2018-02-08 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Brenda Truax of Hustontown, pictures the 1966 confirmation class at the Hustontown Methodist Church: Lois Foreman, Brenda Brant Truax, Susan Keebaugh Strait, Linda Bookheimer Mellott, Michael Keebaugh and William “Bill” Berkstresser. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Brenda Truax of Hustontown, pictures the 1966 confirmation class at the Hustontown Methodist Church: Lois Foreman, Brenda Brant Truax, Susan Keebaugh Strait, Linda Bookheimer Mellott, Michael Keebaugh and William “Bill” Berkstresser. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 5, 1998


On New Year’s Eve, an era ended in Warfordsburg as the store once known simply as Palmer’s

Store and then Barnhart’s closed its doors after

118 years in business. The general merchandise store was built in 1879 by William Palmer who ran it. After Palmer died his son, James Palmer, took over the store in 1920, running it largely with the same general merchandise items. When he died in 1949 W. Edward Palmer came home from college to “keep store.” He ran the store with the assistance of the late Howard Hill and then in 1950, he hired a 13-year-old school student, James “Tink” Barnhart, to work for him part-time. Little did Tink know then that the store would provide his livelihood for the next 47 years. When Ed Palmer left the business in 1964 he sold everything but the building to Tink who ran it for the next 33 years.

During a press conference January 28 Monte Kemmler of Newton Hamilton challenged Congressman Bud Shuster publicly to a debate. Kemmler, who recently changed his party affiliation to Republican following a disappointing loss to Shuster two years ago for a seat in the 9th Congressional District, said that he privately challenged the chairman of the House Transportation Committee and was given no response.

Fulton County Medical Center Board of Directors reorganized in January and officers elected were: Richard Price, treasurer; Joyce Ritchey, secretary; Diane Palmer, president; and Forrest Mellott, vice president.

Evelyn Mort will celebrate her 85th birthday on Valentine’s Day.

Two sons of Mike and Brenda Lynch of Big Cove Tannery are presently serving in the armed forces. Patrick is in recruit training with the U.S. Marines in Parris Island, S.C., and Michael is stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as a medic in the U.S. Army.

Army Pvt. Michael Keebaugh has graduated from the field artillery surveyor course at Fort Sill, Okla. He is the son of Michael and Theresa Keebaugh of Hustontown and a 1997 graduate of Forbes Road High School.

Deaths: James Gordon, McConnellsburg; Robert Cann, Everett; Clarence Sheffield, Fort Littleton; Norman Strait, Chambersburg; Walter Douglas, Hancock; Martha Gordon, Mercersburg.

Lynn and Nancy Oakman of Buck Valley announce the engagement of their daughter daughter, Missy, to Brian Hixon, son of David and Suzy Hixon of Hancock.

Navy Fireman John Graham, a 1995 graduate of Southern Fulton High School, is currently halfway through a sixmonth deployment to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 18, 1988


Three persons were injured in a helicopter crash at the Warren Black farm off Route 655 in Taylor Township Tuesday morning, February 16. Dennis Nylander, Cape Coral, Fla., operating a Mc- Donell Douglas 500D helicopter, was flying from Hagerstown to Altoona. He and his passengers were in escort with another helicopter to check light lines for Penelec in Altoona when Nylander radioed the other helicopter that he was going down. The copter, which had been traveling at about 100 knots at 700-foot altitude, crashed in a pasture field belonging to Warren and Vera Black of Hustontown. All three occupants of the helicopter were injured and transported to Fulton County Medical Center. They were transferred to Washington County Hospital where they were listed in guarded condition. Warren and Vera said they were unaware of the crash until the second helicopter touched down near their home. The crash occurred about 300 yards north of the Black home. Apparently, the second helicopter had been traveling about one mile behind the helicopter which crashed.

Many folks from the area spent the past week in Florida for the Daytona 500, which was run on Sunday. Bobby Allison won the event and his son, Davey, came in second. Richard Petty, a favorite of many locals, flipped his car in the 106th lap, creating a spectacular pileup of six cars.

Pvt. 1st Class Larry Wilson, son of Richard and Mary Wilson of Needmore, has been decorated with the Army Achievement Medal at Fort Hood, Texas.

Deaths: Ruth Bishop, Hancock; Larissa Petersheim Greencastle; G. Wilbur Musselman, Mercersburg; Oma D. Musselman, Mercersburg; Marvalene T. Schooley, McConnellsburg; Marie B. Ross, Riddlesburg; Paul F. Westenkirchner, Altoona; Anthony J. Putrament, Three Springs.

Specials at the IGA: pork roast, 99 cents lb.; Betty Crocker cake mixes, 69 cents; Viva towels, 59 cents; grapes 89 cents lb.; lettuce, 59 cents a head.

Births at the Medial Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kaplan of McConnellsburg on February 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Guyer of Hustontown on February 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Millen of Everett on February 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Hoopengardner of Warfordsburg on February 10.

Mr. and Mrs. Max McQquade, McConnellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Tammy, to Russell D. Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Decker, Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sickles announce the engagement of their daughter, Marianne, to Will Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoffman of McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 9, 1978


The county courthouse in Fulton County and the one in Huntingdon County were broken into over the weekend, but investigating officers have not yet decided whether the two incidents are in any way connected or just purely coincidental. The local courthouse was closed on Monday while officers dusted for fingerprints and searched for evidence in connection with the burglary there over the weekend. Entry had been gained to the building by forcing a window in the women’s restroom on the west side. A safe, located in an inner room in the treasurer’s office, had been opened by using an acetylene torch and a total of $1,013.37 in cash had been taken from the safe.

Of the two men picked for recognition by the Fulton Chamber of Commerce this year, it may be said that they helped cure this county’s ills. One gave the local economy a shot in the arm, and the other has restored the health of its citizens when they were sick or hurt. They are William McKelvey, the chamber’s Man of the Year for 1977, and Dr. Russell C. McLucas, who was praised as one of this county’s “Outstanding Citizens.”

Eugene Earley, president of Borough Council, suffered a heart attack at his home on Friday and was kept in the intensive unit at the Medical Center until Sunday.

Pvt. First Class Edwin Reed Souders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin “Tom” Souders of McConnellsburg, has been assigned to Camp Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii, for duty as a heavy equipment operator.

Specials at the IGA: chicken noodle soup, 5 cans for $1; Blue Bonnet margarine, 43 cents lb.; haddock fillets,

$1.59 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael French of Fort Littleton on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Strait of McConnellsburg on January 31.

Deaths: Lillian Deike, Breezewood; Edward Brewer, Roanoke, Va.; Laura Miller, Needmore; Robert Romig, Wells Tannery; Dillard Blurton, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 22, 1968


Pfc. David Knepper, 19, son of Mrs. Mary Knepper and the late David Knepper of Waterfall, was wounded by Viet Cong mortar fire on February 10, suffering fragmentary wounds of the right leg, left elbow, right hip and head. The young soldier was helping to maintain a defensive position in the vicinity of Quang Tri in the Vietnam Theatre of War. His mother received word by telegram that he had been admitted to a hospital in Da Nang and that his condition and prognosis were listed as good. Mrs. Knepper, however, said this week that she had received a letter from her son from a hospital in the Philippines, saying he had been transferred to the hospital in Guam.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer and three children and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Skiles, all of McConnellsburg, were left homeless on Thursday morning after fire of undetermined origin started in the Skiles home and spread in the high wind to the adjacent Keefer residence, burning both to the ground. Nothing was saved from either of the frame dwellings except a small dog owned by the Keefer family. No one was at home at either place at the time of the fire, which was reported by James Seville, who was road testing a truck on the Peach Orchard Road, along which the homes were located. Fire Chief Max Stenger, state police Trooper William Eiker and a representative from the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the kitchen of the Skiles’ home. No figure has been set on the total loss, but it was reported that part of the loss will be covered by insurance.

Specials at the A&P: smoked fully cooked hams, 49 cents lb.; Heinz soup sale, six 10-ounce cans, 89 cents; Eastern white potatoes, 20-lb. bag, 69 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Mellott, Fort Loudon, on February 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas, McConnellsburg, on February 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Egolf, Mercersburg, on February 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bishop, Hancock, on February 15.

Mr. and Mrs. Aulden Cutchall of McConnellsburg announce the marriage of their daughter, Linda, to Gary Wireman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carbaugh of Burnt Cabins and the late Harry Reed Wireman, on February 17, at Winchester, Va.

Joanne Mellott recently became the bride of Thomas Kendall. They newlyweds are residing at 803 East Poplar St., McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Orgen Mellott, Fort Littleton; Beverly Parson, Burnt Cabins; George Keefer, Big Cove Tannery; Elsie Carbaugh King, Chambersburg; Billy Black, Wood; and Blanche Henry, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 20, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. B.N. Moffat and infant son of

Great Lakes, Ill., are spending two weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Johnson of

Crystal Spring. Mrs. Moffat is the former Polly Ford.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Madden have left for a vacation in Florida.

M.W. Lodge returned to his home here last week from Chambersburg Hospital.

Miss Maud Ott returned to Chambersburg Hospital last week where she will undergo an eye operation.

Bob Thomas and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Merrill Kerlin, local attorney, announced this week that he will be a Republican candidate for the nomination for representative in the General Assembly. He served Fulton County as representative in 1953 “and had an outstanding record.” He is a graduate of Temple University and the Dickinson School of Law.

Dale Souders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvey Souders, dairy farmers of Ayr Township, has been named technician for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Artificial Breeding Coop. He trained for the work at the SEPABC headquarters in Lancaster and will assist Wallace Mellott, Fulton County representative for the same coop since the services began in 1948.

The local school was closed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday when a pipe in the elementary building froze and burst. To top off the burst pipe, the sump pump refused to work and local firemen were called to take care of the excess water.

Judith Elvey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Elvey of McConnellsburg, is now doing her student teaching at the high school in Windber. She will receive her Bachelor of Science in education degree form the State Teachers College in Indiana, Pa., in May.

The Clearville man, whose slaying of his wife was witnessed by Earl Mellott of Harrisonville, was sentenced in Bedford on Monday to serve 3 1/2 to 12 years in prison.

Work is now in progress in taking down the old mill building in Dublin Mills. Built in 1841 by Adam Weidman of Perry County, this mill marked the start of this village. Weidman purchased a tract of land containing 170 acres from Benjamin Gorsech of Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, for $950 and in 1856, secured from Gov. Pollock of Pennsylvania another tract of land containing 243 acres.

W.C. Sheely, president judge of Fulton County, and Brooks Smith, vice president of the hospital’s board of directors, will be the principal speakers at the dedication of the new annex to the Medical Center on March 2.

Pvt. Charles Lynch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lynch of McConnellsburg, was one of the hardy cowpoke soldiers who recently corralled four buffalo and built a pen for them at Fort Riley, Kan. These animals, once slaughtered by the thousands, have now found a new home and will be protected by the Army.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Davis of McConnellsburg on February 12.

Deaths: Gerald Erwin Cisney of Blairs Mills; Mrs. George King of Hustontown; J. Frank Davor of Hustontown; Charles Franklin Reed of Cito; Russell Decker of Fostoria, Ohio; Miss Margaret Horton of Altoona.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 26, 1948


Twenty dozen cottontail rabbits arrived in Fulton County on Monday from Missouri and were released by the Fulton County Sportsmen Club.

Mrs. Robert Linn has returned to her home here from the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Richard Akers, a first-year student at Temple University, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Akers.

The proposed Fulton County Medical Center acknowledged two more outstanding donations this week – $5,000 from Dr. Sipe of Everett and $1,000 from Dr. MacKinlay of McConnellsburg. In addition, Dr. MacKinlay will stand the expense of furnishing the laboratory.

Cpl. U. Frank English, who has been in charge of the local state police substation here for the past seven years, will be transferred to Hollidaysburg on March 1. He will be replaced here by Cpl. William Lamie.

Gaylin D. Abbott of California and Samuel Paylor of Mc- Connellsburg will take over the management of the dining room at the Glen Nell Hotel next Tuesday.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Morton of Mc- Connellsburg on February 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs.William Miller of McConnellsburg on February 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCardell of Warfordsburg on February 20.

Mrs. Myrtle Wible, Mrs. Raymond Long and Miss Edith Wilds visited on Saturday with Miss Sue Orth who is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Erby Booth of Hancock have announced the engagement of their daughter, Genevie Meda, to John Patrick Fox Tuberty of Allentown.

Arthur William Grissinger and Alleine Virginia Rotz were married on February 18.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 24, 1938


Six-year-old Jean Corrie of Broad Top City was fatally injured last Wednesday when her clothing caught fire as she was getting ready for school. She died in Everett Hospital.

Deaths: Mrs. Joseph Shaw of Pittsburgh; Isaac B. Weller of Orchard Ridge.

The McConnellsburg independent basketball team will now be known as the McConnellsburg Merchants since a number of local businessmen have decided to sponsor the team. The sponsoring merchants are Fulton Motor Co., Crouse’s Market, Harry M. Johnston, Little’s Restaurant, Wible’s Restaurant and Don’s Tire and Battery Shop.

The local post office will observe the 19th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion by holding a birthday dinner at the Mellott Hotel on March 18.

Franklin Ramage and Ruth Baumgardner were married on February 18.

Karl Berkstresser and Evelyn Paules were married January 12.

Orvin Troy and Belva Reed were wed October 19.

Death: Laura Ellen Bradnick Snyder on February 20.

Kenneth Spangler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Spangler, has resigned from the United States Naval Academy and is now attending Gettysburg College.

Born: a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Comerer on Tuesday.

Mrs. Mary Thomas has returned to her home at New Grenada from Blair Memorial Hospital and is improving slowly form her recent operation.

Samuel Newman has moved from New Grenada to Waterfall.

Mrs. G.W. Foreman of Wells Valley marked her 74th birthday on Sunday, with a number of friends helping her to celebrate.

Virginia Cline of Fort Littleton is quarantined in her home with diphtheria.

Allan Hoover was unable to teach at Fort Littleton last week due to the flu. Thad Winegardner substituted for him.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 23, 1928


Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Miller Hoover of Hiram; Mrs. Margaret Gordon Lynch of Laruel Ridge; Mrs. Mary Jane Chisholm of Hopewell; Hon. Clem Chesnut of Hustontown; Mrs. Mary Schooley Hanks of Bedford County.

George Peterson of Burnt Cabins left Monday for Philadelphia to enter a hospital for observation and possibly an operation. He was the victim of an auto accident a couple of years ago and has never fully recovered.

Recent weddings: Frank Shimer and Helen Parkins on February 12; Donald Buterbaugh and Naomi Wilds on February 18; Fred Bolinger and Mary Anderson on February 18; Edgar Harris and Caroline Hamil on February 15.

Richard Martz, who has been working at Clymer, developed a hernia and was operated on last week at a hospital in Indiana.

The Ford boosters are backing down now since they learned about “Doc” Fisher driving his Oldsmobile from Cumberland to Amaranth, a distance of 40 miles, in five hours.

Roland Sipe of East Extension, while helping to roof a barn last Thursday, fell and broke a couple of ribs.

The newly- organized American Legion Auxiliary met last Thursday to install the following officers: Harriet Sloan, president; Mrs. Charles Spangler, vice president; Mrs. Peter Morton Jr., secretary; Mrs. Scott Alexander, treasurer; Mrs. Harry Hamil, chaplain; Mrs. Webster Mellott, historian; and Mrs. Frank Ott, sergeant-at-arms.

Death: Edward Creek of Piney Plains.

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