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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 1, 1993


Spring has officially arrived and the moderating temperatures and heavy rainfalls of the past several days have caused flooding in some areas but mostly just high and swift-moving creeks. While only a few day ago, two feet of snow blanketed these woods, now the redbud appears to be only a few days short of bursting into bloom, bringing with it all the glories of the new season.

A 4-year-old Wells Tannery boy died several hours later from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car along Pa. Route 915 in Wells Township March 27. Police said a 53-yearold Dover, Pa., woman was travelling north on Route 915 when she observed two children on the roadway. She swerved onto the berm to try to avoid the children, but Tyler Grace, 4, of Wells Tannery, apparently ran toward the berm at the same time and was struck by the Ford. Grace was flown by helicopter to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown where he was pronounced dead around 6 p.m.

Despite the soggy conditions on some of the holes at Great Cove Golf Club, golf pro Ira Kramer reports there are nine holes open for play for those golfers anxious to be out there swinging a club.

Two Chicago gang members have been convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Larry Elizalde, 18, also of Chicago. He died shortly after the shooting in December of 1991. Elizalde is the son of local OB-GYN physician Dr. Darrell Robinson and his wife, Lynette.

Groundbreaking was held on March 25 for the renovation and expansion of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co.’s main office in downtown McConnellsburg. The general contracting bid was awarded earlier to George S. Hann and Son of Fort Littleton and design work was done by Newcomer Architects of Chambersburg. The expansion will consist of adding 2,750 square feet to the north side of the building and a new parking lot on the east side with a new entrance from the east. A bridge will connect the second floor to the Theater building, which will eventually be used as the bank’s operation center.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry Daniels of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer, to Airman Richard Briggs.

Denver Plessinger and Patricia Bingaman of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal, to Thomas Robinson, son of Thomas Robinson of Warfordsburg and Barbra Robinson of Ohio.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Davis of Warfordsburg on March 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Winfield of Big Cove Tannery on March 25.

Lynda Sheeder and Greg Strait were united in marriage December 19 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the couple are Fred and Doris Sheeder, McConnellsburg, and Woodrow and Joycelene Strait of Harrisonville.

Marriage licenses: Gene Swadley, Warfordsburg, and Melissa Barton, Warfordsburg; Lauren Bard, Warfordsburg, and Debra Nelson, Greencastle.

Deaths: Myrtle Boone, McConnellsburg; Paul Wible, McConnellsburg; Grace Kling, Burnt Cabins; Virginia Walters, Shade Gap; George Brown, Saxton; Beulah Fleming, Shippensburg; Bette Garrett, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 14, 1983


A rabid raccoon was found near Crystal Spring on

April 4. The animal was killed and turned over to the county game protector. The rabies was confirmed at the Summerdale laboratories. There was no human contact with the animal.

Fulton County is one of three areas in Pennsylvania that does not receive an adequate public television signal and WITF, the public television station in Hershey, is planning to do something about it. WITF is seeking federal funding to build a transmitter on Tuscarora Mountain to bring the signal to most areas in the county.

Joseph Dell does not consider himself an inventor, rather a handyman who gets ideas. Nevertheless, Dell recently earned a U.S patent for an invention called the “Safety-Vac Lawn Mower Blade.”

Randall Long, 25, Three Springs, was killed instantly in an accident last Wednesday when he lost control of his pickup on Route 522, north of Shade Gap.

Specials at the IGA: strawberries, 79 cents a pint; bananas, 35 cents lb.; onion sets, 39 cents a pound; Banquet dinners, 79 cents; Downey, $1.09, 33-oz. btl.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baker, Willow Hill, on April 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Mentzer, Warfordsburg, on April 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Dodson, Saxton, on April 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Cohenour, Three Springs, on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Coy Hill, Needmore, on April 7.

Deaths: Dorothy Domer, Chambersburg; Zada Richards (nee Spiker); Preston Bishop, Chambersburg; Ned Cornelius, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Ralph Laidig, Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Calvin L. Guyer, McConnellsburg, and Wanda J. Jones, Needmore; Roger Sheeder and Debra Hoffman, both of Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 12, 1973


A young Hustontown housewife, sleeping alone at her home while her husband was at work, was forcibly raped by an unidentified intruder who entered the residence in the early hours of Saturday morning. The victim was asleep when the man entered her bedroom. She was alone in the house at the time except for her infant son, who was asleep in another bedroom. Police said the rapist entered the house through an unlocked door. After leaving the house, the intruder was observed leaving the scene in a dark-colored car.

A 15-year-old McConnellsburg girl was charged on Sunday with assault with intent to kill, following a fracas at a building just west of town in which another girl was stabbed and critically wounded. The victim was taken to Fulton County Medical Center, suffering from a knife wound to the abdomen. Immediate emergency surgery was performed by the medical staff at the hospital, after which her condition was reported as remaining critical but stabilized. Two juvenile girls were questioned on Sunday afternoon, and it was established that the stabbing incident had climaxed during a domestic quarrel, which had taken place near the communal building at the settlement. One of the teenage girls was charged with assault with intent to kill and was placed in the custody of Fulton County juvenile authorities.

Donald G. “Andy” Anderson has leased his Exxon dealership at 169 South Antrim Way, Greencastle, to Earl Alloway, who will operate it under the name of Alloway Exxon.

Richard Lee Buterbaugh II, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg, has been informed that he is a winner in a new subscriber contest sponsored by the Gannett Newspapers for their area carrier boys. Richard delivers the Public Opinion, a Chambers- burg member of the Gannett chain. Richard will be one of 70 winners who will receive an a all-expense paid week’s vacation in California.

Deaths: Robert S. House, Hustontown; Lee Duvall, Shirleysburg; Raymond E. Lamberson, Hollidaysburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Shafer of Waterfall on March 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dietrich of Fayetteville on March 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Danny Cisney of Burnt Cabins on April 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denton Rosenberry of Burnt Cabins on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on April 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bryan of Mercersburg on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Richards of Needmore on April 5.

Marine Cpl. Roger L. Hensley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hill of Hancock, has returned to his home base at the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C., after an extended deployment to the Western Pacific with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 333.

Marine Pvt. Roger L. Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Barnett of McConnellsburg, graduated from basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.

An open house was held March 25 at the home of Mrs. Pearle Stahle in honor of her 80th birthday. Eighty of her friends and relatives came to help her celebrate and wish her many more happy birthdays.

Specials at the IGA: Austin’s A-1 bleach, 39 cents gal.; IGA meat pies, 5 for $1; Betty Crocker angel food cake mixes, 49 cents; semi-boneless hams, 95 cents lb.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 18, 1963


The Breezewood branch of Everett First National Bank was burglaried last Thursday night and around $6,000 in cash taken. The burglars drilled holes in the top and front of a 1,000-pound safe.

Homer Landers, Warfordsburg, has been awarded a gold medal by the Future Farmers of America for superior performance in vo-ag programs, which include eight farming enterprises.

Lyndall Golden was named first Miss Southern Fulton in the initial contest sponsored by the senior class of Southern Fulton High School.

Clem Smith Jr., Warfordsburg, received his master’s degree in music education at Temple University recently.

K.G. Richards, McConnellsburg, has been awarded the contract to build 2.6 miles of Route 76 between Hancock and Needmore, which will include a two-span structure across Barnett Run. The project will cost $229,576.

Helen Seiders of Big Cove Tannery escaped serious injury when she was hit by a car opposite the Racket Store on Friday evening.

A marriage license has been issued to John Edgar Hann and Helen D. Pittman, both of Big Cove Tannery.

The Bessie Glunt property in McConnellsburg was purchased on Saturday for $6,700 by William Schooley. The property consists of 29 acres of cleared farmland, a sevenroom house with bath, hot and cold water, a barn and several outbuildings in good repair.

An investment banking guru headed by C.C. Collings Co. Inc.offeredpubliclyonApril9anewissueof$1,121,000 Southern Fulton County School authority callable school revenue bonds. The issue matures from 1963 to 1981 and carries coupons of 1.80 percent to 3.60 percent and is priced at $100.

Born at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hess, McConnellsburg, on April 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mellott, Needmore, on April 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harper Cline, McConnellsburg, on April 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Swope, Hopewell, on April 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ramsey, Breezewood, on April 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin DeShong, Hustontown, on April 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Snyder, Three Springs, on April 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Coffman, Greencastle, on April 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Younker, Hancock, on April 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Mann, McConnellsburg, on April 13.

Engagement announced: Darlene McCusker, Hancock, to Lynn H. Palmer, Warfordsburg.

Ed Stephens, McConnellsburg, offers the following real estate for sale: 3-bedroom house and garage, $11,000; onebedroom house, very large, $6,900; 10x60 trailer and lot, $7,000; three-bedroom house in town, $5,900; and large trailer and two lots with two-car garage, $8,500.

Weddings announced: Ella Lyndall Golden, Warfordsburg, to Gary Paul Wilt, Everett, on March 29; Jeanne Gordon, Hancock, to Harry Landers, Hancock, on April 13; Sandra Lee Gordon to James C. Premeaux, Wilmington, Del., on March 30.

Deaths: William Ellsworth Ott, Todd Township; Walter Guy Allloway, Robertsdale, born in Waterfall; Ira Kerlin Sr., Todd Township; Mrs. Ada M. Greenawalt, Hilltop,Pa., born in Harrisonville; Anna Mary Allen, McConnellsburg; Harter W. Sheeder, McConnellsburg; John W. Owens, Lewistown, husband of the former Grace Johnston of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Sallie Harri, Buck Valley; Mrs. Mary Ellen Glee, Mercersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 16, 1953


Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Melius of Laidig have received word that their son, Pvt. Raymond E. Melius, is now at Camp Polk in Louisiana.

Tiny Wright and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

James Hockensmith of McConnellsburg underwent surgery on his right leg in Bedford Memorial Hospital last week.

Lyle Putt has resigned his job as technician with the Fulton County Soil Conservation District and has accepted a position with the veterans’ on-the-job training program, headed by Joseph Clark.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Taylor, who had been living in Washington, returned last week to McConnellsburg and will live with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Black. Mr. Taylor has retired after nearly 30 years of service with the armed forces.

Mrs. Ethel Barber has moved form her farm at Needmore to her newly purchased home in McConnellsburg.

The following local firemen were guests on Sunday of the Rebman Co., in Lancaster: Roy Gordon, Max Stenger, Marshall Helman, Marlin R. McCleary, Paul and Harold Knepper, Hiley Shimer, Homer Black, Bill Gordon, Fred Snyder, Ray Reeder and Raymond Bishop. A luncheon was served to approximately 200 persons.

Mrs. Donald Martin attended the funeral of an aunt in Baltimore on Tuesday of this week.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pittman of Wells Tannery on April 10.

Edwin Cornelius of Cowans Gap has leased the grocery store and meat market formerly operated by Harvey Raker in McConnellsburg. Cornelius will open for business on Friday.

Roy Sheeder of McConnellsburg won the power mower awarded by the Lions Club on Tuesday evening.

At its meeting last Friday, Borough Council adopted daylight saving time for the summer months. Fast time will go into effect here on April 26 at 2 a.m. and will continue through the last Sunday in September.

The fire siren will blow and church bells will ring to herald the start of the cancer crusade here on Monday evening.

Coy D. Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Speer T. Strait of Harrisonville, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant while serving with the U.S. Army in Austria. He has been in Europe since February of 1950.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Alice Hoy of Everett to Charles Cook of Three Springs.

George H. Resiner, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Reisner of McConnellsburg, was initiated on April 11 into the Mercersburg chapter of the Cum Laude Society at Mercersburg Academy. This is a national scholastic honor fraternity.

“We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world and the best we can hope to find is a friend.”

Julian Mowan of Langdondale has purchased the John Bivens property at Wells Tannery.

George Kirk was guest of honor at a surprise dinner last Monday in honor of his 75th birthday held at the home of his son, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kirk.

Infants baptized in Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church on Easter Sunday were Karen Lovette Chesnut, Lex Anderson Mellott, Cheryl and Alonza Palmer, Darlene Louise Hendershot and Lois Margaret Barnhart.

Carl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Furman of Amaranth, is a patient in Washington County Hospital a victim of rheumatic fever.

Deaths: Robert Frank Deshong of Websters Mill; Mrs. Sadie Catherine Mellott of St. Thomas; John Merril Fore of Harrisburg; Miss Ruth Gertrude Redinger of Riddlesburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 15, 1943


Deaths: Charles C. Lininger Jr. of Chambersburg;

Mrs. H.W. McLaughlin of Greencastle; James L.

Clevenger of Wilkinsburg, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. John Van Horn of Wells Tannery announce the marriage of their daughter, Grace Elizabeth, to Chalmer Ross Culler of Hopewell.

Four additional stars were added to the service flag of the St. Paul Lutheran Church for Pvt. Harold Fix, Pvt. Dave Fohner, Pvt. Donald G. Downes and S-C Charles Patterson.

E. Richard McClain of McConnellsburg has been named production manager of the Aircraft Division of Robert W. Irwin Co. of Grand Rapids, Mich.

D.E. Little has resigned as a director of the Chambersburg Hospital after serving for 36 years.

A house-to-house canvass was made recently for tin cans and discarded silk for salvage as part of the war effort.

Darl Sipes landed at an eastern port last week after making a trip to Africa.

Mrs. William Kendall sustained a broken arm when she fell in the flower garden at her home at Mercersburg.

The draft calls include all able-bodied men between 18 and 38 for military service except those whose call-up would cause undue hardship to dependents.

John Peterson of Burnt Cabins received a broken leg while working at Mapleton.

Howard Mellott has been doing some plowing with his tractor for neighbors in the Harrisonville area.

Byron’s Tannery advertises that they will pay $17 per ton for rock oak bark.

The Saluvia correspondent writes: “Clyde Deshong Jr. has been seen travelling toward McConnellsburg quite often. What’s the attraction,


At the Chambersburg Stock Market, steers sold for $15.25 to $16; butcher heifers, $14.50 to $15; bulls, $15.55 top; fat cows, $13.25; veal calves, $18.45.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of April 13, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Anna Laura Palsgrove, McConnellsburg; Chad Clayton Ensley of Everett; Jacob Lake Garland of near Welsh run; John M. Lodge of Columbus, Ohio; Roy Foster Deshong of Pleasant Ridge.

M.W. Lodge is remodelling the Fulton Theatre in preparation for the installation of a sound system, after which McConnellsburg residents will be able to enjoy moving pictures.

President Roosevelt has signed an executive order fixing a fine of $10,000 or 10 years’ imprisonment for persons found hoarding gold or silver

The annual Fulton County Field Meet will be held at Hustontown on April 29.

Bruce Garland and Janet Hamil were married March 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Sheets moved this week into their newly remodelled home on Lincoln Way, one of the most interesting landmarks of the town.

John O. Bradnick and Elsie Henry were wed March 24.

The editor says, “If the United States bores Bernard Shaw half as much a he says it does, and which is far less than he bores us, why doesn’t he stay at home? One can only believe that England is happy to be rid of him for a time. Even his age is not suf- ficient excuse for his bad manners!”

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. McCoy of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby born born March 30

At the A&P: cheese, 2 pounds for 25 cents; oleo, 3 pounds for 23 cents; pink salmon, 3 cans for 23 cents; flour, 24 pounds for 49 cents; P&G soap, 10 bars for 27 cents.

Norman Hollenshead and Nevada Mellott were married on April 5.

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