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This week’s Memory Jogger was loaned to the Fulton County Historical Society for possible identification. Some of the 44 men are holding axes and standing in front of a dome-shaped object. Anyone having seen a similar photo or who knows the location is asked to contact Historical Society President Dick Miller at 717-485-3412. This week’s Memory Jogger was loaned to the Fulton County Historical Society for possible identification. Some of the 44 men are holding axes and standing in front of a dome-shaped object. Anyone having seen a similar photo or who knows the location is asked to contact Historical Society President Dick Miller at 717-485-3412. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 15, 1997


A light race for district justice from Ayr, Todd and McConnellsburg Borough and various races for the three county school boards highlight the ballot for the upcoming municipal primary election on Tuesday. A record number of 7,405 countians are registered to vote in the primary.

Fulton County Commissioners said Tuesday that a public hearing on the county’s proposed 911 system plan may be held in the early June, pending receipt of a letter of intent from Franklin County Commissioners regarding dispatch services.

Work began Monday on a $5.6 million project to resurface a five and a half mile section of I-70 between Warfordsburg and Amaranth in southern Fulton County.

People are remarking on the number of hummingbirds being seen in the area despite the unsummer-like weather.

Although an afternoon matinee had to be cancelled, a crowd of about 300 persons attended the Franzen Brothers Circus at Broad Top City last Thursday evening, one day after the circus founder was mauled to death in the ring by one of his trained tigers. Wayne Franzen, 50, was attacked and killed by a 450-pound tiger during a show at the Carrolltown American Legion grounds in Cambria County May 7. The tiger reportedly attacked Franzen while his back was turned early during the Wednesday performance. Witnesses attempted to beat the tiger into letting go of the circus founder, but the former high school shop teacher from Wisconsin was killed in the incident.

A Harrisonville girl was flown by Life Lion helicopter to Hershey Medical Center following a two-vehicle accident on Peach Orchard Road in Todd Township May 13. Police said that Lesley Strait, 17, operating a 1989 Ford Escort, was travelling north when for unknown reasons her car travelled into the southbound lane and its left front end hit the left front corner of a 1993 Ford Mustang being driven south by Heather Keyser, 23, McConnellsburg. Keyser was treated at the Medical Center for minor injuries and released while Strait was flown to Hershey with a fractured hip.

Bond was set at $1 million at a hearing in Washington County Court May 12 for a Big Cove Tannery man charged in connection with a rape, kidnapping and robbery incident in February near Hagerstown. Donald Walls Jr., 27, is accused of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, first- and second-degree assault, first-degree sex offense, attempted first-degree rape, kidnapping, armed robbery, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in commission of a crime in connection with an incident in February.

Cathy Jo Barnhart of Hustontown announces the birth of a son, Donald “Storm” Barnhart, April 18 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter on May 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Atlee Youngblood.

Deaths: Lillie Divelbliss, Hagerstown; William Lauver, Big Cove Tannery; Melvin Thomas, Wells Tannery; Harry McCusker, Hancock; Gladys Ensley, Johnstown; J. Lewis Deneen, Warfordsburg.

Veryl and Adrian Spade of Needmore celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 20.

Joanna Smith of McConnellsburg and Brian Brady of Big Cove Tannery were united in marriage March 8 at Webster Mills Free Brethren Church. Parents of the couple are Jerry and Trudy Smith of McConnellsburg and Reuben and Sharleen Brady of Big Cove Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 28, 1987


Continuing a long-standing tradition of honoring those who served their county, Memorial Day was observed here with services at

Union Cemetery and at the Fulton County Courthouse on Monday. The services conducted by the American Legion and VFW included the presentation of memorial wreaths, the salute to departed comrades by the Fulton Honor Guard and the decoration of veterans’ graves by area Scouts. Scheduled speaker Col. Jerre Mellott was hospitalized and could not attend. Graciously speaking in his place was Cmdr. William Hine of Harrisonville.

County Commissioners Boyd Mellott and Pete Culler said Tuesday that they felt that the tax assessment process in the county was probably the determining issue in the May 19 primary election, which saw county voters choose four new candidates for commissioner for the November general election. Mellott told the “News” that “this board was swept away in the tide” of the tax assessment system issue.

Fulton Chamber of Commerce unanimously elected Woody Serfass as president and Ben Heckman as vice president for the coming year at its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday.

A former county woman has recently won national honors by placing fourth in the Daughters of the American Revolution quilt contest. Mrs. Edna Eshelman of Fort Loudon recently received word that her quilt “Burgoynes Surrender” had been chosen for fourth-place honors by the DAR American Heritage Committee in Washington. Her quilt was also displayed in Washington, D.C., during the Continental Congress celebration. Mrs. Eshelman was taught handiwork by her mother, the late Julia Pittman Peck of Thompson Township.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Tice of Hustontown on May 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bisser Jr. of Waterfall on May 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Lynch on May 18.

Deaths: Darlene C. Speicher, Warfordsburg; Rev. Eugene Abbot, Hudson, Fla.

Specials at the IGA: IGA soda pop, 5 cans for $1; Green’s ice cream, $2.69, half gallon; lettuce, 2 for $1.

Tammy Jo Steach, Everett, and Terry C. Strait, Harrisonville, were united in marriage April 11 at Siloam Methodist Church, Harrisonville. Parents of the bride are William and Emma Steach of Everett. Parents of the groom are Floyd and Marden Strait, Harrisonville.

Airman Brian K. Buterbaugh, son of Mary J. Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Marriage licenses: Russell Souders, Wells Tannery, and Lisa Hoffman, Wells Tannery; Jeffrey Piper, Spring Run, and Julia Glunt, Willow Hill; Arnold Wandless, Warfordsburg, and Vivian Diehl, Warfordsburg; Ernest King, Three Springs, and Tanya Ramsey, Harrisonville.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Boone would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tonia Taylor, to Paul Nally, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Whitehouse of Burnt Cabins.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 26, 1977


Police have been unable to establish the cause of two separate one-car accidents on Wednesday and Thursday of last week that resulted in the death of two men and four others being badly injured. The two fatal accidents brought the death toll for Fulton County to four, so far this year. The first victim identified was Jeffrey Hughes, 18, Hancock, who died instantly when the Plymouth he was driving north on the Timber Ridge Road, three miles north of the Maryland state line, ran off the road and hit a tree. Police said the accident happened on Wednesday just a few miles from his home on a sharp left turn. The second accident victim was Eugene C. Heaton, 31, Broad Top, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the driver of an Oldsmobile which ran off the east side of Route 522, three miles north of McConnellsburg, on Thursday and struck a large tree. Critically injured in the accident was his brother, John Heaton, 22, also of Broad Top. Three other passengers were taken to Chambersburg Hospital and were identified as Lewis Johnson, 40, Saxton; Michael Sipes, 21, Hustontown; and Donald Strait, 25, McConnellsburg.

An avid fan of Elvis Presley, Mrs. Kathy Buck, was thrilled on Sunday while attending one of his concerts at the Capitol Center, Largo, Md., when he stopped the show to dedicate to her the song “I Did It My Way” and presented her with one of his autographed scarves. Mrs. Buck attended the concert in a wheelchair that she has been confined to since undergoing recent major surgery and was accompanied by her husband, Louis.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bishop of Warfordsburg on May 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Bender of Everett on May 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Colledge of Everett on May 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seville of Big Cove Tannery on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Parsons Jr., Burnt Cabins, on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Leese of Needmore on May 17.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Freaky Friday.”

Jeffrey Ott received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania on May 22 at the Annenburg Center in Philadelphia. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott of McConnellsburg. Dr. Ott and his wife, the former Pam Gobin, daughter of Charles Gobin of McConnellsburg, will reside near Welsh Run.

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, lean, 63 cents lb.; franks, 63 cents, 16-oz. pkg.; IGA catsup, four 14-oz. bottles for $1; chicken legs, 49 cents lb.

Deaths: Eugene Horton, Broad Top City; Jeffrey Hughes, Hancock; Therman M. O’Rourke, Hagerstown.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 8, 1967


Following the death last week of an Ohio truck driver, who was killed on the Pennsylvania

Turnpike when a rock was thrown through the windshield of his truck, causing him to lose control of his vehicle, Pennsylvania State Police said, “Those persons causing a fatal accident on the turnpike will be charged with manslaughter and possibly murder when they are apprehended. The latest rock throwing incident happened at an overpass in Beaver County, but state police of the McConnellsburg substation reported that similar incidents have been reported in Fulton County.

Sylvia Jean Sponsler, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sponsler of Saluvia, was accidentally shot on Friday night when her girlfriend, Darlene DiePietro, whom she was visiting, picked up what she thought was a toy gun and pulled the trigger. Miss Sponsler suffered a flesh wound in the chest and was taken by ambulance to Fulton County Medical Center and then to Chambersburg Hospital where the bullet was removed. Police said the gun, a .32 short revolver, was lying on a chest-type deep freezer in the kitchen of the Mellott home. There was only one bullet in the weapon and this struck Miss Sponsler in the right chest.

Col. Frank McKetta, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, advises youthful Pennsylvania operators that New York state will arrest and fine any motorist who is under 18 years of age, regardless of the validity of his license in Pennsylvania or any other state.

Marriage licenses: David Hixson of Hancock and Ethel Pedrick of Clarks Green, Pa.; Wayne Grube and Mary Ann Paylor, both of McConnellsburg; James Yarlett of Hustontown and Vivian Deshong of Needmore.

News of men in service: Army Pvt. Raymond Hess, 20, son of Rinehart Hess of Warfordsburg, completed an eight-week course of advanced infantry training on May 26 at Fort Ordo, Calif. Damage Controlman Third Class Reed Englert, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Englert of McConnellsburg, took part in the amphibious assault of the “demilitarized zone’ which divides North and South Vietnam while serving aboard the amphibious transport dock shop, USS Ogden.

Patrick William Fischer, infant son of Trooper and Mrs. Thomas Fischer, was baptized on Sunday afternoon by Father Benedict Wolfe in St. Stephen Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Trueax of Crystal Springs will celebrate their golden anniversary on June 11.

Deaths: John Covert, Clear Ridge; Dr. Theodore Charlton, Hancock; George Crownowner, Alexander.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 6, 1957


Mr. and Mrs. Tom Anderton and family will move on June 18 to Melbourne, Fla., where

Mr. Anderton will be employed in the guided missile field.

Local graduates at Penn State University on June 8 will include John Mentzer and Leland Cisney.

Mr. and Mrs. George Bard will attend commencement exercises at Wooster, Ohio, where their son, Terry, will graduate on Saturday.

The News’ new home is now nearing completion. Last Friday and Saturday were busy days, with one crew of specialists from Chambersburg installing the windows while another crew of specialists, also from Chambersburg, installed the special roof on the building. The latter job required two days and resulted in an unique roof for this area. About eight tons of slag, pitch and paper were placed on the roof, with the result that four inches of water may be kept on the top of the building at all times for insulation purposes. Wiring and lights are being installed in the building this week and possibly the grading around the building will be completed.

Mrs. Herman Decker was guest of honor recently at a dinner at the Cavalier Restaurant, given by the Medical Center Auxillary. Mrs. Decker is retiring as president of the auxiliary after seven years of service.

Richard Rotz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rotz of Mc- Connellsburg, won the countywide contest sponsored by the Fulton County Council of Cooperatives. As a result, he will receive an airplane trip to Fort Collins, Colo., for the summer session of the American Institute of Cooperation. The county contest was based on leadership qualities and knowledge of cooperatives.

Meeting at Burnt Cabins on May 18, the Fulton County Council of United Church Women elected Mrs. Brooks Smith of Warfordsburg as president for the coming year.

Two eighth-graders won the American Legion Auxillary award this year. They were Sandra Henry of Fort Littleton and Donna Bishop of Hustontown. The awards were made on the basis of high qualities of honor, courage, scholarship, leadership, service and Americanism.

At its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, the Borough Council decided to order all property owners in the borough to lay sidewalks.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the Earl Barmont farm, north of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mellott of town both suffered fractured vertebras in a freak accident in Chambersburg on Monday. Riding in a car driven by their daughter, Jane, they hit a sharp dip in the road. The sharp dip threw Mr. Mellott into the air and, upon coming down, he struck his wife’s hip. A second dip in the road followed almost immediately, causing a recurrence of the above incident. Mr. Mellott became ill shortly thereafter and, getting out of the car to help his wife, he bent over and couldn’t straighten up again. Taken by ambulance to Chambersburg Hospital X-rays revealed that both had suffered fractured vertebras.

Daily Vacation Bible School began here on Monday with an enrollment of 148 pupils.

A move to restore wild turkeys to part of Fulton County has been made with the release of 12 hens and two gobblers. An organization known as the Fulton County Game Protective Association will be formed with members from Licking Creek, Taylor and Dublin townships who own hunting lands in those areas. Turkey hunting will not be permitted in 1957 and 1958 in order to give the area’s turkey population a chance to multiply.

James Purnell and Delores Knepper were married May 11.

A large group of neighbors and friends gathered on May 25 to help raise a new barn on the Clarence McKee farm.

Deaths: John H. Schetrompf of Buck Valley; Phillip Barnhart of Hancock.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 12, 1947


With the close of school, the Fort Littleton cafeteria, the first in the county, reported a very successful year. A survey by the teachers showed: 90 percent of the pupils ate there regularly; pupils learned to eat wholesome foods; little or no waste; pupils who lived nearby found it economical to eat there; and the 15 cents charge per pupil was more than adequate to cover costs.

Virgil Sharpe of Big Cove Tannery won the crow shoot by the Fulton County Sportsmen’s League on May 31.

Judy Guyer, a member of this year’s graduating class of McConnellsburg, won the state scholarship.

Bruce Sipes and William Kerlin, both of McConnellsburg, enlisted in the U.S. Army this week.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cunningham on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gwatley on June 4.

Recent weddings: George Young and Beatrice Knable on June 4; Wallace Pittman and Lela June Bechtel on May 22; Donald McQuade and Dorothy Mellott on June 6; Delbert Black and Mabel Strait on June 7; John Robert Shimer and Polly Ann Morton on Tuesday afternoon.

Granvil Mellott is all smiles. It’s a girl.

Deaths: Ross Wagner of Rockford, Ill.; Leander Grant Unger of Dixon, Ill.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 10, 1937


Deaths: George W. Sipe of Bedford; Mrs. Elsie Rebecca Deshong of Harrisonville; Ralph Wayne Cunningham of Altoona; Mrs. Ernest Hockensmith of Punxsutawney; Roy Regi of Mout Union.

The 57th annual convention of the Fulton County Sabbath School Association was held at Burnt Cabins on Friday and Saturday.

John Wallace Shadle and Lena Anna Strait were married June 5.

Varden Pittman, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Pittman of Mercersburg, drowned on June 2 in Licking Creek when he went to the rescue of his cousin who had slipped into a deep hole in the creek. Daryl Forner, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds Forner of McConnellsburg, to whose rescue he had gone, escaped a similar fate when he managed to reach the bank of the stream. Near exhaustion, Daryl lay on the bank of the stream until he regained his strength enough to go to the home of his uncle, Loy Hollinshead, a quarter of a mile away. Mr. Hollinshead went to the creek but could not see the boy. Unable to swim himself, he hurried to Harrisonville, three miles away, to summon aid. Three or four men responded and found Varden’s body lying in about four feet of water. DeKalb Metzler of Harrisonville recovered the body. Dr. Edgar MacKinley, Fulton County coroner, investigated and issued a verdict of accidental drowning.

About 18 members of McConnellsburg FFA will attend the state convention at Penn State on June 17, 18 and 19. Members of the various judging teams will be Charles Kendall, Kenneth Richards, Harold Hamil, Deane Helman, Harry Lynch, Lyle Duffey, Cecil Williams Leroy Williams, Melvin Hohman, Albert Tritle, Lee Crouse, David Lynch, Thomas Morton, Wilson Truax and Harry Grissinger, plus several alternates.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 9, 1927


Deaths: Daniel Truax of Cody, Neb., a Civil War veteran; David Lauver of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Lydia A. Shives of Bethel Township.

Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Mc- Clain of East Pittsburgh announce the arrival of a 10- pound son, Joseph Bruce, on May 23. Mrs. McClain is the former Vera Shore.

The 47th annual convention of the Fulton County Sabbath School Association was held at Akersville on June 1 and 2.

Mrs. Clem Wigfield of Buck Valley was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Sunday for treatment of a troublesome growth.

Born: a daughter on June 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Divens of Knobsville.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kerlin moved into their new home on Fairview Extension in McConnellsburg last week.

This has been a wet, belated farming season, but John Rhodes reports that he has 19 acres of corn up and ready for cultivation.

Miss Sophia Hohman of McConnellsburg is among the graduates of Bucknell University this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rotz have opened their restaurant in the building next to the Chevrolet Garage.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Gracey of Waterfall are happy over the arrival of a 10- pound boy.

William Webb is seriously ill at the home of his sister, Belle Miller, in Burnt Cabins.

Recent births: a son on May 17 to Mr. and Mrs. George Dewey Truax of Big Cove Tannery; a son, Walter, to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey R. Mellott of Todd Township on April 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Chesnut of Mc- Connellsburg on May 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stinson on May 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Seville of Todd Township on May 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Keyser of Ayr Township on May 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiders of Ayr Township on April 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Obed Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on April 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bookheimer Duquense on April 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Souders of Ayr Township on April 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cutchall of Dublin Township on April 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grissinger of Mc- Connellsburg on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Helman of Dublin Township on May 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on April 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Ramsey of Todd Township on April 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Souders of Ayr Township on April 5.

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