2018-08-09 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the Dublin Mills bridge built in 1917. It is to be removed in 2018. The man on the bridge is Martin Grissinger. First man at the wall is Lester Russell, brother-in-law of Mr. Grissinger. Also pictured are some Millers. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the Dublin Mills bridge built in 1917. It is to be removed in 2018. The man on the bridge is Martin Grissinger. First man at the wall is Lester Russell, brother-in-law of Mr. Grissinger. Also pictured are some Millers. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 6, 1998


The Fulton House will soon be sporting a new roof as Bob Wooldridge and a team of workers begin the painstaking job of removing the asbestos shingles from the old roof. The nearly $60,000 project will be paid for jointly by the Fulton County Historical Society, the boro of McConnellsburg and a Keystone preservation grant.

Following eight months of waiting, Waste Systems International, a privately owned company from Cambridge, Mass., was granted a permit to transfer from the Department of Environmental Protection with the deed and final bill of sale for the purchase of the tri-county landfill being July 30. After originally agreeing to purchase the 700-acre Hopewell-based landfill from the South Central County Solid Waste Agency comprised of the commissioners of the three counties who stated the permit would say WSI-Hopewell Landfill.

An open house for the newly-formed Fulton County Community Christian School was held over the weekend

Jesse Barton, 14, daughter of Rod and Sandy Barton, appeared in the national magazine “Girls’ Life” in a feature article “Change Your Look Without Changing A Thing.” The Forbes Road freshman began her acting career in 1995 portraying an orphan boy in”Oliver,” a Washington County Playhouse Production in Hagerstown. She is now attending the Shakespeare Summer Theatre camp at Caledonia.

The Hometown Sluggers are the 1998 Bi-Valley Division II girls softball champions. Members of the team are Jordan Masters, Kiera Cunningham, Ashley Sipes, Samantha Mills Moore, Echo Sipes, Erin Staudt, Sarah Paylor, Jenna Brantner, Holly Rohm, Jessica Keefer, Sarah Dean, Sarah Behe, Trisha Seiders, coach Steve Rohm, scorekeepers Mark and Vicki Sipes and manager Doug Seiders.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Mark Neilson of Berkeley Springs on July 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Vincent of Todd on July 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Seville on July 29.

Lena Sipes of Harrisonville celebrated her 96th birthday August 2 with a motorcycle ride with her “bike-buddy” Don Eisaman of Harrisonville.

Deaths: C. Kenneth Gordon, McConnellsburg; John Skvarka, Waterfall; Vernon Farrow, McConnellsburg; Robert Lowry, McConnellsburg; Fred Robinson Jr., Mercersburg; Calvin Blosser, Carlisle; William Donaldson, Saxton.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 18, 1988


The 67th Fulton County Fair will be held August 21-27. The fair queen contest will be held Monday with eight young ladies vying for the title of fair queen. Contestants are Linda Decker, Wendy Keefer, Sheila Shives, Diane Cutchall, Alicia Stenger, Lisa Gordon, Tiffany Bard and Carrie Watkins.

Pete Hall, son of Harold “Ted” and Shirley Hall, Wells Tannery, was one of only two 13-year-olds on the Chambersburg Suburban American All-Star team who reached the Pony League World Series in Washington, Pa., last week, one of only six U.S. teams and eight teams overall to each the series. Pete started the first and third games of the series at first base for Chambersburg and also entered the second game as a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning.

Central Fulton School Board last Tuesday hired Hervey Hann, assistant principal at Waynesboro High School, as the new principal of McConnellsburg High School.

Predictions are that the very hot, humid weather will continue until the end of the month with no relief on the weather maps. Places to swim are in great demand, but golf courses are hurting for business during the day. A Chambersburg man died while playing at Chambersburg Golf Club last week.

Air National Guard Airman Denna Miller, daughter of Judy Speer of McConnellsburg and Ray Miller of Needmore, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts Jr., Gambrills, Md., August 6; a son to Mr. and Mr. Robert Divelbliss of Warfordsburg on August 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bush, Harrisonville, on August 10.

Deaths: Ruth Washabaugh, McConnellsburg; Wayne Hollenshead, Harrisonville; William Armagost, Hustontown; Roy Rasp, St. Thomas; Paul Traxler, Rockhill Furnace; Elsie Means, Clearville.

Kevin Reed son of Gerald and Lee Reed of Mc- Connellsburg, received the Eagle Scout award in an evening ceremony at McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church.

Epworth United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, was the setting August 6 for the marriage uniting Laurie Martha Scott and Jonathan Allen Garlock. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Scott of Harrisburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Garlock Sr., McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 10, 1978


Johnnies Diner on Lincoln Way East will be under new management starting next week.

Harlan DeShong of Harrisonville has leased the restaurant part of the motel-diner business from owner Ray Robinson, for a year with a two-year option. Ray, who has not fully recovered from a slight stroke suffered recently, will continue to operate the motel.

A violent thunderstorm with winds over 80 miles an hour caused thousands of dollars of damage in downtown Chambersburg on Monday afternoon. The storm lasted 30 minutes and left 1.14 inches of rain. The storm in this area was mild compared to the one on the other side of the mountain. Last Thursday night, a violent storm hit Hancock which left 3.41 inches of rain in 45 minutes, causing flooding which held up traffic and interrupted electrical service. Lightning struck the chimney at Richards Auto Sales in McConnellsburg during a thunderstorm Monday afternoon, spraying bricks and debris onto several cars in the lot.

A statewide job freeze has left Fulton County without a replacement for public health nurse Vivian Abbott, who retired July 4. Fulton, a one-nurse county, has now been without a public health nurse for almost six weeks. The freeze is on until the state’s fiscal technicians finish doling out the funds authorized in the budget adopted by the legislature earlier this summer. A replacement nurse for Fulton County has already been found but cannot be hired while the freeze is on.

The One Hour Cleaners at 104 Lincoln Way West will celebrate its 25th year in business this week and the one woman owner and operator, Ms. Mildred Bloom, says, “It will be 25 years on August 14 since I processed the first load of dry cleaning to be done on the premises in Mc- Connellsburg, and I expect I’ll be doing the same thing for the next 26 years. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t work.”

One day after Huntingdon State Police had issued a warrant for his arrest, 24-year-old Richard Allan Milan of Kalamazoo, Mich., surrendered himself to police in his hometown last Wednesday. He was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Michael Hess, Lancaster, a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, at a bluegrass festival at Harper Memorial Park, Shade Gap, on July 22.

Marriage licenses: Danny Porterfield and Jacquelyn Beatty, both of Needmore.

Dawn Michele Deshong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald DeShong of McConnellsburg, was united in marriage to David Harold Bivens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bivens of Big Cove Tannery on July 1.

Specials at the IGA: Betty Crocker cake mixes, 59 cents; Cottonelle bathroom tissue, 78 cents; potatoes, 10-lb. bag, $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Silkowski of Chambersburg on July 28; a so to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Pepple of Breezewood on July 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Kelly of Burnt Cabins on July 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denvin Bard of Warfordsburg on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Garry Swope of Wells Tannery on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Broadwater of Waterfall on August 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Park, Marion, on August 2.

Deaths: Earl Hawkins Jr., Bedford; Herbert Ewing, Mount Union; Mrs. Dorothy Runyan, McConnellsburg; Florence Downin, Shade Gap; Clifford “Red” Leabhart, Robertsdale; S. Elmer Souders, Needmore.

50 Years Ago

From The Files OF August 22, 1968


The downtown A&P Store, which has served local residents more than 40 years, closed its doors on Saturday night for the last time and began the big move to the newly-constructed store at the McConnellsburg Shopping Plaza at the east end of town. On Tuesday morning, the new A&P was officially opened for business with a celebration attended by company officials. The property vacated by the A&P Co., located on Lincoln Way West and owned by Dale Keebaugh, is already in the process of being remodelled. Mr. Keebaugh, owner of Keebaugh Furniture and Fulton Gas and Appliance, will operate both his businesses from this location, using the part recently vacated by Bergstresser Appliances by removing the dividing wall.

County treasurers throughout the state will begin accepting applications for antlerless deer licenses September 16.

On Wednesday, August 7, Glen Gordon was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America. The special ceremony was held at the home of his parents near Mc- Connellsburg because of recent illness. This organization is an honor in Scouting, to which outstanding campers are elected by their fellow Scouts. It is devoted to cheerful service in Scouting, especially through the encouragement of camping.

News of men in service: Staff Sgt. Donald Waters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Porter Waters of Burnt Cabins, received the Army Commendation Medal while assigned to the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pfc. Leroy F. Divelbliss, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Divelbliss Sr., Warfordsburg, is now stationed in South Vietnam. Army Nurse Second Lt. Judy Strait, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Strait of Harrisonville, completed the Nurse Corps basic course on August 9 at the U.S. Army Medical Field Service School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Yohn, Greencastle, on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ritchey, Waterfall, on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Coy Rohm, Warfordsburg, on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Fogal of Waterfall on August 15.

Specials at the IGA: grape jelly, 39 cents, 2-lb. jar; Pillsbury flour, 49 cents, 5-lb. bag; Crisco, 79 cents, 3-lb. can, IGA soft drinks, 10 cents, 16-oz. bottles.

Deaths: Daniel Trout, Bethesda, Md.; Bessie Reese, Tyrone, formerly of Burnt Cabins; J. Myrtle Vores, Waynesboro; Claude Shives, Hancock; Lucy Sellers, Huntingdon.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 21, 1958


Sen. J. Irving Whalley attended the local Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday night and offered a number of suggestions as to eliminating the hazard of runaway trucks through town. One of his suggestions will be acted upon at once. That is to request the Department of Highways in Harrisburg to erect signs warning truck drivers to descend the mountain in low gear and to strictly enforce the ruling. The ultimate goal of the chamber, however, will be to have the Lincoln Highway bypass McConnellsburg.

Eddie Anderson, Roger Ray and Paul Deshong are spending several days camping at Cowans Gap.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Janet Claudette Palmer to Joe Arthur Spade.

Bob Griffin, student evangelist and former missionary of Liberia, Africa, will speak at Cito Methodist Church on Friday.

Walter Bock, 34, Hancock, escaped injury Sunday night when his car struck a guard fence and overturned.

In a colorful judging contest before about 1,500 people in Hershey Friday a beautiful Jersey Shore farm girl, Duanna Doebler, was selected as the 1958 National Queen of the Furrow. Bonnie Nicodemus of Alum Bank, who represented the region in which Fulton County is included, was one of the contestants.

In the state plowing contests at Hershey Tuesday Walter R. Barmont of Todd Township was named second-place winner in the level land plowing contest, thus becoming the reserve champion of Pennsylvania. Carl Carbaugh, Fulton County’s champion in the contour contest, was named sixth-place winner in a field of 12 contestants.

McConnellsburg schools will open this year the day after Labor Day, September 2.

Five young people from North Apollo, Pa., were killed in an accident on Route 126 on Friday night in a collison involving a tractor-trailer and three automobiles. Four young men, all aged 18 to 20 and riding in the same car, were killed instantly while the driver of the car, died later in a hospital. Drivers and passengers in the other cars and the truck driver escaped with minor injuries.

The bandshell on the courthouse lawn is now partially completed and was used for the first time on Friday and Saturday evenings when the band provided entertainment at the festival sponsored by the Lions Club. The concrete platform is 26x40 feet and contains three rooms beneath it. Still to be added is the shell covering the platform.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Fix of Harrisonville on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Truax of Warfordsburg on August 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mellott of Harrisonville on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Edward of Warfordsburg on August 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Lanehart of Hancock on August 14; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Douglas of Hancock on August 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese of Needmore on August 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keefer of Mercersburg on August 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Keebaugh of McConnellsburg on August 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Foor of Mc- Connellsburg on August 17.

Deaths: John Flowers of Hancock; Scott Runyan of Mc- Connellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 26, 1948


Edwards Younkers, 15, Hancock, is listed in serious condition in the Berkeley Springs Hospital from injuries he received when he wrecked his Whizzer motorbike on Monday on the Plum Run Road.

There was no shortage of meat from Licking Creek to McConnellsburg on Monday after a trailer truck, loaded with fresh pork, crashed on Ladies Turn.

Midshipman Charles Zilch son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Zilch of Fort Littleton, is attending the naval pre-flight school at Pensacola, Fla.

Roy Wasing and Mary Alloway were married August 14.

The bodies of two Fulton County war heroes are being returned here for final burial. The body of Pvt. Robert Gearhart, whose next- of-kin is listed as Mrs. Verna Gearhart of Big Cove Tannery, is among 534 Pennsylvania war dead on board the Transport Lawrence Victory. The body of Pvt. Guy Hann, whose next-of-kin is Carl Hann of Laidig, is among 155 Pennsylvania war dead on board the Transport Carroll Victory. Altogether, there are 5,864 bodies on the Lawrence and 2,081 on the Carroll.

While hanging wallpaper at Robertsdale, Mrs. John Watkins received a broken arm when she stepped on a box and it tipped over.

Rev. Mark Michael and Mabel Newlin were married August 19.

Death: Mrs. Ray Householder of McConnellstown.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 25, 1938


“The Rural Church Confronts The Challenge Of The Modern World” will be the theme of the 93rd session of the Rays Hill and Southern Pennsylvania Christian Conference at Sideling Hill Church August 25-28.

Death: William Lynn of Rockhill Furnace.

The Borough Council is now making plans to oil all the roads of town as soon as arrangements can be completed.

A public wedding will be one of the main attractions at the Fulton County Fair this year, which is scheduled for September 14-17.

Fulton Countians in the Everett Hospital include Phyllis Smith of Warfordsburg, tonsil operation; Mrs. Blanche Batdorff of Saluvia, tonsil operation; and James McQuade of Knobsville, pyelography and cystoscopic exams.

A list of the many activities and accomplishments of the local Girl Scout Troop is given in this issue. The troop was organized in May with Miss Elsie Greathead as leader. Recognizing the importance of music, Miss Greathead appointed Helen Ott as a lieutenant of music for the troop.

Prof. C. Owen Fries has arrived here to assume his du- ties as principal of the local school.

Reed Alloway of New Grenada was taken to Roaring Spring Hospital last week for the removal of his tonsils and adenoids.

The new highway up the mountain to Robertsdale will probably le completed sometime next week.

Six sets of quadruplets were born in the United States in 1936.

Persons executed in the states in 1936 totalled 194.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 23, 1928


Mrs. and Mrs. John Sipes, son Virgil and Mrs. Emory Hessler met with an accident in Union County last Thursday when their car upset on a curve. Mr. Sipes and Virgil were not hurt. Mrs. Hessler was bruised above one eye and was badly shaken up and Mrs. Sipes suffered bruises and cuts of the face and hand and an injured shoulder.

Deaths: Betty Glenn of Ayr Township; Mrs. Daniel Barnhart of Ayr Township; George Mellott of Lemasters.

Dr. D.R. Sipes of Everett installed an X-ray machine in his office at that place last week.

Dr. Paul Evans has opened his dental office in McConnellsburg above the Fulton County Bank. Dr. Evans is a native of Fulton County and received his degree as Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Pittsburgh in June.

Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Reisner are especially happy this week over the arrival on Saturday of their son, John, is wife and three children who had spent seven years in Nanking, China.

Miss Rose Fisher, who was brought home from Fort Meyers, Fla., by her mother and sister, Mrs. A. Pittman and Mrs. Peter Morton Jr., is still seriously ill.

Several weeks ago, it was told how Richard Kendall was seriously injured in a fall. He is still a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Sipes of Knobsville celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary one day last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Truax and Mrs. James Truax were huckleberrying in the Meadow Grounds one day last week. They picked 70 quarts.

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