2011-07-07 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 4, 1991


Thursday’s Fourth of July parade to honor all area veterans begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Fulton

County Fairgrounds and will proceed west through McConnellsburg. Residents along the parade route are urged to fly their flags, and everyone is invited to participate in the post parade activities at McConnell Park adjacent to the county courthouse.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday chose a firm to study countywide emergency services communications and agreed to seek a drought disaster designation for the county. The designation is the first step in making the county eligible for funding should any changes or improvements be called for to the county systems.

Two persons are currently working within the county, attempting to document the history and cultural aspects of Fulton County as part of the nine-county America’s Industrial Heritage Project. Doug Day and Linda Randolph have been in the county for several weeks and will continue their work this month on their 30-day contracts with the folklife division of the AIHP program through the Allegheny Highlands Heritage center in Johnstown. They hope to document aspects of the county’s history and culture, and their reports will be placed in archives to preserve for posterity the experiences and lives of older residents.

A Three Springs man was killed and two others injured in a one-vehicle accident near Letterkenny Army Depot last Thursday morning, June 27. Police said Gary Griest, 39, was travelling south on Pa. Route 997 near Gate Six of the depot last Thursday when his Oldsmobile drifted off the roadway and struck six guardrail posts before traveling down a 40-foot embankment and rolling over. Griest was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in the car suffered injuries. Police said that Robert Rickabaugh was taken to Chambersburg Hospital and was held overnight, and Kenneth Brown, Three Springs, suffered minor injuries but was not treated.

Deaths: Helene Brown MacKinlay, Huntingdon; Donald C. Madden, McConnellsburg; Gary Griest, Three Springs; George Feight, Everett; Kenneth Younker, Hancock; Margaret Mellott, Everett; Thelma Varner, Shade Gap; Kenneth Beck, Orbisonia; Lewis Hornbaker, Mercersburg.

Gina Stotler and Billy Burkett were joined in marriage April 27. The bride is the daughter of Fred and Jean Walls of Hancock. The groom is the son of Faye Burkett of Greencastle and William Burkett of Needmore.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Poole of Chambersburg on June 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Craig Woodring of Chambersburg on June 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Mellott of Needmore on June 27.

Laura Lee Mason and Phillip McQuade were united in marriage June 8 at the United Methodist Church in Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Bessie Mason of McConnellsburg, and the groom is the son of Marie Mc- Quade of McConnellsburg and the late Dale McQuade.

Parker Crouse and Ruth Mellott, brother and sister, celebrated their 80th and 90th birthdays on May 26 at the home of Parker and Janie Crouse.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 2, 1981


Despite heavy rains late Thursday afternoon, the storm clouds cleared for that evening’s Hustontown firemen’s parade, part of the weeklong HAFCO carnival and celebration. Carissa Stains, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Landis Stains, Harrisonville, was crowned Little Miss Princess of the Hustontown Fire Co. Tuesday night at its annual firemen’s carnival.

A McConnellsburg teenager escaped drowning after going under the water at Cowans Gap State Park on Saturday. Greg Frazier, 15, son of Mrs. Stanley Cook, was swimming in the lake when at about 5:30 p.m. he began to go under. His brother, who was with him, helped and Frazier was pulled from the water.

A few weeks ago, a 5-year-old Hancock girl was stricken with tick paralysis, a relatively rare illness but one people should learn to recognize. Chasity Younker had seemed fine on Friday. However, Saturday she was unable to walk, her reflexes were poor and one eye blinked involuntarily. After admittance to the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital, many tests were taken, but it wasn’t until Sunday night that the cause of her problems was found. While Chasity’s grandmother was holding her head, she felt a large lump beneath the hair. An investigation showed that a large tick had embedded itself in Chasity’s scalp, at the back of her head. Doctors removed the tick, taking care to be sure the tick’s head was also removed and Chasity was on the way to recovery. She was able to return home in a few days and is reported to be doing fine now.

Mr. and Mrs. Ardys Carson of Warfordsburg have announced the marriage of their daughter, Mildred, to Wilson R. Gawtrop Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson R. Grawthrop Sr. of Clarksburg, W.Va.

Specials at the IGA: Hills Bros. coffee, $5.70, 3 lb.; cantaloupe, 89 cents; fresh ground beef, $1.19 lb.; Cheerios, $1.39; Scot towels, 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Seville of McConnellsburg on June 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ward of McConnellsburg on June 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gearhart of Mc- Connellsburg on June 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Fedak of Breezewood on June 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Leese of Needmore on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lynch of McConnellsburg on June 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Gaither of Hancock on June 25.

Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Catherine Smith, Warfordsburg; J. Leslie Harr, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Kathryn R. Wheeler, Venice, Fla.; Hubert L. Elvey, Saginaw, York County; Frank Mar, Needmore; Michael Golden, Hancock.

Marriage licenses: David Lee Winter, Warfordsburg, and Sharon Lee Swisher, Warfordsburg; Lambert Clippinger Jr., Waterfall, and Donna Lea Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Charles Buterbaugh, Needmore, and Carol E. Donner, Mc- Connellsburg; Thomas R. DeShong, McConnellsburg, and Tina Marie Lininger, McConnellsburg; Warren Lee Seville, McConnellsburg, and Michele Dorothy Grammick, Mc- Connellsburg; Homer Jackson Lynch Jr., Big Cove Tannery, and Tammy Sue Edwards, Big Cove Tannery; Galen H. Hanks, Big Cove Tannery, and Leslie J. Bowman, Needmore; Roger H. Garland, McConnellsburg, and Julie A. DeShong, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 15, 1971


Southern corn leaf blight was found in Fulton

County last week on the farm of Bernard Barnhart, south of Needmore. Leaf specimens, taken from one of the Barnhart cornfields and sent to the Penn State Laboratory, were identified last Friday as having southern corn leaf blight. Fulton County cornfields will be watched closely during the rest of the summer to determine the extent of damage by this disease.

Arthur L. Hershey of McConnellsburg was among the 102 state police cadets who graduated on July 14 from the State Police Academy at Hershey.

Janice Faye Eichelberger of Wells Tannery was one of 485 students named to the dean’s list at Clarion State College for the second semester.

The Grove Manufacturing Co. of Shady Grove, a division of Walter Kidde & Co. Inc., has broken ground for construction of a new building, which will be the largest yet erected in its premises in that village.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lodge enjoyed a vacation at Nags Head and Cape Hatteras, N.C., the past week.

A surprise birthday party was held on Sunday for Mrs. Helen Knepper of Three Springs at the home of her sonin law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph D. Mellott of Hustontown.

Susan B. Garland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Garland of McConnellsburg, was among the students who were named to the dean’s list of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Elizabeth (Yeakle) Fite, now a guest at the Decker Nursing Home, celebrated her 92nd birthday on June 18.

Deaths: S. Burr Higgins, Crystal Spring; Orlyn Norman Hess Jr., Needmore; Carey T. Layton, Warfordsburg; Mrs. S. Gertrude Lucas, Everett; Mrs. Rhoda Parlier of Robertsdale.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer P. Ray of Needmore on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore R. Shives II of McConnellsburg on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. DeShong of Mercersburg on July 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Wertman Jr. of Hancock on July 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William A. Rowles of Blairs Mills on July 8.

Mr. and Mrs. John Culler of McConnellsburg will mark their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house at their home on Sunday, July 18.

A costly fire caused the loss of two places of business in downtown Saxton early last Wednesday morning. Adjoining buildings housing the Happy Hollow Pizza Shop and the Weaver Electrical Appliances building, both owned by William G. Weaver of Saxton, were totally destroyed.

USMC Pfc. H.P. Naugle Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Naugle of McConnellsburg, is now attending Ground Radio School in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif. Pfc. Naugle is married to the former Nancy Seville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seville of Big Cove Tannery.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 20, 1961


Cable television by Tri-State Cable TV of Hancock is expected to be available to McConnellsburg residents by September 1. Construction of the antenna on top of Tuscarora is already nearing completion.

The Fulton Chamber of Commerce met last week and reviewed the group’s accomplishments for this year. They include initiation of mail delivery in town, erection of road signs on county roads and establishment of the Fulton Industrial Development Corp.

No one was injured when Howard Crawford Jr. of Warfordsburg ran off the right side of the road while travelling north on Route 522 near the Maryland line. Damage to the car was estimated at $75.

Eugene F. Earley, cashier at The Fulton County National Bank, has been awarded a pre-standard certificate by the Franklin-Fulton Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, after having successfully completed the required education training.

The annual firemen’s carnival is in full swing all this week at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The highlight will be a parade scheduled for Thursday evening.

Free instruction in the care of patients and in general floor duty is being offered to applicants for employment at the Decker Nursing Home.

Three McConnellsburg men, now serving sentences for a series of burglaries in Fulton County, were sentenced to additional terms last Monday for a Clearville area burglary. All pleaded guilty to burglarizing the Gilbert Nycum General Store on February 10, 1961, stealing $35 in cash and removing $487 worth of merchandise.

Japanese beetles have hit Fulton County and are feeding on a wide variety of plants, particularly roses, grapes, raspberries and corn.

Arnold Decker of McConnellsburg has received a certificate designating him as a Maximum Profit Feedsman after successfully completing a specialized course conducted by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Cooperative Association.

Marriage licenses were issued at the courthouse during the past week to: Lee F. Lashley and Alda Mae Crawford, both of Amaranth, and James Edward Horst, Hancock, and Evelyn Bernice Carey, Morristown, N.J

A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Souders of Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska, on July 4.

H. Lyle Duffey, executive vice president of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg, attended the regional conference of the American Institute in Altoona on July 15. He represented the Franklin-Fulton Chapter of th AIB.

Jack Marshall is a patient at the Medical Center after suffering a heart attack last week while at his employment on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Miss Wanda Lee Oakman, Buck Valley, and Mr. John L. Elbin, Warfordsburg, were married at the Zion Lutheran Church on June 10

Miss Karen Hamil, McConnellsburg, and Mr. John Bishop, McConnellsburg, were married on July 8 at the local Methodist Church.

A birthday party was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Divens on July 9 in honor of the 10th birthday of their son, Mitchell.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gress, McConnellsburg, July 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Unger, Hancock, July 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Parton, Hopewell, July 13, and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clem Chilcote, Harrisonville, July 13.

Miss Sadie Mellott of Knobsville was recently married to Carl Hammon.

A family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnston on July 16 in honor of Mrs. Johnston’s brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Westfall, and children Eddie, Jackie, Hurl and Ruby of Columbus, Ga.

A surprise birthday supper was held at the Swope residence on July 12 in honor of Charles “Sonny” Wible.

Deaths: Elmer Sowers, 77, McConnellsburg, on July 14; Mrs. Edith Brown, 86, at the Reformed Presbyterian Home in Pittsburgh on July 4. She was born near Hustontown. John Elden Wible, 70 of Huntingdon on July 10.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 19, 1951


Mr. and Mrs. Dean Shull and son of Chattanooga,

Tenn., visited on Sunday with her parents, Mr. and

Mrs. Peter Morton, en route to San Diego,Calif., where Mr. Shull will report for duty on August 1 with th U.S. Navy.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kerlin and Mr. and Mrs. Duffey Mellott left Sunday for a six-week trip to the West Coast.

Pfc. Gilbert Lake has returned to Stoneman, Calif., after a 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lake.

W. Scott Rinedollar, Everett postmaster who is well known in Fulton County, was elected last week as president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters.

Three poisonous snakebite victims were treated at the Fulton County Medical Center last week. They were Leroy Mellott, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb Mellott of Harrisonville; Cheryl Bivens, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bivens of McConnellsburg; and Alma Cutchall, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cutchall of Hustontown. All were believed bitten by copperhead snakes.

Rev. Larue G. Bender of McConnellsburg will serve as a delegate to the National Methodist Town and Country Conference in Sioux City, Iowa, July 21-24.

Pfc. Robert E. Weller and Jean E. Miller were married on July 7.

Deaths: Dr. Jobe Judson Palmer of Needmore; James W. Kendall of Bozeman, Mont.; George G. Hinish of Hollidaysburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 17, 1941


Sheriff and Mrs. Porter Duvall and son Jimmy attended the Sheriff’s Convention at Beaver Falls last week. After the convention, they motored to Niagara Falls and spent several days in Canada.

Deaths: the infant daughters of Leroy and Beatrice (Shaw) Snyder of Hustontown.

Pvt. Royal Clevenger, one of the first draftees to be called from Fulton County, is now stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.

Pvt. Lawrence Shimer has been transferred to Indiantown Gap.

Earl Truax, chairman of the AAA Cotton Mattress Program in Fulton County, has announced that the program will close here on July 31. To date, two carloads of cotton have been made into mattresses for families in Fulton County with an income of not more than $500 a year.

Two cousins, George Lewis Sponsler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sponsler of Saluvia, and Russell Kenneth Sponsler, son of Earl J. Sponsler of Petersburg, Pa., were accepted at the Altoona recruiting station last week for service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Both were sent to South Carolina for training.

The John Stunkard property on North Second Street was purchased by Hollis M. Wible at public sale on Saturday.

Four of the Army’s newest M-3 medium tanks passed through McConnellsburg on Friday en route to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland in a 260-mile road movement to test them “under high sustaining speeds.” The tanks were equipped with rubber pad tracks.

Effective August 1, the rural route out of the local post office will be extended to include the patrons from Bate’s Hill to Andover, back to Harrisonville and thence to Breezy Point.

A new ice cream parlor opened in McConnellsburg on Saturday, under the management of Hershall Woy of Bedford County.

Miss Bernita Cutchall of Laidig has accepted a position as clerk in the local Highways Department office. She is a graduate of Hustontown High School and the Huntingdon Secretarial School.

On Wednesday, six boys from Fulton County enrolled in the CCC, namely Calvin Max Akers of Crystal Spring; Morris V. Bailey of Fort Littleton; Glenn F. Edwards of Mc- Connellsburg; Harry C. Hess of Fort Littleton; Stiles P. Jackson of Crystal Spring; and Raymond C. Kerlin of Knobsville.

Miss Zoie Mason has opened her home on North Third Street and is having her sisters, Mrs. Goldie Barton, Mrs. Jessie Hawk and Mrs. Lois Bemis and son as her guests for the summer.

Miss Tillie Sloan is enrolled in the summer camp at Spruce Creek in Huntingdon County.

Mr. and Mrs.George W. Mosser are attending the Elks convention in Philadelphia this week. After the convention, they plan to motor to Canada where they will spend ten days.

The wet weather has slowed harvest considerably.

Clarence Naugle of Burnt Cabins has been admitted to Chambersburg Hospital for observation.

Mr. John Snyder of Knobsville is a patient in Waynesboro Hospital.

Alfred C. Burns Jr. of Knobsville is stationed in Oklahoma.

Jacob W. Brodell and Margaret E. Linn were married June 14.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 16, 1931


Deaths: David S.

Maun of Mc-

Connellsburg; Henry Roher of Three Springs, a veteran of the Civil War; Mrs. Jennie Laidig of Lurgan, Franklin County; Barton Taylor of Clear Ridge; David E. Mellott of near Saluvia; Mrs. John D. Berrrier of Montoursville.

The sad news was “broadcast” Friday evening that Teddy, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Ford of Wells Tannery, drowned in the creek near his home. Eddy and his two older brothers were watching the stream from the bridge, the water having been raised by a downpour of rain. Teddy stepped on the edge of a loose plank which tipped over, throwing him into the water. The older brother jumped into rescue him and had he not been able to seize hold of a bush, would have met the same fate. The alarm was given and about 100 men began searching for the body, which was not found until Saturday forenoon, about a half mile from where he fell in.

Death: George Elliott Everhart, Saltillo.

The hemlock won its laurels for the 1931 session of the General Assembly by being selected as the state tree of Pennsylvania.

Leslie W. Seylar was re- cently reappointed by Gov. Pinchot for his third successive term as a member of the State Fish Commission.

Harold Rese, Harold Montague and Thomas Cromer of Burnt Cabins were at New Grenada on Monday and placed a washing machine in the home of Frank Thomas.

A history of the Mellott family appears in this issue. the first paragraph reads: “John, Obadiah and Jacob Mellott (Melette) together with a halfbrother, came from France to America in 1760. The halfbrother settled in Hagerstown while the three brothers settled in what is now Belfast and Licking Creek townships.”

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