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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures a baking contest in 1961 during the 175th anniversary celebration of McConnellsburg. Pictured are Almyra Keefer, Bernice Daniels and Imogene McLucas. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures a baking contest in 1961 during the 175th anniversary celebration of McConnellsburg. Pictured are Almyra Keefer, Bernice Daniels and Imogene McLucas. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 17, 1994


It’s still tentative but McDonald’s might open the end of next week. The weather has hampered construction but with the temperatures moderating, work is progressing rapidly.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission informed area legislators early last week that the idea of developing a hotel or motel at the Sideling Hill Plaza area along the turnpike in Taylor Township was being deferred indefinitely. The area legislators said they were notified that the commission was shelving its exploration of proposals for the turnpike property.

Although it’s not quite spring yet, construction projects continue to flourish in McConnellsburg. McDonald’s in the west end of town is all but ready to open and the finishing touches are being added to both The Fulton County National Bank & Trust Co. and the Starlight Dinner Theatre downtown.

Shawn Appleby, Hustontown, and Beverly Barber, Hustontown, applied for a marriage license at the courthouse during the past week.

Megan Fraker surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career in leading Forbes Road to a 73-50 Sideling Hill League win over Southern Fulton last Thursday, February 10, at Forbes.

The marriage of Diana Pontoli, Beaver, Pa., to Todd Garber, McConnellsburg, took place November 20 at St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. The bride is the daughter of Joseph Pontoli, Beaver Falls, and Mrs. Sandra LeRoy, Greensburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loy Garber.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jason Hawkins of Wells Tannery on February 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hoover of Fort Loudon on February 11.

Deaths: John Appleby, Waterfall; Mary Hull, Chambersburg; Warren Bradnick, Neelyton; Lena Carbaugh, Arizona; John Mervin, Somerset; Hulda Locke, Saltillo; Ruth Grove, Clearville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 1, 1984


Just when people are calling to report sightings of wild geese and robins after a couple of balmy spring-like days, winter again reared its ugly head with a rain, snow, sleet and ice storm that made driving very hazardous on Monday night and Tuesday.

Many area residents enjoyed the Hee Haw TV show on Saturday night in which country music songwriter Vaughn Horton, a Broad Top native, appeared with Roy Clark and Buck Owens, singing some of his hit songs. Broad Top City, population 341, was given the Hee Haw salute, and Horton wore a coal miner’s hat and lamp owned by Lester Benson of Three Springs. The songwriter worked in the Rockhill coal mines around Robertsdale and Wood before leaving in the early 1930s to pursue a successful country music career.

A fire, first thought to be only a chimney fire, has left a Knobsville family of six homeless. McConnellsburg firefighters received a call Monday from Susan McDaid of Knobsville concerning a suspected chimney fire at her home. When firefighters arrived it was apparent that assistance would be needed and Hustontown Fire Co. was called. The blaze, which began in an overheated stove pipe on the first floor, quickly spread into the upstairs of the home.

At the 15th annual Fulton Chamber of Commerce awards banquet on Saturday night, 200 people gathered to honor the chamber’s choices for Woman of the Year, Outstanding Citizen and Service awards. Paul Shockey was chosen this year to receive the Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the community. Nettie Chubb was the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award and Monica Seville was named Woman of the Year.

The Mexican Hideaway on Lincoln Way East closed for business on Friday. The restaurant will be closed for a few weeks for remodeling and then will reopen under the management of Dorothy Storto. Former owner, Jack Shimer, will serve as cook.

Deaths: Walter F. Kline, Harrisonville; John Ross Mc- Mullen, Shade Gap; Robert Simpson, Cookeville, Tenn.; Joseph Morgan, Orrtanna; Ruth L. Tharp, Waynesboro.

Mr. and Mrs. Janvier Brown of Maddensville graciously opened their home on February 19 to approximately 85 friends and relatives to help them celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Specials at the IGA: Signal mouthwash, $1.99; cake mix, 79 cents; Scott towels, 2 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to M. and Mrs. Guy Bair of Shirleysburg on February 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Locke on February 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hartmire of Shippensburg on February 21.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 28, 1974


Pictured in this issue are members of Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club who were busy last week tearing down the wooden structure, formerly Field’s Barber Shop and Metz Jewelry Store, which was built onto the east wall of the Fulton House. Plans are to restore the building as near as possible to the way it was depicted in the early 19th century.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Horton recently purchased the Charles Crouse property in Todd Township and expect to move in this weekend.

Raymond Oscar and Erma Blanche Souders Bishop of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 4.

Deaths: David A. Smith, infant son of David Ritz and Donna Smith of Needmore; Mrs. Ada Maude McElfish, Cumberland; George F. Sherbuck, Chambersburg; Sarah Knauff, Ayr Township.

Michael Norman Atkin and Manasseah Irene Deshong, both of McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale O. Humbert of Mc- Connellsburg on February 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Swanger of Mercersburg on February17.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mellott of Wells Tannery were honored by family and friends in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary on February 10.

Specials at the IGA: ice cream, 69 cents. half-gallon; tuna fish, 49 cents, 6-oz. can; PA Dutch noodles, 49 cents, 1-lb. pkg.; Scope mouthwash, $1.19; bananas, 13 cents lb.; Downy fabric softener, $1.19, 64 ozs.

Deaths: Samuel S. Alloway, New Grenada; George R. Hess, Warren, Ohio; David F. Coons, Shippensburg; Bessie V. Salkeld, Everett; Smith H. Downes, Carlisle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 5, 1964


A big change in the method of collecting county taxes will be made in Fulton County this year when township and borough tax collectors will assume the responsibility of collecting all taxes, including school, road, borough and county.

At a public meeting in the courthouse in McConnellsburg on December 30 held to discuss points concerning the proposed Route 30 bypass around McConnellsburg, residents were told that the proposed bypass would not be accessible from the east or west entrances to town; the reason for this being that the federal government would be paying 90 percent of the total cost and the state paying 10 percent and that the plans did not include entrances and exits at these points. Both statements were refuted when Hon. Henry D. Harral, state secretary of highways, told the group that east and west exits and entrances had been included in the plans from the onset of the project and that the cost of building the bypass would be a fifty-fifty proposition on the parts of the state and federal governments.

Jack Souders was taken suddenly ill at his work at the Fulton House on Monday. Taken to the Fulton County Medical Center, he is reported suffering from a heart attack and virus pneumonia.

Mrs. George Bard, Mrs. C.B. Chubb, Mrs. Russell Glazier and Mrs. John Enck, while in Harrisburg last Monday, visited the headquarters of the Federation of Women’s Clubs in the Penn Harris Hotel.

Fred Mellott and Ellis Secrist, chairman of the American Cancer Society’s fund drive in 1963 in Fulton County, were presented with plaques of appreciation for topping the county quota.

At the regular monthly meeting of McConnellsburg Borough Council held Monday evening, Harold Reed, a member of the school board, requested that the council construct sidewalks for the children to use on the Cherry Street approach to the school grounds. A recent near tragedy when a child slipped on the snow and miraculously escaped being run over by a school bus has made the lack of a safe thoroughfare for children using that entrance a matter of immediate concern. A motion was read to start a 25- mile-an-hour speed limit on Route 30 and Route 522 from borough limits to borough limits.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunter returned to their home her on Sunday – their first separation from their daughter, Patty, since she was first admitted to Harrisburg General Hospital with Bright’s disease and later to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, Va., where she underwent kidney transplant surgery. They will return to Richmond later this week, Mr. Hunter appears in good health after donating one of his healthy kidneys to his daughter and Patty has been allowed out of bed. Doctors told her parents that the transplanted kidney is functioning well.

Christopher C. Lorentz, son of Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz of McConnellsburg, has been named a member of the concert band at Mercersburg Academy.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Fowler of Chambersburg announce the birth of a son, Eric Christopher, on March 2. Mrs. Fowler was the former Doris Decker.

Miss Mildred Jay, daughter of Mrs. Vera Foster Jay of Johnstown and the late Coy Jay, has been selected to represent the Girl Scouts of the United States in the 1964 International Projects for Girls. Mildred is the niece of Mrs. Ada Foster McKee, who teaches in the Southern Fulton schools, Warfordsburg.

A marriage license was issued from the local courthouse during the past week to Tim Neuder of Robertsdale and Linda Lee Star of Saxton.

At the annual Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet held at the firehall Friday night, awards were presented to Robert Peck, one-year pin; Fred Peck, wolf badge; and Larry Sipes and Charles Nelson, bear badges. New members welcomed to the pack were Roger Sipes, Dennis Layton, Thomas Mack, Harold Garlock, Michael Reeder, Steve Harris, Kenneth Brumbaugh, Leonard Swope, Robin Smith, Timothy Abbott and John Nelson. Lynn Reeder, having reached his 11th birthday, and Mrs. Harry Reeder, retiring den mother, were presented with farewell gifts.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Orrie Neville of Saltillo on February 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark of Hustontown on February 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William King of Waterfall on February 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Morningstar of McConnellsburg on February 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Keefer of Mercersburg on February 28.

Deaths: Lucy Belle Smith, Blaine; Marvin Schooley of Uniontown; Randolph E. Faley of Three Springs; Mrs. Bertha A. Hampton of Shade Gap; Mrs. William V. Strode of Chambersburg; Mrs. Lena B. McClain of Hustontown; Lloyd E. Ray of Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 4, 1954


Fulton Countians were shocked on Saturday morning when they learned that John Mayne

Spangler had died at State College early that morning. The time of his unexpected death was given as 2:30 a.m. He and Mrs. Spangler had gone to State College on their way to attend meetings of the executive board of the Penn State Alumni Association and of the Alumni Fund Council, of which he was president. He attended the first meeting on Friday night and retired about 10 p.m. Death, caused by a heart attack, came at 2:30. Mr. Spangler was the retired president and board chairman of the National Carbon Division of the Union Carbide and Carbon Co. After his retirement, he became very active in civic affairs here, one of his favorite projects being the Fulton County Medical Center, of which he was a member of the board and chairman of the finance committee. Funeral services were held from his home “Tall Timbers,” and flowers of indescribable beauty filled the home, having been sent from all over the United States.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Clevenger of town announce the birth of a daughter on Sunday at Fulton County Medical Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman F. Garland (nee Alma K. Knable) are the proud parents of a son, born on February 7, at Chambersburg Hospital. He has been named Michael Keith.

The final results of the month-long March of Dimes campaign in Fulton County this year shows $4,831.86 collected, the largest amount ever contributed in Fulton County. Paul T. Ott of McConnellsburg served as chairman of the drive this year.

John Russell, 28, of Chicago, was released on Friday afternoon under $1,000 bond following his arraignment before Justice of the Peace Ray Sprenkle on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The charge is the result of the spectacular accident in McConnellsburg on January 22 when Russell’s large tractor-trailer roared out of control into the borough. As a result of the ensuing accident, Mrs. Alice Keefer Carbaugh, 22, of Websters Mill was killed and five other persons were injured. Russell’s truck collided with seven other cars and trucks and damaged six homes, trees and utility poles before finally coming to a stop. Mrs. Jean Russell, 23, wife of the driver and mother of six small children, had her right leg amputated in the accident. She remains a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, where Russell was also a patient until the day of his arraignment.

Marl H. Garlock, McConnellsburg automobile dealer, announced this week his candidacy for the office of representative in the General Assembly on the Democratic ticket.

A Franklin County coroner’s jury on Thursday afternoon exonerated Archie Sowers of McConnellsburg of all blame in connection with an accident on February 6 that resulted in the death of a fellow worker. Sowers and Russell W. McKee, 24, of Needmore, were delivering coal in Mc- Connellsburg, when McKee was pinned between the truck and a building, inflicting fatal chest injuries.

Dr. Gerald Lorentz of McConnellsburg has completed an advanced course in heart disease at Harrisburg.

John Gracey spent some time with his parents at New Grenada; he has now returned to the Veterans’ Hospital at Valley Forge

Army Fpc. Donald Culler, 22, whose wife Marjory, lives at Crystal Spring, is now at Fort Bragg, N.C., preparing for Exercise Flash Burn, an automotive weapons maneuver.

Emerson Plessinger of Warfordsburg, who was in Baltimore recently, was interviewed on television while attending a wrestling match. The Warfordsburg correspondent remarks: “Understand he got in quite a few words about his old hometown and about his employer, Frank Peck.”

A double birthday celebration was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cam McCray of Warfordsburg last Saturday in honor of the fifth birthday of their son, Rodney, and the third birthday of their nephew, Gregory Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg.

George Grissinger Jr. of The R&R Motor Co. of Mc- Connellsburg has qualified as a member of the Chevrolet Part Management Record Club for efficient operation of his department.

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Ward of Amaranth expect to move to Clyde, N.Y., next week, where Grant has secured employment on a large fruit farm.

Sgt. and Mrs. Walter V. Mellott are all smiles over a 9- pound boy. Sgt. Mellott is stationed with the finance department at Carlisle Barracks.

Dennis, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Hill of Knobsville, was shot in the left thigh by a companion while the boys were firing a .22 rifle near their home on Sunday. He was taken to the Medical Center and released on Tuesday.

Deaths: Charles Edward Poole of Burnt Cabins; Beulah Mae Hess of Warfordsburg; Michael Shearer Nesbitt of Burnt Cabins; James Kenneth McKee of Whips Cove; Mrs. Jane Davies.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 2, 1944


Deaths: Mary Elizabeth Wright, wife of county

Commissioner John L. Wright of Waterfall; Mrs. Lillian M. Wible of McConnellsburg. Harvey Berkstresser has moved his radio store from the Glazier building to the Sheets building, next to Lodge’s Variety Store.

Two bandits, both from California, who specialized in stealing gasoline rationing stamps and selling them, were captured near Needmore last Thursday night after a running gunfight with state police.

Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Simons of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter on Saturday morning at Everett Hospital.

Kenneth Morton Jr. and Mary Ellen Mellott were married on February 26.

Pvt. Norman Miller of Knobsville is now stationed in Arkansas.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 1, 1934


Deaths: Austin C.

Peck of Martinsburg, W.Va.; William Taylor Moore of near Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Margaret A. Fields of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Bessie Bell Oakman of Jerome.

Ross H. Walters of Brush Creek Township was the victim of a fatal and shocking accident on February 24 when he was crushed to death beneath a pile of slabs and sawdust at his homeplace. Mr. Walters had gone to the slab pile in the afternoon for wood and noticed his dog trying to dig an animal out. Mr. Walters started to work to help his dog, digging a tunnel into the sawdust. Then he crawled into the tunnel, at which time the frozen slab pile gave way, burying him alive. A search was started for the missing man late in the afternoon and his body was discovered by his daughter, Mary, late that evening.

A force of 17 men, employed under the Civil Works Administration, cleaned snow from the borough streets on Wednesday.

Dr. William Piper Smith Henry, one of Everett’s most widely known citizens, died on February 17, following a week’s illness.

Recent wedding: Ralph Bush and Edna Mellott on February 24; Melvin E. Edwards and Abbie M. Carbaugh on February 24; Leroy Daihl and Reba H. Booth on February 5; R. Richard Eichelberger and D. Jean Brice on February 14.

Mrs. E.M. Krug, editor of the News, has been confined to bed by illness. Her daughter, Miss Beatrice, is editing the News this week.

Miss Barbara Martin received the sad news this week of the death of her cousin, attorney U.S. Martin of Ohio, whose ancestors were born on the Martin farm south of McConnellsburg.

Other births: a son, Stanley Jacob, to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Marshall Rexroth of Mc- Connellsburg on February 11; a daughter, Belva, on February 12, to Mr. and Mrs. George Dewey Truax of Big Cove Tannery; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brown of Knobsville on February 25.

William McClain, Mrs. Della Mellott and David Knepper, all of Fairview, are seriously ill at this time.

Born: a daughter on Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Keith of New Grenada.

Death: Richard G. Truax of Wells Tannery.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 28, 1924


Deaths: J. Scott

Zimmerman of

Mankato, Kan.; Margaret Lynn Houp of Huntingdon; William J. Cline of Burnt Cabins; Willard Palmer Lanehart of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Catherine Wagner Cowan of Decorum.

Fred Fisher has purchased the interest of G.A. Buterbaugh in the firm of Buterbaugh & Son here. The two younger men will handle groceries, fruits, etc., while the elder Mr. Buterbaugh will return to his farm near Cito.

A turkey dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan on February 22 in honor of the 54th wedding anniversary on Mr. Sloan’s mother. After the dinner, Mrs. Sloan surprised the guests by appearing in the gown she had worn 54 years ago at her wedding.

Recent births: a daughter on January 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bratton of Hustontown; a son on February 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Helman of McConnellsburg; a son on February 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Levi Seville of Ayr Township; a son on February 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Miller of Knobsville; a daughter on February 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce E. Ray of McConnellsburg.

The new road from Burnt Cabins to Knobsville was opened to authorized travel on Friday.

Edward H. Reisner, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Reisner, has been advanced to full professorship at Columbia University, where he has been teaching the history of education for several years.

Scott Souders has returned to Ralphton in Somerset County where he is employed as a blacksmith.

Harry Wagner of Bovoco has announced the arrival of another dishwasher. Harry’s going to get another car; his Ford is too small now.

Geraldine, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Appleby of Neelyton, died last week of appendicitis in Altoona Hospital. The sad news arrived just as they were burying Mr. Appleby’s mother, Mrs. Smiley Appleby.

John Hoopengardner of Amaranth has a new dishwasher.

Born at West View: a daughter, Susan Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eader on February 9 and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Weaver on February 10.

Dennis Everts of Plum Run has three sows that presented him with 28 pigs in five hours.

Ira Gordon of Thompson is all smiles. It’s a girl!

Still more births: boys to Harry Hanks and Earl Truax of Emmaville; and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Barnhart of Warfordsburg.

James H. Kendall hauled a load of wheat to Mercersburg on Saturday. The price that day was $1.12 per bushel.

Mrs. Sherman Truax marked her 29th birthday on Sunday. George Skiles celebrated his 30th birthday on February 28.

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