2018-02-22 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Doretta Mellott of Hustontown, pictures the original members of Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. Front row, left: Herbert Berkstresser, LeRoy Mellott, Albert Corman, Scott Fisher, Marvin DeShong, Clair Miller and Leo Foreman; second row: Jake Bishop, Fred Martz, Dale Black, Clark Brant, Rev. Bruce Bardine, DeKalb Chestnut, Ray Tice, Ralph Fraker, Lloyd Covert; third row: Reed Feight, Ralph Mellott, John Mellott, Frank Martz, Leonard Keebaugh, LeRoy McGowan and Ralph Everhart. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Doretta Mellott of Hustontown, pictures the original members of Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. Front row, left: Herbert Berkstresser, LeRoy Mellott, Albert Corman, Scott Fisher, Marvin DeShong, Clair Miller and Leo Foreman; second row: Jake Bishop, Fred Martz, Dale Black, Clark Brant, Rev. Bruce Bardine, DeKalb Chestnut, Ray Tice, Ralph Fraker, Lloyd Covert; third row: Reed Feight, Ralph Mellott, John Mellott, Frank Martz, Leonard Keebaugh, LeRoy McGowan and Ralph Everhart. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 19, 1998


Committee members of Fulton County Community Christian School met with county residents at McConnellsburg Firehall February 16 to share their vision, as well as to answer any questions about talk of opening a Christian school. The school, which will be based in the Needmore Elementary School, is hoping to open its doors this fall for children ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade following the completion of various construction projects.

Local Republicans will introduce Gov. Tom Ridge as the featured speaker at the annual Lincoln Day dinner set for February 26 at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Sen. Robert Jubelirer announced his bid for re-election February 12 while visiting constituents at Fulton County Courthouse.

Ten members of McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church travelled south to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., for a week of rebuilding homes and reshaping lives. Members participating were Don Fowler, Harvey Kneas, Linda Paylor, Ron Mitchell, Gerald Reed, Rev. Trent Hancock, Clem Malot, Jan Malot, Marlin “Sonny” Harr and Jim Stewart.

Deaths: Daniel McQuade, McConnellsburg; Alice Mellott, Greencastle; Durward Apple Jr., Cherry Run, W.Va.; Louise Lucas, Warfordsburg; Ethel Long, New Grenada.

David McElhaney and Brenda McElhaney of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Marla Jean, to David Wyland, son of Edward and Marian Wyland of Altoona.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 3, 1988


U.S. Sen. Albert Gore (D-Tenn.) was in Hagerstown on Sunday campaigning for his son, Albert Gore Jr., a Democratic presidential candidate. Gore made a stop at the Hagerstown Speedway and posed for photos with speedway owner and promoter Frank Plessinger. Maryland is one of the states participating in the March 8 primaries, referred to as Super Tuesday.

Congratulations to the four Fulton County teams that have reached the District 5 playoffs. All three girls basketball teams have reached the playoffs with Mc- Connellsburg hosting Southern Fulton and Forbes Road hosting Conemaugh. Forbes Road boys will host Hyndman on Thursday

More than 300 persons attended a community awareness seminar on the topic of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) held February 25 in McConnellsburg High School auditorium. The seminar was held because the district felt it had an obligation to the community to provide educational program son the disease, and the turnout showed just how much interest there is in the community to become more familiar with the facts about AIDS.

David House, Fort Littleton, and Tonya Rittenhouse, Fort Littleton, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Deaths: Margaret C. (Copes) McKelvey, McConnellsburg; Sarah (Shore) Cutchall, Hustontown; Beulah (Yingling) Gray, Needmore; Alda (Cowan) Murphy, Orbisonia; Elwood Liggett, Needmore; George Putt, Saxton; Robert Heffner, Willow Hill; John Stouffer, Greencastle; Woodrow Pittman, Big Cove Tannery; Nancy (Booth) Swain, Hancock; Vivien (Hill) Louden, Allentown; Chester Sipes, Hagerstown

Ira Kramer, PGA golf professional and the new pro at Great Cove Golf Club, began his duties at the club Tuesday with the opening of the driving range, and has beguns setting up the newly built pro shop.

Marine Cpl. Christopher Sheffield, son of Sandra Sheffield of Harrisonville, has returned from deployments to Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif, and Fort McCoy, Wis.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Vinson, Hustontown, on February 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gomer of Saint Thomas on February 24.

Hancock United Methodist Church was the setting for the marriage of Rebecca Appel and Jeffrey Ward on February 20. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Appel, Hancock, and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ward, Warfordsburg

Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop of McConnellsburg are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Wendy, to Michael Bowser, son of Sara Zechman of Fort Littleton.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 23, 1978


Land developer James Myers has discovered a forgotten cemetery on his Green Lane Ranchettes subdivision in Bethel Township adjoining the Maryland state line. The small, two-family graveyard had been overgrown by brush, but Meyers has uncovered markers with Hixson and Gregory surnames. Several of the marks are illegible, but the readable ones date from 1811 to 1905. Myers’ discovery was reported last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Fulton County Panning Commission, when Meyers presented plans of his development to the commission.

Sunday night following the weekend snowfall was the coldest night of the winter, with Monday morning temperatures registering well below zero in all parts of the county.

There was a spot of excitement at the “News” office on Tuesday around noon when the editor-in-chief yelled to the staff to come to the front of the shop to watch the flight of a golden eagle. The huge bird was flying eastward high over the “News” office, then circled for a while over Tuscarora Mountain before being lost to sight. A number of people have reported seeing this bird, or perhaps its mate, in various parts of the county over the past several months.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pittman of McConnellsburg wish to announce the marriage of their daughter, Sheila, to Edward E. Keefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer Sr., Mc- Connellsburg, on February 6 in Hagerstown.

A Riddlesburg man was killed and a Harrisonville couple were injured in a head-on collision that occurred on Friday on Route 529 in Broad Top Township, about four miles east of Riddlesburg. Killed in the crash was Ronald Thomas, 34, of Riddlesburg. Also injured in the accident were William Figard, 46, and his wife, Mary Figard, 39, Harrisonville.

Specials at the IGA: roasting chickens, 59 cents lb.; lettuce, 39 cents a head; Hawaiian Punch, 49 cents, 46 ozs.; Crisco oil, $1.99, 48 ozs.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy McFadden of Big Cove Tannery on February 12.

Marriage licenses: Rodney Charles Truax, Harrisonville, and Stacy Jean Souders, McConnellsburg; Tommy Allen Woodal, Needmore, and Wanda Gail Runyon, Needmore; Frank Francisco Villamore, Honolulu, and Lois Ann Murphy, Burnt Cabins.

Deaths: Mrs. Olive Taylor, McConnellsburg; George Rhodes, McConnellsburg; Frank Williams, Breezewood; Albert Boden, Shirleysburg; Mrs. Lucy Deshong, Mercersburg; Edith Fix, Six Mile Run; Donna Wright Moore, Millerstown; Mrs. Gladys Brewbaker, Duncannon.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 7, 1968


During the spring and summer of 1968, Boy Scouts of the Great Cove District will undertake a project to permanently mark the old Forbes Road. Forbes Road, filled with historical facts and beautiful scenery, should be a source of interest to everyone, but, as has been pointed out, this important road of the past will soon be lost to nature if the route is not determined and cleared of scrub growth. In this respect, the Scout organization needs the cooperation of property owners along this route. The ultimate goal of the Scouts is a historic hiking trail for everyone, but, right now, the Scouts merely want to begin.

Beginning this week, the Pennsylvania State Police will step up their campaign to have the driving public use seat belts. All marked cars will carry a rear bumper strip, reading “Seat Belts Fastened?”

Three local couples will celebrate anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Hustontown will celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary on March 9; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hoffman of Three Springs will celebrate their 25th anniversary on March 9; Airman and Mrs. Gary Barnett of New Egypt, N.J., will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on March 11. They were formerly of Hustontown.

Word was received here last week by Mrs. W.E. Shaffer that her husband, Capt. Shaffer, who is serving in Vietnam, had been severely burned on the arms and shoulder when an enemy bombed an ammunition dump his company had captured. Shaffer is now back on active duty.

A surprise kitchen shower was held February 17 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hann who were married February 3. Mrs. Hann is the former Miss Marie McQuait, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey McQuait of Hustontown. Mr. Hann is the son of Mrs. Blanche Richards of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Souders on February 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Rosenberry, Shade Gap, on February 29.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Seiders of McConnellsburg wish to make known the marriage of their daughter, Doris Louise, to Gary Gene Hartle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hartle of Hagerstown. The couple was married by Rev. Fred Gross on February 17, 1968, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

Deaths: Bennett Truax, Harrisonville; Mrs. Maude Paylor, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Mertena Cisney, Rockhill Furnace; Mrs. Emma Bitner, Greencastle

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 6, 1958


Ronald Cisney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Foster Cisney of town, is now employed in the display department of Gimbel Bros. store in Pittsburgh.

Forrest Mellott, a student at F&M, attended the funeral of his paternal grandfather, Rowe C. Mellott.

Eric Wible, son of Mr. and Mrs. Finlay Wible, is confined to his home with a severe attack of hives.

Mrs. Charles Reeder returned to her home here Monday after being a patient for ten days in Washington County Hospital.

Rep. Richard Simpson, Huntingdon, Republican who represents the 18th District of Pennsylvania, on Saturday announced his candidacy for re-election.

The new Fulton County Medical Center annex was dedicated on Sunday. Besides those mentioned last week, other dignitaries who attended the afternoon ceremonies were state Sen. J. Irving Whally of the 51st District and state Assemblyman M.H. Garlock. The local hospital now contains 27 beds and 10 bassinets. Construction of the main building was completed in October 1950.

Orville Duvall of Crystal Spring has been re-elected president of the Fulton County Agricultural Extension Association, with Glenn Mosebey of Wells Tannery as vice president; Charles Walker of McConnellsburg, secretary; Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg, treasurer; and Mrs. Glenn Mosebey, assistant secretary.

At a meeting in Carlile last Friday, the South Central Pennsylvania Swine Producers Association was organized, and Walter Barmont of McConnellsburg was elected secretary. The organization, made up of swine breeders from 12 counties in this area, will sponsor two feeder pig sales each year. The first sale will be held at the Farm Show building in Harrisburg on May 20, at which it is estimated that at least 2,000 weaning pigs, weighing from 35 to 125 pounds, will be consigned.

“J.W.G.,” editor of the “News,” will be hobbling around on crutches for the next couple of weeks. He broke his leg on Saturday in a bad fall while skiing at Ligonier.

Pennsylvania’s automobile license plates will take on a “new look” this year. They will be made of aluminum after a half-century of using steel. It was on April 23, 1903, that Pennsylvania passed a new law requiring registration plates for automobiles. At that time, the counties handled the job, and the fee was $3 a year. At that time, “Granddad” received a certificate but he supplied his own license plate. The only requirement was that the numerals be three inches in height. The color and size were left strictly to his imagination and old-timers recall that this option produced some highly unusually, rainbow-hued creations. The Commonwealth issued its first official registration plate in 1906. This was a very handsome plate. In fact, it became too expensive to manufacture since the steel was plated with a porcelain-like substance. Many color combinations were used until this type of plate was abandoned in 1915. The first tag was black with white numerals. In 1911, black numerals appeared on a lemon-yellow background. The 1912 plate was a work of art. The background was grained imitation walnut, with white characters. In 1909, the registration fee was increased to $5 for all cars of 20 horsepower and not more than 50; the higher-powered cars were charged $15. The registration fee was again changed in 1919 to 40 cents per horsepower, with a minimum charge of $10. Horsepower ratings, however, became so involved that in 1943 the present flat fee of $10 was adopted. The practice of embossing the plates with so-called “long-oil” enamels started in 1916 and, in 1923, the current color combination was adopted, golden yellow on marine blue in even-numbered years and the reverse combination in odd-numbered years.

Deaths: Linnie Deshong; Harry Ray of Waynesboro; Cheryl Ann Smith, Whips Cove; William Wheeler of Mc- Connellsburg; Rowe Mellott of Big Cove Tannery.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 11, 1948


John Martz of Hustontown underwent an operation recently at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md.

Jim Allen, well-known chef of McConnellsburg, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Friday evening.

Mrs. Harry “Pete” Miller of town recently underwent a major abdominal operation at Waynesboro Hospital.

At its meeting on Monday night, Borough Council took new steps to comply with the commonwealth’s demand that the stream through town should be cleaned up. Council authorized that all known offenders be notified and given a period of six months to stop the discharge of sewage, etc., into the stream or legal action will be brought against them.

Paul Stevens returned to his home here this week after being hospitalized in Plainfield, N.J., for treatment of deep lacerations of the face and a fractured wrist, which he received in a truck accident in New Jersey this week.

A total of $25,000 has now been raised for the Fulton County Medical Center, an amount sufficient to entitled the proposed hospital to apply for federal aid. The latest large donation as $1,000 from Sam Mellott of Ayr Township.

Births: a daughter on March 5 to Mr and Mrs. Leroy Lake of Big Cove Tannery; a daughter on March 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Strait of Saluvia.

Deaths: Miss Mary McDonald of Rockaway, N.J.; Mrs. Alfred Lamont Stunkard of Everett; Sara Loretta Williams Wright of New Enterprise; Mrs. Olive Mae Wilson of Fort Littleton.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Henry of Fort Littleton have purchased the property formerly owned by Mrs. Rhoda Wilson.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Horton of Wells Tanney are the proud parents of a son, born on February 28.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Wright have moved to their new home, the late W.R. Berkstresser farm, which they recently purchased.

Delbert Scehtrompf, the new undertaker at Little Orleans, officiated at his first funeral last Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Trail of Little Orleans are the proud parents of a new baby boy.

Dewey Bishop has invented and installed a device on his “whang-banger” to prevent accidents and injuries while being used for pruning purposes.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 10, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Anna Mary Kirk of Mount Union;

Mrs. Samuel Charles Snyder of Taylor Township; William Orville Logue of Uniontown;

George Anthony Mellott of Superior, Neb.; Mrs. Anna May Cooper.

A deputation team from the Wesley Foundation of the Pennsylvania State College visited the local Methodist church on Sunday and took charge of the morning service. Included in the team was John Meloy, a son of a former pastor of the local church.

A surprise party was given at the home of Edward Yonker near Little Orleans, Md., on March 5 in honor of his 55th birthday.

Ted Mentzer of Needmore entered Chambersburg Hospital last week as a surgical patient.

Mrs. Charles Mickey of Chambersburg has been caring for her sister, Mrs. Ira Bechtel of Webster Mills, who has been ill for the past three months.

Roy Witter of Waterfall received the blue and white ribbon this week which signified that his apple exhibits won first and third prizes at the recent state Farm Show.

Miss Evelyn Spade graduated from Thompson Business College in York on March 4. She has accepted a position in the York office of the Prudential Life Insurance Co.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Yetter of New Grenada announced the birth of a daughter, Clara Lou, on February 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Simpson of Wells Tannery have moved from the home of Mrs. Minerva Cunningham to the C.R. Cunningham mill property.

Charles Knepper has returned to his home at Center.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 8, 1928


Deaths: Paul Wagner of McConnellsburg; James Helman of near Chambersburg; Sallie May of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Isaiah Hess of Knobsville; Rupert Laidig, Sterling, Ill.

Mrs. Lila Younker has returned o her home in Warfordsburg after an extended visit in Ohio.

Horace Griffith met with the Warfordsburg School Board on Saturday, and it was decided that if work on the new building continues to progress as rapidly as it has in the past, the old school building will be evacuated on March 19.

Warfordsburg will soon be illuminated by electricity, which will also run Layton’s Mill.

Herman Keyser, who had been the tenant farmer for George Comerer for several years, has moved to a farm near Mercersburg.

John Miller and Mabel Pott were wed recently.

Daniel Wilson of Dublin Mills expects to move this week to the farm he bought from Mrs. Lillian Shaffer.

Lawrence Cutchall and Elizabeth Clippinger were married on Valentine’s Day.

Born: a daughter, Freeda Belle, to Mr. and Mrs. Firman Long of Dublin Mills.

Mrs. Webb Seville of Cito is suffering form a broken rib.

Several young folks attended a party at the home of Mrs. Kate Smith in Buck Valley last week in celebration of the 16th birthday of her daughter, Marcy.

A pleasant surprise party was held March 3 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Mellott of Sipes Mill in honor of the 17th birthday of their son, Merrill.

Bernice Ruth is the name of the new 9-pound daughter born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.K.Cunningham of Salem on February 26.

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