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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the children of Martin and Violet Grissinger in 1940. Left: Eva Cornelius, Clara Group, Allen Grissinger, Mary Knepper, Birthia Curfman and Betty Lane. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the children of Martin and Violet Grissinger in 1940. Left: Eva Cornelius, Clara Group, Allen Grissinger, Mary Knepper, Birthia Curfman and Betty Lane. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 20, 1998


Misty Mellott was crowned the 1998 Fulton County Fair Queen Sunday evening. She is the daughter of Robert and Betty Mellott of Warfordsburg. Lynette Boccard was named the first runner-up. She is the daughter of Melvin and Revonda Ramsey of Hustontown.

Norman Mellott’s 1,256 pound steer named “Tuffy” was given the nod by livestock judge Dan Atkins as this year’s grand champion steer at the 4-H/FFA Market Steer Show held Monday evening at the fair. Not to be outdone by her boyfriend, last year’s grand champion winner Shannon Thomas captured the reserve champion title this year with her heavyweight steer named “Plat.” Both steers were raised by the young people on the Thomas farm in Wells Tannery. Norman has entered the competition five times and Shannon has competed for 10 years.

Mike Bard of Bard’s Auto Sales came away the winner of the first annual compact car demo derby held August 17 during the fair.

Cassie Cain, daughter of Dale and Diane Cain, was named Needmore Fire Co.’s Princess during the pageant held August 7.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jason Hawkins.

Deaths: Charles Lynch, Hancock; Guy Hawbaker, Mercersburg; James Crawford, Hagerstown.

Marriage licenses: Wayne Strait, McConnellsburg, and Janet Atkins, Harrisonville; Kurtis Waite, Burnt Cabins, and Misty Bair, Shade Gap.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 1, 1988


McConnellsburg IGA Foodliner paid $3.10 per pound, or a total of $3,952.50 for the purchase a 1,275-pound crossbred steer owned by Steve Oakman of McConnellsburg, at the Fulton County Youth Livestock Association’s 25th annual sale last Saturday night. Fulton County Bank was the successful bidder for the reserve champion steer, owned by Jeremy Truax of McConnellsburg. The price on the reserve champion was $2 per pound for a total of $2,400.

Two McConnellsburg area residents ran a 90-second course in an average of about 54 seconds to contest for the title in the first skidloader competition held at the fair last Friday evening. David Seiders of McConnellsburg captured the second heat of the competition to edge out Donna Englert of McConnellsburg, the winner of the first heat, for the overall title. In all, 21 area contestants challenged the course under both dry and wet conditions, running a New Holland 455.

About 30 persons braved a heavy downpour Monday morning, August 29, to witness the groundbreaking for the new Needmore branch office of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg and a new southern Fulton County branch of Fulton County Library, which will be housed in the bank building.

Deena Souders, daughter of Joanne and Grover Souders of McConnellsburg, and Kevin Mellott, son of Lorraine and Ronald Mellott of Chambersburg, were united in marriage June 11 at McConnellsburg United Methodist Church.

Deaths: Elsie Means, Clearville; Joan Mishara, McConnellsburg; Cleo Helman, McConnellsburg; Charles Seiders, McConnellsburg; Floyd Truax, Paw Paw; Juanita Lehman, Pittsburgh.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Clugston of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Gail, to Robert Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Weaver of Petersburg, W.Va.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Swope of Needmore on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hockenberry of Shade Gap on August 22.

Lisa Bivens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bivens, McConnellsburg, became the bride of Ty Daniels, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Daniels, McConnellsburg, August 27, at McConnellsburg United Methodist Church.

Marriage licenses: Ty Daniels, McConnellsburg, and Lisa Bivens, McConnellsburg; James Duffey, Mc- Connellsburg, and Crystal Wilt, Shippensburg; Joseph Tritle, McConnellsburg, and Doreen Peck, Warfordsburg; Todd Fisher, Warfordsburg, and Karen Swope, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 24, 1978


Joan Kerlin, 16, a senior at McConnellsburg High School, was crowned a 1978 Fulton County Environmental Queen Monday evening at the Fulton County Fair. Joan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kerlin of McConnellsburg. She was crowned by last year’s first runner-up, Jackie McKeever.

The 57th edition of the Fulton County Fair opened Monday at the fairgrounds, the first day of the weeklong event. The 4-H/FFA annual baby beef show was the highlight of the day. Exhibiting the grand champion steer was Gary Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hawkins of Harrisonville. Gary’s entry also took first place in the lightweight division. Frank Reel of the McConnellsburg Chapter exhibited the reserve champion steer, which also placed first in the heavyweight division.

Mellott’s Custom Floors at 503 Lincoln Way East will be under new ownership effective September 5. Owners Mr. and Mrs. Denver Mellott have sold the business to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Cornelius.

Carol Ammon of Hustontown and Walter Curfman of Todd were united in marriage at Breneman Chapel, Doubling Gap, on Saturday, July 15, at 2 p.m.

Donna Clugston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Clugston of McConnellsburg, and Gerald Histand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Histand, Rome, were united in marriage on July 29 at Mountain View Mennonite Church.

St. Stephen Catholic Church, McConnellsburg, was the setting for the July 22 nuptial mass uniting Kathleen Karen Rajtik and Robert Foster Bean. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rajtik, and the groom is the son of James Bean of King of Prussia and the late Martha Bean.

Specials at the IGA: Crisco shortening, $1.79, 3 lbs.; Lucky Leaf applesauce, three 15-oz. jars for 89 cents; rib steaks, $1.89 lb.; bananas, 19 cents lb.

Six-time champion and for the third successive year, Beulah Fix was named the best woman golfer at Great Cove on Sunday, following the last 180-hole play in the 72- hole championship tournament, with a total score of 373. Beulah Paylor, 1975 champion and three-time runner-up for champion, was named second place with a score of 386.

The Fulton County Little League All-Stars for 1978 are: Brian Breakall, Randy Brown, Jay Cutchall, Mike Deshong, Bill Feagley, Jeff Garber, Cory Gress, Joe Hollinshead, Mark Hollinshead, Rick Marshall, Mike Miller, Russell Miller, Jeff Shearer, Chris Sheffield, Tommy Souders, Donald Strait, Kerry Strait, Mike Wagner and Daren Winegardner.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Steel of New Enterprise on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kerr of Hancock on August 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson of Orbisonia on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Deshong of Mc- Connellsburg on August 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ulsh of Hustontown on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred House of Orbisonia on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Black of McConnellsburg on August 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William McCumbee Jr., Warfordsburg, on August 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Swope of McConnellsburg on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Claycomb of Robertsdale on August 17.

Deaths: Mickey Van Gosen, infant son of Dennis and Alice Van Gosen, Needmore; Raymond Mellott, State Line; Herman Purnell Sr., Chambersburg; Willis Shatzer, St. Thomas; Chet Humphreys, New Oxford; Mrs. Lulie Reath, Chambersburg; Ervin Rosenberry, St. Thomas; Caroline B. Angelini, Bucks County.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 5, 1968


An emergency tracheotomy was performed by Dr. R.C. McLucas at Fulton County Medical Center last Wednesday on the critically injured truck driver who was rushed to the local hospital after his tractor-trailet wrecked on Sideling Hill Mountain, a short distance north of the notorious Ladies Turn, where so many truckers have lost their lives in the past. The driver, Joseph Buffington, 27, Nottingham, Pa., was then transferred to the intensive care unit at Washington County Hospital, where he remains a patient.

The board of directors of The Fulton County National Bank of McConnellsburg, in recognition of past services as a bank director and officer, has granted the title of director emeritus to Lewis Harris, a former director. This marks the second time in the bank’s history that this honor has been given, the late Merrill W. Nace being the other recipient.

Five Fulton County farmers won awards at the State Forage Show, held last week along with the National Plowing Contest at Hershey. Webster Fischer and sons of Crystal Spring won a first award in the first-cutting alfalfa class, a second award in the mixed legume class and fourth awards in the clover and first-cutting grass classes. Robert Knepper of Three Springs won a first award in the first-cutting grass class. Nathan Hixson of Crystal Spring won fourth in the large class of later-cutting alfalfa. Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg won a third award in the legume class and fifth in the first-cutting grass class. Wayne Fleming of Hustontown won a second award in the grass silage class.

Marriage licenses: James Fischer of Crystal Spring and Betty Spade of Needmore; Barry Chaney of McConnellsburg and Laraine Gordon of McConnellsburg; Duane Carbaugh of McConnellsburg and Glenda Martz of Mc- Connellsburg.

Miss Sandra Shotts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shotts Sr. of Waterfall, will graduate from the York Hospital School of Nursing on September 9.

Raymond and Jean Melius of Fort Littleton recently returned from Colorado where they spent nine days sightseeing and visiting with his brother, SSgt. Donald E. Melius, wife Maylene and son Gregory.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cowan, Mercersburg, on August 25.

A birthday party for Mrs. Dovie Hann was held on August 1 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Hann of Needmore.

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

Specials at the local IGA: chuck roast, 69 cents lb.; Hill Bros. coffee, 2-lb. can, $1.29; ice cream, 50 cents, half gallon.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Koontz moved last week into their newly constructed home on North First Street.

Miss Jean Mae Booser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Booser of Lancaster, became the bride of Clair Edward Hunsecker, son of Rev. and Mrs. Harold Hunsecker of Mc- Connellsburg, on August 17.

Deaths: Glenn K. Ward, Huntingdon; Mrs. Fannie Senft, Saltillo; Dr. Charles Tippetts, Annapolis, Md.; Reed Lester Eader, Sycamore, Ohio; Floyd J. Miller, Three Springs.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1958


Miss Harriet Sloan returned to her home here last week after a tour through the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, Yellowstone

National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods. She was a member of Maryland Educational Tour of Baltimore.

Juan Cesar Ugaz, nephew of the Perusavian ambassador in Washington, D.C., was a weekend house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger and family.

William Hann, an employee of the Esso Station in town, suffered a ruptured iris of the left eye on Sunday evening when he was struck by a tire iron.

Assistant County Agent S.K. Garber left Fulton County last Saturday to enter the U.S. Army, where he will remain for a period of two years.

Mrs. Blanche Henry of McConnellsburg will observe her 80th birthday on September 10. In spite of her age, Mrs. Henry enjoys good health and remains active in the affairs of the local Medical Center Auxiliary.

The president of the New York State Natural Gas Co., speaking to the Bedford Rotary Club last week, predicted that Bedford County has a great potential as a future gas producing county and indicated that future exploratory drillings are now being planned. His company’s latest exploratory venture in that area was in the vicinity of Clearville and resulted in a well producing 1,427,000 cubic feet of gas daily. Another well is planned for this year as well as several more in the future.

Vance Swope and Marian Haffner were wed June 7.

Mrs. H.B. Mellott of town has received word that her daughter, Kay, will appear on the NBC television program “Youth Wants To Know” Sunday, September 28. The film was made earlier in the summer while Miss Mellott and a group of students were touring Russia. The program was filmed in that country.

A seasonal increase of 1 cent a quart for milk went into effect in most of Pennsylvania on Monday.

E.C. Hann of Harrisonville brought to the News office on Monday two large potatoes, one of which weighed 2 1/4 pounds, while the other tipped the scales at two pounds even. The hill from which they were taken produced a total of seven pounds of potatoes.

President Eisenhower signed a bill Friday increasing Social Security benefits, as well as taxes. The benefits will be increased by 7 percent with a minimum of $3 per month, while taxes will go from 1 to 2 1/4 percent on both worker and employer. Bigger checks will go out next February to about 12 million retired workers or their survivors.

Mrs. C. Stull Baldwin of Burnt Cabins is now a patient in Hagerstown Hospital, suffering from a compound fracture of the leg. She was crossing a foot bridge August 25 when a board broke and her foot went through the bridge. Falling backwards, her toe caught under a piece of timber, causing both bones of her leg to break about the ankle.

John Gordon and Martha Culler were married July 26.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hawkins of Wood on August 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Blair of Todd on August 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Earley of McConnellsburg on August 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Timmons of Mercersburg on August 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Shoop of Burnt Cabins on August 28.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 9, 1948


Pledges and donations for the Fulton County Medical Center now stand at $60,000, just $7,000 short of the goal of $67,000. When the goal is reached, then application can be made for federal aid, which will amount to one-third of the $100,000 estimated cost of the project.

County Agent H.P. Kies and family have moved to the McKibben property on North Second Street.

James Deshong, 72, Needmore, suffered a broken leg Monday when he was hit by an automobile while walking along the road.

Richard Keebaugh and Louella Lane were married September 4.

The first peacetime draft registration figures, available until September 4, show that 173 county men have registered.

A birthday party at Creekside Park on August 29 honored J. Bart Stevens on his 91st birthday and Dana Wendell on his first birthday.

Deaths: Gloria Jean Burke of Cito; Rev. Ellsworth Aller of Camp Hill; John Runyan of McConnellsburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 9, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Elia Daniels of McConnellsburg;

Henry Shue of Hill Valley; Robert Boggs of Fannettsburg; Mrs. Robert Shimer of McConnellsburg; William Smith of Barnes Gap.

A barn owned by Robert Drenning near Hustontown was hit by lightning and burned to the ground last Wednesday.

In a letter received this week by Mrs. Mary Duffey from Mrs. Helen Kendall Macleod, a missionary in India, she tells of the death of her husband, Capt. James Macleod, on August 2 in the hospital at Jiraj, India. After describing his sickness, operations and the recurrence of an old ailment, malaria fever, Mrs. Macleod wrote: “Jim went to sleep Tuesday evening about 10 o’clock and did not wake until nine in the evening in the presence of Him whom he loved. My dear one had so joyously anticipated this event that it would be selfish for me to wish him to remain. He was the embodiment of love and devotion and affection all through the years of our married life.”

Reports that the state would start condemnation proceedings against private lands abutting the Allens Valley State Park where verified indirectly yesterday when several

Harrisburg officials arrived in McConnellsburg. It is rumored that the action is being taken to prevent the erection of a hotel and a commercial establishment on the western side of the lake.

Seven Fulton Countians were admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week for tonsil operations. They are Martha Mellott of Cito; Mary Alice Bivens of McConnellsburg; Parker Bivens of McConnellsburg; George Mellott of Cito; Stanley Hines of Saluvia; Elsie Hines of Saluvia, and Mrs. Maxine Peck of Saluvia.

George Kerlin of Knobsville is a patient in Everett Hospital for treatment of a fractured skull.

Norman Runyan was named borough health officer at a meeting of the Mc- Connellsburg Board of Health last week. At the same time, the board suggested that council consider a federal grant for a disposal plant, in view of the fact that PWA funds are now being made available for that purpose.

Robert Lynch, Lawrence Shimer, Robert Mellott and Harry Grissinger attended the Tomato Festival in Berkeley Springs on Monday.

Miss Anne Johnston has returned to Morgantown, W.Va., to resume her duties as assistant dietitian at West Virginia University.

Grace Shimer has returned to Youngstown, Ohio, to continue teaching after spending the summer in Mc- Connellsburg.

Miss Sylvia Miller of Mercersburg and Allen Hoover of Hesston have returned to their teaching duties at Fort Littleton.

The oldest teacher present at the Gracey School reunion on Sunday was Samuel Gracey of Mount Union who, when he was a resident of this county, received the Carnegie Medal for rescuing a pupil of the Gracey School who fell into a swollen stream on his way home from school.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 6, 1928


Recent births: a son on August 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Wright of near Waterfall; a daughter on August 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Everts of Thompson Township; a son on August 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Woodall of Todd Township; a daughter, Rose Etta, on August 14 to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cooper of McConnellsburg; a daughter, Anna May, on August 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wolfe of McConnellsburg; a daughter on September 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Aulden Cutchall of Ayr Township; a daughter, Pauline, on August 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Allie Wren of near town (she died after nine hours); a son on August 22 to Mr. and Mrs. James Tritle of Ayr Township; a son, Fred Leroy, on August 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Baltzer Sipes of near Knobsville.

Death: Roy Laidig of Jeannette. John Strait, an elderly gentleman of Pleasant Ridge, received a severe cut on the forehead on Sunday evening when the car in which he was a passenger struck another vehicle head on near Needmore.

Wells Peck and family are now occupying their new, six-room, frame home along the Peach Orchard Road.

Travel was at its height through McConnellsburg on Sunday. In one minute, 110 cars passed a certain porch where a count was being made.

Mr. and Mrs. Linwood Smith of Buck Valley were quietly married in Cumberland last Tuesday, but it wasn’t quiet on Thursday night as almost 30 people gave them a serenading.

Buck Valley’s Clyde Barnhart has been released by the Pittsburgh Pirates to make room for what manager Bush calls a man with a better batting eye. Barney was the pioneer of the players with the Pirates and made a record of which Fulton County can justly be proud.

John Hixson and Arlene Buck were wed September 1.

Three teachers are employed this year at the Hustontown High School to teach the 86 pipils enrolled.

C.V. Ramsey and Mary Locke were wed August 18.

Bruce Cutchall of Burnt Cabins is all smiles over a brand new boy.

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