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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Charlotte Crouse of Hustontown, pictures the Crouse children in 1998. Left: Freida Manetti (deceased), Orpha Ritchey (deceased), Natalie Guessford (deceased), Martha Pittman (deceased), Alma Plessinger, Troy Crouse (deceased), Calvin Crouse (deceased) and Morris Crouse (deceased). Not pictured is Audrey Peck (deceased). This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Charlotte Crouse of Hustontown, pictures the Crouse children in 1998. Left: Freida Manetti (deceased), Orpha Ritchey (deceased), Natalie Guessford (deceased), Martha Pittman (deceased), Alma Plessinger, Troy Crouse (deceased), Calvin Crouse (deceased) and Morris Crouse (deceased). Not pictured is Audrey Peck (deceased). 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 14, 1997


Dr. Carolyn Shegelski will be bringing years of experience to the Southern Fulton Area School

District as the new superintendent. She lives in Lackawanna County near Scranton and previously was the supervisors of curriculum and instruction for the Monroe County vo-tech school.

The fair queen contest will kick off the 76th annual Fulton County Fair this year. Contestants are Shannon Chilcote, Adrianna Leese, Sarah Merica, and Erin Souders.

Fulton County Commissioners and county employment and training officials Tuesday discussed the possibility of creating a career development center in the county in response to the devastating recent news of the downsizing of JLG Industries Inc.

Local attorney Gary Wilt died from a heart attack early August 5, according to the preliminary results of an autopsy performed August 7. Death was from natural causes. He was found on the couch in his office by his secretary last Tuesday.

The annual parade for the fair will be held August 21.

Dr. Kristy Richards of Stanford University in California made a surprise visit to attend the 25th wedding anniversary party of her parents, Dennis and Nancy Richards.

Congressman Bud Shuster broke ground August 7 on the new multi-purpose visitors center at Raystown Lake, located near the Seven Points Recreation Area.

Classes for students in the Central Fulton School District will begin August 25.

Sipes Funeral Home in Harrisonville has recently undergone a major outside face lift that has increased its historic beauty. Built originally as a hotel in the early 1800s, the building had its stone structure covered by plaster.

Robert and Alma Mellott of McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Scott of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Selita, to John Wright, son of Louis and Pat Wright of St. Thomas.

Deaths: Gary Wilt, McConnellsburg; Elmer Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Brandon Flick, Three Springs; Ethel Singer, Newville; Hazel Hammond, Riverside, Ohio.

Lee Everts, Warfordsburg, and Lori Custer, Warfordsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 27, 1987


Dani Gordon, 18, Needmore, was named 1987 fair queen at the Fulton County Fair on Tuesday night. Lisa Plessinger, 16, was named first runner-up and second runner-up was Katrina Seiders.

Buddy, a 1,350-pound steer owned by Kevin Truax of McConnellsburg, was named grand champion at the 4-H and FFA Market Steer show Monday evening at the Fulton County Fair. A Hereford-Simmental cross weighing 1,195 pounds was judged reserve champion. The steer named “Leo” is owned by veteran competitor David Seiders, 18, McConnellsburg.

The first good rain of the summer came on Saturday, bringing more moderate temperatures and cooler nights. This has been one of the hottest summers on record.

Four persons have applied for the vacant county commissioner’s seat created by the August 9 death of Cecil Fraker, but the appointment of Fraker’s successor probably won’t be made for 10 days to two weeks. Submitting applications for the vacancy were: Jack M. Clark, Hustontown; Nelson Brown of Burnt Cabins; attorney Stanley Kerlin of McConnellsburg; and Greg Garland, Mc- Connellsburg.

McConnellsburg Motor and Implement has opened a new store along Route 30 east of Everett in Bedford County.

Forbes Road Little League held its fourth annual banquet Friday, August 7, at Hustontown Firehall. Little League members and their families enjoyed a meal as well as presentation of trophies to Pee Wee members and Little League members following the banquet. Awards were presented to: All-Stars Shane Chilcote, Jamie Truax and Matt Shauf; best batting average, Jamie Truax; most homeruns, Chad Mellott; most RBIs, Matt Shauf; sportsmanship award, Yancy Taylor; most improved, Darin Wright; Charlie Hustle award, Seth Broadwater; and the MVP award, Shane Chilcote.

In a double-ring ceremony on June 27, Kimberly Sue Barnett and Archie Ray Watkins were united in marriage at Laurel Ridge Christian Church in Big Cove Tannery. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett Jr. of Hustontown. The groom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Archie Watkins.

Petty Officer and Mrs. Morris Suders III are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Lukas Isaiah, on August 10 at Maryview Hospital, Portsmouth, Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Black of Waterfall will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on August 30.

Clifford and Helen Foreman celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on May 30.

Deaths: Boyd Sipes, Hustontown; Clyde Umbrell, Willow Hill; Enest Deshong, Needmore; Jessie Joy, Hagerstown; Naomi Buterbaugh, Camp Hill; Mary Ann Pittman, Hancock; Merrill Fraker, Three Springs; Eleanor Early, Tyrone; Gilbert Watson Jr., formerly of Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: chuck roast, $1.39 lb.; Final Touch fabric softener, $2.99; nectarines, 49 cents; cantaloupes, 79 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Halterman of McConnellsburg on August 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Meredith II, Needmore, on August 17.

Marriage licenses: Alan Long, McConnellsburg, and Robbie Jean Weller, McConnellsburg; Norman Mellott, Big Cove Tannery, and Lorraine Hohman, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 25, 1977


Lana Miller, a 17-year- old senior at McConnellsburg High School, was crowned 1977 Fulton County Environmental Queen Monday evening at the Fulton County Fiar. Lana is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller of Mc- Connellsburg. She was crowned by the outgoing queen, Dixie Decker of Harrisonville.

Margaret Lillian Hann, 60, Hustontown, was Fulton County’s fourth fatal accident victim this year following a one-car accident on Sunday. Police said Mrs. Hann was driving south on Route 475, two miles north of Knobsville, when the car ran off the east side of the road and struck a tree head-on.

Pat Decker reported this week that Green Hill Sewing Club has been assured of their participation in the American Folklife Festival to be held October 5-10 on the grounds of the Washington Monument in the nation’s capital. Lucius Hann will also be there making apple cider on his antique apple press.

Officials of the 56th edition of the Fulton County Fair reported a pretty good turnout at the fairgrounds on Monday night, the first full day of the weeklong event.

Federal agents arrested 22 illegal aliens in Hancock last week and immediately deported them to Mexico. The men, ranging in age from 19-40, were picking peaches at Hepburn Orchards. The arrests were the first in western Maryland this year. Ninety-six aliens were apprehended on the Eastern Shore earlier this month.

Specials at the IGA: round steak, $1.19 lb.; pork chops, 99 cents lb; Scott paper towels, jumbo roll, 49 cents; Galliker’s ice cream, $1.19 a half gallon.

Fulton County captured a bi-county Little League championship last week, winning a 2-0 series over second-place Caledonia-Quincy of Franklin County. Rheon Gelvin, Hustontown, manager of the Fulton team, accepted the trophy last Thursday night following the all-star game in Mercersburg. Members of the county team are Jeff Huston, Brian Davis, Robert Koontz, Dennis Swope, Dave Gordon, Jeff Shearer, Randy Crouse, Johnny Hollenshead, Tommy Souders, Gary Gress, Chris Garber, Kelly Brown, Jeff Garber, Billy Cover, Eddie Henry, Mike Wagner, Kevin Kendall and Tommy Shearer, bat boy. Coaches for the team are Jim Runk, Cloyd Swope and Loy Garber.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Todd of Greencastle on August 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Mason of Mercersburg on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lewellyn Watkins of Robertsdale on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Weicht of Everett on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Dodson of Hopewell on August 17.

Deaths: Merrill J. Sipes, Hancock; Batholomew Bazzano Sr., Warfordsburg; Glenn Garland, Warfordsburg; John Secrest, Huntingdon; Lorraine Hanks, McConnellsburg; Willard Shore, Lock Haven; J. Robert Lynch, Everett.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 7, 1967


Ladies Turn, the curve on Sideling Hill Mountain which has taken the lives of so many people in the past, chalked up another victim for this year on Thursday night. Theodore Monroe, 43, New Jersey, driver of a tractor and semitrailer was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. G.T. Lorentz, coroner, after his truck tried to make the turn and went over the steep embankment. Monroe was thrown from the cab and his body was found 25 feet away from the wreckage. Death was attributed to a crushed chest and a ruptured aorta. Thursday’s accident marks the seventh fatality on Fulton County roads in 1967.

The weather seemed to have been made to order for the golfers who teed off at the Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club on Saturday when the course was opened for the first day of play. Enthusiastic members and potential members began arriving early in the morning and throughout the day a steady stream of supporters made use of the brand-new facilties.

Donald Horne, Hustontown, recently completed practical studies in electronics at the Technical Institute, Chicago.

Marriage licenses: Harold Fox Jr. and Brigette Cerny, both of McConnellsburg; Robert Hoke and Mary Ann Wright, both of Thomasville.

The 38th annual Ford reunion was held at Wells Tannery Community Park Saturday, August 19. Approximately 135 relatives and friends enjoyed the noon meal and day of fellowship.

Men in service: Army Specialist Four Ralph Helman, 20, son of Donald and Geraldine Helman of McConnellsburg, began a field training exercise August 11 with the Berlin Brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, near Wildflecken, Germany.

Specials at the local IGA: Hills Bros. coffee, 3-lb. can, $1.79; Green Giant peas, 19 cents, 1-lb. can; IGA evaporated milk, 14 cents, 14 1/2-oz. can; bacon, 69 cents lb.

The class of 1932 of McConnellsburg High School held a reunion Monday, August 28, at Johnnies Diner followed by an evening of pleasant reminiscing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lodge.

Pennsylvania hunting licenses for the 1967-68 seasons are now on sale throughout the commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced this week.

Deaths: Charles Bolinger, York; Freddie Starliper, Hancock; Randall Williamson, infant son of Carl William and Helen Williamson, Mercersburg; Paul Downin, Harrisonville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 5, 1957


Mr. and Mrs. J. Oram Wible of Pittsburgh spent the weekend with his father, L.H. Wible.

They left on Monday for the annual golf tournament at Shawnee-on-Delaware where they were guests of Fred Waring, the famous orchestra leader.

Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuade moved last week from Mc- Connellsburg to Waterfall.

The annual flower show sponsored by the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club has been cancelled because of the extended drought, which caused very poor flowering this year.

A Wilkinsburg couple, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Lininger, are having a lot of trouble spending their usual vacations with relatives and friends in McConnellsburg. They arrived here on schedule on Saturday only to find a telephone call waiting for them which informed them that Mrs. Lininger’s mother had fallen down the stairs at her home in Wilkinsburg and had seriously injured herself. They left immediately. Once before this summer, they were involved in a fatal accident near Ligonier in which a Windber woman was killed.

Attendance at the Fulton County Fair was good this year during the whole four days. On Saturday, the crowd was exceptionally large when “The Black Diamond Rodeo,” the first show of this type ever to appear here, played before a standing-room-only crowd in front of the grandstand.

Pvt. John Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Peck of Needmore, has graduated from an eight-week automotive maintenance helper’s course at Fort Knox, Ky. He is a 1953 graduate of Southern Fulton High School.

Clyde Deshong, oil and gas dealer of Harrisonville, won the $1,000 bond given away by the Lions Club at the fair on Saturday night. When he bought the winning ticket, Mr. Deshong stated that if he won he would donate half to the Lions Club and half to the Medical Center. That’s what he did.

On September 6, Harry Bain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bain of Big Cove Tannery, will complete his recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. From there, the young recruit will go to Camp Lejeune, N.C., for specialized infantry training.

The granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Bergstresser of Waterfall, Miss Kay Sheats of Biglerville, has been selected as one of three Bucknell University students to spend a year studying at the University of Exeter in England.

Mrs. Vallie Lowe will be installed as president of the local American Legion Auxiliary in September. Other officers to be installed are: Mrs. Rena Ott, vice president; Mrs. Dorothy Brown, secretary; Mrs. Bess Guyer, treasurer; Mrs. Elsie Lamberson, chaplain; and Mrs. Celia Barton, historian.

The annual street fair, sponsored by the Medical Center Auxiliar,y netted $649.50 this year.

A son, John William, was born August 29 to Mr. and Mrs. J. Melvin Frey of Fayetteville. Mrs. Frey is the former E. Margaret Moore, supervisor of special education in Bedford and Fulton counties some years ago.

Last week’s Mystery Farm was the Kermit Mellott farm near Needmore.

Ford Motor Co. announced the birth of a new car this week, the Edsel.

Deaths: Jason George Hanks of Everett; Mrs. Will Eileen (Elbin) Moyer of York; Albert May of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 9, 1947


Deaths: Oliver V. Gehrett of Huntingdon; Rev. Dr. Emory Stevens of Bedford; Richard Lee Alloway of New Grenada; Mrs. Ellen Nixon Shumaker of Chambersburg.

Frank L. Kane and Sarah K. McGowan were married on September 4.

Mrs. Harry Kline of Saluvia was badly injured in an automobile accident last Friday evening. Mrs. Kline was riding in a car with her daughter and a friend, en route home from the Bedford Fair. Almost home, their car crashed into another. Mrs. Kline, the only one seriously injured, had her scalp cut halfway around her head, and it is feared she may have a fractured skull. She is now a patient in Everett Hospital.

Scott B. Hoover and Janet M. Flagle were married on September 4.

Wallace Divens and Madeline Henry were married September 4.

More than 400 copies of the booklet “The Story of the Sesqui-Centennial” have been sold to persons in all parts of the country. A few copies are still available at either bank in town for 25 cents each.

Miss Anne Johnston of Webster Mills left Wednesday morning for Morgantown, W.Va., to assume her duties as assistant dietician at the University of West Virginia.

Miss Esther Mellott left Tuesday to take up nursing in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Robert Lodge is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital where he underwent a serious operation for an abscess which formed near the appendix.

Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Krug and son Alan left on Saturday for their new home in State College.

Mrs. Luther Finiff of Pittsburgh was the oldest person present at the recent Fix reunion.

The United Mine Workers of America, from which John L. Lewis built the CIO, had a bank balance on June 1 of $3,563,772.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 8, 1937


Edward Black of Dublin Mills was taken to the Lewistown Hospital last week for treatment of blood poisoning, which developed from a bruise on his hand.

Deaths: Andrew Fleck of Three Springs; Mrs. George Lynch of Crystal Spring; Job Plessinger of Needmore.

Born: a daughter on September 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reeder of Hustontown.

Mrs. Glenn Downes and children of Hustontown left for Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday of last week.

Laidig School opened on September 5 with Blanche Brown as the teacher.

Wayne Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Taylor, left here on Tuesday on the beginning of a trip to Paris to attend the American Legion Convention. He will join a buddy from Harrisburg, and they will sail from New York today with the Pennsylvania contingent. Wayne was a member of the 103rd Engineers and was injured while withdrawing from a position with his squad on the last day of a 21-day engagement. Besides attending the convention, he will visit a few of the places where he took part in the Great War ad, as a memorial, will visit the grave of a revered regimental commander who was killed in action.

Walter Everhart and Adeline Isabelle Snyder were married September 1.

Miss Helen Nace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Nace of this pace, left on Sunday to resume her duties as a teacher in the schools in Camden, N.J.

Miss Rose Fisher, daughter of Mrs. A.J. Pittman, is lying seriously ill in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs.Warren Foreman of Burnt Cabins announce the birth of a son. He has been named James Warren.

Harry Miller of Burnt Cabins was injured on Friday. He was cutting logs for Luther Stinson when a tree he had cut fell on another. The ladder broke and struck him in the face, knocking him unconscious.

Marjorie Kirk and Dorothy Madara of Wells Tannery have returned to McConnellsburg for their fourth year of high school.

The stork visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Berling Thomas of New Grenada last week, leaving a new baby girl.

Floyd McQuade, who has been unable to work for seven weeks due to ill health, went to Martinsburg, W.Va., on Wednesday for a medical exam.

Miss Geraldine Thomas has gone to McAlvey’s Fort in Huntingdon County where she is teaching Latin in the high school.

The Charles Snyder barn on the former Jesse Miller farm near Dublin Mills was destroyed by fire on Sunday.

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