2013-08-01 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Belva Schriever of Warfordsburg and pictures the students at one of several one-room schools where her father, Roy Plessinger of Amaranth, taught. Those schools included Buchanan, Oak Grove and Locust Grove, in Brush Creek Township; Sipes Mill; and Harrisonville. The school and names of the students are not known. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Belva Schriever of Warfordsburg and pictures the students at one of several one-room schools where her father, Roy Plessinger of Amaranth, taught. Those schools included Buchanan, Oak Grove and Locust Grove, in Brush Creek Township; Sipes Mill; and Harrisonville. The school and names of the students are not known. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 29, 1993


More than 50 members attended the Fulton

County Historical Society’s summer membership meeting on Saturday, July 24, at the Fulton House. The meeting was held in conjuction with an ice cream social to celebrate the 200th birthday of the Fulton House. Following the meeting, members joined the public in the log kitchen of the Fulton House to partake of various flavors of delicious homemade ice cream, made and served by Cito Methodist Church. Entertainment for the evening was presented by the Mason-Dixon Quartet, a barbershop quartet from the Hagerstown area. More than 100 turned out for the ice cream social and entertainment on the warm summer evening.

Fulton County Fair will be held from August 22-28 this year.

The new $7 million-plus Southern Fulton Elementary School is nearing completion and should be ready for the opening of the new school year in late August. First day for teachers is August 27, while students will report on August 30.

Max “Dutch” Fraker of Fort Littleton celebrated his 88th birthday on July 28.

Vicki Anderson will make her debut on the stage of the Appalachian Jubilee July 31. The Hancock resident has performed in Fulton County for Needmore Fire Co. and Fulton County Historical Society’s annual banquets.

Two farm families in Fulton County are currently hosting Japanese exchange students who are studying agriculture in Japan. As an exchange program with the Future Farmers of America, Motoi Atsumi, 18, of Inami, Japan, and Yukiko Shimizu, 17, of Tokoyo, are spending two weeks with their host families in Fulton County. Motoki is staying on the Brian Lake farm near Needmore, while Yukilo is residing on the Tim Gordon farm south of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Justin McCarty of Warfordsburg on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Craig Starr of Shade Gap on July 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Middaugh of Shade Gap on July 24.

Deaths: Frederick H. Lamison, Three Springs; Thelma Pittman, St. Thomas; Mary Zimmerman, Mercersburg; Harlan Mentzer, Chambersburg; Maude H. Palmer, Stafford, Va.; Mabel R.Waite, Saltillo; Wilmer H. Fessler, Dudley; Jerry L. Pringle Sr., Fayetteville.

Angela Crane and Brian Divens were united in marriage April 24 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Daytona Beach, Fla. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crane Jr. of South Daytona, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy Divens of McConnellsburg.

Marriage licences: Harlan Berkstresser, Wells Tannery, and Tammy Winter, Wells Tannery; Damon Schoen, Fort Littleton, and Melanie Brumbaugh, McConnellsburg; Terry Barnett, Hustontown, and Melissa Runk, Hustontown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 11, 1983


Fulton County is one of the leading candidates to be the site of a low-level radioactive waste dump.

The dump would be the disposal site for all the lowlevel radioactive waste generated in 11 northeastern states. Although little has been heard about this proposal up to now, the opposition has quickly closed its ranks to fight the creation of a dump in a rural Pennsylvania county.

The Ride For Life bicycle riders stopped in McConnellsburg last Friday. They are in the final stages of their 3,800- mile cross-country journey to raise funds to combat world hunger.

Last week a Bedford County resident shot and killed a raccoon which got into his house through a “dog door” and was heading upstairs toward the bedrooms. The family was aroused from sleep by their pet dog, which was given a booster vaccine injection when the raccoon was found to have rabies. None of the family came in contact with the animal.

In what has become a disturbingly frequent practice, the McConnellsburg Borough Council hired a new police officer at its regular monthly meeting. The new officer, Douglas Owen Thomas, Hustontown, began full-time duties this week. Thomas, 26, is filling the vacancy left by the resignation of officer Charles Ray last month and is the fifth new police officer in the borough in two years.

Deaths: Russell Hill, Needmore; Harry D. Waite, Three Springs; Norma J. Shore, Shade Gap; Earle W. Golden, Landover, Md.; Raymond Stevens, Shady Grove; Della Brown, Lewistown.

Specials at W.H. Mellott’s Motor & Implement: NH Model 78 forage harvester, $8,295; N Model 479 haybine, $2,995; NH Model 56 hayrake, $1,150; tank spreader, $1,495.

Specials at the IGA: lettuce, 49 cents a head; Hershey chocolate syrup, 69 cents; Cremora, $2.19; Camay bath soap 2 for 89 cents; Bounce $2.79.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Stalnaker, Warfordsburg, July 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Woolford, Hancock, on July 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Karl Swope, Needmore, on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Seville, Mc- Connellsburg, on August 4.

Marriage licenses: Dennis E. Palmer Warfordsburg, and Tina Wenger, Warfordsburg; Alan R. Layton, Laurel, Md., and Clarence A. Smith, Laurel, Md.; Nelson E. Walker, Waterfall, and Alice I. Seylar, Saint Thomas.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 9, 1973


The shortage of beef in stores across the nation is now being felt locally, but more by the supermarkets than by the family-owned businesses. In Mc- Connellsburg, both the IGA Foodliner and the A&P Store report that they received their regular order of beef early this week but have been given no assurance that their orders will be filled to supply weekend shoppers. Both supermarkets expect their orders to be cut considerably and customers will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Danny Akers, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Reynold Akers of McConnellsburg, remains a patient in Chambersburg Hospital where he was taken last Tuesday following a tractor accident on the Richard Deshong farm at Harrisonville, where he is employed. The tractor upset on a steep bank on the farm, pinning the youth beneath it. He managed to extricate himself but was unable to get to the farmhouse due to his injuries, which included severe lacerations and abrasions and a broken leg. He lay there until noon when the Deshong family became alarmed when he didn’t show up for lunch.

Marriage licenses: Lynn Reeder of McConnellsburg and Adrian Joyce Lynch of Big Cove Tannery; Kenneth Hoover of Chambersburg and Patrica A. Spoonhour of Chambersburg; Leroy Michael Mellott and Mae Smith, both of Warfordsburg; Robert Lee Sowers of Harrisonville and Betty Irene Carbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Sarah Shaw of Hustontown has returned home after spending a couple of weeks on a tour of Nova Scotia and other places of interest.

Miss Nancy Ellen Booth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Booth of Warfordsburg, became the bride of Melvin Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Lee of North Rose, N.Y., on Sat- urday, July 7, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kelso and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis L. Yingling attended the induction ceremonies at baseball’s Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y., Monday, August 6. Roberto Clemente, the late Pittsburgh Pirates star, and Warren Spahn were formally inducted, along with four others. The Kelsos and Yinglings also talked with Bob Prince, the capable and accurate “voice” of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pfc. Randy Stevens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stevens, left recently to begin a 16-month tour of duty in Germany.

Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz left on Sunday for a 10-day vacation in Canada.

Deaths: J.T. Robinson, Mercersburg; Mrs. Gertrude Detrich, Mercersburg; William Oliver, Paw Paw, W.Va.; Flora Booth, Hancock; James Johnson, McConnellsburg; J. Calvin Hege, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. David Strait of Harrisonville on July 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cutchall of McConnellsburg on July 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Baker of Hustontown on July 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John B. Fraker of Shade Gap on August 2.

Specials at the IGA: IGA cake mixes, 4 for $1; Zest soap, 3 bath bars for 59 cents; frozen orange juice, 16-oz. can, 49 cents.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 15, 1963


The incidence of runaway trucks seems to have increased during the past few months, with another being reported out of control as it descended Tuscarora Mountain last Wednesday at 6:25 p.m. The driver of the truck, Glenn Dale Haptons, of Greenwood, Ind., drove the truck down the mountain and eventually was able to bring the heavy rig to a stop at the east end of town.

Alice Bishop of Knobsville won the third McConnellsburg 100 silver dollar jackpot held Saturday night.

The best-looking addition the local state police substation has had in many years arrived last week in the form of a brand new police car.

The five fabulous “Ink Spots, “ will be the headliners at the Fulton County Fair on Wednesday, August 28.

The following couples applied for marriage licenses at the local courthouse the past week: Charles F. Langford of Sarasota, Fla., and Luella F. Poland of Augusta, W.Va., and Julius M. Golden of Riddlesburg and Mary E. Hoffman of Three Springs.

Harvey W. Seville, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W Seville of 300 East North Street, McConnellsburg, is undergoing nine weeks of recruit training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

Two young sisters, Debbie Renee James, 6, and her 4- year-old sister, Susan Kay, suffocated Friday when they crawled into an unconnected freezer at their grandfather’s home in the Bedford County community of Friends Cove.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wright of Hustontown on August 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Custer of Mercersburg on August 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Piper of Shade Gap on August 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Guyer of McConnellsburg on August 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Morton of St. Thomas on August 9.

Deaths: Walter J. Deneen; Mark F. Younker, Hancock; Mrs. Maude Crawford of Warfordsburg; Edward R. Hendershot of Markes; and Earl Long of Knobsville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of August 13, 1953


Prof. B.N. Palmer of Portage visited his sister,

Mrs. J.C. Mellott of Needmore, over the weekend.

Mrs. Mellott is in poor health, having recently fallen and breaking her hip. She is totally blind.

Mrs. Donald Martin of town entered Chambersburg Hospital on Monday for observation.

A card to the “News” office from Frank P. Plessinger reads: “Am vacationing this week along the Maine coast on board an old-time sailing vessel.”

Mr. and Mrs. Watson Nelson of town announce the birth of a son on August 10 at the Medical Center

Hank Wheems and his Trail Riders, Slim, Jerry and Pop, will entertain at the Ambrose Game Farm on Sunday.

Sgt. George M. Simpson has been stationed at West Point, since his return from duty in Korea.

Sgt. Charles McElhaney of the U.S. Air Force and his wife and baby have returned to Smoky Hill Air Force Base, Salina, Mass., after a 14-day furlough with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harmon McElhaney of Hustontown and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sipes of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. George Earley of McConnellsburg celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday. George framed and placed under glass 25 bright silver dollars which he gave to his bride of 25 years.

A light plane was forced down in a field on the Walter Kendall farm north of McConnellsburg on Saturday afternoon when the pilot, Sam Caperris of Aliquppa, could not see the top of Tuscarora Mountain due to the fog. He touched down safely while taxing to a stop, the plane dropped into a ditch, nose down and ruined the propeller. Herbert Souders, who lives on the Kendall farm, took Caperris to Chambersburg where he secured a new propeller. After staying overnight with the Souders family, he took off Sunday for Baltimore to visit his sister.

Arrangements are being made to accommodate at least 1,000 people expected at the Fulton County Pasture Renovation Day on August 2 at the Kenneth Glazier farm.

Dr. Ernest M. Gress, former state botanist, was honored on his 77th birthday recently at a garden party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Garrett at Camp Hill. Dr. Gress, a native of McConnellsburg, was a school teacher for 28 years before his appointment in 1920 as state botantist with the Department of Agriculture. He retired in 1939 and lives in Camp Hill.

James D. Kendall, 22, of Orrstown, was instantly killed on Monday afternoon in a collision of two trucks near Newville in Franklin County. He was born in McConnellsburg, a son of Mrs. Sarah Kendall Sollenberger of Shippensburg and the late Richard Kendall.

A new cleaning plant, operating under the name of the McConnellsburg One Hour Cleaners, opened for business here in the Washabaugh building on Wednesday. The new business is being operated by Ralph E. Mellott and Mildred Bloom.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Berkstresser Jr. of Laidig announce the birth of a son, Ralph Eugene, at Huntingdon Hospital on August 6.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. Quay Helman of McConnellsburg on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Laidig of McConnellsburg on August 8.

Deaths: Lola May Knepper of Knobsville; Mrs. Blanche Brantner Black of Newburg; James W. G. Park of Mapleton.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 12, 1943

’43 Deaths: Lemuel F. Kough of Saltillo; George Raymond Sipes of Cedar Crest, Mount Union.

Plans for lifting the ban on pleasure driving have been postponed for 10 days, pending a report on the gasoline situation by War Mobilization Director James F. Byrnes.

Walter R. Sloan, vice president of Fulton County National Bank of McConnellsburg, has been named chairman of the War Finance Committee in Fulton County.

Sgt. Albert E. “Bud” Layton, son of Mrs. Ruth Layton of Warfordsburg, has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

Ayr Township will have a local option vote this year, deciding whether beer licenses should be issued in the township.

Earl Bergstresser, brother of Lloyd Bergstresser who was instantly killed in a plane crash in California, is now stationed at Camp Lee, Va.

At a recent meeting of the borough council, Merrill Seville was elected chief of police for McConnellsburg.

George Richards of McConnellsburg has purchased the Harold Bivens farm at Websters Mill. Harvey Richards, son of the new owner, will move to the farm in the near future.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Akers have sold their farm in Ayr Township to J. Irwin Raker, who expects to take possession on October 15.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 10, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Alice Myers of near Mercersburg; Mrs. Mary Ellen Cordell of Fort Loudon;

Hon. Charles C. Brewster, district attorney of Huntingdon.

The Fulton Theatre, after being closed for almost two years, will be reopened within the next 10 days, following extensive improvements to the building and the installation of a sound system of the best and modern type.

Frank Likar and Winifred E. Peck were married on July 27, 1933.

The Fulton County Bank of McConnellsburg proposed nationalization of its charter and membership in the Federal Reserve System. After exhaustive examination, the local bank has been found 100 percent sound and the name, “The Fulton County National Bank,” has been approved by the comptroller of the currency in Washington.

Ruthard J. Black and Ethal Chadwick were wed August 5.

Lloyd Price and Freda I. Shaw were married on August


Rev. Lawrence Jongeward and Grace Kap were married on August 2.

Walter Kendall has been named as the winner of the state scholarship in Fulton County this year. This scholarship amounts to $100 per year.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Romig of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a baby born on August 5.

Return to top