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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 26, 1993


Robin Bivens, a Southern Fulton High School senior, was crowned the 1993 Fulton County Fair

Queen during pageant ceremonies held August 22 at the fairgrounds. First runner-up winner was Misty Fraker, a Forbes Road High School junior.

The Shriners parade followed by the firemen’s parade will get under way at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Bedford-Fulton-Huntingdon Solid Waste Authority and the commissioners of those three counties are being sued by area waste haulers who claim their constitutional rights are being violated by waste flow regulations. Waste haulers who do business in the tri-county region have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court seeking free rein to dump that waste at any facility which they choose.

Greg McAllister took grand champion steer honors at Monday evening’s market steer show at the fair. Shawn Seville walked away with the reserve champion award.

The Beistle Co., an area manufacturer employing 500 people, announced August 20 that it is planning to operate an assembly plant in the community of McConnellsburg by the first of October and will initially employ up to 50 people at this new location.

The Cubs won the 1993 Fulton County Farm League championship with a record of 5-1. Team members were Scott Earley, Dustin Stains, Justin Gamble, Jon Lazarus, Adam Culler, Sam Porterfield, coach Foster Earley, Andrew Chalmers, Michael Kerlin, Alex Berlucchi, T.J. Strickland, Justin Guyer, Cory Houck and Taureem Spriggs.

Deaths: Joy Mixell, Fort Littleton; Charlotte True, Big Cove Tannery; Edwin Glunt, Shade Gap; Melvin Summers, Olympia, Wash.; Faye Johnson, Bedford; Lloyd Hetrick, Alexandria; Flora Flasher Weynat, Orbisonia; Wallace Alloway, Chambersburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Younker of Needmore on August 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Gregg Sr., Hustontown, formerly of Gap, Pa., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party at Hustontown Community Building. The couple married August 3, 1943.

Marriage licenses: Steven Gann, Springfield, Ore., and Nicole Grissinger, Hustontown; Jeffrey Chesnut, Warfordsburg, and Lisa Gladhill, Warfordsburg; Darin Swope, Needmore, and Martha Williams, Warfordsburg; Douglas Gracey, Harrisonville, and April Beers, Harrisonville; Jerry Mellott Jr., Needmore, and Donna Bishop, Needmore; Jaume Herrero, Crystal Spring, and Michelle Gaultney, Crystal Spring; John Hoffman, McConnellsburg, and LaDawn Truax, Mc- Connellsburg; James Faith Jr., St. Thomas, and Christina Sellers, Mercersburg; Glenn Vick, McConnellsburg, and Jodi Brennan, McConnellsburg; Troy Parsons, Hustontown and Sharon Vasich, Mercersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 8, 1983


In only its second year of operation, the Bicycle

Moto Cross (BMX) track in McConnellsburg will be the site of the State BMX Championship on September 18. Close to 400 riders from around the state will converge on Fulton County for the biggest race in Pennsylvania this year.

Russell D. Gordon, McConnellsburg entrepreneur, has entered into another business enterprise, one that the county has heretofore lacked. Come this fall, he will open a high-class trailer park near McConnellsburg. Gordon wants to build a trailer park that is similar to a suburban housing development, with wide roads, well-kept lawns and middle-class homeowners.

Although the drought has hit Fulton County as bad as or worse than other parts of the state, McConnellsburg Borough Water Authority has not yet had to place the restrictions on water use that 46 public water systems across the state have had to do. McConnellsburg has the largest rain deficit this year, 6.1 inches. Harrisburg is 4.6 inches below normal and Philadelphia is 6 inches below normal.

New Grenada Church of God was the setting for the wedding of Kristen Diane Worthing and Rodney Kim Earley. The ceremony was held on August 13. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Worthing of Waterfall and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Earley, also of Waterfall.

Specials at the IGA: honeydews, $1.59 each; Kellogg’s Sugar Pops, $1.59; rib steaks, $2.49 lb.; Hawaiian Punch, 3 pack, 69 cents.

Eighteen-year-old Mike Decker was named Great Cove Golf Champion, the youngest golfer to win the much-coveted trophy, following the final round of the 54-hole tournament on Monday at the local club. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Decker of Mercersburg.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Superman III.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Smith of Orbisonia on August 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Johnston of McConnellsburg on August 31.

Deaths: Herbert Duvall, Wells Tannery; Merrill R. Fraker, Three Springs; Kermit L. Bard, Greencastle; Michael B. Weller, Hancock; Grover S. Bolinger, Six Mile Run; David Mentzer.

Marriage licenses: Paul Pittman Jr., McConnellsburg, and Lisa A. Keefer, McConnellsburg; Edgar Hartman, Mc- Connellsburg, and Cindy Peck, McConnellsburg; Mark Fix, Harrisonville, and Tammy Sponsler, Harrisonville.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 6, 1973


Fulton County farmers took their share of awards at Agricultural Progress Days in Hershey last week.

Robert Knepper of Three Springs won first award in first-cutting alfalfa and grass class and fourth in first-cutting grass. Wilkie Mellott of Harrisonville won first in the clover-timothy class and third in mixed legume. Harold DeShong of McConnellsburg won second award in the first-cutting grass class. Fredric Knepper won second in clover-timothy and third in first-cutting grass. Ellis Knepper of Hustontown won fourth award in later-cutting alfalfa and grass class. Boyd Cromer of McConnellsburg won third award in the clover-timothy class.

Larry Chubb of McConnellsburg drove his MGB to third place at the Tuscarora Hillclimb held in McConnellsburg on September 2.

The county commissioners officially adopted a countywide subdivision and land-development ordinance at their meeting on Friday and ordered that 100 copies of the ordinance be printed at a cost of $1.62 per copy.

Wallace Eugene Hann of Needmore and Linda Jean Se- burn of Big Cove Tannery applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Chris Strait, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Woody Strait, was rushed to the Medical Center Saturday night as a result of being allergic to a bee sting.

The Greenhill baseball team has completed another succcessful year by winning the championship for the third year.

Deaths: Bessie G. Myers, Baltimore; Mrs. Hester Stevens Elvey, McConnellsburg; Clarence Ramsey, Wood; Sidney Leach, former owner of Tuscarora Mountain Inn; Bessie Chamberlain, Wells Tannery.

S-Sgt. Warren C. Golden distinguished himself by meritorious service as assignments specialist, Assignments Unit, Career Control Section, Consolidated Base Personnel Office, 326th Combat Support Group, Bitburg Air Base, Germany, from May 1970 to January 1973 During this period, he constantly displayed superior professional skill, abilities and initiative in the performance of his duty. He is the son of Dorothy Golden.

Specials at the IGA: pork chops, $1.49 lb.; Hi-C fruit drinks, 29 cents; Palmolive dishwashing liquid, 39 cents; Nestle Quick chocolate mix, 79 cents a can; Oreos, 59 cents.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 12, 1963


Mrs. Nellie Wagner of South Second Street, Mc-

Connellsburg, was the winner of the seventh 100

Silver Dollar Jackpot, awarded at the drawing at the courthouse on Saturday night. Mrs. Wagner’s ticket was the first one drawn.

Industrial statistics released last week by the Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs showed Fulton County to have had 21 manufacturing establishments, which employed an average of 465 persons in the calendar year.

The Fulton County Jail is now undergoing necessary repairs that include a new roof over the cell block portion and a new roof on the annex porch. All windows and doors in the cell block are also scheduled to be refitted.

Congressman J. Irving Whalley has been advised by the Farmers Home Administration that six counties in his congressional district – Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Franklin, Huntingdon and Somerset – are eligible for emergency loans through his administration because of adverse weather conditions that have caused severe crop and pasture losses.

Scholarship grants have been received from the Greencastle Coach Co. in the amount of $300 to Miss Barbara Shore, who is a student at Bloomsburg State College, pursuing a course in preparation for speech therapy, and in the amount of $200 to Miss Alice Seburn, who will enter Washington County Hospital as a student nurse.

Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Murray of Buck Valley will celebrate their silver anniversary with an open house at their home on Sunday, September 22

Miss Dorothy Ann Muller and Parker Eugene Crouse were wed September 7.

Marine Lance Cpl. Elwood Doyle of McConnellsburg is a member of the Marine Corps Ranger Support Detachment, which operated the rifle and pistol ranges during the National Rifle and Pistol Matches, the “world series” of shooting, which were held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

The local IGA offers a 25-pound bag of flour for $1.89; cherry pie filling, 3 cans for $1; and applesauce, 2 cans for 29 cents.

Fireman Apprentice Harvey W. Seville, son of Police Chief and Mrs. Merrill Seville of McConnellsburg, is home on 14 days leave from the U.S. Naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Cisney’s Food Market offers Crisco shortening, 3-lb. can for 73 cents and a 1-lb. can of Hershey’s cocoa for 55 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vearl Fletcher of Warfordsburg on September 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Colyer of Shade Gap on September 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Barnett of Hustontown on September 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Seville of McConnellsburg on September 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Luke Bowers of Hancock on September 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Fisher of McConnellsburg on September 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rhodes of Mercersburg on September 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Spriggs of McConnellsburg on September 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Lynch of Needmore on September 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards of McConnellsburg on September 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Snyder of Orrstown on September 7.

Deaths: Mrs. Boyd D. Kling of Fort Littleton; Mrs. John H. Helser of Hancock; Foster S. Ambrose of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Palmer Strait of Hustontown; Mrs. Frank L. Mellott of Mercersburg.

60 Years ago

From The Files Of September 10, 1953


A square dance was held at the American Legion home this Saturday night with Gene Hockenberry and his Knights of the Road furnishing the music.

Mrs. Robert Shimer was an overnight patient in Hagerstown Hospital on Tuesday for observation.

Eddie Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shaw, will matriculate at Pennsylvania State College, while John W. Mentzer, son of District Attorney and Mrs. John W. Mentzer, and Andy Washabaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Washabaugh, will enter Gettysburg College this week.

A 1951 Plymouth car, recently prepared for racing at Peckies Service Station, will enter the AAA stockcar races at Syracuse, N.Y., this week. The car will be operated by Kenneth Reeder, who will be making his first attempt at racing.

Dean Cooper, Walter Barmont and Earl Gordon have returned home from vacationing at Moose Lake, Minn.

Dixie Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray, left Tuesday to enter business school at York.

Bonnie Madden left Tuesday for Mechanicsburg, where shebeganherdutiesaafirst-gradeteacher.

James C. Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Alexander, is now stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Lois Wible and Marjorie Lininger left Tuesday to enter the school of nursing at Windber Hospital.

The Charles B. Stevens property was purchased at public sale on Saturday by D.A. Washabaugh for $7,700.

Miss Helen Welsh has resigned her position as bookkeeper with the G.C. Murphy Co. and has accepted a similar position with The Fulton County National Bank.

Schools opened on Tuesday. At McConnellsburg, there were 208 grade-school pupils and 250 junior and senior students; at Hustontown, 31 in the grades and 152 in high school; at Greenhill, 217 in the grades and 106 in the high school; at Warfordsburg, 210 in the grades and 187 in the high school. Fort Littleton has a total enrollment of 198.

Pvt. Ellis L. Yingling is now stationed in Korea.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Swope of Needmore on September 1.

On Saturday, Dr. Geza Soos, a school professor of Montreat, N.Y., crashed his 1947 Chevrolet into a bridge abutment on Route 126 near Harrisonville. A passenger, Frank Cozurus, of Washington, D.C., suffered a brain concussion and other injuries, and the Sipes ambulance was summoned to take him to the Medical Center. Dr. Soos, apparently uninjured, boarded the ambulance to accompany his companion to the hospital. On the way, Dr. Soos suffered a heart attack and died.

Ronald Richards marked his eighth birthday last Wednesday.

William Shidleman and wife have moved from Knobsville to their new home near Fort Littleton.

Deaths: infant daughter of Cpl. and Mrs. Donald Divens of Fort Knox, Ky.; Orville Mellott of Hustontown; Annie Hiett Alderton of Great Cacapon, W.Va.; Roy Gregory of Sycamore, Ohio; Mrs. James Bivens of Big Cove Tannery; Andrew J. Rotz of McConnellsburg; William Frederick Haney of Coal Grove, Ohio.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 9, 1943


Deaths: Charles Bard of Knobsville; C.W. Prosser of Baltimore; Miss Ethel Kesselring of Hustontown.

Five persons were injured Saturday when a Letterkenny bus collided with a car. Receiving injuries were Roselene Deavor, Mrs. Laura Rosebey, Faye Ramsey, Samuel Rourke and John Rourke.

Walter N. Taylor and Esther Anna Duncan were married on September 4.

Charles E. Ramsey and Bertha M. Mellott were married on Sunday evening.

Albert McGhee and Mary Glendean Lane were married last Thursday.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilds on Friday; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Cito on August 29.

Walter Grissinger celebrated his seventh birthday on Saturday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 7, 1933


Beginning this week, relief boards in the various counties of the state will distribute free milk to undernourished babies.

John C. Bair and Martha N. Chaplin were married on September 4.

George Bolinger of New Grenada celebrated his 72nd birthday on September 2.

A weeklong series of services will be held next week in celebration of the redecoration of the local Methodist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Strait of Wilkinsburg paid their alltoo brief annual visit to Fulton County last week.

The Pittsburgh Crawfords baseball team will play the local team here this evening.

Miss Bertha Johnston, a social worker in Altoona, spent the Labor Day vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Johnston of Webster Mills.

Hollis Wible, a chemist with a paint company in York, spent Labor Day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Wible.

A son, Donald Croft, was born to Rev. and Mrs. Donald F. Brake of McConnellsburg on August 31. The pastor is making a desperate attempt to appear calm and composed, but his friends know he is extremely happy.

C.O. Fries, a local teacher, arrived in McConnellsburg this week. During his vacation, he visited the Century of Progress Exhibit in Chicago.

A callithumpian band serenaded newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hess of Fairivew on Tuesday night.

A wedding dinner was served on Saturday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hammann in honor of their son- in- law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Shanholtz.

A little girl arrived at the home of Hon. and Mrs. Ross Correll of Thompson Township one day last week.

Wishart Orth, a member of the CCC camp at Marienville, is spending a vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.K. Orth of Fort Littleton.

Mrs. Bruce Miller celebrated her 48th birthday on Sunday.

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