2010-08-26 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Glenn Ward and Junior Schetrompf, pictures Harmonia School classmates in 1930-31. Class members, some are not pictured, included: Ruth Barney Hixon, Helen Sigel, Beatrice Stoner, Emma Barney Hixon, Earl Sigel, Alberta Stoner, George Beckman, Kenneth Iden, Bob Schriever, Bob Lashley, Quay Oakman, Belva Stoner, Mayreta Oakman, Earl Smith, Homer Schriever, Claude Ward, Delma Ward, Cathrine Iden, Junior Schetrompf, Reed Schriever, Lena Smith, Guy Weicht, Olive Dingley, Alta Barney, Sheldon Deneen, Lester Deneen, Fred Iden. MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Glenn Ward and Junior Schetrompf, pictures Harmonia School classmates in 1930-31. Class members, some are not pictured, included: Ruth Barney Hixon, Helen Sigel, Beatrice Stoner, Emma Barney Hixon, Earl Sigel, Alberta Stoner, George Beckman, Kenneth Iden, Bob Schriever, Bob Lashley, Quay Oakman, Belva Stoner, Mayreta Oakman, Earl Smith, Homer Schriever, Claude Ward, Delma Ward, Cathrine Iden, Junior Schetrompf, Reed Schriever, Lena Smith, Guy Weicht, Olive Dingley, Alta Barney, Sheldon Deneen, Lester Deneen, Fred Iden. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 23, 1990 ’90 Nicole Seiders, a McConnellsburg High School senior, was crowned 1990 Fulton County Fair Queen at the fourth annual fair queen pageant

held August 24. Runners-up were Becky Mellott, Shelly Parsons and Shelly Gress.

“Lucky,” a Limousine steer owned by Ben Knepper of Hustontown, was chosen the grand champion at the 4- H/FFA Market Steer Show August 20 at the fair. Knepper has competed in the steer competition before, but this is the first time he has captured the grand champion prize. The steer tipped the scales at 1,158 pounds. Reserve champion honors went to “Sam,” a crossbreed steer owned by Shelly Gress of McConnellsburg. The 1,175-pound steer was judged the first middleweight class champion.

Dr. Brent Carlson of the Veterinary Medical Center in Everett will be moving his practice to McConnellsburg sometime in October.

K. Earl and Janet Gordon of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Tamara Lee, to Thomas Metz, son of Norman and Roberta Metz of Port Royal.

Deaths: Sadie Waidlich, Mercersburg; David Welsh, infant son of David and Tina Welsh, McConnellsburg; John Michael, Warfordsburg; Helen Miller, Fayetteville; Helen Hutchison, Orrstown; Laura Mentzer, Mount Union; James Kendall, Blairsville; James Seiders, Middletown; Martha Carlin, Shade Gap; Leona Metz, North Olmsted, Ohio; Edna McClain, DeBary, Fla.; Adrian Walls Jr., St. Thomas; Dora Brow, Unionville.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hess of Wood on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Spade of Big Pool, Md., on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Myron Hall of McConnellsburg on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Stains of Orbisonia on August 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith of Artemas on August 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Miller of Clearville on August 15.

Lori Ann Knepper and Daniel Merl Smith were united in marriage Saturday, July 28, at Center United Methodist Church. Parents of the bride are Harry Clyde and Doris Knepper, Waterfall, and parents of the groom are Oliver and Bertha Deshong, Hustontown.

Marriage licenses: Daniel Henry Sr., Blairs Mills, and Carol Duvall, Blairs Mill; Michael Holtzapple, York, and Shelley Waite, York; James Barnhart, Warfordsburg, and Gena Giamarro, Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of August 21, 1980 ’80 A brother and sister captured the grand champion and reserve champion awards at the annual 4-H/FFA Baby Beef Show on Monday

at the fair. Joe Mellott, 15, a McConnellsburg 4-H member, exhibited the grand champion steer. Joe also exhibited the reserve champion showman and had the first-place winner in the heavyweight division. His sister, Susan Mellott, 18, also a 4-H member, had the reserve champion and also exhibited the grand champion showman. Susan also had the champion showman in the 15-andover age group and took second place in the heavyweight division. Brent Gordon exhibited the champion hog, and Rita Shives had the reserve champion. Both are from Mc- Connellsburg.

Alethea Fletcher, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fletcher of Warfordsburg, was crowned Environmental Queen Tuesday night at the Fulton County Fair. First runner-up was Tricia Glazier, 15, of McConnellsburg and second runner-up was Elaina Souders, 16, also of Mc- Connellsburg.

A husband and wife team, Drs. Robert and Elizabeth George, have opened an office in Mercersburg for the practice of family medicine and will be providing health services to Mercersburg Academy. Both are medical graduates of Brown University and are natives of northern Virginia.

Specials at the IGA: Kool Aid, 3 for 39 cents; Pepsi and Diet Pepsi, 6-pack cans, $1.49; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents lb.; Mrs. Filberts margarine, 2 for 89 cents; peppers, 39 cents lb.; ham slices, $1.99 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shimer of McConnellsburg on August 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Truax of Harrisonville on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herman E. Thomas of Mc- Connellsburg on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Doyle of McConnellsburg on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kim Hovermale of Berkeley Springs on August 14.

Wilma Dean Bohrer and Mark Allen Watson were united in marriage on July 12 in Hancock. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bohrer of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Watson of Cumberland, Md.

Deaths: Goldie E. Gordon, Needmore; Samuel E. Ford, Hopewell; H. Fred Seville, Mercersburg.

Marriage licenses: Merrill L. Cook, Hustontown, and Edna G. Shatzer, St. Thomas; Boyd W. Gelvin, Fort Littleton, and Rita K. Brady, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 3, 1970 ’70 The IGA Foodliner of McConnellsburg purchased the grand champion steer at the seventh annual sale held last Friday at the Fulton

County Fair. The champion, a 1,080-pound Angus, sold for 51 cents a pound and was owned by Andy Horton of McConnellsburg. The First National Bank of Mc- Connellsburg bought the reserve champion, a 910-pound Hereford, for 40 cents a pound. The reserve champion setter was owned by Jay Knepper of Waterfall.

Traffic was bumper to bumper through McConnellsburg most evenings last week with people on their way to the Fulton County Fair, which from all accounts enjoyed a huge success.

The 41st annual Ford reunion was held August 15 at Wells Tannery Community Park and the McClain reunion was held at the old grange hall at Waterfall on Sunday, August 16.

Union Presbyterian Church in West Virginia was the scene of the August 22 wedding of Miss Harriet Ann Ash, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ash of Union, and Timothy Mosebey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mosebey Sr. of Wells Tannery.

Harry Clyde Brant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Brant of Harrisonville, was among the 282 candidates for bachelors’ and masters’ degrees which were awarded at the summer commencement at Millersville State College on Friday, August 28. Brant received a master’s degree in industrial arts.

D. Rex Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Wright of Waterfall, was recently appointed to the position of county office specialist by the Pennsylvania State ASC Committee for the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

News of men in service: Pvt. Dale Palmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Palmer of Warfordsburg, graduated from basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., on August 13 and is now stationed with the Armor Division at Fort Knox.

Deaths: Lester S. Waidlich, Mercersburg. Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Chamberlain of Wells Tannery on August 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert College of Everett on August 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Conley of Fort Loudon on August 27.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 8, 1960 ’60 John Davis, McConnellsburg, was the winner of the first 4-H tractor driving contest at the Fulton County Fair. Ronald Richards and Charles

Bishop were second- and third-place winners. Other 4-H winners were Charlotte Trueax, Crystal Spring, champion Jersey cow, and her sister, Diane, won reserve champion; Joyce Black, McConnellsburg, champion Holstein, and Randy Shaffer, Crystal Spring, reserve champion. Sonny Helman of Big Cove Tannery was champion horseman.

The private plane which had been missing since August 16 and thought to have crashed near Fulton County was found last Tuesday on Allegheny Mountain in Somerset County. Henry J. Griffing, his wife, son and daughter of Oklahoma City were found dead in the wreckage.

Mrs. Oda Glunt, McConnellsburg, who has taught school in Fulton, Bedford and Huntingdon counties since 1917, has retired from teaching.

Mrs. Herman B. Mellott and daughter Kay left to sail on the S.S. Rotterdam from New York for a tour of Europe. They will return home on November 8.

Nellie Marie Swope, Myreta Ellen Hann and Audrea Morton Miller, all of Needmore, and Audrey L. Hann, Fort Littleton, Dorothy J. Knepper, Waterfall, and Dorothy L. Morse of Breezewood graduated from the Chambersburg Area School of Practical Nursing on Friday.

Jerome Harness, McConnellsburg, left on Tuesday for Purdue University where he will study veterinary medicine.

There were no accidents in Fulton County over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Patricia Ann Smith of Amaranth and Kennard L. Bowman, Hanover, were wed August 28.

Patricia Ann Smith, 20, Amaranth, has been awarded the Cornblaster Memorial Scholarship of $100. She is a senior at Shippensburg State College.

“We had the hottest weather of the summer last week,” says the Warfordsburg correspondent.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Snyder, Breezewood, on August 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gordon, Fort Loudon, on August 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Curfman, Three Springs, on August 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, on September 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Weller, Warfordsburg, on September 2.

Trooper Ralph Kell, who was temporarily assigned to the police rodeo in Hershey during the summer, is now back on duty at the McConnellsburg State Police substation.

Iris Virginia Martin and Paul A. Hendershot of Warfordsburg were wed August 21.

Deaths: A. Wilbur Grissinger, McConnellsburg; C. Henderson Elliott, Mercersburg, formerly of Fulton County; Donald Hoffman, Three Springs.

Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” is showing this week at the Fulton Theatre.

There will be a meeting on September 9 at the Fulton House for all Republican women desiring to form a Fulton County Republican Council.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 7, 1950 ’50 Four big parades – people – a gigantic pageant – more people – a queen and her court – books – plates – wooden money – Robin Hood hats –

hustle and bustle – fun galore – all these and many more were combined last week to make Fulton County’s centennial celebration the greatest event of its kind ever here. “Fulton Countians can sit back now and be proud of themselves for making last week one long to be remembered in the history of Fulton.”

Maynard Barnhart, 31, Hancock, was killed on Saturday night when the car in which he was a passenger struck the parked truck of Lawrence Paylor just outside the borough limits on South Second Street. The driver of the car, Joseph Fisher, 26, of Warfordsburg, suffered a lacerated face and body bruises and the victim’s wife, Betty Barnhart, 25, received lacerations of the face and right arm and a sprained ankle.

S.Sgt. James Walter Jones and Alice Evelyn Ranck were married September 2.

Art Mooney and his orchestra will be the “name band” feature at the local American Legion home next Wednesday night.

Charles A. Mellott and Betty Jane Sheeder were married on August 26.

Robert Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Snyder of McConnellsburg, a member of the National Guard, was called to Lancaster Tuesday morning to report for duty.

All five children of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Black of McConnellsburg were home on Sunday to help Maye and Mike celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

More than 250 people gathered at the new Fulton County Medical Center on Saturday morning for the dedication of Fulton County’s first hospital.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 5, 1940 ’40 Deaths: William L. Sprowl of Wells Tannery; Mrs. Neta Wells of Huntingdon; Henry J. Yeakle of near Sylvan; Mrs. Anna Bradnick Cooper

of Carlisle.

At its last meeting, these men were admitted to the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. as new members: Raymond McQuade, Frank “Red” Martin and Floyd Waltman.

A celebration was held in honor of W.E. Beatty of Philadelphia, formerly of Buck Valley, on his 75th birthday in the form of a family reunion at the home of Orville R. Beatty of Needmore on August 31.

Herman B. Mellott of McConnellsburg, a registered Democrat and the largest employer of men in Fulton County, has been named chairman of the Wilkie for President organization in the county.

The schools of McConnellsburg opened on Tuesday for the 1940-41 term with a total enrollment of 321. Of these, 125 were enrolled in the high school and 196 in the elementary grades.

Richard E. Hoover and Margaret E. Downes were married on August 30.

Mr. and Mrs. William Nace of Catonsville, Md., announced the birth of a daughter last Friday.

Harvey Black, a former resident of Ebensburg, arrived here last Saturday and will make his home with his brother in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lewis.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Swope of McConnellsburg celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on Sunday, September 1, by entertaining a large group of friends and relatives at a delicious dinner at their home.

Last evening at 8:15 o’clock, on the candlelit and beautifully decorated stage in front of the grandstand at the Fulton County Fair, Miss Daisy Barton of Crystal Spring became the bride of Fred Akers, also of Crystal Spring. Preceding the ceremony, Miss Virginia Beach sang “O Promise Me,” accompanied by Miss Jean Paylor at the piano. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, M.A. Barton. Maynard Wilkins acted as best man and Marjorie Wilkins as maid of honor. A niece of the groom, Thelma Akers, was flowergirl. Ushers were Eugene Hixson, Allen Akers, Edison Akers and Max Akers. Bridesmaids were Mildred Duvall, Wilma Duvall, Laverne Akers and Lois Akers. The train bearer was Priscilla Akers, a niece of the groom. The beautiful ceremony was performed by the Rev. R.A. Knox, pastor of the Breezewood Methodist Church. Immediately following the ceremony, H.H. Peck, secretary of the Fair Association, presented the newlyweds with a check for $75.

S. Merril Layton and Evelyn M.Weverlin were married on August 24.

Miss Pauline L. Wible, steno-typist at the local highway office, has been transferred to the district office at Hollidaysburg.

George Richards, Walter Gress and Russell Thomas attended the anniversary celebration at the Hoffman Orphanage at Littlestown on Thursday.

Miss Joan Mellott left Tuesday morning for Philadelphia where she will start training at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nancy Harris, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Harris of McConnellsburg, was rushed to Everett Hospital on Monday, where several stitches were required to close a wound in her head which she received when she fell into the stream at the rear of the Harris Garage.

Miss Mollie Seylar of McConnellsburg has been appointed a member of the State Democratic Committee for Women. As such, she automatically becomes the county Democratic chairman for women.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1930 ’30 Deaths: Jesse Lee McClain of near Waterfall; John Vallance Glunt of Knobsville, a Civil War veteran who marched with Sherman to the

sea; Mrs. Lydia Keefer of McConnellsburg; Dr. Abraham M. Barton of Homestead, perhaps the oldest practicing physician in Pennsylvania, who died of injuries received when he was struck by an automobile.

The many friends of Mrs. Larue Hovis of Pittsburgh rejoice with her over the birth of a daughter recently.

The local school opened on Tuesday with 120 pupils in the high school and 170 in the grades. The only change in teachers this year was in the eighth grade where Howard Peck succeeded B.C. Lamberson, who resigned to become county superintendent.

Miss Evelyn Kirk of Warfordsburg, a graduate of the Hancock High School, left on Sunday for Shippensburg where she will attend school.

George Bolinger of New Grenada found a hen egg last week that measured 8 1/4 inches in circumference. Inside this large egg was another regular size, perfectly formed egg.

Death: John Spade of near Hancock.

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