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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Charlotte Crouse of Hustontown, pictures the students at Siloam School in Licking Creek Township in 1929. Those identified are second row, fourth from left: Lena Strait Shadle and Ruby Strait Barnett; third row, fifth from left: Olive Strait DiShong; and fourth row, third from left: Sarah Mumma Brant and Lorenza Strait. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Charlotte Crouse of Hustontown, pictures the students at Siloam School in Licking Creek Township in 1929. Those identified are second row, fourth from left: Lena Strait Shadle and Ruby Strait Barnett; third row, fifth from left: Olive Strait DiShong; and fourth row, third from left: Sarah Mumma Brant and Lorenza Strait. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 8, 1998


Fulton County Medical Center’s plans to build a new facility got a boost last week as Congressman Bud Shuster announced funding from the Economic Development Administration in the amount of $20,000. The funds will be used to conduct a financial feasibility study to identify funds available for construction of the $16-$18 million project.

Work on the new roof for the Fulton House nears completion as contractors Bob Wooldridge and employees finish putting a new metal standing-seam roof on the historic building.

An array of pumpkins and gourds could be found along the streets of McConnellsburg Borough and at the Fulton County Courthouse late last week as William Fink and Jen Reed of the Fulton County Conservation District office held their fifth annual pumpkin sale. Proceeds from the sale generate funds for the annual scholarship to a senior at a Fulton County school planning on attending a college with a major in an agricultural or environmental discipline.

The first frost of the season was reported a morning last week in the area.

The 25th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival is scheduled for October 16-18.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the American Marketing Association recently awarded Gallier and Wittenberg Inc., the 1998 Pinnacle Award for its product marketing plan for Austin-based client Covenant Communities. Former countian Christy Coltrin Morrow accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

Helen Cook, a resident of the Extended Care Unit at Fulton County Medical Center recently celebrated her 80th birthday on September 29.

Becky Swope and Shawn Barkley were united in marriage July 25 at Cumberland First Church of the Nazarene. Parents of the couple are Rev. and Mrs. Willis Swope of Hancock and Rev. Gary Barkley of Cumberland and Mrs. Donna LeMasters of Chesapeake, Va.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Harper III on October 2.

Deaths: Billy Cannan Sr., Warfordsburg; Helen Johnston, McConnellsburg; Arnold Melius, Chambersburg; Glen Ziler, Hedgesville, W.Va.; Ruby Bristol, Ulysses, Pa.; Charlotte McCulloh, Mercersburg.

Marriage licenses: Charles Cubbage Jr., Warfordsburg, and Terry Large, Warfordsburg; Roy Poe Jr., Warfordsburg, and Holly Blankley, Warfordsburg; Donald Booher Jr., Mapleton Depot, and Meckesha Chilcote, Mapleton Depot; Timothy Smith, Hancock, and Linda Weller, Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 20, 1988


The 15th annual Fall Folk Festival parade kicked off promptly at 10:30 a.m. last Saturday morning as record crowds lined the streets of McConnellsburg to watch the antique tractors, cars, floats and local bands.

A state Health Department official has agreed to look more closely into suspicions by a number of area residents that the cancer rate in the village of Burnt Cabins may be significantly higher than average, in hopes of identifying possible cause and taking preventative steps. There is at least one case of cancer in approximately 25 of the 40 households there over the past 30 years or less. The types of cancer involved range from breast to esophagus to stomach along with lung, bone, brain, skin, prostate and other types.

The Democratic Party holds a 217-voter edge for the November election as a record 6,280 county voters have registered to vote in the presidential election.

Specials at the IGA: round cut steak, $1.78 lb.; Ivory liquid dish detergent, $1.79; apples, 88 cents, 3-lb. bag; broccoli, 77 cents a bunch.

Penny Shaw and Kenneth Gordon were united in marriage August 6 at the United Presbyterian Church in Mc- Connellsburg. Parents of the couple are Madeline Shaw and the late Allison Shaw of McConnellsburg and Paul and Audrey Gordon of Narvon, Pa.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lanis Frazier of Chambersburg on October 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chafardon of McConnellsburg on October 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Andy Snair of Rockhill Furnace on October 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Staggs of Hustontown on October 13.

Kevin Ward, Warfordsburg, and Tammy Sigel, Warfordsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Deaths: Margaret Knepper, Waterfall; Ruth Deshong, Gettysburg; Esta Emeigh, Hollidaysburg; John Morton, Paoli, Pa.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 12, 1978


Two children died and the mother and father and three other children barely escaped with their lives in an early morning fire which destroyed their rural home near Harrisonville on Tuesday. The bodies of 8-year-old Dorothy and 9-year-old Terry Myers, children of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Myers, were found in the rubble of their fire-gutted home from which the rest of the family had managed to escape by jumping from a porch roof on the second story. The fire marshal was called into investigate the blaze, which at first, was thought to have started by a wood-burning stove in the living room area. On further investigation the stove has been eliminated as the cause.

The 25-mile-an-hour speed signs are now posted according to state specifications throughout the borough, and Police Chief Merrill Seville says that the speed laws will be strictly enforced.

Former residents now living in Lancaster County report another earthquake on Friday in that area. The first was reported on July 16 and measured 3.0 on the Richter scale. Friday’s measured 3.1, but apparently caused little damage, though it was louder.

A barn on the Don Kerlin property near Knobsville was completely destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. McConnellsburg firemen responded to the alarm but found, on arrival, that the barn, which was filled with hay, was engulfed in flames and beyond control.

Burnt Cabins United Methodist Church was the setting for the marriage of Suzanne Joy Bishop and Ronald George Clark on September 2. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. James Bishop of Lemasters and Mary Clark of Neelyton.

Specials at the IGA: Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, 5 cans for $1; Penn Dutch noodles, 2 lbs., $1; Betty Crocker layer cake mix, 58 cents.

John Gracey of Waterfall has all the qualifications for a log-distance runner – he likes to run, he has the enthusiasm and he has the stamina, despite his age. He is 46 years old. On Saturday he ran 26 miles, 385 yards in a race held in Johnstown to see if he could qualify for the biggest of them all, the Boston Marathon, and he made it. He ran the distance in three hours and 20 minutes, 10 minutes less than the time of 3 1/2 hours needed to qualify for the big one in April. He thinks he was the oldest of the 200 who entered the race to successfully qualify.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Barton of Hustontown on October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Sheppard of McConnellsburg on October 4.

Deaths: Mrs. Katherine Kirk Lodge Hulse, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Catherine Selser, Mercersburg; Anthony Lee Sponsler, Harbor City, Calif.; Emmertt Mellott, Smithsburg, Md.; Violet Susan Lake, Harrisonville; Mrs. Marie Freshman, Fort Loudon; Brinton Laidig, Shippensburg.

David Paul Tebo, Fayetteville, and Carol Ann Morton, Big Cove Tannery, applied for a marriage license last week at the local courthouse.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 24, 1968


Betty Spade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Spade, Needmore, and James Fischer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fischer of Crystal Spring, were married September 14 in Ebenezer Methodist Church at Needmore.

National Farm City Week will be observed starting November 22.

Marriage licenses: Ezra Peck of Needmore and Sarah Yost of Martinsburg; Harry Knepper of Waterfall and Doris Jones of Dudley.

Men in service: Sgt. Clyde Barton, son of Ross Barton of Crystal Spring, received the Air Force Commendation Medal at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Barton, an administrator supervisor, was decorated for meritorious service while assigned in Vietnam. He is now on duty at Scott with a unit of the Military Airlift Command; Marine Cpl. Roger Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Strait of Mc- Connellsburg, graduated from a non-commissioned officers leadership school in Vietnam; Army Sgt. Donald Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strait of Hustontown, received the Army Commendation Medal on September 6 while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam; Sgt. David Shives Jr., son of David Shives of McConnellsburg, has received the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas.

John Martz of Hustontown celebrated his 87th birthday recently.

Cpl. and Mrs. Ralph Kell and Mr. and Mrs. Alvey Strait of Needmore have returned form a vacation in Florida.

Chauncey McGarvey, Tom and Bobbie Richards, Robert Weaver and Bob Stanton of Waynesboro are enjoying a hunting vacation in Wyoming and Montana this week.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Marshall Carbaugh, McConnellsburg, on October 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lynch, Mercersburg, on October 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Souders, Greencastle, on October 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Benson, Three Springs, on October 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Black, Waterfall, on October 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Covalt, Warfordsburg, on October 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marlin, Three Springs, on October 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Heinbaugh, Mercersburg, on October 20.

Deaths: Amy Mellott, McConnellsburg; Mildred Shaw, Hustontown.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 23, 1958


Bids for the construction of the new interstate, controlled access highway from the Maryland line to Deneen’s Gap are being received by the Pennsylvania Highway Commission this month, with all bids to be opened and the contract awarded at its November meeting. The estimated cost of the 7.41 miles of road improvement for Fulton County is $6,000,000. Giving credit for the improvement to Rep. M.H. Garlock, Secretary of Highways Lewis Stevens, in a letter to Mr. Garlock last week said: “Your interest and persistence has undoubtedly played a helpful part in advancing this project in our 1958 program.”

Sen. J. Irving Whalley has completed a personal inspection for the five Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels and said the new and brighter lights, plus brilliant shades of sidewall paint, are a “tremendous improvement in the interests of safety.” The senator, who sponsored the enabling legislation last year, believes that, when the job is completed, it will mark the first major improvements to the super highway since it was constructed many years ago.

An exam for a fourth-class postmaster at Amaranth, $2,539 a year, will be open for acceptance of applications until November 12, the U.S. Civil Service Commission announced this week. Applicants must live in the territory served by the office and be at least 18 years of age at the closing date for applications.

Halloween pranksters in the Hustontown, Burnt Cabins and Fort Littleton areas have been overstepping the bounds of fun and are destroying public and private property, breaking bulbs in streetlights, taking away or destroying service stations property, etc. State police believe the gang numbers about 15 juveniles and have thus far apprehended four.

The church youth of Bethel Township will trick or treat this Halloween season with a somewhat different approach. Each home in the township will be visited and the occupants will be asked to treat with one piece of used clothing for overseas relief.

The Nellie Fox All Stars who have played baseball against other teams n various counties, won the game with McConnellsburg with its smallest majority – a score of 5-2. Major leaguers playing against the local Lions Club team included Fox of the Chicago White Sox; Elroy Face of the Pirates; Chuck Tanner of the Cubs; Jerry Lynch of the Cincinnati Reds; Gary Willison, minor league owned by the Cardinals; Paul Smith of the Cubs and Narron of the Pirates, plus Bobby Wise of Chambersburg. Kline and Groat of the Pirates were unable to attend. Holding the major leaguers to five hits were pitchers Watters and Henry. The lone runs scored by the local team were a homer by Paylor and an unearned homer by Deshong. Besides those already mentioned, local players included Harvey, Lister, Ott, Sipes, Washabaugh, Keebaugh, Henry Run, Parsons and Hoover.

Four exceptionally large ears of corn, grown by Ned Knepper and son of Waterfall, were brought into the office last week. The ears measure from 11 to 11 1/2 inches in length and the largest one had 1,188 grains. The Kneppers have nine acres of corn.

Local firemen plan a fund drive early in November in an attempt to raise $14,000, the amount needed to complete the purchase of a new fire truck.

Herman Hill and Verla McKee were married August 24.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Audrea Morton to Neill Miller.

Ralph Fraker was in charge of the service during laymen’s Sunday at Fort Littleton Methodist Church, with the message being presented by Harold Welsh, county superintendent of schools.

Two oldsters of the Burnt Cabins area will be having birthdays next week. Mrs. Lou Cornelius will be 88 years of age and H.H. Minnich will be 87.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Barbara Jean Layton to Charles A. Manning.

Death: Mrs. Rosena Wible Brown of Orbisonia.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 28, 1948


The new American Legion home here, the former Mason barn, is expected to be ready for occupancy sometime in November.

Alton Ritchey marked his 17th birthday on Friday.

Daniel Winter and Joan Mellott were married October 1.

Ernest Harris Jr. and Faye Gordon are among the many local children confined to their homes with measles.

The farm of Mrs. Mertie Lamberson in Taylor Township was sold last week to Clarence Kesselring.

To date, 1,300 hunting licenses have been sold here.

Deaths: Edison Smith, Russell C. Plessinger of near Needmore.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 27, 1938


School directors of Fulton County met at the local school, electing Boyd Fore as president, succeeding Orville Duvall. Homer Lehman was elected secretary, succeeding H.E. Grissinger. Other officers elected were: Charles Glenn, first vice president; John Knepper, second vice president; D.E. Little, auditor. Charles Stevens was named as delegate to the state convention and Earl Truax was chosen to fill the unexpired term of D.E. Crouse on the county board.

Deaths: Mrs. Lettie Foreman of Meredith; Rev. Dr. Thomas Richards of Cumberland.

Mrs. Charles Spangler, Miss Ella Kendall, W.H. Greathead and Rev. William Lowe represented Fulton County at the regional meeting of the American Red Cross at Bellefonte on Monday.

Arthur Strait and Olive Winegardner were married October 22.

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Divens have moved from Knobsville to Hustontown.

Mrs. Verna Bergstressr of Waterfall is a patient in the Lancaster Hospital whee she underwent a serious operation.

Last week it was told how two boyes were run down and killed near Webster Mills. On Friday the driver of the death car appeared before Judge Sheely and pleaded guilty to two charges of manslaughter and on a charge of failure to stop at the scene. On each of the three charges, he was sentenced to pay a fine of $5 and pay the cost of prosecution and serve not less than 18 months nor more than three years in the Fulton County Jail, each sentence to begin at the expiration of the preceding one.

Orville Shaw of Saluvia writes to the “News” about some of the big things being raised in Licking Creek Township. Charles Hockensmith has wheat 72 inches high. Shorty Shaw has timothy with 10 1/2 inch heads. Ulysses Hann has the biggest radishes, one being 36 1/4 inches long, 10 3/4 inches around and weighing 8 1/4 pounds. Even babies are getting bigger, Mr. Shaw says, mentioning a 10 1/2 pound girl born there recently.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 25, 1928


Deaths: Michael Francis Doyle of McConnellsburg; C.C. Foster of Six Mile Run; George Daniels of Winfield, Kan.

Mrs. Munford Wilks of Philadelphia has been called home due to the serious illness of her father, William Laidig of Hustontown.

Ross Barkman, Andrew Sipe and Ted Keller were among the successful turkey hunters in the Hustontown area.

Ross Smith and Frieda Lynch were wed October 17.

Postmaster W.H. Greathead arrived home on Wednesday after attending the Spanish-American War Veterans Convention in Havanna, Cuba.

Mr. and Mrs. George Glunt of Knobsville celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on October 14.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gordon of Needmore on October 10 in honor of Mr. Gordon’s 34th birthday.

Hunting licenses now cost $2, raised from $1.25. This increase is to be used exclusively for the acquisition of public hunting lands. The increase, which will amount to about $375,000 annually, has allowed the Game Commission to place 84,497 acres of land under contract for future purchase.

After living in Burnt Cabins for more than 40 years, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Baldwin have moved into their newly remodelled house at Fort Littleton.

George Cutchall, as a member of the Chambersburg Auto Club, received $60 insurance as the result of an accident he had some time ago when he fell from a motor truck.

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