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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Gene Truax of Warfordsburg, pictures the Warfordsburg Class of 1932. Front row: Juanita Wink, Therman O’Rourke, Reba Palmer, Hollis Mellott, Freda Zimmerman, Thelma May, Paul Beale, Emma Hess, Kenneth Hendershot, Maxine Hill; back row: Georgia Mower, Harold McKee, Ruth Margret, Faye Barnhart, Ralph Layton, Marie Chalton, Ruth Ranck and Clyde Plessinger. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Gene Truax of Warfordsburg, pictures the Warfordsburg Class of 1932. Front row: Juanita Wink, Therman O’Rourke, Reba Palmer, Hollis Mellott, Freda Zimmerman, Thelma May, Paul Beale, Emma Hess, Kenneth Hendershot, Maxine Hill; back row: Georgia Mower, Harold McKee, Ruth Margret, Faye Barnhart, Ralph Layton, Marie Chalton, Ruth Ranck and Clyde Plessinger. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 17, 1995


The 74th Fulton County Fair will be held August 20 through August 26. The annual fair queen contest will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday. Four young women will be competing for the title of Fair Queen: Christina Mellott, Harrisonville; Natalie Klinepeter, Big Cove Tannery; Brandi North, McConnellsburg; and April Swope, McConnellsburg.

Workers from Susquehanna Valley Construction of New Cumberland continue work to replace the bridge which carries Pa. Route 475 over the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Dublin Township, about one mile west of U.S. Route 522. The project continues on schedule but is not expected to be completed until early November.

Bi-Valley girls 10 and under First National Bank All-Star team finished a great season when they came home with second place in the Fairfield tournament. Members of the team are Heather Deshong, Heidi Swope,Crystal Howell, Rebecca Mellott, Kelly Johnston, Danielle Howell, Amanda Sowpe, Amber Skiles, Ellie Ramsey, coach Denny Swope, Stephanie Paylor, Erica Short, Darcy Everetts and manager Randy Skiles.

Leigh Ann Romig and Lenny Rosenberry were united in marriage June 10 at Fairview United Methodist Church in Harrisonville. The bride is the daughter of Rex and Chris Romig of Waterfall and the groom is the son of Larry and Anna Rosenberry of Chambersburg.

A son, Tyler Gregory, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Strine of Greencastle on August 2 at Chambersburg Hospital.

The St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Shade Gap, was the setting of the marriage uniting Nicole Seiders and Jeffrey West on May 27. The bride is the daughter of Dean and Linda Seiders of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Jim and Karne West of Shade Gap.

Deaths: Freda Harris, McConnellsburg; James Harris, McConnellsburg; Audrey Brennan, Amberson, Pa.; Richard Lane, Huntingdon; Cora Smith, Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 29, 1985


The bidding had risen to around $3 for Kevin Anderson’s grand champion steer at the 22nd youth livestock sale last Saturday at the fairgrounds when it seemed that the sale of the animal was near. But a new round of spirited bidding began between Danny Robinson of Johnnie’s Motel and Diner and Raleigh Barnett and the price rose and rose, over the $4 mark. When the dust had settled, Robinson had claimed the grand champion for a new record price of $4.17 1/2 per pound. But Barnett wasn’t to be denied. With Barnett bidding again, he laid claim to Richard Price’s reserve champion steer at a bid of $2.37 1/2 per pound.

Pennsylvania State Police found and confiscated 100 female marijuana plants being grown in a desolate area on top of Sideling Hill Mountain in Belfast Township. The plants were estimated at a street value of $300,000.

Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. recently retired its very first pumper, a 1949 Ford purchased by the company in in 1966. The pumper has been turned over to the junior firemen to be painted and restored to its original appearance.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Heinbaugh of McConnellsburg on August 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Deshong of McConnellsburg on August 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuade of Mc- Connellsburg gon August 22.

Deborah Mellott and Denzil Cooper were united in marriage June 29 at the United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Marshall J. Mellott, Waterfall, and Mr. and Mrs. Doug Cooper, Winchester, Va.

Deaths: Gertrude Jane Naugle, Fort Littleton; Anna B. Lashley, Everett; Harold S. Stains, Batavia, Ohio.

Marriage licenses: Brian Gordon, McConnellsburg, and Alice Mellott, Harrisonville; Scott Buterbaugh Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, and Jody Shives, Harrisonville; Timothy Hoffman, McConnellsburg, and Dori Johnson, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 28, 1975


The B&M Store on Lincoln Way East was knocked down to The First National Bank for $15,000 at a sheriff’s sale held on Saturday.

Retired Forbes Road School District superintendent Dr. John Soich finally got a chance Monday to finish a job he started back in 1973. The job was painting the 50-foot high school flagpole. But he couldn’t reach all the way to the tip. With the help of a JLG lift kindly lent by Fulton Industries for the task, he finally got he last laugh on those who’ve been kidding him about his unfinished job.

Auctioneer Lyle Reed knocked down some 30 head of beef cattle Friday at the annual 4-H FFA market steer auction at the Fulton County Fair. The grand champion steer owned by Jerre Price of McConnellsburg went to Ray Koontz, owner of the IGA Foodliner, for $1.15 a pound. Susan Hollenshead’s reserve champion steer was bought by The First National Bank also at $1.15 a pound.

Forbes Road elementary students will have to carry their lunches the first few weeks of school because the cafeteria in the new elementary school is not ready for use.

In a candlelight ceremony on July 26 in Pleasant Ridge Nazarene Church of Harrisonville, Miss Darlene Swope and Larry Deshong were united in marriage. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Swope of Needmore. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Deshong of Harrisonville.

Specials at the IGA: Tetley tea bags, 48 count, 59 cents; Pepsi, eight 10-oz. bottles, $1.19; Esskay franks, 99 cents lb.

Mark Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith of Mc- Connellsburg, won the Great Cove Men’s Tennis championship at a match played on Sunday against Paul C. Mellott Jr. Competing for the club champion trophy were former champion Henry Isban, Barry Shafer, Rodney Barton, Craig Smith, Robert Snyder and Jamie Greathead.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Frantz of McConnellsburg on August 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Snyder of Shade Gap on August 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Becker of Shippensburg on August 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barber of Warfordsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Atha Jane, to Daniel W. Golden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin S. Stotler of Berkeley Springs.

Deaths: Jacob Croft, McConnellsburg; Maudeline N. Hockensmith, Hustontown; Elwood W. Koser, Wyoming, Del.; Mrs. Emma Strait, Fort Littleton.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 9, 1965


Despite the cold and windy day, a record crowd converged on Clear Ridge last Saturday to be present for the dedication of the new community building and to enjoy the social afternoon and evening that followed. The program was opened by building Chairman Elder Gallagher and speakers included Thad Winegardner of Fort Littleton, who brought to mind the Clear Ridge of years ago, and Nick Robinson of Greensboro, N.C., husband of the former Pauline Mort of Clear Ridge. The day was brought to a close with musical entertainment by Moses and Denny Runk and the former’s daughter, Peggy.

Married men in the 19 to 26 age bracket without children probably will face draft calls early next year, according to the Selective Service.

A “News” reporter visiting the site of the wildcat gas drilling operation of the Thurman Nesbitt farm in Ayr Township was told on Tuesday that the Delta Drilling Co. has been instructed by Pittsburgh Consolidated Gas not to give out any information on the progress of the drilling operation. However, rumors that difficulties had been encountered seem unfounded in view of the fact that the drill is still pounding away and that 16-inch pipe is actually being installed in the hole being drilled.

With four consecutive years of drought behind Fulton County farmers, many of them are now facing a shortage of feed for their livestock. However, there are things that farmers can do to stretch the available feed. These and other items to increase farm income will be discussed at a meeting in the courthouse on Thursday. Farmers will be told about, and shown some, of the practices in feeding, cropping and management that can be done to bring them through this emergency period.

David J. Miller, Red Lion, Pa., is the new fifth-grade teacher at the local elementary school.

Special at the local IGA; chuck roast, 39 cents lb.; cake mixes, 4 boxes for $1; jello, four 3-oz. pkgs., 33 cents.

Engagement announced: Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Mellott of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Judith Ann Mellott, to Sheldon Warren Mellott, on of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Mellott of Needmore.

Deaths: Roy A. Souders, Fort Loudon; Dennis Seburn, Hancock; Harry Clopper, Needmore.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 8, 1955

’55 On Tuesday, the first day of school in McConnellsburg, 816 students were present, with a few unaccounted for. The breakdown showed 499 in the elementary grades and 317 in the high school.

William Hendershot, 51, Ayr Township, is a patient in Fulton County Medical Center suffering from injuries he received when he was attacked by a Holstein bull on Labor Day. He was leading the bull through a field by means of a rope attached to a ring in the bull’s nose when the rope was suddenly jerked from his hand. The bull then attacked him and threw him over his shoulder. Hendershot’s son, Gary, saw the bull attack his father and then start to maul him with his head. Grabbing a .22 rifle, Gary drove the bull away with shots in the neck, ribs and side. Mr. Hendershot suffered internal injuries and body bruises. The bull, weighing about 1,800 pounds, was treated by a local veterinarian.

A picture on the front page of this issue shows the Fulton County Fair Queen, Mary C. Strait, being crowned by Lt. Gov. Roy E. Furman. The photo also shows the queen’s princess, Pat Simpson, being crowned by Congressman Richard M. Simpson. The coronation services on Saturday night attracted the largest crowd of spectators in the 34-year history of the fair.

Miss Martha E. Gaster of Waterfall has been awarded the degree of Master of Science in Education by Bucknell University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Millersville State Teachers College in 1947.

Congressman Richard M. Simpson said on Saturday that he feels there is “a real possibility” that the government will pick Saxton as the site of a $4,500,000 laboratory for research in atomic planes. Saxton is one of several locations being considered by the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics.

Last week’s Mystery Farm has not yet been identified.

The Medical Center reported Wednesday that the condition of Chalmer Cutchall of Big Cove Tannery was good. “Chal” was injured on August 26 when the rear wheels of a partially loaded truck rolled onto his chest as he was working beneath the vehicle.

Allison Leroy Shade of Camp Hill, formerly of Clear Ridge, and Larry Levi Johnson of Wells Tannery will leave on Thursday for Pittsburgh for induction into the armed forces.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Chesnut of McConnellsburg on August 29.

William, son of Mr. and Mrs. Huey Trail of Warfordsburg, underwent an appendectomy at Hagerstown Hospital.

The national death toll over Labor Day stands at 570.

Joe Horton has moved into his new home at Wells Tannery.

Pvt. Morris B. Ramsey, 20, son of Benjamin C. Ramsey of Harrisonville, has been assigned to the 9th Field Army Support Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Deaths: Gregory Irwin Souders of Chambersburg; Mrs. Lewis H. Wible of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 13, 1945


Coast Guard Spar Nellie M. Mellott Pearson, yeoman first class of Websters Mill, was discharged from the service on September 5. Death: Mrs. Dewey H. Smith of McConnellsburg. The Army Navy “E” pennant, presented for outstanding war production, has been awarded to the W.H. Reisner Co. of Hagerstown.

Walter Harry Deshong and Laura Emogene Deneen were married on August 22.

Preston A. Souders and Gene Parks were married September 1.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of September 12, 1935


Deaths: Mrs. Susan Morgret Hebner of Baltimore;

Mrs. Laura Brott of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Mrs. David

Mills of near Indian Springs.

The David E. Strait house at Laidig was totally destroyed by fire on Saturday morning.

Recent weddings: Raymond Stevens and Betty Shidle on August 16; Warder H. McVicker and Ferne L. Trexel on August 22; Merle Hollinger and Genevieve Comerer on September 3; Malcolm E. Mellott and Lois Virginia Raudenbush on August 17.

Eight former teachers were present at the second reunion of the Gracey School on September 1, namely S.C. Gracey, N.E.M. Hoover, Nannie Witte Gracey, Harry Lamberson, Norris Hoover, H.P. Barton, W.H. Ranck and Alice Cutchall Harper.

L.D. Oakman, Democratic candidate for sheriff, was greeting friends in town on Tuesday.

A son, Harry Newman, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roland S. Fauge of Picture Rocks on September 8.

Miss Nellie Hays was elected president of the American Legion Auxiliary on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Paul Shimer was named first vice president and Mrs. Wm. Lowe, second vice president.

Stanley Funk and son James of Thompson Township motored to Baltimore on Sunday to see Mrs. Funk, who is a patient in Johns Hopkins Hospital.

John G. Bowman and Vanna Breen were married September 9.

William J. Harris, candidate for sheriff, publishes a list of past sheriffs of Fulton County as follows: Jacob Bernhard, 1850-53; Samuel Michaels, 1853-56; Dennis Daniels, 1856-59; David F. Chesnut, 1859-62; David Fore, 1862-65; Benjamin Sterrett, 1856-68; John Hill, 1868-71; John J. Morton, 1871- 74; Benjamin J. Sterrett, 1874-77; George J. Pittman, 1877- 80; Noah K. Linn, 1880-83; J.A. Rummell, 1883-86; David V. Sipes, 1885-89; William H. Pittman, 1889-92; Jeremiah Mason, 1892-95; Frank Mason, 1895-98; Daniel Sheets, 1898- 1901; Daniel C. Fleck, 1901-04; Jas. G. Alexander, 1904-07; Jefferson Harris, 1907-11; James M. Harris, 1911-15; Jobe L. Garland, 1915-19; A.D. Hohman, 1919-23; J. Minnick Mellott, 1923-27; F. Glenn Yonker, 1927-31; Roy M. Sipes, 1931-35.

90 Years Ago

From The Files of September 10, 1925


After a week’s visit with relatives at Hustontown,

Attorney and Mrs. W.W. Hoover and three children left on Saturday for their home in Chicago.

Miss Mae Barton of Hustontown left on Monday for Rutherford, N.J., where she will teach in the public schools.

A telegram on Labor Day called Jesse Briggs of Burnt Cabins to Huntingdon to the bedside of his father, Thomas Briggs, who is seriously ill with Bright’s disease.

Thad Winegardner seemed unusually happy last week and his friends soon learned it was all on account of a new baby boy.

Charles Walter, prominent Franklin County attorney, died suddenly at his home in Chambersburg on Monday evening.

Sheriff Minnick Mellott was accidentally shot in the leg on Tuesday evening when an automatic pistol discharged as he was putting it in his pocket. Although the wound is not serious, it is causing him much discomfort.

Because of the scarcity and poor quality of the water in McConnellsburg, James Kendall has kindly offered our residents the use of the spring at the Kendall home down the Cove. People may go to the spring and get water free of charge or the Kendall children will deliver water each morning at a small charge.

A thief, as yet unknown, entered the H.B. Trout home on Tuesday and stole jewelry valued at $800. The house is rented for the summer by R. B. Mathias while the Trouts are at their summer home. Mr. Mathias is manager of the Fulton House, and the jewels belonged to Mrs. Scott, hostess at the Fulton House.

Milton C. McCulloh and Helen H. Garland were married on August 24.

Floyd P. Rice and Mildred Cowan were wed September 2.

Raymond Carnell of Amaranth left for North Rose, N.Y., last week where he expects to pick apples.

Last Friday night, someone relieved George Lynch of Big Cove Tannery of two large hams, one of them two years old.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rouzer of Knobsville are wearing broad smiles over the arrival of a new son.

Miss Orpha Steach left on Sunday for Altoona where she is enrolled as a student at Zeth College for the coming term.

Miss Ella Kendall, the new school nurse for Fulton County, has gone to Punxsutawney to get instructions for her new job.

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