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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 9, 1991


A trucker from Washington, D.C., died last Friday evening, May 3, as the result of injuries suffered in an accident along U.S. Route 30 on Sideling Hill Mountain that day, according to state police at the McConnellsburg station. Police said that Douglas Tucker, 31, was eastbound descending the east side of Sideling Hill Mountain on Route 30, about a tenth of a mile east in Licking Creek Township. The International truck-tractor with a semitrailer crossed the centerline and westbound lane, leaving about 287 feet of skidmarks before traveling through the guardrails off the north berm. The impact tore the semitrailer, which contained bales of old newspapers, into several pieces and parts of the vehicle and the load were scattered about the accident scene. The investigation revealed that the brakes on the trailer were inoperative and out of adjustment.

One day after the NBC world premiere of “Cry In The Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann,” Peggy Ann Bradnick Jackson told talk show host Oprah Winfrey that the movie depicted “exactly how it happened.” Peggy was a guest on Tuesday’s Oprah Winfrey as part of a series entitled “Cry In The Wild: Women Held Hostage.”

The annual McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. carnival will be held next week from May 13 through May 18.

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Shafer of Waterfall are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Deanna, to Gary Barnett of Three Springs.

The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club announced that Jeff Garber has been assigned to their AA affiliation in Memphis, Tenn. This advancement begins Garber’s fourth season with the Royals since being drafted in the 10th round in 1988.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Bard of Warfordsburg on April 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bock of Fannettsburg on April 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on April 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Hedricks of St. Thomas on April 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Watters of McConnellsburg on May 1.

Deaths: Leroy Swope, McConnellsburg; Bannie Keefer, Big Cove Tannery; Ruth Mellott, Warfordsburg; Paul Baum, Warfordsburg; Wilson McDonald, Everett; H. Paul Morse, Chambersburg; Hiram Heinbaugh, Bertha Heinbaugh.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKee of Warfordsburg were honored on their 55th wedding anniversary on March 10 with a party at Needmore Firehall.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 7, 1981


A group of people of Pentecostal religious belief who for the past month and a half have been holding prayer meetings in private homes will soon be establishing a new church of independent denomination at the property known as “Charlie’s Place” on Route 522 at the “Y” in Fort Littleton, formerly known as the “The Y Bar.” The new church will be called The Pleasant Valley Gospel Tabernacle, according to Lewis Ficks, one of the leaders of the group, which is presently negotiating the purchase of the property from owner Charles Kling for the sum of $130,000.

Elaina Souders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Souders, a junior at McConnellsburg High School, was chosen the 1981 prom queen at the prom held on Friday evening at the local school.

The restored tollgate house on Lincoln Highway, west of St. Thomas, was open to the public on Saturday. It was built about 1810 and served as a tollhouse collecting station until 1914 on the Chambersburg and Bedford Turnpike, which ran from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. The property is owned by Mt. Brook Orchard Inc. of St. Thomas.

Marriage licenses: William Hann, Mercersburg, and Lisa Faith, Mercersburg; Paul M. Iden Jr., Hancock, and Joann E. Ward, Warfordsburg; Michael E. Matthews, Germantown, Md., and Mary K. Dean, Germantown, Md.; Rocky D. Nearhood, Martinsburg, and Patricia A. Mitchell, Martinsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Miracle Whip, $1.29; Campbell’s tomato soup, 4 for $1; Charmin bathroom tissue, 99 cents, 4 pack; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, 99 cents, 32 ozs.; round steaks, $1.89 lb.; Hefty trash bags, $2.99; Quaker Life cereal, $1.39.

Jodi Pepple, Debbie Roebuck and Waneta Fraker have been adversaries for the past couple of years as they have vied to out-do each other on opposing county girls basketball teams. Next year, however, the three girls will be pulling together as teammates on the Hagerstown Junior College women’s basketball team, the Hawks. All three seniors have decided to sign with HJC. Forbes Road’s Fraker signed to play a few weeks ago, Southern Fulton’s Roebuck signed last week and McConnellsburg’s Pepple was scheduled to sign Thursday

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Chilcote of Hustontown on April 24; a son to Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Wolfe of McConnellsburg on April 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Brant of Harrisonville on April 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Cutchall of Hustontown on April 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Landers of Hancock on April 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Exline of Hancock on April 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Cark of Hustontown on April 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George McConaughey of Shade Gap on April 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Miller of Warfordsburg on April 28.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. George R. Elbin of Warfordsburg are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Trina Lee, to Lindsey Elliot Schue, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Schue of Hanover.

Deaths: Eddie L. Coons, Shippensburg; Laura L. Caldwell, Warfordsburg; Jackson T. Graffius, Linglestown; Mrs. Ethel Carbaugh, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 20, 1971


Susan Elaine Martz of Hustontown accepted the invitation of

Sen. D. Elmer Hawbaker and Lt. Gov. Ernest P. Kline and was a special visitor to the Senate of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 11. Every Senate member present was greatly impressed and commended Miss Martz for her untiring efforts and work in obtaining kidney dialysis machines in memory of her brother, David Michael Martz, who died of kidney failure.

Francis Sharpe, 41, of Johnstown, the man who was shot by William Hollenbaugh, kidnapper of Peggy Ann Bradnick, during the manhunt in the Fort Littleton area in May 1966, died of natural causes in a Johnstown hospital on Sunday morning. Sharpe was shot in the stomach by Hollenbaugh, who broke into Sharpe’s summer home where he had gone to rest during the hunt for the kidnapper on the morning of May 17, 1966.

Dr. William C. Fowler has submitted his resignation as headmaster of Mercersburg Academy.

Graduation exercises at the three high schools in Fulton County will get under way this weekend with Southern Fulton leading the way on Sunday. Forbes Road and Central Fulton will follow the next weekend. In all, 151 seniors will receive diplomas at the three high schools this year: 37 from Forbes Road; 68 from McConnellsburg; and 46 from Southern Fulton High School.

Gary Martz of Hustontown, along with other employees of the New Castle, Gunning, Bedford School District, recently returned from a 10-day vacation tour which included Luxemburg, Germany, Lichtensten, Switzerland, Austria, France and Ireland. Mr. Martz is a fifth-grade teacher in the Delaware City School.

Definitely showing their lack of interest in Tuesday’s election because of the lack of contests, Fulton County voters stayed away from the polls in droves, fewer than 45 percent bothering to cast their ballots. The only contest on the county scene was that for county commissioners and this lone contest undoubtedly attracted most of those who did vote. On the Democratic side in the commissioner race, with four candidates entered, incumbent Delmar Mellott polled 913 votes and Frank Bivens 448 votes to gain the Democratic nomination. Don Hill received 400 votes and Boyd R. Mellott tallied 311 votes on the losing side of the Democratic ticket.

Seven young people from Fulton County will be among the students who will receive degrees at commencement exercises of the spring term at Shippensburg State College. They are: David Shives Jr. of Harrisonville; Charles Joseph Carbaugh Jr.; Joyce Elaine Fields, McConnellsburg; Arnold Willard Martz of McConnellsburg; Sandra Jean Ray of McConnellsburg; Carole Lee Palmer of Warfordsburg; and William Harrison Stafford of Wells Tannery.

Melissa June Cornelius, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cornelius of Hustontown, was numbered among the students who recently completed their period of pre-clinical instruction in the Reading Hospital School of Nursing.

Marriage licenses; Mark Fost of Hancock and Floretta Apple of Warfordsburg; Donald Slodysko of Three Springs and Barbara Glunt of Burnt Cabins; Marcus May and Connie Meyers, both of Mercersburg.

Deaths: George L. Reisner, Bedford; Ellis Plessinger, Julesburg, Colo.; Raymond Fischer, Hanover; Jonathan McElhaney, Hamilton, Ohio; Rolla Laidig, Chambersburg; Roger Wilt Sr., Anderson, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Seville, Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Benson of Hustontown on May 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Preston Carbaugh of Greencastle on May 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Cogan Sr. of Breezewood on May 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Goshorn of Orbisonia on May 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Mills of Three Springs on May 11.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 25, 1961


Members of the Fulton Industrial

Development Committee are scheduled to meet with Congressman J. Irving Whalley in Washington this week to discuss financing a loan so that initial steps can be taken to establish new industry in Fulton County.

A total of 145 seniors will graduate from the four Fulton County high schools this year.

Almost 50 county women attended the Extension Homemakers’ Day last Thursday at the firehall in McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Buhl Roher returned to her home on Saturday from the Fulton County Medical Center where she recently underwent surgery.

At a PSEA banquet held in Saxton, Mrs. Oda Glunt Swope was awarded a 29-year gold service pin and a set of luggage by her fellow teachers.

There has been an unusually large crop of mushrooms in Fulton County this year.

Shaving permits are being sold by Brothers of the Brush for $2.50. Any man who does not have a permit and who doesn’t possess a beard, mustache or goatee will be fined $5 as part of McConnellsburg’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

John Richard Fore, 31, of Cumberland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Fore of Mc- Connellsburg, was injured in an explosion at the Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W.Va. Nine persons were killed and six injured in the blast on Monday. Dick works for the Hercules Powder Company.

At the District 5 PIAA track and field meet at Somerset on Saturday, McConnellsburg’s Jack Sipes had a first in the broad jump and the team of Sipes, Fred Culler, Cree Carbaugh and Earl Carbaugh won the half-mile relay. These students will represent the school in the 1/2-mile relay at Penn State on May 27.

Patricia A.S. Bowman, Amaranth; Alda M.L. Crawford, Amaranth; Roy A. Mills, Warfordsburg; and Richard L. Swope of Needmore will graduate from Shippensburg

State College at commencement exercises on Sunday, May 28.

60 Years ago

From The Files Of May 24, 1951


Pfc. Clarence Reed Cutchall and a buddy, with the Air Force in Burtonwood, England, spent the weekend of May 4 with Dr. Jean Johnston of London, England, and her sister, Miss Beulah Johnston of McConnellsburg, who is visiting there.

Mrs. Arthur Hull and sons of Burnt Cab- ins have moved to Mc- Connellsburg.

Mrs. W.H. Wheeler has returned to her home here after undergoing an operation in the Beaver Valley General Hospital in New Brighton.

Lee Charlton of Warfordsburg is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for observation.

Rev. David R. Hoover received his Master of Sacred Theology degree on May 18 from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.

Mrs. Laura E. Hill of near Needmore celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Wilson of Three Springs on May 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Souders of McConnellsburg on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Noble Peck of Mc- Connellsburg on May 19.

Charles McFadden, a Needmore truck driver, received a fractured skull while he was working at Morton’s Quarry at Big Cove Tannery on Tuesday. He was standing on the running bord of his truck while a power shovel was loading it. When the shovel bucket dropped its load, the bed of the truck was pushed down and this also depressed the steel cab protector with sufficient force to fracture his skull. He was admitted to the Fulton County Medical Center.

Harry Reeder and Laura Hess were married on May 15. The ceremony was performed at Fulton County Medical Center where Mr. Reeder, a native of Fort Loudon, has been a patient since May 5 following an automobile accident near Big Cove Tannery. The new bride is the widow of the late Tom Hess.

Mr. and Mrs. Varian Hoover of Hustontown held a party on May 10 in honor of the eighth birthday of their daughter, Janet.

Paul Fagley, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Fagley of Harrisonville, is listed in fair condition at Chambersburg Hospital with severe head injuries which he suffered Monday evening when he fell from his father’s moving car.

Carl Buterbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Buterbaugh of Cito, has been named assistant pastor of the Knobsville Charge.

Deaths: W. Reed Souders of McConnellsburg; William H. Ranck of Hustontown; Mrs. Grant Locke of Maddensville; Mrs. Etta E. Comerer of Mercersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of May 22, 1941

’41 Several friends gathered at the home of Bruce Lake of Harrisonville on Saturday evening to celebrate his 39th birthday.

Deaths: J. Calvin Hoke of Chambersburg; George W. Roettger of Todd Township.

Eleven townships in Fulton County will share $6,924 in the June payment from the state for road construction.

At total of 95 seniors will graduate from the four high schools of Fulton County this year. They are: Warfordsburg – Mabel Akers, Mary Akers, Calvin Akers, Virginia Akers, Dorothy Barton, Jane Barton, Marjorie Barton, Howard Crawford, Alice Deshong, Alma Deshong, Herbert Golden, Carl Hann, David Hann, Russell C. Hann, Bruce Hendershot, Roy Hess, Vaughn Hixson, Lawrence Jackson, Perry Jackson, Catherine Manning, Maxine May, Myreta Oakman, Hayes Palmer, Belva Plessinger, Clair Plessinger, Carl Remsburg, Julian Shanholtz, Reed Sigel, Pauline Smith, Wayne Smith, Cora Spade, Geraldine Stahle, Belva Stoner and Raymond Ward.

From Hustontown – Jean Barton, Hazel Black, Warren Black, Elwyn Comerer, Lau- retta Cook, Helen Cromer, Robert Cutchall, Harold Fix, Kenneth Fix, Walter Fix, Betty Garland, Reed Henry, Helen Keebaugh, Ralph Keebaugh, Glenn Kesselring, Louise Newman, Helen Taylor and Ruth VanHorn.

From Green Hill – Raymond Bishop Jr., Henrietta Fix, Robert Fix Jr., Lewis Metzler, Wayne Batdorff, Gladys Sponser, Mildred Sponsler, Mildred Hensley, Iva Decker, Vesta Mellott, Vera Mellott, Esther Houck and Kathryn Welch.

McConnellsburg – Wanda Lee Bishop, Janet Clevenger, Betty Deshong, Catherine Fields, Helen Harr, Paul Henry, Ruth Hohman, Dale Keebaugh, Oscar Kerlin, Estalene Lake, Cloyd Mellott, Elizabeth Morton, Herman Mellott Jr., Polly Morton, Paul Ott, Marian Nesbit, Harold Reed, Dorothy Shimer, Betty Smith and Howard Swope Jr.

Miss Martha Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rankin J. Mellott of Webster Mills, was one of 24 nurses to be graduated from the Germantown Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia on May 15.

A family dinner at their home near Cassville on Wednesday, May 28, will mark the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Anderson.

Harry Hamil, local merchant, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital and is reported as improving rapidly.

Bernard Gress was a guest of friends at a fraternity house party at State College last Saturday.

Miss Phyllis Gracey, who is employed at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gracey, at New Grenada.

Clair Shafer of New Grenada is employed at Swissville.

New Grenada is now dec- orated with mailboxes from one end of the town to the other since a rural delivery route began on May 16.

Corn in this neighborhood is practically all planted, but it is slow in coming up due to the cool weather.

Mrs. Samuel Cowan of Burnt Cabins underwent an operation at the Huntingdon Hospital last Saturday.

A number of friends of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Seville gathered at their home at Cito one evening last week to congratulate them on their recent marriage.

Mr. and Mrs. Garthwaite Mellott of Cito announce the birth of a nine-pound son.

Larkin Bolinger of Wells Tannery has gone to Erie where he will be employed on construction work.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 21, 1931


Deaths: Morgan

Prosser of Pleasantville; Doris Jean McClure of near Chambersburg; Rev. George B. Shoemaker of Cedar Heights, Iowa, a minister in the Upper Iowa Conference of the Methodist church for 53 years.

From the Chambersburg Public Opinion: “A hero was buried today. While a silent group of friends, admirers and interested persons watched, the body of Sgt. T.G. McCarthy of the state police was lowered into its final resting place in Lincoln Cemetery, and with the officer’s interment, another of his wishes was realized. Once Sgt. McCarthy told a friend that when he died, he wanted to go suddenly. This hope was fulfilled Tuesday when an alleged demented mountaineer of Crystal Spring, Fulton County, shot and killed him.”

Mr. and Mrs. H.U. Nace of town have one of the most beautiful flower gardens for miles around. At present there are more than 600 tulips in bloom in their garden.

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