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This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Amanda Shives, pictures, left: Troy D. Crouse, Helen D. (Everts) Crouse and Rev. Brant on the Crouses’ wedding day, January 19, 1957. The photo was taken in the Brant home. This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Amanda Shives, pictures, left: Troy D. Crouse, Helen D. (Everts) Crouse and Rev. Brant on the Crouses’ wedding day, January 19, 1957. The photo was taken in the Brant home. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 8, 1998


Things should cool down on the weekend, but no Arctic air is on the horizon and Monday afternoon was downright balmy in Fulton County. With the mercury reaching 67 degrees, children at McConnellsburg Elementary School were shedding their coats and kicking up their heels like it was spring.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it has given $408,810 in aid to Fulton County in the two years since the blizzard and severe flooding of 1996. FEMA has contributed a total of $192,770,397 in Pennsylvania. The January 6, 1996, blizzard led to disaster declarations in several Pennsylvania counties. The combination of melting snow and drenching rain unleashed the devastating floods of January 1996.

Fred Hoffman of Hustontown celebrated his 81st birthday on January 2.

Judge John Walker of the 39th Judicial District swore in newly-elected district Justice Wendy Richards Mellott and Prothonotary, Register and Clerk of Courts Patty Suders Fix, who was re-elected for a second term.

Billed as the largest agricultural exposition in the nation, the 82nd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show aims to thrill and amuse farming enthusiasts from all over the world. The five-day show begins January 10.

Fulton County Sprint car owner Walt Dyer was one of six people inducted in the York County Racing Club Hall of Fame at the banquet held Saturday in York. Dyer owns the sprinter of Lance Dewease that is an ever-present sight in victory lane in local sprint car races.

Luraine Morton and Luke McCusker were united in marriage July 26 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Jeanie Morton of Needmore and Craig and Pam McCusker of Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Hann of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen, to Patrick Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly Sr., McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Delores Danfelt, McConnellsburg; Ruth Hoffman, Hancock; Ella McClain, Carlisle; Orpha Duvall, Hopewell; Edward Williams, Berkeley Springs; Faye Dillman, Blairs Mills; Winifred Seville Gehr, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 21, 1988


Rodney Mellott of McConnellsburg was named Fireman of the Year at the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.’s 26th annual banquet held January 13 at the firehall. Mellott, who has been a member of the fire company for 14 years, currently serves as captain of the hook and ladder and prior to serving in that position was second lieutenant of the rescue squad.

In a joint announcement issued Tuesday, the Mellon Bank and The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. revealed that the Fulton County Bank has entered into a definitive agreement with Mellon to purchase its Shade Gap branch bank office in Huntingdon County

In an effort to more effectively controlled deer populations in many areas of Pennsylvania, the Game Commission last week unveiled a proposal to extend a bonus two-deer program throughout the state. The proposal would permit hunters to buy unsold antlerless licenses and harvest a second deer in the county where the license was purchased

Calling it the “all new McConnellsburg Fireman’s Carnival,” incoming fire company President David R. Hoover II unveiled preliminary plans for the event during the annual fire company banquet last Wednesday evening. The carnival will be held May 13-21.

Emil Mellott and Son, Needmore, was named premier breeder in the Corriedale sheep competition last Tuesday at the 72nd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Dr. James Witt garnered several places in the Merino sheep competition. At the swine gilt sales last week, Brian Lake of Big Cove Tannery purchased the grand champion spotted swine gilt. Price’s Polled Herefords, Harrisonville, took second in the early spring bull calves; Whrelda Pittman, Big Cove Tannery, took second in the applique crafts competition and Barb Mellott, Warfordsburg, took first in knotted comforters; Karen McDaid, McConnellsburg, took third in the three-dimensional display competition of the 4-H crafts awards; Jennifer Mellott, Warfordsburg, took first in the clothing and textiles, fourth-year competition in vests in the family living award. And, three countians finished in the top four in the clothing and textile, third-year competition for wall hanging or pillow. Karen McDaid took first; Anissa Brightman, McConnellsburg, took third; and Traci Deshong, Harrisonville, took fourth.

Deaths: Robert Weaver, Shippensburg; Margaret Waltz, Sarasota, Fla.; Mona Baker, Gettysburg; Barbara Cutchall, Three Springs; Ada McKee, Amaranth.

Stanley and Janet Mellott of McConnellsburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, to Randy Bivens, son of Harold and Betty Bivens, Big Cove Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Kelly of Three Springs on January 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foster of Six Mile Run on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blain Middaugh of Doylesburg on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Martz of Mc- Connellsburg on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Cromwell Jr., Orbisonia, on January 14.

Specials at the IGA: Del Grosso spaghetti sauce, 99 cents; Scot towels, 59 cents; seedless grapes, 98 cents lb.; round steak, $1.99 lb.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 12, 1978


Local residents spent as little time outdoors as possible the past week to avoid the biting cold weather and gusting winds that put the windchill temperature well below zero here.

Rumors of more shotgun shootings ran rampant through the community last week following the news of the three Breezewood murders. Some of them were exaggerations of reported accidents, but the majority were completely unfounded.

The following are the new annual salaries for county officers and department heads: chief assessor remains at $5 per hour (part-time position); chief clerk, up to $9,000 from $8,000; sealer of weights and measures, $2,250, up from $2,000; civil defense director increases from $4,200 to $4,500; director of veterans affairs remains at $1,250. Solicitor to the county commissioners, planning commission and county sheriff remains at $8,000; public defender, $5,000, up from $4,000; director of the tax claim bureau increases from $1,500 to $2,000; child welfare directors, $12,694, up from $12,108; chief probation officer, up to $12,108 from $11,540; county prothonotary increases form $9,000 to $12,000; county commissioners, county sheriff, county treasurer and district attorney all remain the same at $8,000.

Engagements: Mrs. Wava Hann of McConnellsburg is proud to announce the engagement of her daughter, Sharon Lorraine, to Michael Linn Glenn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Glenn of McConnellsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Noel Mellott of Hustontown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Brenda Ellen, to Robert Lee Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook of Three Springs.

Lisa Palmer and Debbie Richards, FFA members from Warfordsburg, played in the annual Farm Show Band held in Harrisburg. Lisa is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Palmer of Warfordsburg, and Debbie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Richards of Needmore.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Diane Kay, to Randall Clever II, son of Mrs. Patricia Weaver of McConnellsburg and stepson of the late Robert Weaver.

Specials at the IGA: round steak, $1.29 lb.; butt roast, 99 cents; bananas, 15 cents lb.; flour, 59 cents, 5 lbs.; sugar 99 cents, 5 lbs.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on December 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Seville of McConnellsburg on January 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Warfordsburg on January 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Devlin of Orbisonia on January 5.

Deaths: Harry Bishop, Gainsboro, Va.; Nellie Keefer, Hancock; Grace Potts, Bedford; Walter Ford, Robertsdale; Kathy Garlock, James Creek; Guy and Laura Mills, Breezewood; Orville Koser, Greencastle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 25, 1968


Ladies Turn on the east slope of Sideling Hill Mountain was the scene of an accident which occurred on Saturday. Innumerable accidents have occurred at this same section of Route 30, but the accident Saturday was the first of this year. Philemon Guinn of Pittsburgh was identified as the driver of the flatbed tractor which lost its brakes as it descended the mountain. The tractor portion of the rig came to rest on its wheels with the driver pinned inside. Guinn was rushed to Fulton County Medical Center in serious condition, having suffered a double fracture of the left leg, a fractured pelvis and internal chest and abdominal injuries.

Alphonsi Britt and His Great Band will appear in Mc- Connellsburg in the near future. Many people in this area recognized Al Britt’s dance band as one of the finest out of the Harrisburg area. They will be featured at the Jaycee dance on April 6.

The use of combination rifle-shotguns for this year’s experimental spring turkey season has been OK’d by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The season will be held May 6-11.

Sheriff Charles Waters, wife and daughter Dianne moved Monday into the newly remodelled sheriff’s quarters at the county jail.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Swindell Sr., Robertsdale, on January 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elden Wise, Saxton, January 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rouzer, Harrisonville, January 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duvall, Breezewood, January 19.

Deaths: Thomas Morton, McConnellsburg; Harry Snyder, McConnellsburg; Ora Lynch, Warfordsburg; Thelma Dewey Wilt, Breezewood; Margaret May Barton, Hustontown; William Meyers, Fort Loudon; Elsie Mae Mentzer, Mount Union; Clara Sheppard, Berkeley Springs.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 23, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Cornelius attended a furniture show in New York on Monday where they bought solid walnut and maple furniture for their McConnellsburg and Hancock stores. Thirty-three Pennsylvania manufacturers were represented at the show.

A number of grownups and children enjoyed the sledding on Sunday afternoon on Tuscarora Mountain. The sled run is two miles long, starting at the fire tower road and leading to he bottom of the mountain. This sledding is made possible by the cooperation of the Forestry Department in not plowing or using chemicals to melt the snow.

The Turnpike Commission reported this week that the fatality rate on the toll road was the lowest in 1957 of any other year in its 17-year history. They reported 62 lives were lost in 48 accidents while turnpike patrons travelled approximately 1,855,000,000 miles.

The following officers have been elected at The Fulton County National Bank: Walter Sloan, president; Levi Morton, vice president; Elwood Mellott, secretary and cashier; Eugene Earley, assistant cashier; and Richard Barton, head teller.

Dr. Theodore Whitsel, who practiced medicine at Hustontown from 1950 until 1953, has opened an office in Huntingdon for the practice of internal medicine.

Robert Mellott of Big Cove Tannery received a fractured left leg on Sunday when he was kicked by a cow as he was working in the barn on his farm.

Three men who robbed a Mt. Union service station on December 21 were sentenced in Mifflin County Court last week to serve terms in the penitentiary. Two were sentenced to serve three to six years, while one received a sentence of 11 1/2 to 21 months after he pleaded guilty to the charge and implicated the other two.

Veryl Hixson, Crystal Spring, was the top DIA producer in Fulton County during 1957, his herd of cattle averaging 12,735 pounds of milk and 563.6 pounds of butterfat per animal

Monday evening, January 20, marked the time when the increased bed facilities at the new annex at the Medical Center were put to use. Tuesday morning found the Medical Center with a patient load of 31 or an occupancy of more than 100 percent. With the new annex, the whole hospital has a bed complement of 27.

Johnnie Knepper and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

These officers have been elected at The First National Bank: Merrill Nace, chairman of the board; Dr. Edgar H. MacKinlay, president; George Grissinger Sr., vice president; Harry Johnston, vice president; H. Lyle Duffey, executive vice president; and Henry Daniel, cashier and secretary.

The Harry Beam tire recapping plant at Needmore was destroyed by fire on Friday night.

Kermit Bard, 29, Knobsville, suffered two broken teeth, lacerations of the lower lip and a possible fractured foot in a one-car accident two miles north of McConnellsburg on Saturday evening. Bard swerved his car to avoid another car being backed across the highway, ran off the highway, hit a pole and ran over a bank.

Richard Horton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Horton of Burnt Cabins, who was injured in a car accident some time ago, is making a good recovery, being able to attend church Sunday.

An estimated 540,000 persons attended the five-day State Farm Show this year.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Powell of Warfordsburg on January 14; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Truax Jr., Big Cove Tannery, on January 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Washabaugh of Mc- Connellsburg on January 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Vance of Needmore on January 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mr. Earl Waltz Jr., Hancock, on January 18.

Pfc. James Wible, 19, son of Mrs. Myrtle Wible of Fort Littleton, recently participated in a practice parachute jump with the 11th Airborne Divisions’ 187th Infantry in Germany.

Deaths: Mrs. George Comerer of Ayr Township; Ewards Kline of Harrisonville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 29, 1948


Herman Wesley Keyser, 59, Chambersburg, a native of Fulton County, died in Chambersburg Hospital last week of injuries he received when he was pinned between a wagon and boxcar at the Heinz plant where he worked.

It is feared that record low temperatures last week killed most of the 1948 peach crop in Franklin County.

In a popularity contest sponsored by Green Hill Sewing Club at the school there, the high school winners were Beulah Deshong, who polled 3,330 votes, and Leroy Sheeders with 4,380 votes. Winners in the grades were Nancy Taylor with 7,630 votes and Charles Moore Jr. with 7,940 votes.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Mellott of Needmore on January 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Mellott of Webster Mills on January 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cutchall of McConnellsburg on January 23.

Daniel Fred Aller, 62, Chambersburg, another native of Fulton County, died in Chambersburg Hospital as a result of shock he suffered in an automobile accident Tuesday.

Deaths: infant son of Gilbert and Arama Madaline Ulsh; Orliyn Henry Fix of Harrisonville; Mrs. Robert J. Fleming of McConnellsburg.

Ralph Malone of Mt. Jewett, son of Mrs. Minnie Malone, was fatally injured on January 1 while at work at a power plant at Mt. Jewett. His mother was Minnie Fraker, a former resident of Fort Littleton.

In an essay contest on the subject, “Why We Should Contribute Liberally to the Fulton County Medical Center,” the judges have named these winners: high school - Barbara Funk, Hustontown, first, and Evelyn Bivens, Mc- Connellsburg, second; elementary group, Joan Garland, Needmore, first, and Leona Smith, Needmore, second. The judges were Clarence Bittinger, Mrs. Lewis Harris and Rev. Burton Bastuscheck.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 27, 1938


Deaths: James Gibson of Swissvalle; Mrs. W. Harvey Wagner of near New Grenada; Mrs. Laura Alloway of Wells Valley. Through the cooperation of senators Ealy and Rice, the local American Legion will offer a scholarship to some senior in Fulton County this year. A new apportionment bill is now before the Supreme Court, and other senators have promised that, if Fulton County is in their district, they will provide a scholarship for the legion to award. Seniors entering the contest will write an essay on the subject “A Comparative Study of the Advantage to American Citizenship.”

The Fulton County Historical Society will hold a public meeting February 3 with state historian S.K. Stevens as guest speaker.

The new United Presbyterian Church on North Second Street will be formally dedicated as a house of worship on Sunday. A full day’s program has been planned with Rev. J.A. Alexander, superintendent of missions for the Synod of Pittsburgh, as the Clair Harold Shafer and Martha Grace Wagner were married August 28.

Mrs. E.M. Krug, who is in impaired health, arrived home on Wednesday after spending 10 days in State College where she was under the care of her son, Dr. E.S. Krug.

Death: Mrs. Blaine Welch of Lewistown.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas, daughter Beulah and George Grissinger Jr. were in Huntingdon Saturday to see Mrs. Ella Albraith, who fell on the ice and was badly hurt.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 26, 1928


Deaths: John

Stitt of Huntingdon County;

Maurice James Skinner of Shady Grove.

Robert Grissinger, a native of Fulton County, has been promoted to an assistant cashier at the American State Savings Bank of Lansing, Mich.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Earley of Bedford was badly damaged by fire last Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Earley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Sipe of Wells Tannery.

Recent weddings: Fred Stevens and Margaret Black on January 19; Noah Mc- Mullen and Nancy Naugle on January 18; Scott Irvin Miller and Luella Hann on January 11.

Death: John Price of Piney Plains.

Mr. and Mrs. McCauley Lynch entertained at their home last Thursday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Lynch’s father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fryman, who were celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary .

Paul Johnston, who is prominently identified with the oil interest in Tulsa, Okla., is spending a short vacation with his home folks here.

Mrs. Lydia Kendall of Mc- Connellsburg, who is past the four-score mark, accompanied her daughter, Miss Ella, on one of her trips as school nurse to the county schools one day last week.

Death: the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Stahley of Buck Valley.

While pouring oil into a lighted lantern one day last week, Milton Flicenger of Buck Valley was severely burned about the face when the lantern exploded.

Chet Cavender of Buck Valley received a badly lacerated finger one day last week while opening a can of sardines.

Mrs. James Truax of Mc- Connellsburg spent several days last week with her sister, Mrs. Nettie Kyle of Mercersburg, who is seriously ill with cancer of the stomach.

Mrs. H.W. Mellott of the Cove, north of town, is seriously ill with pneumonia.

Newton Knable has purchased Sherman Bard’s farm in Belfast Township and will move there on April 1.

Harry Hohman was so unfortunate as to “loosen some ribs” last week when his plow struck a rock.

Mothers, wives, sisters and daughters of soldiers will meet here February 1 to form an auxiliary to the local American Legion Post.

Ralph, son of Nicholas Hohman, underwent an operation in Cumberland on Tuesday for ulcers of the stomach.

Mrs. Anna Peightel received a telegram on Saturday from Hollywood, Calif., stating that their son, George Trogler, had been injured when an airplane crashed in the fog. No further details were given.

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