FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of August 16, 1990 ’90 The 69th annual Fulton County Fair will be held August 19-25, at the county fairgrounds. Contestants competing for the title of Fulton
County Fair Queen 1990 are Nicole Seiders, Shelly Parsons, Shelly Gress, Becky Mellott, Kristi Keebaugh, Angie Hess, Sarah Ott, Dotti Hann, Amanda Richards and Anne Politis.
When Gerald Lorentz first came over Tuscarora Mountain on Route 16, driving his new 1947 Chevrolet, he was a young and ambitious doctor looking for a place where he could make a difference. Medical school and three years in the Army behind him, Lorentz’s goal was to settle into family practice. Although there was no medical facility and only a few practicing physicians in 1947, Lorentz decided, “That’s for me.” What “that” turned out to be was a 43-year career as a country doctor. On August 16 Lorentz will close his office, climaxing a career of nearly half a century, that spanned generations of families and unbelievable progress in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The area’s employment picture and economic future was clouded last week by announcements of substantial workforce reductions and layoffs at both Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersbug and JLG Industries in McConnellsburg.
More than 100 people were on hand to mark the transition of the Great Cove Golf Course from a nine-hole to an 18-hole format at ceremonies August 11, prior to a courseopening scramble tournament.
Gladys Ford of Wells Tannery recently donated her 100th pint of blood at the last visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile held at the JLG plant in McConnellsburg July 27. She is one of the county’s most faithful donors.
Gary Golden, son of Donald and Helen Golden, has received his Eagle Scout Award.
Deaths: Matt Hill, Harrisonville; Herman E. Mellott, Needmore; E. Estella Manning, Hagerstown; Ruth Hess, Mifflintown; Edna Brant, Mercersburg; Marietta Mann, Hagerstown.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lake of Shade Gap on August 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Zeis of Mercersburg on August 8.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 14, 1980 ’80 Five young contestants will be judged at the Fulton County Fair and one will be crowned queen. Entered in the contest are Althea Mona
Fletcher, Cheryl Peck, Glenda Briggs, Tricia Glazier and Elaina Lee Souders.
A severe thunderstorm Sunday evening accompanied by high winds caused power outages in Fulton County, did at least $8,000 worth of damage to the McConnellsburg Firehall and caused an unestimated amount of damage to the borough water system pumps.
The 59th annual Fulton County Fair will open this Sunday, August 17.
Jeff Mellott of Needmore tooks several top honors in the junior breeding sheep judging at the Bedford Fair last week.
Crown American Corporation of Johnstown has officially announced its plans for development of Chambersburg Mall in Chambersburg.
Howard Todd, 57, of Breezewood, was found dead by the side of the road near Breezewood on Monday. He was found by a neighbor and had apparently died of a heart attack while walking near his home.
Wedding vows were exchanged by Rene Dawn Marshall and William H. Ritchey on June 28 at Walnut Grove Church of God in Maddensville. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Marshall of McConnellsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ritchey of Waterfall.
Mr. and Mrs. Larkin Bolinger of Wells Tannery celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 15.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martz of Hustontown announce the marriage of their daughter, Susan Elaine, to John Edison Mumma, son of Mrs. Dorothy A. Mumma of Fort Littleton on July 12.
Specials at the IGA: cauliflower, $1.19 head; Scot towels, 69 cents, big roll; Samson sandwich steaks, $1.99; Campbell’s pork and beans, 4 for $1.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Swope of Warfordsburg on August 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Deshong, McConnellsburg, on August 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Watkins of McConnellsburg on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Kiene of Mc- Connellsburg on August 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith of Artemas on August 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William McCumbee Jr., Hancock, on August 7.
Deaths: Rusty C. Black, McConnellsburg; Ralph W. Golden, Warfordsburg; Larry R. Mort, Hustontown; William E. Beatty, Berkeley Springs; Earl B. Waltz Sr., Hancock.
Marriage licenses: Mark R. Shanholtz, Gaithersburg, Md., and Ann E. Clark of Wheaton, Md.; Daniel J. Shields, McConnellsburg, and Zella L. Souders, McConnellsburg; Wesley M. Roby, Needmore, and Bonnie S. Krause, Needmore; P. Michael Doyle, Dry Run, and Harla A. Hilden, Spring Run.
40 Years ago
From The Files Of August 27, 1970 ’70 The Fulton County Fair will sponsor the first real All-American sports spectacle on August 28 and 29 when the United Rodeo Co. will present
a full program of thrilling Western contests.
The champion baby beef at the fair this year was an Angus steer exhibited by Andy Horton, a 4-H member from McConnellsburg. The reserve champion was a Hereford exhibited by Jay Knepper, an FFA member from Waterfall. Other top-place exhibitors at the show were Robin Feight of Waterfall; Bill Strait of Warfordsburg; Mike Gress of Mc- Connellsburg; Gary Decker of Harrisonville; Eugene Horton of McConnellsburg; Lester Hawkins of Harrisonville; Larry Truax of Warfordsburg; and Steve Hollenshead of Harrisonville.
Alfred Duvall, 60, Robertsdale, who was born at Wells Tannery, died last Thursday of severe head injuries suffered in an unusual accident while riding as a passenger in a truck driven by his wife. State police stated that the unusual chain of events started with a stuck gas pedal on the 1947 GMC pickup truck. The accident occurred as the truck was heading south on LR 21007, south of Three Springs. There were five calves in the bed of the truck and Duvall, his wife and their son were riding in the cab. The truck was travelling 25 miles per hour when the gas pedal trouble developed. In attempting to correct the defect, Mrs. Duvall lost control of the truck and went onto the west berm for 60 feet. While the truck was on the berm, the calves became panicky and caused the truck to sway back and forth, compounding the difficulties.
Cpl. Ralph Kell of Troop G, Hollidaysburg, stationed at the McConnellsburg substation, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, effective August 27.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carmack took over the management of the Valley View Service Station and Motel, Star Route North, McConnellsburg, last week, having purchased the business from Mr. and Mrs. Donald “Jim” Mellott.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Seville of McConnellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Darlene Faye, to John Howard Fix, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fix of Harrisonville.
News of men in service: U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Allen E. Melius, son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin R. Melius of Hustontown, has arrived for duty at Clark Air Base in the Philippines.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wible of Three Springs on August 15; a son to Mr. an Mrs. Terry Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strait of Hancock on August 18.
Mrs. Judy Hess Barnett is slowly improving at the Harrisburg General Hospital where she has been in an unconscious and, during the past few days, semiconscious state since her auto accident three weeks ago.
Carol Ann Morton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack H. Morton of Big Cove Tannery, graduated recently from the Thompson School of Business in Harrisburg.
Deaths: Frederick G. Romig, Orlando, Fla.; Alfred Duvall, Robertsdale; Goldie Bloyer, Hancock.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of September 1, 1960 ’60 Rep. Stanley G. Stroup, Bedford, was chosen by Republican leaders of Fulton, Bedford and Somerset counties as their candidate for the
36th Senatorial District post vacated by Sen. J. Irving Whalley, at a meeting on Saturday at the Fort Bedford Inn.
There were 58 exhibitors and 188 entries at the flower show sponsored by the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club last Friday.
The new addition to the McConnellsburg joint schools wil be open for the use of the junior high school when school opens on September 6. New faculty members starting this term are William J. Knierem, vo-ag; Richard M. Onorato, English; Albert J. Pugliese, industrial arts; and Mrs. Hollis Wible, librarian.
Donald Dean Hoffman, 20, Three Springs, was killed last Tuesday on a pipeline job near Harrisburg. He was thrown from a truck which had developed mechanical problems and was drifting down a steep grade and a wheel ran over him. His brothers, Carl and Ronald, working with him, were able to jump from the vehicle.
Frank Souders, 13-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Souders, Harrisonville, was treated at the Medical Center on Monday for second- and third-degree burns and then released as a result of spilling a bowl of hot gravy over himself.
It was revealed at a Chamber of Commerce meeting on August 24 that McConnellsburg is the only county seat in the state which does not have door-to-door mail delivery. The 61 active members of the chamber hope to have this service established by the end of the year.
A welcome home party was given by Mr. and Mrs. J. Raymond Deshong, McConnellsburg, on Saturday at Sid Leech’s Club House for their son, Paul, and friend Marti Sprenkle following completion of boot training in the U.S. Navy at Great Lakes.
The annual picnic for railroad men will be held at the Ambrose Game Farm and Zoo on Labor Day. A picture of an engine from the poster advertising this event appears in this issue, one of four engines which figured in a railroad crash in 1917, near Hollidaysburg, in which 11 men died, including Clyde Baker of Clear Ridge.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Regi, Fort Littleton, on August 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Newman, Hustontown, on August 22.
The 1936 graduating class of Green Hill High School held a picnic at Sideling Hill State Park on August 7. Eight of the nine graduates were present.
The engagement of N. Arlene Cever, Mercersburg, to A. William R. Hann, McConnellsburg, is announced.
Denny Ford, Wells Tannery, underwent an appendectomy at the Medical Center last week.
Kennard Bowman and Patricia Smith were married in the Whips Cove Christian Church on Sunday.
Several ladies from Whips Cove are employed at the Buck Valley Canning Co.
Mrs. Tempie Wink, Needmore, suffered a light stroke last week.
S.Sgt. Kenneth Sigel and family have returned to his base near Dayton, Ohio, after spending three days with his parents, the Howard Barnharts of Needmore.
Marine Corps Headquarters has announced that the Marine Corps will now accept married men for enlistment as this applies only to those without children.
Allen Brown, Fort Littleton, and Althea Stevens of Hustontown were married on August 20.
Death: Miss Emma Logan Sloan, McConnellsburg.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 31, 1950 ’50 All plans are now in readiness for the dedication of the new Fulton County Medical Center on Saturday morning. Judge J. Colvin Wright of
Bedford will be the principal speaker, and George L. Reisner, area supervisor of vocational agriculture, will serve as master of ceremonies. More than 2,000 persons have been invited to the services, which will include musical numbers by the Hustontown Band. As a part of the program, Daniel E. Winter, the contractor, will present the building to Gorge Earley, representing the building committee. In turn, Mr. Earley will turn the hospital over to Albert Foster, board president, who will dedicate the facility to the service of people of this area.
These 17 inductees left for Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning for final physical exams prior to their induction into the regular Army: Robert F. Ranck of Hustontown; Ralph C. Michael of Warfordsburg; Paul G. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery; Leonard M. Crouse of Big Cove Tannery; Lance L. Ward of Hancock; Clarence E. Sheffield of Fort Littleton; Grover E. Mellott of Needmore; Robert Hemsky of Amaranth; Budd Shore of Burnt Cabins; Joseph M. Divelbliss of Warfordsburg; Russell W. McKee of Needmore; Charles E. Newman of Wells Tannery; Clair R. Fix of McConnellsburg; Allision L. Shade of Clear Ridge; Max E. Shope of Hustontown; Calvin E. Truax of Warfordsburg; and Harry M. Truax of Needmore.
One of the big features of the centennial celebration will be the agricultural parade on Saturday afternoon, which is expected to be at least three miles long.
With the final tally on Saturday Miss Sarah Jane Mc- Quade of McConnellsburg is reigning as queen of the Fulton County Centennial this week. Her official title is Miss Fulton County. Members of the queen’s court include June Cornelius, Bonita Madden, Alma Shore, Reba Wible, Mary Alice Martz, Pauline Cutchall, Sheila Lammie and Dixie Ray.
Recruit Frank L. Strait, son of James T. Strait of Harrisonville, was wounded in action in Korea, according to a list published by a Philadelphia paper on August 28.
Cpl. and Mrs. Walter V. Mellott of Fort Custer, Mich., announce the birth of a daughter on August 24.
Jack Wilidoner and Fred Fore left this week for tryouts with the Wilkes Barre Barons, owned by the Cleveland Indians.
Oscar Kerlin and Louise Covert were married August 18.
Ensign Charles Herbert Zilch, USN, has been awarded the coveted Navy Battle Efficiency Pennant.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Wible of McConnellsburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 27.
70 Years Ago
From The Files of August 29, 1940 ’40 One of the features of this year’s Community Flower Show will be the size of the classification list, which will allow practically every flower
grower in Fulton County to participate. Practically every annual and perennial that blooms in this locality at this time of the year are included.
Death: Mrs/ Daniel Bollinger of Three Springs.
The board of directors of the Fulton County Fair has expanded the program this year to allow every Department of Agriculture in Fulton and Franklin counties to participate. The program, open to all boys studying agriculture in the two counties, will include judging contests, horesemanship shows, etc.
Mrs. John Spangler of Montcliar, N.J., is spending a short vacation in Colorado and Nebraska, and plans to attend the wedding of Miss Joan Spangler at Fremont, Neb.
Mrs. Marcus W. Randall of Hustontown underwent a major operation at Everett Hospital on Tuesday morning.
Harry F. Trout visited his parents here on Tuesday, en route to Ebensburg where he will be employed by the L.M. Hutchinson Construction Co.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Crouse and family left for their home in Detroit on Monday after spending a week with relatives here. Mrs. Virginia Hays was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Tuesday for observation and treatment.
A linen shower was held last Friday night at the home of John Carmack in honor of Miss Phylene Rummell.
A 1939 Ford sedan, owned by Raymond Wible of Mc- Connellsburg, was stolen from in front of his residence on Monday night and, as yet, has not been recovered.
Mrs. Scott Walker of town has accepted a position as house mother at the Scotland Orphans and will begin her duties at once.
Mr. and Mrs. Thad Shimer attended the wedding of a niece at Bedford on Saturday morning.
80 Years Ago From The Files Of August 28, 1930 ’30 Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Ott and children, Harry, Margaret, Dale and Dean of Greene, Iowa, returned to their Western home on Wednesday after spending three weeks with his brothers, Clyde, Harry, Frank and Ross of Mc- Connellsburg and his sisters, Mrs. G.H. Knotts, Mrs. J.H. Mayer and Miss Maude Ott of Altoona.
Death: Mrs. Paul L. Hawn of Huntingdon.
William Connelly may have the record for killing groundhogs in Fulton County. Although he lost his arm several years ago in an accident, to date this year he has killed 35 groundhogs.
Charles R. Horton and Anna E. Mellott were married August 23.
Miss Sue Orth of Fort Littleton spent Saturday and Sunday attending a convention at Hollidaysburg.
George L. Reisner and Helen Gotwald were married August 1. Edward T. Decker and Hazel Brown were wed August 20.
Joel Knepper and Ferne Wright were wed August 16.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Clinberman of North Rose, N.Y., formerly of Amaranth, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on August 20.