2012-05-24 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger pictures the children of Charles and Ruth H. Reeder and was taken around 1940. Left to right, back row: sisters Almyra Keefer and Nellie Kelso; front row: Harry Reeder and Bob Reeder. The photo was submitted by Ruth G. Reeder, Bob’s wife. This week’s Memory Jogger pictures the children of Charles and Ruth H. Reeder and was taken around 1940. Left to right, back row: sisters Almyra Keefer and Nellie Kelso; front row: Harry Reeder and Bob Reeder. The photo was submitted by Ruth G. Reeder, Bob’s wife. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 21, 1992


Col. Jerre K. Mellott of Hustontown will be the featured speaker at the McConnellsburg area Memorial Day services Monday, May 25, at Union Cemetery.

The Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells, got through nearly three songs last Wednesday night at McConnellsburg Firemen’s Carnival, before the lightning flashed, the thunder rolled and the skies opened. The Tennessee Mountain Boys and Bobby Wright finished their 6:30 p.m. performance but when Wells took the stage, the weather worsened and the show was cut short. The 9:30 p.m. performance was cancelled due to the weather and midway conditions. The rain plagued the carnival on both Wednesday night and during the day on Friday. The firemen report that the carnival was not the success they had hoped for with small crowds on many evenings. Firemen say that this will, in all probability, be the last year for a May carnival.

Brooke Peck, 10-year-old daughter of Jill Peck of Knobsville, is recuperating in a Minnesota hospital following major surgery last week to correct a spinal deformity which has threatened her life since birth. Brooke underwent 11 hours of surgery at St. Paul’s Children’s Hospital in the Twin City on May 15. Although it’s too soon to tell, indications are that the surgery was a success.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hann of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Bobbi Jo, to Robbie Stevens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stevens, also of Needmore.

Leah Strait of McConnellsburg announces the engagement of her daughter, Trena M. Strait, to Ronald Ford, son of Theresa Ford of Johnsonburg and Ronald Ford Sr. of Tecoma, Wash.

On May 6, fifteen teams of high school students from Fulton and Franklin counties met at Cowans Gap State Park to test their environmental knowledge and skills. The event was the third annual Fulton/Franklin County Envirothon. The Forbes Road Gold team, all juniors, won the competition. The winning team, with advisor Garey Sprowl, included Julie Berkstresser, Stephanie Group, Tony Jamison, Donnie Runk and Devin Horne.

The Fulton County AVTS Building Construction Trades Program sponsored an open house tour of its studentbuilt home on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. The open house gave prospective buyers and other interested persons the opportunity to tour the spacious home, which was constructed almost entirely by the AVTS students. The home, located on Cooper Lane, in the Cold Springs Development, is the second home built by the students.

Deaths: Harvey W. Wible, 67, McConnellsburg; Merrill W. “Short” Kline, 78, Harrisonville; Ira D. Wright, 94, Hagerstown; Catherine C. Knepper, 81, Chambersburg; Alma A. Marks, 78, Robertsdale; Mary J. Pollock, 82, McVeytown.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Rasp III of McConnellsburg on May 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stallman of Fort Littleton on May 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Souders of Harrisonville on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Keebaugh of Mc- Connellsburg on May 13.

Billie Jo Zeger, daughter of William and Jonnie Zeger of McConnellsburg, and Todd Brian Beatty, son of John and Sally Beatty of Needmore, were united in marriage April 11, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Robert Christopher, McConnellsburg, and Tyana Black, McConnellsburg; Billy Wright, Muncy, Pa., and Susan Keebuagh, Muncy, Pa.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 27, 1982


Annual Memorial Day services will be held next

Monday, May 31, at the Union Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Rev. George Howard, pastor emeritus of the McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church.

Jeanette Kaufman, paralegal at Legal Services in Mc- Connellsburg, will be leaving the office this week to devote more time to her “dude ranch” in the southern end of the county.

It’s time for the sixth annual Fulton County C.B. Radio Club Jamboree, second annual truck show, and first model truck contest to be held at the county fairgrounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Mellott of McConnellsburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 16 at their home in Webster Mills.

Specials at the IGA: Country Time lemonade, $2.99, 10 qt.; Kraft Velveeta slices, $1.39; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, $1.19; ground beef, $1.39 lb.

The McConnellsburg track squads easily won both the boys and girls District 5 championships at Everett last Saturday, while the Southern Fulton boys placed third behind Bedford. It was the fourth district championship for the Spartan boys and the second in a row for the girls.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Anderson of Needmore on May 19.

Marriage licenses: Michael J. Deshong of McConnellsburg and Vicki Sipes, McConnellsburg; Joe Helser, Big Pool, Md., and Linda S. Sommerville, Hagerstown.

Deaths: John A. Kelly, Waynesboro; Elizabeth Daniels Taylor, Baltimore; Wendell W. Crouse, Huntingdon, N.Y.; Mrs. Frances Clenedenin, Camp Hill; Donald W. Hann, Shippensburg.

The Waterfall farm home of Mr. Black was the setting for a wonderful occasion on May 15. Well more than 100 friends, neighbors and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Black stopped by their home to attend an open house in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 8, 1972


Charles Black of Waterfall was admitted to the

Fulton County Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon following a farm tractor accident. Mr. Black was thrown from the tractor when it ran over a 15-foot embankment. He suffered multiple bruises and lacerations.

Two physicians, a dentist and a dental assistant have been approved for the Broad Top Medical Center.

Miss Lindsay Riggs, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Riggs of McConnellsburg, was graduated with honors and a B.S. degree from Drexel University on June 3. Miss Riggs majored in fashion merchandising and design.

Marriage licenses: Ray Anderson of Three Springs and Rose Cisney of Blairs Mills; Harold Garlock and Barbara Hill, both of McConnellsburg; Norman Johnston of Lebanon, Ohio, and Joy Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg; Edgar Kitchen of Wexford, Pa., and Sondra Moats of Mc- Connellsburg.

Three new teachers were awarded contracts at the regular board meeting of the Central Fulton School District this week. Appointed to fill vacancies were Barbara Oakman of McConnellsburg, who will teach first grade; Katherine Sipes of Harrisonville will teach third grade at Green Hill; and Charles A. Fields of Mount Union, who will teach specialized subjects in the fifth and sixth grades.

A McConnellsburg resident has been granted membership in one of Pennsylvania’s most exclusive fishing clubs for trophy fish that he caught during May in the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River. Fisherman Kenneth C. Kauffman has been awarded membership in Pennsylvania’s Husky Musky Club for his catch of a 42-inch, 21-3/8 pound muskellunge caught on May 17.

Men with lottery numbers 30 to 50 will be called up beginning in July, the Selective Service System has announced. The draft quota for July will be 7,200 men.

Ground was broken recently for the new Dublin Mills Community Church.

Deaths: Jacob B. Mellott, McConnellsburg; George W. Davis, Hancock; Mrs. Marie Condon, Salisbury, Md.

Last Tuesday’s heavy rain storm flooded properties on Lincoln Way West, including Keebaugh’s Furniture Store, the Harris Hotel and the VFW home, causing extensive damage. Firemen were called to pump out the water which was over the 5 feet deep in the Keebaugh basement, where thousands of dollars worth of new appliances were stored.

Stephen M. Hoover, son of Rev. and Mrs. David R. Hoover of McConnellsburg, was one of more than 400 students who graduated from Gettysburg College in June. He received a B.A., majoring in history.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald McDaid of Hustontown on May 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Barton of Hancock on May 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Martz of McConnellsburg on May 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Truax of Breezewood on June 1.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 14, 1962


The subscription rate for the Fulton County News will be increased, effective August 1, from the longtime rate of $2 a year in the county and $2.50 outside the county, to an even $3 a year. The cost of a new press and folder, plus increases in cost of materials and production, postal rates, etc., make the rate hike necessary.

Representatives of the Fulton Industrial Development Association met with officials of the federal Small Business Administration last Tuesday and were given verbal assurance that the application for a $325,000 loan would be approved. The loan will cover part of the cost of building a new plant for the Frederick Tailoring Co. in McConnellsburg.

The Fulton Industrial Development Association has pledged its support to a major resort project, which Jack Gothie of Camp Hill is developing on the east side of Rays Hill. The plans include a large lake, three lodges, swim- ming pools and individual cabins patterned after the Pocono Mountain resort areas.

Mr. and Mrs. William Sipes will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27 with an open house at their home on Sunday.

Lester Hoover, McConnellsburg, left on Monday for service in the U.S. Marines in Parris Island, S.C.

William Shaffer Jr., a student at State College, will leave for ROTC training at Indiantown Gap in two weeks.

In an effort to save money, the state says the aluminum alloy license plates issued to motorists five years ago will be retained for another three years.

The grand opening of the IGA Foodliner at 218 North Second Street, McConnellsburg, is advertised. Round steak will be selling at 69 cents a pound, rump roast at 79 cents a pound, franks at two pounds for 89 cents.

News of men in service: James Dale Runk of Hustontown was discharged from the U.S. Army on May 28 after three years service. Marvin Ray Mellott of Needmore was discharged from the U.S. Army on May 20. He enlisted on October 12, 1956, and served for 16 months in Korea. Robert Lawson Duvall of Crystal Spring was discharged from the U.S. Army at Fort Divens, Mass., on June 1, after serving since August 24, 1960.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Whitfield Jr., Crystal Spring, on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Purnell, Wells Tannery, on June 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Long, McConnellsburg, on June 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Snyder, Greencastle, on June 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Bitzer, McConnellsburg, on June 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Newman, Waterfall, on June 10.

Tommy Swain of Needmore graduated from barber training school in Harrisburg last week.

Alvin Fletcher of Amaranth is critically ill in Hagerstown Hospital after suffering a heart attack following surgery.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Elbin on Monday at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

The residents of Warfordsburg appreciated the automatic electric lights that Edward Palmer has erected opposite his store, lighting the entire village.

Deaths: Nora Fisher Dohner, Penn Grove, N.J., formerly of Hustontown; Mrs. Alva Gordon, Hancock; Mrs. S. Blaine Lehman, Carlisle, the former Ruth Kendall of Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 12, 1952


The lead story in this issue carries the following headline: Editor’s Wife Is Now An American.” On

Monday of this week, Mrs. John W. Greathead, wife of the editor of The Fulton County News, took her final oath as an American citizen at the Adams County Courthouse, with Judge W.C. Sheely presiding. While on leave from His Majesty’s Navy, he met her husband at Chippenham, England, where his outfit, the 4th Armored Division, was stationed. They were married soon after she arrived in this country after the war and are now the parents of three children, Jamie Scott, John Wellesley and Nancy Louise. She is now planning to make her first visit back to England in six years in September, taking Jamie with her.

When he was 3 1/2 years old, Radford Crouse was described as the “worst polio patient ever admitted to Elizabethtown Hospital.” On May 27, he graduated with honors from the Shippensburg High School. He is the son of Henry Crouse and the late Ethel Kerlin Crouse, former residents of Burnt Cabins.

Betty Cutchall of Big Cove Tannery and Harold Jones of Hustontown were admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

Three members of the Thompson 4-H Club visited the News office on Tuesday to learn the fundamentals of news reporting. They were Dale Wink, Doris Chesnut and Lenore Golden.

Mrs. Charles McElhaney and daughter of town left Thursday for Salina, Kan., to join her husband, A-3 Charles E. McElhaney, who is a clerk-typist in the Medical Corps at Smoky Hill Air Force Base.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hornbaker of Mercersburg on June 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Seibert Howell of Big Cove Tannery on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Summers of Waterfall on June 7.

Miss Nancy Glazier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Glazier of Mc- Connellsburg, received a B.S. in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Sylvia Deshong to John Allen Hollenshead.

John Pittman, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. McClellan Pittman of town, suffered a mangled left hand and the loss of his left index finger when his hand was caught in an interplaner at the Fleming Pittman Blacksmith Shop on Monday. He is now a patient at Fulton County Medical Center.

Robert Wright and Izetta Ulsh were married June 1.

M.W. McCormick, former police chief of McConnellsburg, is now serving in a similar capacity at Mercersburg.

The attendance at Center Sunday School was 79. The offering amounted to $10.52.

Gene Barnhart of Hustontown has been confined to his home with an attack of mumps.

Deaths: John Christopher Spannuth of Knobsville; Mrs. George W. Seylar of Mercersburg; Mrs. Susan Blanche McLaughin of Mercersburg; Mrs. Martha Rebecca McIntyre of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 11, 1942


Following the plea for scrap metal from

Pennsylvania farms a few weeks ago, enough scrap was collected to build two battleships, a cruiser and four destroyers. The total collected was 47,755 tons, more than 7,500 over the goal.

Deaths: Infant son of James and Margaret Weigle; Harry Largent of Flint, Mich.; Samuel C. Peck of Needmore.

At the conclusion of the local first-aid course, the pupils presented the instructor, Harry Elvey, with a handsome first-aid kit.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Barnett of Hustontown announce the birth of daughter on Monday afternoon at Chambersburg Hospital.

The following selectees will leave on June 17 for induction into the U.S. Army: Albert W. Hoopengardner of Amaranth; James H. Clark of Needmore; Charles T. Clark of Needmore; James W. Divel of Warfordsburg; Merril Hopkins of McConnellsburg; Grant A. Bishop of Hancock; Charles W. Benson of Hustontown; Robert M. Hull of McConnellsburg; Judson D. Layton of Needmore; Robert R. Everetts of Hancock; Norman R. Hauman of Mc- Connellsburg; Robert L. Bergstresser of Waterfall; Henry Seiders of Mc- Connellsburg; Emory L. Golden of Warfordsburg; H. Marshall Helman of Mc- Connellsburg; Mearl T. Mellott of Warfordsburg; George G. Shank of Amaranth; George C. Sheeder of Mc- Connellsburg; Guy R. Hann of Laidig; John W. Caldwell of Warfordsburg; and Titus S. Krebs of McConnellsburg.

Harold L. Shore and Alma Margaret Paylor were married on June 5.

Printed in this issue are pictures of Lt. Glen R. Bitner, who has been transferred to the Station Hospital at Camp Pickett, Va., and Pvt. Donald Helman, who had been stationed at Fort Dix, but whose present whereabouts are unknown. However, on Tuesday his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Helman of McConnellsburg, received a postcard stating that he “had landed safely at his destination.”

Sgt. Samuel Kerlin is now stationed at Camp Stewart, Ga.

R.C. Gordon of Timber Ridge was taken to Chambersburg Hospital in the Kelso ambulance on Tuesday evening.

Paul Colledge, 32, of Fort Littleton, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital early Sunday morning for treatment of numerous scalp lacerations and bruises of the body after being struck by a car near his home.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 9, 1932


Deaths: George

Washington Hess of

Salemville; Mrs. A. Danner Bueher of Gettysburg; Mrs. John Strait of Pleasant Ridge; Minnie Florence Keefer of Lemasters.

Charles Hershey and Anna Lockart were married June 1.

John F. Williams and Janet S. Winck were wed May 28.

Paul W. Earley and Fay E. Sprowl were wed on May 28.

Local members of the WCU will hold their annual picnic at McGovern’s Woods on Tuesday, June 14. Transportation will be provided.

Thomas W. Watkins Jr. and Sarah Lamberson were married on June 4.

Walter Welser Jr. and Hazel Tice were wed May 31.

William Deshong, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deshong of near Andover, was killed on Sunday morning when he became entangled in a harness of a mule and was dragged about 150 yards over the rocky ground. He suffered a fractured skull, plus numerous body injuries. He was one of nine children.

Game Protector Fred S. Fisher warns that all persons found shooting game birds will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

R.J. Fleming advertises that he has installed a hydraulic tire shrinker and will shrink two-inch tires for 75 cents.

A celebration by the Bethel Sunday School was held on the lawn of the Rilla Grissinger home at New Grenada in honor of the birthdays of Raymond Daihl and Paul Alloway, who are both 35 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Miller of Center are the proud parents of a 9-pound baby son.

Mrs. B.D. Neal of Shore Valley is very ill at her home.

Mrs. Ida Johnson of Thompson Township is very poorly again.

At the A&P: Bokar coffee, 25 cents; oleo, 3 pounds for 25 cents; Rinso, 2 for 35 cents.

The Fulton Electric Co. will hold a free electric range cooking school and demonstration at the Fulton Theatre on June 17.

At the Pen Mar: coffee, 20 cents; oleo 2 for 25 cents; baked beans, 5 cents.

Mrs. S.W. Kirk has been seriously ill the past week and is under the care of a trained nurse.

Miss Mabel Seville graduated from Penn State on Monday.

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