2017-11-16 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ron Vance (Class of 1958), pictures the Green Hill High School soccer team in 1940. First row, left: Ernest Fix, Herman Swope, Robert Fix Jr., Wallace Mellott, William Hines Jr., Lloyd Strait and Robert Strait; second row: coach Claude L. Mellott, Arlie Strait, Roy Kline, James Tice, Dallas Strait, Wendell Kline, Howard Fix, Clyde Mellott, David Diehl, Wilmer Peck, manager, and Wendell Decker. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ron Vance (Class of 1958), pictures the Green Hill High School soccer team in 1940. First row, left: Ernest Fix, Herman Swope, Robert Fix Jr., Wallace Mellott, William Hines Jr., Lloyd Strait and Robert Strait; second row: coach Claude L. Mellott, Arlie Strait, Roy Kline, James Tice, Dallas Strait, Wendell Kline, Howard Fix, Clyde Mellott, David Diehl, Wilmer Peck, manager, and Wendell Decker. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 13, 1997


New Medical Center CEO Robert B. Murray III greeted well-wishers at a welcoming reception

Sunday at Fulton County Medical Center. Murray took over the administrator’s reins in August of this year, coming from Fremont, Ohio, where he was chief operating officer at Memorial Hospital.

McConnellsburg Borough Council adopted a proposed spending plan for 1998 that calls for a one-mill increase in real state taxes in the borough.

Harold Wible Jr. from Sprint braved the inclement weather this past weekend to decorate the town for the holidays. Through donations and fundraisers the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce was able to purchase 12 new wreaths this year. A lighting ceremony is being planned to kick off the holiday season.

McConnellsburg Spartan volleyball team was defeated in all three of its matches November 8 and knocked out of the PIAA state volleyball tournament. They were defeated by Richland.

With only one loss their entire season, Middleburg overpowered Forbes Road field hockey team with shots and penalty corners and finished the game with a 2-1 score November 10 in the second round of PIAA state field hockey tournament play.

Tina Mills and James Spears II were united in marriage August 9 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Harold and Patti Mills and the late Benjamin Mills of Warfordsburg, and Jimmy and Pat Buriss of Hancock.

Marriage license: Terry Mills, Hustontown, and June Weinzierl, McConnellsburg.

Death: Beulah Cassner, Hagerstown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 26, 1987


A Big Cove Tannery couple died in an accidental fire at their home late Sunday night, November 22, according to state police at the McConnellsburg station. Police said the dead were identified as Charles Hyatt, 45, and Linda Marie Hyatt, 36, both of Big Cove Tannery.

The attempted murder of a potential witness has led to the arrest of five men on charges related to two thefts of John Deere tractors this past summer from Clugston’s Farm Equipment, Needmore. The five men were arrested by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Silver Spring, Md., assisted by Montgomery County Police Department. The five had been indicted last Tuesday. All charges are federal charges filed by the FBI. Local charges stem from two thefts at Clugston’s last summer amounting to more than $38,000 in garden tractors. It was not revealed how the ring targeted Clugston’s or other dealers. Police said that none of the stolen equipment has been recovered.

Erma M. Anderson, Southern Fulton math and science teacher, was one of nine teachers honored by Pennsylvania’s first lady, Ellen Casey, at ceremonies held at the Capitol building and at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday. Anderson was a finalist for Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year. She was nominated for the award by SFHS Superintendent William Printz and was selected as one of nine nominees out of 150 of the nominations considered by the state Department of Education.

The body of a 19-year-old Akron, Ohio, woman was found Sunday afternoon in a field near a Breezewood truck stop. Police said they are investigating the case as a homicide. The body was found at the bottom of a grassy embankment near the Gateway Truck Stop.

Specials at the IGA: round roast, $1.89 lb.; pineapples, 99 cents each; pumpkin pies, $1.69 each; Crisco, $2.09, 3-lb. can.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leese of Needmore on November 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Bradley of Needmore on November 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Strait of Hustontown on November 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keebaugh of Warfordsburg on November 16.

Deaths: Mary Amick, McKeesport; Bernice Russell, Huntingdon; Kenneth Seiders, McConnellsburg; Cora DeShong, Needmore; Harry Glunt McConnellsburg; Etta Pittman, Big Cove Tannery; Reed Johnson Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.; Carolyn Bingaman, Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 23, 1977


As deer season approaches, the deer seem to be on the move. Several motorists have reported narrowly missing or having hit animals crossing the highways.

Members of the McConnellsburg ambulance crews became instant obstetricians on Saturday night when they were called on to help deliver a baby who was in a big hurry to be born. Mrs. Gary Fischer of Warfordsburg was en route to the Medical Center when it became obvious a few miles from town that the baby was not going to be born in the hospital. Wendy Fischer, Mrs. Fischer’s sister-in-law, assisted with the delivery.

Fulton County’s eighth fatal accident this year was recorded last Thursday with the death of a Detroit, Mich., woman passenger in a pickup truck accident on Interstate 70.

Donald P. Drenning, 45, Hustontown, remains in critical condition in Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, suffering from massive injuries sustained in a fall from a 50-foot bridge near Philadelphia on November 11. He suffered a broken jaw, a fractured skull, broken ribs, two broken legs, a broken collarbone and damage to an eye and an ear.

A surprise 25th wedding anniversary party was held Sunday, November 6, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bivens of Big Cove Tannery, in their home.

Specials at the IGA: sweet potatoes, 25 cents lb.; fresh frozen roasting chickens, 79 cents lb.; Seltzer’s Lebanon bologna, $1.39 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Deshong of Greencastle on November 11; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. H. Ralph Helman of McConnellsburg on November 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Rexroth of Shippensburg on November 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wertman Jr., Hancock, on November 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith Jr., Harrisonville, on November 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellott of Needmore on November 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred McClure of Hustontown on November 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Peck of Mc- Connellsburg on November 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mellott of Needmore on November 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Bollman of Everett on November 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Zirkle of Little Orleans, Md., on November 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Todd Hoffner of Needmore on November 17.

The marriage of Linda Diane Hess to Larry Reed Lynch took place at McConnellsburg United Methodist Church October 29. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay McElhaney and the late Norman R. Hess of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reed Lynch of Mc- Connellsburg.

Deaths: Allen Pizer, Crystal Spring; Michele Iden, infant daughter of Stephen and Debra Ann Bishop Iden of Hancock;

Teddy Clever, Mercersburg; Mrs. L. Blanche Secrist, Mercersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 7, 1967


The local A&P, now located in the Dale Keebaugh property on Lincoln Way West, will be moving, probably by July of 1968, into new quarters south of McConnellsburg on the west side of Route 16.

Perhaps the biggest specimen of deer ever to be shot in Fulton County was bagged by Bill Duggan of Chicago on the Walter Barmont property, north of town, on Saturday. Many people stopped to admire the unusually large, 8-point spread after Duggan had taken his prize to Grissinger Bros. Market to be dressed. Experienced deer hunters figured the age at about 8 or 9 years.

Marvin Sheffield came across a weather bureau recording device while hunting in the Gobbler’s Knob area last week. The instruments attached to these balloons give valuable information to weather observers and finders are instructed to return them to the office in Annapolis.

A gala evening is promised for December 18 when the Mc- Connellsburg Woman’s Club will sponsor its second annual Christmas Homes Tour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Marriage licenses: William Figard of Robertsdale and Mary Giambra of Harrisonville; Richard Bushey and Margaret Renner, both of Carlisle; Raymond Seville Jr. of McConnellsburg and Margaret Ann Strausner of Big Cove Tannery.

News of men in service: Airman William Zirkle, son of William Zirkle of Warfordsburg, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and is now assigned as a communications specialist with a unit of the Air Defense Command at Ent Air Force Base in Colorado.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Garlock, McConnellsburg, on November 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey King, St. Thomas, November 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clippinger, McConnellsburg, on November 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Downin on November 25; a son to Mr and Mrs. Matthew Pittman, McConnellsburg, on November 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Cover of McConnellsburg on November 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Doran of Warfordsburg on November 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Parker Bivens, Big Cove Tannery, on December 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, Warfordsburg, on December 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lynch of Harrisonville on December 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hall of Shade Gap on December 2.

Sunday, December 3, 1967, was a very special day for Robert Huston, as his daughters, Mrs. Berlyn Cutchall and Mrs. Rolla Laidig, had planned a celebration of his natal day, December 7, as a surprise party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Berlyn Cutchall.

Deaths: Herman Decker, Decker Nursing Home; Nellie M. McFadden, Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 5, 1957


Fred Stenger, a member of the Pittsburgh University Band, accompanied that musical group to Florida on Friday where they gave a concert in the Hollywood Bowl and also played at the Pitt-Miami football game on Saturday. Fred is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Stenger of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Mellott have announced a new addition to their family, a son, Jeffery Curtis.

Faye Gordon, Ruth Gordon and Judy Elvey, all students at Indiana State Teachers College, spent the Thanksgiving vacation with their home folks here.

Elmer K. Carpenter Jr., electronics technician seaman, USN, was graduated from the Electronics Technician School at Great Lakes, Ill., on October 25. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Carpenter of Crystal Spring, he has been assigned to the USS Boston at Norfolk, Va.

Judge W.C. Sheely has issued an order changing the October term court in Fulton County from the first Monday of October to the fourth Monday of September. A bit of history and the reason behind the judge’s order follows: By an act of the legislature of Pennsylvania, it is directed that no jury trials shall be held in Fulton County during the January and June terms unless specifically directed by the court and this practice will be continued unless the work of the court increases to the point that is necessary to add additional time for jury trials. By the original statute creating Fulton County, the terms of court were fixed as January, April, June and October. When Fulton County and Adams County were joined as a judicial district, after the adoption of the constitution of 1874, it was found that the April term of court conflicted with the similar term in Adams County, so the April term in Fulton County was moved forward to March. The result was that seven months elapsed between the March term and the October term with only five months intervening between October and March. By changing the October term to September, the two terms of court will be evenly space.

Fred Shearer, forester of the Buchanan State Forest District, disclosed on Tuesday tha four minor forest fires were discovered on Monday, the opening day of the big game season. Soaked by rains last week and by a weekend snow squall, the mountains were wet or damp and the four fires were extinguished with damage to only about five acres.

The local firemen’s annual Christmas party for children 12 years of age and under will be held December 14.

Two young men, Richard Horton, 24, Burnt Cabins, and Thomas Shearer, 20, Willow Hill, were admitted to Lewistown Hospital last Wednesday night following an accident about one mile north of Port Royal. Horton is being treated for a head injury, a fracture of the left leg, lacerations of the ear and a neck injury. Shearer sustained head, chest and neck injuries, lacerations of the face, left ear, nose, mouth and right hand. Their car was edged off the highway by an oncoming vehicle and ran over an embankment.

Bow and arrow hunters purchased 55,172 licenses to hunt deer in Pennsylvania during their separate, either sex, white-tail season of 1957. This number more than doubled the 26,210 licenses sold to archers for the special bucks-only season last year. This year’s archers also set a record for the number of deer killed – 1,274, reported as of November 20.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Delores Jean Horton to Robert Hunt.

Earl Gordon has been elected as president of the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., with Max Stenger remaining as chief.

John Mentzer Jr. and Darlene Garland were married on November 16.

The last Mystery Farm picture in the current series, printed last week, was identified as the Harry Bain farm.

Deaths: Miss Mary Catherine Taylor of Knobsville; Harry Jacob Hendershot; Charles Allen Lamberson of Knobsville; Mrs. Lucy Lauver of Hagerstown; Mrs. Orley Gertrude Harrison of Elizabethtown.

Upon the discharge of a mother and her newborn child from Fulton County Medical Center, it has been customary to send home with them one quart of formula, the type prescribed by the mother’s physician and prepared by the personnel of the nursery. Throughout the years, hundreds of babies have been born at the Medical Center and this practice of sending home a quart of formula has required hundreds of quart jars. It had been customary to use surplus food jars and, when that supply was exhausted, the Medical Center purchased more. Recently, the superintendent of the center talked with the management of the Chambersburg Dairy Products Co., hoping that that company would furnish quart bottles. This was a good arrangement, but the company decided to eliminate the quart jars and supply something even better. For each newborn child at the center, the company now furnishes four modern, eight-ounce, heat-resistant baby bottles with nipples. Now, each of the new mothers takes home with her four of these modern bottles, filled with the physician prescribed formula.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 11, 1947


The new officers of the board of directors of Fulton County Medical Center are Albert Foster, president; H.B. Mellott, vice president; Miss Blanche Swope, secretary; and John Kelso, treasurer.

Deaths: Mrs. Ida J. Cowan of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Sarah Catharine Richardson of Shippensburg; Edward White Swope of Sipes Mills.

A meeting was held at Green Hill School on Wednesday night for the purpose of organizing a burial association in Licking Creek Township.

These seniors of the local high school will present the comedy, “One Mad Night:” Jack Kendall, Calvin Glazier, Beulah Bivens, Sara Jean McQuade, Herbert Crouse, Dick Largent, Donald Hamil, Ruth Morton, Dorothy Stahl, Sara Akers, Pauline Cutchall, Ellen Lee Welsh, Bill Hutchinson and Clair Largent.

Fulton County will be closed this year to doe hunting.

These Hustontown seniors will present the comedy, “Meet My Wives:” Marshall Reeder, Boyd Cromer, Miriam Mellott, Betty Mellott, Allison Shade, Luella Lane, Doris Jean Laidig, Lois Cutchall, James Ritchey, Dorothy Purnell and Robert Gracey.

Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Roettger of town celebrate a rare occasion on Sunday – their 60th wedding anniversary.

A shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jay on November 15 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jay, who were married on October 25.

Recent wedding: Paul N. Mellott and Helen D. Layton on December 1; Norman Allison Mellott and Alie Estalene Deshong on November 30; Willard C. Oakman and Dottie Deshong on November 26.

Deaths: Albert Wilson of near Harrisonville; Mrs. Stella Clark Barthalow.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 9, 1937


Deaths: George Washington Bolinger of New Grenada; Jacob Cutshall of Three Springs; Mrs. Maurice Sipes of Saluvia; Harry Hohman of Cito; Mrs. Florence Virginia Wible of Wells Tannery.

Alvey Wertz of Whips Cove died of a heart attack on November 30 while he and a group of other men were getting ready to go deer hunting.

Weddings: Walter Bookheimer and Bertha Chilcoate on November 27; Dennis Franklin Bollman and Florence L. Mellott on November 20.

Death: Herbert H. Bridenstine of Wells Valley.

Nellie Mellott of Webster Mills celebrated her 21st birthday on November 26.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Eliza St. Clair Motter of Philadelphia to William Loghridge Aiken of Ardmore.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rupert of Fort Littleton were the attendants at the marriage of Mr. Rupert’s sister, Miss Edith Rupert, to Joseph Shelly in Huntingdon on Thanksgiving morning.

E.N. Akers of Sipes Mill was one of the lucky turkey hunters this season, killing a 21-pound gobbler.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Harris of town announce the birth of a son on Thanksgiving evening at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Rev. and Mrs. William J. Lowe observed their 35th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

The little son of Dr. and Mrs. E.H. MacKinlay is very ill with pneumonia and was placed in oxygen over the weekend.

Harold Fischer of Irwin and his new bride spent Sunday with Miss Florence Cromer of Fort Littleton.

Herman Purnell and family have moved from Mc- Connellsburg to the Caid Hershey farm near Laidig.

Mr. and Mrs. James Waters of Burnt Cabins received word that their daughter, Mrs. Margaret McVey of Lewistown, gave birth to twins on Thanksgiving, a boy and a girl.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 8, 1927


Deaths: Richard Johnson of Thompson Township; Milton

Mellott of near Sipes Mill; Mrs. James Bert Gosnell of Altoona; Mrs. George H. Wilson of Fort Littleton; Adam Wible of Pleasant Ridge.

D. Malcolm Whiteside and Rintha M. Diehl were married November 26.

After spending Thanksgiving here, Clarence Bender returned on Monday to his work at the Bliss Electrical School in Washington.

Fred Davison is the name of the new son born to Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Oyler of Mc- Connellsburg in Chambersburg Hospital on Armistice Day .

Two large, cast-iron markers have been shipped from the Confederate Veterans Association at Richmond, Va., to be erected on the graves of the two Confederate soldiers buried just east of McConnellsburg.

William W. Pattison and Lillie Newman were married November 10.

Harold Miller and Helen Barkley were married November 22.

John Bryson and Hazel Newman were married November 23.

N.H. Roettger has just completed installing a steam plant in the two garages of the highway department, a “fifty horse power” boiler being the big feature of the job.

Death: Lewis Scott Wible of Mapleton.

Miss Martha McGowan of Burnt Cabins was the champion speller at the spelling bee, held at the McKinley School on Friday evening.

A shower was held for Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gallaher.

Death: J.M. Rice of Port Royal.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Beatty and family, who moved from here to Philadelphia last fall, have returned to McConnellsburg, and he will resume his jewelry business in the Bruce Stoner building.

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