2017-11-09 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Freda Cromer and pictures Cito maids in 1911. Seated are Estelle Wible and Mary Johnston; and standing are Kate Neiubaugh and Olive Wible. This week’s Memory Jogger was submitted by Freda Cromer and pictures Cito maids in 1911. Seated are Estelle Wible and Mary Johnston; and standing are Kate Neiubaugh and Olive Wible. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 6, 1997


Second Lieutenant George Cutchall of Harrisonville will present the Veterans Day address at services November 11 at 11 a.m, from the courthouse in McConnellsburg. Cutchall served with the United States Marine Corps from 1971 until his retirement in August of 1996. His tours of duty included South Asia, South West Asia, Africa, The Far East, Europe and Cuba.

Fulton County fell victim to President Clinton’s line-item veto powers last Saturday as the president took a red pen to a $69 billion spending measure that had included $500,000 for a water and sewer project in the proposed Southcentral Business Park project on Cito Road.

On a chilly November 4, the state of Pennsylvania and 3,167 of 7,605 registered voters in Fulton County turned to the polls, despite the cold, to vote 1,798 to 755 in favor of cutting property taxes through the enactment of the Homestead Amendment. With unofficial returns from not quite 20 percent of the precincts through the state, at this time, the homestead exemption seems to be favored 61 percent to 39 percent.

The 17th annual Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Soccer All-Star games will take place November 5 at Northern High school in Dillsburg. Representing Fulton County in the Mid Penn North team will be Lucas Carbaugh and Toby Souders of McConnellsburg.

Forbes Road Cardinal’s Erin Souders, Misti Keebaugh and Madeline Warthin will be participating in the eighth annual senior Field Hockey All-Star Game November 5 at Shippensburg Memorial Park.

Deaths: Robert Souders, McConnellsburg; Nelson Kegerreis, Fort Loudon; Montgomery Clippinger, McConnellsburg; Wayne Hanks, Harrisonville; Alta Ritchey, Wells Tannery; Mary Bolinger, Wells Tannery; Harold Ryder, Mercersburg; Myrtle Vickers, Martinsburg; Janet Hardsock, Chambersburg.

Charles Bishop, son of Charles and Barbara Bishop of McConnellsburg, and Christy Brozenske, daughter of Robert and Kathleen Brozenske of New Tripoli, Pa., were married September 13 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mc- Connellsburg.

Playground equipment dedicated to the memory of Norman Hawkins, former director and president of the Forbes Road Lions Club, who died January 30, 1997, was presented to the community in a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

DeKalb H. Mellott of Harrisonville celebrated his 84th birthday last Sunday.

Marriage licenses: Brian Ford, Wells Tannery, and Tina Stallman, Wells Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 19, 1987


The Rolls of Honor were dedicated during Veterans Day ceremonies November 11. The plaques, located in the Fulton County Courthouse, pay tribute to Fulton countians who served their country during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War by listing each name of those who served.

The Bedford-Fulton-Huntingdon Solid Waste Authority is pursuing development of a new lined landfill in an area adjacent to the existing landfill in Broad Top Township, Bedford County.

More than 100 friends, co-workers and family members attended a surprise retirement dinner for Charlie and Polly Waters at the American Legion home on Saturday evening. Charlie has served as sheriff of Fulton County for 20 years and Polly served as mail matron for the county.

At the annual shareholders’ meeting held Friday at Great Cove Golf Club, Dr. James Shultz, Dr. Arnon Kaplan, Steve Seiders, all of McConnellsburg, and Dick Decker, Mercersburg, were elected directors for three-year terms. Those currently serving are Foster Earley, Craig Paylor, Rudy Mihalick, John Duffey, Ron Hartle, Eldon Strait, Carl Paylor and Audrey Greathead. The club’s new pro, Ira Kramer of Lancaster, was also introduced at the meeting.

The fall snowstorm on Wednesday caused the cancellation of the traditional Veterans Day parade here; however, the program planned for the observance was moved to the American Legion home and was held as scheduled.

Deaths: Beulah Winslow, Chambersburg; Mildred Mc- Clain, Philadelphia; Boyd Knable, Hagerstown; Janet Dorrier, Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: round roast, $1.89 lb; Miracle Whip, $1.59, 32-oz. jar; cranberries, 69 cents, 12-oz. pkg.; Crisco, $2.09, 3-lb. can.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heinbaugh on November 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Hess of Warfordsburg on November 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas of Mc- Connellsburg on November 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hill of Hancock on November 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sollenberger of Mercersburg on November 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Mann of Everett on November 11.

Ellen Burke and Michael Wagner exchanged wedding vows during a marriage ceremony September 26, at Bedford Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mae Ruth Burke of Everett and the late Terry Burke. The groom is the son of Junior and Peggy Wagner of Harrisonville.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 17, 1977


Five families whose farms have been passed down from generation to generation for 100 years or more were honored last Thursday evening at the annual meeting of the Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service. Those honored were Frank Fisher of Warfordsburg, whose 100-acre farm has been in his family since 1769; Mae Garland, Needmore, whose 100-acre farm was purchased in 1785 (her husband, Marshall Garland, is deceased); Elliott DeShong and his wife, Blanche, Harrisonville, their farm of 105 acres was purchased in 1869; Michael, Elizabeth and Donald Bard, Needmore, whose 323-acre Bardona Farm has been in the family since 1876; and Thurman E. Sr., C. William and Thurman E. Nesbitt Jr., McConnellsburg, their 201-acre farm was bought in 1870.

Workmen are proceeding with construction of a $135,000 office building just behind the courthouse bandshell in McConnellsburg. The project, developed by the Fulton County commissioners, is principally financed by a $112,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Ned R. Knepper of Waterfall has notified the Fulton County Historical Society that he will try to record all the gravestones in the 13 cemeteries of Taylor Township. As a good many graves are unmarked or unknown, it is important that a record be made of those markers still standing.

“News” editor Audrey Locke has returned form a 10- day vacation in the Virgin Islands, having accompanied her husband, Dr. Radford Locke, who attended a continuing education seminar sponsored by Temple University.

The United Presbyterian Church of McConnellsburg was the scene of the candlelight wedding of Miss Lisa Jeanne MacDonald and Richard Alfred Lane Jr., on Saturday, October 29. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. MacDonald, McConnellsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lane Sr., Camp Hill.

Debra Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gail Cook of Hustontown, and Charles Treher Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Treher Sr., Fayetteville, were united in marriage October 14 at the First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg.

Specials at the IGA: Domino sugar, 49 cents, 2 lbs.; turkeys, 49 cents lb.; sweet potatoes, 25 cents lb.; Lucky Leaf applesauce, 3 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Cutchall of McConnellsburg on November 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Slodysko of Burnt Cabins on November 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mellott of Hancock on November 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keefer of Hancock on November 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Harris of McConnellsburg on November 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, on November 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Bemis of Waterfall on November 10.

Deaths: Harry E. Wible, Chambersburg; Rose Poist, Big Cove Tannery; Chris Foster, Dudley; Richard Sipe, Medill, Mo.; Mrs. Emily Swain, Hancock; Mrs. Estella Ott, Chambersburg; George Winslow, Chambersburg.

Marriage licenses: Terry Defibaugh, Wells Tannery, and Pamela Seville, McConnellsburg; Michael Means, Gaithersburg, Md., and Helen Brindle, Columbia, Md

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 30, 1967


Funeral services for three young girls who were killed in an automobile accident in lower Fulton County on Monday night will be held in the auditorium of the Southern Fulton High School at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The three young girls, identified as daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith of Hancock, were pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car accident, which occurred one mile north of Warfordsburg. Three others involved in the accident were seriously injured and were taken to the War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs. The dead girls were identified as Brenda Darlene Smith, 17; Linda Smith, 14, and Kathy Smith, 7. Police are continuing their investigation of the tragic accident.

William Shaffer, well-known Fulton County electrician, was pronounced dead on arrival at Fulton County Medical Center on Wednesday after suffering a fatal heart attack while returning home from a fire at the John Doyle house.

“Fashions-ABC” will be the theme of an exciting fashion presentation to be given December 6 at Forbes Road High School under the direction of Mrs. Kay Cypher and Mrs. Sybil Coble.

Marriage licenses: Richard Zeger and Evelyn Fisher, both of McConnellsburg; Gary Layton of Warfordsburg and Colleen Shimer of McConnellsburg; Roger Mills of Warfordsburg and Carol Helman of McConnellsburg.

Men in Service: Marine Sgt. Lester Hoover, son of Sgt. and Mrs. Lester Hoover of McConnellsburg and husband of the former Miss Frances Keebaugh of Hustontown, is serving with the Ammunition Supply Co., 1st Supply Battalion, a unit of the Force Logistic Command, Da Nang, Vietnam.

Elementary physical education began this year in the Central Fulton School District under the direction of Allen Cover.

Specials at the IGA: IGA cake mixes, 23 cents; Waldorf toilet tissue, 33 cents, four-roll pkg.; Sucrest sugar, 5-lb. bag, 49 cents.

Bonnie Glenn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sloan Glenn of McConnellsburg, became the bride of Sgt. Terry Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoffman of Halifax, Pa., November 18 at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Deaths: Lillie Mellott, St. Thomas; Viola Mentzer, Needmore; Louella Cornelius, McConnellsburg; Vernelda Donahoe, Bena’s Cove, Pa.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 28, 1957


Jane MacKinlay, a student at Northwestern University, and Walter Grissinger, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, arrived home this week to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their homefolks. Walter was accompanied by Miss Lois Clifford, who will visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jr. Guyer.

Mrs. Mary Walker and Miss Emma Sloan are spending the Thanksgiving holiday with friends in Johnstown.

The picture printed in this issue of the News will be the last of the current series of Mystery Farms, a feature the News has been publishing for the past three years. It is possible that the series may be resumed at a later date since only a small part of the county was covered. There are some 1,200 farms in the county and only about 150 were pictured. News readers apparently enjoyed this unusual feature.

Miss Zoe Mason, Mrs. W.D. Hawk and Mrs. William H. Barton motored to Chevy Chase, Md., over the weekend for a visit with friends. Mrs. Hawk is prolonging her visit with her son, Gordon, and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Wilson, formerly of Fort Littleton, moved last week to their newly built home on the Medical Center Street.

Wells Greathead Jr., who had been employed for the past two years as a lens grinder for Bausch and Lomb in Harrisburg, left Saturday to work for the same company in Rochester, N.Y.

Readers of the News who get their paper on Wednesday are reminded that the community Thanksgiving service in McConnellsburg will be held in the Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. The speaker will be Rev. David Hoover of the Lutheran Church, with these other ministers taking part: Rev. Charles Johnson of Cito Church; Rev. Ernest Brindle of United Church of Christ; Rev. J. Carl Williams of the Methodist Church and Dr. Francis Shunk Downs of the Presbyterian and United Presbyterian churches. Dr. Downs, president of the McConnellsburg Ministerium, will preside.

The winners of the two rifles awarded by the local VFW Post on Saturday night were Earl Golden, a 30-30 rifle, and Wayne Taylor, a .22 rifle.

Sen. J. Irving Whalley will be the guest speaker at the Hustontown alumni banquet, which will be held in the community building there on Saturday evening.

The annual convention of township officials was held in the courthouse last Wednesday. Officials elected for the coming year were Calvin Beatty, president; Harvey Gregory, vice president; and J. Pierce Gordon, secretary-treasurer. Delegates to the state convention will be Beatty and Harold Gress, with Wilson Blankley as alternate.

Violations are running high on illegal deer killing and night hunting in Fulton County, according to game protector Carl Jarrett. To date, he has arrested groups of night hunters and also said he found illegal meat in a road house in the county, but did not give any particulars. On the other side of the law, there have been two interesting kills in the county – both wildcats. One was killed by Veryl Mellott and the other by Austin Mellott, both of Needmore.

Two firetrucks from McConnellsburg were called to near Maddensville early Sunday morning, but the local firemen were unable to save the two-story frame house, which was a mass of flames when they arrived. As a result of the fire, seven persons, including five children from 2 to 14 years of age, are now homeless. The Foster Snyder family barely escaped from the burning structure and nothing was saved from the home. The seven members of the family were forced into the sub-freezing weather with only their night clothes. The cause has not been determined.

Gerald Peck, county treasurer, was elected treasurer of the class at the fall reunion of the Masonic Consistory, held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, last week. Other Fulton County members of this class were Ralph Layton, John Culler, Jack Morton, Humphrey Yaukey, Ira Mumma, Harry Blaine and Lee Truax.

A free spaghetti and meatball supper will be served to the members and their guests at the local American Legion on Friday evening.

Twenty-one persons, representing the various religious denominations in Fulton County, met in the local Methodist church basement November 25 to hear Dr. Jesse Reer, general secretary of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. Goals were accepted and plans were made to raise $1,600 in Fulton County over a three-year period to help build a Protestant center in Hartsburg.

J.C. Patterson of McConnellsburg is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for observation.

EM-2 Harold Spade and Nikki Golden were married November 10.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Saylor of McConnellsburg on November 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Strait of McConnellsburg on November 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Thomas of Wells Tannery on November 22.

Selective Service has announced that 686 Pennsylvanians will be drafted to the armed forces in January.

Mrs. Anna Mellott, 65, Needmore, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday afternoon after she suffered an arm fracture in a car-truck collision about one mile south of McConnellsburg.

Jack Bookheimer is spending a 16-day vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bookheimer before leaving for Germany. He had been stationed at Sheppard Air Base in Texas.

Young Linny Hendershot of Warfordsburg, a polio victim, has entered the Industrial Home for Crippled Children at Pittsburgh where he will undergo tests and observation.

Birth: a daughter on November 21 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deneen of Warfordsburg.

The husband who stabbed his wife to death, which was described last week in an eyewitness account by a Fulton Countian, has been formally charged with murder.

Pvt. Dale McQuade and Helen Seburn were married November 2.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 4, 1947


Pfc. John Leo Foreman of Knobsville graduated in November from the airplane mechanical school at Keesler Field, Miss., and is now stationed at Chanute Field, Ill., where he is specializing on instruments of the B-29 airplane.

Edward Ray Bratton of Turtle Creek died at 7 a.m. on Sunday in Chambersburg Hospital after he was accidentally wounded while hunting on Thanksgiving Day when his own 65-yearold, hammer-type shotgun discharged near Waterfall as he was crossing a barbed wire fence near the home of his brother-in-law, Edward Brant. His lower jaw and larynx were ripped away by the gun blast.

In a second hunting accident, Charles Cutchall, 21, Big Cove Tannery, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday with a serious arm injury, caused when his gun accidentally discharged while he was running.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 2,1937


Deaths: Mrs. David Knepper Sr., Dublin Mills; Mrs. Mary Agnes Seville of near Shippensburg; William Hinish of Six Mile Run; Jesse Miller of Three Springs; John Spidle of near Mercersburg; Leo Will of Sandusky, Ohio; Elvelra Ann Swope of near Sipes Mills.

The N. McClain Store at Wood was completely destroyed by fire of unknown origin early Sunday morning. The damage to the store, merchandise and equipment was estimated at more than $22,000. Explosives and two trucks in a small building at the rear of the store were the only things saved from the blaze.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 1, 1927


Deaths: David Garland of Everett; Mrs. Newton Bell of Cove Gap; Teddy and Freddy, infant twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Mac Lynch of lower Ayr Township; Albert Rhine.

Henry Barmont, a retired farmer, is very ill at his home here. He is in his 70s and his friends are in despair over his condition.

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