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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Evelyn Gobin of Harrisonville, pictures the 1932 McConnellsburg men’s baseball team. Pictured, back row, are manager Ken Shaw, Fred “Mutt” Fisher, Max “Dutch” Fraker, ?, Hap Kirchner, Bob “Shark” Hamil, Alec Fraker; front row: first three players are unknown, Max Snyder, Clair Decker, Bob Lamberson, Ted Hamil; and seated in front is Alec “Donnie” Hamil. Readers are asked to identify the unknown players. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Evelyn Gobin of Harrisonville, pictures the 1932 McConnellsburg men’s baseball team. Pictured, back row, are manager Ken Shaw, Fred “Mutt” Fisher, Max “Dutch” Fraker, ?, Hap Kirchner, Bob “Shark” Hamil, Alec Fraker; front row: first three players are unknown, Max Snyder, Clair Decker, Bob Lamberson, Ted Hamil; and seated in front is Alec “Donnie” Hamil. Readers are asked to identify the unknown players. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 19, 1993


Troubled teens in the tri-state area may soon have a place to stay in the area while working to overcome their problems, thanks to the efforts of a Mennonite minister and numerous others. Rev. Chuck McLanahan is coordinating efforts to create “There’s Room At The Inn,” a Christian residential program for troubled youth, off Pa. Route 643 near Town Hill in Brush Creek Township. McLanahan recently purchased a 70-acre farm near Town Hill as the site for the youth home.

The 72nd annual Fulton County Fair is set to begin August 22 through August 28. The fair queen pageant will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday. Five contestants are featured: Robin Bivens, Misty Fraker, Rebecca Horton, Emile Mellott and Emily Scriever. Other events at the fair are the David King Show on Monday; Frank Plessinger’s demolition derby on Wednesday, the Hollywood Stunt Show on Friday and the Shriner’s and McConnellsburg Fire Co. parade Saturday.

Fr. Joseph Orr was installed as pastor of St. Stephen Catholic Church in McConnellsburg on July 28.

Forbes Road Little League and Pee Wee League held their 10th annual banquet August 6 at Hustontown Firehall.

Deaths: Ruth Reeder, McConnellsburg; Mary Yost, Hudson, Mass.; Richard Hinckle, Hancock; Edna Diehl, Warfordsburg; Wayne Sponsler, Harrisonville; Dennis Evert, Big Cove Tannery; Paul Gibbons, Blairs Mills; Leroy Mills, Shade Gap; Nathan Foor, Everett; Edna Hull, Hancock; Anna Pentz, Williamson; David Lynch, Ocala, Fla.; John Heiser, York.

Hancock United Methodist Church was the setting for the June 19 double-ring wedding ceremony which united Christopher Hixon and Christine Pelton. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pelton, Warfordsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Darl Hixon of Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Wayne Harbaugh, Harrisonville, and Lisa Ramsey, Harrisonville; Matthew Mundorff, Hustontown, and Bronwyn Berkstresser, McConnellsburg; Herbert Stahle, Needmore, and Charlotte Ward, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 1, 1983


A foursome of women golfers had a frightening experience at Great Cove Golf Club an afternoon last week when a random bullet from a high-powered rifle zinged over their heads while putting out on No. 1 green. This is not the first time that golfers have been alarmed by gunfire from the fields surrounding the course, and the obvious danger to people using the recreational facility has been brought to the attention of the state police.

Citing the loss of a $308 million Boeing contract, Fairchild Republic Co. said it will close its main Hagerstown plant permanently within three months. About 1,000 employees will be laid off.

Prince Sean Neuder of Harrisonville and Princess Christina Mellott of Harrisonville were crowned at the Beta Sigma Phi Baby Beautiful Contest and Diaper Derby Contest at the Fulton County Fair on Saturday. Other winners were 7-month-old Misty Jo Gress, 5- month-old Chadlee Neuder, 1-year-old Leah Rae Clevenger, 2-year-old Aaron Close, and winning the Diaper Derby was Haley Sipes of St.Thomas.

Although only a lucky few left the fairgrounds with trophies and ribbons, everyone who attended the Fulton County Fair last week was a winner as the traditional main event of the summer once again went smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Gate receipts for this year’s fair were about the same as last year. The biggest day for the fair was Wednesday, when fairgoers were treated to Frank Plessinger’s demolition derby. The grand champion steer brought the highest price as the McConnellsburg IGA Foodliner bought the 1,191 pound steer for $2.60 lb. Craig Knepper, who raised the steer, received a check for $3,098.60 for his efforts. Last year’s grand champion sold for $2.95 per pound. The reserve champion, which was raised by Rita Shives, brought a bid price of $2.56 per pound from The First National Bank of McConnellsburg.

McConnellsburg IGA Foodiner owner Ray Koontz purchased both the grand champion and reserve champion hogs at the youth livestock sale at the fair last Saturday. Koontz purchased the grand champion hog from seller Brian Lake at a cost of $1.53 a pound.

Kenny Richards was taken to the Medical Center last Wednesday evening after collapsing while playing softball at the Lions Club Park. He is scheduled to undergo tests at Washington County Hospital.

The heat wave continues with only scattered thunder showers to ease the drought. Despite the heat, all the schools in the county are now in session which much be quite an ordeal for both teachers and students in the nonair conditioned classrooms.

Specials at the IGA: Oreos, $1.79; Ragu spaghetti sauce, $1.99; Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, two 1-lb. pkgs., $1.49; Chicken of the Sea tuna, 79 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Clevenger of McConnellsburg on August 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hann of McConnellsburg on August 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mast of Doylesburg on August 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Cutchall of Robertsdale on August 25.

Deaths: George W. Sprowl, Wells Tanney; Della Correll, Needmore; Wilda Strait, Waterfall; Bower Shields, Three Springs; Hattie Fisher, Big Cove Tannery; John Rotz, Fort Loudon; Earl Mann, Chambersburg; Franklin Lynch, Everett; John Sipes, Shippensburg.

Rev. and Mrs. Larry Patrick announce the marriage of their daughter, Lori Ann of Hustontown, to Mark Stauffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aden Sauffer of Denver. They were married July 23, at the Church of God in Reamstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hill of Needmore were recently honored at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party at Needmore Firehall. They were married on August 24.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 30, 1973


Plans have been announced for a $2.5 million

Sheraton Inn at Breezewood, with a completion date near the end of 1974. Breezewood, which a little more than 30 years ago was a farm, became a boomtown after the turnpike was constructed in 1940. There are presently 15 motels with nearly 600 sleeping units around the intersection of routes 30, 70 and the pike.

Floyd Marvin Snyder, 27, McConnellsburg, was pro- nounced dead at the scene on Sunday when a tractor he was operating overturned, pinning him beneath it. The accident occurred on Sunday on property Snyder owned along the Patterson Run Road, two miles south of Route 30. He was using the tractor to mow when it overturned on an embankment.

The Forbes Road School Board accepted the resignation of Gerald Johnson as acting high school principal at the regular monthly meeting. Walter Curfman was hired as high school principal at $13,000 on an 11-month contract, with a privilege of taking up to four weeks for pursuing his education. Mr. Curfman, 27, will replace Melvin Gutshall, who requested to return to full-time teaching

Elmer M. Martin of Chambersburg complained to state police last week after a 2-year-old heifer, valued at $400, was shot with a bow and arrow and left in a field to die.

A Superior Court judge has called for a special Seminole County, Ga., grand jury to meet on September 4 and it is expected that, at this special session, the cases against Wayne Coleman, George Dungee and Carl and William Isaacs of Baltimore will be heard. The four are charged with murder in the slaying of six members of the Alday family of Donalsonville, Ga., in May. Charges of kidnapping and murder also face the four in the state of Maryland in connection with the slaying of Richard V. Miller, 19, McConnellsburg.

Oscar Frank Weller of McConnellsburg received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree at summer commencement exercises at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on August 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Shafer quietly celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on August 28.

Airman Alvin C. Kerlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Kerlin, Fort Littleton, has been assigned to Chanute AFB, Ill., after completing Air Force basic training.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fraker of Fort Littleton wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Beth, to Robert Lynn Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Knepper of Three Springs.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert O. Keefer of Mc- Connellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Gaye Alene, to Paul Richard Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard F. Deshong of Needmore.

Twenty-one head of cattle were sold last Friday morning for $11,420.41 at the 10th annual FFA 4-H Baby Beef Sale at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Sold were: grand champion Hereford, weighing 935 pounds, owned by Lester Hawkins, Harrisonville, bought by The First National Bank at 98 cents per pound. Reserve champion, 875 pounds, owned by Lester Hawkins, was sold to Ray Koontz owner and operator of the IGA. It brought 85 cents per pound, with total price of $743.75.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class William M. Pittman Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pittman of Hancock, now serving aboard the USS Shenandoah, is presently on a cruise that will include stops in Naples and Athens.

Deaths: Albert D. Deshong, Shippensburg; Eliza J. Swank, Mount Union; Luther J. Stinson, St. Thomas.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Sharar of Mercersburg on August 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Swope of Greencastle on August 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barnett of Hustontown on August 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fox Sr., Chambersburg, on August 23.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 5, 1963


Harold C. Welsh, superintendent of schools in Fulton County, told a reporter this week that Fulton

County’s schools will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision that recently outlawed the mandatory prayer and Bible reading that for years had been the customary way of starting a school day.

The news of the biggest gas strike yet in Bedford County was received with much interest by Fulton countians, especially those in the lower end whose land is practically all under lease to various companies.

The Game Commission has allocated a total of 204,450 licenses for the two-day doe season in December.

Marvin Layton of McConnellsburg was the first name drawn and was on-hand to collect the 100 silver dollar jackpot which was given way by local merchants for the sixth consecutive week on Saturday night.

Rush A. Kerlin Jr., who is stationed in Hawaii, recently became a “ham” radio operator, with station calling of K3ZCJ/KH6, operating from 301A Ilima Street, Wahiaw, Hawaii.

Miss Mary Alma Paylor and Gerald Eugene Bivens were married on August 10.

Airman Roy W. Gordon of Big Cove Tannery is being reassigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi for technical training as a United States Air Force communications operations specialist.

Harriet Hess and Ted L. Chubb were wed August 31.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Kerlin on August 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Decker on August 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wiser on August 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Mellott on August 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Deshong on August 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Carbaugh on August 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Lynch on September 1.

Deaths: Mrs. Susan Stouffer of Upton; Russell H. McLucas of McConnellsburg; Thomas C. Decker of Everett; Clara A. Funk of Chambersburg; Reynolds A. Forner of Mc- Connellsburg; Jacob A. Deshong of Chambersburg; and Rev. Charles F. Miller of Burnt Cabins.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 3, 1953


Walt Sheldon and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray spent the weekend with their son, Pvt. Kenneth N. Ray, at Fort Leonard Wood, Miss. They also visited with Pvt. Glenn Gordon, Pvt. Vaughn Yonker, Pvt. Donald Kerlin and Pvt. Edward Gracey, who are all stationed at the same camp.

Mr. and Mrs. John Greathead spent three days in Canada last week visiting Mr. and Mrs. James Kirby, who emigrated from England a year ago. Mrs. Greathead and Mrs. Kirby served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service together during World War II.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Unger of McConnellsburg will observe their 15th wedding anniversary on September 11. Pvt. Henry S. Lynch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Lynch of Big Cove Tannery, and Pvt. Wayne B. Mort, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Mort of Clear Ridge, recently arrived overseas for duty with the 43rd Infantry Division in Germany.

Fatal injuries suffered on August 19 by Earl D. Williams, 53, of near Mc- Connellsburg, as he worked in the North Mountains midway between Fort Loudon and Richmond Furnace, were called “accidental” by a Franklin County coroner’s jury following an inquest last Wednesday. Williams suffered fatal chest and abdominal injuries when a large limb fell from a tree, pinning him to the ground. Taken to Chambersburg Hospital, he died despite emergency surgery.

During Youth Activities Week next week, Methodist Youth Fellowship of Fulton County will observe the motto: “Christ Above All.”

Pvt. John F. Houdersheldt, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Houdersheldt of Warfordsburg, has been assigned to the 11th Airborne Replacement Co. of the famed 11th Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Approximately 1,000 fish were mysteriously killed recently at the farm pond of Wallace E. Mellott of Flickerville. A similar kill occurred last year in this pond and was attributed to poisoning from rotenone dust used on a nearby bean patch. However, no dust or spray was used this year near the pond and Fish Warden Bryce Carnell was called to investigate. He believes the fish died from lack of oxygen, caused by the extremely hot weather, a large accumulation of algae in the pond, the large accumulation of fish in the pond, and a lack of fresh water flowing into the pond.

Robert W. Hays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Hays of town, is one of 23 graduate American students who sailed for Sweden on Saturday, having been accepted by University of Stockholm for admission to its International Graduate School.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Barnhart of Warfordsburg is a patient in Maryland General Hospital.

It looks like Lewis Strait and Orlando Wible of Knobsville are getting ready for winter. They’re installing heating systems.

Grover Mellott and Dorothy Grissinger were wed August 8.

Donald Richard DeShong and Emma Jean McQuade were married on August 29.

A surprise party was held at the home of Jerry Golden of Warfordsburg in honor of Henry DeShong of Mercersburg who celebrated his 68th birthday on August 16.

Herbert Carson and Beatrice Park were married on August 1.

Death: Mrs. Maudelene Kelly of Chambersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 2, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Ragnhild Eulaila Hangland Schooley of Saluvia; Eliza Hann Deshong of McConnellsburg; Jonathan Luther Shives of Waynesboro; Mrs. Ida Rebecca Kegarise McCurdy of Mont Union.

Charles R. Brown, 68, Hustontown, was fatally injured on Monday morning when he was struck by a coal truck.

Daniel F. Trout Jr., who is an instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Saskatchewan, Canada, has been promoted from pilot officer to flying officer Air Force lieutenant, his third promotion in six months.

Pvt. Royal Clevenger has returned home from North Africa. He has been undergoing treatment for some time for extensive burns on one leg and has submitted to several skin grating operations.

Two young men from the lower part of Fulton County were arrested on Saturday for spotlighting and shooting a deer. In default of $100 fine and $5 costs, each was sentenced to serve 105 days in jail.

Jean Paylor is the first girl from the vicinity to join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 31, 1933


Reports from 18 churches and the presence of 17 min- isters made last week’s session of the Rays Hill and southern Pennsylvania Christian Churches one of the best in its history. The conference this year was held in Fairview Church.

Deaths: George Taylor of Clear Ridge; Hon. William H. Mellott of near Websters Mill.

The bank of solid clay upon which the local Lutheran church has rested since 1848 has given away the past several months to a beautiful basement and social room. The new addition will be dedicated on Sunday at a service conducted by Pastor Rev. Donald F. Brake.

Recent births: a daughter, Dorothy Mae, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Kauffman of Fort Littleton; a daughter, Phyllis Alice, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Paylor of Mc- Connellsburg on August 13; a son to Squire and Mrs. Lloyd W. Mellott of McConnellsburg on August 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Bookheimer of Ayr Township on August 28.

Last Friday, Otto F. Messner of Lancaster was unanimously elected as state commander of Pennsylvania Department of the American Legion at its 15th annual state convention.

Under the direction of their leader, the members of McConnellsburg School Band were taken on a day’s outing on Saturday. They stopped first at Hancock for dinner at the Monterey Hotel, then on to Berkeley Springs, where they enjoyed swimming and later presented a concert. On their return, they gave a concert on the balcony of Monterey Hotel.

Born on August 13, a daughter, Delma Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Lewiston Charlton of Warfordsburg.

N.W. Horton of Wells Valley celebrated his 61st birthday on Friday.

A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barnett of near Waterfall on Saturday evening in honor of their sonin law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Everetts.

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