2012-08-02 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures George and Nora Earley enjoying a sleigh ride in the 1961 Centennial Parade. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures George and Nora Earley enjoying a sleigh ride in the 1961 Centennial Parade. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 30, 1992


Fulton Industrial Development Association Inc. has entered into an agreement with Bill and Diane Palmer of Fort Littleton to purchase a 32- acre tract near the new Palmer Construction office building along Cito Road in Ayr Township as a future site for an industrial park. The parcel, located on the west side of Cito Road, about one mile south of Mc- Connellsburg, is situated just south of the access road to the Palmer Construction building. Negotiations are also continuing for the purchase of the Palmer Construction building for use as an incubator building for the industrial park.

Hustontown Fire Co. will kick off their annual carnival Tuesday, August 11, with the firemen’s parade. Friday, August 14, will be Nashville star Freddie Hart and Saturday the country rock group “Austin City.”

The restaurant formerly known as Medina’s will be changing its name and owner beginning August 1. The eatery located at 125 Lincoln Way West will be known as Poper’s Place and will be managed by Wanda Poper.

Roy W. Gordon, former county treasurer of McConnellsburg, recently returned from a 15-day vacation to Hong Kong and China. He attended the 75th Lions Club International Convention in Hong Kong.

Last Thursday’s combination of driving wind and rain wreaked havoc on the storefront building under construction at Lincoln Way East and Crystal Drive. The building, owned by Chauncey and Polly McGarvey, collapsed at 3:15 p.m. last Thursday after the wind and rain knocked out the supports and trusses. Water was curb high across the street during the storm which dumped more than 2 inches of rain in Mc- Connellsburg.

The Pirates finished the 1992 Little League season with a 17-win and 4-loss record to capture the championship. Members of the team are J.R. DeShong, Todd Earley, Josh Morningstar, Darren Suders, Josh Lanehart, Ryan Earley, Nathan Hixson, Billy Gracey, coach Roger Deshong, Toby Brown, Mark Watkins, Allan Shives, Tyrone Jefferson, Lucas Carbaugh, coach Mark Carbaugh, coach Roger Watkins and manager Loy Garber.

Deaths: Melissa Keebaugh, McConnellsburg; J. Albert Hann, Bedford; Florence Clendening, Charles Town, W.Va.; Andrew Petron, Allenport; Mary Akers Walters, Ooltewah, Tenn.; Bertha Byers, Chambersburg; William Selser, Chambersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 5, 1982


As the “News” went to press, it was learned that definite identification of the skeletal remains found in the Williamson quarry in April had been made by the Philadelphia team of pathologists and that the body was that of Debra Ray Witmer. Witmer suddenly disappeared from her mother’s home on May 27, 1981, where she was living, taking nothing with her, not even money or cigarettes. Searches for the missing girl have been made both in Franklin and Fulton counties during the past year. After the skeleton and some clothing were found by scuba divers this spring, it was felt that it was the body of the missing girl.

A farewell party, attended by friends and co-workers of Dwight Harvey, was held last Thursday at Pine Crest Inn. For the past three years, Dwight has been the news editor at The Fulton County News. He will be entering Dickinson College in the fall to study law.

A local woman was beaten and tied up for eight hours Tuesday by a masked man who stole at least 20 guns from her home on the Thomastown Road. State police said a man attacked Mary Louise Keefer, 52, of McConnellsburg, in the basement of her home, one and half miles south of U.S. 30. Investigators said the robber broke in to the residence through a basement door, then attacked Mrs. Keefer, hitting her face and breaking her jaw. Officers said the woman was left bound and semiconscious in the basement from the time the attack occurred until her husband returned home at 4:30 p.m. Officers said they have a full description and serial numbers of all the weapons that were stolen.

A surprise open house was held on July 11 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Vaughn Hixon, Crystal Spring, in honor of their 40th wedding annivesary.

Specials at the IGA: seedless grapes, 89 cents; Green Giant vegetables, 2 for 89 cents; Green’s ice cream, $1.69 half gallon; strawberries, $1.09; chuck roast, $1.69 lb.; new potatoes, 89 cents lb.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Ford of Wells Tannery on July 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Umbrell of Dry Run on July 27.

Marriage licenses: Charles M. Hostler, Fort Loudon, and Ann L. Mellott, Mercersburg; Bradley R. Bolinger, McConnellsburg, and Cheryl A. Groves, Lititz.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 17, 1972


Kevin, 6-year-old son of Mr. and

Mrs. John E. Hann, is afflicted with a serious kidney ailment which has damaged both his kidneys. It has been necessary for doctors to perform major surgery to help relieve the problem. Kevin has been hospitalized on three separate occasions. Medical expenses have greatly exceeded insurance, which now pays only a percentage of the expenses. The people of his church and surrounding community have become aware of this and have organized a committee to establish the Kevin Hann Fund, which will help pay for his medical expenses, medical supplies and transportation to and from the hospital.

Summer spells fair time and the Fulton County Fair at McConnellsburg is one of many throughout the state that attracts thousands of visitors from a three-state area. This year, the fair begins its 51st year with greater demand for exhibit space. The space under the grandstand is being rebuilt to provide 60 more feet to handle agriculture displays. The fair opens on Sunday, August 20.

David Strait of Warfordsburg has been awarded the $300 W. Dean Fyock Scholarship by the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Marriage licenses: Donald R. Truax Jr. of Hustontown and Sharon Watkins of Hustontown; Larry Mellott of Needmore and Linda Mellott of Warfordsburg; Dennis Richards of McConnellbsurg and Nancy Zeger of McConnellsburg.

Marine Pfc. Timothy M. Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Deshong of Mc- Connellsburg, graduated recently from the Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiders Jr., McConnellsburg, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise Kay, to Joseph Ramsey Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ramsey of Wells Tannery.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Duffey and son Jim are vacationing in the New England states and visiting with their son, John, and wife. John is serving with the U.S. Air Force in Portsmouth, N.H.

Sgt. George A. Smith surprised his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Smith, by arriving home early on Friday morning for a 30-day furlough. Sgt. Smith is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Things look brighter at The Fulton County News office at Fifth and Market streets since the building was painted brick red with white trim.

Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Guyer, Mc- Connellsburg; Lloyd Sylvester Pine, Mc- Connellsburg; Harry L. Miller, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Lois Layton, Chambersburg; Clara Barton, Six Mile Run.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sipes of Warfordsburg on August 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Bivens of Big Cove Tannery on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Seville of McConnellsburg on August 11.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Deshong of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lucinda, to Dennis Clingerman.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 23, 1962


A missing Needmore man, Peter

Gordon, 70, was found by a search party organized by the Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co. last Thursday night. He had suffered a stroke while checking over some property he owns in Flickerville and suffered a head wound.

A manhunt organized by state police from the tri-state area for a man who had shot and wounded a Maryland state policeman early on Monday, ended later that day with the hunted man taking his own life. The search centered around the Buck Valley area, and it was just over the Maryland line where the man shot himself, with several of the search party looking on. Sgt. Lester Hoover and troopers Wheeler, Kell and Rockwell of the McConnellsburg station took part in the search.

A truck hauling pigs wrecked on the turnpike last Thursday, killing 116 of the pigs and leaving 93 running around in the highway blocking both lanes.

Statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs show there were 20 manufacturing businesses, employing 398 people in Fulton County during 1961.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Martz of Hustontown celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Clyde Bookheimer has been appointed as a teller at The Fulton County National Bank.

Pictured in this issue are Joseph J. Ramsey of Wells Tannery; Warren L. Peterson, Burnt Cabins; Dwight I. Strait, Harrisonville; Guy H. Crippen,Wells Tannery, and John D. Strait, McConnellsburg, accepting 20 years of government service awards from Brig. Gen. David M. Hiester at Letterkenny Ordinance Depot.

News of men in service: Grayson Bruce Davis, Harrisonville, was discharged from the U.S. Navy in San Diego on August 2 after four years of service. Raymond Ralph Pittman, Big Cove Tannery, was discharged from the Army on August 10 at Fort Knox, Ky. He served from 1957 to 1959 and was recalled to active duty on October 16, 1961.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Chilcote, Orbisonia, on August 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Keefer, Richmond Furnace, on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Cline, McConnellsburg, on August 19.

Mac’s Auto Upholstery announces the opening of a new building on 816 Lincoln Way East, and Clevenger’s Beer Distributor announces its business opening on Back Run Road.

Nationally known Minnie Pearl will perform at the Fulton County Fair on August 30.

Deaths: Gordon Charlton, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Mary Jane Meek, Chambersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 20, 1942


In 1933, when work relief had just started, the average number of persons in Fulton County on relief was 1,522. In July 1942, there were 31 persons dependent on weekly relief checks.

Deaths: Fred David Knepper of Center; Mrs. Hannah Jane Bratton Gracey of Mount Union.

Fulton County’s fair, which will open for four days on September 9, will be geared to patriotic themes and wartime operation.

The Samuel C. Peck property in Thompson Township was sold recently to Joseph B. Pittman of Hancock.

Coupon No. 8 of the War Ration book will be good for 5 pounds of sugar, beginning on August 23.

The Trout farm, located one-half mile west of McConnellsburg, has been sold to Mack Morton of Hagerstown.

Mrs. Edith Truax of Sipes Mill is not improved and remains a patient in Everett Hopsital.

George Orth of Fort Littleton is now stationed at New Cumberland.

Death: Mrs. Newville Shaver of Orbisonia.

Mrs. Buhl Roher of Center served a birthday dinner Sunday in honor of her daughters, Imogene and Verla Deane.

Fruit growers in this area are beginning to worry about the rain. There’s so much of it that the fruit is liable to rot.

Mrs. Harvey Crouse of town was feted at a party on Saturday evening in honor of her 44th birthday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 18, 1932


The following offices of the local

Masonic Club were elected at the annual Masonic picnic on Thursday: Charles B. Stevens, president; Rev. William J. Lowe, secretary; and D.E. Crouse, treasurer.

Deaths: Joseph Barkman of Shelby, Ohio; Mrs. Sarah Krugh of Decorum.

A large crowd gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Mellott on Sunday for a luncheon in honor of Frank Mellott and Ephriam Mellott of Carversville, Pa.

Mrs. Charles W. Mellott and family have moved to the J.W. Deshong farm at Pleasant Ridge.

Richard McClain is spending a few weeks at home on vacation from the University of Pennsylvania where he is a premedical student.

Mr. and Mrs. George Decker, daughter Mary Ellen and Harry Snyder motored to Alexandria, Va., on Friday, where they attended the convention of the Cumberland Valley Firemen’s Association.

The eighth Fulton County WCTU Convention will be held in the Reformed Church next Friday with the Rev. O.B. Pouson, chaplain of the House of Representatives, as the guest speaker.

Bennett H. Truax and Mabel I. Decker were wed August 6.

A surprise dinner was held at the Christian Church at Belle Grove on Sunday in honor of Rev. A.R. Garland’s 74th birthday.

A man, who gave his name and address as Ray C. Rattigan of Brooklyn, is now an inmate of the local jail, recovering from the effects of dope. He was found lying helpless on Tuscarora Mountain on Tuesday by Clarence Winegardner, who brought him to town. He caused a great rumpus in the jail and Dr. Mooser was called to quiet the man.

Mr. and Mrs. Webster D. Mellott left Wednesday for Pittsburgh where Mr. Mellott will serve as delegate from the local post at the American Legion Convention. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Harrison and son of Kansas City.

A total of $36,250 will be awarded as prizes at the coming Pennsylvana Farm Show.

On Thursday, John Fields of Clear Ridge resumed his duties as mail carrier to Clear Ridge after being ill for some time.

Clyde Fraker and family of Pittsburgh are spending a vacation with relatives and friends at Burnt Cabins.

Boys at the Methodist Church spent four days camping at the home of Scott Gordon along Licking Creek last week. Boys in the group were Donald Helman, Donald McQuade, Daryl Sipes, Robert Raker, Lewis Largent, Mark Clevenger, James and Robert Snyder, Junior Mellott, Marshall and Carl Helman, Matthew Pittman, Paul Henry, John Lamberson, Richard Paylor, Sue Paylor, Donald and Clifford Lake, George Sheeder, Junior Fields, Boyd and Jack Foor, Mearle Mellott, Melvin Cutchall, Max and George Stenger and Hiley Shimer.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Cubbage of Hancock.

Mrs. Erby Booth of Thompson Township received a badly cut hand last Wednesday while opening a glass jar.

Threshing is in order of the day at present, but the grain is turning out very badly, only about one-third of the normal crop.

At the A&P: Octagon soap, 10 for 29 cents; Lifebuoy, 3 for 17 cents; cheese, 15 cents; coffee, 2 pounds for 39 cents; pink salmon, 10 cents; cigarettes, flat fifties, 27 cents.

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