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This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Willard L. Mellott, Needmore, was taken sometime around 1945-1946 beside a filling station in the Warfordsburg area that is no longer there. Pictured, left, are Willard’s grandmother, Maye Garland; Jessie Garland Mellott, who is holding Willard’s sister, Bonnie Dollinger; Jessie’s sister, Hazel Garland Powell; and Willard’s wife, Naomi Sipes Mellott. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Willard L. Mellott, Needmore, was taken sometime around 1945-1946 beside a filling station in the Warfordsburg area that is no longer there. Pictured, left, are Willard’s grandmother, Maye Garland; Jessie Garland Mellott, who is holding Willard’s sister, Bonnie Dollinger; Jessie’s sister, Hazel Garland Powell; and Willard’s wife, Naomi Sipes Mellott. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 13, 1993


Fulton County party voters will choose their candidates for municipal offices, school boards, county prothonotary and jury commissioner, judge of the 39th judicial district of the Court of Common Pleas, and various state judgeships in the primary election to be held next Tuesday, May 18.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday interviewed candidates for the county recycling coordinator position and re-authorized the parent select day care program for fiscal 1993-94. The commissioners signed an agreement with the state Department of Public Welfare for the county to receive $61,033 for the parent select day care program. They also adopted a proclamation designating the month of May as “Older Americans Month” and set May 28 as Senior Citizens Recognition Day in Fulton County.

Julie Berkstresser, Stephanie Group, Tony Jamison, Devin Horne and Donnie Runk and advisor Garey Sprowl call themselves the Forbes Road Blue team. This team from Fulton County established itself as the overall winner of the Fulton/Franklin County Envirothon. The students competed against teams from Franklin County in areas such as aquatics, wildlife, pesticides, soils and forestry.

An open house was held April 25 to celebrate the 65th wedding anniversary of Marshall and Goldie Carbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Morton of Needmore on May 3.

Deaths: Robert Wyant, Hancock; Vera Powell, Hancock; Nellie Waite, Three Springs; Rose Dean, Orrstown; James Wenger Jr., Lemasters; Grace King, Mount Union; Jerry Farner, Mercersburg; Robert Bratton, Hustontown.

Marriage licenses: Luke Strait, McConnellsburg, and Judith Iker, Hancock; Leroy Jones, Arlington, Va., and Cynthia Davano, Arlington, Va.; Gerald Sipes, Harrisonville, and Rita Clippinger, McConnellsburg; Ronald Harshman Jr., Greencastle, and Jill Layton, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 26, 1983


Another raccoon, verified by the state laboratory in Harrisburg as being rabid, was found on the

Donald Bard farm, north of Needmore, around noon last Thursday. The infected animal crawled into the barn and was killed by Mr. Bard. The head was taken to Harrisburg, where tests proved positive. As a result of the finding, all the animals on the Bard farm, including approximately 100 head of livestock, have had to be vaccinated.

U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster is the second-richest congressman in Pennsylvania and one of the richest in the House. Releasing a required financial statement last week, Shuster sets his financial worth between $806,000 and $1.2 million.

Fulton County Medical Center will raise the rate for a semiprivate room as of June 1, 1983. Citing increased costs, the board said the price of a semiprivate room will increase from $136 to $155 per day.

Bishop-Raker Post 655 of Veterans of Foreign Wars held its 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday at the post home. Post 655 filed its chapter application in April 1933, with World War veterans Wayne Taylor, Charles Cutchall and Lewis Largent (all deceased), acting as the organization committee. Ralph Miller is the only surviving charter member. The post was named for John Bishop and Norman Raker, two of the first soldiers in Fulton County to be killed in World War I.

Harry Johnston was honored at a surprise party in the boardroom of The First National Bank on his 95th birthday. The decorations included 95 brand new dollar bills, which were presented to the longtime bank official.

Mr. and Mrs. Berlyn Cutchall of Hustontown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 23.

Marriage license: Duane Waite, Fort Littleton, and Lynn Geyer, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jan Burget of Everett on May 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hampton of Spring Run on May 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Thompson of Mercersburg on May 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Strait of McConnellsburg on May 16.

Dr. Gerald T. Lorentz was recognized for his many years of service at Fulton County Medical Center with a portrait of himself. Lorentz, who has been in the county since 1947 was honored by members of the Medical Center staff and the community at a luncheon on Tuesday. The portrait will hang in the lobby of the Medical Center.

Deaths: Robert Kline, Harrisonville; Mildred M. Crawford, Warfordsburg; Clifford S. Miller, Berkeley Springs; Earl F. Mixell, Chambersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 24, 1973


Pennsylvania and Maryland State Police, working in close cooperation with the Georgia State Police, made arrangements on Monday to have Wayne Carl Coleman, 26, brought to McConnellsburg to aid in the search for Richard Wayne Miller of McConnellsburg, who has been missing since May 20. Coleman is one of four Baltimore prison escapees now in custody of Georgia police, charged with murder on six counts in the mass slaying of the Alday family in Donalsonville, Ga., on May 15. According to the FBI, Coleman admitted killing Miller on May 10 and disposing of the body somewhere in southern Pennsylvania or northern Maryland. They were met at the airport by Pennsylvania and Maryland State Police, and the prisoner was transferred to one of six unmarked police cars and brought to McConnellsburg. He was taken immediately to the spot 1.3 miles east of the Patterson Run Road and Route 30 intersection where the Lawrence Schooley white pickup truck had been abandoned on May 10, after the Miller boy had watched the four escapees steal the vehicle. Retracing the route taken that day, the confessed slayer directed the police to take old Route 30 east into Mc- Connellsburg and onto Route 16. The police cars retraced the route as far as Little Cove when the search was called off due to darkness. The prisoner was brought back to the McConnellsburg police barracks and put in the Fulton County Jail under maximum security. He was kept under close scrutiny by a state trooper and county probation officer Greg Garland, who sat all night in chairs outside the “prison within a prison,” the cell where Coleman spent the night, which is called “the cage” by prison personnel. It is made of thick iron bars, top and all four sides, inside the jail proper but is isolated from the regular cells.

Mrs. Olive Pearl Arbutus Mumma, 75, was viciously beaten and robbed in her home at Harrisonville last Wednesday. Two white males, the one about 40 years old and the other about 18 years old, are being sought by police in connection with the attack. Mrs. Mumma was taken to the Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries and was released later that day.

Alvin Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Strait of Needmore, has graduated with honors from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He will return to Brigham Young College in August.

Marriage licenses: Gary Kyle Decker of Harrisonville and Eileen Susan Shultz of McConnellsburg; Kevin Leroy Strait of Fort Littleton and Carol Ann Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg.

Sandra Shadle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Shadle of Fort Littleton, will receive her B.S. in elementary education at commencement exercises at Slippery Rock State College on May 27.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Berlyn Cutchall, who celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday.

Navy Airman Apprentice Barry P. Mosemann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry P. Mosemann of Warfordsburg, has completed the Aviation Electrician’s Mate School at Jacksonville, Fla.

Engagements; Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lynch of Big Cove Tannery wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Adrien, to Lynn Charles Reeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Harry Reeder of McConnellsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Souders of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Patti, to Richard G. Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bard of Harrisonville.

Craig C. Cutchall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Cutchall of Hustontown, and Barbara B. Cutchall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Black of Waterfall, will each receive a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education at commencement exercises to be held at Slippery Rock State College on May 27

Marcus Downes, owner of Downes Motel, was taken to the Medical Center on Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack at has home.

Deaths: Earl C. Strait, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Nora Garland Fischer, Warfordsburg; Alice McIntyre, Pittsburgh; Roy A. Miller, Robertsdale; Mrs. Regina Decker Deshong, Warfordsburg; Frank C. Bare, Lancaster; Harry E. Shotts, Harrisonville; Kathryn M. Conner, Everett; Mrs. Iva J. Heller, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Fleegley of Hancock on May 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hock of McConnellsburg on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Barthalow of Mercersburg on May 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Shank of Warfordsburg on May 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Daniels Jr. of Mc- Connellsburg on May 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lane of Shade Gap on May 17.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 30, 1963


Kenneth E. Fix, 39, and his 11-year-old son, Dale, were killed on Sunday, 2 1/2 miles west of Hustontown, when the car he was driving and a 1963 Chevrolet truck, driven by Harry Hawkins, collided headon. Fix’s wife, Dorothy, and two other children and Hawkins’ wife, Ann, and two children were injured in the accident. Both families are from Hustontown.

In another accident, earlier on Sunday morning, John Smith and his wife, Evelyn, of Needmore, were both seriously injured when their car skidded on a wet road near their home and hit a tree.

Marriage licences were applied for last week by John F. Covalt and Linda Louella Barnhart, both of Needmore, and John Bennett of Three Springs and Betty Romig of Waterfall.

Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb Chesnut of Hustontown were honored by their only daughter, Emma, with an open house to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 19. They were married on May 22, 1913.

Marilyn Hoover underwent emergency appendectomy surgery at Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday.

Wells Township advertises its intention of adopting an $8 per capita tax, Ayr Township, a $5 one, and Southern Fulton School District, a $6 per capita tax, a $2 trailer tax and a 200-mill occupation tax. A list of the classifications for occupations and the amount is included in this resolution.

Marine Pvt. Mayford L. Brady, Big Cove Tannery, reported on April 21 to Camp Hauge in Okinawa.

Mr. and Mrs. David Saylor of Waynesboro are moving to the Emma Cline property in Knobsville.

Bill Stevens of the U.S. Army and his family of Hustontown have returned from a tour of duty in Panama Canal Zone. He is being transferred to Denver, Colo.

Deaths: John E. Rhoades, 96, Shippensburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 28, 1953


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

Mrs. Louise Glenn is spending some time at her home here after spending the winter months with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wailliaym Layton of Lakewood, N.J.

A-2C John L. Elbin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Elbin of Warfordsburg, is home on furlough from Sampson Air Force Base in New York. John entered the service on June 23, 1952, and is an academic instructor at Sampson.

Harry Brantner, James Culler and Kenneth Ray will leave this week to attend the races at Indianapolis.

Both the McConnellsburg and Hustontown bands will take part in the Memorial Day services here on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ott and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Snyder spent last week on a tour of the South. They spent two days at the Calmet Farms in Lexington, Ky.

Albert Dick, 42, of Hancock, was seriously injured on Friday when the motorcycle he was riding skidded on a wet turn in the road and threw him off. He suffered a fractured skull, fractured right shoulder, brush burns and lacerations of the face. The accident happened as he was descending Tuscarora Mountain toward McConnellsburg.

Tragedy struck the homes of two Buck Valley families within a week when a boy and a girl drowned in farm ponds. On May 20, Barbara Jean Shanholtz, 4-1/2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian A. Shanholtz, lost her life when she fell into the pond near her home. On May 24, Bernard Ralph Schriever, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Schriever, drowned in a pond near the Ritz Store.

Clem Smith, a music eduction freshman at West Chester State Teachers College, has been awarded a $400 scholarship by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction.

These 11 young Fulton Countians left McConnellsburg on Wednesday for Pittsburgh where they were inducted into the armed forces: Charley R. Keefer of Webster Mills; Homer W. Stahle of Amaranth; Jacob K. Crouse of Big Cove Tannery; Carl E. Bartdorff of McConnellsburg; Harold E. Knable of Needmore; William H. Leighty, now of Chambersburg; Donald E. Kerlin of McConnellsburg; Lawrence I. Decker of Needmore; Donald E. Meyers of Needmore; Robert Strait of Hustontown; and Alvin Peck Jr. of McConnellsburg.

Bond of $6,700 has been approved for the sale of real estate of the late Anna M. Buckley of Dublin Township.

Miss Willa Ellen Elbin was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree in education on May 25 at Millersville State Teachers College.

Robert Raker has been named to serve as superintendent of the Fulton County Medical Center, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Harry Crow. Raker, exacting postmaster at McConnellsburg, will assume his new duties on June 1.

Andy Washabaugh, son of the local Ford dealer, and Abert Jones, a mechanic at the Ford Garage, saw a man drive a new Ford from the parking lot at the garage last Friday night, gave chase and succeeded in stopping him at Harrisonville. They returned him to McConnellsburg and turned him over to the state police. The man was from Redondo Beach, Calif.

Elliott Deshong, 52-year-old Harrisonville farmer and Pennsylvania Turnpike employee, has filed suit in the Franklin County Courts, seeking $16,688.40 in damages from a Pittsburgh firm for injuries he received in a turnpike accident on July 17, 1951. Among claims he suffered permanant injuries when the turnpike truck he was operating was slammed in the rear by a tractor-trailer owned by the Pittsburgh company.

Mr. and Mrs. George F. Diehl of near Amaranth celebrated their golden wedding last Sunday. A feature of the reception, which was attended by about 170 guests, was the reading by Fred Mellott of an account of their marriage that was published in The Fulton County News in 1903.

The Fulton County Little League season will get under way in a doubleheader on Saturday. In the first game, the Athletes will battle the Yankees; in the second game, the Dodgers challenge the Phils.

Cpl. Melvin E. Harr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest G. Harr of Big Cove Tannery, recently joined the 6th Infantry, Berlin, Germany.

The Clear Ridge correspondent says that there are soldiers from the Civil War, World War I and World War II buried there.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Sponsler of Harrisonville on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Mumma of Needmore on May 21; twins to Mr. and Mrs. John Kling of Burnt Cabins on May 23.

Deaths: Mrs. Lula Barnyard Shaffer of Pittsburgh; Margaret Anne Smoot of Needmore; William Carnell of Buck Valley.

Madeline Humphreys of McConnellsburg has been awarded the Cornne Menk Wah Scholarship at Indiana State Teachers College. She is a sophomore in the home economics department.

Deaths: Mrs. Mertie Minnie Meck of Six Mile Run; Mrs. Minnie Blanche Long of Maddensville.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Golden.

Mrs. William Seburn of Thompson Township marked her 52nd birthday on Sunday, May 10.

Miss Ruth McDannell, a deaconness in the Methodist Church, has started to work in Fulton County.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 27, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Blanche Burton Wink of Big Cove

Tannery; Hugh J. Wiley of Turtle Creek; Mrs. Cora

Lena Adolphson Hall, Trough Creek.

Births: a son on Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark of Needmore; twin sons on May 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul

Stahl of Websters Mill; a son on May 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Knepper of Three Springs; a daughter on May 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Preston Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Fulton County’s service flag, which is displayed on the public square, now contains the numerals “627,” representing the number of Fulton Countians in the armed services.

Coffee drinks received good news from the Office of Price Administration on Monday. The next ration stamp will be good for 1 pound of coffee for 30 days. Previously, the ration was 1 pound for five weeks.

Potatoes that local farmers held over the winter may cost housewives as much as 60 cents a peck – but any charge over this will violate the OPA price ceiling.

Due to the shortage of help, Grissinger’s Meat Market will close at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Henry K. Lequear has enrolled in the V- 12 Naval Training Service.

Floyd S. Bohrer and Helen Geraldine Stahle were married on May 2.

Pvt. Ralph H. Lockard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lockard of Wells Tannery, has arrived at the Marine Corps training base at Parris Island.

Frank Alexander, who has been commissioned a first lieutenant, will report to Camp Pickett, Va., on May 28.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 25, 1933


Memorial services will be held in the

Presbyterian Church in McConnellsburg on May 28 with the Rev. A.A. Price as the principal speaker.

Death: Mrs. Susan Jane Madden of Huntingdon County.

In response to invitations issued by Mr. and Mrs. James J. Harris, 73 guests assembled at the Harris Hotel last Thursday evening and enjoyed a sumptuous banquet. The affair was planned by Mr. Harris in honor of his many friends here, and the main guests of honor were the oldest residents of the community. The march to the dining room was led by Hon. D.H. Patterson, 88 years young and Mrs. Lavina Hill, 94 years.

Six members of the Hustontown graduating class have been named as honor students and thus will be the commencement speakers. They are Mildred Stunkard, Ray Kelso, Madeline Boinger, Vada Kelso, Martha Earley and Edna Mumma.

Harry Brewer Martin and Lucille Fielder were married on May 11.

Fred B. Stevens and Jessie Douglas were married on May 13, 1933.

J.K. Johnston and daughter Beulah left last Friday for a trip to Oklahoma and California. They were accompanied as far as Zanesville, Ohio, by Miss Ella Johnston, who will spend several months with her sister, Mrs. Mary McCutcheon.

Miss Ella Kendall, R.N., the “county’s beloved state nurse,” is spending a wellearned week’s vacation in Philadelphia.

W.M. Kendall of Websters Mill is a surgical patient at University Hospital in Philadelphia.

At Morton and Harris: men’s suits, $10; 400 yards of thread, 9 cents; lawnmowers, $2.95; 12-quart pails, 12 cents; work shirts, 35 cents.

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