Looking Back: Franklin County history Oct 17th

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 Oct 17th.

25 Years Ago

Oct 17, 1995  Tuesday 

“Delay necessary to obtain facts about problem” 

It’s understandable if some Chambersburg area residents are getting impatient about the lack of solutions to their water problems. After all, some have been complaining for 10 years, with the outcry gaining momentum in recent months.  

Still, Greene Township Supervisors are doing the right thing by having a study done before committing tax money for a project that could solve contamination problems.  

In most cases, homeowners pay for waterline extensions to their homes. Siloam Road residents and others nearby want the township to pay for it.  

If Greene supervisors abandon their usual policy, however, it must be clear that there’s justification for it.  If the contamination problem is isolated, then homeowners should be responsible.  

If it is clear that it’s a massive problem, one that could lead to health problems, then a study will give the supervisors the ammunition they need to secure grants to help pay for such extensions.  Without a study, it’s unlikely any agency will kick in money.  


So, while some residents may see the study as an unnecessary delay, it really is a necessary part of the process.  It’s not that the supervisors aren’t sympathetic.  

They know it’s pretty unpleasant to have to deal with dirty water all the time, or to be concerned about its safety. They are listening.   

They need time, however, to analyze the situation and to come up with an appropriate response.  Only after they have all the facts can they determine whether an expenditure of tax money is warranted. 

50 Years Ago  

Oct 17, 1970  Saturday 

“Max Itzer Leads Playground Board” 

Greencastle – Max Izer was unanimously elected president of the Jerome R. King Playground board of directors in the annual meeting Thursday night.  Izer will serve a one-year term and succeeds Joseph Snyder.   

Other officers elected by unanimous vote were Harold Zimmerman, vice president; Mrs. Kermit Hicks, secretary, and Charles Barkdoll, treasurer.  

Harold Rowland was elected to serve on the board of directors for a three-year term, and Robert Crunkleton will serve for one year, filling the unexpired term of Frank Bock.  

Other directors include Owen Elliot, Mrs. James Craig Jr. and William Cole.  

Leroy Crist resigned as director after many years of service to the playground and the grounds committee. Crist indicated he would be happy to continue to serve as a reservation clerk for the pavilions.  

Joseph Snyder, president, reported that over 200 volunteer man-hours had been given on repairs to the Scout quarters and improvements at the playground.   

Other committee reports were made by Mrs. James Craig Jr., program chairman, and Fred Kaley, recreation director.   

Kaley noted that there was great success with the three new programs this year, tennis, arts and crafts, and story hours.  This was made possible by the employ of three extra instructors through the school board. 

100 Years Ago  

Oct 17, 1920 – Sunday 

“ Only one in ten soldiers gets medal  

Victory medals are being applied for so slowly by ex-service men that Major General P. C. Harris, the adjutant general of the army, has notified the officers In charge of the distribution to make the utmost effort to reach ail, who deserve it.

It’s estimated that 3,757,624 men who served in the army are entitled to the medal, but to date only 379,214, or about ten per cent of the number, have applied. 

Applications are coming in at the rate of only 6,800 a day, which is far below the capacity for issue of the working crew in the Philadelphia general supply depot.  “The quartermaster has put on a large force, and these men are being held at much expense to the government.  

“It is no more difficult to make out a form for the Victory medal announces General Harris, “than it is to fill , out a money order blank. This form verifies the recipient’s service and his present whereabouts.  It will prevent the medals from falling into the wrong hands.  The government’s gift is a work of art, not a bauble, and has intrinsic as well as sentimental value.  It cannot be sent out to unverified addresses, any more than Liberty bonds or war insurance checks many of which have been lost before reaching the addresses, in spite of all  possible care.  

“The ex-service man has only to apply at the nearest army post or recruiting officer in his home town, or through any patriotic society, such as the American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Here he will be shown how to fill out his blank, and if his discharge papers are correct, the application is forwarded direct to Philadelphia, and the medal mailed within a week.  Hundreds of applicants have given wrong addresses, and many medals are returned daily by the post office because the men cannot be located.