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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 11, 1989

The McConnellsburg area will be buzzing this weekend with the Country Spring Festival Friday and Saturday and the Mc-

MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures members of the first-grade class of Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, front row, left to right: Sandra Black, Joan Eller Carpenter, Gary Barnett, Ben Cutchall, Richard Barnett, Mike Cline, ?, Connie Hann, ?, Patty Neville, Shirley Newman, Jessie Rosenberry; second row: Carol Souders, Judy Knepper Appleby, John Romig, Darlene Rosenberry Helman, Roy Cline, Dennis Long, Kay Black, Jerre Clippinger, Donald McDaid, Harvey Earl Berkstresser, Barry Mellott, ?, back row: teacher Mrs. Althea Jaymes.
Connellsburg Firemen's Carnival, which begins Friday and runs through Saturday.

A "twister" or small tornado hit the Big Cove Tannery area Saturday afternoon. The twister passed through a wooded area across Route 928 about five miles south of Route 522. The twister lasted about two minutes and blocked the roadway with fallen trees, and area residents had to get their chain saws to clear the roadway of the debris.

A Fort Littleton area man was killed in a farming accident at his Dublin Township property May 4. Police said that L.D. Keebaugh, 58, Fort Littleton, was riding on his tractor being operated by his wife, Alberta, around 12:25 p.m. last week on their property. He apparently lost his balance and fell off the tractor and was run over by the left rear tire of the tractor.

Grammy's Country Corner held its grand opening this past weekend. The new store, located on Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg, features gifts, crafts and collectibles.

Marriage licenses: Andrew Rutter, Fort Littleton, and Ruth Mitchell, Fort Littleton; Thomas Barkman, Everett, and Lucinda Duvall, Everett; Adriel Fletcher, Warfordsburg, and Monica Shank, Warfordsburg; John Kirk, Warfordsburg, and Wavy Koontz, Warfordsburg; Jams Gilliam, Curwensville, and Mabel Armstrong, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bartle of Chambersburg on April 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michel Nelson of Mercersburg on April 30; a son to Mr and Mrs. Darrell Gordon of Mercersburg on May 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wertz of Needmore on May 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Greenawalt of Hustontown on May 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gordon of McConnellsburg on May 4.

Deaths: L.D. Keebaugh, Fort Littleton; Homer Moats, Big Pool, Md.; Gilbert Lake, Olanta; Beverly Lanehart, Warfordsburg; Florence Carbaugh, McConnellsburg; Robert Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Anna Horton, McConnellsburg; Nona Moats, Mercersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 10, 1979

In an order handed down by the Fulton County Court on Tuesday, President Judge George Eppinger and Judge John Keller

upheld the October 4, 1978, ruling striking the incorporation of the borough of Valley-Hi. The court held that the exceptions to its October order are "overruled and the findings and the decree of Judge Eppinger are affirmed." Valley-Hi, the 1,009-acre resort community of developer Jack Gothie, located in Brush Creek Township, was first declared a borough in 1973. Since that time numerous court battles have twice resulted in the rescinding of borough status.

So far, the gasoline shortage has caused no real hardships in the county, although local stations are reporting cutbacks of up to 20 percent of their usual supplies and some stations have shortened the hours that they will be pumping gas.

The first section of Fairview Estates, the housing development by Miller & Kerlin Contractors, Hustontown, is only a few weeks away from completion. The eight townhouses, six two-bedroom and two three-bedroom, will be ready for occupancy sometime in June.

Miss Susan Martz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martz of Hustontown, graduated cum laude form Shippensburg State College on May 5 with a bachelor's degree in social work.

Two more cases of polio have been confirmed by the state health department in what department spokesman Dr. William Parkin said is "a continuation" of another polio case first examined last January by local physician Dr. Russell C. McLucas.

Specials at the IGA: lettuce, 3 for $1; Kraft salad dressing 79 cents, 16 ozs.; Red Delicious apples, 99 cents, 3-lb. bag; ground beef, $1.39 lb.

Now playing at Fulton Theatre: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Byers of Mercersburg on April 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall of Shade Gap on April 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Daniels of Harrisonville on April 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Huffman of Mc- Connellsburg on May 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones of McConnellsburg on May 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Pittman of Hancock on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Ross of Saxton on May 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray A. Breakall of Warfordsburg on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mellott of Needmore on May 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Barnhart of McConnellsburg on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hill of Warfordsburg on May 2.

Deaths: Nannie M. Suffecool, Hancock; Edith M. Fleck, Mount Union; Robert E. Sipes, Omaha, Neb.

40 Years AgoFrom the

Files Of May 22, 1969

With their wives as guests, the Fulton County Jaycees held their annual dinner meeting at the local American Legion home last

Wednesday evening. The "Man of the Year" award was presented to George Shearer of Mc- Connellsburg

Plans for the annual Memorial Day services for the McConnellsburg area were announced this week by a joint committee of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Included in the program at Union Cemetery will be the presentation of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the famous poem "Flanders Field." Graves of veterans will be decorated, memorial wreaths will be presented by the organizations and a firing squad will give the gun salute to conclude the service.

Steven Mellott, a former student of McConnellsburg High School, now a senior at Abington Heights High School, Clarks Summit, Pa., has been accepted for a Navy Reserve Offices Training Scholarship. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Mellott of Clarks Summit.

Marriage licenses: Dallas W. Fleck and Lillian Hanks, both of Three Springs, and Howard Strait of Chambersburg and Leah Taylor of Burnt Cabins.

Fulton countians receiving degrees at Shippensburg on May 28 will be Gary Shives of Big Cove Tannery; Max Fraker of Fort Littleton; Robert Crouse of McConnellsburg; and Joseph Stafford Jr. of Wells Tannery, all Bachelor of Science in Education, and William Sipes of Needmore and John Edward Geist of Warfordsburg, Bachelor of Arts.

Graduation exercises in Fulton County will get under way with full force this weekend, with all three baccalaureate services scheduled for May 25. In all, 139 young men and women of Fulton County will make up the three graduating classes - 34 at Hustontown, 67 at McConnellsburg and 38 at Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mellott of Hustontown quietly celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Knepper of Fairfield, Ohio, formerly of Hustontown, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on May 25.

Specials in the IGA; chuck roast, 53 cents lb.; Scott napkins, 10 cents; grapefruit, 10 cents each; IGA fruit cocktail, 35 cents, 1-lb. 13-oz. can.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thomas of Mercersburg on May 14.

While spring cleaning her attic, Mrs. Lawrence Snyder discovered an 89-year-old Methodist hymnal belonging to Enoch Hixson, presented to him by Rev. A.S. Baldwin.

Deaths: Mrs. Rosie Jones, Hustontown; Edward Caldwell, Hancock; Ulice Keefer, Mercersburg; Isaac C. Baumgardner, Marklesburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 21, 1959

Mrs. Leah Greenland and daughter Alice Pasch of Ames, Iowa, stopped for a few days in Fulton County last week while trying to

trace descendants of Mrs. Pasch's greatgreat grandfather, Robert Campbell, who once resided in the Crystal Spring area.

Mr. and Mrs. John Helman of town celebrated their 83rd and 84th birthdays this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Nelson of Chevy Chase, Md., spent some time last week remodeling their property on South Second Street.

H.J. "Jim" Culler is improving at his home after being ordered complete rest by his doctor.

Attorney Albert Foster hung out his shingle at his newly-acquired property on the courthouse square when he moved his law office there on Monday.

Mrs. Elbert Lake of town, the former Grace Steach, died Monday evening at the Harrisburg Hospital.

Tuesday's election in Fulton County generated little interest. Bruce Paylor and John Culler won the nominations for associate judge; Merrill W. Kerlin for district attorney by write-in votes, no candidate being listed; Humphrey Yaukey and Charles Croft for county treasurer; Earl R. Sipes, Wayne Mellott, Bernard P. Barnhart and Brinton C. Wright for commissioner; Don Chesnut and Fred S. "Mutt" Fischer for sheriff; and Dr. R.C. McLucas and Dr. Robert L. Fry for coroner.

Doris A. Duvall of Crystal Spring; Ronald E. Richards of McConnellsburg; Shirley J. Sipes of McConnellsburg; and Dorothy Jean Welsh of Needmore will graduate from the Chambersburg School of Business on Friday.

This year, 124 seniors will graduate from the four high schools in Fulton County - Green Hill, 8; Hustontown, 37; McConnellsburg, 33; and Warfordsburg, 46.

Last Thursday evening, Jeff Culler, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Culler of town, got his fingers entangled in a lawnmower. Taken to the Medical Center, the index finger from below the first joint was removed and the middle finger, which was badly mangled, was patched up.

Two McConnellsburg women, Mrs. Myrtle Decker and Mrs. Thesa Crouse, were both badly injured last Thursday evening when the car they were travelling in was struck by another on Route 75 between Fort Loudon and Mercersburg. Taken to Chambersburg Hospital, Mrs. Decker was treated for bruises of the chest and abdomen, lacerated knees and a sprained right hand, while Mrs. Crouse suffered a broken ankle, broken right leg, broken nose and severe cuts of the head and face. Mrs. Decker was released on Sunday, and it will be several weeks until Mrs. Crouse returns home.

Unemployed checks last week totalled 221,007, with a monetary value of $5,976,994.

The champion hay grower of Pennsylvania members of the Future Farmers of America is Bob Weaver of Mc- Connellsburg, having the highest score and winning the gold medal.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward E.Varner of Shade Gap on May 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David R. Duncan of McConnellsburg on May 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ansell of Three Springs on May 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray M. Gordon of Hagerstown on May 17.

Deaths: John A. "Jack" Corrie of Broad Top City; Mrs. Bessie Elizabeth Cooper of Wilmington, Del.; Robert McKinley Fix of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Cora M. Hixson of Crystal Spring; Mack Nhyle Morton of Washington, D.C.; John Allison Mock of Huntingdon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 26, 1949

The first calf out of an artifically bred cow, bred through the Fulton Artificial Breeding Cooperative, made its appearance early on

May 21. The calf, a large, strong female, was dropped by a cow owned by Robert Fix of Mc- Connellsburg.

Merrill W. Kerlin was admitted to the bar of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday.

Pvt. Eugene Beaver and Shirley Hamil were married on May 14.

A 43-year-old Wells Tannery father was arrested and is now being held in the county jail, awaiting trial on charges of assault and battery, rape and incest.

Nancy Evertts of Big Cove Tannery is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, where she underwent an operation for appendicitis.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Schetrompf of near Warfordsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 17.

Death: Mrs. Alice M. Fleming Ashton of Shirleysburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 25, 1939

Deaths: Frederick Scott Tritle of Mc- Connellsburg; John Ewing North of Burnt Cabins; McCurdy Mills of Shade Gap.

The new officers of the War-Nee-Do Club will be inducted at a meeting at the home of Mrs. Denver Evans of Warfordsburg on Monday evening. The new officers are: Mrs. Brooks Smith, president; Mrs. Philip Rancks, first vice president; Miss Aura Deneen, second vice president, Mrs. J. Edward Palmer, recording secretary; Miss Maude Layton, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Russell Truax, treasurer.

The local American Legion will hold three services in memory of the war dead next week . On Sunday, memorial services will be held in the Presbyterian Church; on Monday, the graves of all veterans in town will be decorated; and on Tuesday, services will be held at Union Cemetery.

A card received this week tells how Mr. and Mrs. W. Lodge are enjoying their trip to the West Coast. The card says that oranges there are 5 cents for a dozen and grapefruit are three large ones, for 5 cents - and that "they are very good."

Fulton County opened three new relief cases this week, making a total of 85 cases, costing $488.40 a week.

A Brush Creek man is a patient at Everett Hospital suffering from a crushed left arm sustained Monday morning when his car sideswiped a truck on the south side of Town Hill Mountain. The young man, Ross Garland, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Garland, was driving north with his arm resting on the door of the car when he apparently ran too close to the side of the truck, which was travelling south. While the car was not extensively damaged, Garland's arm was almost torn off when he was sideswiped.

Lee Weaver, 37, Needmore, was struck by an automobile and severely injured on Saturday night while walking on the Lincoln Highway about a quarter of a mile east of McConnellsburg. Taken to Chambersburg Hospital by the Kelso ambulance, Weaver was reported suffering from a gash 12 inches long and three inches deep in his left hand, bruises of the left arm and shock. State police reported a car driven by an Ohio man struck Weaver as both were tavelling in the same direction.

Local Lions nominated officers at their regular meeting on Tuesday night. The new officers, who are assured of election since they are unopposed and the nominations are closed, are Harold C. Welsh, president; Harry M. Johnston, first vice president; Tad Mclaughlin, second vice president; Hugo K. Frear, third vice president; Kenneth Shaw, secretary-treasurer; George Reisner, tail twister; George Stohl, lion tamer; Robert Hamil and William Selser, directors for two years.

Mrs. William Hopkins has returned to her home after an eye operation in the Altoona Hospital.

Miss Ruth Woodall will accompany the Green Hill High School seniors on their trip to Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Gordon of town announce the birth of a son on May 20 at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Mrs. Herbert Helman entered the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia last Thursday for treatment. Her son, Marshall, and Lyle Duffey took her to Philadelphia by auto.

Fulton countians in Everett Hospital include Silas Rhodes of McConnellsburg for a minor operation; Paul Waters of Crystal Spring for contusions of the right leg.

Herman School of Harrisonville was discharged.

Paul Gift seems to be attracted to the home of M. Earl Truax lately. We wonder why.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 23, 1929

Deaths: Mrs. Martin L. Clevenger of Fayetteville Station;

Mrs. Newton C. Gaster of Linnwood, Pa.; Mrs. Robert C. Grove of Eureka, Kan.; Mrs. Samuel Cromer of Knobsville.

A cooking school, sponsored by the Fulton Electric Light, Heat and Power Co., was held in the Fulton Theatre last Friday afternoon. Some 30 cakes were entered in the competition by local women. First prize, an electric percolator, was won by Mrs. Josephine A. Sloan and second prize, a waffle iron, was won by Mrs. M.S. Miller. Others whose cakes were outstanding were Mrs. Merill W. Nace, Miss Margaret Rexroth, Mrs. H.J. Jarrett, Mrs. H.E. Grissinger and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan.

Joseph Daniel Lake and Loretta M. Nally Veitch were married on May 16.

Harvey Comerer of Burnt Cabins met with a painful accident on Monday when a heavy piece of lumber he was planing fell on his foot, tearing all the ligaments loose.

The local power company is beginning another extension of its rural service, this time serving patrons west of McConnellsburg to Bailey's Longview Lodge, a distance of about three miles.

A surprise party was held on May 9 in honor of the 46th birthday of Mrs. Cleveland Gordon of near Plum Run.

Mrs. William Hershey of Hiram celebrated her 56th birthday on May 4.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Stahley of Buck Valley was kicked by a horse last week, but was not seriously injured.

A certain coffee advertisement reads "good to the last drop. We wonder what's the matter with the last one.

Frank Smith Jr., son of Frank Smith of Big Cove Tannery, received a broken collarbone last Wednesday when he was thrown from a motorcycle on which he was riding with Parker Bivens.

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