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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the Robert Bratton farm in the late 1800s, one-half mile east of Dublin Mills. Identified in the picture are Cathron and Clara and on the mule is Isaac Bratton. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the Robert Bratton farm in the late 1800s, one-half mile east of Dublin Mills. Identified in the picture are Cathron and Clara and on the mule is Isaac Bratton. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 21, 1998


In what many are calling one of the smallest voter turn outs in recent years state and county wide, only 17 percent of 7,516 registered residents made it to polls May 19. Voters approved the ballot scanner, which should be in place by the November election, by the vote of 994 to 282.

The old Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co.’s Poplar Street drive-in was unceremoniously razed Monday to make way for the new building featuring three teller lanes and a drive-up automatic teller machine expected to open June 1.

After twelve straight days of rain farmers finally took to the fields this week to play catch-up with the tilling and planting season.

The fourth annual Relay For Life held this past weekend raised a grand total of $51,860 for the American Cancer Society.

Dawn Funk and Anthony Hann were united in marriage October 4 in Knobsville Church of the Brethren. Parents of the couple are Terry and Doreen Bittinger, Chambersburg, and Gerald and Judy Funk of Zullinger and Anthony and Susan Hann of Fayetteville.

McConnellsburg Spartans girls and boys track and field teams, both captured District 5 titles this past week.

Deaths: Lelia Culler, McConnellsburg; Elva Horst, Harrisonville; Mark Funk, Fort Loudon; Verna Whitsel, Three Springs; Brett Witmer, Greencastle; Dean Christman, Chambersburg; Marshall Elbin, Hancock; Maxine Swain, Hancock; Michelle Wible, Three Springs.

Linda Barton, Waterfall, and L.D. Keebaugh Jr., Fort Littleton, were united in marriage April 25 at Hustontown United Methodist Church.

Cathy and Donald Barnhart, Hustontown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Junell, to Jason Panosetti, Hustontown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vito Panosetti, Three Springs, and the late Glenda Panosetti.

Judith Baker of Winchester, Va., and Harry and Susan Mellott of Big Cove Tannery announce the engagement of their children, Suzanne Baker and David Mellott. Suzanne is the daughter of the late Samuel J. Baker also.

Ruth E. Mellott celebrated her 97th birthday May 17.

Marriage license: Eric Hale, McConnellsburg, and Ronda Swope, McConnellsburg; Charles Will, McConnellsburg, and Heather Crowder, McConnellsburg; Scott Varner, Three Springs, and Teresa Souders, Three Springs; Curtis Raker, Waterfall, and Sandra Cooper, Waterfall.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 2, 1988


Record-breaking crowds were at Cowans Gap State Park to mark the official opening of the park this Memorial Day weekend.

A McConnellsburg area family is receiving anti-rabies treatments after being exposed to two rabid cows at their property along Cito Road. Ean Hoffman of McConnellsburg said that he became suspicious of a possible rabies infection when two of his three cows exhibited strange behavior last Tuesday. He consulted Dr. Horst of Mercersburg. When one of the cows died, its head was sent to the state lab at Summerdale where positive test results were determined May 27. Hoffman said that nine family members had begun to receive the anti-rabies inoculations in Harrisburg and that the entire series of shots would be completed in about 28 days. A veterinarian at Harrisburg said that the cows may have been bitten by a rabid skunk or raccoon.

Contractors have begun work on the $688,353 Knobsville sewerage project in Todd Township. Workers began clearing the site for the sewage treatment plant at the corner of U.S. Route 522 and Dutch Corner Road about two weeks ago.

Christopher Ashley regained consciousness on May 23 after being in a coma for nearly three weeks with severe head injuries suffered when he was hit by a truck on May 5. Parents Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ashley, McConnellsburg, and medical personnel are confident that in time he will make a complete recovery. He remains a patient at Washington County Hospital.

Deaths: Michael Bookheimer, McConnellsburg; Donald Spade, Mechanicsburg; Virgie Mumma, McConnellsburg; Ronald Keefer, Big Cove Tannery; Lillian Johnston, State College.

Southern Fulton High School will hold commencement exercise June 6. Top four students in the class are valedictorian Tera Hill; salutatorian Lance Elbin; Maureen McGuire; and Lorayne Bard.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Curt Patterson of Hustontown on May 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Doyle of Three Springs on May 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Peachey of Mercersburg on May 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Chesnut of Mc- Connellsburg on My 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schmidt Jr., Saltillo, on May 25.

Specials at the IGA: chuck steaks, $1.59 lb.; strawberries, 79 cents pint; cantaloupes, 89 cents each; sirloin steaks, $2.99 lb.

Kathy Coy and Steven Divens were united in marriage April 23 at the United Methodist Church, McConnellsburg. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Coy. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Divens of Mc- Connellsburg.

Marriage license: Kevin Mellott, Chambersburg, and Deena Souders, McConnellsburg; Dale Garland Jr., Needmore, and Tina Hann, Needmore; Richard Saunders Jr., Hagerstown, and Lisa Sipes, Hancock; Mark Walker, Louisville, Ky., and Karen Kessler, Louisville, Ky.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 25, 1978


Thirteen- year- old John Parsons of McConnellsburg was injured Saturday when he darted in front of a truck on Route 30, four miles west of McConnellsburg. He was taken to the Medical Center and transferred to Washington County Hospital for observation.

Ronald Winter, 18, Warfordsburg, remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital with severe head injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident Sunday. On September 18 of last year, Winter’s twin brother, Donald, was killed when the pickup truck in which he was a passenger collided with a parked tractor-trailer on I-70 and he died three hours later in the same hospital where his brother is now a patient.

The “Y” Bar is open regular hours again after fire gutted the structure two weeks ago, but only the tavern section is in operation. Repair work has begun on the kitchen and upstairs apartment, but it may be some time before the dance hall is renovated and reopened.

The new postal rates which will jump the 13-cent first-class letter to 15 cents will go into effect Monday, May 29.

Janice Reeder, daughter of former county residents Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Reeder Jr., Dillsburg, graduated with honors from Duke University, Durham, N.C., on May 7, 1978, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She has taken employment in the pediatric intensive care unit of Memorial Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Sweger of Wells Valley were honored guests of a family gathering on May 21 in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Engagements: Veryl and Adrian Spade of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Maye, to John Keefer Jr., son of John and Norma Jean Keefer of Hancock; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bivens wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tina Marie, to Thomas Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richards.

Specials at the IGA: lettuce, 39 cents a head; Heinz ketchup, 2 for 89 cents; watermelon, 17 cents lb.; fryer breasts, 95 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson French of Mercersburg on May 13; a son to Mr and Mrs. Paul Smith of Shirleysburg on May 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger House of Hustontown on May 16.

Deaths: Mrs. Alice Keefer, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Thelma Swope, Needmore; J. Adam Eichelberger, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Dirwood Orr, Tampa, Fla.; Eunice Moore, Orbisonia; Charles Edwards, Saxton.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 6, 1968


Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club, located four miles south of McConnellsburg, along the

Cito Road, was dedicated on Saturday, officially opening the swimming and golfing facilities to members and their guests.

Fifty members of United Church of Christ honored Mrs. Russell Glazier for 50 years of teaching service in the church at a dinner meeting June 2. During those years, Mrs. Glazier served as church organist, superintendent of the primary department of the Sunday School and was active in the mission and education departments of the church.

Gary Alan Hess of Warfordsburg graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at commencement ceremonies on May 29 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.

State police of the local substation released the following traffic statistics for the Memorial Day weekend in Fulton County: there were six accidents, resulting in two fatalities and two persons injured. A total of 23 arrests were made and 45 written warnings were issued.

Marriage licenses: Omert F. Hershey of McConnellsburg and Frances L. Black Wilson of Fayetteville; Franklin Merle Smith of Saxton and Sarah June McCoy of Fort Littleton.

Fulton County’s first traffic fatalities in 1968 were listed last week. However, no local people were involved in the accident. Two men were killed on Memorial Day in a head-on automobile collision on Interstate 70 at Breezewood, 12 miles south of Everett. The dead were identified as Lloyd Householder, 22, Berkeley Springs, and his passenger, Bernard Cummings, 37, Saxonburg, Butler County.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Cunningham of Chambersburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia, to Joseph Stafford Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stafford Sr., Wells Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Aller, McConnellsburg, on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Dwight Lane, Greencastle, on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Delmar Mellott, Hustontown, on May 30.

A surprise baby shower was given by the auxiliary of the Needmore Fire Co. in honor of Kay and Karen Leese, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Leese, on May 21 at the firehall.

Pastor Belvy White and his wife will leave for a threeweek tour of the Holy Land June 6. The tour is being sponsored and paid for through the kindness and generosity of the Fair Ridge Church Board and congregation.

Deaths: Betty Evelyn Stahle, Warfordsburg; Melvin Douglas, Hancock; Chalmer Keebaugh, Hustontown; Gladys Bergstresser, Waterfall; Anna Gordon, McConnellsburg; Robert Hamil, McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 5, 1958


The new room being added to the Decker Nursing Home should be completed and ready for occupancy about June 15. The present rooms have been fully occupied for several months and the new room will accommodate five guests.

Chester Creager took a group of Hi-Y boys camping at Cowans Gap Thursday night where they enjoyed a steak fry and weiner roast.

On May 15, G.A. Biggs, S. Lee Richards and Paul Ott of town and Webster Fischer of Crystal Spring flew from where they toured the International Harvester twine mill and grain drill and baler factory. The trip was sponsored by the International Harvester dealers of the Harrisburg district.

Harry Branter, Robert Fleming and Kenneth Ray, all of town, and Tom Varden of Mercersburg, attended the races at Indianapolis on Memorial Day.

President Eisenhower signed a bill last week which will raise both postal rates and postal salaries. The cost of mailing first-class letters will go from 3 to 4 cents and pay raises, totalling $265 million a year, will go to 520,000 postal workers, retroactive to January 1. The new postal rates, the first raise since 1932, will go into effect August 1.

Shirley Ott, daughter of Mrs. Fred Lamberson and the late Frank Ott of McConnellsburg, will leave Friday for a nine-week tour of Europe. She will join a party of 30 at Shippensburg State Teachers College and they will go by bus to Montreal. At Montreal, they will be joined by about 900 other students from various colleges and all will board the Spanish ship, Areadia. The group will sail for home the latter part of August.

Miss Ruth Gordon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon of town, began her duties on Monday as assistant extension agent in Adams County. Her main office will be in the courthouse in Gettysburg.

Plans relative to the Dr. E.H. MacKinlay Memorial fund are moving steadily forward, with contributions already starting to come in. Many people are wondering how much to give and the committee in charge points out that many small contributions would be better than a few large ones, to give more people a chance to show their respect and admiration of the late “country doctor.”

Four cows belonging to Allison Truax were killed by lightning during the electrical storm over the weekend.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Keefer of McConnellsburg on May 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Powell of Needmore on May 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gracey of Waterfall on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Purnell of Wells Tannery on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seiders of Mc- Connellsburg on May 31.

Mr. and Mrs. Durkee Bard of Knobsville moved last week to their home along Cito Road.

Contributions are now starting to come in for the erection of a bandshell here. The money will be used for materials. Builders and masons are being contacted to give of their free time for the job, which will be done on Saturdays.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Betty Jane Roher to Neil Berkstresser.

Deaths: Nora Estella Hill of Hancock; Edwards James Chesnut of Chambersburg; Mrs. Ethel Blackwell of Timber Ridge, Va.; Mrs. Alfred Schetrompf, Warfordsburg; Ralph Johnston, Delta, Colo.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 10, 1948


Once again, Borough Council is making plans to combat the pollution of the small stream in McConnellsburg. An ordinance is now being prepared and after November 15, a fine of $25 a day will be imposed on all persons who dump waste and refuse in the stream.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Barthalow of Webster Mills on June 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Suders of McConnellsburg on June 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ranck of Hustontown on June 6.

Miss Marjorie Grissinger, who majored in economics, has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College.

David Smith Hollenshead has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College.

Miss Ruth Morton, a 1948 McConnellsburg graduate, has enrolled at Thompson Business College in York.

J.E. Palmer of Warfordsburg has again been elected chairman of county Republicans. Others elected on Saturday were John Mentzer, Mrs. George Tritle and Mrs. Bess Guyer, vice chairmen; Harry Elvey, secretary; and Peter Morton, treasurer.

Scoring 352 out of a possible 400 points in the recent Penco tests, Clem Smith Jr. has been named the highest ranking eighth-grader in Fulton County. Second in the county was Dolly Tritle with 331 points.

Miss Jean Kendall of Webster Mills graduated from Chambersburg Business College on June 3.

The ladies of Green Hill Sewing Club apologize in this issue for the lack of waffles at their chicken and waffle supper on May 27. It wasn’t a lack of help, or supplies, or waffle irons, they say, but the current wasn’t enough to heat more than one iron at a time.

Deaths: David Kern of Windber; Mrs. Cora Sprowl of Burbank, Calif.; John Baldwin of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. George Hays of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Viola Reihart of Maddensville.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 9, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Mary Catherine Moffat of near Coalmont; Mrs. Bellena Bair of Shade Gap; Mrs. Cora Waters of Shade Gap; Allen Appleby of Neelyton; Mrs. Hannah Jackson of Everett.

As part of the nationwide observance on June 21 of the ratification of the constitution of the United States, the memory of Rev. Joseph Powell will be honored at special services at Tonoloway Baptist Church. Rev. Powell was the first minister at Tonoloway, beginning his ministry in 1764. He also took a prominent part in the Colonial and Constitutional conventions, being a member of the convention of 1787, which ratified the constitution. He was buried in Tonoloway Cemetery in 1904. In addition to the above acts, Rev. Powell served as an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolution.

Floyd Strait and Marden Deshong were married June 3.

The Republican Committee of Fulton County met in McConnellsburg on Tuesday, electing the following offices: H.L. Baumgardner, chairman; Mrs. E.M. Krug, vice chairman; C.E. Seville, secretary; and Grant Spade, treasurer.

After years of trying, H.C. McClain, county medical director, has announced that free dental service has been secured for county children between the ages of 4 and 6.

Dale Stewart Clevenger, son of Mrs. Jessie Clevenger of Amaranth, and Ivan Albert Divens, son of Mrs. Susan Divens of Knobsville, have enlisted in the Infantry Service in the Panama Canal Zone.

Harold Williams and Beatrice Hamil were married June 4.

Marshall Shaw of Saltillo and Edna Mellott of Three Springs have been granted a license to wed.

Death: Mrs. Howard Boroman of Piney Plains.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 7, 1928


Deaths: Mrs. Isabel Myers Frieze of Waynesboro; Howard Pittman of Thompson Township; Mary Fisher of McConnellsburg.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kerlin of Knobsville on May 31.

Michael Nesbit of Burnt Cabins, who farms in addition to conducting a blacksmith shop and garage, has been off work for several days, the result of a mule kicking him in the chest.

R. Boni Regi and Gwendolyn Mellott were married on May 31.

Prof. Ralph Wolfgang of Tyrone was the speaker for the Memorial Day services here his year. He delivered an excellent address, basing his remarks on the letters in the word “solider – sincerity, obedience, loyalty, daring, ideals, energy and righteousness.

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