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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Debbie Fletcher of Harrisonville, pictures participants of the FFA/4- H Baby Beef Sale. The steer on the left is shown by Bryan Fletcher. The steer on the right is shown by Lester Hawkins. Buyers were Bill and Tommy Nesbitt who are holding Tommy and Luke Nesbitt. The average price was 33 cents per pound that year. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Debbie Fletcher of Harrisonville, pictures participants of the FFA/4- H Baby Beef Sale. The steer on the left is shown by Bryan Fletcher. The steer on the right is shown by Lester Hawkins. Buyers were Bill and Tommy Nesbitt who are holding Tommy and Luke Nesbitt. The average price was 33 cents per pound that year. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 18, 1994


The 73rd annual Fulton County Fair will be held August 21 thru August 27 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The annual fair queen contest will be held Sunday. Five contestants will vie for the title of Fulton County Fair Queen: Misty Fraker, Jody Hess, April Leese, Nicole Pollock and Emily Schriever.

With a Liquor Control Board hearing less than two weeks way, the controversy over granting a liquor license to the Starlight Diner Theatre continues, and supporters as well as protestors are weighing in with their opinions on just how the downtown area might be affected by the decision to come. A hearing has been set for August 31 to review the application that Dr. Robinson and his wife, Lynette, proprietors of the Starlight Dinner Theatre and Paradise Cafe, applied for October 1, 1993. The business has been open since the beginning of the year.

As Brooke Peck continues to recuperate at home following major spinal surgery earlier this year, a nonprofit volunteer organization in Franklin County is preparing to lend a hand to help defray some of her medical costs. Summer’s End Jam raises money to benefit individuals for medical expenses that are not covered by health insurance or after the family has exhausted all other public financial resources. Summer’s End does this by means of various fundraising activities, including raffles and concerts. This year, instead of a concert, a raffle will be held to benefit Brooke. The drawing will be held October 9.

A fire, which may have been ignited by lightning, destroyed a barn on the Norman Grissinger property in Clay Township, Huntingdon County, last Friday, August 12. Firefighters responded to the blaze at the Grissinger property along McKinleyville Road near Dublin Mills.

Jennifer Omps and G. Brian Coffman were united in marriage March 11 at First United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. David Omps of Berkeley Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Souders of Big Cove Tannery.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hull of Berkeley Springs on August 10.

Deaths: Mamie Weller, Hancock; Loretta Parson, Orbisonia; John Deremer, Breezewood; Richard Tucker Sr., Brandenburg, Ky.; Hazel Michael, Berkeley Springs; William Loope, Orbisonia.

Marriage licenses: Adam Locke, Orbisonia, and Amanda Shauf, Waterfall; Mark Peck, McConnellsburg, and Melinda Walters, McConnellsburg; Michael Johnston, Mc- Connellsburg, and Lara Thomas, McConnellsburg; William Hann, Wells Tannery, and Rose Beachley, Wells Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 30, 1984


Back and forth the bidding went. The bidding price of the grand champion steer edged upward.

Both men wanted the grand champion steer as the price went over $1.90 a pound. Ray Koontz wanted the prize steer’s quality meat for his customers at the IGA, and Merrill Kerlin, president of Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co., wanted it for the bank’s annual donation to area fire companies. Spectators, who crowded around the livestock arena at the fairgrounds Saturday night, watched the bidders as they considered each other’s bid and met the challenge. Finally, after a short pause, Koontz successfully bid $2 a pound for the 1,190-pound steer owned by Greg Strait. Koontz also bought the reserve champion from Dan Schriever for $1.30 a pound. The grand champion and reserve champion hogs also were bought by Koontz. Koontz bid $3.75 for Brian Lake’s 227-pound hog. He also bid $3.15 per pound for Tim Houck’s 231-pound reserve champion.

It was back to work this week for students and personnel of the county schools, which opened to begin the new year.

Destiny Lynn Seiders, 5, daughter of Kenny and Dee Seiders of McConnellsburg, and Kenneth Sigel III, 4, son of Kenneth Jr. and Geraldine Sigel of Needmore, were crowned the princess and prince by Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority at Fulton County Fair last week.

Specials at the IGA: Kessler’s Nittany Lion franks, $1.39; ground beef, $1.19; Tide detergent, $1.95, 49-oz. pkg.; celery, 39 cents a stalk; Super Sugar Crisp cereal, $1.89 ; Wheaties, 2 for $1.

Sharri Maloney was named the 1984 champion woman golfer of Great Cove.

The 1984 Farm League champs are the Cubs. Members of the team are Jr. Kuhn, Jason Hall, Mike Garlock, Ryan Hall, Jamie Hall, Mark Smith, Jason Ramsey, Kenny Spriggs, Mike Orth, Kathy Jo Orth, Donald Frazer, Joey Daniels and John Frazer.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wood, Fort Loudon, on August 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morse of Everett on August 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin McMullen of Willow Hill.

Deaths: Estella R. Aller, McConnellsburg; Zeneda Simpler, Three Springs; Russel Bieskirk, Three Springs; Roy Mathias, Burnt Cabins; Alice Keith, Entriken; Bessie Sipe, Petersburg, Fla.

Warren Souders, McConnellsburg, and Deborah Keefer, McConnellsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 29, 1974


Fair week in McConnellsburg was enjoyed by many, and there was much favorable comment on the animal and agriculture exhibits. The absence of dancing girl shows on the midway for the first time in many years was looked on favorably by some and a disappointment by others, who wonder whether it marks the passing of an era.

Ray Koontz, owner of the IGA Foodliner, was the big buyer of the annual FFA/4-H Baby Beef sale at the fair, purchasing four of the baby beefs, including the grand champion, a Charolais owned by Robin Feight of Waterfall, for which he paid 92 cents per pound, for a total purchase price of $989. The First National Bank purchased the reserve champion, an Angus owned by Nancy Hawkins, with a bid of 90 cents a pound or a total of $940.50.

Cecillian Kerlin, 82, of Hustontown, narrowly escaped a predawn blaze that leveled the Washington House Hotel and destroyed eight adjacent businesses in downtown Berkeley Springs Sunday morning, leaving 13 persons presumed dead in the burned-out shell of the 120-year-old hotel.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Swamn of Everett on August 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denvin Bard of Warfordsburg on August 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Miller of McConnellsburg on August 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar St. Clair of Hancock on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Exline of Berkeley Springs on August 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Smith of Three Springs on August 23.

Specials at the IGA: Slim and Trim yogurt, 3 for 69 cents; Ma’s soda, 59 cents; Scotties tissues, 3 for $1; Sterling salt, 10 cents, 26 oz.

Bryan Lee Knepper, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Knepper of Wells Tannery, suffered head lacerations and a concussion when a metal plate fell from the ferris wheel he was riding and struck the boy on the head Friday night at the Fulton County Fair. He was taken to Fulton County Medical Center and was released to his parents’ care following treatment.

Marriage licenses: Clyde Schetrompf and Elizabeth Bard, both of Warfordsburg; Charles Myers Jr. of Artemas and Patricia Diane Stahle of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Mrs. Mildred B. Earley, Chambersburg; Cuba Janet Anastasi, Lewistown; Delbert R. Stotler, Berkeley Springs; Edwin S. Brant, Waterfall; Clarence J. Hess, Shade Gap; O. Pearl Shope, Saltillo; Willard E. Knisely, Shade Gap.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 3, 1964


State police investigated the eighth automobile fatality in Fulton County this year in an accident last Wednesday three miles west of Warfordsburg. The victim of the one-car accident was Michael Andrew Young, 25, Inkster Mich., who died shortly after being admitted to Berkeley Springs Hospital. His injuries consisted of a crushed chest and face and a possible broken neck. Jack Gordon Rattray, 38, Garden City, Mich., a passenger in the car, escaped with contusions and lacerations.

A young Huntingdon County woman, mother of two small children, was wounded on Sunday in another mysterious shooting in the southern part of that county, the third in the area in the past four and a half months. The assailant remained still at large on Tuesday. The latest victim, 21-year-old Christine Devinney of Shade Gap, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, where she is being treated for a gunshot wound of the right hand. The “reign of terror” in the southern part of Huntingdon County started last April 11. Mrs. Devinney was in bed shortly after midnight when she heard the glass in the kitchen door being smashed. She grabbed a rifle from a rack near her bed and went to the kitchen area. She faced the armed gunman, who was dressed in a raincoat and boots. He wore a grotesque looking Halloween mask that covered his entire face. After the shooting, the gunman helped prepare a tourniquet and assisted in placing it on Mrs. Devinney’s arm to stop the flow of blood. She was then forced by the gunman to leave the house. She and her assailant went to the yard at the rear of the house, and after a time he left on foot through a field. State police have spent hundreds of hours in the past few months trying to solve the shootings.

Because of complaints received concerning one of the “girlie shows” at Fulton County Fair last week, state police and Chief Merrill Seville moved in and closed the show on Friday evening, arresting two girl performers and their manager. Each posted $250 bail. This was the first time in many years that police have had to intervene on the questionability of the entertainment at the local fair.

The fire alarm sounded twice on Saturday afternoon when firemen were called to extinguish a fire in a car parked on North Third Street. They also were called to extinguish a grass fire on the Mary Cunningham property, north of town.

Sherman Fagley, 33, of McConnellsburg and George “Shorty” Bivens, 32, Big Cove Tannery, were injured on Monday when a car hit a road roller Bivens was operating on a construction job on Route 11, north of Chambersburg. Fagley received a fracture of the right leg and severe lacerations when the car hit him. Bivens, who was operating the roller, was treated for bruises of the knee and chin. The car, which was operated by Jerry Cormany, 16, Chambersburg, was demolished.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mr.s Leslie Divens, Hancock, on August 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Martz, McConnellsburg, on August 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Palmer, Warfordsburg, on August 28.

Miss Bonnie Ruth Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blair Mellott of Needmore, and Jacob Lester Hess, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Hess Sr., Hancock, were united in marriage by Rev. W.H. Winters on Sunday, August 16, at 4 p.m., in Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren, Needmore.

News of men in service: Spec. Five Marvin Lee Rosenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Rosenberry of Hustontown, was released from the U.S. Army last week after serving three years at various bases in the United States; A1-C Patrick L. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smith of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Fulton County, was released from the U.S. Air Force after serving four years; Walter E. Rhodes, whose mother, Mrs. Margaret E. Rhodes, lives at Mc- Connellsburg, was promoted to private first class on August 12 in Korea, where he is serving with the 7th Infantry Division.

Deaths: Frances C. Krug, South Mountain; Edward R. Dalbey, Richmond, Va.; Tamela Sue Akers, Chambersburg.

60 Years ago

From The Files Of September 2, 1954


Mrs. Mildred Knauff McCormick of Venezuela flew here on Saturday to visit her mother, Mrs. Sadie Knauff, who is seriously ill in Chambersburg Hospital.

Delayed birth certificates were granted in court last week to Carl M.Seville, Ralph Hess, Lillian May Duvall Cox, John Aron Hill, Lois Mae Bender and Marian Josephine Bender.

Fulton County Medical Center auxiliary reports that $951.87 was taken in at the recent street fair.

A $115,000 damage suit against an Illinois husband and wife and New Jersey corporation in connection with the death of Mrs. Jean Carbaugh, 25, of Websters Mill, has been filed in federal court by a Harrisburg law firm on behalf of Charles Carbaugh, husband of the deceased woman. Mrs. Carbaugh was fatally injured on January 22 when a runaway tractor-trailer crashed into her car in McConnellsburg. Her son and four outher persons were injured.

The new elementary joint school in McConnellsburg is now ready to open its doors for its first students next Tuesday.

The state gasoline tax, 33 years old this week, now brings in $125,000,000 annually. The first year, the tax totalled $3,112,000.

Game Protector Orrie Smith will be honored at a testimonial dinner in Bedford on September 21. Smith will retire on October 1 after 27 years of service.

Ground was broken last week for the new colonial design United Telephone building in McConnellsburg that will house all local facilities. Shown in the groundbreaking picture are John Kelso, president of Chamber of Commerce; L.R. Thurston, United president; Paul Musselman, United district manager; J.W. Greathead, editor of the News; R.J. Fleming, burgess; and Glenn I. Garman, contractor for the new building. According to present plans, the changeover to dial telephoning will be completed by January 1, 1955.

Rev. David Saunders has begun his duties as the newly appointed pastor of Burnt Cabins Methodist charge.

A total of 143 Democrats turned out for the rally at Tuscarora Summit Inn Monday night.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr and Mrs. David Mellott of Needmore on August 24.

Victor Scott Knable and Ruby Marie Hower were married on August 8.

Ralph F. Kline and Shirley Louise Ryder were wed August 14, 1954.

Marine Pfc. Dale H. Dalbey of McConnellsburg is taking part in a large-scale amphibious training exercise in the Puerto Rico area with the Atlantic Fleet Marine Force Training Group.

Dick and his Oklahoma Ranchers, with Little Ned and his Western Pals, will be at Ambrose Game Farm Zoo on September 5 and 6.

Death: John Wesley Carmack of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago


T-Sgt. Paul L. Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ward of Hancock, has been awarded his third bronze cluster for meritorious achievement in aerial combat against the enemy in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations.

Death: Mrs. Mary Katharine Montague of Burnt Cabins.

Two Bethel Township youths, Arthur L. Lucas, 17, and his brother, Herbert, 14, were injured on Sunday when their cycle crashed head-on into a car driven by William H. Flowers of Hancock.

A number of girls have already signed up to study vocational agriculture at McConnellsburg, the first time that girls have been permitted to take this course at the local school.

These men will leave for induction on September 19: Willis Alfred Swope of Hancock; Ross Raymond Deshong of Harrisonville; Henry Ernest Hill of Amaranth; William Gerald Lewis of Needmore; Eugene Peck of McConnellsburg; Alton Elwood Lanehart of Warfordsburg; Woodrow Wilson Keefer of Big Cove Tannery; Robert Ross Barton of Crystal Spring; and James Melvin Shaw of Hustontown.

Pfc. Hollis K. Mellott of Cito has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service against the enemy at Saipan.

Mrs. Josie Bergstresser of Waterfall has received word that her son, Pfc. Matthew J. Bergstresser, was wounded in action in France.

Cpl. Maynard L. Mellott and Anna Mae Lake were married on August 24.

Chaplain and Mrs. John F. Sammel announce the birth of a daughter at Gettysburg on September 3.

Sgt. Quentin R. Golden, 25, Warfordsburg, was wounded in action in France on August 10.

80 Years Ago


From The Files Of September 6, 1934

Mrsw. Nellie Brotemarkle, a resident of Chaneysville, was sentenced to serve 18 months to three years in the Industrial School for Women at Muncy after she was found guilty of assault with intent to maim. She fired a shotgun at Game Protector Orrie E. Smith last October when he went to their home to arrest a shotgun at Game Protector Orrie E. Smith last October when he went to their home to arrest her husband on a game law violation.

Death: David A. Laidig of Fairview.

Thirteen guests enjoyed a dinner party at the Brake home here on Saturday evening in honor of the first birthday of Donald Croft Brake.

The bank robbery at Three Springs has been solved. Three Cleveland, Ohio men confessed to the robbery, and practically all the money has been recovered.

Mont and John Chamberlain, brothers of Wells Valley, received serious injuries in an automobile accident on Monday. To avoid hitting another car, they turned their vehicle off the road, struck a culvert and ran into a telephone pole near the Grant Baker farm. Mont received a fracture of the hip, and John had several ribs broken and possible internal injuries.

Recent marriages: Gerald Mumma Price and Bertie M. Hershey on September 4; Nicholas F. Lambour and Catherine Leona Weber on September 1; David Carbaugh and Gladys Byers on September 1.

A banquet for the young Democrats of Fulton County was held at the Harris Hotel last Thursday evening. The meeting was in charge of Lawrence Gress, president of the club.

Miss Helen Grissinger left on Monday for Red Lion, where she has accepted a position as dental hygienist in the public schools.

John Johnston, son of Mr.

Mrs. J.H. Johnston of Websters Mill, has gone to Fannettsburg to teach agriculture in the high school at that place. John graduated in June from Penn State.

Lloyd Cornelius of Burnt Cabins lost a good horse on Sunday.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1924


Deaths; Palmer Barnhart of near Warfordsburg; J. Tanner Reeder of Marietta; Miss Barbara Ellen Wible of near Saluvia.

Professors Ty Mathias and Campbell Coons of Burnt Cabins left Friday for Pittsburgh where they will teach school.

Mrs. Grace Fleck and son of Harrisburg are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Ritchey of Wells Tannery. While there, they thought they would enjoy a feast of mushrooms, but they gathered toadstools. Luke Ritchey hurried eight miles to Hopewell for Dr. Campbell and all are now recovering.

Recent weddings: E.M. Bender and Naomi Hellard on August 20; Leonard Chester Stevens and Laura Grace Knepper on August 30; Russell J. Deshong and Helen Truax on August 6; Lester A. Souders and Julia Leona Seville on August 28.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hoover of Hustontown celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Sunday.

Some time ago, it was reported in this column that 15 quarts of whiskey had been confiscated from moonshiners near here. This week, Sheriff J. Minnick Mellott reported to the county court that the whiskey had been destroyed in the presence of District Attorney S.W. Kirk and John McLucas, deputy sheriff.

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