2012-10-24 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet Richards of Bethany Beach, Del., was taken in the early 1950s at the Laidig farm in Newburg and pictures a reunion of the Alice Witter Alloway (Waterfall) family and brother Hayes Witter’s (Shippensburg) family. Included are Brown and Mabel Miller, George and Elsie Newman, Jay and Mildred Alloway, Brinton and Velma Laidig, Myrtle Alloway, Varian and Jessie Hoover and their families. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet Richards of Bethany Beach, Del., was taken in the early 1950s at the Laidig farm in Newburg and pictures a reunion of the Alice Witter Alloway (Waterfall) family and brother Hayes Witter’s (Shippensburg) family. Included are Brown and Mabel Miller, George and Elsie Newman, Jay and Mildred Alloway, Brinton and Velma Laidig, Myrtle Alloway, Varian and Jessie Hoover and their families. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 22, 1992


Fulton County played host to thousands of visitors over the weekend for the county’s 19th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival. The foliage was ablaze and the weather cooperated to make for a delightful weekend. All areas of the county reported large crowds. At Green Hill Sewing Club, all apple dumplings were sold out by noontime on Saturday, and the apple butter was sold out just minutes after leaving the cauldrons.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday voted to change the polling place for Dublin Township from Fort Littleton Methodist Church to the Dublin Township municipal building along Pa. Route 475 across from Clair R. Miller Building Supply.

Fulton County Medical Center Corporation launched its first annual fund campaign to raise $100,000 for two patient care projects at a press conference Tuesday. The Campaign for Caring will raise funds for new patient beds in both the hospital and nursing home as well as create an endowment for scholarships for students pursuing health careers.

Dessie Pickford of Harrisville, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, visited the fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon, undoubtedly the oldest spectator on the grounds. Mrs. Pickford celebrated her 100th birthday on October 12. She was raised on Scrub Ridge, a daughter of Grant Fix. She left Fulton County when she was 21 years old.

Deaths: Libbie Martin, Needmore; Evelyn Hale, Caneadea, New York; Gene Snyder, Saxton; William Mills, Shade Gap; Allan Heller, Hancock.

Mary Cross and Chad Ritchey exchanged wedding vows during a marriage ceremony June 20 in First United Methodist Church of Christ in Everett. Parents of the couple are Joe and Nancy Cross of Everett and Delbert and Rena Ritchey of Everett.

Crystal Mellott and Daniel Chisholm were married September 12 in the Naval Air Station Chapel at Corpus Christi, Texas. Parents of the bride are Donald and Dorothy Mellott, Mercersburg. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. John Chisholm of Gahanna, Ohio.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Rosenberry of Burnt Cabins on October 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Mellott of Warfordsburg on October 15.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 28, 1982


A newly constructed Sideling Hill mountain runaway truck escape was opened for use last week following a final inspection by officials.

The Fulton County Tourist Promotion Agency met on Thursday to review the recent Fall Folk Festival and plan for next year’s. By all reports it was a successful festival. Large crowds were reported at almost all events.

McConnellsburg State Police are investigating a shooting which occurred at the Sunnyside Trailer Court, McConnellsburg, on Monday. Police reported that Nathan Barthalow, 33, McConnellsburg, was shot in the lower right leg. State police are continuing their investigation and charges are pending.

The Fulton County Little League installed poles and lights on the Little League fields at the Lions Community Park in Mc- Connellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Hawaiian punch, 69 cents; chuck roast, $1.59; Pepsi Cola, $1.69, 8 16-oz. bottles; apples, 3-lb. bag, 79 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Troy Large of Warfordsburg on October 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Souders of Breezewood on October 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morningstar of Wood, Pa., on October 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Sipes of Hustontown on October 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Schriever of Warfordsburg on October 18.

Deaths: Mary Keebaugh, Hustontown; Sherman Kelly, Three Springs; Estella M. Fleck, Three Springs; Bertha Parks, Willow Hill; Dr. George Bumgardner, Chambersburg; Nancy Koogle, Hagerstown; Helen DeShield Hyle, Baltimore; Sheldon Madden, Ormond Beach, Fla.; Oscar G. Aller, Harrisburg; Mary Day Alloway, New Grenada; Anna K. Bishop, Florida.

Connie Swope, Fort Littleton, and Michael Seville, McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 9, 1972


The predicted voter apathy failed to materialize at Tuesday’s presidential election when record number of voters flocked to the polls to help the Nixon-Agnew landslide. The same trend was true in Fulton County where 3,750 voters turned out at the polls, an almost record 75 percent, to help the Nixon cause with 2,504 votes, over twice the 1,191 tallies the McGovern-Shriver ticket received here. In the race creating the most interest in Fulton County, newcomer E.W.G. “Bud” Shuster, Republican, won easily over his Democratic opponent, Earl P. Colins, for representative in Congress.

President Judge George C. Eppinger of Franklin and Fulton County courts is improving, according to a spokesman at Bristol Memorial Hospital, Bristol, Tenn. The judge, who was strickened with a heart attack while visiting there two weeks ago, remains in the intensive care unit for observation, the hospital said. He also remains on the critical list.

Fulton has been named the top Pennsylvania county, attainment-wise, in the sale of Series EH Savings Bonds thus far in 1972. The county has reached 140.9 percent of its 1972 quota, with sales totalling $222,627.

Fulton County students who have enrolled as freshmen for the fall term at the Pennsylvania State University include the following: Gerald R. Strait of Harrisonville, Hazleton campus; Albert G. Diegelman of McConnellsburg, Mont Alto; Ernest E. Fisher of McConnellsburg, Mont Alto campus; Edward A. Hartman of McConnellsburg, Altoona campus; Craig A. Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg, University Park campus; Gary A. Peck of McConnellsburg, Fayette at Uniontown, and Rodney C. Mellott of Needmore, Mont Alto campus.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hess of Knobsville left Harrisburg by plane on October 29 for a trip to Spain, where they enjoyed the interesting sights for a week, returning home November 5.

Airman Michael J. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Mellott of McConnellsburg has graduated at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, from the U.S. Air Force communications analysis specialist course conducted by the Air Training command.

Russ Gordon and his family will soon be moving into the late Grace Shimer property now owned by John R. Shimer. The Gordon property on Lincoln Way East has been purchased by Ronald Richards.

Deaths: Earl F. Swope, Needmore; Harry L. Hinish, Everett; Verna Winegardner, Huntingdon.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cross of Berkeley Springs on October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mason of Hancock on October 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry C. Bard of McConnellsburg on October 30.

50 Years Ago

From the Files Of November 15, 1962


Eight bids to build the new factory for the Frederick Tailoring Co. were received by the Fulton Industrial Development Association, but all were considered to be too high. FIDA asked the three lowest bidders to resubmit their bids with some changes.

FIDA also sent out 6,000 letters to try to obtain a list of women interested in employment in the new plant for Frederick Tailoring Company in McConnellsburg.

The Greenhill Sewing Club finished this year’s apple butter boiling on Saturday. After three consecutive Saturdays of boiling, the club made approximately 360 gallons of apple butter.

Mr. and Mrs. George R. Snyder of town were presented with their second granddaughter within six days as their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Snyder of Huntingdon, celebrated the birth of Deborah Anne, on November 10. Their first granddaughter, Rebecca Jane, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Snyder on November 4 at Fulton County Medical Center.

A total of $90,000 will be paid out by local banks this week to members of their respective Christmas clubs.

Marriage licenses were issued to Kenneth E. Hall and Dorothy M. Brown, both of Fort Littleton, and to Carl L. Ramsey of McConnellsburg, and Ella McLaughlin of Dry Run.

M.C. Morton and B.A. Biggs of Fulton County Farms won third place in the recent Pennsylvania Livestock Exhibition with a pen of Angus steer feeder calves.

AB Ruppenthal and Ralph G. Layton of Fulton County ASC Committee attended the Land People Conference in Philadelphia on Monday and Tuesday, October 22 and 23

At a recent meeting, Paul C. Mellott of McConnellsburg was elected chairman of the Fulton County Development Committee.

William R. Alexander, McConnellsburg, and Elizabeth A. “Betty” Malot of Hustontown enrolled in Juniata College in Huntingdon this term.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Decker were feted by family members and friends in a surprise birthday party Sunday. Mrs. Decker’s birthday is October 20 and Mr. Decker’s on October 24.

At Bard & Cisney Grocery, oleo margarine, 2 pounds for 31 cents; oranges, two dozen for 65 cents; and Maxwell House instant coffee, 85 cents for a 6-oz. jar.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, on November 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoffman, McConnellsburg, November 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Doran, Needmore, on November 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Hohman, Mc- Connellsburg, on November 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randall D. Cowan, Blairs Mills, on November 11.

Deaths: Todd Lynch of Big Cove Tannery; John A. Pine of St. Thomas; Elmer L. Dodson of Six Mile Run; and George M. Sipes of Waynesboro, who spent the early years of his life in Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of November 13, 1952


Pictured in this issue is an architect’s sketch of the proposed new

McConnellsburg joint elementary school building, which will provide modern facilities for grades 1-6 of Ayr and Todd townships and McConnellsburg Borough. Grades 7-12 will then be housed in the present McConnellsburg building. It is anticipated that bids will be sought by January 1, 1953.

Births: a son to Rev. and Mrs. G. Loren Jones of McConnellsburg, on November 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Galen N. Hanks, Orrstown, November 8; a son to Mr. and Ms. Delbert Black, Waterfall, November 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thornton Mellott Jr., Needmore, November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DePaolo, Burnt Cabins, November 11.

The firm of George Edmond Good of Harrisburg has been employed as architect to design an elementary building for grades 1-6 in Wells and Taylor townships. The new building will be located on 10 acres of ground at the site of the present oneroom school at Gracey. When completed, the one-room schools in these townships will be closed and the pupils housed in a modern seven-room building, complete with cafeteria and a multi-purpose room.

The last of the 2,050 special doe licenses issued to Fulton County were sold at the courthouse at noon on Monday.

Fulton County hunters, impatient after a 10-day delay in the opening of the hunting season because of the dry weather, got a chance to exercise their itchy trigger fingers at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. The good news came on Monday when Gov. John S. Fine announced the removal of the ban on hunting.

Mrs. Mary Cunningham, 41, Knobsville, suffered a possible concussion of the brian and injuries of the right knee and ankle when a car in which she was a passenger struck a pole near Chambersburg last Wednesday after the driver fell asleep.

Another “name band” will appear at the local Legion home next Wednesday night when Shep Fields and his nationally famous “Rippling Rhythm” orchestra will play for dancing.

John M. Spangler has been appointed general chairman of the Alumni Fund Council at Pennsylvania State College.

Mrs. Elizabeth Buckley Linn of Texas came by airplane to Pittsburgh on Thursday to attend the funeral of her aunt, Miss Ann Buckley, at Fort Littleton on Friday.

Willard Fegley of Levittsburg, Ohio, moved his mother from Warren, Ohio, to Hustontown last Saturday.

Deaths: Mrs. Claude Pittman of Big Cove Tannery; Miss Anna Mae Buckley, Fort Littleton’s oldest resident.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of November 12, 1942


Promotion of Willis F. Daniels from major to lieutenant-colonel was announced on Saturday with his assignment to duty in the judge advocate general’s department in the northwestern part of the United States.

Death: Mrs. Norman Everts of Mount Union.

F. Frank Hull and Cora Elizabeth Winger weremarriedonNovember7.

Pvt. Howard M. Deshong and Nettie J. Edwards were married on August 20.

The United Presbyterian Church will dedicate an honor roll on Sunday on which will be inscribed the names of these members now serving in the armed forces, some of them already overseas: David A. Nelson, James F. Nelson, Richard W. Kendall, Walter H. Kendall, Esther M. Mellott, Hollis K. Mellott and James H. Christian.

Ralph Edwards Jr., 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Edwards of near Laidig, was instantly killed on Saturday afternoon by the accidental discharge of a shotgun in the hands of his hunting companion.

Harper P. Burton of Hustontown has been named as a director of The Fulton County National Bank to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Hon. George B. Mellott.

Death: Frank Greathead of Roanoke, Va.

Leslie Edwards of New Grenada is now working in Baltimore.

Death: Emory Houck of Eruckville, Ohio.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 10, 1932


“Democrats Sweep The Country” is the seven-column headline in this issue telling of the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president of the Untied States. His running mate was John N. Garner.

Marshall Lynch, Democrat, defeated his Republican opponent, Leslie W. Seylar, 1,812 to 1,594, for representative.

Deaths: Malachi Litton of Hancock; Mrs. John E. Kuhn of near McConnellsburg; Miss Maria Betz of Altoona.

The Mellott Hotel was crowded to capacity last Thursday evening when the local Masonic club held its eighth annual ladies’ night and banquet.

Bertes E. Lake and Mabel Irene Snyder were married October 22.

Eugene E. Dunlap and Margaret Kendall were married November 3.

A “dear little baby girl” came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Foster McGowan of Burnt Cabins on Monday evening.

Virgil Sharpe and David Gregory of Thompson Township each bagged a wild turkey last week.

The school directors of Todd Township advertise that they will prosecute all persons found to be using McGovern’s school grounds for “spooning or necking.”

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