2015-12-10 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet and Bill Geyer of McConnellsburg, was taken in the 1940s and is a photograph of Janet’s cousin, Janie Shimer Leisher. She is also the sister of Mary Ellen Shimer Cunningham of McConnellsburg and daughter of Ben and Eleanor Crouse Shimer. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet and Bill Geyer of McConnellsburg, was taken in the 1940s and is a photograph of Janet’s cousin, Janie Shimer Leisher. She is also the sister of Mary Ellen Shimer Cunningham of McConnellsburg and daughter of Ben and Eleanor Crouse Shimer. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 7, 1995


Another cover of snow hit the area last Tuesday but only about six inches, nothing like the storm of the week before, and due to the mild temperatures the roads were in good shape for traffic Wednesday morning.

Fulton County Commissioners approved a $3,548,490 proposed 1996 county budget which keeps the county millage rate at 18.5 mills. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the commissioners have held the line on county taxes, leaving the real estate tax at 18.5 mills, the personal property tax at 4 mills and the occupation tax at 20 mills.

R. Lynn Knepper was re-elected to a 12th one-year term as president of Forbes Road School Board at the board’s reorganizational meeting December 4.

Shawn Sipes, 18, took a beautiful 10-point buck hunting on Sideling Hill Mountain with his father, Mark Sipes, on November 28.

Former Forbes Road High School basketball star Kari Zittle has been chosen as a co-captain of this year’s Hagerstown Junior College Lady Hawks basketball team.

Preliminary information gathered from Pennsylvania Game Commission check stations indicate hunters harvested 2,180 bears during the state’s three-day Thanksgiving week season.

Christina DeOrio and Todd Truax were married August 12 in St. Patrick’s Church, Chittenango, N.Y. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James DeOrio of Chittenango, N.Y., and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Truax of Crystal Spring.

Jeffrey and Julie (Richards) Shearer of Big Cove Tannery announce the birth of their son, Larkin Reed, November 29, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Cromer on December 1.

Ray and Virginia Mellott of Harrisonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 1.

Deaths: Robert Souders, Needmore; Frederick Wilds, Millersville; Marlene Weller, Warfordsburg; Virgie Naugle, Chambersburg; Julia Phipps, Six Mile Run.

Kay Leese and Mark Bradshaw were united in marriage June 3 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Leese of Needmore. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bradshaw of Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 19, 1985


Following a meeting last Wednesday between the superintendents of the county’s three school districts, a Pennsylvania Department of Education official and a Tuscarora Intermediate Unit official, work on a needs-assessment survey regarding establishment of a county vocational-technical school is underway. The officials discussed the makeup of the needs assessment designed to survey the types of vocational and adult education needed in the Fulton County area.

Nearly 16,000 marijuana plants, with an estimated value of $10 million, never found their way to the streets in Pennsylvania as a result of the Pennsylvania State Police 1985 Helicopter Aerial Surveillance Domestic Marijuana Eradication effort. Some 15,996 cannabis plants were located in 428 locations in 37 of the commonwealth’s counties. In Fulton County, 31 aerial searches involving 17.9 flight hours resulted in the discovery and eradication of 61 plots of marijuana containing 751 plants. Approximately another 250 plants were found and eradicated as the result of ground searches conducted based on tips.

Richards Insurance Service of McConnellsburg has recently been purchased by local insurance man Bob Peck of McConnellsburg in partnership with Lee Stine Jr. and Glenn Davis insurance agents in Hagerstown. The business was purchased from Ronald L. Richards of McConnellsburg.

Cindy Berkstresser bagged a fine eight-point near her home in Taylor Township. The buck had a 17 1/2-inch spread and was taken with a 35 Remington.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fox of Hancock on December 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Williams of Crystal Spring on December 12.

The Sideling Hill Christian Church was the setting for the fall wedding of Jody Shives to Scott Buterbaugh Jr. on September 14. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shives of Harrisonville and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Buterbaugh Sr., McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Ronald Richards, McConnellsburg, and Connie Brown, Orbisonia; Ellis Swope, Needmore, and Mildred Swope, Needmore; William Reilly, McConnellsburg, and A. Vivian Reed, McConnellsburg; Steven Miller, Three Springs, and Cecelia Doutt, Lower Burrell, Pa.; Raymond Briggs, Needmore, and Charlene Fagley, Harrisonville.

Deaths: Roger C. Bivens, Hancock; Norma A. Peck, Fort Littleton; Charles D. Rosenberry, Willow Hill; John Frank, Altoona; Lucy J. Mellott, Cito; Rev. Daniel M. Vickers, Juniata; Edgar E. Weller, Hancock; Harry Rowe, Waynesboro.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 18, 1975


An explosion rocked Knepper’s Mill in Waterfall

Tuesday afternoon, igniting a fire that destroyed the mill and outbuilding and threatened two nearby buildings. Units from six area fire companies had the fire under control, but not before the mill had burned to the ground and the adjacent truck shed and storage building had been gutted by the fire. Charles Knepper and his wife, Penny, sat dazed and weeping on a bank overlooking the mill as they watched their family business go up in flames. Knepper had just shut off the diesel engine in the mill’s power room and walked into another part of the building when a tremendous explosion shook the entire structure. He turned back to look and the diesel room was engulfed in flames. The heat was so intense, the windshield on one fire truck cracked, as well as a window at the Knepper house and a nearby streetlight was melted out of shape. The mill had been rebuilt 100 years ago after a fire had destroyed it once before.

The Fulton County commissioners adopted a tentative budget with no cuts in services and no increases in taxes.

Fugitive Merle Unger, a native of Greencastle, was charged on Monday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of officer Donald R. Kline of Hagerstown City Police, following an armed robbery of a neighborhood grocery store on Saturday night in that city. A massive manhunt for the killer followed and shortly before midnight Unger, bleeding profusely from a bullet wound of the chest, was captured by police in the basement of a home a block from the scene of the shooting.

Roger Lee Souders of McConnellsburg and Sara Katherine Garlock of McConnellsburg applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 59 cents lb.; Maxwell House coffee, $2.69, 2-lb. can; Heinz pickles, 32-oz. jar, 69 cents; Nestle’s butterscotch morsels, 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Heinbaugh of Mercersburg on December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of McConnellsburg on December 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Grove of Orbisonia on December 6; a son to Mr and Mrs. Clifford Peck of McConnellsburg on December 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gordon of Hustontown on December 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Barnett of Harrisonville on December 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gordon of McConnellsburg on December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gearhart of Mc- Connellsburg on December 10.

Sue Nesbitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Nesbitt, was one of the 321 persons taking part in the winter commencement program at Shippensburg State College on December 12. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

Deaths: C. Delmar Seville, McConnellsburg; Clarence K. Nesbitt, McConnellsburg; Ross Lewis Gordon, Big Cove Tannery; Luther W. Rubeck, Lemasters; Robert Johnston, Greencastle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 30, 1965


Americans died in traffic accidents over the weekend in numbers that set a new record for a threeday Christmas holiday. At last count, 712 persons were dead, surpassing the previous high of 609 for a threeday Christmas holiday.

Three Springs firemen were summoned last Tuesday afternoon for a blaze that caused an estimated $125 damage to the home of Harold Taylor at Dublin Mills. A defective flue was blamed for the fire, which was confined to one bedroom of the Taylor home. Carl Runk, a neighbor, is credited with holding the fire in check until firemen arrived. Using a bucket of water and a dipper, Runk is reported to have “saved the day” by effectively battling the blaze.

On Christmas Eve, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Glunt of Shade Gap were presented with a check for $657 by Harry Brantner, who, in a little over a week, had collected that amount as head of a fund drive to help the Glunts get back on their feet. They were left homeless and almost destitute several weeks ago when fire destroyed their home and everything in it.

On Thursday evening, Mrs. Lucinda Buterbaugh of Hustontown was rushed to Fulton County Medical Center after collapsing outside Ruth’s Hat and Dress Shop on Main Street in McConnellsburg with a fatal heart attack. She died a short time later. Her grief-stricken family was stunned over the sad news, for it’s just a little over a year ago that her husband, Benjamin Buterbaugh, collapsed in the same way and died on the opposite side of the street, outside the H&P Store.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Wilson quietly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 22.

Specials at the local IGA: Big T soft drinks 12-oz. bottles, 10 cents; Philadelphia cream cheese, 3-oz. pkgs., 10 cents; cabbage, 5 cents lb.; pork chops, 89 cents lb.

Men in service: Airman Second Class Clarence W.R. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer R. Mellott of Needmore, has been graduated at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, from the training course for U.S. Air Force helicopter maintenance technicians; Army Specialist Four Arthur Hershey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace A. Hershey Sr., McConnellsburg, is spending a 30-day Christmas furlough with his family.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller on December 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Hann on December 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martz Jr. on December 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel King on December 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Abbott on December 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Sowers on December 22.

Deaths: Lucinda Buterbaugh, Hustontown; Walter Sipe, Alexandra; Margaret Nonemaker, Altoona; Hazel Brown, Mercersburg; Alvin Fix, McConnellsburg; Arthur Billow, Waynesboro; Roy P. Myers, Hancock; and George Miller, Fort Loudon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 29, 1955


There’ll be fun galore at the local Legion home on

Saturday night when Anne Johnston plays for the

New Year’s Ball.

Mrs. Besse Laidig of Knobsville fell on the ice last week, breaking her left arm.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger and family made it a bright Christmas for two orphans from Scotland School for Veterans Children by having them spend the holidays in their home here.

A 17-year-old Fulton County high school youth is listed in good condition at Chambersburg Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery last Wednesday night for repair of a shotgun wound in his left leg. John Pittman, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pittman of Big Cove Tannery, was accidentally shot with a 12-gauge shotgun, the bullet tearing a hole in the leg about the size of a quarter, 4 inches below the knee.

Daniel Tritle died on Thursday of second- and third-degree burns of 70 percent of his body, which he received while attempting to start a fire with kerosene. “Squire” was using a can of kerosene that exploded, showering him with burning fuel.

The Fulton County News will make its debut on television on January 24 over WHP-TV in Harrisburg. Russ Brink- ley will show the front page of the News on Channel 55 while he reads items of interest from it on his program “Meet the People.”

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the farm of Mrs. Lee Zeger, located along Patterson Run.

The Fulton County National Bank recently made a donation of $1,000 to the Medical Center to help liquidate the present mortgage of $9,000.

Wilson H. Wheeler of town was surprised last week to receive a Christmas card from Wilson H. Wheeler. The latter Wheeler, a railway postal clerk of Greencastle, Ind., was sorting pre-Christmas mail when he came across the envelope addressed to the Wheeler here, so he sent a card, too.

Born: a son on December 18 to Mr. and Mrs. George Smith of Needmore.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Marian Joan Haffner to Vance C. Swope.

Deaths: Mrs. Alice Mary Graffious of Defiance; John Claude Morgret; Lewis Walker Mellott of Belfast Township.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 3, 1946


Deaths: Clarence Herbert Taylor of Dublin Mills;

Scott W. Gordon of Big Cove Tannery; Charles Edward Lininger of McConnellsburg.

A memorial donation of $2,100 has been made to Chambersburg Hospital building fund by the Barmont family of McConnellsburg in memory of their grandparents, John and Margaret Barmont.

Sgt. David S. Hollenshead and Raymeta L. Chaffee were married on December 22.

Walter Albert Crouse and Lois E. Humbert were married on December 22.

After a long service with his Uncle Sam, Sam Paylor is now at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Paylor.

Melvin E. Cutchall and Neva Irene McQuade were married on December 24.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 2, 1936


Fire originating form a brooder stove, which had been rigged up on the rear of a truck to provide heat during the night, ended a hunting expedition of three Fulton County men near Bellefonte last Friday morning. The most seriously burned was Conrad C. Carnell of Dott, who is receiving treatment at the Center County Hospital for second-degree burns of the face, hands and body. Raymond Plessinger and Frank Layton, both of Warfordsburg, sustained burns of the face and hands but required no treatment.

Gov. Earle has announced that he will recommend the appointment of Karl de Scheweinitz, well-known Philadelphia authority on social work, as executive director of the State Emergency Relief Adminstration. Mr. de Schweintiz is married to a sister of Mrs. Merrill W. Nace of this place.

John F. Stenger and Winnie Mellott Humbert, both of this place, were granted a marriage license in Hagerstown recently.

Miss Freda Lin, supervising nurse in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, arrived home Thursday for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Linn.

Mrs. John W. Mentzer and her new infant daughter, Nancy Eleanor, arrived home from Chambersburg Maternity Home last Thursday.

John Lewis Shafferman and Gladys Marie Hewett were married December 25.

Deaths: Mrs. Frank Kerlin of Braddock; Mrs. Sarah Schnee Stahlnecker of Upper Strasburg; Mrs. Eliza Jane Daniels of Portage; Harry Elmer Deshong of Mill Creek, W.Va.; William Henry Fix of near Mercersburg; Rev. Joseph D.W. Deavor of Harrisburg; Nicholas Hohman of Ayr Township; Albert L. Bryson of Breezewood.

Northcraft Bros. had four sheep killed by dogs Wednesday.

Buchanan School in Brush Creek is progressing very well under the direction of Miss Velda Duvall.

Horace Bivens and Ida Elizabeth Laidig were married on December 24.

J. Blair McEldowney and E. Ruth Hollinshead were married on December 14.

William Henri Selser and Mary Catherine Mosser made application for a marriage license on December 30 and will be married on Saturday. The News describes this coming marriage as “the outstanding social event of the season.” Miss Mosser will have Helen Ott as maid of honor and Helen Grissinger and Wilhelmna LaBar as bridesmaids.

John Pittman of near McConnellsburg was fatally injured on Friday evening when struck by a car about a half mile west of town. He suffered a broken leg and other injuries and was taken to Everett Hospital where he died on Wednesday morning.

Paul Park and Mabel Fix were married on December 13.

Leo Hoffman and Nora Penrod were married December 24.

A little son came as a New Year’s gift to Mr. and Mrs. Foster Cisney of town. Born shortly before two o’clock, he is probably the first baby born in Fulton County this year.

On Christmas Day, Harry Mort of Clear Ridge climbed a tree to pick persimmons. A limb broke and he was thrown to the ground where he lay unconscious for a time. Dr. McClain had him removed to Waynesboro Hospital in a critical condition.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jobe Hess of Harrisonville.

Sarah Jane is the name of the little girl left at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Waters of Burnt Cabins December 17.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of
December 31, 1925


Murray Romig, sons Fred and

Robert, Levi Johnson, George and Ellis Sprowl, Harry Baumgardner, Sheridan Fesler and James Truax went to Mifflin County last week to hunt doe. They were lucky, as one evening this week, seven beauties were hung in a row in Baumgardner’s Store.

The children and grandchildren gathered at the home of Mrs. Jane Warsing in Wells Tannery last Thursday evening to celebrate her 64th birthday.

Stanley C. Sharpe and Laura Mellott were wed last Saturday.

James A. Mellott of Harrisonville was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Tuesday morning by his brother, Charles W. Mellott, and was operated on the same day for appendicitis.

D.F. Trout butchered two hogs on Monday that weighed 480 and 350. The hams from the larger weighed 50 pounds each.

Wallace and Thelma Wink, children of Mr. and Mrs. Logue Wink of Needmore, narrowly escaped death last Thursday when they were driving to school in Hancock in their Ford car. The car skidded on the icy road on Gordon’s Hill, turned competely over and rolled 30 feet down the bank. The lad received no serious injuries, but Thelma was cut and bruised and suffered form shock.

Deaths: James R. Mc- Donald of Swanton, Ohio; Amos Gordo of near Sharpe; Leonard Flower of Emmaville.

Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly of Decorum celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 27.

William P. Gordon Winter and Margaret G. Minter were married December 22; George Oliver Roy Sharpe and Blanche K. Hemminger on November 29; Walter bard and Amy Sipes on December 23.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sheeder on December 19 in honor of Mrs. Sheeders’ 28th birthday.

Brethered Mellott of Needmore is all smiles. It’s a girl.

Misses Orpha Kerlin and Zelda Stinson, who are employed at Juniata College, are spending their Christmas vacation with their parents at Burnt Cabins.

Hilda Frances is the name of the little girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Miller at Chambersburg Hospital on December 16.

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