Looking Back: Franklin County’s history April 23rd

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 23rd.

25 Years Ago

April 23, 1996 – Tuesday

“Trojan softball team picks up another win”

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The Chambersburg Lady Trojans’ offense rattled off 12 hits while their pitching allowed only five in a 12-3 win over Mechanicsburg in a Mid Penn I softball game Monday.

Chambersburg scored one run in the first inning then added six in the second for a commanding lead.  Mechanicsburg scored two runs in the third and over the next two innings the teams exchanged runs to make the score 8-3.

The Trojans then scored four insurance runs in the seventh inning, led by Jamie Deshong’s bases-loaded triple.

Steph Mowery started for Chambersburg and pitched five innings.  She allowed four hits and had eight strikeouts in picking up the win.

Michelle Carey came in to pitch the last two innings and gave up one hit and had six strikeouts. “Mowery and Carey both pitched very well,” Chambersburg coach Harvey Staver said.  “They combined for 14 strikeouts.  We had a good chance to play everyone and get a good look at the younger players.”

For the Trojans, Katie Bender went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.  

Chambersburg is 5-1 (5-1 MPC);  Mechanicsburg is 3-5 (2-5 MPC).

50 Years Ago

April 23, 1971 – Friday

“Time Changes This Weekend”

It’s almost time to spring forward again for watches, clocks and other timekeepers. 

All clocks in the 46 states are to be pushed forward Sunday one hour for Daylight Savings Time.  Michigan and Hawaii will ignore it, as will small pockets of Arizona and Indiana.  The Federal Uniform Time Act of 1966 provides that all states observe DST from 2 a.m. the last Sunday of April until 2 a.m. the last Sunday of October.

The law also permits a state legislature to exempt the state.

100 Years Ago

April 23, 1921 – Monday

“State Here to Boost Clean Up Work; Will Establish Health Center At Stevens Building”

“Mothers, your baby is not safe unless all babies are safe.”

That is the warning given yesterday by Miss Anna E. Miller of the central office of the state health department, who is now in Chambersburg in the interest of “clean up week and the swat the fly campaign.  

The movement requires the help of every man, woman and child of town; and Miss Miller had a very busy day yesterday interviewing different members of the various organizations of town.  The date of clean up week will be appointed by the board of health at a meeting to be held on Monday.  It will also call upon the Rotary Club, the Civic Club and all other organizations to assist.  A community health center will be established in the Thaddeus Stevens Building in a few days.  The plans for the campaign will be announced later.  

Miss Miller has spent the past few days In Mercersburg, where the work will be conducted under the leadership of Miss Ella Bradley and where a health center has been established.

Miss Miler also visited in Path Valley, having organized the work in Dry Run and Fannettsburg, having as her leaders, in Dry Run, Mrs. I. D. Camp and Miss Nanie Brinley, and in Fannettsburg,  Miss M. B. Gordon. Dr. Coons and Dr. Saxe of Path Valley will also assist.

The work of this movement is educational and not charitable.  Mrs. Paige Anderson of South Main street has been appointed leader of the colored population of town and will appoint assistants from the several colored churches.


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