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This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Deb Shore Miller of Clear Ridge, pictures the main street of Clear Ridge in the early 1900s. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Deb Shore Miller of Clear Ridge, pictures the main street of Clear Ridge in the early 1900s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 20, 1993


Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday approved an agreement with Franklin County Commissioners for housing of county inmates at the Franklin County Prison. Under the agreement, Fulton County prisoners would be boarded at the Franklin County Prison at a cost of $40 per day per prisoner.

The annual JLG picnic at Hersheypark was held on Sunday for employees and their families.

The county prothonotary’s race took shape for the November General Election with party nominations for Melissa Garlock Dovey and Patty Suders Fix, while attorney Douglas W. Herman of Chambersburg won both party nominations for judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Tuesday’s primary election. Dovey defeated Stephen M. Hoover 758 to 676 for the Democratic nomination for prothonotary, while Fix squeaked by Glenn R. Cordell 746 to 731 for the republican nomination.

Rep. Dick Hess presented a check for $8,000 to Glenn Ward, chairman of the Warfordsburg Seniors Park Committee and member of the Warfordsburg Lions Club. The legislative initiative grant will be used to begin the new park and build a restroom facility.

Gerald “Joe” Culler has been raising cattle since he was 10 years old. He likes to raise unique breeds and crossbreeds and has just recently purchased four buffalo or American bison to add to his diverse herd of cattle. Joe recently bought three females and one male buffalo. Joe plans to naturally breed the buffalo and sometime he may try to crossbreed them. He raises his herd of approximately 150 cattle on his mother Lelia’s farm just south of McConnellsburg.

On Sunday, May 23, Mr. and Mrs. Berlyn Cutchall of Hustontown will mark a double celebration. On that day, Berlyn and Maye will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and Berlyn’s 94th birthday.

Deaths: George W. Peck, Warfordsburg; Stanley Gordon, Everett; Raymond Gingrich, Mercersburg; Dorothy Tartaglio, Altoona.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McQuade of McConnellsburg on May 12.

Marriage licenses: Ronald Harshman Jr., Greencastle, and Jill Layton, Warfordsburg; William Penwell, McConnellsburg, and Laura Rauch, McConnellsburg; Donald Chatley, McConnellsburg, and Debbie Strait, Chambersburg; Eric Munch, Smithsburg, and Diane Wilson, Greencastle.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 2, 1983


Another school year has ended and for the graduating seniors a chapter in their lives is over. Southern Fulton will graduate 74 on June 1; at Forbes Road High School, 39 seniors will graduate on June 2 and commencement ceremonies will be held June 3 at Mc- Connellsburg, when 72 seniors will close out their high school careers.

Ellis Yingling reports that McConnellsburg Exxon gasoline pumps will be closed for three weeks beginning June 6. The Exxon Co. will be replacing the 40-year-old underground holding tanks as well as installing new gas pumps on the island.

Bret Elbin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keen Elbin, Warfordsburg, the starting third basemen for University of Alabama, is in Omaha, Neb., competing in the College Baseball World Series. His brother, Bart, also on the Alabama team, was red-shirted this season because of an ankle injury.

State police report a quiet Memorial Day holiday weekend with no accidents investigated.

A 50th wedding anniversary celebration was held for Offa and Jessie Chamberlain of Wells Tannery on April 17 at Wells Tannery Community Hall.

Specials at the IGA: Pillsbury Plus cake mixes, 79 cents; Crisco oil, $1.39, 32-ozs.; Bisquick, $1.39; Campbell’s soups, 4 for 99 cents.

Only a sophomore and already a state champion and state record holder. Thus would start a description of Kim Spriggs after her performance at the state track meet at Shippensburg State College last week. Spriggs won the 100-meter hurdles in a state record time of 14.93. She then placed second in the 300 hurdles, her only loss in the hurdles this year. Finally, she helped the 400-meter relay team to a third-place finish.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Fagley of Harrisonville on May 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Mellott of Needmore on May 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ankney of Harrisonville on May 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Garman of Calvin, Pa., May 26.

Deaths: Robert Mellott, Needmore; Dean Gordon, Hancock; John A. Risbon, Wells Tannery; Thomas W. Weaver, Big Pool, Md.; Vlasta R. Morse, Colorado; Lawrence Snyder, Shade Gap; Glenda M. Panosetti, Three Springs; Bruce Tyger, Mercersburg; Gilva M. DeShong, Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 31,1973


Wayne Coleman, confessed slayer of Richard Miller of McConnellsburg, was returned to Georgia last

Wednesday afternoon when it became obvious that he was of no use to police and law enforcement officials indicating where the alleged shooting took place or where the body of the local youth may be found. State police, volunteer firemen and individual concerned citizens are continuing the search, running down all clues that might lead them to the place where the body was left.

Two Fulton County youths, Joseph Sharpe of Mc- Connellsburg and Jim Spade of Needmore, have been selected as winners of the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour. The boys will be sponsored by members of Valley Rural Electric Co-op on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Bob Snyder, track star of the local high school and son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Snyder of McConnellsburg, had an undefeated year. He competed with the best and overcame any obstacles in his way. Bobby placed first in the state track meet on May 26 with a time of 4:22.8 in the mile run. The day before, he ran 4:25 in the time trials to qualify.

Plans have been completed for a Fulton County Dairy Princess contest, reports Fred Thomas, chairman of the committee.

David Hann, son of Mr. and Mrs. David R. Hann of Warfordsburg, was one of 800 students who graduated from Millersville State College on May 11. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard P. Barnhart of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Geneva, to Lee Roger Musselman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Musselman of Mercersburg.

Deaths: Harry Shoots, Hustontown; Miss Avis Martin, Chambersburg; Mrs. Lillie Lister, Fort Littleton.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fraker of McConnellsburg on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Matthews of McConnellsburg on May 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mellott of Needmore on May 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pine of Mercersburg on May 24.

Specials at the IGA: Hills Bros. coffee, $1.29, 2-lb. can; Crisco, 89 cents, 3-lb. can; liquid Ivory, 39 cents; 7-Up, 8 pk., 16-oz. cans, 79 cents.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 6, 1963


At the Borough Council meeting on Monday, a bid price of $950 from K.G. Richards to blacktop East

Spruce Street from Route 522 to North Third Street was accepted. Ray Koontz, proprietor of the local IGA store, has agreed to pay $250 toward the cost. Council recommended Roy Gordon as civil defense director of the county to replace Harold Welsh, who has resigned.

James Sheeder of Royersford, Pa., and formerly of New Grenada, was killed in an accident on Memorial Day.

George P. Bard, longtime partner of Bard and Cisney Grocery Store, 503 Lincoln Way East, has sold his share of the business to his partner, Foster J. Cisney, and plans to retire from the grocery business.

A picture on the front page of this issue sent in by Paul I. Johnston of Tulsca, Okla., shows McConnellsburg School Class of 1903. The members are: Clarence E. Seville, Helen R. Fore, Maxene Stouteagle, Lillian Grissinger, Grace Shimer, Hattie Kendall, Dessie Kendall, Ruth Kendall, Mary Huston, Hattie Doyle, Paul I. Johnston, Jessie Logan Dickson and Bessie Irwin.

Sixty-two seniors at Southern Fulton High School received diplomas at commencement exercises on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. McCray, Warfordsburg, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 18.

Marriage licenses: Lester F. Foster, Three Springs, and Doris M. Baughman, Wells Tannery; James W. Shank and Virginia Mae Sigel, both of Warfordsburg; Roger K. Elvey and Janet Faye Gordon, both of McConnellsburg; Douglas MacArthur Mills, Hagerstown, and Eileen Yvonne Gordon, Warfordsburg; John F. Covalt and Linda Louella Barnhart, both of Needmore; John Bennett, Three Springs, and Betty Romig, Waterfall.

Charles Reed Ray left on Saturday for two weeks training with the Army Reserves in Virginia.

Owen Fries, high school principal, underwent eye surgery at Washington County Hospital.

Richard Rotz, McConnellsburg, graduated form Lebanon Valley College on Sunday and was the winner of the Music Scholarship Award.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Mellott, who will be moving to St. Thomas, have sold their home in Needmore to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Gordon.

Mrs. Glen Smith presented a pair of flower vases for the altar to Warfordsburg United Methodist Church.

Married: Sylva Brady, Big Cove Tannery, and Paul R. Deshong, McConnellsburg, on April 30, at Cedar Grove Church at Warfordsburg.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rohm, Amaranth, a son, James Brooks, on May 11 at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Shank, Amaranth, have sold their home to James Shank Jr. Listen for wedding bells around the middle of June.

Army Pvt. Melvin C. Ramsey, 17, of Hustontown, has completed an advanced course in armor training at Fort Knox, Ky.

Fulton County Society of Farm Women will sponsor a children’s flower garden contest form June 1 to September 1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Janick, McConnellsburg, on May 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Christian, McConnellsbrg, on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hill, McConnellsburg, on May 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Delmas Bard, Warfordsburg, on May 31.

A runaway tractor-trailer descending Sideling Hill struck a pickup driven by Richard Deshong, Harrisonville, and an empty oil truck driven by Norman Batdorff, before it crashed near Saluvia last Tuesday morning.

Deaths: Mrs. Anna B. Kagrise, Huntingdon, born at Clear Ridge; Harry E. Fraker, Orbisonia, born at Fort Littleton; D. Washington Kelso, Mercersburg, born at Knobsville; Charles C. Hixon, Buck Valley; Mrs. Mary Barnhart, Warfordsburg; Bertram “Bum” Conn, Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 4, 1953


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pietro and two sons left

Tuesday for their home in Beaver Falls. They will return here when Mr. Pietro teaches music in the county schools in the fall.

The Musitones will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Attorney Merrill W. Kerlin moved his law offices this week into the offices formerly occupied by Dr. F.K. Stevens, in the Morton building on North Second Street.

Pvt. John R. Booth Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Booth of Clear Ridge, has completed basic training and school at Camp Breckinridge, Ky., and has been transferred to Fort Knox for 10 weeks of mechanical school.

Entertainment for the annual Firemen’s July 4 Jamboree this year will include Johnny Schmoker and His Little German Band, Woody and His Rhythm Rangers and a fireworks display, plus colorguards from the American Legion and VFW posts.

After nearly 11 years of continuous service as a member of Pennsylvania State Police in Huntingdon, Pfc. Lester F. Hoover has been transferred to the McConnellsburg substation.

George Hartman Reisner, son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Reisner, and George Terry Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bard, graduated from Mercersburg Academy this week.

Herbert Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Knepper of Waterfall, received a Bachelor of Theology degree on June 1 from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass.

The Medical Center Auxiliary elected the following officers on Monday evening: Ethel Decker, president; Norma Waltz, first vice president; Bea Barmont, second vice president; Emma Chesnut, secretary; Viola Hess, assistant secretary; and Blanche Grissinger, treasurer.

George Gladfelter and Blaine Bergstresser of Waterfall attended the Methodist Conference at Bloomsburg on Sunday

Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Cutchall have moved back to their home at Waterfall from Shippensburg.

Mrs. Calvin Beatty of Buck Valley has a cactus plant with two blooms, one measuring 7 inches, the other 7-1/2 inches. She has had the plant since 1949 and this is the first time it bloomed

Death: Mrs. Lula Barnhardt Schaeffer of Pittsburgh.

Kenneth Purnell has been elected president of Wells Tannery 4-H Club, with Rodney Knepper as vice president.

Pvt. Vaughn Ritchey of Wells Tannery has been stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Mrs. Kenneth Shaw, who opened and operated the White Swan Restaurant in McConnellsburg, has sold the equipment to Robert E. Fleming, who assumed the management of the restaurant on June 1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mills of Chambersburg on May 24.

Death: Mrs. Clara M. Fohrner Bock of Chambersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 3, 1943


Jeanne L. Cutshall, daughter of Roy Cutshall of

McConnellsburg, graduated from Juniata College,

Huntingdon, on Monday. She received a Bachelor of Science degree.

Dr. Allan Roy Defoe, former physician to the Dionne quintuplets, died at North Bay, Canada, on Wednesday. He was 60 years of age.

The MHS graduates this year are Gladys Burke, John R. Buterbaugh, Lester Carmack, Martha Clevenger, Evelyn Carmine Cutchall, Victor K. Gobin, Jack Goes, Blanche Marie Gress, Betty Marie Grissinger, Robert Hays, Henry K. Lequear, Betty McLucas, Sara Mildred Mellott, Jean Andrew Mentzer, Sara Ellen Morton, Estalene Shaw, Kathryn Shimer, Vrginia Lea Shimer, Matilda Boker Sloan and Wahneeta Velma Williams.

J. Harold Parkins and Virginia Seville were recently married.

Richard M. Simpson, congressman of the 18th District, will receive an L.L.B. degree from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., on June 6.

Incomplete records show that 2,021 countians have applied for canning sugar and certificates for 110,560 pounds of sugar have been issued.

Clyde L. Hendershot graduated from Shippensburg on May 25.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jackson G. Buterbaugh of Waynesboro on Tuesday morning.

R.B. Regi has resigned as constable of Fulton County.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 1, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth W. Mosser, wife of Dr. J.W.

Mosser of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Sara Powers Huston of Lancaster.

County superintendent B.C. Lamberson announces that the best exam paper turned in by an eighth-grade student for entrance to high school was that of Myrtle Sipes of Knobsville. For this achievement, she will receive a $5 cash award.

Memorial services were held in the Presbyterian Church on Sunday. The entire front of the church was decorated with flags, featuring the county service flag with 17 gold stars in memory of those who lost their lives in the World War.

Seven thousand people attended the ceremonies at Saxton on Sunday when the bones of Capt. Phillip’s scouts were reinterred in a final resting spot. The bones of these pioneer scouts were discovered by workmen in January who were levelling a plot of ground. History says that the scouts were killed by Indian allies of the British on July 16, 1780.

George S. Hixson, a student at Dickinson Junior College at Williamsport, won the annual oratorical contest at the school on Friday evening. The Dickinson Union said: “George, a rather quiet boy, contested against the liveliest speakers of the school and surprised everyone with the liveliness and forcefulness of his delivery.”

Robert Fleming Jr. attended the automobile races at Indianapolis this week.

Aunt Anne Covalt was found dead on the porch of her home at Fort Littleton on Sunday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cromer of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby son born last Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnson of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a 10-pound baby boy born on Saturday.

Wm. H. Lewis and Violet Heikle were married on May 19.

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