2018-03-08 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Doretta Mellott of Hustontown, pictures her father, Harry Knepper, and Doretta in 1944. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Doretta Mellott of Hustontown, pictures her father, Harry Knepper, and Doretta in 1944. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 5, 1998


Gov. Tom Ridge was the speaker for the Lincoln Day Dinner last Thursday night at the

McConnellsburg Firehall. More than 300 turned out to see a Pennsylvania governor visit Fulton County. It is believed that Ridge is the first governor to visit here since Gov. William Scranton opened the Rt. 30 bypass in the mid-1960s.

A McConnellsburg resident died as a result of a traffic accident on Timber Ridge Road last Monday. James E. Mellott Jr., 21, McConnellsburg, was travelling north when his vehicle left the roadway and struck several trees.

A tuition of $50 per course will now be administered for students wishing to attend any summer course offered by the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School. The cost will cover the salaries of teachers and ensure a commitment from the students.

Cannondale Corporation will be the first tenant in the Bedford County business park, where it will manufacture its new line of off-road motorcycles and create almost 600 jobs in the county in the next five years. Ground hasn’t been broken yet, but Cannondale is buying almost 24 acres of the 143-acre park for its new facility.

From January 24 to February 11, local resident Imogene Taylor and her brother, Bill McKee, and more than 487 other North American Christans braved the frigid temperatures to help the people of the former Soviet Union. Bill and Imogene spent 19 days in Russia sharing love, hope and joy with children as part of Operation Carelift ‘98.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Covert recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at Gibbles Restaurant.

The number one-seeded McConnellsburg Spartans girls basketball team captured the District 5 Class A title in a 43-33 victory over the second-seeded Rockwood Rockets at the University of Pittsburgh February 26.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Walters of Big Cove Tannery on February 21.

Deaths: James E. Mellott Jr., McConnellsburg; Josephine Geisler, Hancock; Donald R. Bain, St. Thomas; Mildred Starliper, Quincy; William Huston, Hershey; Beulah Martz, Harrisonville; Mary Baer, Shade Gap; Lela Baldwin Reed, Florida.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 17, 1988


Fulton County Chamber of Commerce honored two outstanding citizens and presented a special service award at its 19th annual awards banquet held Saturday evening at the American Legion. Honored as Outstanding Citizens for 1987 were Retha Glazier of McConnellsburg and Donald Bard of Needmore, with the Warfordsburg Sorority Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi being singled out for a special service award. For the first time in its 19-year history, the Chamber did not present a Man of the Year award.

Forbes Road Cardinals boys captured their second consecutive District 5, Class A basketball title, with a thrilling 64-63 win over Northern Bedford March 11, at Everett. Team members are Allen Mellott, Greg Walters, Todd Grace, Cory Shaw, Murray Romig, Chip Wireman, Hayden Berkstresser, Scott Knepper, Ricky Strait, Josh Wilt, Paul Blattenberger, Chris Hann, Kevin Bookheimer, Keith Keebaugh, Dan MacKerchar, Michael Newman and Wes Tinker. Coaches for the team are Garey Sprowl and Jeff Gelvin.

Our neighbors to the west, in Everett, are having trouble with Clint Eastwood. Eastwood was caught speeding on the PA Turnpike more than 10 years ago and owes the state a $53 fine and $10 in costs. So far, he hasn’t paid the fine. Eastwood was in his black Ferrari doing 69 in a 55 speed zone when stopped.

Mr. and Mrs. Sebert Barnett of Waterfall will be celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary on March 21.

Mr. and Mrs. Dwan Farris announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela, to Dean Shanholtz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Shanholtz of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Merrill Henry Clear Ridge; Brooks Smith, Mercersburg; Lillian Bingaman, Hancock; Charles Brown, Three Springs; William Peterson, Dry Ruy; Charles Burkett Jr., McConnellsburg; Barbara Clingerman, Warfordsburg; Cory McCoy, Berkeley Springs; Fred Appleby Sr., Mount Union; Ellis Divel, Killeen; Irene Fulton, Hagerstown; Edna Barnett, Hustontown; I. Sharp Hendershott, Mercersburg.

Marriage licenses: Chester Feagley Jr., Big Cove Tannery, and Barbara Hyatt, Big Cove Tannery; Christopher Hill, Jamestown, Pa., and Robin Nodler, Jamestown, Pa.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 9, 1978


Paul Thomas, a 59-year-old retired truck driver, was named Hustontown Area Volunteer

Fire Co.’s Fireman of the Year” for 1977 at the company’s 10th annual awards banquet Saturday. The former independent truck operator has been a member of the fire company for three years, serving on the fire police and the carnival committee and as the company treasurer. During the day, he often attends the base station radio at the firehall. He has lived near Hustontown with his wife, Alma, and two children, Douglas and Dennis, since 1956.

As many as 315 Fulton Countians will lose their privilege to vote in the May general primary unless they request the county Election Commission to reinstate them as registered voters. Officials said 315 names are to be purged from local voter rolls because those individuals failed to vote in the past two years.

Ralph Schmidt, now a resident of Huntingdon, but for a number of years a district forester in this area, tragically lost both his parents within hours of each other on February 20. His father, Harry J. Schmidt, 91, died at 9 a.m. at a hospital and his mother, at 3 p.m., at a retirement home in Walnut Creek, Ohio. Mrs. Schmidt did not know of her husband’s death. The couple would have celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on April 6.

The old John Helman property on North Third Street was recently purchased by the adjacent St. Paul Lutheran Church and will be torn down to add to the church grounds.

Artists Joanna Blystone of Shelocta, Pa., and Randall Mark Shives of Three Springs were united in marriage September 23 at Fundamental Baptist Church in Indiana, Pa. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James Blystone of Shelocta and Mrs. Ruth L. and the late George Shives of Three Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wisner of McConnellsburg were honored at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary on February 19 at the Wayne Heights Civic Center.

Two brothers, Robert Todd Johnson and Timothy Scott Johnson, have both achieved the highest Scouting rank of Eagle Scout. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Horton of Wells Tannery and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mason of Breezewood.

Specials at the IGA: Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, 5 cans for $1; Wesson oil, $1.89, 48 ozs.; cod fillets, $1.59 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sowers of Needmore on February 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fox Sr., Shippensburg, on February 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Torsky of Needmore on February 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Mellott of Hancock on February 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dearl Smalley of McConnellsburg on February 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reed Jr., Hancock, on March 2.

Deaths: L. Chester Stevens, McConnellsburg; Miss Anna Deneen, Hancock; Mrs. Pauline Brook, Hancock; Mrs. Maude Divel, Warfordsburg; David Lowe, Towson, Md.; Herbert Walker Sr., Saltillo; Lula Barton, Crystal Spring; Edna Diehl, Breezewood.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 21, 1968


Ground was officially broken last Thursday afternoon for the construction of a new and bigger store in McConnellsburg for the A&P Tea

Co., now located in the Keebaugh building on Lincoln Way West. The new A&P store will be built on land formerly owned by Floyd Daniels, located on the south side of Route 16, adjacent to the Tastee-Freeze. This land was recently purchased by the Penn Allegheny Corporation of Altoona, with the idea of developing the area into a community shopping center.

John W. Mentzer Jr., son of Mrs. Margaretta Mentzer of Chambersburg and the late John W. Mentzer of Mc- Connellsburg, has been appointed manager of the Technical Computer Center at the Honeywell Electronic Data Processinger Division’s EDP Technology Center in Waltham, Mass.

A marriage license was applied for last week at the local courthouse by Lester Guessford of McConnellsburg and Carol Black of Waterfall.

On Sunday, March 17, Mrs. Nora Fischer of Warfordsburg celebrated her 80th birthday. She was guest of honor at a lovely buffet dinner given by her children and grandchildren at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Fisher Jr.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sheeder, Everett, on March 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Wagner, Warfordsburg, on March 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McFadden, Mercersburg, on March 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Wise, Mercersburg, on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Huey Mellott, Chambersburg, March 14.

Robert Crouse of McConnellsburg, Dennis Richards of McConnellsburg and Sharon Wible of Waterfall were named to the dean’s list at Shippensburg State College for the winter term.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Layton of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy Ann, to Guy A. Akers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Akers of Clearville.

According to a “News” reader, the replica of Old Ironsides made by the late Bruce Stoner, which was mentioned in the “Remember” column last week, is not in a museum in the Western states but is on display in the front window of the National Museum in Gettysburg.

Deaths: Mame Fields, Fredericksburg, Texas; Mrs. Ella May Munson Everts, Big Cove Tannery; J. Hunter Fraker, Fort Littleton; Kenneth McLaughlin, St. Thomas; Harry Mock, Altoona; Bennett Truax, Harrisonville; William Arnold Fleegle, Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 20, 1958


Nhyle Helman, whose home is in Antigo, Wis., attended the funeral of his father, Herbert Helman, held March 11. The following Sunday afternoon, Nhyle received word that his mother-in-law had been killed and his father-in-law seriously injured in an accident near Antigo. He left Monday morning to return to Wisconsin.

Death: Donald Sipes of West Chester.

Miss Bess Grissinger of town remains in a critical condition, suffering from injuries she received in a fall at her home.

Sheriff Humphrey Yaukey, assisted by Charles Waters, McConnellsburg, canvassed the county last Thursday informing all members of the grand and petit juries that their services were not required for the March term of court since no cases were scheduled for trial.

Bond has been approved by the court for Don Knepper as a justice of the peace for Wells Township.

Charters have been approved by the court for the Meadow Grounds Hunting Club and the Mt. Zion Building Association.

Ross Hershberger, 45, prominent Bedford County Democrat, will make his second attempt in two years to capture the 18th District’s congressional seat from Republican Richard Simpson.

A new organization, the Varsity Club, has been formed at McConnellsburg High School. The members of this club are students who have won letters for participating on a varsity team. At its first meeting, the following officers were elected: Melvin Strait, president; Dick Cover, vice president; Wanda Souders, secretary; and Larry Chubb, treasurer.

On Monday of this week, the Bethel Township Consolidated School at Warfordsburg was opened. Two busloads of pupils were transported to and from the school. All the pupils of this township have now been transferred to the new school with the exception of those at the Winter School.

Mrs. Corder Snyder of near Needmore is in Chambersburg Hospital in a serious condition from injuries sustained Thursday when a car in which she was riding upset.

Another “first” came to Warfordsburg last week. The residents of the township trading center now have electric power, furnished form a rural line out of Hancock.

Frank Johnston and Mary Henry were married March 21.

The Fulton County Bank’s report of condition in this issue is the best ever – showing resources of more than $900,000.

Eight inches of snow fell in McConnellsburg on Sunday.

Ira Diehl of Thompson Township received a broken wrist last week. He was hauling wood for a lime kiln when the wagon hit a root, throwing the load off and Mr. Diehl with it. He landed on his head and when he was able to take count of his injuries he found his right wrist was broken.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hixon of Northcraft are the proud parents of a new baby boy.

Mrs. Mary Mellott of Northcraft remains seriously ill.

A new six-pound dishwasher was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. John Mellott of Needmore.

Hauling ties and mine props seems to be the order of the day for many Fulton countians.

The Howard Wible sale last Thursday was the biggest held in many years in Fulton County, people attending from far and near. One horse brought $171, a cow $120, sheep $20 a head and chickens sold for 34 cents a pound. The sale amounted to more than $4,400.

Carl Hoke and his bride are expected to arrive here Tuesday from Florida where they went last November after their marriage.

A son arrived at the home of Thurman Strait in Licking Creek Township on Monday. He is No. 11.

Scarlet fever has broken out here. There are three cases in Wilbur Clugston’s family, two in Joseph Mellott’s family and two in Clyde Ott’s family.

Mrs. William Rouzer of Laidig celebrated her 35th birthday on Thursday.

Cloyd Wayne is the name of the new son born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sipe on March 6. This makes nine boys and three girls in this family, all living.

The commissioners have completed a partial facelifting at the county jail. Two rooms and a half have been replastered, new flowers laid, painting and new stair steps on the second floor.

Shimer’s Barber Shop will move Saturday from the Morton building to the Comerer building, across the street from the Fulton House and next to Dr. McLucas’ office. It will be open for business as usual on Monday.

Donald Sipes, formerly of McConnellsburg, was killed near West Palm Beach Fla., last week when a tractor-trailer he was driving overturned as he swerved to avoid a pickup truck which attempted a U-turn in front of him. He died of a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Recent weddings: Walter Truax Jr. and Helen Rummel last Saturday; Harold Paylor and Dorothy Trayer on March 9.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Harmon of Needmore on March 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller of Fort Loudon on March 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wink of Fort Loudon on March 14.

Deaths: Jacob Schieler; Harry Helman of McConnellsburg; Mrs. James Rowles of Dry Run; Ralph Smith; Mrs. Linnie Deshong of Licking Creek; James McQuade of Knobsville; M.H. Sherman Bard of Needmore; Herman Zilch of Johnstown; Mrs. Vera Munger of Baltimore

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 25, 1948


Sheriff Don Chesnut thwarted an attempted jail break on Monday when he discovered a partially dug hole in the wall of a cell housing a county prisoner, dug with a drain stopper he had fashioned into a chisel. The prisoner was in the county jail awaiting his removal to Allegheny Workhouse at which he was sentenced to serve 10 months on a charge of aggravated assault and battery. After the attempted break was discovered, he was placed in solitary confinement pending his removal.

Mrs. Fred Hoffman of Hustontown underwent an operation in Waynesboro Hospital on Wednesday.

Miss Dorothy Mae Stahl of Webster Mills, a senior at the local school, has been awarded the Spangler Scholarship.

The first officers of the new VFW auxiliary here are Mrs. Edith Cutchall, president; Mrs. Jay Alloway, senior vice president; Mrs. Varian Hoover, junior vice president; Mrs. Iva Strait, chaplain; Mrs. Ethel Diehl, guard; Mrs. Margaret Rouzer, treasurer; and Mrs. Dorothy Alloway, secretary.

Dr. E.H. MacKinlay was a very busy man from 1:25 to 7 a.m. on March 24. During that time he delivered these four babies: Pamela Diane to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Glenn Fraker of Fort Littleton at 1:25 a.m. at Chambersburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Greathead at 4:30 a.m. at Chambersburg; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Paylor of McConnellsburg at 6:15 at Chambersburg; and Carl Edmond Helman Jr. to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Helman of McConnellsburg at 7 a.m. at home.

Other recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Houck of Mc- Connellsburg on March 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sipes of McConnellsburg on March 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max Stenger of Mc- Connellsburg on March 16; a son, David Clyde, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Layton of Warfordsburg on March 16.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 24, 1938


Deaths: Mrs.

May Virginia

Smith Unger of

McConnellsburg, who was stricken with a heart attack while a supper guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamil; William Grant Mellott of Needmore; Bruce Elmer Nace of Hollywood, Calif.; Aaron Stahl of Collingswood, N.J.

Rev. Ninor Meyers, a returned missionary from China, will speak at the Stone Bridge Church of the Brethren Sunday morning. Rev. Meyers labored in China since 1919.

Dr. Robert Campbell, prominent Mount Union physician, died in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on March 17. Dr. Campbell graduated from medical school in 1895 and first practiced medicine at New Grenada, remaining there for 23 years.

Sixty-three members and guests gathered at the Mellott Hotel on Friday evening to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion.

Miss Esther Mellott has resumed her studies at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh after a week’s vacation with her home folks.

On Sunday evening, April 3, a special service will be held to mark the 20th anniversary of the pastorate of Rev. Wm. J. Lowe as minister of the Federated Reformed and Presbyterian Church.

William Herb of Saluvia bought a “shutterbang” last week.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 22, 1928


Deaths: Albert Remsburg Sharpe of near Plum Run; Miss Flora Rexroth of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Alice Rebecca Skiles of Greencastle; Calvin Starliper of near Mercersburg; Mrs. Abby Elisabeth Rhodes of Everett.

Marvelene, the 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Deavor, was burned to death last Thursday when fire completely destroyed the home they recently purchased from the Samuel Oyler estate. Mr. Deavor was working on an excavation some distance from the home, and Mrs. Deavor left the little girl alone for a moment to take her husband a glass of water. They talked a moment, then noticed smoke. Hurrying to the home they found it a mass of flames. Mr. Deavor was seriously burned when he entered the home in a futile attempt to save his daughter

Total fish stocked in Fulton County in 1927 numbered 134,800, with a cash value of $2,237.

A hunting party composed of Walter Morton, James Mellott, John Schetrompf and Norma Schooley killed a wildcat last Saturday on Scrub Ridge Mountain. The animal measured 39 1/2 inches from tip to tip.

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