FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of July 2, 1992
’92 Local farmers are making their first cut of hay this week and, without exception, report a nice crop. Weather watchers will recall that last summer’s first hay cutting was scarce and of poor quality due to the extreme drought conditions. But this spring and summer have brought moderate temperatures and average to above-average rainfall to the area – a blessing to the farmers and gardeners among us.
A severe thunderstorm with high winds and heavy rains struck the southern end of our county Tuesday afternoon. Some residents of the Needmore area reported as much as 3.5 inches of rain in 45 minutes.
Hustontown area firemen have set August 11-15 for their annual carnival. This year the parade will be on Tuesday, August 11. Nashville star Melba Montgomery will give two shows on August 13.
Tim Fowler, son of county agent and Mrs. Don Fowler and a Penn State graduate, left on Sunday for Chad in central Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer under a two-year program. A sports medicine graduate, he will work in the health services field establishing clinics in small villages.
Brett Cornelius, a qualified member of the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour in the 11-18-year category, played in his first tournament on Monday at Silver Creek Country Club at Hellertown, Pa., and finished third with a score of 83.
A Harrisonville area man was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon, June 30. Ralph “Sonny” Berkstresser III, 38, was working on a roof at a property in Licking Creek Township around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday when he apparently was struck by lightning near his left ear. The lightning passed down through his body, exiting his right foot with the force of the lightning blowing right through his shoe. The force of the bolt knocked Berkstresser from the roof, and he fell about 15 feet into a woodpile.
Mr. and Mrs. Blane Younker of lower Thompson Township are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Adam Chase, born at the Washington County Hospital on June 18.
Vaughn and Esther Hixon will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 10.
Deaths: Frank Mellott, 102, Mercersburg; Louella Barnes, 67, Shippensburg; Donald R. Martin, 75, Greencastle; Donald R. Corbett, 75, Hancock; George Clevenger, 86, Mercersburg; Don Snowden, 60, New Paris; James W. Conn, 86, Export Myles King, 80, Long Beach, Calif.; John Litton, 81, Sykesville, Md.
Ronald Cutshall, Three Springs, and Stacy Guynn, Three Springs, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 8, 1982
’82 The old IGA market building on North Second Street in McConnellsburg was sold last week, and the new owner plans to convert the building into a warehouse and distribution center for “Niagara Therapeutic” beds and chairs, by Phil Thomas of Detroit, Mich. Thomas had bought the building from the Industrial Development Authority, which had purchased the building from its owner, Ray Koontz.
There were five accidents investigated by state police over the July 4 weekend in Fulton County. No serious injuries resulted from any of the accidents.
A large wooden equipment storage shed on the Ronnie Hoopengardner farm in Buck Valley was destroyed in an early morning fire last Wednesday and two farm tractors in the structure were lost in the blaze.
Employees of Grant Mellott, Needmore contractor, put up a new 40- by-60-foot youth exhibit building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds one day last week. The building, paid for mainly through the efforts of local 4-H and Future Homemakers of America clubs, will house most of the non-livestock exhibits of such youth groups as the 4-H, FHA, vocational programs and schools during this year’s fair and those to come.
Shelby Bottenfield and Jerris B. Weller were united in marriage on June 5 at the United Methodist Church of Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jame Bottenfield of Needmore. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Weller of McConnellsburg.
Patty Kerlin and Michael J. Bishop were united in marriage on June 5 in St. Paul Lutheran Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kerlin and Mr. and Mrs. James Bishop.
Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Kies of McConnellsburg announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Kies, to William W. Lowman III, son of Mrs. Jaquita A. Lowman, Chambersburg, on June 5.
Specials at the IGA: Post Honey Comb cereal, $1.59; Kraft barbecue sauce, 79 cents; Lebanon bologna, $2.19 lb.; Peter Pan peanut butter, $1.59; San Giorgio spaghetti, 2 for $1; Hi-C fruit drinks, 69 cents; Betty Crocker cake mix, 69 cents.
The 10th annual Dr. Robert E. Riggs Memorial Tournament was held at Great Cove on Sunday with a field of 68 golfers competing for the newly purchased solid-pewter trophy and the many valuable prizes. Tom Terek of Somerset was the winner of the trophy, coming in with a net score of 72.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Bowers, Hagerstown, on June 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne. Mellott, Harrisonville, on June 28; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald King of Burnt Cabins on June 30.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kendall of McConnellsburg were honored at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration on June 20.
Deaths: Arnold R. Metz,Chambersburg; Pauline Little, Hancock; Victor Reel, Hagerstown; Bertha Hemminger, Hustontown; Roy W. Foster, Chambersburg.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 20, 1972
Ruth Lane of Hustontown, who last week served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Association of Farmer Cooperatives Summer Youth
Institute at Shippensburg State College, was one of five commonwealth young adults who has been named to attend the annual meeting of the American Institute of Cooperation at Iowa State University, July 31 to August 3.
The 1972-73 hunting license fees for most Pennsylvania residents will be increased under legislation recently approved and signed into law. This year, there will be three resident hunting licenses, replacing the two licenses that have been in existence in the commonwealth since 1963. A hunting license this year for youngsters 12 through 16 years of age at the time they purchase their licenses will cost $4.20. From 1963 until 1971, the fee was $3.20. An adult resident hunting license for sportsmen 17 through 64 years of age on the date of the license purchase will cost $6.70. From 1963 until 1972, the fee was $5.20. A new hunting license was created for senior citizens 65 years of age and older. It will sell for $5.20.
Swimming hours at state parks throughout Pennsylva- including Cowans Gap State Park in Fulton County, have been reduced, effective July 15. A statewide reduction in the budgeting for the parks has caused the cutback in swimming hours.
Marriage licenses: Roger L. Horton of Wells Tannery and Melissa J. Lodge of McConnellsburg; Frank Ile Jr. and Della Mae Woods, both of Willow Hill; Jacob Junior Pine of Mercersburg and Elna Judy Appleby of St. Thomas.
Susan Corman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Corman of Hustontown, is a patient at the Medical Center due to the misfortune of being bitten by a copperhead snake.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Chester Mellott of McConnellsburg, who were married on June 29, 1927, and Mr. and Mrs. John H. Divens, who were married July 6, 1927, both celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on July 2 at the Mellott home in McConnellsburg.
Deaths: Miss Eleva E. Mellott, Harrisonville; Madeline Brechbile, Saxton; S. Cleveland Henry, Clear Ridge; Levi C. Seville, Big Cove Tannery.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs.Carl Brown of Burnt Cabins wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sue Ellen, to Edgar Allen Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wright of Wells Tannery.
Marine Sergeant John L. Everett, son of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Everett Sr. of Hancock, has reported for duty at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, N.C.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene R. Clark of Breezewood on July 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Naugle of Shade Gap on July 12.
The Orbisonia Church of the Nazarene was the setting for a wedding Saturday afternoon, July 1, in which Karen Jean Jaymes of Shade Gap and Paul Eugene Purgason of Hillcrest Heights, Md., were united in marriage. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Jaymes of Shade Gap and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Purgason of Hillcrest Heights.
Edgar Donald Kitchen, son of Mrs. Virginia Kitchen of Wexford, Pa., took as his bride Saturday, July 1, Miss Sondra Kay Moats, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd “Bill” Moats of McConnellsburg.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 26, 1962
’62 Work on the Meadow Grounds Lake and dam site in Fulton County started on Monday of this week. The 204-acre lake, which will be developed by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, is expected to top $197,000 and is scheduled for completion in late 1963. Local contractor K.G. Richards was the lowest bidder for the rental of heavy equipment and operators that will be used on the job.
At the annual meeting of the Fulton County Medical Center on Monday, the net profit for the year was quoted at $4,599. There were 1,517 patients admitted, 339 births, 57 deaths and 532 operations during the year, and the 27- bed hospital had a 72 percent occupancy rate.
Fourteen people were treated and one person admitted to the Medical Center on Sunday morning with injuries suffered when a Greyhound bus skidded on Sideling Hill and hit an embankment.
Roger, 6, and Randy, 4, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richards, McConnellsburg, were injured when a field sprayer at their farm home overturned on them. Roger suffered a fractured leg and Randy a laceration of the head.
The McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. has decided to organize an ambulance club and expects to begin operating the service on September 1 for a $3 a year membership fee.
The State Executive Board has ruled that all Pennsylvania police are entitled to all the legal holidays that other government workers get or compensating days off.
A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse to Ray Allen Palmer and Ruth Ellen Smith, both of Warfordsburg.
Mrs. Martin Felstad of Alberta, Canada, daughter of J. McMurran Hoke, who left this county to settle out West in 1890, spent several days last week with her cousin, Russell Runyan.
News of men in service: Lt. Richard C. Price of Harrisonville is stationed at Norfolk, Va. He joined the Navy in July 1959. Airman Third Class William E. Golden of Warfordsburg has been assigned to Dow Air Force Base in Maine. Staff Sgt. John C. Allen, Dry Run, of the U.S. Air Force, has been assigned to a unit in Southeast Asia. He entered the service in 1951 and is married to the former Velma Sheffield of Fort Littleton.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Oran Ulsh, Hustontown, on July 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hawkins, Harrisonville, on July 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Deneen, Crystal Spring, on July 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cornelius, Fort Littleton, on July 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Very Nonemaker, Waterfall, on July 20.
Mrs. Cassie Mellott, Needmore, celebrated her 100th birthday on May 13.
Deaths: Hope A. Lake, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Nellie Deshong, Holland, Mich.; Miss Lillian Grissinger, Mc- Connellsburg; Harvey Elwyn Comerer, Burnt Cabins.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 24, 1952
’52 Mr. and Mrs. George Bard drove to Muskingum College on Saturday to meet their son, Terry, who has been with a caravan group for six weeks.
James Anderson of State College, former science teacher at McConnellsburg, is seriously ill at his home there.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Helen Virginia James to W. Edward Palmer.
On July 7, 1952, the first day of the new school year, the 12 political subdivisions of Fulton County began operations as three joint school districts. Northern Fulton has named Fred D. Lamberson as supervising principal; Mc- Connellsburg is vacant as yet, and Kenneth Sheetz was named supervising principal of the Southern Fulton district.
Bruce “Bill” Weller, McConnellsburg painter, suffered shock, multiple fractures of the left wrist, fractured right thumb, multiple lacerations of the face and general body bruises on Monday when he fell from a ladder while painting the Alexander home, across from the post office.
A former Fulton County man, Ruthard Jacob Black, 37, was killed last Thursday while working on a road construction job in New York state. A bulldozer operator, he was fatally injured when his head struck a tree limb. He was the son of Jacob and Esther (Shore) Black of Dublin Mills.
The White Swan is the name chosen by Mrs. Kathryn Shaw for her new restaurant located next to the firehall on Lincoln Way West in McConnellsburg. It will open on Friday.
Paul N. Fisher and Cleo Morton were married Saturday.
Three Little League teams are now playing in Mc- Connellsburg – Yankees, coached by John J. Kelso; Tigers, coached by Tad McLaughlin, and Indians, coached by David R. Hoover.
Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hedrick of Big Cove Tannery on July 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rotz of McConnellsburg on July 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Sipes of McConnellsburg on July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Knepper of Waterfall on July 18.
Two polio cases, the first in Fulton County this year, were reported last week. The victims are Redith Fix, 10- year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fix Jr. of Mc- Connellsburg, and Robert Truax, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Truax of Needmore.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Patricia Myers to James J. McMurtie.
It was a triple birthday celebration on July 16 at the James Barnhart home at Warfordsburg. Patricia was 11 years old, Hobert was 5 and Roger was 1.
Alice, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kirk of Warfordsburg, is having an “itching” good time. She has a bad case of poison.
Deaths: Mrs. Jennie Montague of Shirleysburg; Mrs. Clarissa Taylor of McKeesport; Mrs. Dorothy Evanline Cromer of Wood; A. Merle Baker of Cassville.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 23, 1942
Here are the locations of some more servicemen: Pvt. Robert Hull at Camp Wheeler, Ga.;
Pvt. Clyde A. Weller at Camp Cooke, Calif.; Pvt.
George “Jim” Black at Fort Knox; Pvt. C.M. Bender at Camp Meade, Md.; Sgt. David D. Lynch with the U.S. Air Corps overseas.
Deaths: Joseph W. Deshong of Wilmington, Del.; Daniel Bishop of near Hustontown.
Pvt. George Stenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stenger of McConnellsburg, has graduated from parachute school at Fort Benning, Ga.
Frank Mellott, son of Ephraim Mellott of Sipes Mill and his son, Ray, 15, are in a Fostoria, Ohio, hospital suffering from injuries they received when their farm home burned on July 3.
Roy McGehee of town was injured at the ammunition depot at Chambersburg on Monday when a plank fell from a scaffold and hit him. Four stitches were required to close cuts in his face.
Mrs. Clara Deshong of Harrisonville fell at her home last week and is now confined to her bed.
Mrs. Harry Brant of Fairview fell from a load of hay last Thursday and fractured her collarbone.
Two Brush Creek Township men were nabbed by the motor police on Monday and charged with desertion from the U.S. Army.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hall of Burnt Cabins are all smiles over the arrival of a new dishwasher at their home last Thursday.
A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hill on June 28 in honor of the 14th birthday of their son, Elmer.
Frederick F. Unger, publisher of the Mercersburg Journia, nal, and Isabel R. Ott were married on July 10.
B.F. Cline and Erma B. Gress were married on July 15.
The Packard sedan of District Attorney John W. Mentzer burned near Burnt Cabins on July 18. He and his family were en route to Toronto, Canada, to attend the International Lions Convention.
A truck loaded with watermelons overturned on Tuscarora Mountain on Friday.
Roy Foreman, a native of Wells Valley, was killed at Washington, D.C., but no details are given.
80 Years Ago
From The Files of July 21, 1932
Rexroth of Mc-
Connellsburg; Miles L. Hann of Los Ange- les, Calif.; William Troxell of Warfordsburg; Tobias J. Shumaker of Sylvan.
Chester, the 4-year-old son of J.D. Knepper of Taylor Township, was badly injured last Thursday. The boy was pushing a grain rake across the barn floor when it hit some stationary object, causing the handle to strike the boy a crushing blow in the groin.
Officials of the Nason Hospital at Roaring Springs believe that institution will have to close in September due to the fact that the state has cut hospital appropriations by 24 percent.
Twenty-six mules were burned to death last Wednesday when fire of undetermined origin destroyed the stable of the Rock Hill Coal and Iron Co. at Robertsdale.
Mrs. Wilbert M. Deshong of Amaranth is a patient at Chambersburg Hospital, recovering from injuries she received when gored by a bull last Friday evening.
Between two- and threehundred men are now employed constructing nine miles of new road in Fulton County.
Miss Anne Johnston has returned home after undergoing a tonsil operation by Dr. E.S. Krug at Chambersburg Hospital.
Lester Mumma and Bertha Helen Lashley were married on July 6.
Frank Stinson and Parker Crouse, who had operated the green goods store and meat market here, have dissolved partnership. The business hereafter will be owned by Mr. Stinson.
Mrs.William Hoffman of Hancock is ill at this writing.
Mrs. James Reel, also of Hancock, is dangerously ill after death claimed her firstborn child, a little daughter.
Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Kerns of Hancock.
William Smith and Ethel Booth were married on July 16.
Miss Ida Cowan has returned to her home in Burnt Cabins after having spent some time in a Harrisburg Hospital.
Frank Wible of Three Springs, who had been dangerously ill for some time, is now on the upgrade.
President Herbert Hoover set a notable example last week when he voluntarily reduced his own salary.