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From The Files Of April 23, 1992


Hustontown Area Fire Co. has decided to hold its annual carnival August 11-15 this year instead of in June as it has been in the past.

Dr. G.T. Lorentz is home following recent hospitalization in Washington County Hospital.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce honored Clyde Bookheimer with its prestigious Outstanding Citizen Award and the Fulton County Jaycees with a Special Service Award at its 23rd annual banquet Saturday at the Mc- Connellsburg Firehall.

Federal and state taxes and an official question regarding a $350 million state bond issue highlight the party ballots for the state’s April 28 Primary Election. The county’s 2,735 registered Democratic voters will be voting on candidates for president, U.S. senator, state attorney general, auditor general and treasurer, U.S. congressman from the Ninth Congressional District, state representative for the 78th Legislative District and delegates to the convention. Presidential candidates appearing on the Democratic ballot will be Paul E. Tsongas, Bob Keerey, Lyndon LaRouche Jr., Bill Clinton, Edmund Brown Jr. and Tom Harkin. County Republicans can chose George Bush or Patrick J. Buchanan for president.

A Breezewood area man who is a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania was sentenced last week in connection with a conspiracy to murder the boyfriend of his common-law wife. James Locke, 68, Breezewood, was sentenced to 45 to 90 months in prison April 14.

McConnellsburg Jaycees recognized Paul and Forest Mellott of H.B. Mellott Estate Inc., as “Boss of the Year” and Rodney Mills of McConnellsburg as Jaycee of the Year at the Jaycees’ 15th annual banquet April 17 at the American Legion.

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Cromwell of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca, to Patrick Torres, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Torres of Edgewood, N.M.

Deaths: Helen McClure, Three Springs; Stephen Barnhart, Clear Spring; Paul McCarty Jr., Hancock; George Reeder, Lanham, Md.

Marriage licenses: Kenneth Settle, Warfordsburg, and Patti Deneen, Crystal Spring; John Munson, Warfordsburg, and Nita Pawlak, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 29, 1982


The Philadelphia pathologists who are presently working on the skeletal remains found in the

Williamson quarry on April 13 said last week that though the remains are fairly complete, the task of reconstruction has proven difficult. The remains appear to be those of a woman and a dental record comparison with records of missing persons provided by Franklin County State Police is currently under way. There is speculation that the remains may be those of Debra Ray Witmer, 21, daughter of part-time McConnellsburg police officer Charles Ray, who has been missing for nearly a year.

The new owners of River’s Bend Golf Course, Everett, which was recently sold at sheriff’ sale, have changed the name to Indian Acres Golf Course. The course is now open and the clubhouse will be opened following remodelling and the transfer of the liquor license is competed.

The special downtown sales days held over the weekend brought more people to town than usual, and all the merchants who participated in the event expressed satisfaction at the resulting increase in business.

Bob Lowry Chevrolet advertises used car specials: 1977 Olds 4-dr. sedan, $2,995; 1977 Nova Concours, 4 dr. sedan, $2,995; 1978 Ford Pinto Wagon V-6, $2,995; 1981 Malibu 4- dr. sedan, $6,870; 1981 Chevy Citation, $6,750, and 1981 Chevy Chevette, $6,350.

Specials at the IGA: Dad’s cat food, $3.99, 10-lb. bag; Life cereal, $1.49; Banquet meat pies, 2 for 89 cents; chicken noodle or mushroom soup, 3 for 89 cents; Taster’s Choice coffee, $4.89, 8-ounce jar.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Miller of Fort Loudon on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Weller of Needmore on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. Gartland of Saxton on April 17.

Death: Harvey W. Walker, Mercersburg.

Marriage licenses: Roger Miller, Hustontown, and Deborah Shore, Fort Littleton; Michael Hill, McConnellsburg, and Michele Deshong, McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cornelius of Hustontown were honored April 17 at a surprise wedding anniversary party held at the Clear Ridge Community Building by their children. They were married 30 years ago on April 19 at Hagerstown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of May 11, 1972


Mr. and Mrs. Herb Fisher of Needmore will take off on an all-expense-paid vacation trip to sunny

Italy. The couple, who own and operate Fisher’s Furniture Store, recently received word that they had won an “Italian holiday” trip from the Sealy Mattress Co. on the basis of their sales during a company-sponsored contest. The Fishers describe the opportunity as “dream come true” and are looking foward to the “honeymoon trip we never had.”

The McConnellsburg State Police substation will hold open house all next week in observance of National Police Week.

Leanne Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K.G. Richards of McConnellsburg, was one of 854 students to receive the Associate of Arts degree in secretarial science from the Harrisburg Area Community College on may 7.

Miss Maude B. Ott quietly celebrated her 90th birthday on May 7. Miss Ott is a guest at the Decker Nursing Home.

Deaths: Marietta Dodson, Hopewell; Goldie P. Mellott, formerly of Harrisonville; Howard D. Covert, infant son of Cloyd and Karen Covert of St. Thomas; Irene Fix Miller, Three Springs; Woodrow Miller, Burnt Cabins; George Truax, Warfordsburg; Albert W. Deshong, Flint, Mich.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mentzer of Needmore on April 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George E. Shives Jr. of Needmore on April 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wible of Wells Tannery on April 30; a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Brennan of Mc- Connellsburg on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max Hoffman of Three Springs on May 4.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Beale of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Joan Elizabeth, to Paul Rudy Peachey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Peachey of Belleville.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 17, 1962


At the primary election held on May 15, Marl H.

Garlock easily trimmed his opponent, Bernard

Gress, in the race for the Democrat nomination for representative in the General Assembly. Harry Elvey was nominated on the Republican ballot.

A total of 127 seniors will graduate from the four high schools in the county this week, including 26 at Forbes Road, 16 at Green Hill, 35 at McConnellsburg and 50 at Warfordsburg.

For the second time in less than a week another runaway truck wrecked on Tuscarora Mountain, and the question townspeople are asking is “How long will our luck hold?” A tractor-trailer loaded with produce wrecked last Monday and on Friday a flatbed truck hauling heavy rotary drilling equipment overturned when the driver hit the right bank when the brakes failed to hold, two and one-half miles east of town above the horseshoe turn. Again the driver escaped serious injury, but damage to the vehicle and its load was over $45,000.

The two local banks will cash the checks of employees of the local sewing factory this week in two-dollar bills, hoping to demonstrate to the public what the factory payroll means to the economy of Fulton County.

The Fulton Industrial Development Association’s plan concerning a proposed new building for the Fredrick Tailoring Co. was backed 100 percent by the approximately 50 businessmen who attended a meeting on Monday to discuss the project. A total of $65,000 must be raised locally. Harry Branter and Paul. C. Mellott will co-chair the finance committee. Fundraisers who volunteered their services included K.G. Richards, Ralph Mellott, Eugene Earley, Wade McCray, Woodrow Strait, Mack Horton, Russell Gordon, Claude Mellott, J.R. Shimer, Ed Keiper, Thornton Mellott and Audrey Greathead.

The United Telephone Co. announces a gradual transition from two-letter, five-digit telephone numbers to all numeral, seven-digit numbers in McConnellsburg. Thus, for example, the local telephone number Hudson 5-4000 will become 485-4000.

Alma Decker of Harrisonville was admitted to the Medical Center on Friday night with injuries she suffered in an accident, which demolished her car, on Route 30 west of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Culler left on Sunday of a two-week tour of Europe.

H. Lyle Duffey was elected as a member of the executive committee for the 1962-63 term at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association in Harrisburg recently.

Carolyn J. Hann, Fort Littleton, and Thurman E. Nesbitt Jr. of Ayr Township were married on May 5.

Helen L. Golden and Daniel H. Swain of Needmore were married on May 6.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Divens, McConnellsburg, on April 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer, Three Springs, on May 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, McConnellsburg, on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas, Fannettsburg, on May 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Snyder, Three Springs, on May 4; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Weller, Warfordsburg, on May 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Truax, Warfordsburg, on May 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Clingerman, Hancock, on May 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Leab, Fort Loudon, on May 11.

Engagement announced: Barbara Swain of Hancock to Trooper M.Dean Rockwell of Canton, Pa.

Joseph Wible and Dorothy Barndollar of McConnellsburg were married on Saturday.

Mrs. Lizzie Bain Lysinger of Bedford, formerly of Fort Littleton, was visiting relatives and friends here on Sunday. She celebrated her 100th birthday on February 13, 1962.

News of men in service: Army Pvt. Eldon L. Mills of Waterfall has completed military police training at Fort Gordon, Ga. He entered the Army last November. Raymond H. Barr of McConnellsburg was promoted to gunner’s mate second class on May16, while serving aboard the attack transport U.S.S. Magoffin.WAF Airman Basic Shirley Myers of Harrisonville has been assigned to technical training course for personnel specialists at Greenville AFB, Miss.

Deaths: Claude M. Hill, McConnellsburg; Walter Black, McConnellsburg; Raymond Bishop of Galion, formerly of Blair Oak Ridge.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 15, 1952


Boys from McConnellsburg who are currently students at Stevens Trade School at Lancaster are Bob Earley, Bob Cunningham, Jack Fields and Glen Gordon.

Mrs. Harry Johnston is visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Walker, in Chicago.

John N. Spangler, chairman of the board of directors of the National Carbon Co., spoke before the Central Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of Management last week at the Nittany Lion Inn at State College. His topic was “Integrating Sales and Production.” Mr. Spangler was recently honored as an outstanding alumnus of Penn State.

Mrs. C.B. Stevens returned home much improved last week from Chambersburg Hospital. She had been suffering from paralysis of the nerves.

Miss Jeanne Greathead, who spent the past winter working in Dallas, Texas, returned to her home here on Monday.

Birth: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles McElhaney of McConnellsburg on May 8.

Two Fulton County women escaped with minor injuries on Wednesday afternoon when their station wagon collid- ed broadside with a steam locomotive at the South Main Street grade crossing in Chambersburg. Mrs. Orville Duvall, 45, of Crystal Spring, operator of the car, was treated for abrasions of the left elbow and left hip and contusions and abrasions of the right ankle. Mrs. Wilma Kint, 23, of Crystal Spring, a passenger in the vehicle, was treated for a minor lacerations of the forehead. Mrs. Duvall told police she did not see the oncoming locomotive until it was directly in front of her.

Between 500 and 600 acres of scrub oak forest were destroyed by fire in Wells Township last Wednesday. A second fire on the same day on Sideling Hill destroyed between 15 and 20 acres of private and state-owned forestland. District Forester Ralph Schmidt believes that the fires were deliberately set.

Fort Loudon was threatened last Sunday when a tractor trailer loaded with explosives caught fire. The explosives, however, were not ignited as the fire was extinguished before it reached them.

These 11 Fulton County men will undergo physical exams in Pittsburgh on May 22: Clyde Moats of McConnellsburg; Kenneth Hershey of Laidig; Newton Bishop of Hancock; Chester Peck of Needmore; William Spiker of Mc- Connellsburg; David Hess of Clear Ridge; Stewart Harris of Harrisburg; Melvin Souders of McConnellsburg; John Booth of Clear Ridge; George Mellott of Cito; and Carl Seville of Cito.

John Martz of Hustontown underwent an operation at Everett Hospital on Monday for repair of an injury to his right cheek. Two weeks ago he was cranking a gasoline engine when the machine “kicked.” The crank was thrown off and struck him below the right eye.

Deaths: Walter McCusker of Flickerville; Mrs. Martha A. Fryman of Ayr Township; James R. Hull of McConnellsburg; Donald Hamil of Knobsville; William Younker, Mrs. Etta Strait of Taylor; George E. Pennington of Collingdale.

70 Years Ago

From the Files Of May 15, 1942


Deaths: Elias B. Deshong of near Harrisonville;

James Alfred Covalt of Everett; Mrs. Myrtle Alice

Hege of Mercersburg; Chester William Layton of Amaranth.

Registration of automobile and motorcycle owners for gasoline rationing cards started in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

The O&T Store is undergoing a complete remodeling this week. All new shelving and new tables are being installed – but business is being carried on as usual.

Scott Runyan of town left on Monday night for Springfield, Ohio, to attend the funeral of an aunt.

At the 14th annual field meet held in McConnellsburg on Saturday, McConnellsburg won the trophy in the Class B events, while Hustontown took first place in the Class A events with a six-point margin over Warfordsburg.

Sgt. James E. Bishop, son of James S. Bishop of Hancock, is now stationed at Fort Eustis, Va. He enlisted in the Army in 1935, spent three years in Honolulu, where he was made a corporal, joined the Army Reserve in 1937 and then enlisted again in 1941.

Six Fulton County young men will be sent to Altoona for induction on May 23. They are Samuel Strait of Saluvia; Ralph Gray of Warfordsburg; Clarence Bender of Mc- Connellsburg; Willard Golden of Warfordsburg; Frank Hull of McConnellsburg; and Joseph Liberti of Easton, Pa., who was employed here.

Miss Beulah Stinson, daughter of Mrs. Ada Stinson of Knobsville, was crowned queen at the fourth annual May Day celebration at the Fort Littleton School last Friday. The queen’s court included June Cornelius, Doris Lee Reeder, Madeline Martz, Louise Frehn, Dorothy Regi and Freeda Booth. Miss Stinson was crowned by Miss Elma Park, last year’s queen. Flowergirls were Sally Watters and Ann Kerlin, while the queen’s gifts were presented by Jean Louise Cornelius.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Furman Gyger of Kimberton on Monday and a daughter, Mona Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. James Harris on May 6.

Eugene Judson Madden, 29, of Pittsburgh, a native of Three Springs, was instantly killed on May 9 when struck by a truck near Lewistown.

Donald L. McDaid and Mary Louise Grissinger were married on May 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Oakman and children moved to Wilkinsburg on Monday where they will make their home.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 12, 1932


Deaths: Harry F. Mosser of McConnellsburg; John

C. Sipes of Curwensville, formerly of Harrisonville;

Prothonotary Charles W. Mellott of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Sheldon Flasher of Three Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Rexroth announce the birth of a son on May 6.

Russell Reed and Violet Duvall were wed on April 30.

Miss Anne E. Johnston underwent an operation of her nose at the Hagerstown Hospital on Monday.

Morton and Harris advertises ladies’ hose at 10 cents to 85 cents; men’s socks, 9 cents to 45 cents; P&G soap, 10 for 39 cents.

Dr. Wertz of Pittsburgh, who will be in McConnellsburg each Saturday, advertises tooth pulling at 50 cents a tooth and false teeth as low as $10.

A marriage license has been granted in Chambersburg to Vaughn H. Lynch, 21, and Ida E. Carbaugh, 18, both of McConnellsburg.

Harry Hoiles of Hancock is seriously ill with pneumonia. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Bonnie Horton Johnson of State College, Pa., was taken in 1952 at Mary and Paul Horton’s family farm in Wells Tannery, and pictures her brother, Roger Horton, helping their father, Paul, in the garden beside the house.

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