Looking Back: County’s history Nov 18th

County’s history Dec 4nd

Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on Nov 18th.

25 Years Ago

November 18, 1996 –   Monday

“A closer Look at Franklin County Organic Garden Club”

Chambersburg Franklin County Organic Garden Club wants to make better dirt.

“If we’d work with good ground to begin with, we wouldn’t have all this sickness,” said member Clarence Harbaugh.  “A lot of the stuff we use to fertilize, we kill all the bacteria that develops a basic healthy ground for plants.  If you have healthy plants, there are very few insects, because the plants form their own toxicity.  And with natural fertilizers, such as manure, we end up with a much better food source.

“For the past 20 years I’ve used nothing but leaves.”  The club tries to tell people about organic farming methods, avoiding pesticides and herbicides, and controlling insects without a lot of sprays.  It frequently works with schools to make presentations.  This summer it had three beds at Tayamentasachta, Greencastle-Antrim School District’s environmental center, to demonstrate organic gardening.

Members also take materials to Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro and to area clubs to publicize their philosophy of gardening.  This summer, Harbaugh lectured to volunteers who answer questions about gardening at Penn State Cooperative Extension, Franklin County.

They visit one another’s gardens regularly to help with problems.  

The club is beginning to grow again, as younger gardeners begin to get interested in organic methods.

50 Years Ago

November 18,  1971 – Thursday

“Thousands Grow Christmas Trees”

County's history Nov. 18th
Christmas Tree Farm

The trees that grace America’s homes at Christmas are either farm-grown especially for the holidays or are young specimens which would have to be thinned anyway from commercial forests to give their hardier neighbors room to grow to maturity.


The farming of Christmas trees is a business for thousands of small landowners who plant this type of crop, which many of them market through the National Christmas Tree Growers Association.

100 Years Ago

November 18, 1921 Friday

“Women voters to meet tomorrow”

Chambersburg – Miss Erakine, chairman, gives out the following notice for the League of Women Voters:

“All members of the league, all women enrolled in any political party, or registered, and all women Interested In their state, county, town, or township, politically, are urged to attend the meeting of the Franklin County League of Women Voters Saturday afternoon November 19th,  at 2:34 p. in the Falling Spring Church House, Chambersburg.  

“The number of women elected at school directors in the last election should be an incentive for further work in the county on the part of the women.”