock on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William G. Chilcote of Hustontown on May 14.

Marriage licenses: Robert T. Goforth and Elizabeth Anne King, both of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Bradley Jay True, Hancock, and Terry Jean Hoopengardner, Hancock; Mark V. Vinson, Hustontown, and Shirley L. Dickinson, Hustontown; Stephen Walker, Mc- Connellsburg, and Kay Gordon, Mc- Connellsburg; Edward E. Goshorn, Neelyton, and Sherri J. Fleck, Three Springs.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 3, 1971


Four of the outstanding students who will represent the Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Huntingdon, on the 1971 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., have been selected from Fulton County high schools. Bonnie Mellott and Gary Decker, both of Harrisonville, are high scholastic achievers in the junior class at Central Fulton High School. Forbes Road Senior High School will send Susan Keebaugh of Hustontown, and Southern Fulton High School will send its top FFA’er David Smith of Needmore.

Fulton County’s second fatal automobile accident of this year occurred on Sunday on Route 70, two miles west of Warfordsburg. The victim of the one-car crash was identified as Peter Greg Steiner of Hollidaysburg.

Bob Lowery of Clarence Center, N.Y., has purchased the assets of Lynn Chevy- Olds, located on Lincoln Way West, Mc- Connellsburg, and took over the dealership on Tuesday of this week. The former owner of the local business, Hubert Hershberger, has purchased the assets of Roberts Chevrolet Inc. in Waynesboro and will operate the Chevrolet, Jaguar and MG dealership there under the name of Hershberger Chevrolet Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones attended graduation exercises on Sunday at Juniata College where their son, Tom, received his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in economics.

Greg Garland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Garland of McConnellsburg, has been appointed by the county commissioners to serve as juvenile and adult probation officer for Fulton County. He will fill the vacancy left by George Sim, who has accepted a similar position in Bellefonte.

It’s carnival time at Hustontown!

Howard R. Furman, the producer-director of the program, “Save A Child To Serve Mankind,” has completed another large hurdle on his way to raise funds for crippled children and the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. After more than 2-1/2 years of searching, Furman now has the 121-key, handcarved Mortier orchestral organ, which arrived from Belgium on May 2, completely assembled at his home in Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Storto of Mc- Connellsburg recently enjoyed a weeklong cruise to Port Antonio, Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica.

Mrs. Phyllis Jean Bard of Needmore recently was awarded an Associate of Arts degree with high honors from Hagerstown Junior College.

U.S. Air Force Sgt. Preston Carbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston R. Carbaugh of McConnellsburg, has arrived for duty at camp New Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Local students who will be employed as lifeguards this summer at Cowans Gap State Park are: Nancy Greathead, Melissa Lodge, Roger Horton, Kim Gobin, Dick Alloway and Craig Cutchall. Lifeguards at Great Cove Golf Club are Kathy Snyder and John Duffey.

Deaths: Orpha Locke, Shade Gap; E. Oliver Winters, Lititz; William C. Welsh, McConnellsburg; Mary E. Jenkins, Six Mile Run; Harold F. Wallace, Bedford; Mary Matilda Earley, Wells Tanney.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cutchall of McConnellsburg on May 26.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 8, 1961


On Monday, Borough Council granted permission to Community Television Inc. of Hancock to install a television cable system in Mc- Connellsburg. The system is expected to be in operation within the next three months.

A gala Queen’s Ball will be held on Saturday night in the McConnellsburg High School auditorium to mark the opening of McConnellsburg’s 175th anniversary celebration. Vying for the title of queen are: Judy Shore, Darlene Sipes, Larraine Gordon, Roberta Golden, Marlene Barnhart, Doris Shives, Shirley Sipes, Gayle Partchey, Phyllis Gordon, Patsy Brant, Jackie Powel, Nancy Strait, Diane Keiper, Patsy Bard, Sally Mellott, Peggy Souders, Elizabeth Lodge, Betty Munch, Dianne Waters and Verna Cutchall.

Mrs. David Franklin, McConnellsburg, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital where she underwent major surgery on Monday.

The recent Easter Seal campaign in the county netted a total of $1,204, reported Marjorie Grissinger, treasurer of the committee for Crippled Children and Adults.

Marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse during the past week to: Dale Benjamin Mellott, McConnellsburg, and Freeda Mellott, Needmore, and Robert K. Bark, Cleveland, Ohio, and Rachel Ann Crippen, Wells Tannery.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley was advised this week by the REA that a loan has been granted to the Breezewood Telephone Co. in the amount of $120,000. The money is to be used to furnish dial service to about 300 new subscribers in the Fulton and Bedford area.

On Sunday afternoon a truck driver, Leo Bagley of Homesville, Ga., successfully maneuvered his runaway truck, which was loaded with watermelons, through town at speeds up to 50 miles an hour. Trooper Charles Wheeler of the local substation, was credited with the safe passage of the truck through town.

Miss Brenda J. Hann, Knobsville, and Orville R. Burger, McConnellsburg, were united in marriage in Knobsvile Church of the Brethren on May 7.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ziler, Hancock, on May 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lake, Warfordsburg, on May 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Peck, McConnellsburg, on May 23; a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hawkins, McConnellsburg, on May 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Fraker, Fort Littleton, on May 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McGarvey, McConnellsburg, on May 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Regi, Fort Littleton, on May 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, Orbisonia, on June 2, and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Sheeder, McConnellsburg, on June 4.

An unusually high wind blew down a silo owned by Julian Shanholtz of Amaranth on Thursday.

Deaths: Mrs. Amanda V. Rohrer, 79, of Three Springs on May 31; Russell Leasure, 74, of Whips Cove on May 2; Mrs. Edith F. Sheeder, 62, McConnellsburg, on May 25; and Charles Russell O’Rourke, 71, of Berkeley Springs on June 1.

On Saturday, Jo Ann Bohrer of Amaranth was surprised with a birthday party for her 16th birthday.

Lem Hendershot, Warfordsburg, is a patient in Hagerstown Hospital.

Mrs. Clarence Naugle, Burnt Cabins, a recent patient at the Medical Center, has returned home and is improving nicely.

Mrs. Martha Henry, Clear Ridge, is a patient at the Medical Center with a fractured arm which she received in a fall on Thursday.

Marine Sgt. Robert L. Morningstar of McConnellsburg, returned to Camp Lejuene, N.C., on May 16, following a sixmonth tour of duty in the Mediterranean.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 7 , 1951


A junior American Legion baseball team will make its debut here soon in a game with Huntingdon on the local field. Sponsored by the local American Legion Post and coached by Donald Hamil, the team members are Harry Okeson, Andy Washabaugh, Bill Miller, Mack McQuade, Bill Morton, Jack Fields, Bill Parsons, Ronny Foreman, Sam Parks, Harry Branche, Marlin Harr, Jack Glazier, Eddie Shaw, Carl Peck, Wayne Sipes, George Elbin and Chubb Hess.

Mrs. Harvey Clevenger is staying with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Clevenger, while her apartment on North Second Street is being finished.

Mrs. Scott Walker and Miss Emma Sloan have returned to their apartment here for the summer.

Mary E. Knauff received her Master of Arts degree in administration and supervision of education at commencement exercises at Seton Hill University, South Orange, N.J., on June 2.

Mrs. George P. Bard has been elected president of the Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary.

William H. Reisner Jr., general manager of the Reisner Manufacturing Co. of Hagerstown, has been appointed a member of the Electronic Products Components Industry Advisory Committee of the National Production Authority.

Four seniors, one from each high school, were honored this year by the American Legion for scholarship, extracurricular activities and general school citizenship. They were Joan Weidner of Green Hill; Esther Duvall of Warfordsburg; Frances Fix of Hustontown, and Rober Takers of McConnellsburg.

A picnic dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilds of Fort Littleton on June 3 in honor of the 77th birthday of her father, Georg E. Glunt.

Miss Doris Decker is recuperating at her home at Fort Littleton from cuts and bruises she received in a car accident on Sunday evening.

Deaths: Mrs. Charles H. Stenger of Mc- Connellsburg; Samuel Pierce Winter of near Warfordsburg; Mrs. G. Johnson Mellott of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 5, 1941


Mrs. Raymond Paylor and daughter Jean are spending few days in

Philadelphia this week where Jean is making arrangements to enter a hospital there for training this fall.

Death: Robert Calvin McQuade of Mc- Connellsburg.

Dr. Russell Stevens of Bellefonte is a frequent visitor at the home of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. F.K. Stevens, while attending a dental convention at Bedford Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Hays took their son, Robert, to Pittsburgh on Sunday where he took a train for Chicago to visit relatives. From there, he will go to Colorado to spend the summer with his uncle, Albert Hays, and family on their ranch.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Black of Oklahoma City sent a special delivery letter to Mrs. Vallie Lowe, announcing the birth of a son on May 28. He has been named David Michael.

A bolt of lightning, glancing from a huge willow tree into a herd of 25 cows seeking protection from an electrical storm, killed nine Holstein cows, eight of them purebred, on Thursday evening on the James H. Kendall farm, a few miles south of Mc- Connellsburg. Two other cows were injured but have recovered. The loss, partly covered by insurance, was approximately $1,500.

Cloyd Rowe Mellott, a graduate of the McConnellsburg High School this year, has been announced as the winner of the annual state scholarship from Fulton County. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Mellott. This scholarship amounts to $100 per year for four years in any accredited Pennsylvania college.

The Registration Commission of Fulton County has announced that approximately 350 voters in the county have not voted in any election in the past two years.

A custom for the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club is to make an annual award to a boy and a girl in the eighth grade of the local school who have been outstanding in scholastic, citizenship and athletic events. Mrs. Boyd Fore, chairman of education for the club, presented the awards this year to Alan Schooley and Mary Ellen Decker.

Death: Mrs. Rebecca Mosen of near Mc- Connellsburg.

Mrs. J.W. Snyder of Knobsville has reported an unusually large egg. The product of an ordinary white leghorn hen, the egg has circumferential measurements of 7-1/2 and 6 inches and weighs four ounces.

Word has been received here that Dr. John L. Neill of Smethport, who formerly practiced medicine in McConnellsburg, has been called to active duty in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. After June 15, Dr. Neill will be located at Fort Eustis, Va.

The 20 members of the recently graduated senior class of McConnellsburg were entertained Thursday afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Tad Mclaughlin at McLaughlin’s Drug Store. Each member of the class was given his choice of any fountain specialty and there were plenty of pretzels and salted nuts for an added treat. The afternoon was spent in dancing and school chat.

Edwin Eisaman, a FFA member from Taylor Township, won the Franklin-Fulton public speaking contest at Waynesboro last week. He is now eligible to represent this area in the statewide public speaking contest at State College on June 16-18. Wallace Mellott, an FFA member from Licking Creek, was runner-up in the contest at Waynesboro. Eisaman spoke on the subject, “The Film of Life” and brought out the needs for soil conservation. Mellott’s subject was “Agriculture, The Oldest Industry and the Newest Science.”

Miss Lorelei I. Booth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Erby Booth of Hancock, was graduated from Shippensburg State Teachers College on May 27, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

Kenneth Spangler left on Monday for Jackson, Miss., where he has been enrolled as a flying cadet in the Army Air Corps.

Death: Thomas R. Hockensmith of Santa Rosa, Calif.

While riding with her husband, Cpl. David A. Nelson, who is stationed at Fort Devens, Mass., Mrs. Winifred Booze Nelson, 20, was killed in an automobile accident near Charlton, Mass., on Sunday. Cpl. Nelson and his wife were married last December.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 4, 1931


McConnellsburg certainly felt right on the map last Thursday when Amelia Earhart, famous flyer and first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane, landed at the local airfield about noon. She was flying an autogiro type of plane for the first time. She landed here to take on fuel and have lunch. After eating at the Mellott Hotel, she posed for several pictures before taking off.

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