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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by J. Faye Gordon Elvey, pictures the Roads School class taken in 1949. Roads was the one-room school located one mile south of town on Rt. 522. Jeannette P. Gordon, Faye’s mother, was the teacher. Pictured top row, left to right, Helen Souders Sheeder, Betty Kendall Mills, second row: Esther McQuade Miller, Patricia Culler Horton, Martha Glenn Larue, third row: unknown, Linda Kendall Zewackey, Saundra Culler Shaffer, fourth row: James Gordon, Jimmy Putt, Bill Kendall and Bob Kendall. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by J. Faye Gordon Elvey, pictures the Roads School class taken in 1949. Roads was the one-room school located one mile south of town on Rt. 522. Jeannette P. Gordon, Faye’s mother, was the teacher. Pictured top row, left to right, Helen Souders Sheeder, Betty Kendall Mills, second row: Esther McQuade Miller, Patricia Culler Horton, Martha Glenn Larue, third row: unknown, Linda Kendall Zewackey, Saundra Culler Shaffer, fourth row: James Gordon, Jimmy Putt, Bill Kendall and Bob Kendall. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 11, 1993

Ground has been broken for the new McDonald’s restaurant to be located in McConnellsburg, but area folks will have to wait until 1994 to partake of Big Macs, french fries and other Golden Arches delicacies. Site preparation for the fast-food restaurant began last week following the relocation of the twostory, white home that occupied the lot at the corner of Lincoln Way East and Crystal Drive.

Forbes Road Cardinals field hockey team captured its fifth District 6, Class AA, championship with a 3-0 win over Keystone League rival Huntingdon on Tuesday. Members of the team are Tyla Cutchall, Brean Rife, Janet Politis, Wendy Souders, Jessica Cromer, Krista Colledge, Carrie Colledge, Danyell Fleming, Jill Knepper, Mitzi Ramsey, Karen Blair, Brandi Keebaugh, Crystal Detwiler, April Fraker, Misty Fraker, Anita Snyder, Cortney Cutchall, Mary Knepper, Lisa House, Elisa Group, Lori Horne, Tricia Mc- Quait, Gena Keebaugh, Kara Downes and Sunshine Rife.

When some of the downtown McConnellsburg refurbishment projects have been completed, the buildings’ new looks will be accompanied by new street light fixtures which will be reproductions of the original streetlights in McConnellsburg. It was discovered that a Syracuse, N.Y., company was still manufacturing reproductions of the original streetlights and, in fact, was the original manufacturer of the borough’s streetlights during that period. The lights have been delivered, and it is expected that they will first be installed in front of The Fulton County National and First National banks.

Marriage licenses: Kenneth Pittman, McConnellsburg, and Misty Moffat, McConnellsburg; Steven Bard, Needmore, and Starla Daniels, Harrisonville; Michael Carpenter, Laurel, Md., and Lauren Brennan, Breezewood; Scot Sipes, Harrisonville, and Lori Hann, Harrisonville.

Don and Kathy (Gordon) McClure wish to announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Gordon, October 27, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Deaths: Harold Anderson, McConnellsburg; Melvin Gutshall, Three Springs; Mae Eaton, Hustontown; Fannie Trumpower, Hagerstown; Charles Dice, St. Thomas; Lois Vaughn, Fairborn, Ohio; Jesse Greathead, Rochester, N.Y.; Helen Trask, Cleveland, Ohio; Gary Mellott, Warfordsburg; Albert Miller, Hancock; Howard Mentzer, St. Thomas.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Pittman of Breezewood on November 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Weller of Hancock on November 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cory Boyer of Hancock on November 5.

Ground has been broken for the new McDonald’s restaurant to be located in McConnellsburg, but area folks will have to wait until 1994 to partake of Big Macs, french fries and other Golden Arches delicacies. Site preparation for the fast-food restaurant began last week following the relocation of the twostory, white home that occupied the lot at the corner of Lincoln Way East and Crystal Drive.

Forbes Road Cardinals field hockey team captured its fifth District 6, Class AA, championship with a 3-0 win over Keystone League rival Huntingdon on Tuesday. Members of the team are Tyla Cutchall, Brean Rife, Janet Politis, Wendy Souders, Jessica Cromer, Krista Colledge, Carrie Colledge, Danyell Fleming, Jill Knepper, Mitzi Ramsey, Karen Blair, Brandi Keebaugh, Crystal Detwiler, April Fraker, Misty Fraker, Anita Snyder, Cortney Cutchall, Mary Knepper, Lisa House, Elisa Group, Lori Horne, Tricia Mc- Quait, Gena Keebaugh, Kara Downes and Sunshine Rife.

When some of the downtown McConnellsburg refurbishment projects have been completed, the buildings’ new looks will be accompanied by new street light fixtures which will be reproductions of the original streetlights in McConnellsburg. It was discovered that a Syracuse, N.Y., company was still manufacturing reproductions of the original streetlights and, in fact, was the original manufacturer of the borough’s streetlights during that period. The lights have been delivered, and it is expected that they will first be installed in front of The Fulton County National and First National banks.

Marriage licenses: Kenneth Pittman, McConnellsburg, and Misty Moffat, McConnellsburg; Steven Bard, Needmore, and Starla Daniels, Harrisonville; Michael Carpenter, Laurel, Md., and Lauren Brennan, Breezewood; Scot Sipes, Harrisonville, and Lori Hann, Harrisonville.

Don and Kathy (Gordon) McClure wish to announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Gordon, October 27, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Deaths: Harold Anderson, McConnellsburg; Melvin Gutshall, Three Springs; Mae Eaton, Hustontown; Fannie Trumpower, Hagerstown; Charles Dice, St. Thomas; Lois Vaughn, Fairborn, Ohio; Jesse Greathead, Rochester, N.Y.; Helen Trask, Cleveland, Ohio; Gary Mellott, Warfordsburg; Albert Miller, Hancock; Howard Mentzer, St. Thomas.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Pittman of Breezewood on November 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Weller of Hancock on November 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cory Boyer of Hancock on November 5.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 24, 1983

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The bill creating a separate judicial district, with its own presiding judge, in Fulton County has been stalled until at least the first of the year. By keeping the bill in committee until all disagreements are resolved, the resolution stands a much better chance of being passed by the House and Senate.

Broad Top native Vaughn Horton, nationally known country music songwriter, has just finished taping an appearance on a “Hee Haw” TV show in Nashville, which will be televised sometime in January. He will be with Roy Clark, playing some of his big hits such as “Mocking Bird Hill” and “Sugarfoot Rag.” Horton now lives in New Port Ritchey, Fla.

Elvey’s Flower Shop in Knobsville will hold a Christmas open house Thursday thru Sunday with these specials: box of icicles, 29 cents; 100 sq. ft. wrapping paper, $2.89; silk holly and poinsettias, 4 for $1.

Specials at the IGA: tangerines, 99 cents a dozen; potatoes, 10-lb. bag, 98 cents; Hungry Jack pancake mix, 99 cents; Pillsbury flour, 89 cents, 5-lb. bag; Quaker Life cereal, $1.39.

The regular two-week antlered deer season opens onehalf hour before sunrise Monday, November 28, and closes at sunset Saturday, December 10.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Whitsel of Orbisonia on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hafre of Bedford on November 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bard on November 17.

G.C. Murphy specials: 7-pc. nonstick aluminum cookware, $19.96; Barbie dolls, $5.48; eight tracks, cassettes, albums, 77 cents to $3.99.

Eric and Cathy Souders of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Kendra Renee, on November 15, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Deaths: Sylvillia F. Hovermale, Sylvan, Pa.; John Shope Jr., Saltillo; Richard L. Garlock, McConnellsburg; Norman R. Everetts, Mercersburg; Lewis D. Harris, Florida.

Marriage licences: Charles Williams Jr., Shade Gap, and Carol Sue Welsh, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 22, 1973

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Tuesday, November 13, was a Thanksgiving Day at Hustontown for the aging and retired persons.

Some members of the United Methodist Church performed a real ministry to the aging of the Hustontown area when they sent them invitations to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Taxi service was provided and each person was transported to and from the community building. When it was all together, about 30 people were sharing a Thanksgiving meal.

William Milroth, M.D., 35, will open an office for the practice of medicine in McConnellsburg at the beginning of December. He is a native of Pittsburgh. He earned his premedical degree at Jefferson College and completed his doctorate at Jefferson Medical School. He served as a medical officer in the Vietnam Theatre of War and has been engaged in private practice in Point Pleasant, N.J.

The planning committee of the newly formed Fulton County Tourist Promotion Agency met on November 13. The agency is working on many facets of promotion but is gearing up for the first Fulton Fall Folk Festival the third weekend of October 1974.

Army Pvt. Michael J. Souders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay F. Souders of Hustontown, completed eight weeks of basic training at U.S. Army Training Center, Infantry, Fort Dix, N.J.

A McConnellsburg resident, Miss Wanda Kay Buterbaugh, a senior at Bob Jones University, is doing her student teaching this semester at Greenbrier Elementary School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Buterbaugh of Star Route South, McConnellsburg.

Miss Lola Elaine Litten became the bride of Gary Grant Hixon in a double-ring ceremony on October 6 in Snyder’s Bible Chapel, Hedgesville. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Litten of Hedgesville and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant R. Hixon of Buck Valley.

Marriage licenses: Calvin Eugene Tritle of Mc- Connellsburg and Cheryl Lorraine Lynch of McConnellsburg; Russell W. Schooley of Harrisonville and Vera Bessie Bishop of Hancock; Timothy Michael Deshong of McConnellsburg and Cynthia Sue McQuade of Mc- Connellsburg.

The Public Opinion’s third annual sportswriters All- Star Soccer Team selection included the name of Andy Horton of Central Fulton. Selected from the 210 players who were screened for the honor, Andy scored 12 goals during the season to finish in a tie for second place in league scoring. The sportswriters described him as a player with excellent speed, strong shot, deceptive ball control, a leader on offense and a very consistent and dependable player.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott of Needmore on November 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Albright of McConnellsburg on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Flood Jr., Blairs Mills on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Hostetler of Dry Run on November 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Bishop of Needmore on November 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller of Lemasters on November 14.

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

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. Badger of Beaver Falls, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen, to Paul K. Shotts Jr., Waterfall.

Specials at the A&P: turkeys, 79 cents lb.; cranberry sauce, two 16-oz. cans, 55 cents; porterhouse steak, $1.48 lb.; smoked, fully cooked hams, 89 cents; vanilla ice cream, 69 cents, half gallon.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Paper Moon” with Ryan O’Neil and Tatum O’Neil.

Deaths: Mrs. Alie Truax, McConnellsburg; Miss Thelma Bair, Warfordsburg; W.C Bergstresser, Huntingdon; Herbert J. Korth, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 28, 1963

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November 22, 1963, will go down in history as the black Friday on which John Fitzgerald Kennedy,

35th president of the United States, was killed by an assassin’s bullet as he rode in an open car through the streets of Dallas, Texas.

The old Sagner Inc. plant on Lincoln Way West in Mc- Connellsburg ceased operation on Wednesday of this week at 4 p.m. and immediately “Operation Big Shift” began when a dozen or so local men who had been hired for the job moved in to transfer all the machines, tables, furniture, stock and other equipment from the old building that has housed the factory operation since 1946 to the new $700,000 building on Seventh Street Extended.

Rep. Harry M. Elvey said last Wednesday that core borings are presently being made along the proposed Route 30 bypass of McConnellsburg. The five-mile stretch of highway is expected to cost $1,800,000 and will be either two or four lanes and will have only one interchange, located on Route 522 north of McConnellsburg.

Larry Zeiger of Harrisonville and Dale Keebaugh of Hustontown left for Pittsburgh on November 12 for induction into the armed forces.

The following couples were issued marriage licenses at the local courthouse the past week: Claude Sharpe and Nancy Marie Johnson, both of Harrisonville; John Edgar Helman of McConnellsburg and Carla Faye Pittman of Mc- Connellsburg; Daniel Joseph Moore of Shelby, Ohio, and Sharon Anne Kendall of McConnellsburg.

Army Pfc. Kenneth E. Hiles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy R. Hiles of Warfordsburg, participated in a NATO field training exercise recently in Germany.

Airman Third Class Frederick N. Black of Wells Tannery has completed the technical training course for United States Air Force jet engine mechanics at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Peck of Needmore on November 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ray of Mc- Connellsburg on November 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Waters of McConnellsburg on November 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grove of Mercersburg on November 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pepple of Everett on November 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max Wright of Hopewell on November 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McMullen of Fort Littleton on November 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skiles of McConnellsburg on November 23.

Deaths: Dora May Fraker of Los Angeles, Calif.; Leonard V. Martin of Michigan; Mrs. Mary C. Moore of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Gertrude Morgart of Everett; Himmel Brown of Hustontown; Mrs. Harry J. Phenicie of Mercersburg; Arnold P. Bard of McConnellsburg; Laura Viola Edwards of Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 26, 1953

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Mrs. Annie Lininger and sister Mrs. Nettie Booth were greatly surprised on Friday when five of their nieces, from Hagerstown, Greencastle, Marion and Chambersburg, arrived at their home laden with baskets for a sumptuous dinner. They quickly called another aunt, Mrs. Sarah Knauff, of Upper Ayr, and she joined them for dinner.

The Metronomes will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Edmund J. Cannon and Constance Marie Hartman were married on Saturday evening.

Robert Cromer of Knobsville was at Hershey last Monday and Tuesday as a delegate to Pennsylvania Farmers Association. Edward McCray was also a delegate but was unable to attend because of illness.

Attorney General and Mrs. Brownell took lunch Friday at Greenleaf Restaurant in McConnellsburg.

Dr. F.K. Stevens of town will celebrate his 90th birthday on Thursday. In honor of his birthday and also for Thanksgiving, the doctor’s children and grandchildren will gather at the Stevens’ home here for a family dinner.

Under the direction of the state board of health, borough officials are now conducting a survey of the stream that runs through town to determine which property owners are polluting the stream. The fine of $25 a day for offenders has not yet been passed against any property owners, but it is collectible in part, the state officials warn. As a last resort, the borough will bring action to collect such fines if property owners don’t take steps to abate the pollution. An alternative, it was pointed out, would be to plug such drains, causing the water to back up and cause unsanitary conditions within the building. The health board could then make a charge of maintaining an unsanitary establishment. “The whole thing boils down to the fact that the borough will not spend upwards of a hundred thousand dollars to build a sewage system. Property owners must take care of the nuisance at their own expense.”

G.A. Biggs of McConnellsburg has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association.

The new 1954 Chevrolet truck will be shown for the first time on Saturday at R&G Motor Co. in town.

W.A. Stunkard and Mrs. Emma Leighty were married on November 15.

The doubt as to whether their son, Lt. Richard A. Akers, was dead or alive was put to rest for Mr. and Mrs. Russell Akers of McConnellsburg on Tuesday evening when the following message was received from the War Department: “Statements have been received from recently returned prisoners who were with your son in a prisoner of war camp in North Korea. The statements indicate that your son died of dysentery and malnutrition in North Korea on February 24, 1951. One of these men, who had known your son for four months, was present when he died.”

Rev. Frank D. Findley, D.D., who just a few weeks ago moved from McConnellsburg, died suddenly on Friday at the home of a brother in Peoria, Ill.

Three children of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Strait of Needmore were stricken with polio during the past week. Joyce, 6, and Barbara, 4, were rushed to Harrisburg Hospital in the firemen’s ambulance on Sunday afternoon. Thomas, 3, was taken to the same hospital in the Sipes ambulance late Sunday afternoon. The condition of all three children is reported as satisfactory.

Two Wells Tannery men, employed on separate construction projects in Franklin County, were treated in the emergency room of Chambersburg Hospital last Thursday for injuries suffered while at work. William Bolinger, 27, was treated for a possible dislocation of the right kneecap and Gerald Seiders, 20, was treated for a compound fracture of the left thumb.

Dr. G.T. Lorentz will be out of town every Thursday for the next 10 weeks, taking an advanced course in heart disease.

Jacob Freemont Rockwell, 27, of Mercersburg, died November 18 of injuries he received on November 11 in a car accident near Thurmont, Md. He was the husband of Betty Cutchall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aulden Cutchall of Mc- Connellsburg.

Guy M. Hess of Needmore, Dolores Bivens of Mc- Connellsburg and Pauline Keebaugh of Fort Littleton were the recipients of special bookkeeping and accounting awards on November 25 at Chambersburg School of Business.

The many people who viewed the showing of antique items from England by Miss Beulah Johnston last Thursday were amazed at the beauty and number of objects on display. The items, which ranged in age from the late coronation to a period 4,000 years ago, were shown by Miss Johnston for the benefit of Fulton County Medical Center. People who viewed the display donated $118, which was turned over to the hospital.

Vaughn Ritchey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Ritchey, and James M. Chamberlain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Chamberlain, cousins from Wells Tannery, met recently while serving with the armed forces in Korea.

Deaths: George Marshal Frey of Chambersburg; Ernest Guy Cooper of Chambersburg; Mrs. Rose Ann Yost of Hancock; Mrs. Carrie Alice Hann of Breezewood; John N. Cown of Greencastle.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 25, 1943

’43

Curtis Eugene

Sharpe, 22, son of

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Sharpe of Needmore, was killed on Saturday night when the car he was driving hit a bridge abutment near Baltimore.

Deaths: Richard W. Swope of Needmore; Mrs. Rebecca Carbaugh of Chadwick, Ill.

Miss Jean Greathead left on Sunday for Washington, D.C., where she will receive a four-week course in Red Cross work.

Earl S. Elvey and Bertha Mellott were married November 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mellott of Needmore announce the birth of a son on Saturday at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Paul Knepper killed a 200- pound bear in Lycoming County last week.

Mrs. Robert A. Hamil received severe burns of the left hand and arm on Sunday morning while she was preparing food at Hamil’s Restaurant.

Pvt. Dale Clevenger of Amaranth is at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, where his leg was amputated some time ago due to mangling injuries received in an air raid in England in July.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of November 23, 1933

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Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth M. Cutchall;

John McGinnis Bowman of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. George W. Reisner of McConnellsburg; Thomas Hollinshead of near Harrisonville

The Franklin- Fulton Methodist Ministerium met in the local church on Monday. At noon, the ministers and their wives and children all had dinner at Wible’s Restaurant.

Norman W. Knepper and Esther V. Kerlin were married on November 18.

Plans are now ready to put at least 300,000 men to work in Pennsylvania by December 15 under President Roosevelt’s Civil Works Administration. Pennsylvania has been allocated $30,000,000 under the program, and Fulton County’s share of this will be approximately $25,000.

Bernard M. Williams and Mildred R. Stone were married on November 18.

Mrs. Glenn R. Spangler fractured one leg near the foot and badly sprained the other when she fell on the sidewalk last Friday evening.

Georgie, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Truax of near Warfordsburg, lost the end of a finger on Monday when she caught it in a meat grinder.

Miss Mary Ellen Neill of Donora has come here to live with her brother, Dr. John L. Neill. She will not only serve as his housekeeper, but will also assist the doctor in his office.

Miss Inez Fields was one of the 49 members of the nurses’ training class that graduated form University of Pennsylvania Hospital on Wednesday. She will spend the weekend in Pittsburgh, where, on Saturday, she will take the state board exam.

Mrs. N.S. Edward of Wells Tannery fell last week and badly injured her arm.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 22, 1923

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On Friday night,

November 16, 1923,

109 years after Mc- Connellsburg was incorporated as a borough, 137 years after being laid out as a town, a dream came true for the citizens of McConnellsburg. On that night, at 8:45 p.m., electric current was turned on in the borough of Mc- Connellsburg, but only for a short time. However, on Saturday evening, at an early hour, the power was turned on for good, and the streets and homes of McConnellsburg were brightly illuminated.

Death: Wilson Dunlap of Coles Valley, Huntingdon County.

On November 8, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Gordon were pleasantly surprised when a large crowd of their friends and relatives gathered at their home to help them celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary.

Work is being pushed steadily on the beautiful and inspiring chapel at Mercersburg Academy. It is hoped to have the structure completed for dedication purposes in the fall of 1925. The chapel will cost more than $400,000, and already more than half that amount has been subscribed. The pipe organ and chimes, each to cost $25,000, the great window in the transept, at $10,000, and each of the 10 aisle windows, at $1,000 each, have been provided for the chapel that is being built in memory of the 53 Mercersburg boys who laid down their live in the Great War and the 6,000 Mercersburg mothers who have sent their boys to the academy to be “molded into noble manhood.”

The Victory Bible Class of the Reformed Church met at the home of Mrs. Harry Trout last Saturday evening for a farewell social for their teacher, Mrs. Charles Spangler, who is moving to Chambersburg.

The 9-month-old twin babies of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Deshong of Needmore are seriously ill at this time with the flu.

Grant Baker, our busy huckster and stock dealer, recently sold to Jacob Mellott, a hog that weighed 800 pounds.

Jas. J. Harris and family left on Thursday on the first leg of their southern trip that will terminate in Florida and Cuba. The family is traveling in two cars, a Chalmers and a Maxwell.

Guy Horton and Wilma Fogal were married November 14.

Jacob Barman of Brush Creek will leave on Tuesday for Florida, where he will spend the winter.

Leonard Fisher of Thompson Township was shot last week while hunting rabbits. No details of the accident are given.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kline of Timber Ridge are happy over the arrival of a big dishwasher.

The ladies of the Methodist Church will serve a chicken supper on Saturday evening, all-you-can-eat for 50 cents.

Death: Aletta Mary, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Garland of Warfordsburg.

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