2018-06-28 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Denise Mellott of McConnellsburg, pictures contestants in the Queen of the Furrow contest held in July 1968. Ten county girls competed in the contest, with Nancy Greathead being named Queen of the Furrow. First runner-up was Linda Abbott and second runner-up was Carol Morton. Other contestants were Dianna Mellott, Teresa Hendershot, Gayle Carbaugh, Joan Beale, Cindy Golden, Sally Knepper and Carol Strait. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Denise Mellott of McConnellsburg, pictures contestants in the Queen of the Furrow contest held in July 1968. Ten county girls competed in the contest, with Nancy Greathead being named Queen of the Furrow. First runner-up was Linda Abbott and second runner-up was Carol Morton. Other contestants were Dianna Mellott, Teresa Hendershot, Gayle Carbaugh, Joan Beale, Cindy Golden, Sally Knepper and Carol Strait. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 25, 1998


Seven people travelling from New York City to Pittsburgh died along a rain-soaked Pennsylvania Turnpike June 20, when their bus slammed into a tractor-trailer parked at a rest stop. State police at the Newville station stated a Greyhound bus was travelling west along Interstate 76 in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, at 4:18 a.m. when for unknown reasons it left the roadway and hit a parked tractor trailer. The force of impact caused the truck to rear-end another parked tractor-trailer. Among the seven who died were the driver Scott Wisner, 61, who was completing his last trip before retirement. State police, 17 emergency ambulance crews and five fire companies responded to the emergency call. Investigations revealed there were no mechanical problems with the bus and the brakes were in good working condition. Wisner was also reported to be “healthy and sober” during the collision, but state police are not completely ruling out the possibility that he could have fallen asleep at the wheel.

To residents of McConnellsburg the storm that swept Fulton County June 16 may have looked like something out of the movie “Twister.” While there were no flying cows, the heavy winds and flying debris have been categorized as a downburst and not a tornado or gustnado as previously thought. After almost a week of analyzing data and damage reports the National Weather Service in State College determined early this week downbursts with wind speeds between 70 and 90 knots travelled through the borough of McConnellsburg to the Blue Mountain turnpike tunnels in Franklin County.

Horseback riders as well as horse lovers from all over turned out Saturday for the open house of Lori Glazier’s Hidden Valley Farm, five miles south of Mc- Connellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Juan Morales of Riddlesburg on June 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Stephens of Crystal Spring on June 19.

Deaths: Bernita Henry, Harrisonville; Marshall Newman, Wells Tannery; Harry Doubles, Mercersburg; Winifred Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Anthony Kerlin, Spring Run; Roy Barton, Crystal Spring; Tiarra Miller, Mercersburg; Pauline Monn, Chambersburg; Estalene Fischer, Sunbury; Ralph Campbell, White Marsh, Md.; Ryan Bender, Lewistown; Shaun Netz, State Line.

David and Ethel Hixon of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet, to Eugene Dixon Jr., Mechanicsburg, son of Donna and Ron Wilt of Duncansville and Eugene Sr. and Mandy Dixon of Stoystown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 7, 1988


Kitty Wells, the legendary “Queen of Country Music,” appeared at Hustontown Area Fire Co.’s carnival July 1. Wells, a longtime Nashville country western recording star, appeared in two shows, both of which drew large crowds to the carnival. Warm weather and fair skies prevailed during the week’s activities and brought out large crowds for all events, including the parade on Thursday night.

The search for a former McConnellsburg area man and his hunting companion, who have been missing since last November, has again been suspended by county and U.S Air Force officials in Montana. John Doyle, 25, White Falls, Mont., and formerly of McConnellsburg, and a companion, James Steging, 24, have been missing since leaving for an apparent hunting trip in Ravali County, Mont., last November 13. Search efforts conducted at that time produced no clues to the whereabouts of the men. Doyle is the son of Ralph Doyle of McConnellsburg and Nancy Kyler, Hustontown.

Specials at the IGA: chicken legs, 69 cents lb.; Sealtest ice cream, buy 1 get 1 free; new potatoes, 10 pounds for $1.29; round steak, $1.79 lb.

Don Ott was the winner of the traveling trophy in the 16th annual Robert Riggs Memorial Tournament played at Great Cove on Sunday.

Deaths: Marilyn Mumma, Burnt Cabins; Dessie Peck, Upper Strasburg; Floyd Meyers, Needmore; Fred Mellott, Warfordsburg; Kreps Younger, Hancock; Mary Hess, Amaranth; Eleanor Anderson, McConnellsburg; Willis Mellott, Swickley, Pa.; Betty Timmons, Mercersburg; Freda Park, Souderton; Forrest Garland, Stevensville; Ida Koontz, Clearville; M. Esther Zeger, Mercersburg; Oliver Ford, Three Springs.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Strait of Harrisonville on June 24; a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Randy McGowan of Hustontown on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Emerson of Hancock on June 30.

Marc Whiteside, Warfordsburg, and Kristi Hill, Needmore, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 29, 1978


Rates for rooms and all other hospital services at Chambersburg Hospital were increased last week, and room rates at the local Medical Center are scheduled for an increase effective July 1. Effective July 1, 1978, a wage and salary increase has been granted to all employees. Effective that same date, room and board rates will be increased $6 a day. This is the first increase in over a year.

Tom Rockwell of Mercersburg easily outspent everyone in the May primary campaign for 90th District state representative, but came up unsuccessful in his bid to oust seven term incumbent William Shuman of Greencastle. Rockwell and his two campaign committees reported expenditures of just under $6,000 while Shuman listed expenses of almost $2,500.

Wavy Robinson, wife of Ray Robinson, owner of Johnnies Motel and Diner, suffered a heart attack at her home on Monday and was admitted to the coronary care unit at the Medical Center where she remains a patient.

Rev. and Mrs. David R. Hoover are enjoying a vacation on a tour of the Scandinavian countries. Other local people on the same tour are Lewis Deneen of Warfordsburg and Mrs. Ben Regi, Lincoln Way West.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Strait were the surprised guests of honor on June 16 at Green Hill Sewing Club in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary.

Specials at the IGA: large cantaloupes, 69 cents each; Pepsi Cola, $1.09; six 12-oz. cans; franks, $1.09.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stanley of Warfordsburg on June 19; a son and daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Mellott of Hancock on June 21.

Charles Vores, a lifelong resident of McConnellsburg and now a guest at Franklin County Nursing Home, celebrated his 93rd birthday on Monday. To celebrate the occasion, his daughters, Mrs. Helen K. Martin and Mrs. Betty Horton, brought him to McConnellsburg to visit with friends and family

Deaths: Hyson Akers, Warfordsburg; Bernice B. Stevenson, Broad Top City; Robert Everts, Hancock; Mrs. Evelyn Weber, Chambersburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Weber, Chambersburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Downes, Carlisle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 11, 1968


The Meadow Grounds Lake on Saturday took on the look of Atlantic City during the Miss

America Pageant when Lyle Duffey, the “Bert

Parks of Fulton County,” introduced 10 of the county’s prettiest girls in the Queen of the Furrow contest. The event was the highlight of the day’s program at the third annual district jamboree. The final decision of the judges made Nancy Louise Greathead, 16, daughter of Mrs. Audrey Greathead and the late John Greathead of McConnellsburg, the new Queen of the Furrow. She received her crown from Mrs. Charles Manning of St. Thomas, the former Barbara Layton, who won the honor in 1958, the last time the contest was held locally. First runner-up was Linda Mae Abbott, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Abbott of McConnellsburg. Second runner-up was Carol Morton, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morton of Webster Mills.

Mrs. William Shaffer of McConnellsburg received word on Friday that her husband, Capt. William Shaffer, had been wounded in action and was hospitalized at Cu Chi, Vietnam. This marks the second time that Capt. Shaffer has been wounded in action in Vietnam, where he has been serving since October 18. In a letter to his wife, Capt. Shaffer said that his troop had run into an enemy ambush on July 3 in the battle area around Cu Chi. He was struck by shrapnel in the left arm, right leg and left knee as he was riding on a heavy track vehicle.

The highlight of the annual McConnellsburg Firemen’s Carnival, which has been in full swing at the local fairgrounds since Saturday, will be the big parade on Thursday.

More than 200 people attended the third annual district jamboree held by the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District on Saturday at the Meadow Grounds Lake, west of McConnellsburg.

Marriage license: David Strait of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Judy Ann Shives of Three Springs; James Lynch of Mc- Connellsburg and Mary Keefer of Big Cove Tannery; Ray Allen Long of Waterfall and Phyllis June Ramsey of Robertsdale.

Dorothy Viola Hendershot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hendershot of McConnellsburg, and Daryl Wallace Mellott, son of Mrs. Olive Mellott of Needmore and the late Mr. Mellott, were married June 30.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Rev. and Mrs. E. Loy Garber, McConnellsburg, on July 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Hollenshead, Needmore, on July 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson, Breezewood, on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McFadden, Hancock, on July 5.

Specials at the IGA: franks, 2-lb. bag, 99 cents; Ivory, 12 bars for 95 cents; lemons, 59 cents, doz.; IGA fruit drinks, 25 cents, 1-qt., 14-oz. can.

Linda Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnston of McConnellsburg, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, having completed four years in the College of Health and Physical Education.

Deaths: J. Mack Chesnut, McConnellsburg; Alice Belle Rosenberry, Fort Littleton; Virgil Bishop, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Alice Taylor, Saxton; Pansy Cromwell, Frank John Rinker, Orbisonia.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 10, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. Watson Nelson of town were called to Williamsport, Pa., on Monday due to the serious illness of his father, Charles Nelson, who died early Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Dorothy Hamil Browne of McConnellsburg will leave New York on Saturday for a vacation in Mexico.

Word was received here Monday that Mrs. Carl Leidy (nee Myrtle Stouteagle) of Pitcairn passed away Sunday.

Mrs. Paul Shimer left with relatives on Sunday for a visit in Monterey, Calif.

Miss Judy Eichelberger, granddaughter of Mrs. Wilson Nace of town, left a week ago for Europe where she will spend the remainder of the summer.

A McConnellsburg husband and father has written letters of complaint to the governors of Georgia and Tennessee, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congressman Richard Simpson as a result of the false arrest of his family in the two states mentioned above. Maurice Sherman, former state police sergeant and retired game protector, has explained in detail in letters about the treatment to which his family was subjected at the hands of a sheriff’s posse in the small town of Oakman, Ga. His wife, their son and wife and the latter’s two small sons were intercepted, placed under arrest and their car and all their traveling equipment seized. After their eventual release the younger Mrs. Sherman was given permission to call her family in New York and they arrived on the scene with the family lawyer. They returned to McConnellsburg where they related the incident to the elder Mr. Sherman, who became enraged over their false arrest and subsequent treatment.

The post office department is again seeking a location for the local post office. The department presently holds an option on 11,760 square feet of land opposite the firehall, and the postal authorities are seeking bids from prospective bidders to erect a building with a 15-year lease for the department and an option for three five-year renewal leases.

The fund for the memorial to the “country doctor,” the late Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, continues to grow, another quarter column of names of contributors being printed in this issue. This will be the last week of the drive.

The annual twilight dairy meeting sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Artificial Breeding Cooperative will be held at the Harold Deshong farm July 17.

Gerald Hann and Merrill Fetters, managers of the Hustontown Speedway, have taken over the management of the North Bedford Speedway at Bedford and will hold their first races there this Sunday afternoon.

According to the State Tax Equalization Board, the estimated market value of all real property in Fulton County is $16,801,758, with the assessed valuation at $8,350,879.

Rural mail carrier H. Howard Peck suffered a light stroke at his home on Market Street on Tuesday morning. Although practically paralyzed, he is expected to recover.

The State Game Commission has set a three-day doe season for this year, with 350,700 licenses to be distributed.

Official estimates show that Pennsylvania’s peach crop is expected to total 3,000,000 bushels this year, an increase of 700,000 bushels over last year.

Mrs. Emma Ritchey of Wells Tannery celebrated her 88th birthday on June 14 and George Winters marked his 91st birthday last Sunday.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Seville, McConnellsburg, on June 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Almon Bard, Hustontown, on July 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hess, McConnellsburg, on July 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fraker, Fort Littleton, on July 3.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Jane Waidlich of Mercersburg; Mrs. Agnes Drake of Granville, Pa.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 15, 1948


Jackie Glazier, Gene Headley, Walter Grissinger and Lee Glazier are attending Camp Michaux at Caledonia this week.

Mrs. Leroy Morgan is recuperating at her home after undergoing an operation at Waynesboro Hospital.

The chassis for a new fire truck was delivered to the Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co. on Tuesday.

Full military funeral services were conducted on Wednesday for Pvt. Melvin Hann, son of Rush Hann of Webster Mills. His body was one of 364 Pennsylvanians shipped to New York last week on the Transport Greenville Victory.

Two Wells Tannery youngsters were injured last week. Peggy Sheeder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Sheeder, received a broken leg on Friday when she fell from the porch steps at the home of Mrs. Virginia Gracey. Edith Watkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Watkins, suffered a badly bruised hand when a hay rope pulled her hand into a pulley.

Rev. T.P. Garland suffered several broken ribs last week when his new Crosley skidded and upset on Sideling Hill.

Harold Kies, whose picture graces the front page of this issue, has been named agricultural agent for the county.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sipes of McConnellsburg will observe their golden wedding anniversary on July 24.

Births: twins, a boy and a girl, on July 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mellott of Mercersburg; a son on July 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seiders of McConnellsburg; a daughter on July 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shotts of Waterfall; a son on July 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Carmack of McConnellsburg; a daughter on July 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Deshong of McConnellsburg; a son on July 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anderton of Mc- Connellsburg.

Mrs. Rachel Lamberson of Hustontown entertained the WSCS at her home on Wednesday.

William Palmer and Betty Mellott were married June 30.

Emerson Plessinger and Dorothy Hill were married July 4.

Deaths: Larry Mellott of Mercersburg; Henry Bard of Knobsville; Edward Schuchart of Needmore.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 14, 1938


A lengthy article in this issue tells how the people of Pleasant Grove Christian Church banded together to better their place of worship. With all working together, new carpet was laid, a platform was built across the front of the church, panelling was done, a driveway was put around the church and through the cemetery and the grounds were landscaped. In one day, as many as 62 persons reported for work.

Deaths: Clarence Hess Sr., Shade Gap; Joseph Truax of Belfast Township.

Mrs. L.M. Mellott, better known as “Aunt Sinie,” is seriously ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Mason of East Lincoln Way. Mrs. Mellott, who formerly had a store at Andover, celebrated her 95th birthday on June 29.

Almost 100 persons attended the barn raising on July 7 at the John Nesbitt farm, now owned by William Secrist.

Last Friday evening, a large crowd gathered in the Presbyterian Church to see “Fulton County On Parade,” the moving pictures of McConnellsburg’s Sesquicentennial, taken in 1936 by John Spangler.

E.C. Harris has opened a modern cleaning and pressing shop in McConnellsburg, the first in Fulton County

Death: Rev. Dr. David Woods of near Gettysburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Booth and three children moved from Chambersburg to Clear Ridge this past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Fora King of Center announce the birth of a son, born on July 6.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 12, 1928


Deaths: Mrs.

Laura Belle

(Shore) Newman of Wells Valley; James Gordon of Thompson Township; Mrs. William Comerer of McConnellsburg; Dr. George Robinson of McConnellsburg.

Chester Truax of Knobsville is able to be out again after undergoing an operation at Chambersburg Hospital.

Robert Stunkard, son of Mr. and Mrs. McClellan Stunkard of Governors Island, N.Y., both natives of Wells Valley, has been named as one of three distinguished cadets at West Point Military Academy. A distinguished cadet is one making 92 percent or more on the merit roll of his class. In recognition of this, the academy awards “stars” which the honored cadet may wear on his collar the following year.

Fulton County now boasts its first Lincoln sedan, a beautiful new car acquired by Dr. H.C. McClain of Hustontown.

The Fulton County Bank publishes a statement of condition in this issue, showing the largest volume of business in 41 years of banking, being over $900,000.

Russell Runyan has been transferred from Kentucky to Maine, doing work for the Geological Survey.

Charles Wilson, who lives near Knobsville, picked 250 quarts of cherries from his trees last week.

Earl Chamberlain of Wells Tannery broke his leg last Friday when a tree he was cutting fell on him. The leg was broken below the knee, the large bone of the leg protruding through his flesh.

Albert Dick of Buck Valley received a broken collarbone on July 4 when his motorcycle collided with a car.

While playing baseball last Saturday, James Schetrompf, second basemen for the Buck Valley team, received a broken leg when a Needmore player ran into him.

Cletus Hess and Bessie Bingham were married July 3.

Born: a son on Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Ross King of Burnt Cabins.

Mr. and Mrs J.L. Garland of Welsh Run celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 16.

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