FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of November 8, 1990 ’90 Fulton County voters favored incumbents Bob Casey for governor, Robert Jubelirer for state Senate and Dick Hess for state representative, voted in favor of the emergency services referendum and against the county prison facilities referendum as about 56 percent of the county’s 5,851 registered voters hit the polls November 6.
McConnellsburg Spartans captured their fourth straight District 5, Class AA soccer title with a 4-1 win over North Star last November 2, at Chestnut Ridge. The Spartans also captured the District 5 volleyball title with a sweep through the field last week.
The Forbes Road Cardinals won the District 6 title November 1, at Southern Huntingdon, with a 3-0 blanking of the Rockets.
JLG Industries this week placed 200 employees at its Mc- Connellsburg plant on indefinite layoff in response to the downturn in the country’s economy.
Gloria Seville and Troy Brindle were united in marriage September 29 at Guest Farm, Mercersburg. Parents of the couple are Roy and Connie Seville of McConnellsburg and Donald Brindle of Hagerstown and Joanne Snyder of Waynesboro.
Joseph A. Helman has been appointed a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He is the son of Carla F. Helman and John E. Helman, both of McConnellsburg.
Deaths: Joan Brooks, Shade Gap; Leon Birch, Fort Loudon; Danette Geyer, Dillsburg; Chester Black, Dudley; Seibert Garlick, Cove Gap; Blanche Keefer, Melbourne, Fla.; Clem Lake, Needmore.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Henry Sr., Blairs Mills, on October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kernan of Fort Loudon on October 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mellott of Harrisonville on October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nesbitt of Mercersburg on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Shatzer of Chambersburg on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Valentine of Everett on October 31.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 6, 1980 ’80 The two-and-a-half story frame home of Emory McQuait on the Hustontown Clear Ridge Road was heavily damaged by fire on Tuesday, but the elderly man, who is blind and lives alone, was led to safety and was not injured. The probable cause of the fire was an overheated stove pipe.
The election of president of the United States had already been decided Tuesday night before Fulton County even had a chance to have its votes counted. Taking a beating in the early electoral college count, the incumbent president, James Earl Carter, conceded defeat to his Republican challenger, Ronald Reagan, in a speech televised a few minutes before 10:00 p.m.
A report from the Raystown Recreation Park shows that over a million people used the facilities there during the past year, and there were more than 100,000 launchings of boats.
Engagement: Barbara Mellott and Wayne MacDonald are pleased to announce their engagement. Barbara is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Mellott of Cito, and Wayne is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul MacDonald of Mc- Connellsburg.
Deaths: Coy E. Swope, Needmore; Reed Mosser Paylor, McConnellsburg; Raymond S. Rotz, Fort Loudon; Chester A. Long, Hagerstown; Mrs. Ellen R. Abercrombie, New Mexico.
Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Foore of Everett on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shields of McConnellsburg on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Williams of Breezewood on October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Morgan of Shirleysburg on October 29.
Marriage license: Gregory George Gress, Harrisonville, and Tina Ruth Chamberlain, McConnellsburg.
Grand opening specials at the IGA; Campbell’s tomato soup, 4 for 89 cents; chicken legs, 59 cents; whole hams, $1.19 lbs.; Pepsi Cola, $1.49.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 19, 1970 ’70 Mrs. Robert Lodge was violently attacked and robbed late Wednesday night, November 11, by a yet unidentified youth who apparently lay in wait in the shrubbery outside her home on West Market Street for her return with the night’s takings from the Fulton Theatre, which she and her husband own and operate. Mrs. Lodge was about to put the key in the lock of the door when she turned and saw the youth, whose face was concealed, lunging towards her. He grabbed the metal cash box she was carrying and then struck her with a vicious blow on the left side of her head and shoulder. Her screams brought her husband running from the side of the house where he had been putting out garbage cans, and he collided with the fleeing assailant, knocking him to the ground in the driveway. Mr. Lodge was unable to hold onto the thug whose clothes were rain sodden. So, after chasing him part way down the alley west of the residence, he returned to the aid of his wife. Mrs. Lodge was taken to the Medical Center, where it took six stitches to close the wound on her head, which could have fractured her skull had she not been wearing a hat. The cash box was found the next day by Lester Carmack behind the former state highway building. It was emptied of cash which amounted to more than $100.
German measles (Rubella) vaccine was administered to the elementary students of Fulton County on November 9, 10 and 11.
Three Fulton Countians will be among the 143 students who will receive degrees at the commencement exercises for the fall term at Shippensburg on November 20. Scheduled to receive Bachelor of Science in Education degrees are Mathern Mellott of Harrisonville; Sarah Jane Grove Albraight of McConnellsburg; and Nadine Naomi Speelman Carbaugh of McConnellsburg.
Andrew Smith of Upper Darby and Nancy Plessinger of Warfordsburg applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Poorbaugh of Needmore are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Beverly Garland, to Roy Rankin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Venron Rankin of Berkeley Springs.
Army Private Richard G. Bard is assigned to Company D, 7 Battalion in the Training Center Armory at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Les Bard of Harrisonville.
Deaths: Mrs. Amanda Helene Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Edward E. Decker, Needmore; Mrs. Rosa Etta Morris Smith, Hancock; Thomas O. Deshong, Harrisonville
Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Barnhart of Harrisonville on November 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Voss of Hustontown on November 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knepper of Hustontown on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Truax of Everett on November 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Grimm of Clearville on November 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Monte Rasp of Greencastle on November 13.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 24, 1960 ’60 Industrial statistics for Fulton County, released by the Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs, showed Fulton County to have had 20 manufacturing plants which employed 448 people in 1959. And the PA Motor Truck Association releases statistics that 481 persons are employed in the trucking industry.
Pennsylvania farmers have voted against the American Dairy Association’s request for a two-cent increase on what farmers pay cooperatives for marketing their milk. The amount realized by the increase would have been used for advertising.
A delegation from the Fulton Chamber of Commerce met with state secretary of highways Park Martin last Thursday in Harrisburg to discuss road and runaway truck problems in the county. Mr. Martin has promised to visit the county in the next three weeks.
A Virginia man, Ralph Lane Semones, 29, of Floyd Va., was killed in a one-car accident, 1/2 mile north of Warfordsburg on Route 522 at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. His car failed to make a turn and rolled over a number of times.
The Chamber of Commerce has appointed a committee of Ralph Laton, Clyde Deshong, Carl Mellott, Jim Culler and Mack Horton to lay the groundwork for the erection of signs throughout the county, naming the roads.
Charles “Sonny” Swope is suffering from a badly burned right hand which he received while working at his father’s garage on North Second Street last week.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seville, Hancock, on November 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Robinson, McConnellsburg, on November 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Karl Horton, McConnellsburg, on November 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Glunt, Shade Gap, on November 16; twin girls to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Houck, St. Thomas, on November 19.
The Amaranth correspondent says “We are still having lovely autumn weather.”
Russell Cavender, Amaranth, received a fractured nose and a badly bruised cheek last week when the chain he was using to pull young pines slipped and the hook struck him in the face.
A little son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kerlin of Harrisburg the past week.
The Siloam Methodist Church will sponsor a chicken supper on December 3. The price will be 85 cents for adults and 50 cents for children.
About 40 friends of Mrs. Viola Hess gathered at the Green Hill Sewing Club on November 9 to give her a surprise birthday party.
Deaths: Charles Matthew King, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. King of St. Thomas; Raymond B. Earley, Winchester, Va.; Dr. Raymond Grissinger, Bedford.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 23, 1950 ’50 Fire, which resulted from a kitchen stove explosion, competely destroyed the home occupied by Willis Seville and family, about a mile west of Mc- Connellsburg on Route 30, on Tuesday afternoon. Only one son, Sammy, 15 years old, was home at the time, and he suffered severe burns over most of his body, all his clothes being burned off except his shirt. He is now a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.
Mrs. Maye Vance left Tuesday morning for Sebring, Fla., where she will spend the winter.
Mrs. Mayme Helman was removed from her home here at the Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday.
Born: a son on November 21 to Mr. and Mr. Harold Metz of McConnellsburg.
Gen. and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower have purchased a 200-acre farm near Gettysburg for $23,000.
Two unclothed Illinois children are now at the local Medical Center and Fulton Countians are responding abundantly with clothing and toys. The children, 6 and 18 months old, were with their father who was apprehended in Mc- Connellsburg as a mentally deranged religious fanatic.
More births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Everts of Needmore on November 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Amos Knepper of Hustontown on November 17.
The people of Hustontown and vicinity are now circulating petitions requesting the exemption of Dr. Theodore Whitsel from service in the armed forces.
Death: George S. Sprowl of Wells Tannery.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 21, 1940 ’40 Deaths: Harold Braidy Strait of near Harrisonville; William Barton of Everett; Mrs. Anna E. Metzler of Burnt Cabins; Dr. Frank Guillard of Saxton; Daniel Bolinger of Three Springs.
Glen R. Bitner, chairman of the Lions Club’s street decorating committee, said this week that the Christmas decorations in town this year will be the finest ever. Practical- ly all business places are contributing to a special fund set up by the Lions for this purpose, and the decorations will extend from the McClain garage to the R&G Motor Co.
The Rev. Horace R. Lequear of Bridgewater, Va., has accepted a call to become pastor of St. Paul’s Reformed Church in McConnellsburg. Prior to his pastorate in Virginia, he and his wife were missionaries in China for 20 years. The family consists of Rev. and Mrs. Lequear and their four children: Ruth, Rachelle, Horace and Henry.
George A. Comerer of McConnellsburg, a member of the Fulton County local, has been elected treasurer of District 26 of the Interstate Milk Producers Co-op.
The local draft board on Monday of this week mailed questionnaires to the first 50 registrants who will be called for selective service from Fulton County.
Robert Fields, a student at Juniata College, is spending a few days with his home folks here.
Acting upon a petition filed by licensed hunters in Fulton County in 1939, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has closed the county for doe hunting this year.
A bear hunting party made up of William Hines, Clyde Deshong and William Batdorff of Saluvia, Paul Knepper of McConnellsburg and Orgen Mellott of Knobsville left on Sunday for a four-day hunt in Sullivan County.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wermick have moved into the apartment over the forestry office.
Roy Rummell has improved his property on East Lincoln Way by laying a pavement and building a front and back porch.
Mrs. Annie Merritt, who spent the past two years with her father and wife, Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Little, has returned to California.
Mr. and Mrs. Denver Oakman have moved to her father’s farm in Licking Creek Township.
Mrs. William Youse has returned home after being confined to Chambersburg Hospital for the past few months.
A party of local hunters, consisting of Robert Hamil, Charles Ray, Morse Warthin, J. Scott Alexander and Chester Mellott, left Sunday for Potter County where they will spend four days hunting bear.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Litton of Thompson Township are all smiles over the arrival of a girl on Saturday evening.
Walter Douglas and James Funk were among those who went to Michigan last week for new cars for Harold Douglas.
Thomas Deshong is busily engaged this year building a dwelling along Rout 76, north of Harrisonville.
Mrs. Sadie Taylor of Fairview is suffering from a very sore foot which she scalded last week while pouring boiling water from a teakettle.
Among those admitted to Everett Hospital last week were Estalene Madden for tonsillectomy and Floyd Kline of Needmore for X-rays and observation.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of November 20, 1930 ’30 The large sign in front of the Mellott Hotel was broken on Tuesday when it was hit by a truck which was loaded too high to pass under it.
George Boligner and sons Larkin and Wilda are building a new dwelling for Glenn Foster at New Grenada.
Aaron Morris has purchased the tract of timber on the ridge near Akersville, belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Akers, and has his sawmill set up and ready for operation.
Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Jackson of Akersville motored to Philadelphia on Saturday to visit their son, Lawrence, who is a patient in a hospital there.
Mrs. John Nelson, who has been ill at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Rotz, is still in critical condition.
Little Matilda Sloan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sloan, was hostess to four of her playmates at a chicken dinner Tuesday evening when she celebrated her fifth birthday.
On November 14, the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Fischer near Amaranth was the scene of a joyous gathering when their four sons, their families and friends gathered to help them celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
The new addition to the Everett Hospital has been completed and will be open for public inspection from Monday through Saturday.
A wedding dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fix last Sunday in honor of Mrs. Fix’s brother, John, who was recently married to Marie Shin, and Mr. Fix’s brother, Norman, who was recently married to Evelyn Daniels.
Born on October 7: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lewiston Charlton of Warfordsburg. She has been named Arlene Louise.
Death: Mrs. C.M. Doyle of Chambersburg.
Room and board for teachers at Wible’s Restaurant – rate: $7.50 a week from Monday luncheon to Friday luncheon.
Among the successful turkey hunters here were: John Kelso, B.C. Lamberson, Boyd Fore, P.B. Foreman, Glen R. Spangler, Morse Warthin and Clarence Bender, the latter bringing in a 21-pound gobbler.