2009-04-30 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Charles Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., pictures Charles' uncle, Herman B. Mellott, and Charles' father, Lloyd W. Mellott. The photo was taken circa 1910 in Ayr Township, Fulton County. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Charles Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., pictures Charles' uncle, Herman B. Mellott, and Charles' father, Lloyd W. Mellott. The photo was taken circa 1910 in Ayr Township, Fulton County. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 27, 1989 '89 Fulton County Library reached another milestone this past weekend as workers and volunteers completed their move from the

old quarters on West Market Street to their newly acquired home on North First Street. The actual move was less than a block but the journey has been long. Local library services in Fulton County began in 1955 in a small building owned by The First National Bank and located at the rear of its parking lot. Then in the early 1970s the McConnellsburg Ministerium opened a small library in the vacant Lodge's Store on Lincoln Way West. The library remained there until 1974 when the Conococheague District Library of Chambersburg was awarded a grant to establish a library in Fulton County. The small one-room building owned by the bank that had housed the library back in 1955 was again called into service and this time was moved to 129 North Third Street. The year 1981 was truly a turning point in the library's history. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shockey purchased the Mary Jane Duffey house at 121 West Market Street and gave it to the Friends of the Library as a permanent home. In 1989 the search for a larger facility ended with the purchase of the old American Legion Home on North First Street.

The local Sheetz store was doing a "land office business" on Tuesday but probably selling more Pennsylvania lottery tickets than hot dogs as customers lined up to take their chance at the Super 7 jackpot to be drawn on Wednesday, April 26. The jackpot is estimated to be worth over $100 million when sales end at several minutes before seven on Wednesday.

At Youngblood's auction on Friday even the other dealers attending the sale were surprised at the knockdown bid of $5,000 paid by a York dealer for a grandfather clock. The 1780 clock made by George Hoff of Lancaster was expected to bring two to three thousand dollars. Other items such as oriental rugs and furniture were sold at bargain prices when judged by their quality.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith Jr. of Hancock on April 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Clark of Everett on April 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bishop of Three Springs on April 16.

Deaths: Ruth Lehman, Warfordsburg; Arthur Lehman, Chambersburg; Mirian Walker, Pittsburgh; Maude Shimer, Greencastle; Charles Smith, Chambersburg; Todd McMullen, formerly of Fulton County, while on board the USS Iowa.

Marriage licenses: Loren Barclay, Harrisonville, and Deborah Huston, Harrisonville; Michael Brode, Saxton, and Tonia Ford, Six Mile Run; Darryl Patterson, Orbisonia, and Katharine Peterson, Blairs Mills; Mark Lutz, Harrisonville, and Helen Swope, Harrisonville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 26, 1979 '79 All bids on the Glen Nell Hotel, which was put up for public sale by owner Pete Hoch on Saturday, were rejected. Mr. Hoch says he

still intends to sell the old landmark but will do so through a real estate agency.

Textile workers at the McConnellsburg plant of the Waynesboro Knitting Co. began walking picket lines Friday when negotiations for a new labor contract failed late Thursday. The workers, members of Local 1846 of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers of America, rejected the company's offer of a three-year contract containing a 26-cent hourly raise this year and wage reopeners in the next two years.

Fulton Terrace, the 60-unit garden apartment complex proposed by developer P. Jules Patt, Hollidaysburg, hurdled two more paperwork obstacles last week and construction appears imminent. A second Patt project, Fulton Towers, remains on the drawing board.

Something new for McConnellsburg - Sunday movies at the Fulton Theatre. Maybe it will cut down on the cowboying around in cars by youngsters who say there is nothing else to do during the long summer evenings.

Specials at the IGA: Mrs. Filbert's margarine, 2 lbs., $1; Esskay bacon, $1.29 lb.; sugar, 99 cents, 5 lbs.; Tide, $2.39, 84 ozs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Summer Bemis of Waterfall on April 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Egolf of Mercersburg on April 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sollers of Burnt Cabins on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Foor of Everett on April 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Bowser of Everett on April 19.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hess of Hustontown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Gladys Marie, to Richard E. Lesher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lesher of Greencastle.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 8, 1969 '69 Mrs. Olive Hann of Needmore was crowned Queen of Northcool at the Sagner Inc. spring banquet on Friday night at the plant in McConnellsburg. The crown was placed on her head by last year's queen, Mrs. Gladys Truax. The runners-up in the queen contest were Judy Shaffer of Mercersburg, first; Shirley Mellott of Mercersburg, second; Susan Everetts of McConnellsburg, third; and Doris Starr of St. Thomas, fourth.

The second fatality of the year in Fulton County was reported on May 2 when an unidentified man, aged between 55 and 60 years, was killed on Route 70, two miles east of Crystal Spring, as he attempted to cross the four-lane interstate highway.

The Forbes Road Elementary School was broken into on Tuesday and two classrooms were ransacked. Except for two classroom keys, however, nothing was reported missing.

Miss Carolyn Hunsecker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Hunsecker of McConnellsburg, received her nurse's cap in a dedication ceremony in the Annie T. Fonersmith Auditorium of Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing on April 11.

Mr. and Mrs. David Gregory of Big Cove Tannery are spending a 14-day vacation in Hawaii. Upon their return, they will stop in Las Vegas to visit their niece and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Allen.

A marriage license was applied for last week at the local courthouse by Lloyd Smith Jr. of McConnellsburg and Jean Keefer of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Brindle of Mapleton Depot on April 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel King of Three Springs on April 22.

Marriage vows were exchanged between Miss Trudy Lee Keefer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Keefer of Big Cove Tannery, and Gerald Leroy Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Franklin Smith of McConnellsburg, on Saturday, April 12.

Specials at the IGA: Eight O'Clock coffee, 3-lb. bag, $1.59; California strawberries, three 1-pt. cartons, $1; fish fillets, 14-oz. pkg., 59 cents.

It was with saddened hearts that the Franklin-Fulton Association of Postmasters met on Saturday, April 19, at Hustontown. One of the postmasters, a regular attender, was not present. Waterfall Postmaster Erman Knepper had succumbed to a heart attack on April 17. Prior to the meal, the postmasters went to the funeral chapel in a group.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Morton of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Suellen Grace, to Roger LaDon Heath, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Heath of Winter Haven, Fla.

Deaths: Wallace Wink, Tampa, Fla.; Robert B. Cromer, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Helen Harr, Needmore; Kermit M. Bard, Baden, Pa.; Harry P. Naugle, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 7, 1959 '59 Dr. Edward H. Reisner Jr. of New York City, son of the late Edward H. Reisner, formerly of McConnellsburg, was a weekend guest of

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Nelson. On Saturday morning, Dr. Reisner was one of the speakers at the Pennsylvania Academy of General Practice at the Bedford Springs Hotel.

Mrs. Alice C. Harper has returned to her home at Neelyton where she is recuperating from injuries received in an automobile accident some time ago.

At the regular meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday night, Max Stenger was appointed burgess of Mc- Connellsburg to fill the unexpired term of the late Robert J. Fleming.

Mrs. Annie Finiff of Chambersburg was a weekend guest of Mrs. Ida Lininger to help her celebrate her 81st birthday. Mrs. Finiff, Mrs. Lininger's only sister, will mark her 80th birthday in September.

Mr. and Mrs. William Evans and three sons of Wilmington, Del., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rotz. Mr. Evans is awaiting word to leave for the Persian Gulf area where he will be a representative of the Getty Oil Co.

Harvey Unger, who has been in failing health for the past three years, was taken to the Medical Center on Sunday when his condition became worse.

Dr. and Mrs. R.E. Riggs and family moved on Saturday to the property owned by Jack Kelso in Todd Township. This old brick farmhouse, which is over 100 yeas old, has been newly remodelled.

Dr. and Mrs. R.C. McLucas recently purchased land adjoining the Nace home from Merrill W. Nace where they plan to build a one story colonial dwelling for their future home.

George W. Sprowl of Wells Tannery, vice chairman of the Fulton County Democratic Committee, has been named dog law enforcement officer for Fulton and Franklin counties. He replaces Robert M. Hill of Mc- Connellsburg, who held the position for the past four years.

Local firemen got a break this week. The fire siren didn't sound once.

Death: Mrs. Gertrude Raker.

With the remodelling of the second floor of The Fulton County National Bank, the new tenants are now settled in their new quarters. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martin moved last week and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Comerer of Emsworth, Pa., moved into the adjoining apartment on Tuesday. Last Saturday, Walter R. Sloan, president of the bank and District Attorney Merrill W. Kerlin took up occupancy of the offices adjoining the apartments. The work is fast nearing completion and McCray Bros., contractors for the job, hope to have the entire undertaking finished by June 1.

Unemployment compensation checks disbursed last week totalled 239,600 with a monetary value of $6,546,089.

Bonds have been approved for Bruce Barton as tax collector for Brush Creek Township and Vera M. Black as tax collector for Taylor Township.

The 28th annual field meet of the schools of the county was held here on Saturday. In the Class A events, McConnellsburg walked off with the trophy with 68 points, followed by Warfordsburg with 41 points and Hustontown trailing with 25 points. In the Class B event, Warfordsburg copped top honors with 43 points, followed by Mc- Connellsburg with 24 points and Hustontown, five points.

Death: Abner Shives of Needmore. Webster Mellott has sold his farm to Vernon Leese, who will use it for a tenant.

Mr. and Mrs. George Weaver of Needmore will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on May 17.

Death: Albert S. Kelso of Fort Littleton.

Meritorious service from June 1957 to August 1958, as a motor and maintenance sergeant with headquarters' 1st Co. in Korea, has brought the Army Commendation Ribbon to Sgt. Norman Hess, who is now an instructor at Fort Sill, Okla. Making the Army his career, Sgt. Hess is the son of Mrs. Viola Hess and is married to the former Blanche Gress of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Mrs. Marie Hoop of Andover, wife of Dr. Samuel Hoop; Daisy Hoover of Shirleysburg; Elner Glunt of Fort Littleton; J. Bever Cornelius of Saltillo; Joseph O. Ritchey; Robert McKinley Fix of Harrisonville; Charles Hixson of Tiffin, Ohio.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 12, 1949 '49 Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Crown Diehl of Amaranth on May 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor of Mc- Connellsburg on May 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David

Kendall of McConnellsburg on May 11.

Miss Maude Ott of McConnellsburg is currently on a nursing assignment near Mercersburg.

Carl Leroy Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg senior, has been named as the winner of the Spangler Scholarship this year. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Buterbaugh.

Three McConnellsburg students will graduate from Shippensburg State Teachers College this year, all with bachelor of science in education degrees. They are Delores DeShong, Herbert Lyle Duffey and Elmer William Gall.

Donald Keefer and Dorothy Melius and Herman Zeger and Thelma Hanks were married in a double wedding ceremony on April 23.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Jane Rosenberry of Dry Run; Allison Kegarise of Holliaysburg; William Henry Orth of Fort Littleton; James Edward Palmer of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 11, 1939 '39 A son to Mr. and Mrs. Barney Barnhart of Knobsville was kicked in the head by a horse on Sunday. First treated by a local physician, he was then sent to Chambersburg


Mrs. Harter Sheeder and baby son were brought home from Chambersburg Maternity Home on Tuesday.

Births at Hustontown on April 24: daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wilson and to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Edwards.

Deaths: Mrs. William Bergstresser of Maddensville; William Ellsworth Grove of South Bend, Ind.; Mrs. Jeanne Kennedy of Reading; Mrs. William S. Hixson of Akersville.

John A. Rupp, successor to S. Edwards Gable as president of the Pennsylvania Motor Federation, will be the principal speaker at the annual Fulton County meeting of the Chambersburg Motor Club, which will be held in the Fulton Theatre tonight.

Over 100 crowded the Center School building for the monthly meeting of the Timber Ridge Sportsmen's Assoc. on May 1. This organization, although only 30 days old, now has a membership of 58 and is aiming for 100 by the next meeting in June. Wilbur Comerer is the president of the new organization.

Forest F. Weight, district forester for Fulton, Franklin and Bedford and a strip of Huntingdon County, will terminate his work here on May 5. It is reported that his successor will be William Byers, who served in the position under a previous administration.

The junior class of the local high school held a party and kitchen shower in the auditorium on May 4 in honor of Callow Sipes Hill.

On May 23, voters in Belfast Township will vote on a special bond issue. The township now owes $9,000 to a holding corporation at 5 percent interest.The township hopes to issue bonds for $9,000 but bearing only 3 percent interest. If the voters approve, the township will thus save 2 percent on $9,000 annually.

Morris E. Douglas and Margaret E. Kelso were married on April 26.

A reception was held last Thursday evening for Rev. J. Miles Pheasant, new Methodist pastor here, and his family. Rev. and Mrs. Pheasant have four children in this order: Miles, Virginia Ruth, Mary Frances and Charles Mark.

Local Lions got in shape Tuesday evening with a mushball game in which Hamil took top honors with three homers and a 3-bagger.

William S. Walker has received an appointment with the Department of Revenue, Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Downes are receiving congratulations on the birth of an 8-pound son on Monday, May 8. The new baby has been named Robert Marcus Jr.

Daniel Morton Grissinger and Jane Rose Matthews were married on May 10.

A number of Fulton County ex-regulars of the Army are enlisting in the Regular Army Reserve. Among them are Boyd L. Johnson and Frank K. Truax of Wells Tannery; Ralph L. Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg; Newton H. Caldwell and John E. Bishop of Warfordsburg and Charles B. Corbin of Hancock.

The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Kelly at Burnt Cabins on Sunday, leaving an 8-pound boy, who has been named Charles; also a son, Rheon, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gelvin on May 8.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 9, 1929 '29 Deaths: David Potts of Inglesmith, Bedford County; Jared Pittman of Dickey's Mountain; Joseph E. Barnett of Latrobe.

Robert N. Shimer, Thomas Crouse, George A. Comerer and Robert G. Alexander left on Monday to serve as jurors in the United States District Court in Harrisburg.

Harvey Bender, retired merchant, was offered the appointment as a member of the Borough Council to fill the unexpired term of George C. Sipes, who moved his farm to Cito. Mr. Bender refused, however.

The Daughters of the Confederacy of Virginia and North Carolina have placed an order for a monument which will be erected at the graves of the two Confederate soldiers killed at McConnellsburg on June 30, 1863. The soldiers, one from Virginia and one from North Carolina, were buried along the highway leading to Mercersburg, about a half mile from town.

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