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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Carolyn Hess-Spoonire of McConnellsburg, pictures her father, the late Orlyn Hess of Needmore, in 1950 when was discharged from the U.S. Army. The picture was taken at the homeplace in Warfordsburg. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Carolyn Hess-Spoonire of McConnellsburg, pictures her father, the late Orlyn Hess of Needmore, in 1950 when was discharged from the U.S. Army. The picture was taken at the homeplace in Warfordsburg. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 10, 1997


Dr. Carolyn Shegelsi will begin her new duties as superintendent of the Southern Fulton

School District July 10. She signed a three-year contract with Southern Fulton, with a first-year salary of $68,000.

There were peanuts, popcorn, homemade root beer and birthday cake on Saturday as the Racket Store celebrated its 100th birthday. The festivities were held in front of the Lincoln Way East store and large crowds turned out to look, listen and to browse through the centenarian store which also featured a facelift for the special occasion. Main Street was decorated with many merchants showing off special widow displays and bunting.

McConnellsburg Borough Council members went on record as opposing a proposed hog farming operation in Ayr Township and conducted other routine business at its July 2 meeting. About two dozen Ayr Township residents attended the meeting to discuss rumors that a company is attempting to purchase the 348-acre farm to use for a large-scale hog farming operation.

Four persons were undergoing treatments after having contact with a rabid cat in Belfast Township July 1. The incident occurred at the home of Gene and Phyllis Bradshaw along Bradshaw Road, seven miles west of Needmore. Officials conducted a contact investigation in the area of the incident this week and it was determined that the four persons already undergoing treatment were the only ones who needed to do so in this circumstance.

Pennsylvanian Jimmy Stewart, a renowned actor, died July 2 and was mourned throughout the world. He seemed a little closer to this area, though he was raised in Indiana, Pa., having been educated at Mercersburg Academy where many local boys, now and in the past, were sent to school. He enrolled at Mercersburg in 1924 and, except for a brief bout with scarlet fever and a kidney infection, attended regularly until he graduated in 1928.

The 76th Fulton County Fair will be held August 16-23 at Fulton County Fairgrounds.

The annual Dr. Robert Riggs Memorial Tournament was played at Great Cove Sunday and was won by Rich Smith with a 66.

Anna McGarvey of McVeytown, formerly of Mc- Connellsburg, was honored July 6 by family and friends with a birthday party at the home of her son, Chauncey Mc- Garvey, in honor of her 90th birthday.

Deaths: Emmer Mellott, Needmore; Margaret Short, Shippensburg; Carol Hess, Blairs Mills; Paul Walls, Dry Run; Joseph Bilovecky, Fort Loudon; Norman Cutchall, Three Springs.

Marriage licenses: Michael Shade, Warfordsburg, and Terry True, Warfordsburg; James Spears II, Hancock, and Tina Mills, Hancock; Luke McCusker, Warfordsburg, and Luraine Morton, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 23, 1987


Pepples Auction Barn was mentioned in a travel feature on driving through Pennsylvania on Route 30 that appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Reading Eagle. There is also a picture of the lifelike figures of four old-timers playing poker sitting at a table near the entrance to the Kobweb Corner gift shop.

State police from McConnellsburg station are investigating a theft in Belfast Township, about two miles south of Needmore. Unknown persons removed four John Deere garden tractors, one used John Deere garden tractor, one used International Cub Cadet, one John Deere log splitter and two push blades. Apparently some type of truck was used to remove the equipment.

It will be just like old times for a dozen or so men dressed in pioneer garb when they again trek through Burnt Cabins and Hustontown on the Forbes Trail on August 8, as part of an 800-mile trek to Ohio. Fifty years ago they were part of a group of 36 young men sponsored by the federal government to re-enact the historic trek that left Ipswich, Mass., in late 1787 to establish the first settlement in the old Northwest Territory, largely in a wilderness 200 years ago. The veterans of the 1937 trek, on their own initiative and, so far largely at their own expense, are making a modified version of their early journey, which began in Boston, Mass., on July 1. Merrill Kerlin, native of Burnt Cabins, remembers the men when they were in Burnt Cabins on January 12, 1938. According to Kerlin, there were about 36 men with the pioneer caravan then and they put on a pageant at the Presbyterian Church and were put up for the night by area residents. Kerlin said that the 1987 group of original re-enactment pioneers are now made up of men in their 60s and 70s and is a nonprofit organization that must appeal for local support.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keefer of Big Cove Tannery are proud to announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Angela Marie Lynch, to Kevin Mark Kendall, son of Robert and Bonita Kendall.

The following players were selected for one of the 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Star teams of McConnellsburg: Leslie Kendall, Jim Waters, Jeris Wible, Jeff Carbaugh, Kean Jefferson, John Glenn, Joey Daniels, Charley Harr, Jamie Hall, Buddy Shaw, Cliff Peck, Jason Shives and Donald Keefer. Manager for the team is Bob Peck and coaches are Jim Waters, Don Shaw and Kenny Wible and scorekeeper and pitching coach is Scott Peck.

Fort Littleton United Methodist Church provided the setting for the May 30 wedding of Angela Kay Hall and Jeffrey Lynn Black.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Souders of Wells Tannery on July 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Hess of Broad Top on July 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Burket of Everett on July 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Heckman of Mercersburg on July 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Buterbaugh of Harrisonville on July 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Rasp of McConnellsburg on July 16.

Deaths: Ray E. Smith, Warfordsburg; Myra E. Richter, Funkstown; Ronald L. Snyder; John R. Lucas, Hancock.

Marriage licenses: Michael Hess, McConnellsburg, and Jacquelin Sheeder, McConnellsburg; Alan Hann, Harrisonville, and Shelly Gilbert, Waterfall; Oliver Clayton, Amberson, and Jane King, Spring Run; Jeffrey Egolf, Mercersburg, and Susan Stine, Mercersburg; Troy Deshong, McConnellsburg, and Melodia Diehl, Hancock; Fredrick Mellott, Harrisonville, and Kimberly Peck, Harrisonville.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 21, 1977


One of the hottest jobs in town last week was the painting of the four clock faces on the county courthouse bell tower. Workmen, laboring under a sweltering sun, lost no time getting the job done. Neither did the courthouse clock.

With temperatures reaching in the 100s over the weekend, outdoor recreation filled to capacity. On Sunday at Cowans Gap State Park, hundreds of people had to be turned away, the park was so crowded.

Several local residents left on Saturday for New York where they boarded a ship for a week’s cruise to Bermuda, sponsored by the Shrine Club. Included were Mr. and Mrs. K.G. Richards, Helen McLaughlin, Roy Gordon, Mrs. Bon Regi, Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Culler, Rev. and Mrs. David Hoover, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Shimer, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kelso, all of town, and Mrs. Alex Hamil of Chicago.

Wildcat strikes by disgruntled United Mine Workers have forced the shutdown of at least four Broad Top area coal mines. Among those affected is a three-man operation on Enid Mountain in Bedford County owned by K.G. Richards of McConnellsburg.

McConnellsburg firemen report a very successful annual carnival with the weather cooperating with a heat wave and one of the longest parades on record on Thursday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Winter of McConnellsburg announce the marriage of their daughter, Lisa Ann, and Harry Blaine Mimnall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mimnall of Hagerstown, on June 4, in the United Methodist Church.

Specials at the IGA: new potatoes, 69 cents for 10 lbs.; Hi-C fruit drinks, 39 cents; IGA soups, 19 cents a can; fryer legs, 53 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. David R. Hoover II of McConnellsburg on July 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deneen of Crystal Spring on July 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wertz of Needmore on July 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas of Willow Hill on July 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Seville of Mercersburg on July 13.

Miss Lorraine Kline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kline of McConnellsburg, and Randall Seiders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Seiders of McConnellsburg, were united in marriage July 7.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mellott of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception June 26.

Deaths: Ross Mellott, Needmore; Dorcas McMullen, Blairs Mills.

Marriage licenses: Randy Ward, Hancock, and Trecila Belle Deneen, Warfordsburg; Eugene Russell Duvall, Needmore, and Teresa Ann Mellott, Hancock; Thomas John Hollenshead, Harrisonville, and Jennifer Marion Forbes, St. Thomas.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 3, 1967


Walter Sigel, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sigel of Warfordsburg, underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital Friday morning for repair of an ankle injury that he sustained when the farm tractor he was driving overturned, pinning his leg beneath it.

Jack Kendall, 7, son of Mrs. Dorothy Kendall of Needmore, was another victim of a farm accident on Monday. He was riding on the rear of a farm tractor on the Dan Deshong farm in Belfast Township when he fell to the ground and the wheels of a hay baler, which the tractor was pulling, ran over him He is in the intensive care unit of Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from serious abdominal and lower chest injuries and broken ribs.

Mrs. Yvonne Comerer Miller, R.N., of Hustontown, has been named assistant director, nursing service for patient care, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Roy James Souders, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Souders of Wells Tannery, was treated at the office of Dr. R.C. McLucas on Monday for injuries he received when he fell from the rear of the family station wagon, which his mother was driving at approximately 30 miles an hour on the highway near their home.

Airman Third Class Lester Clippinger Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Clippinger of McConnellsburg, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force training school at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.

Seaman Allen E. Yost, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yost of McConnellsburg, is in the Western Pacific as a crew member aboard the destroyer USS Henry Tucker, which is operating as part of the USS Seventh Fleet.

Judith Ann Cutchall became the bride of Raymond D. Aller on July 22.

Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Bard announce the birth of their second child and first son, Travis Orlen, born July 2 at Fulton County Medical Center.

Specials at the IGA: 1-lb. Maxwell House coffee, 69 cents, 3-lb. can, $1.89; 1-pound can applesauce, 13 cents; 14- oz. fruit drink, 19 cents.

Three Fulton Countians will receive degrees at summer commencement exercises at Shippensburg State College on August 4: Janet Irene Harris of McConnellsburg, Bachelor of Science in education; Gerald Reed of McConnellsburg, master’s in education; and Harold Garland of Needmore, master’s in education.

Showing this week at the Fulton Theatre: Elvis Presley in “Easy Come, Easy Go.”

Mrs. Carolyn Hardman Mellott of McConnellsburg has received word that her husband, Pvt. John D.M. Mellott, has arrived in Vietnam.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 1, 1957


The large dairy barn on the farm of state Rep. Marl Garlock, about four miles north of Mc- Connellsburg, was destroyed by fire last Thursday afternoon. Firemen from McConnellsburg, Mercersburg, Breezewood and Path Valley battled the blaze for over four hours before gaining control of the flames. The firemen were seriously hampered in their efforts by lack of water and, as a truck would empty its supply, the crew would rush off with the truck to a neighboring farm pond or creek to replenish the supply. Often, the fire would seem under control when suddenly there would be no more water and all gain would be lost. Mr. Garlock estimates the damage to the concrete block and wood barn and its contents at $20,000. The “round barn,” a Fulton County landmark, although connected to the newer barn, was not seriously damaged.

Because of continued patronage and in keeping with the times, the Hancock Bank announced a boost in its interest rate this week. Retroactive to June 1, the interest rate paid by the bank will be 3 percent.

A committee, composed of members of the local Band Parents Association, was formed last week to work out plans for the erection of a band shell on the courthouse lawn. This community project has been approved by the county commissioners, who have granted permission to use the lawn for this purpose. The band shell will be erected as a memorial to local as well as all county veterans. The approximate cost of the band shell, which will measure 25 by 40 feet, has been set at $4,000.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reported last Thursday a drop of more than 50 percent in the number of deaths on the super highway the first six months of this year.

The cornerstone of the new addition to the Medical Center will be laid with appropriate ceremonies at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Dr. E.H. MacKinlay will deliver the main address for the occasion. This will add another chapter in the life of this “country doctor” who was not only active but instrumental in laying the foundations for the present structure.

To date, a total of $25,891.25 has been pledged to the building fund campaign of the Medical Center.

Every section of Fulton County was represented when 226 4-H Club members, parents, leaders and friends boarded six buses in McConnellsburg last Thursday morning for a tour of Pittsburgh.

The Cito AME camp meeting will open on Sunday, with Sister Rosalee Addlesburger as the main speaker.

Floyd Graham, local technician of the Soil Conservation Service, has returned to Fulton County after a two-week stay at Valley Forge where he helped explain erosion to Scouts from across the nation and from many foreign countries.

A quota of 2,850 licenses for hunting antlerless deer this year has been set for Fulton County.

The interior of the local post office underwent a “face lifting” last week. The mailboxes and the letter drops were placed on the south side, with the parcel post and general delivery windows on the west side. The remodelling was done by a crew of men under the direction of Oscar Keefer.

Mrs. Michael Horst is being treated in Chambersburg Hospital for severe head and face injuries, which she received in an automobile accident.

Births at the Medical Center: a son, John Richard, to Mr. and Mrs. John Booth Jr., Knobsville, on July 23; a daughter, Karen Louise, to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Palmer of Warfordsburg on July 28; a son, David Seth, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sheffield of Fort Littleton on July 28.

A miscellaneous shower was held in the community hall in Hustontown last week for Rev. and Mrs. Jay Saxe, who were married July 6.

Deaths: Mrs. Leonard Bivens of McConnellsburg; Savannah Elizabeth Culler of McConnellsburg, formerly of Thompson Township; Robbie Oliver Miller of Fort Littleton.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 7, 1947


Albert Hays of Chugwater Wyo., made a hurried trip here to see his sister, Miss Nellie Hays, who has been very sick. The duties of his ranch, however, forced him to hurry back to Wyoming since he has about 7,000 sheep and between 4,000 and 5,000 head of cattle to look after.

Dr. and Mrs. F.D. Findley accompanied the body of their daughter, Margaret, to Pittsburgh for burial.

Dr. L.W. Sherwin announced this week that August 15 will mark the end of his practice as a physician in Fulton County. Dr. G.T. Lorentz will take over his practice here.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McCoy of Fort Littleton announce the birth of a son, Donald Ralph, on July 31.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 5, 1937


On August 1, McConnellsburg Boy Scouts broke camp and returned home after spending the preceding week at Camp Baldwin, located in Plum Hollow. The camp was opened on June 1 by Jere Baldwin of Mercersburg and Fort Littleton, with Bill Douglas and C.M. Bain as his assistants. Mrs. Baldwin had charge of the commissary department, assisted by Tom Rhodes of Mercersburg. When the local Scouts entered the camp they were all in the Tenderfoot Class. One week Broadwater of Maryland.

Roland Miller and Hilda Chilcote were wed July 31.

The following was contributed for this issue: “the poet who writes, ‘Only God can make a tree, but any fool can cut one” applies to the ruthless slaughter of beautiful trees in McConnellsburg. Within two blocks on East Lincoln Way, only one tree has escaped the woodman’s axe. Its life has been spared because it is in front of the residence of a member of the town council, and all other trees, regardless of property owners’ pleas and rights of protection, has been cut per council’s orders.”

Fulton County is represented by Miss Bertha Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Johnston of Webster Mills, among the 1,265 people registered for the largest summer session ever held at the University of Hawaii. There are only five students registered from all of Pennsylvania.

Albert Jones and Donna Mellott were married July 3.

Dr. D.L. Hohman, who is a first lieutenant in the Dental Reserve Corps, has been ordered to Fort Meade, Md., for 14 days of active duty training, effective August 8.

H. Kenneth Hess, 19, Allenport, near Mount Union, was killed July 25 when he was struck by a car.

Alvin Mellott of Ottawa, Ill, is spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Mellott of Harrisonville.

Charles William Neill Tice won first prize in the curly headed baby contest at Greencastle on Sunday.

Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kendall, underwent a tonsil and nose operation at the Everett Hospital on Tuesday. The operation was performed by Dr. E.H. MacKinlay.

Frank Taylor of Clear Ridge, who is employed in Pittsburgh, expects to move his family to Picairn in the near future.

Mrs. Harry Morton of Clear Ridge, who recently suffered two broken arms and is carrying them both in slings, is now getting around quite well.

Death: Jimmie, 4-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry of Clear Ridge.

A party was given July 16 by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Truax of Knobsville in honor of the 16th birthday of their daughter, Esta.

Norman Muckle and Virginia Kelly were married August 1.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 4, 1927


Deaths: Mrs.

Margaret Morrow Kendall of

Chambersburg; David R. Mumma, the last GAR survivor of Taylor Township; Mrs. Mary Ann Hull Hess of Hagerstown; Helen Ruth Grissinger of Dublin Mills.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Miner of near Sterling, Ill., while on their honeymoon trip, paid a surprise visit to her uncle, Riley Mock, Burnt Cabins, on Saturday. Mrs. Miner is a daughter of Charles Mock, who went to Illinois many years ago.

M.S. Nesbitt of Burnt Cabins met with a painful accident on Monday. While splitting wood, the axe handle became caught in his clothing, causing him to cut his wrist badly.

Little Hazel North of Burnt Cabins fell on a piece of glass last week, cutting her head so badly that several stitches were required to close the wound.

Samuel Frederick and Martha McClain were married July 31.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mellott have purchased the restaurant business of Kenneth Morton.

Mary, the twin baby of Mr. and Mrs. Glad Cromwell of Clear Ridge, has been a patient in Lewistown Hospital for two weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. John Appleby are moving this week from Clear Ridge to Trough Creek Valley.

There’s a lot of talk going around these days that a much-needed canning factory will soon be established in Three Springs.

Death: Mrs. Amanda Snow of Wells Tannery.

Roy Shaffer expects to move his family from Dublin Mills to Port Royal where he has employment.

Aunt Sade Grissinger of Dublin Mills has been very sick.

Miss Olive Grissinger of Dublin Mills has quit her job at Robertsdale to go to Huntingdon to work in the mill.

Maynard Paylor has been having a serious time after he broke his arm while cranking a truck. Water is gathering on the joint. G.C. Fields took him to the Johns Hopkins Hospital this morning.

George Nhyle, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Mellott of Pittsburgh, who have been vacationing here, met with a serious accident on Sunday. The boy was playing with a porch swing, unhooked it in some manner, and while trying to replace it, one of the hooks caught in his mouth, tearing his cheek for a couple of inches.

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