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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 8, 1993


The Raystown Lake crested at 16 feet over normal on Saturday afternoon due to the recent heavy snows and rainfall. Damage is reported in the resort area, and the Seven Points Recreation area and Route 994 were underwater for sometime but are now open.

Although the creeks are high now, the fishermen are preparing for their annual rites of spring by stocking up on night crawlers and other supplies in preparation for the first day of trout season on Saturday, April 17.

McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. put its new ambulance in service last Saturday. The 1993 McCoy-Miller unit on a Ford chassis is fully equipped and replaces the company’s oldest unit.

Lester and Louise Shafer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 16.

Retired game warden Carl Jarrett was featured in Monday’s Public Opinion in their “Meet Your Neighbor” column. Jarrett was instrumental in the development of the Meadow Grounds Lake project which was excavated and built by local contractor K.G. Richards in the mid 1960s.

Deaths: Ralph W. Mellott, Needmore; E. Magdalene Chamberlain, Wells Tannery; Norman R. Kanouff, Everett; Firmen McClain, Waterfall; Florence Mellott, Orbisonia; Ada Martin, Maugansvile; Janet Hock, Chambersburg; Christina Gordon, Boonsboro, Md.; Wilson Coffman, Heavenly Acres.

Sarah Schoen and Timothy McCoy announce their engagement to marry. Parents of the couple are Elton Schoen and the late Derek Schoen and Harold and Mary McCoy.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 21, 1983


Several people in the lower end of the county report having sighted three bears heading south in the area near the Deneen Gap Raceway last week.

Between eight and 12 people on Strawberry Ridge are in danger of contracting rabies after coming in contact with a rabid raccoon. According to Mark Crowder, Tommy Lynch picked up the raccoon in the forest in April. The raccoon was placed in a cage with another raccoon and fed. The next day it became ill. Crowder said many people came in contact with the rabid animal during the week as they attempted to feed and cure it. When he went out to pick up the animal that night he learned that the other raccoon in the cage had escaped, and that the rabid raccoon had bitten a cat before it died. Those who came in contact with the animal have been advised to take the series of rabies shots.

Bob Wible of McConnellsburg demonstrated his skills with a fishing rod as he landed a 22-1/4-inch rainbow trout on opening day.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft Parkay margarine, 2 for 89 cents; strawberries, 79 cents a pint; Pillsbury cake mix, 59 cents; Pepsi, $1.59, six 12-oz. cans; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents lb.

Now playing at the Reality Theatre in Robertsdale: “E.T.” Playing at the Fulton Theatre: “The Toy.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Airhart of Everett on April 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Koons of McConnellsburg on April 11.

Deaths: Blair Waltz, McConnellsburg; Vera M. Weller, Needmore; Earl W. Robinson, Hagerstown; Dustin A. Mull, Fayetteville; Kenneth R. Swope, Mapleton Depot; Lydia Winters, Lancaster; Clair McElhaney, Newville; Reed Mc- Donald, Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 19,1973


A Virginia man, wanted by the FBI, is a patient in

Fulton County Medical Center, under police guard, after wrecking his car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last Tuesday night in a bid to escape capture. Police also arrested a passenger in the car who is wanted by authorities in Montgomery County, Va., on a drug charge.

Mrs. Frank Yost left on Saturday for Galway, Ireland, to attend the wedding of her son, Robert. Mrs. Yost will stay and visit places of interest for the next three weeks.

The property on North Second Street, formerly the offices and residence of Dr. Florenicio Villa, was recently purchased by H.B. Mellott Estate Inc. for business purposes.

A Mapleton Depot man was arrested at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, and charged with rape before District Justice Don Knepper. The arrest resulted from a complaint filed by a Hustontown woman that an unidentified man had entered her home while she was sleeping the morning of April 7 and had threatened her and forcibly raped her while her husband was at work.

Marriage licenses: Clem Leroy Smith of Warfordsburg and Germaine Regina Diehl of Everett; Paul Roger Booth of Warfordsburg and Cheryl Ann Mellott, Needmore; Gary Lynn Scriever and Mona Kay Seville, both of Hancock.

Announcement was made at the Fulton Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday of the opening of a new industry in Fulton County on April 30, to be known as Huston Sportswear, which will be located in the old high school building at Hustontown. The company will manufacture children’s clothes primarily and will employ approximately 30 women.

William Brian Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Lane Jr., Hustontown, has been named to the dean’s list for the first semester at Eastern Nazarene College.

“The Swifts,” a team of young British golfers, visited Great Cove Golf Club on Friday while on a threeweek tour of the Eastern seaboard, visiting and playing against many of the top prep schools. On Friday, they were guests of Mercersburg Academy. The visiting Britains were high in their praise of the greens at the local course, commenting that “they were in 100 percent better condition than any they had played to date.”

Airman Edgar Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wright of Wells Tannery, has been promoted to airman first class. He is stationed a Grifiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y.

Ken Deshong, a former employee of contractor Mack Horton, recently started in business for himself dealing in custom cabinet-making.

Deaths: Julie Ann Mellott, infant daughter of Jackie Raymond and Charlene Seville Mellott of Needmore on April 14; Howard W. Dunlap, Chambersburg; Howard B. Swope Sr., McConnellsburg; Hugh M. Kreps, Chambersburg; Bonnie Diffenderfer, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Francis McCarty of Hancock on April 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dan R. Chamberlain of Wells Tannery on April 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mellott of Needmore on April 13.

Specials at the IGA: Sta-Puf fabric softener, 69 cents gal.; Duncan Hines cake mixes, 3 for $1; Folger’s coffee, 2-lb. size, $1.39; semiboneless ham, 95 cents lb.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 25, 1963


A forest fire, which threatened to raze the whole mountain, broke out at 11 a.m. on Sideling Hill

Mountain in the area where the artificial lake is being built. High winds hampered the effort of the firefighters to bring the blaze under control. More than 8 acres were burnt.

There were no fatal accidents on the PA Turnpike over the Easter holiday. The toll road was used by more than half-million motorists over the holiday.

A semi-autobiographical book, “The Restless Soul,” written by Mrs. Elsie Shore of McConnellsburg, has been published by the Carlton Press Inc. of New York. Mrs. Shore said she had been working on the book since 1950 and had previously published a book of verses and several songs.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Grissinger of Three Springs celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 10. They are the parents of seven children (two deceased), and there are 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Daniel F. Trout of Bethesda, Md., landed his Bonanza airplane on his newly constructed airstrip at his farm in Ayr Township for the first time on Monday.

The farm of Isaac Bratton, Dublin Mills, was sold at public sale on Saturday to M. Hoffman of Three Springs for $7,500.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Washabaugh III and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Clevenger are having new homes built on North First Street.

Men in service: Pfc. George W. Black, Hustontown, is serving with the U.S. Army in Germany. Marvin L. Powell, Warfordsburg, has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill. Sheldon Owen Deshong is serving with the U.S. Army in Germany. Carl R. Gordon, McConnellsburg, is serving with the U.S. Air Force at Amarillo, Texas. Dennis Lee Orth, Harrisonville, is serving aboard the cruiser USS Boston.

Pennsylvania’s June draft call has been set at 226 men.

The lack of rain and the high winds have made the ground unusually dry, which has delayed the sewing of oats.

A fire at the Robert Clark property, Buck Valley, destroyed a stable and some livestock last Friday.

Harriet Knepper of Center is a student nurse at the Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg.

The annual audit for the borough of McConnellsburg shows revenue at $47,360 and expenditures at $41,678.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Crouse, Rockhill Furnace, on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pine, Mercersburg, on April 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Black, Waynesboro, on April 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Avon Deshong, Harrisonville, on April 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ward, Hancock, on April 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold McMullen of Shade Gap on April 21.

Deaths: Henry R. Grissinger, Maddensville; Sylvester Cunningham, McConnellsburg; Harter W. Sheeder, McConnellsburg; Emma Evelyn Hammerly, Fulton County; Robert Cloyd Black, New Grenada; John H. Owens, Lewistown; Claude William Truax, Hancock; Mrs. Nannie L. Shore, Orrstown, born in Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 23, 1953


The senior class of McConnellsburg High School attended a session of the General Assembly in

Harrisburg on Wednesday as guests of Rep. Merrill W. Kerlin. While in Harrisburg, they were also conducted on a tour of the capitol. The students furnished their own transportation to and from Harrisburg.

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

A.W. Grissinger and his nephew, Dr. D.L. Hohman, are spending two weeks in Miami, Fla.

Harold Largent, who had been stationed in Colorado with th U. S. Air Force, is being transfered to California.

Death: Mrs. Ruth Redinger of Riddlesburg.

Dr. and Mrs. John L. Neill and son David of Bradford, Pa., who returned form a two-week vacation in Florida, visited Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Welsh over the weekend.

During the month of March, $16,375 was paid out of the game fund for bounties on 5,205 birds and animals classed as predators in Pennsylvania. Species on which rewards were paid include 1,526 weasels, 1,930 gray foxes, 1,616 red foxes and 133 great-horned owls.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Miller of McConnellsburg on April 19.

Three fires in as many days kept local firemen busy over the holidays. On Friday, there was a grass fire at the home of Robert Fix Sr. at Breezy Point Road; on Saturday, a shed caught fire at Don Headley’s west of Mc- Connellsburg; on Sunday, a chimney fire was reported at the home of Lemuel Hendershot in Ayr Township.

Thirty-five new parking meters are being installed on the streets of McConnellsburg. There were 80 meters in operation before this.

Headmaster Charles S. Tippets has announced that Mercersburg Academy has purchased the cabin in which the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, was born. The cabin, which has been used as a gift shop and Democratic headquarters in Chambersburg since 1925, will be placed somewhere on the campus at the academy. The cabin stood on Fayette Street in Mercersburg until 1925 when a group of men from Chambersburg bought it. Some 75 years before that, it was moved from Stony Batter, where President Buchanan was born. Presi-

Buchanan was born on April 23, 1791.

Sid Leach and M.W. Mc- Cormick took a group of boys to Washington, D.C., on April 13 for the opening game of the 1953 baseball season. Boys in the group included Fred and Gene Stenger, Gary Grissinger, Gerald Wible, Don Chubb, Chauncey McGarvey Jr., Harry and George Hull, Harold Ray, Fred Sheeder, Rodney Cover and Jack Fields.

Sixty-two Fulton County dairy farmers are affected by the government strike at the Hershey plant. Milk was last delivered to Greencastle last Sunday.

Richards Motors is offering a $100 coupon in this issue toward the purchase of any used car to market the grand opening of their used car lot.

Death: Merrill Fore of Harrisburg.

Seaman Alfred W. Deneen, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Deneen of Amaranth, has returned to the states following a seven-month cruise on the destroyer, USS Miller.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fittrey of Fairview have moved to the new location in Westfield, N.Y.

George Miller, who was badly injured while putting off dynamite and spent two weeks in Chambersburg Hospital, has returned to his home at Fairview.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cutchall and family moved to their newly remodelled home on Main Street in Hustontown.

Death: Ralph “Shortie” Mellott of Needmore.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Weaver of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a son, born on April 12.

John C. Sheehan and Mary King were wed April 12.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Beatrice Alwida Park of Mapleton Depot to Herbert Ray Carson of Amaranth.

Sgt. Charles E. McElhaney is now stationed at Smoky Hill Air Force Base, Salina, Kan.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 22, 1943


Deaths: James C.

McGowan of Burnt

Cabins; Eva Rosetta Crouse of Websters Mill; Marie Walker of Cito.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Ethel Catherine McCardell of Hagerstown to Maj. Daniel Leonard Hohman, now stationed at Blytheville, Ark.

Miss Alice Hart has completed basic training in the WAVES and has been transferred to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.

Harry Clevenger has been given exclusive use of the name, “Mt. Ayr,” for his herd of purebred Holstein cattle.

Mrs. Joseph Pittman, the former Ruth Harris, has resigned her position with the Department of Public Assistance, having purchased a home in Philadelphia.

Mr. and Mrs. George Morton Jr., announce the birth of a son, born on Monday, April 19, at Everett Hospital.

Miss Betty Grissinger has been confined to her home with an attack of measles.

Pfc. Hollis K. Mellott has been transfered to Hawaii.

The War Manpower Commission has made a ruling that would make it virtually impossible to change employment for the sole reason of increasing earning power.

Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Wible of Knobsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 4, and had their marriage vows renewed at the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wible, in Murrysville, by Rev. Morris Husted.

Death: Howard P. Charlton of Warfordsburg.

The Clear Ridge corredent spondent writes: “We have had many days of cold, wintry weather. Not many have made garden yet.”

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bishop of Knobsville are the proud parents of a baby girl.

Carl Deneen of Thompson Township, stationed in England, has been promoted to the rank of second lieutenant.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvey Souders of Cito have named their new daughter Sandra Marjie.

Thomas E. Waters of Burnt Cabins, stationed at Camp Lee, Va., has been promoted to staff sergeant.

George E. Elvey successfully completed the Air Force Advanced Flying School training and received his silver wings and second lieutenant commission at Luke Field in Arizona.

Merrill W. Kerlin, 21, of Burnt Cabins, has begun training as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Force Training Command at Springfield, Ohio.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 20, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Mary

Elizabeth Fleming of Clear Ridge; Sylvester Truax of near Sipes Mill; Mrs. Isaac Miller of near Waterfall; Viola Elizabeth Mellott of Belfast Township; Mrs. Cora Alice Layton of Kearney.

Miss Mabel Seville has been selected to replace Mrs. George Bard as teacher of the fifth and sixth grades in the local school.

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Sipe of Wells Valley celebrated their golden wedding anniversary over Easter.

William H. Way and Sara T. Keyser were wed on April 15.

Ruby Weller, daughter of John Weller, north of town, has a perfect attendance record for six consecutive years at McGovern’s School.

Ronald Mills of Decatur, Ill., was killed and his parents and a brother, Eugene, were seriously injured late Monday afternoon when the car in which they were riding went out of control and overturned on the Lincoln Highway, five miles west of Mc- Connellsburg.

An interesting note in the 25-year-old news in the Public Opinion this week reads: “Andy Oyler, who played with the Minneapolis team the past two years, has retired and will raise pigeons.”

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