2008-09-24 / Features


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 29, 1988 '88 Board of directors and staff members of Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning for the

opening of its branch bank in Shade Gap. The branch opened for business on Monday, September 26.

Needmore Boy Scout Troop 45 will have its own headquarters following the dedication on September 25 of the recently completed building to be used for Scouting purposes and located near the Needmore Firehall. Approximately 150 people attended the luncheon, dedication and Troop 45 awards ceremony.

Fulton County Society of Farm Women hosted its biennial convention September 24 at McConnellsburg Firehall. It was attended by nearly 40 women from across Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Keefer, McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a daughter on September 16 at Hershey Medical Center.

Miss Linda Hess announces the birth of a son, Shay Michael, on September 5.

Deaths: Helen Browne, Chambersburg; Lydia Barton, Crystal Spring; Helen Bender, McConnellsburg; Helen Tewell, Larimer, Pa.; Bernard Truax, Big Pool, Md.; Charles Hensley, Hagerstown; Riley Donahue Sr., Broad Top City; Rhoda Trego, Robertsdale; Harold Rotz, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dana Ford of Wells Tannery on September 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robin Egolf of Mercersburg on September 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Unger of Hancock on September 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Barnhart of Needmore on September 22.

A surprise 85th birthday party was held on September 11 for Mrs. Rankin (Catharine) Mellott. A total of 63 family members and friends attended.

Marriage licenses: Glen Askins, Cambridge, Md., and Stephanie Sprecher, Cambridge, Md.; Daniel Umstead, Circleville, Ohio, and Jill Brant, Circleville, Ohio; Dale Stains, Three Springs, and Sherri Sheeder, Robertsdale; John Mixell, Fort Littleton, and Penny Runk, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 21, 1978 '78 The "Fulton Folk Fest Run," a 7.8 mile crosscountry race, is the latest addition to the slate of activities scheduled for this year's Fulton Fall

Folk Festival. It was penciled into the program along with other last-minute changes at last Friday's meeting. This year's event will be the fifth annual festival sponsored by the local TPA. The loop course is mostly level and downhill, running past the Fulton House in McConnellsburg, south on Cito Road, then crossing to U.S. 522 and back to the high school.

Vaughn Horton, well-known Country Hall of Fame songwriter, suffered a heart attack at his home in New Port Ritchey, Fla., on September 1 and is now recuperating in the recovery wing of the community hospital there. Mr. Horton was born and raised at Broad Top and has many friends in this area. He became nationally known with his classic super hit, "Mocking Bird Hill," and has 22 other million sellers to his credit.

Roger and Connie Daniels and their 4-year-old son, Robbie, are shown in this issue with their 10-foot tomato plant they grew at their home on Sipes Mill Road, near Harrisonville. Roger says the plant provided 117 tomatoes on a single stalk and dozens more are yet to ripen.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Mellott of Needmore celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on September 17.

The St. Paul Lutheran Church of McConnellsburg was the setting for the marriage ceremony uniting Susan Skiles and Leroy Knepper on September 3. The bride is the daughter of Robert Skiles and the late Mrs. Skiles of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Knepper of Hustontown.

Specials at the IGA: Duncan Hines layer cake mix, 58 cents; Muellers elbow macaroni, 99 cents; Pepsi Cola, six, 12- oz. cans, $1.09; Ranch bread, 2 for 99 cents; potatoes, 10 lbs., 69 cents.

Don Pensinger was named club champion golfer for 1978 at the end of the final rounds of play on Sunday at Great Cove. In the women's tournament, Beulah Fix was presented with the award for woman's champion for 1978.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. C. Russell Seville of McConnellsburg on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Mellott of Warfordsburg on September 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse A. Sipes of Berkeley Springs on September 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald G. Bequeath of Crystal Spring on September 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Ebersole of Hancock on September 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lester T. Morris of Hancock on September 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary E. Shives of Hancock on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Miller of Three Springs on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean L. Hoffman of Three Springs on September 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory M. Akers of Everett on September 15.

Deaths: Mrs. Mildred W. Alloway, Hustontown; Mrs. Marie G. Bivens, Mercersburg; Roland Anderson, Somers Point, N.J.; Charles McKinley, Hancock.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 3, 1968 '68 An impressive ceremony, commemorating the memory of the late Jacob Stoner, the designer of the Fulton County Courthouse, was held in the

courthouse in McConnellsburg on Saturday. A plaque was presented by two descendants, Col. Virgil Ney and Robert E. Lodge of McConnellsburg, and was placed on the wall on the first floor of the building.

Bond sales in Fulton County during the month of August totalled $10,577, according to Walter R. Sloan, county chairman. This brought the total for the year to $86,433.

Fulton County Democrats will go to the polls for the November 5 election with a 132 voter lead over the Republicans, according to the latest registration figures released this week.

Fire of undetermined origin last Tuesday evening destroyed a southern Huntingdon County home with a loss estimated at about $5,000. Firemen from Shade Gap and Mc- Connellsburg were called, but they were unable to prevent the destruction of the two-story frame dwelling, owned by Denton Rosenberry of Maddensville. Rosenberry, a farmer, said the loss is not covered by insurance. The dwelling was a complete loss, with only portions of the walls still standing.

A welcome-home dinner was held on Sunday, September 29, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mellott in honor of SP4 James Mellott, who recently returned form a year in Vietnam.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Truax, Needmore, on September 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ward Joseph Beers, Rockhill Furnace, on September 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max Miller of Harrisonville on Sep- tember 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Leab of Fort Loudon on September 27.

On Sunday, September 15, the Forbes Road Class of 1963 held their fifth-year reunion at Cowans Gap State Park. Although the weather was beautiful, only 16 class members and their families attended, out of a graduating class of 43.

Construction on the new wing at the Medical Center is at a standstill due to delay in delivery of window and door frames, which must be of a state-approved type.

Men in service: Army Sgt. First Class Daniel S. Pluta, son of Mrs. Virginia Frey of Warfordsburg, was awarded a Certificate of Achievement while serving with the 32nd Armor at Fort Knox, Ky.

Deaths: Charles E. Heeter, Hustontown; Mrs. Sarah Deshong, Harrisonvile; Lemuel G. Kirk, Cumberland; James Heefner Penbrok, Harrisburg; Clair I. Park, Fort Littleton; Charles A. Crouse, Big Cove Tannery; S. Sgt. Paul H. Meloy, former Fulton County pastor.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 2, 1958 '58 Ralph W. Golden of Warfordsburg has been reelected chairman of the Fulton County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee.

Other officers re-elected were Harry B. Knepper of Waterfall, vice chairman, and Albert Barnhart of Warfordsburg, regular member. First and second alternates are Bruce O. Bivens of Big Cove Tannery and Robert Kendall of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Foster Ambrose is a patient in Fulton County Medical Center, having suffered a stroke on September 23.

Dr. Robert E. Riggs has completed the transfer of his dental offices form the Hohman building across the street to his recently purchased section of the Glen Nell Hotel building.

Rev. David R. Hoover of McConnellsburg is one of five central Pennsylvania Masons who have been nominated to receive the 33rd Degree next September, the highest honor of the Masonic order. Rev. Hoover is the first McConnellsburg resident to receive the degree. However, two county natives have earned the coveted degree: Dr. Russell L. Stevens and the late Thomas W. Greathead.

Latest registration figures show there are 5,026 county voters eligible to cast their ballots in November; 2,805 Democrats, 2,192 Republicans and 29 nonpartisans. There were 4,674 eligible to vote at the May primary.

An 11-mile detour has been established in order to reconstruct a section of Route 30 between St. Thomas and Fort Loudon.

Russell Runyan retired on September 30 from the U.S. Geological Service.

The Paul Wilson barn at Burnt Cabins was destroyed by fire last Friday evening when struck by lightning.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Humbert of Hustontown on September 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Horace Feight of Waterfall on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Gress of Edgewood, Md., on September 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Beatty of Needmore on September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hill of Mc- Connellsburg on September 28.

Deaths: Mary Susan Barney; Herbert M. Carson of Williamsport; Clayton Younker of Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of October 7, 1948 '48 Mrs. Warren Helman, 21, of Hustontown, suffered severe burns of the right arm, right side and back and both thighs last Thursday morning when

kerosene she was using to kindle a fire suddenly exploded. After the explosion, Mrs. Helman ran from her home, her clothing a mass of flame and some men who were working nearby extinguished the flames by thowing her in a sand pile. She is now a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mrs. Jacob W. Mellott is confined to bed with bruises and shock resulting from a fall in her home.

Births: a daughter on September 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Alloway of Hustontown; a daughter on September 30 to Mr. and Mrs. John R. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Deshong of Licking Creek Township will mark their 42nd wedding anniversary on October 11.

Stanley K. Decker and Leila J. Helsel were married on October 1.

Charles Braden Taylor and Mary Lou Garlock were married on September 29.

Deaths: Rev. Albert M. Niswander of Greencastle; Robert Mathias Cooper of Altoona; John Francis Pelan of Huntingdon; Mrs. Claude M. Hill of Knobsville.

Clair Eugene Ritchey, 15, died on Monday of injuries he received on Sunday when he ran into the side of an automobile. He was a son of William C. and Golden M. (Stains) Ritchey of New Grenada.

A 9-year-old girl, not identified, who was deaf since her birth, has been given normal hearing through surgery at the Berkeley Springs Hospital. The unusual operation was performed by a Fulton County native, Dr. Grover C. Kirk, who served as a colonel in the Army during the war.

Death: Francis Stunkard Thomas of Wells Tannery.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 6, 1938 '38 "Glad Rags" is the name of a home talent show which will be staged by the local fire company in the high school auditorium on Monday and Tuesday

evenings. The principal parts will be played by Mary Kirk, Helen Ott, Mary Alice Clevenger Dorothy Kendall, Mrs. Ruth Madden, John Kelso, Charles Ray, Owen Fries and Kenneth Shaw, assisted by a cast of 50 persons.

Deaths: Mrs. Catherine Duffey of Webster Mills; Charles A. Baer of Mount Union.

McConnellsburg Future Farmers exhibited for the first time at the Fulton County Fair this year and the following members won awards: Darl Long, Harry Lynch, Robert Mann, Wilson Truax, Robert Black, William Buterbaugh, Paul Henry, Carl Johnston, Harold Reed and Adrian Reeder.

There almost wasn't any Fulton County News this week. Truck drivers working out of Baltimore are on strike and that is where the weekly supply of paper for the "News" comes from. After numerous phone calls, it was discovered that the paper had gotten as far as Harrisburg, and the editor persuaded the freight agent there to put it on a truck heading for Chambersburg, where it was picked up.

The cooking school sponsored by Westinghouse and the Fulton Furniture Co. in the local auditorium on Tuesday afternoon and evening was enjoyed by a large crowd - 200 in the afternoon and 275 in the evening. Numerous women were awarded electric toasters and the grand prize, an electric coffee set, was won by Miss Jean Paylor of town.

There were 78 arrests and 14 accidents investigated by state police of the local substation during September. Democratic leaders of the county have announced a huge rally and ox roast to be held at the fairgrounds on October 15. Free eats, "the sweetest and most delicious meat ever served," will be prepared for 4,000 people.

Mrs. Henry Hann will return home this week after undergoing an operation last Sunday at Waynesboro Hospital.

Dr. D.L. Hohman will attend the convention of the American Dental Society in St. Louis, Mo., October 18-29.

New offices for the local FFA Chapter are: George Shaw, president; Lee Richards, vice president; Wilson Truax, secretary; Darl Long, treasurer; and Harold Reed, reporter.

Mr. and Mrs. George C. Green of Lambertville, N.J., passed through McConnellsburg on their return trip from the Western states in their 1904 chain-drive, single-cylinder Oldsmobile. On their 8,647-mile trip, Green said the car averaged 20 to 25 miles an hour and "made" 30 miles to a gallon of gasoline.

Five persons were received into full membership and eight young people became preparatory members at Fairview Church on Sunday morning.

Fulton Countians admitted to Everett Hospital were Mrs. Ella Shaffer of New Grenada for medical treatment; Wesley Mellott of McConnellsburg for a tonsil operation.

Death: Mrs. Frank Chilcote of near Cassville.

Miss Doris Gracey of New Grenada has resumed work at his coal mine at North Point.

Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on September 25.

Virginia Isabel Spangler and David Herman Trott were married on Saturday night, the 25th wedding anniversary of the bride's parents.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 4, 1928 '28 Deaths: Mrs. Lucinda Dishong Mellott of Justin, Texas; Mr. George Taylor, near Clear Ridge; Dorothy Esther Shaw of Saltillo; Samuel R.

Grissinger of Huntingdon County.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Dale Brandt were hosts last Wednesday evening at a chicken and waffle supper at Hotel Naugle at Burnt Cabins in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Harold V. Shope.

Death: Mrs. Charles Weicht of lower Buck Valley.

Look out, girls! R.C. Smith of Buck Valley is sporting around in a new Ford.

While picking apples last week, Fred Heckman of Wells Tannery fell about 20 feet with a bag of apples around his neck. Two teeth were knocked out, others loosened and his jaw three months ago, is now "circulating around" on crutches.

Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Amick have moved from Wells Tannery to Claysburg where Sherman has a good position in a meat market.

Howard Fix of Clear Ridge fell out of pear tree last Thursday and broke an ankle.

Snow fell at Orbisonia on Tuesday evening.

A surprise party was held at his home in Bethel Township on September 27 in honor of the 46th birthday of Alonzo Barnhart.

Mrs. J.C. Peterson of Burnt Cabins has received word that her brother, Adolphus Kling of Pittsburgh, was injured last week when a street car jumped the track and plunged into his truck.

A.P. Doran has installed a "pipeless" heater in his home at Burnt Cabins.

J.C. McGowan of Burnt Cabins broke his collarbone in two places last Tuesday when a limb broke while he was picking pears.

The barn on the Mellott farm in Brush Creek Township was destroyed by fire last Thursday night.

Gladys Morgret of Buck Valley celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday.

Russell Glazier, who had been in business in Patton, Pa., the past few years, last week purchased the Jefferson Harris Garage on Lincoln Way West, taking possession immediately. The purchase price was $10,250.

A shower was held Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Watson Peck of Warfordsburg in honor of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Don Hill, who were married recently.

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