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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 22, 1993


Farmers have taken advantage of a day without rain as they take to the fields. The heavy precipitation has put farmers 2-3 weeks behind in preparing fields and planting. Heavy rainfalls have left fields soft and muddy and have assured a later harvest season. Gardeners have also been plagued with soil too muddy to till, but both farmers and gardners welcomed the respite at the week’s beginning.

Fulton County Planning Commission approved an addition to Union Township’s agricultural security areas and replacement of the wastewater treatment facility at Sideling Hill Plaza at a meeting last Thursday, April 15.

Central Fulton School Board agreed last week to retain an architectural firm for the design of a pre-school addition to the district’s existing elementary school.

James Hawbaker, McConnellsburg, and Eunice Marshall, McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Rene Clugston are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Brenda Kaye, on March 26.

Deaths: Beverly Feagley, Big Cove Tannery; William Mellott, McConnellsburg; Lulubelle Mangus, Hyndman; J. Clarence Cornell, Everett; Guy Smith, Artemas; Harriet Fields, Three Springs; Myrtle Walker, Three Springs; Edgar Hege, Chambersburg; Emma Vanorsdale, Hancock.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cowan of Orbisonia on April 12.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 5, 1983


Five bears were sighted at noon on Sudnay four miles north of Needmore on the Larry Mellott property off Timber Ridge Road. The bears, which were seen by Mellott and his grandfather, Webster Mellott, ransacked several beehives owned by Mellott in search of honey.

James Schall was named Jaycee of the Year at the annual banquet last Friday. Barry Shaffer was given the Director of the Year award.

Fulton County may lose its only Greyhound bus stop if the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission approves a request from Greyhound to discontinue its York to Breezewood route along Route 30.

The Waynesboro Knitting Co. will never again open its doors in McConnellsburg. The plant and the sister plant in Waynesboro will be closed permanently. The McConnellsburg plant closed down over a year ago, laying off 200 workers, but the closing was said to be temporary. The Waynesboro plant closed in December.

The Turnpike Commission has announced that the Path Valley Service Plaza will be closed down for good on Friday, due to declining gas and restaurant sales.

Greg Zeger, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Zeger bagged a 20-pound, 10-inch beard turkey on Scrub Ridge the first day of hunting season. It was the boy’s first turkey.

Specials at the IGA: Velveeta cheese, $3.19, 2-lb. pkg.; lettuce, 49 cents a head; asparagus, $1.29 lb.; Nabisco Chips Ahoy, $1.79; Pepsi Cola, 99 cents, 2-liter bottle; Cheerios, $1.49, 15-oz. pkg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mellott of Waterfall on April 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gordon of Hustontown on April 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul McKinley of Orbisonia on April 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Palk of Saxton on April 28.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman E. Mellott of Big Cove Tannery were honored by family and friends on their 25th wedding anniversary on April 10.

Deaths: Sarah (Sadie) Thorpe, Hustontown; Georgia Fisher, Warfordsburg; Edward N. Sheppard, Hancock; Malcolm H. Morris, Sodus, Mich.; Norbet J. Wible, Waynesboro; Earl “Rummy” Price, Three Springs.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of May 3, 1973


Figures released last week by the county commissioners’ office show that the Democratic Party in

Fulton County is heading toward the May primary election with a lead of 387 over the Republican Party. At the end of the last registration period, 2,513 Democrats were registered in the county, as compared to 2,126 Republicans.

Charles, 13, and Joe, 12, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Hann of McConnellsburg, have both won special awards for trophy fish they caught this season. Charles landed a 16- inch, 1-1/2-pound brook trout and Joe a 14-inch, 1-pound brook trout near Needmore.

George A. Layman, D.D.S., of Chambersburg, president of Layman Associates, announced this week that he and his two associates, Dr J. Michael Kroe and Dr. Oliver Acri, have taken over the dental practice of the late Dr. Robert E. Riggs, and the local office is now open for appointments.

Miss Maude Ott, a guest at Decker Home, will celebrate her 92nd birthday on Monday, May 7.

A small cemetery on the east side of Hustontown, on the hill between routes 655 and 475, in which the founder of Hustontown and his family were buried, has been donated by the present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Street, to Hustontown Hartman Memorial Cemetery Association. The records are not complete on how many members of Mr. Huston’s family were buried in this plot. There are only four marked stones.

Deaths: Ellis Peck, Mercersburg; Mrs. Margaret Jackson, Needmore; William H. Carnell, Hancock; Mrs. Ella R. Hull, Waynesboro; Gilbert Simcox, Mill Creek; C.W. McGehee Sr., Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Mellott of McConnellsburg on April 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry McGowan of Hustontown on April 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ulsh of Hustontown on April 26.

Specials at the IGA: Maxwell House coffee, $1.99, 3-lb. can; Peter Pan peanut butter, 59 cents; Shasta soft drink, 9 cents, 12-oz. can; family size Tide, $2.40 10-lb. box.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 9, 1963


In a court decision handed down this week, Judge

W.C. Sheely ruled against a group of taxpayers in their complaint against the Southern Fulton School District who sought to prove that a 200-mill occupational tax, levied by the school district for the year August 1961 to June 1962, was unlawful. Another complaint filed by the same group will seek to prove that the 1962-63 occupational tax levied by the school district is illegal. Named as plaintiffs in the court cases are Walter McKinley, Buford Munson, Gene Bradshaw, Vearl Fletcher, Eugene Schriver, Harry Bain, Melvin Shives Jr., Elmer Hill, William Wayne Zerkle, L.R. Smith and George Fischer.

The Hancock Bank last week mailed checks totalling $24,000 to 1,400 depositors whose accounts were frozen 30 years ago in the grim days of depression and bank closings. After the bank reopened following its closing during the de- pression, 50 percent of all profits were placed in a fund to be distributed to the owners of frozen accounts.

At the Borough Council meeting on Monday, President E.W. Pyles announced that all the necessary papers have been delivered to Harrisburg in the first move to apply for a grant to construct a sewerage system in McConnellsburg. Donald “Pete” Culler was sworn in as councilman to fill the unexpired term of Parker Crouse.

An Army-Navy surplus store will open on May 17 in the former Carbaugh Grocery building on Lincoln Way East.

Mrs. Catherine “Cassie” Mellott of Dott, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 13, has enjoyed such amazingly good health that for the past 40 years she has not required a doctor’s advice or treatment. She has lived in the same homestead at Dott, built by her late husband, James Mellott, for the past 77 years.

M.R. 2 Harry B. Hill will be stationed at Norfolk, Va., following a tour of duty in the Pacific.

Violet Knepper of Waterfall and Fred Culler, McConnellsburg, were married on April 2.

Ann Louise Deshong, McConnellsburg, and Robert E. Morgan, Camp Hill, were married on March 15.

A marriage license was issued this week to David Bruce O’Donnell and Margaret Carolyn Stover, both of Harrisonville.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson, Clear Spring, Md., on May 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taylor, Hustontown, on May 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lough Lemley, Everett, on May 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Elbin, St. Thomas, on May 5.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Reed of McConnellsburg; John W. Gordon, Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 7, 1953


Pfc. Jack Sharpe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude

Sharpe, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on

February 18, has completed his basic training and is now home on furlough. He will be stationed at the Marine Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Cpl. Charles Mellott and wife (the former Betty Sheeder) left on Tuesday for Val Dosta, Ga.

Bess Nesbitt is spending some time with Mrs. Roy Cutshall while Mr. Cutshall is a patient in the Veterans Hospital in Altoona.

Mrs. Heman Decker, Mrs. Wilmer Sipes and Miss Nellie Hays of Fulton County Medical Center auxiliary attended a meeting of the state hospital auxiliaries in Harrisburg last week.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Lodge left on Monday morning for a month’s vacation in the West.

Miss Grace Shimer, Mrs. Effie Lamberson, Mrs. John Enck, Miss Rhoda Kendall, Mrs. Charles Taylor, Mrs. Anne Lodge, Mrs. Lyle Duffey, Mrs. H.P. Kies, Mrs. Clarence Bender, Miss Margaret Isenhower and Miss Millicent Clippinger attended the flower show of the Woman’s Club in Mercersburg on Tuesday evening.

Two Saturdays, May 16 and 23, will be observed as Poppy Days in Fulton County this year.

The Blair-Bedford-Fulton Area of the Future Farmers of America recently elected officers. Included were these from Fulton County: Arvine Hollenshead of Greenhill, treasurer; John Rotz of Warfordsburg, sentinel; and Donald Black of Hustontown, delegate.

The Fulton County Senior Extension Club realized a profit of $139 from an auction held last week in the Glenn- Nell Hotel garage. The proceeds will be used to help landscape the grounds surrounding the Fulton County Medical Center, a project which is expected to cost $600.

Marshall Divel, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Divel of Hancock, was killed on Monday when a farm tractor he was driving upset and pinned him under it. The accident occurred in an open field on the farm of Mrs. Caroline Hixon. Young Divel was able to call out for help but died within a few minutes.

On April 29, some of the schools in Fulton County were visited by two distinguished foreign visitors – Mg. Than Maung, supervisor of compulsory primary education in Burma, and Ali Nur, inspector of Schools in Pakistan. They were accompanied by Robert Wilson of the Department of Public Instruction and county Superintendent Harold C. Welsh. The two men said that the school systems in their countries are very inferior to the systems here. In Pakistan, for instance, boys and girls are required to attend school only between the ages of 6 and 11 years; school buildings and equipment are very meager and teachers are not required to have any special preparation or training. The group visited the Warfordsburg School, the Needmore School while lunch was being served and the West View School in Thompson Township. After six months in the United States, they plan to return to their native countries and apply some of the ideas obtained here for improving schools.

McConnellsburg won the Class A events and Southern Fulton took the honors in the Class B events in the annual field meet held at Hustontown on Saturday.

David Franklin, district game protector in Fulton County, will retire on August 1 after 29 years and eight months service with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He has been located in McConnellsburg for the past three years, having been transferred here from Franklin County. He and his invalid mother expect to make their home here after his retirement. Carl Jarrett, son of Rev. Harry Jarrett, Methodist minister who left McConnellsburg some 25 years ago, expects to be transferred her from Somerset County.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd King of Chambersburg and Mr. and Mrs. Earl King of Waterfall celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary at the former’s home in Chambersburg on April 21.

H. Lyle Duffey has accepted a position at The First National Bank, a position he held more than four years ago when he resigned to teach in the local high school. He replaces Mrs. Betty Jane Mellott, who resigned recently to join her husband when he returned from overseas with the armed forces.

The McConnellsburg Joint School Board has been advised that State Public School Building Authority has approved the plans for a new elementary building here. The school board is now ready to advertise for bids and the bid date opening has tentatively been set for June 4. Work on the preliminary plans for the addition was begun more than two years ago.

Edgar H. MacKinlay, son of Dr. and Mrs. E.H. MacKinlay of McConnellsburg, has been named associate sports editor of the Mercersburg News, weekly publication of the Mercersburg Academy. The academy paper has achieved first rank in scholastic press contests, having been a medalist winner for the past 16 years in contests at Columbia University.

Jacob Rhodes, an employee of McConnellsburg Motor and Implement Co., received a broken nose and injuries to the jaw last Wednesday when a valve on a sprayer blew apart and struck him in the face. He is now a patient at Fulton County Medical Center.

George Reisner, who for the past year has been the agricultural extension representative for the food and Agricultural Organization of the Untied Nations in Ceylon, arrived in New York last Wednesday. While in Ceylon, he was stationed at Fundamental Educational Center at Hingurakgoda.

Frank Truax of Warfordsburg, a victim of an automobile accident, is a patient in Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Carl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Furman of Warfordsburg, has returned home from Hagerstown Hospital. He is a victim of rheumatic fever.

Pvt. Marlis Wertz is now stationed at Camp Campbell, Ky.

Whoever says women are the weaker sex doesn’t know Mrs. Robert Kirk of Warfordsburg. She painted the large barn on their farm, assisted by her husband. He held the ladder.

Rudolph Snyder is starting to build a new home along Route 522 at Knobsville.

The stork was very busy at Knobsville last week, leaving a little girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Divens, a little boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seiders and a little girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Lister.

Pvt. Warren E. Hess of Clear Ridge is now stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.; Pvt. Dean E. Grove is at Fort Jackson, S.C.; and Pvt. Donald W. Brown is at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wolfe and son moved Thursday into the home they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. John Bivens at Wells Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Bard of McConnellsburg on April 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Souders of McConnellsburg on April 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Mellott of Needmore on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Palmer of McConnellsburg on April 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Winter of Wells Tannery on April 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Baer of Fort Littleton on May 1.

Deaths: Lewis Clevenger of Mercersburg; Christian Martin of St. Thomas.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 6, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. W. Sloan Warthin of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Amanda Mellott of Tiffin, Ohio.

The engagement of Mary Jane Martin to David Abbott Drew has been announced by her mother, Mrs. Mary B. Martin.

Scott Alexander has resigned as clerk at The First National Bank and has accepted a position at Letterkenny Depot.

Three persons were burned to death on Sunday night when fire destroyed the home of Joseph Thomas at Back Run. Killed were Mr. Thomas, age 54; his 6-year-old daughter and his mother, age 84.

Paul Ott was taken ill at the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown on Tuesday and is now a patient in Hagerstown Hospital.

Operations at the Riddlesburg Furnace will cease next week. High cost of producing pig iron was given as the reason.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 4, 1933


Richard, the young son of Mr. and Mrs.

Lewis F. Largent of McConnellsburg, met with a painful accident on Tuesday. In some manner, the lad got his arm caught in a washing machine wringer and his entire arm was pulled into it.

Deaths: William Henry Paylor of Knobsville; Lee Barton Deshong of near Pleasant Ridge.

George Kappel and Gladys Hendershot were married April 15.

Nelson Sharar and Matilda E. Helman were married April 26.’

The home of Harvey Yingling near New Grenada was destroyed by fire on Friday night.

Nelson Comerer advertises complete bathroom outfits in this issue for $29

Ditch Run School was raided one night last week. About $15 worth of school supplies and other articles were taken.

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