2018-05-10 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger photo was taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s at the Riggs-Greathead cabin/hunting camp in Lockes Valley near Shade Gap. Pictured, from left, are R.E. “Doc” Riggs, Maggie Riggs, Alberta Riggs, Elsie Kendall Riggs and Audrey Greathead, former editor and publisher of The Fulton County News. All are deceased with the exception of Maggie. This week’s Memory Jogger photo was taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s at the Riggs-Greathead cabin/hunting camp in Lockes Valley near Shade Gap. Pictured, from left, are R.E. “Doc” Riggs, Maggie Riggs, Alberta Riggs, Elsie Kendall Riggs and Audrey Greathead, former editor and publisher of The Fulton County News. All are deceased with the exception of Maggie. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 7, 1998


Fulton County Medical Center and Industrial Development officials kicked off their first public campaign for the building of a new hospital by inviting the powerful chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee here to announce his support. Calling it his number one priority for this year, U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster announced he has requested a $1 million grant as seed money for the building of a new hospital.

Deputy Ambulance Chief Dreama Hann, LPN, and firefighter Norman Everts Jr. are loyal members of Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co. and showed their devotion to duty in a big way Saturday, the day they were married at Needmore Bible Church. Following a gala reception at the firehall they were on their way to their car to start their honeymoon when the fire alarm sounded and both responded to the fire call. On their return to the station they were commandeered for am ambulance call and once more put honeymoon plans on hold to answer the call to duty. Their fellow firemen gave them a great send-off after decorating their car in a grand manner. It was a wedding to remember.

High school students from Forbes Road School District will travel to Pennsylvania State Envirothon as representatives of Fulton County after capturing a gold medal in the ninth annual Envirothon at Cowans Gap. The winning team, which was advised by Judy Schriver, consisted of Jarrod Sharpe, Zack Newman, Scott Miller, Madline Warthin and Heather Kling.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Espy on April 29.

Deaths: Lawrence “Friday” Shimer, McConnellsburg; William O’Neal, Berkeley Springs; Clarence Wilson, White Marsh, Md.; Virginia Sipes Albert, McConnellsburg; John Bergstresser, Three Springs; William Decyk II, Fort Loudon; Ellis Daywalt, Fayetteville; Myron Mickley Jr., Waynesboro; Benjamin Blocher Sr., Lebanon.

Marriage licenses: Ronald Golden, Little Orleans, Md., and Richella Kerr, Warfordsburg; Richard Sands IV, Warfordsburg, and Sandra Stoneburner, Warfordsburg; Claude Huntsman, Brunswick, Md., and Teresa Woods, Brunswick, Md.; Kent Gray, McConnellsburg, and Melissa Renaut, McConnellsburg; Gerald Foster, Harrisonville, and Laurie King, Hustontown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 19, 1988


JLG employees and their families enjoyed the company’s annual picnic at Hersheypark on Sunday.

Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry star and country music Hall of Famer, performed at McConnellsburg Firemen’s Carnival on Monday night. The performer entertained large crowds with his stories, jokes and songs, all done in his own legendary style.

The hail storm on Monday didn’t last long, but the hailstones themselves were much bigger than usually seen in these parts.

Specials at the IGA: pork chops, $1.49 lb.; all Pepsi products, 99 cents, 2-liter bottle; Red Delicious apples, $1.69, 5-lb. bag; broccoli, 79 cents a bunch.

Harry Johnson and grandson Devin Horne and neighbor Darin Wright of Wells Tannery spent Sunday at Lake Raystown. They were fortunate to land a striped bass weighing 19 pounds, 36 1/4 inches long.

Deaths: Howard Barnhart, Needmore; Earl McElhaney, Chambersburg; Harry Tritle, McConnellsburg; Harold Hall Sr., Cumberland, Md.; Scottanna McClure, Chambersburg; Lacy Stostler, Berkeley Springs; Rose Mellott, Warfordsburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Munson of Hagerstown on May 7.

David and Aleatha Strait of McConnellsburg and Randy Mellott of Needmore would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miranda Mellott, to Tim Strait Jr., son of Tim and Connie Strait of Mc- Connellsburg.

Marriage license: James Black, McConnellsburg, and Tonya Sheffield, McConnellsburg; James Sheffield, McConnellsburg, and Michele Bressler, Mc- Connellsburg; George Noll, Millmont, Pa., and Lisa Purnell, Laurelton, Pa.; Robert Cross, Hancock, and Paula Hess, Warfordsburg Denton Everts, Mc- Connellsburg, and Shirley Clippinger, McConnellsburg; Gary Boggs, Fannettsburg, and Deborah Varner, Fannettsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 11, 1978


David W. Strait Jr., Harrisonville, received a letter form the Game Commission this week telling him that the 45-inch long, 21-pound, 4- ounce Northern pike he caught May 29, 1971, still holds the record for a trophy fish. Another trophy fish was caught by a local angler this past week. Gene Elmer Kerlin tells us he was fishing at Camp Charles, Va., with Daryl Huston of Fort Littleton on Saturday and reeled in an 84-pound Black Drum measuring 54 inches long and 39 inches girth. It was the biggest caught to date in that area.

Production at the Waring Plant in McConnellsburg, scheduled to start this month, is being delayed pending the arrival of some of the necessary parts from suppliers. Production has been tentatively scheduled to begin between May 15-22 on the Waring Co.’s Ice Cream Parlor ice cream maker. At present there are nine persons employed at the local plant gearing up for when production begins at which time there will be approximately 26 more people employed to work on the assembly line.

Another typically crowded, complex and confusing ballot faces Pennsylvania voters in the next week’s primary election. Ballots for Fulton County voters will have everything from contests where no one is running, to the Democratic race for lieutenant governor, which reads like a roster for the Boston marathon, to a proposed constitution amendment that is quite possibly the finest piece of legalistic gobbledygook we’ve ever seen.

Specials at the IGA: Clorox, 69 cents a gallon; turkey drumsticks, 49 cents lb.; Scope, 30-oz. bottle, $1.89; McIntosh apples, 89 cents for 3 lbs.

Chuck Lere, new owner of the Mountain House Restaurant at Tuscarora Summit, bagged an 18-pound turkey Monday morning. Lere, a registered taxidermist, plans to add the turkey to his private collection of mounted trophies.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Plessinger of Harrisonville on April 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Gordon of Mercersburg on April 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baumgardner of Broad Top on May 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Heinbaugh of McConnellsburg on May 2.

Deaths: Vincent Altobelli, McConnellsburg; Capt. Jerry Beatty, Carmichaels, Calif.; Olive Wible, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 23, 1968


Two hundred ninety children received the measles vaccine offered Sunday at the End Measles Clinic held at McConnellsburg Elementary School.

Single girls in Fulton County between the ages of 16 and 21, will have an opportunity this year to compete in a Queen of the Furrow contest to be sponsored by Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Final judging in the contest will be held July 6.

The Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club will dedicate its new swimming pool and golf course June 1.

Marriage license: Harvey Hann of Warfordsburg and Mary Gordon of Hancock.

Harry Johnson, well-known local businessman, was honored at a surprise party Thursday evening, given by his sister, Beulah, to celebrate his 80th birthday.

In the lovely country setting at Cedar Grove United Church of Christ, Warfordsburg, on April 27, Dorothy Layton and Guy Akers were wed. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Layton of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Akers of Clearville.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Oberholzer, Mercersburg, on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Bennett, Warfordsburg, on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mellott Needmore, on May 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop, McConnellsburg.

Now playing at Fulton Theatre: “Bonnie and Clyde” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Deaths: Anna Hendershot Norris, Buck Valley; Mrs. Ola Mathias, Burnt Cabins; Charles Hockenberry, Harrisonville; William Fasnacht, Chambersburg; Lloyd Heller, McConnellsburg; Margaret Glunt, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 22, 1958


The graduating class of McConnellsburg High School left Friday for the annual trip to New York City.

Miss Martha Lodge underwent an operation of the left hand at Chambersburg Hospital last Thursday.

Clarence Bender won the 100-yard muzzleloading rifle event at Shartlesville on Sunday.

Seven Harrisonville area teenagers were involved in a one-car accident last Thursday which brought injuries to four of them. The accident happened when the right front tire blew out. Injured were the driver, Ernest Mellott, 17; Woodrow Strait, 16; Ken Deshong, 16; and Wilmer Deshong, 17. Not injured were Harold Carmack, Larry Zeger and Robert Hann.

A total of 130 seniors will receive their diplomas from the four high schools of the county this year: Green Hill, 11; Hustontown, 25; McConnellsburg, 38, and Warfordsburg, 56.

Don Carbaugh of Burnt Cabins was awarded the contract by the Fulton County Bank and began tearing down on Wednesday of this week the old Morton building, the former home of the Fulton County News, in preparation for the bank’s enlargement program.

A suggestion has been made to the Fulton County News to sound out the public to see if the countians would support a memorial to Dr. MacKinlay. The suggested memorial would be a full length oil painting of the doctor, costing about $500 and would be hung in the Medical Center.

A 7-year-old Burnt Cabins boy, Clarence Dennis Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Snyder, is a patient in Huntingdon Hospital, suffering from contusions of the abdomen which he received when kicked by a horse Sunday.

Roy Shaw, 57, Wells Tannery, suffered fatal injuries in an automobile accident at Hustontown Monday. He was traveling east when his car ran off the road on the right side, swerved back onto the road and skidded into a tree on the left side. In view of the existing injuries to the chest, which was penetrated by the steering post, Dr. R.C. McLucas, county coroner, express the belief that an autopsy would not show whether Mr. Shaw had suffered a heart attack, although it was known that he suffered from moderately severe heart disease.

In the only county contest in Tuesday’s primary election, Stanley Strait retained his post as Democratic county chairman by defeating Don Chestnut 649-517.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richards of McConnellsburg on May 13.

Arnold Decker of Green Hill won first place in this year’s Soil Conservation Services’ land judging contest with Lester Landers of Southern Fulton, second; Dennis Martz of Forbes Road, third; William Hann, fourth and Jim Seville, fifth, both of McConnellsburg.

The Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church will celebrate its centennial on June 1.

Deaths: Mrs. Alice Edwards of Waterfall; Mrs. Benjamin Shives of Hagerstown; S. Albert McClain of St. Petersburg, Fla.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 27, 1948


A county council of church women was organized at the local Methodist Church May 24.

The first officers are: Mrs. David Hollenshead, president; Mrs. B.C. Bastuscheck, vice president; Miss Ruth Roettger, second vice president; Miss Beulah Johnston, third vice president; and Miss Geraldine Thomas, treasurer.

Rev. Dr. Edward Heckman, retired Methodist minister, and his wife were killed in an automobile accident in Middlestown on Monday.

Police Chief McCormick has posted a list of 21 Fulton Countians whom he says are known for “intemperate habits” and warns that all bartenders will be prosecuted if they sell alcoholic beverages to anyone on the list.

Carl Paylor won the PIAA title for pole vault at Penn State on Saturday when he cleared the bar at 12 feet, 3 3/4 inches to shatter the former record set in 1942.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Noble Peck of Mc- Connellsburg on May 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Cranston Hill of Harrisonville on May 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Kuykendall of Big Cove Tannery on May 26.

Death: Randall John Shives.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 26, 1938


Deaths: Daniel Ellsworth Golden of near Warfordsburg; Andrew Bolinger of near Hustontown; Mrs. James Chamberlain of Six Mile Run; Mrs. A.W. May of Crystal Spring.

The property on Lincoln Way, occupied by Charles Ott’s eating place and used by the late Bruce Stoner as a workshop, was sold last week at pubic sale to Max Sheets and Wilson Nace for $1,330. At the same time, the Stoner residence was sold to W.M. Lodge for $2,050.

Kenneth Richard, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Largeant of McConnellsburg, was badly injured Saturday afternoon when struck by a car in front of Johnston’s Store. The boy, attempting to cross the street, was struck by a car driven by a Philadelphia man. He sustained a broken leg between the knee and hip, severe brush burns and a cut of the head. He is now a patient in Chambersburg Hospital

George Morton and Cleo Decker were wed May 7.

Samuel Kerlin of Todd Township, after serving a three-year hitch in the U.S. Army , arrived home from Hawaii.

Orlando Wible also arrived home Tuesday from Hawaii after serving his three-year enlistment in the Army.

Mrs. Clair Strait of East McKeesport attended commencement exercises at Taylor Township High School. Her twin sisters, Helena and Harriet Knepper, were among the honor graduates.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brown of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a son, born on May 21.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 24, 1928


Deaths: Samuel Nesbitt of McConnellsburg; David Crouse of Webster Mills; Samuel Murphy of Pleasant Hill; Mrs. Sylvester Peters of Wrightsville; George Wilson of near Knobsville; Mrs. Clarence Gobin of Wells Tannery.

Beginning June 7, the stores of McConnellsburg will close on Thursday afternoons during the summer months.

The stork visited the New Grenada area last week and left a big boy in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amos McCoy.

Death: Gertie Black Awkerman of Harrisburg.

Ted Krug arrived home Tuesday for the summer after completing his junior year as a medical student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Beatrice, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Mathias of Burnt Cabins, is valedictorian of the graduating class at Orbisonia High School.

Recent weddings: Arthur Mellott and Jennie Hinkle on May 19; J.P. Briggs and Mary Burrall on May 12; John Keadle and Mary Jane Taylor on May 10.

Earl Newman and wife are all smiles over a new boy.

The final resting place in Fairview Cemetery of David Mumma, veteran of he Civil War, was marked with a good monument last Thursday.

Death: Lewis Bishop of Buck Valley.

Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mellott, is a patient in Hagerstown Hospital, first suffering from mastoid trouble and later contracting pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brice of Woodale have taken over the West End Restaurant in McConnellsburg.

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