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This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the annual Gordon reunion in 1973. Pictured are Bob Reeder, Ruth Reeder, Janet Gordon, Carl Gordon, baby Todd Gordon, Roy Gordon and Emma Lodge Gordon. This week’s Memory Jogger submitted by Ruth Reeder of McConnellsburg, pictures the annual Gordon reunion in 1973. Pictured are Bob Reeder, Ruth Reeder, Janet Gordon, Carl Gordon, baby Todd Gordon, Roy Gordon and Emma Lodge Gordon. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 13, 1998


Six Fulton County teens will vie for the 1998 fair queen crown during the fair’s annual pageant to be held this Sunday. This year’s contestants are

Misty Mellott, Jessica Miller, Dennette Kendall, Alicia Newman, Heather Runk and Lynette Boccard.

With the ink still fresh on the deed and bill of sale, one of the final questions left unanswered for Fulton County taxpayers remains. What will be done with the money received from the sale of the tri-county landfill? Even though the exact amount of money to be divided between the three counties still has to be finalized, unofficial word is Fulton County will secure $293,985 from the almost $6.7 million deal with Waste System International Inc. Bedford County is expected to receive $1,018,370 and Huntingdon County $938,683.

Prime Outlets of Hagerstown held its grand opening August 7 and attracted more than 79,000 shoppers over the weekend.

After 20 years York County native Michael Binder has returned home to Pennsylvania. With 12 years under his belt as a part-time pig and sheep farmer in New Hampshire, the Fulton County newcomer said his organic farm, in its first season of production, has not only received support from the public but other members of the farming community as well. Binder is building the foundation for a diversified farm, which will hopefully result in a year-round cash flow for his family.

A 50th wedding anniversary was held July 12 for John and Ruth Lynch and also a 80th birthday celebration for John.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Todd Cornelius on August 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Guyer on August 7.

Deaths: Dale Winegardner, Burnt Cabins; Edward Rock Sr., Chambersburg; Ethel Mellott, Needmore; Ida Lynch, Garyling, Mich.; Helen Chovanes, Saxton; Daniel Trout, Thomasville, Ga.; F. Elizabeth Hoopengardner, Berkeley Springs; Hazel May, Martinsburg, W.Va.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 25, 1988


Carrie Watkins was crowned the 1988 Fulton County Fair Queen Monday, August 22, at the second annual Fulton County Fair Queen pageant. Carrie, a MHS junior from Knobsville, was crowned by the 1987 Fair Queen Dani Gordon, during the annual event.

“Coco,” the four-way cross steer owned by Steve Oakman of McConnellsburg, was chosen the grand champion at the 4-H/FFA market steer show held August 22. Oakman was competing for the first time in the show. Another four-way crossbreed, “El Toro,” shown by Jeremy Truax, captured the reserve champion title.

State police at McConnellsburg are ruling as accidental the hanging death of a 12-year-old Harrisonville area boy which occurred last Tuesday in a barn near his home. Brock Schooley, 12, Harrisonville, died of an apparent accidental hanging while playing with a 16-yearold friend late last Tuesday morning in a barn owned by William Hine of Harrisonville

Central Fulton and Forbes Road school districts will be reopening schools August 31 and Southern Fulton on August 30.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray McGee of Spring Run on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Danah Christman of Mercersburg on August 14.

Deaths: John Romig, Waterfall; Anthony Rotz, Marion; Brock Schooley, Harrisonville; DeKalb Metzler, Wells Tannery; Vera Black, York; Charles Seiders, McConnellsburg; Joan Mishara, McConnellsburg; John Waugh, Berkeley Springs.

Kristi Hill became the bride of Marc Whiteside Saturday, July 9, at Needmore Bible Church. The bride is the daughter of Gary and Elaine Hill of Needmore. The groom is the son of Don and Betty Whiteside of Warfordsburg.

Marriage licences: Kenneth Sheldon, Burnt Cabins, and Dawn Detwiler, Burnt Cabins; Joseph Pollock, Hustontown, and Wanda Wines, Hustontown; Blaine Fix, Harrisonville, and Tammy McQuade, Harrisonville.

Specials at the IGA: grapes 69 cents lb.; Peter Pan peanut butter, $1.79; pork chops, $2.39 lb.; round roasts, $1.69 lb.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 17, 1978


Carl Carbaugh and Curtis Glazier will represent Fulton County in the State Plowing Contest to be held August 23 during Ag Progress Days.

Glazier placed first in the large plow, level land contest, and Carbaugh placed first in the small plow division on the county level. The local contest was held last Friday on the Walter Barmont farm, north of Mc- Connellsburg.

Six young ladies will compete for the title of Fulton County environmental queen. Judging will take place Monday evening, August 21, at the Fulton County Fair. The contestants are Sandy Mellott, Linda Lane, Joan Kerlin, Elen Elbin, Annette Hollinshead and Jacky Winter.

For the very first time, a Fulton County girl will be participating in a junior miss preliminary, the Bedford County Junior Miss Pageant. She is Miss Patti Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson of Mc- Connellsburg.

The Fulton County Fair will be in full swing next week.

Tellers at The First National Bank are still counting pennies brought to the bank last week in an old milk can and wheeled in on a dolly by Darel Sipes, who had been saving them for quite a while. They figure the milk can holds $600 worth, but don’t know for sure as they’re still counting .

Yokum’s Bar on Lincoln Way East is expected to change hands in the near future. Owners Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Yokum are selling the business to John Graham and Jack Lanehart.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Mellott of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melody Lee, to Curtis Wayne Hixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Dale Hixon of Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: whole fryers, 52 cents lb.; lettuce, 39 cents head; Maxwell House instant coffee, $3.99.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Whiteside of Warfordsburg on August 5; a son to Mr and Mrs. Robert Boyer of Hancock on August 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ramsey of Mc- Connellsburg on August 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Maust of Fairplay, Md., on August 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Rhodes of McConnellsburg on August 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Kendall of Big Cove Tannery on August 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schriever of McConnellsburg on August 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Steele of New Enterprise on August 10.

Marriage licenses: David Seville and Vickie Bard, both of McConnellsburg; Leroy Knepper, McConnellsburg, and Susan Skiles, McConnellsburg; Patrick Shafer and Glenda McQuade, both of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Dewey Brant, McConnellsburg; J.W. Humphreys, Fort Loudon; Chester Hershey, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 29, 1968


While a patient in a hospital in Cu-Chi Vietnam in July Capt. William Shaffer of McConnellsburg was awarded one of America’s highest awards by his division commander. The awards bestowed on the serviceman were the Silver Star and the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device. The 27-year-old, twice-wounded Vietnam War veteran is a son of Nellie Shaffer of McConnellsburg and the late William Shaffer.

Fire Chief Max Stenger, describing the fires which all but destroyed two homes in different parts of the county on Friday and Saturday as being almost identical in nature, said this week that investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of both fires. On Friday firemen were called to the Clem Schooley residence at Harrisonville and on Saturday to the Harrison Howell home on the Laurel Ridge Road in Ayr Township. Both homes were two-story log structures with weather-board siding. In each case the fires started in small out-kitchens and then spread to the main houses. At the Schooley fire, Ellis Yingling, Dale Mc- Quade, Rudy Mihalick and Max McQuade were overcome by the smoke and heat as they helped fight the fire in the 98-degree temperature. They were taken to the Medical Center for treatment and released.

State police of the McConnellsburg station are investigating a fatal Fulton County accident on Saturday on Interstate 30, 3 1/2 miles east of Breezewood. Victim of the accident was identified as Linda Van Scoy of Oxen Hill, Md.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the firehall in Mc- Connellsburg September 5. The quota for Fulton County will be 85 pints.

Central Fulton schools will open the school year September 3.

Miss Janet Jarrett became the bride of Carl Gordon in a double-ring ceremony August 17 at the United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jarrett of McConnellsburg and the groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon of McConnellsburg.

The fifth annual 4-H and FFA beef sale was held at the Fulton County Fair Friday. Gary Decker showed the grand champion steer, which brought 99 cents a pound for the 855- pound steer. Ricky Chilcote was the shower for the reserve champion.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Snyder of Shade Gap on August 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heinbaugh of Mercersburg on August 19; twin girls to Mr. and Mrs. Valoris Yingling of Three Springs on August 24; a daughter to Sgt. and Mrs. James Foster of McConnellsburg on August 24.

Specials at the IGA: Musselman applesauce, 15 cents, 15-oz. can; whole fryers, 25 cents lb.; boiled ham, sliced, 99 cents lb.; bananas 12 cents lb.

Orlando Devinney of Blairs Mills wishes to announce the engagement of his daughter, Donna Kay, to Harold Bishop, son of Mrs. Ruby Bishop of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Seiders will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary at their home September 8.

The 39th annual Ford reunion was held August 17 at Well Tannery Community Park. Approximately 150 persons attended.

Deaths: George Coffman, Hancock; Margaret Parsons, Mount Union.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 28, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rotz and son Richard were among the Fulton Countians who attended the National Plowing contest and Dutch

Days at Hershey last week.

Keith William, 3 1/2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cunningham of McConnellsburg, was seriously bitten about the face and mouth last Thursday by a dog which the Cunninghams were keeping for some friends. Playing with some friends while their mother visited Mrs. Cunningham, the older children ran into the house, saying that the dog had attacked Keith. Running outside, Mrs. Cunningham found Keith severely bitten about the face and mouth and covered with mud as though the dog had rolled him on the ground. Taken at once to the Medical Center, a doctor worked for one and one-half hours to close the wounds on the child’s face and on the inside of his mouth, using a total of 120 stitches.

Five county men narrowly escaped possible death Sunday night in an accident in the Tuscarora Tunnel on the PA Turnpike. Chester Creager, driver of the car in which Raymond Johnston, Richard Mellott, Galen Winegardner and Robert Deshong were passengers, pulled up as close as possible to the tunnel wall and stopped when the group saw a huge tractor-trailer bearing down on them in the wrong lane of traffic and making no effort to stop. At the last instant, however, the driver of the rig swerved his vehicle into a small opening in his own lane of traffic, just nicking the bumper of the Creager car. It sideswiped another rig and then swung again into the wrong lane of traffic where he remained for a short distance. Again trying to get into his own lane of traffic, he slammed into a convertible, which in turn flipped the Buick up in the air and down on its side, spilling gasoline all over the scene, about midway in the tunnel. The tractor section of the rig finally came to a stop on the rear deck of the convertible. The local men gave what assistance they could to the injured, including two boys in the convertible and two persons in the Buick, one a 6- year-old girl. A search for the driver of the rig seemed fruitless, until finally he was found in the sleeper compartment of the rig, suffering from a fractured back. The accident happened at 11:16 Saturday night. The local men were returning home from their jobs at the Path Valley Esso Station.

John Martz of Hustontown called at the “News” office on Monday to show a giant mushroom he has taken for display at the Fulton County Fair. Known as a bread-loaf mushroom, it measured 42 inches in circumference and weighed about five pounds. Mr. Martz also reported that the hydrangea plant in the yard of his home had 225 flowers in full bloom this summer.

Army Pfc. Lawrence Golden, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Golden of Warfordsburg, is now serving with the Infantry Division in Korea.

A 5-year-old Waterfall boy, Donald Leroy King, was accidentally killed on Friday evening when he was run over by a farm tractor.

Harry Hill, George Morton Jr., Charles Crouse and Max Stenger have completed their recruit training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

County Treasurer Gerald Peck and family returned home last week from a vacation in Milwaukee to find their home had been entered. So far, however, nothing in the home has been found missing.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin DeShong of Hustontown on August 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brady of Big Cove Tannery on August 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Akers Jr. of Greencastle on August 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Englert of Knobsville on August 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hawkins of Wood on August 24.

Marine Pvt. William Fisher, son of Mrs. Mary Fisher of Amaranth, is now serving with the Second Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 2, 1948


A peacetime draft board has finally been appointed for the county thus completing the membership of the state’s 175 boards. The members are Orville Duvall of Crystal Spring; John Stunkard of Wells Tannery; and Jennings Lynch of McConnellsburg. Amos Stouteagle will serve as clerk.

Five women and 75 men can again “bend their elbow” in Bedford. Last week, Police Chief O.J. Stiffler lifted his ban against the 80 “old soaks” who had been put under a booze ban last February. They can drink again – if they do so temperately.

Work on the new American Legion home here, the old Mason barn, was stopped completely last week due to a lack of materials.

A charter has been granted to the McConnellsburg Borough Municipal Authority, which will control and operate the McConnellsburg Water Co. First members of the authority are Thad Shimer, E.C. Harris, Russell Akers, Elwood Mellott and Dr. J. Frank Alexander.

Brinton McClain and Verna Stinson were married August 14.

Deaths: Mrs. Dora Locke of Huntingdon; William Dorrier of Buck Valley; Russell Steckman; Harry Lininger of McConnellsburg; Joseph Snair of Orbisonia.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 1, 1938


A farewell party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Akers last Thursday in honor of

Alvin and Lawrence Akers, who will leave home soon. Alvin will go to Minnesota where he will begin his first year of dental college. Laverne will go to Fletcher, N.Y., where she will begin her first year of nurse’s training.

Deaths: Miss Jennie Kuhn of Cincinnati; Mrs. Paul Grove of York County.

Wilbert Kane and Winifred Small were wed August 29.

George Morton and Geraldine Marshall were married Saturday evening.

Mrs. Russell Kendall entertained at a surprise party at her home in Webster Mills on August 27 in honor of her husband’s 33rd birthday.

On the first day of school here, Principal C.O. Fries reported that 186 students had been assigned to rooms in the grades, while the high school enrollment totalled 126. In the high school, there were 24 seniors, 30 juniors, 31 sophomores and 41 freshmen.

Fulton County’s relief load rose in July and continued to advance during the first three weeks in August. At present, there are 52 cases, involving 177 persons and costing $246.40.

A total of 129 new voters have been enrolled in Fulton County since last October. The late registration figures show there are now 2,033 Republicans, 2,530 Democrats and 26 nonpartisan voters, making a grand total of 4,589.

Mrs. Jordan Deshong celebrated her 71st birthday on August 20.

The FFA chapters of Franklin and Fulton counties formed a bi-county organization at the annual picnic at Allen’s Valley last Thursday. Officers of this new group from Fulton County include Robert Mann of McConnellsburg, vice president and Mifflin Carnell of Warfordsburg, recording secretary.

Mr. and Mrs. John Spangler of Montclair, N.J. have issued invitations for the wedding on September 17 of their daughter, Virginia Isabel Spangler, to David Herman Trott of Montclair.

Mrs. Ray Guyer, president of the local American Legion Auxiliary, Miss Nellie Hays and Wilmer Hays attended the American Legion Convention at Scranton last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Garland of Knobsville are the proud parents of a baby daughter, Christine, born August 28.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 30, 1928


A large boiler for heating purposes, electric lights and a thorough cleaning have put the local school building in good condition for the opening of school September 3.

Deaths: David Mann of Warfordsburg; George Herbert Schriever of Buck Valley; George Atherton of Decatur, Iowa.

Miss Rebecca Johnston left Wednesday for Ezel, Kan., having accepted a position to teach under the Women’s board of the United Presbyterian Church of that place.

The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Spade of Buck Valley last week, leaving a fine baby girl.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Baltzer Sipe of Knobsville.

Death: the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Newman

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