Looking Back: Franklin County’s history April 19th

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 19th.

25 Years Ago

April 19, 1996 – Friday

“Trolley May Roll By July” 

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Waynesboro and Washington Township could have a trolley bus service by July 1.  

That is, if the municipalities come up with their share of the cost and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approves the service.

Don Haugh, local American Association of Retired Persons president, believes it can be done.

“I’m still confident,,” said Haugh, who spearheaded the drive to get PennDOT to do a transit study.  “The area has needed public transportation for a long time.  The municipalities know that.”

The two Waynesboro AARP chapters have advocated a trolley bus service since last fall.  Of Waynesboro’s 9,795 people, 1,906 are older than 65.

 The AARPs enlisted support from Waynesboro and Mont Alto boroughs, Washington and Quin-cy townships, Penn State Mont Alto and Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.  The municipalities, chamber and college agreed to help pay for the $13,000 study.  The state paid 90% of the cost.

Municipal leaders got a glimpse of what the trolley service would provide and how much it would cost Wednesday morning at the Waynesboro Senior Center.  The service would be similar to the one Chambersburg Transit Authority has operated in the Chambersburg area for five years.

The study included an estimated service budget: annual cost ranging from $53,000 to $102,000, depending on the number of days and hours the trolley runs.  Municipal cost: $5,300 to $7,300, based on population and number of stops.

 Paramount for Waynesboro’s approval is money, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

50 Years Ago

April 19, 1971 – Monday

“Library Displays Button Collection”

Chambersburg – The button collection of the late Mrs. William T. Cooper, Lansdowne, is on display at Coyle Free Library.  It has been loaned to the library by her daughter, Miss Helen Margaret Cooper, 1314  Wilson Ave., Chambersburg, and will be available to the public during the month of April.

Beauty and simplicity are seen in the daintily flowered calicoes, the flat steel buttons and the pearl buttons, displayed in many different shades.  Buttons of riveted black glass, cut glass and pierced” black glass sparkles with jewel-like quality.  The intricate designs of the exquisite inlays and enamels make Mrs. Cooper’s collection unusual.

Miss Cooper has included two trays of buttons, representing 25 different types of materials, along with a “Button Charm String,” once a fascinating pastime in many parts of the United States, but especially in the New England area.  A book entitled, “Maine Charm String” accompanies the display, and brings to life, through a charming story, the world of button collecting.

Mrs. William Cooper, button collector for over 30 years, was a charter member of the Betsy Ross Button Club of Philadelphia, and the National Button Society.  Miss Helen Margaret Cooper is also a collector and in addition to being a member of the National Button Society, also belongs to the Pennsylvania Button Society, which meets to discuss, exchange and sell buttons, in much the same manner as the Numismatists and the Philatelists.  A copy of the Pennsylvania State Bulletin, National Button Bulletin and “Just Buttons”, a button collector’s magazine accompany the display, along with books correlated to this hobby.

Anyone wishing to see the entire collection or wishing more information on button collecting may call Miss Cooper at 264-5829.

Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St., Chambersburg. is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Library forms a part of the Conococheague District Library.

100 Years Ago

April 19, 1921 – Tuesday

“Girls’ Community Camp ready to receive applications”

Chambersburg – The management of the girls’ community camp announces that applications will be received and time apportioned on application to Mrs. J. E. Jompter and Miss Helen Sellers.  

Any girl in Chambersburg or vicinity, twelve years or older, may apply for admission.  On account of the many requests already received, it will be well for all girls who wish reservations to apply early that all may be given an equal chance.

Miss Harriet Hoke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hoke, who won the first prize of two weeks at camp by selling the most tickets for the recent entertainment, will give her prize to some girl who would be unable otherwise to attend camp.


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