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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures her sister-in-law, Almyra Keefer, driving a 1949 Packard with parade marshals Marlin “Corny” Shimer and Retha Glazier during the 1987 Fall Folk Festival parade. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures her sister-in-law, Almyra Keefer, driving a 1949 Packard with parade marshals Marlin “Corny” Shimer and Retha Glazier during the 1987 Fall Folk Festival parade. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 14, 1993


The Fulton Fall Folk Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the festivities kick off this

Friday and will continue through the weekend as area residents show off the county’s spectacular foliage and invite visitors to take a step into the past where “country is still country.” Helen Overly has been chosen parade marshal for the festival parade on Saturday. Overly founded the festival in 1973 and was the parade’s first grand marshal in 1973.

A total of 6,178 countians are registered to vote in the November 2 municipal election, the highest county voter registration total since the November 1988 election when 6,280 countians registered.

Monday’s Public Opinion featured an article on Fulton County’s dude ranch, the Buck Valley Ranch, owned and operated by Leon Fox and his wife, Nadine. The ranch has 20 horses and a mule and offers a restful haven for those who want to get away from it all. There isn’t one television on the property.

Michael and Sheila DeShong of Harrisonville announce the birth of a son, Justin Michael, October 1, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Jennifer Swope and Mark Hardman were united in marriage June 26 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Nazarene, Harrisonville. Jennifer is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Willis Swope of Hancock, and Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardman of Kingwood, W.Va.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Christy of Hustontown on October 6.

Deaths: William L. Mumma, 42, McConnellsburg; Carrie C. Mellott, 89, Warfordsburg; Jabez Knable, 90, Orbisonia; Rebecca B. Drover, 70, Monroeville; H. Jane Souders, 53, Greencastle; Hilda H. Hammond, 83, Hancock; Rebecca Peck, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Edwin and Geraldine Cornelius celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 5.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 27, 1983


Before January there will be a county ordinance prohibiting the locating of a low-level radioactive waste dump in the county, the county commissioners said at their regular weekly meeting on Friday.

There are more than 2,500 doe licenses still available at the treasurer’s office, 7,200 having been sold. Small game season opens this Saturday also.

The Jaycees will hold their annual haunted house on Thursday night after the firemen’s parade and on Friday at the Fulton House.

Like an orator at a political rally, state Democratic Party Chairman Ed Mezvinsky brought 200 county Democrats to their feet at the annual pre-election banquet at Hustontown Firehall on Saturday night.

Richard Price of Harrisonville has had a pretty good run with his polled Hereford PPH Sweetheart this year. Showing the 16-month-old heifer in four shows this summer, Price came home with three blue ribbons and a grand champion ribbon. Price’s award-winning summer was highlighted by Sweetheart’s stellar performance at the York Fair. She also was named junior champion at the Mason/Dixon Polled Hereford Association Show and was the first in her class at the Pennsylvania Polled Hereford Association Show.

Jeanne McKelvey has been admitted to the bar of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has been associated with her husband in the operation of McKelvey Oil Co. of Harrisonville and has opened her office for the practice of law in Harrisonville.

Specials at the IGA: hams, whole $1.29 lb.; half $1.39 lb.; Tide, $2.99, 84-oz. pkg.; bananas, 29 cents lb.; Pepsi Cola, 2- liter bottle, 99 cents; Parkay margarine, 2 for 89 cents; pumpkin pie, $1.99.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cordell of Mercersburg on October 15; twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Willy Wills of Berkeley Springs.

Deaths: M. Mabelle Bernhard, Warfordsburg; Gary Summers, Robertsdale; Olitipa F. Keebaugh Lashley, Waynesboro.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 25, 1973


Chief Merrill Seville has announced that trick-ortreating will be allowed in McConnellsburg on Halloween night. The annual Halloween parade sponsored by McConnellsburg Fire Co. will be held November 1 at 7 p.m.

Dallas Strait of Harrisonville remains a patient in the Medical Center, where he was taken last Tuesday afternoon following a tragic farm accident. Mr. Strait was working on his farm, operating a cornpicker at about 5 p.m. He attempted to unclog the elevator without turning off the machine and his left arm was caught in the gears. Dr. Harry Johnston was called to the scene and Robert Garlock, mechanic with tools, to work on the machine in an effort to extricate the mutilated arm, which had to be amputated between the elbow and the shoulder before the victim could be freed. Mr. Strait was found in the field by his son, who enlisted the help of neighbors to get the doctor and ambulance to the scene.

Rev. and Mrs. David R. Hoover left on Monday on a tour of Turkey and Greece, acting as tour guides. The tour had been planned to take in the Holy Lands, but plans were changed to Turkey when hostilities broke out between Israel and Egypt.

Figures released last week by the county commissioners office show that the Democratic Party in Fulton County is heading toward the November election with a lead of 426 over the Republican Party. At the end of the last registration period, 2,529 Democrats were registered in the county, compared to 2,103 Republicans. Five people in the county were registered as Constitutional.

Marriage licenses: Randy Lee Shaffer and Marie Alma Hann, both of Crystal Spring; Jack E. Glessner of Shippensburg and Linda Lou McQuade of McConnellsburg.

Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy M. DeShong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. DeShong of McConnellsburg, has reported for duty at the Marine Corps Station at New River, N.C.

Donald L. Lake, manager of Tollgate Auto Parts; Richard Miller, local mailman, and John and Harold McQuade, local hunting enthusiasts, returned home this week after a week of hunting in Wyoming. The hunt was successful, with Harold killing a fine 10-point. The rest returned minus shirttails.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Frick of Irwin announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth Jane, to David Ralph Glenn of McConnellsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Brannan of Summit, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Ann, to Jeffrey Culler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Culler of McConnellsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Swope of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Betty, to Thomas M. Mellott, son of Mrs. Helen Mellott of Harrisonville.

At 7:30 p.m. on October 5, a double-ring ceremony united in marriage Laura Geneva Barnhart and Lee Roger Musselman at Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Bernard P. Barnhart, Needmore, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Musselman of Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray S. Hewett of Berkeley Springs on October 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Soter of McConnellsburg on October 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Bookwalter of Mercersburg on October 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Clevenger of Warfordsburg on October 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knable of Warfordsburg on October 18.

Specials at the IGA: Claussen dill pickles, 85 cents a quart jar; family-size Cheer detergent, $2.49; Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie, 59 cents; Safeguard soap, 2 regular bars for 10 cents with coupon.

The seven children of Mr. and Mrs. William Sheffield of Mercersburg honored their parents on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary on October 13.

Deaths: Mrs. Edith S. Morton, Harrisonville; Ruby E. Wright, Hopewell; William Mellott, Everett; G. Roy Chesnut, Hustontown; Mary P. Truax, Warfordsburg; James A. Johnson, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 31, 1963


Sagner Inc. will officially dedicate its new $1.4 million clothing manufacturing plant on Saturday, November 2, at 1;30 p.m.

What started as a routine check following a complaint that a parked car was forcing other traffic off the road ended in a wild midnight chase for troopers Maxwell Rockwell and Ralph B. Kell of the local state police substation on Saturday. The chase started on Route 30 at the top of Tuscarora Mountain and ended with the fugitive’s car colliding with another car in Chambersburg, followed by a chase after the driver on foot by the two officers and the eventual apprehension of Marlin Daniel Ford, 21, of Robertsdale.

Walter Grissinger, D.D.S., will “hang out his shingle” at the D.L. Hohman property on Lincoln Way East and will begin his practice of dentistry here in his hometown starting the first week of November.

Bond sales in Fulton County during September totalled $3,768. Total sales for the first nine months of 1963 were $108,689, or 59.58 percent of the quota of $182,400 that has been set for Fulton County for 1963.

Just a couple of months ago, Fulton County News set a record by printing a 16-page issue to promote the Fulton County Fair, a record that was thought would stand for some time, but, because of the keen enthusiasm and pride in the one clothing factory in McConnellsburg, congratulatory messages to Sagner Inc., plus regular advertising, forced the printing of an 18-page issue of the News this week – a record that will surely stand for a longtime.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Laird of Mercersburg on October 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Deshong of McConnellsburg on October 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Daniels Jr. of Greencastle on October 27.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 29, 1953


In observance of the Halloween season, a masquerade ball will be held at the local American Legion home on Saturday night. Music for dancing will be furnished by Tiny Wright and his orchestra.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McNutt of Akron, Ohio, visited over the weekend with his aunt, Mrs. Hammond Prosser. The McNutts were driving a 1933 Rolls Royce, one of many of his father’s collection of old cars.

Peter Morton and family moved on Tuesday of this week from McConnellsburg to Everett.

The Fred Wilds family moved during the weekend to their new home near Lancaster, where Mr. Wilds is on the faculty of Stevens Trade School. Their former home on South Second Street was purchased by Cpl. L.R. Hoover of the Pennsylvania State Police, who moved on Wednesday.

Attending homecoming day at Pennsylvania State College on Saturday to see Penn State play TCU were Albert Foster, Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, Dr. Frank Alexander, Owen Fries and Thad Shimer.

Rev. T.P. Garland was honored on his 82nd birthday last Sunday with cards, gifts and money from the members of his churches. Following services at Antioch, a picnic dinner was served, which included a three-tier birthday cake.

Five Future Homemakers from Hustontown attended a regional meeting on Saturday at the high school in Berlin, Somerset County. Attending were Mary Frances Blaine, Frances Mellott, Mary Ellen Okeson, Delores Downes and Mrs. Charles Allison.

Clifford E. Berkstresser of Laidig has been inducted into Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Shippensburg State Teachers College.

A-1C Clarence Reed Cutchall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cutchall of McConnellsburg, was honorably discharged from the service on October 24, having served three of his four-year enlistment.

James E. Foster, 34, of Harrisonville, died on Monday as a result of injuries he received in an automobile accident early Sunday morning. Foster, his wife and five children were in a car that crashed through the guardrails on the mountain road near Harrisonville. He died in Harrisburg Hospital of a neck fracture. His family was taken to Fulton County Medical Center, where two daughters are still patients, one in a serious condition with a fractured neck.

The Northern Fulton County School Authority was organized last week that will have the authority to finance the construction of the new elementary school building for the Wells-Taylor District. Members of the authority are Lee Anderson and Ray Long of Wells Township and Nathan Henry, Erman Knepper and Harper Black of Taylor Township. It is expected that the new building will be completed and ready for occupancy late in 1954.

Pvt. Homer W. Stahle and Doris Catherine Peck were married on October 14.

George Mellott and Betty Welsh were married on October 10, 1953.

James Stahle of Amaranth is a patient in Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, suffering form a severe heart ailment.

Quite a few neighbors gathered at the home of J.D. Knepper on Wednesday evening for an apple cutting for apple butter boiling on Thursday.

Deaths: Margaret (Palmer) Mellott; Elmer Jackson Truax of Rouzerville; Boyd M. Lake of Collingdale, Pa.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 28, 1943

’43 Deaths: Jane Wasson Grove of Clear Ridge; James Edgar Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Births at Everett Hospital: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Madden of Hustontown; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bivens of McConnellsburg.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fields in honor of the 10th birthday of their son, Jackie.

Robert G. Gearhart, 57, of McConnellsburg, was killed in York last Thursday morning when he was struck by a car driven by a fellow worker on his way to work at the York Safe and Lock Co. Gearhart walked into the path of the car, was hurled into the air and struck his head on the road. He died of a fractured skull.

Pictured in this issue is A-S Jack J. Kelso, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kelso of McConnellsburg, who recently completed his primary training in the U.S. Army Air Corps and passed his flight test at Elon College, N.C. He is now taking advanced training at Nashville, Tenn.

Miss Cleo Mellott has accepted a position at William Penn High School in Philadelphia as instructor of nursery education.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cooper have moved into the Mrs. A.J. Rotz apartment.

Lt. Olivia Reeder and her fiance, Lt. Col. Lynn Ball, returned by plane on Friday to Camp Howze, Texas, after spending 10 days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Reeder of Hustontown.

Mrs. Howard Swope fell at her home in McConnellsburg last Tuesday morning and sustained a multiple fracture of the leg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 26, 1933


Deaths: William Harvey Lake of Needmore; Mrs.

Catherine S. Sollers of Wood; Mrs. Lloyd C. Hamman of Three Springs.

Prothonotary H.I. Raker issued a marriage license on Wednesday to Ralph G. Ritz of Buck Valley and Thelma V. May of Warfordsburg.

At a recent Sunday School convention in Gettysburg, Miss Mary S. Seylar of McConnellsburg was awarded a gold medal for teaching 50 years in Sunday School, the first woman in Fulton County ever to receive this award.

Warren H. Shaffer and Vivian R. Horner were married October 21.

A woodchopping contest was witnessed by about 200 spectators in front of the Racket Store last Tuesday when Maynard Unger, a local man, competed against the world’s champion wood chopper, Peter McLaren. Unger’s time was six minutes, 33 seconds, while the champ cut the log in two minutes, 47 seconds. After the contest, McLaren complimented Unger, saying that not many men who had competed against him had made as good a showing.

Clarence Morton of Saluvia, deputy game protector, is in critical condition at Chambersburg Hospital from injuries he received when struck on the head by a gun. He was in the act of making an arrest for illegal hunting when he was injured. Three brothers from Belfast Township are being held in Fulton County Jail for the assault, but Morton’s condition is such that he has not been able to identify them as his assailants.

Sheriff Roy M. Sipes went to Harrisburg on Wednesday for Walter M. Allery, whose trial for the murder of Henry Lee of Buck Valley will begin on Monday.

Donald Nace and fiancee Mrs. Mary Walling, of Washington, D.C., spent the weekend with his parents here.

Mr. and Mrs. Greer Stevens, newlyweds, are now residing in the home of Mrs. Rilla Grissinger at New Grenada.

Burgess Charles B. Stevens issued a notice in this issue that Halloween pranks will be allowed only on Monday night. Anyone pulling a prank on any other night will be dealt with according to the law.

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