FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of June 24, 1993
The Chamber’s Strawberry Festival committee chairman reported a profit from this year’s festival during the regular meeting held June 16. Melissa Dovey, festival chairman, reported that this year’s festival netted $888.37 in profits. The festival was held June 4 and 5 and was well attended.
Downtown McConnellsburg has been getting some facelifts recently as remodelling and renovations continue on The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. and the former Keebaugh Appliance and Furniture Store, both on Lincoln Way. The bank is receiving a new facade as well as extensive renovations inside, including expansion into the old Fulton Theatre. Masons are finishing bricking up the east side of the bank which once adjoined Johnston’s Sporting Goods Store. Meanwhile, local developer Harvey Kneas continues his work on the old Keebaugh store. When finished, his Lincoln Way West property will house a dance studio, dinner theatre and restaurant as well as second-story apartments.
The commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently formally finalized proceedings regarding the forfeiture of the Jeffrey and Penny Chesnut farm in Brush Creek Township in connection with his arrest for selling marijuana at the farm on several occasions in 1990 and 1991.
Hustontown Area Fire Co.’s annual carnival drew huge crowds following Thursday evening’s parade. Weather for the carnival was near perfect The carnival wrapped up on Saturday night, following a day of chicken barbecue and fireworks at 11 p.m.
Congratulations to Hustontown’s Allen Mellott and Cory Shaw. Allen was the winner of the feature at Hill Valley Speedway, and Cory took the feature at Bedford Speedway. This was a first for each at these tracks.
Troy and Melodie Deshong announce the birth of their second child, a son, Dakota Garrett Deshong, on June 4 at Chambersburg Hospital.
Denise Stambaugh and Rex Fields were united in marriage February 6 at Hatboro Baptist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stambaugh of Hatboro and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fields of McConnellsburg.
Angie Mellott and Bryan Shaffer were united in marriage May 15 at The Wedding Chapel By The Sea in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Deaths: James Saucier, McConnellsburg; Jack Shimer, McConnellsburg; Lloyd Weaver, Warfordsburg; Mary Snyder, McConnellsburg; George Miller, Hagerstown; George Anderton, McConnellsburg; Edward Huss Sr., State Line; George Sponsler Sr., Harrisonville.
Manual Hall, Orbisonia, and Patricia Gregory, Orbisonia, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.
Michael and Stacey Clevenger of Three Springs announce the birth of a son, Levi Ryan, June 17 at Fulton County Medical Center.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 7, 1983
It was perfect July 4 holiday weather, very hot and no rain to spoil the many events and family picnics planned to celebrate Independence Day. People flocked to where there was water to cool them in the high 90s degree weather, but many who planned a day at Cowans Gap State Park had to be turned away. The park was filled to capacity by 10:30 a.m. and had to be closed due to every conceivable parking space being taken. Twice on Sunday the lake was cleared, and human chains formed to search for persons reported missing, but both incidents proved to be false alarms.
In what to many was a surprise move, Glen C. Emerick resigned as president and chief executive officer of JGR Enterprises Inc., effective June 30. Charles Leidy will replace Emerick as chief executive officer. Emerick said he resigned for personal reasons. He said he has no plans for the future, but he will continue to serve on the JGR Board of Directors and as a stockholder in the corporation.
Shippensburg State College, with an enrollment of 5,900, became Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania on Friday. It was founded in 1871 and called the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. Countless Fulton countians are among its graduates since then.
County Commissioner Ed Palmer’s 1980 Chevrolet pickup was found downstream two days after it was carried out of the Bedford Springs Hotel parking lot by a flash flood two weeks ago. The truck was the last to be found because it had been submerged for two days. Needless to say, the pickup was totalled.
Paul C. Mellott Jr., McConnellsburg, was the big winner of the day at the Dr. Robert E. Riggs 11th annual memorial tournament on Sunday at Great Cove.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David R. Mann, Everett, on June 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sheeder of Orbisonia on June 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Myers of Mercersburg on June 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Decyk II, Fort Loudon, on June 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ogle of McConnellsburg on June 30.
Specials at the IGA: lettuce, 59 cents a head; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 3 for $1; Heinz ketchup, $1.59; Downy, $1.89, 64-oz. btl.
Announcement is made of the wedding of Robert Merrell and Anna Thornton of Corpus Christi, Texas, on June 18. Parents of the couple are the late Edward Merrell, formerly of McConnellsburg, and Mrs. Joy Merrell of Kingsville, Texas; and Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Thornton of Corpus Christi.
Jack H. and Mary Jane Morton of Big Cove Tannery were honored at a surprise picnic and open house on June 5 in recognition of their 35th wedding anniversary on June 9.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 5, 1973
Raymond Kerlin of Knobsville, who, for the past 32 years, has delivered mail for the U.S. Postal Service, sorted mail at the McConnellsburg Post Office for the last time on Saturday. He is retiring from service and his route, which runs from McConnellsburg to Shade Gap, will be taken over by Thomas Formanek of Shade Gap.
Five daughters of Fulton County dairymen are entered in the Fulton County Dairy Princess Contest. They are Janet Fleming, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Fleming of Hustontown; Connie Brant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Brant of Harrisonville; Jocelyn Palmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Palmer of Warfordsburg; Denise Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Black of Three Springs; and Denise Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Mellott of Needmore.
Rodney Barton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton of McConnellsburg, was one of the graduates at exercises held recently at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He received the Master of Arts degree in education and will continue his studies in the doctorate program.
Wedding vows were exchanged by Susan Brown Garland and William Reed Hicks on Saturday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Garland of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hicks III of Chambersburg.
Airman Joyce K. Heinbaugh, daughter of Mrs. Anna M. Heinbaugh of Harrisonville, has been assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas after completing Air Force training.
Miss Betty Rosalie Golden and Robert Lee Haines were united in marriage Sunday, June 17, at Mays Chapel Christian Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Leo Golden of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Haines of Hancock.
Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Fisher of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Dianna Dann, to Charles Douglas Kincaid, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Hansford Kincaid Sr., Long Beach, W.Va.
Deaths: Mrs. C. Ella King, Clearville; Mrs. Lola Estella Coffman, St. Petersburg.
Specials at the IGA: ground beef, 19 cents lb.; Blue Bonnet margarine, 25 cents lb.; Bounty paper towels, 3 for 89 cents; Robin Hood flour, 50 cents, 5-lb. bag.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 11, 1963
Marshall Helman, parade marshal for the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., reports a good response to invitations sent to organizations, inviting them to participate in the firemen’s parade Thursday, the traditional highlight of the firemen’s carnival, which is being held this week.
Hank Wible, 7-year-old son of Mrs. Myrtle Wible of Fort Littleton, was playing with a live shell when it accidentally exploded, causing a piece of the shell casing to embed itself in his forehead. Dr. G.T. Lorentz extracted the fragment at Fulton County Medical Center.
Roy W. Gordon of McConnellsburg has been appointed district deputy grand master for Fulton County for the third time by Grand Master Samuel J. Patterson of the Grand Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Pennsylvania.
The annual Fort Littleton Homecoming will be held Saturday, July 13, at Cline’s Park.
Joseph MacKinlay Garlock and Sandra Jo Doyle applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.
Announcement has been made of the appointment of Merrill Culler of McConnellsburg as national aide-de-camp to the commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
The local Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America, has been invited to send a 10-boy unit to the New York World’s Fair in 1964.
Pvt. Frank M. Mellott, 18, a member of Company C of the 19th Engineer Battalion Combat and stationed at Fort Meade, Md., is one of the first men to graduate from the Second Army Counterinsurgency and Counter Guerrilla Reaction and Testing Course.
The local IGA offers round steak for 9 cents lb;. 3-lb. can of shortening for 64 cents and two dozen eggs for 79 cents.
Charlotte Keefer of Big Cove Tannery and David Lake of Harrisonville were wed June 23 at Laurel Ridge Christian Church.
Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schetrompf of Hancock on June 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Peer of Mc- Connellsburg on June 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hann of McConnellsburg on June 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ramsey of Breezewood on July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hann of Needmore on July 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stiles Duvall of McConnellsburg on July 5; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peck Jr., McConnellsburg, on July 6.
A/3-C Roger D. Skvarka, stationed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., motored home on July 1 to spend four days with his family and friends at Wells Tannery.
Deaths: Mrs. Laura Jane Smith of McConnellsburg; Walter H. Gress of McConnellsburg; Joseph Fitzgerald, infant son of Walter and Linda (Fraker) Fitzgerald of Washington, D.C.; Veryl Woy of McConnellsburg; Charles H. Wagner of Mercersburg; Mrs. Scott Runyan of McConnellsburg.
60 Years Ago
From The Files of July 9, 1953
Tiny Wright and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Grissinger, son Walter and Leland Cisney left Tuesday for a two-week vacation in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. John Mentzer left on Monday to attend the National Lions Convention in Chicago.
Dick Fore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Fore of town, will be married on July 11 to Miss Elizabeth Anne Ricther of Saulk City, Wis.
Dr. Raymond D. Grissinger is a patient in Bedford Memorial Hospital, having suffered a light sunstroke.
Fulton County’s new game warden, Carl E. Jarrett, and family moved on Monday from New Stanton to the Patterson apartment, south of McConnellsburg.
E.C. Fraker was admitted to Baltimore General Hospital on Tuesday to undergo surgery.
The annual firemen’s carnival will be held all next week at the fairgrounds. Entertainment will include a concert by the McConnellsburg School Band on Monday, Gene Hockenberry and his Knights of the Road on Tuesday, concert by Wells Tannery Band on Wednesday, parade on Thursday, Merle Everts and the Hilltop Harmonizers on Friday and fireworks and the awarding of prizes on Saturday.
Charles Robert Tice, son of Chas. E. Tice, formerly of Harrisonville, graduated in June from College of Medicine at Ohio State University and began his internship on July 1 at City Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
Francis Allison was elected on Monday evening as commander of the local American Legion Post.
The following boys have been selected to represent the Fulton County Little League in all-star competition: Charles Crouse, Dale Keebuagh, Roy Johnston, Elwood Doyle, Ernest Mellott, Boyd Deshong, Larry Chubb, Leroy Buterbaugh, B. Swadley, Carl Gordon, Max Stenger, Walter Mellott, Dorsey Mellott, Earl Sipes, Morris Suders and Larry Deshong. Willard “Bill” Shore was selected to mange the all-star team.
Patty Edwards has been elected president of Taylor Township 4-H Club.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Sips of McConnellsburg on June 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James King of Waterfall on July 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Shives of Harrisonville on July 1.
Deaths: Charles Bowers Stevens of McConnellsburg; Howard John Mellott of near Warfordsburg; Harry M. Elvey of Altoona.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of July 8, 1943
Deaths: John Henry Hast of Union Township; Robert Wesley Mellott of lower Ayr Township; Mrs. Nellie M. Comerer of Burnt Cabins.
Recent births: a daughter, Garnet Sylva, to Mr. and Mrs. Granville Brady of Big Cove Tannery, on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Englert, Knobsville, on June 16; a son, Ronald Leroy, to Mr. and Mrs. Hartford H. Howell of Big Cove Tannery on June 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Lininger of McConnellsburg on June 20.
Jarvey M. Nelson, 31, Flintstone, Md., was instantly killed in a motorcycle accident at the first turn west of Mc- Connellsburg on July 2.
Four persons were injured on Sunday afternoon when a car driven by John Ramsey, 31, of McConnellsburg, upset north of McConnellsburg. Ramsey suffered lacerations of the face and entire body and a possible skull fracture. Harold H. Wicks, 33, Altoona, received lacerations of the head and back and brush burns. Dollie Laidig, 17, Mc- Connellsburg, received a fractured right shoulder, cut left leg, lacerations of the back and slight lacerations of the face. Mrs. George Orth, 23, McConnellsburg, received lacerations of the legs and back.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Souders of Waynesboro announce the birth of a son at Chambersburg Maternity Home.
Rankin Mellott fell from a load of hay recently, fracturing both wrists.
Born: a daughter, Carol Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Ritz of Buck Valley.
80 Years Ago
From The Files of July 6, 1933
Deaths: Mrs. Stella Souders Herncane of Huntingdon; Amanda Unger of Ayr Township; Isabelle
Evelyn Ray of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Jas. K. Reeder of Hustontown.
The first fatality at the reforestation camp at Cowans Gap occurred last Wednesday when Thomas Fox, 18, of Philadelphia, fell from a dump truck, and the right rear wheel of the truck passed over his abdomen. John McLucas of McConnellsburg was the driver of the truck and an eyewitness to the accident was Dr. H. MacKinlay, who had made his first visit to the camp and was following the truck on his way back to McConnellsburg.
Alfred L. Mellott and Margaret Cooper were married last Saturday.
The 10th anniversary of McConnellsburg Daily Vacation Bible School was observed on Sunday evening, together with exercises for the graduating class. The graduating class included: Marion F. Chesnut, Madalene H. Mellott, Phylene Z. Rummell, Harold E. Clevenger, Charles J. Mellott, Elwood J. Mellott and Kenneth M. Spangler.
Baseball was the main topic of conversation around here last week. Last Wednesday evening, the local boys defeated the Detroit Stars by a score of 8-7, with Dick Fraker doing a wonderful job on the mound for McConnellsburg. Then on July 4, there was baseball aplenty when the locals played a doubleheader against the Johnston Deans. In the first game in the morning, with Carl Fraker on the mound, the locals defeated the Deans 4-3 in 12 innings. The afternoon game went 16 innings until McConnellsburg broke a 3-3 deadlock to win the game, again by the score of 4-3. Cap Henry Kirchner did the twirling in the second game. Cap starred at the plate, getting three hits in each game.
A birthday dinner was served in Hagerstown City Park on Sunday in honor of the 76th birthday of Mrs. Margaret Keefer of Halfway, Md.
Principal H.C. Welsh has enrolled at Penn State for the summer session, working towards his master’s degree.
Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Daniels, two of the community’s most highly respected citizens, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Sunday.