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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Herman Hill, Needmore, pictures Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren Primary Sunday School Class in Needmore in the mid-1940s. Front row: Delores Divel (deceased), Evelyn Mellott Theis, Mary Mellott Etter, Faye Mellott Leese, Naomi Mellott Kline; back row: Charles Mellott, Clair Mellott (deceased), Herman Hill, Doris Divel Runk and teacher Mrs. Jessie DeShong. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Herman Hill, Needmore, pictures Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren Primary Sunday School Class in Needmore in the mid-1940s. Front row: Delores Divel (deceased), Evelyn Mellott Theis, Mary Mellott Etter, Faye Mellott Leese, Naomi Mellott Kline; back row: Charles Mellott, Clair Mellott (deceased), Herman Hill, Doris Divel Runk and teacher Mrs. Jessie DeShong. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 21, 1993


Saturday’s nearly two-hour festival parade featured something for everyone. The weather cooperated as antique tractors and farm machinery paraded with antique cars, school bands, community floats, horses and clowns from the west end of town to the fairgrounds. The parade was the centerpiece of the county’s 20th annual folk festival. It drew an estimated crowd of 28,000 to 30,000 people.

A record 330 exhibitors from Ohio, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland displayed their steam engines, tractors, gas engines and farm machinery at Grease, Steam and Rust Association’s 13th annual show over the weekend with an estimated 10,000 visitors during the three-day event.

Kevin Clippinger of Needmore caught a 15-3/4 pound, 35- inch blue fish while fishing in Solomons, Md., September 18. Kevin was awarded a citation and will receive a plaque and a patch for landing the biggest fish ever caught on Bunky’s Charter boat. Altogether the group caught 48 fish that day.

Mr. and Mrs. Frankie Plessinger of Big Cove Tannery announce the birth of a daughter, Summer Nicole, September 26 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Booher of Mt. Union on October 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Reed of Warfordsburg on October 15.

Deaths: Louella Anderson, Fayetteville; Phillip Johnson, Hancock; Edward Hartman, McConnellsburg.

A surprise 90th birthday luncheon was hosted by friends and relatives on October 10 at the Damascus social room for David Gregory.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Garber of Valdosta, Ga., announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Madison Michele, August 9.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 3, 1983


Game Protector Mark Crowder reports there have been two hunting accidents in Fulton County since the season opened, both occurring during squirrel season. On Monday, 12-year-old Brant A. McCarty of Hancock was slightly injured when a pellet from a shotgun fired by his father accidentally struck his upper lip while they were hunting in Thompson Township. The second more serious accident occurred on Wednesday, in Licking Creek Township, when 13-year-old Bruce Wallace, Mc- Connellsburg, accidentally shot himself through the left foot while squirrel hunting.

Jeanne McKelvey was sworn in at ceremonies at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday where she was accepted as a member of Fulton County Bar Association.

Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal has determined that a fire that destroyed a 20-foot-by-50-foot shed and killed 75 pigs was caused by a heat lamp that was knocked over by one of the pigs. The lamp fell on the wooden floor, causing it to ignite. The fire, which occurred on the Kenneth Glazier farm, south of McConnellsburg, caused $10,000 damage to the barn, which was gutted. Seven sows, one boar and 66 feeder pigs valued at $5,700 were killed.

For those interested in trivia, the year 1983 marks the 50th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese, 79 cents; Blue Bonnet margarine, 2 for 89 cents; Campbell’s tomato soup, 4 for $1; Hawaiian punch, 69 cents.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Easy Money.”

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kerlin of Shade Gap on October 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Snyder of Wells Tannery on October 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boden of McConnellsburg on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wink of McConnellsburg on October 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Warfield of McConnellsburg on October 24.

Deaths: Dora Ensminger, Mercersburg; Ila Engle, Hancock; Bessie Zimmerman, Hagerstown; Iva D. Wagner, California; Helen A. Morris Winfree, Mount Union; Veda Black, Rockhill Furnace.

Sandra D. Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil B. Mellott of Needmore, and Robert L. Tedrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Tedrick, Chambersburg, were united in marriage on September 17.

Douglas L. Harvey, Doylesburg, and Christine A. Bradnick, McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 1, 1973


County Superintendent Reed Shives stated that flood damage in the county caused by the torrential rains that started Sunday and continued through Monday would take three or four days to clean up but could not be compared to the Agnes flood of June 1972. An estimated 5 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours and roads in every part of the county were flooded. Huge hailstones fell on Monday evening, which marked an end to the two-day downfall.

A Kentucky trailer-truck driver probably owes his life to the fact that several years ago Fulton County residents were successful in their efforts to eliminate the notorious Ladies Turn on Sideling Hill and build a runaway-truck pulloff. Prior to this, fatal accidents on this curve were commonplace. On Saturday, a trailer-truck rig driven by Richard Coffman of Madisonville, Ky., lost its brakes while descending Sideling Hill on Route 30. The driver rode it out to the dirt runoff, but instead of coming to a stop on the incline it drifted backward, struck an embankment and turned over on its left side. The driver was treated for minor injuries.

David Mellott, son of former residents Capt. and Mrs. J.K. Mellott, continues to make a name for himself in college football, according to a letter received by the “News” from his mother. David is a freshman at Texas Tech and has been promoted to a kicking specialist on the varsity team.

Two fatalities were recorded in Fulton County on Friday at 12:30 a.m. when a small foreign car ran out of control on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Wells Township. The victims were identified as Frederick E. Snider, 24, of Chambersburg, and his fiancee Pamela Beth Tritle, 17, of Juliette, Ill., and formerly of Chambersburg. Snider apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the car rolled over several times and came to rest upside down in the median area.

Mrs. Blanche Hill, formerly of Warfordsburg and a resident of Berkeley Springs, celebrated her 87th birthday on October 21.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Holden of Orbisonia on October 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Grove of Hustontown on October 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold McMullen of McConnellsburg on October 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hess of Hopewell on October 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Shoemaker of Needmore on October 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Billie Cromwell of Needmore on October 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dallmeyer Morse of Everett on October 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Black Sr. of McConnellsburg on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Williams of Everett on October 22.

Specials at the IGA: Viva paper towels, 3 fo $1; Duncan Hines cake mixes, 3 for $1; corn, 5 cans for $1; Downey, $1.19; Oreos, 49 cents; Krispy crackers, 39 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. Carter Bard of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Amy Melissa, on October 9.

John W. Johnston, retired vocational agriculture instructor and advisor of the FFA, received the FFA’s Honorary Farmer Degree at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo., October 16-19.

Army Pvt. Robert D. Foreman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Foreman of Waterfall, and Army Pvt. Steven D. Winegardner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Winegardner of Fort Littleton, have completed eight weeks of basic training at U.S. Army Training Center, Infantry, Fort Dix, N.J.

Deaths: Ralph Mellott, McConnellsburg; Robert Engle, McComb, Ohio; Mrs. Nora Stunkard, Wells Tannery; Lewiston Charlton, Hancock; John Rotz, McConnellsburg; J. Dorothy Bergstresser.

Sgt. Roger L. Seiders of McConnellsburg, enlisted into the Maryland Air National Guard on September 29. Formerly of the Air Force, Roger elected to take an early out and fulfill the balance of his time in the Air Guard.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 7, 1963


Although suffering form painful injuries he received in an auto wreck the night before, Cletus F.

Wyland and Mary B. Welch, both of Tyrone, exchanged wedding vows on Saturday in a ceremony conducted by their minister at Fulton County Medical Center by the bed of the injured bridegroom.

In the election held Tuesday, roughly 50 percent of the county votes turned out at the polls to elect new and reelect old officers. In the commissioner race, Delmar Mellott, Democrat, and Brinton Wright, Republican, were easily re-elected, and Ned R. Knepper, Democrat, was named as the third commissioner. In the contest for county treasurer, Democrat Roy W. Gordon easily defeated his Republican opponent, John S. Beatty, by a vote of 2,024 to 1,311.

Residents of Knobsville are becoming a little apprehensive, wondering what sort of animal is coming down from the mountains at night to forage in their community. Gerald Wible, who glimpsed the animal briefly, described it as black and as big as a small bear or perhaps a panther. The frantic barking of dogs arouses the residents to the intruder’s presence and a mangled ear on the Wibles’ small dog, which tangled with the ‘critter,” leads the people to believe it is not a familiar woodland beast.

Master Sgt. James M. Divel, son of Mrs. Martha Stahle of Needmore, has been decorated with the United States Air Force commendation medal at Westover Air Force Base, Mass., for his meritorious service as an aircraft maintenance supervisor.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Mueller of Hancock on October 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skiles of McConnellsburg on October 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max Miller of Harrisonville on October 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Powell of Needmore on October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mellsome E. Oliver of Waynesboro on October 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James R. Truax of McConnellsburg on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Deremer of Breezewood on November 1.

Deaths: Mrs. Roy H. Mason of Hancock; Mrs. Mary B. Gibson of Roaring Springs, formerly of Wells Tannery; Mrs. William L. Charlton of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Jobe Harr of Needmore; Mrs. Charles Crouse of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Loy Hollinshead of St. Thomas; William F. Hixson of Bedford.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 5, 1953


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

Martin Sipe, 50, McConnellsburg, an employee of Knouse Foods in Chambersburg, was treated last week for a severe contusion of the right side of his chest, received when he slipped and fell while at work.

The Charles Souders family of Knobsville moved last week to the former Thomas Marshall place, north of town.

Clem Truax, 55, Needmore, was taken by ambulance on Tuesday to Chambersburg Hospital and was readied immediately for emergency surgery for repair of a mangled injury to the right arm and lesser injuries on other parts of his body. It was reported that Truax was injured in a hunting accident, but details of the incident were not available.

R.D. Porter of Mercersburg collapsed and died of a heart attack on the streets of Mercersburg on Monday evening. A retired administrative employee of H.J. Heinz Co., he was the father of Jean P. Kies, wife of county agent H.P. Kies of Fulton County.

Little interest was shown in the election on Tuesday in Fulton County, with fewer than 50 percent of the voters turning out at the polls. In the only countywide contest, Democrat Samuel L. Thompson defeated Republican Cyrus F. Wagner for associate judge by a vote of 1,431 to 1,155. Marlin Shimer, unopposed for the office of prothonotary, received 2,437 Republican and Democrat votes. In the borough, three councilmen were elected, one of whom was H.C. Peck, who succeeded himself. The two new members of council are Harry Grissinger Jr. and Scott Carmack.

Outdoor Life presented an award to the state of Pennsylvania last week in recognition of its highly active wild turkey management and conservation program. As part of the awards program, $100 was presented to game protector Orrie Smith of Amaranth who “is the man most credited for the original idea of developing a wilder strain of turkeys replacing hens in uncovered mountain country enclosures into which wild toms could fly to mate with them.”

Franklin County’s 1953 polio cases increased to 34 last week when three daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Gaily Paylor of Mercersburg became victims of the dreaded disease. First stricken was Alice Paylor, 11, followed by her two sisters, Onead, 13, and Mary, 15. All are now patients in Harrisburg Hospital. Two brothers of the three girls have been given injections of gamma globin, a serum which will lessen the intensity of paralysis should the disease strike them.

The parents of Wilson Wheeler, assistant district forester of Fulton County, were fatally injured in an automobile accident on Monday while vacationing in Mexico.

Clyde Moats, 20, remains in critical condition in Chambersburg Hospital, where he was admitted following an automobile accident near McConnellsburg on Saturday morning. Injured when his car struck an embankment and overturned, Moats suffered a fractured skull, shock, multiple lacerations of the scalp, lower lip and the loss of a number of teeth.

Just before the “News” went to press, it was learned that Peter Morton had died of a heart attack at his home in Everett early Tuesday morning. The Mortons moved from McConnellsburg to Everett about a week ago.

Gerald Gress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gress, won honors last week at the Pittsburgh Livestock Show when his Hereford cow placed fourth in the heavyweight class.

On November 19, Harry Johnston, local merchant, will turn a store window over to his sister, Miss Beulah, who will present a “Coronation Exhibit” of china, glass, art and silver brought home by her from England.

Reed Feight and Leta Black were married Saturday.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. now serving with the Third Infantry Division in Korea.

Pfc. Jack C. Sharpe and Louise J. Reeder were married on October 24.

Horace Kline and Mary Pittman were wed October 24.

Deaths: Samuel Sharpe of Dott; W. Howard Wagner of Harrisburg; Mrs. Harvey Batdorff of Licking Creek Township; Rev. Charles Pittman of Duarte, Calif.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 4, 1943


Deaths: Dr. Harry F.

Findley of Pasadena,

Calif., brother of Dr. F.D. Findley of McConnellsburg; Charles M. Doyle of Chambersburg; Mrs. William D. Lane of Palmyra.

At a recent meeting of the McConnellsburg Board of Education, the John M. Spangler Scholarship was awarded to Miss Jean Mentzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W Mentzer of Mc- Connellsburg.

At the election on Tuesday, S. Logue Wink, R., defeated Robert J. Fleming, D., for associate judge, 1,545 to 1,523. John Mentzer, R., unopposed, was named district attorney. For the first time in Fulton County history, two Republican county commissioners were elected, John L. Wright and Cyrus F. Wagner. The minority member of the commissioner board will be Leslie Harr. Raymond C. Wible, R., defeated his Democratic opponent, Wilbur H. Woodal, for the office of sheriff by a vote of 1612 to 1469.

Lt. Walter Andersen and Marian Lynch were wed October 31, 1943.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Clevenger have received word that their son, Mark, has arrived safely “somewhere in England.”

Henry K. Lequear, youngest son of Rev. and Mrs. H.R. Lequear, left home Monday to begin V-12 Naval training at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Pvt. Paul Ott is now sta- tioned at Camp Meade, Md.

After a furlough here, Pfc. Donald E. Mellott and wife have returned to Alexandria, La.

Death: Mrs. Jan Grove of Washington, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. D.P. Bowman have moved from Burnt Cabins to Orbisonia.

Hartford Howell of Big Cove Tannery has entered Everett Hospital for an operation for osteomyelitis of the jaw.

80 Years ago

From The Files Of November 2, 1933


Walter Alley, pictured on the front page of this issue handcuffed to Sheriff Roy M. Sipes and deputy Glenn R. Spangler, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the fatal shooting on July 16 of J. Henry Lee, a resident of Buck Valley. Alley remained unemotional throughout the trial but smiled when photographed and when the jury returned its verdict. When asked by Judge M. Pherson whether he had anything to say before sentence was imposed, the defendant said, “I guess not.”

Deaths: Edward Wible of Three Springs; Mrs. Mary Ellen Wing of Ayr Township; Mrs. Miriam Estella Horton of Wells Tannery.

Recent weddings: Charles E. Cantner and Amanda E. Wilson on October 9; Charles L. Vores and Verna Winter on October 19; William Custer and Susie Ankney on October 27; Dr. I.H. Einsel and Dr. Faith Reed on October 27; William M. Richardson and Alda J. Kling on October 28.

Dr. E.H. MacKinley is now located in the former offices of Dr. J.W. Mosser, while Dr. John Neill has taken over Dr. MacKinlay’s offices over The First National Bank.

Mr. and Mrs. E. Richard McClain moved on Tuesday from the home of his mother, Mrs. Nelle McClain, to the apartment in the Kenneth Glazier building.

Harry Shotts of Hiram harvested 131 bushels of buckwheat this year from 3 1/2 acres.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 1, 1923


A report has been circulating throughout the county that the McConnellsburg Civic Club is endorsing candidates who are making and selling moonshine liquor. Mrs. E.M. Krug, president of the club, says, “This is absolutely untrue.”

Deaths: Mrs. Walter Morton of Pleasant Ridge.

Alfred C. McCoy and Zelda Marie Johnson were married on October 26.

James J. Harris left on Sunday for Detroit to bring back a seven- passenger Chalmers car. Upon his return, he and his family will take off in their new car for a tour of the South.

Maurice R. Lowans and Annie K. Kuhn were wed October 3, 1923.

William H. Sheffield and Mabel Snyder were married on October 13.

Little Daniel Grissinger, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Grissinger, has now full recovered from injuries he received when knocked down by a car a few days ago.

Roy H. Smith and Opal Northcraft were wed October 25.

W.M. Kendall of Websters Mill advertises good winter apples at 25 cents a bushel.

Arthur Miller of Burnt Cabins narrowly escaped disaster last week. He loaded some shells with a heavy charge of powder and when he fired them, they blew his gun to pieces, into six pieces, in fact. Arthur escaped with a few scratches.

Harvey Miller of Burnt Cabins is all smiles. It’s boy No. 1.

While Rev. Houck dined with Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Kope of Burnt Cabins on Sunday evening, some miscreant stole a brand new tire from his car.

Miss Olive Lodge, teacher of the fifth and sixth grades here, was taken ill at her duties on Monday and is now confined to her home with a nervous breakdown. Miss Jan Johnston is serving as substitute teacher.

George Morton recently received a carload of 45 head of young cattle that were shipped here from a Colorado range.

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