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This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Mary Ellen Cunningham, McConnellsburg, and pictures the Girl Scouts in the early 1930s. Pictured, left: L. Hamil, Gladys Shimer, Emma Henry, Helen Lininger, Beatrice Hamil, Henrietta Sipes, Bertie Winegardner, Mildred Seiders, Helen McLucas, June Fix, Thelma Snyder and Scoutmaster Dorothy Harris. This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Mary Ellen Cunningham, McConnellsburg, and pictures the Girl Scouts in the early 1930s. Pictured, left: L. Hamil, Gladys Shimer, Emma Henry, Helen Lininger, Beatrice Hamil, Henrietta Sipes, Bertie Winegardner, Mildred Seiders, Helen McLucas, June Fix, Thelma Snyder and Scoutmaster Dorothy Harris. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 11, 1997


Layoffs went ahead as scheduled last week at JLG Industries plants in McConnellsburg and

Bedford, even as the company announced record results for fiscal 1997. Last Thursday the company reported record sales, net income and earning per share for fiscal 1997, which ended July 31. Sales increased to $526.3 million, 27 percent above fiscal 1996’s $413.4 million. Net income rose 10 percent to $46.1 million compared to $42.1 million for the prior year and earnings per share of $1.06 were 12 percent ahead of fiscal 1996’s previous high of $.95.

Lawmakers proposed a variety of bills August 29 which if passed could reform the way Pennsylvania state libraries are funded. The ideas range from giving companies a 100 percent tax write-off that give donations, such as computers, services or money, persuading local governments to match funds given by the state and sharing resources through a regional library system. In Fulton County the libraries are coming in at the bottom of the list, while neighboring Franklin County ranks in the middle of the group. Fulton County and Hustontown branch libraries are in great need of resources.

Fulton County family farms have been disappearing at an alarming rate, from a high of 1,335 in 1935, to just 490 in 1995.

Melissa Swadley and Bobbie Jo Stevens have opened The Bride’s Petals, a bridal shop located at the side entrance of The First National Bank branch in Needmore.

Marriage licenses: Robert Horton Jr., McConnellsburg, and Teressa Spriggs, McConnellsburg; James DeShong Jr., McConnellsburg, and Sharon Seiders, McConnellsburg.

Heidi Hendershot and Joseph Montes were married May 10 at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown. Parents of the couple are Sylvan and Trudy Hendershot of Warfordsburg and Patricia Montes and David Greitzer of Plantation, Fla.

Timothy and Jeanne Leedy, Needmore, announce the birth of a son, Nathan Andrew Leedy, August 23, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Deaths: Clarence Vanorsdale, Hancock; Donald Ramsey, Hustontown; Raymond Wilson, Mount Union.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 24, 1987


Tonoloway Baptist Church, located just off Rt. 655 south near the Fulton County, PA-Maryland state line, was the site of “Constitutional Celebration” on September 20 as citizens gathered to honor the late Rev. Joseph Powell, pastor of the church founded in 1752, and delegate to the ratification convention of the Federal Constitution 200 years ago.

The first day of autumn started on Wednesday with a typical fall day after the abundance of rain the past couple of weeks.

The Bedford-Huntingdon-Fulton Solid Waste Authority Monday night agreed to concentrate its study of development of a new lined landfill to areas adjacent to the existing landfill in Broad Top Township, Bedford County.

Mary Younker of Hancock had the pleasure of waiting on the TV star Donna Douglas at the D&G Restaurant during her visit to Fulton County. Douglas gained fame as Ellie Mae Clampett in the “Beverly Hillbillys” TV series. She was in this area to take part in the first annual Harvest Christian Music Festival sponsored by Laurel Ridge Christian Church at Big Cove Tannery.

Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on October 3.

Tammy Ramsey and Devin Rock were united in marriage June 27 in Fairview Avenue Brethren in Christ Church, Waynesboro. Parents of the bride are Leo Ramsey, Mc- Connellsburg, and Ftonia Utz, Mercersburg. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Ommir Rock.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert McQuade of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a son on September 16 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James McQueen of Mercersburg on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Forshey Jr., Hancock, on September 12.

Deaths: Eugene Sipes, Mercersburg; Cornelia Mills, Warfordsburg; Otto Koehler, Windber; Kenneth Wright, Wells Tannery; Paul Price, Hancock; Frank Truax, Warfordsburg; Herbert Fisher, Needmore.

Anna Oakman and Darren Sheppard were united in marriage August 29 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Hancock. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. John Oakman and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sheppard.

A beautiful candlelight wedding was celebrated August 15 at Breezewood Full Gospel Lighthouse Church uniting in marriage Michelle Duvall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duvall of Crystal Spring, and Richard Layton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Layton of Everett.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair “Bucky” and Grace Shafer of Mc- Connellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 28.

Marriage licenses: Calvin Guyer, McConnellsburg, and Terri Hawn, McConnellsburg; Michael Sponsler, Harrisonville, and Monica Shoop, Harrisonville; Denver Plessinger Jr., Warfordsburg, and Debbie Mountain, Warfordsburg; Bradley Mellott, Hustontown, and Alanna Harrison, Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 22, 1977


A Warfordsburg area youth died Sunday after the pickup truck he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer truck parked along I-70. State police said 18-year-old Donald Winter of Warfordsburg died in Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, three hours after the crash. The driver of the pickup truck, Robert Funk, 19, also of Warfordsburg, was listed in satisfactory condition Sunday night at Hagerstown Hospital.

Nothing is sacred when it comes to where lightning will strike as evidenced on Monday when the Hustontown United Methodist Church became the target for the fury of the afternoon storm. By all accounts the lightning must have struck the church steeple around 4:30 p.m. at the height of the storm, but it wasn’t until nearly 6 p.m. that the fire was seen. The church pastor, Rev. Monroe Shearer, happened to glance up at the steeple and see the flames on returning at that time to the parsonage. Hustontown firemen quickly had the fire, which was confined to the steeple, under control.

Some 2,500 people were evacuated from Breezewood Monday night as poisonous fumes from burning chemicals wafted through the air around this “city of motels.” Local residents and guests at motels and restaurants were ordered to evacuate at about midnight as 80 firemen poured water and fire retardative chemicals on a 5,000-pound truckload of smoldering sodium hydrosulfide. According to police, the truck had caught fire when its contents became damp during transit. The dampness caused a chemical reaction with the sodium hydrosulfide.

Deborah Lyn Blodgett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doald Bodgett, Rochester, Mich., and Daniel Leese, Needmore, were united in marriage August 21 at Five Points Community Church, Pontiac, Mich.

Specials at the IGA: Cheerios, 79 cents, 15 ozs.; Domino sugar, 79 cents; Campbell’s tomato soup, 19 cents; chuck roast, 89 cent per lb.

Births at the Medical center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Three Springs on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Snyder of Waterfall on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hoffman of Three Springs on September 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Holmes of Shade Gap on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Revell of Big Pool, Md., on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wilson of Todd on September 14.

Deaths: Vera Detwiler, Downingtown; Jesse Gracey, Robertsdale; Theodore Munson, Hancock; Wallace North, Burnt Cabins.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 5, 1967


A 38-year-old Shade Gap woman, a native of McConnellsburg, died as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident near Gettysburg on September 23. The victim, Mrs. Esta Mae Hunter, died in the Annie Warner Hospital at Gettysburg where she was taken after receiving critical injuries in the accident. Mrs. Hunter was a passenger in a 1964 Ford driven by her son, Dallas Hunter, 18, Shade Gap.

Terry Lee Mellott, 17, Needmore, is listed in fair condition in Hagerstown after being transferred there from the Fulton County Medical Center following an accident on Sunday. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Mellott. The young driver suffered a fractured jaw, fractured pelvis and broken ribs when he lost control of his 1966 Chevrolet while rounding a right-hand curve.

At the regular meeting of the Borough Council, Frank Hoblick, a professional engineer of Hoblick and Associates, Carthage, Miss., requested authorization from the town fathers to carry out a feasibility survey to determine how many borough residents would be interested in using natural gas in their homes, which could be provided by tapping on to the Texas Eastern pipelines which cross Route 522, approximately two miles south of town.

A sudden and violent thunderstorm, with winds described by residents as “like whirlwinds,” struck the Hustontown area on Thursday evening of last week. During the storm, the partially built Hustontown firehall was almost completely demolished, the wind blowing down the walls and causing the roof to collapse.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Welsh announce the birth of their first son born at the Medical Center September 29. The little fellow has four sisters. He has been named Kenneth Russell.

Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schuchart of Needmore, who were married on Sunday at the Hagerstown EBB Church. She is the former Linda Armstrager.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Welsh, McConnellsburg, September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Mellott, Mercersburg, September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bivens, Mercersburg, September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ott, McConnellsburg, September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Quay Helman, Mc- Connellsburg, September 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Kelly, Burnt Cabins, September 26.

Special at the IGA: chuck roast, 45 cents lb.; Velveeta cheese, 2-lb. box, 89 cents; Blue Bonnet margarine, 23 cents 1-lb. pkg.; Robin Hood flour, 25-lb. bag, $1.79.

Miss Katherine Sipes, enrolled as a freshman at Shippensburg State College, majoring in elementary education, and Miss Penelope Sipes, a senior at Harrisburg Polyclinic School of Nursing, spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sipes, Harrisonville.

Flocks of wild geese flying south passed over the town over the weekend, about three weeks earlier than the usual time of migration.

The annual Fulton County Teachers’ Reunion will be held October 14 in Needmore Firehall.

Men in service: Communications Technician Third Class Carter Bard, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bard of Warfordsburg and the husband of the former Miss Marie Peck of Chambersburg, was graduated from the Cryptographic Repair School at the U.S. Naval Schools Command on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Fore, Markes; Jesse Clark, Greencastle.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 3, 1957


L.E. McClain of Youngstown, Ohio, was visiting friends and relatives in Fulton County last week. Mr. McClain was at New Grenada.

The Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the merchants of Fulton County will hold a Fulton Sales Day on October 11 and 12.

The lineups for the major league baseball game to be played in McConnellsburg October 10 have been announced. The major league team will include Elroy Face, Reiley, Nelson Fox, Dick Groat, Wise, Chuck Tanner, Ronney Kline, Gene Earley and Booher. High school boys who will play on the opposing team will include Earl Sipes, Boyd Deshong, Ernie Mellott and Ray Pittman from Green Hill; Dale Keebaugh, Doyle Rosenberry, Rheon Gelvin and Rex Wright from Forbes; George Shearer, George Morton, Larry Ray and Gary Grissinger from McConnellsburg; and John Covalt, Henry Weller, Robert Barnhart and Dale Hess from Southern Fulton.

John J. Peffer and Sara Jane Waters were married August 3.

A 22-year-old Minnesota truck driver, waiting disposal of a charge of passing a counterfeit check, walked away from the Fulton County Jail Monday while at liberty as a trusty. To date, he hasn’t been apprehended, although Sheriff Humphrey Yaukey and the state police are combining their efforts to find him.

Registration figures released form the courthouse this week showed there are 4,882 registered voters in the county. They include 2,693 Democrats, 2,160 Republicans and 29 who are registered as nonpartisan.

Ralph Golden of Warfordsburg has been named chairman of the Fulton County Agricultural Stabilization Committee, with Harry B. Knepper of Waterfall as vice chairman.

Eugene Ritchey and Almeda Strait were married September 27.

Until noon on Monday, 35 bow and arrow deer hunting licenses had been sold by county Treasurer Gerald Peck.

Kenneth Henry, a Hustontown High School soccer player, broke his right leg while practicing on Monday.

Local firemen were called twice to a home in Hustontown over the weekend. They were called first at 8:15 on Saturday when the chimney at the home of Orin Jacques, Hustontown ag teacher, caught fire. Although the fire was extinguished, it apparently smoldered in the chimney and they were called again at 1 a.m. on Sunday when the fire broke out again in the attic. Firemen estimated the damage at $500 to the gable end of the house.

Rev. J. Carl Williams, local Methodist pastor and sub-district leader, has announced that he will hold a workshop on October 8 for leaders in the Methodist churches of the county.

Susie Strait, 5, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Strait of Harrisonville, fell from a swing last week and fractured her left arm.

Airman 2-C Calvin William Stickney and Lucinda Jean Carson were married September 15.

Last week’s mystery farm was the Ralph Berkstresser farm at Harrisonville.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Branche of McConnellsburg on September 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clem Chilcote of Fort Loudon on September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ramsey of Hustontown on September 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eston Paylor of McConnellsburg on September 28.

The first big frost of the season came on Thursday night in the Knobsville area.

Mrs. Myrtle Ranck, one of Warfordsburg’s oldest residents, celebrated her 86th birthday on September 22 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.P. Ruble, in Vienna, Va.

Death: Harvey F. Hoover of Millersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 9, 1947


Luther Cornelius, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cornelius of Hustontown, was seriously injured when his truck got out of control on the east side of Tuscarora Mountain last Wednesday. Returning from Hagerstown, he started up the mountain grade but ran out of gas. Knowing that a station was at the foot of the mountain, he drifted his truck backwards and had almost reached his goal when the brakes gave way. The drifting truck hit the gas pump and Cornelius was found lying about 15 feet from the broke-off pump. Now in the Chambersburg Hospital, he is suffering from a severe skull fracture, the break running from the side of his head to the back where the skull was pierced.

President Truman has ordered that the flags be flown at half mast when the first war-dead are returned to the states on October 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Koontz of Needmore announce the birth of a daughter on October 2.

Deaths: Mrs. Laurella J. Peterson of Neelyton; Mrs. Ellie Vernecker of Fort Loudon; Robert Mark Lodge of Mc- Connellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Rhodes of Fort Littleton announce the birth of a son October 6.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 7, 1937


Deaths: Mrs. Mary Louetta Deshong of Licking Creek Township; Henry Irvin Cromwell of Lewistown; Bette Eileen Brown of near Saltillo; Mrs. Mary Ellen Mearkle of Bedford County; Mrs. Thomas Hampton of Blairs Mills; Clarence Anderson of Harrisburg; Thomas Morton of Seattle, Wash.

Miss Thelma Hooper, 23, Saxton, and Miss Clara Tedesco, 21, Bunker Hill, both employees of the State Revenue Department in Harrisburg, were killed in an automobile accident near Duncannon on Sunday. Four other young persons in the automobile were injured and are patients in Harrisburg Hospital.

Mrs. Charles Stevens is confined to her home with painful bruises and sprains that she received when she fell on Sunday on the pavement in front of Mrs. Nelle McClain’s property. This pavement was left in a dangerous condition when the street was lowered and “the only wonder is that someone has not been injured before.”

The Warfordsburg Future Farmers have elected the following officers for the coming year: Mifflin Carnell, president; Donald Spade, vice president; Calvin Layton, secretary; Boyd Hess, treasurer; Franklin Lynch, reporter. G.W. Gienger is the advisor for the group.

Dr. and Mrs. Frank Findley have moved from the Russell Nelson house to the new parsonage of the United Presbyterian Church.

Pauline Wible of Mc- Connellsburg and Virginia Cline of Fort Littleton have gone to Philadelphia where they are enrolled as secretarial students at Strayer’s Business School.

Dr. Karl Hoffmeister has opened a dental office in New Oxford. His office here will only be open on Sunday for a gallstone operation.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Polk of Taylor announce the birth of a son in Chambersburg Hospital September 28.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 6, 1927


As announced last week in this column Earl Jackson invited the public to his farm to watch as he tried to raise more than 400 bushels of potatoes from a measured acre. After the first couple of rows were dug, there was much speculation as to whether the goal would be achieved. When the whole digging job was completed, the yield was measured and there were 410 bushels. Mr. Jackson thus becomes the first Fulton County farmer eligible to join the Pennsylvania 400 Bushel Potato Club. This was the first attempt to carry out recommendations of Penn State for a low-cost, high-producing crop, and since Fulton County has no county agent, he made long trips to various counties to talk with county agents and other producers. His yield of 410 bushels was weighed and measured by L.R. Mollenauer, Bedford County agent.

Rev. and Mrs. William Lowe spent several days recently in Baltimore where their son, David, entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Roswell Stains of New Grenada has erected a new type of silo for Fulton County. It has a capacity of 42 tons, is copper on the inside and mostly galvanized on the outside. He expects to plant 542 acres of wheat and 35 acres of rye next year.

Mrs. Amanda Metzler of Burnt Cabins had an acute attack of indigestion last week and still continues in a very weakened condition.

Arthur Miller of Burnt Cabins is digging the foundation for his new bungalow on a lot he recently purchased from Ada J. Cline.

Know-how must mean something. Mentioned above is the story about 410 bushels of potatoes from one acre – but most of the correspondents are saying that the potato crops are very small this year.

Mrs. Jennie Downes of Hustontown has received word that her grandson, Leland Downes, died at the home his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Downes, in Kansas City, Mo. He was 19 years old and died of typhoid fever.

Waterfall School is progressing very nicely under the care of Mrs. Goldie Biens Gracey.

Thomas Gregory is teaching at Board Yard School

More than 200 relatives and friends gathered September 18 to help Mr. and Mrs. Edward Golden of Warfordsburg celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

Lawrence Covert and Carrie Flood were married September 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mentzer celebrated their birthdays last week. He was 54 years old on Saturday and she was 50 on Sunday.

Mrs. P.P. Shives arrived home Sunday from the University Hospital in Philadelphia where she was a surgical patient.

New babies are very popular in McConnellsburg. These five were all born within 48 hours: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Decker on October 4; a son to Mr. and Mr. Harold Hessler on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Ms. William Kuhn on October 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Harr on October 4 and a son to Mr. and Mr. Abram Weaver on October 4.

Nellie Booth of Warfordsburg celebrated her 20th birthday on September 29.

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