2009-08-27 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society and was taken on April 19, 1966, by C.B. Chubb. The occasion was the 50th wedding anniversary of Laura and George Morton. Pictured, front row, left to right: Jean Morton Mellott, Laura Morton, George P. Morton, Elizabeth Morton Allison; back row: Polly Morton Shimer, George Morton, Doris Morton Hawbaker, and Nellie Morton Martz. This week's Memory Jogger was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society and was taken on April 19, 1966, by C.B. Chubb. The occasion was the 50th wedding anniversary of Laura and George Morton. Pictured, front row, left to right: Jean Morton Mellott, Laura Morton, George P. Morton, Elizabeth Morton Allison; back row: Polly Morton Shimer, George Morton, Doris Morton Hawbaker, and Nellie Morton Martz. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 24, 1989 '89 A longtime McConnellsburg business, Mc- Connellsburg Motor and Implement, located at 875 Lincoln Way East, old Route 30,

was destroyed by fire early Saturday, August 19, with the loss estimated by one owner at between $500,000 and $800,000. The blaze was first discovered sometime between 1:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. by William Hurney of McConnellsburg as he was on his way home from work. Investigators said that the fire may have resulted from electrical wiring problems or that the fire may have been set. As of Tuesday the blaze was listed as of undetermined origin pending further investigation. Owners of the building said the original section of the building was built in the mid- to late 1940s by W.H. Mellott, and several additions were made to the building over the years, the last of which was constructed just last winter.

Richard and Mary Jane Wilson of Needmore are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara Ann, to Todd Grissinger, son of Warren and Grace Grissinger of Hustontown.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shehan Sr. of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly A. Shehan, to Joseph I. Stallman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stallman of Three Springs.

The new American Legion Home, Captain James McKibbin Post 561, was officially dedicated on Sunday afternoon, August 20. The new facility opened on March 31 of this year, and Sunday's dedication acknowledged the successful completion of the extensive building project that began as just an idea several years ago.

Marla McElhaney, a McConnellsburg High School junior, was crowned 1989 Fulton County Fair Queen at the third annual fair queen pageant held August 21. Four contestants competed in the pageant this year. First runner-up was Linda Decker. Named as second runnerup was Adeline Anneski and third runner-up was Terrie Earley.

"Winston," a three-way cross steer owned by David Seiders of McConnellsburg, was chosen the grand champion at the 4-H/FFA Market Steer Show held Monday evening at the fair. Reserve champion honors went to Brad Truax of McConnellsburg for his 1,108-pound steer "Midnight."

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Horne of Chambersburg on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gouak of Big Cove Tannery on August 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ponds, Berkeley Springs, on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Swope of Big Cove Tannery on August 16.

Annette Guessford and Harty Barnett were united in marriage on Sunday, July 16, at Siloam United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Wynetha Briggs of McConnellsburg and Robert Guessford of Needmore.

Pleasant Ridge Church of the Nazarene was the setting for the wedding ceremony which joined Rebecca Suders and Richard Kendall together in holy matrimony on June 10. Parents of the couple are Morris and Nancy Suders of McConnellsburg and Tom and Joan Kendall of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Retta Bradour, Oldtown; Stella Hinton; Ethlyene L. Nonemaker, Huntingdon.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 23, 1979 '79 The 58th annual edition of the Fulton County Fair started its first full day Sunday with the annual 4-H/FFA Baby Beef Show. Frank

Reel of the McConnellsburg FFA exhibited the grand champion steer, a 1,015-pound crossbreed. Frank's entry also placed first in the medium weight division. Exhibiting the reserve champion was 4-H member Tim Berkstresser of Harrisonville with a 1,175-pound Hereford, which also took first place in the heavyweight division.

Joy Lynne Landers, a 15-year-old junior at Southern Fulton High School, was crowned 1969 Fulton County Environmental Queen Monday evening at the fair. Joy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Landers of Warfordsburg. First runner-up was Leda Lashley, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Lashley of Warfordsburg, and second runner-up was Patty Suders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Suders of McConnellsburg.

Top winners in the Diet Pepsi 10,000-meter run held in Uniontown on August 12 were Robert Snyder of Mc- Connellsburg and Don Norman of Republic. Snyder finished the 6.2 mile course in 30:44.2, beating out more than 500 competitors of all ages. Snyder won the chance to compete in Diet Pepsi's 10,000-meter championship run in New York this fall.

Specials at the IGA; IGA cake mix, 59 cents; liquid bleach Clorox 59 cents a gallon; Kraft Parkay margarine, 49 cents lb.; whole fryers, 39 cents lb.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: "Fast Break" and "Beyond The Poseidon Adventure."

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Jay Anderson of Burnt Cabins on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Doug Kincaid of Needmore on August 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Don Reyan of Everett on August 15.

Karen Teresa Spade and Larry Allen Shoemaker were united in marriage at Ebenezer United Methodist Church on June 30. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Spade of Needmore and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Shoemaker Jr. of Big Cove Tannery.

Deaths: Janet Garland, Warfordsburg; Robert S. Thorpe, Hustontown; J. Ross Garland, Warfordsburg; William Hess, Hustontown; Frank Stovicek, Hustontown; John C. Reihart, Chambersburg; Cula L. Drake, Mount Union; Hughie Wills, Hancock.

Marriage licenses: Thomas M. Hoffman, Mc- Connellsburg, and Cathy O'Banion, Burnt Cabins; Timothy Misherl, North Lawrence, Ohio, and Victoria Dawn Kendall, McConnellsburg; Glenn P. Neuder, Harrisonville, and Teresa Stapleton, Saxton; Thomas Hoffman, Big Cove Tannery, and Linda L. Ramsey, Crystal Spring; Mark Lane, Hustontown, and Mary E. Truax, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1969 '69 Sgt. William Hines was transferred on August 20 from Rockview to the McConnellsburg State Police substation to take over as officer in charge to replace Sgt. Lester Hoover, who retired on August 28.

The pool at the Great Cove Golf Club will continue to be open to members and the public on weekends as long as the weather permits.

Mrs. Roy W. Gordon, Fulton County treasurer, has announced that the statewide acceptance date for 1969 antlerless deer license applications will be September 15. Fulton County has been allocated 3,500 doe licenses this year.

Specials at the A&P: chuck roast, 49 cents lb.; Hawaiian Punch, 29 cents; IGA Tablerite ice cream, 59 cents, half gallon; cottage cheese, 25 cents, one-pound tub.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Shimer left last week on a motoring trip through the Western and Southern states.

Deaths: Mrs. Ida C. Lininger, McConnellsburg; Isaiah W. Kline, Harrisonville; Eta Ida Miller, Hustontown; Mrs. Laura M. Rogers, Burnt Cabins.

Men in service: Army Specialist Four Richard E. Schriever, 23, whose mother, Mrs. Hilda E. Schriever, lives in Warfordsburg, was assigned on July 28 to the 756th Transportation Battalion in Vietnam as a wheeledvehicle mechanic. Army Specialist Four Robert Q. Golden, 22, whose parents, Mr. and Mr. Quentin Golden, and wife Barbara live in Warfordsburg, was assigned on July 28 to the 765th Transportation Battalion in Vietnam as a helicopter repairman.

The class of 1959 of Forbes Road High School held its 10-year reunion on Saturday, August 16, at Sideling Hill State Park. There was an attendance of 46.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lee Sipes of McConnellsburg are pictured in this issue with their new daughter, Tanda Lee, born at the Fulton County Medical Center on August 21. Tanda Lee was the 4,729th baby to be born at the center. Her father, who was born on October 9, 1950, was the second baby and the first boy to be born at the the newly built hospital. Mr. Sipes is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sipes of McConnellsburg, and Mrs. Sipes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Waidlich of Mercersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 3, 1959 '59 Wedding invitations have been sent out for the wedding of Leland Cisney and Miss Barbara James which will be held in the local

Methodist church on September 12.

Miss Faye Gordon began her duties this week as home economics teacher in the Chambersburg Junior High School.

Finlay J. Wible left Monday morning for Silver Spring, Md., where he has accepted a position as mathematics teacher in the Silver Spring Junior High School.

The Fulton Chamber of Commerce has reported that leases have been signed with the VFW, K.G. Richards and D.A. Washabaugh for the use of the land behind their properties on Lincoln Way West for a parking lot.

Starting this week, both local banks will be open on Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Personnel at the local school cafeteria this year includes Mrs. Mary F. Morton as manager, Mrs. Helen D. Hockensmith, Mrs. Louise N. Johnston, Mrs. Sylvia R. Culler, Mrs. Maxine C. Marshall, Mrs. Maude R. Paylor, Mrs. Elmer S. Hann and Mrs. Blanche M. Grissinger. The price of school lunches will remain the same: 25 cents for elementary; 30 cents for high school and 35 cents for teachers and adults.

Unemployment compensation checks disbursed last week totalled 160,523 with a monetary value of $4,499,658.

Applying for marriage licenses at the local courthouse last week were Harry J. Kline of Harrisonville and Dorothy Mellott of Needmore and William M. Wright of Harrisonville and Constance Ada Earley of Wells Tannery.

Kenneth L. Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Strait of Harrisonville, graduated on August 22 from recruit training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

Recent weddings: Milton I. Sinn and Beverly Truax on August 1; James Grove Walker and Anita Lorene Howard on August 21; Donald Reed Richard and Nellie Jean Shives on June 5.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook of Three Springs on August 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Mellott of Needmore on August 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. F. Gene Headley of Mc- Connellsburg on August 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Crowell of McConnellsburg on August 30.

Carole Ann Bard marked her 16th birthday on August 23.

Deaths: Miss Annie Varnes of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Margaret Crouse Clymans of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Ester Edna Hampton of Shade Gap; Reese D. Greenland of Bedford Heights; Mrs. Fora B. King of St. Thomas; Mrs. Hazel Mae Swope of Wells Tannery.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 8, 1949 '49 Blair Troutman, outstanding right-handed pitching ace of the Broad Top area, was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on August


Virgil Sharpe of Big Cove Tannery was the winner of the horseshoe pitching contest at the Fulton County Fair this week. Roy Witter of Waterfall was runner-up and his son, Dale, took third place.

Walter Troy and Eulah Stinson were wed August 22.

David Inskip Sipes, 61, died at Chambersburg Hospital on Friday from injuries he received the preceding day when he fell out of an apple tree.

The Big Cove Tannery Lutheran Church will mark its 100th birthday in December this year.

Ardys Carson and Ruth Anderson were wed August 27.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Bain of Webster Mills on September 2.

The Hershey Store here has been sold to the G.C. Murphy Co. of McKeesport.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Dorothy LaVerne Wible to Gordon W. Williams.

Miss Jeanne Greathead left Saturday to resume her teaching duties in Florida.

William Roland Henry of the U.S. Army returned home from Japan on Saturday evening.

Deaths: Mrs. Johanna M. Gatins of Fort Littleton Mrs. Ada Jane Unger of McConnellsburg.

"Belle Starr" is the Fulton Theatre attraction this week.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 7, 1939 '39 A change in the Motor Code, effective the first of this month, now makes it a summary conviction for any person operating a vehicle

in Pennsylvania with the "breaker" strip of any tire showing. Good rubber must be on the wheels of all vehicles.

Death: John W. Graham of Cove Gap.

Earl Leon Pyles and Evelyn Myrtle O'Donnell were married on September 2.

Thos. J. Decker and Alice Seese were wed September 2.

School opened at Warfordsburg last week with an enrollment of 143 in the high school and 113 in the grades. An added improvement to the school this year is a fully equipped home economics cottage adjoining the school grounds.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Mosebey of Wells Tannery.

Prothonotary Harvey I. Raker issued 13 marriage licenses in August this year, compared to 10 for the same month last year. The average age this year is higher than last year - 26 for men and 25 for women, compared to 23 for men and 20 for women last year.

County Treasurer Hayes Richards has received Fulton County's 1939 supply of hunting licenses, which are now on sale at the courthouse.

Mrs. Beatrice Spade of near Hancock was injured in an accident south of Dott on Sunday evening. Her husband was fixing a flat tire, and Mrs. Spade was going around the car to turn on the lights when it was hit by another vehicle, the driver of which was blinded by the lights of an approaching car. Mrs. Spade was thrown about 20 feet, injuring her spine, pelvis and both elbows and inflicting many bruises about her body.

Miss Laverne Hamil has returned to Lancaster to resume her duties as dental hygienist in the public schools.

Mr. and Mrs. George Earley and Mrs. Earley's mother, Mrs. S.E. Ray, spent last week at the cabin of Mrs. H.R. Earley at Cape Cod, Mass.

James Haslet Shaw is the name of the son born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur A. Shaw of Everett on September 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Morgan have moved into the Comerer property recently purchased by D.F. Scott.

Miss Mary Trout has installed two new booths in her store.

Miss Emma Sloan has returned to Johnstown to resume her teaching duties.

Miss Marian Hess of Needmore returned to Harrisburg this week where she is employed in the personnel division of the treasury department.

Miss Helen Houck of New Grenada has secured employment at Penn Hall in Chambersburg.

Guy Crippen of Wells Tannery was called to Galibon last week due to the death of his mother, Mrs. Homer Crippen.

Harold Baumgardner of Wells Tannery was taken to the Roaring Spring Hospital on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Strait of Knobsville are all smiles over the arrival of a baby girl on September 2.

Jacob Mellott of Ayr Township is a patient in Everett Hospital, suffering from typhoid fever.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 5, 1929 '29 A shocking accident occurred at the barn on the farm of

Mr. E.D. Akers on August 23 when Orville Roy Duvall, 50, attempted to start the belt that runs the feeder of a threshing machine. He picked up a fork and reached for the belt when the prongs of the fork were pushed through the belt, the fork handle striking him on the breast and neck. He was knocked unconscious and was taken to Everett Hospital but Xrays revealed nothing. Transferred to Cumberland Hospital, he underwent surgery on Monday, but death ended his suffering on Tuesday.

The Eugene Fleck family, who reside in the George Marshall home north of town, is quarantined for diphtheria.

Clyde Shaw and Beatrice Cowan were wed September 3.

George W. Bolinger has bought the McDowell Houck property in New Grenada. He intends to quit farming in Shore Valley.

Death: Miss Abigail Charlton Graves.

Practically all the business places in town give notice in this issue that they will close at 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

G. Hayes Markley of Westfield, N.J., son of Mrs. L.A. Markley of Warfordsburg, has been promoted from chief bank examiner in New Jersey to deputy commissioner in charge of banking affairs.

Charles Seiders of Cito is in critical condition in Chambersburg Hospital from injuries he received when hit by a car driven by an Everett man. Seiders was walking home from a dance on Saturday night when he was struck. Brough to McConnellsburg, he was taken immediately to the hospital by James Christian, who was working in Glazier's Garage. The young man did not regain consciousness until Monday. He is suffering from a broken hip and arm and abdominal injuries.

Born: a daughter on Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowers.

The McConnellsburg schools opened on Monday with an enrollment of 127 in high school and 176 in the grades

Ulysses Stanley Humbert and Winifred Davis Mellott were married on June 2.

Richard O. Upole and Wreatha Laverne Winters were married on August 30.

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