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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kay McGarvey, pictures the American Legion Post 561 Adult Soccer League team in 1986 after winning the league championship. Pictured in front row are Tony McGarvey, Joe Murdock, Norman Jones, Steve Deshong, Stan Thorton, Kevin Kendall, Mark Washabugh, Steve Thorton and Warren Jones. Back row is Toby McGarvey, Bo Duffey, Tim Davis, Tim McGarvey, Tommy Souders, Mike Brown, Rich Hull, John Wingert, Andy Horton, Steve Miller, and coach Bob Kendall This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kay McGarvey, pictures the American Legion Post 561 Adult Soccer League team in 1986 after winning the league championship. Pictured in front row are Tony McGarvey, Joe Murdock, Norman Jones, Steve Deshong, Stan Thorton, Kevin Kendall, Mark Washabugh, Steve Thorton and Warren Jones. Back row is Toby McGarvey, Bo Duffey, Tim Davis, Tim McGarvey, Tommy Souders, Mike Brown, Rich Hull, John Wingert, Andy Horton, Steve Miller, and coach Bob Kendall 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 7, 1994


The Fulton County Industrial Development

Authority and Fulton County Economic Development Corporation held their annual banquet Tuesday, March 29, at the American Legion in McConnellsburg. The evening was highlighted by the announcement of a $345,000 grant award to Bethel Township to assist in funding the Warfordsburg wastewater treatment plant and collection system.

Brooke Peck, 12, daughter of Jill Peck of Knobsville, will enter St. Paul Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., April 13. She is scheduled to undergo major spinal surgery on April 15. It will be her fifth major surgery and the second one done at St. Paul. She was born with multiple birth defects including skeletal dysplasia and a curvature of the spine.

Forbes Road star Kari Zittle and her coach, Craig Cutchall, were honored last week by the Chambersburg Public Opinion newspaper, which named them area girls’ basketball player and coach of the year, respectively. Kari became only the third player in the two-county area to surpass the 2,000-point mark.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoffman of Hustontown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 15.

Rosemary Bolinger and William Kwok were united in marriage February 26 at First United Methodist Church in Hershey. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilda Bolinger of McConnellsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Kwok of Downers Grove, Ill.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seville of McConnellsburg on March 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Brantner of Hustontown on April 1.

Deaths: Dolly Diffenderfer, McConnellsburg; George Paylor, Warfordsburg; Mary Schriever, Warfordsburg; Paul Cline, Greencastle; Eva Gordon, Three Springs; Glenn Steiner, Berkeley Springs.

Chris and Lori Deshong of Hustontown announce the birth of a daughter, Chelsea Nicole, March 31, at Chambersburg Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 19, 1984


The first day of trout season on Saturday brought out more fishermen than had been expected considering the cold, wet weather and stream conditions. Fishermen quit earlier than if the weather had been good and the overall take was down.

A fisherman, missing since Saturday evening, is the subject of a manhunt centered along Cove Creek in the Websters Mill area, that so far, has yielded no sign of the missing 54-year-old man. About 150 firemen from McConnellsburg, Hustontown and Needmore have been searching unsuccessfully for Ralph Wayne Harshberger of McVeytown since Satudray at 7:30 p.m., when he was first reported missing by his wife. Search parties have combed the area along Cove Creek from the S. Lee Richards farm south of Mc- Connellsburg to the iron bridge at Ravensburg where the family is camped. His family fears he became ill while fishing and couldn’t get back to camp. However, researchers now fear the mean was either fatally stricken or drowned.

Damage is estimated at about $150,000 in a four-alarm fire that destroyed part of the Union Equipment Co. blacktopping plant in Warfordsburg Monday evening.

Specials at the IGA: Cool Whip, 79 cents; Hanover frozen vegetables, 99 cents; strawberries, 69 cents a pint; whole hams, $1.29 lb.; Kraft American cheese singles, $1.49; Pepsi, 99 cents, two-liter bottle.

Kim Spriggs, who set four meet records and won most valuable player honors, in both the running and jumping events, led the McConnellsburg Spartans to victory in the McConnellsburg Girls’ Track Invitational last Saturday at Central Fulton High School. The victory was the host school’s third consecutive title.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Parson of Neelyton on April 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Martin of Warfordsburg on April 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Houck of Cassville on April 11.

Deaths: E. Beryl McElhaney, Hustontown; Walter F. Shaw, Crystal Spring; Wesley Roby, Needmore; Phyllis Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Clyde Craig, McConnellsburg; Dyer Preisler, Chambersburg; J. Harvey Bishop, Big Cove Tannery; Robert D. Pyles Sr., Shade Gap; Harry F. Hampton, Willow Hill; Mary E. Shives, Hancock; Katharine Welsh, Everett.

Marriage licenses: Alan Deshong, Needmore, and Lisa Snyder, Warfordsburg; Steven Blankley, Warfordsburg, and Karen Trail, Needmore; Blair Souders, McConnellsburg, and Melissa Boisvert, Burnt Cabins.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 18, 1974

’74 The Raystown Dam could be providing hydroelectric power to central Pennsylvania sometime in the future, depending on the outcome of a feasibility study to be undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Lodge storeroom property, formerly occupied by the Open Door Services, has been rented by Keebaugh Furniture for display and storage purposes.

John W. Angle has been appointed as postmaster of Mc- Connellsburg.

Ralph Layton, head of the county ASCS office, and a group of local farmers met with Congressman E.G. “Bud” Shuster on Tuesday at the county courthouse to urge the congressman to use his influence to keep Fulton’s agricultural service office in the county. The freshman congressman promised his support of the farmers’ request.

Marriage licenses: Charles Henry Hagan of Morgantown, W.Va., and Judith Darlene Truax of Needmore; Roger Lee Corbett of Hancock and Teresa Louise Everts of Big Cove Tannery.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. John Rasp Jr., McConnellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Larue, to Delmar Hollenshead Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Hollenshead of Needmore.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Truax of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Judith Darlene to Charles H. Hagan III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Hagan II of Huntingdon, W.Va.

Walterick’s Furniture of Chambersburg is moving to a new location, eight miles west of Chambersburg, right on U.S. Route 30.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Crouse of Big Cove Tannery on April 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sowers of McConnellsburg on April 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Amy Strait of Warfordsburg on April 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Austin McKee of Warfordsburg on April 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Daniels of Zullinger on April 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duvall of Robertsdale on April 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Bradnick of Hustontown on April 11.

Rev. and Mrs. B.E. Waltz of Bradenton, Fla., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 12. Mrs. Waltz is the former Margaret Mellott of Needmore. She was postmaster at Needmore for 33 years. They spent most of their lives in Pennsylvania, but are now living at Bradenton, Fla., where they have owned and operated several rental apartments for several years.

Specials at the IGA: chuck roast, 79 cents lb.; Mueller’s noodles, 49 cents, 1-lb. pkg.; Sta Puff rinse, 67 cents, gallon size; Dad’s dog food, 5-lb. bag, 89 cents; Robin Hood flour, 25-lb. bag, $4.39.

Deaths: Aulden H. Cutchall, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Maude Thomas, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Virginia Johnson, Clear Spring; Kenneth Marvin Mellott, New Cumberland.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 23, 1964

’64 A quiet primary election appears in the offing for Fulton Countians next Tuesday, although three contests on the county level – two Democratic and one Republican – are creating some interset. Of most interest will be the Democratic contest for election of a county chairman, with Lester Carmack of McConnellsburg and D. Reed Shives of Big Cove Tannery seeking this important Democratic post. The other contest of interest on the Democratic side will be the battle for the nomination for representative in the general assembly. John H. Mellott of Ayr Township and Guy F. Oakman of Taylor Township are seeking this nomination, with the winner opposing Republican Harry M. Elvey at the general election. On the Republican side is the battle for member of the state committee from the 36th District. Paul S. Shimer of Todd Township and W. Edward Palmer of Bethel Township are seeking this position. On the Democratic side, Harold E. Reed of Ayr Township is unopposed for this post.

Mrs. H.V. (Una) Reese, 69-year-old resident of Burnt Cabins, and her 14-year-old granddaughter, Mary Ann Reed of McConnellsburg, were seriously injured in an automobile accident near Burnt Cabins Saturday night. Mrs. Reese remains in a critical condition in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from internal injuries and broken ribs, and Mary Ann is a patient in the Medical Center with a mild cerebral concussion and multiple and severe cuts of the face, which required 75 stitches to close.

Ronald Franklin Smit of Baltimore and Norma Jean Harris of McConnellsburg were issued a marriage license at the local courthouse the past week.

Earl R. Sipes, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sipes of Harrisonville, left recently for Fort Jackson, S.C., after enlisting in the U.S. Army.

Sorry to report Floyd Hess of Warfordsburg is a patient in the Medical Center where he is improving.

Miss Betty Jane Golden, daughter of Mrs. Russell Golden of Hancock and the late Mr. Golden, exchanged marriage vows with Ray Knable, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jabez Knable of Needmore, on Good Friday, March 27.

The local Ford dealership offers a new Ford Mustang for $2,369 (and we’re not fooling).

Specials this week at the local IGA: 2 large heads of lettuce for 29 cents; 2 lbs. tomatoes for 29 cents; 3-lb. can of Crisco for 69 cents and Musselman’s apple butter, four 28- oz. jars for $1.

Miss Mary Mellott of Needmore, after transfusion of eight pints of blood and treatment at the Medical Center, returned home but is still in a serious condition.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Welsh of McConnellsburg on April 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Gartland of Hustontown on April 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Waters of Burnt Cabins on April 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Orville R. Burger of McConnellsburg on April 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bowman of Breezewood on April 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Gohn of Waterfall on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Briggs of Robertsdale on April 20.

Deaths: AFC Robert P. Zdrosky of Ohio; Mrs. Hazel Black of Huntingdon; Mrs. C. Elmer Fries of Greencastle; George M. McKibbin of Falls Church, Va.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 22, 1954


Henry W. Chubb has returned to his home at

Halifax, after spending the winter months with his son, C.B. Chubb. Mr. Chubb will be 85 years old next month and is enjoying excellent health.

Don’t forget. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

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

Death: Mrs. Addie Bashore of Harrisburg.

Ronald Cisney is now an art student in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. John Spangler and daughter, Mrs. Nhyle Helman, left by plane on Tuesday to visit Mr. and Mrs. David Trott and family in Mexico City.

Dr. E.H. MacKinlay left on Wednesday to attend a tumor clinic at Memorial Hospital in New York City.

Harold C. Welsh was re-elected on April 13 as county superintendent of schools. He was unopposed for the office.

Tragedy struck twice at the Kendall family here in a little more than one week. Ellen Kendall, 4-1/2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kendall of Todd Township, died on April 7 of injuries she received the preceding day when struck by an automobile. On April 15, Walter Harvey Kendall, the husband and father of the family, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home.

An automobile accident on Sunday night resulted in serious injuries to one teenager and minor injuries to two others. The three young girls involved were Alma Bivens, 17; Shirley Taylor, 19, and Betty Kendall, 16. The girls were riding in a car belonging to Betty’s father, Robert Kendall, when it went out of control on Route 522, a mile north of McConnellsburg and upset. All were taken to the Medical Center where Betty is being treated for a possible fractured skull, fracture of the left leg and contusions and abrasions of the face. Alma suffered a possible fractured right shoulder. Shirley was treated for cuts and abrasions and then discharged.

Fred R. Mellott of Amaranth, rural mail carrier, was installed on April 12 as exalted ruler of Bedford Elks Lodge.

Six young men from Fulton County were inducted into the Army in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. They were John Newman of Wells Tannery; Donald Chilcote of St. Thomas; Harold Jones of Hustontown; Harold Brown of Fort Littleton; James Souders of Cito; and Harry Hedge of New Grenada.

Beginning next year, the curriculum at the high school will be revised and broadened. All pupils in junior high will take general courses, with special subject fields beginning in the tenth grade. Industrial arts will be added to the curriculum. Class period will be lengthened from the present six to seven 50-minute periods. However, the length of time at school will increase very little, if any. Instead, the noon hour will be considerably shortened due to the cafeteria that will be available for the school lunch program.

The state police substation at McConnellsburg has been changed form six-man to a seven-man station with the assignment here of Joseph Nocek, transferred from Hollidaysburg on April 16.

According to a report released by the Medical Center auxiliary this week, a total of $9,560.96 has been spent by that organization for the benefit of the hospital from August 1948 to March 1954.

Word was received here last Thursday of the death of A- 1C Harold L. Lininger in Japan. However, no details were given as to the cause of death or as to when his body will arrive home.

Mabel Brant was installed on Friday night as president of the local VFW auxiliary, with June Kralik as senior vice president and Faye Souders as junior vice president.

Robert Richards has received the Interstate Milk Producers Award this year as the outstanding boy in Pennsyl- for dairy projects. He had as his dairy project in 1953 five cows that averaged 10,000 pounds of milk. For the past three years, the Interstate award has been won by FFA boys of McConnellsburg High School. Other winners were John Gordon and David Welsh.

Earle McClain and Almeta Mills were married Saturday.

The new daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Shanhholtz of Buck Valley has been named Darlene Louise.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace L. Fix of Hustontown on April 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John R. Buterbaugh of Cito on April 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William E. Briggs of Richmond Furnance on April 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Pine of Mercersburg on April 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon Jr. of Mercersburg on April 14.

Mrs. Elmer Seiders celebrated her 80th birthday on April 17, 1954.

Deaths: William Edwards Briggs Jr., Richmond Furnace; Mrs. Charles Duffey of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 20, 1944


Deaths: Mary A.

Pittman of Mc-


Mrs. Anna Bumgardner of Wells Tannery; Elder John Mellott of Pleasant Ridge; Anna Grace Orth of Fort Littleton; Rose Delany Mellott of Andover; DeKalb Orth of Fort Littleton.

Deene Perry Johnson of Big Cove Tannery, Paul S. Shimer Jr. of McConnellsburg and Bryce Mifflin Carnell of Dott were inducted the Army at Camp Meade.

Accepted into the Navy were Fred Ray Mellott of Amaranth; Charles Paul Cutchall of Big Cove Tannery; Harry Clyde Bivens of Big Cove Tannery; John Alvin Pittman of Mc- Connellsburg; Alford Famont Stunkard of Wells Tannery; Clair Mack Black of Three Springs; Glenn Edgar Frak- er of Fort Littleton and Reynolds Vernon Glunt of McConnellsburg.

Martha Ruth Clevenger and H. George Lequear were married on April 13 in Little Church Around The Corner in New York City.

Adrienne Clevenger and Floyd S. Palmer were wed April 15,.

Lt. J. Frank Alexander of U.S. Army Medical Center Corps has been promoted to the rank of captain.

The junior class of Warfordsburg High School will present a play, “ Little Acorns,” with the following cast: Jean Ann, Betty Smith, Doris Lehman, Esta Everts, Mary Shaw, Jimmy Deshong, Clyde Strait and Edward Beatty.

A farewell party was given by the junior class at Green Hill High School for the following seniors: Naomi Decker, Dora Deshong, Grace Strait, Elvera Fix, Goldie Batdorff, Naomi Sipes, Lloyd Strait, Clyde Deshong Jr. and James Tice.

Robert C. Helman of Robertsdale has been assigned to the crew of an LST for active duty in the Amphibious Force.

Robert Knepper and Thelma Hann were married on April 15.

Walter R. Sloan has announced his candidacy for state representative on the Republican ticket.

State treasurer G.F. Wagner reports that payments to the needy in Fulton County this week totalled $68.

Roy J. Cutchall and Ethel Thomas Houck were wed April 8.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Strait of Clear Ridge.

William C. Wakefield announces his candidacy for state representative on the Democratic ticket.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 19, 1934


The ladies aid society of Sideling Hill Christian

Church held a kitchen shower last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Mellott in honor of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bush.

Deaths: Peter Barmont of Harrisburg; John L. Eitemiller of Youngstown, Ohio; Evelyn Meomia Mellott.

F.L. Echo is the name of a newsly little paper currently being published by Fort Littleton School, under the direction of Miss Marguerite Fraker.

Roy Gordon has been elected by a lay delegate to represent the local Methodist Church at the annual Methodist Episcopal Conference.

William Foreman Jr. and Hannah McCreadie were wed April 10.

Mrs. Nettie Booth has returned to her home here after spending three weeks with her sister, Mrs. Maggie Lutz, and other friends in Dalls Center, Iowa. Mrs. Booth experienced a real thrill on her way home when her train had to travel through water for many miles because of the recent floods in Ohio.

Mrs. Richard Alloway of New Grenada received the sad news this week that her sister, Mrs. Frank Horton of Johnstown, was at the point of death. Mrs. Alloway and her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Alloway, left for Johnstown at once.

Anna Lee, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Eisaman of Waterfall, narrowly escaped being fatally burned on Monday evening when her clothing caught fire from a match.

There was no school at Fairview last week due to the death of the teacher’s wife, Mrs. William H. Ranck.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 17, 1924

’24 Mrs. H.R. Neeson of this place received panful injuries last Wednesday evening when the Ford coupe in which she and her husband were riding overturned near Gettysburg, pinning them beneath the car.

Deaths: John M. Lemasvania ter of Lemasters; Mrs. Robert Hess of Warfordsburg.

Mrs. Keziah Johnston of the cove, mother of our townsman, J.K. Johnston, celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday of this week.

Russell Martz, sawyer on the mill owned by his father, John Martz, met with a painful accident last Thursday when he sawed his finger as well as a log. He sawed through his right forefinger lengthwise to the second joint.

Reed W. Johnson and Virginia P. Gordon were wed April 5.

John Hill has sold his 160- acre farm at Warfordsburg to Bert Truax for a reported $5,500.

Jesse O. McClain bought the Samuel Hoop farm on Saturday for $1,800.

James J. Harris, proprietor of the Harris Hotel, is building an addition to the hotel. The new annex will be 56x47, four stories high and will contain 20 rooms, heated throughout and with bath connected to each room.

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