FROM DAYS GONE BY
From The Files Of August 5, 1993
The hot, dry weather, although not yet at drought stage, is causing area farmers some concern for their crops. Estimates of crop losses, to date, are about 35 percent for pasture and hayland. This is a critical time for grain crops and some immediate, soaking rains are needed.
The end of summer in the mountains of Fulton County celebrates a harvest of crops, livestock, baked goods, showmanship and adventurous entertainment, all at the Fulton County Fair August 22-28. The 72-year-old county tradition brings together agricultural contests through the beef, lamb and dairy shows and daring exhibitions such as a Hollywood stunt show, 4x4 truck pull and Frank Plessinger’s demolition derby.
The Burnt Cabins Presbyterian Church bell tower is being replaced but, if all goes according to plan, it will be difficult to distinguish the old from the new. The tower, which has fallen into a state of disrepair, will be taken down and replaced with a new replica of the old one. The tower being taken down is the original tower for the church built in 1851.
Last Thursday morning’s early hour storm collapsed a barn on the property formerly owned by the late George Morton and deposited it several feet off its stone foundation. The old barn, not in use but a familiar sight along Lions Park Road, seemed no worse for the wear after the major storms but apparently could not withstand the high winds and driving rains from the ferocious but short-lived storm last week. Some local folks measured nearly two inches of rain in 20 minutes.
Wayne and Mary Ruth Schwartz recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 17 with family and friends at Hustontown Firehall.
Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Revercomb of Shade Gap on July 28.
Clinton J. and Clara L. Shore, McConnellsburg, celebrated their 40th anniversary July 18 at a party at Mc- Connellsburg Firehall.
Ryan and Lisa (Miller) DeShong of Harrisonville announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Emily Louise, July 25, at Chambersburg Hospital.
Deaths: Russell K. Alleman Sr., Loysville; Zachary Fritts, Leesburg, Va.; Bryson Zook, Fayetteville.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 18, 1983
For the second time in three years, a steer raised by Craig Knepper of McConnellsburg was named grand champion of the 4-H FFA beef show at the fair on Monday night. For Rita Shives, this year’s show was reminiscent of last year’s as her entry was named reserve champion for the second consecutive year.
The summer’s heat wave continues with only scattered showers to relieve the parched ground. Saturday’s temperatures reached highs of between 102 to 104 degrees and kept many people at home, out of the heat. Cowans Gap State Park reported only half the capacity crowd, the sandy beach being too hot for comfort, and some of those who braved the heat for a round of golf at Great Cove had to leave the course after playing only a few holes.
Nancy Gress of McConnellsburg is the latest countian having to take rabies shots, as a precautionary measure, after she shot a raccoon outside her home and then carried her dog, which had tangled with it, to the house. The coon proved to be rabid and the dog had to be put down.
Engagement: Mary C. Lininger of McConnellsburg is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Lisa Ann, to Vincent Paul Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hughes of Needmore.
Specials at the IGA: honeydews, $1.69 each; Downy, $2.99, 96 ozs.; sirloin tip steaks, $1.99 lb.; Italian bread, 59 cents; Scot towels, big rolls, 3 for $2.
Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Stroker Ace.” Playing at the Reality Theatre in Robertsdale: “Still Smoking.”
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Coble of Berkeley Springs on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Detwiler of Rockhill Furnace on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fox of Hancock on August 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harr of Warfordsburg on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Clugston of McConnellsburg on August 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Beck of Mercersburg on August 18.
Deaths: Dorothy Duffey, McConnellsburg; Sherman Jaymes, Springfield, Ohio; Floyd Appleby, Neelyton; Oscar W. Deshong, Hancock.
Marriage licenses: Allen Martz, Hustontown, and Rosemary Carriero, Hustontown; Mark Sollenberger, Carlisle, and Angela Kerlin, McConnellsburg.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 16, 1973
Seven girls will seek the title of 1973 Fulton County Environmental Queen on August 20 at the Fulton County Fair. Competing for the crown will be Debbie Martz, Susan Martz and Lucinda Corman of Hustontown; Connie Foreman of Waterfall; Althea Hill of Needmore; Inez Ramsey of Harrisonville; and Lynn MacDonald of McConnellsburg.
The 52nd annual Fulton County Fair will feature grandstand spectaculars every night beginning Sunday, August 19.
Seven 4-H Club members form Fulton County took part in Pennsylvania State 4-H Days held last week on the Pennsylvania State University campus. Awards to Fulton County 4-Hers were announced. Placing first in the state poultry foods demonstration was Diana Purnell of Wells Tannery. Members of the consumers’ team, consisting of Brenda Whitehouse of Burnt Cabins, Debbie Kesselring of Hustontown and Cathy Anderson of Needmore, were awarded red ribbons. Winning a blue-ribbon award in the physical fitness program was Doug Mellott of Needmore. The meat judging team consisted of Susan Martz of Hustontown and Debbie Mellott of McConnellsburg.
Marriage licenses: Woodrow Keefer Jr. and Deborah Mentzer, both of Burnt Cabins; Larry Williams of Big Cove Tannery and Cindy Chaplan of Pittsburgh; Robert Mellott of Needmore and Cathy Hann of McConnellsburg; James McKeever and Catherine Hendershot, both of Warfordsburg; Michael Murphy of Reading and Melissa Cornelius of Mohnton.
Gloria Jean Mellott and Steve Eugene Robinson were united in marriage Saturday, July 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Parents of the couple ar Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mellott and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Robinson, all of McConnellsburg.
The Everett Church of the Brethren was the setting for the wedding of Miss Ahron Ann Colledge and Ronald Chamberlain on June 16. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Colledge of Wells Tannery and Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Chamberlain of Clearville.
A 17-year-old Three Springs youth was killed and another young man was critically injured last Wednesday night when their motorcycle collided almost head-on on a narrow, rural road, one-half mile north of Maddensville. Killed in the crash was Roger Lee Rosenberry, 17, of Three Springs, who was pronounced dead on arrival at Hagerstown Hos- pital. Critically injured in the crash was the operator of the other cycle, Theodore H. Ramsey, 21, of Orbisonia, who is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of a compound fracture of the left lower leg, a compound fracture of the left forearm and massive abrasions of the face and body.
Deaths: Rodney Jan Deshong, Greencastle; Faye Bingham, Tampa, Fla.; John A. Sipe, Baltimore; Jennie V. Emery, Clearville; Jennifer Ann Fraker, Shade Gap.
Central Fulton School District will open its doors to nearly 1,250 students on Tuesday, August 28.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Houdersheldt Sr. of Warfordsburg on August 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Peck of McConnellsburg on August 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David H. Gunter of Shade Gap on August 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin DeShong of Greencastle on August 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Garfield Chamberlain of Six Mile Run on August 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hartwick of Berkeley Spring on August 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Troy Crouse of Big Cove Tannery on August 10.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese of Needmore were the guests of honor at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary celebration held on Sunday, July 29, at their home. The couple observed their silver anniversary on July 28.
Specials at the IGA: semi-boneless hams, $1.39 lb.; Pepperidge
Farm layer cakes, 79 cents; watermelons, $1.29; Nabisco Oreos, 59 cents.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 22, 1963
Damage estimated at “thousands of dollars” resulted form a fire which broke out at the Clyde
Bivens farm on Laurel Ridge Road at about noon Monday. The fire was believed to have started from a stray spark from a welder that had been used to repair a piece of machinery.
Larry Remsburg, 16, of McConnellsburg, escaped injury Friday when his car struck a row of guardrails along Route 16, about six miles west of Mercersburg. The 1956 model car, valued at $450, was demolished.
A diabetes detection program will be offered for the first time at the Fulton County Fair this year.
Mrs. Jennie Wible of Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, was the fourth winner of McConnellsburg’s $100 jackpot.
A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse to Alva Bennett Gordon of Hancock and Evelyn Demioise of Johnstown.
In another 60 to 90 days, McConnellsburg will have a new modern supermarket when Foster Cisney begins rebuilding at his present location. The building will have a 60-foot front and will be 45 feet in depth.
Fulton County is one of the few places in the nation that still has a grist mill operated by water power. The mill is located on Route 522 at Websters Mill and has been owned by the Kendall family for the past 26 years.
Bounty payments on foxes and great horned owls cost Pennsylvania hunters $93,895 during the last fiscal year.
Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Orlyn Hess of Needmore on August 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Shope, Saltillo, on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sheffield of Fort Littleton on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Appleby of Hustontown on August 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Robinson of Clear Spring on August 17.
G.C. Murphy offers boys’ dungarees for $1.17 pair; girls’ dresses, $3.90; 2 for $7, and teen’s tennis oxfords, $1.67.
Deaths: Clyde H. Deshong Jr. of Harrisonville; Osborne M. Lynch of Lewistown.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 20, 1953
Tiny Wright and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.
Returning home Wednesday after hospitalization, Mrs. Donald Martin is now in a plaster cast for a back injury .
Visitors in the home of Tom and Ellie Jenkins last week were her niece, Mr. and Mrs. Junior Batterton, and son Richard of Opava, Ill.
The Woman’s Club will hold its flower show on September 11 in the social room of the Methodist Church.
The annual American Legion picnic wil be held this Sunday at the Narrows Rod and Gun Club.
A big weekend is planned at Buck Valley Park: a festival and square dance on Friday, the Hendershot reunion and a festival on Saturday and the Deneen reunion on Sunday.
Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Watson Nelson of Mc- Connellsburg on August 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bivens of McConnellsburg on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Swope of Wells Tannery on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Downin of Maddensville on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Martz of McConnellsburg on August 14.
Malcolm E. Mellott of Lansdowne, Pa., has been awarded a Doctor of Education degree from Temple Univeristy. Dr. Mellott is the son of the late Gilbert C. and Queen Lake Mellott. He is presently editor-in-chief of the John C. Winston Co. of Philadelphia.
Bond sales in Fulton County during the month of July totalled $8,343, compared to $7,718 for July of 1952.
Dale and Ralph Fisher, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Webster Fisher of Brush Creek Township and pupils at Warfordsburg High School, won grand champion and reserve grand champion with their Hampshire barrows at the sixth Future Farmer Fat Hog Show and Sale at Martinsburg on Monday.
Nine Fulton County 4-H Club members attended 4- H Club Week at State College last week. They were Julie Johnston, Lee Ann Crist, Phyllis Spade, Charlotte Edwards, Lowell Morton, Glenn Knepper, Benny Truax, Edwin Layton and William Mosebey.
On July 30, Game Protector David H. Franklin of Mc- Connellsburg was honored by sportsmen, Game Commission officials and other friends for 29 years of devoted, unselfish service along the line of wildlife conservation at a banquet at Mont Alto. He retired on August 1. At the banquet he was presented with a diamond-studded Masonic emblem.
Tomatoes grown for the canning industry brought in $70,585 income for Fulton County farmers in 1952.
Gerald Gress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gress and a member of Hustontown FFA, topped all competitors in the baby beef contest at Bedford Fair with “Jake,” his Hereford steer. With 56 animals in competition, Jake walked away with the championship rosette.
Jay T. Strait, 26, son of James Strait of Harrisonville, has completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Ky.
Alfred W. Deneen, gunner’s mate, seaman, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Deneen of Amaranth, is serving aboard the destroyer USS Miller.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of August 19, 1943
On August 5 Walter H. Kendall, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kendall of Ayr Township, completed his training at the Air Force School in Midland, Texas, and received his silver bombardier wings.
Death: Ritner David Riley of Everett.
William Dalbey Stitt and Ruth Iona Randolph were married July 12.
Buford C. Wible and Erma M. Snyder were wed on July 31.
Lt. Francis Allison is now stationed at Newport News, Va.
George Bard Sr. of Knobsville is a patient in Hagerstown Hospital.
Mrs. W.H. Greathead and Mrs. Wilson Nace are spending a vacation at Berkeley Springs Hotel.
The State Historical Commission has announced that Pennsylvania has twice as many men in service now as during World War I.
B. Chubb assumed his duties on Monday as teacher of vocational agriculture in the local high school.
Bobbie Reeder celebrated his seventh birthday on Tuesday.
Paul Hamil has been promoted to the rank of corporal at Camp Polk.
The first scout troop in Fulton County was formed at Fort Littleton on Friday.
80 Years Ago
Deaths: Peter B.
Phoenixville; Mrs. Martha Jane Nelson Kendall of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Clara Kieffer Quawn of Mercersburg.
One could have heard a pin drop, so quiet and eager were the crowds at Crystal Spring camp meeting to hear the message of the world-famous evangelist Gypsy Smith.
Fred W. Shearer and C. Gail Walker were married on August 12.
Marvin B. Johnston and Lucy E. Peck were married on August 12.
James B. Smith and Hazel G. Helman were wed last week.
A wedding dinner was served last week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Glunt in honor of their daughter, Miss Alma, who was married recently to Paul Wilds, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wilds of Fort Littleton.
The Fulton Theatre will reopen this week after extensive remodelling by the owner, W.M. Lodge. The first picture scheduled is “White Sister,” starting Helen Hayes and Clark Gable.
A check for $300 has been delivered to Albert E. Colledge of McConnellsburg from Chambersburg Motor Club to cover a disability period of 30 weeks. Mr. Colledge suffered a broken leg and other injuries while working on a bridge project for Department of Highways.
Frank Peck, son of Watson Peck of Needmore, has been disabled the past two weeks with a fractured leg.
Mr. and Ms. Charles Kauffman of Burnt Cabins are the proud parents of a new baby girl who arrived last Wednesday.
John, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Brown of Clear Ridge, is very ill with diphtheria.
William Cromer and Dorothy Baker were married recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnson have gone to housekeeping in the tenant house of M.H. Romig of Wells Tannery.