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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Nancy Stotler of McConnellsburg, pictures Lewis and Morea Mellott, who lived one mile south of Needmore. She is holding grandson Carl E Mellott. The picture was taken in the late 1940s. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Nancy Stotler of McConnellsburg, pictures Lewis and Morea Mellott, who lived one mile south of Needmore. She is holding grandson Carl E Mellott. The picture was taken in the late 1940s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 25, 1994


Nicole Pollock, a McConnellsburg High School senior, was crowned the 1994 fair queen at the annual pageant August 21 at the fairgrounds. She is the daughter of Denny and Leanne Pollock of McConnellsburg.

Seasoned competitors took the honors for the grand champion steer and reserve champion Monday at the 4- H/FFA Market steer show at the fair. Competing since they were less than 10 years old, Ben Knepper and Sandy McAllister proved experience does count when they took the nod in the final round of judging before a packed house. Forbes Road High School senior Knepper captured the grand champion baby beef title with his 1,250-pound Limousin Cross which also won the heavyweight class. This is the second time Knepper has shown the grand champion steer and has previously shown a reserve champion steer. He is the son of Richard and Ruth Knepper of Taylor Township. Sandy McAllister captured the reserve champion steer title and has made it to the final round of judging for the last three years but this was the first time she had won. She is the daughter of Thomas and Jane McAllister of Thompson Township.

A special program celebrating one of Fulton County’s most historic and prolific surnames will be held at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church August 28. The Friends of Tonoloway will present their second of three special services planned for this summer at the historic church. The service, entitled “The Mellotts of Fulton County, ” will commemorate the Mellott family name in Fulton County.

Marriage licenses: Michael Bard, Needmore, and Jonie Kirk, Warfordsburg; Scott Buskirk, Hancock, and Michelle Ward, Warfordsburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Younker on August 20.

Deaths: Scott Oliver, McConnellsburg; Robert Wiggins, Hustontown; James Witters, Three Springs; Glenn Leonard, Huntingdon; Russell Bradnick Sr., Elizabethtown; Eva Tritle, Fort Loudon; Robert Defibaugh Sr., Deming, N.M.; Calvin Shehan Sr., Harrington, Del.; Flora Hershey, Chambersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 6, 1984


Gardeners and farmers alike must be rejoicing over this year’s growing season after the drought conditions experienced last summer in Fulton County. Gilbert Leslie “Butch” Decker of the Harrisonville area, who sells seeds and vegetables, has a giant turnip plant that has been causing a fuss with his customers. The plant measures 28 inches in circumference, weighs an estimated 8 to 10 pounds, and is still growing. Decker said he planted the seed, a purple top white glove from the Crossman Seed Co. on May 11. He said other turnips from the same seed package grew to only about one-sixth the size of this monster.

Fulton County commissioners resolved Tuesday to allow the county to participate in next Monday’s upset sale being conducted by the county’s Tax Claim Bureau. This would be the first time the county has attempted to pick up property in this manner, something that the commissioners learned was possible in recent discussions with officials from Dauphin County.

Specials at the IGA: spaghetti or macaroni, 98 cents, 3- lb. pkg.; pork loin chops, $1.49 lb.; Velveeta cheese, $3.29, 2- lb. pkg; IGA pizzas, 89 cents; cauliflower, $1.39 a head.

Jeff Sprenkle was named the 1984 champion golfer at Great Cove. He is the grandson of Martha Sprenkle of Mc- Connellsburg.

Now playing at Fulton Theatre: “Rhinestone.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bird of Chambersburg on August 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bishop Jr., Berkeley Springs, August 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mitchell of Three Springs on August 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin Mellott of Berkeley Springs on August 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Breeden of Hancock on August 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dana Ford of Wells Tannery on August 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Detwiler of Shirleysburg on August 30.

Deaths: Cora McCusker, Hancock; Betty Householder, Shippensburg; Mildred Mock, Mechanicsburg; Anita Strait, Versailles; Percy Dickinson, Saltillo.

Marriage licenses: Walter Deshong, Needmore, and Deborah Lewis, Needmore; James Miller, McConnellsburg, and Constance King, Arlington, Va.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 5, 1974


The sixth fatal accident this year was recorded for Fulton County with the death of Marl Arvine Hollinshead, 38, McConnellsburg, over the Labor Day weekend. He was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner R.C. McLucas as a result of a motorcycle accident on Saturday at 9:20 p.m. on Route 16 and Grandview Avenue, east of McConnellsburg. Ginger K. Rasp, 21, of Dry Run, formerly of McConnellsburg, who was riding pillion on the cycle, suffered multiple compound fractures and internal injuries and is listed in critical condition in Hagerstown Hospital, where she was taken following the accident.

The county commissioners agreed Friday to donate up to $2,000 to the local VFW and American Legion organizations to erect a war memorial on the courthouse lawn. The monument will commemorate all U.S. war veterans, including Vietnam-era vets who are not mentioned on the plaque of the memorial presently gracing the courthouse lawn.

Arnold R. Davis, son of Mrs. Opal Davis of Buck Valley, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant in the United States Army. Sgt. Davis is married to the former Francina Kay Hixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Hixon of Buck Balley.

H.J. “Howd” Mellott of Harrisonville recently celebrated his 95th birthday at his home.

Marriage license: Berley Lester Souders of Wells Tannery and Lodena Maye Sipes of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denton Smith of Hustontown on August 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Bivens of Big Cove Tannery on August 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. C. Russell Seville of McConnellsburg on August 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Shoemaker of Hancock on August 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Mellott of Needmore on August 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Fox of Warfordsburg on August 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Denison of Three Springs on August 29.

For the second year in a row Beulah Fix won the club’s women’s championship on Sunday with a score of 394 in the 72-hole play at Great Cove Golf Cub.

Pamela Diane Gobin, daughter of Charles H. Gobin, McConnellsburg, and the late Julia Gobin, became the bride of Jeffrey Munro Ott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott of McConnellsburg, on August 24 at United Methodist Church in McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Zest bath soap, 2 bars for 49 cents; Borden’s ice cream, 89 cents, half gallon; Carnation Coffeemate, $1.39.

Rodney Barton will leave Saturday to return to his teaching duties in San Garedi, Guinea, West Africa, after spending six weeks with his family here.

Death: Walter T. Mearkle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 10, 1964


Orchardists in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, calling themselves Blue Ridge Water Modification Inc., hired Dr. Wallace E. Howell, 50, three years ago for a reported $75,000 fee to spray storm clouds with silver iodide. And, there’s been very little summer rain all up and down the Blue Ridge and over into the Washington metropolitan area ever since. Some farmers, calling themselves Natural Weather Inc., are organizing in each of the four states to seek legislative control of cloud seeding. So bitter has been the controversy that a Pennsylvania orchardist lost 200 of his trees to ax-swinging vandals. The U.S. Weather Bureau says that the people who think Dr. Howell is stopping the rain have little scientific support for their claim. But on the other hand, says the Weather Bureau, there isn’t enough scientific knowledge of any kind about cloud seeding and other weather modification techniques.

Huntingdon State Police have reported that there is “nothing new” to report in their investigation of the shooting of a young southern Huntingdon County woman in her home early last Sunday. Every lead is being followed in the probe of the shooting, the third in the area in four and a half months.

An 8-year-old boy from McConnellsburg received abrasions of the right ankle when he was struck by a car in Hagerstown. Dennis McElhaney was treated and released from Washington County Hospital following the mishap.

By lot drawing on September 1, Fulton Industrial Development Association returned to local bondholders $1,500 of the local funds advanced to promote the construction of the new plant for Sagner Ind.

Seven Fulton County hay exhibits won at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Hay Show at Hershey on August 28. Fulton County took the first three places in the first-cutting alfalfa class. Nathan Hixson of Crystal Spring won first, Dennis Shaffer of Crystal Spring won second and James Purnell of Wells Tannery took third place. Donald Souders of Hancock won fifth place in the later-cutting alfalfa class. Robert Knepper of Three Springs won second place in the birdsfoot trefoil class, and Dennis Shaffer and Nathan Hixson placed second and fourth, respectively, in the first-cutting grass class.

Construction was started this week on a new firehall to be built in Hancock.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Henry Chubb of New Cumberland announce the birth of a daughter, Alice Diane, at Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, on August 26.

Marriage licenses: Gerald Marshall of McConnellsburg and Brenda Altobelli of Wells Tannery; Theodore Tomter of Aberdeen, S.D., and Gladys Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Specials at the local IGA: IGA bread, 6 loaves for $1; Carnation evaporated milk, 4 tall cans for 59 cents; Pillsbury cake mixes, 3 boxes for 89 cents.

Betrothal told: Mr. and Mrs. Varian Hoover of Hustontown announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet, to Richard Kronzer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Kronzer of Two River, Wis.

Graduates: Miss Naomi Ruth King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Earl King of Waterfall, was among the graduates on September 3 from Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital School of Nursing.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Albert, McConnellsburg, on September 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sheffield of Fort Littleton on September 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ithel Sheeder of Todd on September 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Mellott of Warfordsburg on September 2.

Deaths: P.B. Foreman, Chambersburg; Dr. Walter K. Myers, Washington, D.C.; Robert H. Deshong Sr., Baltimore.

This week’s specials at Fulton Motor Sales: 1958 Ford Custom 300, $225; 1956 Ford Custom, $250 and 1957 Ford Fairlane 500, $225.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 9, 1954


Ed Stephens of the Glen-Nell Hotel, was the winner of the $1,000 bond awarded by the local Lions Club at the last night of the fair.

Claire Stadler of Silver Spring, Md., spent the weekend with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston of Needmore. She was accompanied to her home by Juliet Johnston, who will enter school in Wheaton, Md.

Local fairgoers were given an unexpected treat last Wednesday evening. The Craig-Schlosser Junior American Legion Band of Milwaukee stopped in McConnellsburg on its way home from the American Legion Convention in Washington, where it won the award of junior national champion. The color guard and the band paraded through town to the fairgrounds, where the group entertained in front of the grandstand.

A number of “firsts” were noted Tuesday at the opening of the new elementary school here. The first teacher to arrive was H.C. Peck of McConnellsburg, sixth-grade teacher and building superintendent. The first bus, driven by Jake Rhodes and owned by John Bivens, arrived a full half hour ahead of schedule. The first child off the bus was Mary Englert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Englert of Knobsville. Mary is a fifth-grade student. A minimum of confusion was also noted as 489 children eventually found their rooms.

Walter Palmer of Warfordsburg has been selected as Pennsylvania’s 1954 Outstanding Conservation Farmer.

The Glen-Nell Hotel was forced to close its doors to the public on Wednesday morning due to a serious sewage problem. The hotel is one of the properties that was ordered to stop discharging sewage into the borough stream. Ed Stephens, the proprietor, attempted to solve the problem by installing two septic tanks. Last Tuesday night, the tanks flooded and the sewage backed into the restrooms and the downstairs barroom.

Chambersburg Hospital set new room rates last week, as follows: ward and pediatric, $7.50 a day; semiprivate rooms, $9.50 a day, and private rooms, $11 to $15 a day.

Apparently stunned by a head injury when he fell while wading, 5-year-old Ronald Roy Warsing, son of Roy and Louise Warsing of New Grenada, drowned in several inches of water late Monday afternoon in a stream on the property of a neighbor, Cloyd Black.

The famous series of caves in Franklin County known commercially as Bakers Caverns, ages in forming and open to the public for the past 22 years, will close this fall. The property has been sold to attorney George S. Black of Chambersburg, representative for a mysterious buyer, who has already taken title or portion to 1,388 acres of land in the Williamson area of Franklin County.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ward of Hancock recently.

Harold McCammon marked his first birthday last Sunday.

The local school board has designated the ball diamond as the only place for smoking, and then only at lunchtime. “The school does not condone smoking by pupils but it will not try to break a habit that is permitted in the home.”

Deaths: George Dana Purinton of Warfordsburg; Howard Elliott Divelbliss of Hyndman; John Early of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 14, 1944


Everett Woodcock and Vera Decker were wed August 29.

Harry M. Shaw and Larue Berkstresser were wed August 24.

John W. Hays and Erma Louise Stinson were married September 2.

Lawrence Jackson is now enrolled at the U.S. Maritime Service Training Station in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Fairchild Aircraft’s giant new C-82 Army cargo plane made its first flight Sunday before a cheering crowd.

80 Years Ago

From the Files Of September 13, 1934


Deaths: Mrs. Sarah J. Deshong of McConnellsburg; Jesse W. Carmack of Chambersburg; Mrs.

Edith Nancy Akers of Crystal Spring; Rev. Job P. Garland of Laidig.

The “bigger and better” Fulton County Fair will open its 14th annual exhibition on Tuesday of next week.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kirk of Warfordsburg, who were married recently, were given a surprise shower on Friday evening by the Willing Workers Class of Warfordsburg Methodist Church.

Harry Snyder and Maye Spidle were married Saturday afternoon.

A Central Airlines plane, travelling east from Pittsburgh, crashed on Sideling Hill Mountain on Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the crash was listed as dense fog and heavy rain. The pilot, Ted Taney of Pittsburgh, was instantly killed and the plane smashed to small bits. The plane was loaded with teargas bombs.

Gerald M. Price and Bertie Mae Hershey were wed September 4.

Mary Knaff left last week to assume her duties as librarian and teacher of English in the high school at Patterson, N.J.

Dr. Frank D. Findley and Harold Rotz spent Monday and Tuesday at a meeting of Presbytery at Newville, of which Dr. Findley is the moderator.

Mr. and Mrs. John Marcum of Mount Union celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Sunday.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Emory McQuait of Clear Ridge on July 28.

Emory Ramsey of Clear Ridge has been confined to his home for several days, the result of having been struck on the head by a falling tree limb Annie Shoemaker of Thompson Township has been nursing a very sore ankle, the result of a snakebite several days ago.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 11, 1924


Deaths: Thomas

McClure of Chambersburg; John Daniel Mills of Charlestown; the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Amurice Sipes of Hustontown.

The McConnellsburg schools opened this week. The high school now boasts its highest enrollment – 78, 38 of whom are freshmen.

It was rumored that something special would take place at Burnt Cabins Methodist Church services on Sunday night. Therefore, the church was jammed very early, with the exception of two rows in the front. When everyone present had been seated, 40 KKK members marched in and occupied the two front rows. It was an impressive sight and Rev. Van Note preached a wonderful sermon. At the request of the Klansmen, “America” was sung as the closing number.

Recent weddings: Charles L. Beglue and Edythe Maye Bivens on September 2; James Ralph Hill and Jessie Marguerite McKee on September 3; Fred D. Lamberson and Elva Baker on September 1; Charles M. Shank and Laura N. Hendershot on August 31; Paul Strait and Freda Krause on August 23; William Thomas Leonard and Beatrice May Dale recently.

M. A. Reed of Licking Creek Township, who has cancer of the eye, is now somewhat improved.

Buckwheat is a very poor crop this fall.

O. Mellott, who has been operating a store at Walnut Bottom, recently purchased the Sipes and Hoop Store at Andover.

Having bought the Stoner Store, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Lodge will continue to operate it under the name of Stoner’s Variety Store.

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