2018-06-21 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Charlotte Crouse of Hustontown, pictures Lois Barnett McGowan, deceased, a graduate of the former Hustontown High School Class of 1948. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Charlotte Crouse of Hustontown, pictures Lois Barnett McGowan, deceased, a graduate of the former Hustontown High School Class of 1948. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 18, 1998


Graduation ceremonies for the fourth annual class of Camp Cadets was held Friday evening at Camp Sinoquipe. Katie Hann received the

Best of Cadets award. Best Marksman awards went to Ryan Zeger and Heidi Hedrick. Zeger also won the Cadet’s Choice award.

PTA president Kenny Wuertenberg was appointed by Southern Fulton School Board last week to update the term of Wendy Fischer. He will serve until December 1999. Fischer resigned in May.

Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. cut the ribbon on its first stand-alone drive-in June 15 marking the bank’s continuing investment in the revitalization of downtown McConnellsburg.

Richard and Denitia Shelley announce the birth of their son, Austin, June 6, at Fulton County Medical Center.

Nicole Witmer and Roger Hensley Jr. were united in marriage August 16 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chambersburg. The bride is the daughter of Sharon Amos of McConnellsburg and Ronald Witmer of Chantilly, Va., the groom is the son of Roger and Darlene Hensley Sr. of Needmore.

Deaths: Charles Glenn, Carlisle; Marian Hann, Hustontown; Ada DeShong, Harrisonville; Lillian Pittman, Big Cove Tannery; Leslie Valtille Sr., Harrisonville; Ira Sherman, East Waterford; Kenneth Hockenberry, Blairs Mills; Herbert Chilcote, Robertsdale; Lola McCumbee, Berkeley Springs; Pearl Carbaugh, Mercersburg; Charles Lininger, San Antonio, Texas; John Humbert, West Fairview.

Stacy Knable and Scott Powell announce the birth of their first child, a son, Devan, May 2, at Fulton County Medical Center.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 30, 1988


Last Sunday at Cowans Gap State Park, the park was crowded with people with names like Uri and Vladmir, Igor and Galin, all citizens of the Soviet Union and members of the 1988 American-Soviet Walk. The walk is a 35-day trip which began in Washington, D.C., and continues on through Pennsylvania, with stops at Cowans Gap and Pittsburgh and on to Des Moines, Iowa, Los Angeles and will end on July 18 in San Francisco, Calif. The mission was organized to improve Soviet-American relations and to promote peace between the two countries through a better common understanding of the two cultures.

Fulton County commissioners Tuesday signed an agreement with the engineering firm to provide engineering and consulting services for the development of the Southern Fulton Senior Citizens Center near Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. William Albert McClain received an invitation from the White House to attend the award ceremony of the Prisoner of War Medals at the White House on June 24. President Reagan spoke to a group of ex-prisoners of war and other veterans groups, with Mrs. Reagan at his side. McClain was a prisoner of war during the Korean War and he met six other ex-prisoners of war who were with him in Korea. They reside in the Waterfall area.

McConnellsburg’s daredevil driver Brad Houck has been on a tear lately, picking up two consecutive daredevil features at Hagerstown Speedway.

Deaths: Violet Barnhart, McConnellsburg; Claude Sharpe, Harrisonville; Harper Black Jr., Three Springs; Charles Browand, New York City; Jesse Barnhart, Greencastle; Othella Beck, Everett; Vera Foor, Six Mile Run; Margaret Lininger, Fort Loudon; Lester Stotler, Great Cacapon, W.Va.; Ethel Norris, Little Orleans, Md.; Mildred Wentz, Gettysburg; Alma Fisher, Hancock.

Specials at th IGA: Duncan Hines cake mix, 79 cents; cantaloupes, 89 cents each; Lebanon bologna, $2.39 lb.; Pet Ritz cream pie, 79 cents; watermelons, $2.49 each.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McClure of Shirleysburg on June 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip O’Connell of Hagerstown on June 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Howell of Needmore on June 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Clark of Three Springs on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Grove of Orbisonia on June 23.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 22, 1978


Laurie King, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles King of Hustontown, was chosen queen of the Hustontown Fire Co. carnival and was crowned at ceremonies Monday night. Laurie is a junior at Forbes Road High School. The first, second and third runners-up in the contest were Karen Fraker, Carmella Black and Marie Mellott.

McConnellsburg Fire Co. changed its bylaws in 1969 to open up membership to women, but it wasn’t until last week’s meeting that any of the fairer sex applied. Now the local fire company has three fully-fledged female members – the first in the county. They are Dorothy Welsh and her daughter, Donna Welsh, and Linda Lynch. Dorothy and Donna Welsh, wife and daughter of longtime volunteer fireman Dave Welsh, are fully trained emergency medical technicians and Linda, wife of fireman Pete Lynch, is now taking training in firefighting instruction and plans to take the emergency medical technician course in the fall.

Dane Miller, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miller of Big Cove Tannery, risked his own life on May 30 to save that of his brother. Dane suffers from hemophilia, a disease that slows blood clotting and often results in extensive bleeding, but that didn’t keep the youngster from coming to his brother’s rescue. Three-year-old Danny Miller had climbed into the family car and had pulled the car out of gear. When Dane saw the car rolling down the long hill, he ran to the car and leaped halfway through the car window. By this time, however, the car had gained too much momentum and when Dane shifted it into park the gears were stripped. As the car rolled through a wire fence, Dane was thrown from his perch on the window, suffering extensive cuts on his neck, arms and chest. The car continued to rolled own the hill and finally came to rest against a bank, where it was wedged between two large trees. The boys’ mother had been chasing the car and when she reached her younger son, he was at the steering wheel, unhurt. Dane, however, was taken to the Medical Center, where he was admitted, and he was later rushed to Hershey Medical Center where he was given massive infusions of blood plasma. Dane returned home a few days later and got a hero’s welcome from his family and friends.

The home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Strohm, Shippensburg, was the setting for the marriage of Joyce Eileen Strohm to Harold T. “Sam” Sheffield Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold T. Sheffield of McConnellsburg, on May 28.

Specials at the IGA: Domino sugar, 5 lbs., 99 cents; sirloin tip steaks, $1.99 lb.; watermelon, 12 cents lb.; Dawn dishwasher liquid, 89 cents; IGA corn or peas, 29 cents a can.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hollenshead of McConnellsburg on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denis Piper of Mercersburg on June 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Mellott of Warfordsburg on June 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Will of McConnellsburg on June 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Hann, Three Springs, on June 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Bigelow, Mercersburg, on June 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Shives, McConnellsburg, on June 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Appel Jr., Warfordsburg, on June 14.

Marriage licenses: Lee Sheely Zeger Jr., Hustontown, and Judith Ann Reed, Orbisonia; Norman E. Mellott, Needmore, and Carol L. Ritchey, McConnellsburg; Dennis J. Fraker and Linda Gracey, both of McConnellsburg; Michael Schetrompf, Hancock, and Gwen Stahle, Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Mrs. Laura Alexander, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Edna Marshall, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Fedora Morris, Needmore; Albert Fitzwater, Pittsburgh; Margaret Fritz, Boswell; Harvey Clark, Coalmont.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 4, 1968


A Queen of the Furrow contest will be featured at the third district jamboree of the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District to be held

Saturday, July 6, at the Meadow Grounds lake, west of McConnellsburg. Contestants are Nancy Greathead, Dianna Mellott, Teresa Hendershot, Carol Morton and Linda Abbott, Gayle Carbaugh, Joan Beale, Cindy Golden, Sally Knepper and Carol Strait.

The first Tuscarora Mountain Hillclimb, held in Mc- Connellsburg over the weekend, was enthusiastically voted a huge success by the three sponsoring groups – the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Fulton County Jaycees and the Franklin County Sports Car Club. The sports car drivers were high in their praise of not only the challenge to their skill by the hill-climb itself, which they cited as one of the best in the state, but were greatly impressed with the friendliness of local people and the warm hospitality shown during the two-day stay in this area.

Marriage license: John Allan Kelso of McConnellsburg and Linda Carolyn Shives of McConnellsburg.

The Fulton County Fair will be held this year from August 19-24, a little earlier than previous years.

Specials at the A&P: Jane Parker white bread, 4 loaves, 99 cents; watermelons, 89 cents each; margarine, 5 one-lb. packages, 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Otis Mills Jr., Hustontown, on June 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Brown, Fort Littleton, on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Leasure, Mercersburg, on June 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Evan Hoffman of McConnellsburg on June 29.

The D.E. Golden reunion was held June 23 at Pleasant Grove Community Building.

Kit Lorentz, son of Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz, left last week as a member of the Glee Club of Harvard University which will tour a number of European countries, including Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany and England.

Deaths: Luemma Deshong, Harrisonville; Elwood Hann, Hancock; Walter Northcraft, Cumberland; Pansy Cromwell, Harrisonville; Albert Panther, West Point, Iowa; Paul Wallace, Everett; Lucille Regi, Fort Littleton John Hixson, Altoona; Helen Beck Garland, Mercersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 3, 1958


Sunday marked the 54th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Matthias of Burnt Cabins and the 17th anniversary of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. B. Roddey of Turtle Creek.

Mrs. Virginia Buterbaugh and son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Buterbaugh, left Washington, D.C., by plane on Saturday morning for a two-week visit in Bermuda with Robert Buterbaugh and family.

Miss Gladys Yeakle, a teacher in the Warfordsburg schools, entered Penn State University on Monday where she is working for her master’s degree.

Mrs. Floyd McQuade entered Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday and underwent surgery on Monday for the removal of a tumor.

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Cromwell moved into the Bivens home on North First Street on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Naugle moved into their new home, the former Seylar property, last Thursday.

Approximately 90 youngsters have enrolled in the Red Cross swimming classes at Cowans Gap this year.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Mac Myers of Mercersburg celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 29.

Ed Cornelius, who operates a soft drink machine at his furniture store, has reported that receipts have dropped due to the recent cold weather and the recent unemployment at the local factory. The receipts from this machine are the sole source of support for the local library.

Twelve girls have already entered Fulton County’s Queen of the Furrow contest and more entries are expected this week. The queen contest will be held in conjunction with the plowing contests July 16 on the John Bivens farm. Girls who have entered the contest so far are Carolyn Comerer, Janis Crist, Doris Peck, Nancy Rohrer, Diane Keebaugh, Esther Mellott, Joann Koontz, Barb Layton, Myreta Hann, Shirley Brant, Ann Deshong and Leona Anderson. Two girls chosen as winners of this contest will go to Martinsburg to compete in the regional contest.

The series of ads, currently being published in the “News,” last week pictured a scene in the Gillan Orchards at St. Thomas.The ad series is called “Our State” and the subheading last week was “Franklin County’s Peaches” and also pictured three Gillan girls – Mrs. Finlay Wible, Mrs. Richard Snyder and Mary Gillan Fish. The photo was taken quite a number of years ago as the girls were pictured in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with peaches.

A 40-year-old Hopewell man is listed in fair condition at Huntingdon Hospital suffering from injuries received in a motorcycle accident Saturday. Ernest Mellott suffered a compound fracture of the right femur and numerous contusions of the body in the mishap, details of which were not learned. He is married to the former Lena Shimer of Mc- Connellsburg.

Knobsville Post Office closed Monday and Postmaster Harry Hamil retired after 44 years and five months of service to the people. The people of Knobsville will now have their mail handled by Star Route in McConnellsburg. A.L Wible was the postmaster at Knobsville before Mr. Hamil and he served for 23 years.

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

The state’s new minimum wage law covering all women and all others under 21 employed in retail stores throughout Pennsylvania went into effect July 1. The new minimum wage for such employees is $1 per hour.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Evan Hoffman of McConnellsburg on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Miller of Fannettsburg on June 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Daniels of Harrisonville on June 29.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Anna Neil of Willow Hill to William Barnett of Waterfall.

Deaths: Charles Weller of Hancock; Harvey Fleming of Lewistown; Nellie Nace of Warminster; Grace Mosser of Altoona; W. Stuart Strait of Bedford.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 8, 1948


These seven young people graduated from the local Bible School this year: Evelyn Bivens, Ronald Cisney, June Fleming, Beulah Layton, Billie Lininger, Dolly Tritle and Naomi Wildoner. Deans of the school this year were Revs. David R. Hoover and Mark Michael, assisted by a staff of 20 teachers.

Johnnie Humbert was one of the honor graduates at Hershey Industrial School on June 7.

William Brewer of McConnellsburg is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from an injured back he received in a fall from a hay wagon on July 5.

William F.C. Frey and Marian Ella Nesbitt were married July 3.

Deaths: infant daughter of Donald E.and Eda Jane Ramsey of Hustontown; John Humphreys of Harrisonville.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 7, 1938


Two flags – the Christian flag and the United States flag – were presented to the local Lutheran Church on Sunday, gifts from the primary and junior departments of the Sunday School. Hon. Richard Simpson will make the presentation speech for the United States flag, and it is hoped that a deaconess from the Baltimore Motherhouse will be present to make the presentation speech for the Christian flag.

Deaths: Jacob Riley Sheffield of Fort Littleton.

Mrs. Leona Mumma of Harrisonville has been admitted to Everett Hospital for the repair of a severe laceration of her leg.

Several letters, written in 1847, are reprinted in this issue. They are now the property of Levi Morton and were written by Elizabeth Martin, William Martin and John Martin. Mrs. Morton plans to present them to the Fulton County Historical Society. The letters, written before the time of postage stamps, bear the numerals “10” and “5” on the outside showing the amount of postage paid. The letters are folded in such a way that the letter itself forms its own envelope.

Five purebred Guernsey cows were sold last week by Orville Duvall of Crystal Spring to Henry Waltz of West Chester, Pa.

Doyle Horton of Wells Tannery received a broken rib and was knocked unconscious on the Fourth of July when he was struck by a baseball. He was playing with the Wells Tannery team against Saltillo.

Following are a few of the specials at the local Pen Mar Store for this weekend: wax paper, 40-foot roll, 5 cents; toilet tissue, 3 rolls for 10 cents; lima beans, 2 pounds for 9 cents; peanut butter, pound jar for 11 cents; pork and beans, two 16 cans for 9 cents; margarine, 2 pounds for 23 cents; San-A-Ro coffee, 2 pounds for 33 cents; P&G soap, 3 cakes for 11 cents; American cheese, 25 cents a pound.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 5, 1928


Deaths: Anna Ritchey of Waterfall; Baltzer Gutchall of near McConnellsburg; Dorothy Dovalt Peck of Thompson Township; John Nelson of McConnellsburg; Jackson Myers of Springfield, Ohio; William Gutshall of Knobsville; Finley Kendall of New Castle.

Miss Mary Logan Naas returned to her home here from the University Hospital in Philadelphia where she underwent an operation for appendicitis.

Marshall Lynch of Crystal Spring was in town on Tuesday, delivering a load of handmade furniture.

Harry Elvey son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Elvey, will leave Friday for Fort Hoyle where he will spend a month at the citizens’ military training camp.

Miss Geraldine Thomas left Monday for Penn State College where she will do post-graduate work during the summer months.

Dallas Regi and June Alexander were married June 28.

Last Thursday evening two hitchhikers were given food by Mrs. Elizabeth Neeson. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Neeson went to get her car to go to her tearoom on the mountain and found it missing. Inquiry revealed that the two men had turned west at the bank corner in her car. Police at Everett were notified, and Harry Johnston in his Chrysler, accompanied by Minnich Mellott, Ellis Plessinger and Fred Fisher, gave chase, arriving in Everett about five minutes after the two men had been stopped by police. The two men are now in the local jail, but Mrs. Neeson is still without a car. A bearing burned out and it had to be left in Everett for repairs.

S. S. Alloway of New Grenada is working at Fort Littleton, wiring the milk house for John Baldwin.

Dick Fisher has bought the real estate of Amanda Bender on East Lincoln Way and M.G. Kirk of Hustontown purchased the home of William Baumgardner on East Market Street, both houses selling for $2,000.

Lee Bard, 18, son of O.L. Bard of near Sipes Milll, is one of the luckiest men in Fulton County. While attending the Hagerstown Fair last fall, Lee took a chance on a lot, one of several being chanced off at York. This week, he received word that he had won and, that if he would get there with $35 and claim it it was his. He did so, but before they left York, he sold the lot to a real estate firm for $235.

Mrs. John Appleby of Clear Ridge gave birth to a son last Wednesday in Chambersburg Hospital.

Death: Frank Oliver of Mechanicsburg.

Leo Northcraft went to Cumberland last week and had a growth removed from his upper lip. The operation was performed without the use of anesthetic. He just went to the barber shop and had his mustache cut off.

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