2012-08-30 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Rena Ott of McConnellsburg, pictures, left to right, Rena and her late husband, Paul, winners of the Lions Club Tennis Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament held at the Lions Club Park in the late 1970s. Also pictured are Charlotte Wilt and Roger Seville, second-place finishers. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Rena Ott of McConnellsburg, pictures, left to right, Rena and her late husband, Paul, winners of the Lions Club Tennis Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament held at the Lions Club Park in the late 1970s. Also pictured are Charlotte Wilt and Roger Seville, second-place finishers. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 27, 1992


Rebecca Eisaman, 17-year-old daughter of Don and Judy

Eisaman of Harrisonville, was crowned the 1992 Fulton County Fair Queen during a pageant held Monday evening, August 24. Eisaman, a McConnellsburg High School senior, was one of five contestants in the sixth annual contest sponsored by the Xi Eta Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Nearly 30 property owners and interested citizens attended the public meeting hosted by the Fulton County Historical Society on August 19 at the courthouse in McConnellsburg. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on the society’s efforts to have the downtown Mc- Connellsburg area placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Only 15 years old but already a five-time competitor, Mike Leese of Needmore realized his dreams Monday night when his 1,225-pound steer took the grand champion title at the 4-H/FFA Market Steer Show at the Fulton County Fair. Shelly Gress, also a veteran competitor in the beef show, capped off her 12th and last year of competition by taking the reserve champion title.

A mother bear and her two cubs were sighted on the grounds of the Mountain House on top of Tuscarora Mountain on Saturday morning. An early morning horse rider saw the mother bear perched on top of one of the motel units eating peaches from an overhanging peach tree. The two cubs were playing below.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Boyd Wolfe and his wife, Peggy, visited the Fulton County Fair on Monday evening and enjoyed the fair queen pageant.

Many people here were concerned about family and friends living in the Miami, Fla., area, which was struck by Hurricane Andrew early Monday evening.

Marriage licenses: Kevin Woodward, Blairs Mills, and Adaria Ciampa, Saltillo; Richard Hierholzer, Martinsburg, and Katherine Spidle, McConnellsburg; Christopher Youngblood, McConnellsburg, and Sharon Painter, Myersville, Md.

CT scanning, one of the most important diagnostic tools in modern medicine, is now being done at the Fulton County Medical Center. Housed in a shiny steel trailer on the east side of the Medical Center, the scanner was recently leased form LINC Equipment Services and is now available to patients.

Members of the 186th Combat Engineers Battalion held a reunion last Saturday at Clear Ridge Community Building. Among the local members attending was Wayne Fleming, Hustontown.

Bonnie Keefer and Scott Hann were united in marriage May 23 at Cito United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are James and Karen Glunt of McConnellsburg and Larry Keefer of McConnellsburg and Wayne Sr. and Doris Hann of Roxbury, Pa.

Deaths: Mildred Fix, 68, McConnellsburg; Robert Crouse, 77, Chambersburg; Oliver Hockenberry, 63, Shade Gap; Archie Smith, 56, Needmore; James Linscott, 52, Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Price of Everett on August 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Glass of Fort Littleton on August 19.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 2, 1982


The First National Bank of Mc-

Connellsburg was again top bidder at the 19th annual youth livestock sale at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Saturday evening. The bank, which this year donated the grand champion steer to the Hustontown Fire Co., paid $2.95 per pound for the 1,210-pound Limousin-Angus cross owned by Dan Schriever. The reserve champion, purchased by the McConnellsburg IGA, brought $1.35 a pound, 20 cents under last year’s price. The reserve was owned by Rita Shives.

A Fulton County native, John Lewis Mumma, 24, was killed Thursday, August 26, in a two-car crash on Route 16, west of Upton. A Mercersburg teenager was seriously injured in the collision. He was the son of Ivan K. and Polly Feagley Mumma of McConnellsburg.

Gary W. Long, 35, McConnellsburg, was appointed part-time police officer for the borough at a special meeting of council held last Wednesday for the purpose of filling the vacancy in the police department.

Donald and Pearl Hamil of McConnellsburg will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Sept. 4.

Specials at the IGA: Campbell’s pork and beans, 3 for $1; cauliflower, $1.19; Pepsi Cola, 8 16-oz. bottles, $1.49; round steak, $1.89 lb.; Bartlett pears, 39 cents.

For the second year in succession, Lorraine Milroth, McConnellsburg, was named Great Cove Women’s Golf Champion.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gelvin of McConnellsburg on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randall Brooks of Shade Gap on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brown of Burnt Cabins on August 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Stevey of Everett on August 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hixon of Warfordsburg on August 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lane of McConnellsburg on August 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl McDaid celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 17.

St. Johns United Church of Christ in Massillion, Ohio, was the setting for the recent wedding of Kimberly Louise Dodson to David William Fetzer. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dodson Sr. of Wells Tannery. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fetzer of Canton, Ohio.

Deaths: Imogene Sellars, Manchester, Pa.; Margaret A. Swope, Needmore; Harry D. Ficks, McConnellsburg; Robert J. Allen, McConnellsburg; Stella Pittman, Mc- Connellsburg; Bazzail Cattlett, Needmore; Anna Smith, Warfordsburg; O. Frank Keyser, St. Thomas; Leslie Edwards Sr., Broad Top City; Theodore R.Group, Huntingdon.

Marriage licenses: Donald Ray Bolling and Debra Joyce Bailey, both of Needmore; David Heckman and Shelley Carbaugh, both of McConnellsburg; Oliver Deshong and Bertha Smith, both of Harrisburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 14, 1972


Parker E. Crouse of Scottsdale,

Ariz., son of Mr. and Mrs. Parker H.

Crouse of McConnellsburg, has designed an electric organ that is completely portable, with the entire unit built into a standard Samsonite suitcase. Mr. Crouse is a senior engineer with the Motorola Co.

Antlerless deer licenses will go on sale to Pennsylvania resident hunters on September 18, under new rules and regulations adopted by the Game Commission. In Fulton County, Treasurer Roy W. Gordon stated that he will accept applications for the 3,900 licenses allocated to Fulton County. This is 400 fewer than last year’s allocation.

Mayor William C. Stouffer of Altoona, Central Pennsylvania regional director for the Committee To Re-Elect the President, announced this week that a Nixon Victory Caravan will visit McConnellsburg on September 11. The caravan is comprised of a large red, white and blue 40-foot trailer with mobile office space available.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Preston R. Carbaugh of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carole L. Carbaugh, to Douglas M. Martz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martz of Mc- Connellsburg.

Sue Nesbitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.William Nesbitt, left on Tuesday to begin her first-year studies at Shippensburg State College.

Deaths: Charles C. Matthews, Mc- Connellsburg; David W. Pool, Carlisle; Mrs. Velda Barton, Harrisburg.

Births at the Medical Center: twin boys to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ensminger of Mercersburg on September 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Mellott of Hustontown on September 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allan Hollenshead of Harrisonville on September 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Booth of McConnellsburg on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Werdebaugh of Big Cove Tannery on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Keefer of Mercersburg on September 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Lynch of Warfordsburg on September 8.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 20, 1962


Dedication services for the new parsonage of the United Church of

Christ will be held on Sunday, September 23.

McConnellsburg State Police have been alerted to be on the lookout for a Hagerstown man wanted for the murder of George W. Courtney, Hagerstown, last Wednesday. He has been known to frequent the lower Fulton County and Hancock area.

Two covered wagons, in which two Amish families were transporting their household effects to settle in West Virginia, passed through town last week. They camped on the James Kendall farm overnight.

Roger K. Elvey, owner of Elvey’s Flower and Garden Shop, is studying at the Hixson Floral School in Lakewood, Ohio.

Marriage licenses were applied for at the local courthouse by Richard H. Brightman and Rosetta L. Lininger, both of Mc- Connellsburg, and Fred S. Shaulis of Indiana, Pa., and Donna Jane Fry of Mercersburg.

Engagement announced: Sara Virginia Swope to Allan Huston, Harrisonville.

Nancy Taylor, RN, of McConnellsburg, started work on Monday in the office of an oral surgeon in Washington, D.C.

The John Mentzer property on North Fourth Street was put up for sale on Saturday but was not sold. The highest bid on the house and two lots was $12,000.

News of men in service: Marine Private Elwood B. Doyle, McConnellsburg, has completed four weeks of advanced combat training at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Roger Dale Skvarka, Wells Tannery, enlisted in the armed forces on August 28; Marine Private Lester F. Hoover has completed recruit training at Parris Island, S.C.; Ernest Lee Harris, McConnellsburg, entered the armed forces on September 11 at Pittsburgh; Larry Gene Chubb, McConnellsburg, having completed basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga., will report to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to serve with the U.S. Signal Agency. His brother, Don Henry, is serving with the armed forces in Chenevieres, France. Gerald Lloyd Hendershot, Warfordsburg, after completing basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga., will report to Fort Bliss, Texas.

Ann L. Deshong, McConnellsburg, graduated from the Jefferson Medical College School of Nursing in Philadelphia on September 8.

Linda Sipes, Needmore, has enrolled as a student nurse at the Washington County Hospital.

Mrs. Oliver Bard, Needmore, was hospitalized on Monday, the result of an electric shock from the clothesline.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jones, McConnellsburg, on September 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Bottenfield, Needmore, on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clemmie Chilcote of Harrisonville on September 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barnett, Hustontown, on September 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Linn, Three Springs, on September 16.

Deaths: Gilbert A. Fischer, Buck Valley; Mrs. Ellen Diak, Waterfall; Mrs. Wealthy Ann Shaw, Wells Tannery; Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Tritle, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Daisy E. Spade, Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Whips Cove; Anna Elizabeth Edwards, Waterfall.

Comerer Hardware offers a 17 cubic foot chest-type freezer for sale at $239, a 9-1/2 cubic foot upright for $159 and an 11-1/2 cubic foot upright for $179.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 18, 1952


Miss Pauline Cutchall, a teacher in the public schools in Elkton, Md., spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Cutchall of this place.

Harry Steach of Fort Littleton underwent surgery on Saturday morning at Chambersburg Hospital.

William Nelson left on Monday to resume his job as a boilermarker at Norfolk, Va.

Beverly Ann Fox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fox of Knobsville, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday where she underwent immediate surgery for appendicitis.

County Commissioner Frank S. Thomas of New Grenada was admitted to Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville on Saturday for observation and treatment.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Metz of McConnellsburg on September 12.

A charter has been issued for the Websters Mill Cemetery Association.

Appearing in court this week, Ted Brown was found guilty of surety of the peace and was ordered to furnish $1,000 bond to keep the peace. In the absence of a lawyer for him, Brown was permitted by the court to argue his own case and was allowed to cross-examine his wife, Mabel.

Harold R. Largent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Largent of town, is now attending radar school at Kessler Field, Miss.

The Dunkard Brethren Church will hold a series of tent meetings starting September 29.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Grissinger Sr. of town celebrated their ruby (40th) wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Pvt. Vaughn L. Ramsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Ramsey of Clear Ridge, is now serving with the 7th Infantry Division on the sweltering central front in Korea.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Munson of Warfordsburg.

Joyce Gallagher, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elder Gallagher of Clear Ridge, is suffering from meningitis.

Two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cornelius of Clear Ridge, Bonnie and Nancy, are ill, one with pneumonia and one with a severe cold.

Doris Decker of Fort Littleton is attending Chambersburg School of Business.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Newman.

Deaths; Wilbur Daniel Hawk of Mc- Connellsburg; George Washington Harris of Mercersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 17, 1942


The local Lions Club will sponsor a series of entertainment during the coming months to raise money to carry on the club’s many worthwhile activities. During the past five years, the club has spent $1,080.96, most of which was spent to provide glasses for boys and girls throughout the county. Other activities include the annual Christmas decoration contest, Christmas treats for the needy and the annual Easter egg hunt.

Death: Dewey W. Layton of Breezewood.

Raymond E. Lamberson has been elected as teacher of biology and physics in the Windber schools. Mr. Lamberson had served as teacher and principal of the Warfordsburg schools for several years.

Death: Earl Hoffman of Chambersburg.

General Edward Martin, candidate for governor, will be present at a Republican rally in McConnellsburg on September 22.

In a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hamil of Knobsville, Pfc. Ivan Hamil stated that he had arrived safely in England. Another son, Pvt. Paul Hamil, is now stationed at Camp Wheeler in Georgia.

John W. Spangler of Montclair, N.J., has announced that he will donate a service flag for Fulton County. A committee has been appointed to select a suitable place to display the flag and to keep it up-to-date.

Funeral services will be held in State College for Mrs. E.M. Krug, former owner and editor of The Fulton County News, who died at the home of her son, Dr. E.S. Krug, of State College, on September 14. Mrs. Krug succeeded her husband in the editor’s desk in 1930 and served in that capacity until she retired due to failing health in 1938. She took a keen interest in political and civic affairs, was a member of the Methodist Church, was an ardent worker for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and was a member and past president of the former Mc- Connellsburg Civic Club.

H. George Lequear, son of Rev. and Mrs. H.R. Lequear, has returned as a junior to Catawba College as a V-7 Naval Reserve student.

Death: Palmer Mann of Pittsburgh.

Lemuel Divens of Knobsville is a patient in Everett Hospital.

Death: David Knepper Sr. of Center.

Helen Wright, teacher of commercial subjects in the Hershey Schools, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Wright.

Harold R. Painter Jr. and Martha A. Mellott were married September 5.

Norman W. Stahley and Helen Wink Corman were married September 8.

Isabel Patterson advertises seed wheat at $1.25 per bushel.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 15, 1932


Deaths: Mrs. Cecila Purcell of Hustontown; Mrs. Sadie J. Ward of Pontiac, Mich.; James Henry Fields of Clear Ridge; George A. Dickerson of Harrisburg; Mrs. Esther E. Felton of Everett; the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Mellott of Hustontown.

A column is printed in this issue, the “gist” of which contains these words of wisdom: “Full churches on Sunday will mean a better community on Monday.”

Paul M. Barmont and Minee C. Rife were married September 10.

Marshall Lynch and Leslie W. Seylar, candidates for representative in the General Assembly, have started a new trend in politics in Fulton County. They have agreed not to pass out cigars, candy and pencils to prospective voters in an attempt to gain their votes.

Harry L. Baumgardner and W.L. Nace spent Wednesday in Lewistown as conferees from Fulton County in the nomination of Joseph F. Biddle to fill the unexpired term of Edward M. Beers as representative in Congress.

Mrs. Agnes Ray of town celebrated her 85th birthday on Saturday.

William Oyler, 86, Newville, father of Andrew Oyler, former highways superintendent of Fulton County, was killed Saturday when he walked into the path of an automobile.

Clair Decker and Wayne Holinshead have returned to Shippensburg State Teachers College to resume their studies.

On Wednesday Frank Alexander and Tom Sloan became first-year students at Pennsylvania State College.

Thurman Strait, Mrs. Ned Knepper and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morton motored to Harrisburg on Saturday to visit Mrs. Strait, who is a patient in the hospital at that place.

Luther Cornelius of Burnt Cabins was taken to Lewistown Hospital last Saturday.

Hollis Mellott, Lewis Deneen, Maxine Gienger and Wilmina Shank, all of Buck Valley, left this week to enroll as students at Shippens- burg.

Ernest and Raymond Duvall have been busily engaged filling silos in the Brush Creek community the past few weeks.

David H. Fore and G.W. Wagner, both of Knobsville, have been seriously ill the past week.

A number of friends gathered at the home of Mrs. A.B. Gordon in Thompson Township on Saturday to help her celebrate her birthday.

At the Racket Store: work shirts, 48 cents; boy’s overalls, 38 cents; men’s overalls, 69 cents; bed blankets, 48 cents; canvas gloves, 6 cents; men’s dress hats, 98 cents.

Mrs. Robbie Miller of Three Springs was guest of honor Saturday evening at a party in honor of her 29th birthday.

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