2013-07-25 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Joe Berzansky of Wood, was taken in Romilly-Sur-Sein, France, on September 3, 1943. Pictured, back row, left: 2Lt G.E. Wright (TG-O), Maj K.R. Mitchell (P), Capt M.R. Hungerford (CP), 1Lt R.E. McElwain (N), 1Lt J.B. Fawcett (B); front row, left: S/Sgt C.R. Bagwell (BT), T/Sgt Andrew Berzansky (E), S/Sgt W.E. Briggs (WG), S/Sgt A.T. Beavers (RW), T/Sgt C.C. Zeller (R) This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Joe Berzansky of Wood, was taken in Romilly-Sur-Sein, France, on September 3, 1943. Pictured, back row, left: 2Lt G.E. Wright (TG-O), Maj K.R. Mitchell (P), Capt M.R. Hungerford (CP), 1Lt R.E. McElwain (N), 1Lt J.B. Fawcett (B); front row, left: S/Sgt C.R. Bagwell (BT), T/Sgt Andrew Berzansky (E), S/Sgt W.E. Briggs (WG), S/Sgt A.T. Beavers (RW), T/Sgt C.C. Zeller (R) 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 22, 1993


Bedford-Fulton-Huntingdon Solid Waste Authority reviewed tonnage reports for the first six months of 1993 from the three counties which indicate that the tonnage anticipated at the tri-county landfill for 1993 may be down significantly from 1993 budget estimates. The reports for the first 26 weeks for 1993 show that tonnage received from Fulton and Huntingdon counties are both up slightly from 1992 levels while tonnage received from Bedford and Blair counties are down significantly from 1992 levels. Tonnage from Fulton County for the first six months of 1993 has increased by 233.56 tons over the same period of 1992 and tonnage from Huntingdon County is up 117.5 tons.

David and Sandra Saylor of Dublin Township reported seeing a large black bear crossing their property on Cherry Lane Road on Monday.

The Yankees finished the 1993 season with a 17-win and four-loss record to capture the championship of the Fulton County Little League. Team members are Mike Johnson, Chad Lininger, Ross Weller, Clint Wyrick, Morris Suders, Derrick Peck, Matt Gordon, manager Andy Doyle, coach Dean Seville, Brad Seville, Dustin Doyle, Nick Souders, Jason Sheffield, Barry Weller, Roger Strait, coach Josh Strait and coach Scott Gordon.

Deaths: Janet Swope, McConnellsburg; Pearl Drummond, Hedgesville, W.Va.; Charles Black, Chambersburg; Elvin Baker, Everett; Julia Schneider, St. Thomas; William Stotlemyer, Little Orleans, Md.; Eleanor Cooper, Boonsboro.

Stacey Clippinger and Jonathan Helman were united in marriage May 1, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the couple are Jane Peck, Mc- Connellsburg, and Jerry Clippinger, Waterfall, and Carla Helman and Mr. and Mrs. John Helman, all of McConnellsburg.

Merrill W. and Edith V. Seville of McConnellsburg were honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. A surprise party was held at McConnellsburg firehall, hosted by their eight children and spouses.

Gena Keebaugh was fortunate to get her picture taken with Muhammad Ali during a three-hour layover at Heathrow Airport in London, England. Gena was with the Forbes Road hockey team on their trip to England. The Forbes Road group and Muhammad Ali boarded the same airplane bound for Frankfort, Germany. She is the daughter of Mike and Teresa Keebaugh of Hustontown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of August 4, 1983


Browns and blues described Fulton County this summer. The browns are those of the fields and lawns, and the blues are those of the sky and the farmers’ moods as several consecutive weeks of dry, hot weather have left their mark on the county.

Members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee took shelter from the hot midday sun in the Scrub Ridge Mountain Inn, marching from Ohio to New Jersey to protest working conditions in the tomato fields of Ohio. They spent the night at the Jack Hendricks farm south of McConnellsburg.

Lori Ann Hixon, daughter of Darl and Dorothy Hixon, Needmore, became the bride of Dwight Delmas Lee Bard, son of Rev. Delmas and Shirley Bard of Warfordsburg on June 11.

Investment rates at First National Bank: 7-31 day CD, 9.36 percent; 18-month CD, 10.45 percent; money market, $10,000 and over, 9.36 percent.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Truax Sr. were honored on their 25th wedding anniversary June 19 at Needmore Firehall.

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, $1.19 lb.; whole fryer legs, 49 cents pound; King bread, 2 for 89 cents; Campbell’s soup, 3 for 89 cents; bananas, 37 cents a pound.

Births at the Medical Center; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Wilt, Warfordsburg, on July 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Milford Fortney, Shirleysburg, on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Brouse, Shade Gap, on July2 4.

Deaths: Joseph Taylor, McConnellsburg; Raymond H. Miller, Needmore; Amanda Rockwell, Chambersburg; Sara Strait, Harrisonville; Guy Hoopengardner, Hancock; Martha F. Mellott, Laurel, Md.; Goldie M. Diehl, Hancock; William Single Sr., Mifflintown.

Sally Paylor and Rick Wilson were united in marriage on June 25. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Eston Paylor and Mrs. Betty Miller and the late Sharon Wilson of Shade Gap.

Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren was the setting of a candlelight ceremony uniting in marriage Diane Lynn Richards and Elzy Eugene Golden Jr. on May 21. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Richards of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. Elzy Golden Sr., Hancock.

Marriage licenses: Allen M. Sprankle, Mercersburg, and Michele Pragliolio, Mercersburg; Mark D. Ramsey, Orbisonia, and Linda Jo Brown, Hustontown; Clarence R. Younker, Mercersburg, and Robin D. Gilpin, Hancock.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 2, 1973


Art’s Bowling Center on South Third Street, Mc-

Connellsburg, changed hands this week when the owner, Art Gelsinger of Chambersburg, sold the business to Albert Diegelman and Stephen Hoover, both of McConnellsburg.

Five countians will receive degrees at Shippensburg State College on Friday. They are: Carol Parsons of Hustontown, Master of Education degree in reading; David Hoover II, McConnellsburg, Master of Education degree in elementary education; Linda S. Isban, McConnellsburg, Master of Education degree in counseling; Sarah E. Souders of Needmore, Master of Education degree in elementary education, and Trudy Helsel, Wells Tannery, Master of Education degree in elementary education.

Room rates at Chambersburg Hospital were increased $2 per day, effective on Wednesday of this week. A private room with bath will cost $59.75, while a two-bed room with bath will cost $49.25.

Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Shimer are spending two week’s vacation in Texas and Mexico.

Marriage licenses: Duane Clark of Breezewood and Pamela Reighard of Clearville; J. Preston Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg and Josephine T. Clopper of Warfordsburg; Glenn Ott and Catherine J. Sipes, both of McConnellsburg; Michael Miller of Shade Gap and Sarah Grace Clark of Baltimore.

A total of 11 4-H members and leaders from Renesselaer County, N.Y., visited with 4-H families in Fulton County last week. Eight 4-H’ers, two adult advisors and the assistant county agent from Fulton County participated in the second half of a 4-H interstate exchange program with Brown Company, Wis., recently. Those visiting Wisconsin were: Debbie Mellott, Virginia Palmer, Michelle Rasp, Paula Smith, Ricky Anderson, Robin Feight, Dave Drenning, Lynn Knepper, Mr. and Mrs. Alton Hoopengardner and Rich Lehman.

Mr. and Mrs. Denver Evans of Warfordsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 14.

Army Pvt. William R. Shives, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Abner R. Shives of Big Cove Tannery, recently completed eight weeks of advanced individual training as an armor reconnaissance specialist at the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox, Ky.

Little League teams marked the end of the season with a trip to Baltimore on Monday to see a big league baseball game. Thee were four busloads of players and their managers.

Deaths: James Smith Sr., Hancock; Hilda M. Black, Greencastle; Merle A. Beam, Windber.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall of Shade Gap on July 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fogal of Blairs Mills on July 22.

An afternoon wedding took place on Saturday, June 2, at the Church of God, Hustontown. United in marriage were Miss Ruth Elizabeth Roher of McConnellsburg and Michael George Fraker of Fort Littleton. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Page Roher and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fraker.

Airman John L. Buterbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg, has graduated at Keesler AFB, Miss., from the U.S. Air Force aircraft navigation equipment repairman course conducted by the Air Training Command.

Specials at the local IGA: Chef Boy-Ar-Dee beef ravioli, 3 cans for $1; Nestea iced tea mix, 59 cents; family-size Tide, $2.30; turkey drumsticks, 43 cents lb.

Correction to births from last week’s issue: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Duane L. Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on July 17.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 8, 1963


Many interesting supporting acts will supplement the Sandy Luce All-Girl Racing Rodeo troupe when it appears at the Fulton County Fair on Tuesday, August 27. These will include a dazzling exhibition of cowboy rope spinning and Australian whipping, a trained Brahma bull and a clown mule.

Edith Clark of McConnellsburg was the winner of the second McConnellsburg 200 Silver Dollar Jackpot held Saturday night at the Medical Center Street Fair.

A Fulton County girl, 18-year-old Rosalie Hixon, of near Crystal Spring, has returned from the 11th annual International Paralympics held last week in Stoke Mandeville, England, after successfully competing in the wheelchair games.

The local IGA offers cantaloupes, jumbo size four for $1; spare ribs, 49 cents a pound; half-gallon dill pickles, 49 cents; chuck roast, 35 cents a pound.

Gerald E. Bivens of McConnellsburg and Mary A. Paylor of Mercersburg and Pleasant Leroy Deshong of Needmore and Carol Virginia Stephens of McConnellsburg applied for marriage licenses at the local courthouse the past week.

Miss Eileen Yvonne Golden of Warfordsburg and Douglas M. Mills of Hagerstown exchanged their marriage vows on Saturday, June 22.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wible of Mc- Connellsburg on July 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gracey of Waterfall on July 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Miller of Fort Littleton on July 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mellott of McConnellsburg on July 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wireman of McConnellsburg on July 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Kendall of Mc- Connellsburg on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gordon of Fort Loudon on August 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand C. Wise of McConnellsburg on August 1.

“Gunfight at the OK Corral” and “The Birds” are showing at the Fulton Theater this week.

Deaths: Mrs. Alberta J. Heefner of Waterfall; Clarence Gobin of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Fulton County; Gilmore Evans of Six Mile Run; Mrs. Edmund Unger of Saint Thomas.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 6, 1953


Mrs. James L. Gatins, who had been a patient in

Chambersburg Hospital, returned to her home last Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. “Ike” Bivens and little daughter have moved to their newly built home a short distance off the Lincoln Highway in upper Ayr Township.

A square dance will be held at the local American Legion home on Saturday night, with music furnished by Gene Hockenberry and his Knights of the Road.

Mr. and Mrs. Grier Stevens and son have moved to New York, where Mr. Stevens will work on the “thru-way” highway.

Pvt. R.P. Morrison of Pennsylvania State Police has been transferred from Bedford to McConnellsburg to replace Pvt. Fred Leamer, who was sent to Huntingdon.

Preparation of land from pasture will be the theme of the Fulton County Pasture Renovation Day on August 21 at the farm of Kenneth Gordon, just south of McConnellsburg, according to Harold Rotz, chairman of the committee.

Miss Edna E. Bateman of Harrisburg has retired from the United Telephone Co. As a traffic supervisor, Miss Bateman was a frequent visitor to McConnellsburg.

Sgt. Kenneth E. Waite, son of Mrs. Louella Waite of Fort Littleton, was reported missing in action on July 15. Sgt. Waite was with the 45th Infantry Division in Korea and his tour of duty would have been completed in three weeks, at which time he was scheduled to return home.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark of Warfordsburg on July 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Newman of Harrisonville on July 30.

In preparation for Youth Activities Week being conducted at the Methodist churches of Fulton County as part of a nationwide program for youth, there will be a meeting in the McConnellsburg Methodist Church on August 6 for pastors, Sunday School superintendents, teachers and counselors of youth.

Pennsylvania’s 3,016,900 families – with an average annual buying income of $5,500 – own 2,753,100 automobiles and trucks, more than 2,693,300 refrigerators, 2,891,600 radios, 3,201,700 television sets and almost 2,285,200 vacuum cleaners, according to a special study just completed. Pennsylvania is considered as having a “high” standard of living.

John Richard Fore and Elizabeth Ann Richter were married on July 11.

Donald McCoy of Fort Littleton celebrated his sixth birthday at a party on July 30.

Pvt. Guy E. Hann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Hann of Needmore, recently arrived in Alaska for duty with the Alaska General Depot at Fort Richardson.

Miles Horne is busy working on the house which he is building at Clear Ridge.

Death: Mrs. Charles Black.

“Even the smallest undertaking is worth the pains of good workmanship.”

Deaths: Mrs. Cora Bennett of Roaring Springs; Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Palmer of Warfordsburg; Lewis Duvall of Akersville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 5, 1943


The small game season this year has been increased to a full month to give war workers more recreation as well as to help relieve the meat shortage. The season will run from October to November 27.

Death: George Andrew Ott of Windber.

Pfc. George N. Black is now stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

C.B. Chubb of Port Royal has been elected as teacher of vocational agriculture in the local school. His salary has been set at $2,600 per year.

Instead of the usual two, only one automobile license plate will be issued in 1944.

J.E. Palmer of Warfordsburg has been appointed as inheritance tax appraiser and investigator for Fulton County.

Pvt. Bernard C. Barton is now stationed at Clemson, S.C.

Fred B. Gress and Dorothy M. Cline were married on July 30, 1943.

Merrill Fore and Annie Fleming were married on Saturday.

Homer E. Arnold and Rhea Vida Deneen were wed July 7.

Pvt. Edward Hendershot of Cito is a patient in a hospital in Arizona, suffering from arthritis

Sgt. Max Hooper and Betty Bailey were married on July 26.

A/S Walter Fix is now stationed at Bainbridge, Md.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 3, 1933


Airplanes are a rather common sight these days, but people here, nevertheless, were thrilled last

Thursday when eight planes flew in formation, over town, en route from Virginia to Duncansville for a dedication service.

Marjorie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Fields of town, is suffering from a very sore arm, which she received when she upset a pan of hot water.

Mrs. Jacob Black of Coles Valley suffered a paralytic stroke last week.

Sunday was a very hot day, 96 degrees in the shade.

Roswell Stains of New Grenada had a banner hay crop this year. He harvested 52 loads and didn’t even mow one field because he had no room for it.

A total of 103 friends gathered to help Baltzer Sipes celebrate his 36th birthday one evening last week.

Deaths: Mrs. Jacob Black of Coles Valley; Mrs. Catharine Garland of Tiffin, Ohio; Mrs. Amanda Carlin of Burnt Cabins.

The new marker at the entrance of Memorial Park in Mc- Connellsburg was dedicated last week. The marker was designed by William J. Lowe and was erected by David Gress. It has the following inscription: “This park forum and bronze tablet erected by the citizens of Fulton County as a memorial to all who served in the Civil War, Spanish American War and the World War.” A surprise visitor in Mc- Connellsburg last Wednesday was Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, wife of the president, who spent an hour at the Fulton House. Mrs Roosevelt and her companion were attracted by the sign, “Since 1793” and decided to investigate. They were much pleased with the old hotel and had tea in the new “pine room” in the basement. Gypsy Smith, world noted evangelist, will be the principal speaker at the Crystal Spring Camp Meeting this year. The Ambrose Brown home at Clear Ridge was destroyed by fire on July 25. Three sons, Stanley, Reuben and Charles, were asleep in the house at the time the fire started and were lucky to escape with their lives. Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Morton and children have left for their home in Sioux City, Iowa, after spending two weeks with relatives and friends here. Charles Bard has returned to his home at Knobsville after undergoing an operation in a hospital in Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Levi Garland of Needmore are attending the Century of Progress exhibition in Chicago. Mrs. Frank Bratton of Fairview was taken suddenly ill at church on Sunday evening. She was taken home immediately and, on Monday, Dr. H.C. McClain rushed her to Waynesboro Hospital, where she was operated on for appendicitis. The new road from Hustontown to Waterfall has been completed and is now open for public use.

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