2018-06-07 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barbara Hann-Buterbaugh of Carlisle, formerly of Hustontown, pictures the Hustontown Ladies Auxiliary presenting a check to the firemen July 4, 1972. Clark Brant is accepting the check from Jean Keebaugh (deceased), Eleanor Knepper (deceased), Sarah Brant (deceased) and Willie Mellott (deceased). This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barbara Hann-Buterbaugh of Carlisle, formerly of Hustontown, pictures the Hustontown Ladies Auxiliary presenting a check to the firemen July 4, 1972. Clark Brant is accepting the check from Jean Keebaugh (deceased), Eleanor Knepper (deceased), Sarah Brant (deceased) and Willie Mellott (deceased). 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 4, 1998


Friday was filled with reliving a school year of memories and even a bit of sadness for the seven McConnellsburg students enrolled in the building trades course. Fulton County Area Vocational Technical school, which offers the course to a total of 13 students in the county, was voted out of existence and will officially close its doors June 30.

County women auctioneer Jean Pepple and Cass Peterson, a farmer and owner of Flickerville Mountain Farm, are featured in author Jo Giese’s book “A Woman’s Path.” The author will visit the county during the fall festival in October.

Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. opened its new drive-thru banking facility last week, located off North Second Street behind the bank’s main office. The new facility replaces an outdated drive-thru bank that was razed to make room for the new, modern convenience, which features three teller lanes and a drive-up automatic teller machine.

The annual Strawberry Festival will be held this weekend at McConnell Park on the courthouse square.

Cowans Gap Lake will be open full time starting June 6.

On Sunday, June 7, the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg, will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the church building.

Local students participating in capping exercises from the practical nursing program at Franklin County Career and Technology Center are Cecelia Gordon, Wendy Madden, Veronica McElhaney, Sara Miller and Barbara Patrick.

Tony Shives, son of Meredith and Karen Shives, graduated with honors from Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, May 29. He received an associate’s degree of science in automotive technology.

Megan Fraker, daughter of Mike and Ruth Fraker, Fort Littleton, recently graduated from Shippensburg University magna cum laude and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science.

Todd and Billie Jo Beatty, Needmore, announce the birth of a son, Logan Reed, May 9, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Kenneth and Christine Englert, Hustontown, announce the birth of a son, Kyle Reed, May 19 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Mitchell on May 28.

Deaths: Jay Schetrompf, McConnellsburg; David Shives, Harrisonville; Charles Glenn, McConnellsburg; A. Belle Garland, Crystal Spring; Benjamin Smith, Hancock; Dean King, Chambersburg; Raymond Pittman II, Berkeley Springs; C. Edward Beatty, Hershey.

Daniel Bishop and Lori Mellott were united in marriage April 4 at Needmore Bible Church. The bride is the daughter of Leon and Priscilla Mellott of Needmore. The groom is the son of Carolyn and Andy Taylor of Needmore and Richard Bishop Jr., McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Ronald Trodinger, Mercersburg, and Bobbi Younker, Mercersburg; Scott Stallman, Mc- Connellsburg, and Mindy Shotts, McConnellsburg; Jerry Gammon, Keyser, W.Va., and Thelma Smith, Keyser, W.Va.; Clyde Frankenberry, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Connie Bent, Greencastle; Lance Elbin, Greencastle, and Suzanne Elias, Warfordsburg; Dennis Orth Jr., Harrisonville, and Kristina Brady, Big Cove Tannery; David Rothrock, Herndon, Va., and Leanna Wilson, Fort Washington, Md.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 16, 1988


Approximately 210 Soviet citizens will picnic at

Cowans Gap State Park June 26 as a part of their International Peace Walk from Washington,

D.C., to San Francisco. The group, which will also include about 100 American peace walkers, began their journey June 14 in Washington and hope to reach San Francisco by July 18.

Sixty-six graduating seniors paraded down the aisles of McConnellsburg High School auditorium for the last time at commencement exercises held last Tuesday evening, June 7. Valedictorian of the class was Laurel Cordell and salutatorian was Tina Hendershot.

It was an evening to revel in the past and to look hopefully toward the future as 74 seniors received diplomas at Southern Fulton High School’s commencement ceremonies held June 6. Salutatorian for the class was Lance Elbin and valedictorian was Tera Hill.

The annual McKelvey Open was played Saturday at the local club and was won by Lorraine Milroth, who shot a gross score of 87, giving her a net score of 64 to win the travelling trophy. There was a three-way tie for second place between Jean Kies, Bronwen Greathead and Linda Miller, with Jean Kies winning the prize by card scoring.

Gary Morton of McConnellsburg and Bonnie Morton of Mercersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori, to Kirk Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Smith of Mercersburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Berlyn Cuchillo of Hustontown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with friends and relatives on May 23 at Hustontown Community Building. They were married at the parsonage in Hustontown by Rev. Parker Gardener on May 23. Berlyn and Mae started their married life at Gracey, Pa., near the present Forbes Rod School. Their home was at one time a post office and store, then later it served as the election house. They resided on the farm for 53 years and then moved to their present home in Hustontown.

Birth: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Runyon of Warfordsburg on June 8.

Marriage licenses: Richard Sanders, Hagerstown, and Lisa Sipes, Hancock; Kevin Mellott, Harrisonville, and Dawnette Barber, Crystal Spring; Timothy Hall, Hancock, and Tammy Russell, Needmore; John Davidson, McConnellsburg, and Linda Little, McConnellsburg; Jeffrey Grace, Wells Tannery, and Michael Carbaugh, McConnellsburg; Lanis Frazier, Chambersburg, and Crystal Frazer, Hagerstown.

Deaths: Lucy McCoy, Three Springs; Henry Kagarise Jr., Breezewood; Frances Stevens, Hagerstown; Ida Boyer, Mifflin; Georgia Burgan, Greencastle; Audrey Wigfield, Everett; Bessie Michael, Berkeley Springs; Duffey Mellott, Quincy.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 8, 1978


Two young Fulton County men lost their lives on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., in a motorcycle crash on Tuscarora Mountain. They were Harmon Dale Everets, 25, McConnellsburg, and Larry Allen Sipes, 24, McConnellsburg. The two deaths make four fatalities listed for Fulton County this year. Police reported that the accident occurred when Everets, driving a 1972 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on Route 30, with the Sipes boy riding pillion, failed to negotiate a sharp right curve below the former Eagles Eyrie restaurant about two miles east of McConnellsburg. The cycle crossed the centerline and struck the front of a car descending the mountain going west. Evangeline Stackhouse, 69, Mc- Connellsburg, and George Stackhouse, 71, driver and passenger in the car, sustained slight injuries in that accident.

Dorothy Waltman of Lincoln Way West, received news on Monday of the tragic death of her grandson, Robert Petrunyak, 25, Everett, who was crushed to death by a Gradall while working on a road construction job for New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. in Bedford County. Monday was the day of his second wedding anniversary.

Hundreds turned out this past weekend at the Fulton County Fairgrounds for a jamboree sponsored by the Fulton County CB Club.

Miss Cherry Dawn Fraker and Mark James Hale were united in holy matrimony in Walnut Grove Church of God on April 16. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fraker of Fort Littleton, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Hale of Wells Tannery.

The marriage of Miss Patsy Sue Mengle, Lancaster, to Edgar Brinton Wright, Needmore, took place Saturday, June 3, at Messiah College Chapel, Grantham, Pa. The bride is the daughter of Lewis Mengle and the late Verna Mengle. The groom is the son of Mrs. Louise Wright and the late Brinton Wright.

Specials at the IGA: turkey drumsticks, 49 cents lb.; Robin Hood flour, 69 cents, 5 lbs.; Campbell’s tomato soup, 6 cans for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hendershot of Berkeley Springs on May 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Bishop of Greencastle on May 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Glenn of McConnellsburg on May 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Williams of Big Cove Tannery on My 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlyn Zeigler of Mercersburg on June 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kirby II of Hancock on June 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Young of Calvin on June 1.

Deaths: Calvin Chubb, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Ruth Wible, Wells Tannery; Preston Park, Maddensville; Richard Gantt, Frederick, Md.; Jason Barkman, Three Springs; Charles Beckner, Warfordsburg; Blaine Mathias, Shade Gap; Marshall Sipes, Bellwood; Mrs. Bertha Douglas, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Ralph Stevens, Akron, Ohio; Charles Schrope, Tower City.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 20, 1968


Official groundbreaking ceremonies will be held Sunday, June 23, for the building of the new addition to Fulton County Medical Center.

Sen. D. Elmer Hawbaker is expected to deliver the main address.

N. Parker Knepper was installed as president of the Fulton County Jaycees at a dinner meeting Saturday night at the American Legion.

Reed Lynch underwent surgery on Monday at Chambersburg Hospital.

Marriage licenses: Richard Reeder of Mercersburg and Linda Matthews of McConnellsburg; Jacob Gayman and Ruth Wenger, both of Mercersburg.

Miss Charlotte Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Warfordsburg, and Raymond Hess, son of Rinehart Hess and the late Grace Hess, also of Warfordsburg, were united in marriage June 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Judith Hess, daughter of Mrs. Blanche Hess of Mc- Connellsburg and the late Norman Hess, and Richard Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Barnett of Waterfall, were united in marriage at McConnellsburg Methodist Church June 9.

Linda Ann Culler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merril Culler of McConnellsburg, has accepted a position as staff nurse at D.C. General Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Marriage rites uniting Mary Lou Gordon and Harvey Hann of Amaranth took place in Damascus Christian Church on June 2.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Garry Clark, Neelyton, on June 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Waite, Mapleton Depot, on June 11.

Dennis A. Black of McConnellsburg was awarded a certificate of applied science in diesel mechanics from the Williamsport Area Community College on June 8.

Those from the area who attended the wedding of William Alexander and Susan Andres at Wallingford, Conn., were his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Alexander; his grandmother, Mrs. Robert Alexander; Mr. and Mrs. Nhyle Bivens; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ott; and Robert Hill.

Richard Golden received his Doctor of Medicine degree June 9 from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Mrs. Erma Anderson of Needmore, a mathematics teacher at Southern Fulton, is numbered among a hundred junior and senior high school teachers who are attending a summer institute of science and mathematics at the College of William and Mary.

Garey Sprowl, biology science and math teacher at Forbes Road High School, will attend a summer institute of high school science teachers at Bucknell University from June 24 to August 2.

Deaths: Earl Trueax, Crystal Spring; Frederick Mellott, McConnellsburg; Pierce Henry, Fayetteville; Gladys O’Donnell Watkins, Three Springs; Mary Hawbaker, Mercersburg; James Mellott, Mercersburg; Raymond Johnson, Shade Gap.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 19, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. Russell Glazier moved into their newly built home on South Second Street on

Monday. Mr. and Mrs. James Harris, who bought the home vacated by the Glaziers, moved in on Tuesday.

Harry Brantner, E.W. Wyles, Harold Fix and Ralph Mellott left Saturday for a week’s fishing trip in Canada.

Betty and Marjorie Grissinger are spending this week at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

Engagements revealed: Nancy Pyles to William Morton, both of McConnellsburg; Joyce Gallaher of Clear Ridge to Bruce Harris Jr., of McConnellsburg; Sandra Nave to William Shiflett, both of Warfordsburg; Bonnie Souders of Hustontown to Charles Crouse of McConnellsburg.

Fulton County’s Queen of the Furrow contest will be held July 16 on the John Bivens farm in Todd Township. The program of the day will also include a plowing contest and a safe driver contest. The plowing contest will consist of both level land and contour plowing and will be open to all farmers. The safe driver contest will consist of safety in attaching farm machinery to tractors and in driving obstacle courses. This contest will be open to all vo-ag students and 4-H Club members of the county. The queen contest will consist of selecting two girls to represent the county in a regional contest at Martinsburg on July 18. If one should win this contest, she will go on to compete against the winners of nine other regional contests for the title of State Queen of the Furrow.

Entries from the following Fulton County girls will be sent to Harrisburg to compete in the State Grange Sewing Contest: Marjorie McCray of Warfordsburg; Betty Casper of Amaranth; and Roberta Golden of Warfordsburg.

Ronald Matthews and Kathryn Feagley were married June 14.

Miss Imogene Sprenkle of town was among the class of 51 students who graduated from Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing on June 10.

Local firemen were called to the Clarence Keefer home on Friday when a pan of grease on a stove became overheated and caught fire. The only damage reported was from smoke.

Gordon Humbert, 13, son of Mrs. Marian Humbert of Big Cove Tannery, suffered fractures of both arms in a fall from a roof on Sunday. He fell about 13 feet.

More than one-third of all Fulton County farm income last year came from the production of milk, according to the Bureau of Crop Reporting. Receipts from dairying on county farms totalled $1,810,000, out of a total farm income of almost $5,000,000. Milk out-ranked all other products.

Wilbur King and Wanda Engle were married June 14.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Keefer of McConnellsburg on June 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Taylor of Hustontown on June 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Krause of Warfordsburg on June 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs Homer Fischer of Amaranth on June 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Mc- Quait of Hustontown on June 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Mellott of Harrisonville on June 15.

Bible School opened at Warfordsburg last week with an enrollment of 140 pupils and a staff of 24 teachers.

All fathers of the churches of the Southern Fulton Larger Parish were guests of honor at a union service last Tuesday at Cedar Grove Church.

Death: Mrs. Gertrude Charlton of Chambersburg.

SP-3 Marvin Mellott has returned to Fort Lewis, Wash., after taking part in Indiana River, a giant maneuver near Yakima, Wash., testing the Army’s new pneumonic concept of battle.

Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Shore of Orbisonia; Gerald Fix of Hustontown; Orben Hebner of Buck Valley, former associate judge of Fulton County; Mrs. Ella May Powers of Hancock; William Hampton of Chambersburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 24, 1948


Births: a son, Thomas Gerard, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Livingston of Hastings-on-Hudson N.Y., on June 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Souders of McConnellsburg on June 21.

Rep. Furman Gyger Sr., father-in-law of the former Miss Laura Kirk Lodge of town, was killed last week when he was crushed beneath a tractor on his farm at Kimberton.

Robert Mann and Precious Mae McGowan were wed June 4.

Deaths: Miss Adaline Rexroth of McConnellsburg; Mrs. John Snyder, William Hopkins of McConnellsburg; John Hoopengardner of Riddlesburg.

Miss Ellen Welsh won the state scholarship for Fulton County this year.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hunter of Mc- Connellsburg on June 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reed of Cito on June 14.

The Fulton Artificial Breeding Cooperative was organized at a meeting in McConnellsburg last Wednesday. The first directors of this new group are R.B. Cromer, Paul Earley, Veryl Hixon, Charles Gienger, John Culler, Royce Zimmerman, Robert Souders, Veryl Spade, Frank Johnston, Wilmer Sipes and Guy Oakman.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 23, 1938


Deaths: John Ruth of Mercersburg; Mrs. Donna Browman of Hagerstown; John Mason of Hancock.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Alice Domino to George Hixson.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Locke of Burnt Cabins gave a party on Friday evening in honor of the 17th birthday of their son, Jimmy.

The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Waters of Burnt Cabins on June 7, leaving twin boys, Donald Lorraine and Ronald Duane. This makes three boys in this family and all their birthdays are on June 7. Sheldon Eugene was 3 years old the day the twins arrived.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 21, 1928


The 48th annual session of the Fulton County Sabbath School Association convened at the Bethel Union Church at New Grenada on Friday evening, with Hon. Harry Baumgardner presiding. The sessions continued all day Saturday.

Deaths: Mrs. George Hess of Struthers, Ohio.

Ralph White and Elizabeth Cunningham were married June 13.

The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hess of Dublin Mills last week, leaving a little girl.

Fulton County’s first woman lawyer, Miss Rose Daniels, graduated from law school at Duquesne University on Wednesday.

Recent births: twin daughters on June 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mellott of Warfordsburg; a daughter on June 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Peck of Ayr Township]; a son on May 14 to Mr. and Mrs. J. Russell Souders of Ayr Township; a daughter on April 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Helman.

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