2008-11-06 / Features


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 10, 1988 '88 A McConnellsburg man was found dead in his car off the north side of U.S. Route 30 bypass in Todd Township, about one mile east of U.S.

Route 522, around 6:45 p.m. last Saturday. Police said that Alan Long, 26, McConnellsburg, was found after persons spotlighting deer in that area discovered the wreckage of his 1976 Plymouth Roadrunner at the bottom of a steep embankment off the north berm of the bypass. Dr. McLucas pronounced Long dead at the scene and reported that he may have been dead for 18 to 24 hours prior to the discovery of the wreckage.

With a county voter turnout of a fraction less than 75 percent, Fulton County followed its neighbors in electing Republicans Dick Hess and Patrick Fleagle to the state House, returning Republican John Heinz to the U.S. Senate and electing Republican George Bush to the White House. With 4,707 of the 6,280 registered voters casting ballots, countians preferred George Bush to Democrat Michael Dukakis by a margin of 3,086 to 1,532. Nationwide, with 77 percent of the vote in, Bush led Dukakis 54 percent to 46 percent in popular vote and overwhelmingly in the electoral college tally.

McConnellsburg Spartans captured their ninth District 5 soccer title in the past 13 years on Monday with a 5-1 win over Conemaugh Township, and the Forbes Road Cardinals defeated Southern Huntingdon 3-0 last Thursday to win their first-ever District 6 field hockey title.

A 40th anniversary party was given for Harold and Betty Hershey on September 18.

Karen Swope and Todd Fisher were united in marriage September 10 at Needmore Church of the Nazarene. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Swope of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. James Fisher, also of Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. John Kendall II of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of Mrs. Kendall's daughter, Tammy, to Robert Morgan Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan Sr., also of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Lorna Everhart, Three Springs; Evelyn Morton Cunningham, McConnellsburg; John Horton, St. Thomas; Lena Mellott, McConnellsburg; Madeline Mellott, Berkeley Springs; Lucy Ritchey, Beech Creek; Alan Long, Mc- Connellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Strait of Hustontown on October 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Elmes of McConnellsburg on November 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Guilfoy of Harrisonvile on November 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Simpson of Big Cove Tannery on November 2.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 5, 1978 '78 The Conestoga Inn property was sold at public sale at the courthouse on Saturday and was knocked down to Moss Mills of Dry Run, former

owner and execution creditor, for $750.

The Halloween parties sponsored by the Fulton Jaycees are proving to be successful with over 400 children attending them and foregoing the traditional "trick or treating" on the street.

It's probably the most publicized non-happening of contemporary politicial history - voter apathy. Voters are staying home by the roomfuls and the political analysts and social psychologists have more work than they can shake a statistic at. The consensus is that apathy and cynicism are the culprits. The polls show voters either don't care who gets elected or they don't think it will make any difference. So the majority of them doesn't vote.

An automobile accident in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday took the lives of two daughters of Mrs. Mabel Sharpe Martz, Mc- Connellsburg, and the late W. Russell Martz. According to a family member, Mrs. Shirley P. Martz Morelli, 42, of Reno, Nev., was visiting her sister, Mrs. Madeline L. Martz McKenzie, 51, of Scotsdale, Ariz., when the accident ocurred. She was killed instantly and Mrs. McKenzie died in a hospital a short time later.

Specials at the IGA: chicken noodle soup, 5 cans for $1; grapefruit, 6 for 99 cents; Heinz ketchup, 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenny L. Seiders of Chambersburg on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Truax of Warfordsburg on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold McMullen of Shade Gap on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Shives of Needmore on October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bradshaw of Warfordsburg on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Downes Jr., Fort Littleton, on October 27.

Marriage licenses: Keith Lynn Book and Carol Ann Robinson, both of Blairs Mill; Raymond E. Hill and Patricia M. Cullison, both of Upperco, Md.; George C. Cifra, Elizabethtown, and Marlene Fallat of Irwin, Pa.

Deaths: Ferman L. Fraker, Hustontown; Austin I. Mellott, Needmore; Alfred D. Stotler, Berkeley Springs; Ellis Keefer, Washingtonville, N.J.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 14, 1968 '68 Pictured in this week's "News" is Pfc. Gerald L. Smith, who was recently awarded a life membership in VFW Memorial Post No. 9723, Naha,

Okinawa, the largest VFW post in the world. Pfc. Smith, at present, is at the Camp Kue Hospital on Okinawa as a wounded patient.

The 21st running of the Hershey Hillclimb, sponsored by the Appalachian Sports Car Club and sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17. Hillclimbers from this area will include Bud Weikert of Blue Ridge Summit; Dr. William Black, Alex Beattie and Garnet Hummelsine of Chambersburg, and Bob Nitterhouse of Fayetteville.

Ellis J. Souders, son of Ellis J. Souders of McConnellsburg, is a member of the freshman class at Lycoming College, Williamsport.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Levin Seville of Big Cove Tannery will honor their parents on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary by holding an open house at the McConnellsburg Firehall on November 24.

An altar adorned with white gladioli and lighted candlabras was the setting of the wedding which united in marraige Miss Patricia Arlene Souders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Souders of McConnellsburg, and Joseph Eugene Chilstrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Chilstrom of Gettysburg, South Dakota, on September 28, at the United Methodist Church.

Specials at the A&P: Florida oranges, 5-lb. bag, 69 cents; Italian style bread, four 1-lb. loaves, 99 cents; Bounty jumbo towels, 19 cents; Jane Parker fruit cakes, $1.79.

The Green Hill Sewing Club members finished their last boiling of apple butter on Saturday for the season, making a total of 17 kettles in all.

The first snowfall of the season fell Monday night and Tuesday, leaving a heavy, wet blanket which disrupted telephone service, school schedules and brought traffic to a minimum on the hazardous roads.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Clark of Needmore on November 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Strait of McConnellsburg on November 7.

Deaths: Mrs. Maxine B. Peck, Warfordsburg; Brinton E. Cutchall, Six Mile Run; Harvey H. Doyle, McConnellsburg; Harry Gathers, Burnt Cabins; Wayne Wilson, Shade Gap; James Sherman Garland, Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of November 13, 1958 '58 Lt. Harold Knepper, who pilots a jet plane, has been transferred from Okinawa to the Portland International Airport as a member of the Fighter

Interceptor Squadron there.

Rush Kerlin Jr., who is with the U.S. Army overseas, writes the News that he married a London girl on November 6.

Local state police started a roundup last Wednesday of juveniles and older youths who have been for some time entering the Conestoga Inn and stealing various amounts of whiskey, beer, etc. Entrance to the tavern was through a recently replaced window sash which has not yet been equippped with a lock. So far police have nabbed eight of the group, four of whom are old enough to be lodged in the county jail. Two of the latter four have been released on bail. The first police-recorded incident took place on October 5 when two-fifths of whiskey and some potato chips were taken; the last on November 5 when whiskey, beer, pretzels, potato chips and cash were taken. The youths apprehended so far will appear in court in December.

Four fires last week kept local firemen busy. They were first called to the turnpike on Thursday when a freight truck caught fire. Again on Thursday, a vacant house at Andover was destroyed by fire. On Saturday, they were called to extinguish a fire at the "dump" on Mercersburg Mountain. Again on Saturday, they were called to extinguish a woods fire on the A. Washabaugh farm north of McConnellsburg, believed to have been caused by a careless hunter.

A senior extension club has been organized in northern Fulton County with Alma Anderson as president; Nelson Walker, vice president; Yvonne Graeber, secretary; and Ethel Long, news reporter.

At a recent business session held in Jefferson City, Mo., the directors of the Missouri Baptists building Fund Inc. elected Dr. George S. Hixson as executive director. Dr. Hixson was born in Brush Creek Township, Fulton County. Besides his vairous preaching assignments, he was a chaplain in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1947 and now holds the rank of major as a chaplain in the reserves.

The newly purcahsed Allen electronic organ in the local Lutheran Church will be dedicated on Sunday. The organ was purchased for the congregation by the United Lutheran Church women. The service on Sunday will include special music by the choir under the direction of Mrs. Paul T. Ott, with Mrs. Eugene Earley at the console of the organ and an organ recital by Mrs. Henry Earley of Newville.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Naomi Alice Mellott to Pfc. Elliott Deshong Jr.

Mrs. Mildred Shaw, local preacher of the Hustontown Charge, will fill the pulpit of Harrisonville Charge for two weeks because of the transfer of Rev. David B. Reams to Orbisonia. Mrs. Shaw was authorized by the New England Conference of the Methodist Church to receive a local preacher's license in February 1946.

The Fulton County Farmers' Association was one of 11 such organizations in the state to receive recognition at Williamsport on Tuesday night for its well-rounded program of activities during the past year. President Earl Gordon attended the meeting and accepted the award for the local association.

Four Fulton County bankers are attending the meeting of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association in Philadelphia this week. They are: Harry R. Brantner and Henry W. Daniels of The First National Bank and Eugene F. Earley and Elwood J. Mellott of The Fulton County National Bank.

Special highway user taxes zoomed to a record level of $8,800,000,000 in 1957 and will approach $10 billion in 1959.

William S. Geyer, who resides in the Comerer apartment on Lincoln Way, suffered fractures of both bones in his left leg in an accident last Wednesday. Employed by the Cumberland Valley Electric Co., he was injured when a light pole rolled against his leg. He is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mellott of town.

Mrs. Maxine Croft, who is employed at the Cove Valley Restaurant in Taylor Township, was one of the winners in the recent Frigidaire sweepstakes contest, winning a Benrus Citation wristwatch. Last year, she entered the "brown and serve sausage jingle" contest and won a Sunbeam electric skillet.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fix of McConnellsburg on November 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cunningham of McConnellsburg on November 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Johnson of Hustontown on November 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John E. Secrist of McConnellsburg on November 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Benedick Jr. of McConnellsburg on November 8.

Deaths: H. Curtis McClain of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Van Burean Kegrise of Altoona; Robert Hunter Miller of Taylor Township; Raymond Luther Chamberlain of Wells Tannery.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 18, 1948 '48 Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hann of Harrisonville on November 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Mellott of Needmore on November


James Harris of Big Cove Tannery, 32-year-old father of three children, had his right arm torn off in an accident at the Mellott stone quarry on Monday morning. The victim was adjusting the machinery when a stone fell on his head, causing him to reach for support, thus getting his arm caught in the mechanism. The arm was torn off at the elbow necessitating the later removal of the arm four inches below the shoulder. Every bit of Harris' clothing, except his shoes and socks, was torn off.

George Wayne Brant, 22, of Laidig, Fulton's first peacetime draftee, will leave for induction next Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Helman of McConnellsburg celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fora B. King on November 11 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Foster.

Funeral services will be held on November 22 for First Lt. Robert M. Fields, who was killed in action on February 22, 1945, while returning to his home base in Italy from his 30th mission over enemy territory.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of November 17, 1938 '38 Miss Freeda Duvall will open a beauty shop soon in the house recently vacated by C.M. Lodge, opposite the courthouse.

Walter Ray and family moved into the A.W. Grissinger house on Lincoln Way last week.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Catherine Fields of Clear Ridge; Mrs. Theresa May Clevenger of Wilkinsburg; Isaac C. McClain of Orbisonia; Grace North Kauffman.

A Civil Service examination will be held at Mercersburg to fill the office of fourth-class postmaster at Warfordsburg. Receipt of applications will close on November 25.

An addition is now being built to the D.L. Hohman property, to provide more space for McLaughlin's Drug Store.

Henry Wilson, 80-year-old farmer of Clear Ridge, was instantly killed on Sunday morning when the car in which he was a passenger and a car driven by Donald Cromer collided head-on about a half mile south of Fort Littleton. Mr. Wilson's head went through the windshield where it became wedged, necessitating the breaking of the rest of the glass to free him. He suffered compound fractures of the skull and hip. Two other persons in the car were taken to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment. They were Harry Mort, the driver of the car, who suffered shock and lacerations of the face and head, and Mrs. Harry Mort, who had both legs broken below the knees, the bones being shattered. Warren Locke, 12, a passenger in the Cromer car, was taken to the same hospital for treatment of a dangerous forehead bruise. Other passengers in the Cromer car who were treated at the scene by Dr. H.C. McClain were Carrie Locke, 41, of Fort Littleton, a deep laceration of the forehead, and Mrs. Clara Brown, 31, of Fort Littleton, bruises and shock. Ruth Locke, 13, of Fort Litteton and Norma Ravenstein, 17, of Saluvia received minor injuries.

Harold Richard Stenger and Mary Elizabeth Harr were married on October 30.

Mrs. Merrill W. Nace is confined to her home with a badly sprained ankle, received in a fall on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Peck entertained at a turkey dinner at their home on November 12 in honor of the double birthday of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pittman.

Fulton County farmers will meet at the courthouse on Monday evening to discuss the matter of whether an Agricultural Extension Association shall be formed here, the only county in the state that does not have the services of a coun- ty agent.

Walter Snyder has purchased the Mrs. A.P. Fore property at Knobsville.

Little Patty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Sheats of Hustontown, has the measles.

A total of 104 members and guests gathered at the Mellott Hotel last Thursday evening for the 14th annual Masonic ladies' night and banquet.

Glen Bitner of Greencastle has purchased Seylar's Rexall Store and will move here to live.

Miss Marry Knauff is recovering nicely from injuries she received in a fall several weeks ago.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of November 15, 1928 '28 Even though the election is over, four columns of the front page of this issue are filled with a political advertisement from the defeated Republican candidate for General Assembly, in which

he attacks the last-minute "smear" campaign printed in the Fulton Democrat last week. The headline of the four-column spread reads: "Reply of - - - to attacks upon his record in Fulton Democrat with no chance to answer before election." After repudiating each part of the attack on his record, the defeated candidate said, "Mr. - - - will probably come back in next week's Democrat trying to further weaken me with unclean propaganda. If he does, it may be necessary for me to tell you some things I don't like to bring before our good people of Fulton."

Deaths: Mrs. David Strait of near Harrisonville; John Mack Richardson of Dublin Township.

The pop factory, located in the Watson Lynch building on East Lincoln Way, has been sold by John McLucas to George S. Cutchall and will be operated by his stepson, Clarence Winegardner.

Ross W. Hamil and Garnet M. Peer were wed October 18.

R.P. Deshong has been appointed school director in Licking Creek Township to fill the vacancy created by the death of R.R. Hann.

A.K. Nesbitt has been appointed auditor in Ayr Township to fill the unexpired term of Geo. W. Humbert, deceased.

Freeda Duvall, who teaches in the Warfordsburg High School, spent the weekend with Prof. and Mrs. H.M. Griffith.

Henry L. Hann has sold his 137-acre farm on Pleasant Ridge to Ralph W. Mellott, who has already taken possession. Mr. Hann and family have moved to Chester Carnell's place.

The Fulton House will serve a special Thanksgiving dinner on November 22. Chicken, hot cakes and all the trimmings will be served for 50 cents.

R.C. Paylor, manager of the local milk receiving plant, reports that an average of 27,000 pounds of milk is received each day.

Jerre Knepper harvested a crop of 700 bushels of potatoes this year.

Friends and neighbors of George Glunt, who has been ill for three weeks with pneumonia, husked his corn on Tuesday.

Deaths: Mrs. Edward Austin of Lynwood, Calif.; Rev. Charles F. Weise of Ramey; Clarence G. Boller of Hustontown.

Births at Hustontown: a son on November 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stevens and a daughter on November 4 to Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Chesnut.

Ritchey's Garage at the forks has been sold to Mr. Garlock of Saxton for $14,000.

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