2015-06-04 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Monica Seville of McConnellsburg, pictures her grandfather, Herman Gracey, Monica, and her mother, Frances Gracey Fix, with an 8-point buck taken by Frances in 1966. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Monica Seville of McConnellsburg, pictures her grandfather, Herman Gracey, Monica, and her mother, Frances Gracey Fix, with an 8-point buck taken by Frances in 1966. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 1, 1995


More than 250 Civil War re-enactors and thousands of Civil War buffs are expected to swell the population of Fulton County on June 3 and 4. The first of what is planned as an annual commemoration of the county’s Civil War history will be held on those dates. This celebration will feature a recreation of the last Confederate bivouac north of the Mason-Dixon Line. While most of the military events will be in the McConnellsburg area, related activities will take place at Buck Valley Park and at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church.

A steady rain fell on Sunday as a small group of children carried fresh cut flowers to the soldiers’ graves at Buck Valley Methodist Church. A wreath was placed on the monument, and Fulton Honor Guard and a group of Buck Valley veterans paid homage to the soldiers as a lone bugler played “Taps” across the graveyard.

The joint operating committee of Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School last week approved the hiring of Harold Dworetzky of Goshen, N.Y., as the school’s new director effective July 1. He succeeds Julia Cigola, who resigned this spring to accept the position of principal of Mc- Connellsburg High School.

Col. (ret.) Arnold H. Gaylor gave the Memorial Day address May 29 at Union Cemetery.

Hats off to John Gracey of New Grenada, who, despite a recent heart attack, won a gold medal in archery last week at the National Senior Sports Class in San Antonio, Texas.

Marriage licenses: Kenneth Shives Jr., Hancock, and Crystal Hess, Hancock; Brian Souders, McConnellsburg, and Wendy Griffith, McConnellsburg; Alex Peck, Warfordsburg, and Heather Nash, Warfordsburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Linscott of Warfordsburg on May 29.

Deaths: David Saylor, McConnellsburg; Hazel Mentzer, Burnt Cabins; George Coonrod, Hancock; Philip Straley Sr., Williamsport; James Dawson, Berkeley Springs.

The following area students are April graduates from Hagerstown Business College: Kathy Chamberlain, Wells Tannery; Ginger Martin, Needmore; Leslie Mellott, Warfordsburg; Selita Scott, Harrisonville; and Selena Skvarka, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 13, 1985


JLG employees and their families, a crowd of more than 1,600 people, enjoyed the annual company picnic held at Williamsport, Pa., on Saturday that included free rides and food and the awarding of more than 50 prizes.

McConnellsburg Spartans advanced to the western finals of the PIAA Class AA baseball state tournament with a 13-5 come-from-behind victory over Blacklick Valley in a quarterfinal game played last Thursday at Everett. Members of the team are coach Roy Cline, Keith Reed, Bobby Morgan, Darron Butts, Scott Grissinger, Matt Cover, Bobby McQuade, Kenny Welsh, Robbie Shives, John Hoffman, assistant coach Loy Garber, Danny Cutchall, Todd Garber, Greg Zeger, Tommy Shearer, Mike Miller, Troy Long, Rex Fields and Tim Fowler.

A modern-day pioneer passed through McConnellsburg Monday in a covered wagon bound for Arizona. Rieman Austin of Easton, Md., and his friend, Linda Mason, were spotted along U.S. Route 30 east of McConnellsburg Monday afternoon in their covered wagon drawn by two Belgian horses. He and Linda, their dogs and, of course, their horses, set off May 23 from Rose Valley, an Amish settlement near Dover, Del., for Rieman’s 2-acre plot near Payson, Ariz., flying an Arizonia state flag on their 5,600-pound covered wagon.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Suders Jr. celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 31 at the Suders family cabin on Meadow Grounds Mountain.

Sharon Hollenshead would like to announce the marriage of her mother, Rachel Hollenshead, McConnellsburg, to James Nelson Deshong of McConnellsburg on May 23.

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, 99 cents lb.; chicken legs, 59 cents lb.; Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 59 cents; Final Touch fabric softener, 8 ozs., $2.19; Viva paper towels, 69 cent, big roll; Tide laundry detergent, $6.99, 171 ozs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Halterman of Warfordsburg on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Sheeder of McConnellsburg on June 3.

Deaths: William T. Gillam, Neelyton; Karl Davidson, Saltillo; Beatrice Sipes, McConnellsburg; Elizabeth Brown, Three Springs; Amanda B. Swain, Little Orleans; Frank Rinker, McConnellsburg.

G. Ralph Willett and Maxine Schriever were united in marriage in the Washington, D.C., Latter-day Saints Temple, Kensington, Md., April 19. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levearl Schriever of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Ralph Willett of Upper Marlboro and the late Kathryn R. Willett.

Teresa Diane Grove and Charles Webster Leese were married June 1 at Mercersburg Church of God. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Grove Jr., Mc- Connellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese of Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Richard Reeder, Mercersburg, and Doris Rhine, Mercersburg; Andrew Bean, Hustontown, and Michelle Price, Harrisonville; Garry Brennan, Warfordsburg, and Karen Marie Fischer, Warfordsburg; Brent Gordon, McConnellsburg, and Rita Shives, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 12, 1975


Between 300 and 400 spectators turned out to see model airplane enthusiasts put their crafts through intricate aerial maneuvers Sunday at McConnellsburg High School hockey field.

The state Weather Modification Board at a meeting in Harrisburg last month approved a motion by member Delmar Mellott, who is also chairman of the Fulton County commissioners, to request DER’s air pollution bureau to take random air samples to determine the presence of cloudseeding agents.

Miss Sharon Lee Park of Burnt Cabins received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University at commencement on June 8.

Four Fulton County 4-H members will learn specialized leadership skills and take a look at current teenage concerns when they take part in Pennsylvania 4-H Leadership Congress June 23-26 on the PA State University’s main campus. Members participating are Diane Anderson and Christine Berkstresser, both of Harrisonville; Jerry Hixon of Crystal Spring; and Linda Lane of Hustontown.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Clear Spring, Md., was the setting for the double-ring ceremony of Cynthia Yvonne Pittman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pittman of Hancock, to Richard Charles Moyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Moyer of Macungie, Pa., on May 17.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 65 cents lb; white frozen bread dough, 5-loaf pack 99 cents; layer cake mixes, 49 cents; Campbell soups, 5 cans for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Barton of Breezewood on May 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Unger of Warfordsburg on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waite of Burnt Cabins on June 5.

Marriage licenses: John Smith of Needmore and Doreen Mellott of McConnellsburg; Dwayne Tritle of McConnellsburg and Caroline Browand of McConnellsburg; Bruce Barber and Wanda Buterbaugh, both of Baltimore; Jeffrey Duvall of Mercersburg and Connie Brant of Harrisonville; Rex Mills of Burnt Cabins and Debra Dillman of Blairs Mills; Carl Smith and Connie Laidig, both of Three Springs.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Ellen Chesnut Wink, Hancock; Mrs. Elsie F. Frey, Chambersburg; Edward R. Sharpe, Harrisonville; J. William Park, Silver Spring, Md.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 17, 1965


Merrill W. Nace, 81, former cashier and president of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg, passed away at his home at 100 West North Street at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, after a long illness. Until his retirement in 1956, Mr. Nace held an executive position at the local bank and contributed much to the growth of this community.

Most people, speaking literally, wouldn’t give a “plugged nickel” for a bottle of soda pop. They pay the dime it takes to buy one nowadays, but there are some who won’t and the number appears to be on the increase. Business places around town with public soft drink dispensers are “being taken” for more and more each week by users who, instead of inserting a dime, are putting ground-down pennies into the coin slot. The practice has now reached the point where the merchants are offering cash rewards to anyone giving information that will lead to the prosecution of the offenders.

An 11-year-old Shippensburg girl, feared a drowning victim at Cowans Gap State Park on Sunday evening, turned up safe and sound at the home of a brother about 20 miles away, while several scuba divers and about 200 other searchers combed the lake area from shortly after 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The search was halted when word came that Kathy Holtry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Holtry Jr., Shippensburg, was safe.

Marriage licenses: John Smith of Crystal Spring and Ruth Kirk of Warfordsburg; Frederick Horne of Hustontown and Nancy Johnson of Wells Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Waters on June 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Edward on June 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Diffenderfer on June 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Truax on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Zeison June 11 and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Rosenberry on June 10.

Deaths: Mrs. Ella Mae Nace, Oakman; Mrs. Goldie Gordon, Big Cove Tannery; David Fraker, McConnellsburg; Myrtle Foster, Bedford County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 16, 1955


Ann Johnson of Hagerstown will play her Hammond organ in the American Legion basement room on Saturday evening.

The Fulton County Sportsmen’s League has just about completed plans for the purchase of a 275-acre farm. The farm has been surveyed and the final plot is being drawn. Some of the projects planned include dismantling the present buildings and salvaging the useable lumber, establishing a dog training area, locating pond sites, trees to be planted and selecting a site and a building a clubhouse.

Seventeen-year-old William Lyle Mosebey Jr., a 1955 graduate of Forbes Road High School, has been named winner of the $400 state scholarship in Fulton this year, winning in a competitive exam given to 16 county seniors. A son of Mr. and Mrs. William Mosebey Sr., Wells Tannery, he will study engineering at Penn State University, beginning his work at the Altoona center in September.

Francis Allison, local implement dealer, escaped serious injury Monday in a freak accident at the Ringling Bros. Circus., which was playing a one-day stand here for the benefit of the firemen. Allison was hired to haul hay to the grounds for the elephant. He was unloading the hay into the elephant’s pen when he attempted to retrieve one of the bales from the pen. The elephant, apparently realizing that Allison was attempting to take away one of the bales, lashed out with his trunk, catching Allison across the face and upsetting him. Allison escaped with minor scratches and bruises of the face.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the C. Kenneth Gordon farm, located about two miles south of town, along the Back Run Road.

The new firehall, which is under construction here, was dealt a crippling setback last week when officials in Harrisburg ordered a change in plans to include four exits from the second floor, at an estimated extra expense of $3,000.

Max Stenger has been named president of the Franklin County Volunteer Firemen’s Assoc. of which the local fire company is a member.

Cpl. Robert C. Kerlin, 23, son of Mrs. Cecilian M. Kerlin of Hustontown, recently spent a leave in Tokyo from his unit in Korea.

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Mackey Sr. of St. Thomas observed their 50th wedding anniversary last Tuesday.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Watkins of Robertsdale on June 8.

Mrs. Olive Anderson of Maddensville is building a market place for vegetables and fruit near the Sunshine Diner at the Y.

Dale Souders and Marjorie Lininger were married June 11.

Mearl O. Mellott and Mabel Doyle were wed June 12.

Mr. and Mrs. Buhl Rohrer of Hustontown will observe their 35th wedding anniversary on June 26.

Deaths: Clarence Kerlin of Huntingdon County; Louise Lehman of Madera, Pa.; Effie Hope Funk of Atlantic City, N.J.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 21, 1945


Deaths: Charles R. Spangler of McConnellsburg, president of The Fulton County National Bank;

Mrs. Edith Sigel Wigfield of Piney Grove, Md.

Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Watters of Burnt Cabins now have six children serving their country. In the armed forces are T-Sgt. Thomas G. Watters, T-Sgt. H. Dale Watters, Cpl. Charles A. Watters, Pfc. J. Kenneth Watters and Pvt. P. Eugene Watters, while their daughter, Lois J. Watters, is a cadet student nurse at Harrisburg Hospital.

In a very quiet primary election on Tuesday, the “wets” won over the “drys” in Dublin Township referendum by a vote of 136-95.

Kenneth Morton and Eunice Hoachlander were wed June 14.

Paul A. Scalia and Beulah Jane Barton were wed June 15.

Arlington Deshong, 65, Harrisonville, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital last Friday evening for treatment of injuries he received when a skidding car crashed into his automobile when it parked in front of the post office at Harrisonville. He suffered severe contusions of the right leg and chest and brush burns of the face.

Prof. Claude Mellott of Harrisonville purchased a cow recently, but she escaped the next day. Heading toward her former home, she was finally corralled at Bruce Lake’s place.

Sgt. Raymond H. Laidig, son of Mrs. Bessie Laidig of Mc- Connellsburg, recently completed 40 months of continuous overseas duty.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bivens.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 20, 1935


Deaths: James C. Deneen of Union Township;

Franklin P. Barton of Bedford County; James Henry Mellott of near Loysburg; John W. Cordell of Marion; Jacob Myers Peck of Sharpe; Mrs. Anna Catherine Walker of Mercersburg; Mrs. Annie Sayre of Mountain Lake, Minn.

Clarence Johnson and Margaret G. Figard were married on June 15.

Matt Lewis of East Lincoln Way recently purchased the mining rights and equipment of the late Frank Grimes at the Max Mine, located at Six Mile Run. This mine operates in the Kelly Seam, one of the best domestic coals on the market. The coal seam there is 4 feet thick and perfectly clean. Mr. Lewis, who spent 25 years as a mine inspector and 19 years as a field instructor at Penn State, will personally supervise the mining operation.

The piano pupils of Mrs. Donald F. Brake presented a recital on Tuesday evening. Those taking part were Marian Morton, Frances Alexander, Catherine Fields, Marian Chesnut, Lucille Abercrombie, Marjorie Fields, Jack Kelso, Grace Raker, Adrian Deshong and Paul Ott.

Charles E. Knepper of Taylor Township has announced his candidacy for county commissioner on the Democratic ticket.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Miller moved on Saturday from the Mrs. Etta Everhart property to one of Max Sheet’s houses.

A son was born on June 11 to Mrs. Helen Wink Corman of Windber and the late Albert R. Corman, who passed away on January 28

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 18, 1925


The Tyrone Times, owned and managed since

1896 by Harry A. Thompson, a former resident of

McConnellsburg, has been sold to P.V. Doyle. Mr. Thompson will continue as postmaster at Tyrone.

Blair Samuel Hess and Thelma Lillian McBride were married on May 16.

Harvey J. Stoner, who has been employed as a printer in Lancaster, is spending an indefinite period with his brother and sister, Bruce and Jennie. Mr. Stoner’s wife died on May 10 and with the breaking up of his home, he has decided to leave the printing business.

M.S. Nesbit and Elsie McCoy were married June 10.

Robert Mosebey, Wells Tannery, is representing Wells Township in the agricultural contest at State College.

Death: Miss Maggie Reese of Burnt Cabins.

Roy North is all smiles these days since boy No.2 came to his home at Burnt Cabins.

Raymond Gracey bought a stock of merchandise from J.C. Kirk of Wells Tannery and has opened a store at his home at the crossroads at Enid. He also has the agency for the Grand Union Tea Co.

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