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From The Files Of October 22, 1981


A large crowd lined Lincoln Way in

McConnellsburg Saturday to view the antique cars, tractors and other attractions in the “Old Timers Parade” during the Folk Festival. Saturday was a warm and sunny fall day, and despite some rain on Sunday, this year’s eighth annual festival was the best ever, by all counts.

Dave Welsh, McConnellsburg, was named State Champion Fox Hunter following the annual Pennsylvania State Fox Hunt at Fawns Grove, Pa., last week. Out of the five dogs he entered, Dave’s prize fox hound, named “Little’s Kara,” was judged the best all-around fox hunter out of 283 dogs it competed against.

Marriage licenses: Larry Gene Barnhart, Hustontown, and Frances R. Mellott, Hustontown; Donald Frisby Jr., 21, McConnellsburg, and Susan Fischer, 21, McConnellsburg.

Le Fabrik opened Thursday in the Penn’s Village Shopping Center. Le Fabrik offers women’s clothes, family shoes and quality towels, linens and bathroom accessories, in addition to fabrics. A grand-opening sale will be held soon, although no date has yet been set.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Northcraft of Warfordsburg were guests of honor at a surprise open house on October 4 in observance of their silver wedding anniversary.

Specials at the IGA: Velveeta cheese, $1.59, 1 lb.; Frosted Flakes, $1.59; Fruit Loops, $1.59; potatoes, 99 cents, 10 lbs.; Bounty towels, 79 cents.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Morris of Everett on October 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gorman of Waynesboro on October 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Yoder of McConnellsburg on October 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sowers of McConnellsburg on October 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Fischer of Crystal Spring on October 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Fuller of Fort Loudon on October 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Daniels Jr., Needmore, on October 14.

Linda Dyer and Alan Northcraft were united in marriage on July 17 in Hancock United Methodist Church.

Deaths: Thadeous Mahom Shimer, Mc- Connellsburg; Dennis A. Martz, Mechanicsburg; Christopher Foster, Wells Tannery; Helen F. Deshong, Harrisonville; Lydia E. Mills, Rockville, Md.

From The Files Of November 4, 1971


Voter turnout at the election inn Fulton County on Tuesday was greater than most veteran observers anticipated, possibly spurred by the noncampaigning race for county commissioners and the subsequent letters to the editor and replies printed in the county papers. Greatest interest was centered in the race for commissioner, with the two Democratic candidates polling the highest number of votes. Incumbent Delmar Mellott received 1,889 votes while his running mate Frank Bivens polled 1,458. The third member of the board will be Republican Edward Palmer, who garnered 1,270 vote.

The Fulton County Grange is 50 years old this year.

Wilkie Earl Mellott suffered an accidental pistol shot wound of the foot on Friday while hauling corn at his farm, four miles west of Harrisonville. A gold first-place certificate was recently awarded to the Mc- Connellsburg High School’s yearbook, the Sparta, produced by the class of 1971.

United in marriage on October 2 were Barbara Ellen Strait of Warfordsburg and Ronald William Grumbine of Hagerstown. The double-ring ceremony took place at the United Church of Christ in Buck Valley. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Coy Strait of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Grumbine of Hagerstown.

Blanche Hill celebrated her 85th birthday on Sunday, October 17.

Cecil Williams of South First Street, Mc- Connellsburg, was lucky to bag a 20-pound wild turkey the first day of the season in the Big Cove Tannery area.

The engagement of Debra Ann Laidig to Gary Eugene Stevens has been announced by her mother, Isabelle M. Laidig of Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Stevens of McConnellsburg.

Thomas Mellott of Hustontown celebrated his 89th birthday on November 1.

Charles Gobin III returned to his studies at the University of Arizona on Sunday after spending two weeks with his family here due to the illness of his mother, who remains hospitalized at Harrisburg General Hospital.

Deaths: Leonard O. Clower, Vienna, Ohio; Gertrude Shoemaker, Hancock; Mrs. Clara Ethel Strait, Needmore.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. Faith of Hancock on October 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Francis McCarty of Hancock on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Smith of Orbisonia on October 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fost of Warfordsburg on October 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Mellott of Needmore on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bigler of Orbisonia on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax Jr. of McConnellsburg on October 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bair of Shade Gap on October 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Divel of Hancock on October 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Parson of Shade Gap on October 29.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chamberlain of Chambersburg, formerly of McConnellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Charlene, to Michael Farling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Farling of Hummelstown.

The wedding of Miss Joyce Elaine Fields, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Fields, and Larry Allen Warthin, son of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Warthin, took place in St. Paul Lutheran Church on October 22 at 8 p.m.

From The Files Of November 9, 1961


At Tuesday’s election Marlin C.

Shimer was re- elected as prothonotary, polling the highest number of votes collected by any candidate – 2,209 – as compared to 1,400 for his Democratic opponent, Gerald H. Peck. In the other countywide contest, incumbent Carl G. Hann narrowly defeated his Democratic opponent Ira B. Lee by 1,775 to 1,746 for associate judge. This “off year” election brought but 70 percent of the county’s voters. On the proposed merger of the school district in Taylor, Dublin and Wells townships, the merger was defeated by a vote of 187 for, as compared to 428 against.

Mrs. Gene Stahle, Buck Valley, whose brave action averted a tragedy at a Halloween hayride, when the wagon hauling 20 children became unhooked, is a patient in the Medical Center. She suffered a collapsed lung, contusions, compression of the vertebras, brain concussion and laceration of the leg. Women of the Buck Valley area are sponsoring a bake sale and soliciting donations as a means of expressing gratitude to this plucky, young mother.

Mrs. Margaret Mellott Drouet announces the marriage of her only daughter, Elizabeth Ann, of Tudor City Place, New York City, to Bernard M. Gress, McConnellsburg. The couple was married in Winchester, Va., attended by Mrs. Drouet and R.C. Linn.

Total wage tax collected in the borough for the second quarter totalled $3,090.03, with 108 people yet to file a return, according to tax collector Elwood Mellott, as reported at Borough Council meeting on Monday. Council voted to pay a relief policeman $65 a week for the two weeks in December when Chief of Police Merrill Seville will be on vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Largent, Newport, Va., announce the birth of a son, Scott Richard, on October 13.

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare cites Fulton County as the only county in the state that does not participate in the program for child care services to dependent, neglected and delinquent children. Participation in the program would cost the county an estimated $2,000, according to an article in “The Challenge,” a monthly publication issued by the Welfare Department.

In the last article in a series on landplanning which appears in his issue, the Fulton County Development Committee and the Fulton Chamber of Commerce recommends the forming of a county planning commission.

The Medical Center Auxiliary will sponsor a benefit dance for the hospital at the American Legion on November 25.

Florence Carolyn Mosebey of Wells Tannery and Carlton W. Grove Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pa., were married October 14 in the Wells Tannery Presbyterian Church.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Montgomery, Three Springs, on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Black, St. Thomas, on October 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, on November 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs Freddie Houck, Robertsdale, on November 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, Big Cove Tannery, on November 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sipes, McConnellsburg, on November 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Parker Bivens Jr., Big Cove Tannery, on November 4.

Mrs. Raymond Kerlin, Knobsville, is delivering the U.S. Mail while Mr. Kerlin does some hunting.

Olive Wible, McConnellsburg, cut her wrist quite badly while slicing ham last Monday.

A group of young Halloweeners in Needmore gathered used clothing and donations for the Wolford Service last Monday evening and enjoyed a party at the David Hollinshead home afterwards.

Anna Lee Mills and James Scuffins were married Sunday in Hancock Methodist Church.

Death: Ranel M. Wilson, Fort Littleton; Thomas G. Ramsey, Clear Ridge; Rev. Harry C. Stenger, Tyrone; Nicholas I. Finniff, Chambersburg, formerly of Fulton County; James Oscar Stahle, Baltimore, formerly of Buck Valley.

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