2016-07-07 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick and Joan Snyder Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., formerly of McConnellsburg, pictures Harry “Jack” Snyder and Lloyd W. Mellott. Harry is Joan’s father and Lloyd is Dick’s father. The photo was taken at the home of Lloyd Mellott on Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, in 1960. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Dick and Joan Snyder Mellott of Summerdale, Ala., formerly of McConnellsburg, pictures Harry “Jack” Snyder and Lloyd W. Mellott. Harry is Joan’s father and Lloyd is Dick’s father. The photo was taken at the home of Lloyd Mellott on Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, in 1960. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 4, 1996


A newly formed fishermen’s conservation group is mounting a campaign to restock the Meadow

Grounds Lake with bass. The group is also circulating a petition asking the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to designate the waters as a “conservation lake.” The Fish Commission no longer stocks bass in the lake and Fishermen’s Association president Kevin Anderson of Needmore has a theory as to why the bass fishing has become so meager. The lake needs new genetically large bass for breeding purposes,” he added. Anderson would also like to see the lake designated as a conservation lake which would lower the daily limit and increase the size of the fish that anglers are allowed to keep. His organization is currently circulating a petition to present to the Fish Commission asking for the “conservation lake” designation.

A Licking Creek Township couple is being held in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail each on charges of criminal attempt-homicide in connection with a shooting incident June 27 in the Patterson Run development of Licking Creek Township. Police said that Martha Richardson, 39, and Malcolm Richardson, 39, both of Mc- Connellsburg, were charged after they allegedly fired several shots at Frederick Stapf, 43, Glenel, Md., with separate firearms. Police said that Stapf, who owns a residence in the development, was supposedly on the Richardson’s property and failed to leave when told to do so.

Just before midnight Sunday, sky watchers across the country saw a celestial event that exists because of the quirks of the manmade calendar that still remains an enigma and happens once in a blue moon. Occurring once every 2.7 years, the last blue moon in this country was in September 1993.

The joint operating committee of Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School approved the sale of the school’s fourth student-built house to Brenda Knepper of Fort Littleton in the amount of $98,100. The home is situated on land along Route 475 in Clear Ridge, Dublin Township.

Fulton County has been allocated 7,800 doe licenses for the 1996 hunting season.

Remodeling of the interior of the Fulton Theatre building began this week. The theatre lobby will be restored to its original design complete with movie posters. The ceiling will be repaired and repainted.

Amy Shoemaker of Chambersburg and Allen Mellott of Hustontown were united in marriage May 25 at the First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg. Parents of the couple are Larry and Judy Shoemaker of Chambersburg, and Ralph and Doretta Mellott of Hustontown.

Deaths: Viola Glazier, McConnellsburg; Margaret Welsh, McConnellsburg; Frank Dilling, Fredericksburg; Frances Ramsey, Three Springs.

Marriage licenses: Alexander Russell, Philadelphia, and Sarah Melius, Washington, D.C.; Tony Tew, Bedford, and Cheryl Lynn, Waterfall.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 17, 1986


Officials of Community State Bank of Orbisonia are hoping to open the bank’s first-ever branch office, to be located in the village of Waterfall, sometime around the end of September or during the month of October.

Fulton County 4-H members welcomed the Kansas 4- H delegation at the extension office Monday evening. The group of 21 4-H members and agents form Dickinson County, Kan., will be staying with Fulton County 4-H families until Sunday morning when they begin their trip home.

Mahlon L. Shimer, McConnellsburg, has accepted an offer from Central Fulton School Board to serve until the end of 1986 on the board for his deceased father, B. Hiley Shimer.

Hustontown Fire Co. responded to a fire at the home of Leroy McGowan in the village of Hustontown on July 13. The fire was confined to an upstairs bedroom where the blaze began apparently when an electrical fan overheated.

The class of 1936 of Green Hill High School, consisting of nine members, celebrated their 50th class reunion at Pleasant Valley Restaurant. All were present except Guy Oakman and the late J.W. Humphrey, who was represented by his wife, Estalene.

On Tuesday, June 24, John Landis Grove, founder of JLG Industries, led a small but significant ceremony at the company’s corporation headquarters in McConnellsburg. Grove, along with other JLG officers, displayed the 10,000th boomlift that the McConnellsburg plant has produced. The unit was placed on its permanent pad in front of the main building, next to the first lift, which also has been on display.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Knepper on July 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Iddlekauff on July 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Post on July 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Hill of Warfordsburg on July 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lance Lantz on July 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stallman on July 10.

Wesley Ross Souders and Rebecca Anne Buterbaugh were united in marriage June 7 at the United Church of Christ. Parents of the couple are Richard and Lillian Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg, and Harvey and Velma Souders of Warfordsburg.

The wedding of Sandra Rowe Wagner and Larry R. Good took place on rollerskates at Red Bridge Rollerskating Rink June 28. The wedding took place in the arches of a bridal gazebo with the entire wedding party on skates. The bride is the daughter of Clinton and Gladys Rowe of Spring Mills, and the groom is the son of Georgetta Humes of Beaver and Elmer Good of Pittsburgh. The bride is a rollerskating teacher and began her career at age 4, winning several titles in the competitive field. The groom is a PA state trooper in McConnellsburg and has won numerous placements in rollerskating competition.

Deaths: Helen Deshong, Harrisonville; J. Clarence Williams, McConnellsburg; Paul Shotts Sr., Waterfall; Lorma Priscilla Fraker, Hustontown; Laure Sharpe, Warfordsburg; Leon Billow, Severna Park, Md.; Calvin Beegle, Clearville; Dr. Richard Hoover, Upperco, Md.; George Wink, York; Alda Paul, Johnstown.

Specials at the IGA: Robin Hood flour, 89 cents, 5-lb. bag; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents; ground beef, $1.09 lb.; plums, 69 cents lb.; cantaloupes, 88 cents each.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 13, 1976


The former Fort Littleton Elementary School was knocked down for $35,200 at public auction Saturday. The building and adjoining grounds were purchased by the Fulton Industrial Development Authority on behalf of nationally known hardware manufacturer Blaine Window Hardware Inc. of Kensington, Md., which will sign a lease purchase agreement with FIDA later this month. The former schoolhouse was put on auction by Forbes Road School District. The district was able to sell the Fort Littleton facility because an expansion program at the former Wells Taylor Elementary School was completed this year. All district elementary students now attend the new Forbes Road Elementary School.

The law firm of Taylor and Stewart, attorneys of Huntingdon, has established a practice in McConnellsburg with offices located above the Earley store on North Second Street near the courthouse.

The weeklong annual block party sponsored by the Mc- Connellsburg firemen continues this week at the fairgrounds, with all the fun of a fair, including wheels, games, rides for everyone and the firemen’s unmatchable chicken barbecue every night. The big parade on Thursday will highlight the week’s festivities and is expected to be the biggest in memory to celebrate the bicentennial.

Miss Susan N. Mellott and Harry N. Mellott were united in marriage June 12 at Pleasant Ridge Nazarene Church.

Firemen rescued two families stranded at Meadow Grounds lake after fallen trees closed roads Sunday evening. Fire Chief Max Stenger said about 20 firemen spent two hours cutting trees to clear the roads around the lake after the storm.

Specials at the IGA: watermelons, 18 lbs., average size, 76 cents each; ice cream, 76 cents, half gallon; Banquet brand frozen pies, 4 for 76 cents; fresh ground beef, 76 cents lb. (Spirit of ‘76 anniversary sale).

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Lynch of McConnellsburg on July 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Tenley of Mercersburg on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wright of Niles, Ohio, on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Mellott of Hustontown on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Shives of Needmore on July 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Curfman of Three Springs on July 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strait of Mc- Connellsburg on July 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Souders of McConnellsburg on July 9.

Bonnie K. Waters and Arnold C. Newman exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, June 5, at Burnt Cabins United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Waters, Burnt Cabins, and Mr. and Mrs. George Newman, Chambersburg, formerly of Waterfall.

Marriage licenses: Leroy Knepper and Leslie Miller, both of Hustontown; Gary Fulton and Mary Jeffreys, both of Johnstown.

Deaths: Martha William Scorrie, Broad Top City; George N. Regi, Neelyton; Laura V. Sipes, Everett; Mrs. Lydia S. Long, Knobsville.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 28, 1966


Injuries received in an automobile accident in McConnellsburg July 16 proved fatal last Wednesday to a 19-year-old McConnellsburg woman. Mrs. Sharon Albert, 19, succumbed to the injuries she received in the crash on July 19 at Washington County Hospital, following the accident. The young woman, mother of two children, and James Butts, also of McConnellsburg, were occupants of a car involved in an accident on North Second Street. Both Mrs. Albert and Butts were thrown form the car when it struck a car being driven by Wayne Colyer, 18, Shade Gap.

Isaac Everts Jr., 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Everts of St. Thomas, underwent open heart surgery at Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital on Tuesday of this week. The surgery was performed to repair damage to the aorta, the main artery of his heart. He is a former resident of Fort Littleton.

Marriage licenses: Maurice R. Williams and Alice Layton, both of Warfordsburg; David F. Nelson and Rosemarie L. Signor, both of Pittsburgh; Edgar E. Keefer Jr., Big Cove Tannery, and Hannett Oleta Rose of Everett.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Strait of Harrisonville proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Judy Ellen, to Donald E. Eisaman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Eisaman of Waterfall.

Miss Anne S. Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster of McConnellsburg, became the bride of David W. Baird, son of Rev. and Mrs. James Baird of Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, June 25.

The United Church of Christ in Dott was the setting for the marriage of Miss Dorothy Clark and Donald Mellott, both of Needmore, on June 25.

Three Fulton countians will be numbered among the 254 students at Shippensburg State College who will be awarded degrees at the summer commencement exercises. Bachelor of Science in education degrees will be awarded to George Richard Crouse of McConnellsburg and Marjorie Mae Smith of Warfordsburg. Don Lee Hall of Warfordsburg will receive his Master of Education degree.

Mr. and Mrs. Granvil Brady of Big Cove Tannery wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Greathel Eileen Brady, to Gary Lee Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Black of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sexton, Needmore; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Slates, Three Springs; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Fluke, Everett; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kise College, McConnellsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miller, Big Cove Tannery.

60 Years ago

From The Files Of July 26, 1956


SP-3 Marl A. Hollinshead has begun his processing for his discharge at Fort Campbell, Ky., on August 25. He will then join his brother, Connie, at West Palm Beach, Fla.

Lawrence Snyder of town returned home last week from Waynesboro Hospital.

Miss Maud Ott returned home Sunday from the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia where she had been a patient for the past four weeks.

Mrs. Annie Lininger is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from a fractured hip she received in a fall at her home here.

Rep. Richard M. Simpson of Huntingdon on Friday expressed his strong opposition to the construction of the proposed Keystone Shortway, which would run through northern Pennsylvania. He stated that such a project might very well bankrupt the Pennsylvania Turnpike and would certainly affect adversely economic conditions in Bedford, Somerset, Fulton, Franklin and Huntingdon counties, all of which are within his 18th Congressional District.

Mack Horton, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, appointed attorney Albert Foster at the Chamber’s meeting last Thursday to contact Postmaster George Paul to discuss the feasibility of mail delivery in McConnellsburg. Some years ago, attorney Foster attempted to bring about this convenience, but the previous postmaster would not cooperate. The chamber hopes that the present postmaster will be more cooperative.

An organization, known as the Proper Deer Management Association of Pennsylvania, has been formed by farmers and orchardists who are suffering heavy damage from deer herds. The association feels that better laws and regulations could be enacted in connection with this damage.

Joel J. Knepper of Hustontown has been named as the new member of Fulton County Committee of the Farmers Home Adminstration. This committee determines the eligibility of farmers who apply for FHA loans.

Russell Glen Sleighter, 45, who was sentenced in 1937 to life imprisonment for the slaying of 6-year-old Jean Seville, has failed again in his ninth attempt before the State Board of Pardons for a release from the Eastern State Penitentiary.

According to state records, 1,068 fishing licenses were sold in Fulton County during 1955.

James R. Hamsher, 17, Chambersburg, is listed in good condition after he received 3 sutures for injuries he received in a traffic accident near St. Thomas last Tuesday. Hamsher was a front-seat passenger in a car driven by Ronald K. Hann, 17, Needmore, which was involved in an accident with a truck driven by James C. Glass, 17, Fort Loudon.

To date, 25 farmers in Fulton County have signed Soil Bank agreements that will provide them with approximately $8,000 if the maximum rate of payment is made.

Nelson Comerer, for the past six years a dealer in bottled gas, has sold his business to H.J. “Jim” Culler. Culler, who operates a milk route and delivers freight to and from McConnellsburg, will continue all his business ventures.

Herbert Layton, salesman for the Alloway Tire and Auto Supply of McConnellsburg, was the lucky ticket holder for a new Plymouth automobile awarded by the Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club of Hancock last Tuesday.

William H. Cockley and Bonita R. Madden were wed June 30.

Bob Wright and Joyce Sipes were married June 9.

Edwin Duane Greenland and Helen Mae Runk were married June 29.

Deaths: Wallace Franklin Mellott of Needmore; Mrs. Anna Susan Gayman of Shippensburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 1, 1946


Deaths: Mrs. Annie Ruth Pittman of Knobsville; Mrs. Isaac Waters of Van Nuys, Calif.; Mrs. Emily Jane Hill of Warfordsburg.

Cloyd R. Mellott of McConnellsburg, a veteran attending school under the GI Bill, has been named to the semester honor roll at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Lt. Truman L. Grandy and Marian E. Palmer were married July 10.

Albert Foster of State College has opened his law office in McConnellsburg, in the basement of the Hohman building at the corner of Lincoln Way East and First Street.

Larry Batzelle, son of Mrs. Lena Batzelle and a 1946 MHS graduate, has enlisted for three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 20, 1936


Following an illness of about four weeks, John Andrew Irwin, well-known businessman of McConnellsburg for several years, died early Monday, July 20.

Burgess W.H. Nesbitt issued a notice this week that no stands of any sort will be allowed on the sidewalks during the sesquicentennial celebration next week.

Through the courtesy of the J.H. Troup Music House of Harrisburg, a Hammond electric organ is being installed in the Presbyterian Chuch for the opening Sunday service for the sesquicentennial. After this service, the organ will be moved to the high school auditorium for the Sunday evening service.

The demand for the sesquicentennial wooden money is growing every day. W. R. Sloan, chairman of the local chamber of commerce, received an air mail letter on Monday from California, asking for the souvenir money.

Lewis Largent, commander of both the local American Legion and VFW, is asking for the loan of all the war relics in the county for a display during the sesqui.

Helen Ott is now leading the contest for the queen of the sesqui with 1,936,225 votes, followed by Mary Louse Grissinger with 802,525 votes, Ted Harris with 536,100 and Beulah Truax with 181,500 votes.

Omert Hann and Beatrice Romayne Mitchell were married July 25.

Among the distinguished members of the McConnell family who will be guests of the Fulton County Historical Society on Sunday will be Judge Elder W. Marshall and Robert K. McConnell, attorney of Pittsburgh; R. Kirk McConnell, attorney of Greensburg; Miss Jean L. McConnell of Philadelphia; and Mrs. Agnes Sligh Turnbull of Maplewood, N.J. Mrs. Turnbull is the author of the current bestseller, “ The Rolling Years.”

An oil painting by Mary Reisner Marshall, who lived in McConnellsburg during her early years, will be displayed in the antique room during the sesquicentennial. Now assistant director of art in the Philadelphia schools, her pictures have been displayed throughout the United States and England. The picture to be displayed here shows a scene in Todd Township that she painted this summer. She is a sister of George W. Reisner and the late Jacob Reisner of Mc- Connellsburg.

The town council has provided a field east of the highway sheds for parking during the sesqui since no parking will be allowed on the Lincoln Highway or First and Second streets.

Practically all the homes in town and all the business places are already gaily decorated for the big celebration next week

A supply of cots arrived here this week from Harrisburg and are available at Ken Glazier’s store for families who need them to care for visitors during sesqui week.

Mrs. Frank Stinson, who underwent a serious surgical operation in Chambersburg Hospital last week is recovering nicely.

Mrs. S.W. Kirk returned home on Monday after being a patient for three weeks in Jefferson Hospital in philadelphia.

Hon. Jno. P. Sipes, Dr. H.C. McClain and Dr. Edgar S. Krug spent Tuesday in Pittsburgh where they performed their duties as a lunacy commission to determine the sanity of Walter Ley, convicted for the Lee murder several years ago and now a prisoner in Western Penitentiary.

Ellsworth Shope and Ruth Wible were married June 30.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Morrow Bolinger of Mount Union announce the birth of a son in Huntingdon Hospital July 22.

Last Thursday, friends gathered at the home of S.G. Morse to help Vernon Mellott and Ethel Morse celebrate their 16th and 18th birthdays.

We had rain last Thursday, breaking the heat and drought.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 29, 1926


Deaths: A. Gust Davison of Whip Cove; Mrs. Margaret J. Baker of Columbus, Ohio

McConnellsburg was host to a distinguished foreign visitor on Friday night and Saturday. Baron Von Krupp Jr., 20, the only child of Baron and Baroness Von Krupp, owners of the famous Krupps steel mills in Germany, was registered at the Mc- Dowell House. Readers will remember how Bertha Krupp, an only child, inherited this great industry. Upon her marriage to Baron Von Belen, he was permitted by the Germany government to take his wife’s name. The young baron spent most of his time here visiting the News office. On his visit to this office on Friday, he said that he did not ordinarily like newspaper offices, but he was impressed with the News’ editor E.M. Krug. He must have been too, because he spent most of Saturday afternoon at the News office.

Dr. and Mrs. George Barton of Lakeland, Fla. are spending their vacation with C.J. Barton of Hustontown.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Evans of Altoona are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son, William, July 13.

Mrs. Glen Downes of Hustontown received word last Thursday of the death of her mother in Ohio.

Richard Laidig of Hustontown took his driver’s test on Monday.

Mrs. Hayes Bivens of Wells Tannery received the scare of her life one day last week. Upon going upstairs she found that a big blacksnake had climbed up a tree through a hole in the window screen and into a room. She was too scared to kill the snake and ran to Harrison Horton. Of course, a new screen has now been placed on the window.

Mr. and Mrs. Orville Schetrompf of Hancock are rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter. She has been named Gladys Sarah.

Boyd Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Walters of Akersville, found a land turtle last week. He picked it up and discovered that it had the name of his grandfather, Amariah Akers, and the date 1924, carved on its shell.

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