Looking Back: Franklin County history Aug 28th

Franklin County’s history

Take a look back at Franklin County history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on Aug 28th.

25 Years Ago

August 28, 1996 –  Wednesday

“Delegate is President’s Pen Pal”

County's history Aug 28th
Gloria O’Donnell shows autographed photo of her and Bill Clinton

Two Chambersburg area women who will be attending the Democratic National Convention in Chicago this week have met President Clinton before.

Gloria O’Donnell, one of three delegates from Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, introduced herself to Clinton in 1974 and has been writing to him ever since.

Betty Byers, a standby delegate, met Clinton in the parking lot of a Carlisle truck stop during his 1992 presidential campaign.

In the same campaign, Clinton introduced O’Donnell to a crowd of Pennsylvanians as his pen pal.

“He still writes to me from the White House,” O’Donnell said.  “I do most of the talking.  If you know me, you can understand that.  

“I still tell him things.  He responds how he feels about it, and what he’s going to do.”

A Clinton speech years ago in Arkansas “so empowered me … I literally ran up to him and grabbed him, and asked him what I could do to help,” O’Donnell said.

Clinton asked her to write to him and tell him what she saw.

O’Donnell wants to work behind the scenes at the convention.  Byers would like to attend some caucuses.  

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Byers said.  “I’ve always wanted to go to a convention. I’m going there to work and do whatever I’m asked to do.”

 Byers, Fayetteville, retired seven years ago and has been very active in politics since.  She is president of the county Women’s Democratic Club, and a regional director with the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women.

O’Donnell, St. Thomas, ran unsuccessfully for Franklin County prothonotary in 1991 and now runs a computer training and secretarial service.

Byers and O’Donnell count former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole as an also-ran, even though the Republican nominee has closed Clinton’s early lead in the polls.

“I think that was a convention surge,” O’Donnell said. “The president will have one, too.”

Byers said. “I think after this convention, the polls will be different. And then, we’ll go to work.”

With Republicans outnumbering Democrats by nearly 2-to-l in Franklin County, “we always have to work for what we get here, we Democrats,” Byers said.

50 Years Ago

August 28, 1971 – Saturday

“New gym construction at Scotland School for Veterans”

new gym,

Construction on the new gymnasium at Scotland School fur Veterans Children is nearing completion and may be ready for use in November. 

The gym, located adjacent to the swimming pool, will also feature a wrestling center and bowling alley. Construction costs so far have amounted to $9S2,000.

100 Years Ago

August 28, 1921 – Monday

“The Rev. Lester B. Zug dies”

The Rev. Lester B. Zug, aged 32, pastor of the United Brethren Church at Walkersville, Md., died this afternoon, following an operation on Friday at the Frederick Hospital for appendicitis.

The Rev. Mr. Zug Is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Zug of Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg. He was forced to return from missionary work in Africa because of ill health.  

During the World War he served as a chaplain.

He was married to Miss Irma Rhoades of Broad Street.

Editor’s Footnotes: The following Obituary was obtained from “newspapers.com”:

The funeral service of the Rev. Lester B. Zug, who died Monday at the hospital In Frederlck, Md., following an operation for appendicitis last Friday, will be held in the First United Brethren Church of town at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon. 

It will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. A.. B. Station of Hagerstown, superintendent of the Pennsylvania conference, assisted by the Rev. S. , B. Daugherty and other ministers in the conference.

Interment will be made at Norland Cemetry.

The Rev. Mr. Zug was born on June 9, 1898, the son of. Mr.  and Mrs.  Ell Zug of Lincoln Way East. He graduated from the Chambersburg High School in 1910, from Lebanon Valley College in 1916, and from Bonebrake Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in 1919.  In September 1918 he enlisted in the AAfrica, swimming pool, rmy service and graduated from the chaplain – training school at Camp Jackson.  The signing of the Armistice  prevented his going to war. 

On November 12, 1918 he was married to Miss Erma Rhodes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Rhoads of Broad street.  In February 1919 he and his wife left for Freetown, Africa, to engage in missionary work for the United Brethren Church.  He became ill on board the ship and after a serious illness with pleurisy of five months duration at Liverpool, England, he was ordered by his physician to return to America.

Last October he was assigned to the pastorate of the United Brethren Church at Walkersville, Md.  He is survived by his wife and parents.


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