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This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Doretta Mellott and Helen Souders, pictures a load of potatoes picked on the Jerre Knepper farm near Dublin Mills around 1950. Pictured are Harry Knepper and Jay Souders. Driving the tractor is “Butch” Knepper, son of Dalbert and Martha Knepper. This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Doretta Mellott and Helen Souders, pictures a load of potatoes picked on the Jerre Knepper farm near Dublin Mills around 1950. Pictured are Harry Knepper and Jay Souders. Driving the tractor is “Butch” Knepper, son of Dalbert and Martha Knepper. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 15, 1998


McConnellsburg Borough Council members re-elected John Duffey to serve as president during a reorganizational meeting held last

Wednesday evening.

Since meeting Congressman Bud Shuster almost 26 years ago at a press conference, former editor and reporter Paul Politis of McConnellsburg, has been compiling a file of the representative’s contributions to Fulton County and his actions over the years. It is that growing file that Politis believes that people like Shuster are the reason that citizens are getting more disillusioned and turned off by politics that has pushed the 49-year-old Democrat to run for the PA’s 9th District in the U.S House of Representatives.

Tom Ramsey, assistant deputy chief of Needmore Fire Co., was named the company’s Fireman of the Year at the 28th annual awards banquet held last Saturday night.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post home on Lincoln Way West will soon be moving its location to the Fulton Builders building on Poplar Street which it recently purchased. Fulton Builders will be going out of business.

She wasn’t born on New Year’s Day. In fact, not until January 6, but little Karleigh Noelle Schetrompf is the first baby to greet the New Year at Fulton County Medical Center. She is the daughter of Kristi Mellott and Mark Schetrompf of Big Cove Tannery.

A Hustontown man died Tuesday morning at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital after suffering numerous injuries in an accident near Shade Gap January 10. Travis Baker, 24, was driving north when Gary Price, 54, of Orbisonia, who was driving the opposite direction, attempted to slow down and turn into the Sunny Ridge Restaurant. Baker apparently lost control of his vehicle and collided with the left front of Price’s vehicle and then veered off the highway. He died Tuesday, January 13.

A 65-year-old male operating a Subaru died as a result of a collison which occurred on Rt. 30 in Licking Creek Township January 13. Robert Swain, Everett, was traveling west when his vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a GMC truck driven by Jorey Riley, 32, Greencastle. Riley escaped the accident without injuries.

A surprise 50th wedding anniversary party was held for Pete and Bessie Rasp given by their children on January 4 at the VFW. The couple was married January 5, 1948, in Hagerstown.

Deaths: Mary Fisher, Hustontown; Edison Akers, Needmore; Beatrice Schriever, Warfordsburg; Rosalie Hockensmith, Bedford; Anna Crouse Mellott, Warfordsburg; Mason Gordon, Hancock; Paul Strausner, Buffalo, Wyo.; Annie Sanderson, York; David Sowers Jr., Hancock; Pauline Keyser, McConnellsburg; Travis Baker, Hustontown; Doretta Smith, North Rose, N.Y.

Donald Hendershot and Naomi Younker were united in marriage October 27 at Hagerstown.

Maureen Brown of Lancaster announces the engagement of her daughter, Shannon, to Shawn Lynch, son of Franklin and Lucy Lynch of Cito.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 28, 1988


Old Man Winter is not finished with us yet as the latest winter storm moved into the area on

Monday afternoon, dumping between four and eight inches of snow in the county before tapering off on Tuesday.

Carl Isaacs Jr., 34, whose murder conviction for the 1973 slayings of members of the Ned Alday family, Donalsonville, Ga., was overturned on appeal, was again found guilty this week. Isaacs and his three companions, a brother Billy Isaacs, Wayne Carl Coleman and George Dungee, fled to the southwest Georgia town after taking a young Fulton County man hostage just west of McConnellsburg. Richard Miller of McConnellsburg was taken hostage by the group. He was murdered near the Flintstone area on May 10, 1973. The group then fled to Georgia in Miller’s car and robbed and murdered the Alday family members on May 15, 1973.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Stevenson of Broad Top on January 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Black of Hustontown on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rossman of Hustontown on January 21.

Lester and Margaret Newman of Hustontown announce the engagement of their daughter, Michele Rena, to Darry Edwin Mull, son of Robert and Darlene Mull, Chambersburg.

Deaths: Helen Strait, McConnellsburg; Lucy Ebersole, Needmore; Melvin Marshall, McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wakeman of Banta Road, Conklin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Karrie Ann, to Stanton Earley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Earley of Mc- Connellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 19, 1978


A house fire, caused by an overturned kerosene heater, resulted in the death of one of the occupants, the severe burning of the other and injury to a fire policeman directing traffic during the fire which started at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Mrs. Beulah Pattillo, 58, whose fully clothed body was found on the bed in the bedroom of her burning home on Route 16, south of Mc- Connellsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Russell McLucas. A later autopsy revealed she had died of asphyxia caused by smoke inhalation. Her husband, William E. Pattillo, 62, was found by a neighbor, Clair Shafer, lying just inside the front door of the burning structure and was helped to safety. His clothes were almost completely burned away and he suffered second- and third-degree burns of 45 percent of his body from the waist down and also over his right arm. He was taken to the Medical Center where his condition is now listed as satisfactory. Attempts were made by Mr. Shafer and other neighbors and firemen to rescue Mrs. Pattilo, but the intense heat inside caused windows to explode making it impossible. The fire is reported to have started on the lower level of the splitlevel home when Mr. Pattillo went to adjust a kerosene space heater at the foot of the stairs and it tipped over setting his clothes alight and the shag carpeting on the floor, when he attempted to right it.

A grandmother from Hustontown was honored last week for showing the best handmade quilt at this year’s PA State Farm Show in Harrisburg. Betty Bekstresser’s old-style “log cabin” design quilt also won first place at the Fulton County Fair last summer.

The snow which started Friday night and which, with very little interruption, has been putting it down every day since then, has curtailed many activities. None of the schools in the county were open on Tuesday and Southern Fulton was closed on Friday. The Bureau of Forestry office here estimates the accumulated snowfall to be 11 inches to 12 inches, as of Tuesday afternoon

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. R. Vaughn Hixson of Crystal Spring wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathy, to Allen Akers Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Akers

Sr., Greencastle. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Snyder of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah, to David McDaid, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mc- Daid of Hustontown.

Mr. and Mrs. Harper Diehl, Hancock, were guests at a surprise family dinner served recently at the Sheraton Motor Inn, Hagerstown, honoring their 50th wedding anniversary.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Reesor Jr., Greencastle, on January 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Trail, Warfordsburg, on January 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randall Brooks of Shade Gap on January 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Hixon of Hancock on January 12.

Deaths: Reynolds Akers, McConnellsburg; Charlie Ambrose Ray, Warfordsburg; Opal E. Palmer, Warfordsburg.

50 Years go

From The Files Of February 1, 1968


Richard Lee Peck, an 18-year-old Marine corporal, was seriously wounded on January 15 when he stepped on a mine near the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam. The wounded corporal is a son of Brian and Dessie Peck of Upper Strasburg, formerly of McConnellsburg, and a grandson of Allen Deavor of McConnellsburg. Cpl. Peck is now a patient in a Philadelphia Navy Hospital where his condition is listed as satisfactory.

Because they finished first in their schools in a written knowledge and aptitude exam given to senior girls on December 5, three girls have been named 1968 Betty Crocker Homemakers of Tomorrow in Fulton County. The three county homemakers are Sharon Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Back of McConnellsburg of Central Fulton; Louise Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fisher of Warfordsburg of Southern Fulton High School; and Alma Settle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dodson of Hopewell of Forbes Road.

At a recent meeting of Hustontown Fire Co., Clair Miller was elected president of the organization for the year 1968. Other officers elected at the same meeting were John Hann, vice president; Terry McGowan, secretary; Morris Crouse, assistant secretary; Ralph Mellott, treasurer; Scott Fisher, financial secretary; Rev. Bruce Bardine, chaplain; Ralph Fraker, assistant chaplain; Dr. Russell McLucas, surgeon; Albert Wible, electrician; Ralph Everhart, assistant electrician; Leo Foreman, fire chief; Clark Brant, first assistant; and James Chesnut, second assistant.

Bertha Virginia Sipes, niece of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Miller of McConnellsburg, became the bride of James Pentz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pentz, Fayetteville, on January 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Men in service: Airman Gary Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Hustontown, is a member of the 438th Field Maintenance Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, which has been named the outstanding unit of its kind in the Military Airlift Command; Sgt. Harry Fix, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fix of Needmore, has arrived for duty at McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey; Capt. Mary Mellott of McConnellsburg is on duty at Cam Ranh By Air Base in Vietnam. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mellott and is a nurse in a unit of the Pacific Air Forces. Before her arrival in Southeast Asia, she was assigned to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Nonemaker of Waterfall announce the engagement of their daughter, Trudy Marie, to Joseph Helsel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Helsel of Wells Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Lynch, Warfordsburg, on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lake, McConnellsburg, on January 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Barnhart Sr., St. Thomas, on January 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Crouse, Hustontown, on January 24.

Specials at the IGA: turkey drumsticks, 5 cents lb.; plain or garlic ring bologna, 59 cents lb.; orange drink, 10 cents, qt. bottle.

Deaths: Thomas Morton, McConnellsburg; Charles Knable, Mercersburg; John Guyer, Spring Run; William Buterbaugh, Wilmington, Del.; Vernon Sipes, Mount Union.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 30, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. George Grissinger and Miss Marjorie Grissinger boarded a plane in Washington on Sunday for Florida, where they will spend a week. They joined Dr. Raymond Grissinger of Bedford, who has been spending some time in Florida.

Mrs. H.B. Mellott spent part of last week visiting her daughter, Kay, a student at Hollis College in Roanoke, Va. Kay recently underwent an appendectomy.

Dan Grissinger returned home Saturday from Oklahoma, where he spent two weeks on an assignment for his employer, Fairchild Aircraft.

A three-state land and air search for a missing airplane and its two occupants was conducted last Friday from the mountainous Fulton-Bedford area to the South Mountain area in the vicinity of Blue Ridge Summit. The missing plane, carrying the pilot and a Morgantown businessman, left Harrisburg Wednesday, bound for Morgantown. The search was called off Saturday when the wreckage of the plane, plus the bodies of the passengers, was found near Keyser, W.Va.

A special meeting has been called for February 6 at the courthouse for World War I veterans and their wives and World War I widows to prepare a plan of action to save the benefits of many veterans. The meeting was prompted by President Eisenhower’s State of the Union message that calls for extra millions for security at the expense of some civilian programs, which could presage the loss of any benefits that veterans now enjoy.

George Buterbaugh of town marked his 91st birthday on Monday at the home of his daughter, Beulah.

A large machine shop on the farm of John Black along the Cito Road was destroyed by fire on Friday. The concrete block building contained two tractors, a pickup truck and a number of other farm machines, which were all either damaged or ruined.

Russell Glazier’s filling station and garage at the west end of town was robbed for the sixth time sometime Wednesday night. Entry was gained by breaking a rear window and, once inside, the thief or thieves had easy access to the office where a safe is located. Whether the safe was accidentally left open or whether the thief was a professional is not known, but at any rate the next morning the safe door was hanging open and $288 in cash and checks was missing. The same night, the Warfordsburg School was broken into, and a third case of breaking and entering was reported in Bedford where another service station was robbed. Police are trying to determine if the same person committed all three break-ins.

Pictured in this issue are James, John, Earl and Glenn, the four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gordon of Ayr Township, who were honored recently by receiving the highest FFA award – the Keystone Degree. This is one of the very few families in Pennsylvania to have the distinction of having four of its members receive their coveted degree.

Fulton County Medical Center and its new annex are still filled to overflowing, beds now being placed in the halls to take care of the influx of patients.

Continuing his unrelenting bid for freedom from the life sentence imposed in 1937, R. Glenn Sleighter has subpoenaed 14 individuals, six from the Chambersburg area, to appear at a hearing before the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Friday. Sleighter was found guilty on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of 6-year-old Jean Seville, a ward of the Franklin County Children’s Aid Society.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Kahn of Mercersburg on January 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shade Jr., Hustontown, on January 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Chesnut of McConnellsburg on January 21.

Harry Lee Bain and Doris Jean Souders were married November 27.

Warfordsburg college students who were home between semesters included Marion Hendershot, Alice Kirk and Roy Mills of Shippensburg; Alys Wright, Paul Hendershot, Billy Golden and Lynn Palmer of Penn State and Sylvia Jean Chesnut and Iris Martin of Indiana State.

Born: twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Potter of Hagerstown on January 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Waters expect to occupy their newly-built home near Burnt Cabins early in February.

Mr. and Mr. Charles Stinson of Burnt Cabins celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 29.

Deaths: Ralph Duvall of Altoona; Mrs. Edgar Pittman of Carlisle; Riley Peck of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 5, 1948


Two weeks ago, John Burkett, who would have been 80 in May, was in town inquiring about the

March of Dimes and said he would be back this Saturday with his donation, which he had saved from his meager relief check, On Saturday, he was on his way to town, having “hitched” a ride with Lee Mellott of McConnellsburg. Near the Bethlehem Church, Burkett suddenly died. In his effects was found a March of Dimes card, with 13 dimes, which, true to his word, he was bringing to McConnellsburg to turn over to Paul Ott, chairman

Betty, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Strait of Harrisonville, was operated on for appendicitis on February 1 at Everett Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cutchall of town have named their new baby, Judith Ann.

Sharon Kay, one-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Baer of town, is now recuperating from an attack of spinal meningitis, which she contracted January 29.

Mr. and Mrs. George Paul of town announce the birth of a son on January 31 at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Clair Ramsey, 36, his wife, also 36, and Mr. and Mrs. William Seville, 37, received serious injuries last Wednesday when their car collided with a milk truck at St. Thomas.

M.C. Morton and G.A. Biggs of Fulton Valley Farms have purchased a herd of purebred Guernsey cows form R. A. McCauley of Hagerstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Worthington have moved into the Dean Montague tenant house at Burnt Cabins.

It was 19 degrees below zero at Fort Littleton on Saturday morning.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 3, 1938


Arthur Howe Jr., close personal friend and former business associate of Gov. George Earle, has been appointed secretary of the Public Awareness Assistance Department to succeed Karl de Schewenitz, who resigned after bitterly attacking the administration.

Death: Mrs. Margaret Ann Leasure of Amaranth.

Walter Kendall opened an implement store here this week, handling a full line of International Harvester equipment.

Tad McLaughlin, popular druggist of this place, was terribly injured about 2 a.m. Monday morning when his car crashed into a telephone pole a short distance west of town. It is feared that his skull is fractured and his nose was terribly crushed, the bone on one side being cut out. He is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital where the full extent of his injuries has not yet been determined.

At the Reformed Sunday School on Sunday, seals for six years of attendance were presented to Mr. and Mrs. Tobias Glazier, Charles Glenn, Mrs. A.D. Hohman Mrs. William J. Lowe, Mrs. S. Alexander, Mrs. Scott Runyan, Miss Frances Alexander, Miss Mary Virginia Runyan and Miss Elizabeth Morton. The presentations were made by Cyrus Wagner, superintendent of the Sunday School.

The fourth meeting of the Robert Schumann Music Club was held Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. James Anderson. The club of piano students was formed in February last year with the following officers: Paul Ott, president; Virginia Fields, vice president; Frances Alexander, secretary; and Sara Morton, chairman of the program committee.

A pleasant time was spent Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Lake in honor of their birthdays. Mr. Lake became 88 years old and Mrs. Lake 81 years old.

Rev. and Mrs. T.P. Garland left on Monday for Carversville, Bucks County, having been called to his former charge for a funeral.

Roy Sigel of Northcraft is seriously ill in Cumberland Hospital where he was operated on for appendicitis.

Mrs. Mary Thomas of New Grenada is confined to her bed, suffering from a carbuncle on the back of her ear.

William Orth of Fort Littleton had the misfortune to fall one day last week, fracturing several ribs.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Fairview are the proud parents of a 10-pound boy.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 2, 1928


Deaths: Mrs. Mary Greer of San Bernardino, Calif.; Henry Ivin Wilson of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Anna Davis of Braddock, Pa.; Mrs. Caroline Bishop of Hancock; Mrs. Daniel Mumma of Chambersburg; Jacob Fisher of Dott.

The first recorded meeting of the commissioners of Fulton County in the new courthouse was held Monday, April 5, 1852. The following minutes were recorded: “Commissioners met; all present. The commissioners office having been removed to the courthouse, the board proceeded to do business and suffer, the weather being extremely cold, and the room not being like a goodly number of persons in attendance at court, extremely tight. – Wm. B. Sipes, Clerk.”

A son was born in Chambersburg Hospital on January 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gingrich of near Mercersburg.

Death: Mrs. Sallie May of Mays Chapel.

Winegardner’s School was closed last week due to the illness of the teacher Ray Hess.

Ralph Frehn is the champion trapper at Dublin Mills. He has caught 37 muskrats so far this year.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Purnell of Knobsville were in town on Saturday and told the editor about the excitement on their farm. A vein of coal has been discovered on this farm, six feet deep, which has the appearance of anthracite.

The house owned by Cloyd Kerlin and occupied by George Meyers, near Knobsville, was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night. Besides the home and contents, it is reported that $200 in cash was destroyed.

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