Looking Back: Franklin County’s history April 17th

Franklin County’s history

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 April 17th.

25 Years Ago

April 17, 1996 – Wednesday

A woman was killed when a beam fell on her car

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“Fatal drop”

County's history April 17th
The crushed car of a 26-year-old Mechanicsburg woman is visible beneath a 130-foot-long steel girder that fell from a construction site on Route 581 near Harrisburg on Tuesday. Rebecca Stumpf was killed instantly when the 50-ton beam fell on her car. A construction worker suffered minor injuries when he fell front the bridge during the incident. The beam was intended to be used to reconstruct a bridge.

50 Years Ago

April 17, 1971  – Saturday

“Articles Published”  

Mrs. Floe H. Walker, teacher of American History at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, recently had an article published in Social Studies Scope, published by Denison Social Studies, Bureau of General and Academic Education in Pennsylvania, Department of Education, concerning projects planned and carried out in her classroom.

Another project, “Spirit of the ’70s,” was described in the spring issue of Social Studies News and News, a publication of the Pennsylvania Council of Social Studies.

100 Years Ago

April 17, 1921 – Sunday

“Cow testers will seek more members”

Reorganization of the Franklin County Cow Testing Association, benefits of the association to members and decision to launch a campaign for new members from Tuesday of next week to Friday were high points of the meeting of the association, held last night in the courthouse.

Members of the association expressed themselves as pleased with the idea of the association work but difficulties of an administrative character will be ironed out under the reorganization program.  J. R. Dawson of the extension department of State  College will be here next week to assist Farm Agent Knode in the work planned at last night’s meeting.

Farm Agent Knode will be unable to attend the meeting today of the executive committee of the Franklin County Farm Bureau Association, to be held at 1:30 o’clock in the courthouse.

Mr. Knode will attend the funeral of his uncle, Barton Knode, late of Hagerstown.

EDITOR’S NOTES:  (Notes taken from various sites on the internet) In the early-twentieth century, moves to prevent infection from tuberculosis became an integral part of local government public health schemes.   Effort was directed at tackling bovine tuberculosis to limit the spread of the disease became part of a wider preventive strategy. Measures were introduced to control the sale of tuberculous meat and milk.  Eradication schemes were promoted, as concern merged with a growing interest in food safety and agriculture, and became caught up with debates on national efficiency, farming and child health.  Local and national attempts to limit infection from bovine tuberculosis were fueled by fears about the prevalence of the disease in cattle. 


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