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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 7, 1993


Residents of the Ridge community west of McConnellsburg were recently jolted to learn that the water in their community well was contaminated and not considered safe for drinking. Although that problem has been fixed by the addition of a cholorinator to the community well systems, other residents have been testing their private wells and finding them bacteriologically contaminated also.

Fulton County’s first baby of 1993 broke away from tradition as he entered the world. Caleb Michael Heidler was born at his parents’ home in Gordon’s Trailer Park in McConnellsburg. He was delivered by his maternal grandmother, Wanda Truax, acting as midwife for the birth. Caleb’s parents are Frank Heidler II and his wife, the former Jody Truax. He was born January 1 at 11:55 a.m., weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches. Wanda Truax performed midwife duties for the first time. She has been an attendant at five previous births and apprenticed under Judith Mentzer, who served as attendant at the Heidler birth.

A record crowd attended the festive New Year’s Eve bingo party at Hustontown Firehall. Free refreshments, hats and horns, door prizes, special games and pork and sauerkraut were enjoyed by all.

Judge John R. Walker of Chambersburg was sworn in last Thursday, December 31, as president judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 39th Judicial District, during a ceremony held in the main courtroom of the Franklin County Courthouse in Chambersburg.

Deaths: Lanny Hann, 42, Harrisonville; George R. Diak, 62, Waterfall; John Appel Sr., 68, Little Orleans, Md.; Jack D. Seville, 59, McConnellsburg; Tyrus S. Peele, 74, Adelphi, Md.

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Carnett of Chambersburg wish to announce the birth of twins, Zachary Hunter and Christen Nicole, born Christmas Day, at Hershey Medical Center.

Buckie Garlock and Mandy Richards announce the birth of a son, Clayton Richard, December 29, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hock III were united in marriage November 7 at St. Thomas United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edwards, St. Thomas, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Miley, Carlisle. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hock Jr., McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of January 20, 1983


The McConnellsburg Fire Co. selected Fred Sheeder as its 1982

Fireman of the Year at the annual banquet last Wednesday night. Sheeder has been a member of the fire company for 26 years.

The heavy snowstorm, which was forecast for this area, hit north and east of the county, but left only a light cover here. However, temperatures dropped into the more seasonable low 20s.

Many students are falling victim to chicken pox over the county but so far not in epidemic proportions.

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 150-year-old log house located seven miles north of Shade Gap early Friday morning, leaving a family of four homeless. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fleming and their two children, three years and 11 months of age, escaped unharmed in their nightclothes, but the house and contents, including a large number of valuable antiques, were a complete loss.

Marjorie Swope, Needmore, took second place in open-class clothing exhibitors, Women’s Tailored Coat or Blazer division, at the Farm Show, while Rebecca Suders was first-place winner in District I Clothing and Textiles division with her homemade gym bag. The sheep-raising Mellott family of Needmore took additional prizes in various classes, including champion ram and reserve champion ewe among Corriedale sheep and first place in both Corriedale flock and Corriedale breeders young flock. Emil Mellott also placed a number of times with his Rambouillet sheep.

County Treasurer David Wright and his wife attended the pre-inaugural reception at the Governor’s Mansion for county representatives on Monday, as guests of Gov. and Mrs. Dick Thornburgh. County Republican Chairman Robert Fix attended the inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol building on Tuesday.

Tammy Gray and Gregory Garland were united in marriage on November 21 in May’s Chapel Christian Church in Warfordsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Gray, Needmore, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Garland, Warfordsburg.

Lisa Anne Mooneyham and Gary Allen Wagner announce their marriage on January 17 in Hagerstown. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mooneyham of Needmore and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Weller.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft Velveeta cheese, $1.69. 1-lb. pkg.; Welch’s grape juice, $1.49; Heinz 57 sauce, $1.69; Ragu spaghetti sauce, $1.99; round steak, $1.89; Aunt Jemina pancake mix, 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Krause Jr., Orbisonia, on January 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Chesnut, McConnellsburg, on January 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Cubbage, Warfordsburg, on January 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Bridges, Berkeley Springs, on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Daniels, Needmore, on January 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiles, Berkeley Springs, on January 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Seville, McConnellsburg, on January 13.

Deaths: Mary L. Lake, St. Thomas; Dorothy C. Pilgrim, Chambersburg; Paul Diak, Youngstown; April Lake, Fountain, Colo.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 18, 1973


George Crouse of McConnellsburg was named Fireman of the Year at the annual banquet of McConnellsburg Fire Co.

Thomas Cupilari, president of the Saltillo Telephone Co., has announced that L.C. Anderson and Sons of Huntingdon has been awarded a $29,850 contract to erect a new telephone exchange building at Shade Gap.

A Fulton County farm woman, Mrs. Ruth Richards, wife of S. Lee Richards of Mc- Connellsburg, was elected president of the Pennsylvania Society of Farm Women at the 54th annual convention held last week during the state Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Marriage licenses: Robert E. Souders of Hancock and Mary Lou McKee of Warfordsburg; Douglas Michael Martz of McConnellsburg and Carole Carbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Mazie Crouse of East Market Street reached the age of 92 on January 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lockard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 28, at Wells Valley Grange Hall.

An organizational meeting was held January 7 at the American Legion Home in Mc- Connellsburg for the purpose of forming an honor guard from the ranks of veterans in the county. Officers installed are: Richard Souders, captain; Lynn S. Bard, lieutenant; Paul G. Stevens, sergeant; Carl Ramsey, corporal; Roy Divens, treasurer; Robert Mann, clerk; and Grayson Davis, chaplain.

Jeffrey Ott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott of McConnellsburg, has been named to the dean’s list of the Penn State University for the fall term.

Kim Gobin, daughter of Charles Gobin of McConnellsburg, has arrived in France where she will spend the next several months attending school with a group of Pittsburgh University students.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Sprowl of Wells Tannery celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 30.

Wedding vows were exchanged in a double ring ceremony on December 17 by Teresa Cheryl Hendershot of McConnellsburg and Woodrow Hiriam Mellott of McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. William Hendershot of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilda Bolinger of Wells Tannery announce the marriage of their daughter, Kathie Bolinger Bookhimer of Mountville, to Michael S. Metzger of Lancaster on December 22.

Deaths: Don C. Fix, McConnellsburg; Sheridan H. Mellott, Needmore; Mrs. Olive Kelly, Burnt Cabins; Charles S. Glunt, Biglerville; Mrs. Florence Swain, Hancock; Clarence A. Henry, Robertsdale; Rowe C. Mellott, Chambersburg; Dr. Carl E. Strait, Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Mellott of Hustontown on January 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Johns of Greencastle on January 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson E. Brown of Fort Littleton on January 10.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 24, 1963


A change in format of the “News” is brought to the attention of readers in this issue, the first in more than 60 years and made possible by the purchase of a Ludlow typecasting machine that cost “roughly” in the neighborhood of a new Cadillac.

The recently completed new Christian education building of the United Presbyterian Church of McConnellsburg will be dedicated by Rev. Benjamin Davis on January 27.

There was a large turnout of members at the Fulton Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday to discuss with the North-South Shortway Association the future of Route 522 from Mt. Union to the Maryland line. Another topic discussed was the poor service on freight delivery in this area.

The Three Springs Methodist Church is planning a reopening and consecration service of the recently remodelled church building

Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Goings, York, announce the birth of a son, Brian Scott, on January 16. Mrs. Goings is the former Jean Johnston of McConnellsburg.

Hope Henry, Darlene Justice, Bonnie Runk and Ruth House, juniors at Forbes Road High School, were awarded the state Future Homemakers Degree at ceremonies at the state Farm Show on January 9.

Jennings M. Lynch is recuperating at home following a recent heart attack.

Several people have journeyed to Washington to see the famous painting Mona Lisa on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, courtesy of the French government.

Karin A. Frischmann and Harold G. Cluser were married in Whittlesey, Wis., on December 26. The couple is now residing in Tulsa, Okla.

News of men in service: Army Spec. 4 Marlin J. Glee of McConnellsburg is stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii; Edgar MacKinlay Shives of McConnellsburg was discharged from the armed forces on January 7. His two years of service included a tour of duty in Germany. Airman First Class David L. Jobe, who is married to the former Opal M. Booth of Warfordsburg, has been selected Outstanding Airman of the Month at Kindley A.F.C. in Bermuda.

The engagement of Carol Stephens to Lance Cpl. Leroy Deshong is announced.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Harmon, Big Cove Tannery, on January 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Woods, Mt. Joy, on January 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Keebaugh, Hustontown, on January 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gress, Mc- Connellsburg, on January 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Stains, Three Springs, on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Buterbaugh, Big Cove Tannery, on January 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ansell, Three Springs, on January 20.

Erma Mellott of Needmore and Wayne Anderson of Creek Side were married on December 23.

Robert Woy of McConnellsburg had a startling experience on Saturday night when the steering wheel on the 1952 Chevrolet he was driving came away in his hands, off the steering column. The car hit the guardrail and Woy was not hurt.

Deaths: N.B. Hixson of Crystal Spring; Porter C. McCormick of Mount Union, born in Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 29, 1953


Mrs. Hammond Prosser arrived home Monday from Jackson, Miss., after an extended visit with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Prosser.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brantner and daughter Claudia left on Monday to spend four weeks in Hollywood, Fla.

Alan Krug, second-year premedical student at Penn State, stopped overnight Saturday at the M.W. Lodge home here. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. E.S. Krug, former McConnellsburg residents.

Miss Marjorie Lininger and Miss Lois Wible spent Saturday at Windber, where they took the entrance exam for student nurses at Windber Hospital.

Fifteen young men from Fulton County will report to Pittsburgh for their pre-induction physical exams. They are: Kenneth Paul Earley of Wells Tannery; Blair Cleveland Mellott of Warfordsburg; Calvin Coolidge Snyder of Hustontown; Clarence H. Deshong of Needmore; Donald Winegardner Brown of Clear Ridge; Alvey James Gordon of McConnellsburg; John Ralph Brown of Fort Littleton; Carl Howard Stevens of Hustontown; Raymond Earl Melius of Hustontown; Denver Ellis Mellott of Big Cove Tannery; John Robert King of Three Springs; Max Jacob Pittman of Big Cove Tannery; Frank Edgar Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg; Gerald Dalmer Souders of Wells Tannery, and James Mont Chamberlain of Wells Tannery.

Anyone wishing to help is invited to make surgical dressings in the Red Cross room on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 4.

Wilson Nace has been elected president of the board of directors of The Fulton County National Bank.

Wilfred J. McNeil, son of the late Mrs. Alice Pittman McNeil of McConnellsburg, became acting secretary of defense on January 19, the Defense Department has announced. The acting secretaryship fell on his shoulders by agreement with the new administration, pending confirmation of a new secretary to replace Robert M. Lovett of New York City. McNeil is a nephew of the Rev. Charles R. Pittman, retired Presbyterian foreign missionary, now residing in Duarte, Calif

A Lions Club is now being organized at Warfordsburg under the sponsorship of the McConnellsburg Lions Club.

Albert Spriggs, 53, McConnellsburg, was killed, almost instantly, on Friday night when he was struck by a car on the Lincoln Highway while he was walking to his home on the ridge, just west of town.

Jimmy Hollenshead and Bennie Truax, members of the Warfordsburg Chapter of the Future Farmers, have been awarded the Keystone Farmer Degree.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Lois Romaine Hess to Pvt. G.S. LaVerne Klock.

The January issue of Education Forum, published by Kappa Delta Pi, national honorary educational fraternity, published a poem, “ The Mechanism,” written by Dorothy M. Stahl of Cito while she was a student at Shippensburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford T. Deshong of Harrisonville on January 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willard F. Deshong of Harrisonville on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd H. Bard of Fort Loudon on January 21.

Ray Eugene Koontz and Joann Frances Houck were married on January 3.

A recent dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Truax marked several occasions. Those celebrating were the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Clopper, and Sgt. First Class and Mrs. Wayne Bard, who marked their first wedding anniversary on January 15. Those having birthdays were Bennie Truax, 18, on January 30; Bobby Schuchart, 7, on January 22; and Stephen Cook, 2, on January 2.

Charles Lorah and Elmo Laidig were married on Saturday.

K.G. Richards, local trucker, has installed a coal-grading and breaker plant along Route 522, a short distance north of Mc- Connellsburg, which is expected to go into operation soon.

Deaths: Charles H. Stenger of Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Ethel Mae Vance of Mc- Connellsburg; Frank R. Drewett of Huntingdon; Mrs. Roy F. McGehee of McConnellsburg; Mary Ellen (Younker) Stone of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Earl B. Morton of Mc- Connellsburg; Rev. Charles Mayne of Brownsville, Pa.; Mrs. Howard B. Swope of McConnellsburg; Joseph M. Mellott of Cito; Mrs. Sarah Louemma Barbour Lloyd of Morrisdale, Clearfield County; Mrs. Amanda G. Snyder of Needmore; Mrs. Minnie Oliver Ogg of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 28, 1943


Deaths: Alma Ruth McQuait of

Clear Ridge; Frances Margaret

Mae Polk of Waterfall; Jesse Euphine Hoffman Stevens of near Waterfall.

Harry Clevenger, who had been employed at the Ford plant in Detroit, has returned home to work on his farm in Ayr Township.

Clyde Hendershot, a senior at Shippensburg, has been elected vice president of Kappa Delta Pi, national honorary society.

On January 23, Mrs. Richard W. Kendall received word from the Navy department that her husband was reported missing in the line of duty. Seaman Second Class Kendall is a son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kendall of Ayr Township.

John Comerer of town will celebrate his 93rd birthday on Saturday.

Michael F. Black of McConnellsburg remains in a serious condition at Everett Hospital.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 26, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Jemima Chamberlain

Crider of Wells Valley; Miss Esther

Sloan of Ayr Township; John H. Mayer of Altoona.

The state emergency relief board has allocated $11,024 for public road work in Fulton County.

Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Stern of Youngstown, Ohio, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 17. The Sterns are well known in Fulton County.

Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Grissinger of Bedford announce the birth of a daughter on Friday, January 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bergstresser of Laidig announce the birth of a son at Everett Hospital.

Mel H. James, publicity secretary for Gov. Pinchot, spent the weekend with his wife at the Fulton House.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamil and Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Hamil and little son Donald left on Sunday for Florida to spend some time.

Dr. E.S. Krug has been elected vice president of the Franklin County Medical Society.

The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Flowers of Hancock, on January 10, and left a little girl.

During this depression, we might all take a lesson from the busy hen, the scarcer the worms are the harder she scratches.

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