FROM DAYS GONE BY
From the Files Of August 6, 1992
A community garden program initiated by Fulton County Extension Agent Don Fowler is benefitting not only the gardeners themselves but also some of the county’s less fortunate persons through the Fulton County Food Basket program. Fowler approached the commissioners this spring about utilizing a section of county-owned land near the Woodside Apartments in Ayr Township as a site for community garden plots. The commissioners agreed to allow such use of the land, and Garlock provided the plowing and tilling work free of charge.
Some members of the Forbes Road High School field hockey team and their families will play host this week to 15 players and two coaches from Holland, according to Forbes Road field hockey coach Carol Parsons. Parsons said the trip is being sponsored under the Sports For Understanding program. The players and coaches from Holland are currently staying with families in the Allentown-Bethlehem area of Pennsylvania and will arrive for a four-day visit here August 6. Members of Forbes’ team and the boosters are currently working to raise funds to make a similar trip abroad next summer.
Deaths: Agnes Keefer, Needmore; Albert Mann, Berkeley Springs; Paul Mac- Cumbee, Berkeley Springs; Terry Morris, Chambersburg; Russell King, Millville; Elnora McKim, Orbisonia.
Keith Souders and Cheryl Peck were united in marriage June 21 at McConnellsburg American Legion picnic grounds. Parents of the couple are Mary Peck and the late William Peck of Big Cove Tannery and Mr. and Mrs. A. Dale Souders of Mc- Connellsburg.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grady Starliper of Hancock on July 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Garry Shoemaker of Harrisonville on July 27.
Jeffrey Pepple, McConnellsburg, and Jill Parson, Shade Gap, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.
The Great Bedford County Fair is set to begin Sunday, August 9.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 12, 1982
Alice Mellott of Harrisonville was chosen as this year’s Fresh Air
Mother of the Year for the area. The Mellotts didn’t plan to have so many Fresh Air kids at first, it just turned out that way. They originally planned to take in two kids for four weeks, but as other families had problems with their kids, the Mellotts volunteered to take them into the home; so the two grew to five. Then there were the kids staying with the Mellott’ children. During working hours, they would bring their Fresh Air kids to Alice and George’s. So, soon the place was jumping, but Alice said that everyone enjoyed it
Roy Gordon has returned from a 20-day vacation in the Western states and Canada during which he drove 6,000 miles, 1,900 of them in Canada, where he says gas is a lot more expensive than it is here.
Specials at the IGA: Sanka ground coffee, $6.89, 2-pound can; Crest toothpaste, 2 for $1.79 Bartlett pears, 49 cents; whole frying chickens, 45 cents lb.; Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, $1.69.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Keebaugh on July 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Greg Garlock, Hustontown, on August 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford, Hustontown, on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Waters, McConnellsburg, on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Trego, East Waterford, on August 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Strait, Warfordsburg, on August 5.
Deaths: Garland Large, Warfordsburg; Leanne Stahle, Hancock; M. Bruce Hendershot, Warfordsburg; Iola Stahle, Warfordsburg; Amy Seburn, Hancock; Ira B. Bain, Mercersburg; Rueul Wilson, Mc- Connellsburg; Norman J. Mumma, Burnt Cabins; Jeannette Funk, Mercersburg; Virgie Rector, Hancock; Stanley Schetrompf, Clear Spring; Raymond Dishong, Johnstown.
Anna R. Kerlin and Chris E. Stains were united in marriage on June 12 at Knobsville Church of the Brethren. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kerlin, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stains of Fort Littleton.
Jocelyn Keebaugh and Cedric Diffenderfer were married July 3 in the United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Keebaugh, Mc- Connellsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Diffenderfer, Chambersburg.
Marriage licenses: Eldon Strait, Mc- Connellsburg, and Anita Amsley, Mercersburg; Michael Hoffman and Robin Hann, both of Big Cove Tannery; Earl Springer and Sheila Dawson, both of Hagerstown.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 24, 1972
Nancy Jane Mann, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mann of Fort
Littleton, was crowned Fulton County Environmental Queen Monday night at the Fulton County Fair. Nancy is 17 years old and will be a senior at Forbes Road High School this coming year.
Frank Riley Miller, 67, Three Springs, reported to police that some time between July 30 and August 6 his savings of $1,700 in cash had been stolen from an upstairs bedroom at his home. He told police that he believed that a man posing as an employee of a utility company could be connected with the theft of the money. A man he did not know had driven to his home and said that a gas or oil company was going to lay a line through his property. He influenced Miller and his sister into leaving the house to assist him in taking measurements by having them hold a tape measure. Shortly afterwards, he left, saying he had to see a man farther up the road. It was not until a few days later that Mr. Miller discovered he had been robbed of his savings.
Two Fulton County men were numbered among the 96 hunters during 1971-72 seasons who received the coveted Triple Trophy Award from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The two county hunters to receive the award were Neil E. Covalt of Needmore and Gerald Regi of Fort Littleton. The Triple Trophy Award is given to hunters who bag an antlered white-tailed deer, a black bear and a wild turkey during the same hunting license year.
Virginia Palmer of Warfordsburg was awarded a gold ribbon at the Central Region 4-H Dress Revue last week at the Huntingdon Middle School. She modeled a tan and blue polyester A-line dress with a solid-tan matching jacket.
Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Harvey Berkstresser announce the birth of a daughter, Bronwyn, born March 1 at the Second General Hospital, U.S. Army, Landstuhl, Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Plessinger of Warfordsburg quietly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 30.
Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Strait and Mr. and Mrs. S. Lee Richards are vacationing in Nova Scotia this week.
District Attorney Merrill Kerlin and family left last Wednesday for a vacation in Florida. Mr. Kerlin was an alternate delegate at the Republican Convention in Miami this week.
Deaths: Mary Mellott Decker, Harrisonville; Glenn Rotz, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Carrie M. Diffenderfer, Mercersburg; James W. Mellott, Fort Loudon; Mrs. Edith Streightiff, Warfordsburg.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hann of Needmore on August 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Schooley of Everett on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Booth of Warfordsburg on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Whitsel of Rockhill Furnace on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Parsons of Blairs Mills on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger McDaid of Hustontown August 15.
Miss Sharon Ritz and Thomas Reinwald were united in marriage Saturday, July 29, at Buck Valley United Church of Christ. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ritz of Hancock and F.L. Reinwald of Hamilton, N.Y., and the late Mrs. Reinwald.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 30, 1962
Galen Winegardner, Needmore, has been appointed part-time juvenile probation officer for Fulton County, effective September 11, by Judge W.C. Sheely, under the provisions of a recent act of the General Assembly that provides a subsidy to counties without a juvenile probation program.
Over 1,100 people attended the annual Republican chicken barbecue at the fairgrounds on Saturday. U.S. Sen. Hugh Scott and state Sen. Raymond P. Shafer were honored guests.
Eugene Abbott of Phillipsburg has been appointed acting executive director of the Fulton County Board of Assistance.
Dr. Russell C. McLucas has been appointed to the board of directors of The Fulton County National Bank to fill the unexpired term of Elwood J. Mellott, who has resigned to go to Florida.
Oil, spread on the approach to the fairgrounds for the benefit of fairgoers, was the cause of two accidents this week when it was tracked onto Route 30.
McConnellsburg schools open on September 4 and a list of all grade-school room assignments appears on the front page of this issue.
Congressman J. Irving Whalley was present at ceremonies on the Capitol steps last week when Vice President Lyndon Johnson presented 82-year-old General Douglas McArthur with a gold-embossed resolution by Congress, expressing the gratitude of the American people for his achievements in war and peace. “You make all of us proud we are fellow Americans,” Johnson said.
News of men in service: Cadet William E. Shaffer Jr., McConnellsburg, has completed training at the Reserve Officer Training Corps at summer camp at Indiantown Gap. Ken Clark Henry, Clear Ridge, entered the armed forces on August 13. John Reynolds Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, was discharged from the U.S. Army on August 13 at Fort Lee, Va., after serving in Guam and Okinawa.
Newlyweds announced: Mr. and Mrs. Foster Souders, Warfordsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Palmer, Needmore, and Mr. and Mrs. George Truax, Needmore
Mr. and Mrs. Don Hill visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Akatij and family in New England last week. The Akatij family came to Needmore 13 years ago as a displaced family from Ikrania sponsored by the Pleasant Grove Church, and Mr. Akatij was employed by the Hills as a tenant farmer.
The Raymond Plessinger family has moved into their new home in Needmore.
Mr. and Mrs. Max Snyder, Knobsville, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last Tuesday.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Powell, Hancock, on August 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Souders, Wells Tannery, on August 23.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 28, 1952
The “News” will be a day late this week – for two reasons, the first of which is that Monday is Labor Day. The second reason: on Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Greathead will leave for New York City where, on Wednesday, Mrs. Greathead and their eldest son, Jamie, will board one of the Queen liners for a visit to England, her first trip back to her homeland in more than six years.
Mrs. Hyle Helman will move from Mc- Connellsburg next week to Antigo, Wis., where her husband is stationed with the U.S. Army.
Mobilizing the forces of six barracks, state police organized a swift manhunt through the wooded section of Rays Hill last Wednesday and then called it off after a report of a shooting proved erroneous. Police went into action with dramatic speed and mobility after John Barnes, 42, a woodcutter, reported that he had been fired upon and slightly wounded after two men had passed the scene where he was working. His description matched that of two hitchhikers sought for the slaying of a Marine on the turnpike last week. The two men were later apprehended by Cloyd Johnson but proved to be two Kentuckians who had nothing to do with the turnpike slaying. Barnes, who had a slight head wound, was examined at the Medical Center by Dr. Gerald Lorentz, who expressed the opinion that the wound had not been caused by shot.
Mrs. Stanley Strait of Licking Creek Township was issued the first Fulton County hunting license for the coming season.
A fatal accident occurred near Warfordsburg on Sunday when a car drive by Harold Mellott, 42, of Needmore, was struck head on by a car driven by Oscar Shields, 38, of Mount Union. Ruth Fleming, 36, of Hancock, a passenger in the Fields car, died instantly of a fractured skull. Shields died on Monday. These other passengers in the Shields car were injured: Lee Ellen Bishop, 29, of Hancock, fractured upper right leg; Pauline Bishop, 32, Hancock, lacerations of the head, and E.H. Claycomb, 31, of Bedford, multiple lacerations of the face. Mellott, the only occupant of his car, was uninjured.
Dale, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gordon of Needmore, was admitted to Harrisburg Hospital on Sunday, suffering from polio.
Work will start within the next month on the landing strip for airplanes along the turnpike at Burnt Cabins.
Max E. Shope, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Shope of Hustontown, celebrated his 23rd birthday on August 22 while serving with the U.S. Air Force in Guam.
Jimmie Crippen, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Crippen of Wells Tannery, is also a patient in Harrisburg Hospital suffering from polio.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Sylvia Neil Nier to Robert J. Troxell.
Robert A. Adams and Velma C. Dingley were wed August 23.
Rev. Carl Buterbaugh, a student pastor, preached at Fort Littleton on Sunday morning.
Deaths: Samuel Ralph Bivens of Hancock; Mrs. Lucinda Rinedollar of Mercersburg; Harold B. Gaser of Mercersburg.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 23, 1942
Here are the present locations of some servicemen: Cpl. Harvey E.
Laidig in Iceland; Pvt. Paul Pittman at Newport, R.I.; Pfc. Matthew Pittman at Indiantown Gap; Pvt. Arthur Grissinger at Miami Beach.
Death: Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wilson of Wood.
Raymond Sipes and Dorothy Sipes were wed on August 4.
When the undertaker is called, the end has usually come – not so in the case of the old town clock on top of the courthouse last week. After being “dead” for several months, John W. Kelso, local mortician, was called into the case and, after making a number of repairs and adjustments, the clock is again in running condition.
County treasurer H.E. Chesnut announces that the new fiber hunting license will go on sale on September 1.
Thomas Schintz, James H. Clark and Thomas Jenkins have enlisted in the Army; Melvin Cutchall and Darrel Sipes have enlisted in the Navy, and these men will report to New Cumberland on September 2 for induction: Judson L. Kershner, Grover C. Fields, William R. Henry, Guy L. Deshong, George B. Fagley, Henry W. Daniels, Robert A. Hamil, Jacob Kerlin, Earl D. Williams, Carl E. Helman, Edison A. Akerson, Wayne B. Black, George W. Summers, Charles E. Swisher, Robert C. Snyder, Carl E. Deshong, Cloyd E. Cooper, Warren C. Keebaugh, Merrill R. Regi, Ernest D. Ray, George E. Sowers, Raymond R. Moss, Earl S. Elvey, Lewis H. Park, Clarence E. Pine, Harvey V. McQuait and Gale R. Kershner.
One of the men in the last-named group rates a special story with this headline: “Fulton’s First Grandpappy to Enter Armed Services.” Part of that story follows: Perhaps he’s not the oldest from the county, but we believe Uncle Sam’s fighting forces will have their first grandfather from Fulton County when “Sharkey” Hamil enters the Army next Wednesday. “Sharkey” was one of the group who successfully passed their physical exams at Altoona last Wednesday and will enter the service at New Cumberland next Wednesday.
Mrs. Mazie Hamil Hancock has been named principal of the Lansdowne Friends’ School for the coming year.
More locations for servicemen: Pvt. C.M. Bender at Camp Meade, Md.; Pvt. Harold Hamil at Los Angeles; Pvt. Rudolph O. Laidig at Camp Chaffee, Ark.; Pvt. Eugene D. Maher at Fort Knox, Ky.; Pfc. Kenneth H. Black in Hawaii and Pvt. Merrill Hopkins at Richmond, Va.
Mrs. Neil Sheetz, who has been seriously ill, was taken to Waynesboro Hospital on Wednesday morning.
Miss Marjorie Wilkins and Maynard Wilkins of Crystal Spring motored to Gettysburg last weekend to visit their cousin, Ellery Mellott, who was in an automobile accident recently that resulted in the amputation of his right arm.
Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Newman of Waterfall.
Miss Anna Mae King, who was bitten by a rattlesnake several weeks ago, is slowly recuperating at her home at Fairview.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 25, 1932
Deaths: Derwood Swisher of Hancock, who was found Monday on top of Tonoloway Mountain with a deep wound in his stomach, apparently inflicted when his double-barrel shotgun accidentally discharged; Mrs. Jobe L. Plessinger of Belfast Township.
Gov. Pinchot this week refused to immunize himself against poison ivy. The Health Department said that by eating the plant, one might possibly become immune. The governor said this may all be true, but he, for one, wasn’t going to try it.
Local members of the Order of Eastern Star enjoyed a ham and egg fry on Tuesday, the first of its kind ever held here.
Miss Elsie Greathead entertained at dinner and bridge at Tuscarora Summit on Friday evening. Her guests included Mrs. Clinton B. Alexander, Mrs. W.H. Greathead, Mrs. Leslie W. Seylar and Mrs. E.M. Krug.
Miss Martha Lodge entertained at a bridge party on Wednesday in honor of Mrs. Thomas W. Watkins, a recent bride. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Watkins, Mrs. E.M. Krug, Betty Elder, Ruth Kirk, Beatrice Krug, Juliet Nace and Dr. E.S. Krug. Mrs. Watkins is the former Sarah Lamberson.
Kenneth Hendershot and Stella Barnhart were married on August 23.
At the A&P: quart Mason jars, 73 cents; cider vinegar, 39 cents; sugar, 25 pounds for $1.15; flour, 10 pounds for 25 cents; White House milk, 2 for 9 cents; Ivory soap, 5 cents.
Glenn Shafer of New Grenada is improving slowly from an attack of diphtheria.
Born: a son last week to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hoffman of Hancock.
At the Pen-Mar: tomato soup, 2 for 15 cents; toilet tissue, 2 for 9 cents; coffee, 2 cents; jar rings, 3 cents; new pack peas, 3 for 25 cents; string beans, 2 for 13 cents.