2018-05-31 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by J. Faye Elvey of McConnellsburg, pictures the Central Fulton second grade in 1972-73. First row: Barry Spriggs and Ricky Marshall; second row: Teressa Skiles, Crystal Cline, Julie Richards, Annette Spriggs, Connie Carbaugh, Lori Kerlin, Tracey Harris; third row: Anthony Carbaugh, Sean Harding, Russell Miller, Diane Welsh, David Haubrick, Melvin Souders Jr., Mrs. Elvey; fourth row: Ronald Hege, Loren Barclay, Brian Mellott, Shawn DeShong and James Skiles. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by J. Faye Elvey of McConnellsburg, pictures the Central Fulton second grade in 1972-73. First row: Barry Spriggs and Ricky Marshall; second row: Teressa Skiles, Crystal Cline, Julie Richards, Annette Spriggs, Connie Carbaugh, Lori Kerlin, Tracey Harris; third row: Anthony Carbaugh, Sean Harding, Russell Miller, Diane Welsh, David Haubrick, Melvin Souders Jr., Mrs. Elvey; fourth row: Ronald Hege, Loren Barclay, Brian Mellott, Shawn DeShong and James Skiles. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 28, 1998


Eight people were injured in a head-on crash over Memorial Day weekend just north of the

Forbes Road School District. State police report that William Brown, Dudley, was traveling north on Rt. 655 when his 1980 Ford Fairmont crossed the centerline striking a 1987 Honda Civic operated by Trent Meck, Chambersburg. Brown was transported to Fulton County Medical Center and later flown to Hershey Medical Center. Brown’s front seat passenger, Margaret Pyles, was also injured and flown to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Other passengers included Nikki Pyles, 11, and Cassandra Pyles, 9, who were both taken to Fulton County Medical Center and later flown to Hershey, and Kari Pyles, 7. Meck’s passengers Lisa Meck, 33, and Cheyenne Meck, 18 months, were both injured. Lisa was flown to Conemaugh also.

County Memorial Day programs included observances in Buck Valley on Sunday and services at Union Cemetery and Fulton County Courthouse on Monday.

The two young children of Mark and Melinda Stevens of Three Springs, Mikaela and Garrett, have been chosen as the 1998 poster children for the Penn State Geisinger’s Children’s Miracle Network Telethon. Both were born with heart defects. They will appear on the 21-hour television broadcast on WTAJ-TV-10, Altoona, Saturday, May 30.

The 68th commencement exercises for Southern Fulton High School will be held June 2. Named as class valedictorian is Kelly Weicht, and salutatorian is Michelle Mann.

Army National Guard Pvt. Brad Pollock has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort McCellan, Anniston, Ala., which included basic training and advanced individual training.

Rusty Rouzer of Harrisonville and Sandra Shope of Mercersburg have announced their engagement.

As the lone member of the Southern Fulton Indians boys track and field team competing in the PIAA state track and field meet at Shippensburg University last weekend, Jeremy Bradley made his school and county proud by bringing home a medal for a fifth-place finish in the high jump. He also placed ninth in the triple jump.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Newell of Harrisonville on May 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fraker of Hustontown on May 22.

Deaths: Robert Kendall, McConnellsburg; Nancy Frain, Hustontown; Mary Ott, Washington, D.C.; Jonathan Rose, Shade Gap; Helen Mills, Berkeley Springs; Walter Woodal, Arlington, Va.; William Book, Chambersburg.

Jason Sharpe, Wells Tannery, was one of 241 seniors who were awarded Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees May 10 at Juniata College.

The following students are April graduates from Hagerstown Business College: Jill Hill, Warfordsburg; Tammy Hoffman, Harrisonville; Krista Smith, Hancock; and Crystal Souders, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Richard Strama, Elkridge, Md., and Jacqueline Barnett, Elkridge, Md; Barry Powell, Hancock, and Kelly Smith, Hancock; Ryan Richards, Mc- Connellsburg, and Kimberly Ranck, McConnellsburg; Michael Henry Jr., McConnellsburg, and Roxanne Bartley, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 9, 1988


The board of directors of Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. have decided to expand the bank’s offices at Warfordsburg and

Hustontown. The additions will include a new office for the manager, a new customer service area and safe deposit boxes. Fulton Builders was the successful bidder on the project, and construction will be completed by September 30.

Fulton County commissioners hired Mary Lou McGinnis, Mercersburg, as the county’s new chief assessor.

Wednesday, June 1, Jeff Garber was drafted in the 10th round of June’s Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loy Garber of Mc- Connellsburg. Garber leaves for Oregon where he will play for the Royals Eugene Emeralds team in the Northwest League. He will be playing Short A ball, beginning in June.

Forty-one graduating seniors bid farewell to Forbes Road High School at commencement exercises held June 3.

Local dirt track star Tom Peck took his show on the road last Saturday. But it was not in his dirt No. 40, but his No. 96 NASCAR Grand National Series car. The Thomas Chevrolet racing team has been doing quite well as of late with driver Peck qualifying 19th for the Dover race. He finished a respectable ninth in the Budweiser 200, only down two laps. The race was aired live on ESPN, and McConnellsburg should be honored to have its driver getting the publicity.

Alan and Lisa Deshong of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a son, Keith Alan, at Chambersburg Hospital on May 23.

Deaths: Blanche R. Cutshall, Bucks County; Corey W. Spoonire, Warfordsburg.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Timmons of Mercersburg on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Cunningham of Harrisonville on June 2.

Mary Garland and Robert Burton were united in marriage April 9 at Jerusalem Christian Church, Warfordsburg. The bride is the daughter of Edith Garland and the late James Garland of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Fannie Skidmore and Charles Burton.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 1, 1978


Memorial weekend was hot and sunny and area residents took full advantage of it with outdoor recreational activities, family picnics and holiday get-togethers. After a couple of years of terrible weather for the area Memorial Day program (it was either too cold or too rainy), we had a beautiful, sunshiny day for it on Monday. But for several girls in the Spartan Junior Band who had to stand still, the sun and the heat were too much. Two of the girls fainted and several others were helped to the shade to cool off.

Trooper Michael Glessner of McConnellsburg, retired from the Pennsylvania State Police on May 25 under the 10-year retirement plan, which includes time served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Brenda Ellen Mellott, daughter of Noel and Lois Mellott, Clear Ridge, and Robert Lee Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook of Three Springs, were married May 6.

Miss Deborah Ann Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Mellott, McConnellsburg, graduated from Shepherd College, on May 13.

Sheila DeShong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Baltzer DeShong, Needmore, has completed a course in the area of executive secretary at Hagerstown Business College.

Specials at the IGA: Pepsi-Cola, six 12-oz. cans, $1.09; bananas, 19 cents lb.; Lebanon bologna, $1.59 lb.; sweet corn, 5 ears for 59 cents.

Births at the Medical center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parson of Shade Gap on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morris of Warfordsburg on May 22.

Marriage licenses: Steven Watson, Hagerstown, and Cathy Reeder, Mercersburg; Ryan Mellott, Needmore, and Nancy Buterbaugh, Big Cove Tannery.

Deaths: Clarence Gelvin, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Zilah Garland, Warfordsburg; David Gordon, Halfway, Md.; Thad Brown, Orrstown; Mrs. Gwendolyn Yost, Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 13, 1968


Due to the illness of Mrs. Vera James, proprietor, and the closing of the Fulton House, Western Union has announced that its local agency is now closed. Western Union had operated for many years from the local hotel. Telegrams originating here may now be sent by telephone by dialing the operator. The dispatching of all telegrams will be handled by the Chambersburg office. The wiring of cash or money order services will be handled by Ellis Yingling.

Firemen trainees experienced the effects of heat and smoke in a closed building filled with fire at Needmore Fire School Monday night. The next session will be held June 25.

Over 105 seniors and graduating sophomores were awarded degrees at commencement exercises of The King’s College at Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., June 2. Among the graduates was Watson Swope, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Swope of Needmore. He received a degree in psychology.

Continued control over Pennsylvania’s large deer herd was emphasized in the official 1968-69 hunting seasons, which were established Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. A record number of antlerless deer licenses will be available this year. The total statewide allocation is 482,500, an increase of 37,150 over last year’s 445,400, the previous high. In Fulton County 3,750 doe licenses will be made available.

Marriage licenses: Richard Barnett of Waterfall and Judith Hess, McConnellsburg; Dean Seiders of McConnellsburg and Linda Shotts of Waterfall; L. Gregory Shafer of Waterfall and Gloria Curfman of Three Springs; Barry Shafer of McConnellsburg and Esther Henry of Hustontown; Daryl Mellott of Alexandria, Va., and Dorothy Hendershot of McConnellsburg; Myron Price of Everett and Arlene Barton of Crystal Spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Carnell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 19 at their home in Needmore.

McConnellsburg High School Band took first prize in the Greencastle Firemen’s Parade last Thursday.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bohrer of Warfordsburg was the attractive setting on May 5 where relatives an friends gathered to honor them on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Burkholder, Spring Run, on June 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brown, Robertsdale, on June 6; a daughter to Mr and Mrs. James Bloom, Big Cove Tannery, on June 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Zeis, Mercersburg, on June 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Piper, Chambersburg, on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Weicht, Warfordsburg, on June 6.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Claude Souders of Mc- Connellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia, to Joseph Chilstrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Chilstrom, South Dakota.

McConnellsburg firemen will hold their annual carnival July 6-13.

John W. Greathead, son of Mrs. Audrey P. Greathead of McConnellsburg, received his diploma at the 75th June commencement exercises at Mercersburg Academy on Saturday. He will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall where he will study printing and journalism.

Deaths: Louise Hiatt, Berkeley, Calif.; Norah Batdorff, McConnellsburg; Alberta Koontz, Needmore; Riley Deshong, Needmore; Archie Bricker, Fannettsburg; Rev. E.W. Brindle, Chambersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 12, 1958


Myrna Stephenson and Marvin Stephenson of Corvallis, Wash., were guests in the Mason home the early part of this week. Myrna flew to

New York to meet her brother who returned from serving in the armed forces in Germany. They are now en route to their home in a German car which Marvin purchased abroad and in which he toured a great part of Europe. Like most servicemen returning from foreign service, he is loaded down with colored slides of places and things he saw.

Forrest Mellott received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Franklin and Marshall College on Monday.

Charles McGarvey of Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, flew to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday of last week where he was met by his brother, C.J. McGarvey of town. Charles, who is superintendent of the purchasing department of Swift Meat Co. in Sao Paulo, will spend three months with relatives in the states and then return to Brazil on a vacation cruiser.

Contributions to the fund to provide an oil painting for the Medical Center of Fulton County’s “country doctor,” the late Dr. MacKinlay, are continuing to pour in, but the committee again stresses that no door-to-door canvass will be conducted. Although the fund is already approaching its goal, the committee again points out the small donations would be better than large ones, to give more people a chance to share in the memorial. It is estimated that Dr. MacKinlay, during his long term of service in Fulton County, delivered between 3,000 and 4,000 babies. If each one of these “babies” contributed 50 cents to $1, the fund would be well over-subscribed. With this thought in mind, the committee has decided to follow a suggestion made by Judge Shelly when he sent his contribution last week. Any surplus funds will be donated to the Medical Center to purchase needed supplies.

The McConnellsburg library is now on its summer schedule. The work of getting the building moved and renovated is now completed. There are now more than 500 readers on the list at the library and all books are free except the newest ones, for which a fee of 10 cents a week is charged.

A costly fire at the Leslie Harr farm in Todd Township on Tuesday burned a man and a boy, destroyed the barn, extensively damaged two tractors and a new baler, and burned 500 to 600 bales of hay. Clay Bivens, operator of the Harris Hotel in McConnellsburg, and Harry Brissett, 13, son of Mrs. Bivens, were preparing to make hay on the farm when the blaze started. The farm is currently under lease to Houston Johnston of Mercersburg and the hay was being made on the share. Bivens and his stepson were filling one of the tractors with gasoline when the unexplained explosion engulfed everything around them. McConnellsburg firemen responded promptly but were unable to stop the blaze. Bivens suffered minor burns of the hands and the side of his face, while Brissett suffered first- and seconddegree burns of the face.

The Medical Center Auxiliary realized a profit of $250 for the operation of a food stand at the Kint farm in Brush Creek Township during the recent Grassland Day.

Harry D. Johnston of McConnellsburg, a premedical major, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College on June 7.

The water truck at Hustontown Speedway, used to wet down the track between races, was stolen some time Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Dr. G.T. Lorentz of town is spending this week at Cornell Medical College in New York, taking an advanced course in fractures and other injuries.

The Presbyterian Church at Warfordsburg welcomed new ministers, members and friends at an all day service on Sunday in observance of its centennial.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Straley of Waterfall on June 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Bard of Knobsville on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sheffield of Three Springs on June 5.

Mrs. Amy Drenning has moved to her new home at Knobsville, which she purchased from Durkee Bard.

Deaths: Mrs. Harry Hill of Hancock; George Deshong of Hanover; W. Veryl Hixon of Brush Creek Township; Raymond Mann; George Leonard Richard of Mercersburg; Mrs. Gertrude Finley Charlton of Chambersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 17, 1948


A large crowd gathered Sunday on the Earl Truax farm to witness a baptismal service conducted by the Revs. Hendershot and Beard. A total of 12 adults, all members of the Cedar Grove Christian Church, were immersed.

Billy Logan Kendall is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Kendall, after attending school in Texas.

Mrs. Wesley Mellott, suffering from a blood clot in the leg, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

A surprise party was held Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Culler of McConnellsburg in honor of the eighth birthday of their daughter Martha.

Kermit Leo Wilson and Dorothy Adaline Shade were married June 12.

Jack Henry Morton and Mary Jane Cutchall were married June 9.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 16, 1938


Deaths: John McKenzie Houck of New Grenada; Mrs. Harriet Stevens Grissinger of Mount Union; Mrs. Clara Foor of Rays Cove; Connie Souders of McConnellsburg.

Miss Marian Morton has completed her junior year at Juanita College and will take special courses at Shippensburg College this summer.

About 80 friends of Paul Shotts of Hiram surprised him on Saturday and helped him celebrate his 19th birthday.

Earl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Lake of Hiram, has gone to California for the summer.

The Girl Scouts of Mc- Connellsburg are spending a few days at the camp near Fort Littleton. They are under the supervision of Miss Elsie Greathead.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 14, 1928


Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Ellen Shives Shaw of Thompson Township; Ex-Sheriff Jobe Garland of Back Run; Albert Smith of New Jersey; Charles Gordon of Ayr Township.

James Garland is the purchaser of the first silo ever to be erected in Whips Cove.

The fourth annual banquet of the McConnellsburg High School Alumni Association was held at the Harris Hotel on Friday. The officers of this association are Mervin Crouse, president; C.E.Seville, vice president; Mrs. J.W. Mosser, secretary; and Rhoda Kendall, treasurer.

Last winter, Dr. H.C. Mc- Clain and wife gave a French boy a ride as they were travelling on the Lincoln Highway. The boy told a pitiful tale of his parents’ being dead, etc., and the McClains invited the boy to stay at their home. The boy took “French leave,” taking the doctor’s Ford sedan. He was subsequently caught at Greensburg and is now in the local jail charged with larceny.

Mrs. John Seiders mark-ed her 58th birthday on Sunday.

Isaac Veiner is building a new home at Three Springs.

On Monday morning, Trace Parks of Fort Littleton got up early as usual. He was looking about and planning his day’s work when he saw a bundle on the porch. He unwrapped it and found a baby boy, about two weeks old. Aside from two blankets and a bottle of milk, there was nothing else with the child. It is believed that the baby was left there by someone travelling over the highway. The baby is being well taken care of by the Parks family while efforts are being made to establish its identity.

All residents of Mc- Connellsburg and vicinity were gazing skyward on Wednesday afternoon. The famous U.S. Navy dirigible, Los Angeles, passed over our town on its way from Pittsburgh to Kaehurt, N.J.

Born: a daughter on May 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Smith of Shirleysburg.

W.H. Greathead, who has served as postmaster of Mc- Connellsburg for the past four years, has received a reappointment to that office. The reappointment was made during the closing days of Congress last week.

Melvin Reeder and Lena Blanche Chesnut were married on May 30.

The barn on the farm owned by Frank Lewis near Warfordsburg was completely destroyed by fire on Friday night.

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