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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin mills, pictures Violet May Russell July 11, 1910. She was the wife of Martin Grissinger of Dublin Mills. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin mills, pictures Violet May Russell July 11, 1910. She was the wife of Martin Grissinger of Dublin Mills. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 14, 1998


With the May general primary drawing near, 7,516 registered Fulton County voters have discovered there are few local positions needing to be filled in this off-year election, however, a special ballot question regarding an electronic voting system could make all the difference for future elections and election officials. Voters will have the opportunity to answer “shall an electronic voting system be used at polling places in the county of Fulton.”

Forbes Road School Board voted to adopt a school budget for the 1988-89 school year in the amount of $4,053,189 with a one mill increase for district residents at a meeting May 11.

Fulton County Camp Cadet staff and volunteers spent the past weekend erecting an obstacle course on the grounds of Camp Sinoquipe. The course will be used by cadets and by the Boy Scouts.

Jim and Susie Sweger of Wells Valley will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary May 16.

If the weather forecasters are accurate, the sun will shine on this weekend’s Relay for Life sponsored by the Fulton Unit of the American Cancer Society. The event will kick off May 15.

Kristina Pool, daughter of Judy Seville, McConnellsburg, and Allen Pool, Chambersburg, and Daniel Strait, son of David and Judy Strait, Chambersburg, were united in marriage May 6.

Marriage licenses: Dalton Riggs, Warfordsburg, and Gwen Schetrompf, Warfordsburg; Bruce Caccia, Mc- Connellsburg, and Jennifer Wagaman, McConnellsburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marl Garlock on May 7.

Nancy and Mike Szwydek of Warfordsburg and Joseph Craven of Jefferson, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Craven, to Scott Bard, son of Denvin and Sheila Bard of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Jan Wadding, McConnellsburg; Atilano Martinez, Chambersburg; Joseph True, Hancock; Lonne Sheeder, Three Springs; Anna Fix, Everett; Bruce Clipp, Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 26, 1988


The busiest week of the year for local firemen is the annual fundraising carnival, which the rain of the past week not only cut down on the amount of funds they expected to raise but kept the volunteer force doubly busy pumping out flooded basements.

Cowans Gap State Park will open for the summer season this Saturday when lifeguards will be on duty for swimming.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Needmore Post Office was held May 21.

The honorable E.G. “Bud” Shuster, 9th District congressman, will be this year’s guest speaker at the Memorial Day ceremonies held each year to honor all veterans for their service to their country.

Marine Pvt. Michael Rohm, son of Fred Rohm of Warfordsburg, has completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Deaths: William Yeakle, Williamsport; Sheldon Stunkard, Chambersburg; David Carbaugh, Arizona; John Ebersole Jr., Breezewood.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hann of Fannettsburg on May 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Schultz of Warfordsburg on May 19.

Specials at the IGA: chicken whole fryers, 69 cents lb.; New York strip steaks, $3.99 lb.; Coca Cola, 99 cents, 2-liter bottle; ground chuck, $1.49 lb.

Paula Daniels and Joseph Garlock Jr. were united in marriage February 14 at United Methodist Chuch in Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Daniels of Harrisonville, and the groom is the son of Joe and Sandy Garlock of McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 18, 1978


McConnellsburg firemen were kept busy last Thursday morning assisting other fire companies fight early morning fires. On Saturday they were called out again, but too late to save a trailer home. Shortly after midnight they were called to Mercersburg to standby there, due to a fire at Maun’s Garage in Lemaster, and no sooner had they returned to home base before they were called out again to assist Hustontown in fighting the destructive fire which caused an estimated $100,000 damage to the Y Bar at Fort Littleton. The fire at this well-known dance hall and tavern located on Route 522 broke out about 1:30 a.m. and is believe to have been caused by an electrical short above the bar in the dance hall. Prior to the outbreak, about half a dozen customers in the regular bar had commented on the extreme heat in the place, but there was no alarm until flames could be seen through the glass doors leading to the dance hall. All were able to leave the building in safety. There was severe smoke and water damage to the rest of the building, including the upstairs apartment occupied by the owner, Charles O. Kling. Kling purchased the business from Jimmy Gatins several years ago, and about five years ago the dance hall was added to the south end of the tavern. Mr. Kling, who underwent successful open heart surgery a few weeks ago, has no present plans for rebuilding the dance hall, but the regular bar is expected to open for business this week.

State Rep. William Shuman and Fulton County Democratic Chairman A. Reed Shives staved off strong challengers in Tuesday’s primary election. A big surprise election night was the crushing defeat of the Fulton County Library question. Most observers didn’t expect the referendum for a half-mill library tax to win, but they felt the vote would be much closer. The question was defeated in all 12 county voting districts.

Marriage licenses: Randy Black, Three Springs, and Amanda Rohm, McConnellsburg; Rex Black, Waterfall, and Dawn Fraker, Fort Littleton.

Carol Shultz, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Shultz of McConnellsburg, and Douglas Irwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Irwin, Altoona, were married May 7.

Announcement has been made by Mr. and Mrs. Sargie Baughman Jr., Fayetteville, of the May 6 marriage of their daughter, Teresa, to John DeShong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Deshong, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dane Seiders of McConnellsburg on May 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gordon of Fort Loudon on May 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Souders of Mt. Union on May 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Buterbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg on May 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mr. David Klinepeter of Big Cove Tannery on May 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Smith Jr., Orbisonia, on May 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sibert of Spring Run on May 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Kissinger of Spring Run on May 11.

Geraldine Strait, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Strait of Needmore, has received the First Class Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The presentation was made at a ceremony at Southern Fulton School April 17.

Deaths: Amos Metcalfe, McConnellsburg; Andrew Sipes, Hustontown; James King, Waterfall; Patricia Franklin, Houston, Texas; John Irwin, Minneapolis; Theodore DeShong, Harrisonville; Mrs. Marvel Moats, Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 30, 1968


Ceremonies for the dedication for the new firehall of Hustontown Fire Co. were held May 26.

Ground was broken for the one-story, total electric building in May of 1967 but, due to an unfortunate setback in October when part of the nearly completed structure was blown down during a severe storm, the building was not completed until March 1968. Plans to organize their own fire company were started by residents of the Hustontown area early in 1967 and, in February of that year, a charter was obtained supported by 113 charter members, which has since been increased to 126 active members. Officers of the fire company are Clair Miller, president; John Hann, vice president; Ralph Mellott, treasurer; W. Scot Fisher, financial secretary; Terry Mc- Gowan, recording secretary; Leo Foreman, chief; and Clark Brant and James Chesnut, assistant chiefs.

Fulton County Superintendent of Schools Harold Welsh will be retiring from office June 1. He was honored at a testimonial dinner last Tuesday at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Mrs. G.T. Lorentz, executive director of the Fulton County Unit of the American Cancer Society, will attend a staff meeting of the Pennsylvania Division Inc. June 4-6 at State College.

Marriage licenses: Dennis Hill and Sharyn Wagner, both of McConnellsburg; Charles Clevenger of McConnellsburg and Patsy Straley of Lemasters; Raymond Hess and Charlotte Smith, both of Warfordsburg.

Miss Linda Culler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Culler of McConnellsburg, will graduate June 2 from the Capital City School of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Lake of McConnellsburg on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Whitsel of Avenel, N.J., on May 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Crouse of Rockhill Furnace on May 22.

Mrs. Kenneth Black of Steelton, formerly of Waterfall, returned recently from a 30-day trip around the world, flying from Harrisburg via Chicago and Anchorage, Alaska, over the North Pole to Tokyo.

Mrs. Estella Ott of Chambersburg celebrated her 90th birthday May 25.

Mack Horton recently attended a building convention in Atlanta, Ga.

Deaths: Rachel Crist, Warfordsburg; Jaob Rouzer, Fort Loudon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 29, 1958


Mrs. Louie Glenn arrived at her home here on Friday after spending the winter with her daughter, Mrs. William Layton of Lakewood, N.J.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Decker and Nancy Cornelius attended commencement exercises at Shippensburg College Sunday evening at which time Richard Decker received his degree. He has accepted a teaching position at Captain Jack High School in Mount Union.

Ed Stephens, who operates the local Greyhound station, moved the bus station and cafeteria to his new location on Lincoln Way East on Tuesday.

A total of $635.20 has been collected in the county so far for the Heart Fund.

William Whiteside has been appointed as auditor of Brush Creek Township to fill the unexpired term of Marshall Hart.

The Fulton County Board of School Directors has voted to adopt a program of speech correction for school pupils.

Response to the suggestion published in the News last week that a memorial, an oil painting of Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, has been well received by the public. Dr. A. Kaplan has agreed to act as chairman of a committee to collect the needed finances and make other arrangements.

A total of 684 men will be drafted in Pennsylvania during July, a new low for the year. The state draft call for July 1957 totalled 872.

Col. Chauncey Webster (USAF, retired) will be the guest speaker for the local memorial service on May 30.

The new A&P store on Lincoln Way West will open next Wednesday under the management of W.D. Martin.

The nation’s flags will fly at half-mast May 29 and 30 in respect for two unknown soldiers, casualties of World War II and the Korean Conflict, who will be interred Friday alongside the body of America’s World War I soldier in Washington.

David Mellott of Needmore narrowly escaped death Saturday when his car hit a bridge abutment about a mile south of McConnellsburg. Mellott suffered a broken nose and lacerations of the face.

Marine Private Gary Tritle, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Tritle of McConnellsburg, graduated May 10 from an intensive four-week infantry training course at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He will now be assigned to a specialist school for a permanent duty assignment.

More than the thousand expected, an estimated 1,500 people attended the Fulton County Dairy Grass Field Day at Mary Kint’s farm in Brush Creek Township last Wednesday.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fix of McConnellsburg on May 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Doyle of McConnellsburg on May 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Cunningham of Hustontown on May 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Reeder Jr. of Mechanicsburg on May 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. J. Charles Lake of Harrisonville on May 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gordon of Hagerstown on May 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mumma of Burnt Cabins on May 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Metz of McConnellsburg on May 19.

Robert May and Helen Wilson were wed April 26.

Deaths: Mrs. Sarah (Hendershot) Hess of Hancock; Bennett Robinson of Hancock; Mrs. John McCracken of Scottsdale.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 3, 1948


Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bowling of Chambersburg and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grissinger spent the weekend at Niagara Falls.

Mrs. Oscar Gress of town underwent an emergency operation at Waynesboro Hospital on Saturday.

Mrs. Robert Bishop of Clear Ridge, an expectant mother, was brought to Dr. MacKinlay’s office last Wednesday by Mrs. Clarence Barnett. The doctor decided it was time to go to the hospital, so he and Mrs. Bishop headed for Waynesboro. On top of Tuscarora Mountain, however, Mrs. Bishop gave birth to an 8-pound daughter. Sid Leech assisted the doctor with the birth, and Mrs. Bishop and her new daughter were moved to one of Sid’s cabins where both are doing fine.

Seaman Lawrence Sipes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sipes, is now serving aboard the destroyer USS McCaffery, which is operating in the area of Tsintao, China.

There were 44 present at Sunday School at Fort Littleton on Sunday. The offering was $6.46.

Deaths: Mrs. Bertha Truax of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Christmas Shimer of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Anna Ledwage Lake of Needmore.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 2, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Michael Mellott of Needmore; Mrs. Frances Swope Fields of York; Allen J. Appleby of Neelyton; John Kope of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Susan Bootman of Hancock.

Harry Johnston and daughter, Alice, returned Tuesday from Cleveland, Ohio, where Mr. Johnston represented the McConnellsburg congregation at the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church.

The following students graduated from the local high school this year: Mary Clevenger, Jean Paylor, Laura McGehee, Marjorie Fields, Ruby Weller, Jennings Lynch, Harold Hamil, Richard Paylor, Cecil Williams, Leroy Williams, Donald McQuade, Richard Grissinger, Harry Shaw, Lee Crouse, Margaret Lane, Ethel Foreman, Dorothy Glenn, Beulah Largent, Pauline Strait, Charles Kendall, Albert Tritle, John Lamberson, Tom Morton, Harry Grissinger, Marshall Helman, Fred Hamil, Wayne Black and Howard Laidig.

Dorothy Keebaugh and Jack Fore were chosen from the seventh grade of the local school to receive a $5 award given each year by the Mc- Connellsburg Woman’s Club to the outstanding boy and girl in those schools in scholarship, athletics and citizenship.

Mrs. Oscar Gress announces the betrothal of her son Phillip N. Gress, to Laura Fisher of Fort Loudon.

James Frank Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander, will be one of 69 students who will receive their degrees from Juniata College in Huntingdon on June 6.

Miss Ella Kendall expects to leave next week for Albia, Iowa, where she will spend the summer with relatives and friends.

Mrs. Russell Keith of New Grenada, who was taken seriously ill on Friday, underwent an operation for appendicitis on Saturday at Huntingdon Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs A.C. McCoy of Fort Littleton gave a party on May 26 in honor of the 12th birthday of their daughter, Ruth.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Clippinger had sale on Tuesday and will move this week from Center to Trough Creek Valley.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 31, 1928


Deaths: Mrs. Ralph Reed of Lansing, Mich.; Mrs. Rachel Montgomery Reisner of Shippensburg; Mrs. Samuel Gill of Neelyton; Mrs. Stella Morgan of Neelyton; Mrs. Harry Awkerman of Harrisburg.

W.H. Nesbitt, chief burgess, has issued an appeal to all motorists to observe and obey the new stop-and-go signals which were recently placed in the borough.

A number of friends of Mary Ruth Sprowl of Wells Tannery had a jolly good time Saturday night helping her celebrate her 18th birthday.

Claude Souders, who is employed by Batlzer Cutchall, on his farm in Ayr Township, received a broken arm on Monday when a corn plow he was riding struck a rock, causing a lever to fall.

A marriage license was issued in Hagerstown on May 24 to George Peck of Hancock and Mary E. Spade of Needmore.

R.M. Cline, local Buick dealer, and D.E. Little went to Pittsburgh by bus on Sunday and on Monday brought back Mr. Little’s new Buick Broughman.

Miss Rebecca Johnston will graduate from Penn State college this June.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Glunt.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.U. Schriever on May 12 in honor of the 18th birthday of their daughter, Elizabeth.

Harry Benson received a broken collarbone and other injuries last week when powder exploded while he was working in the mines at Joller.

Mrs. H.V. Locke of Orbisonia is helping to care for his brother, Paul Comerer of Burnt Cabins, who has been seriously ill with pneumonia.

A party was held in Knobsville May 14 in honor of the 15th birthday of Margaretta Glunt.

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