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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Niels Witkamp of Tyrone, Pa., pictures Joshua Nelson Barton (1827-1901) and wife Sarah Elizabeth (Hoop) Barton (1829-1910) during a camp meeting at Crystal Spring. Joshua was born in Crystal Spring, his wife in Belfast Township, and they both died in Crystal Spring. An excerpt from Joshua’s obituary in The Fulton Republican reads: “Mr. Barton was a successful farmer and a lifelong resident of the vicinity of Crystal Springs. He was a staunch supporter of the principles of the Republican Party and has filled all the more important offices in Brush Creek Township.” This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Niels Witkamp of Tyrone, Pa., pictures Joshua Nelson Barton (1827-1901) and wife Sarah Elizabeth (Hoop) Barton (1829-1910) during a camp meeting at Crystal Spring. Joshua was born in Crystal Spring, his wife in Belfast Township, and they both died in Crystal Spring. An excerpt from Joshua’s obituary in The Fulton Republican reads: “Mr. Barton was a successful farmer and a lifelong resident of the vicinity of Crystal Springs. He was a staunch supporter of the principles of the Republican Party and has filled all the more important offices in Brush Creek Township.” 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 4, 1993


Republican Patty Suders Fix prevailed in all 13 municipalities in the county to sweep to a landslide victory over Democrat Melissa Garlock Dovey in the race for county prothonotary. Voter turnout in Tuesday’s municipal election exceeded 60 percent in the county.

Kenny Englert was chosen “Fireman of the Year’s at Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co.’s 26th annual banquet held October 29 at the firehall. Englert, 25, has been a HAFCO member for seven years and has served as fire lieutenant and as assistant chief. He is the son of Ron and Diane Englert and is married to the former Christine Bishop. They reside in the Hustontown area.

The first snow of the winter came on Sunday, the last day of the month, with a pretty good cover west of town and on top of the mountains to the west. However, it didn’t stay long.

Invited guests and employees of the new Beistle Co. plant in McConnellsburg celebrated the establishment of the county’s newest industry with a luncheon at the plant on Monday.

Tom Peck of McConnellsburg, a five-year veteran of the Busch Series, Grant National Division, has been named to chauffeur the Grissom Motorsports/Channellock Chevrolets for the 1994 season. Peck, who has nearly 50 top-10 finishes and over a half a million dollars in Grand National career earnings, will run his first season in the Busch Series with a full-time commitment from a major primary sponsor. Tom resides in Mooresville, N.C., with his wife, Joyce, and their two children.

A surprise birthday party was held Saturday evening at the home of DeKalb Mellott of Harrisonville in honor of his 80th birthday on November 1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mason of Hancock on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Olin Maxwell of Harrisonville on October 27.

Alice and Harry “Brant” Myers of Harrisonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 8.

Deaths: John Remsburg, Warfordsburg; Harold Sipes, McConnellsburg; Aaron Kesecker, Hagerstown; Anna Weller, Hancock; Rita Raker, McConnellsburg; James Younker Sr., Hancock; John Souders, St. Thomas; Inez Pyles, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Charles Gossard, Fayetteville; Mabel Boone, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 17, 1983


Countians got their first taste of winter driving on

Tuesday when a forecasted rain turned into snow.

The first snow of the season caught most people without their winter tires on and made driving miserable.

A good sign that winter is upon us is when John Shimer, K.G. Richards, Jim Gordon, Bob Snyder, Lyle Duffey and Rudy Mihalick take their annual trip to Chincoteague to close up Shimer’s place where they have enjoyed fishing weekends throughout the spring and summer.

The Home Center advertises a pre-holiday sale this week: VCRs only $489.95; 19-inch color TVs from $329.95; microwaves from $289.85.

Hershey Food Corp. has announced that its Hershey chocolate bars, which once sold for a nickel and now cost 35 cents, will be going up another nickel on December 19.

A new veterinarian service, operated by Dr. Terry Acrkoyd and specializing in large breed animals such as cows and horses, has been opened in Fulton County on Pigeon Cove Road in Warfordsburg.

Dennis Starr, Freedom, Pa., and Denie D. Abbott, Mc- Connellsburg, applied for a marriage license last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rouzer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary November 6.

Steve Robinson of McConnellsburg bagged a four-point Colorado mule deer in Loveland, Colo., November 11. The deer weighed 195 pounds.

Specials at the IGA: tangerines, 99 cents a dozen; Crisco, $2.59, 3-lb. can; Scott towels, 59 cents, big roll; turkeys, 63 cents lb.; cranberries, 79 cents; jumbo bologna, $1.39 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Gress of McConnellsburg on November 4; a daughter toMr.andMrs.DavidDereofWarfordsburgonNovember 7.

Fulton County National Bank advertises 5.25 percent interest on all 1984 Christmas Club accounts.

Deaths: Robert G. Keebaugh, McConnellsburg; Dorothy B. Sullivan, Buck Valley; Lemuel Morgret, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 15, 1973


Twenty-two-year-old Lee Roy Woodring of Mc-

Connellsburg and 3-year-old Saundra M. Clevenger of Mercersburg lost their lives as a result of a twocar accident on Route 75 near Claylick in Franklin County. Others seriously injured in the accident were the mother of the 3-year-old, Mrs. Linda M. Clevenger, and three other children: Patty Ann, 6; Timothy, 10, and 1-year-old Vernon. Police said Woodring was southbound at a high rate of speed. At a point a half-mile north of the village of Claylick, Mrs. Clevenger pulled from a private driveway to enter the road. She had just started to turn left on Route 65 when the Woodring auto struck the left front of her station wagon.

Miss Kathy Snyder of McConnellsburg is completing her teacher education program at Shepherd College by doing supervised teaching at Valley Elementary and Brunswick High schools in Brunswick, Md.

Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Williams of Big Cove Tannery will celebrate their 60th anniversary on November 25.

A speed limit of 50 miles an hour went into effect last week on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as the state took its first concrete step against the projected winter fuel shortage. The reduced speeds are intended to force drivers to get more mileage form each gallon of gasoline, cutting total consumption and possibly permitting refineries to process more oil for home heating, where the most serious shortages are predicted.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Knepper of Three Springs celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on November 14.

Dean Santoro, better known as Dr. Paul Stewart who played on “As The World Turns,” was an honored guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Reeder of Hustontown after an unfortunate flat tire on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The visit was spent talking about CBS soap operas and stars. Mr. and Mrs. Reeder are to be Dean’s honored guests at his Broadway musical in New York City.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Stepanik of Everett on November 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Seiders of McConnellsburg on November 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Booth of Warfordsburg on November 8.

George Smith, Mercersburg, driving a John Deere snowmobile, was the winner in the top Stock elimination held last Sunday afternoon during the benefit drag race sponsored by South Central Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club at the P&W Excavating field. Several thousand people gathered at the field to view the snowmobiles racing the 400-foot drag strip. There were 109 sleds registered in the stock, free air and modified classes.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 69 cents lb.; Duncan Hines cake mixes, 39 cents; IGA canned hams, 3-lb. can, $4.85; Hills Bros. coffee, 2-lb. can, $1.29.

Airman Alvin C. Kerlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Kerlin of Fort Littleton, has graduated at Chanute AFB, Ill., from the U.S. Air Force jet engine mechanic course conducted by Air Training Command.

Attorney Gary Wilt has purchased the Irwin Raker property on North Second Street, opposite the Fulton Theatre, and will remodel part of the residence as his law office.

Deaths: Mrs. Lydia Heefner Rupert, Hustontown; Mrs. Jessie M.Schwartz, Fayetteville; Mrs. Mary G. Murray, Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 21, 1963


The Untied Telephone Co. placed its new exchange at Knobsville in operation and activated additional modern facilities in its McConnellsburg office, as scheduled, early Sunday morning. John Caldwell, district manager, reported that the new Knobsville office, serving the northern end of Fulton County, got a real workout Sunday as telephone customers experimented with the new service.

In a move to curb spying, the United States has put 11 percent of the country, including Fulton County, off limits to diplomats from Soviet satellite countries.

According to the monthly report of Capt. Clarence F. Temke, commanding officer of Troop C, District Two of Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg, 10 persons were killed in traffic accidents in the area during October. District Two is composed of these counties: Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin.

The board of directors of Fulton County National Bank announces that it employed Main and Co., certified public accountants of Harrisburg, to make an independent audit of their bank. The published statement showed resources of $6,113,071.45. The capital, surplus and undivided profits amounted to $779,088.09.

The seniors of Forbes Road High School will present the three-act comedy “Have A Date” on November 22 and 23.

Mr. and Mrs. David Fraker of McConnellsburg observed their 64th wedding anniversary on November 2.

A marriage license was granted in Chambersburg to James Fredrick Shives, 26, of McConnellsburg, and Patricia Jean Shatzer, 19, Chambersburg.

The Scrub Ridge Mountain Inn offers a Thanskgiving special: turkey and filling platter for 75 cents.

Recent engagements: Frances Jean Keebaugh to Lance Cpl. Lester F. Hoover Jr., and Janet Anne Harris to Robert C. Black Jr.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wade Fraker on November 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner on November 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hill on November 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Peck on November 16, and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ray on November 17.

Deaths: Andrew C. Fisher of Fort Charlestown, Fla.; Wilbert M. Deshong of Needmore; Nancy Ellen Peck, 2- year-old daughter of Carl and June Peck of McConnellsburg; Richard L. Bivens, Chambersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 19, 1953


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

Donald Martin, Mark Clevenger, John R. Shimer, Paul Ott and Kenneth Richards attended a consistory meeting of the Masonic Lodge in Harrisburg on Wednesday.

Miss Zoie Mason and Mrs. William H. Barton have returned from a two-week tour of Virginia and Maryland.

Henry Chubb of Halifax, Pa., has arrived at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb, where he expects to remain during the winter months.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sipes of Websters Mill on November 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hedrick of Websters Mill on November 15.

The state revenue department expects to receive about $13 million in the first sales tax reports that are due on Friday of this week. It is further expected that the sales levy will bring in $135 million during the current biennium.

Harry Daniels Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Johnston of McConnellsburg, has been named to the football band at Mercersburg Academy.

Mrs. R.J. Hancock has been named to the Day Care Committee of the Philadelphia Health and Welfare Council.

Rev. Ernest W. Brindle will deliver the sermon at the Union Thanksgiving service sponsored by McConnellsburg Ministerium, to be held in the Presbyterian Church on November 26 at 10 a.m.

Charles H. Kauffman will be ordained as the pastor of Sideling Hill Congregational Christian Church on Friday evening.

Mrs. Arthur A. Price, wife of the Methodist minister of Robertsdale, suffered a broken wrist last Tuesday when she tripped on a wet board and fell while feeding birds in the yard of her home.

A group of young people from Sidleing Hill Congregational Christian Church made a tour to youth conference, sponsored by Fort Wayne Bible College, on November 6-8. Those who made the tour were Donna Bard, Joan Bard, Phyllis Ann Deshong, Ruth Keebaugh, Shirley Layton, Doris Mellott, Erma Mellott, Eunice Mellott, Walter Mellott, Shirley Shives, Phyllis Spade, Nellie Swope, Richard Swope, Watson Swope and Beverly Truax. Adults on the trip were Mrs. Alfred Mellott, Mrs. Earl Mellott, Mrs. Olive Shives, Earl Swope, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Peck and the pastor, Charles H. Kauffman. Four students from Sideling Hill attending Fort Wayne Bible College include Bruce Decker, Mrs. Donald McKee, Madalyn Shives and Vance Swope.

Pennsylvania State College was officially elevated to university status on November 13 by order of Centre County Court. The 98-year-old institution petitioned the court for the title change several weeks ago, and it will now be known as Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Betty H. Dimit, master of Pennsylvania State Grange, has been named chairman of the 1954 Cancer Crusade.

A birthday dinner was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rotz in honor of the 93rd birthday of Mrs. Rotz’s mother, Mrs. Savina Anderson.

Floyd E. Mentzer and Sara Mae Morgan were wed October 24.

Chevrolet in 1954 will be the first company in automobile history to equip over half a million of its cars with automatic transmissions in a single year. Since it introduced Power Glide 1950, 1,530,000 such units have been produced.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Taylor of Hopewell; H.J. Everts of Bellingham, Wash.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 18, 1943

’43 Bernard M. Gress, who is serving as salvage chairman of Fulton County, has announced that a collection of scrap paper will be made in the borough on Monday evening by the local volunteer firemen.

Death: William Trout Fegley of near Sipes Mill.

Sgt. Carl Pittman and Geneva Golden were married on November 10.

Homer Souders and Catherine Seville were wed recently.

Pennsylvania state stores started the rationing of whiskey on an experimental basis on Monday in an effort to spread available supplies as equitably as possible among the 3,000,000 whiskey consumers in the commonwealth.

The Eastern Star Club of Fulton County celebrated the birth month of three of its members, Rebecca Stevens, Jennie Wible and Maudelene Stevens, at a banquet at Harris Hotel on Tuesday evening.

Sixteen selectees from Fulton County passed their final physical exams at Altoona on Friday and were inducted into the armed forces. Seven were accepted for the Navy and left on Wednesday of this week. They were: Chester C. King of McConnellsburg; Robert C. Helman of Knobsville; Glenn A. Golden of Warfordsburg; Leroy W. Lake of Big Cove Tannery; Kenneth E. Henry of Fort Littleton; William K. Ritchey of Waterfall and Fred G. Gress of McConnellsburg. These six were accepted by the Army and will leave on December 2: Willard Shore of McConnellsburg; Norman E. Daniels of Needmore; Herbert Hann of Needmore; Clarence Strait of McConnellsburg; Raymond Grove of Clear Ridge; and Ralph Lininger Jr., McConnellsburg. The other three will leave at a time not yet named. They are: Harold H. Yingling of Wells Tannery, Marines; Leroy E. McGowan of Burnt Cabins, Coast Guard; and Bruce W. Decker of Baltimore, Air Corps.

Genevieve Fraker of Chambersburg has been called home to take care of her mother, Mrs. David Fraker, who is very ill.

Mrs. Elizabeth Mellott is spending the winter in Pittsburgh with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George C. Mellott.

John Mosser, who had been a patient for some time in Harrisburg Hospital, was moved to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday.

Lt. Fred Charlton arrived from Spokane, Wash., on Wednesday to spend a furlough with his home folks at Warfordsburg.

Harry Fix is a patient in Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore.

Births in Everett Hospital, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spade of Crystal Spring and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Cromer of McConnellsburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 16, 1933


Deaths: Thomas Jefferson Husler, formerly of Fort

Littleton; Arlie Clem Mellott of Licking Creek

Township; Charles E. Brant of Williamsport, Md.; George E. Leidy of Smith Valley.

President Roosevelt outlined his plan this week for taking 4,000,000 men off the relief rolls. Basically, the plan calls for the individual states to take the men off the rolls through a Public Works Administration, financed by the federal government.

Announcement was made this week of the marriage early in September of Miss Olive Lodge to John H. Marcum.

Other weddings: Ralph G. Ritz and Thelma V. May on October 25; Raymond Clemence Gething and Anna May Connor on November 11.

Miss Ella Kendall, R.N., spent Armistice Day with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. William Hechs, in Hagerstown.

Miss Rhoda Kendall attended the funeral of Mrs. C.A. Raff in Chambersburg on Saturday.

Miss Helen Lininger and Miss Martha Divens left on Wednesday night for Brooklyn, where both have secured employment in private homes.

A pleasant surprise was held on November 11 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Gienger of Buck Valley in honor of the 21st birthday of their daughter, Maxine.

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bolinger and daughter Madelene enjoyed a wild turkey dinner at the home of Larkin Bolinger in Wells Valley on Thursday evening.

Pennsylvania’s pretzel output is now valued at between $3 and $4 million, or approximately 22,000,000 pounds.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 15, 1923


Deaths: Mrs. Clem Chesnut of Hustontown; Mrs.

Emaline Garland of Whips Cove; Mrs. Lewis Sipes;

Phillip Melanethon Snider of Waynesboro; Harry Chester Mellott of near Lemasters.

Thomas Cromer, clerk at the Fulton House, tells how he and his father, D.W. Cromer of Fort Littleton, were looking over some old papers at their home recently and found the original deed to the farm. It was warranted by the state to George Damsel and was laid out in 1786. The brick house on the farm was built in 1800. The farm is intact as warranted except for 7 acres sold off because of iron ore. Mr. Cromer bought the farm in1881 from the Buckley heirs.

Mrs. W.H. Hann of this place has been miserable the past nine weeks with heart trouble.

Joseph Lake, who is employed at the Ford Works at Pittsburgh, is spending a vacation with his mother, Mrs. Mary Lake of Harrisonville.

George Keefer and Annie Kline of Needmore attended the dance down at Albert Wink’s.

Mrs. Emma Hess of Warfordsburg is seriously ill at this writing.

Donald Kirk, who had been employed in Cumberland, has returned to his home in Warfordsburg.

John Peterson of Burnt Cabins and his “Henry” had a little trouble and now John carries his hand in splints.

Cecil D. Mellott, a student at Franklin and Marshall, spent the weekend with his father, G.J. Mellott of Big Cove Tannery.

The Fulton House had the honor of entertaining one of the sons of President Coolidge at supper on Sunday evening.

Miss Stella Clark of Big Cove Tannery left on Wednesday to serve as a dining room girl at Chambersburg Hospital.

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