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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Bill Burkett of Warfordsburg, pictures Bill Burkett and Dean McCray (on horse) in Buck Valley in the 1940s. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Bill Burkett of Warfordsburg, pictures Bill Burkett and Dean McCray (on horse) in Buck Valley in the 1940s. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 17, 1997


JLG Industries stock tumbled more than 30 percent last week after it said its fiscal third-quarter earnings won’t meet analysts’ expectations, leaving investors stunned and company officials shocked at the severity of the drop. The stock crash followed a delayed opening after JLG issued a press release late last Monday stating that earnings for the third period will fall short of analysts’ earnings estimates of 33 cents to 36 cents a share, but will exceed year-ago third-quarter earnings of 28 cents a share. The company attributed the lower earnings to lower demand for its rental machines, a slowing of incoming domestic orders and a shift in product mix to smaller, less profitable machines.

Two Hagerstown men were charged recently in connection with the theft of two luxury cars from Fulton Motor Sales in mid-March. Richard Loudin III, Hagerstown, and Kevin Cotton, Hagerstown, were each charged with one count each of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, three counts of theft and two counts each of conspiracy to commit theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to receive stolen property. Sometime March 18 and March 19 someone forcibly entered the used car lot shed at Fulton Motor Sales and first removed a Toshiba telephone, a dealer license plate and five sets of keys. A 1994 Lincoln Town Car Limited Anniversary Edition and a 1995 Lincoln Town Car Executive were then stolen from the dealership.

Robert Swadley, acting chief executive officer of Fulton County Medical Center, has announced that he will leave the administration’s office on April 30.

Morning frosts and snow flurries are still part of the weather pattern in the area, so spring will be a little late this year.

Specials at County Market: boneless strip steaks, $4.99 lb.; gulf shrimp, $4.99 lbs.; Flavorite coffee, $4.99 sweet corn, 10 ears for $1.99; Lipton iced tea mix, $2.78; Campbell’s pork and beans, 24 cents each.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seville of McConnellsburg on April 10.

Deaths: Earl Keefer, Shippensburg; Guy Runk, Willow Hill; Cora Rue, Rockhill Furnace; Arnell Jenkins, Three Springs.

Marriage license: Douglas Lane, Fort Littleton, and April Henry, Fort Littleton.

Brad and Torrie Mellott announce the birth of their second child, a girl, Kathrine Mary, March 29.

Michael and Wendy Bowser, McConnellsburg, announce the birth of their third child, a girl, Paige Nicole, April 12, at Chambersburg Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 30, 1987


Fulton County Democrats have re-established their edge in voter registration totals after county Republicans had held slight edges in the past three primary and general elections. According to voter registration figures for the upcoming May 19 primary, 2,791 Democrats, 2,591 Republicans and 118 other party affiliations or those with no party affiliations are registered to vote May 19. County Democrats had held a voter registration edge for 15 years when the Republicans managed a 19-voter edge for the November 1985 general election. That GOP advantage rose to 62 votes for last May’s primary and 75 voters for last fall’s general election.

Pennsylvania State Police have announced that Sgt. Vincent Joyce, station commander at McConnellsburg, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and has been reassigned to interstate patrol commander for the southeast section for Harrisburg, York and Chambersburg stations. Sgt. Robert Phipps will replace Joyce as station commander at McConnellsburg.

A surprise 50th wedding anniversary celebration was held April 12 for Charles and Mary (Baith) McCoy at their home in Three Springs.

Marriage licenses: Charles Lanehart Jr., Warfordsburg, and Diane Michelle McCarty, Warfordsburg; Carl William Barnhart, Needmore, and Tina Elizabeth McQuade, Needmore; Jeffrey Lane Manning, Hancock, and Lisa Marie Hendershot, Hancock.

Melvin Weller of McConnellsburg bagged a 15-pound turkey with a four-inch beard while hunting alone April 25, near Peach Orchard Road.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timmy Zeis of Mercersburg on April 22.

Deaths: Charles Cutchall, McConnellsburg; William Schafer, Warfordsburg; Stanley Miller, Three Springs; Charles Nay, Newville; Harold Divens, Greencastle; Dorothy S. Trout Rupert; Craig Payne Jr.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 28, 1977


The unseasonably hot and dry weather during April has brought out the snakes, both harmless and poisonous, in greater numbers than usual for this time of year. Last Monday, Mary Kling of Fannettsburg was admitted to the Medical Center for treatment of a poisonous snake bite.

Police are continuing their investigation of the escape form the Fulton County Jail made by Timothy Mellott, 17, Waterfall, early Sunday morning. Police said the youth used a smuggled-in hacksaw to saw through the bars to his cell and the bars and screen on an outside wall window overlooking the exercise yard. He made his escape by climbing the wall enclosing the yard. This is the second time this year Mellott has broken out of the local jail, but unlike his February 10 escape, when he turned himself in the same day, this time he was still in hiding late Tuesday.

An appreciative crowd of high school students in the morning and friends of the Historical Society in the evening of April 20 viewed a 41-year-old movie of activities that took place in 1936 during the 150th anniversary of the founding McConnellsburg. The film had recently been repaired through the efforts of Charles Cluuz of Rochester, N.Y., and had not been seen for about 25 years.

Sheila Diane Ott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott, Mc- Connellsburg, and Terry Lee Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson, York, were united in marriage during candlelight rites on the evening of April 16 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McConnellsburg.

Wedding vows were exchanged in Pleasant Ridge Nazarene Church of Harrisonville on March 12 between Linda Deshong and Daniel Peck. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Deshong of Harrisonville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peck of Warfordsburg.

Miss Debra Ann Horton and Joseph Englehart were united in marriage April 9 in St. Thomas United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Horton, St. Thomas, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Engleheart, Fayetteville.

Specials at the IGA: strawberries, 39 cents pint; cauliflower, 69 cents a head; spaghetti, 3 boxes for $1; Tide detergent, $3.99, 10 lbs., 11 ounces.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Snyder of Rockhill Furnace on April 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Robinson of McConnellsburg on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rose Jr., Orbisonia, on April 16; a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Roger Naugle, Mc- Connellsburg, on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hendershot of Everett on April 17; a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Alan William of Robertsdale on April 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Hixon of Hancock on April 19; a son to Mr and Mrs. Randy Mellott of Warfordsburg on April 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Akers of Williamson on April 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Seville of McConnellsburg on April 21.

Deaths: Walter E. Carbaugh, Waynesboro; Ethel Vangi, Needmore.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 11, 1967


McConnellsburg and the surrounding area were in a state of alert last Thursday at 9 p.m., after a man who had identified himself as Frank Williams, 42, Chicago, escaped from the Fulton County Jail as Sheriff Fred Fisher was accompanying the man from the cell block to answer a telephone call he had placed earlier in the sheriff’s office. It was in the hallway leading to the office that the prisoner grappled with the sheriff and broke loose, escaping through the front door. An immediate alert was sent out and state police from Mc- Connellsburg, Bedford, the turnpike at Everett, Huntingdon and Hollidaysburg responded to patrol the area. However, there have been no reported sightings of Williams to date. The fugitive is dangerous and if observed, no attempt should be made to apprehend him.

Again this year, a talent show will be held at Mc- Connellsburg firemen’s annual block party.

While patrolling in the search of the escaped prisoner from the Fulton County Jail, local state police apprehended two boys, 14 and 16, from Washington, N.J., who were driving a stolen car. The youths were taken into custody and later released to juvenile authorities from New Jersey on Monday.

News of men in service: Harry P. Bookheimer, who has been in he U.S. Army for 18 months, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Second Lt. Robert Comerer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Comerer of McConnellsburg, is on leave from the Army. Private Robert Fagley, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Fagley of Harrisonville, completed a five-week stevedore course at Army Transportation School at Fort Eustis, Va., on April 25.

Specials at the A&P: fresh fryers, 20 cents lb.; golden ripe bananas, 15 cents lb.; Jane Parker white bread, two 1-lb. 6-oz. loaves, 59 cents

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Gohn, Waterfall, on May 1; a son to Mr and Mrs. Ivan Wiser, Orbisonia, on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Harmon, Big Cove Tannery.

Marriage license: Samuel Martz of Harrisonville and Dixie Lee of Liverpool, Ohio.

Deaths: “Miss Lizzie” Bain Lysinger, 105, Bedford; Edwin J. Hoffman, Saltillo.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 9, 1957


Two men were injured in a head-on collision in Bedford County last Thursday. John Zelanko, 44, Six Mile Run, was treated for a laceration of the right arm. Robert Shaw, 46, Wells Tannery, was treated at Bedford Memorial Hospital for injuries to his nose and chest and knee bruises.

Ralph Whitmiller, who with Mrs. Whitmiller, returned from Florida two weeks ago, is now on his way to Canada for some salmon fishing.

At the regular Borough Council meeting on Tuesday evening, members of the Chamber of Commerce were present to urge council to eliminate the $1 parking meter fines, to be offset by the installation of courtesy boxes in which a violator could place his fee and ticket. This would eliminate the embarrassment of going to a justice of the peace to pay a fine.

Much progress was made on the News’ new home during the past week. The walls of the building are now nearing completion, the concrete floor in the main part of the building is expected to be poured the latter part of this week. It is hoped the building will be completed by the end of May. In the meantime, no new developments have occurred on the bank corner.

Five Fulton County young men were inducted into the armed forces at Pittsburgh on Tuesday of this week. They were James Mellott, William Selser and Hubert Hohman, all of McConnellsburg; Paul Carmack of Harrisonville; and Robert Boden of Knobsville.

A contract for $188,683.38 was awarded to the Mullens Construction Co. of Wisconsin last week for conversion of the Breezewood Telephone Co. to the dial system.

The final report on the local Red Cross drive shows that $1,411.42 was collected in the county this year.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the Harry Beam farm at Needmore.

William Lawrence “Larry” Paylor and Betty LaVerne Daniels were wed May 3.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. Harry Peck of McConnellsburg on April 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Batdorff of Harrisonville on May 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sipes of Warfordsburg on May 3.

At the 26th annual field meet held in McConnellsburg on Saturday, McConnellsburg won the Class A events, followed by Warfordsburg in second place and Hustontown, third. In the Class B events, Hustontown was the winner, followed by Warfordsburg and then McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hawkins of Wood announce the birth of a daughter on May 4 at Huntingdon Hospital.

Deaths: Mrs. Louise Kerlin of Pittsburgh, formerly of Clear Ridge; Percival Stanage Palmer of Burnt Cabins.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 15, 1947


Paul, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Deshong, has returned home from Chambersburg Hospital after having his tonsils and adenoids removed.

The Saxton, Everett and McConnellsburg fire companies were called to Wells Township on Monday when a forest fire threatened to wipe out the village of Wells Tannery.

Cpl. Ralph Long, stationed at Guam, and Pfc. William Peck, stationed in Japan, met recently when they were both flown to Manilla to attend an Army school.

The McConnellsburg Lions club marked its 10th anniversary on May 13 by holding a dinner at the Tuscarora Summit Inn. President Donald Martin opened the meeting and David Hoover served as toastmaster.

Deaths: Barbara Catherine Smith of Carlisle; Frank Keith of Altoona; Wilmer Rupe of McKelvey’s Ford; Mrs. George Shotts of Waterfall.

Recent weddings: Ronald Wagner and Edith Laidig on May 3; Fora King and Marie Ulsh on May 1; Arnold Leisher and Virginia Shimer on May 10.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 13, 1937


Deaths: Mrs. Rachel Irene McKee McCulloh of Sylvan; Jonas Smith of Bedford County; Orlando Lorraine Wible of Three Springs.

One of the most successful Republican meetings ever staged in Fulton County was held in the courthouse last Friday evening when a big crowd assembled in the interest of Sen. Richards Simpson, candidate for Congress to fill the expired term of the late Hon. B.K. Focht. County Chairman Harry Baumgardner presided over the meeting.

At a recent congregational meeting of the Lower Path Valley Presbyterian Church and the Burnt Cabins Presbyterian Church, which are supplied by the same pastor, it was voted to extend a call to Rev. William Strohm, who will complete his studies this month at the Biblical Theological Seminary in New York. Rev. Strohm is a native of Carlisle.

In the election on Tuesday, Richard Simpson was elected congressman from the 18th District, carrying every one of the eight counties in the district by a pluraity of 9,600 votes.

William Ralph Snyder of Shade Gap was fatally injured on Friday afternoon when he walked into the path of a slow-moving lumber truck, driven by Bruce Glunt of Knobsville. The accident happened in front of Linn’s Garage in McConnellsburg and the injured man was examined by Dr. Krug, who sent him at once to Chambersburg Hospital where he died Sunday morning. Those who witnessed the accident said the 27-year-old man walked into the truck as though he hadn’t seen it.

Mrs. Glenn Sleighter was convicted this week of second-degree murder in the death of 6-year-old Jean Seville. Last week, her husband was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Miss Mildred Hull, teacher in the Tyrone High School, was called home last week due to the critical illness of her father, Harry Hull.

Fruit trees are beautiful and fragrant with blossoms.

Rev. William Moses, former pastor of McConnellsburg Methodist Church, recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

Death: Mrs. Belle Winter Glunt of Detroit, Mich.

Joan Crawford and Robert Taylor star in the picture “Gorgeous Hussy” at the Fulton Theatre this week.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 11, 1927


Due to the efforts of Rep. H.L. Baumgardner, approximately nine miles of road in Fulton

County will be taken over by the state and made a part of the state highway system. This mileage will probably be between Knobsville and Hustontown and Webster Mills and Needmore.

Death: Mrs. Rosa B. Locke of Orbisonia; Asa McClellan Simpson of Newton Hamilton.

Reconsecration services will be held at the local Reformed Church on Sunday, following seven months of extensive repairs, alterations and additions.

Members of her Sunday School class gathered at her home on Monday evening and tendered Miss H. Josephine Mellott a kitchen shower in honor of her coming marriage.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stinson of Knobsville on May 3.

Charles Shinham and H. Josephine Mellott were married May 4.

Scott Alexander, a former teacher and for several years connected with the Racket Store, has accepted a position in the local highway office.

Ruth Lynch has been elected to teach Locust Grove School, and Roy Plessinger will teach at Oak Grove.

George Miller of Union Township celebrated his 60th birthday on May .

The stork visited Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Newman of Enid recently, leaving a baby girl.

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