2017-09-21 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by J. Faye Elvey of McConnellsburg, pictures the White Angels, the 1947 McConnellsburg High School girls basketball team. Front row, left: Judy Guyer, Leona Mellott, Mary Shimer, Nancy Glazier, Arlene Paylor and Sara Jane McQuade; second row: Louise Mellott, Ruth Morton, Freda Warthin, Miss Ellen Carpenter (coach), Sara Akers, Pauline Cutchall and Dorothy Horton. This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by J. Faye Elvey of McConnellsburg, pictures the White Angels, the 1947 McConnellsburg High School girls basketball team. Front row, left: Judy Guyer, Leona Mellott, Mary Shimer, Nancy Glazier, Arlene Paylor and Sara Jane McQuade; second row: Louise Mellott, Ruth Morton, Freda Warthin, Miss Ellen Carpenter (coach), Sara Akers, Pauline Cutchall and Dorothy Horton. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 18, 1997


Five 78-foot 36-ton beams were set in place last Thursday on a new bridge being constructed to replace an 81-year-old single-lane bridge over

Sideling Hill Creek in Taylor Township, just off Pa. Route 655 between Waterfall and the Fulton-Huntingdon County line.

When U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced the formation of the National Commission on the Small Farm back in July of this year, he did so by saying “it’s no secret out in farm country that things are changing and fast.” His words ring as true here in Fulton County as anywhere in the country. Fulton County has lost nearly half of its farms since 1959. And, perhaps more staggering, dairying operations are down from 271 farms in 1959 to 80 in 1995.

If the winds cooperate this weekend there will be about 70 hang gliders taking off from The Pulpit on Route 30 near the top of Tuscarora Mountain east of town. The gliders will be coming from all states, some as far away as California, for the annual meet.

Blair and Missy Souders announce the birth of their daughter, Delanie Blair, August 29.

A Mercersburg man drowned Saturday while swimming near the shore in Ocean City, Md. Kenneth Angle, 55, was swimming alone Saturday morning when a rip current pulled him several hundred yards from shore. A vacationer heard Angle crying for help at 9:45 a.m., but police sand Angle drowned before beach patrol rescuers could reach him.

Deaths: Lewis Reinhart Jr., McConnellsburg; Anna Sheeder, Everett; Yvonne Mellott, Hagerstown; Otis Winters Sr., Mercersburg.

Jerry and Donna Mellott of Needmore announce the birth of a daughter, Tiffany, July 18 at Washington County Hospital.

Marriage licenses: Scott McCracker, Mercersburg, and Lisa Barnhart, Mercersburg; Craig Clippinger, Hopewell, and Nicole Emigh, Hopewell; Brad Hartman, Lemasters, and Stephanie Hornbaker, Mercersburg; Mark Manikowski, McConnellsburg, and Lisa Brown, McConnellsburg; Mark Morningstar, Hustontown, and Stacy Donaldson, Hustontown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 1, 1987


All four candidates for Fulton County commissioner, Democrats Robert Garlock and Ron Richards and Republicans Gary Decker and Dan Leese, say they are ready to answer questions from the public at the Fulton County Farmers Association’s “Measure the Candidates,” forum scheduled for October 5 at the courthouse.

A spillage of raw sewage near the pumping station of the Fulton Terrace Garden Apartments off Cito Road last week has had no effect on the Secrist Springs, which are a part of the McConnellsburg Borough water source. The spillage occurred Tuesday night as the result of an equipment failure with the complex’s sewage ejection system.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, at the request of Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey, has designated Fulton County as a drought disaster area, thus making county farmers eligible for assistance from the Farmers Home Administration.

Englishmen Charles Wright and Mike Jones of Cheshire were among the thousands of Europeans who came to the U.S. for the Ryder Cup Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Course, which ended in a victory on Sunday for the Europeans for the first time on American soil in 60 years of competition. They were still celebrating the historic victory when they stopped at Elwood Gallagher’s hotel in Burnt Cabins on Monday en route to New York and the trip home. In a chat with their compatriot, Audrey Greathead, former “News” editor, they had nothing but praise for this country and were amazed at the size of it.

Deaths: Ray Shoemaker, Big Cove Tannery; Roger Sleighter, Shippensburg; Mabel Whitsell, Mapleton.

Marriage licenses: David Strait, McConnellsburg, and Billie Souders, Hustontown; Jeffrey Pittman, Mc- Connellsburg, and Tammy Keefer, Big Cove Tannery; Bradley Bolinger, Scotland, Pa., and Johna Jones, Chambersburg; Randy Barton, Wells Tannery, and Dawn Foster, Wells Tannery; Phillip Reed, Jacksonville, Fla., and Christine Miller, Jacksonville, Fla.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 29, 1977


Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz returned last week from a tour of England, including London and many other places of historic interest.

Pennsylvania Fish Commission’s chief engineer said last week there won’t be any major improvement to the Meadow Grounds Lake road in Fulton County, at least not if the Fish Commission has to foot the entire bill.

Though there has been an improvement in the situation, McConnellsburg water superintendent Max Stenger said there is still a need for borough customers to conserve water.

D.A. “Dave” Washabaugh underwent surgery at Washington County Hospital last Monday and returned home this Monday to recuperate. His daughter, Caroline, Mrs. John Frank of Altoona, is helping take care of him.

Two Huntingdon County runaway boys, 13 and 14 years old, were picked up by state police last Thursday night near Dott and charged with burglary and two counts of theft.

Mr. and Mrs. Blair Hann, Big Cove Tannery, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Eugenia Lynn Hann, to Darryl Richard Kipe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kipe of Mercersburg.

Marriage licenses: Richard Andrew Locke, Shade Gap, and Denise Kay Mumma, Burnt Cabins; Forbes Philip Hooper, McConnellsburg, and Johanne Lee Boas, Mc- Connellsburg.

Specials at the IGA; fresh cut-up fryers, 41 cents lb.; Tbone steaks, $1.79 lb.; Gold Medal flour, 69 cents, 5-lb. bag; potatoes, 10-lb. bag, 49 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Buterbaugh of Chambersburg on September 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Iden of Hancock on September 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Mellott of Fort Loudon on September 9.

Deaths: Mrs. Velma Blanche Pool, Fort Littleton; Archibald Johnston, Chambersburg; Lester Gantt, Big Pool; Miss Hannah DeShong, St. Thomas; Hillis R. Mellott, Needmore; Robert Hershberger, Warfordsburg; Benson Hanks, Harrisonville; Clifford Gutshall, Three Springs.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 12, 1967


McConnellsburg volunteer firemen were called to the home of Edmund Seiders on Route 30 just east of the borough on Saturday at 1 p.m., when a neighbor, Mrs. Carl Bain, and her son noticed smoke pouring from the house. Mr. and Mrs. Seiders were visiting their doctor at the time the fire was discovered. The immediate response of the firemen for help probably saved the home from total destruction by the blaze, which started in a closet under the steps leading to the attic. Firemen theorized that the fire started from spontaneous combustion of a dust mop which had been stored in the closet. A patent cleaner had been used on the mop. Fire Chief Max Stenger estimated the amount of damage at $1,000.

Mr. and Mrs. Brinton Regi will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for relatives and friends on October 22.

Robert Cutchall, highway superintendent, announced this week that “a job conference” was held last Tuesday with officials of R.W. Mowery and Son of Carlisle, successful bidders for the contract to construct the new highway shed to be located along Route 522 north of McConnellsburg.

There are no free hunting licenses available for servicemen, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reminded sportsmen last week. Free hunting licenses are issued only to disabled war veterans.

Boyd Edwards Everts and Linda Crouse of Big Cove Tannery applied for a marriage license at the courthouse last week.

Ralph and Nancy Doyle took honors in an archery field meet held recently at the Misawa Air Force Base in Japan where they are stationed. Ralph is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Doyle of McConnellsburg. Nancy is a daughter of Helen Rosenberry of Fort Littleton.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Miss Sharon Sipes and Duane Daniels on August 26 at Sideling Hill Christian Church, Harrisonville. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sipes of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Blair Daniels of Harrisonville.

Wanda Crouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Parker Crouse of McConnellsburg, and Earl Carver Jr., son of Mr. ad Mrs. Earl Carver, Northeast, Pa., were married October 7 in Mc- Connellsburg Methodist Church.

June Buterbaugh of Big Cove Tannery and Alda Rotz of McConnellsburg were both treated at the office of Dr. Robert Fry last week for injuries resulting form falls on the hazardous sidewalks on the north side of Lincoln Way East.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Schooley, Harrisonville, October 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Peck, Greencastle, October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Harr, Warfordsburg, October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, October 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Miller, Hustontown, October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Smith, Mercersburg, October 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Smith, Funkstown, Md., October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Walker, Mercersburg, October 7.

A surprise birthday dinner was given recently for Mrs. Edna Leedy of Hustontown by her children.

Men in service: Pvt. L. Strait, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strait of Hustontown, received the Army Parachutist Badge September 22 upon completion of the Infantry School’s three-week airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga.

Deaths: Gerald Kint, Mifflin; Blair Strait, Needmore; Emma Garlock, Petersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 10, 1957


Maureen Morton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morton of Lincoln Way East, has returned from Waynesboro Hospital, where she received treatment for a broken arm.

Word has been received here that Mrs. Ernest Doyle has arrived safely in France where her husband is stationed with the armed forces.

The offices of Dr. Joseph L. Potter, who recently located at Hustontown, will be opened to the public on October 14. He is located in the offices formerly occupied by Dr. Rinard.

Mrs. Bruce Ray of McConnellsburg is a patient in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

Miss Hazel Lloyd of London arrived in New York by plane on Saturday to spend three weeks in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Greathead here. Miss Lloyd and Mrs. Greathead were shipmates in the Royal Navy during World War II.

The Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association will meet in McConnellsburg October 20. At 2 p.m., a concert will be given in McConnellsburg auditorium by the McConnellsburg Joint School Band and Hagerstown Municipal Band, directed by Dr. Peter Buys.

The owner and operator of a tavern near McConnellsburg was sentenced to six to 12 months in Allegheny County Workhouse by Fulton County courts on Wednesday when, in a surprise move, he pleaded guilty to two of four charges – pointing a deadly weapon and aggravated assault and battery.

Congressman Richard Simpson has announced that two of his aides will conduct a series of meetings in his seven county 18th District. His aides will be at the Fulton House in McConnellsburg this Friday.

Approximately 30 businesses in the McConnellsburg, Hustontown and Harrisonville areas will participate in Fulton

Sales Days, set for Friday and Saturday of this week.

The War-Nee-Do Club of Southern Fulton County has entered the Community Achievement Contest, sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, entering Teen Time as its project. Teen Time is a night of fun for teenagers, sponsored by the club and held once a month at Southern Fulton Joint School at Warfordsburg. The school board being very cooperative in the project.

Free chest X-rays will be available to adults at Mc- Connellsburg High School October 18, sponsored by the Bedford-Fulton Tuberculosis and Health Society, in cooperation with the Division for Tuberculosis Control of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Miss Fern Garland, home economics teacher in the local high school, submitted her resignation on September 30, effective immediately.

George Golden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Golden of Warfordsburg, was the only Fulton County young man sent to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for induction into the armed forces.

R. Glenn Sleighter, convicted child slayer of Franklin County, has appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to be relieved of serving the remainder of his life sentence, maintaining that he warrants release from the Eastern Penitentiary under “due process of law.” Sleighter has been in prison since his conviction in 1937 of first-degree murder in the death of 6-year-old Jean Seville, a ward of the Children’s Aid Society of Franklin County.

Of the 2,850 deer licenses available to Fulton County hunters this year, fewer than half – 1,050 – have been sold by Treasurer Gerald Peck when the News went to press this week. A constant line of hunters formed at the treasurer’s office on Monday and Tuesday, after which sales slowed down.

Mrs. Donald Fowler of Wells Tannery received word last week that her son, Earl Hawkins, had been stricken with polio and was a patient in the University of Virginia Hospital.

Mrs. Edith Sipe returned to her home at Hustontown las Sunday after undergoing surgery at Chambersburg Hospital.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Smith of Hancock on September 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mellott of Needmore on October 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Seabert Howell of Big Cove Tannery on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Lundberg of Mc- Connellsburg on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry of Hustontown on October 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mellott of Needmore on October 6.

The United Telephone Co. has extended its lines into the Breezy Point community.

A 29-year-old York County man lost his life last Wednesday night when his car crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into the rig driven by Floyd Fittry, 37, Knobsville. The accident happened in Adams County.

Fred Mellott has been elected as president of the Fulton County Unit of the American Cancer Society, with Herbert Powell as first vice president and Margaret Riggs as second vice president.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 16, 1947


Rev. and Mrs. Grant Hoopert and daughter Jolinda were visiting former parishioners at Hustontown on Sunday.

Cheryl Elaine, infant daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Forest Stonge of Hustontown, celebrated her first birthday Friday.

Fulton County’s fourth polio victim this year, Faye Ann Richards, 3, daughter of Ruth Richards of McConnellsburg, returned from Harrisburg Hospital on Monday. Although recovering, she continues to take daily exercises due to the weakened condition of one of her arms.

The unusually dry weather this year has depleted water supplies and McConnellsburg residents are being urged this week to conserve water in every way possible.

Mrs. Alberta Ruby, 29, and six of her children were burned to death on Saturday night when fire destroyed their home at Shirleysburg. The children ranged in age from five months to nine years.

Last Saturday, Hugo Frear, editor of the Bedford Gazette and former owner and editor of the Fulton County News, was guest speaker on radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh, representing the state’s newspapers in connection with National Newspaper Week.

Recent deaths: Mary Comerer of Windber; Miss Mary Rosenberry of Burnt Cabins; Harry McLaughlin of Greencastle.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 14, 1937


Deaths: William Alvin Culler of Waynesboro; William Mason Funk of Needmore; Mrs. C.R. King of Ogden, Ark.

The following were installed last week as officers of the local American Legion Auxiliary: Mrs. Bessie Guyer, pres ident; Miss Nellie Hays, first vice president; Mrs. W.G. Hays, second vice president; Mrs. Peter Morton Jr., secretary; Mrs. Esther Gobin, treasurer; Mrs. Boyd Fore, sergeant- at- arms; Mrs. William Lowe, chaplain; and Miss Rheue C. Barmont, historian.

The Duke of Windsor and his Baltimore-born bride will visit America in the near future.

Data collected by the Bureau of Statistics indicate that the canning industry produces products valued at $40,000 annually in the state of Pennsylvania.

John Johnston and Beatrice Rosenberry were married August 28.

The home of Misses Bess and Lillian Grissinger was the scene of a party on Friday night in honor of the 12th birthday of their niece, Betty Marie Grissinger.

Robert Lodge has returned home from Chambersburg Hospital where he underwent a serious operation about a month ago.

William Homer Winters and Marie Mellott were married on October 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Waters started for their home in Monte Vista, Colo., last Thursday evening after visiting friends and relatives in Burnt Cabins and vicinity.

Snow fell on Tuscarora Mountain on Saturday.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 13, 1927


Birth: a daughter, Hannah Mary, to Rev. and Mrs. Mahlon Miller, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church on October 11.

After a successful season with the Shamrock Coffee Shop, Mrs. Elizabeth Neeson took over the management of the Fulton House on Monday

Miss Blanche Mellott, a nurse in training at Harrisburg General Hospital, enjoyed a weekend visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Mellott of New Mc- Connellsburg Hotel.

Mrs. John Lake is able to be out again after months of treatment for blood poisoning of her arm.

Ralph Edwards and wife, who had lived in Brooklyn N.Y., this summer, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Edwards of Hiram, last week en route to Pittsburgh, where he will attend school.

Danny Mumma of Dutch Corner is wearing a broad smile over the arrival of a 10- pound daughter.

Rev. W. B. Tobias will preach his farewell sermon at Waterfall on Sunday.

F.M. Taylor, Republican candidate for county treasurer, canvassed Union Township last Wednesday.

Floyd Hess, an employee of the AT&T Co., has been called home due to the serious illness of his mother, Mrs. Riley Hess.

William Schooley of Needmore had three bones in his foot broken last Thursday when a log rolled on him.

William Swope of Needmore finished his new barn this week.

About 70 friends and relatives gathered last Thursday evening to help Robbie Miller cut his corn.

Paul Wible, who is teaching at Aitch in Huntingdon County, spent the weekend with his wife and baby.

Margaret, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Ranck of Warfordsburg, has entered Chambersburg Hospital’s Training School of Nurses.

William Karns and Pearl Leasure were married September 27.

Mrs. Ernest Berkstresser of Knobsville was pleasantly surprised October 4 when a large crowd of friends and relatives gathered to celebrate her 27th birthday.

Deaths: Arlington Akers of Keyser, W.Va.; Mrs. Luis (Stiver) Shaffer of Bedford; Elizabeth Stup of near Hustontown; Samuel Thomas of near Mercersburg; John Mc- Grail of Colport, a veteran of the Civil War.

Clyde Barnhart, a native of Fulton County, is now one of the highest-ranking baseball players. He is outstanding this year in helping his team, the Pittsburgh Nationals, to win the National League pennant and in the World Series with New York as the second-best batter from his team. In 1925 he was outstanding in helping his team win the series and during the past season was considered one of the best batters in the National League. He began his career in baseball on his father’s farm in Buck Valley, the elder Barnhart being his first coach. He later became a member of Shippensburg Normal School’s team and began his professional career with the Central Pennsylvania League. Then, after playing with the Blue Ridge League and the Birmingham, Ala. team, he became a regular with the Pittsburgh team.

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