2018-04-19 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Brenda Truax, Hustontown, pictures Sugar ‘n Spice, Fulton County, majorette and color guard in 1985, First row: Marcy Bradnick, ?, ?, ?, ?, Michelle Truax; second row: Shannon Cornelius w/flag, Tori Deshong, Tracey Ficks, Dani Fleming, Lisa House, Nicky Sipes, Tricia McQuait, Jami Henry, Allison Sheldon, Kara Downes, Jody Buterbaugh; third row: Linda Burrall, ?, Mindy Shaw, Rhonda Kohr, Nichole Grissinger, Chrissy Seville, Wendy Everetts, Frankie Sheffield; fourth row: Nichole Peterson, Stacy Clippinger, Dorothy Seville, Kelly Peterson, Patience Barthalow, Kami Downes, Lauri Traxler, Nichole Seiders, Becky Fleming, ?, Joyce Burrall; back row: Rita Clippinger, Lisa Seville and Ricki Kohr. This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Brenda Truax, Hustontown, pictures Sugar ‘n Spice, Fulton County, majorette and color guard in 1985, First row: Marcy Bradnick, ?, ?, ?, ?, Michelle Truax; second row: Shannon Cornelius w/flag, Tori Deshong, Tracey Ficks, Dani Fleming, Lisa House, Nicky Sipes, Tricia McQuait, Jami Henry, Allison Sheldon, Kara Downes, Jody Buterbaugh; third row: Linda Burrall, ?, Mindy Shaw, Rhonda Kohr, Nichole Grissinger, Chrissy Seville, Wendy Everetts, Frankie Sheffield; fourth row: Nichole Peterson, Stacy Clippinger, Dorothy Seville, Kelly Peterson, Patience Barthalow, Kami Downes, Lauri Traxler, Nichole Seiders, Becky Fleming, ?, Joyce Burrall; back row: Rita Clippinger, Lisa Seville and Ricki Kohr. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 16, 1998


After a week of investigating, federal and state investigators along with fire marshals from the

Pennsylvania State Police have determined the cause of the April 4 fire that destroyed the Calvary Independent Baptist Church to be an electrical malfunction.

Fulton County residents and emergency responders have now found themselves at a milestone with the tentative date of 1999 rapidly approaching for the completion and start-up of the 911 dispatch system.

A new country meat market has opened west of Mc- Connellsburg along old Route 30. Truax’s Countryside Meats is owned and operated by Brad Truax, who has eight years experience in producing custom, quality meats.

The 1998 Environmental Scholarship from Fulton County Conservation District has been awarded to Adam Hoover, a senior from Central Fulton High School.

Air National Guard Airman First Class Travis Abbott has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Navy Fireman John Graham, son of Lenore Douglas of Warfordsburg, has completed a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mills of Shade Gap on April 10.

Deaths: Jack Sharpe, McConnellsburg; Mary Jane Ramsey, Wells Tannery; Clair Fix, Fort Littleton; Mabel Brantner, Woodbury, N.J.; Joan Lattanzio, Warfordsburg; Benjamin Hall, Clearville; Frank Hann, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: L.D. Keebaugh Jr., Waterfall, and Linda Barton, Waterfall; Robert Holsinger II, Hagerstown, and Teresa Barnard, Hagerstown; Toby Skiles, Mc- Connellsburg, and DeVonna Fagley, Harrisonville.

Forbes Road Band will be host to a high school band from Canada for a few days this month. The Canadians, from Wiarton, Ontario, are participating in a band exchange with Fulton County’s Forbes Road Band.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 28, 1988


Hepburn Orchards was auctioned off this past

Saturday to farmers and investors from Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Approximately 720 acres of apple and peach orchards, once the largest working orchard in Maryland, brought a total of nearly $589,000 at the auction. Locally H.B. Mellott Estate purchased a 110-acre plot located next to their quarry for $121,000 and an additional 113-acre tract for $69,000.

Friday’s gusty winds downed a tree which, in turn, downed a 7,200-volt Valley Rural Electric power line along the Cowans Gap road at approximately 1:45 p.m. Sparks from the downed power line then caused a fire, which aided by the wind, quickly burned approximately 1-3 acres before being brought under control by firefighters from Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co., PennDOT, Bureau of Forestry and Cowans Gap State Park. Firefighters were aided in their efforts when the winds abated and the fire reached the campground roads.

Just under 41 percent of Fulton countians voted in Tuesday’s primary election, with a turnout of 2,452 of a possible 6,017 voters. In the 90th Legislative District race for the Republican nomination, countians favored C. Eugene Wingert of St. Thomas with 172 votes to 84 for Leland Lemley of Waynesboro, 43 for Patrick Fleagle of Waynesboro and 42 for Albert Redman of Blue Ridge Summit. But, Fleagle, Waynesboro’s mayor, carried Franklin County to win the nomination with a total of 2,600 votes to Wingert’s 2,352, Lemley’s 1,534 and Redman’s 899. In the78th Legislative District, Republican incumbent Dick Hess and Democrat Thomas Cunningham Jr. each ran unopposed and gained their party’s nomination for November. Countians preferred Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis as the presidential nominee. He garnered 816 votes in the county to Jesse Jackson’s 186, Albert Gore’s 64, Richard Gephardt’s 38, and Paul Simon’s 18. In the Republican presidential race, George Bush garnered 965 county votes, Bob Dole 140 votes and Pat Robertson 81 votes.

Over 80 employees, friends and family members of Helen Overly and Freda Raker attended a surprise banquet and party in their honor at the American Legion Home on April 16. The event was organized by employees to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Overly-Raker business.

Tiffany Bard, 15-year-old ninth grader at McConnellsburg High School, won the Atlantic Division in the Pepsi Hot Shot competition held Friday in Washington, D.C.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Christian Elliott of McConnellsburg on April 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Todd Munson of Mercersburg on April 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Mellott of Hustontown on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton of Breezewood on April 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Cerrone of McConnellsburg on April 22.

Richard and Mindy Starliper of Needmore announce the birth of their second child, a son, Jared Ray, born on April 21 at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Deaths: Webster Barnhart, Hancock; Maxine Sleighter, Everett; Frances Layton, Warfordsburg; Alice Black, Saxton.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 20, 1978


Fulton County’s second fatality for 1978 was recorded on Saturday with the death of a Hancock man in a one-car accident on the Pigeon

Cove Road. Dead as a result of the 12:30 p.m. crash was James Edward Neubert, 27, Hancock. He was pronounced dead at the scene by county coroner Russell C. McLucas. Death was due to a fractured neck and a crushed chest. The body was taken to Grove Funeral Home by the Needmore ambulance.

Quick thinking on the part of Lyle Duffey, First National Bank president, at the JLG Industries dinner last Wednesday averted what could have been a tragic situation. John H. Shimer, sitting next to him at dinner, was unable to get his breath due to food lodged in his throat and turned to Duffey for help. Duffey immediately jumped up behind Shimer and applied sudden pressure below the chest cavity, forcing the obstruction up and out. Now everyone wants to sit next to Duffey at Johnnies Diner.

Clarence E. Dietz, state representative for the 78th District, informed the “News” this week that the state has given a high priority to the construction of a new bridge over Aughwick Creek near the Fulton-Huntingdon County line. The two-lane bridge which was located just west of Maddensville was washed out by an ice jam on March 14. Since then residents of the area have had to use a road which is partly dirt and take a 9.3 mile detour in order to attend church, school, etc.

Specials at the IGA: Betty Crocker cake mixes, 2 for $1; Ragu spaghetti sauce, $1.19; tide, $4.19, 10-lbs.

Fifteen-year-old Robert Skiles has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a pole, but the biggest trout he’s ever reeled in was the rainbow he caught on Saturday, the first day of trout season. It measured 20 inches from tip to tail, and he was the envy of all his fellow anglers fishing in Cove Creek at Big Cove Tannery. Robert is the son of Robert Skiles Sr., McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Shoemaker of Warfordsburg on April 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Group of Hustontown on April 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Duvall of Robertsdale on April 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Revell of Big Pool, Md., on April 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Johnson of McConnellsburg on April 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Starr of Three Springs celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 4.

Stacy Jan Souders of McConnellsburg and Rodney Charles Truax of Harrisonville were united in marriage Saturday, February 25. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Grant Souders of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Guy Truax of Harrisonville.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 2, 1968


At the meeting of the Fulton County commissioners on Saturday morning, a decision was made, with the unanimous approval of the three officials, to cut down the two old maple trees directly in front of the steps leading to the main entrance to the courthouse.

Franklin and Fulton counties are joining the statewide and nationwide efforts to eradicate measles with plans for mass immunization of the children of the two counties on Sunday, May 19.

Marriage licenses: Dane Stewart Seiders of Mc- Connellsburg and Gwendolyn Ann Rouzer of Harrisonville; Thomas Duane Newman of Waterfall and Maxine Fay Hoffman of Three Springs.

IGA supermarket owners and their wives attended a convention last week at the Playboy Hotel in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The convention was hosted by the Reeves Parvin and Company of Huntingdon. Among the delegates to the convention were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Koontz of the IGA Supermarket of McConnellsburg.

A surprise party was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Morgan of Big Cove Tannery on April 13 at their home. The celebration was in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Garland, Warfordsburg, on April 21 a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arldeon Benson, Three Springs, on April 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dick Knepper, Hustontown, on April 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ray, Clear Spring, on April 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Mumma, McConnellsburg, on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Morral, Breezewood, on April 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ramsey, Harrisonville, on April 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thomas, Mercersburg, on April 27.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Beverly Ann Carmack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carmack, Mc- Connellsburg, and Charles Detrich III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Detrich Jr., Fort Loudon, on April 20, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

On Easter Sunday, April 14, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Carbaugh were honored on their 40th wedding anniversary at a surprise open house given by their children.

Mr. and Mrs. Orville Beatty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 30.

An emergency appendectomy was performed at the Medical Center on Saturday on Randy Covert, son of Mrs. Laura Covert of Clear Ridge.

Deaths: Unger Mellott, Hyndman; William Karns Sr., Buck Valley; Mary Ellen Powell Bishop, Hancock; Clarence Naugle, Burnt Cabins; Mabel Brown, McConnellsburg; David Rotz, Chambersburg; Fred Charlton, Bedford.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 1, 1958


A farewell dinner was held on Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Decker for Rev. and Mrs. Everett Woodcock and family, who left on Tuesday for their third term of missionary service in the Belgian Congo, Africa. The Woodcocks boarded a plane in New York on Wednesday and will arrive in Elizabethville in the Belgian Congo on Friday. They will be in Africa for the next five years before they get another vacation home.

Mrs. Ida Lininger of town will quietly observe her 80th birthday on Saturday, May 3.

Mrs. Jessie Royer of Lewisburg underwent surgery in Lewisburg Hospital on Sunday evening. Mrs. Donald Martin of town spent Monday with her.

Armed Forces Day will be held at Letterkenny Ordnance Depot on May 17, with a full open house program. The theme for the day will be “Power for Peace.”

At the annual spring meeting of the Fulton County Federation of Women’s Clubs, held recently at the Pleasant Grove Church, Mrs. Charles Golden of the War-Nee-Do Club was elected president; Mrs. Ernest Brindle of the McConnellsburg club, vice president; Miss Aura Deneen, secretary; and Mrs. Elwood Mellott, treasurer.

The Medical Center grounds have been improved by the addition of shrubbery around the new annex. The landscaping was carried out under the direction of county agent H.P. Kies and his assistant S.K. Garber.

David Cooper has been elected commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, with Howard Fix as senior vice commander and Harry Brant as junior vice commander.

Foster Ambrose announced this week that he will stock his lake early in May with large mouth bass, channel cats and southern bream, all of which will weigh at least two pounds.

A picture on the front page of this issue shows Lee Seiders of McConnellsburg being presented a $25 Savings Bond by William Stepp, manager of the Cumberland Valley Electric Co. Lee’s cypress tree lamps were judged the best project in the recent McConnellsburg 4-H Electric Blue Roundup.

The reservoir which supplies water for McConnellsburg residents was drained, cleaned and repaired last week. The work was completed by Bruce Harris, maintenance man for the Borough Authority, which owns and operates the water system. During the cleaning operation, a small emergency reservoir supplied the town’s water needs. This was the first cleaning the reservoir has had in two years, but Mr. Harris plans to make it a yearly job in the future.

Korean War veterans who have exhausted state unemployment compensation were reminded this week that they may be eligible for federal benefits of $26 a week under the Unemployment Compensation for Veterans Program, established by the Veterans Readjustment Act of 1952.

Fulton County’s Dairy Grass Field Day this year will be held on May 21 at the Harry Kint farm in Brush Creek Township.

Southern Fulton played two ball games last week, coming out winners in both. They defeated Hancock 11-2 and McConnellsburg 8-0.

Mrs. Simon Morse of Warfordsburg recently observed her 82nd birthday.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. R. Paul Gress of McConnellsburg on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lynch of Big Cove Tannery on April 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Spade of Needmore on April 26.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Verla Jeannette McKee to Herman Lloyd Hill.

Edgard Joseph Lake and Gladys Bertha Hann were married March 28.

“The Oklahoman,” starring Joel McCrea and filmed in cinemascope and color, will be the feature at the Fulton Theatre this week.

Deaths: Mrs. Lawrence Gress, Richmond, Va.; Mrs. Louie Colledge of Everett; Mrs. Laura Jane McClain of Orbisonia; Mrs. Ella Morgret Craig of Leitersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 6, 1948


On Tuesday morning, the brakes on the car driven by Mrs. Lee Bard of Harrisonville failed, and the car rammed into the Bur-Mar Restaurant on Sideling Hill.

Joan Shawn, 8, daughter of Simon Shaw of Crystal Spring, was killed April 28 when she was struck by a car while waiting for a school bus.

Births: a son, James Frederick, April 9, to Rev. and Mrs. Stanley Ray of Hominy, Okla.; a son on April 30 to Mr. and Mrs. John Doyle of Hustontown; a daughter on April 30 to Mr. and Mrs. George Summers of Robertsdale; a daughter on May 3 to Mr. and Mrs. John Rosenberry of Fort Littleton.

Henry Truax of McConnellsburg has taken over the local ice route, formerly operated by Paul Knepper.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Newman of Waterfall on April 27.

Forrest L. Garland and Mary Rickabaugh were married on April 4.

Deaths: Anna Bard of Knobsville; Walter Defibaugh of Six Mile Run.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 5, 1938


Deaths: John McIntyre of Six Mile Run; John

Kuhn of Ayr Township; Mrs. Harry Benson of

Three Springs; Winfield Hoke of Tiffin, Ohio;

Robert Hamil of Fort Loudon; Orlen Kerlin of Knobsville; Wilson Baker of near Waterfall; Albert Melius of Broad Top Township, Bedford County.

“The Scarecrow Creeps” is the name of the mystery play to be presented by Hustontown juniors next Friday and Saturday. Taking part in the play will be Merrill Kerlin, Lois Barnett, Wilmer Knepper, Robert Gwaltey, Reba Mellott, Thomas Waters, Earl Lake, Betty Barkman, Sara Kerlin and Betty McElhaney.

At the regular meeting of the local school board on Tuesday evening, Owen Fries, teacher of math in the local school for the past seven years, was named principal to succeed Harold Welsh, recently elected as county superintendent. At the same meeting, James Anderson, who has been teaching science at Hustontown, was elected to fill the place left vacant by Mr. Welsh as a teacher.

S.W. Cline left Saturday for his home in Wyoming after spending several weeks with his brother, Rush Kerlin, and other relatives and friends in Fulton County.

Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Walker of Center are the proud parents of a son, born on April 30. Mrs. Walker is the former Beatrice Knepper.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edwards and family have moved into their new house at Center.

Morton and Stenger’s Men’s Shop will open here Friday with the slogan: “You describe it; we’ll supply it.”

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 3, 1928


Deaths: George


Humbert of near

Big Cove Tannery; David Cooper of Bristol, Va.; Mrs. Matilda Sowers Helman of McConnellsburg; Floyd Deshong of Oakville; Jacob Henry of McConnellsburg; Hiram Baumgardner of Wells Tannery; Mrs. James Davis of Hustontown.

The heavy snow over the weekend was a surprise to everyone for it was a thought that spring was here. Telegraph lines were down, poles were broken off and the damage in general was a sorry looking sight.

The snow mentioned above also crushed the barn of Paul Walters of Burnt Cabins recently purchased form L.G. Cline.

B. Moody Stewart, a native of Wells Valley and a former well-known teacher in Fulton County, was seriously hurt April 6 while working in the mines in Somerset County. Doctors think it may be six months before he walks again.

A birthday party was held April 30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Hollinshead in honor of the 18th birthday of their daughter, Lorella.

Death: Loy Amber Wolford of Martinsburg, W.Va.

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