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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Carolyn Hollenshead of Needmore, pictures a gathering of the Warfordsburg Coronet Band. The photo was discovered in a collection of photos belonging to the late Virginia Gordon of Big Cove Tannery. The event and year are unkown but believed to be in the late 1800s. If any reader has information about the event or the Warfordsburg Coronet Band, please contact the “News.” This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Carolyn Hollenshead of Needmore, pictures a gathering of the Warfordsburg Coronet Band. The photo was discovered in a collection of photos belonging to the late Virginia Gordon of Big Cove Tannery. The event and year are unkown but believed to be in the late 1800s. If any reader has information about the event or the Warfordsburg Coronet Band, please contact the “News.” 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 17, 1994

’94 The vernal equinox will occur on Sunday, March 20, at 3:29 p.m., heralding the first day of spring.

American Legion Post 561 in McConnellsburg hosted its national commander Bruce Theisen at the Pennsylvania Central Section banquet held here Monday evening. The occasion marked the first time an American Legion commander has been honored by the local James McKibben Post as well as marking the first Pennsylvania sectional banquet to be held in McConnellsburg.

Kari Zittle surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career as Forbes Road handed Union-Rimersburg a 64-29 defeat last Saturday, March 12, in a state PIAA first-round game played at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. Zittle, who set Forbes Road’s school scoring mark in a January 14 win over Fannett-Metal, got points number 2,000 and 2,001 on free throws with one minute left in last Saturday’s game. She joins Marla McElhaney of McConnellsburg (2,281 points) as the only county players to hit the 2,000-point mark. Heidi Babb, a 1989 graduate of Fannett-Metal, is the only other Fulton-Franklin area player to hit the magic mark.

Larry and George Fischer, owners/operators of Fischer’s Sideling Hill Farm, were presented the Fulton Conservation District’s Cooperator of the Year award at the annual Tri- Ag banquet held March 10 at McConnellsburg firehall.

Jodi Brennan and Glen Vick were united in marriage September 11 in Knobsville United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James Brennan Jr. of Knobsville; Mrs. Sylvia Ross and the late Robert Ross of Kingsville, Md.; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vick Sr. of Belcamp, Md.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Tiffany of Hancock on March 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Travis Fogal of Needmore on March 13.

Deaths: Albert Keefer, Mercersburg; Douglas Harris, Fayetteville; Mary Dixon, St. Thomas; Chester Younker, Hancock; James Fox, Hedgesville, W.Va.; James Wall, Chambersburg.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Souders of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly, to David Keaton of Chambersburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Keaton of Chambersburg. Merrill and Treva Starr of Three Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Paula, to William Shover Jr., son of William and Mary Stover of Carlisle. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bikle of Hagerstown announce the engagement of their daughter, Dee, to Raymond Lane, Chambersburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane of Hustontown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of March 29, 1984 ’84

An Ayr Township man suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation when his home was gutted by fire early last Wednesday morning. Clyde McKelvey Craig, McConnellsburg, was admitted to the Medical Center for treatment of minor burns and observation and was later released. He was taken to the center again Saturday evening, suffering an apparent heart attack. His one-story, aluminum-sided home was a total loss. The fire began near an overheated kerosene heater in the kitchen.

The community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of retired state police Sgt. Lester F. Hoover on Monday night after being stricken with a heart attack on his way to work as a security guard at the Medical Center.

Fulton County Teen Center, McConnellsburg, has been closed temporarily because of financial problems.

Specials at the IGA: strawberries, 69 cents a pint; Kraft American cheese, 79 cents; lettuce, 49 cents a head; Scot towels, 59 cents, big roll; Clorox, 4 cents a gallon; Post Raisin Bran cereal, $1.89.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Hot Dog - The Movie.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Irvin of Mercersburg on March 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cook of Mercersburg on March 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Haines of Needmore on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Metcalf of Greencastle on March 20.

On the afternoon of February 11, Donna Briggs and Michael Newell were united in marriage at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Briggs, Warfordsburg, and Donald Newell, Chambersburg, and Linda Hollinshead, Harrisonville.

The family of Charles and Ruth Truax treated them to a sit-down dinner at Hustontown Firehall on February 19 in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Lester F. Hoover, McConnellsburg; Alice M. Bard, Chambersburg; Jay T. Strait, McConnellsburg; Ad Price, Artemas; Charles H. Rotz, Fayetteville; Carrie A. Covert, Shade Gap; Bruce H. Montgomery, Chambersburg; Fannie R. Carmack, Chambersburg; Clair H. Ritchey, Huntingdon County; John M. Ward, Williamsburg; Ruth E. Detwiler, Mount Union.

Marriage licenses: Jesse G. Rosenberry, Hustontown, and Susan M. Boden, Hustontown; Kelly Souders and Connie Carbaugh, both of McConnellsburg; John W. Poper and Renee Beaver, both of Greencastle.

40 Years Ago


Rep. Shuster has announced that Vice President

Gerald R. Ford has accepted his invitation to deliver the principal address at the dedication of Raystown Dam on June 6.

Harry Johnston and Fred Fisher were presented with American Legion Golden Awards at ceremonies on Sunday at the local American Legion home. The awards, which are given to legionnaires with 50 years of membership in good standing, were presented by Thomas Cammarota, National Executive American Legion committeeman, at the quarterly meeting of the district.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Deshong of Harrisonville were honored on March 17 by their family and friends at an open house on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Barnhart of Mercersburg on March 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Barnhart of Fredericksburg on March 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Harris of Warfordsburg on March 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Holden of Blairs Mills on March 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Morgan of Orbisonia on March 22.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wink wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Audrey Jean, to William David Buterbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg.

Army Pvt. Michael J. Souders, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Souders of Hustontown, received a parachutist badge upon completion of the three-week airborne course at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Younker announce the birth of a daughter, Carri Lynne, on February 24.

Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb quietly observed their 40th anniversary on March 27.

Marriage licenses: William R. Starliper of Mercersburg and Sally Ann Steffy, Chambersburg; Edward Peffer of Mc- Connellsburg and Dolly Cover of McConnellsburg; Gary Eugene Cook and Debra Jean Sumerfield, both of Hustontown; William Edward Straley of Lemasters and Virginia Mae Keefer of Burnt Cabins.

Deaths: Harry C. Richardson, Shippensburg; Laura J. Neilsen Edwards, Broad Top; Mrs. Marie McKee Engle, Warfordsburg; George A. Keebaugh, McConnellsburg; Jennie Clark.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 2, 1964 ’64

Two Fulton County bankers, Richard P. Barton and Merrill W. Kerlin of Fulton County National

Bank, will attend the 37th annual trust conference of Pennsylvania Bankers Association at Penn Harris Hotel in Harrisburg on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3.

Dr. R.C. McLucas of McConnellsburg, Fulton County coroner, said that no inquest will be held in connection with the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Katz of Yardley, who were killed late last Tuesday night in a one-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near the Fort Littleton interchange. The reason for no inquest was there were no witnesses to the crash.

Robert Allan Thayer, 5, son of Rev. and Mrs. George Thayer of Burnt Cabins, will be admitted to Chambersburg Hospital for an operation on his left forearm and hand, both of which were rendered useless in an automobile accident four years ago.

Patty Hunter, who is a kidney transplant patient at Medical College Hospital in Richmond, Va., is now allowed out of the hospital, for short periods of time, and on Sunday, accompanied her mother, sister, uncle and aunt to Easter services at a church within the hospital grounds.

The Farmers Home Administration now has funds available to help distressed rural and farm families, according to an announcement by James Diehl, supervisor for Bedford and Fulton counties.

Purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds in Pennsylvania during February amounted to $36.4 million.

Jay W. Alloway of Hustontown has been appointed to service as court crier, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Rev. T.P. Garland.

More than 2,300 Easter Seal appeal letters were mailed in Fulton County a month ago – and only 343 letters containing donations have been returned thus far. The goal in Fulton County this year is $1,500 – and only $758.50 has been received to date.

The junior and senior choruses of McConnellsburg Joint High School will present their annual spring choral concert on Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m.

The marriage of Nancy L. Taylor to Lt. Edward H. Ward, took place on February 15 in a candlelight ceremony in the Methodist Church of McConnellsburg. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Olive R. Taylor and the late Lauren Taylor of Mc- Connellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: IGA bread, 6 for 99 cents; coffee, 1- lb. can, 79 cents; pork chops, 59 cents lb.; Duncan Hines cake mixes, 3 for 89 cents.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miller of Shade Gap, on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Gress, Harrisonville, on March 28.

Deaths: Mrs. Nellie Mae Ott, McConnellsburg; Joseph F. Figart, Altoona; Herbert Hayes, Mercersburg; and Rachel Regina Hendershot, born in Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 8, 1954 ’54

The Hi-Lighters will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Diane, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Fix of Mc- Connellsburg, is recuperating at home after being a patient in the Medical Center with double pneumonia.

Mrs. Harold Fix cut her hand badly last week, requiring three sutures to close the wound.

Wayne Q. Taylor of town is a patient in Veterans Hospital in Altoona.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grissinger Jr. have purchased the J.M. Spangler home on the Medical Center street. The house is now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Lammie, who expect to make their home in Florida.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Mellott of McConnellsburg on March 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Mellott of McConnellsburg on March 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lester W. Wright of Wells Tannery on March 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Hann of Harrisonville on April 2.

Registrations are now being made in Fulton County for the free distribution of surplus food in each of the county’s 12 districts. Eligible for the free food will be persons receiving assistance, unemployed persons and persons who are only partially employed. The distribution center for Fulton County will be located at Hollidaysburg. The foods now available include beef and gravy, dried beans, butter, potatoes, cheese, dried milk and shortening. The county commissioners will make arrangements to have the food transported here from Hollidaysburg and, after it reaches Mc- Connellsburg, it will be distributed from the courthouse to the various county districts.

Ellen Kendall, 4 1/2-year-old duaghter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kendall of Todd Township, died in Chambersburg Hospital on Wednesday morning of injuries she received on Tuesday afternoon when struck by a car near her home. The child had crossed Route 522 to a neighbor’s house and was returning home when the accident happened. She had waited at the edge of the busy road for three cars to pass and then, either through impatience or did not see the fourth car, ran across the road and into the path of the car. Other motorists soon stopped and were standing around, believing the child was dead. William T. Watkins of Mc- Connellsburg then arrived on the scene and, disregarding the disposition of the others that the child was dead, felt her pulse and found it strong. Anther motorist, Mrs. Helen Harper of Hustontown, then ran to the Kendall home for a blanket and she and Mr. Watkins brought her to the Medical Center where blood and oxygen were administered before she was rushed to Chambersburg in the Kelso ambulance. Little hope was held throughout the night, however, and she died Wednesday morning of a compound fracture of the right leg, fractured left leg, internal chest injuries, a fractured skull and multiple bruises and abrasions.

Rev. and Mrs. Arthur A. Price of Robertsdale celebrated their 40th anniversary on February 17.

Charles William Nesbitt and Arlene E. Paylor were married on March 27.

A report from the Thaddeus Stevens Trade School at Lancaster shows that five McConnellsburg boys are presently enrolled there. They are Robert Akers, who is studying drafting; Lloyd Culler and Robert Hohman, both studying brick masonry; John Gordon, electricity; and Albin Chubb, electric shop.

Mrs. Alma Shore has been elected president of Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co. Auxiliary, with Mrs. Mildred Mc- Quade, vice president; Mrs. Emma Lodge Gordon, recording secretary; Mrs. Pauline Richards, financial secretary; and Mrs. Mary Keebaugh, treasurer.

Edward Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Smith of Amaranth, broke his foot while playing ball at Warfordsburg High School.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Barbara McKibbin; Mrs. Charles E. Keggerreis of Salamanca, N.Y.

Donald Gracey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gracey of Waterfall, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant and is now serving as a platoon squad leader in Korea, where he has been for a year.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 6, 1944 ’44

Deaths: David Hart Wible of McConnellsburg, who was found dead in his car on Monday morning opposite the O&T Store on North First Street, the victim of a heart attack; Mrs. Nettie Sipe McLucas of McConnellsburg.

Cpl. William M. Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thornton Mellott of Needmore, graduated this week from the AAF Training Command’s Flexible Gunnery School at Buckingham Field, near Fort Myers, Fla.

Miss Frances Alexander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Alexander of McConnellsburg, has been awarded the John M. Spangler Scholarship.

Herman E. Keebaugh of Hustontown, now serving in England, has been promoted from staff sergeant to technical sergeant.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 5, 1934 ’34

Deaths: Agnes A. Corcoran of Waterfall; Mrs. Lucinda Ann Colledge of Breezewood; Mrs. Elizabeth

Naugle Weld; Mrs. Elizabeth J. Woodcock Covert of Hustontown; Mrs. Urner Truax of near Andover; John Henry Craig of South Wayne, Wis.

A double birthday celebration was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Thomas of New Grenada last Thursday evening to celebrate the 16th birthday of their daughter, Beulah, and the 12th birthday of their daughter, Grace.

Dr. J. Charles Humphreys, a former medical missionary in China, died Saturday at his home in Germantown. His wife was formerly Miss Maude Baumgardner of Wells Tannery.

The junior band of McConnellsburg High School will present its annual concert in Reformed Church tonight.

Harold Rotz, Harry M. Johnston and Russell Kendall will be ordained and installed as leaders of United Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

All work on CWA projects ended last Thursday and with the close of March the whole Civil Works Administration was brought to a close. Projects that are imcomplete and are deemed worthy of completion will be referred to the Work Relief Division of the State Emergency Relief Department.

Mrs. William W. Clark of Needmore, who was acclaimed the champion speller of Fulton County in a recent countywide spelling bee, went to Harrisburg on Tuesday to be present for the state contest on Wednesday.

Howard Ott, a senior at Penn State, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ott of Ayr Township.

John Greathead has returned to his studies at Pennington School, Pennington, N.J., after a visit with his parents, Postmaster and Mrs. W.H. Greathead.

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. J. Harris and daughter Estelle returned home on Tuesday after a stay of almost three months in Florida.

Guy Gienger, a student at University of Maryland, spent the Easter vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Gienger.

William Mumma of Curwensville was killed last week when he fell down a flight of stairs at his home.

Gail, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fraker of Knobsville, is in Altoona Hospital where she underwent an operation for mastoids.

Speer Strait of Saluvia has started work on a new home to replace the one destroyed by fire recently.

Gladys, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Givens of Wells Tannery, died after an illness of seven days with pneumonia.

More deaths: Mrs. Mary Guillad of Wells Tannery; the little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Barnett of Hustontown.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 3, 1924 ’24

Deaths: Mrs.

Catherine Fraker of

Fort Littleton; Mrs. Sara Lake Funk of near Harrisonville; Mrs. Susan Jane Naugle of Williamsburg; Carle Eugene Divens of Kearney.

Alvah Mellott, who lives near Hancock, left recently with a detachment of Marines for a tour of duty in San Domingo. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mellott, he will remain abroad for many months.

Bruce Hugh Garland and Helen Elizabeth Beck were married on March 27.

E.H. Hann of Saluvia has been appointed towerman at the Sideling Hill fire tower for the spring season.

Miss Helen M. Kendall, who for the past seven years, has been a medical missionary in India, will speak in the Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cutchall are singing. It’s a dishwasher.

Earl and Rush Barmont have taken charge of the farm of their father, Henry Barmont, in Todd Township.

One of the county’s few octogenarians, Mrs. Rebecca Orth of Fort Littleton, celebrated her 84th birthday on March 21.

Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiders are happy over the arrival of a little girl, the fourth child in this family.

Harvey L. Barmont moved last Thursday to the farm at St. Thomas that he purchased from Albert Johnston.

Mr. and Mrs. William Waugh of Mays Chapel are happy over the arrival of a boy .

W. J. Deneen of Mays Chapel has completed a month’s trapping at that place. He bagged 26 skunks, 5 raccoons, 2 bobcats, 4 foxes, 5 opossums, 9 groundhogs, 13 owls and 6 hawks.

Herman Mellott of Amaranth was thrown from his pony last Tuesday and broke his arm above the elbow.

A surprise party was held at the home of Dr. C. Mellott of Amaranth on March 4 in honor of son Wallace’s 21st birthday.

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