2012-08-16 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg and pictures the Clevenger sisters doing dishes after a picnic in 1959. Left to right: Martha Lequear, Mary Alice Bohrer and Emma Lodge Gordon, Ruth’s mother. This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg and pictures the Clevenger sisters doing dishes after a picnic in 1959. Left to right: Martha Lequear, Mary Alice Bohrer and Emma Lodge Gordon, Ruth’s mother. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 13, 1992


The former Daniel McConnell home on Lincoln Way West is one of more than 100 homes and buildings which are included in the proposed downtown McConnellsburg historical district. The Fulton County Historical Society is currently completing nomination forms to have the district placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The McConnell home is owned by Mrs. Dan Grissinger.

As many as 35 runners participating in the World Trans America Footrace from Los Angeles to New York City will be arriving in McConnellsburg August 16 and will be spending Sunday night at the Mc- Connellsburg Jaycees’ building courtesy of the Jaycees. Some of the runners are running on behalf of their favorite charities while others are simply running for the challenge of the grueling cross-country trek.

Workers from the Fulton County JTPA Summer Youth Employment Program recently completed installing new aluminum bleachers at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Hustontown Firemen’s annual carnival is in full swing this week with plenty of entertainment and food for everyone.

Ulysses “Liss” Mellott will be celebrating his 82nd birthday Thursday, August 13.

Audrey Greathead of town and her niece, Louise Shope of Three Springs, have returned from a two-week stay in England after flying there to visit Mrs. Shope’s father, Len Glasse, of Welwyn Garden City, Herts, who had suffered a severe heart attack. He is now recuperating at home and making a good recovery.

The new fast food restaurant, Rainbow’s End, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Dan Robinson and located at the east end of town, is now open for business.

Frances B. Mellott of Hustontown won a bronze and a gold medal recently at the Pennsylvania Senior Games held at Shippensburg University. Mellott has earned a position on the women’s softball team, which will compete at the U.S. National Senior Sports Classic in Baton Rouge, La. June 12-18, 1993. Mellott won the bronze medal in the basketball competition.

Mrs. Lillian Pittman was honored on July 17 on her 91st birthday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Carol Exline.

Deaths: Thelma Fields, McConnellsburg; Martha Hess, Needmore; Walter McLaughlin Sr., Chambersburg; Margaretta McCormick Ashlin, Silver Spring, Md.; Estella Younker, McConnellsburg; Anna Thomas, Chambersburg; Herman Weller, Hancock; Jay Reichard, Three Springs; Ronald Elbin, Alexandria, Va.

Andrew and Glenda DeShong of Harrisonville announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Courtney Ann, July 23, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Kevin and Susie (Souders) Mellott announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlin Nicole, born August 3.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Boden of Mc- Connellsburg on August 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Haynes of Berkeley Springs on August 6.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 19, 1982


A host of new buildings greet fairgoers this year at the Fulton

County Fair, which runs from August 22-28. The largest addition is the youth exhibits building, which was erected earlier this summer and was largely funded by 4-H and FFA. Other additions include a new Jaycees building, which was completed this weekend, a milk producers stand and a new horse show ring built by the 4-H Horse and Pony Club.

Paul E. Clugston, the 74-year-old Shippensburg area resident who was stabbed to death in a robbery at his home last week, had his roots in Fulton County. Clugston, a retired employee of the Chambersburg plant of Musselman Fruit Products, grew up in Websters Mill and attended public schools there.

USCG Fireman Mark S. Washabaugh was mentioned and given the personal commendation of Vice Admiral U.S. Coast Guard W.E. Caldwell in a letter written to his commanding officer concerning a rescue mission in which he participated on July 14, 1982. Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Washabaugh III and was one of the boat crew sent to the rescue of a private vessel which was sinking off New Jersey, near the Coast Guard Station where he is serving. The four people aboard the boat were rescued without harm.

Nationally known professional actor Henry Fonda died last Thursday after a long battle with heart disease.

Central Fulton schools will open for students on August 31. Forbes Road will open on September 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Hill celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on August 15.

Deaths: Mrs. Ethel Dodson, Hopewell; Ross Mellott, Warfordsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Campbell’s pork and beans, 2 for $1; Ivory liquid, $1.79; ground beef, $1.29 lb.; Utz potato chips, 89 cents; honeydews, $1.49.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Jones of Neelyton on August 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Winter of Three Springs on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Berzansky of Broad Top on August 11.

The marriage of Cheryl Ann Groves and Bradley Robert Bolinger took place on August 14 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lititz. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Groves and Mr. and Mrs. Wilda Bolinger.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 31, 1972


The grand champion Hereford steer of the Fulton County Fair, owned by John McKee of Warfordsburg, a member of the Whips Cove 4- H Club, was sold at the ninth annual baby beef sale on Friday to Ray Koontz, owner of McConnellsburg IGA Foodliner. Koontz bid 80 cents a pound for the 995-pound animal, for a total of $788. The Fulton County Medical Center became the recipient of the 1,050-pound FFA reserve champion baby beef through the generosity of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg. The bank purchased the beef at the annual sale for 61 cents a pound. The reserve champion was a crossbreed raised by Lester Hawkins of Harrisonville.

Hurricane Agnes will long be remembered by all Pennsylvanians for leaving the state with a $2 billion flood damage bill. She will be especially remembered by the farmers who watched flood waters destroy their land, their homes and their hopes for a good harvest. In Fulton County, nearly 500 acres of land were damaged by gully erosion.

Melissa Lodge of McConnellsburg and Shirley Marie Barton of Warfordsburg qualified for the dean’s list at Pennsylvania State University for the spring term.

Marriage licenses: Edgar Allen Wright of Hopewell and Sue Ellen Brown of Burnt Cabins; Harry Long Bivens of Big Cove Tannery and Alena Jean Lewis of Mc- Connellsburg.

Nancy Allen Zeger and Dennis George Richards were married on August 13 in Trinity United Church of Christ, Mercersburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zeger of Lemasters and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Richards of Mc- Connellsburg.

Airman Donald R. Mellott, son of Kermit E. Mellott of Needmore, has been assigned to Lowry Air Force Base after completing Air Force basic training.

Mrs. Ray Hancock and Mrs. Dorothy Browne have returned home after a sixweek cruise, visiting ports around the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

Deaths: Clarence Duvall, Robertsdale; Frank S. Young, Three Springs; Arthur Lambert, Venice, Fla.; Harold Dunlap, Shippensburg; John Knepper, Waterfall.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neill Miller of Needmore on August 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. D. Boyd Morgan of Three Springs on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Deshong of McConnellsburg on August 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Enos Beiler of Spring Run on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D. Stotler of Berkeley Springs.

Airman Thomas J. Mack III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Mack of McConnellsburg, has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 6, 1962


There were eight accidents resulting in injury to 16 people in

Fulton County over the Labor Day weekend; a sharp increase over last year’s figures.

The recently completed bandshell on the courthouse lawn will be dedicated on Sunday. There will be a concert by the Mc- Connellsburg Joint High School Band under band director John Enck and several distinguished band masters will share the podium.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley was taken to the Windber Hospital on Saturday night by ambulance after becoming ill at his home. His condition on Monday was reported as “not good.”

John Kendall, Faye Witter, Richard Black and Sarah Kay Bain were the winners of the Japanese beetle contest sponsored by the Farm Women’s Society.

The Coyle Free Library of Chambersburg has been designated a district library center and will be serving Fulton County for a one-year period.

The engagement of Brenda Critt, Warfordsburg, to Rodney Knepper, Wells Tannery, is announced.

John Mumma was elected president of the North-South Shortway promotional group at a recent meeting. The organization promotes the Central Pennsylvania area from Tyrone south through Huntingdon to Greencastle.

Gerald E. Mellott, Needmore, received his M.E.D. degree in business education at Penn State University on September 1.

Farmers in Fulton County received $2,290,000 from the sale of milk last year, according to the State Crop Reporting Service.

The nation’s wheat farmers voted last Thursday to continue controls on their crops designed to restrict production in order to reduce costly surpluses. In Fulton County the vote was 15 “yes” and 7 “no.”

Lynn Richards suffered a broken leg on Saturday when she was knocked off her bike by a car near her home in McConnellsburg.

Jane Truax and Foster Souders were married on August 18 in Pleasant Ridge Brethren Church.

The 10th annual reunion of the Wintergreen School was held in the Hustontown community building on August 26.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Fornwalt, St. Thomas, on August 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Coffman, Greencastle, on August 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Brown, Mc- Connellsburg, on August 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mellott, Needmore, on August 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Sipes, McConnellsburg, on August 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Newman, Waterfall, on September 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Skiles, McConnellsburg, on September 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lester, Fort Littleton, on September 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gordon, McConnellsburg, on September 2.

A single-engine plane crash landed in a field on the Joseph Rouzer property in Taylor Township, coming to rest about 100 feet from the farmhouse. Neither the pilot nor a passenger were hurt, though the plane was badly damaged.

Scott Smith of Warfordsburg died suddenly of a heart attack at his home last Tuesday.

Deaths: John C. Hoopengardner of Hopewell, formerly of McConellsburg; Eugene Bair, Shade Gap; Mrs. Wallace Shives, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1952


Sgt. and Mrs. Ralph Lininger Jr. and infant daughter of Florida are spending a seven-day furlough with relatives here.

Jack Hessler is a student at Tri-State College, Angola, Ind.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schmidt are spending a three-week vacation at Yellowstone National Park and hope to continue to the West Coast before returning home.

James E. Clark and Wilda M. Wertz were married in the Everett Church of God on August 3.

Sgt. Lloyd H. Powell and Estalene Bottenfield were married on August 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Morton of Mc- Connellsburg, formerly of Clear Ridge, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on August 24.

Mrs. John Greathead and son Jamie are now on their way to England aboard the Cunrad liner Queen Elizabeth. When they arrive there next Tuesday, Mrs. Greathead will see her mother and four sisters for the first time since she left her homeland in 1946. When she left McConnellsburg, she took with her as much food as customs would allow since rationing is still in effect in England. Mrs. Daniel Grissinger and Mrs. Robert Riggs accompanied the Greatheads to New York and all spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Edward McClaine of Long Island. On Wednesday, the whole group boarded the Queen Elizabeth and marvelled at its size. Mrs. Greathead and son will leave England on October 15 on the Elizabeth’s sister ship, the Queen Mary.

H. Warren Daniels was installed Monday as the new commander of the local American Legion Post.

Virgil Sharpe of Big Cove Tannery won the horseshoe pitching contest at the Fulton County Fair and will now go to the state Farm Show to compete in the state event.

Jere L. Cook and Helen E. Cutchall were wed August 23.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clem Smith of Warfordsburg on August 29.

Sergeant First Class Harry J. Wilson of Clear Ridge is now en route home after serving with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea.

Pfc. Hubert B. Ficks is now serving with the 25th Infantry Division in the eastern Korean sector.

Death: Hixon E. Akers of Clearville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 3, 1942


Last Saturday, Dr. and Mrs. Frank

D. Findley of McConnellsburg received a telegram announcing that their nephew, Capt. Harry Findley of the U.S. Navy, had died of wounds and was buried at sea. No particulars were given.

Deaths: Mrs. Max H. Sheets of Mc- Connellsburg; Elwood Willet of Indiana.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Keebaugh of Hustontown are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son on Monday morning.

Robert Thomas Raker and Helen Jean Ogle were married on August 27.

Lloyd S. Smith and Reva Bottenfield were wed August 16.

Elmer J. Seiders of Cito was painfully injured on Monday when his leg was caught between a plank and a truck while he was working at H.B. Mellott’s stone quarry at Big Cove Tannery. He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital in the Kelso ambulance.

A number of Dean Brant’s friends assembled at his home along the Breezy Point Road on Friday and helped him raise a large barn.

Lieut. Woodrow Mellott and wife of Fort Belvoir, Va., are happy to announce the arrival of a new daughter, Elizabeth Anne.

Mr. and Mrs. William Forney, who are now stationed in Puerto Rico, announce the birth of a daughter.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of September 1, 1932


The eighth annual WCTU convention was held on Friday, with these officers being elected: Mrs. D.B. Mc- Quade, president; Mrs. Cleona Kendall, vice president; Mrs. Mary J. Duffey, recording secretary; Miss Edith Wilds, corresponding secretary; and Miss Rhoda Kendall, treasurer. Rev. William J. Lowe gave the encouraging report for temperance workers, saying that the talk about the repeal of the 18th amendment was “just so much noise.”

Deaths: Harvey Snyder of Needmore; Senator Charles W. Waterman, Republican, of Colorado.

The borough schools opened on Monday with one of the largest enrollments ever recorded. A total of 295 pupils are enrolled in the grade and high schools.

County Superintendent B.C Lamberson has cancelled the annual teachers’ institute for this year in order to save money. It is estimated that the school districts, the county and teachers will save $2,500.

Local merchants are now getting ready to collect the retail sales tax which begins on Thursday and which is expected to provide $12,000,000 a year in the state to give unemployment relief.

An 8.5 percent eclipse of the sun occurred here last Wednesday.

Pennsylvania announced this week that it would distribute food orders to the state’s 1,267,000 jobless – but no money.

Leslie W. Seylar, chairman of the unemployment committee for Fulton County, spent Wednesday in Harrisburg in conference with Gov. Pinchot.

At Harry M. Johnston’s: ladies’ coats, $4.98; girls’ coats, $3.98; men’s everyday shoes, $1.25; men’s everyday shirts, 49 cents; all wool suits, $15.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Miller spent last week with his mother, Mrs. Minta Miller of Clear Ridge. Glen is employed at Wrightsville.

Mrs. Henry Wilson of Clear Ridge has been very sick the past week.

Mrs. Paul Alloway of New Grenada is confined to her home by illness.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell Stains of New Grenada on Saturday evening in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stains.

Eleanor Hoover, who spent the summer with her uncles and aunts at Hiram, has returned to her home in McConnellsburg.

Leslie Garland of Hiram has built an auto for himself.

Carl Wright of Wells Tannery underwent an operation for appendicitis at the hospital in Huntingdon on Friday.

Billie Kernes has returned to his home in Washington, D.C., after spending five weeks with A.C. Schetrompf in Buck Valley.

Miss Mildred Peterson of Burnt Cabins went to Mount Union on Wednesday to see her aunt, Mrs. Tillie Love, who recently dislocated her shoulder.

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