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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Murray Romig of Waterfall, pictures, left: Murray, Betty, John Jr. and John Romig in 1955 with his mules. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Murray Romig of Waterfall, pictures, left: Murray, Betty, John Jr. and John Romig in 1955 with his mules. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 11, 1997


With five surgeries and being put under 14 times some doctors may call 16-month-old

Abagael McGarvey of McConnellsburg a pro when it comes to the hospital scene. Since having a living donor liver transplant December 19, 1996, she has made monthly visits to the hospital for numerous complications, but has managed to prove not only her doctors wrong, but her parents as well, that she could be as physically and mentally advanced as other children her age. She is the daughter of Tim and Debbie McGarvey of McConnellsburg.

Local union members of District 1199P as well as members from Chambersburg and Waynesboro picketed the Fulton County Medical Center Saturday afternoon. The union negotiating team are meeting this week as yearlong negotiations are entering their final stages.

Incumbent Southern Fulton board president John Bain was unopposed for a second term at the Southern Fulton reorganizational meeting December 2. Allen Morton continues as vice president.

McConnellsburg Borough Council adopted a final 1998 budget which calls for a one-mill tax increase and $273,813 in spending. It is essentially the same proposed budget given tentative approval by Borough Council members at the November meeting.

The county’s real estate millage rate will remain at 20 mills for the second consecutive year, as the Fulton County commissioners finalized the 1998 county budget of $3,433,985 December 9. Unlike last year’s, taxpayers who saw a tax hike of 1.5 mills, which was the first tax raise to hit the county in six years, this year taxpayers owe their good fortune to a strong economy.

This year’s Christmas In McConnellsburg, sponsored by McConnellsburg PRIDE and held last weekend, offered something for everyone, young and old. Santa Claus conveyed from the firehall to the library on Saturday by Uncle Clem’s Outfitters. Other events which drew holiday crowds were the parade and tree-lighting ceremony.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Singer of McConnellsburg on December 3.

Shelly Gress and Bradley Waite were united in marriage September 20 during an outdoor ceremony at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in Fort Littleton. The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Darlene Gress of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Shelley Holtzapple of York and Wade Lane of Mill Creek.

Deaths: Merrill Richards, McConnellsburg; Nancy Weaver, East Prospect.

Tom and Marleen Golden of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacy to John Smith, son of John and Debbie Smith of Warfordsburg.

Karlin and Missy Lynch of Warfordsburg announce the birth of their first child, a son, Clayton, born November 23 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Krista Fletcher, daughter of Bryan and Debbie Fletcher of Harrisonville, is a graduate of the Shippensburg University Class of 1997. She received a degree in speech communication with an applied business concentration.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 24, 1987


A wounded deer was seen in town on Wednesday but no one seems to know what happened to it after it made stops at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home and the Dr. McLucas property Maybe it was hunting the vet, Dr. Kaplan, whose office is right in that area.

A 54-year-old McConnellsburg woman died December 19 in a Pittsburgh hospital as the result of injuries suffered when she was struck by a car near the Penn’s Village Shopping Center in Ayr Township December 18, according to state police at McConnellsburg. Police said that Patricia Kendall, 54, McConnellsburg, was crossing Rt. 16 in front of the shopping center when she was struck by a Greencastle woman driving a Subaru.

Senior MHS students Brad Vores and Melanie Brumbaugh deserve the royal treatment. When they received their crowns at Snow Ball 1987, December 18, it made the third time for Brumbaugh and the second time for Vores. The two collected $1,186 for the American Cancer Society during the school’s eighth annual Yule King and Queen contest.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. John Hamil of Fort Littleton on December 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Welsh of McConnellsburg on December 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony DeShong of Harrisonville on December 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Mellott of McConnellsburg on December 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bishop Jr., Needmore, on December 16.

Lana Kerlin was one of 250 to graduate from Shippensburg University at graduation exercises held December 19. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

Mr. and Mrs. James Sickles, McConnellsburg, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Leah, to Jeffrey Fowler of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Patricia Kendall, McConnellsburg; John W. Sipe, Fairfield, Iowa; Agnes Askins, Frederick, Md.; Harper Diehl, Hancock; William Everts, Taylorsville, Ky.; Virgie Bishop, Warfordsburg; Lawrence Smith, Getzville, N.Y.; John Lehman, Waynesboro; Gerald Biggs, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Marshall Ranck, Kistler; Ada V. Eader, Sycamore.

Marriage licenses: Clifford Bailey, Three Springs, and Elizabeth Nearhood, Three Springs; Robert Thomas, Burnt Cabins, and Glenda Benson, Burnt Cabins; Neill Mellott Jr., Mercersburg, and Cathy Hornbaker, Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 22, 1977


County offices in the courthouse and annexes will henceforth be closed on Saturday mornings during the winter months under policy set by the Fulton County commissioners at their regular weekly meeting. To make up for the lost working time, county offices will remain open on Thursday afternoons.

A Hollidaysburg developer has applied for a state loan to finance a 100-unit high-rise apartment complex for the elderly to be built in McConnellsburg. The project is called “Fulton Towers.” Plans reportedly call for a 100-unit complex, including 86 one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments and 10 efficiency apartments.

Terry Lee Punt, 28, From Waynesboro, formerly announced his candidacy for state representative from the 90th District last week.

The Sloan family of Fulton County and heirs in three states have deeded 1,260 acres in Ayr and Licking Creek townships to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Schools in the county closed early on Tuesday because of the snow that blanketed the area.

July Nadine Myers and Robert Lewis Hoover were united in marriage December 3 in McConnellsburg Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Myers of Greencastle and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hoover of Mc- Connellsburg.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Miss Pamela Susan Seville and Terry Lee Defibaugh on November 20 in the United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Seville of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Defibaugh, Wells Tannery.

Andy Horton, McConnellsburg, has completed his four-year career for the soccer team at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Horton of McConnellsburg. At Indiana, he lettered four years for soccer and was also on the IUP track team his freshman year.

Specials at the IGA: Cool Whip, 49 cents; Green Giant vegetables, 4 for $1; tangelos, 10 for 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hange of Newton Hamilton on December 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Todd of Greencastle on December 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ward Phillips of Breezewood on December 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Foor of Everett on December 15.

Deaths: Donald Drenning, Hustontown; Anna Hoover, Everett; Merrill Stevens, Saltillo; Lawrence Jackson, Hollywood, Fla.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 4, 1968


The first baby to be born at Fulton County Medical Center in 1968 was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Deshong of McConnellsburg.

Increased rates for all classes of mail except parcel post and international mail will go into effect January 7.

Births in Fulton County are on the decline, according to records kept by Esta Gray, registrar of births and deaths, with only 274 recorded in 1967 as compared with 286 in 1966 and 301 in 1965.

A report of accidents on Fulton County roads in December, released by local state police, shows a total of 26 accidents with 20 people injured and two killed, resulting in $14,455 in property damage.

Leland Cisney, former McConnellsburg resident, has been appointed data processing director of General Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, with headquarters in Erie.

Marriage licenses: James Pentz, Fayetteville, and Bertha Virginia Sipes, McConnellsburg; Willard Oakman of Mc- Connellsburg and Bonnie Sells of Goshen, Ohio; Patrick Metzler of McConnellsburg, and Mary Jane Price of Shade Gap; Denton Everetts of Hancock and Lilli Souders of Mc- Connellsburg.

Wedding vows were exchanged October 28 by Miss G. Sherlyn Rouzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rouzer of Harrisonville, and Gary Fetters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fetters of Bedford.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Henry, Clear Ridge, announce the engagement of their daughter, Joyce Ann, to Robert Harry Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson of Wells Tannery.

Men in service: Seaman Allen Yost, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Yost of McConnellsburg, has returned to Long Beach, Calif., aboard the destroyer WSS Henry W. Tucker, following a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

Deaths: Ralph Elbin, Bedford; Violet Hammond, Harrisburg; Bertha Golden Kirk, Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 2, 1958


Miss Esther Warthin, R.N., of Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, is spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.M. Warthin of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Wheeler of town announce the birth of a son, William Roy, at the Medical Center on December 19. The baby was later taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of respiratory trouble.

Rev. T.P. Garland, pastor of the Christian churches, has been unable to preach for the past six weeks due to illness. Although up and around, the pastor is still confined to his home.

Approximately 70 people called on Rev. and Mrs. J. Carl Williams on Sunday afternoon during open house at the local Methodist parsonage.

Associate Judge Samuel Simpson suffered a stroke at his home at Big Cove Tannery on Christmas Eve.

Rev. and Mrs. Everett L. Woodcock and family of Cochranton spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Decker of Harrisonville. The Woodcocks are on a year’s leave of absence from their missionary work in Africa.

Lt. Harold Knepper telephoned his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knepper, from his base in Okinawa on Saturday night. It was 12:00 p.m., here and 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon in Japan.

Among the students here home for the holidays are: Jane McKinlay from Northwestern University; Eddie MacKinlay from Washington and Lee; Forrest Mellott from Franklin and Marshall; Nancy Taylor from the Jefferson School of Nursing; Harry Johnston from Washington and Jefferson; and Walter Grissinger and Fred Stenger from the University of Pittsburgh.

Local firemen were called three times last week, once for a car fire and once for a flue fire. The second call, however, was cancelled before the trucks left the firehall.

The three men who were nabbed by local state police last week at a roadblock at Burnt Cabins after they allegedly robbed a service station near Mount Union have been ordered held without bail for the next term of court in Mifflin County. The trio was picked up after local police were alerted by radio. Two of the men pleaded innocent before a Lewistown justice of the peace, but the youngest of the three admitted his guilt and implicated the other two.

Postmaster George Paul announced this week that the 1957 Christmas business at the local office shattered all records. With early mailing by the public, business at the office was almost back to the normal by the day before Christmas.

An explosion and fire at the pumping station of the Southern Pipeline Co. of Lancaster, located in the southern end of Fulton County, caused the death of the station operator and damage estimated at $100,000 early Saturday morning. The metal building was ripped open and burned by the fire that followed. The attendant at the station, Daniel Smith of Hancock, father of five children, was alone on duty at the time of the explosion. He was blown about 50 feet from the building into a small stream. Rushed to the Berkeley Springs Hospital, he died about 6 1/2 hours later. Other employees at the building rushed to the scene, managed to turn off all the valves and the fire burned itself out after several hours.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fix Sr. celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on December 25.

Two Fulton County boys, James Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg and Rex Wright of Hustontown, will receive the Keystone Farmer Degree, a high FFA award, during Farm Show Week.

Ellis Yingling took over the operation of the Mc- Connellsburg Esso Station on January 1. The station was previously operated by Ralph Lininger Jr., who has taken over a similar position in Shippensburg.

Due to the recent spectacular success of the natural gas drilling in Bedford County, the New York State Natural Gas Co., driller of the successful well, has now acquired the leasing rights to 21,657 acres of land in that county.

John Wagaman Jr. and Shirley Phyllis Martz were married on Thanksgiving Day.

Deaths: Mrs. Della Spidle of McConnellsburg; Raymond Charles Wible of McConnellsburg, former Fulton County sheriff and well-known businessman; Robert Brigham, Esq., of Villanova; Jesse Allen Sheeder of Cassville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 8, 1948


Danny and Sally, children of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Grissinger of town, are both ill at the home of their grandparents in Pittsburgh, whom they both went to visit after Christmas.

Mrs. W.H. Greathead is serving this week as a petit juror at the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

Mrs. Betty Hoffman and two children left by plane on Friday for Germany to join their husband and father.

The infant Fulton County Medical Center received its first substantial donation last week when a check for $5,000 was received from Oram Wible of Pittsburgh. In a note with the check, Mr. Wible said: “I am happy to make this contribution to our worthy and much-needed cause.” Mr. Wible, a son of L.H. Wible of McConnellsburg, is president of the Union Electric Steel Co. of Pittsburgh.

The first 1948 marriage license in Fulton County was issued to Lester Detwiler of Three Springs and Merna E. Hann of Harrisonville.

Three new councilmen, Clarence Shore, Dan Winter and Roy Gordon, were sworn in on Monday. Other members of council are Clarence Bender, H.C. Peck, Fred Wilds and Frank Ott.

Dale Witter and Violet Long were wed December 20.

Deaths: Sgt. Ivan Fernberg; Harry Wilbur Shaw of Warfordsburg; William Harvey Wagner of Elizabethtown; Gilbert Mellott of Sharon Hill.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Layton of town celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary December 26.

Recent weddings: Edwin Paul Mille and Annabelle Lee Alloway on Christmas Eve; Martin Alleman and Geraldine Meyers on Friday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 6, 1938


Deaths: Aaron Knepper of Taylor Township; George McConaughey of near Three Springs; Mrs. Amanda McCartney of Kistler.

Gov. George Earle notified Rev. William Lowe last week of his appointment to the statewide committee for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

Two new county officers were sworn in and began their duties on Monday of this week. They were Samuel Mellott, associate judge, and Harvey Raker, prothonotary.

Paul Stevens and Larue Bolinger were married November 2.

Thomas Polk and Mae Louise Kegerreise were married on Christmas.

M. Earl Truax has been elected to head the 1938 Agri culture Conservation program in Fulton County.

Marriage licenses have been issued to the following: Merle George Everts and Hylda Anna Sipes; John Hoop and Arleen Dunocel; Paul Miller and Violet Bernize.

Ivan Gobin and Martha Earley were married November 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Daniels left Tuesday for a two-month stay in Florida, hoping that the change will benefit Mrs. Daniels’ health.

Three Greyhound buses stopped at one time in Mc- Conellsburg on Sunday but were so crowded they were unable to take on 10 local passengers who were waiting for transportation.

A group of ladies from Dott, Needmore and Warfordsburg met at Cedar Grove Church on Monday to organize a civic club in that area. The first officers of this new group are Mrs. J. J. Palmer, president; Mrs. Brooks Smith, first vice president; Mrs. Walter Palmer, second vice president; Miss Aura Deneen, recording secretary; Mrs. Raymond Lamberson, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Floyd Hess, treasurer.

Last Friday, while on his way here from Pittsburgh to spend Christmas with his father, Hon. D. Hunter Patterson, J. Campbell Patterson met with an accident on the icy highway near Jenners. His car skidded and hit a telegraph pole and “Cam” received a cut on the head. While his sister, Blanche, was thrown from the car, receiving a broken arm, another passenger in the car, John Greathead, received cuts about the head.

On Christmas Day, all of the children of Mrs. Jemima Brant met at the Blue Ridge Restaurant for a delicious dinner.

There was no Christmas entertainment at Fairview Church this year on account of the whooping cough.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of
January 5, 1928


Deaths: Mrs. Frances Smith Cline, wife of Rev. Wesley Cline of Fort Littleton; Ira C. Mille of Emmaville; George Hoop of Andover; Mrs. Masura Ranck of Huntingdon; Mrs. Jenneta Elizabeth Stombaugh Newman of Waterfall.

On Monday, Associate Judge Aaron Garland, administered the oath of office to Chas. W. Mellott, who succeeds himself as prothonotary. Mr. Mellott had ministered the oath of office to the following: F. Glen Younker, sheriff; Ray Sipes, deputy sheriff; George Lodge, treasurer; David Bishop, Isaiah Sipes and H. Howard Peck, county commissioners, with Chas. A. Lynch as clerk; Roy Laidig, David Woodall and Bland Deshong, county auditors, with Earl Sipes as clerk. As yet, the district attorney, county coroner and county surveyor have not lifted their commissions.

Edward Wharton and Ethel Ziegler were married on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Winegardner of Clear Ridge are the proud parents of a son, born on December 22.

Leon Stevens and Virginia Gelvin were married on December 23.

Ira Lake and Richard Martz of Laidig have gone to Jerome where they have found employment.

The bus running from Mc- Connellsburg to Mount Union went into operation on Monday, with R.B. Regi at the wheel.

Death: John Wesley Carmack; Dr. August Soffel of Mount Washington; Elizabeth Hershey of Knobsville; George Longor, caretaker of the Seylar place on Tuscarora Summit.

New officers of the local American Legion are Rudolph Spangler, commander; Roy Rummell, vice commander; H.S. Alexander, adjutant; Frank Sloan, historian; Harry Johnston, chaplain. A committee composed of Frank Ott, R.B. Regi and Ross Hamil has been named to arrange a banquet at the new McConnellsburg Hotel on December 30 for all ex-servicemen of the county.

The Orth Swisher family, which had been occupying the large house at the bridge west of town, moved last week to the Herbert Helman property at Cito.

Earl Long of Knobsville brought a fox pelt to town with him on Monday. He shot the fox while hunting and said the pelt is worth $15 to $18 on the New York market.

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