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From The Files of December 6, 1951 From The Files Of December 4, 1941 From The Files Of December 3, 1931


A McKeesport daily paper recently published a feature story about the Lincoln Highway, showing pictures of scenes and homes along the highway. One of the homes shown was the colonial log home of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Grissinger of town.

The local draft board has ordered 16 married men to report for physical examinations next Wednesday. Members of this group are Donald Reed Bain of Webster Mills; Cecil Francis Fraker of Fort Littleton; John Theodore Van Horn of Chambersburg; Warren Clyde Kerlin of Knobsville; William Ellsworth Spiker of McConnellsburg; Veral Denton Fletcher of Amaranth; Isaac Wesley Bratton of Chambersburg; Paul Eugene Long of Hustontown; James Harvey Helman of McConnellsburg; Paul Robertson Mellott of Needmore; Donald Pittman Divens of Knobsville; Guy Charles Truax of Needmore; Earl J. Hawkins of Harrisonville; Gerald Preston Barnett of Hustontown; Norman Harold Mellott of Needmore; and Alton Joe Ritchey of McConnellsburg.

At the same time, these 14 single men will undergo physical examinations: Kenneth Weldon Sheffield of Lemasters; Marlin Lee Wertz of Amaranth; Charles Leroy Miller of Warfordsburg; Oliver E. Deshong of Big Cove Tannery; Edgar Lee St. Clair of Mc- Connellsburg; Donald Lee Deshong of Harrisonville; Donald Lee Keebaugh of Hustontown; Carl Bernard Mellott of Harrisonville; Willard Carl Snyder of McConnellsburg; Richard Gene Smith of Artemas; Robert Ellis Hess of McConnellsburg; Jack Henry Unger of Hancock; Harry Allen Tritle of Mc- Connellsburg; and William Clarence Hamil of McConnellsburg.

Also at the same time, Basil Eugene Pittman of Hancock will report for induction into the armed services.

The Fulton County National Bank purchased a microfilming machine to make a permanent photographic record of outgoing checks.

Roy Gordon has been elected president of the local fire company, with Marlin Mc- Cleary as vice president. Max Stenger has been named chief, with Hiley Shimer as first assistant.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Armstrong near Fort Loudon, owned by Dr. H.S. Arthur, was destroyed by fire last Tuesday afternoon.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cutchall of Hustontown on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester McQuait of McConnellsburg on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Smith of Baltimore on December 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Swope of McConnellsburg on December 4, the second child to be born to the Swopes at the Medical Center since its opening.

Jack Dale Fields, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fields of McConnellsburg, has enrolled for a course in drafting at the Stevens Trade School in Lancaster.

Death invaded the family of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kerlin of Hustontown last Friday with the death of George Seales of Long Beach, Calif. He was the husband of Helen Kerlin Seales, 12th of the 17 children of Mr. and Mrs. Kerlin. The Kerlin family received nationwide attention last week when all 17 children held a family reunion at their father’s beside in the Chambersburg Hospital.

Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Seavey of Prairieville, Ill.; Alice Rosetta Plessinger of Brush Creek Township. ’41

Deaths: John A. Garland of

Everett; Samuel Leidy of Shore Valley; Mrs. Alcie Cory Stunkard Palmer of Detroit, Mich.; Charles E. Knepper of Taylor Township; Samantha Wagner of near Hustontown; Elder John W. Skinner of Elkhart, Ind.

Auditor General F. Clair Ross says that Fulton County will receive $6,126.41 as its share of the semi-annual state-aid payments for the construction and maintenance of road and bridges.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Shafer of New Grenada last Wednesday evening in honor of their 31st wedding anniversary.

Robert H. Hunter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hunter of McConnellsburg, will leave the U.S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill., where he has been training for eight weeks, to board the USS Hamilton on December 15. The Hamilton is now in New York Harbor.

Carl Fraker of town and Maynard Unger of Ayr Township both shot a buck on the first day of deer season.

The annual initiation of Green Hands to the degree of Future Farmer will be held at Hustontown on Friday evening. Local officers of this Fulton-Franklin group of boys are James Culler of McConnellsburg, president, and Boyd Mellott of Warfordsburg; Edwin Wright of Taylor Township and Wallace Mellott of Green Hill.

The Fulton County Federation of Women’s Clubs now has a project of circulating libraries in the county. The eight units now in use, each made up of about 40 books for adult reading, are placed in easily accessible spots, such as general stores, etc. Mrs. Merrill W. Nace is chairman of this countywide project.

Roosevelt Layton and Margaret Hauman were married on November 9.

At the reorganization of the McConnellsburg School Board on Monday evening, two new members elected in November – Ross Ott and W.M. Lodge – were installed. H.E. Grissinger was named president and Mr. Lodge, vice president.

Leroy E. Snyder, about 27 of Warfordsburg, received a broken leg and severe cuts about the head when he was struck by a car on the Hancock-Warfordsburg road near the Pennsylvania line on Sunday night. He was treated by a Hancock physician and then taken by ambulance to Hagerstown Hospital.

“Hearts and Blossoms” is the name of a two-act operetta to be presented on December 4-5 by the MHS Glee Club under the direction of Miss Virginia Beach. Taking part will be Lois Brown, Grace Raker, Erma Louise Stinson, Henry Lequear, Lewis Largent, Jack Fore, Robert Hays, Bonnie Cutchall, Martha Clevenger, Tillie Sloan, Charles Gobin and Jack Kelso.

In a recent survey by the Department of Internal Affairs, Fulton was listed with Juniata, Montgomery, Perry and Pike as the five counties of Pennsylvania’s 67 which are free of any per-capita debt.

Reba Wible was discharged from Everett Hospital last Wednesday.

Junior Swope is a patient in Everett Hospital where he underwent an abdominal operation on November 24.

Mr. and Mrs. “Pete” Garlock of East Lincoln Way announce the birth of a son, born on Sunday at Everett Hospital.

Mrs. A.L. Wible was taken to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia last Friday by her son, Finlay.

Blair D. Stevens and Ruth L. Cargill were married on November 27.

Mrs. Edward Bratton was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage recently.

Miss Mildred Duvall and Mrs. Porter Duvall were among the lady hunters seen at Crystal Spring on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Buhl Rohrer and daughters Imogene and Verla Deane of Center attended the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. William Leidy, at their home in Three Springs on Saturday evening. ’31

Deaths: George E. Clouser of near

Webster Mills; Mrs. Mary M. Horton of Everett; Mrs. William Rice of near Amaranth.

Mr. and Mrs. George McKee, who were recently married, celebrated Thanksgiving in the real oldfashioned way by inviting more than 50 of their friends and neighbors to dine with them.

Frank Alexander was host to the members of the local senior class last Thursday evening at a party at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Alexander. Two of the teachers, Mr. Fries and Miss Kirk, served as chaperones.

Word came to Mc- Connellsburg on Tuesday that Russell Deshong of near Saluvia had shot both a deer and a bear. It is reported that he shot the deer and used his gun to stick the buck when he heard a noise. Looking around, he saw a big black bear. It is surely some record for one day’s hunting in little Fulton.

One skeleton-like brick wall and a glowing-hot bank vault stand out as sentinels in the business district of Hopewell to tell the tale of the worst disaster in the history of Bedford County. Fire broke out at 3:45 Thanksgiving morning in the Hopewell Hotel and caused a loss estimated at more than $300,000 before fire companies from Huntingdon, Bedford and Everett could check it. Fortyone buildings were burned and 19 families, representing about 75 people, are homeless. The cause is unknown.

Some of the lucky deer hunters were Charles Bard, son of George and Norman Baker of Knobsville; Dr. Edgar S. Krug of town, (his first deer with the only shot he ever fired); John Henry of Clear Ridge; and C.R. Shore and Harold Rotz of Mc- Connellsburg.

Emory Stottler and Maude Miller were wed November 14.

Mrs. George Thomas of Back Run is suffering from a light stroke.

Maxine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Geinger of Buck Valley, who underwent an operation for appendicitis about 10 days ago, is now suffering from diphtheria.

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