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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 16, 1991


There are spring thrills galore at

McConnellsburg Fairgrounds this week as the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. presents the annual fire company carnival from May 13-18. The annual fire company parade will be held Thursday evening.

Fulton County Medical Center will soon have a director of emergency room services and an obstetrician/gynecologist on staff as employees of the hospital. James Rintul, M.D., will take charge of the emergency room facilities on June 1, and Paul Gerson will join the staff July 1 as an OB/GYN.

The contest for November election ballot spots in the county commissioner race highlights this spring’s municipal primary election next Tuesday. Five persons will vie for the Republican ballot and three for the Democratic spots: Gary Decker, Lyle Mellott, Daniel Leese, H. Fred Sheeder, Donald Culler, Robert Garlock, Marvin DeShong and Boyd R. Mellott.

Nearly 199 friends, family members and co-workers attended a retirement celebration dinner in honor of Helen Peck Sheeder at the McConnellsburg VFW on Saturday. “Duck,” as she is known to many, worked for the county of Fulton for more than 33 years as a secretary in the Tax Assessment and the Emergency Management offices.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kendall are proud to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Timothy, on April 22.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hoover of Chambersburg on May 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Baxter of Chambersburg on May 6.

Deaths: Glenn Moore, Three Springs; Elizabeth Socks, Hancock; Ned Brodbeck, Milford; Richard Horton, Camp Hill; Emma Bisker, Harrisburg; Emily Hershey, Saltillo.

Darla Horst and Scott Mellott were united in marriage March 16 at Maugansville Bible Brethren Church. Parents of the couple are Leonard and Elsie Horst of Hagerstown and Sheldon and Judy Mellott of Waynesboro.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 14, 1981


McConnellsburg Police Chief Merrill Seville gave notice last Wednesday in a letter to the Borough Council that he will be retiring effective December 1. Seville started with the borough in 1942. Upon being discharged from the military that year, he had started to operate a milk route and used to spend time in the Chevy garage in connection with his route. Seville said he went into the garage one morning and was accosted by one of the borough councilmen at that time, Andy Rotz. “You’re just the guy we’re looking for. We need a policeman,” Rotz said, according to Seville. And Seville replied, “Oh, I don’t know anything about that.” But at the next meeting, the councilmen decided to hire Seville as their police chief.

The new branch office of Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. at Penn’s Village Shopping Center in McConnellsburg opened for business on Monday.

Congratulations to Judge John Keller on his returning from a hunting trip to the Kodiak Islands, off the Alaskan Coast, with a 500-pound Kodiak brown bear, a real trophy after 30 years of hunting.

Sympathy to the John Gracey family of Waterfall whose 19-year- old son, John, drowned on Saturday while swimming with a college friend from Erie, Pa., who also drowned. The bodies of the two young men were discovered on Monday. Both were students at the Warner Southern College at Lake Wales, Fla.; John, a sophomore and his friend a junior.

Marriage licenses: Robert Matthew Paruch, Canfield, Ohio, and Dixie Mae Decker, Harrisonville; Brown E. Cutchall, Hustontown, and Janis L. Grissinger, Mc- Connellsburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Black, Three Springs, announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise Arlene Black, to William S. Barrick, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Barrick of Newville.

Specials at the IGA: white grapefruit, 4 for $1; Crisco oil, $1.89, 38 ozs; beef liver, 79 cents; Pampers, $7.50, 60 ct.; cabbage, 19 cents lb.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Incredible Shrinking Woman.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cooper of Waterfall on May 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Knepper of McConnellsburg on May 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Keener of Dry Run on May 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Deshong of McConnellsburg on May 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hollinshead of Harrisonville.

Deaths: John R. Gracey, Waterfall; Andy L. Holden, infant son of Donald and Patricia Holden of Saltillo; Darlie J. Laird, Orbisonia; John H. Sauter Sr., Hancock; Homer L. Black, Denver, Colo.; Mabel Reihart, Robertsdale; Herbert Walker Jr., Three Springs; Mary McEldowney Griffith, Pittsburgh.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 27, 1971


Word has been received here that the Hon. Rex Stranger and Mrs.

Stranger of Southampton, England, will be in McConnellsburg on May 30, for the annual Memorial Day services. It will be remembered that the Strangers visited Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shimer in 1960 and at that time Mr. Stranger addressed the Memorial Day gathering. Mr. Stranger, former mayor of Southampton during the years of World War II, greeted the late Sgt. Paul S. Shimer Jr. in 1944 when he was the Millionth Yank to pass through that port on the way to the battlefields on the mainland of Europe. Since that meeting the Strangers have corresponded regularly with the parents of the late Army sergeant who was killed in action on April 14, 1945.

Local Sagner Inc. employes, all members of the Amalgated Clothing Workers of America, picketed outside the G.C. Murphy store in McConnellsburg on Friday to call the community’s attention to the fact that the Murphy Co. is one of the biggest purchasers of clothing made by the Reidbord Co., which is currently engaged in an antiunion campaign.

Grayson Davis of Harrisonville was named Jaycee of the Year at the organization’s annual banquet, held last Saturday at the local American Legion home.

Susan Martz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martz of Hustontown, officially presented two artificial kidney machines to Harrisburg Hospital in ceremonies held at the hospital on Saturday.

Miss Dorothy Louise Beegle, daughter of Mrs. James McDonald, formerly of Everett, became the bride of Ted Leon Chubb, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb of McConnellsburg, at a double-ring ceremony performed on Sunday, April 18, at United Methodist Church in McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Virl Richard Long of Orbisonia and Twila Jane Miller of Hustontown; Marvin G. Richards of McConnellsburg and Sandra Black of McConnellsburg.

Miss Darlene Louise Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reed Brown of Fort Littleton, will graduate on June 6 from the professional nursing program at the Capital City School of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

Deaths: Mrs. Helen Trogler, Chambersburg; Raymond Lynch, McConnellsburg; Martin S. Price, Three Springs; George L. Reisnger, Bedford; Mrs. Clara Kuhn, Greencastle; Jessie Brubaker, Waynesboro.

More than 50 guests attended a surprise birthday party for Robert Fix at the American Legion home on Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Winter attended graduation exercises at West Chester State College on Sunday when their son-in-law, Walter Ostrowski, received his degree in physical education.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Whitsel of Orbisonia on May 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Peck of Warfordsburg on May 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Strait of Warfordsburg on May 17; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Pool of Mercersburg on May 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kling of Greencastle on May 21.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 1, 1961


At the Fulton County Chamber of

Commerce last Wednesday, a group of members reported on their trip to Washington, during which they made a request to the Area Development Committee and the Department of Commerce for a loan of $75,000 to be used for the initial outlay necessary to stablish a male-employing industry in the county.

William M. Swope will graduate “with distinction” from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in agricultural education. Swope maintained a grade average of 3.40 to 3.59 out of a possible 4.00.

Polio clinics throughout the county will administer Salk vaccines in the next week to all county residents desiring them. A three-shot series is necessary for complete protection.

In the next week, taxpayers in the Mc- Connellsburg School District will be asked to sign petitions designed to draw the state’s attention to the fact that more financial aid is needed from the state for educational purposes.

The Secretary of Internal Affairs reported that Fulton County townships reported lower revenue in 1959 than in 1958, but that the borough of McConnellsburg reported greater revenue.

As of Monday, 140 county farmers had retired 1,270 acres from the production of corn or sorghum this year, down from 2,120 in the past two years.

Edmund Seiders Jr., McConnellsburg, has completed a training course in refrigeration and air conditioning with the Air Conditioning Training Co. of Youngstown, Ohio.

Dick Fore, who was injured at the explosion at Rocket Center, W.Va., was released from Cumberland Hospital Sunday and is now recuperating at his home in Cumberland.

State police report there were no injuries when a 1958 Mercury driven by Kermit Wilson, Shade Gap, ran into the rear of a trailer truck whose rear lights were not functioning properly. The vehicles were travelling south on Route 522.

Waterfall’s new post office will be dedicated on Saturday. Guests at the ceremony include: Hon. J. Irving Whalley, Congressman; William Peterson, post office real estate specialist; Hon. Harry Elvey, Fulton County assemblyman; and Harold C. Welsh, Fulton County school superintendent

Linda Hoopengardner, Buck Valley, has been selected as a counselor at the Pennsylvania 4-H Leadership school.

John R. Glazier and Ernest L. Harris, both of McConnellsburg, were among May graduates from Elizabethtown College.

A marriage license was issued at the courthouse to Foster E. Schooley, Mc- Connellsburg, and Wilda Mae McKee, Amaranth.

Mrs. Walter Kerns of Black Oak Ridge, was honored on Mother’s Day with a combination Mother’s Day and birthday dinner.

The congregations of Whips Cove, Pleasant Grove and Cedar Grove held a housewarming for their pastor, Rev. Charles Perrin, on Saturday night.

Arnold Hann of Needmore has returned home following a stay in Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of a broken leg, caused by a horse falling on him.

Larry Forst was the winner of $600 in the jackpot drawing contest sponsored by R&G Motors, Richards Motors, Fulton Motor Sales and Brantner Motor Co.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pine, Mercersburg, on May 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Doyle, Willow Hill, May 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harper Black, Three Springs, on May 20; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane, Hustontown, on May 21.

Deaths: Samuel Albert Everts, 86, of Warfordsburg on May 25; Mrs. Maurice Trout, Chambersburg, on May 19.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of May 31, 1951


Sixty-six farmers and their wives from Fulton County attended the

Grassland Field Day at Penn State last Thursday.

A total of 135 4-H Club members in seven communities of Fulton County are now managing 142 projects.

The newly-remodelled dining room of the Wilbur Hotel in Wayne, Pa., was opened for business last Friday under the management of Samuel Paylor of McConnellsburg.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Black of Waterfall on May 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnston of McConnellsburg on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall of McConnellsburg on May 26; a son, Oscar Frank, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde A. Weller on May 22.

Search was continued on Monday morning for the body of 13-year- old Robert Franklin Carbaugh, son of Glenn and Hazel Shives Carbaugh of Mercersburg, who drowned on Sunday in the swirling waters of the Potomac River near Chain Bridge. He was on a fishing tip with his father when he lost his footing.

Edward W. Foor and Edna B. Williams were wed last week.

Blaine Stevens and Francis R. Allison have signed a sales and service contract with the Massey-Harris Machinery Co. and are now constructing a building next to Shimer’s Body Shop.

Chas. H. Croft and Clyde Mellott have been awarded a contract by the borough to install curbing on the new Medical Center Street. Death: William B. Ranck of Hustontown.

Richard Shaw of Crystal Spring was admitted to the Bedford Hospital last Wednesday after being injured in a head- on crash south of Breezewood.

The following from Fulton County were graduated Friday from Chambersburg School of Business: Barbara Funk of Knobsville; Charles McElhaney of Hustontown; and Mary Shimer of Mc- Connellsburg.

Luther Barthalow of Mc- Connellsburg suffered a broken jaw last week when the rim of a wheel was blown off while he was repairing a tire at Richards Garage where he is employed.

The Tonoloway Sportsmen’s Association is now sponsoring a crow shooting contest for its members. The crows’ feet will be counted on June 8 and cash prizes will be awarded.

Richard Barton, manager of Barton’s Store at Hustontown, was a business visitor to Hagerstown on Tuesday.

Deaths: Mrs. Henrietta Amelia Deshong Decker; Harry Foor of Six Mile Run; Minrod Mellott of Cumberland; G. Alvey Mellott of Webster Mills.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 29, 1941

Deaths: Dorothy Mildred Miller of near Dublin Mills; John William Davis of Sproul; John Robert Tayman of Brandywine, Md.; Floyd Kline of near Needmore; Dessie Mary Fleming Foreman of Pen Yan, N.Y.

These FFA boys from Fulton County will take part in the judging contests at State College in June: Norman Daniels and Herman Swope in dairy judging and Richard Bottenfield in tree identification.

Homer Souders has purchased two registered Guernsey cows from D.A. Freeze of Franklin County. These cows will be kept on the farm of Charles H. Freeze, where they will be placed on the milk record board of Franklin County.

The local Department of Highways is planning to improve 6.37 miles of highway with base and surface this season with its own force. This will be part of a program approved by Gov. Arthur H. James for improving more than 700 miles of road, primarily in rural counties.

Norbet James Wible and Marian Virginia Smith were married on May 17.

One of the outstanding celebrations in the county this year will be the centennial observance of the Akersville Methodist Church at Akersville from June 8-13.

Edwin Brant, dog law enforcement officer, made 12 prosecutions in Fulton County during the past week. Four persons in Taylor Township, one in Ayr, three in Bethel and four in Union paid fines for harboring unlicensed dogs.

The McConnellsburg school and community library has received a gift of more than 200 books from Edmund Kerper of Cincinnati, Ohio. The books are both fiction and nonfiction on a wide range of subjects and will require additional cases, which will be built this summer.

Harry Hamil has returned to his home here from Chambersburg Hospital.

John Taylor Jr. is a graduate of Boswell High School this year.

C.M. Ray, who was a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, was removed to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Sunday.

Kenneth W. Spangler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn R. Spangler, will be one of the 120 seniors to be graduated form Gettysburg College on June 2.

Mary Annalee Fleming of Clear Ridge graduated as valedictorian of her class at Fort Littleton on May 26.

Mrs. John Ramsey and sons Carl and Richard of Clear Ridge left on Sunday for Baltimore. Mr. Ramsey has employment in Baltimore and the family plans to reside there.

William Batdorff has purchased the Milton Kline farm near Harrisonville.

Mrs. Bruce Lake of Harrisonville suffered painful injuries last Thursday when a piece of barbed wire she had taken hold of broke and wrapped around her arms, cutting both hands and wrists.

Rex Eugene is the name of the little son who came to live with Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Wright of Center.

Cowans Gap State Park will open for the summer on Friday.

A wedding dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Glunt of Knobsville on May 25 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George Glunt Jr. who were recently married.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 28, 1931


Deaths: Samuel

McElhaney of

Monte Vista, Colo.; Mrs. Luemma Daniels of near Saluvia; Mildred Irene Layton of Altoona; Elmer L. Naugle of Amarilla, Texas; Clem Deshong Jr. of Harrisonville.

Lois Horton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Horton of Altoona, has not missed or been late for a day of school in 13 years. In 1918, at the age of six, she entered the Pine Grove School at Wells Tannery where she studied until March 13, 1925. On Monday, March 16, she enrolled at Altoona, thus she did not even miss a day when she moved from Wells Valley to Altoona.

A local man is now in jail in McConnellsburg charged with chicken stealing, following the theft of 25 chickens from J.H. Johnston at Webster Mills on Monday night. Two other suspects have not been caught.

The local graduating class is most unusual this year, in that it contains twice as many boys as girls. The graduates are Clair Decker, Wayne Hollinshead, Anna Mae Doyle, Edna Hockensmith, Lawrence Gress, George Bivens, Mary Cunningham, Dan Trout, Harold Baumgardner, Hilda Fraker, Leo Fields, Robert Lodge, Hazel Orth, Max Blair and Kenneth Black

The Frank Chilcote barn near Hustontown was destroyed by fire on Monday night.

A son, Kenneth Donald, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Rhodes of Strawberry Ridge on May 24.

Harry D. Fix of near town marked his 36th birthday on May 23.

Ruth Barnett celebrated her 18th birthday on May 23.

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