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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lowell Stephens, Crystal Springs, pictures a family reunion at the John and Charity Hixson residence (now the Randy and Alma Shaffer residence) in Crystal Spring during August 1927. Pictured, left: Arthur Woodard, N.B. Hixson, Blaine J. Hixson, Haslet Walters, Peter M. Hixson and Mark Hixson. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lowell Stephens, Crystal Springs, pictures a family reunion at the John and Charity Hixson residence (now the Randy and Alma Shaffer residence) in Crystal Spring during August 1927. Pictured, left: Arthur Woodard, N.B. Hixson, Blaine J. Hixson, Haslet Walters, Peter M. Hixson and Mark Hixson. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 20, 1994


Countians are once again digging out from under a major snowstorm which began early Monday morning and dumped 20-24 inches on the area before ending late Monday evening. Some say it brought back less than fond memories of last year’s March storm. The storm caused all the usual cancellations and closings on both Monday and Tuesday.

Forbes Road Lady Cardinal star Kari Zittle set a new school scoring record in helping Forbes defeat Fannett-Metal 85-62 in a Sideling Hill League game played January 14. Zittle, a senior, broke Jamie House’s school record of 1,577 points set from 1989 through 1992 with a patented rebound followup shot at the 3:47 mark of the second quarter. Zittle finished the game with 21 points, bringing her career total to 1,586 points.

Gerald R. Peck of McConnellsburg was named the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.’s Fireman of the Year at the company’s 32nd banquet held Saturday, January 15 at the firehall.

Johnnie Curfman of Three Springs was hard hit by the treacherous weather conditions on Monday around noon when a strong wind collapsed a roof of the barn of his dairy farm, causing damage to his harvester, two tractors, feed grinder, mixer wagon and the hay stored in the barn.

The wedding of Barbara Cromer to Edwin Dolan Jr. was held May 29. The bride is the daughter of R. Boyd and Freda Cromer of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Edwin and Shirley Dolan Sr. of Edgewater, Md.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shoemaker of Waterfall.

Deaths: Johnny Johnson Sr., Harrisonville; Carl Bridenstine, Hollidaysburg; Orpha Free, Washington, Pa.; Bertha Laidig, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 2, 1984


Although the warm temperatures late last week brought a welcome rest from the snow and ice cover that we had experienced for over a month, the respite was short-lived. The snow began again Sunday and by noon Monday the county was again blanketed.

A Wells Tannery woman and her son were left homeless when fire destroyed their two-story, wood-frame home early last Wednesday morning. Mrs. Ruby Souders and her 18-year-od son, Russell, of Wells Tannery, are temporarily residing in a trailer located adjacent to the site of the Souders home. The first alarm was turned into Breezewood Fire Co. just after midnight Wednesday morning. Hustontown’s alarm sounded about 15 minutes later. There are two possible causes for the blaze, an electrical short or a cracked flue liner. No dollar estimate has been made on the damage.

When the 1984-85 school year begins, drastic changes will have taken place in the girls sports program in the county’s three school districts. Girls basketball, which has always been played as a fall sport, will be moved to the winter season, coinciding with the boys basketball season. This move was mandated by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, and it presents several problems for the school districts. The PIAA also mandates that for every varsity sport offered to boys, a varsity sport must also be offered to girls.

Lindsay Quigg and Lex Mellott were married Friday, December 30, in Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Riggs, McConnellsburg, and the late Dr. Robert Riggs. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar A. Mellott, Warfordsburg.

Specials at the IGA: navel oranges, $1.39, 4-lb. bag; bananas, 27 cents lb.; Honeysuckle turkeys, 88 cents; Kraft macaroni and cheese, 3 for $1; chuck roast, $1.48 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ramsey of Orbisonia on January 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Atherton of Mercersburg on January 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Travis Sigel of Warfordsburg on January 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Appel of Warfordsburg on January 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chester McCusker of Warfordsburg on January 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Schetrompf of Hancock on January 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wesmiller of Needmore on January 26.

Deaths: Besse Laidig, Hustontown; Jean McNew, Fayetteville; W. Scott Rinedollar, Everett.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 31, 1974


Norman B. Strait, 57, Harrisonville, was severely burned over 50 percent of his body on Saturday as a result of a freak accident during butchering at his farm. His condition is reported as improving, but he remains a patient in the intensive care unit of Hagerstown Hospital. Mr. Strait, his two sons, Raymond and Ken, and friends Dave Welsh and Dick Ramsey spent the day at his farm. They had butchered two hogs and were in the proces of cleaning up. Norm was picking up rubbish and throwing it on the fire used to heat the kettles. He picked up what he thought was an empty plastic container and threw it on the fire. The container must have held gas or kerosene, for immediately there was a loud explosion and the next minute Norm was engulfed in flames. His right arm and right side were most severely burned.

Two well-known area men were honored before more than 150 of their business associates, friends and neighbors at the Fulton Chamber of Commerce awards banquet on Saturday night. Fred Mellott, a lifelong resident of Brush Creek Township, was presented with the Chamber’s Man of the Year award and Harold Welsh received the Outstanding Citizen award to the standing ovation of those present for the annual presentation ceremonies

A reward is being offered by Cecil F. Fraker, owner of Fraker’s Grocery Store, Fort Littleton, for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the burglars who broke into his store sometime last Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Marriage licenses: Albert J. Denison of Three Springs and Deborah Woodward of Rockhill Furnace; Roger Harold Seiders of McConnellsburg and Darlene Louise Carbaugh of McConnellsburg; Michael John Powell of Needmore and Evelyn Marie Blankley of Hancock.

The coffee clique at Johnnie’s Diner on Friday morning enjoyed a friendly chat with nationally known football coach Joe Paterno of Penn State, who stopped there for breakfast en route home from a sports banquet in Waynesboro the night before.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Barton of Wells Tannery on January 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dane Seiders of McConnellsburg on January 21; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Strait of Warfordsburg on January 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Swarey of Dry Run on January 24.

Specials at the IGA: ice cream, 65 cents, half gallon; daytime Pampers, $1.49, 30 count; Hills Bros. coffee, $2.29, 3- lb. can; meat or beef franks, 99 cents lb.

Army Pvt. Harold E. Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold N. Hall, Burnt Cabins, received a parachutist badge upon completion of the three-week airborne course at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga.

Deaths: Blanche E. Sipes Kline, Harrisonville; Lewis N. Pine, Mercersburg; Lillie Nelson, Harrisonville; Vergie Shope, Huntingdon; John R. Sipes, Fort Littleton; Elvera K. Johnson, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 6, 1964


Letters of encouragement and goodwill from all over the state are being received by a McConnellsburg family – Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunter and their daughter, Patricia Diane “Patty,” who lies critically ill in Harrisburg General Hospital, suffering from Bright’s disease. On Friday of last week, Mr. Hunter was admitted to the same hospital where his daughter is critically ill, so that he might undergo a series of tests that will decide whether or not he could be the donor in a kidney transplant operation, which could save his daughter’s life.

Members of the Samuel Lee Strait family of Saluvia were aroused from sleep around midnight on Monday by the smell of smoke and awoke to find their home on fire. Firemen were called from McConnellsburg and Breezewood to the scene and worked over three hours to bring the blaze under control. Firemen were able to avert a more serious disaster by preventing the fire from spreading across the Lincoln Highway to the gasoline and fuel oil bulk plant owned by Deshong Oil and Gas Co.

Mrs. Mayme Helman has returned home from Chambersburg Hospital where she was a patient.

Wayne Taylor continues critically ill at Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Lawraence D. Golden, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Golden of Warfordsburg, has been named assistant cashier at the main office of Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C.

Morris Peer of Lincoln Way East suffered lacerations in a head-on crash near Burnt Cabins on Saturday on the Allen’s Valley Road.

It has been announced by Woodrow W. Strait, administrator of Fulton County Medical Center, that Dr. Gerald T. Lorentz of McConnellsburg has been elected to the Pennsylvania Radiological Society by Professional Board of Censors.

Determined efforts by fire marshals from Hollidaysburg have apparently resulted in the solution of the mysterious series of fires that have struck Saxton over the a period of a year. A 23-year-old Saxton man has admitted starting five fires in his community, including two $75,000 blazes during the month of January. He is being held without bond after waiving a hearing before Bedford Justice of the Peace H. Cyril Bingham.

Rev. David Hoover spent from Monday until Thursday in Allentown where he attended Pennsylvania Council of Churches, of which he is chairman of the Division of Missions.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brantner left Monday for a vacation in Florida.

Mrs. S. Loge Wink arrived safely in Florida on Friday where she will spend the winter months.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Shotts of near Hustontown celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, December 22.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Remsburg on the arrival of baby son born in the Medical Center last week. He has been named Brett Barton Remsburg.

Bobby McCoy of Fort Littleton had the misfortune to fall on the ice and break his nose in two places.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Powell of Needmore on the arrival of a son on Monday.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Deshong of Harrisonville on January 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rohm of Warfordsburg on January 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Seville of McConnellsburg on January 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray of McConnellsburg on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Worthing of Waterfall on January 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Deshong of Mc- Connellsburg on January 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Powell of Needmore on February 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Everts of McConnellsburg on February 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Parsons of Shade Gap on February 1.

Deaths: Laura Belle Peck; Harold V. Reese; Huston J. Richards of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Mildred B. Hoover of Three Springs; Miss Emma Ann Black of Orbisonia; Judson Wink and Gladys Wink of Sycamore, Ohio, formerly of Fulton County.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 4, 1954


Pat Patterson and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Sgt. and Mrs. Ralph Hammond and two children left Sunday for Washington, D.C., where he is stationed with the U.S. Air Force.

Death: Mrs. Fred Strait of Huntingdon.

Dick and Paul Ott of Ott Bros. Farm Supply attended the International Harvester presentation of its 1954 line of freezers, refrigerators and air conditioners in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

H.E. Grissinger is a patient in Doctors’ Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he was taken last Sunday for treatment.

Miss Martha Lodge returned home Tuesday after undergoing surgery in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

A pubic meeting was called by McConnellsburg firemen on Tuesday evening to discuss the possibilities of a new firehall in the borough. The present headquarters of the company is no longer adequate and is badly in need of repairs. The present building is owned by the borough, which spends no money on its upkeep or repair, and the firemen are no longer satisfied on spending money on a building that is not theirs. After much discussion at the meeting, tentative plans were made to go ahead with the construction of a new building, with a tentative figure of $30,000 being set for its construction.

Following the public meeting, the firemen held their regular session, at which time a committee was named to make plans for the annual block party. This committee immediately ran into a snag because of the recent police action concerning alleged gambling at the local American Legion home, which resulted in the indictment of a steward. The firemen fear they may be parading on thin ice since their main source of income at the block party comes from bingo and other minor forms of gambling. Action on the block party was tabled until policy is established as to whether the firemen will be permitted to operate their stands as they have in the past.

Johnnie’s Diner reopened on Friday after being closed for some time for extensive remodelling,which included new tile floors, new booths and tables, recovered counters, new kitchen equipment, rewiring and insulation and air conditioning.

An Ayr Township couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Walter Knable and Miss Alice Cooper were married on February 2, 1904. Mrs. Knable recalls that there were 22 inches of snow the day they were married 50 years ago.

A 38-year-old county native, Lex B. Golden of College Park, Md., died Monday as the result of nitric acid fumes he inhaled. Golden, a chemist at U.S. Bureau of Mines Laboratory at University of Maryland, inhaled the fumes while giving first aid to Walter Acherman, 8, who was partially blinded when a jar of nitric acid exploded

A group of local children under 12 years of age organized as a club and calling themselves the Bobwhites of Glen, marched into the place of Paul Ott last week and donated their entire treasury to the March of Dimes. Ott is chairman of the polio fund drive. Members of the Bobwhites of Glen are Billie Alexander, Anne Foster, Danny Grissinger, Marsha Helman, Cathleen Hunter, Alan Kies, Elizabeth Ann Lodge, David Lorentz and Jimmy Stenger. The club’s treasury amounted to $2.50.

Alice, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gaily Paylor, Mercersburg, died of polio at Harrisburg Hospital on Monday. Stricken with the disease on October 27, she was one of three daughters in the same family who contracted the disease at the same time. Mary, 14, is a patient in the Industrial Home for Crippled Children in Pittsburgh and O’Neda, 15, is a patient in Harrisburg Hospital. Both of these children are improving.

Fourteen young county men reported to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for induction into the armed forces. They were: Fred Cromer, Knobsville; Homer E. Powell of Warfordsburg; Robert Lee Funk of Warfordsburg; William Cloyd Burkett of Needmore; John Richard Fore of Prairie du Sac, Wis.; Eldon P. Younker of Hancock; Malcolm Chalmer Peck of Needmore; Harper Chester Layton of Amaranth; Calvin Winters Peck of Needmore; Eugene Ross Clippinger of Wells Tannery; Thaddeus Glenn Winegardner of Fort Littleton; Harold Reed McQuade of McConnellsburg; Jack Dale Fields of McConnellsburg; and Walter Paul Burton Jr., Shade Gap.

Bill Kendall writes in this issue about his trip to West Africa where he is now at work at Firestone Plantations Co. of Harbel, Liberia.

Death: Peorus A. Neely of Kissimmee, Fla.

Clifford M. Wilt and Violet M. Miller were wed January 13.

Clifford E. House and Helen D. Souders were wed January 30.

Births: a son, Michael Keith, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman F. Garland of Needmore on February 7 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Deaths: Robert Edmund Barnhart of Warfordsburg; Thomas D. McCue of Hollidaysburg; John Samuel Carrico of Saluvia; Earl Denver Black of Three Springs; Milton Vernon Mellott; Emmaline Matilda Kline of Saluvia; Harry Faith of Hancock; Grover C. Myers of Warfordsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 3, 1944


Deaths: Edward Bradnick of Chambersburg; Conrad Glazier of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Nancy Jane

Berkstresser; Annie R. Douglas of Thompson Township; George Dawson Wagner of near Knobsville; Daniel M. Gearhart of Amaranth.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown of Fort Littleton on January 20 in honor of the 16th birthday of their son, Wayne.

Roy A. Souders and Bertha E. Rotz were wed January 22.

The Office of War Information reports American casualties now total 146,186, including 33,153 dead. The number of prisoners of war is listed at 29,898.

Local firemen were called to Needmore on Monday when an automobile burned near the home of David Hollenshead.

Miss Betty Grissinger has returned to Hood College after spending a vacation at her home here.

Fire from a defective chimney completely destroyed the home of Elmer Cutchall of Waterfall on Tuesday afternoon. Only a small amount of house furnishings from the first floor could be removed. Local firemen responded to the call, but the house was burned when they arrived.

The strong MHS basketball team suffered its first defeat on Tuesday evening when Mercersburg won by a score of 22-20

The Rev. and Mrs. H.R. Lequear visited their daughter, Rachelle, last week at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she is making slow but steady progress toward walking again, after two years of paralysis as the result of an automobile accident.

Pvt. George Grissinger Jr. of Indiantown Gap spent the weekend here with his wife, a patient in Everett Hospital.

Pvt. Tom Morton is now stationed at Camp Campbell, Ky.

The little daughter of Mrs. James Mills received an injured leg last week when she ran in front of a car near her home.

Pvt. Rudolph Snyder is now stationed at Camp Fannin, Texas.

Mrs. J.E. Heeter marked her 73rd birthday on January 23.

Marvin Crouse of Thompson Township underwent an operation at Hagerstown Hospital last week for the removal of a lump from his hip.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 1, 1934


Deaths: Sara Jane

Watkins of Newville;

Levi Rolandus Cordell of Waynesboro; Mrs. Peter Kirk of Big Cove Tannery; Helen Fore Dickson of Buffalo, N.Y.; Ollen Gilbert Hess of Big Cove Tannery; John Sheets of McConnellsburg.

Stanley Stevens, a nephew of Frank Stevens of New Grenada, received a broken arm and crushed leg on Saturday when a load of lumber on a wagon fell on him after the team became frightened and started to run away.

Hon. Joseph F. Biddle of Huntingdon will be the guest speaker at the local Civic Club meeting in February .

What could have been a disaster was averted here early Monday morning. Nhyle Morton operates a milk route and his wife helps him by collecting milk from nearby farms in the family car. Both had left for their chores on Monday morning, but returned to their home because they had forgotten something. When they arrived home, they found the flue on fire and burning embers dropping about. Had they not forgotten something and returned home, a disaster could easily have followed. Their four young children were still asleep upstairs.

Leonard V. Bernhard and Hilda E. Truax were married January 20.

The corner stone of the new auditorium in Mc- Connellsburg will be placed during ceremonies on Thursday afternoon, February 8.

W. Roland McMonigal of Bradford and Ruby B. Leasure of Amaranth were granted a marriage license in Hagerstown on January 27.

Miss Inez Fields received word on Tuesday that she had passed the state board exam required of graduate nurses.

Hilda, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl King of Fairview, is suffering from a severe attack of pneumonia.

Mrs. Grace Warsing of Wells Tannery underwent n operation at Roaring Spring Hospital last week for the removal of a tumor.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 31, 1924


Deaths: James

Youse of near Mc-

Connellsburg; Jacob Smith of Petersburg, W.Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Baltzer Cutchall of near McConnellsburg celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on Saturday, January 26.

A party was held last Friday evening in honor of the 16th birthday of David J. Lowe of this place.

Recent weddings: Earl T. Bard and Blanche Leona Sharpe on January 11; Joseph Ritchey and Pearl Craig on January 25; Gilbert T. Wagner and Ethel Ray on January 25; Harry King and Julie Miller on January 16; Orlan Mock and Winifred Troutman on January 12.

Smith Henry and B. Fleming, who are employed at Orbisonia, spent the weekend at their homes at Clear Ridge.

Miss Sara McGowan of Burnt Cabins was listening to the radio last week and was amazed when she tuned in on fine music from Chicago.

The stork visited Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lockard of Enid last Wednesday, leaving a little woodchopper.

A marriage license was issued here last Saturday to Roy Gordon and Lulu Pine, both of Mercersburg.

Walter J. Deneen, who was hunting at the Woodmont Club last week, captured nine owls, three hawks, five skunks and one lynx.

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