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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Maggie Riggs of McConnellsburg, pictures Rev. David R. Hoover and wife Mary at Christmastime in the early 1980s in the sanctuary of St. Paul Lutheran Church in McConnellsburg. The Christmas tree was decorated with Christian symbols handmade by members of the congregation. Mary died this year at 96 on September 1. Rev. Hoover died in 1991. He ministered at St. Paul’s from 1945 until his retirement in 1983, the longest pastorate in the church’s history. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Maggie Riggs of McConnellsburg, pictures Rev. David R. Hoover and wife Mary at Christmastime in the early 1980s in the sanctuary of St. Paul Lutheran Church in McConnellsburg. The Christmas tree was decorated with Christian symbols handmade by members of the congregation. Mary died this year at 96 on September 1. Rev. Hoover died in 1991. He ministered at St. Paul’s from 1945 until his retirement in 1983, the longest pastorate in the church’s history. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 9, 1993


The largest undercover drug-buying operation undertaken in Fulton County in more then 10 years culminated Tuesday in the arrest of 10 area residents by local state police with the assistance of several other drug enforcement agencies. Police said Tuesday’s arrests for a variety of sales of cocaine and marijuana to undercover agents resulted from a 20-month undercover operation in the county.

Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday gave tentative approval to a proposed 1994 budget of $3,005,435 which calls for no increase in taxes. The real estate tax rate will remain at 18.5 mills.

Forbes Road School Board re-elected Lynn Knepper as board president during the board’s monthly meeting December 6.

The annual Richards Auto Sales and K.G. Richards Trucking Inc. Christmas party was held on Saturday evening at the McConnellsburg Firehall. Approximately 70 employees and their families attended.

Many folks enjoyed the Colonial Christmas tour of the Fulton House on Friday and Saturday evenings sponsored by the Fulton County Historical Society as part of the society’s Fulton House Bicentennial Celebration. The Fulton House was beautifully decorated for the holidays and candlelit tours were held throughout the evenings.

A 300-pound black bear was killed and left to rot about six miles down Bark Road from Route 30 on Sideling Hill Mountain. Deputy game warden Robert Strait Jr. brought the bear to the courthouse last Thursday where a crowd gathered to view the animal. Strait said the bear was probably killed by an outlaw hunter on the first or second day of buck season. The bear was found about three miles from Commissioner Bob Garlock’s cabin on Sideling Hill and had been spotted on many occasions by Garlock.

Jeremy Cook, 17, took his first nice buck last Friday when he bagged an 8-point in the Waterfall area.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Ramsey of Harrisonville on December 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Booher of Saltillo on December 5.

Deaths: Rankin Hollenshead, Needmore; James Durante, McConnellsburg; James McCarty, Hancock; Christine Reid, Johnstown; Robert Gossert, Harrisonville; Robert Drawbaugh, Chambersburg; Catherine Brake, Hancock; Judy Smith, Shade Gap; Allen Logsdon, Hyndman; Shawn McFadden, Middletown, Pa.; Edna Crano, Pineallas Park, Fla.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 22, 1983


Two Cabbage Patch dolls are being raffled this week for the benefit of Fulton County Library and

Fulton County Little League. The dolls are being partially donated by Pepple’s Auction Barn.

Many Big Cove Tannery residents are upset that a white doe, familiar to the people and spotlighters, was shot last week by a Franklin County hunter. Local sportsmen usually spare these rare freaks of nature. The Indians considered it very bad luck to kill an albino deer.

JLG Industries will not be having the usual big Christmas party this year. In consideration for those laid off from their jobs, the workers voted against celebrating the season with a party, a true gesture of goodwill to men.

Col. and Mrs. Jerre Mellott of Hustontown have announced the birth of a grandson born to their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David Mellott of San Antonio, Texas, on November 10.

New Grenada Church of God was the setting for the wedding of Tammie Marie Earley of New Grenada and Timothy Boyd Cromer of Fort Littleton on October 8. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Earley of New Grenada and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Boyd Cromer of Fort Littleton.

Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Lynch of Big Cove Tannery celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 11.

Special at the IGA: Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 2 for 99 cents; navel oranges, 8 for $1; tangerines, 12 for $1; Philadelphia cream cheese, 2 for 99 cents; dinner rolls, buy 1, get 1 free.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hill of McConnellsburg on December 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson of Fort Littleton on December 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kincaid of Needmore on December 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Shotts Jr., Hustontown, on December 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Hopkins of McConnellsburg on December 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Waters of Three Springs on December 15.

The marriage of Lori Kay Lake, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lake of Big Cove Tannery, to Timothy Earl Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. K. Earl Gordon of McConnellsburg, took place Saturday, December 10, in United Presbyterian Church.

Deaths: Harry M. Johnston, McConnellsburg; Harry B. McCormick, Everett; Mildred V. Tritle, McConnellsburg; Jack A. Wildoner, Wilkes Barre; Allen Fritz, Chambersburg; Rose E. Deitzel, Chambersburg; Roger E. Truax, Warfordsburg; Ada B. Carson, Warfordsburg; George F. Simmers, Fort Loudon; Gladys R. Dunkle, Everett; C. James Love, Shirleysburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 20, 1973


Residents of the town were busy digging themselves out of the first snowstorm of the winter on

Monday and Tuesday. More than 10 inches of snow fell and drifted in the high wind on Monday afternoon.

The Christmas decorations strung throughout downtown McConnellsburg will not be lighted during the holiday season. The Jaycees have, for the past several years, been responsible for decorating the town during the festive season, but following the president’s appeal to conserve fuel, they conducted a poll asking residents to give their view on whether to light or not to light. The results of the poll showed 85 percent of the community voted against lighting the decorations.

Marriage licences: Roger Lee Deshong of McConnellsburg and Linda Diane Clark of Warfordsburg; Jack Eugene Appleby of Waterfall and Judith Kay Knepper of Three Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Long of Waterfall will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on December 23.

Christmas specials at the Big D: musical jack-in-the-box, $2.57; Valley View Farm set, $4.23; ladies sweaters, $6.99; giant holly wreath, $2.77; tree stands, 88 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McDonald of Fort Loudon on December 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Miller of Warfordsburg on December 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Truax of Breezewood on December 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pittman of Big Cove Tannery on December 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Yohn of Shade Gap on December 14.

Cindy S. McQuade and Cpl. Timothy DeShong were united in marriage on November 24 in United Methodist Church of Cito. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Donald McQuade of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Deshong of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hess celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 25.

Specials at the IGA: Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits, 8 ozs., 10 cents; liquid Ivory, 32 ozs., 49 cents; Maxwell House coffee, 3-lb. can, $1.99; Borden’s ice cream, 89 cents, half gallon.

Deaths: Jesse Laidig, McConnellsburg; Rev. Vernon Coffman, McConnellsburg; Mary Ann Bussard, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 26, 1963


Dairy, with a total of $17,592, leads all departments in the amount of cash premiums to be offered at the January 13-17 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The limited accessibility to the proposed new Route 30 around McConnellsburg was the main topic of discussion at the Chamber of Commerce meeting, with most members feeling that it was time for the chamber to “get off the fence” and “on the ball” as to where the organization stands concerning the effects a limited-access road would have on the businesses of the community.

George C. Eppinger was re-elected to the presidency of Chambersburg Motor Club at its recent reorganization meeting.

The degree of state homemaker will be awarded to 12 members of Future Homemakers of America from Fulton County in special ceremonies in Harrisburg during the Farm Show.

A family of five was left homeless last Tuesday when fire destroyed their house trailer in Rays Cove, three miles northeast of Breezewood. Homeless were Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ramsey and their three children, all under 3 years of age.

A presidential commission recommended on Friday that all states consider dropping the minimum age for voters to 18 and literacy tests as qualifications for voting.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Lester Gordon of Needmore have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Charlene Gordon, to Lawrence H. Gerber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie L. Gerber of West High Street, Hancock.

Death: Fred S. Sammel, one of Bedford County’s best known and most highly respected citizens, died Wednesday, December 18, in Bedford County Hospital.

The ladies auxiliary of McConnellsburg Fire Co. will hold its annual holiday banquet Tuesday, December 31, at 7 p.m.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 24, 1953


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

Among the local students home for the holidays are Eddie McKinley of Mercersburg Academy; Forrest Mellott of Masanutten Academy; and Terry Bard of Wooster College.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Mellott are the parents of twin boys born at the Medical Center on Saturday. Mrs. Mellott is the former Joan Snyder.

Other local students home for the holidays are: Andy Washabaugh of Gettysburg College and Eddie Shaw, John Mentzer and Leland and Ronald Cisney of Penn State University.

Miss Mary Trout is suffering from shock and an injured leg as the result of a fall in her store here on Monday. She is now confined to her bed at home. Her sister, Mrs. Irene Lynch, is in serious condition in Fulton County Medical Center following surgery here on Monday.

The new Ayr-Todd-Borough joint school building is progressing rapidly, with the block and brick walls practically completed, leaving only fill-in brick work to be done following placement of the steel rafters. A delay of two weeks caused by a holdup on delivery of steel I-beams was ended on Tuesday when the beams arrived and workers started to place the rafters. Two oil-burning boilers have been installed, with a thermostat in each room. Fresh air will be drawn in from the outside and heated as it passes through the radiators. The first three grade rooms will have individual toilets and a sink, and a fountain will be installed in each room. The kitchen will be equipped entirely with stainless steel and Monel metal.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Bonita R. Madden of Big Cove Tannery to William H. Cockley of Chambersburg. They are both 1953 graduates of Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Dr. David M. Simpson and Nancy Ann Glazier were married on December 19.

James Sephus Mack, the new president of G.C. Murphy Co., took over his post at the comparatively young age of 40, but that’s still nine years older than was his father, John Sephus Mack, when he became president-chairman of the company in 1911, the position he held until his death in 1940. The company was founded in 1906 by the late George C. Murphy, who had five employees. It was floundering along near bankruptcy when the elder Mack and Walter C. Shaw bought the controlling interest in 1911. Since then, the company has expanded to 299 stores scattered over a dozen states, doing an annual business of around $195,000,000.

More than 100 members and guests attended the annual banquet of social club of Fulton Manufacturing Co. at the American Legion home last Thursday evening. Walter Ray, acting as toastmaster, announced the new club officers for 1954. They are: Estella Mellott, president; Josephine Deshong, vice president; Doris Keebaugh, secretary; and Betty Peck, treasurer. Dance music was furnished by Jay Chamberlain and his orchestra.

Fred S. Sammel of Bedford has been re-elected president of Bedford-Fulton Tuberculosis and Health Society.

Death: Mrs. Charles A. Cover of Luray, Va.

Larry Golden of Penn State University and Clem Smith Jr., West Chester College, are spending the holidays at their homes at Warfordsburg.

Mrs. Ella Morrow of Burnt Cabins had the misfortune of breaking her right wrist recently.

Sgt. Gerald P. Barnett, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Hustontown, a platoon sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division, will spend Christmas this year north of the 38th parallel in Korea. His wife, Betty, lives at Clear Ridge.

Pvt. Kenneth N. Ray is now stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Pfc. John A. Batdorff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Batdorff of McConnellsburg, recently spent a seven-day rest and recuperation leave in Kokura, Japan. He is stationed in Korea with the 143rd Field Artillery Battallion.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Ramsey of Laidig on December 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James F. Seville of Knobsville on December 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strait of Harrisonville on December 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Alloway of Mc- Connellsburg on December 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Harry Sheffield of Knobsville on December 17.

Deaths: Hon. George A. Comerer of Ayr Township, who served two terms in Pennsylvania State Legislature; Nevin Shade Strait of Harrisonville; Sylvester Decker of Everett; Mrs. Ella Lewis of Philadelphia; William Harris of Gettysburg; Mrs. Mayme Pearl Pittman of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 23, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Estelle Logue Seylar of McConnellsburg; William H. Nesbitt of McConnellsburg;

William Sheridan Ramsey of Clear Ridge.

Paul Dale Hunter has completed his seven weeks of naval training at Sampson, N.Y. He is a brother of Dallas Hunter, who was reported missing in action in August.

A communication from the War Department has informed Mrs. Richard W. Kendall that her husband has now been officially listed as dead in action, a year having passed since he was first reported missing in action and no trace of him having been found. It was on November 23, 1942, that the merchant ship upon which he was serving was sunk in the North Atlantic. Two hours after his ship was hit, the entire crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats. On December 8, 1942, the survivors in one boat were picked up, but the other two boats were never found. The Navy communication said that it is now “presumed that the death of your husband occurred on the 24th of November, 1943, which is the day following the day of expiration, an absence of 12 months.”

A Big Cove Tannery man is being held under $500 bond in jail on a charge of assaulting a Big Cove Tannery woman at her home on Sunday.

Veryl Leroy Mumma and Beulah Mellott were married November 25.

A total of 13.05 tons of tomatoes were grown during the past season on a 1-acre patch by James Peck of Rock Hill, according to figures furnished by the canning company where Mr. Peck sold his tomatoes.

Having completed a training course, Miss Jeanne Greathead has been assigned to duty by the Red Cross at the Camp Gordon Johnston Station Hospital in Carrabelle, Fla.

Nine selectees passed their physical exams at Altoona last Friday and were inducted into the armed forces, five accepted by the Army and four by the Navy. The new Army men are John Joseph Kreiger Jr., New Grenada; Wayne Elmo Fleming of Clear Ridge; Archie Doak Anderson of Wells Tannery; Earl Barnett Truax of Harrisonville; and Robert Lee Strait of Harrisonville. The Navy selectees are Max Lewis Stenger of McConnellsburg; Charles L. Booth of Warfordsburg; John D. Cutchall of Hustontown; and John G. Goes of Mc- Connellsburg.

S.Sgt. Thomas G. Waters has landed safely in Australia.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 21, 1933


Deaths: Mrs. Anna

Margaret Kelley of

Mount Union; Mrs. Mary J. Mason of Hancock; Miss Cora Claudine Stitt of Neelyton; Miss Ann Horton of Cassville.

The administration building at the CCC camp in Allen’s Valley was destroyed by fire last Thursday morning.

Death: Mrs. Charles Thomas of Saltillo.

Miss Myriam Wright of Fairview is employed at the CWA office in McConnellsburg.

Wilber C. Stevens and Dorothy Spoonhour were married on December 17.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 20, 1923


Deaths: Mrs. Samuel Clevenger of

Clear Ridge; David Gordon, the last surviving Civil War veteran in Thompson Township; Mrs. Sarah Palmer of Big Pool, Md.; Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Brant of near Hustontown.

One wing of the farm residence of Mr. and Mrs. Reed Bivens at Websters Mill was practically destroyed by fire on Saturday evening.

Florence, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lamberth Ford of Wells Tannery, is in Altoona Hospital for treatment.

On December 13, a 9- pound boy was born to Marshall H. and Edna F. Diehl of Amaranth.

About 52 neighbors and friends gathered at the home of O.J. Oakman of near Andover on December 15 to surprise Miss Ada Deshong on her 16th birthday.

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