2013-01-02 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 31, 1992


Local movie fans may want to watch for a brief appearance by

Troy Ott in the movie “Hoffa” which opened nationwide on Christmas Day. Ott appears as a policeman standing guard as Jimmy Hoffa exits the building where he testified at an investigation by the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Troy worked as an extra on the film last summer during shooting in Pittsburgh.

The baby daughter of a young Warfordsburg couple, Steve Knable and Ronda Strait, has been christened Amber, but her nickname will probably be “Sophie” because of her untimely birth on the sofa of their living room where the young father frantically delivered her while the expectant mother read instructions to him from a step-by-step instruction book. The unusual birth took place December 8 after she was sent home from the Medical Center with what was thought to be false labor at 11:30 p.m. Monday. After the baby came the father cut the cord with his penknife and the mother and newborn were rushed back to the Medical Center to the amazement of the staff.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday gave final approval to a 1993 county budget of $2,851,850 which calls for no increase in taxes.

Two CROP walks were organized in Fulton County in 1992. Two persons, Carolyn Snyder and Joyce Henry, walked on a route extending from the Forbes Road Elementary School, generating $196 in donations. The McConnellsburg walk attracted 17 walkers who gathered $1,099 in donations.

Deaths: Ethel Clouser, McConnellsburg; Luther Chilcote, Bedford; Mary Golden, Needmore; Vincent Donegan, Hancock; Robert Steel, Everett; Virginia Lamberson, Mapleton; Peter Peterson, Springville.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Christopher of Harrisonville on December 25.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 13, 1983


Hustontown firemen spent most of early Saturday morning fighting a barn fire at the Gerald Hann farm in Laidig. The fire destroyed the barn and severely damaged a trailer that the Hanns used when travelling to local carnivals. Recognizing the size and intensity of the blaze, the flames could be seen from about two miles away, HAFCO immediately called the McConnellsburg Fire Co. for assistance and requested that Three Springs Fire Co. be prepared to assist. Total property damage has been set at $55,000.

Dr. Keith Gangewere has joined the family medicine practice with Dr. James Witt at the doctors’ office at 121 S. First St., Mc- Connellsburg.

Introducing his successor as “not a bad fellow,” 1981 Fireman of the Year Bud McKinley told the 125 people assembled for the annual Needmore Fire Co. banquet on Saturday night that George Duvall had been selected as 1982 Fireman of the Year.

Several Fulton countians were among the first wave of winners named at the 67th annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg. First-day winners from the county included Marjorie Swope, Needmore, second place in quilts and third place in creative fabrics and fibers; Joyce Plessinger, Needmore, second in creative fabrics and fiber; and Rebecca Suders, Mc- Connellsburg, first place in cornhusk dolls. In the livestock division, the sheep raising Mellott family of Needmore was again among top winners in their divisions, including the champion Cheviot ram and reserve champion Cheviot ewe shown by Jeff Mellott. Bruce Bivens, Big Cove Tannery, took first in the ear corn harvested class.

Specials at the IGA: sugar, 2-lb. bag, 79 cents; grapefruit, 6 for $1; chuck roast, $1.59 lb.; Downy, $2.99, 96-ounce container; Tide detergent, $1.79, 49-ounce package.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Younker of Mercersburg on January 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brumbaugh of Wood on January 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Claycomb of Robertsdale on January 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Foor of McConnellsburg on January 6.

Deaths: David C. Chesnut, McConnellsburg; Warren Palmer; Mary Gordon, Needmore; Melinda Foor, McConnellsburg; Paul L. Bergstresser, Waterfall; Jacob E. Shoemaker, Hancock; Albert N. Ewing, Chambersburg.

Marriage licenses: Adele Hall, Mc- Connellsburg, and Max McQuait Jr., Hustontown; Ann Weaver, Warfordsburg, and Donald Vanorsdale Jr., Hancock; Kimberly Plessinger, Warfordsburg, and Keith Williams, Big Cove Tannery; Kathy Shirley and Blaine Mellott, both of Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 11, 1973


The stork was a little late in bringing the first baby to Fulton County in the new year and didn’t get here until January 3 when a baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keebaugh of Warfordsburg at Fulton County Medical Center. Dr. R.C. McLucas was the attending physician. The baby girl has been named Angela Mary.

A total of $3,730 has thus far been contributed to help a 6-year-old Fulton County boy who is suffering from a serious ailment that affects his kidneys, bladder and complete urinary tract. The fund drive, initiated by the people of his church and surrounding area, was established to aid Kevin Hann, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Hann of McConnellsburg. Kevin has been hospitalized several times in the past two years in both Philadelphia and Harrisburg. His physician in Philadelphia has discusssed with his parents the possibility of a kidney transplant sometime in the future. At this time, however, he continues to need medical supplies and treatment, and has periodic appointments at Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital for treatments and tests.

The Valley Treat Restaurant, Star Route North, McConnellsburg, which had been owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reeder for the past 10 years, was sold at the beginning of the year to Roger Seiders of McConnellsburg, who took over the operation and management of the business on January 2.

Barbara L. Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. Black of Waterfall, and Craig C. Cutchall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cutchall of Hustontown, were joined together in holy matrimony on January 6 at Fairview Methodist Church.

A.B. Richard Alloway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Alloway of Greencastle, has completed his basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and is specializing in electronics at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo.

Deaths: William Schenck, Springville, Calif.; John E. Secrist, McConnellsburg; Roy Emerson Hull, Hancock; Marlyn Kelly, Burnt Cabins; W. Lawrence Paylor, McConnellsburg; Joseph Matthias, Great Neck, N.Y.; Drew Alker, Pittsburgh.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Park of Fort Littleton on December 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Kerns of Warfordsburg on December 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keebaugh of Warfordsburg on January 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dennison of Shirleysburg on January 5.

The Fort Littleton Friendly Club sponsored an open house in honor of John Sipes’ 92nd birthday on January 1 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Decker.

A party to celebrate the 65th birthday of Charles R. Ott was held January 7 in the home of Mr. Ott’s son, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ott of McConnellsburg.

Navy Petty Officer Second Class Dennis K. Golden, husband of the former Miss Sue E. Duvall of Warfordsburg, is in the Mediterranean aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Wainwright.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Cathy Hess and J. Bradford Fraker on November 4 at Fairview Methodist Church, Harrisonville. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hess of Hustontown and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fraker of Fort Littleton.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of January 17, 1963


At the shareholders’ meeting of

The First National Bank of Mc-

Conellsburg on January 8, approval was given for the sale of 1,500 additional shares of stock. This will bring to 6,000 the outstanding shares of capital stock. Merrill W. Nace was named director and board chairman emeritus, the first such appointment in the bank’s history. Harry M. Johnston was named chairman of the bank.

Electric service to the McConnellsburg area and parts of Franklin County was interrupted for over an hour on Monday night. Cumberland Valley Electric Co. said it was the result of broken wires between Williamson and St. Thomas.

Mrs. Mary Hamman of Buck Valley celebrated her 101st birthday on Wednesday, January 16. The last Fulton County centenarian was the late John Comerer, who celebrated his 100th birthday on January 30, 1950.

George L. Reisner, McConnellsburg, and John W. Johnston, Mercersburg, were each presented with a gold watch by the Sears Roebuck Foundation for more than 25 years of service in teaching vocational agriculture, at ceremonies in Camp Hill last Tuesday.

The courthouse is undergoing muchneeded repair work this week with new stairs and flooring in the upper hallways being installed.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gobin and son Chuck, Jamie Greathead and Mrs. Margaret Gobin were among those who witnessed the inauguration ceremonies for the new governor of Pennsylvania, William Warren Scranton, in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Elwood Eader of Hancock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 24. A surprise party was held in the Odd Fellows Hall in Warfordsburg by their children.

Engagements announced: Connie Kay Warthin, McConnellsburg, and J. Charles Fore, Knobsville; Lyndall Ella Golden, Warfordsburg, to Gary Paul Wilt, Everett; Julianne Daiger of Canton, Ohio, to James R. Ritz of Hancock.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hann, Harrisonville, on January 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kissner, McConnellsburg, on January 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax Jr., McConnellsburg, on January 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Smith, Hopewell, on January 12.

Hiram Wible died unexpectedly at his home in Three Springs on Friday.

Deaths: Mrs. Phoebe Ann Fulton, 88, Clearfield, formerly of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Edward R. Hendershot, 85, Mercersburg, formerly of Needmore.

60 Years Ago

From the Files Of January 22, 1953


Dr. Lester R. Mellott of Philadelphia, his son and Mrs. Marian Mellott of Hustontown have presented the Medical Center with a Simmons “Hi- Lo” hospital bed. The money donated for flowers for Mr. Mellott was used to purchase a mattress for the bed.

This week, eight painters completely refinished the inside of the G.C. Murphy Store here, starting on Monday evening and finishing on Tuesday. This is part of the company’s policy of painting each of its stores every three years.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kendall and Mrs. John Greathead attended the inauguration of President Eisenhower on Tuesday as guests of Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Trout.

C. Stull Baldwin, G.A. Biggs, George Earley, Russell Kendall, K.G. Richards, Wilmer Sipes and John W. Spangler have been elected to the Fulton County Medical Center board of directors. Total patients at the Medical Center this past year numbered 619 as compared to 501 in 1951.

Anything can happen in the life of a country doctor and usually does, especially in the daily rounds of Dr. E.H. MacKinley. This time, “Doc” assumed the role of hard-boiled detective. The story follows: Last Thursday Doc was making a call shortly after midnight in Knobsville when he noticed a man crawling through a broken window in a double house. Doc’s patient lived on the other side of the house, and Doc paid little attention to it, thinking it must be the neighbor who had forgotten his key. However, the doctor had hardly entered the patient’s house when the neighbor, Carl Seiders, called him and told him that a man had broken a window, entered his house and was asleep on the lounge. Doc accompanied Seiders back to his part of the house, and the two of them tied up the intruder, who turned out to be a young Knobsville man who had imbibed a bit too heavily and wasn’t particular where he slept – he just wanted to go to sleep. State police took the young man to jail, and the next day he paid a fine and costs for disorderly conduct.

David Welsh, Robert Richards and John Gordon, all members of the McConnellsburg FFA chapter, have been awarded the Keystone Degree in the Future Farmers of America.

Rosie Lyons received painful burns about the face and body early last Thursday evening when the one-room dwelling in which she lived at Cito was almost destroyed by fire. She was carrying a lighted lamp and fell, breaking the lamp and setting her clothing on fire. She ran from the building and neighbors extinguished the fire in her clothing and rushed her to the Medical Center. McConnellsburg firemen were able to save the building from complete destruction.

Denver J. Hess and Priscilla Ann Faith were married last Saturday.

Mrs. Stephen Schultz of Warfordsburg underwent surgery last Wednesday at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Smith of Warfordsburg on January 16.

Deaths: Albert Gordon of San Diego, Calif.; David Burton Clouser of Miami Beach, Fla.; Mrs. Jesse L. Miller of Mapleton; Bruce Gordon Horton of Chambersburg; David Thomas Woodcock of Hustontown.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 21, 1943


Due to the shortage of help and materials, Ray’s Bakery, Mc-

Connellsburg’s only baking firm, will cease operations on Saturday. C.M. Ray and his son have operated the establishment for more than 20 years.

Death: Samuel Logue Deshong of near Harrisonville.

Hon. Richard M. Simpson, congressman from the 18th District, has been named to the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

The Rexall Drug Store, owned and operated by Lt. Glen R. Bitner, was moved last week from the Seylar building to the Glen Nell hotel.

Joan Snyder celebrated her eighth birthday on January 16.

G.G. Shives has been named sexton of the local Lutheran Church.

Recent weddings: Sgt. Francis Allison and Elizabeth Morton on January 14; Pvt. Grover C. Fields Jr. and Mary Jane Hamil on January 18; Boyd Fore Jr. and Geraldine Keith on December 30.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 19, 1933


At Sunday School at the Reformed

Church last Sunday, the following persons were presented with New Testaments in recognition of perfect Sunday School attendance during 1932: Frances Alexander, Mrs. H.S. Alexander, Lyle Duffey, Charles Glen, O. Hohman, Rev. William J. Lowe, Mrs. William J. Lowe, Robert Lynch, Elizabeth Morton, David Oliver, Mary Virginia Runyan, Mrs. Scott Runyan and Mrs. Charles Scott.

Court was held here last week with President Judge Donald P. McPherson and associate judges J. Charles Fore and Ross Correll presiding. The confirmation of accounts was the main order of business. Three nonsupport cases were also heard, with two of the defendants being ordered to pay $1 per week for the support of their children and one ordered to pay $2 per week.

Deaths: Mrs. Jessie Viola Linn of Fort Littleton; Dr. John Lindsay Bradley of Mercersburg.

More than 150 men joined in a search party on Saturday to hunt for Delma Northcraft, 2-year-old daughter of Kelly Northcraft of Artemas. The little girl wanted to go with her father on a fox hunt and, when told she couldn’t, followed him with neither the father nor the mother knowing it. After searching all day on Saturday, the party gave up hopes of finding the girl and, the next day, state police with bloodhounds were called in. They found the little girl lying beside a fallen tree, her head resting upon her arm, dead from exposure to the extreme cold.

Richard W. Domer was killed in a truck accident on Friday morning when his truck ran off the road and crashed into a tree on the highway between New Grenada and Robertsdale.

Lester Sipes of McConnellsburg is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from a broken arm and bruises sustained when the car of Charles Cutchall overturned on the wet road near Fort Loudon. The men were on their way to Chambersburg for a load of vegetables when the accident occurred. Cutchall received a minor cut on the head.

Mrs. E.M. Krug is able to be out again after a 10-day illness. During that time, her daughter, Miss Beatrice, served as editor of the “News.”

At the A&P: roll butter, 2 pounds for 49 cents; oleo, 10 cents; peanut butter, 10 cents; White House milk, 3 cans for 15 cents; scratch feed, 100 pounds for $1.09.

Nelson A. Comerer advertises as follows: house wiring, complete, $29 and up.

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