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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Nancy K. Richards, pictures the 1952-53 students in first- through eighth-grade, at the one-room school known as Road School, 1-1/2 miles south of McConnellsburg. Front row: Larry Cree Carbaugh, Gwendyolin Regi Jimmy Putt; second row: Alma Truax, Rodney Seville, Linda Kendall, Sandra Culler, Esther McQuade, Blain Mc- Quade; third row: Zelda Carbaugh, Richard Truax, Janet Jarret, George Harness, Larry Putt, George Shives, Marna McQuade, Robert Black, Jane Harris; fourth row: Gary Seville, Cathy Mills, Sharon Swisher, John Swisher, Wanda Helman, Wally Putt, Elmer Carbaugh, Diane Tolbert, William Kendall; fith row: Raymond Seville, Joyce Kendall, Judy Hill, unknown, Jerry Harness, Wayne Deshong, Cindy Helman, Cindy Secrist, Ronnie Burke; sixth row: Fred Black, John Truax, Mac McQuade, Sonny Helman, Roger Sieders, Carl Kendall, Vickie Secrist, Lee Truax and Kay Mills. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Nancy K. Richards, pictures the 1952-53 students in first- through eighth-grade, at the one-room school known as Road School, 1-1/2 miles south of McConnellsburg. Front row: Larry Cree Carbaugh, Gwendyolin Regi Jimmy Putt; second row: Alma Truax, Rodney Seville, Linda Kendall, Sandra Culler, Esther McQuade, Blain Mc- Quade; third row: Zelda Carbaugh, Richard Truax, Janet Jarret, George Harness, Larry Putt, George Shives, Marna McQuade, Robert Black, Jane Harris; fourth row: Gary Seville, Cathy Mills, Sharon Swisher, John Swisher, Wanda Helman, Wally Putt, Elmer Carbaugh, Diane Tolbert, William Kendall; fith row: Raymond Seville, Joyce Kendall, Judy Hill, unknown, Jerry Harness, Wayne Deshong, Cindy Helman, Cindy Secrist, Ronnie Burke; sixth row: Fred Black, John Truax, Mac McQuade, Sonny Helman, Roger Sieders, Carl Kendall, Vickie Secrist, Lee Truax and Kay Mills. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 19, 1994


All of the schools in the county let out early on

Tuesday of this week due to the snow and sleet storm which everyone is hoping was the last of this winter’s storms.

Fulton County has been chosen as one of three counties to be used to study rural mental health care training and needs as part of a two-year project. The U.S. Administration on Aging is sponsoring the two-year project under which the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Reach, in cooperation with Lincoln University and the mental health and aging agencies of Fulton, Franklin and Berks counties, will study mental health care needs of the rural elderly.

This winter’s pounding of snow and ice have “busted” the borough’s snow removal budget with winter less than half over. Borough Council had budgeted $3,000 for snow plowing, treatment of streets and removal of snow. According to borough secretary Jack Fields, the bills already total $7,400 with probably more to come.

State Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer, R-30th, announced plans to seek a sixth term in the Pennsylvania State Senate at a luncheon at McConnellsburg Senior Citizens’ Center here last Thursday.

Traci Deshong and Scott Spearly were united in marriage at United Methodist Church, McConnellsburg, November 6. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Deshong of Harrisonville. The groom is the son of Flo Pantozzi of Pasadena, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. John Spearly of Bellefonte.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robinson of Warfordsburg on February 4.

Deaths: Mazie Seiders, Fort Littleton; Lillian Rotz, Fort Loudon; Mabel Hoffman, St. Thomas.

Jerry McDonald, Mercersburg, and Lois Smith, Hancock, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Donald and Cathy Barnhart of Hustontown announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly, to Charles Hunt, Chambersburg.

30 Years Ago

From the Files of February 23, 1984


Pennsylvania State Police at Bedford reported that two black males held up employees of McDonald’s restaurant in Breezewood on Saturday morning and made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. took delivery of a new ambulance last Saturday and the new unit was put into service Tuesday. Purchased at a cost of $32,999, the Ford chassis is fully equipped. It is the fourth ambulance to be purchased by the fire company.

A shooting following a domestic dispute resulted in the death of Larry E. Sipes, 35, McConnellsburg, on Sunday evening, and his wife, Kyong Pok “Kim” Sipes, is being held in Franklin County Prison after being charged with criminal homicide. According to police, the tragedy occurred at about 7 p.m., at the couple’s trailer home, two miles east of Harrisonville, and following the shooting, Mrs. Sipes drove to the state police barracks.

State Treasurer Bud Dwyer was the featured speaker at the county Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday evening at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Announcement is made of the marriage of Rita A. Lehman and Brian L. Mellott on October 15 in Mercersburg Academy Chapel. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Lehman of Path Valley and Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Sheila Sheets and Gregory Hearne were joined in marriage on February 4 at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Chambersburg. The bride is the daughter of Wilma Mitchell and stepdaughter of William Mitchell, Harrisonville, and daughter of Ted Sheets of St.Thomas. The groom is the son of Mrs. Lee Hearne and the late Malcolm Hearne of Raystown, Miss.

Specials at the IGA: Velveeta cheese, $1.79, 1-lb. pkg.; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents lb.; Mueller’s old-fashioned noodles, 2 for $1; Campbell’s vegetable beef soup, 2 for 79 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Smith of Breezewood on February 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Koons of McConnellsburg on February 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hale of Fort Littleton on February 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Clark of Breezewood on February 16.

Deaths: James T. Brennan Sr., McConnellsburg; Martin Q. Oakman, Hancock; Beatrice M. Poper, Williamson; Martha C. Barnhart, Warfordsburg.

Grover and Dorothy Mellott, McConnellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan Leigh Mellott, to John Benjamin Myers of Lancaster.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 21, 1974


A 20-year-old Washington, D.C., woman survived a fractured skull and shoulder, extensive lacerations of the scalp and multiple contusions and abrasions received after she leaped from a moving truck on the turnpike last Monday. The woman was returning to work in Washington after driving to Bethany College, W.Va., over the weekend. Approximately one mile east of the Breezewood Turnpike Interchange, her car broke down and she pulled off the road to wait for the turnpike police to come by and provide assistance. If she had known then she was only a mile from Breezewood, she would have walked, she said. After about an hour’s wait, a tractor-trailer pulled off near her. A white man walked over to her car and tried to fix it, but failing, he offered to take her to the next interchange to get help. After she had gotten into the truck, the driver told her he was going to Philadelphia. She became alarmed when he didn’t stop at the Breezewood interchange but kept on going. She said she asked him to stop, but he told her was taking her with him to Philly. When they passed the Fort Littleton interchange she told him if he didn’t stop the truck, she would jump out. The next thing she remembers is waking up in the Medical Center.

Pennsylvania is about to embark on its second gasolinerationing experiment. The odd-even day rationing plan, based on the last number of the license plate, met with so much resistance Gov. Shapp is now considering a similar plan based on automobile inspection sticker numbers – and this one may be mandatory.

Four area dairymen were honored for having high-producing herds this past year at the 10th annual District 89 meeting for Atlantic Breeders Co-op members held in February at McConnellsburg Firehall. Receiving certificates of merit for having top Dairy Herd Improvement Association averages were Tony Carpenter and Nathan Hixon, both of Crystal Spring; Robert Knepper of Three Springs and Wallace Mellott of Harrisonville.

The executions of the three men, Carl Isaacs, George Dungee and Wayne Coleman, who were convicted of the murder of six members of the Donalsonville,Ga., family in January, have been postponed indefinitely, after appeals were filed by their lawyers.

Bill McKelvey’s 1973 state champion quarter horse, Sanger’s Jewel, foaled on Thursday, giving him a future champion colt.

Three county high school seniors have been named 1974 Betty Crocker Family Leaders of Tomorrow. They are Sheila Metz from Central Fulton, Shirley Souders from Forbes Road and Tana Mellott from Southern Fulton.

Kenneth Glazier, McConnellsburg, was announced first runner-up in Pennsylvania State Outstanding Young Farmers program during an awards luncheon at the PA State Jaycees board meeting at Valley Forge.

Marriage license: George Allan Mellott of Harrisonville and Lori Lynne Vores of McConnellsburg; William Edgar Berkstresser and Carolyn Sue Donivan, both of Hustontown.

Specials at the IGA: Swanson TV dinners, 59 cents; Ivory soap, 35 cents, 4-bar pack; liquid Dove, 45 cents; Banquet frozen cookin’ bags, 4 for $1; Borden’s ice cream, 79 cents; Daytime Pampers, box of 30, $1.59.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. A. Dale Souders of Mc- Connellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara D., to Garry Lee Christy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Christy of Mercersburg.

Deaths: Miss Maude Ott of McConnellsburg; Mary M. Aulabaugh, infant daughter of Steven Wayne and Dinah Faye Weigle Aulabaugh, Hedgesville; Mrs.Vera M. Buterbaugh, Chambersburg; John J. Colyer, Shade Gap.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 27, 1964


Latest report from the Medical College of Virginia

Hospital in Richmond, Va., where Robert Hunter and daughter Patty are recovering from kidney transplant surgery, is that both patients are making a satisfactory recovery.

Rosalie Hixson of Crystal Spring was a member of the team that represented the United States in the international Wheelchair Olympics in London and now she’s hoping to take part in a similar event in Japan.

Frank Johnston of McConnellsburg was elected president of Fulton County Agricultural Extension Association for the coming year at its annual meeting. Charles Walker of McConnellsburg was named vice president. Elected secretary was Harold Deshong of McConnellsburg and treasurer Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg.

Icy roads caused two accidents involving local people during the past week, but no serious injuries were reported in either mishap. Donald E. Hill of Warfordsburg, driving a 1960 Rambler, skidded on a downgrade as he was travelling north on Route 267 and hit the left side of a state car driven by Robert L. Fix of McConnellsburg. The second accident occurred on Friday when James Brown of Mc- Connellsburg, driving a 1958 Chevrolet, skidded as he rounded the curve at Patterson Run and hit the left side of a 1963 International station wagon driven by Thomas Haubrick of McConnellsburg.

Ronald Eugene Collins, 18, Doylesburg, was arrested on Saturday by state police of the local substation and charged with burglary on three counts. He was released under $500 bond pending court proceedings. The youth admitted breaking into three business places in Fulton County – Brantner Motors, Snyder’s Esso Station and Clevenger’s Service Station, all on February 7.

Dr. R.E. Riggs, Paul Ott, Carl Paylor, Grover C. Fields Jr. and Ed McLaughlin left last Thursday for Pinehurst, N.C., on a golfing spree.

Specials at the A&P: slab of bacon, whole or half, 29 cents lb.; pork loin, 7-rib end, 25 cents lb.; Gaines dog food, 25 lbs., $2.44.

Sarah Elizabeth Shaw of Hustontown will be among the 61 graduates who will be awarded Bachelor of Science in education degrees at Shippensburg State College at commencement exercises in Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, February 29, at 2 p.m.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benny Mumma of Mc- Connellsburg on February 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Brant of Harrisonville on February 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Shives of Big Cove Tannery on February 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Mills of Hagerstown on February 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. O. Frank Newville of Saltillo on February 24.

Deaths: Rev. T.P. Garland of McConnellsburg; George Wilson Blankley of Hancock; Milton W. Hauger of Somerset.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 25, 1954


The Miller Trio will play for dancing at the local

American Legion home on Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Tad McLaughlin of McConnellsburg left last Friday for a week’s cruise to Nassau.

W.R. Sloan and Wilson L. Nace attended a manufacturer’s convention in Philadelphia on Monday.

Richard Bender, son of Rev. and Mrs. Larue G. Bender of McConnellsburg, has been elected president of the Student Christian Association at Lycoming College in Williamsport, where he is a freshman this year. He has also been selected as a delegate to the Confederation of Methodist Student Movement at Gettysburg, March 26-28.

Mrs. C.A. Cutchall of town received word on Saturday evening of the sudden death of her brother, Frank B. Sayre of Vernon Center, Minn.

The eighth annual report of Fulton County Soil Conservation District shows a membership increase for 1953 of 25 percent over 1952. In 1953, 47 county farmers became cooperators with the district. This increase in membership makes a total acreage under conservation plans in the county of 65,850 acres on 402 farms. This represents 35 percent of the total farms in the district.

Harold Rotz, progressive farmer of Todd Township, has been elected president of Fulton County Agricultural Extension Association. Other officers are: Webster Fischer of Crystal Spring, vice president; Mrs. Glenn Mosebey of Wells Tannery, secretary; and C. Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg, treasurer. The annual meeting of the association was held in McConnellsburg last Thursday.

Larry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Knepper, won first place and a gold cup in a contest sponsored by Pennsylvania Crop Improvement Association. He had a yield of 115 bushels of corn per acre, the fourth highest yield in all classes in the state. In the same contest, James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hollenshead, placed third in Area 2, which comprises most of the eastern counties in the state.

At its meeting on February 19, Fulton County Sportsmen’s League voted to hold a fox hunt on Saturday, March 20.

The McConnellsburg PTA will sponsor a variety show on Friday evening. One of the features will be a one-act comedy, “The Charm Racket,” with the following cast of characters: Mrs. Harold Kies, Mrs. Henry Hann, Mrs. Albert Foster, Mrs. C.B. Chubb, Mrs. Ralph Schmidt, Mrs. Gerald Lorentz and Mrs. Raymond Deshong. This play will be directed by Mrs. Claude Mellott. The newly organized Mc- Connellsburg High School Dance Band, under the direction of John Enck, will make its initial appearance at this show. Members of the band include: Wanda Crouse, Don Chubb, Foster Schooley, Raymond Snyder, Walter Grissinger, Parker Crouse, Rodney Cover, Ed Stenger, Lee Glazier, Larry Cisney, Kirk Cover and George Cline. Other musical participants will include Jane Stewart MacKinlay, Nancy Pyles, Mrs. Lyle Putt, Robert Bender, Eugene Earley, Mrs. Paul Ott, W.H. Abercrombie, C.B. Chubb, Mrs. Ethel Diehl, Mrs. Harry Reeder, Mrs. W.H. Abercrombie and Mrs. Eugene Earley. Another feature will be tap and ballet dancing by Susan and Daisy Ann Drury of Hagerstown.

The top yield in Fulton County in a nationwide corngrowing contest was produced by Neil Palmer with a yield of 113.18 bushels per acre, followed by Charles N. Lanehart with 87.17 bushels and Robert McCray with 53.77 bushels. All are from Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. E.B.Covalt of near Needmore celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on January 23.

David Shives Jr., 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Shives of McConnellsburg, suffered a broken leg on Sunday when he slipped and fell while playing on the porch at his home.

Rev. and Mrs. E.J. Croft of Markes observed their 56th wedding anniversary on February 9. Mr. Croft, a retired Methodist minister, will be 81 years of age on February 28.

Pvt. Robert Sigel and Pvt. Gerald Mellott of Warfordsburg are now stationed at Aberdeen, Md.

Death: Michael Nesbitt of Burnt Cabins.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Wink of Needmore on February 6; a son to Rev. and Mrs. Lloyd Crall of McConnellsburg on February 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Ramsey of Harrisonville on February10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Wheeler of Mc- Connellsburg on February 12.

Deaths: Wilbur Thomas Peck of McConnellsburg; Charles C. Montague of Carnegie; Roy Blair Daniels, Needmore.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 24, 1944


Deaths: George Ellis Swope of Needmore; Mrs.

Jenne C. Himes of Williamsport.

Judge Sheely will be the principal speaker on Sunday when an honor roll will be unveiled in the Big Cove Tannery Lutheran Church. The names of 35 young men and women from the area will appear on the roll.

Staff Sgt. Ralph E. Strait of Saluvia, an engineer and assistant gunner on a flying fortress, was killed in action over

France on February 2. He had been wounded in action over England in a previous engagement and, after some time in a hospital, had reported back to his unit. His wife operates a beauty shop in Mercersburg and had received a letter from him recently, written on the day he was killed.

Dewey Jay, 44, Breezewood, was instantly killed on Thursday night when his trailer-truck wrecked on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Pvt. Harvey V. McQuait is stationed at Newport News, Va.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 22, 1934


Deaths: Emboden

Asphey Largent of

McConnellsburg; Mrs. Jesse B. Heefner of Hustontown; Mrs. Elmira Tritle of McConnellsburg; Dean K. Madden of Three Springs. Hundreds of mourners viewed the body of this young man through a window at his home because he had died of scarlet fever.

Fear is expressed for the 1934 peach crop in the state. Because of the recent cold wave, some growers report losses of 50 percent while others range up to a total loss.

Lester Hershey of Knobsville was involved in what could have been a fatal accident while working on the new auditorium in Mc- Connellsburg last week. He was pushing a loaded wheelbarrow up a scaffold when it overturned, carrying him to the ground with it. The injured man was taken to the office of Dr. E.S. Krug, who found the most serious injury to be a dislocated shoulder.

Belgium is in mourning this week due to the death of King Albert I, who died in a fall while mountain climbing. Albert’s eldest son, 32-yearold Leopold III, will be formally crowned on Friday.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rowe Mellott of Big Cove Tannery

February 16 in honor of the 69th birthday of Mr. Mellott.

Alan L. Gardner and Janet L. McNearney were wed February 14.

George N. Barnett of Waterfall sustained lacerations of the head and face on February 16 when his Ford sedan collided with a loaded coal truck near New Grenada.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hill of near Needmore announce the birth of a son on February 10.

David Knepper is seriously ill at his home at Waterfall.

More than 500 persons attended the evangelistic services in the local Methodist church on Sunday evening. A choir of 100 local men sang during the service.

Miss Carrie Welch fell down the stairs at her home at Burnt Cabins last Wednesday, fracturing her left arm and spraining her ankle.

Bill Kelly, son of John and Anna Kelly of Burnt Cabins, fractured his elbow while wrestling at school one day last week.

Death: Taylor Moore of Burnt Cabins.

The Peggy Ann Dress Store will open in McConnellsburg on March 1, next door to Stoner’s Variety Store.

Correction: In the 50 years ago column of the February 9, 1984, issue, which was taken from the files of the February 8, 1934, issue, a wedding was reported that did not take place. It has been brought to the attention of the editor that the marriage of Harvey Seville and Mrs. John Truax on February 3, 1934, was sent in to the newspaper 50 years ago as a practical joke that, over the intervening years, has worn a little thin. Apologies to their families.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 21, 1924


Deaths: Joshua L.

Mellott of Needmore; Mrs. Sarah A. Mellott Hixson of near Canfield, Ohio; Harvey B. Jones of Falling Spring, Franklin County.

Dr. John H. Mayer has been elected superintendent to Chambersburg Hospital to succeed Mrs. Elizabeth Patterson Nielson, who recently resigned.

A marriage license was issued at Hagerstown on February 8 to Blair William Schetrompf of Clear Spring and August L. Schriever of Lashley. At the same place on February 17, a license was issued to Donald S. Shives of Pleasant Ridge and Pauline Michael of Berkeley Springs.

Wellesley H. Greathead received an important piece of mail a few days ago. It was his commission from President Calvin Coolidge as postmaster of McConnellsburg for the next four years.

Last Monday, Philip Strait and his three sons, Robert, Palmer and Horace, were fox hunting on Sideling Hill. They found a fox but it dived into a hole. While they were digging for it, the fox decided to take off for better places. It charged out of the hole, Robert and Horace both shooting at it and missing. The fox then jumped on Palmer’s horse, which was tied nearby, scaring the horse. The horse took off with the fox on its back, followed by the hounds and the hunters following the hounds. Somewhere in the mad dash, the fox again decided to take off for better places, and the dogs and hunters followed the horse for five miles before they discovered the fox was no longer with them.

Mr. and Mrs. James J. Harris and family arrived home last Thursday after a three-month tour of the South in their two automobiles.

Blair Garland of Warfordsburg is singing loudly these days. It’s a little farmer.

The Tampa, Fla., papers report that D.E. Little was the winner of a building lot there, given away in connection with the Tampa Fair.

A bouncing baby boy, Harold Robert, made his appearance at the Frank Woodal home at Websters Mill on February 5.

Mrs. Wesley Fraker of Fort Littleton is seriously ill at this time. She seems to be losing ground in her battle with oron ganic heart trouble.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lashley of Hustontown on February 7.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Esley Foster of Three Springs on February 16 in honor of son Herman’s birthday.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Will Nelson of Jugtown last Friday. This is their fourth child, the other three being boys.

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