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This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Doris C. Stahle of Warfordsburg, pictures the children of Eli and Annie Peck. It was taken at the homeplace in Needmore on August 27, 1949. Shown front row are Carl Peck, Carrie Peck Lawton, Chalmer Peck, Minnie Peck Paylor, Edith Peck Woodal; back row are Dewey Peck, Jobe Peck, Pearl Peck Worthington and Charlie Peck. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Doris C. Stahle of Warfordsburg, pictures the children of Eli and Annie Peck. It was taken at the homeplace in Needmore on August 27, 1949. Shown front row are Carl Peck, Carrie Peck Lawton, Chalmer Peck, Minnie Peck Paylor, Edith Peck Woodal; back row are Dewey Peck, Jobe Peck, Pearl Peck Worthington and Charlie Peck. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 27, 1993


Elsie Shimer, former Fulton Countian, now residing at Leader Nursing Home in Chambersburg, will celebrate her 100th birthday June 2. Mrs. Shimer, who was married to the late Thad Shimer, has been a resident at Leader since the mid-1980s.

Dr. William Milroth has moved his offices from South Second Street to North First Street into the former West Penn Power building, which he purchased last year.

Hustontown Firemen’s annual carnival will be held this year the week of June 16.

Ben J. Heckman of McConnellsburg has received the highest honor bestowed by Sprint, the parent company of United Telephone of Pennsylvania. Heckman has received the Paul H. Henson Award, which is presented each year to only one of Sprint Corp.’s more than 50,000 employees.

Attorney Douglas W. Herman of Chambersburg, winner of both party nominations for judge of the Court of Common Pleas, in the May 18 primary election, has been appointed by Gov. Robert P. Casey to serve as interim judge here until the end of the year.

Fulton County Historical Society will hold a colonial dinner in celebration of the 200th birthday of the Fulton House on June 26.

Marvin and Martha Kirby of Waynesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Martha, to Paul Blattenberger, son of John and Sonja Blattenberger of Burnt Cabins.

Deaths: Samuel Ranck, 79, Harrisonville; Harry Goetz, 58, McConnellsburg; Rachel Houck, 61, McConnellsburg; Mabel Chamberlain, 88, Wells Tannery; Blaine Huston, 85, Frostproof, Fla.; Robert A. Johnston, 65, McConnellsburg; Henry A. Munson, 87, Hancock.

Rick Everetts and Betty Smith were united in marriage May 8 at the home of Melvin and Phyllis Everetts. Parents of the couple are Herman Smith and the late Eva Smith of Warfordsburg and Melvin and Phyllis Everetts of Mc- Connellsburg.

Needmore Bible Church was the setting for the February 13 wedding ceremony which united Robert Stevens Jr. and Bobbi Jo Hann. The bride is the daughter of Elmer and Joan Hann and the groom is the son of Bob and Verna Stevens, all of Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Barry Shafer, McConnellsburg, and Judith Ranck, McConnellsburg; Robert Shoemaker, Amberson, Pa., and Mary Thomas, Waterfall; Christopher Struchen, Todd, Pa., and JoAnne Dell, Shade Gap; Olin Maxwell, Harrisonville, and Glenda Briggs, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 9, 1983


Roofing nails maliciously scattered in the driveways of homes and businesses in the lower end of the county are causing a lot of flat tires and aggravation. A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.

With the first stretch of nice weather in several weeks, county farmers were able to start making hay this week.

The late Dr. Frank K. Stevens’ former home on Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, opposite Johnnie’s Diner, one of the town’s large Victorian-type houses, is being torn down by the new owner of the property. It was built in 1900 in the decorative style of the day, and Dr. and Mrs. Stevens raised seven children in the spacious home. The property was sold some years ago to local businessman Ronald Berkstresser, who recently sold it to Ray Koontz. The house and other buildings on the property are being razed to make the site more attractive for some enterprising business that may wish to locate there.

Specials at the IGA: plums, 59 cents lb.; cantaloupes, 89 cents each; Jif peanut butter, $2.49; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 3 for $1; haddock fillets, $1.99; Nine Lives cat food, 3 for $1.

Members of McConnellsburg track teams who won medals during the state track meet two weeks ago were Darin Robinson, Annette Spriggs, Kim Spriggs, Tommy Souders, Dinah Chamberlain, Barry Spriggs, David Thomas and Angie Plessinger.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Coble of Berkeley Springs on May 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Herrell of McConnellsburg on May 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Carbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg on May 31.

Deaths: Clarence H. Taylor, Hustontown; Earl Woodal, Chambersburg; Alvey L. Clevenger, Mercersburg.

On May 7 Debra K. Shoemaker and John A. Schetrompf were joined together in marriage at Lurgan United Brethren Church in Lurgan, Pa. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shoemaker of Shippensburg and Mrs. Janet H. Schetrompf and the late James Schetrompf of Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Berlyn Cutchall were feted at a family dinner at the Clear Ridge community building in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary on May 23.

Marriage licenses: Robert Kylor Jr., McConnellsburg, and Sandra D. Smith, Warfordsburg; Curt A. Patterson, Orbisonia, and Amy J. Grissinger, Hustontown; George N. Gartland, Hustontown, and Tracey L. Clippinger, Mc- Connellsburg; Norman W. Kerlin II, McConnellsburg, and Dawn P. Dishong, Fort Littleton; Floyd A. Truax, Needmore, and Marian Hutchinson, Berkeley Springs.

40 Years Ago

From the Files Of June 7, 1973


Carl Isaacs, 19, one of the four Baltimore men involved in the abduction and murder of Richard

Wayne Miller, 19, McConnellsburg, was brought in secret from a Georgia prison to McConnellsburg at midnight on Saturday and Sunday led police to the place where the local youth’s body was lying. The finding of the body ended three weeks and three days of agonizing waiting by the boy’s parents and brought to a halt many fruitless and frustrating searches by hundreds of sympathetic individuals and local officials made since his disappearance. The young victim’s body was found in Allegany County, Md., approximately 10 miles east of Cumberland and eight miles south of Flintstone on Sunday. Isaacs was driven here from Georgia on Saturday. He was lodged in Fulton County Jail at a little after midnight, in the same cell occupied last week by his half-brother, who had been of no help in locating Miller.

June is designated as Dairy Month to alert all consumers to the fact that milk is one of the most valuable foods.

The annual homecoming at Hustontown will be held on July 4, with a parade at 11 a.m., a ball game at 1 p.m., the Hagerstown band in concert at 1:30 p.m., Little League ball game at 4:30 p.m., and the Country Music Makers at 7:30 p.m.

McConnellsburg United Methodist Church was the scene of the wedding of Eileen Susan Shultz and Gary Kyle Decker on Saturday, June 2. Parents of the couple are Dr. and Mrs. James Shultz, McConnellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Decker of Harrisonville.

Inez Ramsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Ramsey of Harrisonville, received the Crisco Award for her outstanding work in home economics and food service at Mc- Connellsburg High School.

Dennis G. Mosebey of Wells Tannery received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Susquehanna University at commencement exercises last Sunday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn F. Mosebey of Wells Tannery and majored in physics at the university.

Students form Needmore and McConnellsburg who have been included in the spring semester dean’s list of honor students at Shepherd College are: Carolyn E. Walker, daughter of Charles E. Walker of McConnellsburg, and Lois M. Barmhart, daughter of Bernard P. Barnhart of Needmore.

Dedication services for the new Dublin Mills Community Church will be held on Sunday, June 10. The church was built by the labor of its congregation. Almost all the work was done by local men and the women helped where needed.

Second-grade pupils at McConnellsburg Elementary School gave a going-away party for their teacher, Mrs. Harry Elvey, who retired this year from teaching. The party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barclay last Saturday, with Mrs. Joseph Mellott and Mrs. Gerald Marshall acting as hostesses for the young students.

Varian Hoover reports that, to date, nearly $200 has been donated for the preservation of the Thomas Huston Cemetery at Hustontown. Several copies of Fulton Heritage, 1850-1950, remain to be sold at $5 each. The proceeds from the sale will be used for the upkeep of the cemetery.

Dr. Jean Johnston of London, England, arrived here Thursday for a visit with her family.

Mrs. Kay Edwards of London arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday to spend three weeks with her sister, Mrs. John Greathead, whom she had not seen for more than 20 years. She was met at the airport by Mrs. Greathead and Mrs. Robert Riggs. The sisters recognized each other immediately.

Deaths: Ethel Stouteagle, McConnellsburg; James H. Garland, Cumberland, Md.; Allen R. Diven, Mount Union; Mrs. Margaret M. McLaughlin, Mercersburg

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Price of Shade Gap on May 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Warren White of Hancock on May 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Mason of Mercersburg on June 1.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of June 13, 1963


Acting on a petition filed by the managers and owner of the Glen-Mor Inn in Thompson Township, the May 21 primary ballots box for Thompson Township was opened on June 7 and a recount made of the local option votes cast. It showed 109 yes votes and 111 no votes for the granting of liquor licensing and 102 yes and 108 no votes for beer sales. The previous count was 102 yes to 110 no and 96 yes to 107 no voting the township dry.

Bill’s Place atop Ray’s Hill Mountain, and owned by Wm. Wakefield, has been sold to Paul W. Miller of Greensburg. Some years ago, the restaurant and gift shop were known as the smallest post office in the United States. All letters posted there were stamped Bill’s Place.

The 17th anniversary banquet of the McConnellsburg plant of Sagner Inc. was held on Friday at the American Legion.

Eugene R. Abbott, acting executive director of the Fulton County Board of Assistance, has been promoted to executive director. He reports that there are 595 persons receiving public assistance in the county.

Marriage licenses: James N. Deshong and Shirley A. Kerlin, both of McConnellsburg; Merrill F. Houck, Robertsdale, and Bonnie Lee Horne, Hustontown.

Michael Keebaugh has been awarded the state scholarship for Fulton County students, which will provide $200 a year for four years at the School of Engineering at Penn State.

Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz attended the 20th reunion of his graduating class at Hahnemann Hospital Medical College in Philadelphia last Wednesday.

Engagement announced: Nita Lee McKee, Warfordsburg, to William E. Davis of Hancock.

Dublin Township will levy a per-capita tax of $3, Wells Township, $8, and Ayr Township, $5, according to ordinances in this issue.

Men in service: Glenn A. Souders, Hustontown, is attending an Aerographer’s Mate School at the Naval Air Technical Training Unit, Lakehurst, N.J. Harry A. Tritle, Mc- Connellsburg, has been assigned to the 44th Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla.

Frank Plessinger, Needmore, has completed his training with the National Guard and is now employed by Frank Peck.

Cornelius Store closeout sale advertises all shoes at $1 a pair

Deaths: Vivion Roosevelt Miller, Fort Littleton; Walter Joab Deneen, Warfordsburg; Boyd D.S. Layton, Fort Loudon, born in Needmore; Homer M. Barton, Harrisburg, formerly of Crystal Spring.

People are becoming more and more concerned about the tremendous rise in the price of sugar, though the government says there is no shortage in the United States.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 11, 1953


Mrs. George Bard and Mrs. Russell Akers left for

Kentucky on Wednesday with Mrs. Bard’s son,

Terry. Terry will spend the summer there doing mission work.

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

On Saturday, Miss Marjorie Grissinger attended her 50th-year reunion at Gettysburg College.

Madeline Humphreys returned on Tuesday for the summer session at Indiana State Teachers College, where she is majoring in home economics.

E.W. Pyle and son, Walter Ray and son, Bernard Blair and Blair Garland attended the doubleheader on Saturday in Philadelphia between the Milwaukee Braves and the Phillies.

Miss Frances Alexander will leave on Friday for Pittsburgh where she will spend the next eight weeks in the graduate school of University of Pittsburgh.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raker Jr., McConnellsburg, on May 31.

The Post Office Department announced this week that on July 1 rents on post office boxes throughout the country will be increased. Box rents in McConnellsburg will be increased to 90 cents, $1.10 and $1.50 from the present rates of 60 cents, 75 cents and $1. There are 465 boxes here, of which 442 are rented.

Army worms have appeared in five scattered areas of Fulton County, reports County Agent H.P. Kies.

Fredrick J. Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel L. Knepper of Hustontown, has arrived safely in Japan.

Last Friday afternoon, fire totally destroyed a bank barn at the farm owned by E. Hann of Harrisonville, located on the Breezy Point Road. No livestock was in the barn at the time, but a few valuable antique tables and chairs stored there were destroyed.

Pvt. Donald N. Culler of Crystal Spring graduated on May 29 from Quartermaster Petroleum School at Jersey City, N.J

The Melvin Reeder store in McConnellsburg was broken into early Tuesday morning of this week and a quantity of canned goods were stolen.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Joanne Charlton of Warfordsburg to Joseph F. McKloskey of Pottsville.

Mrs. Dorothy Newman and son of Beech Creek are spending some time at her home at Waterfall, helping to look after the store while her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erman Knepper, are taking a few days’ vacation, visiting their daughter, Hilda, and family in New Mexico.

Veryl Mellott, son of Mrs. Ada Mellott of Needmore, was recently promoted to sergeant while serving with the Seventh Army’s 322nd Tank Battalion in Germany. His unit is part of the cordon of NATO defense forces stretching across western Europe under the overall command of Gen. Matthew Ridgeway.

Mortician Robert S. House recently completed his modern and up-to-date funeral chapel at Hustontown.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Laidig of Chambersburg.

Announcement is made this week of the opening of Black’s Radiator and Glass shop across from the school grounds in McConnellsburg.

Specials this week at Carmack’s Store: steaks of all kinds and all roasts, 45 cents a pound

Deaths: Logue Joseph Hess of Warfordsburg; Ross B. King of Hustontown; Robert L. Newingham of McConnellsburg; Frank Russell Sipes of McConnellsburg; Charles Lee Stoner of Union Township; Mrs. Julia V. Walters of Altoona; Herbert McKibbin of Wilmington, N.C.

Specials at Cornelius’ Cash Grocery: wieners, $2 lb.; new potatoes, 10 lbs., 29 cents; boiling beef, 19 cents lb.; juicy Florida oranges, 29 cents doz.; Baldwin’s bleached flour, 25 lbs., $1.69.

70 Years Ago

From the Files Of June 10, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Isaiah Sipe of near Harrisonville; Samuel Jordon Divens of Knobsville.

Chief of Police MW. McCormick of McConnellsburg has been appointed constable for the county, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of R.B. Regi.

Miss Fern Joan Mellott, daughter of Mrs. Olive Taylor of McConnellsburg and the late Charles W. Mellott, graduated on June 2 from the School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Miners at Broad Top started back to work on Tuesday after being on strike for six days.

Lt. William Cortland Fallon, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Ray Fallon of Mercersburg, was killed in an aircraft accident at Myrtle Beach, S.C., according to an Army telegram received by his parents on Saturday.

Chalmer Cutchall and Frances Kathryn Hendershot were married on May 28.

Cam A. McCray and Margaret B. Gordon were wed June 5, 1943.

Judy Guyer and Eugene Earley won the $5 Woman’s Club awards this year, given annually to an outstanding boy and girl in the seventh and eighth grades.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 8, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Joseph

Alexander Sloan of

McConnellsburg; Mrs. Phillip Rotz of Todd Township; Joseph A. Phillips of Mercersburg; Mrs. Annie Covalt of Fort Littleton; John William Rinedollar of Williamson.

One of the largest crowds ever attended the 53rd annual convention of Fulton County Sabbath School Association, held at Pleasant Grove Christian Church on June 1-2.

Three young men from McConnellsburg were included in the 740 graduates at Penn State this year. They were George L. Crouse, George R. Seville and Marlin C. Shimer.

The Fulton County Emergency Relief Board reports that since September of last year it has spent $29,335.50.

Albert Bradley and Alice Bolinger were wed February 18.

Alvah T. Powell and Marie Troxell were wed May 27.

During the thunderstorm last Saturday night, ex-county Commissioner Sheridan Hann’s barn was struck by lightning and completely destroyed by fire. Luckily, the stock was all saved.

David Knepper of Waterfall celebrated his 80th birthday on May 29.

Katherine Kendall graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Helsel of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a baby girl born on Saturday.

More deaths: Mrs. John R. Tayman of Brandywine, Md.; Mrs. Isabelle Barnett of Everett; William C. Ritchey of Rays Cove; Mrs. Clara Louise Kelly of Decorum; George I. Yeakle of Sylvan.

The local baseball team started the 1933 season on Saturday by sending the Williamsport Wild Cats home with a 3-1 defeat. Kirchner, captain of the team, did the twirling for the locals, while Carl Fraker starred at the plate, getting two doubles in three times up.

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