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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Richard “Dick” Alloway of Tillson, N.Y., pictures his father, Earl Alloway, center right, and John Stenger, the original owner of Johnnie’s Diner & Motel on Lincoln Way East, center left. The photograph was taken not too long after World War II, according to Dick. Readers are asked to identify the other two men. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Richard “Dick” Alloway of Tillson, N.Y., pictures his father, Earl Alloway, center right, and John Stenger, the original owner of Johnnie’s Diner & Motel on Lincoln Way East, center left. The photograph was taken not too long after World War II, according to Dick. Readers are asked to identify the other two men. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 12, 1993


If all continues to go according to plan, ground will be broken here for the new McDonald’s restaurant before the end of this year. Plans to bring the golden arches to McConnellsburg should be finalized within the next four weeks. The new restaurant will be located on the north side of Lincoln Way East across from Johnnie’s restaurant.

Rep. Dick Hess visited Meadow Grounds Lake in Ayr Township with some concerned area sportsmen and tourism officials and officials of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission last Friday, August 6. They discussed ways to improve the lake’s water quality and fifth populations and, of course, touched on the ongoing issue of improving the road up the mountain.

A Shippensburg company which manufactures paper novelties intends to lease the former Fulton Auto Parts building on old Route 30 just west of McConnellsburg to set up a manufacturing operation there, according to Donald Bard, president of the Fulton Industrial Development Assoc. The Beistle Co., whose home office at One Beistle Plaza, Shippensburg, employs about 500 persons.

Geoffrey Mosebey of Wells Tannery is pictured in this issue. He visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Mosebey Jr. in Cairo, Egypt during June and July. Geoff took a four foot long, 40-pound Baracuda during a two-day fishing expedition along the Red Sea coast at Hurghada, Egypt.

USA Today’s Baseball Weekly publication reported that former McConnellsburg High School and James Madison University baseball standout, Jeff Garber, turned in an outstanding week of hitting at the ball park. Garber was drafted in the tenth round by the Kansas City Royals six years ago and is now playing for the Royals double-A farm team at Memphis. The publication writes “Garber’s two out, 9th inning single broke up Ramon Manon’s bid for a no-hitter.”

Carol Hoffman and David Andrews were united in marriage April 17 at Melvin United Methodist Church in Cumberland, Md. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Crawford of Warfordsburg and the late Marvin Powell. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Andrews, Cumberland, Md.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Norris of Warfordsburg on August 4.

Melissa Garland and Kerby Randler were united in marriage at United Methodist Church in McConnellsburg on February 13. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Garland and Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Randler.

Deaths: C. Lorella Keyser, Harrisonville; Glenn E. Fraker, Fort Littleton; Gerald L. Barthalow, Tiffin, Ohio.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 18, 1983


Not wishing to be stuck acting after the fact, Fulton County commissioners will send county employee Tom Woy to a seminar on radioactive waste disposal sites at Penn State August 20. Even before learning about radioactive waste dumps, however, the commissioners appear to have made up their minds that there will not be one in Fulton County; a recent state report listed Fulton County as one of the possible sites for a low-level radioactive waste dump in the state.

Michael J. Ehler was named as the new administrator at Fulton County Medical Center at a reception held in his honor last week.

Graduation ceremonies were held for 17 graduates of JGR Enterprises machinist training class Friday night at McConnellsburg High School. JGR joined with CETA to establish the machinist-training program two years.

The toll booth at Fort Littleton Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed on Tuesday afternoon. Beginning next week the old booth, one of the few original booths from the opening of the turnpike in 1940, will be disassembled and transported to the Allegheny Kiski Museum in Tarentum, Pa. The new interchange is larger and connected to a central computer to simplify toll collecting. It cost $1,393,917 to build.

Lisa Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, has taken over the lease of the Little Duchess restaurant from Vicki Kelso and will take over the management at the beginning of September.

Some parts of the county got a good downpour of rain last Thursday, but other parts not enough to end the drought, which they say has been the worst in 20 years.

The Fulton County Fair, the big event of the summer in the county, is scheduled to begin this coming Sunday and will run through the entire week. LaVerne Tripp and family will make their appearance on Monday; Tuesday will be the rock-and-roll band Gemini and the Frank Plessinger demolition derby will be Wednesday’s attraction.

Specials at the IGA: Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, $1.09; cream of mushroom soup, 3 for 89 cents; oranges, 10 for 98 cents; center-cut chops, $1.69 lb.; Kraft Cheez Whiz, $1.09.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Snow White.”

Deaths: Carl W. Hess, McConnellsburg William Markle, Breezewood; Josephine Bequeath, Everett; Harry Funk, Toledo, Oho; Wavie Cutchall Guthrie, Claymont, Del.

Marriage licenses: Rodney K. Earley, Waterfall, and Kristen Worthing, Waterfall; John Martrin Jr., Acworth, Ga., and Twila Deshong, Harrisonville.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 23, 1973


The 10th annual Fulton County FFA 4-H Baby

Beef Show was held at the Fulton County Fair on

Monday, at which time Lester Hawkins of Harrisonville carried off top honors when his 1,000-pound Hereford was declared grand champion and his Charolais steer, the reserve champion.

Jennifer Miller, a senior at Forbes Road High School, and a member of Hustontown 4-H Club, placed in the top five at the American Institute of Cooperation’s annual meeting, held at Tulane University, New Orleans, on August 12-17. Jennifer was selected as Pennsylvania 4-H delegate at the Pennsylvania Association of Farm Cooperatives Institute.

Susan Martz of Hustontown was crowned the 1973 Fulton County Environmental Queen by the 1972 queen, Nancy Mann, in competition with six other young aspirants for the crown at the Fulton County Fair on Monday night. Lynn MacDonald of McConnellsburg was judged first runner up and Debbie Martz of Hustontown, second runnerup.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane of Hustontown wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Leona Louise, to Dennis Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Miller of Somerset.

H.J. “Howd” Mellott of Harrisonville will celebrate his 94th birthday on August 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mack and sons have returned from a trip to the West Coast.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fix and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Reeder were vacationing on a fishing trip to Quebec, Canada, last week and on the way home played golf at Twin Ponds Golf Course at Cooperstown, N.Y.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Shafer enjoyed 10-day vacation at Ocean City, Md. Upon returning to his employment at Ful- ton Industries, Mr. Shafer had the misfortune to severely burn his left hand on a hot exhaust pipe.

Approximately 40 employees of Fulton Industries enjoyed a deep sea fishing trip to Ocean City, Md., last Saturday.

Deaths: George A. Guyer, Orrstown; A. Dale Layton, East Providence Township; John McDannell, Tyrone; Mrs. Lou Grace Hockensmith, McConnellsburg; Jacob McCarty, Hancock; Mrs. Winifred Humbert, McConnellsburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hann of Needmore on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George McDaid of Hustontown on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Younker Jr. of Needmore on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger McMullen of Hancock on August 13.

Engagement: Charles H. Gobin Jr. of McConnellsburg wishes to announce the engagement of his daughter, Pamela, to Jeffrey M. Ott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott of McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Charmin bathroom tissue, 39 cents, 4-roll pack; Maxwell House coffee, $2.19, 3-lb. can; daytime Pampers, $1.30, pkg. of 30.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 29, 1963


A rash of burglaries in Fulton County is being investigated by state police of the local substation.

All of the burglaries involve petty thefts of cigarettes and money.

Huntingdon police were able to apprehend three young escapees from the National Training School in Washington on Saturday after being alerted by state police of the local substation. The three stopped at McConnellsburg Esso Service Center, filled up with gas and took off without paying. They were apprehended near Shirleysburg.

“Into the Wilds of Fulton County” was the caption for a picture on the front page of the travel section of last Sunday’s New York Times.

A fire last week at the Clyde Bivens farm, which caused thousands of dollars damage, could probably have been brought under control before causing such extensive damage had Mrs. Bivens been given immediate use of the party telephone line.

A marriage license was issued at the local courthouse the past week to Ted Leon Chubb of McConnellsburg and Harriet Glovelia Hess of Hancock.

The highlight of Thursday evening’s program at the Fulton County Fair will be a visit from Congressman J. Irving Whalley, who will have the honor of awarding a $50 prize to Miss Mary Kline of McConnellsburg, who was judged the winner of the fashion show held Monday night at the fair.

Miss Joyce Ann Michael of Berkeley Springs and Lawrence G. Schutz of Warfordsburg were married August 4, 1963.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yeager of Mercersburg on August 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Mixell of Chambersburg on August 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Snyder of Warfordsburg on August 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Johnston Jr., Hustontown, on August 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Sheffield of Waterfall on August 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Strait of Needmore on August 24.

Duane Trueax of Warfordsburg FFA Chapter won a blue ribbon with his Holstein junior calf at the regional FFA Dairy Show held at Martinsburg on August 13.

Army Specialist Four John J. Peck of Needmore was one of more than 75,000 armed forces personnel who participated in Exercise Swift Strike III, a U.S. Strike command exercise in Georgia and North and South Carolina.

Deaths: Mrs. Kenneth Wible of Fayetteville; Mrs. Archie Fisher of Hancock; Michael D. Mellott of York.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 27, 1953


Mr. and Mrs. George A. Lynch and family of

Malden, Ill., are spending this week with his brothers and sisters here and in Chambersburg.

Wayne Q. Taylor and Ross Hamil are both patients in Veterans Hospital in Altoona.

Mr. and Mrs. George Stenger and family left Monday morning for a trip to Niagara Falls and other points of interest.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair W. Largent left Friday for Olean, N.Y., to visit his brother, Lewis Jr., and wife. The four then left for a 10-day vacation in Canada.

Miss Frances Alexander has returned to her home here after spending eight weeks at University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Wible of McConnellsburg celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They were married on August 27, 1890, and went to housekeeping shortly thereafter. Mr. Wible opened his first school here the following October 6 and continued to teach for 14 consecutive years in the same building.

People who throw trash, etc., along the highways are now being called “litter bugs” and state policeman William R. Lammie arrested his first one last week when he observed a New York man throwing trash along Route 30 in Todd Township. When officer Lammie and a justice of the peace got through with him, it had cost him $14.90 for littering the highway.

The state Agriculture Department reported this week that oak wilt has been found in 32 spots in Fulton County.

Wayne S. Spencer and Bonnie M. Cutchall were married August 15.

Paul Shearer, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Shearer of Richmond Furnace, was given a tryout with the Washington Senators on Sunday as a left-handed pitcher. The Senators were favorably impressed and said Shearer would be sent to a training camp next spring. Shearer was recommended to the Washington team by Edwin Cornelius, a part-time scout for the Senators.

More than 500 people from all over the county attended the pasture renovation day at the Kenneth Gordon farm last Friday.

Earl D. Williams, 53, of near McConnellsburg, died in Chambersburg Hospital on Wednesday afternoon of injuries he received that morning while felling trees in the North Mountain, midway between Fort Loudon and Richmond Furnace.

Miss Zea Brinkman, R.N., has been named head nurse at Fulton County Medical Center.

Gorman V. Palmer, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Palmer of Warfordsburg, has completed his basic training with the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Knox, Ky.

Death: Mrs. W.L. Atwell of Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Francis McConnell, retired Methodist bishop, writer and educator, died at his home in Lucasville, Ohio, on August 18, his 82nd birthday. Bishop McConnell will be remembered by many here as having attended the McConnellsburg sesquicentennial in 1936, making a speech on the courthouse lawn and then praying over the stone which bears the bronze marker giving the dates and founders of the town.

Sanner Ray of town marked his 83rd birthday on August 13, 1953.

Pvt. Glenn M. Gordon is now stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Miss.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Raymond Fix of McConnellsburg on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese of Needmore on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Black of Waterfall on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Keefer of Hustontown on August 20.

Deaths: Miss Lottie Lillian Lane of Wood; Mrs. Alda Brown of Maddensville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 6, 1943


An honor roll for past and present servicemen will be dedicated in Buck Valley on September 5. Hon.

W.C. Sheely will be the principal speaker.

Death: Miss Rena M. Culler of Mercersburg.

An honor roll was dedicated in the local Methodist Church on Sunday. It contains 39 names and one gold star.

Figures released by the election board this week show there were 4,679 voters in the county eligible to vote at the September primary, including 2,218 Republicans, 2,436 Democrats and 24 “others.”

McCauley Pittman of Big Cove Tannery recently underwent an eye operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Charles R. Davis and Glendora Mae Steele were married on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Simpson of New Grenada announce the birth of a son on Sunday, August 15.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 24, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Mary Alice Cutchall Miller of Taylor

Township; Mrs. Martha Beers Clark of Mount


A community sing of old-time songs will be held in the grove at Hustontown on Saturday night under the direction of Prof. B.C. Miller.

The barbers of Fulton County got together last week and decided to work only 52 hours a week, closing Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

B.W. Lodge of McConnellsburg was guest of honor at a surprise party at Tuscarora Summit Inn last week in honor of his 92nd birthday.

The Tressler Orphans Home Band will render a concert on the courthouse lawn on August 29.

Recent weddings: Raymond Carlson and Florence Carr on June 28; Wilbur A. Shaw and Marian F. Walters on August 19; Ambrose Ritz and Ada Hoopengardner on August 3; Clarence Brown and Margaretta Glunt and Paul Wilds and Alma Glunt on August 19 in a double wedding ceremony by Rev. A.A. Price at the George Glunt home in Knobsville.

Do You Know That – Prior to the Revolution, pig-iron furnaces were operated in Fulton County, which is rich in several kinds of iron ore.

The baseball season will come to an end in McConnellsburg on September 7 when the Pittsburgh Crawfords will play the local team.

September 10 has been set as the official reopening date for McConnellsburg Methodist Church.

Margaret Findley returned here on Tuesday afternoon from Columbia University in New York where she was doing post-graduate work.

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Goyne of Pottsville announce the birth of a daughter on Thursday, August 17.

Mrs. H.S. Daniels has been confined to her bed by illness the past week.

Miss Maye Winegardner of Clear Ridge, who has been so seriously ill, is somewhat improved at this time.

Miss Ruth Henry of Clear Ridge underwent an appendectomy at Chambersburg Hospital recently.

Mrs. Emaline Hann of Saluvia was taken to Everett Hospital last week to have her eye removed. It had become infected after being struck by a pebble.

Malcolm Alloway of New Grenada is suffering from one of Job’s plagues – boils.

The potato crop at New Grenada has been termed a failure.

Harold Stains of Three Springs celebrated his 18th birthday on August 15 at a surprise party at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Stains.

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