2018-09-13 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the last reunion of the Winegardner School in early 2000. Many in the picture went to the school. Pictured in front, seated, is teacher Lois Madden. Also pictured are Clippingers, Millers, Kneppers, Grissingers and Hess families. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Barb Hoffman of Dublin Mills, pictures the last reunion of the Winegardner School in early 2000. Many in the picture went to the school. Pictured in front, seated, is teacher Lois Madden. Also pictured are Clippingers, Millers, Kneppers, Grissingers and Hess families. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 10, 1998


Thompson Township officials, builders, engineers and residents cut the ribbon for the official opening of Bridge T-331 over Licking Creek on Pittman Road last week. The creek had to be forded by man and vehicle alike prior to the new bridge construction.

A Mercersburg woman died September 6 in the emergency room at Fulton County Medical Center two hours following a head-on collision along Route 475 in Dublin Township. Susan Pine, 19, Mercersburg, was travelling south when she crossed into the northbound lane and onto the berm before turning back into the northern lane colliding with a Ford Bronco operated by Herbert Hedge, 63, Hustontown. Hedge sustained severe injuries and passenger Ryan Hedge, 11, was moderately injured.

The state Department of Health has recently released new cancer facts and figures and the report brings both good news and bad for Fulton County. The report projects the number of cancer cases in Fulton County in 1998 to be 115 and that figure is up 55.4 percent over the actual number of cases reported in 1995. The report also predicts that the county will experience a 14.3 percent drop in the number of deaths from cancer from 1995 to 1998.

JLG Industries has reported record sales, net income and earnings per share for fiscal 1998, which ended July 31, marking the fifth consecutive record year for the company. Sales set a new high of $530.9 million, slightly ahead of the prior record of $526.3 million for fiscal 1997.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Carole Palmer of Waterfall as the executive director.

Charles and Catherine Palmer of Warfordsburg will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 11.

Kimberly Ranck and Ryan Richards were united in marriage June 6 at the United Methodist Church in Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the couple are Barry and Judith Shafer of McConnellsburg and Samuel Ranck of Hustontown and Roger and Deborah Richards of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Lee Arnold, Three Springs; Blanche Byers, Rockhill Furnace; Helen Morton, Palm Bay, Fla.; Curtis Divelbliss, Berkeley Springs; Marie Shank, Fayetteville; Doris Garland, Akron, Ohio; M. Dean Brant, McConnellsburg; Naomi Fox, Sleepy Creek, W.Va.; Maynard Mellott, Needmore; Susan Pine, Mercersburg.

Marriage licenses: Juan Nipper, McConnellsburg, and Cindy Peck, McConnellsburg; Jamie House, McConnellsburg, and Kathy Harr, McConnellsburg; George Kubini, McConnellsburg, and Cynthia Klemanski, McConnellsburg.

Kirk and Kathy McCray of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a daughter, Raina, August 10 at Washington County Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 22, 1988


Although our community seems to have suffered no ill effects from Hurricane Gilbert, a former countian came face to face with the killer storm on what was supposed to have been a 10- day vacation in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Thomas and Glenda Baginski of Auburn, Ala., survived Gilbert but retained some unforgettable memories of their narrow escape. Glenda is the former Glenda Deneen, a 1977 graduate of Southern Fulton High School. Glenda and her husband reside in Auburn where he is an electrical engineering professor at Auburn University. The Baginskis left Georgia September 9 for Cancun, Mexico, to begin a 10- day vacation. Upon arriving in Cancun, they took the ferry across the bay approximately five miles to an island named Isla Mujeres where they had hotel reservations for their vacation. Because they did not have a television in their hotel room and because they speak and understand very little Spanish, they had no advance warning that a class five hurricane in the Caribbean was aimed directly at the Yucatan Peninsula. On Tuesday morning, they were told by their hotel manager that a dangerous hurricane was on the way, but they were told after the last ferry had departed. From that point on until Saturday they were unable to reach relatives to inform them that they had survived.

The Central Fulton School Board approved articles of agreement to form a county vo-tech attendance area. The board became the last of the three county school boards to approve the articles.

Mattie’s Restaurant on Lincoln Way East, operated by Madeline Seville and her mother, Dorothy Storto, will be closing on September 30.

Six area riders fared well at the PA State BMX championships held September 18 at McConnellsburg’s BMX track. Capturing the top spots in their class were Ryan Richards, Steve Robinson and Jennifer Lynn.

Dana and Becky Ford of Wells Tannery announce the birth of a son, Dylan Lee, on September 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Clark of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela, to Richard Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Price of Harrisonville.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Cromer of Fort Littleton on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Washabaugh on September 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Shives of McConnellsburg on September 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Baer of Shade Gap on September 15.

A dinner was held recently to celebrate the 61st wedding anniversary of John and Lottie Seville of Mc- Connellsburg. The celebration also honored Mr. Seville on his 84th birthday.

Marriage licenses: Terry Brant, Harrisonville, and Susan Shaw, Chambersburg; Kevin Hoffman, Wells Tannery, and Elizabeth Wertz, Bedford; Steven Swadley, Big Cove Tannery, and Betty Grosh, Big Spring, Md.

Specials at the IGA: Betty Crocker cake mixes, 79 cents; Gold Medal flour, 99 cents, 5-lb. bag; bananas, 20 cents; Swiss cheese, $2.49/lb.; seedless grapes, 69 cents a pound.

Deaths: Thelma Yingling, Waterfall; Cornelia Figard, Warfordsburg; James Chamberlain, Wells Tannery; Norman Kerlin, Brunswick, Md.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 14, 1978


Bill Winslow, plant manager at Waring Products in McConnellsburg, reports this week that the decision has been made to boost production of Waring’s Ice Cream Parlor at the local manufacturing plant. With the hiring of nine new employees last week, the workforce now stands at 52. Winslow said he doesn’t anticipate any additional hiring during the next several weeks.

Clarence McKee, 62, Warfordsburg, lost his barn, two silos and all their contents in a fire last Wednesday morning, the cause of which remains undetermined. Firemen from Needmore, Breezewood, Clear Spring, Hancock and Berkeley Springs responded to the alarm, but the structures were already engulfed in flames and all they could do was control it, to prevent the destruction of other buildings. The barn contained two wagons, three pieces of farm machinery, 1,000 bales of hay, 700 bushels of oats and 50 bushels of wheat. The loss is estimated at $50,000 to $75,000.

Sharpshooters at the muzzleloader meet Saturday were Randy Oakman and Sheila Fraker. Randy had the highest aggregate score for the day and Sheila topped all shooters in the 100-yard percussion class.

Between 55 and 60 “illegal aliens” were nabbed in a Hancock orchard during two raids in the past month. All but eight of the arrested migrant workers were deported to their native countries. Most were sent back to Mexico, while some were returned to the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Santa Lucia.

Specials at the IGA: rib end chops, $1.09 lb.; Crisco oil, $2.19/48 ozs.; Dawn dishwashing liquid, $1.99, 48 ozs.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Olan Creek of Hancock on September 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Strait, Warfordsburg, on September 7.

Sarah Metz, McConnellsburg, is among more than 1,625 freshmen who compose the largest incoming class in Drexel University’s 87-year history.

Deaths: Robert Fore, Cincinnati, Ohio; Dean Bergstresser Sr., Port Royal; Gladys Cohenour, Three Springs; Roland Anderson, Ventnor, N.J.; Norman Wright, Wells Tannery; Raymond VanZandt, Warfordsburg; Paul Schetrompf, Timber Ridge; Isabelle Bambling, Defiance.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Souders celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary September 3.

A 45th wedding anniversary celebration was held August 13 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilds, Fort Littleton, at the Knobsville United Methodist Church. The couple was married August 12, 1933, in a double wedding ceremony with the former Margaretta Glunt and Clarence Brown at the home of Mrs. Wilds’ parents by the late Rev. Arthur Price.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 26, 1968


The Pennsylvania Fish Commission reports that a pipeline break some time on September 12 near Cherry Tree, Huntingdon County, permitted thousands of gallons of fuel oil to be discharged into Shy Beaver Creek and on into the Juniata River, killing fish and other aquatic life for a distance of at least 18 miles. Fish Commission investigators report that the fish kill is considered the heaviest on record for this section of the Juniata River.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. has announced that on October 17 a merchant’s catalog store will be opened in Mc- Connellsburg on the corner of South Second Street and Lincoln Way East, in the storeroom recently vacated by the Fulton Gas and Appliance Co. The store will be owned and operated by Carl and Patricia Mellott of South First Street.

Applications have been accepted for approximately 2,000 Fulton County doe licenses, according to Mrs. Emma Lodge Gordon, county treasurer.

Pennsylvania Cancer Research Day was observed in Fulton County on Sunday with a brief ceremony at the Medical Center which called attention to the part local citizens play in the nationally coordinated research program of the American Cancer Society.

Specials at the local A&P: Libby’s canned vegetables 5 cans for $1; Jane Parker white bread, 4 loaves for 99 cents; longhorn cheese, any size cut per lb., 69 cents.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hockenbery on September 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Danfelt, Three Springs, on September 16.

Men in service: Airman First Class Larry Sipes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sipes of McConnellsburg, is now on duty at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam. On Friday evening, Sgt. Donald Strait called his parents from Singapore while on rest and recuperation leave in Malaya. Donald was reported back to Vietnam on September 23 and is scheduled to leave for the United States on October 24.

Deaths: Earl Long, Knobsville; Nevin Aller, Altoona; M. Blanche Crawford Hixson, Artemas.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 25, 1958


Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb attended the 15th reunion of the class of 1943 at Tuscarora Valley Joint High School at Port Royal on Saturday evening. Mr. Chubb was principal of that school at that time.

Russell Akers, having retired from active work, will now be at home to his friends at his cottage in Allen’s Valley.

Recent births: a daughter on August 30 to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Scott of Harrisburg; a daughter, Juliet Dickson, on September 2, to Mr. and Mrs. David Nace of Camp Hill; a daughter, Roberta Lee, on September 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Klock of Chambersburg; a son, Edward Elmer, on August 21 to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sowers of Chambersburg.

Local firemen were called twice on Wednesday, first to Hamil’s Restaurant when the awning in front caught fire, presumably from a cigarette being tossed into it, and second to the turnpike when the back wheels of a tractor-trailer caught fire near the Fort Littleton interchange.

Dr. Robert Fry opened his offices here on Tuesday afternoon and was very well pleased with the reception he received from the public. He is occupying the offices formerly used by the late Dr. Edgar MacKinlay and has retained the services of Harold Shore, who was with Dr. MacKinlay for 21 years.

The county chapter of the American Cancer Society collected $2,307.24 during the recent drive for funds, according to a report filed this week by the president, Fred Mellott.

Marine Pfc. Harold Sheeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Sheeder of McConnellsburg, is serving with a special detachment from the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., assigned to the specific duty of guarding President Eisenhower at his summer White House in Newport, R.I. Marines stationed at the Washington barracks are carefully selected. In addition to their regular duties, they served as “crack” ceremonial troops at official functions throughout the Washington area and elsewhere.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pittman and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Truax.

According to last week’s Hancock News, one of the largest fruit orchard deals ever consummated in Washington County, Md., was announced last week. Involved in the deal were the apple and peach orchards owned by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Fulton which were sold for $270,000 to Green Lane Orchards Inc.of Hancock. Most of the orchard and land lies in Washington County, but there are tracts in Bethel and Thompson townships, Fulton County. There are also 19 houses on the orchard properties. It was in 1902 that Sanford Fulton, an uncle of Stanley, planted an orchard near Cherry Run. Stanley went to work for his uncle in 1918 and by 1924 was in the orchard business for himself.

The McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church is the name adopted for the new union of the Presbyterian and United Presbyterian Churches of McConnellsburg.

Galen Winegardner of Fort Littleton has returned to Shippensburg where he is a senior this year.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McCoy of Fort Littleton on September 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Knepper of Hustontown on September 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Mellott of McConnellsburg on September 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Brown of Clear Ridge on September 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Christian of McConnellsburg on September 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Garlock of McConnellsburg on September 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ganoe of Warfordsburg on September 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rohm of McConnellsburg on September 21.

A few of the specials for the reopening of the A&P Store here: ice cream, all flavors, 50 cents, half gallon; instant coffee, large jar, 95 cents; corned beef, 3 can for $1; Swiss cheese, half pound, 35 cents; cauliflower, large white head, 33 cents.

Last year, 160 deer were killed by vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Deaths: Edgar James Weller of Timber Ridge; Mrs. Olive Irene Byers of Lewistown; Lewis Garlock of Lewistown.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 30, 1948


Willard “Bill” Shore was elected commander of the local American Legion at the regular meeting on Monday night. Others elected were John Shimer, first vice commander; Fred Fisher, second vice commander; Elwood Mellott, finance officer; Ray Buterbaugh, historian; George Lequear, chaplain; and Gerald Peck, sergeant-at-arms. Shore will succeed Mark Clevenger as commander of the local veterans association.

The body of Pfc. Guy Hann of Laidig, who was killed in action in Italy on October 27, 1943, has been returned to this country for burial. Services will be held from the Sipes Funeral Home on Friday, with burial in the Green Hill Methodist Cemetery. Pfc. Hann was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hann.

Births: a daughter on September 21 to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hamil of McConnellsburg; a daughter on September 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brant of McConnellsburg.

Fire totally destroyed a house and barn owned by Fulton McEldowney of near Needmore on Monday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 29, 1938


Almost 200 Fulton County people met for dinner at the Nesbit Hotel last Thursday marking the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of the

United States. Deaths: David Ellsworth Crouse of Webster Mills; Mrs. Susan McClain of New Grenada.

Stanley Vance and Ruth Crouse were married September 16.

The following are new officers of the Warfordsburg FFA Chapter: Frank Bard, president; Maynard Wilkins, vice president; Nhyle Hess, secretary; Cam McCray, treasurer; Wilmer Mellott, reporter; Eugene Sharp, farm watch dog; and Warren Palmer, conductor.

Opening the Democratic campaign in Fulton County, state treasurer F. Clair Ross will speak at a rally on the courthouse lawn on Saturday evening. The speaking program will be interspersed with music provided by “Pa” Wolfe and his Tonoloway Tom Cats.

Plans for the construction of four school additions in Fulton County have been sent to Harrisburg and will be submitted to the PWA and the General State Authority. Projects for Hustontown, Warfordsburg, Fort Littleton and Licking Creek are being planned.

George Crouse won the car given away by the Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co. during the week. In a letter to the “News” this week, he quiets the rumor that the fire company left an unpaid balance on the car. He said the car was delivered to him entirely free of any encumbrances.

Harvey Unger and Anna Reyer were married September 11.

Rev. and Mrs. Geo. Hixson of Washington, D.C., spent part of last week with relatives in Fulton County on the last lap of their 8,000-mile honeymoon trip by auto about the nation.

Twelve persons were picked up by police in two hours on Saturday evening for failing to stop at the intersection at Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cornelius of Burnt Cabins announce the birth of a daughter on September 26.

Death: D. W. Sayre of Franklin, Minn.

Mr. and Mrs. William Lane of Hustontown observed their 16th wedding anniversary on September 26.

Bert Knepper has secured employment in Rhode Island.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 27 1928


George Cutchall of McConnellsburg received a broken collarbone, a cut of the upper lip and more than ordinary bruises of the body when he was thrown from a truck at Trout’s corner on Tuesday afternoon. He was standing in the rear of a truck delivering a couple of bags of sugar to Mr. Cutchall’s home. When the truck rounded the corner, Mr. Cutchall was thrown off and practically bounced on the pavement.

Deaths: Henry Bolinger of Three Springs; Betty Jane Lanehart of Warfordsburg.

The Fulton County Women’s Christian Temperance Union will have a restroom at the fairgrounds to which all are invited to call. The WCTU will also sell sandwiches and orangeade.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Decker and family have moved from Johnstown to Harrisonville.

The W.M. Lodge family will leave next week for a trip to Boston and Cambridge, Mass. Miss Martha Lodge will remain in the latter city where she will enroll as a first-year student in the physical culture course at the Sargent School of Dramatics.

A total of 96 pupils are enrolled at the three-room school at Three Springs, the same number in each room.

Rev. H.L. Jarrett and family were invited to dinner September 15 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hendershot. Rev. Jarrett completely forgot that it was his birthday until he found at his place a gold coin in an envelope marked “Compliments of the Hendershots.” The following evening, the ladies aide of his church met at the parsonage and each member gave the pastor a nice gift.

Recent births: a son on September 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Carbaugh of Webster Mills; a son on September 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Souders of Cito; a daughter on September 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Sowers of Webster Mills; a son, Robert Lee, on September 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mellott of near Hustontown; a daughter on September 12 to Mr. and Mrs. George Wink of near Needmore.

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