2016-02-04 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Marion Booth Strait of Buck Valley, pictures the family of Ethel Divelbliss taken in 1974 at her birthday party. Pictured, left, front row: Carl Divelbliss, Charles Divelbliss (deceased), Herbert Divelbliss (deceased), Ralph Divelbliss (deceased), Lloyd Divelbliss; back row: Helen Barr, Betty Clark (deceased), Dorothy Black, Ethel Divelbliss (deceased), Irene Booth (deceased), Mildred Luber and Verda Hewett (deceased). This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Marion Booth Strait of Buck Valley, pictures the family of Ethel Divelbliss taken in 1974 at her birthday party. Pictured, left, front row: Carl Divelbliss, Charles Divelbliss (deceased), Herbert Divelbliss (deceased), Ralph Divelbliss (deceased), Lloyd Divelbliss; back row: Helen Barr, Betty Clark (deceased), Dorothy Black, Ethel Divelbliss (deceased), Irene Booth (deceased), Mildred Luber and Verda Hewett (deceased). 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 1, 1996


Federal and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency evaluators were scheduled to visit

Fulton County February 1 to assess flood damage, particularly to roads, bridges and other infrastructure. The county EMA office has received rough estimates from municipal officials detailing more than $300,000 in damage to roads and bridges alone.

JLG Industries reported that it finalized January 17 the previously announced acquisition of a new manufacturing facility which will allow the company to expand the production of its scissor lift product line. The facility is 109,000 square feet and is located on approximately 21 acres in Bedford County.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bishop of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie, to Shawn Oakes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Oakes of Cascade, Md.

Jack Fields of McConnellsburg was elected and installed as Worshipful Master of Mount Zion Lodge No. 774.

Deaths: Meagan Dorado, Victorville, Calif.; Chester Chilcoate, Hustontown; Maude Shives, Boonsboro; Roy Starliper, Hagerstown; Pearl Creek, Hancock.

Evelyn Clevenger celebrated her 80th birthday January 24.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 13, 1986


The snowstorm that began in various parts of the county Monday evening and continued through

Tuesday morning dumped anywhere from 14 to 16 inches of the white stuff on our area and caused myriad problems, including delays, postponements and cancellations.

New law offices have opened in McConnellsburg at 301 Lincoln Way East. They are the offices of Jill A. McCracken and Jo Ann S. Dittmann of Chambersburg. McCracken is the former Fulton County public defender.

Debbie Fagley was named the 1986 Iota Lambda Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, Sweetheart Queen at its Sweetheart Ball held last Saturday night at the McConnellsburg Firehall. Runners-up were Barbara Pittman and Diane Poffenberger.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Carbaugh of Needmore on February 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson of Greencastle on February 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Blanchfield of Breezewood on January 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Creek of Hancock on February 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Shirk of Chambersburg on February 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs Donald Norris of Orbisonia on February 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Bishop of Big Cove Tannery on January 25.

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Peck of Killeen, Texas, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on January 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Troy Yaukey of McConnellsburg announce the birth of their daughter, Tiea Elizabeth, born Wednesday, January 29, in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ciampa of Three Springs were the guests of honor at a golden wedding anniversary on February 1 at the Lighthouse Restaurant near Chambersburg.

Karen Ann Heilig, Havertown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Heilig of McConnellsburg, and George A. Decker Jr., Highlands, N.J., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Decker Sr., Orange, Conn., were united in marriage September 7.

Specials at the IGA: chunk light tuna, 59 cents; seedless grapes, $1.19 lb.; lettuce, 49 cents a head; Chips Ahoy cookies, $1.99.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 12, 1976


Thursday morning, small, gaunt 68-year-old Emil

Sipes was called to the door of the ground-floor cellblock in the Fulton County Jail. He unbolted the door to what he thought was an empty hallway along a row of occupied, but securely locked, jail cells. When the guard stepped into the unlighted hallway, he was grabbed by the throat and thrown violently against the wall by a man almost twice his size. The desperate inmate said not a word, but motioned for the guard to take him to the jail’s front exit. The big man then released the former jailer and fled into the night. That escapee was none other than John L. Hart, convicted murderer and chief suspect awaiting trial in Fulton County Court on 35 counts, including burglary, arson and theft. Soon the manhunt was under way, but to no avail. By late Tuesday, Hart was nowhere to be found.

Two sledding accidents were reported in the county over the weekend, resulting in two youths being injured, one seriously. On Saturday, Shawn Shaffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Shaffer of McConnellsburg, while sledding in an alley of North First Street, ran his sled into the rear wheel of a car driven by Mrs. Jeff Culler. He was taken to the Medical Center and treated for a broken tooth and bruise and released. On Saturday afternoon, Timmy Newman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Newman of Hustontown, was sledding near his home when his sled ran into a tree. He was brought to the Medical Center and transferred to Washington County Hospital with a possible ruptured spleen.

Fulton County’s unemployment rate was posted in double figures every month during 1975 and averaged 13.4 percent for the year.

Pictured in this issue are the steel girders that make up the guts of the new gym now under construction at McConnellsburg High School. The $2.9-million expansion program is slated for completion by the start of the next school year.

Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuade of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Rose Marie, to Wayne Alexander Sowers II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne A. Sowers, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Rhodes of McConnellsburg on February 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Myles Hockenberry of Fannettsburg on February 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Mitchell of Three Springs on February 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Summers of Waterfall on February 2.

Deaths: Thurman E. Nesbitt, McConnellsburg; Marty A. Stepanik, infant son of Michael and Naomi Mellott Stepanik, Everett; Mrs. Grace Smith, Littlestown; Mrs. Nellie B. Moore, McConnellsburg; Roy A. Smith, Little Orleans.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 24, 1966


Several hundred persons attended the annual

Lincoln Day Dinner held at McConnellsburg Firehall Saturday evening and heard a discussion on reapportionment by Rep. Percy G. Foor of Everett.

The new year is just two months old and already two tractor trailers have plunged off Route 30 at Ladies’ Turn on Sideling Hill Mountain.

By 10 o’clock Monday morning, four of the six properties that had been advertised by the Tax Claim Bureau of Fulton County for sale to satisfy delinquent taxes on them had been scratched from the list and settlement made.

Mrs. Paul Shimer of Lincoln Way East was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday, suffering from fractures of both wrists, a fractured right shoulder, a cut above the eye and bruises. Her injuries were the result of a fall over the side of the cellar steps at her home as she was attempting to take a laundry cart to the basement.

Maxine Spade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Spade of Crystal Spring, became the bride of Ray Allen Smith Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Smith Sr., Warfordsburg, at a winter wedding held on February 5, at McKendree Methodist Church in Crystal Spring.

Specials at the local IGA this week: skinless haddock, 59 cents lb.; grapes, 2 lb. for 29 cents; lettuce, 2 heads for 39 cents; chunk tuna, 29 cents can.

Deaths: Levi Morton, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Laura E. Miller, Huntingdon; Ellis J. Rosenberry, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Fannie S. Wible of Rockhill Furnace, formerly of Three Springs; Merle L. Seylar, Colorado, formerly of Cove Gap.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 23, 1956


Mrs. Richard Mellott, the former Joanne Snyder, returned on Monday from Chambersburg Hospital where she had undergone surgery.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stevens took Mr. Stevens’ father, Charles Horton, to Pittsburgh last Wednesday for a checkup at the Veterans’ Hospital.

Mrs. Merrill Culler entered Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Wednesday where she will undergo surgery.

Dr. Francis S. Downs has been named pastor of the Presbyterian and United Presbyterian churches in Mc- Connellsburg.

Bond of $10,000 has been approved for the sale of real estate of the late Lewis Mellott to Belfast Township.

Born: a daughter, Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. Burford Munson of Needmore.

An executive order, signed last week by President Eisenhower, puts childless registrants aged 19 through 25 at the top of the draft list, practically exempting fathers and men past 26.

The grand opening of Ott Bros.’ new store, just east of McConnellsburg, will be held all next week. Many attractions will be featured and many prizes will be awarded, with the grand prize being an IH refrigerator, valued at $369.95.

The FFA of the Hustontown High School is now preparing rat poison for sale to the public.

Death: Mrs. Preston Souders.

John W. Martz, 23, Harrisonville, was seriously injured last Tuesday when his motorcycle skidded on the wet road in Maryland and crashed into a guardrail. He received a fractured left arm and right collarbone, as well as numerous lacerations.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Shirley J. Keyser to Jack M. Burnt.

Sgt. Ernest F. Doyle and Beverly A. Fox were married February 6.

The free public library here, sponsored by the Woman’s Club, is now in full operation, with about 1,300 volumes on its shelves. About 220 people have gotten a free library car.d

Born: a son on February 16 to Mr. and Mrs. D. Raymond Chesnut and a daughter on February 17 to Rev. and Mrs. Charles Stull.

Births at th Medical Center: a daughter, Barbara Delaine, on February 14 to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Souders of McConnellsburg; a son, Paul David, on February 15, to Mr. and Mrs Reynolds Akers of McConnellsburg.

John Dale Krugh and Helen Pauline Melius were married December 31.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the John L. Smith farm, located west of Needmore in Belfast Township.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 28, 1946


The McConnellsburg Future Farmers won a rifle match recently against other schools on the Mc-

Connellsburg rifle range. Members of the team were Warren Kerlin, Walter Barmont, Buterbaugh and Divens.

Deaths: Mrs. Phoebe Stevens of Wells Valley; John Bupp of Harrisburg; and David King of Waterside.

District Attorney John W. Mentzer left last Thursday for Havana, Cuba, to attend a convention of Lions Clubs. Mr. Mentzer is a national director of Lions International.

Robert C. Gwaltney and Gretchen Lane were married Monday.

John Henry, who spent Sunday with his mother, Mrs. Myrtle Henry, brought home a new wife and a new car.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 27, 1936


Deaths: Henry Scott Daniels of McConnellsburg;

J. Frank Hess of Belfast Township; George Sigel of

Buck Valley; Mary Louse Lininger of McConnellsburg; Raymond Park Jr. of Three Springs; William Clyde Warner of Akron, Ohio.

Miss Anne Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Houston Johnston of Websters Mill, was recently honored by being admitted to the “The Players,” a dramatic organization at Pennsylvania State College, composed of 15 members.

The sesquicentennial celebration for McConnellsburg has been set for August 2-5 of this year.

The ladies of the Fortnight Club of New Grenada will present a minstrel show in the KGE hall at Wells Tannery on Saturday night. Admission: 10 and 20 cents.

Walter W. Woodall has been named the outstanding student at Dickinson College for his work as manager of the college track team. While at MHS, he was awarded the state scholarship.

Perry Hoffman Fore and Mary Elizabeth Divens were married February 22.

Miss Mary Knauff is ill at her home on East Lincoln Way.

Mrs. Wesley McKee of Needmore was stricken with paralysis on Wednesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pittman of Harrisburg announce the birth of a daughter. She has been named Frances.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beiman of Elizabethtown on February 10.

Sylvester Pittman of Thompson Township received a broken arm one day last week when he slipped and fell on the ice.

Martin Laidig of Fairview has postponed his sale until March 6 on account of the snow and bad roads.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Fairview are the proud parents of a son, their third boy. There are also two girls.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Price of Fairview are also receiving congratulations upon the birth of a son.

Frank Bratton and Paul Laidig of Laidig are employed at the mines at Broad Top.

This is the first time in 17 years that Lake Erie has frozen solid.

Mr. and Mrs. Larkin Bolinger of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a daughter, born Sunday, February 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Harper Black of Center are the proud parents of a son, born on Saturday, February 22.

County Commissioner John L. Wright has been suffering from a bealed head.

Deaths: Albert C. Ritchie of Baltimore, four times governor of the state of Maryland.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of
February 25, 1926


Deaths: George B.

Kirk of Hustontown;

Henry Clay Black of Clay Township, Huntingdon County; Andrew Pittman of Thompson Township; Mrs. Rachel Hauman of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Stevens of Three Springs; Mrs. Susannah Frick Taylor of Three Springs.

Ten million feet of forest products were cut in Fulton County during 1925, according to W.L. Byers, district forester.

Roy J. Keefer of Mc- Connellsburg has been elected to the Pennsylvania Game Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, national honorary scholastic society of Lafayette College, Easton, where he is a senior. Membership in this society is the highest academic honor possible for the undergraduate.

Virgil Lynch and Mary Florence McKee were married February 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Mc- Quade gave a party on Saturday evening in honor of the sixth birthday of their son, Donald.

Clem Wigfield of Buck Valley is very busy these days, breaking in his team of fine mule colts.

Emily, wife of Grier Scriever of Buck Valley, was taken to Cumberland last week where she was operated on for appendicitis.

Thirty-nine persons gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Gienger in Buck Valley last Wednesday night and listened to the barn dance music on their new radio.

A.S. Greenland of Wells Tannery is in critical condition due to a “paralytic” stroke.

Two weeks late in announcing that a son came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Johnson of Wells Tannery and daughter number three to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bivens.

William Carnell of Amaranth has gone into the poultry business. He has one old, white hen.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hendershot’s new baby has been named Norma Louise.

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, requests that prospective students who feel that they must bring an automobile along to college select another institution.

Dublin Mills boasts one big “man” these days. He is Gaius Brown, who wears size 50 overalls, size 19 pants, weighs 220 pounds, goes to Winegardner School and is 14 years old.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. G.J. Clippinger of Dublin Mills on February 21, a daughter, the 12th child to this union.

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