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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Laverne Stinson of Three Springs, pictures the old Hustontown High School in the 1940s. The school was originally constructed in 1929. Pictured right is Principal Bruce “Pop” Sheets, who oversaw the facility for around 25 years. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Laverne Stinson of Three Springs, pictures the old Hustontown High School in the 1940s. The school was originally constructed in 1929. Pictured right is Principal Bruce “Pop” Sheets, who oversaw the facility for around 25 years. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 15, 1993


Area folks have been quite entertained by The Fulton County National Bank’s facelifting project. As temperatures soared to the 100 mark last week, workers could be seen climbing the high scaffolding to remove the old bricks and replace them with new. The masons and other laborers provided a pleasant diversion from the heat for those below who somehow felt cooler after watching the men at work on the platforms just under the scorching sun.

Area residents have recently been overwhelmed by an unusually large population of the elm spanworm which is appearing here now as a small, white moth. The outbreak of the worm has been occurring over the last two years across the state of Pennsylvania. The outbreak has been widespread and has caused a lot of defoliation, particularly in the northern and western counties this year.

Philadelphia’s death toll doubled as the heat wave entered its eighth day and officials warned that the number could rise even higher before the relief promised by the National Weather Service arrives by Tuesday. Twenty-four people were declared dead of heat-related causes in Philadelphia Sunday, raising the city’s heat wave death toll to 41. At least two other deaths elsewhere in the state last week were attributed to the heat.

Stephen and Lanette Deneen are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Molly Crystal, June 29 at Memorial Hospital of Bedford County.

Roger and Kelly Black of Warfordsburg announce the birth of Kelsey Elaine on June 21, at Washington County Hospital.

Deaths: Dr. Daniel Hohman, Hagerstown; Harry Bennett Jr., Berlin, Pa.; Charles Andrews, Everett; Willard Foreman, Defiance; Irene Kinyon, Hedgesville, W.Va.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schmidt Jr., Saltillo, July 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Forsythe of Robertsdale on July 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Sipes of McConnellsburg on July 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Middaugh of Shippensburg on July 7.

Rita Clippinger and Gerald Sipes were united in marriage May 22, in the Dublin Mills Community Church. The bride is the daughter of Cathy Clippinger of McConnellsburg and Richard Clippinger of Burnt Cabins. The groom is the son of Earl and Patsy Sipes of Harrisonville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 28, 1983


In a scene reminiscent of the tornado striking

Dorothy’s house in the film “The Wizard of Oz,” roofs, trees, trailers and cars took to the air on Thursday evening as a severe thunderstorm swept across the county. Two tornadoes were reported during the storm, which lasted only about 10 minutes. The storm hit the northern end of the county, uprooting large trees, blowing the roofs and porches off buildings and disrupting electric and telephone service throughout the entire area. Several communities in the northern townships resembled disaster areas after the storm had loosed its wrath. Wells Valley was about the hardest hit area in the county as a tornado reportedly swept through there. A tornado also reportedly struck Clear Ridge. A rotating funnel-shaped cloud touched down in a field, tossing trees and other objects as if they were weightless.

The building that formerly housed the A&P store in Penn’s Village Shopping Center is currently being converted into two separate places of business. Sears catalogue store will occupy one and Hollinshead’s Repair Center, the other, after remodelling is completed.

Dr. and Mrs. James Shultz and Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Kies have returned from a vacation tour of Nova Scotia.

Brenda Lee Richards and Lewis Richard Waugh Jr. were united in marriage May 29 at the World Pentecostal Mission in Needmore. Brenda is the daughter of Lee Richards of Needmore and the late Lena Richards. Lewis is the son of Ilean Waugh and Lewis Waugh Sr., both of Berkeley Springs.

Specials at the IGA: Total cereal, $1.59; Lucky Leaf applesauce, 39 cents; Viva towels, 69 cents; Philadelphia cream cheese, 59 cents; Pepperidge Farm frozen layer cakes, $1.49.

For the first time in its history, Fulton County is the host of an area Little League tournament as 20 teams from Franklin and Fulton counties are competing in the Tuscarora Little League Baseball Tournament in McConnellsburg.

Bret Elbin of Warfordsburg has appeared in 24 games for the Sarasota Rangers of the Gulf Coast Rookie League. The former University of Alabama third basemen has scored seven runs, knocked in three more and is flawless defensively at third base. Elbin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keen Elbin of Warfordsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fost of Warfordsburg on July 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuait of Harrisonville on July 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Moats of Hancock on July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson of McConnellsburg on July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Horton of Robertsdale on July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Galen Hanks of Big Cove Tannery on July 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Gobin, Harrisonville, announce the marriage of their daughter, Valerie Jo Gobin, to John E. Park, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Park, Cassville, on June 18.

Dublin Mills Community Church was the setting of an exchange of vows between Amy Jane Grissinger and Curt Alan Patterson on June 18. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elden Grissinger of Hustontown and the groom is the son of Rev. and Mrs. John Hodge of Maddensville and the late James Patterson.

Deaths: Richard Haagen, Mercersburg; Elizabeth Appleby, Chambersburg; Walter Wible, Altoona; Margaretta Foreman, Saxton.

Marriage licenses: Randall S. Wills, Warfordsburg, and Carolyn Trail, Warfordsburg; Charles Kline, Harrisonville, and Florence Shoop, Harrisonville; Elton Guyer, Mc- Connellsburg,and Karen Hornbaker, Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 26, 1973


David Moses, administrator of the Fulton County Medical Center, told corporation members at the annual meeting on Monday night that, instead of operating at a loss, as in 1972, he was happy to report that in the past year the local hospital had functioned in the black and showed a “paper profit” of some $29,000.

Shorty Cornelius and his wife, Tomiko, will be guests on the Big John Riley Show, Channel 10, Altoona, with their trick horses and ponies Friday at 1 p.m. They will also appear at the Shade Gap firemen’s picnic on Saturday afternoon with their horse show.

Navy Chief Warrant Officer Harry B. Hill of McConnellsburg witnessed the recovery of the Skylab astronauts after their recent splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. He is a crew member of the San Diego home-ported aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, the primary recovery ship for three manned spacecraft missions.

Three Fulton County students were among those named to the dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They are Nancy V. Deshong, Susan B. Garland and Oscar F. Weller.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl N. Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on July 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Bender of Everett on July 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ford of Wells Tannery were the guests of honor at a surprise party celebrating their 25th anniversary on July 7 at their home. The couple observed a silver wedding anniversary on July 9.

Deaths: Mrs. Hazel Seiders, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Myrtle Mellott Daniels, Needmore; Harvey W. Laidig, Shippensburg.

Wendell Henry of Clear Ridge, along with other friends, was fishing in Canada last week.

Specials at the IGA: Maxwell House instant coffee, 99 cents; cantaloupes, 49 cents; Pillsbury cake mixes, 4 for $1; Ivory liquid detergent, 43 cents; Downey fabric softener, $1.19 for half gallon.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 1, 1963


On Saturday night between 500 and 600 people gathered on the courthouse lawn for the Mc-

Connellsburg 100 Silver Dollar Jackpot drawing. Reed Lynch of Lincoln Way West was the lucky winner.

Clients of Thad M. Shimer received a letter this week announcing the sale of his insurance agency to Robert C. Snyder.

A brief summary of the financial report given at the annual meeting of the Fulton County Medical Center showed that the local hospital continues to operate in the black, with much of the credit for such an achievement going to Woodrow Strait, business administrator, and the loyal and conscientious staff and board of directors.

Willis Decker of Harrisonville was one of 23 boys from throughout Pennsylvania who completed a week’s training at the annual Boys’ Forestry Camp, held in Stone Valley, Huntingdon County, July 21-27.

The Fulton County Fair will open on Monday, August 26, with a planned program which will be of interest to all age groups.

Arnold L. Decker, a native of Fulton County, has joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Association, Harrisburg. He will be staff assistant in the Buildings and Automation Services department.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse this past week to David B. Smith of Heavnones, Okla., and Faye L. Smith of Warfordsburg.

John B. Davis, son of Col. and Mrs. Chester Davis of Star Route South, McConnellsburg, has been awarded the McAllister Scholarship by the Pennsylvania State University for the 1963-64 academic year.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mills of Mercersburg on July 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Seburn of Warfordsburg on July 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fraker of Fort Littleton on July 19.

Carolyn Amelia Winters and Roger Delano Truax were married on June 29.

Police said that 44 cars of a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train passed over Steve Rubeck, 47, last week as he slept between the rails of the track in Carnegie, Pa. Rubeck not only escaped injury, officers said he didn’t even wake up. Rubeck was held on an intoxication charge.

Jean D. Long and Louis R. Sonnenberger were united in marriage on June 15.

Pfc. Ernest L. Harris, whose wife, Janet, resides near Fort Littleton, is now stationed in Seoul, Korea. Marvin L. Powell, seaman apprentice, USN, of Warfordsburg, was among 310 Navy men who recently graduated from Enlisted Basic Submarine School, the naval Submarine Base in New London, Groton,Conn.

Airman Frederick N. Black of Wells Tannery is being reassigned to Yokota AFB, Japan, following his graduation from the U.S. Air Force technical training course for jet aircraft mechanics at Amarillo AFB, Texas.

The local A&P offers four cans of orange juice for $1; quart jar of salad dressing for 45 cents and white bread, four loaves for 89 cents.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ballou, Orbisonia, on July 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mr. Stanley Locke, Shade Gap, on July 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bivens of Big Cove Tannery on July 24.

Deaths: C. Stull Baldwin of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Catherine Amelia Lashley Myers of Hancock; Mrs. Evelyn P. Orr of Juniata; Clyde M. Skipper of Waynesboro; and Mrs. Cora Mae Wright of Coalmont.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 30, 1953


Mr. and Mrs. J. Clarence Hamil of McConnellsburg have received word that their son, Pvt. William

Hamil, has landed safely in Germany.

Mr. and Mrs. George Paylor of Mercersburg are spending some time in the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shore. Mrs. Paylor is recuperating from a recent operation.

A farewell party was held Sunday, July 19, for Donald H. Mellott of the U.S. Navy.

E.C. Fraker returned to his home here on Saturday following surgery at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore.

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

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Archie Watkins of Robertsdale on July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Clippinger of Wells Tannery on July 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Mellott of Needmore on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lee Souders of Robertsdale on July 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Yaukey of McConnellsburg on July 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Cutchall of Three Springs on July 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Doyle of McConnellsburg on July 25.

Four persons were injured over the weekend in two one-car accidents in Fulton County. Gilbert W. Hunter, 49, McConnellsburg, suffered cuts of the head. Harry Hougenstaugler, 46, Columbia, suffered facial cuts and chest injuries. Carl Hess, 18, Clear Ridge, received a skull fracture, a severe brian concussion, rib fractures and multiple lacerations and bruises. Thomas A. Burkhart, 18, also of Clear Ridge, suffered fractures of both legs, multiple cuts and abrasions and a fractured nose. The car of Hunter and Hougenstaugler hit a stone wall north of McConnellsburg. The pickup truck in which the teenage boys were riding skidded into a tree at Clear Ridge.

James Norman Sipes and Elsie May Matthews were married on July 25.

Melvin Reeder’s grocery store here was broken into Sunday night, the second time in six weeks.

Rev. Deckard Ritter of Illinois, who was part of the Hustontown Methodist Charge, 32 years ago, called on former parishioners in that area last week.

Mrs. Mack Kerlin of Hustontown was admitted to the Medical Center last week for treatment of injuries and shock she received when she fell through the glass while washing windows at her home.

Midshipman Donald Heckman of Wells Tannery is now stationed at Annapolis, Md.

Pvt. James Chamberlain is now at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Charles Gress was the oldest man and Mrs. Lydia Aller was the oldest lady at the Knobsville homecoming on Saturday.

Deaths: Albert S. Cline of Altoona; Mrs. Cora Agnes Ranck Bennett of Roaring Springs.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 29, 1943


Deaths: William Robert Speer of Everett; John C.

Wagner of Chambersburg; Mrs. Anna E. (Arnold)

Wetzle of Camden, N.J.; Mrs. James Lee Weigle of Chambersburg.

Missing since the fall of Corregido, Gilbert Hicks, who enlisted in 1939, died in a Japanese prison camp. His stepmother was Maud Fields, formerly of Clear Ridge, now of Turtle Creek.

Coffee rationing ended at midnight on July 28.

Due to the war, the Crystal Spring Camp Meeting has been cancelled this year.

A family dinner was held on Sunday in honor of the 70th birthday of Harry Hamil of McConnellsburg.

Sgt. Howard Swope Jr. is now stationed in El Paso, Texas.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 27, 1933


The murderer of Henry Lee of Buck Valley, the story of which was told in last week’s issue, is now a prisoner in the Franklin County Jail. He was taken there from the hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., after being shot and captured last Tuesday by a Hancock constable, Charles Barnhart. The man is a former inmate of a penitentiary in Missouri. He has confessed that he shot Lee.

A “contributed” front-page article in this issue also bears on the Lee murder and is entitled: “Is The Jail Secure?” The anonymous writer asks the questions of whether the county jail will hold the man who killed Lee and who is known to be dangerous to anyone he meets. The writer says: “Past experiences have shown that three prisoners have picked the locks and climbed the jail yard fence to escape.” The writer goes on to say that, considering the amount of relief money coming into the county, the jail could be made escape-proof with little cost to the county.

Death: Horace Bradley Alexander of Hastings, Neb.

All of Fulton County was saddened on Tuesday evening when it was learned that McConnellsburg’s well-known merchant, J.K. Johnston, had died at the home of his son, Paul, in Tulsa, Okla., where he and his daughter, Beulah, had gone for a visit.

Max Helman, 6, son of Samuel Helman of Knobsville, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from burns he received when his brother, Herman, threw a lighted match on an oil drum.

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