2019-03-21 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger is a postcard from the Fulton County Historical Society’s collection that shows the lobby of the famous Bedford Springs Hotel. Mailed in 1930, the postcard was sent to Mrs. Rebecca Bishop, Plum Run, Fulton County, with a one-cent stamp. This week’s Memory Jogger is a postcard from the Fulton County Historical Society’s collection that shows the lobby of the famous Bedford Springs Hotel. Mailed in 1930, the postcard was sent to Mrs. Rebecca Bishop, Plum Run, Fulton County, with a one-cent stamp. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 18, 1999


Marvin DeShong was named Fireman of the Year at the annual Hustontown Fire Co. banquet last Saturday evening. DeShong has held numerous positions throughout the organization after joining the company only one year after the company was established in 1965. He is currently functioning as an EMT, advanced first aid and CPR instructor and was also noted as holding the distinction of being the longest-serving EMT in the area since receiving certification in 1969.

Although daffodils usually herald the beginning of spring, a late winter snowstorm surprised the county Sunday dumping 10-15 inches locally.

Deaths: George Apple, Berkeley Springs; Florence Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Nancy Decker, Warfordsburg; Mona Everetts, Hopewell; Warren Grissinger, Shippensburg; Maxine Marshall, McConnellsburg; Nancy Hixon, McConnellsburg; Alice Peck, Chambersburg; Gwendolyn Regi, Chambersburg.

Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. broke ground last week for their new branch office in the Sandy Ridge Mall in Huntingdon County.

Della Black of Waterfall will celebrate her 85th birthday on March 27.

A group of 21 students, parents, teachers and chaperones from Central Fulton School recently returned from a nine-day tour which included visits to London, Paris, Pisa, Florence and Rome.

Stacy Golden and John Smith Jr., Warfordsburg, announce the birth of a son, Kyle, March 6, at Washington County Hospital.

Wendy Winter and Michael Henry were united in marriage November 14, at Clear Ridge United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Margaret A. Clark of Blacklog Valley and the late Calvin Winter. The groom is the son of Gregory and Erma Henry of Clear Ridge.

Marriage licenses: William Dubbs, Crystal Spring and Katrina Dayley, Crystal Spring; Marvin Richards II, Mc- Connellsburg, and Stephanie Hopkins, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of March 16, 1989


Dr. R.C. McLucas and son Russell C. McLucas, owner and operators of the R.C. McLucas Farms, were awarded the 1988 Conservation Farmer Award given by the Fulton Conservation District at the annual Tri-Ag banquet held last Thursday evening, March 9, at McConnellsburg Firehall. The father and son team were chosen for their “outstanding cooperation in conservation of soil and water resources.” The six parcels of land in the Knobsville area include 303 acres of strip crops, 3,676 feet of subsurface drain, 1,375 feet of diversion and two acres of sod waterway.

The Fulton County Farmers’ Association is sponsoring the first annual crow shoot March 3 thru April 9. Shoot all the crows you can and turn in the crow’s feet for validation to Charles Walker at Rotz Meats. First prize is $100; second prize, $75; third prize, $50; and fourth prize is four boxes of shotgun shells.

A surprise birthday luncheon was held at Fulton Builders on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of longtime employee Irvin “Shorty” Cornelius.

Nellie Richards and Reed Richards of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Ann, to Jeffrey Shearer, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Shearer, also of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Troy DeShong are proud to announce the birth of their son, Levi Dustin, on February 13.

Betty Brumbaugh of McConnellsburg and John Brumbaugh, Lewistown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Ann, to Damon Schoen, son of Elton Schoen of Fort Littleton and Derek Schoen, Winston- Salem, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Coy Spade, Hustontown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori, to Curtis Glazier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Glazier of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duvall of Hagerstown on March 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Pesco of Mount Union on March 9.

Gail Clugston and Robert Weaver were united in marriage December 31 at Mountain View Mennonite Church, McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Warren and Lois Clugston of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of John and Barbara Weaver, Petersburg, W.Va.

Marriage licenses: Reuben Egolf, McConnellsburg, and Lisa Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg; Jonathan Selby, Leola, Pa., and Maria Knepper, Waterfall.

Deaths: Harvey Seburn, Mercersburg; Thelma Shoemaker, Chambersburg; Warren Mentzer, Shade Gap; Nancy Strait, Harrisonville; Pleasant Deshong, Lancaster; Edgar Truax, Hancock; Ora Souders, McConnellsburg; Max Glee, Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 15, 1979


Fulton County’s population may have grown by nearly 1,000 people in the last six years according to population estimates for July 1, 1976, recently released by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The population of the county is estimated at 11,758, compared to 10,766 in 1970.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Snyder were in Detroit, Mich., last weekend for the NCCA indoor track championships. For the second year in a row, their son, Bob, was named an All-American in indoor track. Bob finished eighth overall and fourth among the U.S. representatives, in the twomile race. He was named an All-American in cross-country earlier this year.

Ellis Yingling, Exxon service station owner, found his supply of gas was cut this month by about 15 percent less than the amount needed to operate to capacity and meet his customers’ needs. Yingling said it will probably mean Sunday closing. The allocation was 100 percent of amount received last March but does not take into account business growth during the past year.

Nellie Covalt, a lifetime resident of Fulton County, will be celebrating her 99th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Prothonotary Marlin Shimer called in sick on Thursday and his colleagues at the courthouse could hardly believe it. “Corny” as he is more familiarly known, has worked at the courthouse for the past 34 years and no one could remember the last time he had taken a day off due to sickness.

Specials at the IGA: Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 2 lbs., $1; Puffs tissues, 59 cents, 2,000 count; IGA sugar, 99 cents, 5 lbs.; Coca Cola, six 16-oz. bottles, $1.39; chuck roast, $1.39.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fischer of Warfordsburg on March 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pribble of Mercersburg on March 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Byers of Mercersburg on March 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Everetts of Greencastle on March 8.

Deaths: Walter Purnell, Wells Tannery; Robert Spade, Crystal Spring; John Leonard, Fayetteville; Berlyn Bowman, Mapleton Depot; Bessie Apple, Hagerstown.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 27, 1969


County agent H.P. “Skip” Kies of McConnellsburg was honored at last week’s Fulton Chamber of Commerce meeting by being chosen

“Man of the Year” and was presented with a plaque to commemorate the occasion. Skip came to Fulton County in 1948 as the first county agent for this area and, since that time, has not only worked at promoting better farming in the county but has been active in the whole area of rural development. He has earned himself a reputation of being a dedicated, resourceful and dependable worker and is known as a “good man” to head a committee – any committee. He is married to the former Jean Porter of Chambersburg and they are the parents of two daughters and two sons.

The Defense Department has issued a draft call for 27,600 men in May – more than 5,000 below the quotas for February, March and April.

Until all plans have been completed to alleviate the dangerous road hazard known as Cape Horn on the eastern slope of Tuscarora Mountain, trucks which fail to make the 90-degree curve will continue to wreck there, as was evidenced again on Friday afternoon when a tractor-trailer, loaded with 38,000 pounds of hams and pigs’ tails, hurtled through the guardrails and down the steep embankment. The driver, identified as John Rose, 25, of Elgin, Ill., miraculously escaped serious injury and was helped from the wreckage by a workman who was at the scene.

The dean’s list at Shippensburg State College for the winter term included the following students: Cheryl Ann Crouse of Big Cove Tannery; Max T. Fraker of Fort Littleton and Sarah E. Souders of Needmore.

Men in Service: Edgar Ramsey, son of Mr. And Mrs. Benjamin Ramsey of Harrisonville, has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Mrs. Chester Decker of Harrisonville was feted at a surprise birthday celebration on Sunday, March 16, by her eight children. A total of 56 persons were in attendance.

Specials at the IGA: shoulder roast, 69 cents lb.; salad dressing, 39 cents quart jar; IGA potato chips, 39 cents, 1- lb. bag Nabisco Oreos, 49 cents, 1-lb. bag.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hollinshead of Needmore on March 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kendall of McConnellsburg on March 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Daniels of Needmore on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Peck of Warfordsburg on March 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Peck of McConnellsburg on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mellott of Needmore on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beam of McConnellsburg on March 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George McCann of Mc- Connellsburg on March 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Koontz of Needmore on March 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pine of St.Thomas on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Deshong of Harrisonville on March 20.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: Clint Eastwood in “Coogan’s Bluff” and “A Lovely Way To Die.”

Deaths: Harry L. Baumgardner, a Wells Tannery merchant and former state legislator and superintendent of highways in Fulton County; Homer E. Keyer; Emma Grace Miller, Wood; Bertha M. McLucas, Chambersburg; Lewis W. Masemore, Three Springs.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 26, 1959


Dr. and Mrs. David Simpson of Greenville, Pa., announce the birth of a daughter on March 22.

Mrs. Simpson is the former Nancy Glazier.

Pvt. Lawrence Plessinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Plessinger of Warfordsburg, was home this past week for a seven-day delay in route from Fort Jackson, S.C., to Fort Deven, Mass., for assignment to an electronics school as a member of the United States Army Security Agency.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lodge and Miss Martha Lodge spent Tuesday with Mr. Lodge’s brother, Charles M. Lodge of Tyrone, who has been confined to his home several months by illness.

Mrs. Catherine Shaw of Burnt Cabins was the highest bidder for the concession at Cowans Gap State Park. Mrs. Shaw will be managing the concession at the park this summer for the 16th consecutive year.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Bailey of Cupertino, Calif., announce the birth of a daughter on March 21. Mrs. Bailey is the former Doris Hamil, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamil.

Larry Cisney, a student at Lebanon Valley College and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Foster Cisney, played the organ for services at the local Methodist Church on Sunday morning.

The McConnellsburg Ministerium plans two services for the Easter season this year: one on Good Friday at 1:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church and an Easter dawn service in the Methodist Church at 7:00 a.m.

State police reported a minor accident on Saturday when a Dodge truck, driven by Rankin Mellott of Needmore, side-swiped a Dodge truck, driven by Thomas Lee Keefer of Big Cove Tannery. Neither driver was injured and damage to each vehicle was estimated at $100.

Parker Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Knepper of Hustontown, will join the bookkeeping department of The First National Bank of McConnellsburg on April 1. A graduate of the Chambersburg School of Business, Knepper will replace Mrs. Charlie Wheeler, who plans to resign.

Mrs. Alma Shore of McConnellsburg is improving slowly at the Medical Center after undergoing major surgery. Mrs. Shore entered the local hospital for minor surgery but later that night, due to persistent hemorrhaging, it was found necessary to perform major surgery. Eight pints of blood in all were given to Mrs. Shore before, during and after the surgery.

Students in the high schools of the county who maintain an “A” average are now given a free pass to Fulton Theatre.

The following persons were received into the fellowship of the Burnt Cabins Methodist Parish on Sunday: Mrs. Guy Anderson, Miss Catherine Bookheimer, Mrs. Arnold Chaney, Barry Chaney, Mrs. Richard Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Waters, Jane and Mary Hall, Dorothy and Bonnie Mentzer, Ernest Kyler, Glover Horton and Gary Waters.

George Albert, head of civil defense in Fulton County, has announced that people of this community will participate in a statewide civil defense alert on April 17.

The office of Mack Horton, local building contractor, was broken into Monday night and a great deal of damage was done to office equipment. The thief or thieves were able to make off with only about $20 in petty cash.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Judith Ann Mulkey to Fred K. Bolinger.

The local Lions Club will hold its annual Easter egg hunt for children of the community on March 28.

Richard D. Rife has been named executive vice president of the Blue Cross Plan in central Pennsylvania, succeeding Clement W. Hunt, who will retire on April 21 after 21 years of service to Capital Hospital Service.

Unemployment compensation checks disbursed in the state during the week of March 20 totalled $307,419, with the monetary value of $8,606,212. This compared with the previous week’s $323,201 checks worth $9,036,333.

Local firemen were called six times during the past week to extinguish brush fires.

Mr. and Mrs. John Mumma and family moved last week into the home they purchased from Mrs. Alice Cromer.

Miss Lenore Golden and Miss Carol Shives of Warfordsburg recently graduated from the West Virginia College of Beauty Culture, each receiving an “honor emblem” diploma.

Miss Doris Chesnut, a recent graduate of the Hagerstown Business College, is now a member of the office personnel of McCray Building and Supply.

Miss Iris Martin of Warfordsburg, a senior at Indiana State Teachers College majoring in home economics, has begun her practice teaching at Armaugh, Pa.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grover E. Mellott of McConnellsburg on March 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sheffield of Fort Littleton on March 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Keefer of Big Cove Tannery on March 22.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Martha Ann Okeson to William Dale Kendall.

Deaths: James Remsburg Hill of Harrisonville; Miss Alma Arlene Stahle of Needmore; Raymond C. Smith of Artemas; Paul Ott of Greene, Iowa.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 31, 1949


The local American Legion will move this week from its present location on Lincoln Way East to its newly constructed home on North Third Street. The grand-opening date has been set for Friday, April 8.

Death: W. Howard Lloyd, cashier of the Everett National Bank.

Births: a daughter on March 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bivens of McConnellsburg; a daughter on March 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Strait of Laidig; a son on March 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Daniels of Waterfall; a son on March 26 to Mr. and Mrs. James K. Long of Waterfall; a son, Dennis Garland, on March 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Smith of Hagerstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Stevens of McConnellsburg will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 3.

Deaths: Mrs. Rebecca Florence Sipes of Greencastle; Frank S. Leidy of Haws, Mifflin County.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of March 30, 1939


Dr. H.C. McClain, county medical director and one of the county’s leading citizens, died suddenly at Waynesboro Hospital on Tuesday evening several hours after he fell at the Mc- Clain Garage in McConnellsburg. Dr. McClain was super- vising repairs and lacerations at the garage when he fell from a ladder, suffering a compound fracture of the right leg. He was taken to Waynesboro Hospital where an operation was performed at 5:30 p.m., but he died several hours later. It is believed that a blood clot formed and reached his heart. By his death, Fulton County loses a faithful public servant, one who was devoted to his profession. On March 14, he had observed the 37th anniversary of his entrance into the practice of medicine in his native county.

Deaths: Mrs. Jacob Kerlin of McConnellsburg; John Henry Stiffler of Bedford.

Fulton countians admitted to Everett hospital last week included Mrs. Maye Sipes of Crystal Spring for medical treatment; Bruce Mellott of Needmore for reduction of a fractured right leg; and Robert F. Deshong of McConnellsburg for medical treatment. Treated at the dispensary were Robert Duvall of Crystal Spring for X-ray of the chest; Robert Everts for X-ray of the skull; and Paul Erb of Mc- Connellsburg for X-ray and application of a cast for a fractured ankle.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Harris announce the birth of a son on March 26 at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Announcement has been made that the Spangler Scholarship has been awarded to Miss Reba Crouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Crouse of Big Cove Tannery.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Melius announce the engagement of Miss Ella Melius of Hagerstown to Herbert Hunt of Buffalo, N.Y. Miss Melius was formerly from Hustontown.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Stiffler were called to Bedford this week due to the death of Mr. Stiffler’s father, who, at 91, was one of Bedford’s oldest citizens.

A party was held on March 4 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Glunt of Knobsville in honor of the 11th birthday of their daughter, Arlene.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 28, 1929


Deaths: Simon Albert Clabaugh of Lemars, Iowa; Mrs. Ida Belle (Locke) Coulter of Clear Ridge; Mrs. Mary Frances (Taylor) Ramsey of Clear Ridge; Madeline Eliza Kell of Shade Gap; James B. Sipe of Pittsburgh; Herbert Neil Kline of Saluvia.

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Mansbarger have left Three Springs for Detroit, Mich., where he will be employed.

Births: a daughter on March 16 to Mr. and Mrs. William D. Harr of Ayr Township; a daughter on March 23 to Mr. and Mrs. John R. Kerlin of Dublin Township.

David A. Washabaugh has sold his West End Restaurant property to A.L. Wible of Huntingdon. The Wibles are Fulton countians but have lived in Huntingdon for several years where he was employed by the Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory. The family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Wible and a son of school age.

Gracey F. Naugle has returned his hotel property at Burnt Cabins to P.J. Waters of that town, and Mr. Waters will take up his duties as host on April 1. Mr. Naugle will operate the filling station, which he built a few years ago, besides conducting a mail route between Burnt Cabins and Mc- Connellsburg for four years, effective July 1.

The barn and contents on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Joab Sigel in Buck Valley were destroyed by fire on Saturday.

Walter Purnell and Goldie Mellott were wed March 14.

Harry L. Baumgardner has purchased the H. Lawrence Wishart farm in Wells Township for $6,800, and Norman Mellott has purchased the Paul Huck property in Licking Creek for $275.

Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Wible and son moved from Huntingdon to McConnellsburg on Monday and on Tuesday morning were serving breakfast to their patrons at their newly acquired restaurant on Lincoln Way West.

The sale of the personal property of the late Baltzer Cutchall was well attended last Wednesday and brought more than $3,000. One horse brought $207 and a cow brought $147.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mellott of Amaranth are the proud parents of a new dishwasher.

Luther Kerlin and Miss Reihart were married recently.

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