2017-09-07 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, was taken in 1988 at Mc- Connellsburg Firehall get-together celebrating 30 years of ministry of Rev. David Reams. Seated: Ruby Stenger, Rev. David and Alice Reams, Pat Carbaugh; standing: Almyra Keefer, Martha Gordon, Jean Mellott, Roy Gordon, Sharon Glenn, Roger Barnett and Ruth Reeder. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, was taken in 1988 at Mc- Connellsburg Firehall get-together celebrating 30 years of ministry of Rev. David Reams. Seated: Ruby Stenger, Rev. David and Alice Reams, Pat Carbaugh; standing: Almyra Keefer, Martha Gordon, Jean Mellott, Roy Gordon, Sharon Glenn, Roger Barnett and Ruth Reeder. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1997


U.S. Congressman Bud Shuster attended a ground-breaking ceremony on Meadow Grounds

Lake Road, just west of McConnellsburg, August 27. The ground breaking is the result of long-awaited funding which will lead to the installation of guard rails, improving of drainage and water runoff facilities, grading of road surfaces and the laying of new pavement.

Construction is underway on a plan which was proposed in November of 1996, as 150 workers began work in Fulton County on the replacement of the Big/Little Inch natural gas pipeline. In Fulton County workers from the Welded Construction Company in Perrysburg, Ohio, near Toledo, are replacing the 9.12 miles of 24-inch piping with 36-inch steel piping coated with epoxy. A warehouse and staging area have been erected along Route 30 just inside of Fulton County near Breezewood as workers are currently operating in Belfast Township crossing the Sipes Mill Road and Route 655.

Fulton County Sportsmen’s League will sponsor the second annual Outdoor Expo this weekend at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Various exhibitors and vendors will be on hand for the weekend activities.

McConnellsburg is just a small, rural town, but wherever people gathered late Saturday night and Sunday, shock and sadness were expressed at the news of the tragic death of Britain’s Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris. She was only 36 years old. The popular “People’s Princess” is being mourned throughout the world by people from all walks of life and in cities and towns such as our town. Several friends and neighbors of former British subject Audrey Greathead, gathered at her home on Sunday evening to watch the details of her death unfold as they were broadcast on all the U.S. news programs available on television.

Clair “Buckie” and Grace Shafer of town celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 28.

Charles David Harr, 58, McConnellsburg, has been a patient in the intensive care unit at Hershey Medical Center since March. During that time he has slipped into nine comas while awaiting a kidney and liver transplant. On August 27 the Harr family got the miracle they had wished for. Harr was taken to the operating room where a 13-hour surgical operation resulted in a perfect kidney and liver match. If no infection or reaction occurs within the next three months, Harr will be the first successful liver and kidney transplant patient at Hershey Medical Center.

Jerry Smith of Greencastle captured the Great Cove Golf Club’s men’s championship last Saturday.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shields on August 28.

Deaths: Veda Ranck, Fort Littleton; Merle Keefer, Berkeley Springs; Catherine Kehring, Hustontown; Rev. Samuel Mellott, Needmore; A. Ray Mellott, St. Thomas; Harold Hann, Harrisonville; Lucille Albert, Falmouth.

Marriage licenses: Charles Bishop, Lewisberry, Pa., and Christy Brozenske, Lewisberry; Jason Hoover, Mc- Connellsburg, and Tracy Yaukey, McConnellsburg; Bradley Waite, Mapleton Depot, and Shelly Gress, McConnellsburg; Douglas Mellott, Warfordsburg, and Crystal Trail, Warfordsburg.

Beatrice Walker, Waterfall, celebrated her 90th birthday and was honored with two parties at her farm.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 17, 1987


Local artist Brian Tucker of Harrisonville recently completed several months of research that resulted in his painting another scene detailing an historic event in Fulton County. “The Delegate From Tonoloway 1776” centers around the original log Tonoloway Meeting House and its pastor, Rev. Joseph Powell. Powell was selected in July 1776 as a member of the convention in Philadelphia to help prepare a state constitution for Pennsylvania.

The board of directors of Fulton County Library met Monday evening to review a rough draft of its proposal for developing branch libraries in the Hustontown and Needmore/Dott areas with funds from a special allocation in this year’s state budget.

Ray Miller of Needmore, who is employed by the PA Bureau of Forestry, was called on September 1 to northern California to help fight the devastating forest fires that have plagued the area all summer and which continue to burn thousands of acres of timber. He expects to be there for another week.

Last year’s champion golfer Ray Wingert retained his title on Sunday at Great Cove, coming in with a total score of 305 following the fourth and last round of the 1987 championship tournament. He was followed closely by runnerup Mike Decker, who posted a score of 307. The 1987 women’s champion, Barb Oakman, was the lucky winner of the President’s Cup trophy.

Deaths: Eleanor M. Taylor, Hustontown; Rita V. Carbaugh, McConnellsburg; Eugene J. Sipes, Mercersburg; Dick R. Mellott, Mercersburg; Dean B. Johnson, Doylesburg; Andy Hinis, Broad Top City; Cornelia Mills, Warfordsburg.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 69 cents lb.; chuck roast, $1.49 lb.; grapes, 79 cents lb.

Goldie Houdersheldt of Warfordsburg announces the engagement of her granddaughter, Deborah, to Thomas Abrams, son of James Abrams.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Detwiler of Shirleysburg on September 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCusker of Hancock on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Heinbaugh of Mercersburg on September 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Meyers of Greencastle on September 10.

Marriage licenses: Norman Crum Sr., Huntingdon, and Lillian Sipes, Harrisonville; Terrance Peck, Needmore, and Denise Carbaugh, McConnellsburg.

McConnellsburg’s Mark Plessinger claimed his second victory of the season Sunday by capturing the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature at Hagerstown Speedway.

Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Mellott of McConnellsburg recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Morse, Warfordsburg, were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception held June 14 at Cedar Grove Church. They were married June 18, 1937.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 15, 1977


A broken water main resulted in a 300,000-gallon leak last week, further depleting McConnellsburg’s already low water supply, and the borough water authority immediately clamped restrictions on local water use. Borough water superintendent Max Stenger sounded the alarm early last week that the town’s water supply was in trouble due to low precipitation levels this year. Then a broken water main at the corner of Sixth and Poplar streets drained some 300,000 gallons from the main source of supply, the reservoir. Pumps have been working around the clock, but three of the seven springs feeding the reservoir are dry.

In August 1919, Mrs. Luke Ritchey of Wells Tannery lost her wedding band at the home which is now owned by Mrs. Anna Ramsey. In August 1977, the ring was found by Mrs. Ramsey’s daughter, Betty Yeager of Chambersburg. She did this with a metal detector. The ring was approximately seven inches underground in the lawn. It had been there for 58 years, almost exactly to the day and it looks just as good as it did when it was lost. Mrs. Ritchey was canning tomatoes on the day she lost the ring and was also canning tomatoes the day that it was found.

An accident which took the life of 6-year-old Garry Ronald Williford of Needmore marks the sixth fatality in the county for 1977. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Russell McLucas following the one-car accident, which occurred on Sunday at 3:20 p.m., north of the Maryland-PA state line in Thompson Township.

Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. has received its new 1,825-gallon tanker truck that will cost about $50,000 when fully outfitted. The tanker is equipped with unique front-mount pump designed to avoid the delays encountered while trying to back trucks with conventionally mounted pumps into proper position.

Lucinda Louise Corman and Joseph George Lopchinsky were united in marriage August 20 in Knobsville Church of the Brethren. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Corman of Hustontown and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lopchinsky of Chester, Pa.

Specials at the IGA: jumbo bologna, 69 cents lb.; Hawaiian Punch, 48 cents; Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners, 4 for 98 cents; pork steak, $1.08 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Pine of Mercersburg on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Shoemaker of Needmore on September 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Miller of Berkeley Springs on September 6.

Deaths: John V.K. Fisher, Hancock; Frank Hollenshead, Hagerstown; Harold Covert, Fort Myers, Fla.; Jacob Sowers, Jacksonville, Fla.; Hazel Donahue, Mount Union; John Wible, Lansdale, Pa.; William Souders, Richmond, Va.; Emmaline McMullen Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 28, 1967


Local volunteer firemen will hold a memorial service in the Methodist Church of McConnellsburg on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., in honor of Freddie S. Teeple, who died suddenly on Tuesday morning. Mr. Teeple, a Pittsburgh native who retired to McConnellsburg, was an honorary member of the local company.

David Martz, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martz of Hustontown, who had been hospitalized for the past five weeks suffering from a chronic kidney ailment, was transferred from Fulton County Medical Center to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown and is now a patient in Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. The husky 6- foot and seemingly healthy youth was strickened suddenly about six weeks ago and was admitted to the Medical Center. Kidney disease – which was affecting both kidneys – was diagnosed. Until that time, David, who had helped with the work on the farm of his uncle, Fred Martz, and had been an active basketball player at Forbes Road High School, had shown no sign of illness.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fischer on September 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Horton, McConnellsburg, on September 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pittman, McConnellsburg, on September 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Waid Smith, Needmore, on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Peck, Warfordsburg, on September 24; a so to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Bergstresser, McConnellsburg, on September 21.

A house-warming was given for Mr. and Mrs. William Conn by their three daughters, Diane, Jan and Patti, at their new home at Star Route North, McConnellsburg, on Saturday.

Specials at the IGA: IGA cake mixes, 19 cents; Lux liquid, 69 cents, quart bottle; pork chops, 79 cents; Ivory soap, 4 personal-size bars, 14 cents.

Graduates with the 1967 class of McConnellsburg High School attending Shippensburg State College are Joyce Fields, Kathy Sipes, Martin Shimer and Charles Carbaugh.

Judy Mann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mann of Fort Littleton, has enrolled at Thompson Business College in Harrisburg. Miss Mann is a 1967 graduate of Forbes Road.

Mrs. Preston Mellott is a patient in Roanoke Hospital in Virginia following recent eye surgery.

Mrs. Retha Glazier and Mrs. Mildred Bloom returned home on Saturday from a two-week vacation in Hawaii.

Men in service: Airman Willard Deshong Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Deshong Sr., Needmore, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Fore Base in Texas. He is now assigned as an administrative specialist with a unit of the Strategic Air Command in Whiteman Air Force Bas in Missouri.

Deaths: Freddie S. Teeple, Pittsburgh; George M. Sipes, McConnellsburg; Blanche Palmer, Waynesboro; Morgan I. Brown, Tobyhanna; John W. Trego, Three Springs; James S. Sipe, Luray, Mo.

Now playing at Hancock drive-in: Walt Disney presents “The Gnome-Mobile.”

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 26, 1957


Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Peck left on Monday to return to Lake Worth, Fla., after spending two months here, during which time they had public sale at their home at Harrisonville. Borough residents will return to Standard Time Sunday. Fred Stenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Stenger of town, has been chosen for the college band at Pitt University in Pittsburgh. The band made its first public appearance at the Pitt-Oklahoma football game on Saturday. Fred is a first-year student at Pitt.

Robert Hamil, Raymond Wilson, Fred Fisher, Darel Sipes and Carl Seiders have been elected as new directors of Fulton Post of the local American Legion. Directors whose terms have not yet expired are Robert Stanton and Earl Golden.

Paul, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Wheeler of Mc- Connellsburg, broke both bones of his right leg above the ankle when he fell from a play-yard swing at his home on Friday.

Fulton County hunters will be given the first chance to purchase 2,850 doe licenses to be issued in the county this year, according to Treasurer Gerald Peck. A 10-day period, October 7-17, has been set aside for countians to purchase the licenses.

Mrs. Effie Lamberson of town is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from a broken hip, which she received in a fall at her home on Monday

Mrs. Gerald Lorentz has been re-elected president of the local Parent Teachers Association.

John Gleason Jr., a Chicago banker and decorated veteran of the Pacific Theatre during World War II, was overwhelmingly elected last Thursday as national commander of the American Legion.

The Peoples Bank of Hancock has donated $250 to the building fund of Fulton County Medical Center. To date, $36,876.95 has been pledged or donated to the fund.

A major league all-star team, composed of Nellie Fox, Ronnie Kline, Chuck Tanner, Elroy Face, Dick Groat and others, will play an all-star Fulton County team in Mc- Connellsburg on October 10. Four players from each high school in the county will make up the opposing team.

Blaine Chesnut, formerly of McConnellsburg, has been promoted to manager of the Consumer Credit Department of the Valley National Bank of Chambersburg.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the Norman Gress farm.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Keebaugh of Hustontown on September 18.

Guy Hess and Thelma Hann were wed September 14.

Army Pvt. Lloyd Divel, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Divel of Warfordsburg, is taking part in Operation 572 East, a joint Army-Navy resupply project along the Arctic Coast of North America.

Pvt. Dale McQuade, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McQuade of McConnellsburg, has been assigned to the 1st Training Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C., for eight weeks of basic infantry training.

Vernon Mellott of Needmore is a patient in the Medical Center, suffering from a fractured ankle.

Secretary of Defense Wilson has ordered a 100,000-man cut in the military forces in order to save money. He also said that 35,000 to 40,000 civilians will be dropped from the defense payrolls. The cut will save an estimated $1 billion.

Deaths: Mrs. Alice Brewer Tayman of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Claggett Loy of Cumberland.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 2, 1947


Among the many presents Mrs. Vallie Lowe received on her birthday on Sunday was a telephone call from Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Black of

Oklahoma City.

Bobbie Earley, who was stricken with polio, returned home on Friday, showing no signs of the disease.

The Turnpike Commission has banned the sale of 20- cent ice cream cones in the restaurants along the tollroad, saying that, in the view of the kids, the price is “un-American.”

Fulton County reported its fifth polio case on Sunday. Alice Virginia Kirk, daughter of Robert Kirk of Warfordsburg, is the latest victim. She is now a patient in Harrisburg Hospital.

Births: a daughter, Barbara Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray of McConnellsburg on September 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Chilcoate of Webster Mills on September 30.

Dwight Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gordon of Needmore, was painfully injured on Friday when his leg was severed by a spiked-cylinder on a manure spreader.

Local Boy Scouts sold a truckload of scrap paper on Saturday. The load netted them $24.86, which they turned over to the local firemen to help pay for a new fire truck.

Mrs. Rhoda Wilson, 79, Fort Littleton, fell last Friday and broke her left arm.

On Tuesday, the New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3, to win the first game of the 1947 World Series.

Victor Kenneth Gobin and Evelyn Carmine Cutchall were married on September 13.

George Norman Ruth Jr. and Geraldine Pearl Alleman were married on September 20.

Death: Bridget Hill Schetrompf of Buck Valley

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 20, 1937


Deaths: Jennie Belle Decker of Danville, Iowa; Mrs. Sara E. Montgomery Crawford Stevens of New Grenada.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Naugle of Knobsville on September 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Bain Jr. of Ayr Township on September 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Keefer of Big Cove Tannery on August 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sheffield of Fort Littleton on September 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kerlin of Ayr Township on June 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on September 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Crossley of Knobsville on September 13; male twins to Mr. and Mrs. Mack Lynch of Big Cove Tannery on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rush Hann of Webster Mills on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Linn of McConnellsburg on September 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Cline of Knobsville on August 26; a daughter to Prothonotary and Mrs. Chas. W. Mellott on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shimer of McConnellsburg on August 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Primesar of Clear Ridge on August 5; a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Dwight Steach of McConnellsburg on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Sheffield of Fort Littleton on August 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keefer of Big Cove Tannery on August 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnet of Todd Township on July 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Doyle of McConnellsburg on July 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gress of Todd Township on July 12.

Weather permitting, Earl Jackson of Akersville hopes to dig more than 400 bushes of potatoes from one acre of ground. The public is invited.

Daniel Plessinger and Jenne Smith were married on September 26.

The new house of Chris Ensley at Saluvia was destroyed by fire on Friday.

Ray Secrist, George Seville and Clarence Bender enrolled as students at Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Leslie Robinson and Loretta Spade were married September 28.

Death: the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Varner of Clear Ridge.

Maudeline Souders and Eliza Motter entertained their classmates of the local high school, at a corn roast on Tuesday evening.

J.D. Knepper of Dublin Mills celebrated his 41st birthday on Monday

The local relief office is again enrolling boys for CCC camps. Although the allotment for Fulton County has not been made known, it is apparent already that there will be enough places for the local boys clamoring for enrollment. The main reason for the large number seeking admittance is the fact that the entrance requirements have been greatly relaxed.

Kenneth Black and Mary Lance were married September 18.

Charles Free and Orpha Kerlin were wed September 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Golden of Warfordsburg had a pleasant surprise on September 19 when a large number of friends gathered to help them celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

From the Huntingdon Daily News: Shirley Temple, the biggest box office attraction in Hollywood, went through McConnellsburg not long ago, stopping to write this note to a friend in Hollywood: “I’m as far as Mc- Connellsburg and no one has recognized me yet.” We asked how people knew Shirley had gone through if the kid knew no one had recognized her. The postal authorities in McConnellsburg had read the card. Tsk! Tsk!

John Mosser left on Monday for Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., whee he is a premedical student.

Dr. and Mrs. Frank Findley expect to move this week to the new United Presbyterian Parsonage on North Second Street in Mc- Connellsburg.

Capt. and Mrs. James Macleo, on furlough from India, and Mrs. Hattie Kendall Alden of Coolville, Ohio, will arrive today to spend some time with Misses Mary and Rhoda Kendall.

Max Bair and his bride have returned to York after a honeymoon trip, which included a visit with his mother, Mrs. Maye Bair of Saluvia.

Leslie Seylar of town suffered another heart attack on Tuesday might.

Paul Colledge is spending some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Colledge of Fort Littleton, after spending the summer in New York, Canada, etc.

Mrs. Alvin Melius of Fairview returned home on Saturday from Everett Hospital, much improved in health.

Robert Brant of Hiram has gone to Columbia, Lancaster County, where he will be employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 29, 1927


Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Belle Prosser of Philadelphia; Lucinda Elizabeth Eckley of Huntingdon County; the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. William Sipe of near Attica, Ohio.

The Fulton County Dramatic Club will present a two-hour play, “Her Honor, The Mayor,” at the Harrisonville IOOF Lodge on October 7.

Walter Gehrett and Zelda Stinson were married September 20.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will have an exhibit at the one-day Fulton County Fair on October 1, including bear, deer, wildcats, raccoons, foxes, porcupines, squirrels, weasel, owls and hawks.

Raymond Charles Wible and Sarah Louse Fraker were married September 22.

A large crowd of friends gathered at the home of Associate Judge Lewis Crouse last Friday evening for a kitchen shower in honor of his daughter, who was recently married to Charles Glenn.

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