2012-11-28 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Betty Sheffield, pictures her father, Edmund Seiders, and his oldest daughter, Mildred Seiders Starliper. The photo was taken in the early 1920s. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Betty Sheffield, pictures her father, Edmund Seiders, and his oldest daughter, Mildred Seiders Starliper. The photo was taken in the early 1920s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 26, 1992


Fulton County Chamber of Commerce elected S. Heidi Newman, a broker with Robert C. Snyder Insurance of McConnellsburg, as its president for 1993 during the chamber’s monthly luncheon held November 18. Paul Politis, owner of Autos Literature in Fort Littleton, was elected chamber vice president, while Clyde Bookheimer, president of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co., was re-elected as the chamber’s secretary treasurer.

Yvonne Metcalfe will be 91 years old come the new year. Small in stature and feisty by nature, Mrs. Metcalfe is a household word to many Fulton and Franklin countians. In fact, it would probably take only the fingers of one hand to count the number of local folks who don’t know who she is and what she does. Yvonne is a designer, a seamstress, a tailor, a consultant, a small-time gambler and, above all, a friend to all of us. Most days, Metcalfe can be found sitting in front of her Singer sewing machine.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hiles Sr. wish to announce the marriage of their daughter, Kimberly Jean, to Daryl Reed. They were married September 4. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mellott of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Reed of Hancock. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mabel Divelbliss of Hancock.

Russell Decker and Tammy McQuade are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Russell Decker, November 13.

Harvey Hann, Hustontown, and Melissa Bishop, Hustontown, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rohm of Warfordsburg on November 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Barton of Wells Tannery on November 19.

Deaths: Betty Garlock, 60, McConnellsburg; Lloyd Decker, 69, Crystal Spring; Warren Baker Sr., 70, Pinesburg; Freda Ramsey, 75, Pleasant Plain, Ohio; David Hershey, 31, St. Thomas; John Hixson, 76, Bedford; Donald Killen, 46, Roanoke, Va.; Therman Hill, 80, Williamsport; Collins Mellott, 74, Fayetteville.

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Kendall of Mc- Connellsburg wish to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Karra, November 16, at Waynesboro Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 2, 1982


The bill to give Fulton County its own judicial district was killed before it even made it to the state Senate floor last week. Because the session ended on Tuesday, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Clarence Dietz, will have to reintroduce the bill in the next session, which begins early next year.

Harry Hawkins of Hustontown was shot on Tuesday in a hunting accident on the Hawkins property in Hustontown. Hawkins, 41, was with a hunting party when the accident occurred at 8 a.m. The bullet struck Hawkins in the side, passed through the lower abdomen and then out the other side. Members of the hunting party brought him out of the woods and called the Hustontown ambulance. Hawkins was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital.

Heavy fog early Monday morning was not too welcome by hunters afield for the first day of buck hunting, but the day’s kill was substantial, according to all reports.

Special at the IGA: Ivory liquid, $2.49, 48- oz. bottle; navel oranges, 5-lb. bag, $1.49; broccoli, 69 cents; Vlassic sweet butter chips, $1.19.

Three McConnellsburg High School soccer team members were selected to the Public Opinion’s soccer all-star team last week. Named to the first team were defenseman Tommy Souders and strikers Kevin Kendall and Brian Davis.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Myron Byers of Mercersburg on November 20.

Deaths: Chalmer E. Peck, Needmore; Christine N. Covalt, Big Cove Tannery; Harold C. Emeigh, Hollidaysburg; Virgin Mary Keyser, Greencastle.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 14, 1972


Game Warden Carl Jarrett reported another minor shooting accident on Saturday, making the third since the hunting season started. Dennis Fraker, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fraker of Fort Littleton, accidentally shot himself in the foot while hunting near his home. He was admitted to the Medical Center for treatment of damaged toes.

The Liquor Control Board has announced that all bars in the state may be open on New Year’s Eve from 1 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

A check for $42,732 was received on Saturday by the Fulton County Commissioners as the first allotment in the federal government’s revenue sharing plan.

Marriage licenses: Milburn R. Lloyd of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Anna Kerns Bunner of Winchester, Va.; Woodrow Mellott of McConnellsburg and Theresa Hendershot of McConnellsburg.

Among the lucky deer hunters in the Fort Littleton area were Glenn Fraker, Mark Fraker, Michael Fraker and James Duvall.

Deaths: Rose Foreman, Defiance; Mrs. Cora B. Mellott, Needmore; Mrs. Bessie Fritz, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George E. Lynch of Big Cove Tannery on December 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Gress of McConnellsburg on December 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Barnett of McConnellsburg on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Kies of McConnellsburg on December 3.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 20, 1962


A reorganization plan for the schools of Fulton County, which calls for the merging of the present four separate districts into one with only one supervising principal and a uniform school tax structure for all county residents, has been approved by the state council of education.

Two county men have been charged with aggravated assault and battery as a result of a fight with Alvin W. Swope, 35, of Mc- Connellsburg, who was beaten unconscious by the pair outside Scrub Ridge Mountain Inn early Saturday morning. Swope was hospitalized with a brain concussion, a fractured jaw and multiple face lacerations.

Sgt. Frank H. Bender of the Pa. State Police has retired after 25 years of service and will be residing in Chambersburg.

Births announced: a son, Timothy Jay, to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Churchill on December 13 and a daughter, Julie Ann, to Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Clevenger of Fort Totter, N.J., on Sunday, December 16.

The wedding of Mabel A. Frey of Chambersburg and Duffey Mellott of Warfordsburg on December 1, in Winchester, Va., is announced.

A surprise 12th birthday party was given by her parents for Jean Snyder at their home in Knobsville on December 8, and a surprise 37th birthday party was held for Reed Lynch on December 1 at the Lynch home in McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Arthur Wayne Anderson, Creekside, Pa., and Erma Lucille Mellott, Needmore; Allen L. Cover and Joyce M. Mellott, both of McConnellsburg.

Ronald Hixon of Crystal Spring has been awarded the Keystone Farmer Degree. He is a member of Warfordsburg Future Farmers of America.

The Fulton County Mutual Fire Insurance Co. of Needmore will hold its annual meeting on January 5. Blair Garland is secretary.

Needmore Beauty Center is offering permanents for $5 during the holiday season.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 18, 1952


Lucky deer hunters in the Knobsville area this year included Paul

Bradnick, Malcolm Snyder and Richard Johnston.

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Knepper of Hustontown have returned from a trip to the West Coast.

Bill Mohn, instructor of the veterans’ on-the-farm training program here since May, gave up his job last Friday to take employment with the FHA in Wellsboro.

This week, the McConnellsburg Lions Club erected a bulletin board on the lot next to The First National Bank. Information of interest to the general public will be posted there.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bishop of Webster Mill on December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William F. Swope of Needmore on December 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McDaid of Hustontown on December 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Briggs of Burnt Cabins on December 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boden of Laidig on December 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sipes of Harrisonville on December 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Fisher of Needmore on December 8.

Santa Claus will visit the local firehall on Friday evening. As an added treat this year, the local firemen invite all children between the ages of 6 and 14 years to be present at the Fulton Theatre on Friday afternoon, December 26, for a full two-hour show of cartoons.

Tony Pastor, another “name band,” will play at the local American Legion home next Tuesday night.

These 12 young men went to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for their pre-induction physical exam: Kenneth N. Ray of McConnellsburg; Isaac E. Barnhart of McConnellsburg; Ralph Clark of Needmore; John F. Houdersheldt of Warfordsburg; Donald R. Black of Waterfall; Warren E. Hess of Clear Ridge; Thurman Bishop of Hancock; Wayne A. Sowers of Websters Mill; Harold E. Bradshaw of Warfordsburg; Calvin H. Souders of McConnellsburg; Eward H. Younker of Hancock; and Henry S. Lynch of Big Cove Tannery.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Audrey Katherine Glee to Donald Daniels.

A party was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Pittman to celebrate the 13th birthday of their daughter, Rosella.

Deaths: Mrs. W. Marshall Lynch of Crystal Spring; Homer Lee Scriever of Buck Valley.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 17, 1942


Deaths: Mrs. Jemima Brant of Mc-

Connellsburg; Michael W. Mellott of

Belfast Township; Walter M. Houck of Dwight, Ill.

A surprise air raid drill was held in Mc- Connellsburg on Sunday, designed especially to test the reaction of church-goers. The siren sounded just about the time most people were ready to leave the church services. According to the local air raid wardens, the “reaction was very fine.” The persons most inconvenienced were the wardens who stood shivering at the street corners during the 2-minute practice alert.

Listed among the lucky deer hunters are the Knable men of Ayr Township: Sylvester, eight-point; Alvin, eight-point; Clarence, six-point; and Walter, four-point.

Miss Harriet Sloan has accepted a position as nurse in the Masonic Home at Elizabethtown. She started her duties last Thursday.

Earl R. Henninger and Cora E. Wagner were married on December 10.

A service flag was dedicated in the local Methodist Church on Sunday. Twenty-one blue stars are on the flag, representing church members in the service.

Lt. David S. Nace is now with the American Expeditionary Force in Africa. In a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W. Nace, he writes that he is well and safe, but that he is not at liberty to tell just where he is or what he is doing.

Pvt. Roy H. Cline received his diploma on November 24 from the Army Air Forces Technical School at Keesler Field, Miss., and is now stationed in San Diego, Calif. Pvt. Darl Long is at Middletown and Pvt. Dean Long is at Camp Hood, Texas. Pfc. Robert Ott is at Camp Meade, Md.

In the first registration of youths who have attained their 18th birthday, 23 registered in Fulton County.

In connection with the Sunday air raid drill mentioned above, another article tells that one violation was noted and an arrest was made on Tuesday. The name of the defendant was not revealed, but a fine of $10 and costs were paid.

Paul Ott, who had been a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for three weeks, is now recuperating at his home on East Walnut Street.

Mrs. Frank Henry is ill with shingles.

John Secrist shot a large buck in Ayr Township last Friday.

Chief M.W. McCormick arrested a local man on Saturday night for furnishing liquor to a person already under the influence. This was the first arrest of this type made here in many years.

Ernie and Harry Fix, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fix of McConnellsburg, were among the lucky deer hunters.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fix Jr. moved on Saturday to Middleton where he has employment.

Pvt. George Sheeder, who has been stationed at Scott Field, Ill., graduated on December 12 as a radio operator.

Other lucky deer hunters mentioned are Lester Sheffield of Fort Littleton and Ralph Lockard and Lewis Drenning of New Grenada.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 15, 1932


Deaths: Mrs. Eliza Jane Palmer of

Sipes Mill; Mrs. Sarah Biesecker of

Harrisonville; William McGreer of Los Angeles; Miss S. Kate Allender of Rogersville, Tenn.; Abram Steele Cutshall of Waterfall; Mrs. Malachi Litton of Hancock; Thomas G. Dunahay of Claysburg.

A map of Fulton County, prepared by the Department of Highways, takes up a major portion for the front page of this issue and shows the development of rural roads in Fulton County. An accompanying story and table shows $207,794 spent on roads here. Gov. Pinchot says, “Pennsylvania’s record is an unprecedented achievement. It has attracted the attention of all the nation’s road builders – and word is trickling through to rural regions from California to Florida that Pennsylvania has started something worth everybody’s while.”

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