Looking Back: Franklin County’s history April 8th

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 8th.

25 Years Ago 

April8,1996Tuesday

“Lobbyists are behind time change” 

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Last week many of you woke up with the sunrise and started your day bright.  Today, many of you got up in the dark and started your day dull.  

All because of the silly semiannual tinkering with the time clock misleadingly labeled daylight-saving time.  It doesn’t save any time at all. Just moves it from morning to evening.  Upsets the body’s natural time clock.  

DST started in World War I to save electricity and energy.  Congress repealed it after the war.  Reenacted it in 1942 for World War II.  Repealed it again after V-J Day, only to see some states pass DST laws.  

Then in 1966 lobbyists for special interests got Congress to pass limited peacetime saving time.  In 1986, they extended it to six months a year, from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.  

Washington lobbyist James Benfield represented these companies in getting DST extended:  

  •  Charcoal manufacturers, smelling more evening barbecues. 
  • Fast-food stores, hoping for more evening shopping.  
  • Sports gear sellers, sensing more evening sports like softball games.  

Politicians in three states and three U.S. territories have had the good sense to resist this nonsense.  DST is taboo in Arizona, Hawaii, part of Indiana and in American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  

But Benfield and his buddies now threaten to push Congress to extend the phony time from March to November.  Even the sleepyheads who missed snooze time Sunday ought to set their alarm clocks to fight this. 

50 Years Ago                                                                                                          

April8, 1971 –Thursday

“Local Firemen’s Unit To Host Association” 

The Franklin County Unit of the Firemen’s Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania will host the quarterly meeting Thursday evening, April 15, in Franklin Fire House of Company No. 4. N. Franklin St.  

Following an address of welcome by Richard R. Trace, president of the host company, the business session will be in charge of Daniel F. Jefferies, Newport, association president. 

 Looking toward the 50th anniversary of its chartering and organization Dec. 15. 1921, in Harrisburg to be held the afternoon and evening of Oct. 21, the committee appointed to plan the program will report on its progress.   

Included on the program will be presentation by the credentials committee of a large class of applicants for membership.  Joseph F. Fick, of Lebanon, is committee chairman.  

Chaplain Marvin A. Rahe, York, will conduct a memorial service for members who have died since the last meeting in Elizabethville, Dauphin County.  

Officials of the State Firemen’s Association will report on plans for the 92nd convention in Erie Sept. 23. 24 and 25, with a parade scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25.  

Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin. Perry, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties comprise the southeastern association and each unit is expected to be represented by members and delegates.  

Refreshments and entertainment will follow the meeting. 

100 Years Ago 

April8, 1921Thursday

“Dengler Dies Suddenly” 

Chambersburg – Harry A. Dengler died suddenly of rheumatism and heart trouble at his home, 387 Lincoln Way East, at 4:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon, aged 38 years, 1 month and 11 days.   He was a member of the St. John’s Reformed Church and is survived by his wife and four children, Margaret, Kenneth, Lester and Anna, all at home.  He is also survived by his father, Charles Dengler of town, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Barnhill and Mrs. Reynolds Albright, both of Carlisle. Funeral notice later. 


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