Looking Back: Franklin County’s history April 5th

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 onApril. 5th.

25 Years Ago 


“Chickens are doing extra duty to lay enough eggs for Easter” 

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Bunnies get all the glory, but the hen may be the unsung hero of Easter.   

U.S. farmers sell about 50 million dozen more eggs during the two weeks before Easter than during an average two-week period, but chickens can’t just lay according to the needs of the market.   

“The hens don’t listen when you tell them it’s Easter,” said Lee Shrader, professor of agricultural economics for Purdue University in Indiana.  

Chickens lay eggs almost every day at the beginning of an eight-month laying cycle but may slow their rate to every other day at the end, Shrader said. 

 After chickens shed feathers, they start producing more eggs again. Farmers can make the birds molt sooner by dimming the lights in the birds’ sheds and by feeding the birds less. 

Or they can delay molting and keep the hens laying lots of eggs by giving them ample feed and keeping the lights bright.  

Shrader said farmers often delay a molt until after Easter to keep hens in production.  

Eggs are also stockpiled and may not be as fresh as usual at Easter. 


A survey by H.J. Heinz Co. shows these trends in decorating and hiding Easter eggs. 

  • 36 of families who dye eggs for Easter use the color blue.  
  • More than 20 said they usually hide them outside near shrubs, bushes and trees. Hiding eggs inside and around furniture is a prime location for 8. 
  • Be careful when putting on shoes after the holiday:  4 said an empty pair is a good hiding spot. 

50 Years Ago                                                                                                          

April5, 1971 –Monday

“Centennial Album Produced By SSC” 

“The Sounds of 100,” a long-playing record album of interviews and music, has been produced by Shippensburg State College as part of the centennial year observance currently underway at the college.  

The record, which contains a brief, narrative history of the college and personal anecdotes of a number of key Shippensburg people, was produced by the Centennial Committee.  Co-chairmen of the committee are Robert F. Lesher, Hagerstown, a 1929 graduate who did the actual narration, and Donald G. Ernakovich, assistant to the president at the college and centennial executive director, a 1964 alumnus.  

The record is a limited edition collector’s album.  The remaining copies are on sale in the college Book Store and through the office of alumni affairs.  All proceeds go directly to support the many special activities which have taken place at SSC throughout the centennial year.  

 Among those interviewed on the album are Keith B. Allan, professor emeritus and formerly of the geography department; James C. Weaver, professor emeritus and chairman of the music department for many years; “Mom” Clippinger Cornmerer, long-time manager of the college Book Store; Alma M. Winton, professor emeritus and former head librarian, Marion Blook Reisner, professor emeritus and chairman of the English department for many years; President Emeritus Harry L. Kriner; current Student Association president C. David Kramer; President Emeritus Ralph E. Heiges, and current college president Gilmore B. Seavers.  

The record includes musical selections by a number of college student music groups. 

100 Years Ago 

April5, 1921Tuesday

As in fable, Tortoise Beats Hare 

“Unique Race at Wilson College” 

County's history April 5th

Remember the fable of the persevering tortoise’s victory over the hare?  Wilson College girls at Chambersburg, Pa., staged such 35 yards. Sara Pearce (left) sophomore president, chose the hare.  Rachel Guerin,  freshman President. piloted the tortoise to victory. The hare stopped to nibble grass.  Time: 12 minutes.  


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