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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 13, 1991


The annual Strawberry Festival was held last

Friday and Saturday. Warm sunshine and mild temperatures prevailed over the two-day festival held on the courthouse lawn and hundreds of local citizens as well as visitors enjoyed the arts and crafts, entertainment and delicious food.

Local developer Harvey Kneas is currently hard at work restoring the old Mary Trout drugstore at the corner of Lincoln Way and Second streets. Kneas is restoring the old landmark with historical advice from local historian Wayne MacDonald and when finished, the building will house four apartments upstairs and two commercial offices downstairs.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday received a check from Sen. Robert Jubelier which will be used to construct a Pony League field. A group calling itself Fulton County Youth Leagues is working to lease land form Bill Palmer near the McConnellsburg High School track as a site for the field.

A total of 82 seniors received their diplomas at commencement exercises for McConnellsburg School on June 6. The Forbes Road High School Class of 1991 graduated last Thursday with 41 class members.

Deaths: Ada Northcraft, Warfordsburg; Raymond Geyer, Spring Run; Mary Zeigler, Greencastle; Edward Keefer, McConnellsburg; Hope Allen, North Augusta, S.C.; Ralph Fix, Three Springs; Foster Keebaugh, Marianna, Fla.; Wishard DeShong, Hancock; Elsie Peterson, Harrisonville; James Bain, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sechrist of Shade Gap on May 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Metcalfe of Mercersburg on June 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wilt of McConnellsburg on June 6.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 11, 1981


A second seismic crew, in addition to the one reported in last week’s “News,” was at work last week exploring for natural gas resources in Fulton County. Last week it was reported on activity in the Needmore area by another company which is reported to be drilling holes in which to place dynamite to create the necessary shock waves. A spokesman said that seismic test results take four to six months to process.

A tank truck which wrecked in the fog on I-70 near Hancock spilled a poisonous chemical down an embankment and toward a stream, about midnight on Thursday. Road closure during the cleanup caused traffic problems in the area throughout the day.

Contestants registered for the Miss HAVCO princess contest to be held on June 23 during the firemen’s festival are: Lauri Traxler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Traxler; Melissa Brantner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Brantner; Tina Sipes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sipes; Dulce McMullen,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McMullen; Myra Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Thomas; Dawn Chilcote, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Chilcote; Mary Thanos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Thanos; Stacy Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry; Candina Fraker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fraker; and Crissy Stains, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lannie Stains.

Specials at the IGA: Philadelphia cream cheese, 77 cents; lettuce, 49 cents a head; honeydews, 99 cents; Kellogg’s bran flakes, $1.99; Heinz ketchup, $1.19; Hershey chocolate syrup, 41.19.

Bart Elbin fired a one-hitter as the Southern Fulton boys shut out Everett, 6-0 to take the District 5 AA baseball championship on Friday. Elbin, who is now 8-0 for the year, struck out 16 batters, including five of the final six he faced.

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Decker of Harrisonville have announced the marriage of their daughter, Dixie Mae, to Robert M. Paruch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Paruch of Conemaugh on May 30.

Anne Ludlow and Dwight Harvey were united in marriage on June 7 at the home of Dwight’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Harvey, in Deer Park, Md.

Deaths: Chester J. Creager, McConnellsburg; Ray Taylor, Breezewood; William E. Keith, Mercersburg; Vernon L. Mellott, Needmore; Earl W. Burns, Tyrone; Marguerite Reynolds, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Margaret M. Adelsberger, Hancock; Scott I. Miller, Three Springs; Rose M. Walls, Berkeley Springs.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 24, 1971


Orlyn N. Hess, 17, Needmore, was killed on Saturday night, when the car in which he was a passenger ran off the road after rounding a sharp left curve while descending a grade and struck two trees. Injured in the one-car accident were the driver, Raymond Booth, 18, and another passenger, Leonard Norris, 18, both of Warfordsburg. The accident occurred on Legislative Route 29011, which runs between Flickerville and Route 70. The car, a 1965 Chevrolet, was totally demolished.

The fourth annual Tuscarora Hillclimb, held last weekend in McConnellsburg, was rated by the cosponsors, the Fulton County Jaycees and the Franklin County Sports Car Club, as an outstanding success in every way. The crowd attending the two-day, accident-free event was estimated at 1,400.

The Franklin County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored nine girls in the area as good citizens at a recent lunch at Shippensburg College. The Fulton County girls who won the award were: Deborah Ann Horton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Horton of McConnellsburg, and Nancy Appleby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Appleby of Waterfall.

Fashion shows, singing, an all-day flea market, a Little League all-star game, parades, church services and country and western music will combine to highlight the Shade Gap Centennial celebration from July 2-5.

Marriage licenses: Daniel Peck of Warfordsburg and Virginia Golden of Needmore; Richard Anthony and Randie Long, both of Kittanning; Lee Wertz of Needmore and Marian Plessinger of Warfordsburg; Paul Fisher of Needmore and Harriet Chubb of Hancock.

Dennis Mosebey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mosebey of Wells Tannery, was one of 183 students named to the spring semester dean’s list at Susquehanna University at Selinsgrove, Pa.

The annual homecoming at Hustontown will be held on Saturday, July 3, starting with a parade through the village at 11 a.m. Two baseball games have been scheduled for the afternoon, the Fulton County League at 1 p.m. and the Little League at 4 p.m.

Deaths: Ellsi Decker, Harrisonville; Mrs. Nelle Everhart, Wood; Melvin E. Mellott, Wood; Lawrence Smith, Saxton.

Births at the Medical Center: son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Willis of Saltillo on June 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Heath of Wood on June 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Shives of Needmore on June 15.

Meredith Viola DeShong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Deshong of Harrisonville, and Cpl. E4 Lindsay Allen Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Mellott of Knobsville, were married at the Assembly of God Church in Hagerstown on June 3.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 29, 1961


As a part of McConnellsburg’s 175th anniversary celebration, an Old Timers Day was held on

Thursday. Miss Mary Trout, 91, and Rev. T.P. Garland, 89, were recognized as the oldest county residents attending.

Awards for the best whiskers in various categories went to Brothers of the Brush on Saturday. Winners were: Grover Souders, McConnellsburg, best mustache; Bill Nelson, Mc- Connellsburg, grayest beard; Merrill Black, McConnellsburg, best period costume with whiskers to match; Bob Hunter, McConnellsburg, best full face beard; Walter Fix, McConnellsburg, blackest beard; Russell Martz, Hustontown, best goatee; Luther Rubeck, Harrisonville, longest beard; Carl Jarrett, McConnellsburg, best handlebar mustache; Walter Marshall, McConnellsburg, best pork chop sideburns.

Many other events were held during this week’s Anniversary Celebration, including a three-mile long parade, ladies day, an antique “treasure hunt” for children, a firemen’s day featuring fire truck rides for children and the burial of a momento filled capsule in front of the courthouse.

Mrs. Katherine Steep, Mercersburg, worthy matron of the Fulton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Mc- Connellsburg, is spending this week at the annual state convention in Philadelphia.

The state Game Commission has set one day, December 18, for the antlerless deer season in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Betty Culler Munch, Queen of the Anniversary Celebration, will take her trip to Florida and Nassau from July 15 to August 5 accompanied by her husband.

In contests at Penn State during FFA Activities Week, Reed Englert, McConnellsburg, received a silver medal in farm mechanics, and Earl Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, won a silver medal in forestry. Lamont Brady, also of McConnellsburg, was one of five members on the State FFA Band who were chosen to play in the National FFA Band at Kansas City in October.

Marriage licenses were issued during the past week to: Kenneth Deshong, Mercersburg, and Elsie K. Suders, Mc- Connellsburg; Charles T. Wright Jr., Baltimore, and Phyllis Ann Deshong, Needmore, and John A. Bishop and Karen L. Hamil, both of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hess, Greencastle, announce the engagement of their daughter, Martha, to William P. Deshong of Mercersburg.

BTC Charles R. Gress, formerly of McConnellsburg, and his wife, Betty, have just finished a visit here. They were enroute to his new assignment at the Atomic Power School in New London, Conn.

Carole Ann Bard recently graduated from East Orange High School in New Jersey. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Bard, are part-time residents of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. William Hess, Amaranth, announce the engagement of their daughter, Shirley, to Delmas Frank Bard of Amaranth.

Deaths: Mrs. Opal Clemitus Walls, Martinsburg, W.Va., on June 8. She was born in Fulton County and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Yonker, Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. F. Earl Palmer, Needmore, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary May 21. Refreshments were served to about 150 guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ritz, Warfordsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Wanda, to Lyle Souders, Mc- Connellsburg.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles H. Zilch, Fort Littleton, graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology on June 1.

60 Years Ago

From The files of June 28, 1951


Forrest Mellott left by train from Harrisburg on

Monday to Culver, Ind., where he has enrolled in the School of Horsemanship at Culler Military Academy.

Fourteen members of the Johnstown Methodist Church again visited the local Methodist Church for services on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. James Clippinger will move this week from the McClain apartment in McConnellsburg to Hustontown.

Bill Hamil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamil, underwent an emergency appendectomy at Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday evening.

Luther Gordon received word on Sunday that his sister, Alice, Mrs. John Kammerere, of Brush, Colo., had died that morning. Due to ill health, Gordon was unable to attend the funeral which was held on Tuesday.

Melvin Thomas, a resident of the Taylor Township FFA, won a gold medal in livestock judging during FFA week at State College last week, placing 10th out of 250 boys. Harry Kline of the Green Hill FFA won a bronze medal in poultry judging during the same event at State College.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Keebaugh of Hustontown on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Millard Stunkard of Breezewood on June 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hershey of Laidig on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs.Calvin Glazier of McConnellsburg on June 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Anderson of Norfolk, Va., on June 24.

Francis Robert Shives and Catherine E. Mellott were married on June 23.

Deaths: Thomas J. Jenkins of Six Mile Run; James A. Grissinger of Allenport; Mrs. Thomas Worthington of Collingdale.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 26, 1941


Deaths: Eunice Claire Layton of Breezewood;

Ethel Carrie Fletcher of Breezewood; Richard

Deshong of Salvia.

H.W. Sheeder, salesman for the R&G Motor Co., escaped serious injury on Saturday morning when the car he was driving upset after colliding with a truck owned by Norman Baker and driven by Guy Helman of Knobsville. The accident happened just west of McConnellsburg when Sheeder attempted to pass the truck at the moment it made a left turn into the Mack Morton farm. Sheeder was badly shaken up and received a sprained neck muscle.

While repairing the roof at the Hampton house west of town on Tuesday, Frank Stenger of McConnellsburg and Harry Bivens of Big Cove Tannery had a narrow escape when the rope which held the ladder from which they were working broke and let them fall about 30 feet to the ground. Bivens, who was above Stenger on the ladder, fell on Stenger when they hit the ground. Bivens was apparently uninjured, and Stenger received two broken ribs and suffered from shock.

On Monday evening, 22 local boys met with Rev. John R. Sammel at the Lutheran parsonage to organize a Boy Scout program in this community. Pastor Sammel agreed to act as Scoutmaster. Boys present were Buddy Byers, John Baumgardner, Herbert Crouse, Gerald Cutchall, George Dalbey, Wilbur Dalbey, Eugene Earley, Dick Fore, Fred Fore, Donald Hamil, Nhyle Helman, Jack Kendall, Junior Lininger, Marlin McQuade, Paul Mellott, Dick Ott, Carl Paylor, Harry Reeder, Jack Shimer, Billy Waltman, Clair Wible and Jack Wildoner.

David Nace, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Nace, was painfully injured on Saturday when a sprayer he was using in the garden exploded. Flying metal struck him in the face, cutting deep gashes above and below the eye. He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment, where it was reported that he will not lose the sight of the eye.

Bernita Cutchall of Taylor Township graduated last Friday from Huntingdon Secretarial School.

John W. Mentzer, Fulton County district attorney, was elected district governor of District 14C, Lions International, at the 19th annual state convention at Reading, June 15-17.

George Duane Stoll and Frances King were married on June 23.

R. Judson Wink of Hancock received a sprained left shoulder and a bruised right side and V.C. Weller of Hancock received lacerations of the forehead and chin and a bruised chest when their cars collided near Plum Run last Friday.

While playing at the schoolgrounds last Saturday, Forrest Mellott, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman B. Mellott, fell from a ladder and broke both bones near the elbow in his right arm.

Herbert T. Fost, 23, of Hancock, was a member of the crew of the Navy Submarine 0-9 which sank last Friday off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H. He had been aboard the ill-fated vessel for only two weeks. He was a son of Edward and Cora Fost of Hancock, his mother being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hill, formerly of Warfordsburg.

Mrs. Mary Scott Walker has returned to her home here for the summer from her employment at the Cotlan Industrial School.

Miss Betty Lea Washabaugh went to Chambersburg Monday where she will take a summer course at the business school there.

James H. Christian has been transferred from Langley Field, Va., to Bolling Field, near Washington.

The farmers are beginning to cut their barley.

More than 100 neighbors and friends gathered at the Knepper and Mellott home at Knobsville on June 21 to help raise a new barn.

McConnellsburg Borough officials received word this week that the State Highways Department has taken over the maintenance of the road past the highway sheds, east to Harry Ott’s and then the Lincoln Highway.

80 Years Ago

From the Files Of June 25, 1931


The following young people from here attended the Presbyterian YMCU Convention near Red Lion last Thursday: Miss Mary Mc- Quade, Mrs. Ralph Johnston, Mrs. Russell Kendall, Morrow Johnston and Robert and John Kendall.

Deaths: David Alexander Black of near Waterfall; Vanvert James Divens of near Knobsville.

Donald Nace and Miss Beatrice Krug represented Young Republicans of Fulton County at a conference luncheon at the Penn Harris Hotel in Harrisburg last Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Abercrombie of Pittsburgh recently purchased Long View Lodge.

Miss Mary E. Knauff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Knauff, was among the 204 graduates of Drexel Institute this year. She received a degree in library science.

Governor Pinchot recently signed the Bidelspacher Bill “to take country people out of the mud,” providing for the state to take over 20,205 miles of township road.

Esther Houck, about 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Houck of Licking Creek Township, was bitten by a copperhead snake on Friday. A very sick, little girl when brought to town by Chester Deshong for treatment, she is reported to be recovering now.

Harry P. Booth and Cora A. Schultz were wed on June 21.

Aden Angel and Nellie M. Thompson were wed on June 19.

Miss Edith Wilds, one of the county’s successful teachers, is attending summer school at Shippensburg.

Harry Trout will graduate from Williamson Trade School on Friday.

Governor Pinchot signed a bill on June 19 requiring all barbers in the state to be licensed after January 1, 1931.

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