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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Loy Garber of McConnellsburg, pictures one of the McConnellsburg Jaycees’ bed derbies that began in 1984 and continued in 1985. It was held in the large parking lot in front of McConnellsburg High School. The event was part of the Fulton Fall Folk Festival. Both years the derby was won by the same group of MHS sophomores (1984) and juniors (1985). The team, named after a popular TV show of that time, “Rat Patrol,” was made up of, left to right, Tim Fowler, Scott Grissinger, Robbie Coltrin and Todd Garber. Chris Culler is riding the bed. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Loy Garber of McConnellsburg, pictures one of the McConnellsburg Jaycees’ bed derbies that began in 1984 and continued in 1985. It was held in the large parking lot in front of McConnellsburg High School. The event was part of the Fulton Fall Folk Festival. Both years the derby was won by the same group of MHS sophomores (1984) and juniors (1985). The team, named after a popular TV show of that time, “Rat Patrol,” was made up of, left to right, Tim Fowler, Scott Grissinger, Robbie Coltrin and Todd Garber. Chris Culler is riding the bed. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 10 1994


What is hoped was the last snowfall of the season occurred last Wednesday, dumping between a foot to a foot and a half of snow in the area. An unusually loud thunderstorm was heard during the night as the snow fell.

A first of is kind computer training center established by the Fulton County Employment and Training Program was officially dedicated here on Tuesday. Located in the downstairs of the Fulton County Library, the new computer training center began operations on February 22 with five students and instructor Steven Koppe of Big Cove Tannery. The center’s program was established in response to a need for employees with higher level computer skills expressed by county employers in a recent survey.

Southern Fulton School Board accepted the resignation of elementary principal Clyde Booth at its March 1 meeting and continues its search for a new district superintendent.

On March 5, Lory Baker, daughter of Jonna and Charles Baker of McConnellsburg, travelled to Penn State University to compete in the 1994 Pennsylvania State Elks Hoop Shoot. Lory shot 21 for 25 foul shots, placing her in a fourway tie for first. She shot a perfect five for five foul shots in her shootout to win the1994 state title.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Stump of Warfordsburg on March 4.

Deaths: Albert Larsen, McConnellsburg; Agnes Drenning, Three Springs; Donald Irven, Hancock; Homer Fischer, Little Orleans, Md.; Edith Bottenfield, Silver Spring, Md.; Campbell Shearer, Concord, Pa.; Alice Riley, Chambersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 22, 1984

’84 Following a meeting with Alan Smith, director of Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging, Fulton County commissioners Tuesday announced that the AAA is exploring the possibility of establishing a meal site and senior center in Hustontown. The commissioners gave approval to Smith to proceed with investigating establishing a senior center in the community building located behind the Methodist Church in Hustontown.

Eugene Feathers, 44, Imler, Bedford County, became Hershey Medical Center’s first heart-transplant recipient last Wednesday night. He was given the heart of an accident victim and the operation was a reported success.

Misty Jo Gress, 13-month-old daughter of Michael and Mary Gress, McConnellsburg, was the recent winner of the Apple Of My Eye Beautiful Baby contest sponsored by Chambersburg Mall and Cumberland Valley Chapter of the March of Dimes. Misty received 6,000 votes at a dime apiece, which helped raise $4,480 for the March of Dimes. Misty won a full-size, above-ground swimming pool.

Specials at the IGA: Velveeta slices, $1.99; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents lb.; Wheaties, $1.69; Hershey chocolate syrup, 69 cents; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 5 boxes for $1; Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, 89 cents; Franco American gravy, 3 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Cutchall of Hustontown on March 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Griest of McConnellsburg on March 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schriever of Warfordsburg on March 11. In last week’s Medical Center births, it was incorrectly reported that Penny and Jeff Chesnut of Needmore announced the birth of a daughter, which should have been a son.

Deaths: Clifford T. DeShong, Harrisonville: Charles T. Kough, Three Springs; Ada Price, Artemas; Henry B. Spyker, Stewartstown, Pa.; Ellen Aller, Altoona.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 21, 1974


A fund has been started to help the Merrill D.

“Buck” Seville family of McConnellsburg with medical expenses beyond their means, incurred through the long hospitalization of their 6-year-old son, Adam Troy. Troy has been hospitalized since February 5 and has undergone three major operations, the last on March 7, for brain damage, which at first the doctors thought may have been caused by a fall, but was later diagnosed as a birth defect.

Frank Martz of Hustontown was named Fireman of the Year before the largest crowd ever at the annual Hustontown Fire Co. banquet held Saturday.

Pat and Mark Clevenger celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Mills of Burnt Cabins on March 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott of Harrisonville on March 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Strait of Warfordsburg on March 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mellott of McConnellsburg on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rick Newman of Mc- Connellsburg on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burton of Hancock on March 14.

Miss Melinda Jo Mumma and Richard Garlock Taylor were married February 24 in United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mrs. Dorothy Mumma of Fort Littleton and Mrs. Mary Lou Taylor of McConnellsburg and the late Charles B. Taylor.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. John Stiffler of Everett wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miriam, to Gerald H. Peck Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald H. Peck Sr., McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Swanson TV dinners, 59 cents each; orange juice, 59 cents, half gallon; Maxwell House coffee, 3- lb. can, $1.99; IGA bread, king-size, 2 for 79 cents.

Deaths: Jack McLaughlin, Mercersburg; Mae E. Harnish, Three Springs; Seth W. Hoch, formerly of Mercersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 26, 1964


In order to increase tourist trade in the Fulton

County area, the local tourist development group is making an all-out effort to establish a golf and swimming cub in the vicinity. A survey is now being conducted to determine the amount of interest there may be in such a club, both from residents of Fulton County and from those living in surrounding counties who may make use of such golfing and swimming facilities, thus giving their support to the program.

The Cumberland Valley Electric Co. has announced that a new rate schedule has been filed with Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission that will decrease the electric rate schedule applying to its customers in its entire service area and make them similar to rates charged by an adjacent affiliated utility that is a member of Allegheny Power System.

A 1962 Ford sedan, driven by Robert Winter Rhodes III of Greencastle, was completely demolished on Monday of this week when the driver fell asleep and rammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer driven by Robert Hoffman of Mc- Connellsburg. Police said the impact twisted the car into what looked like a heap of scrap metal. The driver of the car suffered a fractured nose and a cut upper lip, but was otherwise unhurt.

Two Carlisle firms are the recipients of $69,500 in state contracts for construction work at Cowans Gap State Park. The project calls for construction of a tenting area, access roads, two drilled wells, water distribution system and a steel tank reservoir for water storage.

Preston Mellott of Fulton Motor Sales Inc., McConnellsburg, was presented a Ford Motor Company sales award at a banquet in Pittsburgh, honoring high-ranking Ford car and truck salesman of 1963 on March 21.

Final plans for the traditional Good Friday and Easter dawn services have been made by McConnellsburg Ministerium.

Checkless paydays at Letterkenny Army Depot will become a reality shortly when postal officials begin sending employees their biweekly checks either to the homes or to banks they may designate.

William W. Swope of Needmore received his M.S. degree in agricultural economics at Pennsylvania State University at exercises on Sunday, March 2.

Three privately owned cabins in the Burnt Cabins area, off Route 522, were broken into last week and some articles of value were taken. State police are investigating.

On Wednesday, March 8, local firemen extinguished a brush fire on the Ada Mellott property at Hustontown and a chimney fire at the home of Mrs. Mildred Crouse of Big Cove Tannery. On Thursday, they were called to the Pennsylvania Turnpike west of Fort Littleton, to extinguish a fire in a 1963 Oldsmobile.

News of men in service: Marine Cpl. Elwood V. Doyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Doyle of McConnellsburg, is serving with the Second Marine Divisions’ Expeditionary Unit, Company E, presently undergoing intensive training exercises in the Caribbean. Thomas B. Matthews, airman USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Matthews of McConnellsburg, returned to Norfolk, Va., on board the attack aircraft carrier USS Independence, completing a tour of duty with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. James D. Clevenger, airman apprentice, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale S. Clevenger of Warfordsburg, graduated on February 28 from Aviation Mechanical Fundamentals School at the Naval Air Training Center at Memphis, Tenn. Larry C. Lister, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Lister of McConnellsburg, has begun basic training at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Airman Second Class Roy W. Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gordon of Big Cove Tannery, has been reassigned to Germany following his graduation from the technical training course for United States Air Force radio operators at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Army Sgt. First Class Melvin Harr was assigned to the Army element of the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Vietnam. Airman First Class Guy Rotz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rotz of Harrisonville, has graduated from the United States Air Noncomissioned Officer Preparatory School at Plattsburg Air Force Base in New York. Army Spec. Four Melvin Strait Jr., son of Mrs. Mildred Strait of McConnellsburg, was assigned to the Army element of the Military Assistant Advisory Group in Vietnam.

Hunters bagged 280 black bears during the 1963 hunting season, according to final tabulations announced last week by Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bowers, Hancock, on March 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Souders, Mc- Connellsburg, on March 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max Foster of Three Springs on March 21.

Specials at the IGA: tender ham, 39 cents lb.; sliced bacon, 49 cents lb.; IGA butter, 59 cents lb.; peaches 3 cans for 79 cents.

Deaths: Edna Smith of Shippensburg; John Wilkinson, Waynesboro; Martha Etta Funk Mellott, Needmore; Alva Chalmers Peterson of Burnt Cabins; Raymond Shade of Altoona; Harry Ott, McConnellsburg; Joseph S. Gilbert, Mount Union; Wayne Rotz, Greencastle; John Smoot, Needmore.

60 Years ago

From The Files Of April 1, 1954


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

Dr. G.T. Lorentz will spend part of this week at Philadelphia County Medical Society Convention.

The widow of Capt. James McKibbin was buried at Buck Valley Methodist Church on Tuesday.

Harry Johnston spent Tuesday in Baltimore on a spring buying trip for the Johnston Store.

Mark and Mike, the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Mellott of McConnellsburg, returned home on Monday after undergoing hernia operations at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Cadet James Sloan has been named a third-class gunner in the 1953-54 artillery efficiency competition at Valley Forge Military Academy at Wayne, entitling him to wear a distinctive patch on his uniform. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Sloan of Zullinger.

The body of a 15-year-old Rock Hill School boy was found late Friday afternoon after searchers had been try- ing to locate him since about 8:30 that morning. John Raker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Raker of Ayr Township, was the victim of a .22 caliber bullet, which had penetrated his right chest. He was found dead in an open field approximately 200 yards from his home, four miles south of McConnellsburg. Beside his lifeless body was a crude pistol, fashioned from a .22 rifle, which the youth had purchased last Saturday for 50 cents. The barrel of the rifle had been sawed off and the stock had been removed. An empty shell was in the chamber of the gun. Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, county coroner, said an investigation supported the theory that the gun discharged accidentally, inflicting the fatal wound.

McConnellsburg volunteer firemen and Forestry Department personnel brought a forest fire under control after a three-hour battle on Monday evening when it threatened Tuscarora Mountain. The fire started across the highway from the borough dump, and wind carried the flames to the wooded area, which started to burn in a northerly direction toward the top of the mountain.

Bids were awarded on Friday for the new elementary building at Wells-Taylor Joint School District. The location of the new building will be the site of the present one-room building at Gracey. The low bidder for general construction was Hill & Irvins at $155,660.

Marie Seiders, a member of the class of 1956, received her nursing cap at exercises at Women’s Hospital in Baltimore on March 16. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Seiders of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Laidig of Warren, Ohio, announce the birth of daughter, Gay Louise, on March 24, their first child. Raymond is a son of Mrs. Besse Laidig of McConnellsburg.

An all-day series of dairy demonstrations will be featured at Dairy Field Day at the farm of Robert Knepper in Taylor Township on May 28, according to county agent H.P. Kies.

John Snyder of Knobsville will be 85 years old on April 6.

Albert Shaw and Dolores Wilds were married on March 24.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Palmer of Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. James Mumma of Burnt Cabins are the proud parents of daughter number one.

Walter Rohm has returned to duty aboard the USS Hornet after visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rohm of Amaranth.

Jimmy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Shank of Amaranth, had the misfortune of running a fork into his leg. After spending a week at Berkeley Springs Hospital, he is now out on crutches.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg on March 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd C. Brantner of Waterfall on March 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer R. Mellott of Needmore on March 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Gress of McConnellsburg on March 23.

Deaths: Lee Sheely Zeger of McConnellsburg; James D. Hendershot of near Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 30, 1944


Deaths: Smiley Morris Peterson of Neelyton; Mrs.

Amanda E. Metzler of Burnt Cabins; Carl C. Nelling of Fort Loudon.

Mr. and Mrs. Hiley Shimer have rented the apartment in the Seyler building and expect to go to housekeeping on April 1.

Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kendall of Ayr Township from the War Department that their son, Lt. Walter H. Kendall, was reported missing in action over Germany since March 8. Lt. Kendall, a bombardier in the U.S. Air Corps, had taken part in the raid on Germany on March 8, the largest raid by the U.S. Air Force, in which 38 planes were reported lost. Another son of Mr. and Mrs. Kendall, Richard W., of the U.S. Navy, lost his life in action in November 1942.

David Little was taken suddenly ill with ptomaine poisoning last Friday. His condition is reported as being serious.

Mrs. Thomas Marshall, who underwent an operation recently at Chambersburg Hospital, has returned to the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey I. Raker.

The right to wear a pair of coveted silver wings and fly fighter planes has been won by Robert Harry Fields, who was commissioned a second lieutenant recently at Craig Field, Selma, Ala.

Members of McConnellsburg girls basketball team celebrated the close of a successful season by taking a bus trip to Pittsburgh over the weekend. Making the trip were Norma Mellott, Alice Johnston, Dolly May Linn, Doris Hamil, Martha McCormick, Aileen Tritle and Doris Morton, chaperoned by their coach, Mrs. Hoover.

Dr. and Mrs. E.H. MacKinlay entertained a group of children last week by taking them to the Shrine Circus in Altoona. The children were George Reisner Jr., Carl Peck, George Kline, Jack Glazier, Jimmie Sloan, Andy Washabaugh, Sonny Johnston, Eddie MacKinlay and Jane Stewart MacKinlay.

Arthur Grissinger, who is stationed somewhere in Indiana, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Mrs. Nettie Sipes was removed by ambulance on Monday evening to Everett Hospital in critical condition.

A cablegram from Lt. Arthur Leuhrs to Rev. T.P. Garland announced his safe arrival “somewhere overseas.”

Ross Barkman of Hustontown is now employed in Ohio.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ramsey of Clear Ridge on March 19, a fine baby girl.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 29, 1934


Deaths: Charles

Richardson of

Oakville, Cumberland County; Mrs. Edward V. Mellott of Needmore; David B. Newman of near Waterfall; Isaac Hess of near Mc- Connellsburg.

Mary Lou Lininger celebrated her fourth birthday at a party on March 24.

The Speer Strait home near Harrisonville was totally destroyed by fire last Friday forenoon.

A cannon for the park adjacent to the courthouse has been purchased and brought here under the auspices of the local American Legion. Legionnaries Herman Mellott and Webster Mellott went to Aberdeen Md., for it on Tuesday of this week.

Seventeen tons of structural steel for the new auditorium in McConnellsburg arrived by truck from Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning.

Thus far, 25 persons have filed their intentions of running for the office of governor of Pennsylvania at the upcoming election.

Mrs. G.A. Fischer of Hopwood was pleasantly surprised on Monday when members of her Sunday School class arrived at her home to help her celebrate her birthday.

Dewey Peck and Herman Decker of Saluvia arrived home on Monday after a week’s trip to Florida for a load of oranges.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Patterson of Pittsburgh announce the birth of a son on March 22. The baby has been named David Hunter Patterson after his grandfather, Hon. D.H. Patterson of this place.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Long and two children have moved from Maddensville to the Scott Ramsey farm at Clear Ridge.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Ramsey of Clear Ridge on March 24.

Word has been received by relatives and friends here of the death of David Glunt of Detroit, Mich.

Jimmie Mont is the name of the son born to Mr. and Mrs. Mont Chamberlain of Wells Tannery on Tuesday of last week.

From The Files Of March 27, 1924


Deaths: James

Porter Wile of near

Clear Ridge; Mrs. John W. Thomas of New Grenada; Mrs. Harriet C. Wilson of Mapleton; Mrs. George Mock of Burnt Cabins; Joseph Baker of Huntingdon; Grace Arlene Chilcote of near Hustontown.

A reception and dinner were held at the home of Charles E. Tice of Harrisonville on March 15 in honor of the marriage of their son, John, to Enza Deshong.

The 75 gallons of alcohol reported before in this column as being confiscated from moonshiners was ordered by Fulton County Courts this week to be delivered to Chambersburg Hospital, provided that institution pays in advance for the cost of transportation and storage charges.

Lewis W. Mellott and Morea Belle Mellott were wed March 26.

Death: John H. Funk of Kansas City, Mo.

Paul, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Sipes of this place, has been very ill for some time with heart trouble.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smith of Northcraft announce the birth of a son.

Elmer Sigel of Northcraft celebrated his 19th birthday at a party in his honor on March 20.

Davy Hollenshead of Pleasant Grove entertained his friends last week by letting them listen to music on his new radio.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Strait of Saluvia on March 17.

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