FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of June 17, 1993
The Fulton House, a McConnellsburg historic landmark, celebrates it 200th birthday this year and the Fulton County Historical Society has planned several events to encourage the public to join the festivities. The Fulton House is widely believed to have been constructed in 1793. It is known that the “log cabin” in back of the Fulton House was built in 1770 and probably occupied by settlers more than 20 years before the construction of the Fulton House. Originally it was known as “The Union Hotel” and due to its strategic location along the Lincoln Highway it became a regular stop for stagecoaches. Although George Washington “never slept here,’ the Fulton House boasts of many famous guests including John and Abigail Adams, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison, James Buchanan, Thad Stevens, Judge Jere Black, Henry Clay and Eleanor Roosevelt. A fire broke out at the Fulton House January 17, 1944. Two people, Elsie Greathead and Elmer Kien, lost their lives in the fire. Elsie was a retired schoolteacher, and Elmer was a Sacramento, Pa., trucker registered as a guest. The Fulton House was plagued by fires over the years with fires of lesser damage and no loss of life reported in 1867, 1876, 1880, 1909, 1911 and 1940.
Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co.’s annual carnival will continue through this weekend with a parade and live entertainment.
Methodist minister Rev. David Reams of town is a patient in the Medical Center. He will be leaving the Mc- Connellsburg charge and going to the Harrisonville charge at the end of the month.
Deaths: Royce Zimmerman, McConnellsburg; Eldon Cooper, Chambersburg; Viola Janickley, Three Springs; Mae Barnett, Three Springs; Rinehart Hess, Warfordsburg; Laura Hann, Three Springs; Delores Kurz, McConnellsburg; Madeline DeShong, Harrisonville.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg, was the setting of the May 15 wedding of Linda Strait and Stephen Hoover. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Strait of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Mary Hoover and the late Rev. Dr. David Hoover of McConnellsburg.
Stanley and Hilda Gordon Morgan were honored on April 10 for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Thirty-four seniors graduated from Forbes Road High School June 9; Southern Fulton graduated 52 seniors; and McConnellsburg graduated 81.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Fogal of Rockhill Furnace on June 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daren Schultz of Needmore on June 7.
Larry Wilson and Jolinda Smith, both of McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage licenses at the local courthouse during the past week.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of June 30, 1983
Damage to the historic Bedford Springs Hotel as the result of last Tuesday’s flash flood has been estimated at in excess of $2 million. Boaters at Raystown Lake have been warned to exercise strict caution in the upper half of the lake. “We’ve got all of Bedford and Everett’s debris,” park officials said. The lake rose only two feet during the storm and is now back to normal.
McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its weeklong block party July 2 through July 9.
Stretches of trees ravaged by gypsy moths look as if it were winter as they stand leafless in the midsummer heat. The trees, which have fallen victim to the ravenous appetites of the caterpillars, are only a small sample of the destruction caused by the moths through the county this summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wermick, North Third Street, celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary June 26.
McConnellsburg Lions Club will add to its recreation facilities at the community park east of town by constructing a basketball court between the Little League field and the lower softball field. It should be ready for play by late July.
The road into Cold Spring Acres development was blacktopped last week.
Kathy Kendall was the winner of the McKelvey trophy at Great Cove last week.
Deaths: Allen J. Seville, McConnellsburg; Margaret Shoemaker, McConnellsburg; Cora Henline, Chambersburg; Fred Carmack, Three Springs; Arnold F. Munson, Hancock; Lizetta Chalupka, Hancock; Lester “Pete” Starliper, Waynesboro.
Specials at the IGA: honeydews, $1.39; Blue Bonnet margarine, 2 for $2; new cabbage, 19 cents lb.; cantaloupes, 79 cents; ground beef, $1.09; Pepperidge Farm layer cakes, $1.49
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Pollock of McConnellsburg on June 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Schooley of McConnellsburg on June 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kipe Jr., Shellsburg, on June 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Mellott of Needmore on June 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Valentine of Breezewood on June 22.
Diana Marie Doyle and Leslie Eugene Wilson were united in marriage May 28 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren in Needmore. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A.Doyle of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilson of Needmore.
Marriage licenses: Kenneth Yeager, Hustontown, and Kathryn S. Miller, Hustontown; Michael L. Helman, Mc- Connellsburg, and Sara K. Neely, McConnellsburg; Michael Deremer, Crystal Springs, and Brenda S. Thompson, Crystal Springs; William Barling, Needmore, and Tonda Thompson, Needmore; William Berkstresser, Hustontown, and Janice Deremer, Bedford.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of June 28, 1973
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Friday removed its limit on gasoline sales along the
450-mile toll road. A turnpike spokesman said supply shipments increased to an adequate level at the 15 Gulf and Exxon stations where rationing was imposed last week.
Arnold Sagner, president of Sagner Inc., is pictured in this issue presenting a check for $5,000 to H. Lyle Duffey, co-chairman of Banking and Industrial Committee of the Fulton County Medical Center fund drive, for the center’s new building program.
The doors of Broad Top Area Medical Center are expected to open on August 1, with tentative plans for an open house, public banquet and ribbon-cutting ceremonies on July 19.
Texas poultry growers are destroying baby chicks and eggs because they say they cannot afford to raise broiler chicks under the current federal price freeze.
Mrs. JoAnn McCoy of Greencastle has taken over the editor’s chair of The Fulton Democrat, McConnellsburg newspaper, under a lease-purchase agreement with the publisher, William Jordon. The staff of the Democrat will remain the same, with Lee Oakman as associate editor and Clair Lininger as plant superintendent.
The marriage of Miss Leona Jean Sipes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sipes of McConnellsburg, and Michael Hollenshead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hollenshead of Harrisonville, took place on June 16, in Sideling Hill Christian Church.
Five girls from Forbes Road High School recently enjoyed a week of fun and basketball at Pocono Invitational Basketball Camp at Stroudsburg. They were Shirley Frain, Ann Cromer, Denise Black, Janet Fleming and Diana Purnell.
The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Berlyn Cutchall of Waterfall was celebrated the afternoon of May 20.
Susan Rebecca Souders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Souders of Needmore, was one of 4,600 students to graduate in the class of 1973 at Penn State University. She received a B.S. degree in animal science.
Deaths: Ellsworth Cooper, Williamson; David G. Shuke, Six Mile Run; Mrs. Dorothy Everly, Chambersburg; Mrs. Vivian East of Wilmington, Del.; Maude Fields Hicks, Fredricksburg, Texas; George Harr, Needmore.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Goshorn of Burnt Cabins on June 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clemente Ciampa of Hustontown on June 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Wertz of Hancock on June 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. H. Sherwin Fix of Mc- Connellsburg on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Hornabker of Williamson on June 21.
Mrs. Bryan Mellott and Mrs. Hatti Crosby accompanied their daughters, Miss Marion Mellott of Coral Gables, Fla., and Mrs. Margaret Jackson, on a three-week trip by car to California. They visited 21 states and Old Mexico.
On Saturday, June 2, Miss Barbara Ann Harry became the bride of Douglas Richard Foster in the Blairs Mills Brethren in Christ Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Harry of Blairs Mills and Mr. and Mrs. R. Lewis Foster of Three Springs.
Specials at the IGA: semi-boneless hams, 89 cents lb.; IGA canned soda, 9 cents; Heinz tomato ketchup, 9 cents; Mrs. Filbert’s mayonnaise, 50 cents a quart.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 4, 1963
Unable to control the speed of his tractor-trailer rig on Sunday evening at about 6 p.m., Ronald E.
Griffith of Glen Burnie, Md., luckily was able to steer his rig through the heavy Sunday traffic in Mc- Connellsburg without serious mishap.
In line with Gov. William Scranton’s request to “Let Freedom Ring” on July 4, church bells in McConnellsburg will be tolled on Thursday to help promote The Fourth of July bell-ringing celebration.
The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority has given final approval to a loan of $280,000, requested by the Fulton Industrial Development Association Inc., to be used for the construction of a new building for Sagner Inc.
A new driver suspension schedule was released last Thursday by the Bureau of Traffic Safety and went into effect on Monday of last week. Under the new schedule, a speeder going 30 mph or more over the posted limit will receive a one-year suspension on a second offense. The former suspension period was four months.
Fulton County has been allocated 2,000 licenses for the two-day 1963 antlerless deer season.
Rosalie Hixson of Crystal Spring, a member of the BVR Wheelers of Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown, will represent the United States in the International Stoke Mandeville Games near London, England, July 24-27.
Robert J. Reeder of Hanover won first prize for the most unusual beard and was also a finalist for the nicest or neatest beards in the Brothers of the Brush contest held last Thursday night in connection with Hanover’s bicentennial celebration.
Cecil Dunmire of McVeytown and Anna Marie White of McConnellsburg applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse the past week.
Birth: a son, Kevin Dean, to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Fleck of Three Springs on June 22.
Paul R. Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Raymond Deshong of McConnellsburg, was promoted to electronic technician petty officer, second class, on May 16. Paul is serving aboard the USS Great Sitkin.
The local IGA offers a 10-lb. bag of charcoal for 49 cents; skinless franks, 39 cents lb., and half gallon of Dad’s Root Beer, 29 cents.
Congratulations to the newlyweds, Ray Chesnut and Hulda Wilt and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Truax.
Miss Shirley Ann Brant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Brant of McConnellsburg, was graduated on Thursday, June 6, from Altoona Hospital School of Nursing.
Ronald Hixson, son of Mrs. Mary Hixson and the late Veryl Hixson, has been elected vice president of Region 3 in the Pennsylvania State Association of the Future Farmers of America.
There will be a square dance this Sunday with “Johnny and the Variety Boys,” featuring “Vernon McKnight” and “Moonshine” at the Wild Game Farm and Zoo Park, west of McConnellsburg.
Comerer Hardware Store offers a new electric clothes dryer for $99.95.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. John Remsburg on the birth of a baby boy.
Wells Tannery Postmaster Marjorie Crippen, in company with Postmaster Mrs. Mason Hull and husband of Fort Loudon, attended the Pennsylvania Association of Postmaster’s Convention at Erie last week.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 2, 1953
Two pictures are featured on the front page of this issue of The Fulton County News. One shows
David H. Franklin, who will retire from active service with the Pennsylvania Game Commission on August 1, after rounding out 30 years of continuous and faithful service. He served as game warden in Fulton County from February 1, 1950. The other picture shows Carl E. Jarrett, who began his duties as Fulton County game warden on July 1.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCurdy of San Bernardino, Calif., arrived here Tuesday to spend 10 days with the Ott families.
Walt Sheldon and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.
Dr. David Simpson of Dormon and Nancy Glazier of Pittsburgh spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Glazier of McConnellsburg.
Nancy Taylor, Nancy Pyle, Imogene Sprenkle, Kay Souders and Pat Culler are spending this week at Lycoming College as guests at the Carrie Barge house party.
Bob and Dick Garlock, sons of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Garlock, are spending furloughs with their parents. Both boys are in the Air Corps, Bob in England and Dick in Korea.
Sally Grissinger entered Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday to undergo eye surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Hamil and Mrs. Scott Sipes of town left on Sunday to fly to Spokane, Wash., to visit relatives for three weeks.
Pvt. William C. Hamil expects to be stationed in Germany after about 10 days at Camp Kilmer, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Souders of Waynesboro announce the birth of a son, Seth David, on June 25.
Raymond J. Hancock, manager of Hamil’s Tobacco Store in McConnellsburg, has been appointed representative of the North-Western Mutual Life Insurance Co. for Fulton and Franklin counties.
After preliminary inspection for the plans on June 23, the architect was instructed to prepare final working drawings and specifications for the new Wells-Taylor Elementary School.
Susan D. Black, daughter of Warren Black of Waterfall, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital for observation on Monday after the tongue of a combine fell on her head.
Four major celebrations will mark the Fourth of July weekend in Fulton County this year at McConnellsburg, at Hustontown, at Buck Valley and at Ambrose Game Farm Zoo.
The annual camp meeting at the Cito AME Church will open on the second Sunday in July.
Dr. C.N. Trout of Red Lion was honored last week by the York County Dental Society for 50 years of service as a dentist in his community. He was presented a silver bowl by Dr. Robert Spanger, president of the society. Dr. Trout, who was born in McConnellsburg, a son of Dr. and Mrs. William F. Trout, began his practice in 1903 after graduation from Philadelphia Dental College.
Mrs. Calvin Glazier of McConnellsburg, the former Janice Duvall, has been assigned a leading part in the forthcoming production, ‘The Heiress,” by the Standing Stone Summer Stock Co. at Petersburg, Pa.
Pvt. George W. Humbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Humbert of Big Cove Tannery, has been assigned as a medical technician at the 382nd General Hospital in Kanaoka, Japan.
Pfc. Donald E. Ott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ott of McConnellsburg, recently completed a course for medical aidman at the Eta Jima Specialist School in Japan.
Pfc. Paul R. Mellott, whose wife, Betty, lives at Big Cove Tannery, has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for excellent performance with the 5th Regimental combat team in Korea.
Ronald Fraker of Waterfall bought the Anna Buckley property at Fort Littleton at public sale on Saturday.
Pfc. William Cunningham and Pvt. Robert Cunningham, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Cunningham, are pictured in this issue. They are presently serving overseas, Bill with an APO number in New York and Bob with an APO number at San Francisco.
Deaths: Albert Dick of Hancock; Miss Mary (Mamie) Hoke of McConnellsburg.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 1, 1943
Deaths: Mrs. Viola Blanche Shaw of Wells Tannery; Sarah Ellen Barker Duvall of Warfordsburg.
The “Big Inch” pipeline, which crosses Fulton County south of McConnellsburg, is rapidly nearing completion. The line is 1,388 miles in length, extending from the Texas oil fields to the Eastern seaboard. When completed, the “Big Inch” will carry 300,000 barrels of oil a day a day to the East, the equivalent of 25,000 railroad tank cars.
Mr. and Mrs. David D. Kendall of McConnellsburg an- announce the birth of a daughter on Monday at Chambersburg Maternity Home.
Three cows were killed and two were injured on the farm of William Secrist, south of McConnellsburg during the electrical storm on Sunday evening.
Pfc. Mark E. Clevenger has completed his training at Chanute Field in Illinois.
Lt. Fred L. Charlton has been assigned to Geiger Field, Wash.
A 25-year-old Websters Mill man is being held under $1,000 bail on charges of operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. The charges were filed after the alleged hit-and-run accident, which took the life of William Harry Sowers, 31, of Big Cove Tannery, last Tuesday morning.
Mrs. M.W. McCormick left on Monday for Chicago where her daughter, Marie, will graduate as a nurse from American Hospital.
Ernest George Fix and Gladys Hock Jones were married on June 26.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of June 29, 1933
Wilbur R. Clugston of this community; Mrs. Howard Dennison of Hill Valley, Fulton County; Edward Donald Hixon of Buck Valley; Mrs. Wilbert E. Barton of Six Mile Run.
The Jas. J. Harris Restaurant, located on the ridge across from Long View Lodge, was totally destroyed by fire last Thursday morning. Besides the building, all the contents were burned. Mr. Harris estimates his loss at more than $40,000 with no insurance.
Mrs. J. Frank Stenger was elected president at the June meeting of the local American Legion Auxiliary. Vice presidents are Mrs. William J. Lowe and Mrs. Peter Morton Jr.
A baby, about 10 days old, was found abandoned by Samuel Strait of near Saluvia on Wednesday morning. Mr. Strait heard the baby’s cries shortly after a Pierce Arrow had stopped at Lady’s Turn. Somebody noted the number of the car and an investigation is being made.
The residence and most of its contents, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ira Mellott of Thompson Township, were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.
June 2 was “Farm Belt Day” in the national financial markets. On that day, wheat soared to the record breaking figure of more than $1 a bushel.
Paul Knepper has taken over the local milk business formerly operated by Chester Stevens.
Otis Rodenniser and Hazel Brown were married last week.