2018-07-12 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the wedding of William Selser and Mary Catherine Mosser in January 1936. Pictured, left: ?, Wilhelmina LaBar, ?, Bill Selser, Mary Catherine Mosser, George Mosser (brother), Helen McLaughlin, ?, and Helen Grissinger Horton. The files of the “News” describes the wedding as “the outstanding social event of the season.” Helen Ott served as maid of honor and Helen Grissinger and WIlhelmina LaBar were bridesmaids, This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the wedding of William Selser and Mary Catherine Mosser in January 1936. Pictured, left: ?, Wilhelmina LaBar, ?, Bill Selser, Mary Catherine Mosser, George Mosser (brother), Helen McLaughlin, ?, and Helen Grissinger Horton. The files of the “News” describes the wedding as “the outstanding social event of the season.” Helen Ott served as maid of honor and Helen Grissinger and WIlhelmina LaBar were bridesmaids, 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 9, 1998


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) analytical mobile lab returned to the area this week to continue their investigation into contamination of public and private water supplies in Ayr Township. The lab and DEP technicians spent a week here in April but results were inconclusive due to extreme wetness of the soils sampled. In December of last year, the spring used to feed livestock on the Glazier farm which lies adjacent to one of the water authority’s public water supplies, the Secrist Springs and well, was found to contain 2-butanone or MEK, a cleaning solvent.

State Rep. Dick Hess announced last week two state grants totalling $165,906 have been awarded to Fulton County to be used in restoring state parks and forest infrastructure. The grants will cover improvements for Cowans Gap State Park and Forest District I located in Todd Township.

Kacie Seville, 17, daughter of Greg and Monica Seville, ran into a 50-inch rattlesnake Sunday near their Long View home in McConnellsburg. She ran to a nearby neighbor who killed the rattler for her. The snake had 11 rattles plus a button.

A local man felt the fury of an Iowa storm late last month as high winds and heavy rains tore through central Iowa. Fred Black Sr., McConnellsburg, was driving a semitrailer truck on Highway 330, south of Albion, Iowa, in Marshall County June 29 when heavy winds flipped the vehicle on its side into a ditch. Black suffered only minor injuries and required no treatment.

The 1998 Dr. Robert Riggs Memorial tournament was held July 5 at Great Cove Golf Club. The traveling trophy was won by low net scorer and longtime member Bryan Campbell with a 65.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keefer of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Dusty, to Fred McFadden Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred McFadden of Big Cove Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Mixell of Fort Littleton on June 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Flasher of Robertsdale on June 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Strait Sr., Harrisonville, on July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Strait, McConnellsburg, on July 2.

Deaths: Thomas Sloan, Chambersburg; Irene Clevenger, Mercersburg; Shirley Taylor, Chambersburg; Shirley Christophel, Mercersburg; Maurice Landers, Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 21, 1988


Despite all the amazing advances in medical science, it’s not often that someone manages to reach the remarkable age of 100. But, David H.

Franklin, McConnellsburg, will do just that next Monday, July 25, despite the fact that he has twice been shot and admits to having smoked and drank for much of his life.

The grass is brown and the corn is stunted all over the county as the hot, dry summer continues with high temperature records being broken day by day as the thermometer tops the hundred mark in varying degrees and often stays in the 80s and 90s through the night.

The Bedford-Fulton-Huntingdon Solid Waste Authority Monday evening voted to purchase a 700-acre tract adjacent to its existing landfill in Broad Top Township, for development of a long-term, lined landfill.

Mike Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Decker, Mercersburg, and assistant to golf pro Ira Kramer at Great Cove, set a new record on July 15, when he carded a 32-32 round, or an eight under par on the 72-par local course. He shot six birdies, one eagle and 11 pars.

The Red Sox Little League team won the Fulton County League championship for the third year in a row. Members of the team are Jason Mellott, Jason Hall, Todd Hoffner, Mark Smith, Joshua Hall, Nathan Sipes, Ryan Hann, Scott Mellott, Darrin Miller, Jamie Hall, Shawn Chilcote and Cory Barton.

Paula Hess became the bride of Robert Cross on May 21 in Needmore Bible Church. The bride is the daughter of Victoria Hess and the late James Hess Jr. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cross of Hancock.

Michele Carbaugh and Jeffrey Grace were united in marriage June 11 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Parents of the couple are Nadine and Charles Carbaugh Jr. of Mc- Connellsburg, and Peggy and Terry Grace of Wells Tannery.

Deaths: Amanda Barber, Roaring Spring; Hazel Burns, Clarksburg, W.Va.; George DeShong, Mingo Junction, Ohio; Opal Flasher, Three Springs; L. Thelma Ford, Mc- Connellsburg; Lombard Lightner, Shade Gap; David Mc- Conaughey, Orbisonia; Harry McFadden, Big Cove Tannery; Leatha Speer, Waynesboro; Harold Taylor, Hustontown; Blanche Warthin, McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Kenneth Gordon, Narvon, and Penny Shaw, McConnellsburg; Everett Coleman, Warfordsburg, and Cynthia Hixon True, Warfordsburg; Gregory Stahl, Chambersburg, and Kathleen Myers, Hustontown; Patrick Metzler, McConnellsburg, and Cinda Hann, Mc- Connellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 13, 1978


The casket of McConnellsburg’s first fire chief, Jacob “Jake” Clevenger, was taken through McConnellsburg to Union Cemetery on July 5, on the back of the firemen’s rescue truck. Clevenger, 78, died July 3, in the Guilford Convalescent Home, Fayetteville. Considered the main organizer of the McConnellsburg Fire Co., he and some friends recognized the need for such an organization in 1930 and persuaded the McConnellsburg Borough Council to purchase a 1931 Chevrolet fire engine and form a fire company. He was appointed fire chief by borough council in 1930, and he continued in that position until 1951. He also served as president of the fire company in 1936 and in 1950. Because the fire company members wanted to do a little more in honor of the first chief, they volunteered the services of the rescue truck to carry the casket to the cemetery.

President Jimmy Carter paid a surprise visit to Mercersburg and Cove Gap last week. The Carters were, for a day, a family of sightseers last Thursday as Carter took a day off from a 10-day “working vacation” at Camp David, Md.

David Fogg, 23, engineer for radio station WVFC in Mc- Connellsburg, died last Wednesday after he brushed against transmitting equipment, sending a charge of up to 6,000 volts through his body. Fogg of Chambersburg had been attempting to repair the station’s 1,000-watt AM transmitter when the incident occurred.

Wells Tannery Postmaster Marjorie Crippen will be 70 years old eight days after the end of August. And those eight days make the difference between the loss of Wells Tannery’s post office and business as usual. About a month ago the U.S. Postal Service announced a proposal to close the Wells Tannery Post Office by the end of September and replace it with curbside delivery by rural carrier. Mrs. Crippen began a battle to keep the post office in Wells Tannery. She was joined by her husband, Guy, and many local residents who use the office. This July 11, Mrs. Crippen received word that the Wells Tannery Post Office will not be closed, at least not anytime soon.

Nancy Buterbaugh, daughter of George Buterbaugh of Big Cove Tannery and Mrs. Audrey Buterbaugh of Mercersburg, was united in marriage to Ryan Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mellott of Needmore, on June 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mellott of Warfordsburg were honored at a golden anniversary celebration, hosted by their daughters and grandchildren, at Breezewood Firehall on June 11.

Cinda Douglas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Douglas of Hancock, was united in marriage to John Franklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carter of Williamsport and the late John Franklin, on June 24.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Pittman of Hancock on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James McKim of Three Springs on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson Jr., Hancock, on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Wilmoth, Mercersburg, June 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. LeRay Mellott, Warfordsburg, July 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Golden, Warfordsburg, July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thompson, Berkeley Springs, July 3.

The marriage of Miss Linda Marie Gracey of Waterfall to Dennis Jay Fraker of Fort Littleton took place June 24 at New Grenada Church of God. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gracey and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fraker.

Deaths: Mrs. Caroline Johnston, Chambersburg; Thurman Bishop, Needmore; Grover Stine, McConnellsburg; Dorothy Zimmerman, Chambersburg; Merrill Bergstresser, Waterfall; Edwin Fletcher, Woodbury; Mrs. Louie Gordon, Little Cove; Edna Wilson Altoona.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 25, 1968


U.S. Air Force Capt. Larry R. Barkman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Barkman of Hustontown, was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam for meritorious service while engaged in military operations against Vietcong forces. Barkman was cited for his performance as a base civil engineer in Southeast Asia.

A McConnellsburg member of the Fulton County 4-H clubs was among the winners in the Regional 4-H Demonstration and Public Speaking contests, which were held at the East Juniata High School July 17. Bringing home top honors in public speaking for Fulton County was Ada Jane Adams, daughter of Mrs. Dolly Adams of McConnellsburg.

An open house will be held August 4 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Blair Garland, McConnellsburg, in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Marriage licenses: Daniel Watson Peck of Warfordsburg and Louise Diane Truax of Needmore.

Calvary Independent Baptist Church of McConnellsburg was the scene of the marriage on July 6 of Judy Shives, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Shives Sr., Three Springs, to David Strait, son of Blair Strait of Hancock.

The family of Mrs. Pierce Glunt held a reunion on the lawn at the Glunt home at Knobsville Saturday evening.

Norma Strait, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Strait of Hancock, and Carl Wertman Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wertman Sr., Hancock, were united in marriage in a double ring ceremony at Grace Nazarene Church in Hancock June 28.

In a quiet and impressive ceremony Saturday afternoon, July 13, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mary Keefer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keefer of Big Cove Tannery, became the bride of James Lynch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lynch of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peck, McConnellsburg, July 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fore, McConnellsburg, July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fetter, Breezewood, July 19.

Deaths: Ernest Gress, Camp Hill; Sen. Greene, Mechanicsburg; infant son of Charles and Trudy Shafer, Waterfall; Maude Kregar, Crystal Spring; Albert Kendall, Akron, Ohio; S. Frank Mongold, Clearville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 24, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Foster of Laughlintown were among the out-of-town folks who attended the teachers reunion here on Saturday.

Danny Grissinger, who had spent the past few weeks with his grandparents in East McKeesport, returned to his home here on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston and family left Saturday for a two-week vacation in Colorado. They will be joined there by Mr. and Mrs. Myles King of Long Branch, Calif.

Mrs. Jacob Mellott, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Horton and Mrs. Paul Stevens visited Mrs. Mellott’s sister, Mrs. Annie Wagner, who is a patient in Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg.

At a special meeting of Forbes Road Joint School Board and Northern Fulton School Building Authority last week, the final plans and specifications for the new high school at Gracey were approved. It is expected that the building will be under construction shortly after Labor Day.

The several contests sponsored by Fulton County Soil Conservation District were held at the John Bivens farm in Todd Township last week. Besides the plowing contests and selections by McConnellsburg High School Band, the contest for Queen of the Furrow was one of the highlights of the day. A three-judge panel rated each contestant and, after what they term a “tough decision,” finally selected Janice Crist and Barbara Layton, both of Needmore, to represent Fulton County in the regional contest at Martinsburg. The judges there, however, selected Bonnie Nicodemus of northern Belford County as the regional queen and she will go to Hershey in August to compete for the state title. The contestants in the local contest were Betty Roter, Shirley Brant, Joanne Koontz, Myreta Hann, Barbara Layton, Ann Deshong, Esther Mellott, Leona Anderson, Linda Barnhart, Dorothy Mellott, Carol Comerer and Janice Crist.

The architectural details have now been completed for the proposed new Southern Fulton Joint High School at Warfordsburg, and it is anticipated that the mechanical detail planning will be completed in a few days.

The basic wheat price support rate in Fulton County for the current crop has been set at $1.90 bushel.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sharpe of Harrisonville recently received a congratulatory letter and a gift package of the “57 Varieties” from th H.J. Heinz Co. in recognition of their 57th wedding anniversary.

A large copperhead snake was discovered by one of Clay Bivens’ children last Thursday along the creek wall between The First National Bank and the Cornelius Furniture Store. The snake, shot by Bill Eiker, measured 34 1/2 inches.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Parsons of Fort Littleton on July 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Gordon of McConnellsburg on July 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grajewski of Hustontown on July 16.

Walter Nave, 68, president of the Breezewood Telephone Co., suffered a broken hip last week when he slipped while helping to set a telephone pole.

Admissions at Shippensburg State Teachers College have been closed, a class of 330 new students already having been accepted for the start of the September term.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 29, 1948


Mr. and Mrs. David Smith Hollenshead will move to Philadelphia this week where he will begin training under the Federal Reserve Bank and become a student at University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. and Mrs. D.L. Hohman of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Catherina Ann, on July 23.

County agent H.P. Kies says the wheat crop in Fulton County this year will be about 50 percent of normal, representing a loss of about a quarter-million dollars due to disease and insects.

CAA investigators report that poor visibility in a sudden cloudburst was the cause of the plane crash July 16 in which Herman B. Mellott and his eldest son, Herman Jr., were two of the four people killed.

Wilmer C. Knepper and Agnes Keating were married on July 3.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 28, 1938


The Pennsylvania General Assembly went into special session on Monday to discuss 24 points of legislation, the most important being charges of corruption against state officials.

Death: Mrs. Harriet Mellott of Cambridge, Md.

Better-than-average yields of corn, wheat, barley, rye, potatoes, tobacco and hay are expected in Pennsylvania this year, according to the Federal State Crop Reporting Service. Fruits, with the lone exception of peaches, will be below the 10-year average.

Miss Ruth Kirk left last week for New York from where she embarked on a cruise to the Bermuda Islands.

Miss Harriet Sloan is presently in Chambersburg where she is caring for Mrs. William Walker and her new little son, who recently returned form the Maternity Home.

Births last week in Thompson Township included: daughter Patricia Arlene, to Mr. and Mrs. Erby Booth and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Miller.

Little Billy Gordon of Thompson Township is sick again with the “spasms” he is subject to getting.

H.J. Decker, after a long illness, is operating his lath and sawdust mill at Saluvia

The stork has been flying around Saluvia, leaving a boy each for Mark MacFarland and Stanley Mellott.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Simpson of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a baby girl on July 24.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of
July 26, 1928


Deaths: Mrs. Margaret Morrow of Pleasant Hill; Mrs. Murray Romig of Wells Valley; Ezra Pittman of Hancock; Myrtle Nancy Blankley of near Warfordsburg; Bernice Truax of Belfast Township; Isaac Powell Hendershot of Franklin County.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Appleby of Philadelphia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Ritchey of New Grenada.

Flick’s old swimming hole is one of the main attractions around New Grenada these hot days.

John Castle and Stella Horton were wed June 23.

Warren Ray is the name of the little son who came to the home of Mr and Mrs. Warren Barton of Chambersburg on July 2.

Francis Taylor of Mc- Connellsburg, who was mercantile appraiser for Fulton County during the past year, has been appointed a notary public by Gov. Fisher.

The McConnellsburg Lodge of the Frateral Home Insurance Society will hold its annual picnic in McGovern’s Grove on July 28.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Webster Mellott on Friday.

The Burnt Cabins Methodist Church will reopen on Sunday after being closed for extensive repairs

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wible of Knobsville on July 12; twins, a boy and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Mack Crouse of Big Cove Tannery on July 19. The boy arrived at 7 p.m., followed by the girl at 10 p.m.

Oscar Garland of Hustontown has been given the contract for painting the outside of the courthouse at a reported price of $180. The woodwork will receive two coats of white; the brickwork one coat of red, pencilled with white.

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