2012-06-28 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, which belongs to Richard Miller of McConnellsburg, pictures the 1953 McConnellsburg Little League Athletics team. Front row, left to right: Marlin Glee, Kermit Ramsey, ? Mellott; row two: Jimmy Putt, Roger Ray, Dick Doyle, Gary Grissinger, Larry Ray; row three: Walter Mellott, Buck Hamil, Dale Keebaugh, Dick Miller, Carl Gordon. Missing from the picture was manager Fred Hamil. Little League began in McConnellsburg in 1952. The first year the team had uniforms was in 1953 when John Spangler took this photo. This week’s Memory Jogger, which belongs to Richard Miller of McConnellsburg, pictures the 1953 McConnellsburg Little League Athletics team. Front row, left to right: Marlin Glee, Kermit Ramsey, ? Mellott; row two: Jimmy Putt, Roger Ray, Dick Doyle, Gary Grissinger, Larry Ray; row three: Walter Mellott, Buck Hamil, Dale Keebaugh, Dick Miller, Carl Gordon. Missing from the picture was manager Fred Hamil. Little League began in McConnellsburg in 1952. The first year the team had uniforms was in 1953 when John Spangler took this photo. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 25, 1992


Members of the Forbes Road Lions Club have completed their new tennis courts located in the

Lions Park behind the Forbes Road schools. The Lions lease the land for their park from the school district. The $17,000 tennis court project was paid for through donations from the district, the classes of 1987 and 1988, Fulton County National Bank and the Community State Bank of Waterfall as well as the Lions Club. The courts are available for use by the public.

The state’s official flower, mountain laurel, is in full bloom in Fulton County. The broad-leaved evergreen shrub was named the state flower by the General Assembly in May of 1933. The flowers come into full bloom each year in mid-June and grow to heights of 4-25 feet. It is illegal to pick the laurel, and the leaves are poisonous so it should be admired from afar.

Construction continues on Reservoir Road and past Lions Club Park as Charles Brake Contractors extend the sewer lines to homes in that area.

The recent Strawberry Festival was dubbed a success by Fulton Chamber of Commerce officials during the chamber’s monthly meeting June 17. This year’s festival made a profit of about $550, over $100 more than last year’s initial festival.

Hustontown Homecoming will be held July 4 at 11 a.m. at the community building. Meals will be served all day long with homemade ice cream.

The engagement of Lisa A. Sechrist, daughter of Carolyn Sechrist of York and Robert Sechrist of Atlanta, Ga., to Randall Brown, son of Dale and Paulette Brown of Mc- Connellsburg and Mark and Darlene King of Mechanicsburg, has been announced by their parents.

Deaths: Madeline McQuait, 90, McConnellsburg; Melvin Bernhard, 62, Needmore; Zelda Bricker, 77, Fannettsburg; Carl Berrier, 72, Three Springs; Myles King, 80, Long Beach, Calif.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neilson of Hancock on June 18.

Air Force Sgt. Floyd Mitchell, son of William and Shirley Mitchell of Three Springs, has arrived for duty in Pilsung Range, South Korea.

Marriage licenses: Brian Lake, Big Cove Tannery, and Pamela Downard, McConnellsburg; Blair Souders Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, and Melissa Brown, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 1, 1982


A jet, approaching the speed of sound, screamed over the Potomac Airpark near Hancock Saturday, just above the head of the crowd, during one of the most thrilling events of the 1982 Fly-In sponsored by the Hagerstown Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

The body of a Berkeley Springs woman, Ginger Holly Gregg, 20, was found in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry on June 14. She had been missing since the early morning hours of June 4. Maryland State Police are handling the death as a homicide.

Specials at the IGA: cantaloupes, 89 cents; cauliflower, $1.49; Heinz ketchup, $1.59, 44-oz. btl.; ground beef, $1.29 lb.

James Madison University baseball coach Brad Babcock has announced the signing of Chris Garber, a left-handed pitcher from McConnellsburg, to a James Madison University baseball scholarship.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Horne of Hustontown on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson of Needmore on June 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Rice of Mercersburg on June 23.

Deaths: Levi Johnson, Wells Tannery; Max Rinker, Orbisonia; Walter T. Barkman, Minneapolis, Minn.; Jean C. Bridenstine, Orbisonia; Agnes Pennell, McConnellsburg; Gale V. Charlton, Bedford.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 13, 1972


Circus Kirk, the all-student three-ring, big-top circus, will appear at the McConnellsburg school grounds on Saturday, July 15, under the sponsorship of the McConnellsburg Fire Co.

From the top of Sideling Hill to Fort Loudon at the base of Tuscarora Mountain, some 130 dedicated and determined Fulton countians endured painful blisters and aching leg muscles on Saturday as they joined the Walk for the Hungry to raise desperately needed funds to aid the flood victims of Pennsylvania and to feed hungry people throughout the world.

Marriage licenses: Richard Willouaghby of Berkeley Springs and Linda Beth Satterfield of Fairmont, W.Va.; Gary J. Bauercamper of Davenport, Iowa, and Naomi Coltrin of Bettendorf, Iowa.

Twelve teenage 4-H members and five adults from Brown County, Wis., will visit Fulton County 4-H’ers during the week of July 17-23 in a 4-H interstate exchange program.

Carole Lynn Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Richards of McConnellsburg, and Stanley Fetters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Fetters of Hustontown, were united in marriage on June 21.

Melissa Lodge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lodge, has been named to the dean’s list with a 3.91 average for the spring term at Pennsylvania State University.

A Fulton County youth has been given a special award for a trophy fish that he caught during May in Fulton County’s Meadow Grounds Lake. Charles Hann, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Hann of McConnellsburg, has been given a Pennsylvania Angler Magazine fishing citation for his catch of a 14-inch yellow perch caught on May 28.

Deaths: Merrill Gladfelter of Linglestown, formerly of Juniata, drowned after his trailer was washed away during the heavy flooding; William Hann, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Dorothy Mae Schooley, Harrisonville; Kenneth G. Hutchinson, Boonsboro, Md.; Clive McKinley Hixon, Buck Valley; James Campbell, Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richards are vacationing this week in Florida.

A sweet 16 party was held at the Great Cove swimming pool on July 4 for Jackie Shimer and 20 of her friends, given by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shimer.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence T. Appleby of Hustontown on July 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Miller of Waterfall on July 4 ; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Stephens of Crystal Spring on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Winnick of Orbisonia on July 6.

Ellen E. Stanton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Stanton, and T. Lee Hendershot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hendershot, were united in marriage on June 17 at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Md.

Forbes Road Drum and Bugle Corps went by bus to Boonsboro, Md., one evening last week for the viewing of Mr. Hutchinson, their instructor, who passed away suddenly of a heart attack.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of July 19, 1962


Fulton County, as well as several others, has been declared an emergency disaster area by the Department of Agriculture due to the prolonged lack of rainfall. Weather officials say that the Southeast and Southwest are lacking 25 percent of their normal precipitation and call the drought the most severe in several years.

A six-county tourist development group, the Juniata Mountain Tourist Development Committee, will request up to $50,000 in federal funds to develop tourism in Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties.

A 5-year-old New Cumberland, W.Va., girl was bitten by a wolf, as she stood by its cage, at the Ambrose Game Farm and Zoo on Monday. The zoo’s owner was bitten on the thumb as he freed the child’s arm from the animal’s grasp. She was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for a fracture of the right hand and lacerations of the palm of the hand.

The borough of McConnellsburg and Todd Township have agreed to provide an access road to the new Frederick Tailoring plant. The county will provide 60 percent of the cost from the liquid fuels tax allocation and Todd and the borough the remaining 40 percent.

The Soil Conservation Service has completed a survey of 204,760 acres of the county’s total of 278,400 acres of land, for type, texture, percent of slope and amount of erosion.

Andrew Myers of Sebring, Ohio, and formerly of Fulton County, celebrated his 100th birthday on December 6, 1961.

Marriage license applied for: Chalmer Lee Hann, Mc- Connellsburg, and Lois Eileen Brandt, Greencastle.

News of men in service: Jerry Mellott, McConnellsburg, was promoted to technical sergeant while serving with the U.S. Air Force in England. Lester Lee Landers and Leon Younker, both of Warfordsburg, entered active service in the armed forces on July 10, 1962. Younker’s brother, Morris C., entered the service on October 10, 1961, and is serving with the Army in Germany. Paul Lee Seiders, McConnellsburg, is serving with the Air Force in Germany.

The subscription rates for the Fulton County News will increase to $3 a year on August 1, 1962.

Births at the Medical Center: son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swadley, McConnellsburg, on July 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Starliper, Mercersburg, on July 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Mellott, Warfordsburg, on July 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Fisher, Everett, on July 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Deshong, Harrisonville, on July 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Guy Strait, Needmore, on July 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Fraker, Fort Littleton, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on Monday, July 1.

Patsy Lou Ficks, McConnellsburg, and Daniel S. Pluta, Warfordsburg, were married on July 3.

Deaths: Harvey Comerer, Burnt Cabins; the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derwood Orr of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Minnie May Waltz, McConnellsburg; George Dallas Kirk, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Jennie Wilson, Three Springs; Mrs. Vera V. Marshall, Mt. Union, formerly of Knobsville; C. Russell Gracey, Mt. Union; Charles E. Kauffman, Chambersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 17, 1952


Last week it was told in this column that a sum of money had been stolen from the Ambrose Game

Farm and Zoo and that the police had a suspect in the case. This week they arrested a woman and charged her with the theft, but later set her free when her husband confessed to the burglary.

Mrs. S.G. Lashley is moving into the apartment in the Roy Kendall property, which was recently vacated by Mrs. Thelma Berkstresser.

Rev. LaRue Bender, who is a patient in the Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, will undergo surgery for the third time this week.

Debbie and Vickie are the names given to the twin daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Earley last Saturday.

About 25 Fulton County fishermen spent last Thursday at Fishermen’s Paradise near Bellefonte where two 12-yearold girls, Esther McQuade and Sally Johnston, each caught at 18-inch brown tout.

Jars are now available at the local hospital for anyone wishing to can something for the Medical Center this year.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brantner of Mc- Connellsburg on July 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Strait of McConnellsburg on July 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Mellott of St. Thomas on July 13.

A 1-year-old St. Bernard dog owned by Merrill Peck attacked Miss Jane Knowles of Fort Littleton last Friday. Mrs. Peck and daughter Dolores rushed to her assistance but could not free her from the dog. Calls for help brought Jerre Cook to the scene and the three succeeded in driving the dog away. Miss Knowles suffered minor cuts and bruises and was brought to the Medical Center for treatment.

At the National Convention in Chicago last week, the Republican Party nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower as their candidate for president.

A two-month-old daughter was the only one left on Sunday in the immediate family of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Truax of Big Cove Tannery who were drowned while swimming in the Cacapon River near Berkeley Springs.

The Game Commission has allocated 2,050 doe licenses to Fulton County this year.

Mrs. Ethel Decker has been elected president of the Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary.

Miss Anna Maye Sprowl of Wells Tannery left Monday for Atlantic City where she will work this summer.

Mrs. Lavada Chilcoate of Hustontown is a patient in Baltimore Hospital where she underwent surgery.

Ralph Bryce Means and Audra Maxine Wright were married on June 20.

Deaths: Mrs. Emma M. Mellott of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Margaret A. Amsley of Mercersburg; John Bishop of Thompson Township.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 16, 1942


This year, for the first time in the farming history of Fulton County, a crop of peas for the canning industry was grown with considerable success. A pea vinery was placed on the Mack Morton farm, west of McConnellsburg, and was in operation for a period of six weeks. During that time, 58,890 pounds of Alaska peas and 57,059 pounds of sweets were hauled, making a total of approximately 57 tons.

Deaths: Doris Jean Elvey of McConnellsburg; Mary Edna Diehl of Amaranth; Mac Earl Grove of Pittsburgh.

Mr. and Mrs. E.E. North of Fannettsburg announce the marriage of Nellie Valinda and Frank North on July 12.

The elder daughter of Dan Barnhart of Cito fell last week and broke her leg in three places.

Fulton County’s largest group of draftees thus far will leave on July 22. Included will be Reed Leader of Sandusky, Ohio; Stanley L. Crawford of Amaranth; Paul L. Hamil of Knobsville; Marvin A. Douglas of Hancock; George C. Sheeder of McConnellsburg; William D. Ranck of Warfordsburg; Luther F. Chilcote of Hustontown; George Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg; Charles Burton of Hancock; Walter Wible of McConnellsburg; Floyd E. Powell of Warfordsburg; Finlay J. Wible of McConnellsburg; Earl C. Cardell of Warfordsburg; Donald E. Mellott of Cito; B. Hiley Shimer of McConnellsburg; Alvie Golden of Warfordsburg; Jack Helman of McConnellsburg; Claude Batdorff of Harrisonville; Paul Truax of McConnellsburg; Frank Crouse of Big Cove Tannery; Kenneth Barnett of Waterfall; Harold Strait of Saluvia; James Divel of Crystal Spring; George A. Paul of McConnellsburg; George Orth of Fort Littleton; Robert Lear of Saluvia; Brinton McClain of Waterfall; Lloyd Hann of Needmore; David Strait of McConnellsburg; Richard McQuait of Wells Tannery; Lee Weaver of Hancock; Foard Bowen of McConnellsburg; Melvin Brady of Big Cove Tannery; Harry Custer of Big Cove Tannery; Theodore Bair of Burnt Cabins; Lewis Fix of Saluvia; Ralph Strait of Saluvia; John Manning of Needmore; Lloyd Pine of Webster Mills; Ronald Stevens of Wells Tannery; Arthur Grissinger of McConnellsburg; Kenneth Richards of McConnellsburg; Arlie Layton of Warfordsburg; Ira Souder of Needmore; Albert Keefer of Big Cove Tannery; William Powers of Hancock; Harold Souders of Wells Tannery; Albert Ward of Amaranth; Warren Hoover of McConnellsburg; Cam Mc- Cray of Dott; Marshall Newman of Wells Tannery; Joseph Stevens of Wells Tannery; Richard Barton of Hustontown; Donald Polk of Waterfall; Norman Wible of Harrisonville; Waldon Stevens of Wells Tannery; Robert Gearhart of Big Cove Tannery and Orie Yoder of Wells Tannery. The following, who had been included in this call, have already enlisted: John Hockensmith Jr., Floyd Shoemaker, Buhl Black, Merrill Kerlin, Emory Diehl and George Wink.

80 Years Ago


Deaths: Anthony Spade of Brush Creek Township; Dr. James Eldon of Shippensburg; Allison

Brant of Licking Creek Township; Mrs. George Johnson of Thompson Township; Mrs. Mary Keith of Enid; Mrs. Elizabeth Hill of near Hancock; Mrs. Margaret Rexroth of McConnellsburg.

Walter Woodall, a graduate of the McConnellsburg High School this year, is receiving congratulations from his friends for having won the state scholarship. Walter graduated with the highest honors in his class.

The Department of Agriculture this week placed 400 Japanese beetle traps in various gardens of McConnellsburg.

A history of the Pennsylvania bounty law is given in this issue. The law dates back to 1700 and, at one time, included a bounty of three pence for any kind of squirrels, 10 shillings for dog wolves and 15 shillings for bitch wolves. These first laws were made in England and had to be acted on by the Crown.

Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Daniels quietly celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at their home in McConnellsburg last Tuesday.

Miss Elizabeth Harris is sporting a fine new Chevrolet roadster, a gift from her father, Jas. J. Harris, of the Harris Hotel.

Rev. and Mrs. Swigart of Huntingdon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday of this week.

A total of 87 students have enrolled in the local Bible School, under the supervision of the Revs. Wm. J. Lowe, Robert Parvin and A.A. Price.

Last Saturday, two aged Clear Ridge men, William L. Fields, 85, and George Taylor, 83, proved they were only as old as they feel by spending the day shocking grain in their fields. Both boast that 60 years ago, they could cut with a cradle 100 dozen sheaves a day.

Ralph W. Golden and Virginia E. Hess were wed June 30.

At the Racket Store: roofing at 95 cents a roll; picnic plates, 5 cents a dozen; 4- hour enamel, 65 cents a pint; men’s work shirts, 48 cents; 22 shells, 15 cents for 50.

At the A&P: White House milk, 4 cans for 19 cents; Lux soap, 3 for 19 cents; coffee, 3 pounds for 49 cents; cornflakes, 2 for 15 cents; Octagon soap, 10 for 29 cents.

George Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morton of Andover, fell from a tree last week, dislocating his elbow and spraining both ankles.

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