2017-10-12 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kathaleen Hill O’Connor, was taken in 1949 at the Calla and Bud Hill farm in the Narrows and pictures Denny Hill riding on “Lady Pearl” with his brother, Harry Hill, leading her. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Kathaleen Hill O’Connor, was taken in 1949 at the Calla and Bud Hill farm in the Narrows and pictures Denny Hill riding on “Lady Pearl” with his brother, Harry Hill, leading her. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 9, 1997


The death of a 24-year-old quarter-horse mare this past weekend has Game Commission officials and others at a loss for a cause. While some speculate that the horse was attacked by a black bear, officials are saying that they “have not ruled out anything, either animal or human” as having made the attack on the horse. The horse, owned by Teresa Seiders, was boarded in a stable behind the Scrub Ridge Mountain Bar and Restaurant owned by Teresa’s mother, Ruth Seiders. The horse and three other horses were in stalls in the stable. She believes the attack must have occurred sometime during the early morning hours on Saturday. The horse was treated by a veterinarian, but would not return to the stable area and remained outside where she died Sunday morning.

Facing up to 24 years in prison and fines up to $50,000 Brenda Downin, Shade Gap, pleaded guilty to all charges brought against her at the courthouse October 7. She is charged in the June 7, 1997, accident which took the lives a Fort Littleton man and his daughter, Max and Judith Fraker.

In a meeting with the Fulton County Commissioners October 7 Lisa Sherman informed the commissioners that the construction has begun at the Fulton County Head Start building, Funding comes from a $75,000 grant which is then given to the state who divides it among the counties for low-to-moderate income projects. The grant will pay for the reconstruction of bathroom facilities, heating and ventilation, roofing, windows and flooring.

Rick and Candy Diffenderfer announce their new bundle of joy, their son, Nery.

Scot and Lori (Hann) Sipes of Harrisonville announce the birth of their daughter, Emilee Mae, September 13, at Fulton County Medical Center.

Sherry Keefer and Daniel Bailey were married April 26 in McConnellsburg United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of James and Karen Glunt and Larry Keefer of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Harold and Betty Bailey Jr., Roxbury.

Deaths: D. Bud Barnhart, McConnellsburg; John Cooper, Chambersburg; Jack Garland, Needmore; Marie Simmers, Three Springs; Audrey Strait, St. Thomas; Kermit Wilson Sr., Shade Gap; Jay Denison, Three Springs.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 22, 1987


With the county decked out in its best fall wardrobe, the Fulton Fall Folk Festival enjoyed another crowd-pleasing weekend. As always with the festival, there were activities in every corner of the county and there were visitors traversing the area to take in as many aspects of the festival as possible.

Volunteers from McConnellsburg Fire Co. had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate two area teenagers from a car following a one-vehicle accident Sunday along U.S. Route 522. The two teens, Kimberly Morton, McConnellsburg, and Kevin Clark, Warfordsburg, were listed in satisfactory condition Monday in Fulton County Medical Center.

Fulton County C.B. Club made its annual donations to local public service organizations. Donations of $300 each for a total of $1,200 were made to the county fire companies and to the Medical Center.

Specials at the IGA: pork loin chops, $2.29 lb.; strip steak, $2.99 lb.; Kraft American cheese singles, $1.39; cauliflower, 99 cents a head; cabbage, 19 cents lb.

On September 4-6, more than 2,500 BMX’ers traveled to Louisville, Ky., to compete at the grand nationals. Two riders from McConnellsburg were lucky enough to bring home trophies: Steve Robinson now holds a national number 16 for the 25-34-year-old cruiser class, while Jennifer Lynn received national number 9 for the seven-and-under girls class. Also competing were Joey Daniels, Ryan Richard, Brian Robison and Bobby Lynn, all of Mc- Connellsburg.

Births at the Medical enter: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Clugston of McConnellsburg on October 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chris Stains of Burnt Cabins on October 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mickey of Chambersburg on October 15.

Alex and Dotte Rouzer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on October 28.

Mr. and Mrs. Blair Hann, Big Cove Tannery, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on September 6.

Deaths: Callie Truax, Mercersburg; Byron Shaw, Hustontown; Mildred Rock, Mercersburg; Avery Bohrer, Needmore; Vada Mummert, Greencastle; Mary Kneisly, Shade Gap; Cecil Fortney, McConnellsburg; Estle Anderson, Orbisonia; Harry Brant McConnellsburg.

Elizabeth Black and Timothy Davis were united in marriage September 13 in Salem United Methodist Church, Chambersburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Black, McConnellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McClanathan, Scotland.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 20, 1977


The first snowfall of the year fell on Sunday night in the county, with nearly four inches being reported in the mountain areas.

Fulton County’s quota of deer licenses totalling 5,600 have all been sold and the county treasurer is no longer accepting applications.

Approximately $50 was taken from two women’s handbags during a morning service Sunday at the Methodist Church, McConnellsburg, police said. Police are looking for a man in connection with the incident. He was last seen along Route 16 heading toward McConnellsburg.

The fourth annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival held last weekend is getting mixed reviews, though festival planners report an overall success despite bad weather putting the damper on some events.

Lorraine Marie Kuhn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kuhn, Chambersburg, and Kirk Norman Cunningham, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cunningham, McConnellsburg, were united in marriage October 1 in McConnellsburg United Methodist Church.

The Mercersburg Academy Chapel was the scene of the wedding of Miss Deborah Kay Seville and John James Culler on September 24. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Seville, McConnellsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Culler, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: sugar, 49 cents; pork chops, $1.09 lb.; Downy fabric softener, 89 cents, 33 ounces.

Births at the Medical Center; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald McDaid of Hustontown on October 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Layton of Hancock on October 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Starliper of Hancock on October 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Cook of Robertsdale on October 13.

Shane Northcraft, 15, killed an eight-point buck on opening day with his compound bow. The deer had a 16- 1/2-inch spread and was field-dressed at 158 pounds. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Northcraft of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Mrs. Estelle Greathead, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Zoe Harris, McConnellsburg; Edward Kriner, York.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 2, 1967


Game Warden Carl Jarrett reported Fulton County’s first hunting accident on Saturday afternoon when Thornton Mellott Jr. of McConnellsburg was hit by stray pellets from an unidentified hunter’s shotgun. The mishap occurred while Mellott was hunting with a group of friends on the Kermit Mellott property in Belfast Township. He was treated at the Medical Center for a total of seven pellet wounds in the skull, cheek, shoulder and hand and released.

Merrill Brant, Hustontown, remains in critical condition in Washington County Hospital at Hagerstown, suffering from massive chest injuries as a result of an automobile accident on Saturday evening. Police have been unable to talk to Mr. Brant to determine the cause of the accident but, according to their report, he was driving south on Route 475 when his car ran off the right side of the highway and crashed head-on into a tree. Brant, the operator of a garage at Hustontown, was taken to Fulton County Medical Center and then transferred to Hagerstown Hospital.

Pictured in this week’s issue is the wreckage of a truck which went over the embankment of the Cape Horne C urve on Route 30 last Thursday afternoon, killing the driver who was identified as George Morton, 36, Toledo, Ohio. This was the third fatal and the fifth truck accident to occur this year at this dangerous spot on the east side of Tuscarora Mountain.

Mrs. Janie Crouse of McConnellsburg, Ellis Sprowl of Wells Tannery and David Gregory of Big Cove Tannery have been named to receive the “Brace for an Ace” award of the Pennsylvania Society for Crippled Children and Adults.

Harry Kint of Crystal Spring remains a patient in Columbia Hospital in Wilkinsburg, Pa., slowly recovering from a serious farm accident that happened early in September. Mr. Kint was filling a silo when a loose 2x5 beam fell from the top of the 40-foot structure, hitting him on the forehead and resulting in a serious brain injury. He was unconscious for approximately three weeks following the accident.

News of men in service: Marine Sgt. Hobert Hann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Hann Sr. and husband of the former Miss Leona Smith, all of Warfordsburg, is serving with Maintenance Battalion, Force Logistic Command, near Da Nang, Vietnam. Aircrew Survival Equipmentman First Class Gene R. Mellott, USN, son of Vernon L. Mellott of Needmore and husband of the former Miss Mary Barnhart of Warfordsburg, is attending the basic Aircrew Survival Equipment School at the Naval Air Technical Training Unit in Lakehurst, N.J. Marine Lance Cpl. Dennis W. Barton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Barton of Wells Tannery, participated in operation “Swift” while serving with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division.

Mrs. Dora McGowan of Burnt Cabins celebrated her 89th birthday on November 1 and was guest of honor at a dinner on October 29.

The marriage of Sandra Kay Smith, daughter of Mrs. Goldie Henry and Walter G. Smith of McConnellsburg, and Glenn Alan Souders, son of Charles Souders and the late Faye Souders of Hustontown, took place October 8 in Free Brethren Church at Webster Mills.

Marriage license: Harry Edward Hendershot of Mc- Connellsburg and Cinda Lou Johnston of McConnellsburg.

The engagement of Miss Barbara Golden of Warfordsburg to David Young of Breezewood has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Golden.

The betrothal of Trudy Lee Keefer to Gerald Leroy Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen F. Smith of McConnellsburg, has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Keefer of Big Cove Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Morse of Crystal Spring on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Deshong on October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Keefer, Mercersburg, on October 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Truax of McConnellsburg on October 27.

Deaths: John Doyle of McConnellsburg; Marshall C. Snyder, McConnellsburg; Benjamin DeShong, Mercersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 31, 1957


Prothonotary Marlin C. Shimer suffered a chipped bone in his right foot last Friday when he turned on his ankle while on his canvassing rounds of the county prior to the election.

Police Chief Merrill Seville issued a warning this week that extra patrolmen will be on duty to prevent acts of vandalism in the community this Halloween season.

Miss Nancy Horton, a student at Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Va., spent the weekend at her home here.

Mrs. Foster Cisney of town is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital where she underwent surgery on Monday.

Church women from a five-county area will meet here on November 9 to work out plans to play a stronger role in the life of churches and the community, according to Mrs. Nell Stevens, McConnellsburg registrar. The one-day institute will be held in the Methodist Church.

A former Needmore housewife, Mrs. John Johnston, now of Mercersburg, has been named as the winner of the sewing contest held in conjunction with the annual Pennsylvania State Grant meeting in Reading last week. Her entry was a one-piece afternoon street dress. She will now be eligible to enter the National Grange contest to be held at Colorado Springs, Colo., November 11-16.

One-hundred-thirty tickets, valued at $1 each, have been purchased by The First National Bank of Mc- Connellsburg for distribution to county 4-H Club members and leaders to admit them to the Pennsylvania Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg any day from November 12-16.

The largest freshman class in the history of Shippensburg State Teachers College is now approaching the middle of the first semester, including nine from Fulton County. They are Alda Crawford of Amaranth; Charlotte Edwards of Waterfall; Fred Helman, Knobsville; Marion Hendershot of Warfordsburg; Alice Kirk of Warfordsburg; Kenneth Largent of McConnellsburg; Jean Long of Wells Tannery; Roy Mills of Warfordsburg; and Richard Swope of Needmore.

An emergency arose at the Medical Center over the weekend when a patient needed blood. After the hospital had utilized its entire supply of blood, a call went out for walk-in donors and the response was fine. However, this still did not meet the need, so a hurried call was put through to the Red Cross Blood Bank in Johnstown. From the state police substation in McConnellsburg, a patrol car was dispatched to meet the blood carrier on its way from Johnstown and in the shortest possible time, the blood from Johnstown was safe in the Medical Center.

State Selective Service headquarters has issued a call for 480 Pennsylvania men to be inducted between December 1 and 12.

The McConnellsburg library has received $63.96 from Ed Cornelius who turned over the proceeds from the soft drink machine located in front of his furniture store. Ed, a staunch supporter of the library, will again sell Christmas trees this year for the benefit of the library.

Lewis Largent of McConnellsburg Veterans’ Service Office for Fulton County is urging all voters to vote on November 5 for a bonus to be paid to veterans of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Largent says, “A percent has been established by the Commonwealth by paying a bonus to World War I and World War II and in fairness, a bonus should be paid to veterans of the Korean Conflict.”

Two Fulton Countians were included in a list published recently by Philadelphia newspapers who overpaid their 1956 income taxes and could not be located by the post office in an attempt to deliver their refund checks. They are listed as Brant, Harry B., Needmore, and Mellott, Lillian M., McConnellsburg. New refund checks will be issued if these two submit proof of claim.

Employees of the Mercersburg Tannery voted on Friday, 147-54 in favor of being represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workers’ Union.

The Antioch Church honored its pastor, Rev. T.P. Garland, after services on Sunday with a dinner and large cake in honor of his 86th birthday.

McConnellsburg citizens were puzzled over a loud explosion Tuesday evening. The explosion was a dynamite blast at Ray’s Bakery where a new cesspool is being dug.

Recent weddings: Ralph Kell Jr. and Mary Strait on October 16; William Geyer and Janet Mellott on September 28; Kenneth Mellott Jr. and Jessie Peck on October 27.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Wible of Mercersburg on October 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seville of McConnellsburg on October 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Olive Varner of Spring Run on October 24.

William Kendall, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kendall, suffered a fractured ankle in a soccer game against Hustontown on Thursday.

Deaths: Lyman Earl Adelsberger of near Needmore; William Newman Stewart of Trenton, N.J.; Howard C. Mellott of Ambridge.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 6, 1947


Mrs. Jessie Jones has returned to her apartment above the post office after being called to New Castle due to the sudden death of her brother.

Recent births: a daughter on October 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Strait of Harrisonville; a daughter on October 30 to Mr. and Mrs. Amos Knepper of Waterfall; a daughter on October 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dorty; a son on November 3 to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kelso of Hustontown.

One major county office was won by the Republicans on Tuesday when Harry Elvey was elected treasurer over his Democratic opponent Harry Bivens, by 83 votes. In the other contests, Democrats prevailed, with Don Chesnut defeating Raymond Wible for sheriff and Samuel Simpson defeating Paul Shimer for associate judge. Frank Thomas was high man for commissioner with 1,823 allies. John Culler, Republican, was third with 1,665 votes, leaving defeated John Wright with 1,330 votes. In McConnellsburg, two Republican and two Democratic councilmen were elected. They are Clarence Bender, Daniel Winter, Roy Gordon and Clarence Shore.

One minor accident was reported on the first day of hunting season when Raymond Hawkins, 12, son of Boyd Hawkins of Knobsville, was hit in the lower lip by a glancing shot pellet

Thomas Keefer, 67, Webster Mills, was instantly killed Saturday afternoon when he stepped off a 15-foot cliff and fell to Roaring Run Creek near his home. His body was found on Sunday by his 16-year-old daughter, who was walking along the creek and saw her father lying in about two feet of water.

Mrs. Martha Mills Steak of Philadelphia, native of New Grenada, was instantly killed last week when a car and truck collided near her home and the truck upset on her.

Mr. and Mrs. David Hershey of Hustontown celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday.

An airplane at Fort Littleton, owned by Gilbert Colledge, was destroyed by fire on Thursday.

Death: Mrs. Alice Lynch Hill of Warfordsburg.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 4, 1937


Deaths: Thomas Johnson of McConnellsburg, who died at Chambersburg Hospital last Wednesday from injuries he received when struck by a car the preceding Sunday; Mrs. Sarah Catherine Heefner Sparks of Mount Ranier, Md.

Alex Rouzer and Dotte Kelso were married October 28.

Lemuel Cline and Samuel Cline of Burnt Cabins celebrated their 78th birthdays October 20 at a birthday dinner at the home of the former’s niece, Mrs. P.J. Waters.

At the election last week, Harvey I. Raker was elected prothonotary, defeating his Republican opponent Carl Fraker. Samuel Mellott, Democrat, defeated Republican Cyrus Wagner for associate judge and James A.Truax and Bill Metzler were elected as jury commissioners.

Max Mellott and Mildred Peterson were married October 30.

Mrs. Henry Comerer is still at her home on East Lincoln Way. Her granddaughter, Miss Genevie Comerer, of Hagerstown is nursing her.

Miss Martha Lodge of town will leave for Hudson Falls, N.Y., where she will be the guest of friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Parker Crouse and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vores Jr. were guests at a wedding supper October 24 given by Mrs. Mary Swope of Coalmont in honor of her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Himes, who were married the day before.

Ira Mumma shot a 12- pound gobbler on Monday.

Mrs. L.L. Cunningham of New Grenada spent last week in Altoona where she underwent a preliminary operation for the removal of a cataract from her left eye.

Mrs. David Stevens has returned to her home in Fairview after being a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 3,1927


Mrs. Jas. Kendall and Mrs. Ralph Johnston were hostesses at an old-fashioned Halloween party at the Kendall home on Monday evening. About 70 guests attended.

Death: Ellis Elsworth Akers of Crystal Spring

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clara Bowman of Mapleton.

Dallas Brant of Laidig visited the News office last week and reported that he expects a crop of 1,000 bushels of corn this year as well as 1,000 bushels of wheat.

Reuben Wible and Isabel Picking were married September 29

Merrick Stoner of Bedford, uncle of Mrs. W. M. Lodge of this place, suffered a paralytic stroke last week.

Jesse Hastings of Wells Tannery escape injury last week when his car upset while rounding a curve. The car is now minus a top and windshield.

Peter Guillard of Wells Tannery is suffering from a broken arm, caused by a rock falling on him in the Sandy Run mine.

Thomas Mellott of Needmore bagged a 22-pound gobbler.

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