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20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 27, 1994


It looks like Fulton Countians will have to wait at least another month for those Big Macs and french fries here in McConnellsburg. Extreme weather conditions are hampering the construction of the new Mc- Donald’s, and the new opening date is projected now for late February.

The BiLo Market at Penn’s Village was one of many stores and houses that suffered damage from last week’s nearly two-foot snowfall and the freezing and thawing that subsequently took place. The roof on the entrance portico of the market caved in under the snow and ice sometime late Sunday evening. The store itself suffered no damage and the wreckage was cleaned up by Monday afternoon. The unusually harsh winter weather in the past weeks has caused businesses to shut down and schools to close their doors for an entire week.

Southern Fulton School Board last week approved the hiring of former Tuscarora Intermediate Unit executive director Dr. Dale Heller as substitute superintendent in the district on a per-diem basis. He temporarily replaces former district superintendent Mary Louise Coleman who resigned January 7 to pursue the residency requirement of her doctoral program at Penn State.

Many happy returns of the day to Evelyn Clevenger, 79, and Florence Headley, 80, who celebrated birthdays this week.

Melanie Brumbaugh and Damon Schoen were united in marriage August 14 at United Methodist Church in Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Betty Brumbaugh of McConnellsburg, and John Brumbaugh of Lewistown. The groom is the son of Elton Schoen, Fort Littleton, and the late Derek Schoen of Hagerstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Shives of Hancock and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grove of Hancock announce the marriage of their children, Carol and Richard, August 7, at Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown.

Warren and Vera Black of Waterfall celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary January 7, at a catered luncheon in their honor at Hustontown Community Center.

David and Kimberly Seiders of McConnellsburg announce the birth of their son, David Michael Seiders II, January 3 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Barnhart of Needmore on January 18.

Deaths: Lottie Mellott, Needmore; Helen Hockensmith, Harrisonville; George Baker III, Warfordsburg; Frank Weller, Hancock; Robert Swope Sr., Six Mile Run; David DeGroff Jr., Neelyton; David Lenhart, Waynesboro; Melvin Schooley, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Arthur Edwards, Warren, Ohio; Helen McMullen, Blairs Mills; Grace Prough, Mount Union; Quinter Ensley, Palmetto, Fla.; Orville Beatty, Needmore; Olive Bolinger, Wells Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 9, 1984


A 22-month investigation by the state attorney general’s narcotics strike force and state police from the Troop G area has resulted in the breakup of a large drug-distribution operation in Huntingdon, Blair and Mifflin counties. Charges were lodged against 18 persons, several from central Pennsylvania, late last week as state police and agents from the state’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations began arresting the suspects. The hub of the area drug operation was the Allenport Fruit Market, located just south of Mount Union along U.S. Route 522.

Former television personality Nancy Kulp has announced that she will be a candidate for the 9th Congressional District seat now held by Republican Shuster. Kulp, 62, a resident of Juniata County, will run unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Kulp is best known for her portrayal of bank secretary Jane Hathaway on the long-running “Beverly Hillbillies” television show.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Deshong of McConnellsburg celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on February 7.

Angela Shives and Dennis Gordon were married November 25 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Shives of Big Cove Tannery. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Gordon of Needmore.

The afternoon of December 31 was the setting for the wedding of Carol Sue Hann and Robert Lee Keefer at Pleasant Grove Church of Needmore. Parents of the couple are Ralph and Jean Hann of Warfordsburg, and Wilbur Keefer of McConnellsburg and Elva Keefer of St. Thomas.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft cheese, $1.89, 10-oz. stick; apples, 89 cents, 3-lb. bag; cauliflower, $1.29; Cheerios, 99 cents; Mazola oil, $1.99.

Patricia Johnson, daughter of William Johns of Hancock, and Dorothy Johnson, McConnellsburg, was commissioned as second lieutenant in the United States Army Nurse Corps in August 1983.

Deaths: Ida B. Sharpe, McConnellsburg; Inez Linn, Chambersburg; Kathleen Jones, St. Thomas; Charles L. Booth, Needmore.

Michael Newell, Harrisonville, and Donna Briggs, Warfordsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 7, 1974


DeShong Oil & Gas Co. of Harrisonville reported all fuel oil, gasoline and other petroleum product deliveries by this firm would be discontinued until a settlement is reached concerning the nationwide independent truckers’ shutdown. Ellis Yingling, owner of McConnellsburg Exxon, acknowledged he has been out of gas since last Friday. Opened in 1942, Yingling has operated the service station the past 15 years 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without a similar occurrence. No gas is expected until after the truckers’ strike. Striking truckers picketing A&P’s regional warehouse in Altoona have forced a halt in deliveries to McConnellsburg’s A&P. At present, the stock will be gone within the week. Ray Koontz’s IGA has been more fortunate. A number of his deliveries are relatively short hauls from locations east of Fulton County. Most Fulton truckers have parked their rig after incidents in the county last Thursday night, which caused $200 damage to trucks and cargo.

Ronald E. Richards, president of Needmore Fire Co., received the Fireman of the Year award at the annual firemen’s banquet on January 5.

Recent engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hershey Sr. of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Della Katherine, to Terry Lee Lynch, son of Mrs. Lena Lynch of McConnellsburg and Frank Lynch of Mercersburg. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Barton of Three Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Peggy M. Barton, to Albert I. Doyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Doyle of McConnellsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gracey of New Grenada announce the engagement of their daughter, Louise Ann, to James Steele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Steele of New Enterprise.

Mr. and Mrs. Blair Schetrompf of Hancock will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on February 10.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hess of McConnellsburg on January 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randall McCoy of Huntingdon on January 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar DeShong of Hancock on January 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. W. Eugene Hann of Needmore on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller of Hancock on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Snyder of McConnellsburg on January 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Appleby of Shade Gap on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bishop Jr. of Mercersburg on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl McClure of Three Springs on January 30.

Specials at the IGA: king-size bread, 2 loaves for 79 cents; Campbell’s vegetable soup, 7 cans for $1; Pillsbury pie crust mix, 39 cents; IGA saltines, 39 cents.

Lee Oakman has taken over the management of The Fulton Democrat from former managing editor Joanne McCoy. Lee is the son of owner-publisher Guy Oakman.

Deaths: Mrs. Mae M. Herrell, Paw Paw; Hayes C. Gladfelter, Conemaugh; Leonard S. Fry, Mercersburg; Ray W. Smith, Hancock; Angela L. Brumbaugh, infant daughter of William and Joyce Brumbaugh, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 13, 1964


On Monday morning of this week, Patty Hunter,

16-year- old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert

Hunter of McConnellsburg, was transferred by ambulance from Harrisburg General Hospital to Harrisburg Airport and then by plane to Medical College of Virginia Hospital, Richmond, Va., for the delicate operation of transplanting a kidney from her father to take the place of her own kidneys, which no longer function.

A special meeting of McConnellsburg Borough Council was held on Monday night of this week for the express purpose of voting on the enactment of two borough ordinances. The first ordinance provides for the acquisition of certain land rights-of-way and easements – either by agreement or by the exercise of eminent domain – between the borough of McConnellsburg and Thomas McN. Johnston for the purpose of construction of a sewerage disposal plant. The second ordinance was in the form of an amendment to an agreement between the borough of McConellsburg and the McConnellsburg Borough Municipal Authority (water company) concerning the equal sharing of payments on the bonded indebtedness created in 1960 to cover the cost of new waterlines installed at that time.

Mrs. Lizzie Bain Lysinger of Bedford, who was raised in Fort Littleton, will be 102 years old on Thursday.

Bernard Bigley, regional representative of Industrial Development, Department of Commerce, Harrisburg, presented a check for $226.94 to Lyle Duffey, treasurer of the Fulton Industrial Development Association, last Tuesday morning. This was the fourth quarterly grant given to this group for promotion of industry in Fulton County.

Trooper Ralph Kell, who for the past eight years has been stationed at the local substation of the Pennsylvania State Police, was promoted last week to the rank of corporal.

Linda A. Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnston of McConnellsburg, is McConnellsburg High School’s 1964 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.

The Needmore Girl Scouts, Troop 1035, held a pinning ceremony on February 1, under the direction of their troop leaders, Mrs. Goldie McKinley and Mrs. Sarah Hill. The following Girl Scouts were pinned by their mothers: Barbara Fletcher, Linda Deneen, Dotti Ward, Ellen Hill, Florence Hill, Joani McKeever, Floetta Apple, Sue Duvall and Satricia Deneen. After this ceremony, these Brownies were pinned by their mothers; Charla Perrin, Cathy Fletcher, Althea Hill and Denise Mellott.

Miss Mary Trout died early Wednesday morning at the Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Lauren Taylor received word this week that her sonin law and daughter, Sgt. an Mrs. T.M. Tedesco of Lubbock, Texas, are being transferred to the Philippine Islands next month. Sgt. Tedesco is with the U.S. Army.

S.H. Hershberger, proprietor of the Glen Nell Hotel, was discharged from the Medical Center on Sunday and is now recuperating at home from a recent heart attack.

Mrs. J.R. Guyer is staying with friends in Pittsburgh to be near her brother, Wayne Taylor, who remains in critical condition in the Veterans Hospital there.

Mrs. Charles Crouse and baby accompanied her sister, Miss B. Souders, on a vacation to Florida this week.

Our congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene W. Mellott of Needmore whose first son was born last week, named Bryan Eugene.

Roy Alvin is the name of the new son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Powell of Needmore.

Mrs. Kathie Bolinger has accepted a position in the state treasurer’s office at Harrisburg.

Mrs. Eugene Leedy of Hustontown is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital where her condition is listed as critical.

Marshal Taylor of Hustontown underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital Friday of last week.

Harmon McElhaney of Hustontown underwent surgery on Monday of last week at Hagerstown Hospital.

Dan Barnhart of Hustontown has returned home the first of last week after being a patient in Fulton County Medical Center for 10 days for a heart ailment.

Mrs. Lena McClain of Hustontown was removed from her home to Chambersburg Hospital by ambulance on Tuesday morning where she will receive blood transfusions and treatment.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hornbaker of Mercersburg on February 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Barnhart of McConnellsburg on February 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mellott of Needmore on February 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harris of McConnellsburg on February 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Twigg of Needmore on February 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Garlock Sr. of McConnellsburg on February 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mack of McConnellsburg on February 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Fox of Warfordsburg; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Ritchey of McConnellsburg on February 8.

Deaths: Mrs. Watson G. Peck of Warfordsburg; W. Franklin Benson of Huntingdon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 11, 1954

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

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brantner of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter on Monday, February 8.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shaw of McConnellsburg will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary on February 13.

Miss Sheila Lammie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Lammie of McConnellsburg, is a student nurse at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Garland of Needmore announce the birth of a son on February 7.

Gary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grissinger Jr., underwent an emergency operation last week at Fulton County Medical Center for appendicitis.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kopec moved to Bellefonte on Saturday. Mr. Kopec has enrolled in graduate school at Penn State. Mrs. Kopec is the former Pauline Cutchall.

Rep. and Mrs. Merrill W. Kerlin announce the birth of their first child on February 7. It’s a little senator.

Recently, Norman Gress of McConnellsburg had three ewes killed and five badly injured by dogs. The Bureau of Animal Industry was notified, an investigation was made and damages of $103 will be paid by the state.

A Needmore trucker died on Saturday evening less than three hours after he was squeezed between a loaded coal truck and the wall of a building in McConnellsburg. The accident happened shortly after 5 p.m., on Saturday, as Russell W. McKee, 24, the victim, and Archie Sowers of Mc- Connellsburg were preparing to unload a coal truck at Fulton Motor Sales. The large dump truck, with nearly 7 tons of coal, had backed onto the pavement preparing to unload the coal. Sowers was at the wheel, and McKee had gone to the rear of the truck to open a window when he was pinned between the truck bed and the wall of the building. The injured man was taken to the Medical Center and then transferred to Chambersburg Hospital where he died about three hours later.

R. Glenn Sleighter, 43, has filed his fifth application for release form Eastern State Penitentiary. Sleighter is serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal death of 6-year-old Jean Seville, a ward of the Children’s Aid Society of Franklin County. He has been behind bars since 1937. Mrs. Elva Sleighter, wife of the prisoner, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the child’s death and was sentenced to Muncy Industrial Home for Women. She was released six years later.

Davy Oliver, a resident of Back Run, suffered bruises but no broken bones on Monday evening when he was hit by a car while walking toward McConnellsburg. The car was driven by Earl Clevenger of Harrisonville, who could not see Davy because of a snowstorm at the time.

The McConnellsburg Joint School Board accepted bids on about $20,000 worth of new furniture at its meeting last Tuesday. The furniture will be delivered next August for use in the new elementary school.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fischer of Buck Valley.

Helen T. Bender of McConnellsburg and Guy M. Hess of Needmore will receive awards at Chambersburg School of Business on Friday. Mrs. Bender qualified for the dictation and transcription award at 60 words per minute, while Mr. Hess will receive a competent typist award for typing 65 words per minute.

The Mother’s March on Polio was conducted on January 29 by the mothers of Fulton County, with $1,660.77 being raised.

Shirley Ott, daughter of Mrs. Elsie Ott of town, has returned home after undergoing treatment for polio at the Industrial Home for Crippled Children in Pittsburgh. Some weakness remains in the muscles of her neck and left shoulder, but she will continue her studies at McConnellsburg High School where she is a junior.

Rev. and Mrs. Arthur A. Price of Robertsdale were surprised by the men of his charge who presented them with a 1954 21-inch Motorola TV for their wedding anniversary, which will occur on February 17. Rev. Price is closing his third year as pastor of the Robertsdale, Woodvale and Broad Top City Charge.

It’s a boy for Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Munson, named Glen Allen. J. Irving Whalley of Windber has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for state senator from the 36th District, which includes Bedford, Fulton and Somerset counties.

Death: Mrs. Olive Parson Snyder of Mount Union.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mr. Richard Keebaugh of Hustontown.

Mr. and Mrs. Adrian E. Reeder of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter on January 26.

Deaths: Mrs. Nella Skinner Criswell of New York City; Emory J. Covert of Orbiso- nia; Mrs. Margaret Kline Benchoff of Hustontown.

70 Years Ago


Deaths: Mrs. Laura

Maye Lamberson of

Hustontown; Thomas Roy Truax of Pleasant Ridge; Mrs. Robert H. Miller of near Three Springs.

J.E. Palmer of Warfordsburg was endorsed as a delegate from the 17th Congressional District to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in June 1944 at a meeting of Republican leaders from the eight counties of the district in Lewistown on Saturday. The 70 politicians present also unanimously endorsed Congressman Richard M. Simpson for re-election in an enthusiastic vote of confidence.

Four horses, eight head of cattle, farm machinery and a large amount of hay and feed were lost in a fire of undetermined origin that destroyed a large barn on the Clarence K. Nesbitt farm near Knobsville on Sunday morning.

New army inductees from Fulton County are: Samuel Willis Seville of Mc- Connellsburg; Charles Bruce Schenck of Wells Tannery; Merrill Webster Kline of Saluvia; Clarence C. Johnson of Wells Tannery; Robert Lynn Fox of Dundock, Md.; Samuel Lee Mellott of Mercersburg; Cloyd Levi Johnson of Wells Tannery; Frank Mayer Skiles of Websters Mill; Ernest Clarence Harris of McConnellsburg; Lorenzo Paul Swope of Harrisonville; Porter Eugene Waters of Burnt Cabins; Robert Humphrey Rhodes of Mc- Connellsburg; Ernest Lester Leedy of Hustontown; John Willis Hess of Clear Ridge; and David E. Mellott of Needmore. New Navy inductees are Ernest Charles Fittery of Waterfall; Samuel Joseph Burton of Erie; Robert M. Spade of Crystal Spring; Orlen Ross Kerlin of Knobsville; and Howard Carl Fix of Mc- Connellsburg.

Elmer Seiders received a broken leg last Friday while at work at Broad Top.

80 Years Ago


Deaths: Mrs. Alletta

Mellott of Buck Valley; John Sheets of McConnellsburg; Clem H. Harris of Johnstown.

The ceremonies for the laying of the cornerstone of the new auditorium in Mc- Connellsburg will be held on Thursday afternoon. The program will include addresses by officials of the CWA, Superintendent B.C. Lamberson of Fulton County and Superintendent J.L. Finafrock of Franklin County. The laying of the cornerstone will be done by D.E. Little, president of the school board. Sealed in the cornerstone will be a description of the building, a history of the CWA, and the names of all teachers and students of the school in their own handwriting.

Last Saturday, Harry Mc- Quade of Cito, accompanied by his nephew, Donald Mc- Quade of McConnellsburg, went coon hunting. They didn’t get a coon, but instead killed a wildcat. Donald is the 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McQuade of town.

Clarence Carbaugh of Ayr Township suffered a broken collarbone, badly bruised breast bone and arm and other injuries when his team of horses slipped off a bridge into a stream, one horse stepping on him. Despite his injuries, he drove his own car to McConnellsburg, where Dr. Krug gave him medical attention.

Charles W. Huston and Jean Eleanor Hiles were married on February 3.

Charles Truax and Ruth Seville were married February 3.

Mrs. Ada J. Cline, wife of Samuel Cline, Burnt Cabins merchant, died on Monday from injuries she received on Sunday evening when she accidentally walked into the path of a car driven by Dean Piper of Shade Gap.

Fulton County’s share of the state’s appropriation of school funds during February will be $29,355.75.

Absalom Bishop and Esther Bivens were married January 30.

Kenneth Black, a first-year student at Penn State, spent a short vacation this week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Black of McConnellsburg.

James Armstrong and Thelma Snyder were married January 23.

Other deaths: David Naugle of near Little York, Ohio; Helen Barnett of McConnellstown.

90 Years Ago


Washington’s birthday will be celebrated in McConnellsburg schools with the hoisting of a 19x19-foot flag being purchased by the pupils of the school.

Death: Mrs. Elizabeth Gates Martin of Hancock.

J. Emery Lees and Olive Nelson were married January 27.

Fulton County’s first oldage assistance board was organized last Saturday in the courthouse. The members of the first board are Luther Kirk of Hustontown, U.G. Humbert of Big Cove Tannery and R. Hann of Harrisonville. The minimum age for old-age assistance is 70 and the amount may be as much as $1 a day, provided there is no child or other responsible person able to take care of the applicant. The members of the board are appointed by the county commissioners and serve without pay.

The Friendly Class of the Presbyterian Church enjoyed a supper party last Friday at the home of Mrs. Walter Sloan in honor of the recent bride, Mrs. George Bard, the former Cora Nesbit.

The new board of county commissioners – A. Cloyd Gress, Jacob Mellott and Sheridan Hann – have been in session quite regularly lately in an effort to find a way to overcome the county’s indebtedness, which now amounts to $19,100, with a balance of $1,345.49 in the county treasurer’s account.

Mrs. Harry Baumgardner of Wells Tannery received a message on Thursday from Ridgely, Md., stating that her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Madara, had died.

The stork passed over New Grenada last week and left a new boy at the home of Frank Thomas.

The nation is mourning because of the death of one of her most distinguished citizens, ex-President Woodrow Wilson.

Death: Richard Walker of Fannettsburg.

Vernon Northcraft of Northcraft suffered severely for several days last week because of eating soap powder in mistake for salt.

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