2013-06-13 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Deb Shore Miller of Clear Ridge, pictures Main Street in Fort Littleton during the early 1900s. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Deb Shore Miller of Clear Ridge, pictures Main Street in Fort Littleton during the early 1900s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 10, 1993


All three county schools were scheduled to hold baccalaureate and commencement services this week. Southern Fulton will hold services June 11. Valedictorian is Amanda Unger and salutatorian is Ninita Peachey. McConnellsburg High School will hold graduation June 10 with Mary Hoover as valedictorian and Rebecca Eisaman as salutatorian. Forbes Road’s graduation services will be June 9 with Julie Berkstresser as the valedictorian and Kathy Jo Orth the salutatorian.

A group of about 12 Russian managers from the Blatijskij Zavod Shipyards near St. Petersburg toured the William “Billy” Ward farm in Buck Valley last Thursday as part of an educational tour of American business and industry.

If all goes according to plan, the McDonald’s golden arches will soon grace Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg. Franchise holder Steve Delamater of Chambersburg has tentatively confirmed that he plans to open a fast-food franchise in McConnellsburg. The restaurant would occupy land owned by McConnellsburg businessman Ray Koontz, including the former location of Gordon’s Trailer Sales next to Sheetz and the two-story white house adjacent to the former trailer sales lot. That home wold be razed or relocated if the land deal is finalized.

Michelle Souders and Brian Shank were married March 8 at the Las Vegas Garden Chapel. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Souders Sr. of Hancock and Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Shank of Warfordsburg.

Philip and Shirley Prager of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend with their sons and their families.

Deaths: Ronald Waters, Orrstown; Vera Roher, Huntingdon; E.Catharine Beard, Hagerstown; Boyd Shank, Fayetteville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 23, 1983


When people talked about the uniqueness of Fulton County they bring up the facts that it doesn’t have a railway, it doesn’t have a poorhouse, but it does have two newspapers. The latter claim to fame, however, will no longer hold true after July 1, 1983, when the two county papers will be merged into one weekly publication. On Monday, The Fulton County News bought The Fulton County Journal. The last issue of the Journal, formerly known as The Fulton Democrat, and first published in 1850, will come off the press June 29, 1983. The “News” will continue to publish under its own flag. With the sale of the Journal, Fulton County returns to being a one newspaper county, a status it held only for a scant four months in late 1850. Immediately after the formation of the county in 1850, the Jackson Democrat of Bedford moved into McConnellsburg and began publishing as The Fulton Democrat. Its appearance was quickly countered by the establishment of The Fulton Republican. Fulton County then had papers to represent both ends of the political spectrum. The two papers were joined in 1899 by The Fulton County News, which took a nonpartisan, nonpolitical approach to the news. Fulton County, however, could not sustain three newspapers and in 1922 The Fulton Republican ceased operations. The two county newspapers have had many different owners. The news was bought by John and Audrey Greathead in 1947. Audrey Greathead continued to run the paper after her husband’s death in 1958 and in 1971 went into joint ownership with her son, Jamie Greathead. The Fulton Democrat was purchased by Guy Oakman from Virginia Lynch in 1962. In 1977 he sold it to his son, Lee, and the name was changed in 1981 to The Fulton County Journal.

Following a sparkling performance in the College World Series, county son Bret Elbin has signed a contract with the Texas Rangers of the American League. He left this past weekend for Sarasota where he will play for the club’s rookie league team. Elbin is well known in baseball circles around the area. He starred for the Southern Fulton Indians, graduating in 1979. He also played in several summer leagues and for a year at Hagerstown Junior College before attending Alabama. He played shortstop for two years for the Tide before switching to third base his senior year. While at Alabama, Elbin broke several records. He is the son of Keen and Mercy Elbin of Warfordsburg.

The streets of Hustontown were the site of the Hustontown Firemen’s Parade last Thursday night. The parade was the highlight of the firemen’s carnival at the firehall last week.

Specials at the IGA: cantaloupes, 98 cents; cherries, 98 cents lb.; Pepsi, $1.69, eight, 12-oz. cans; Hungry Jack pancake mix, 89 cents; Crisco oil, $4.99 gal.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Palmer in Dudley on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fox Sr., Shippensburg, June 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Chilcote Sr., State Line, June 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Galen Covert, Orbisonia, June 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Pittman, Everett; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Seilhamer of Mount Union, June 16.

Linda Cronauer, daughter of Mrs. Evelyn Cronauer and Charles Cronauer of Hagerstown, wed Bradley Divens, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy Divens of McConnellsburg on May 7.

Deaths: Bertha Schooley, McConnellsburg; Anna Unger, Hancock; Vida Manning, Hagerstown; Margaret Shives, Mercersburg; Kenneth Parsons, Orrstown; Zola Ralsbeck, McConnellsburg; Mabel Lake, Shade Gap; Carl Snyder, Novato, Calif.

Marriage licenses: Jeffrey Funk, Mercersburg, and Aretha Miller, Clear Spring; Steve Smith, Mercersburg, and Teresa McCulloh, Mercersburg; Robert Bean, Hustontown, and Lynn Keebaugh, Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 21, 1973


The first fatal accident in Fulton County for 1973 was investigated by state police on Saturday at

9:55 p.m., when an Ohio man lost his life on Interstate Route 70. The victim was identified as Harold Wayne Stitt Jr., 30, Mento, Ohio, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mrs. Margaret Newman has been appointed postmaster at Hustontown, according to an announcement last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hendershot remain patients in Chambersburg Hospital following a motorcycle accident last Sunday at Fort Loudon.

A scholarship fund for two years in trade school has been established in memory of Richard Wayne Miller by his parents, Wayne and Betty Miller. The scholarship will go to a graduating senior at McConnellsburg High School on the basis of outstanding qualities and shop work. The slain boy was deeply interested in shop work, according to his parents.

Gary D. Wilt of Dillsburg was among 136 members of the senior class of Dickinson School of Law to receive juris doctors degrees during commencement exercises on June 2.

Jeffrey Ott, son of M. and Mrs. Paul Ott of McConnellsburg, graduated in the class of 1973 at Penn State University. He received a B.S. degree in animal science.

Scott Shelley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sheeley of Mc- Connellsburg, is currently undergoing six weeks of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Marriage licenses: Ronald Clingerman and Gloria Bohrer of Warfordsburg; Michael Hollenshead of Harrisonville and Leona Sipes of McConnellsburg; Robert Haines of Needmore and Betty Golden of Warfordsburg; Thomas Rhoat of Robertsdale and Debra Johnson of Wells Tannery.

On Sunday, June 17, the children of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Chamberlain gathered at their home for a cookout to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Paul and Herman Mellott, Robert Riggs and Foster Earley attended the U.S. Open Golf tournament in Oakmont, Pa., on Saturday and Sunday. Herm Mellott is now wearing a golf cap autographed by Jack Nicklaus.

Deaths: Charles H. Mellott, Needmore; Rolla R. Snyder; Forest Hills, Pa.; Martha M. Corbin, Ambridge, formerly of Six Mile Run.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoffman of Orbisonia on June 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mills Sr., Warfordsburg, on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Skiles of McConnellsburg on June 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mason of Mercersburg on June 15.

U.S. Air Force Sgt. Paul C. Wright, son of Mrs. Betty Garlock, who resides on Star Route North, McConnellsburg, has arrived for duty at Ramstein AB, Germany.

Specials at the IGA: sugar, 5-lb. bag, 39 cents; Hills Bros. coffee, $1.69; Chef Boy-Ar-Dee spaghetti sauce, 49 cents; round steak, $1.39 lb.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 27, 1963


Zip code, the Post Office Department’s revolutionary new system of improved mail dispatch and delivery, will go into effect nationally on Monday, July 1. Postmaster George A. Paul stressed the importance of all citizens of McConnellsburg learning the town’s zip code number and using it on return addresses on all correspondence.

The Fulton Chamber of Commerce held its regular meeting last Tuesday night at which time the following officers were elected to serve for the coming year: Lyle Duffey, president; Edwin Keiper, vice president; James Gordon, recording secretary; Chauncey McGarvey Jr., corresponding secretary; and Richard P. Barton, treasurer.

State Secretary of Public Welfare Arlin M. Adams announced on June 15 that he has asked all county officials throughout the state to coordinate their welfare activities with the state public assistance program.

Bob Garlock of Bob’s Body Shop, McConnellsburg, phoned state police on Sunday night when he looked from the window of his apartment at about 9:45 p.m. and saw two youths siphoning gas from his pickup truck. The youths were arrested by state police and charged with petty larceny.

Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb of McConnellsburg have received word that their son, Don Henry Chubb, was selected Soldier of the Month for June. In recognition for this award, he has been granted an expense-free trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, by the U.S. Army.

Establishment of a new telephone exchange in the upper end of Fulton County was announced this week by John E. Caldwell, district manager of the United Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania. The new exchange will serve Knobsville, Hustontown, Fort Littleton, Burnt Cabins and adjacent areas. Approximately 400 telephones will be connected to the new exchange.

Judy Fittery, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Fittery, remains a patient in Washington County Hospital, where she is being treated for a serious paralytic condtion caused by a virus.

Members of the Little League baseball teams were delighted on Monday evening when a young deer came sauntering onto the playing field as if to join the game.

Marriage license: James C. Akers of Crystal Spring, and Doris Lee McCray of Warfordsburg.

Thomas E. Morton of McConnellsburg and serving on board the USS Tracer, homeported at San Franciscso, Calif., has been promoted to electronics technician third class, USN.

Airman First Class Herbert A. Hull of McConnellsburg has graduated form the Noncomissioned Officer Preparatory School at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in South Carolina.

Ray L. Swadley of Needmore and serving aboard the radar picket destroyer USS Stickell, homeported at Philadelphia, has been promoted to radarman second class, USN.

Mrs. Mary Hammann of Amaranth is building a new house in place of the one that burned last spring. Mrs. Hammann is 100 years old.

The local A&P offers watermelons for 79 cents each and 65 cents each at Cisney’s Food Market.

Sylvia Spade of Warfordsburg and Malcolm Peck of Needmore were wed on May 10.

Born at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Sweger of Wells Tannery on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Remsburg of Warfordsburg on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Carbaugh of Hustontown on June 19.

Deaths: Rev. Oscar Locke, Shade Gap; Mrs. John Humbert, Marysville; Melissa Mae Thomas, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 25, 1953


Miss Mary Hoke of town is a patient in Fulton

County Medical Center, having suffered a heart attack.

Miss Joan Esterly of Reading was a guest of Mrs. Ruth Cooper and is leaving on Wednesday to spend the summer months touring Europe. She will return this fall in time to enter the senior class at Dickinson Law School.

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

Mr. and Mrs. J. Raymond Deshong, son Paul and Morris Suders Jr. spent the weekend in Philadelphia from where they enjoyed a round-trip river cruise to New Jersey.

Shirley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Barnett, underwent an operation recently in the hospital at Somerset.

Norris Hoopengardner of Broadview, Ill., after stopping in Akron to visit his brother, Wayne, is spending a week with relatives and friends here. Mr. Hoopengardner is with the International Harvester Co. in Chicago and this is his first visit to Fulton County in 30 years.

About 20 local firemen spent Thursday at Fishermen’s Paradise. Two of the largest fish they caught were a 22-1/2- inch, 4-1/2-pound brown trout by Don McQuade and a 21- inch, 3-3/4-pound brown trout by Gene Stenger. Most of the others had catches of 18 to 20 inches.

The county superintendent’s office has reported that 199 Fulton County pupils have passed the eighth-grade test for acceptance to high school. The highest score, 259, was made by Doris Jean Souders of Thompson Township. Others with scores of 250 or more were Doris Jean Long of Wells, 254; Fred Funk of Dublin, 254; Calvin Leon Smith of Union, 252; and Norman William Shives of Licking Creek, 250.

Foster Ambrose has announced that a special show will be presented at his Game Farm Zoo on July 5 for the benefit of Fulton County Medical Center. Music will be presented by Fulton Valley Boys and over $100 worth of door prizes will be given away. The admission price will be 50 cents for adults, children free.

Fifty Fulton County farmers pooled 6,342 pounds of wool last Tuesday, according to county agent H.P. Kies. Prices received were 62 cents a pound for medium and 57 cents for rejections.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Hopkins of McConnellsburg on June 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bard of McConnellsburg on June 18.

Death: Bernard Ralph Schriever of Amaranth.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 24, 1943


Deaths: William F. Mellott of Saxton; James

Clarence Sloan of Port Huron, Mich.; Porter B. Wilson of Three Springs.

On Monday night of this week, Harry W. Sowers, 31, Big Cove Tannery, father of six children, was found dead on Route 522, about 3 1/2 miles south of McConnellsburg. He was found lying in the middle of the highway shortly after midnight by Philip Ranck of Needmore. Mr. Sowers was killed by a hitand run driver who is now being sought by police.

These five men will leave for the armed forces on July 3: Norman C. Wermick, Lester K. Clippinger, Rollie J. Rohm, Wayne A. Keebaugh and Sheldon R. Hess.

Grier L. Schriever, 45, of Hancock, received lacerations of the right eye, a cut upper lip, an upper tooth knocked out and bruises of the right elbow when his Pontiac sedan was struck on Tuesday evening by a Chevrolet truck driven by Paul C. Mellott, 16, of McConnellsburg.

John Culler has announced his candidacy for the office of sheriff of Fulton County.

More deaths: Ralph M. Lowry; Clayton J. Brewer of Mc- Connellsburg; Hilda Frances (Brant) Hann of McConnellsburg; Mrs. J.V. Adams of Renova, Pa.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 22, 1933


Deaths: David Hampshire Rotz of Todd Township;

Robert Samuel McClain of Essington; Mrs. Guy

Hixon of Everett; Mrs. Wilbur Clugston of Websters Mill.

Recent weddings: Lewis Everts and Leah Barnett on June 14; Willard Joseph Cratin and Lillian Margaret Reeder on June 17; Paul H. Kepner and Thelma LaRue Deshong on June 10; Thaddeus M. Shimer and Elsie M. Weisel on May 29; Lee E. Moore and Alice E. Deavor on June 15.

The first tragedy in the newly formed Citizens’ Conservation Army occurred on Saturday afternoon when Edward S. Larkin drowned in the Juniata River. Larkin was one of 200 youths assigned to the Licking Creek Conservation Camp.

G.C. Fields returned home last week after attending the IOOF Convention in Erie as a delegate from the local lodge.

W.M. Kendall of Websters Mill returned home Monday from Philadelphia where he was a surgical patient in University Hospital, having had his right leg amputated.

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