2009-07-30 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Adrian Spade of Needmore, and was taken around 1915. Pictured are (left to right) Alvey Deshong, Adam Wible, Henry Deshong, Adrian's grandfather; and Sherman Deshong, Adrian's father. The men are peeling bark. This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Adrian Spade of Needmore, and was taken around 1915. Pictured are (left to right) Alvey Deshong, Adam Wible, Henry Deshong, Adrian's grandfather; and Sherman Deshong, Adrian's father. The men are peeling bark. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 27, 1989 '89 Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School Superintendent of Record William Printz and Gary Truax, president of the votech

school's joint operating committee, shared the honors at groundbreaking ceremonies July 19 at the site of the vo-tech building trades program's student home building project. Vo-tech students will construct a house on the lot along U.S. Route 522 in Ayr Township which was purchased by the program from Rudy Smith of McConnellsburg.

A Cumberland, Md., man charged with the shooting death of his stepdaughter and the wounding of his wife and stepson at their Black Oak Road summer trailer on July 16 was returned to Pennsylvania July 19. Police said Winford Melvin Jr. waived extradition from Virginia at a hearing last Wednesday and was returned here by local state police. Melvin wound up in Winchester, Va., following the shootings at his family's Bethel Township summer home on the evening of July 16.

Max "Dutch" Fraker of Fort Littleton will be celebrating his 84th birthday this Friday, July 18.

The 56th annual Knobsville homecoming will be held July 29 at the Methodist Church and picnic grounds.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Emerson of Hancock on July 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Waldon of Rockhill Furnace on July 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bard of Needmore on July 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lynch of Doylesburg on July 20.

Frank and Carolyn Hollenshead of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Jeanne Diane, to Timothy Kenneth Leedy, son of Kenneth and Shelby Leedy of Chambersburg.

Linette Hamil and David Printz were united in marriage June 3 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren in Needmore. Parents of the couple are Larry and Connie Hamil of Needmore and William and Joyce Printz, also of Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Robert Hahn, McConnellsburg, and Gerri Pine, McConnellsburg; Robert Morgan Jr., McConnellsburg, and Tammy Seiders, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Elmira B. Ray, McConnellsburg; David L. Drenning, Harrisonville; Mildred Tice, Tuscola; Patrick Cisney, Shade Gap; Herman Garland, Hagerstown; K. Ruth Miller, Greencastle; William Davis Jr., Mc- Connellsburg; Esta Clark, Warfordsburg; Earl Akers, Crystal Spring; Ethel Truax, Mercersburg; Velma Leidig, Shippensburg; Helen Edwards, Quincy, Pa., formerly of Waterfall.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 26, 1979 '79 Another migrant bear was sighted on Saturday in Fulton County. Jim Bradnick watched the bear in a field with some cattle

across the Little Aughwick Creek at Burnt Cabins, then it crossed the road heading north. It was later sighted about half a mile away.

The 1979 Fulton County Little League champions, the Pirates, finished the season with 22 wins and one loss. Members of the team are Joe Murdock, Matt Cover, Jeff Garber, Brian Souders, Todd Garber, Troy Ott, Todd Strait, Mark Peck, Kim Butts, Kenny Welsh, Amy Jo Booth, Chris Culler, Shane Mellott, Travis Fore and Wayne Kendall and coaches Allen Cover and Loy Garber.

A natural gas discovery near Keyser, W.Va., has sparked speculation about increased exploratory drilling, some of which could take place in the Fulton County area. The discovery is located in a 650-milelong geological area known as the Eastern Overhurst Belt. Fulton County lies within that area, as do parts of Bedford and Huntingdon counties. The companies are waiting to see how productive the Keyser wells will be before investing the huge costs required in drilling operations.

Engagement: Adonna Reba Norma Hill and Samuel Grant Iverson announce their engagement. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hill of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Grant Iverson of Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Clarence Barnett Jr. of Hustontown underwent open heart surgery last Wednesday at Harrisburg Hospital and is improving well.

Specials at the IGA: sliced bacon, 98 cents lb.; Banquet cooking bags, 29 cents; Clorox bleach, 9 cents/gallon; Filbert's soft margarine, 69 cents, 1-lb. bowl; sirloin tip steaks, $2.29 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beiler Jr., Spring Run, on July 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robbie L. Breakall of McConnellsburg on July 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Murray of Warfordsburg on July 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Pine of Mercersburg on July 14; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. David Longacre of Dry Run on July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hill of Needmore on July 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Moore of Needmore on July 20.

Joanna Kay Lynch and Glenn Edwin Mellott were united in marriage at St.Thomas Episcopal Church on June 16. Parents of the couple are Mrs. Margaret Lynch and the late Roy Lynch of Hancock and Mrs. Mary Mellott and the late Hubert Mellott of Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 7, 1969 '69 The week of August 18-23 will be "Fair Time" in Fulton County. The Fulton County Fair is now recognized by the Department

of Agriculture as one of the better fairs in the commonwealth. According to Dwight Howner, director in charge of county fairs, the local exposition has a well-rounded program.

One-hundred-twelve Airstream families attended the first Pennsylvania and Keystone Unit rally which was held at the fairgrounds in McConnellsburg on August 1, 2 and 3. The majority of the Caravanners were from Pennsylvania. On Friday, a tour included the Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club; Rankin Mellott's 1917 steam engine, the only known grist mill in operation in Pennsylvania today, located at Webster Mills and owned by D.K. Morton Jr.; a tour of the Fulton County Courthouse, and John Kelso's antique automobiles. The evening program included films, square dancing and refreshments.

Loot amounting to $5,999, which was taken from the Fort Loudon branch of the National Valley Bank and Trust Co. of Chambersburg during an armed robbery on Friday afternoon, was recovered by police on Monday in a mountainous area near Caledonia.

Specials at the A&P: frozen chicken breasts, 2-lb. pkg., $1.39; haddock fillets, 69 cents 1-lb. pkg.; longhorn cheddar cheese, 75 cents lb.; Ann Page salad dressing, 49 cents qt. jar.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark and three children of Hustontown recently spent their vacation on a fishing trip in Canada.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Mellott of Big Cove Tannery announce the engagement of their daughter, Shirley Eileen, to Mark Clifford Seville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Seville of McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Bliss Pittman of Mercersburg and Ella Mae Bivens of Harrisonville; Harry Kershner and Audrey Jane Thomas, both of St.Thomas; Clair Traxler of Blairs Mills and Nancy Keebaugh of Hustontown.

Deaths: Clarence H. Deshong, Needmore; Daniel Barnhart, Hustontown.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Thanos of McConnellsburg on July 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Feagley of McConnellsburg on August 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richards of Needmore on August 1.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 6, 1959 '59 Miss Eliza Corbin of State College underwent major surgery last Tuesday at the Public Health Hospital in Baltimore.

Paul Seiders is now off the critical list at Hahneman Hospital in Philadelphia after undergoing delicate heart surgery last week.

Miss Ella Kendall is now a guest at the Decker Nursing Home.

State unemployment compensation checks totalled 145,306 last week, with a monetary value of $4,017,177.

Increased interest was shown in the Fulton Chamber of Commerce and its aims last Wednesday when 23 members turned up at Hamil's Restaurant for the regular luncheon business meeting. The main business at the meeting last week was a discussion of the proposed parking lot behind the Harris Hotel, the VFW building and the K.G. Richards building (A&P) with a view to expand it in the future. Work will begin on this project in about three weeks. It was also announced that house numbering will soon be required by a borough ordinance.

New Mexico police are still investigating the death of Donald Eugene Cromer of Armington, N.M., a native of Fort Littleton. Cromer was found dead on July 27 of a gunshot wound, at a spot about 70 miles from his home in New Mexico. Missing since June 15, his body was found about 150 feet from his parked car.

Allen Lee Smith of Amaranth will graduate from the Shippensburg State College.

Mrs. Marie Mellott of McConnellsburg, Miss Helen Edwards of Waterfall and Rev. J. Carl Williams of Mc- Connellsburg have been appointed by Gov. David L. Lawrence to serve on the Fulton County Assistance Board.

The Army will draft 9,000 men in October, an increase of 2,000 over the August and September calls.

Recent births at the Berkeley Springs Hospital included a daughter on July 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Allen D. Hixon of Amaranth and a daughter on July 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Clem Smith of Amaranth.

Augustus B. Ruppenthal of Hancock and Melvin Crist of Needmore have been named as members of the American Tree Farm System.

On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Linthurst took their daughter, Jane, to the Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg where she will be hospitalized for three weeks.

On August 16, a special rededication service will be held at Cedar Grove Christian Church, Warfordsburg. Both the church and basement have been entirely renovated.

Miss Nancy J. Horton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Naugle of McConnellsburg, has been accepted for admission in the freshman class at Wilson College in Chambersburg.

William Fisher Morton and Nancy Lee Pyles were married on Sunday afternoon.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Souders of Harrisonville on July 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Decker of Harrisonville on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William E.Whiteside of Amaranth on July 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gress of Mc- Connellsburg on July 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Hann of Big Cove Tannery on July 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Fisher of McConnellsburg on July 30.

Paul E. Walters Jr. and Lois V. Barton were married on June 28.

Death: Mrs. William H. Clevenger of Amaranth.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 11, 1949 '49 According to Ray Robinson, supervisor of the Fulton County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, records were computed on 418

cows, owned by 24 members, during the month of July. The high herd during the month was owned by Mifflin Carnell of Warfordsburg, whose 14 cows average 952 pounds of milk and 36.6 pounds of fat.

The Fulton County Fair will be held this year from Wednesday, August 31, through Saturday, September 3.

Jack Hill of Cove Gap, who recently completed a year's apprenticeship with a Chambersburg cobbler, has leased Oscar Unger's shoe repair shop on the courthouse square.

Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Cunningham will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on August 16.

Roger, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Mellott of McConnellsburg, received a fractured vertebrae in the neck recently when he dove into a swimming hole and hit his head on the bank.

Carl Paylor, local athlete, was injured in a baseball game at Lockport last Thursday night when he was spiked in the right hand by an opposing player sliding into third base.

Lawson L. Cunningham, well-known and highly respected citizen of New Grenada and for many years one of the News' most faithful correspondents, died at his home on Tuesday.

Birth: a son on August 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lynch of McConnellsburg; a daughter on August 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Pittman of McConnellsburg; a son on August 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. Truax of Harrisonville.

A wedding dinner was held on Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Van Horn Sr. of Wells Tannery in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Van Horn Jr. of Chambersburg.

Deaths: Mrs. Nellie Josephine Litton of Charleston, W.Va.; James W. Hedding of Orchard Cossing, Blair County.

70 Years Ago

From the Files Of august 10, 1939 '39 Deaths: Mrs. Jehu (Elizabeth Cowan) Booth of Clear Ridge; Alexander Mellott of Akersville; Mrs. Sarah Luemma Mellott Minnich

of Sipes Mill; Pastor Charles W. Seville of Topeka; Nancy P. Grissinger of Decatur, Ill.

The first tragedy on the Pennsylvania Turnpike occurred on August 5 when a 20-ton boulder broke loose from the ceiling of the tunnel job near Somerset, crushing the scaffolding on which the men were working.

Nearly 50 young people and children of the Hustontown charge are attending the Bible School and camp at Kiwa-Li-Rota at Entriken.

Ned Knepper, one of Taylor Township's road supervisors, was injured about the face while dynamiting stumps on Saturday. He was clearing land for a new election house and was too close to a charge of dynamite which exploded prematurely. For a time, it was feared he would lose his sight, but Dr. E.H. MacKinlay informed the News on Wednesday that his eyes are coming along very well and that he will not lose his sight.

Arnold F. Deshong and Hazel B. Truax were married on July 30.

Licking Creek Township has made application for departments of home economics and vocational agriculture.

Railroad history was found in Fulton County - the county without a railroad - last week when two representatives of the Philadelphia and Reading railroad called on Rev. William J. Lowe. They secured photographic information from the pastor's collection of rare locomotive pictures. These photos, covering more than 100 years, were collected by Rev. Lowe during the time he held a position as locomotive designer for the Reading Co. in the Reading Locomotive Shops. The pictures, many of which will appear in a historical volume to be issued by the Reading Co., are said to be of great value, many being the only ones in existence.

A unique birthday party was held last Thursday for Jack and Naomi Wildoner. Their birthdays are on the same day, August 3. Jack was 9 and Naomi was 6.

Admitted to the Everett Hospital the past week were Mrs. Anna Strait of Harrisonville for a gall bladder operation; Mrs. George Sipes of Webster Mills for a minor operation; and Mary Ann Gordon of McConnellsburg for an operation on her eye. Gail Fraker and Caroline Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg underwent tonsil operations.

The Breezewood Band will present a sacred concert at the Union Lawn Service on Sunday evening.

The Department of Public Instruction has announced that Miss Jeanne Cutshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cutshall, was the winner of the state scholarship exam given on May 5. She will receive $100 for each of her years in college.

Prof. Heil, principal of the Green Hill School, has resigned to accept a similar position at the St. Thomas School.

The local Lions Club was the sponsoring organization for a similar club which was launched in Everett on Friday night with a charter membership of 20. Eight local Lions attended the opening dinner meeting.

Mrs. Mary Harr received lacerations of the right temple and contusions of the right jaw when she was struck by a car as she was walking along Route 522, a short distance north of Mc- Connellsburg on Saturday.

Mrs. Rush Barmont entered Chambersburg Hospital on Tuesday for an operation.

Miss Ruth Woodall is vacationing at a dude ranch in the Poconos.

Joanne Decker marked her seventh birthday on August 5.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 8, 1929 '29 A Butler woman was killed in a two-car accident on the Lincoln

Highway near Dale Oakman's residence, near Harrisonville, last Thursday.

Death: Mrs. Parthena Mellott Truax of Needmore.

The Pigeon Cove Fire Co. was called one day last week to fight a fire in Willard Palmer's hayfield.

James Hendershot of Warfordsburg left on Sunday for Chicago where he will take a course as an electrician.

Dorsey L. Shepler and Margaret Kinter were married on August 5.

A kitchen shower was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Hollinshead on July 31 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. A. Myles Lashaw Jr.

Oran Eldon Cooper and Bessie Louise Harris were married on August 1.

Melvin, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall, received a broken left leg last Monday when a tree his father was cutting lodged in a sapling and, finally breaking loose, fell on the boy.

Bruce Appleby of Clear Ridge celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday.

J.N. Duvall, the last Civil War veteran in Wells Township, was taken suddenly ill last week and is now a patient in Roaring Spring Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wible of Knobsville are the proud parents of a new baby girl.

Mrs. Ingle Smith of Northcraft celebrated her 55th birthday on Saturday.

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