2015-07-23 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kay McGarvey of McConnellsburg, pictures her three sons Tim, Toby and Tony holding soccer balls that their sister Terri made for them for Christmas in 1980. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kay McGarvey of McConnellsburg, pictures her three sons Tim, Toby and Tony holding soccer balls that their sister Terri made for them for Christmas in 1980. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 20, 1995


Saturday night’s storms left the county’s countryside littered with downed trees and tree limbs but by comparison to some neighboring counties, Fulton was spared the storms’ real wrath as much greater damage was reported in the Mercersburg area of Franklin County. If there was any good news, it was the fact that the storms broke the 100 plus degrees temperature which kept most people in air conditioning all day Saturday.

While federal, state and Franklin County health officials search for the possible origin of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Chambersburg area, the Fulton County Medical Center had no confirmed cases of the disease as of July 18.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. of New Enterprise, Bedford County, and its top officials have been fined more than $150,000 for skirting a federal prohibition against corporate contributions to political candidates in making contributions to U.S. Congressman Bud Shuster. The construction and mining company reimbursed its employees through “bonuses” for contributions they made to the campaign of Shuster, who became chairman of the House Transportation committee this year.

McConnellsburg Yankees were named the 1995 East Broad Top Babe Ruth League champions. Members of the team are Morris Suders, Todd Earley, Derek Peck, Chad Lininger, Collin McCloskey, Toby Souders, Ryan Earley, Cory Everetts, Vance McCloskey, Brian Shafer, Brad Seville, Dustin Doyle, Jason Swope and Arthur Jefferson.

Dorothy Hann and Troy Mason were united in marriage April 22. Parents of the couple are Ralph and Jean Hann of Warfordsburg, and Sterling and Dixie Mason of Berkeley Springs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Swope Jr., Harrisonville, on July 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Travis Fogal, Needmore, on July 14.

Deaths: George Hann Sr., Hustontown; Melvin Smith, Hustontown; David Kendall, McConnellsburg; Glenn Briggs Sr., Needmore; Paul Gift Sr., Sharon Hill, Pa.; James Mellott Sr., McConnellsburg; Dorothy Cox, Chambersburg.

Marriage licenses: Charles Sain, McConnellsburg, and Joanna Daniels, McConnellsburg; Lowell Bard, Warfordsburg, and Brenda Long, Frederick, Md.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 1, 1985


There should soon be a new tenant for the former

McConnellsburg Sewing Plant on Lincoln Way

West. A company engaged in light manufacturing is expected to forward a three-year lease agreement to the Fulton Industrial Development Association as soon as this week. The company would employ about 20 persons, with the workforce expected to grow to about 40 by the end of the year.

McConnellsburg Borough Municipal Authority has received state approval of a $39,750 community facilities grant which will be used to improve the borough’s water distribution system.

The quilt display at the Fulton House on Sunday was highlighted by the first area showing of Whrelda Pittman’s “Statue of Liberty” quilt. The 1985 prize-winning quilt was recently displayed at the NSDAR Congress in Washington, D.C., where it was viewed by more than 5,000 members.

Two teenagers drowned in separate accidents on the Raystown Lake July 23. One youth from Altoona drowned while jumping from a bridge, and later in the day a Huntingdon County teen drowned while water skiing. Paul Hallinan, 17, Atoona, was jumping from the Entriken bridge with two companions. Ricky Lantz, 16, Mount Union, fell while skiing at Snyder’s Run.

Specials at the IGA: IGA vegetables, 3 for $1; Del Monte catsup, $1; seedless grapes, 79 cents; Pepsi, six 12-oz. cans, $1.39; Nabisco Chips Ahoy, $2; Duncan Hines cake mixes, 2 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bird of Chambersburg on July 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Domke of Burnt Cabins on July 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Miller of Dry Run on July 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Fischer of Crystal Spring on July 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Barrick of Breezewood on July 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Keefer Jr., Hancock, on July 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fost of Warfordsburg on July 25.

Deaths: Harry Fix, McConnellsburg; Cecil Hartle, Taneytown, Md.; Mary Scott, St. Thomas; Elizabeth Spriggs, Mc- Connellsburg.’

Rita Shives and Brent Gordon were united in marriage June 22 at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Shives of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gordon, also of McConnellsburg.

Shirley Ruby of Artemas and James Garland Jr., Warfordsburg, were united in marriage June 15 at the Bethel Christian Church in Clearville. Parents of the couple are Leroy and Pleasant Ruby and James and Lucille Garland.

Marriage licenses: Timothy Mellott, Hustontown, and Beverly Hogan, Hustontown; Daniel Seville, McConnellsburg, and Robin Pawlak, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 31, 1975


The Franklin County Fair will be held at Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club August 18-23, the same week as the Fulton County Fair.

One of the McConnellsburg fire trucks set a record last Wednesday by being at the scene of a fire before it happened. The truck itself caught fire while en route to the firehall from a work detail. The truck was one mile north on Route 522 when the fire, caused by a faulty starter wire, broke out. Firemen on board were able to extinguish the fire before the truck called to assist arrived on the scene.

One of the four men charged with the 1973 murder of 19- year-old Richard Wayne Miller of McConnellsburg was returned at his own insistence Monday to stand trial in Cumberland, Md. Two Allegany County, Md., deputies went to Georgia to bring 17-year-old Billy Isaacs back for the trial. Isaacs is presently serving two 40-year prison terms for armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with the slaying of six members of the Ned Alday family on their southwest Georgia farm several days after Miller’s death.

Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, will begin charging its patients a $24 admission fee on August 1.

The PA Department of Agriculture has been receiving an average of 200 letters a week complaining of a shortage in canning jar lids.

Special at the IGA: Ma’s Stayoung diet soda, 8 bottles for $1; Kraft macaroni dinners, 4 for $1; Robin Hood flour, 25-lb. bag, $3.19.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kent Kramer of McConnellsburg on July 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller of McConnellsburg on July 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Mellott of Fort Loudon on July 24.

Deaths: David Bowman, Byron, Ill.; Roy Mellott, Mc- Connellsburg; Gerald Younkins, Warfordsburg; Floyd DeShong, Red Lion; Letitia Mellott, Warfordsburg; Mrs. A. Blanche Martin, Chambersburg; Clyde Ward, Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 12, 1965


Mrs. Lillian Johnson of McConnellsburg was admitted to Fulton County Medical Center on Sunday afternoon suffering from injuries which resulted from a three-car collision at the intersection of Route 30 and Sixth Street. She suffered mouth and internal injuries. Her daughter, a passenger in the car, was treated for lacerations of the head and was then released from the hospital. The accident occurred during a heavy downpour of rain. Mrs. Johnson, driving a 1962 Ford, attempted to make a left turn from Route 30 onto Sixth Street when her car collided with a Buick sedan which was pulling away from the curb into westbound traffic. The impact pushed the Johnson car into the path of a Pontiac. An odd coincidence about the accident, according to Chief Merrill Seville, who is investigating, is that the other two drivers involved have the same name, William J. Clark, although complete strangers to each other. One gave his address as Phillipsburg, the other Buffalo, N.Y.

Bill Sesler’s Record Hop will come to McConnellsburg on August 19 when The First National Bank plays host to the community’s teenage set. The record dance will be held at the bank’s parking lot.

The following local youths left Monday for Pittsburgh for induction into the U.S. Army: Henry Daniels Jr., McConnellsburg; Edgar Mellott, Harrisonville, and Michael Cavender of Big Cove Tannery.

Marriage licenses: John Charles Clark and Linda Lou Mellott, both of Needmore.

Dr. James Honan, general manager of the Interstate Milk Producers Cooperative, was the main speaker on Thursday at the 25th annual picnic of Interstate’s District 266, held at Cowans Gap.

A marriage license has been issued in Hagerstown to Robert Barnhart of McConnellsburg and Nancy Richards of Big Cove Tannery.

Engagement announced: Mr. and Mrs. Harry McCormick of Everett have announced the engagement of their daughter, Doris Jean McCormick, to Robert Duvall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Duvall of Fair View Farms, Crystal Spring.

Deaths: Ralph Howard May, Ohio; Ethel Sigel, York; Agnes Winter, Chambersburg.

Specials at the local IGA; Kraft Miracle Whip, 16 oz. jar, 39 cents; Campbell’s pork and beans, two 16-oz. cans, 31 cents; Sealtest ice cream, half gallon, 79 cents.

Deaths: Donna Starr, infant daughter of Merrill and Treva Starr of Three Springs; Frank Kirchner, McConnellsburg; George J. Hann, Johnstown.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 11, 1955


Ann Johnson and her musical outfit, one of the most popular bands ever to appear here, will return to the American Legion home on Saturday night.

Pfc. Raymond Snyder, who is spending 10 days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Snyder, will leave for Fort Benning, Ga., on August 15.

If weather permits, the borough water supply will be turned off Sunday afternoon in order to make water connections for the new firehall.

On July 30 three Rockville, Md., boys found a cache of goods stolen from a transfer company. One item was a walking stick believed to have been carved from a rail split in 1830 by Abraham Lincoln and John Hanks. The goods had been stolen from a storage company in Bethesda, Md. Two of the boys who found the cache were Douglas and Peter Moyer, 15 and 13, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Moyer of Rockville and grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Merill Nace of Mc- Connellsburg.

Signs around town indicate that the Fulton County Fair will be held this year on August 30 and September 1, 2 and 3. “Thus far, the fair board has not seen fit to release any news stories concerning this annual event.”

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the James Peck farm, five miles southwest of McConnellsburg in the Rock Hill area.

Supervisor Raymond Long has announced that the Hustontown Ground Observer Corps will hold a special meeting August 16.

George Anderton was installed Tuesday night as commander of the local American Legion Post, with Raymond Wilson as first vice commander and Clinton Lister as second vice commander.

Mrs. Ernest Brindle has been elected president of the Fulton County WCTU, with Miss Edith Wilds as the president.

Pvt. Carl Urban, 17, son of Mrs. Anna Souders of Mc- Connellsburg, is receiving basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., as a member of the 3rd Armored Division.

Death: Dallas Regi of McAllisterville.

Mrs. Wendell Henry of Clear Ridge recently returned home from Huntingdon Hospital with a little son.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Naugele of Fort Loudon on August 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Kerlin of Fort Littleton on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gress of Chambersburg on August 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sipes of McConnellsburg on August 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mellott of Wells Tannery on August 5.

Deaths: Mrs. Frank Mort of Waynesboro; Charles Albert Manning of Warfordsburg; Mark Harold Hill of Berkeley Springs.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 16, 1945


President Truman broke the news to a tensely waiting nation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday that the war is over. Japan has surrendered unconditionally and allied forces on land, sea and air have been ordered to cease firing. Thus ended the bloodiest conflict in all history – 44 months after Pearl Harbor.

Death: Mrs. Glenn Mellott of Needmore.

Lt. Helmer S. Pearson and Nellie Mellott were married June 28.

John McCormick and Belva Stoner were married July 25.

Death: Mrs. Vivian Fostna Hoch of Shippensburg.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Betty McLucas to Sgt. William Banks.

Charles Chamberlain and Henrietta Reeder were married August 2.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 15, 1935


Deaths: Mrs. Mary Galbraith of New Grenada;

James Gordon of Oakmont; William Youse of near


J.L. Wright, candidate for county commissioner, was a Monday morning visitor in town.

Among those tenting at the Crystal Spring camp meeting this week are the P.B. Foreman and Earl Morton families.

Abner Truax of Timber Ridge will celebrate his 84th birthday August 16.

Miss Martha Lodge returned home Saturday after a 10- day trip through the northern states and parts of Canada. She covered a total of 1,900 miles without car trouble of any kind.

A Black Oak man, who was released from a penitentiary in Maryland a few weeks ago, is again confined to jail. He was apprehended on Friday after being shot in the shoulder by Maryland police and in the chin by officers from this state in an effort to capture him. He was brought to the jail in McConnellsburg and later taken to Hagerstown. The man is being held on a charge of assault and battery, reported as having beaten his former wife with beer bottles.

Quite a surprise was tendered Rev. Garland of Bell Grove on July 28 when many of his friends walked in on him in honor of his 77th birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Largent and family attended the soldiers’ reunion at Shanksville last Sunday.

Dan Trout Jr. of town has secured employment with the Sun Oil Company on a tanker between Texas and Chester, Pa.

Dr. and Mrs. John Neill have moved to the apartment in the Seylar building. His office will continue to be located in The First National Bank building.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bradnick of Clear Ridge have named their new son Robert Elwood.

Death: Mrs. Roy Ramsey of Philadelphia.

George Barnes, one of Northcraft’s oldest citizens, is in critical condition in the hospital at Cumberland.

“The Werewolf in London” is the feature at Fulton Theatre this week, which will be closed next week for improvements.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 13, 1925


Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Graves McKibeen of Washington, D.C.; Sarah C. Houp Schenck of East Juniata; James Bridenstine of near Iowa City; Nathan Wigfield of Union Township; Chester Smith of Butler, N.J.

Miss Mary Knauff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Knauff, has been named winner of the state scholarship for Fulton County.

Ross Hamil began his duties this week as McConnellsburg’s traffic officer. Ross is “sure teaching ‘em to drive careful.”

Frank Bruce McCormick and Ina Loreen Spencer were married June 30.

The annual community picnic will be held in McGovern’s woods on August 27.

Mrs. Dick Mellott of Howling Knob is on the sick list.

The Foster family of Enid seems to be unfortunate lately. Glenn Foster’s child got a watermelon seed in his windpipe and had to be taken to Philadelphia where it was removed. W.R. Foster’s son-in-law’s horse fell on him, breaking his right arm, and his sister, Mrs. John Reeder, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

John Lockard of Enid had another stroke recently, affecting his other side. There are small hopes for his recovery.

Mrs. H.B.Trout and daughter Miss Rose left Monday for Pittsburgh to be present for the wedding of their son and brother, Willis Daniels, which took place on Wednesday.

Mrs. Isaiah Sipes had the misfortune to fall from a wagon, breaking her arm.

The new bridge at Mellott’s Mill is now ready for traffic. The first lady to walk across was “Miss Ruth, the barber.” The second person to cross was Elmer Tolbert with horse and buggy. The third was Harold Mellott of Pittsburgh with a Ford touring car, and the fourth was Hon. ex-Judge Mellott riding his big bay mule, as the judge is growing young again.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Snyder were honored at a miscellaneous shower on Saturday evening.

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