2018-07-19 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures Martin A. Grissinger and Violet May Russell on their wedding day in the early 1900s. They lived at and ran the mill in Dublin Mills. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures Martin A. Grissinger and Violet May Russell on their wedding day in the early 1900s. They lived at and ran the mill in Dublin Mills. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 16, 1998


A Three Springs woman died in a two-car crash along Peach Orchard Road in Todd Township last weekend when she collided head-on with another vehicle. Noell Shank, 23, was pronounced dead Saturday, July 11, at Fulton County Medical Center after her Cavalier struck a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta operated by Marsha McCoy, 37, McConnellsburg. Following the accident McCoy was transported to the Medical Center and then flown to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown where she is listed in fair condition.

Anthony Hughes and Valerie Large of town and Dustin Gordon of Needmore are part of a 12-student team which will be joining the Center For Student Missions from CBM Ministries, Camp Joy-El. The group will be ministering to the homeless in Washington, D.C., serving in shelters, soup kitchens, etc., during the week of July 16-25.

Twelve-year-old Kenny Walker is now recuperating at his home on North First Street from successful brain surgery last week.

Cases of rabies reported in Fulton County continues to remain steady with figures released by Harrisburg last year, with the most recent episode involving a fox last week. Joan Newman of the Bureau of Animal Health stated July 7 a rabid fox was found in Fulton County. Between January and December 1997 one cat and three raccoons were found to be infected with the virus known as rabies in Fulton County.

Business at Clugston’s Bakery in town has continued to grow steadily to include all-occasion cakes and party platters along with a new addition of breads from the Old World. A larger variety of pastries and goodies is not the only thing that has grown for the Clugstons, however, as the bakery will be opening on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in addition to normal hours on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marriage licenses: Matthew Cover, Montevideo, Minn., and Shannon Poole, Montevideo, Minn.; Joseph Hunt, Gretna, Va., and Christina Bock, Gretna, Va.

Named as the 1998 Fulton County Little League All- Stars are Josh Mellott, Jesse Doyle, Neil Peck, Jeff Gibson, Shawn Hoffman, Matt McQuade, Derek Swope, Dustin Wink, Zeb Fix, Joey Boor, Will Schriver, Danny Lynch, Scott Earley and Chris Krause. Coaches are Buck Fix and George Smith and manager is Gup Truax.

Derek Keefer and Heather Berkley of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Ember, July 7 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Darlene Thomas of Fort Loudon announces the engagement of her daughter, Stacy Thomas, to Greg Meyers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Meyers of Greencastle.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Crouse on July 8.

Deaths: Evelyn Rhodes, McConnellsburg; Noell Shank, Three Springs; John Lininger, Hustontown; Sara Hill, Needmore; Sadie Arnold, Robertsdale; Marie Stapleton, Shirleysburg; Goldie Shoop, Fannettsburg.

Army Pvt. Dawn White has graduated from the motor transport operator course at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. She is the daughter of Robert and JoAnn White of Warfordsburg.

Leo “Chump” Northcraft, Buck Valley, celebrated his 89th birthday on July 12. About 25 friends and family helped him celebrate.

Mr. and Mrs. John Peters of Oxford, Wis., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann Marie, to Samuel Booth, of Big Cove Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 28, 1988


JLG Industries is awaiting approval from the state Department of Labor and Industry to go ahead with a planned $1.2 million expansion at its McConnellsburg plant and an accompanying $800,000 expansion at its Bedford plant. The expansion project involves construction of a 22,500-square-foot heavy plate shop for raw material processing. The expansion could mean an additional 25 new jobs at the local plant within the next year.

The remains of John William “Billy” Doyle, 24, formerly of Fulton County, were found July 22, in the Selway-Bitterroot Wildernesss area in Idaho County Idaho, near the Montana border by an area outfitter who himself is a former Pennsylvanian, according to Ron Garlick of Ravalli County Search and Rescue. Doyle is the son of Ralph Doyle of McConnellsburg and Nancy Kyler of Hustontown. Doyle had been missing along with a friend, James Steging, both of Great Falls, Mont., since November 15, and was found about 23 miles northwest of their Chevrolet Blazer found parked last November near the entrance to the wildernesss area. Garlick said Doyle apparently succumbed to a combination of exposure, hypothermia and exhaustion. Foul play was ruled out in his death.

McConnellsburg’s late model driver Tom Peck raced to a $5,000 victory Sunday night by capturing the Conococheague 100 at Hagerstown Speedway.

Deaths: Guy Souders, McConnellsburg; Justina Ramsey, Harrisonville; Rella Eckert, Lancaster; Chasta Bowman, Needmore; Mabel Musselman, Mercersburg; Clarence Campbell, Huntingdon.

Specials at the IGA: round steak, $1.79 lb.; Heinz ketchup, $1.19, 32-oz.; Pepsi products, 99 cents, 2-liter bottle; watermelons, $2.98; Faygo soda, 4 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Northcraft of Warfordsburg on July 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David House of Fort Littleton on July 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Barnhart of Warfordsburg were honored May 29 at a surprise party celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Amos and Marjorie Shaw of Hustontown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 30.

Karen Keesler and Mark Walker were united in marriage May 28 at United Presbyterian Church, McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James Kessler, New Haven, Ky., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 20, 1978


A 21-year-old Chambersburg youth was listed as the fourth fatality in Fulton County this year and the third to die in a motorcycle accident in less than two months. He was identified as Dennis Joe Deavor of Chambersburg and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Cowans Gap Road on Saturday. He was thrown from his cycle and although wearing a helmet, his head struck a rock and the cycle landed on top of him. He was returning home from Cowans Gap State Park, accompanied by his friend, Robert Leedy of Chambersburg, who was also riding a motorcycle, when the fatal accident occurred.

A feature article in the Bedford County Press last week recognizes Blem McQuait of Waterfall for his timely action, which probably saved the life of an unidentified woman in a restaurant in Everett last Tuesday. Mr. McQuait used the Heimlich maneuver on the woman who was choking on food lodged in her throat and had been unconscious for several minutes. Blem said, “I feel I had a divine appointment to be there right at that time.”

Dr. Joseph Wolfe, a graduate of West Virginia University and a June graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, will soon open a dental practice in Fulton County, formerly occupied by Dr. Frank Alexander. Dr. Alexander retired two years ago for health reasons and his office and apartment were available.

Marriage licenses: Kathleen Karen Rajtik, Mc- Connellsburg, and Robert Foster Bean, Phoenixville, Pa.; Otto Marti Clark Jr. and Linda Ruth Tice, both of Hustontown.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sipes Sr., McConnellsburg, observed their 50th wedding anniversary June 23 during a family dinner at Pleasant Valley Restaurant.

Specials at the IGA: Pepsi Cola, six, 12-oz. cans, $1.09; Crisco shortening, $1.79; potatoes, $1.39, 10 lbs.; cabbage, 17 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Wilt of Warfordsburg on July 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson of Warfordsburg on July 13.

Deaths: Beverly Perez, Corpus Christi, Texas; George W. Widener, Camp Hill.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 1, 1968


Robert Patt, president of the Penn Allegheny Corp., of Altoona, announced this week that Josid Inc. of Chambersburg has signed a lease for a 12,000-square-foot building to be constructed in the new McConnellsburg Shopping Plaza, just east of town, off Route 16. The building, when completed, will house the McConnellsburg branch of the Big D Discount Store, which is now located in the Ed Stephens property on Lincoln Way East.

Eleven Fulton Countians are numbered among the 326 students who are candidates for degrees at commencement exercises for the summer term at Shippensburg State College. They are James Runk, Larry Cisney, Glen Cordell, Thomas Howells, Clair Hunsecker, Henry Isban, Ronald Mitchell, Garey Sprowl, Judith Crouse, James Deneen and Sharon Wible.

The 1957 graduating class of Southern Fulton High School held its 11th annual class reunion July 27 in the Potomac Room of Weaver’s Restaurant in Hancock.

Marriage licenses: Carl Gordon of McConnellsburg and Janet Jarrett of McConnellsburg; Robert Barnhart Jr. of Hancock and Faye Sipes of Warfordsburg.

Police serving Fulton County moved on Wednesday to a new barracks, located on Route 522 north, opposite the Valley Treat restaurant.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Schwartz were honored at a 25th wedding anniversary party held at their home in Knobsville July 20.

Specials at the A&P: soft margarine, 3-lb. pkg., $1; canned soft drinks, 12 oz. cans, 8 cents; pink or reg. lemonade, 10 cents, 6-oz cans.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. John Wiesinger, Big Cove Tannery, on July 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Wiser, Orbisonia, on July 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hann, Harrisonville, on July 28.

A number of local people are vacationing in Ocean City, Md., this week, including Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz and Erica, Mr. and Mrs. Buck Shaffer and Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Rockwell and baby daughter Alicia.

Dr. Jean Johnston returned to her home in London, England, last week after visiting relatives here and in Oklahoma, Wyoming, Iowa and Ohio. Her brother and sister, Harry M. Johnston and Miss Beulah Johnston, and Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston and son Tom of Mercersburg, took her to Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.

Men in service: Aviation Boastwain’s Mate Third Class Gilbert Hunter, son of the late Mrs. Frances Hunter of Mc- Connellsburg, and husband of Mrs. Linda Hunter of Maine, has returned to the United States aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, after more than four months in the Caribbean. Airman Leonard Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Black of Waterfall, has completed basic training at the Amarillo Air Force Base in Texas and has been assigned to Air Force Technical Training Center at Chanute AFB, Ill., for specialized schooling as a vehicle maintenance specialist.

Deaths: Elsie Bloom, Tyrone; Carol Clippinger, Hustontown; Mary Bedford, Shippensburg; Paul Wallace, Everett.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 31, 1958


Wynell Strait of Harrisonville returned to Altoona Hospital on Tuesday to undergo her ninth skin graft operation. She will be in the hospital for about two weeks.

Raymond Shaffer of Dalmatia, Northumberland County, has been named “Mr. Conservation” of 1958. Shaffer was honored for installing complete conservation measures on his farms, which total 287 acres, and for championing conservation in his community.

Woodrow Strait has been named superintendent of the Fulton County Medical Center. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Robert Raker, who held the position for the past five years. Strait is a graduate of Green Hill High School and Chambersburg School of Business. He is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and, for 16 years, served as an administrative supervisor in both the Army and Air Corps.

Ronald Hann and Lilene Lewis were married June 8.

McCray Building and Supply Co. of Warfordsburg was the low bidder on The Fulton County National Bank’s renovation job. Although the exact figure was not revealed, it was reported that the bid was in excess of $100,000. The renovation job will include an all-new interior and exterior for the bank, utilization of the room formerly occupied by the A&P Store, installation of a new and larger vault with more safe deposit boxes, a drive-in window at the northeast corner of the building with the driveway on the lot formerly occupied by the Morton building (the former home of The Fulton County News), which was recently torn down and two apartments and five modern offices overhead. The approximate completion date has been set for January 17, 1959.

Watson Swope and Bonita King were wed June 21.

Sixteen-year-old Bonnie Nicodemus, who lives on a 40- acre farm in Bedford County, is pictured on the front page of this issue. Miss Nicodemus was named the regional Queen of the Furrow and will now compete for the state title to serve as official hostess at the 16th National Plowing Contest and Soil Expo in Hershey in August.

A significant event in the Presbyterian Church of Mc- Connellsburg was consummated several days ago. The Cove United Presbyterian Church, in a congregation meeting, voted to unite with the Presbyterian Church of Mc- Connellsburg so that the two may be one church, legally and constitutionally in the New United Presbyterian Church in this United States of America. Several months ago, the Presbyterian congregation voted unanimously to unite with the United Presbyterian Church.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Weller of Warfordsburg on July 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Berkstresser of Hustontown on July 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott of Maddensville on July 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Bender of Mercersburg on July 23.

Deaths: Harry Hill of Amaranth; Albert Doyle of Mc- Connellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 5, 1948


McConnellsburg and Hollidaysburg state police are investigating the murder of Amber Fischer, 57-year-old farmer of Amaranth, who was found dead Monday in a neighbor’s buckwheat field, having been shot through the back of the head. Just as the “News” was going to press, it was learned that information had been filed against the alleged murderer.

McConnellsburg barbers have announced a raise of prices: 65 cents for a haircut; 50 cents for children; 35 cents for a shave.

The body of Pvt. John Tice, better known as Haldame Tice, will arrive at Minnich Funeral Home in Greencastle for interment on Saturday at Green Hill. Pvt. Tice, a son of Mrs. Enza Tice of Burnham, formerly of McConnellsburg, died of battle wounds May 23, 1944, and had been interred in a cemetery in Gela, Sicily.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Crouse of Needmore on July 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Harr of Webster Mills on July 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morton of Andover on July 31.

Death: Nathan Elmer Truax of Mercersburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 4, 1938


A new look came to the front page of The Fulton County News this week, with hand-set headlines and many more local items. The reason is stated in a story with this boxed headline: “Mrs. Krug Turns Over Duties As Editor.” In her personal statement to her subscribers, Mrs. Krug says “Because my health would not permit me to have a vigorous part in the publication of the “News,” I have turned over active management of the “News” to Hugo Frear, a newspaper editor of a number of years experience in country newspaper work. Mr. Frear comes to Fulton County with good recommendations from Bedford where he has served for the past three years as a managing editor of the Bedford Gazette.”

Billy, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Morton Jr., fell from a 7-foot wall Saturday suffering a severe injury to his head. He was treated at Everett Hospital.

Several other accidents were also reported. Heze Cummers, working on a bridge at Sipes Mill, suffered fractures of the transverse and a lacerated kidney when he was struck by a plank. Carl Fraker was taken suddenly ill on Friday and was rushed to Everett Hospital for an operation for a perforated gastric ulcer.

Orville Bard was caught beneath his tractor when it upset on Friday, miraculously escaping with only a multiple fracture of the left leg. James McQuade twisted his back and tore his left kidney.

Vaughn Madden and Louise Gallaher were married August 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Mort of Clear Ridge are the proud parents of a baby daughter. She has been named Doris Ferne.

Elmer Johnston has returned to his home in Albia, Iowa, after visiting for two weeks with his sister, Miss Ella Grove, and other relatives in Fulton County.

Death: Albert Harr of McConnellsburg.

Harry Chase and Orpha Mock were wed August 2.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 2, 1928

Miss Katharine Kendall left for Conneauat Lake where she will attend the national convention of the Young Peoples Christian Union of the United Presbyterian Church.

A license to get married was issued at Bedford last week to Fred Kyle of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Della Spade of Fulton County.

John Ewing has sold his 70-acre farm in Ayr Township to his son, Arthur. The consideration was $500 in excess of Arthur’s legal inheritance in the farm.

Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Kendall of the Cove, was injured Thursday when he fell from the comb of the barn roof to the floor. X-rays revealed all the bones but one were broken in one foot, both bones fractured in the right forearm, a fractured elbow, severe bruises and a lacerated lip.

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