2013-05-02 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 29, 1993


The newly built McConnellsburg Senior Citizen

Center off south Seventh Street opened its doors

Tuesday. The official dedication was held Friday, May 28.

Fulton County historians Ken Keebaugh and Glenn Cordell were honored by the Fulton County Historical Society for their contribution to the society at the annual meeting held Saturday, April 24, at Needmore Firehall. Keebaugh, a McConnellsburg Elementary School teacher, was named the society’s “Historian of the Year” for his work as co-editor of the society’s publication, “My Home Is Fulton County.” Cordell was presented with a special award in recognition of his 20 years of service to the society.

A total of 6,065 countians are registered to vote in the May 18 primary election, the highest county voter registration total since the November 1988 election when 6,280 countians were registered.

Residents were surprised to see a new cover of snow on Thursday morning – the last, let’s hope.

The Jaycees again named the H.B. Mellott Estate “Boss of the Year” at their annual banquet held Friday, April 23, at the American Legion. Also honored at the banquet were Paul Johnston and Denny Benedick as co-recipients of the “Jaycee of the Year” award.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hess of Needmore announce the birth of a daughter, Brooke, April 13 at Washington County Hospital.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Chilcote of Three Springs on April 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mellott of McConnellsburg on April 24.

Deaths: Belle Barnes, Warfordsburg; Rodney Walker, Three Springs; Margaret Gabert, Chambersburg; Heather Locke, Shade Gap; Shirley Batdorff, McConnellsburg; Peter Kokoszka, Needmore; R. Jean McKee, Fuller, Pa.; Maria Martinez, Hagerstown; Buford Munson, Carlisle; Andrew Garner, Mont Alto.

Marriage licenses: Stephen Hoover, McConnellsburg, and Linda Strait, McConnellsburg; Russell Wible, Three Springs, and Jamie Fraker, Three Springs; Timothy Houck, Waterfall, and Angela Miller, McConnellsburg; Jonathan Helman, McConnellsburg, and Stacey Clippinger, Mc- Connellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 12, 1983


Jack and Louise Sharpe, Peach Orchard Road, found a turtle in their backyard last week with the date 1911 carved on the bottom of the shell. Three initials had also been carved out, one a W, but the others were undecipherable.

The board of directors of the Southern Alleghenies Farmers Ethanol Cooperative held a press conference on Monday in its plant building in Belfast Township. The spokesman said the building should be completed within the next two weeks, and the plant, which will produce ethanol alcohol out of corn, should be in operation within two months.

Curtis Mellott of Big Cove Tannery killed two big rattlesnakes, 48 inches and 37 inches long, while he was mushroom hunting last week near his home.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Haines, Hancock, were recently honored with a surprise golden wedding reception at Needmore Firehall.

Linda Swope, daughter of Mrs. Mildred Swope and the late Paul Swope of Needmore, was united in marriage to James Sheldon Post, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Post of Gainesville, Fla., April 2.

Specials at the IGA: Ragu spaghetti sauce, $1.99; Pillsbury pancake mix, 69 cents; grapes, 89 cents lb.; cauliflower, 99 cents a head; ground beef, $1.19 lb.; Weight Watchers treats, $1.09; cucumbers, 3 for 99 cents.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Spring Break.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Klingensmith, Breezewood, on April 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McClure, Shirleysburg, on April 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Cornelius, Mc- Connellsburg, on April 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Garland, Warfordsburg, on April 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bolling, Hancock, on May 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denny Mellott, Warfordsburg, May 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Hasting, Everett, May 5.

Deaths: Jesse Nicholas, McConnellsburg; Lena McClain, Mapleton Depot; Lois Oakman, Akron, Ohio; Helen Foff, Newport; Mervin “Boots” Mort, Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 10, 1973


Nearly a thousand scouts and leaders of the Mason Dixon Council Boy Scouts of America reopened the historic Forbes Road on May 5. Members of 42 troops from Franklin and Fulton counties and Washington County, Md., established their camp on the property of Mrs. Frank Kirchner, near the site of the original Fort Littleton. Using copyrighted hikers’ guides, published by the council, the boys followed the route used by Gen. John Forbes in 1748 and 1759 to take his army to the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, where he drove the French from Fort Duquesne.

Melissa June Cornelius, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cornelius of Hustontown, was one of the 116 graduates of the 82nd commencement exercises of the Nursing School of the Reading Hospital held on May 4.

Mrs. Temperance S. Wink of Needmore, widow of Judge S. Logue Wink, celebrated her 90th birthday last Monday in the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William Holman of St. Thomas.

William H. Stafford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Stafford of Wells Tannery, has been named to the dean’s list for the second semester at University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Clark have returned home to Hustontown after spending the winter months in Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Reeder of McConnellsburg returned last Wednesday from a European trip that included the tulip fields of Holland, a cruise up the Rhine River from Rotterdam and a tour of Basie, Switzerland.

Deaths: Mrs. Cora Thomas, Mapleton Depot; Albert Stains, Fort Loudon; Theodore F. Bair, Mt. Union; Oscar Theodore Bivens, Chambersburg; Neimond Keller, Waynesboro.

Lloyd J. Fahnestock, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fahnestock and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Pittman, all of St. Thomas, landed a 2-1/2 pound trout, measuring 19- 3/4 inches, while fishing in a stream at Edenville last week.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Clark of Warfordsburg on May 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fessler of Broad Top City on May 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Smith of Harrisonville on May 3.

Specials at the IGA: Del Monte peas or corn, 19 cents each; Bounty paper towels, 3 for $1; center-cut pork chops, $1.09 lb.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 16, 1963


The Cornelius Furniture Store on Lincoln Way

West will close its doors on June 25, the business having been sold to Chauncey J. McGarvey Jr. The future owner will combine the furniture sales with his upholstery business on Lincoln Way East, which recently housed the McGarvey Sr. beer distribution business.

Special recognition has been given by the Pennsylvania Association of Future Farmers of America to The First National Bank and Harry Blaine, supervising principal of Forbes Road High School, for outstanding services to FFA.

Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb Chesnut of Hustontown, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 22.

Pennsylvania’s draft quota for July has been set at 485 by the State Selective Service.

Joyce Cline was crowned queen of the prom at the dance on May 10 at McConnellsburg High School.

In a letter to the editor, the Southern Fulton Taxpayers League says, “This coming primary you have the opportunity to nominate school directors who will be dedicated men. Surely, we could not consider electing some who have served in the past ... kick out deadheads who have been inefficient in office.” The letter goes on to tell people who to vote for including Delmar Mellott and Brinton Wright for county commissioner.

The Thompson Township Local Option Committee urges voters to vote against the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Ayr Township gives notice of the adoption of a $5 per capita tax levy effective July 1.

Max Snyder has purchased a new Ford Thunderbird.

Charles Hixon was taken to the Medical Center with complete paralysis of the right side.

Several family members and friends attended the wedding of James Ritz, Amaranth, and Julianna Deger at Canton, Ohio, on Saturday.

The concrete block-making business is being offered for sale by owner George Keefer.

The engagement of Parker Crouse, McConnellsburg, to Dorothy Ann Muller, Winston Salem, N.C., is announced.

Mary B. Powell of Warfordsburg is the first Fulton County woman to pass the amateur radio operator’s examination.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Bishop, Hancock, on May 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Middaugh, Mercersburg, on May 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rock, Mercersburg, on May 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reel, Harrisonville, on May 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rightenour, Six Mile Run, on May 10.

Deaths: Ross Wible, Knobsville, died while undergoing heart surgery at Harrisburg General Hospital; Mrs. Rachel Sigel, Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 14, 1953


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

The Lions Club’s annual street fair will be held on May 30 on North First Street.

Pfc. George Earle Martz, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Martz, who enlisted in the Marine Corps on February 18, has completed his basic training at Parris Island, S.C.

Mrs. Levi Morton, a recent patient in Waynesboro Hospital, returned to her home here last Thursday.

George Paul, a clerk in the McConnellsburg Post Office, has been notified that he has been granted a promotion and will be named acting postmaster of the local office, to become effective on May 16. He will replace Robert Raker, who was named acting postmaster on July 1, 1952, to replace the then retiring postmaster, Ellis Lynch.

Death: Richard Cutchall of Clear Ridge.

Mrs. Wm. J. Lowe and Charles Glenn of Reformed Church have not missed Sunday School for 20 years, ever since the organization of their classes here, but Mrs. Lowe goes on further by having a perfect record since 1918 or for 35 years.

Pvt. Donald Gracey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gracey of Waterfall, is currently serving with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

Most of the stores here will close on Saturday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

A total of 7,200 acres of clover and alfalfa were sprayed for spittle bug control in Fulton County this spring. County agent H.P. Kies estimates that 3,600 tons of hay will be saved, valued at nearly $110,000. Last year, only about 400 acres were sprayed in Fulton County.

Burgess R.J. Fleming has set Thursday, May 14, as cleanup day for the borough of McConnellsburg.

Approximately 60 homemakers from Fulton and Franklin counties met at the local firehall on May 7 for the annual Fulton County Homemakers’ Day.

The men folk of Hustontown have been busy in the grove for preparation for the Fourth of July celebration.

Lt. and Mrs. Theodore Whitsel moved on Thursday from Hustontown to Harrisburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kerlin of Hustontown are enjoying a vacation with their daughter in California.

Death: Mrs. Lillie McCoy of Fort Littleton.

Mrs. Beaver Fraker received a beautiful potted plant for being the oldest mother present at services at Fort Littleton on Mother’s Day.

Death: Mrs. Scott Long of Maddensville.

Pvt. Leroy L. Sheeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Sheeder of McConnellsburg, has graduated from a leaders’ course at the Medical Replacement Training Center at Camp Pickett, Va.’

Gorman V. Palmer is now stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

William Ray Anderson and Betty R. Mumma were married on May 9.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Swope of Wells Valley celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 9.

Pvt. Homer H. Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Peck of McConnellsburg, is now stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Simon Mellott of Harrisonville on May 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anderton of McConnellsburg on May 8.

Deaths: Mrs. Lucy Ellen Mann of Warfordsburg; Jesse Clifford Barton of Crystal Spring.

More than $1,700 has been reported in the Cancer Crusade thus far in Fulton County.

Miss Margaret Isenhower, home economics extension representative, has announced that a 4-H Home Economics Club will be formed in McConnellsburg May 18.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 13, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Clara

E. Finiff of near

Leitersburg; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Akers of Akersville; Harry R. Lamberson of Hustontown; Harmon Bohn Hege of Mercersburg.

Two weeks ago, students of the local schools started a campaign to sell $1,100 worth of bonds, enough to buy one jeep. When the campaign closed this week, it was found that $18,650 worth of bonds had been sold, enough to buy 17 jeeps. The high school campaign was under the direction of Henry Lequear, with the following class leaders: Jack Goes, seniors; Bill Kendall, juniors; Jack Hessler, sophomore and Walter Barmont, freshmen.

Maj. D.L. Hohman and Ethel C. McCardell were married on Sunday.

Samuel Burton, 75, of Union Township, was found dead in a field last Wednesday by a search party after he failed to return home after he started walking towards a forest fire. Death was due to a heart attack.

Emory Troutman and Katharine Fischer were married on May 8.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 11, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. J.W.

Humphreys of Saluvia; Gustavus Loraine Schooley of near Pleasant Ridge; Mrs. Fannie Morgret of Hobat, Okla.; Rev. Harry Woodward Newman of Millville.

Gov. Pinchot this week signed the McClure Bill that places a tax of $1.24 on each barrel of beer sold in Pennsylvania.

Glen H. Thompson and Mary H. Aulden were married on May 5.

Camp 54 of Co. 305 of the Civilian Conservation Corps has been opened in Allen’s Valley, and the first contingent of 192 young men is busily engaged in settling down to camp life. The “Forest Army” recruits are under the direction of Cpt. R.I. Stack, assisted by Cpt. Charles Elcock and Lt. Stallings. Plans are also under way for the opening of similar camp on Sideling Hill.

Rev. William J. Lowe will deliver the baccalaureate sermon of the McConnellsburg seniors on Sunday evening.

Cmdr. Webster D. Mellott has called a special meeting to the local American Legion post to lay plans for Memorial Day.

Miss Blanche Mellott, R.N. of Philadelphia, has been called home to care for her mother, Mrs. George B. Mellott, who is seriously ill.

The Bible or some part of it, has been printed in 936 languages, according to a statement made this week by the American Bible Study.

Miss Sue Orth of Fort Littleton is on the sick list again.

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