2018-06-14 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth G. Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures siblings Bill Hendershot, Stella Graves, Esta Buterbaugh and Ruth H. Reeder around 1975. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth G. Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures siblings Bill Hendershot, Stella Graves, Esta Buterbaugh and Ruth H. Reeder around 1975. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 11, 1998


A cold, misty rain greeted 40 cadets as they reported for camp last Sunday at Camp Sinoquipe to complete a week at Fulton County’s fourth annual Camp Cadet program.

The saying “You Gotta Regatta” sounded across the shores and waters of Lake Raystown in Huntingdon County as approximately 42,000 people including members of the JLG Industries Inc. McConnellsburg and Bedford plants turned out for the 1998 Raystown Regatta festivities held June 5-7.

Zane Fraker was named as the administrator of the Fulton County Community Christian School. Six students are currently registered to attend the fall classes.

Despite cool temperatures and an occasional rain shower, steady crowds visited the annual Strawberry Festival at McConnell Park over the weekend.

Rev. Dr. Guy Edmiston confirmed seven young people into McConnellsburg’s St. Paul Lutheran Church Sunday as part of special services to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the building of the church. Youth confirmed were Zachary Dunkle, Michael Hill, Erica Culler, Rachel Hann, Tiffany Funk, Brandalyn Brindle and Johnathan Brindle.

Forbes Road High School held graduation ceremonies June 4 for 26 seniors. Named as valedictorian was Jarrod Sharpe and Zachary Newman was salutatorian.

Central Fulton High School graduated 74 seniors June 3. Valedictorian of the class was Clara Hendericks and Kenneth Kneas was salutatorian.

The 15th annual Envirothon was held May 27 and 28 at Bald Eagle State Park in Center County. Forbes Road High School participated at the state competition after winning the local Envirothon. Team members were Jarrod Sharpe, Zack Newman, Scott Miller, Madeline Warthin and Heather Kling. Winning the state competition was the team from Blue Mountain High School.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in McConnellsburg was the setting for the March 21 afternoon candlelight ceremony celebrating the marriage of Mary Kathleen Hoover and Brent Scott Seville. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David R. Hoover II of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Seville of McConnellsburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shelley, McConnellsburg, on June 6.

Deaths: Charles Kendall, McConnellsburg; Virginia Seville, McConnellsburg; Mildred Foster, Harrisonville; Guy Sipe, Chambersburg; Edith Neubert, Berkeley Springs; Lester Jones, Blairs Mills; Charles Hauer, Lancaster; Floyd Reeder, Adamstown, Md.; Mabel DeShong, State College.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 23, 1988


Following a meeting June 8 between representatives from the county commissioners, Ayr

Township supervisors and Pennsylvania Fish

Commission, it was agreed that some action will be taken to upgrade the Meadow Grounds Lake road. The road has not been maintained since a disagreement between the fish commission and township in 1981. Following this month’s meeting, fish commission officials and township officials inspected the roadway. The commission officials agreed to do some repair work, and township officials agreed to determine just what needs to be done to bring the road up to standards so that the township can incorporate it into its road system and receive state liquid fuel funds to maintain it.

Needmore Fire Co.’s parade held last Thursday evening as part of the weeklong fireman’s carnival was a success despite scattered showers.

Camp Sinoquipe in Dublin Township will open its 40th season this Saturday, June 25, with an invitation for all Scouts and others who have visited the camp since 1948 to return for a special reunion. The recently renovated lake and waterfront area will be rededicated also during opening day.

At a special meeting on June 13, members of Mount Zion Masonic Lodge No. 774 honored its warrant members and paid special tribute to warrant member David Franklin, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday July 25. Franklin was honored by his fellow Masons by having the social room of the lodge named in his honor. It was Franklin who felt there should be a Masonic lodge in Mc- Connellsburg and after his arrival in the community as state game protector in 1950, he began sewing the seeds for such a venture. Other masons instrumental in re-establishing a lodge in Fulton County were Rev. David R. Hoover and John J. Kelso.

Forbes Road earned a PIAA District 5 championship this past school year. The “News” chronicled the success of the Cardinal basketball team months ago, but there was another championship – in track. Forbes doesn’t even have a track team but two juniors, Mike Newman and Dan Worthing, have made up Forbes “team” and have been running in PIAA events for the past two years at the district meets at Chestnut Ridge. Mike has walked away with the 1600- and 3200-meter gold medals.

Deaths: Norman Doyle Jr., McConnellsburg; Phillip O’Brien, Hart, Mich.; Harold Ritz Sr., Gettysburg; Adam Hobday, Berkeley Springs; Granvil Brady, Needmore; Maye Glunt, Burnt Cabins; Ernest Auman, Hopewell.

Specials at the IGA: peaches, 39 cents lb.; watermelon, 17 cents lb.; chuck steaks, $1.79 lb.; chuck roast, $1.59 lb.; longhorn cheese, $1.89 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Morris of Hancock on June 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sisenstein of Berkeley Springs on June 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Wright of McConnellsburg on June 16.

Loy and Linda Garber celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 18.

Queen of country music Kitty Wells will be appearing at the Hustontown Fireman’s Carnival June 27 thru July 2.

Marriage licenses: Timmy Strait Jr., McConnellsburg, and Miranda Mellott, McConnellsburg; Boyd Begle, Everett, and Tonya Divelbliss, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 15, 1978


Ladies of Green Hill Sewing Club, Harrisonville community service organization, have been in great demand since they appeared at the Festival of American Folk Life in Washington, D.C., last year. They will be at the Great Hudson River Revival Festival this weekend at Croton-on-the-Hudson, New York.

Hustontown area firemen were called to a barn fire near Harrisonville on Monday morning, but the structure was engulfed in flames by the time the fire company arrived and the barn was destroyed. The wooden barn with a stone foundation was on the former Edgar Hann property now owned by Omert Hann of Harrisburg, and located two miles north of Harrisonville. There was no one living on the property when the fire occurred. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but an investigation by the company is continuing.

A Beaver County man wanted in South Carolina for a murder there on June 1, is also being sought by state police as a prime suspect in a series of shotgun slayings in western Pennsylvania and in connection with the 1977 New Year’s Eve shotgun murders of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Mills in their rural Breezewood home and of Joel Krueger of Altoona at a rest stop on I-70 in Fulton County.

Six contestants will vie for the title of queen of the annual Hustontown Firemen’s Carnival this year. They are Gay Hess, Laurie King, Marie Mellott, Karen Fraker, Christine Berkstresser and Carmella Black.

Dairyman Wilkie Mellott and his wife, Bonnie, threw a good, old-fashioned barn dance and barbecue Saturday evening at their farm on Laidig Road in the Little Egypt area northwest of Harrisonville. The barn bash was attended by more than 250 friends and neighbors and volunteer firemen and their families from Hustontown, Mc- Connellsburg and Needmore. The Mellotts were victims of a fire April 1 that burned their barn to the ground, destroying its contents and damaging several outbuildings.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown of Shippensburg were the guests of honor on June 3 at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary celebration. Mrs. Brown is the daughter of Thad and Emma Winegardner, and he is the son of the late Willis and Mattie Brown.

Specials at the IGA: Bounty towels, 58 cents, jumbo roll; Miracle Whip, 99 cents qt.; Downy fabric softener, $1.69, 64 ozs.; corn, 5 ears for 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center:a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Seville of Mercersburg on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Horne of Hustontown on June 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Paylor of Warfordsburg on June 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Strait of Waterfall on June 9.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bivens of Big Cove Tannery were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary May 28 by a celebration hosted by their children at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Kathy Hixson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Vaughn Hixson, Crystal Spring, and Allen Akers Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Akers Sr., Greencastle, were united in marriage April 15.

Deaths: Mrs. Bessie Chesnut, Hustontown; Mrs. Nellie Burger, McConnellsburg; Robert Petrunyak, Everett; August Langhirt, Baltimore; W.D. Kirk, Danville, Va.; E. Leroy Mellott, Tucson, Ariz.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 27, 1968


Thousands of people are expected to flock to

McConnellsburg this weekend to attend one of the biggest single events ever to be held in this area when the Tuscarora Hillclimb gets under way with the first trial runs at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. During the two-day event, a total of 171 racing cars from a five-state area will compete in time runs up Tuscarora Mountain.

Amos Stouteagle, veteran employee of Fulton County Courthouse, was tendered a surprise party by his fellow workers on Friday afternoon to celebrate his 78th birthday.

Octogenarian Harry M. Johnston, owner and operator of Johnston’s Clothing and Sporting Goods Store in Mc- Connellsburg, was honored by his fellow members of Fulton Chamber of Commerce at a meeting last Tuesday night and was presented with a framed resolution in recognition of his active role in community affairs during the many years he has been in business here.

Wilson A. Pebley of Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, was sworn into office as superintendent of schools in Fulton County.

Ground was officially broken on Sunday afternoon for the third addition to Fulton County Medical Center since it was built in 1949.

Thomas J. Harper, 24, Arlington, Va., escaped from the Fulton County Jail last Wednesday afternoon by scaling the prison wall during an exercise period. He was picked up a few hours later by Gettysburg police near the Franklin- Adams County border and returned to the local jail.

William C. McKee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKee of Warfordsburg, received his master’s degree in education on June 14 at the 82nd annual commencement exercises held at the Spectrum of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Miss Maxine F. Hoffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hoffman of Three Springs, became the bride of Thomas D. Newman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Newman of Waterfall, on May 11 at Center United Methodist Church near Waterfall.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Abram Barry, Hancock, on June 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rhodes Sr., Mercersburg, on June 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Sipes, St. Thomas, on June 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Anderson, Three Springs, on June 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Otis Mills Jr., Hustontown, on June 23.

Specials at the IGA: popsicles, 89 cents, pkg. of 24; salad dressing, 29 cents quart jar; cantaloupes, 35 cents each; round steak, 89 cents lb.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Alma Ruth Mellott, McConnellsburg, to James Edward Cullers of Smithsburg, Md.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Powell of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth Joanne, to Carl Evan Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Reed of Hancock.

Deaths: Jessie Mary Miree Engle Crawford, Warfordsburg; Margaret Weller, Mercersburg; Judith Ann Faith, St.Thomas; Harry E. Kirchner, Johnstown.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 26, 1958


Nelli Nace, sister of Merrill W. Nace of town and formerly of Chambersburg, died at her home in Hatboro on Monday.

Watson Nelson was called to his parental home in Williamsport on Tuesday due to the serious illness of his father.

County agent H.P. Kies suffered a broken ankle during 4-H Club Camp at Newton Hamilton last Thursday.

Valerie, 5, daughter of Mrs. Elsie Kendall, broke her right arm on Tuesday when she fell out of a tree.

Russell Akers, who is employed by the US. Army Engineers, was transferred on Monday to New Cumberland.

A group of McConnellsburg teenage girls has volunteered to conduct the Red Cross drive in the borough this year.

The annual reunion of all present and former Fulton County teachers will be held in McConnellsburg July 19.

The annual meeting of Fulton County Medical Center was held June 18, at which time superintendent Robert Raker said that 1,022 patients had been admitted to the hospital during the past year and that 252 new citizens were added to the census. These seven new directors were elected for two-year terms: Brooks Smith, Orville Duvall, Harvey Gregory, Joel Knepper, Bruce Douglas, George Truax and Mrs. Retha Glazier.

Parker Crouse was the Fulton County winner of the state scholarship this year. Second and third places went to Larry Cisney and Kenneth Eichelberger.

Another half column of names of donors to the Dr. MacKinlay Memorial Fund is printed in this issue.

Robert Garland Munch and Patricia Ann Morse were married June 8.

Customers of First National Bank are now using the newly constructed parking lot to the rear of the bank. The bank has announced that the lot will be open for use by the general public after banking hours.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sharpe of Harrisonville celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on June 29.

Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Sloan were featured in an article in an Export paper last week when Mr. Sloan was honored by the Girl Scouts of the Murrysville area. Born in Mc- Connellsburg in 1879, Sloan moved to Murrysville in 1912 where he found his lifetime work as as an independent oil producer. Mr. Sloan was honored by the Scouts at their first annual “Dad and Daughter Date” event. The Scouts presented a skit, “This Is Your Life,” on the life of Mr. Sloan. Helping take part in the skit was Walter R. Sloan of town, a brother of Morse, who was also pictured in the newspaper.

David Frey and Helen Mills were wed May 17.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fitz of Mercersburg on June 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rheon Gelvin of Hustontown on June 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bradshaw of Warfordsburg on June 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lidy Deshong of Crystal Spring on June 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mellott of Needmore on June 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Hill of Warfordsburg on June 22.

Traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last year averaged 70,000 vehicles a day, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. The total was 25,538,000 toll-paying vehicles.

Deaths: Orey Kling Hoover of Mount Union; David Wilbert Helman of Robertsdale; Mrs. Samuel Henry of Clear Ridge.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 1, 1948


The body of one of Fulton County’s war heroes, Pvt. Melvin L. Hann, son of Rush Hann of Webster Mills, is now on its way home for a final resting place in the country he died for.

An all-star team, made up of players of the Blue Ridge Softball League, will play the Chambersburg Cardinals on July 8. Local players on the team are Jim Spidle, catcher; Donald Hamil, second base; Carl Paylor, third base; Fred Fore and Donald Ott, pitchers.

Births: a daughter on June 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellott of McConnellsburg; a daughter on June 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brantner of McConnellsburg.

The former Mason barn here is now changing rapidly into a new Legion home.

Leo Foreman and Lois Cutchall were married June 16.

Deaths: Roy Gohn of McConnellsburg; William Carl Mellott of Warfordsburg; Lydia Rebecca Tritle Snow of Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gienger of Buck Valley celebrated their ruby anniversary on June 17.

Harry Lockard and Marjorie Hewett Bronlee were married on June 5.

Clarence Bender, McConnellsburg’s muzzleloading expert, won the state championship at Shartlesville on Sunday when he defeated Dr. Jerome Hertle of Bath, who held the honor for two consecutive years. Bender scored 141 points out of a possible 150, while Dr. Hertle, the runnerup, had 137 points. Bender won with a 15-year-old flintlock rifle.

Sid Leech has installed television at his place on top of the mountain, the best so far in the county. Harvey Bergstresser recently experimented with a set, but had no luck.

The body of Bernard J. Larsen of Somerset, a brother of Albert Larsen of town, has been returned for burial in this country from Spain where he was killed in action in June 1944.

Mary Mellott, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mellott of Webster Mills, escaped serious injury when she was struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 30, 1938


Deaths: Chester Anthony Spade of Crystal Spring; Mrs. Rebecca Margaret St.Clair Motter of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Eveline Akers of Amaranth. Clarence Bryner and Mary Barmont were married June 20.

William Aiken Jr. and Eliza Motter were married June 18.

Jimmy Sweger of Enid celebrated his eighth birthday on June 22.

Howard Flick and Elsie Spiller Smith were married June 20.

Wilson Elder received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Mack Horton and Helen Grissinger were married June 25.

Dallas Edwards and Helen Foltz were wed June 17.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 28, 1928


Recent weddings: Curtis Diehl and Hope Deneen on June 20; James McCurdy and Sara Laidig on June 16; Alvie Earl Van Orman and Viola Truax on May 2.

Deaths: Harvey Schooley of near Saluvia; Jacob A. Myers of Worleytown, Md.; Charles Lane of Ayr Township.

The E.B. Lakes of town are the parents of a new baby.

Earl Madden, an employee of the local highway forcer, was severely burned on Monday when the “pot lid” blew off an oil tank, throwing hot oil over his arms and neck.

Roy Mellott marked his 13th birthday on June 23.

Oscar Ranck and Veda Heefner were wed June 2.

Oma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Hixson of Akersville, has gone to school every day for the past five years. She is only 13 but travelled two miles to school every day.

Harry Seiders of near Cito received a broken right wrist on Thursday when he was cranking a truck and “got kicked.”

Billie Spriggs, about 9 years old, received a broken leg last week when he was struck by a car on Lincoln


Mr. and Mrs. Grant Mansberger of Three Springs attended graduation services at Juniata College, their son, Sheldon, being a member of the graduating class.

The following students graduated from McConnellsburg High School this year: Orville Strait, Ralph Deshong, Velda Duvall, Martha Lodge, George Crouse, Lena Hamil, Dorothea Madara, Eliza Motter, Marjorie Kirk, Howard Ott, Mary Divens, Helen Ott, Lois G. Fields, Mabel Seville, May Jarrett and Freda Linn.

Mrs. Albert Gallaher and baby Arlene of Burnt Cabins are spending this week with Mr. Gallaher in Lewistown where he is employed.

Ernest Gress, state botanist of Pennsylvania and a native of Fulton County has written a book about “Common Wild Flowers In Pennsylvania.”

J.K. Johnston returned last Friday from Philadelphia where he attended graduation services in which his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir de Tileman, each received the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy. Mrs. De Tileman received her degree under her maiden name and will be known professionally as Dr. Jean W. Johnston.

Mr. and Mrs. William Lake of Needmore celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 8.

Dallas Edwards of Hiram was numbered among the Shippensburg graduates this year.

Mr. and Mrs. John Miller of Mays Chapel are the proud parents of a little girl. She has been named Ethel Marie.

A large crowd gathered at the home of Watson Peck on May 20 to help him raise his new barn.

R.B. Regi and bride spent part of their honeymoon in Altoona where they attended the Ringling Bros. circus.

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