2015-09-17 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Dick and Joan (Snyder) Mellott of Sumerdale, Ala. Pictured are Dick Mellott and his big brother Lloyd Wilson “Bud” Mellott. The photo was taken in front of their home on Lincoln Way East in 1943 before Bud was deployed to Burma. This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Dick and Joan (Snyder) Mellott of Sumerdale, Ala. Pictured are Dick Mellott and his big brother Lloyd Wilson “Bud” Mellott. The photo was taken in front of their home on Lincoln Way East in 1943 before Bud was deployed to Burma. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 14, 1995


Fulton County’s oldest citizen Carrie Gordon, 104, died last Wednesday at Woodland Nursing Home.

She was a native of Pigeon Cove and was buried Saturday at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Bob Gracey of New Grenada dropped by the “News” office on Monday morning and reported there was a heavy frost in his neck of the woods that morning with a temperature reading of 28 degrees.

JLG Industries posted record earnings for fiscal 1995 and declared a two-for-one stock split Friday, propelling its stock price to gain $4.75 per share Monday on the stock exchange to close at $46.50.

McConnellsburg High School and James Madison University grad Jeff Garber, now of Valdosta, Ga., has accepted a position coaching the Kansas City Royals’ Fort Myers, Fla., team in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, signaling an end to his dream of playing major league baseball. Garber had played eight years of minor league ball after graduating from JMU when he was given the choice of coaching or being placed on the disabled list to allow the AAA minor league team to play younger prospects.

Denver Kerns Sr., Needmore, and Naomi Johnson, Burlington, Iowa, were married September 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hancock.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Revercomb of Shade Gap.

In a ceremony at Camp Lejuene, N.C., September 1, Lt. Col. George C. Cutchall relinquished command of the Eighth Engineer Support Battalion to Lt. Col. Steven F. Barilich. Cutchall has served with the Marines since 1971.

Three area residents received degrees from Pennsylvania State University in August. They are Scott Knepper, Hustontown; Mary Cipolla, Warfordsburg; and Sigrid Hawkins, Waterfall.

Deaths: Rodney Barthalow, McConnellsburg; Carrie Gordon, Orbisonia; Julie Ross, Breezewood; Leo Walker, Three Springs; Marian McCleaster, Chambersburg; Helen Hege, Mercersburg; Rev. Paul Rowland, York; Mildred Stotler, Martinsburg; Merle C. Keebaugh, Scotland.

Sheila Mellott and Lee Brindle were united in marriage June 3 at Calvary Independent Baptist Church, McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Mellott of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brindle of Mercersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of September 26, 1985


Three Berkeley Springs men face nine charges each in connection with the alleged illegal removal of approximately 100 trout this past March from the Pennsylvania Fish Commission hatchery operated near Big Cove Tannery by the Fulton County Sportsmen’s League. The charges stem from an incident March 1 at the hatchery in which the three men were alleged to have removed between 70 and 125 trout without authorization.

Real estate tax assessment in Fulton County, long a topic of debate, is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed against the county commissioners and chief county assessor Maynard Gordon last week by 17 county residents. The class action suit means that those plaintiffs are not only seeking relief for themselves but “for their own benefit as well as for the benefit of all persons, corporations and other legal entities owning land subject to real estate taxes in Fulton County.”

Temporary administrator Brock Slayback announced a first at the Medical Center last week when Dr. DeWitt Kemp successfully performed an operation for the repair of the spleen. Three gall bladder operations were also performed by the local surgeon.

K.G. Richards is planning to give a new look to his place of business. The old block building that housed the paint and cleanup shop at Richards Auto Sales on Lincoln Way East has been torn down to make way for an addition that will be built onto the present facilities to make a more spacious showroom and added office space.

Girls volleyball has been introduced as a new sport this year in both Central Fulton and Southern Fulton school districts and is quickly catching on with local sports fans.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Newell of Harrisonville on September 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Cubbage Sr., Warfordsburg, on September 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vito Panosetti of Three Springs on September 18.

Joann Dawn Sexton and Frank Sexton Jr. exchanged marriage vows on August 24 in Sideling Hill Christan Church, Needmore.

Deaths: Ruth Kuhn, McConnellsburg; Harry R. Shimer, Dallas, Pa.

Marriage licenses: Nicholas Robinson, Mercersburg, and Darla Atherton, Mercersburg; Gregory Cordell, Columbia, Pa., and Susan K. McElhaney, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: 3-lb. can Crisco, $2.49; Brawny towels, 2 for $1; Final Touch fabric softener, 64 ozs., $1.69; grapes, 59 cents lb.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 25, 1975


William “Billy” Isaacs was sentenced to 60 years in jail Monday following his conviction last week of the killing of McConnellsburg High School senior Richard Wayne Miller.

Tom Peck of McConnellsburg is pictured on the front page of this issue, having finished the racing season at Hagerstown Speedway Sunday night by winning both ends of the Late Model Twin 20s. Peck ended the season as top money-winner on the KARS circuit and came in second in the point totals.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Truax of Harrisonville celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at a reception given by their children.

Archie Bergstresser of Harrisonville has returned home after completing a four-month, 10-day assignment on the American merchant vessel MorMac Altair.

Former McConnellsburg High School graduate Andy Horton has been named to the soccer squad at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he is a sophomore.

Marian Wright and Kenneth Steach were married Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Wells Tannery.

Congratulations to newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Tom Strait, who were married Saturday. Mrs. Strait is the former Judy Shives of Hancock.

Fort Littleton birthdays: Mrs. Thad Winegardner, September 19, and Thad Winegardner, September 10.

Specials at the local IGA this week: Borden’s ice cream, half gallon, 99 cents; Ivory soap, 4 bars, 49 cents; apple juice, 1 quart, 49 cents; Scotties tissues, 3 boxes, 99 cents; celery, 39 cents a stalk.

Russell C. McLucas, son of Dr. and Mrs. R.C. McLucas of McConnellsburg, received a Bachelor of Science degree, geology major, from Dickinson College in September, having completed all academic requirements.

The Keystone Kustard Kitchen, Knobsville, held its grand opening with these specials: banana splits, 69 cents; ham hoagies, 79 cents; hamburgers, 39 cents; country ham, 69 cents; onion rings, 39 cents.

Marriage licenses: Joseph Alphonso Vanetesse and Mildred Ruth Rice, both of Chambersburg; William G. Lane of Hustontown and Debra K. Clever of Lemasters.

Janice Eichelberger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Eichelberger of Wells Tannery, received a Master of Science degree in communication, maintaining a 3.92 average in August from Clarion State College.

Showing at the Fulton Theater this weekend: “Benji.”

Deaths: Mrs. John T. Humbert, Big Cove Tannery; Norman E. Rowels, Dry Run; James M. Saylor, Todd; K.S. Fahringer, Huntingdon; Mrs. George N. Ott, Reading; Banner B. Browning Sr., Hagerstown.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 7, 1965


The following men from Fulton County were sent to Pittsburgh recently for induction into the armed forces: George Shank, Warfordsburg; Larry Paul Bookheimer, McConnellsburg; Ronald Hall, Burnt Cabins; Roger Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Dean Strait, Harrisonville; Harlan Deshong, Harrisonville; and Isaac Pittman, Big Cove Tannery.

What could be described as a “bare face(?)” robbery took place last Saturday when two young men, posing as nudists, entered the Pen Mar Sun Club in the southern end of Fulton County and took $90 from the wallet of one of the club members. State police said the youths, both of Arlington, Va., parked their car near the nudist camp, disrobed and strolled onto the grounds. The money was taken from a wallet left on a picnic table. The youths were spotted with the money by club members as they attempted to leave the grounds and were held until police arrived.

Specials at the local IGA: chuck roast, 39 cents lb.; tomato juice, four 46-oz. cans, $1; Betty Crocker frostings, 33 cents box.

Marriage licenses: Max Stenger, McConnellsburg, and Gloria Kay Mellott, Needmore; Thomas Butscher, Oakland, Md., and Brenda J. Lynch, Needmore.

Men in service: Seaman Apprentice Harvey W. Seville, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Seville of McConnellsburg, a crew member of the guided missile light cruiser USS Springfield, flagship of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, during breaks in fleet operations, visited the ports of Alletta, Malta and Beirut, Lebanon.

Deaths: David Shepherd, New Conford, Ohio; Henry C. Runyon, Stoufferstown; Jennie Shafer, Trenton, N.J.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 6, 1955


Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCurdy (nee Eda Ott) of San

Bernadino, Calif., are spending two weeks visiting relatives here.

Death: Mrs. A.W. Johnston, formerly of State College.

William E. Warthin of Sampson Air Force Base is spending a 10-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morse Warthin, before being transferred to Wyoming.

Plans have been completed for the annual 4-H Achievement Banquet at Green Hill High School on October 21. Outstanding 4-H members of Fulton County will be honored at the banquet.

A charter has been granted to the Oakley Cemetery Association.

McConnellsburg volunteer firemen are being unjustly criticized for failure to respond to a fire call at Ziegler’s, near Warfordsburg, on September 24. The firemen’s telephone number is connected directly with the McConnellsburg Esso Station, with a large bell so that any attendant on the grounds can hear the bell. All the attendants on duty at the station that day are positive that no fire call came in.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was at the Irwin Raker farm located along the Rock Hill Road in Ayr Township.

Elmer Sigel, 50, Warfordsburg, is a patient in Fulton County Medical Center, suffering from broken ribs, abrasions, injuries to the lower left lung and kidneys, bruises and lacerations of the arms and legs, all received on Monday when he was struck by car driven by a 29-year-old Warfordsburg man.

According to figures released this week by Amos Stouteagle, clerk to the county commissioners, the Democratic Party held a majority of 472 over the Republicans at the close of the registration period in September. The totals show 2,500 Democrats enrolled in the county as compared to 2,028 Republicans.

Homemakers of Fulton County will tour the H.J. Heinz plant, a large department store and have dinner at one of the newest restaurants on a tour to Pittsburgh October 25.

Word has been received here that Nelson Fox, star of the Chicago White Sox, will definitely appear in the big league lineup against the Huntingdon All Stars on October 14 at Saltillo.

Doc’s going hunting! Dr. R.C. McLucas has announced that his office will be closed on October 10 so that he can enjoy the first day of hunting season.

Cheerfulness is what greases the axle of the world.

Wilda Bolinger of Wells Tannery attended the showing of new Chryslers at Pittsburgh last Wednesday.

Pvt. Robert G. Skiles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skiles of McConnellsburg, has completed his recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C.

October 2 was the 70th birthday of Rev. David Hollenshead of Needmore. He and his wife went to church, where he presented to Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association the deed for a tract of land, 1.33 acres, adjoining the cemetery on the east and bordering on the road. In 1942, he and his wife and sons presented Pleasant Grove Church about nine-tenths of an acre, on which the church built a dining hall, vesper site with altar, play center and another outdoor platform for speakers and choirs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mellott of St. Thomas on September 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry of Clear Ridge on September 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Robinson of Mercersburg on October 1.

Recent weddings: Robert Layton and Carol Diane Johnson on August 24; Donald I. Mills and Pat Cutchall on September 26; James Smith and Delma Charlton on September 24.

Deaths: Mrs. Margaret Rusher Smith of Everett; Clyde Ott of Knobsville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 11, 1945


Lt. Merrill W. Kerlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kerlin of Burnt Cabins, has received his honorable discharge at the separation center at Newark Army Air Field.

Death: Mrs. Claude Reeder of near Lemasters.

Orlena Kay Mills, 2 1/2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis J. Mills of near Burnt Cabins, died suddenly after she drank a sip of beer her father gave her. The father was drinking a bottle of beer when Orlena and her brother, Otis Jr., asked for a taste. The father gave each a sip and then tasted it and thinking it was flat, threw the rest away. In about 15 minutes, the girl became unconscious and the boy became ill. The girl died before a doctor arrived on the scene and the boy seems to be recovering now in Huntingdon Hospital.

Cpl. Harry J. Bivens, 34, son of Mrs. Martha Bivens, was awarded the bronze star while serving with the infantry on Luzon.

These three draftees will leave for the army today: Warren G. Harding Deshong of Harrisonville, Russell Paul Gress of McConnellsburg and Chester Knepper of Hustontown.

Frank S. Martz and Mary Ellen Decker were married on September 30.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 10, 1935


Deaths: Mrs. George S. Grissinger of McConnellsburg; Alfred Peck of Belfast Township; George

Raker of Kearney; Harvey Willard Batdorff of Harrisonville; Daniel Ellsworth Prough of Calvin.

Fire, causing damage estimated at $3,000, completely destroyed the home of A.F. Cutcall between Three Springs and Dublin Mills on Friday.

Capt. Joel T. Boone, M.D., of the Army Medical Corps, will speak in the local Reformed Church on Sunday. He is one of the most decorated veterans of World War I, the highest of his medals being the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The new marriage license law went into effect in the state this week. Heretofore, licenses were issued immediately upon application. Now the applicants will have to wait three days.

Edgar Harris, chief mechanic in the local highway department, received a broken foot on Tuesday when he fell from the cab of a crane in Saxton.

Mr. and Mrs. Stillwell Barnhart of near Hagerstown celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on September 18.

George E. Trogler and Anna C. Reber were married Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Benedict of Honolulu called on friends at Fort Littleton on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Glunt of Burnt Cabins are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby daughter in their home on Friday morning.

Death: Mrs. Margaret Speck of Burnt Cabins.

John Seiders bought the J.B. Miller place at Burnt Cabins.

Stanley Romig has returned to his home at Wells Tannery from the Huntingdon Hospital where he received treatment for a crushed hand that was received in a rock fall in the mines.

James Kern and Catherine McCurdy were wed September 21.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 8, 1925


Deaths: Dale Crouse of Decorum; Mrs. Rhoda

Jane Free of Decorum; Mrs. Sarah Hauman Winsor of near Harrisonville. Ford advertises a new car for this year’s market. It’s the new Ford Runabout and the price is $260.

The annual Fulton County Fair, held on Saturday, was voted by the “thousands” attending as bigger and better than ever.

Five Civil War veterans graced the Fulton County Fair with their presence. They were William Mathias of Burnt Cabins; Scott Hann of Websters Mill; John Hann of Mattie, Bedford County; Dr. S. Winfield, no address given; and Hon. D.H. Patterson of McConnellsburg. Veteran Scott Hann, who is past 80 years old, rode horseback in the parade and was awarded $5 in gold.

Death: Mrs. John Barr of Hagerstown.

Alfred Crawford marked his 30th birthday on September 19.

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