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 19th.
25 Years Ago
November 19, 1996 – Tuesday
“Playing with fire”
Andy Yeager, 17, of Chambersburg, practices juggling with lighted torches Monday at his home on Quarry Road. Yeager will perform Saturday in Chambersburg 26th annual Christmas parade welcoming Santa Claus.
Waynesboro and Greencastle will also have parades earlier in the day.
50 Years Ago
November 19, 1971 – Friday
“Christmas Parade Route Announced”
The marching route and formation area for Saturday’s Christmas Inaugural Parade in Chambersburg were announced today.
Lynn Lerew, parade coordinator said that the marching units will “step off” at 5:30 sharp from Lincoln Way East at Sixth Street, with the float division joining the procession at the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The parade will continue along Lincoln Way East to Memorial Square and then move south on Main Street to Washington. Turning onto Washington Street the parade will disband at the Southgate Mall parking area.
The parade official noted that spectators wishing the best vantage point should select a spot west of the TRR highline inasmuch as some of the beautiful floats are too large and therefore must join the parade after it leaves the railroad underpass. Parade judging will take place in Memorial Square, where Santa Claus will also “wave on” the Christmas decorations at the Fountain.
In order to facilitate formation of the large parade, Police Chief William Johnston has announced that certain areas will be closed to traffic starting at 4:15 p.m. The formation area will consist of: South Sixth Street, between Lincoln Way East and Catherine Street.
100 Years Ago
November 19, 1921 – Saturday
“Gets speedy motorcyclist”
Chambersburg — The first of a number of arrests of speeding motorcyclist was made today by Motorcyclist Officer Suders when he nabbed H.W. Truetz on Philadelphia avenue. Information in the case was made before Magistrate Haulman. Truetz was running his machine over 30 miles an hour when caught,