2018-07-26 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the Dublin Mills dam. The man standing is Ray Hess. Girls pictured are Susan Miller, Violet Russell, ?, Julia Grissinger, ?, Martin Grissinger and some Clippiners and Millers. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the Dublin Mills dam. The man standing is Ray Hess. Girls pictured are Susan Miller, Violet Russell, ?, Julia Grissinger, ?, Martin Grissinger and some Clippiners and Millers. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 23, 1998


Surplus antlerless deer licenses will not be available to sportsmen across the commonwealth this year after the Pennsylvania Game

Commission was unable to pass a proposal brought up at a meeting last week. The commission was split four yes and four no votes in regards to the proposal. The votes against the surplus tags came after the commission reviewed lists of telephone calls and letters from sportsmen who felt the deer population was too small and was being destroyed.

Motorcycles, antique and classic cars, as well as customized cars and trucks were on display Saturday during McConnellsburg Fire Co.’s sixth annual car, truck and bike show held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. This year, the show had 76 entries in the various categories.

A letter of intent to withdraw from the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School was distributed to members of the joint operating committee last week. While Central Fulton School District has not made its final decision, the letter was submitted effective June 30 to comply with the Articles of Agreement made between the three districts. The letter came a month after the Central Fulton school board voted to offer a variety of initial courses through a Central Fulton Career & Technology Center which would be operated within the school district.

County farmers have been working diligently the past few weeks, cutting and baling hay while the weather has been good. Sweltering temperatures with high humidity remain in the forecast for this week. Recent high temperatures have resulted in evaporation of much of the ground’s moisture and more rain soon will be welcomed.

The Fulton County Fair will kick off Sunday, August 16.

Angel Floyd and Roland Lanehart Sr. announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and Iris Floyd of Warfordsburg and the late Emory and Rosalie Lanehart of Hancock.

Fulton County Little League Royals won the 1998 Little League championship for the second straight year with a record of 21 wins and 0 losses. Members of the team are Ronald McCarty, Shane Brill, Andrew Pittman, Marcus Deshong, Logan Cunningham, Kegan Zeger, Shawn Hoffman, Neil Peck, coach George Smith, Koby Cutchall, Brandon Gracey, Chris Krause, Ben Chesnut, manager Steve Truax and coach Jim Cutchall.

Tobias and Dena McGarvey of McConnellsburg announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah, July 9, at Chambersburg Hospital.

David and Kim Keaton of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah, June 30, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Morgan of Three Springs on July 16.

Deaths: Harold Fix, McConnellsburg; Hilda Crist, Needmore; Clarence Sexton, Needmore; Hilda Hose, Hagerstown; Edwinna Foore, Saltillo; William Unger, Mercersburg; Margaret Keller, Waynesboro; Olive Kidwell, Berkeley Springs; Ruth Iden, Berkeley Springs; Lester Bishop, Berkeley Springs; Grace DeGripp, Grayling, Mich.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 4, 1988


A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the home of Lee and Martha Sheffield of Fort Littleton early last Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Sheffield were not at home when the fire began and no one was injured in the blaze. The home was a total loss. Hustontown Fire Co. was also called to assist at a barn fire in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, shortly after receiving the alarm for the Sheffield fire. Almost 100 firefighters from seven companies were called to the Robert Piper farm along Route 522 south of Shade Gap. The barn, which contained this season’s hay and grain crops and some farm equipment, was a total loss, with damage estimated at $100,000. It is believed lightning may have triggered the blaze.

Officials from Pennsylvania Fish Commission and the state Department of Environmental Resources are investigating an incident last weekend which caused a major fish kill along Nine Mile Run in southern Dublin Township, near Burnt Cabins. The kill is believed to have been caused by a tunnel crew using a degreaser acid to clean the Tuscarora tunnel.

Saturday evening’s storm brought much-needed rain to the county but also wreaked havoc as high winds, thunder and lightning and hail moved through the county. Donnie Glenn of Rockhill Road lost a Holstein-Angus steer to lightning. The steer was found the next day near a downed tree which was also struck by the lightning. West Penn Power reports that two storms came together in the Webster Mills area creating tornado-like conditions. Barn roofs were torn off and wagons were tossed around by the winds in Wells Tannery.

Marine Sgt. Rusty Blankley, son of Hilda Blankley of Warfordsburg, recently reported for duty with Third Marine Division in Okinawa.

Deaths: H. Peter Naugle Jr., Rockville, Md.; Charles K. Naugle, Avon, Ind.; Oleta J. Graham, Fort Loudon; Gary A. Browell, Mechanicsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Brady of Big Cove Tannery on July 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Sheffield of McConnellsburg on July 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brett Hull of Big Pool, Md., on July 26; ad daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Carbaugh of Mercersburg on July 27.

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, $1.49 lb.; Bounty paper towels, 79 cents; bananas, 29 cents lb.; grapes, 88 cents lb.; all Pepsi products, $1.49, six 12-oz cans; cantaloupes, 98 cents.

Carol Carbaugh and Rodney Zeger were united in marriage July 23 at Clayton Memorial Chuch of God, Mercersburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. David Carbaugh of Mercersburg and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zeger of Mercersburg.

Elmer and Joann Hann of Needmore announce the marriage of their daughter, Tina, to Dale Garland Jr., son of Dale Sr. and Norma Garland of Needmore, on June 4 at Needmore Bible Church.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 27, 1978


For the second time in 12 years, several hundred state police descended on Shade Gap to hunt for a killer. The first time was in 1966 to search for William Hollinbaugh, who kidnapped Peggy Ann Bradnick. On Saturday the police came in force to the small community to search for an unidentified man who shot and killed Michael Hess, 32, Lancaster, reportedly a leader in the “Pagans,” a well-known motorcycle organization which has members over the entire East Coast area. The shooting took place at the Folk Roots ‘78 Bluegrass Festival in Harpers Memorial Park in plain view of hundreds of people. According to eyewitness accounts and police reports, the trouble started with a dog fight. The shooting took place on the roadway overlooking the large stage on the picnic grounds and about 50 yards from it. Immediately after the shooting, the unidentified man fled on foot westward past a number of concession stands and into a wooded area which has access to Rte. 522. No trace of the man who fired the gun has been found and it is more than probable he left the area by vehicle and could even be in another state. No estimate has been made of the number of people who attended the four-day event, which started Thursday, but it was wall-to-wall people made up of families, young adults and several hundred Pagans who had travelled from all over the East Coast on their cycles.

Friends, family and colleagues of game protector Carl Jarrett gathered at the McConnellsburg Firehall on Friday to honor him at a testimonial dinner to mark his retirement from the PA Game Commission.

Dave Franklin was 90 years old on Tuesday but he doesn’t look it. He’s the white-haired man with the military bearing who can be seen any morning of the week, taking his daily walk to the courthouse to sit in the prothonotary’s office and chat with friends o keep abreast of community life.

Glenn Nelson Kesselring of Mechanicsburg and Patricia Drayer of Camp Hill were united in marriage June 30 at the First Baptist Church in York. Glenn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Kesselring of Hustontown and Patricia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dayer of Middletown.

Marriage licenses: Kathleen Rajtik, McConnellsburg, and Robin Bean, Phoenixville, Pa.; Otto Clark Jr. and Linda Tice, both of Hustontown; Oliver Ford and Ethel Wilson, both of Three Springs; Daniel Corman, Hustontown, and Adele Grammick, McConnellsburg; Merrill Swope Jr., Harrisonville, and Ellen Deshong, McConnellsburg; Jeffrey Hampton, Needmore, and Judy Pittman, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson of Warfordsburg on July 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James McMullen of Willow Hill on July 20.

Deaths: Herman Gracey, Waterfall; Emma Hoffman, Three Springs; Samuel Hanks, Breezewood; Ruben Divens, Burnt Cabins; J. Paul Johnson, Chambersburg; Horace Strait, Altoona; Nathan Holly, Greencastle; Nelson Comerer, McConnellsburg; Clarence Weicht, Warfordsburg; James Deneen, Crystal Spring.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 8, 1968


Girl musicians, dancers, comedians and songsters, all over the age of 65 and known nationally as the famous Musical Seniors, will really rock the stage at the Fulton County Fair on August 19. Forty performers, who starred in their younger years in vaudeville and other indoor events, are proving to the world that age is no handicap in the entertainment business.

August 16 will be a special day for six Fulton County girls enrolled in the 4-H Dress Revue program, when they participate in the Central Region Revue in the Lutheran Church at Port Royal. Girls selected to represent Fulton County are Nancy Keebaugh of Hustontown; Sarah Souders and Cheryl Swope, both of Needmore; Dianna Mellott of Harrisonville; Ada Adams of McConnellsburg; and Doris Hoopengardner of Hancock.

Members of the L&M Ranch Band were guests on the Willis Meyers Radio Show, over WSAN in Allentown last Sunday. Members of the band are Oscar Long and his wife, Lorraine, of McConnellsburg; Paul Mellott of Needmore; Ninette Mellott of Hagerstown, and “Shorty” Cornelius of Orbisonia.

Marriage licenses: Larry Black of Waterfall and Donna Bair of Shade Gap; Ronald Seville of McConnellsburg, and Elizabeth Keefer of Big Cove Tannery; Roger Barnhart of Warfordsburg, and Debra Bivens of Big Cove Tannery, Donald Eisaman of Waterfall and Judy Strait of Harrisonville.

The marriage of Vonnie Ann Seville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seville of Big Cove Tannery and Scott Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman, Hagerstown, took place July 28 in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Hagerstown.

Men in service: Douglas Weller, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Weller of Hancock, will celebrate his 21st birthday on August 28.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoffman, McConnellsburg, July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McMullen Orbisonia, July 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hann, Harrisonville, July 28.

Specials at the IGA: facial tissues, 19 cents; IGA cottage cheese, 23 cents, tub; liquid detergent, 49 cents, qt. bottle; grapes, 25 cents, lb.

Charles Edward Gray, 60, Warfordsburg, was found dead on a hillside a short distance from his home at 7:45 p.m. on Monday evening by a neighbor, Alton Hill, who was operating a combine. Mr. Gray had succumbed to a heart attack a short time earlier.

Additional death: Charles Newman, Waterfall.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 7, 1958


State police of Huntingdon are investigating an attempted holdup early Thursday morning in which a young Warfordsburg man was hit over the head by a hitchhiker. The victim, John Winter, 25, told police he picked up the hitchhiker about midnight

Wednesday in Morris Township, Huntingdon County. Shortly thereafter, the hitchhiker slugged Winter over the head. Winter, an oil truck driver for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways, did not recover from the blow until about 10 a.m. Thursday morning to find his car parked near Birmingham. He called police but reported that nothing was missing, no money from his person or anything from his car.

Henry Schober, formerly of the Hustontown area, writes from the Bible Home at Fairfield, Pa., that “my wife and I are getting along pretty good.”

Dr. Harold Casleman of Chambersburg, who maintains an office in McConnellsburg, has been named as a member of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee of the Pennsylvania Optometric Assoc.

At its June meeting, the State Council of Education of Pennsylvania approved a petition from the Fulton County Board of School Directors to permit the voters of Belfast, Bethel, Brush Creek, Thompson and Union townships to form a merged school district. The same petition also required the same permission for the voters of Dublin, Taylor and Wells townships, and this also was approved. Should these voters approve the idea in November, the Southern Fulton School System and the Forbes Road Joint School System would become effective on the first Monday of July 1959.

Homer Carl Smith, 21, Hancock, was instantly killed in an automobile accident early in the morning of July 30 on Route 76 about 8 1/2 miles south of Needmore. Smith was operating a car owned by Gilbert Fox of Hancock. The two were travelling north on an almost straight road when he car sideswiped the car of George Sheeder of Hancock, hit two guard posts, nose-dived into a field and rolled over. Fox, who was thrown from the careening car, suffered a compound fracture of the upper leg and cuts of the face. Sheeder suffered a bruised chest, while his wife, Betty, was uninjured. When Trooper William Eiker of the local substation arrived on the scene, he had to enlist the help of four men to remove Smith’s body from the smashed-up car.

The Medical Center Auxillary reported on Monday that about $675 was cleared at its recent street fair.

Pictured in this issue is the William Wells home in the west section of McConnellsburg which was badly damaged by a runaway tractor-trailer early last Thursday evening. Fate also played a hand in the incident by saving a 15-yearold girl form almost certain death when the runway crashed into her bedsitting room. Carol Welsh, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Welsh, was visiting a friend on Sideling Hill when the runaway crashed into her grandparents’ brick home burying itself in the girl’s room. Fortunately, too, a ditch in front of the home sheared off the wheels of the rig or, according to police, it probably would have gone clear through the home. At home at the time were Mr. and Mrs. Welsh and their daughter, Mrs. Amy Drenning of Knobsville. They did not hear the approaching rig and, when it hit, Mr. Welsh thought lightning had hit their home. The driver of the rig, from Minnesota, was treated by a local physician for abrasions of the right elbow he received when he jumped from the speeding vehicle.

Walter Palmer of Needmore has been awarded a tree farm certificate, the first, as far as it is known, in the county.

Deaths: Rush Hann of Ayr Township; William Bolinger of Dudley; Mrs. Annie Calvin of Burnt Cabins; John Jarrett of Chambersburg; William Bishop of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Martin Hoy of Everett on July 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lane of Harrisonville on July 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Curfman of Three Springs on July 30.

C.S. Baldwin of Burnt Cabins is a patient in Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown where he will undergo surgery this weekend.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Zilch of Warfordsburg.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Dorothy Wible to Max Shope

Harold Rhodes and Mabel Souders were wed last Sunday.

Deaths: Rhoda Gregory of Big Cove Tannery; George Brant of Mercersburg; Thomas McDowell of Elizabethtown; Harry Wolfe of Mercersburg; Randy Sheffield of Fort Littleton.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 12, 1948


Game law officials made a sweeping raid through Licking Creek and Belfast townships on Monday, searching nine homes and finding illegal deer meat in five of them.

The man who has been charged with the murder of Amber Fischer of Union Township is now in the county jail but flatly denies any connection with the crime.

Weddings: Eldon Stinson and Pauline Young on July 31; Donald Dick and Betty Helman on July 31.

Born: a daughter, Karen Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Glunt of Burnt Cabins last Sunday.

Deaths: Olive Snyder; Andrew Comerer of Windber; William Carbaugh of Johnstown.

All the children and grandchildren gathered at the home of Merrill Nace of this place over the weekend to celebrate the 75th birthday of Mr. Nace.

Gilbert Cook of near Hustontown celebrated his 70th birthday on July 28.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 11, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Alice McClain of Oak Grove; Mrs. Catherine Sipes of near Needmore; Samuel Reese of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Laine Belle Clapper of Saxton; Miss Stella Hendershot of Clear Spring.

A cable received this week by relatives told of the death of Capt. James Macleod in Maraj, Ind. No further details were given.

Two town properties were sold over the weekend: the Unger property to A. W. Grissinger for $1,000 and the A.J. Rotz property on East Main Street to Morgan Winter, no purchase price being given.

Two auto accidents were reported this week. A Long Island woman is suffering from a broken neck in the Everett Hospital, received when her car upset west of McConnellsburg. A Ford sedan belonging to an Oklahoma man was destroyed by fire after it upset at Green Hill.

A list of the patients at Everett Hospital shows that eight Fulton Countians are now receiving treatment there.

A summary of the public assistance statistics shows that Fulton County has the smallest number of cases of any county in the state, with 39 cases, representing 138 persons and an expenditure of $193.50.

Doris Duke Cromwell, heiress to the Duke tobacco millions, stopped at Bill’s Place on Sunday. She was accompanied by her bodyguard.

Marriages in Fulton County during July numbered seven, compared to only four in July 1937. The average age of both men and women was slightly over 25.

Mrs. Mack Horton, the former Helen Grissinger, was the honored guest at a miscellaneous shower given Friday by the Women’s Association of the Presbyterian Church at the home of Mrs. George Lodge.

Congressman Richard Simpson was a Fulton County visitor on Monday being accompanied on his rounds by W.R. Sloan, Republican candidate for state assemblyman.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the summer – 89 degrees – according to reports on the weather kept at the McConnellsburg intermediate landing field. Rain was recovered every day for the past two weeks.

Robert Bratton is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, the result of an automobile accident Monday. He had been in the hospital with an infected hand and had been home only a short time when this accident occurred, necessitating his return.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 9, 1928


Deaths: George Magsam of Ayr Township; Mrs. Rachel Deneen Lafferty of Clearfield; S. Jackson Deshong of near Saluvia.

Ralph Miller, 23, a son of Mr .and Mrs. Irvin Miller, formerly of Knobsville, but now of Mercersburg, was fatally injured last Sunday in a car accident near St. Thomas. His wife, the former Bessie Hohman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hohman of Cito, received a fractured right shoulder and fractured nose. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were married only last fall.

Dr. G. W. Farquhar of Belleville has located here, occupying the offices of the late Dr. Geo. M. Robinson.

Earl Deshong celebrated his 19th birthday on August 4.

A threshing accident happened at the Albert Schetrompf farm in Licking Creek Township last Wednesday. Rain threatened and the men were hurrying to get done. Albert was cutting bands and passing the sheaves to Marshall Elliott, who was feeding them into the separator. In his haste Albert accidentally cut a deep wound into Marshal’s right elbow. He was taken to Dr. Sipes in Everett who fears, because of the location of the cut that the arm may have to be amputated.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mellott and daughter Sylva of Pleasant Ridge received minor injuries last Friday evening when their almost new Chevrolet sedan was rammed from the rear by a car driven by Dr. J.J. Palmer. Dr. Palmer received cuts and assumed full blame for the accident.

Mayor Karns of Northcraft thought the rear end was broken in his Hupmobile, so he and a coupe of local mechanics tore it down and found nothing wrong. All agreed that the trouble originated with the “nut” at the steering wheel.

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