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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures Clara Grissinger Group, daughter of Martin and Violet Grissinger who was born in 1913. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures Clara Grissinger Group, daughter of Martin and Violet Grissinger who was born in 1913. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 27, 1998


Twenty-five thousand Baltimore Orioles baseball fans listened to Southern Fulton High School senior Danielle Rebosky give voice to the national anthem at Camden Yards stadium last Wednesday night in Baltimore. And did she ever. Singing unaccompanied, the 16-year-old soprano hit every note at perfect pitch, charmed the crowd and even got a “wink” from baseball great Cal Ripken.

Temperatures were hot and so was the bidding inside the Fulton County Youth Livestock Association’s barn Saturday evening as bidding for both the grand champion and reserve champion steers took both animals outside the county. Norman Mellott Jr.’s steer was knocked down to the Milky Way Restaurant, Fort Loudon, for $2.70 per pound while Shannon Thomas saw her steer go to Gateway Travel Place in Breezewood for a whopping $3 per pound. Commercial Concepts put in the high bid for Jennifer Kuhn’s grand champion pig at a price of $3.70 per pound while Jason Mellott’s reserve grand champion was knocked down to Rotz’s Meats for $3.30 per pound. Jason Mellott’s grand champion lamb brought a respectable $3.10 per pound from Truax Meats while his brother Lance’s reserve grand champion was knocked down to Pierce and Barb Miller for $2.50 per pound.

Marriage licenses: Gary Dorty, Fort Loudon, and Doreena Hege, Fort Loudon; Marvin Kendall, Mc- Connellsburg, and Carrie Kelso, McConnellsburg; Gabriel Barnes, Big Cove Tannery, and Tammy Pittman, Big Cove Tannery.

Herman and Mona Morton, Harrisonville, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary September 1.

Receiving degrees at Penn State’s summer commencement exercises in August were Holly Hawbaker, McConnellsburg, and Carl Reitz, Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Porter Kerlin, Mt. Pleasant; Edith Pompey, Nokomis, Fla.; Carl Amsley, St. Thomas; Althea Hoffman, Three Springs; Grace Martz, McConnellsburg; Mary Trail, Warfordsburg; Rosemary Kwok, Bethesda, Md.; Donald Barnhart, Hustontown.

Jill Bivens and Dale Heironimus announce their engagement. They are the children of David and Nancy Bivens of Big Cove Tannery and Calvin and Phyllis Heironimus of Berkeley Springs.

Garry and Teressa Miller announce the arrival of their son, Quintin Wade, August 18, at Chambersburg Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 8, 1988


Nationally known singer Kenny Rogers stopped at Henry’s Sunoco Station in Fort Littleton on Sunday and attendant Tommy DeShong got to shake hands with him. About an hour later the bus carrying the famous Alabama country music group passed the station to get on the turnpike.

The board of directors of Fulton County Medical Center, at its regular meeting on August 29, reviewed the current financial status of the center and began what one board member calls “an aggressive campaign to dispel untrue rumors about the current status of the Medical Center, and more importantly, to educate the community about services being offered there and to encourage greater use of those services.” The rumors are that the Medical Center is in a critical financial condition, that the center itself (excluding the extended care unit, which is self-supporting) and the emergency room may close soon and that patient census is consistently too low to support the institution. Board members Helen Overly and William Hine stated that the hospital board, administration and staff are committed to “remaining a primary care community hospital” but in order to do that they need to make investments in the future. And making those investments may cause financial strain now, but without them, the hospital cannot survive in the future.

A crowd of about 750 attended the August 30 dedication ceremony of Allegheny Electric Cooperative’s William F. Matson Generating Station, located near Raystown Lake Dam in Huntingdon County. The 21-megawatt plant is the first to be wholly developed and operated by Allegheny for the 14 rural electric cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Specials at the IGA: boneless hams, $1.89 lb.; applesauce, 99 cents, 50-oz. jar; sliced bacon, $1.29 lb.; cucumbers, 4 for $1; plums, 89 cents lb.; nectarines, 69 cents lb.; jumbo bologna, 99 cents lb.

Marriage licenses: Allen Wilt, Artemas, and JoAnna Vance, Artemas; William Mellott, Kendall Park, N.J., and Lisa Strait, Kendall Park, N.J.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 31, 1978


The grand champion baby beef was sold for a record price of $1.50 a pound at last Thursday’s 4-H/FFA Baby Beef sale. Gary Hawkins’

1,065-pound champion steer was bought by the Pleasant Valley Restaurant for almost double the price paid for last year’s champion steer. The McConnellsburg IGA paid $1.25 a pound for Frank Reel’s reserve champion mixed Charolais. The steer weighed 1,300 pounds. The IGA was again the buyer of most steers sold at the sale with a total of six being knocked down to the local supermarket.

Wild horses couldn’t drag anyone away from the Fulton County Fair on Saturday afternoon during the horsepulling contest. Bob Decker’s matched Belgians won the event with a pull of 6,800 pounds.

The county fair board wrote checks for thousands of dollars in premiums for hundreds of entries in livestock and home arts and related divisions, not to mention the scores of ribbons that were awarded as well. All the big money went to exhibitors in the livestock divisions. Roger Brant of Mount Union and Robert Morris of Imler led the field with $783.50 and $725 in premiums. The prize money wasn’t as big but the awards just as satisfying in the agriculture and home arts divisions. Olive Hawkins of Harrisonville topped everyone with 58 entries, winning $119.05 in premiums. Betty Berkstresser, Hustontown, won $102.20 with 42 exhibits.

Curtis Glazier, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Glazier, Mc- Connelslburg, tied for third place in the state plowing contest, large plow division, held during the 1978 Ag Progress Days last week at Penn State University. Curtis won first place in the Fulton County plowing contest held here recently.

Marriage licenses: Raymond Bragg and Twila Campbell, both of Monroe, Mich.; Terry Fix of Hustontown and Trudy McQuait, McConnellsburg.

Miss Faith Noel Hyman, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Delmer Hyman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., became the bride of Stephen Lee Shives, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Shives of Warfordsburg on August 30.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Don Hill honored their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with a celebration at the Pleasant Grove UCC Church near Needmore on August 20.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl True of McConnellsburg on August 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Fogal of Waterfall on August 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shives of Hancock on August 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Meyers of Hancock on August 23.

Deaths: William Mentzer, Burnt Cabins; Robert Martin, Robertsdale; Mrs. Margaret Rexroth, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 12, 1968


A detour was set up Monday morning of this week for traffic to use during the construction of a section of road on Route 30 which the state is building to eliminate Ladies Turn on Sideling Hill Mountain. Public outcry at the number of accidents resulting in death, injury and property damage at this particular spot on the mountain highway over the years finally brought action from state officials.

Ladies Turn, the most dangerous stretch of road in Fulton County, came close to claiming two more lives on Monday, just minutes before detour signs were erected to close the road for construction to begin eliminating this hazardous curve. Trucker Robert Thomas and his wife, Lily, of Chicago, miraculously escaped with only minor injuries when they were thrown from the 1963 Ford tractor-trailer rig after the brakes failed as the vehicle was descending Sideling Hill Mountain.

Marriage licenses: Raymond Lane of Hustontown and Stella Pool of Fort Littleton applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Gradates: Penelope Ann Sipes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sipes of Harrisonville, graduated from the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital School of Nursing on September 5. She has accepted a position on the nursing staff of Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

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

News of men in service: Seaman Apprentice Ryan Unger, son of Mrs. Lea Deshong of Big Cove Tannery, has graduated form Navy basic training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.; Capt. Larry Barkman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Barkman of Hustontown, has arrived for duty at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Seaman Apprentice Gary Shives, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Shives of Warfordsburg, has graduated from nine weeks of Navy basic training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

Specials at the IGA: facial tissues, 5 boxes for $1; IGA instant coffee, 69 cents, 6-oz. jar; Tide, 65 cents, 3-lb. jar.

A surprise stork shower honoring Mrs. Jack Fields was given recently by Mrs. Beulah Paylor, Mrs. Thelma Fields and Mrs. Mary Snyder on the lawn at the Snyder home on East Maple Street.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dane Seiders of Harrisonville; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sponsler of Warfordsburg; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Myron Starr of Greencastle; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Centi of Three Springs; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer of McConnellsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knepper of Waterfall; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sowers of McConnellsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reihart of Greencastle; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Everts of Big Cove Tannery; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Murdock of McConnellsburg; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Mearkle of Clearville; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Bard of Warfordsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Deneen of Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 11, 1958


Carl Paylor returned to his home here on Monday after a successful baseball season in Pierre, S.D. Last year Carl played on a South Dakota team.

Mrs. Bruce Ray of town is a patient in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

“No news is good news” is an old saying that is proving itself in the “News” these days. For three consecutive weeks now, no deaths have been recorded in the obituary column.

Ruth Gordon, a senior at Indiana State Teachers College this year, is now doing her student teaching in Windber.

William Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Lee Anderson of Wells Tannery, was recently awarded two blue ones for showing his Holstein heifer calf. The prize animal placed first in the FFA show at the Fulton County Fair and won a blue ribbon in the regional show at the Ebensburg Fair. He also won a red ribbon at Ebensburg for placing fourth out of 42 contestants in the fitting contest. Bill’s prize calf has been selected to represent this region in the state FFA show at Harrisburg September 18.

Eddie Schenck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Schenck of Defiance, was recently awarded a senatorial scholarship by state Sen. J. Irving Whally on the basis of his scholastic ability. He will major in electrical engineering at Penn State.

Fulton County Medical Center was an extremely busy place for a time on Saturday afternoon, following a light shower in the northern and western parts of the county. Wilmer Sipes’ ambulance arrived at the hospital with victims of an accident on Sideling Hill. About the same time, a call was received from the turnpike saying that the turnpike ambulance was on its way with more accident victims. While working on the victims already there, hospital personnel wondered why the siren on the turnpike ambulance was making so much noise. Just before it arrived, however, Robert House’s ambulance showed up with victims of an accident near Hustontown. In about 10 minutes, another “pike ambulance” showed up, carrying another accident victim. All this happened in about 15 minutes, with Dr. Lorentz and Dr. McLucas examining the patients and admitting them to the local hospital, while the more seriously injured were given emergency aid and transferred in the fire company ambulance to Chambersburg. Later in the evening, another turnpike ambulance showed up with a truck driver suffering from food poisoning.

Although there was no police investigation and details are sketchy, four county men were injured early Saturday morning when their car ran off a fog-shrouded road near Saxton. Taken to Huntingdon Hospital were a 78-yearold Hustontown man, Arthur “Spice” Kerlin, possible skull fracture, contusions and lacerations and a fracture-dislocation of the right hip; Harry Wilson, 37, Hustontown, lacerations and contusions; Wilfred Wible, 41, Clear Ridge, lacerations; and E.H. Wilson, 29, Hustontown, the driver, lacerations.

Dedication for the Bethlehem EUB Church, along the Peach Orchard Road, will be held September 21.

The oil portrait of “the country doctor,” the late Dr. MacKinlay, is expected to be completed next week. The artist who is painting the portrait is Joe Cordonva, a staff member of Van Dyke Oil Portraits Ltd. of New York. The memorial fund for the portrait was over-subscribed by the many persons contributing and any balance remaining after the portrait is paid for will be donated to the Medical Center and the local cancer society.

Four young people from Fulton County have enrolled at the Maryland Medical Secretarial School in Hagerstown. They are Waneta Hixon of Amaranth; M. Jean Johnston of McConnellsburg; Dorothy Richards of McConnellsburg; and Betty Culler of McConnellsburg.

Five area girls received their degrees from the Maryland Medical Secretarial School and Hagerstown Business College on August 29. They were Nancy Pyle of McConnellsburg; Mary Chesnut of Warfordsburg; and Gladys Wright, Phyllis Gordon and Darlene McCusker, all of Hancock.

Harry Evans Jr. and Nancy Mentzer were married August 23.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Gordon of McConnellsburg on September 4.

Gov. George Leader drove his wife 20 miles at 4 a.m. on Sunday to Harrisburg Hospital where she gave birth to a 9 pound boy, the 40-year-old governor’s fourth child.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 16, 1948


Births: a son on September 5 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evans of Big Cove Tannery; a son on September 6 to Mr. and Mrs. George Bookheimer of Hustontown; a daughter on September 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Afred DePietro of McConnellsburg; a son on September 10 to Mr. and Mrs. John Barthalow of McConnellsburg; a son on September 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Black of McConnellsburg; a son on September 14 to Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz of McConnellsburg.

Sara Akers left Wednesday to enroll as a freshman at Shippensburg State Teachers College.

St. Paul Lutheran Church of town plans a weeklong observance next week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building of the present church.

Robert Schultheis and Helen Davis were married August 30.

At a meeting at the courthouse last Friday, 18 Fulton County farmers formed the Fulton County Dairy Herd Improvement Assoc. Others are expected to join soon.

The 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane of Mc- Connellsburg is suffering from second- and third-degree burns, received last Tuesday when he fell backwards into a pan of boiling water which his mother had momentarily placed on the floor.

Richard Schaffer Henry and Shirley Ann Young were married September 4.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 15, 1938


Deaths: Mrs. Ella Elizabeth Fox of Norriston; George Jaymes of Burnt Cabins; Mrs. Bessie Deshong of Needmore.

Mrs. Clara Lake of Harrisonville is a patient in Everett Hospital for medical treatment and observation. Grover Houck of Andover was treated in the dispensary at the same hospital for the reduction of a dislocated elbow.

A hitchhiker passing through Saluvia on Friday evening “tired out” and appropriated the Buick sedan owned by Albert Deshong to continue his journey. Picked up in York, William Houser of New Jersey was returned to Fulton County and is now in the county jail awaiting court.

The “dot and dash” telegraph office, which was established in McConnellsburg in 1846, just three years after the famous message, “What Hath God Wrought,” was sent, has been closed. Replacing the “dot and dash” system will be a teleprinter, which will be located in the office of W.H. Greathead. In 1846, one message only could be sent at one time over the circuit; today 96 telegrams can be sent at the same time. A bit of the history of the local office reveals the following: Cal McGaughey was the manager of the office when the Civil War broke out, followed by Joe Zimmerman, Phil Sanson and then Thos F. Sloan in 1864. Following McCausland’s burning of Chambersburg, Sloan, who had just taken charge of the office, learned that the Confederates were headed this way. He immediately took an extra set of implements and hid them. Arriving here, the Rebels cut the wires, took Sloan prisoner and made off with his implements. Before they left, they freed Sloan. When they were on their way, he repaired the line, got out the hidden set of instruments and flashed the news to the federal general in this district, the first word of the direction other Rebels were taking. At election times, the telegraph office was the most important scene in the county. Each party would set up its headquarters and Sloan would send handwritten messages to each headquarters by means of carrier boys. Several times, election disputes waxed so hot that Mr. Sloan closed the office before the returns were all in to prevent any physical violence. Another exciting time during Mr. Sloan’s life was during the Johnstown flood. Reporters could not get their messages through so they converged on McConnellsburg. Mr. Sloan went with them to the Bedford turnpike, forded the stream at Juanita Crossings and there Mr. Sloan repaired the lines. By doing this, communication was again established with the outside world and some of the first reports of the great disaster were sent out. Mr. Sloan taught the Morse Code to many Fulton countians, including his wife, Josephine Alexander Sloan, who became a proficient operator and took care of the office when Mr. Sloan was out on repair work. Among the old time Morse operators, she is still known as “MS” (Mother Sloan). Following Sloan’s death in 1916, his son, Walter, became manager, the two having a combined manager record of 74 years while their total service with Western Union is 87 years. One other interesting note about the local office concerns George M. Eitemiller who learned telegraphy here. He was one of the fastest operators of the day and combined with his clearcut penmanship, a requisite of the trade, won national prominence in telegraph tournaments.

A wedding dinner was served on September 4 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Spade in honor of their daughter, Olive, who was married recently to Russel Smith of Mount Union.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 13, 1928


Mrs. Lavina Hill and Miss Lib Hess have received word that their nephew, John Van Clever was injured at the Ebensburg Fair The young man is a game protector and was in charge of the building where the game was kept. He was injured when he walked in his sleep and fell into the buffalo pen. He is now in the Johnstown Hospital suffering from a broken leg and other injuries. It is said that the buffalo, normally cross animals, did not attack him but were as frightened as he was.

Leslie Latshaw and Edna Hess were wed September 8.

Ed McCray of Warfordsburg is becoming a well-known builder of school buses. Awarded a transportation contract two years ago, he decided against paying the high price for a school bus and built his own. His own bus proved very satisfactory and since then he has built several for other districts and is still getting requests to build more.

Russell Akers and Jennie Nesbitt were married September 6.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Deavor of Hustontown on September 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Steach of McConnellsburg on September 10.

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