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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kay Mcgarvey, pictures Nancy Black Hendershot and was taken in the early 1930s on Second Street in McConnellsburg. She is the daughter of John and Lillian Buterbaugh Black. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kay Mcgarvey, pictures Nancy Black Hendershot and was taken in the early 1930s on Second Street in McConnellsburg. She is the daughter of John and Lillian Buterbaugh Black. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 5, 1994


One of the four persons involved in the May 10, 1973, kidnapping and shooting death of Richard Wayne Miller, 19, McConnellsburg, was released from a Maryland prison on parole last week after serving about 21 years for his part in that crime and the subsequent murders of six members of a Georgia family. William “Billy” Isaacs, 36, was released on parole April 28. He had been in prison in Georgia until late winter 1993, serving time in connection with his part in the murder of members of the Ned Alday family, when he was transported to Maryland to serve time for the one charge of second-degree murder, kidnapping and motor vehicle theft charges in connection with the Miller case. Isaacs was allowed to plead to a lesser charge in Georgia in exchange for his testimony against the other three men.

Race fans here were shocked this week when it was learned that Fulton County’s favorite son, Tom Peck, “lost his ride” on the NASCAR Busch Grand National circuit. Peck said he was informed without warning April 26 that the Grissom Race team had been sold to Diamond Ridge Racing and that he no longer would be driving this season. He said he has spent the past week making a lot of calls, researching his options and trying to work on a deal for next year.

Daniel E. Winter, McConnellsburg, was named the Fulton County Historical Society’s 1993 “Historian of the Year” at the society’s annual banquet April 30.

Evidence of the past harsh winter was seen by Carl Younker and friends on a fishing trip to Roaring Run below Meadow Grounds Lake. They came across 30 to 40 dead deer which had perished during the winter months.

Marriage licenses: Timothy Johnson, Berkeley Springs, and Megan Gay, Great Cacapon, W.Va.; Gregory Robinson, Fort Loudon, and Janice Strait, Fort Loudon.

Steve “Smoke” Mellott was presented with the Jaycee of the Year award at the local Jaycees’ banquet Saturday night at the McConnellsburg VFW. The Jaycees also honored Denny Ritchey as the “Boss of the Year.”

Births at the Medical Center: daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Glass of McConnellsburg on April 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Strait Sr. April 29.

Deaths: Donald Hamil, McConnellsburg; Carl Shives, Hagerstown; H. Virginia Bitner, Chambersburg; John Browand, Camp Hill.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 17, 1984


A Huntingdon County man has been issued nine traffic citations in connection with a high-speed chase between Mercersburg and McConnellsburg during the early morning hours of Saturday, May 12. According to a Mercersburg Borough Police officer, who took part in the pursuit, the suspect arrested late Saturday in Mercersburg was Donald Barnett, 24, Dudley.

Tom Duffey, who served as director for the recently held musical at Central Fulton, came before the school board at its meeting last Tuesday evening to report on the outcome of the musical and to request that the board begin thinking about whether or not it would like the musical to become an annual event. The musical for this year was “The Salonkeeper’s Daughter.”

Several rifles and shotguns, estimated in value at about $800, were removed from a Union Township home Monday. Police said that someone broke out the glass of the locked front door to gain entry to the home of Arvada J. Sigel of Warfordsburg. The burglars removed several rifles and two shotguns and fled in an unknown direction.

The Associated Press News Services reported last week that a New Jersey investment firm may seek to gain control of the G.C. Murphy Co., owner of the G.C. Murphy stores and Murphy Mart stores. In this area, the company has stores in McConnellsburg, Mercersburg, Waynesboro and Shippensburg.

Hettie Sipes of Harrisonvile celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Gordon of Needmore became the parents of twin boys on May 9 and are wondering whether it is just coincidental or something in the atmosphere of their trailer home that promotes multiple births. A former owner of the trailer gave birth to twins and another tiplets.

Michael Rosenberry, 11, Shade Gap, was found Thursday afternoon at 12:40 p.m., after being lost in the woods in the Shade Gap Elementary School area. Michael became lost on Wednesday after school and was forced to spend the night in the woods with only a sweatshirt and no jacket to keep warm. He was found as he crossed a powerline out in the forested area, approximately a mile northest of Shade Gap Elementary School.

The wet spring is being cited for the unusually large mushrooms being found by hunters this season.

Dennis and Patti Jo Hunsinger of Shade Gap became the proud parents of a son born April 28 at Chambersburg Hospital. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Foster Park of Fort Littleton and great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clair Decker, also of Fort Littleton.

Specials at the IGA: DelGrosso spaghetti sauce, 99 cents; Tide, $1.99, 49 oz.; sweet corn, 5 ears for 98 cents; Kraft Velveeta slices, $1.99, 16 oz.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on April 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Steele of New Enterprise on May 6; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Gordon of Needmore on May 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Bernard of Needmore on May 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Saylor of Hustontown on May 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Anderson of Three Springs on May 8.

Archie Bergstresser of McConnellsburg has retired from the Merchant Marines effective May 1.

Donna L. Dull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duvall of Breezewood, and Robert C. Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wright of California, Pa., were united in marriage on March 24 at First Presbyterian Church of California, Pa.

Death: Miss Katherine Johnston, Greensburg.

Marriage licenses: Sanford A. Smith, Smithsburg, and Lynn R. MacDonald, McConnellsburg; Michael Reeder, McConnellsburg, and Tina Yaukey, McConnellsburg; Robert Bisser Jr., Waterfall, and Priscilla King, Waterfall.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 16, 1974


Foster Wayne Swope, 26-year- old Needmore farmer, was killed last Wednesday when the tractor he was driving overturned on him. He was clearing a field of small trees using a front loader and as he descended the steep grade to unload, the tractor began to slide and overturned on top of him.

Dispelling rumor that Bedford and Fulton counties will be combined into one USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Center, Congressman Shuster revealed that no such proposal is presently being considered.

The proposed additions to McConnellsburg High School building will be the subject for discussion at a public meeting, called by the school board, in accordance with state law for Wednesday in the senior high school gymnasium. The public will be given the opportunity to question any part of the school’s building plans.

Figures released last week by the county commissioners’ office show that the Democratic Party in Fulton County is heading toward the May primary election with a lead of 337 over the Republican Party. At the end of the last registration period, 2,402 Democrats were registered in the county, as compared to 2,065 Republicans.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Meyers of Greencastle on May 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Shafer of Waterfall on May 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Black of Greencastle on May 8.

Specials at the IGA: Robin Hood flour, 25-lb. bag, $3.89; Tetley tea bag, 88 cents, box of 100; jellies, packed in ice tea glasses, 38 cents; Tide 3-lb. box, 78 cents; Hunt’s Snack Pack pudding, 4-pk., 59 cents.

A spectacular accident occurred on Friday, one and a half miles north of Fort Littleton on Route 522 when a car left the road and ran almost completely through a shingle-covered, frame workshop on the Nasby C. Cline property. Police report that a 1971 Ford driven by Harry Glunt of Yardville, N.J., was travelling south on Route 522 when the driver lost control of the vehicle after it ran off onto the west berm. It ran across the Cline property lawn and through the front wall and partially through the rear wall of the workshop. The driver escaped injury

H.J. Mellott of Harrisonville, paid his annual visit to the “News” office last week to renew his subscription for other year. Mr. Mellott will be 95 years old on his next birthday.

Deaths: Harry L. Horton, Coalmont; Robert Kelly, Everett.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 21, 1964


Saturday, June 6, has been set as the day when the Meadow Grounds Lake in Ayr Township, Fulton County, will be officially opened to fishermen.

The 18th anniversary of the Sagner factory was held last Friday night at the local American Legion. The highlight of the evening’s entertainment was the announcement of the name of the “Queen of Northcool.” Eunice Marshall was voted queen, with Shirley Ann Mellott as first and Carmen Holtz as second runners-up.

In an effort to provide the county with a convenient, centrally located meeting place, First National Bank of Mc- Connellsburg has completed a community room in the basement of the bank building.

A big stride in the right direction was taken last week when the committee that is working toward establishing a golf and swimming club in Fulton County obtained an option to buy a parcel of land to be used for that purpose. Containing 208 acres, including 60 acres of woodland, it is known locally as the Alex Patterson farm and lies three miles south of town, west of the Cito Road. Present plans include the building of a nine-hole golf course, with a view to increasing it to 18 holes later, a swimming pool and a modest clubhouse and picnic facilities in the wooded area.

Graduation exercise at McConnellsburg and Forbes Road High schools will get under way this weekend. From Forbes Road, 37 seniors will receive diplomas at graduation ceremonies on May 26. At McConnellsburg High School, 70 seniors will graduate, the largest class in the history of the school.

Members of the firemen’s auxiliary are doing their bit to promote tourism in Fulton County by serving lunches to busloads of students on their way to Washington, DC., and the travel agency in charge of these tours has already started making arrangements for the local auxiliary to feed comparable numbers who will be taking advantage of the agency’s scheduled tours to the New York World’s Fair.

A one-car accident involving local people was investigated by state police on Friday night, just north of the borough limits, when Richard Lane of Waterfall, driving a 1957 Oldsmobile, lost control of his car as it rounded a curve, hitting the fence and a mailbox on the Nhyle Bivens property. Damage was set at $150.

Larry D. Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray of Mc- Connellsburg, will graduate from Slippery Rock State University on Sunday, May 24. He has completed his major work in social studies and safety education and will receive a B.S. in education degree.

Hunting accidents in 1963 dropped to the lowest pint in 19 years, according to a report by Pennsylvania Game Commission. The report showed that there were 18 fatal and 341 nonfatal hunting accidents for a total of 359, the lowest number of hunting accidents since 1945.

Specials at the A&P: ground beef, 41 cents a pound; Hi- C drink, 12-oz. can, 10 cents; bananas, 2 lb., 29 cents.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mr. Merle Ryder, Mercersburg, on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. McMullen, Three Springs, on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allan L. Cover, McConnellsburg, on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bennett, Mercersburg, May 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jobie Harr, Needmore, May 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Keefer, Big Cove Tannery, May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rheon Gelvin, Hustontown, May 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Evans Jr., Long Valley, N.J., May 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fraker of Fort Littleton announce the marriage of their daughter, Patricia Lou, to William Francis Weiger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Weiger of York on May 2.

News of men in service: Airman Second Class Kenneth Ford Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deshong of Needmore, was recently discharged from the U.S. Air Force after completing a four-year term; Douglas Dale Shives of Needmore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Shives Sr., was recently discharged from the Air Force after serving four years; Army Pfc. Forest C. Decker, son of Charles J. Decker of Warfordsburg, participated with other members of 319th Artillery’s 3rd Battalion in training tests at Camp Saint Barbara, Korea; Airman First Class Roger H. Wilt, son of Mrs. L. Mae Mellott of Needmore, has been selected Outstanding Supply Man of the Month at Plattsburgh Air Force base in New York.

Deaths: Mrs. Grace V. Bivens, 75, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Ross J. Barton, 62, Crystal Spring; Eugene Hawbaker, 54, Mercersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 20, 1954

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

Fulton County News has a new telephone number – 120. All friends of the News are invited to use it frequently to phone in their stories and news tips.

Mrs. Rella Hershey of Laidig has returned to her home after spending a week in a Philadelphia hospital.

Pvt. Gerald M. Hershey is now stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

The Luther League of Big Cove Tannery will present Nelson Ford and his orchestra at its annual festival on June 5.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kyle Decker of Harrisonville on May 13.

A total of 121 seniors will graduate from the four high schools of Fulton County this year – 11 at Green Hill; 32 at Hustontown; 39 at McConnellsburg and 39 at Warfordsburg.

A doubleheader baseball game on June 5 will launch the Fulton County Little League season in McConnellsburg.

William A. Shultz, 37, Warfordsburg, escaped injury on Monday when his farm tractor was hit by a trailer truck as he was driving south on Route 126. The truck driver was approaching the tractor from the opposite direction when he saw a car starting to pass the farm vehicle. To give the car room, he swerved his rig, which skidded on the wet road and hit the tractor. Schultz was thrown clear and was injured, but his tractor was demolished.

Dorothy Bishop, 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bishop of Websters Mill, is listed in critical condition in Chambersburg Hospital with burns over her entire body. The girl was attempting to kindle a fire on Saturday and poured kerosene on the flames. The fuel exploded, engulfing her clothes in flames. Running outside, her father extinguished the flames by wrapping her in a throw rug, but not before she was critically burnt. Meanwhile, the kerosene had set the kitchen of the Bishop home on fire. Her 13-year-old brother, William, succeeded in kicking the blazing can into the yard, and he and his mother were successful in extinguishing the kitchen fire. Now, the burned girl needs the services of three special duty nurses at the hospital and an appeal is being made for funds to help cover this expense, which the family can ill afford.

Fifteen hundred pounds of cheese was received by the county commissioners on Tuesday for distribution to those eligible to receive surplus food in Fulton County.

Since the serious illness of 6-year-old Connie Raker was made public last week by a story and pictures in the Philadelphia Inquirer, she has been ensured of plenty of the rare type of blood needed to keep her alive until her system is able to produce its own. Connie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Raker of McConnellsburg, is a patient in St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia, where she is suffering from a rare panleucopenia,a type of anemia caused by the inability for the blood system to produce red and white blood cells. She needs a pint of 0 negative blood every day, and doctors say one child in five can survive the disease, if the supply of blood keeps coming.

Word has been received that the body of A-3C Harold Lininger will arrive in California on Thursday. No details have yet been received as to what caused the death of the 21-yearold soldier in Japan several weeks ago.

Fulton County farmers are now busy planting corn.

George R. Foor, whose wife, Minnie, lives in Knobsville, was recently promoted to corporal while serving with the 987th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea.

Robert L. Cunningham, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R. Cunningham of McConnellsburg, was recently promoted to corporal while serving with the 772nd Military Police Battalion in Tokyo.

Deaths: Mrs. Gertrude Meyers of Chambersburg; Russell Morgan Truax of Warfordsburg; Mrs. Susan Steach of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Edgar Bergstresser of Hustontown.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 18, 1944


Deaths: Hester Belle Snyder of Harrisburg; Elizabeth Gregory Hess of Thompson Township; Harry Elwood Beatty of Hancock.

Staff Sgt. Roy H. Kline of Knobsville was recently issued a membership card in the “I Bombed Japan Club,” an organization composed of 11th Army Air Force combat personnel who have bombed Japanese positions in their home territory in the Kurile Island chain. Sgt. Kline gained membership in the enviable club by virtue of his participation in raids over Panamiushiru, target of the recently stepped-up aerial drive against the Kuriles from the Aleutians. He is an assistant engineer. These bombing missions are the longest over-water combat flights yet attempted during World War II. They are more than 2,000 miles long, round trip, and often the return trip is imperiled by a damaged plane.

The urgent need for coal has promoted the Mines Administration to urge all mine operations and workers to remain on the job on Memorial Day.

Foster J. Cisney of McConnellsburg has driven a bus between here and Letterkenny almost 22,000 miles without an accident. For 302 “running days,” he has travelled exactly 21,744 miles and carried a total of 4,853 war workers to and from Letterkenny.

Homer Lee Black and Betty Richards were wed May 5.

The churches of McConnellsburg are planning a union prayer service for the day after D-Day. The church bells will be tolled at the time authentic news of the invasion is received, unless it comes late at night.

Harold E. Martz of Knobsville has been admitted to Everett Hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis.

The graduating class at Warfordsburg this year will include Ruth Clugston, Emogene Deneen, Wilma Duvall, Emma Fischer, Perle Funk, Dwight Gordon, Betty Jane Hixson, Kathleen Layton, Jean Lewis, Norma Lee Palmer, Homer Powell, Dorothy Richards and Mary Eleanor Winter.

Mildred Schooley of near Harrisonville is slowly recovering from a recent operation.

Pfc. Duane Newman of Waterfall is now stationed at Camp Beale, Calif.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 17, 1934


The Community Choral Club, consisting of 40 members under the direction of Prof. B.C. Miller, will present a cantata, “The Pillar of Fire,” at Warfordsburg on May 19.

Deaths: Hiram Laidig of Laidig; Martin McClain of Pittsburgh.

Miss Verna Kerlin, a patient in Sipes Hospital in Everett, is reported by her physician to be recovering nicely from appendicitis.

President Roosevelt breakfasted Sunday on brook trout taken from Woodmont Rod and Gun Club. The trout were caught by Col. Henry L. Roosevelt, assistant secretary of the Navy.

Tragedy, stark and terrible, swooped down on Mc- Connellsburg on Sunday when an automobile ride ended in disaster for young people from town. As a result of the crash, which happened on the Western Pike in Maryland, John Ott died Monday evening of a fracture of the skull at the base of the brain. Miss Gladys Black, who also suffered a fractured skull, is expected to recover. Miss Esther Ray suffered terrible cuts of the face and neck, requiring 130 stitches to close. The fourth occupant of the car and its driver, Hubert Elvey, was only slightly injured. None of the occupants of the other car involved in the head-on crash was seriously injured. Elvey, who is “distracted” over the accident, was released from Hagerstown Jail on Wednesday afternoon. It is reported that he passed three other cars while ascending a grade and met the other car at the crest of the hill. Ott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ott, was 17 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knepper announce the birth of a son, Harold Paul, on May 3.

Mr. and Mrs. Thad Shimer of Lebanon visited with friends here this week.

George Grissinger Jr. is a patient in Cumberland Hospital, where he underwent an operation for appendicitis on Tuesday.

A group of soldiers form training camps at Baltimore, 62 in number, encamped at Fulton County Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening.

James W. Fogelman and Louella M. McClain were married May 12.

A pleasant surprise party was held May 9 by Mrs. Leona Tice in honor of the birthday of her two sons, Charles’ 26th and Fred’s 21st.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Carnell celebrated their birthdays May 7. Their birthdays occur the same day. He is 53, she is 51.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 15, 1924


Deaths: Mrs. Kezie Coffee Johnston of McConnellsburg, the great-great-granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret Kendall, who died in 1750, the first white woman to die a natural death in this valley, and who lies buried on the Daniel Logan farm, now owned by Samuel Mellott; Jacob K. Garlick of Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Mrs. Rachel Walters Conner of Finleyville, Bedford County.

Ralph W. Johnston and Mary Louise Nelson were wed May 8. Burman Wills and Ida Belle Barnhart were married on May 3.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Palmer of Sipes Mill are happy over the arrival of a little daughter, Hazel Marguerite.

Merchant Frank Stoner is displaying a rare coin this week, a Hibernian coin of the year 1718.

The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Briggs of Burnt Cabins this week and left a tiny girl, weighing only 2 pounds, but mother and baby are doing fine.

Miss Ella Stinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Easton Stinson of Burnt Cabins, was taken violently ill on Tuesday morning and was rushed to Chambersburg Hospital, where she was operated on the same day for appendicitis.

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