Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Aug 31st
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 Aug 31st.
25 Years Ago
August 31, 1996 – Saturday
“Trolley pact planned”
A management agreement between Waynesboro and Chambersburg Transit Authority to run a trolley could be forged in September. Before that happens, the CTA board and the borough have questions that need answered.
- How will the service be marketed?
- What is the time schedule?
- Will Waynesboro have its own operations manager?
- What should go in a management agreement?
- Can details be worked out to start the service in November?
Both believe a meeting next month between the borough and CTA can answer the questions.
“This is new to us,” said Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger. “We’re still learning.”
Authority board member Tom Iacona said, “We want to make sure everything is in place. We want to do a good job.”
Waynesboro’s 12-seat trolley is to have a “mile route.”
WHATS NEXT: Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger is setting up a meeting in early September with the borough, Washington Township, PennDOT and Chambersburg Transit Authority. A management agreement could be signed at that time.
50 Years Ago
August 31, 1971 – Tuesday
This 1. 025-pound baby beef, owned and handled by Steve Hollenshead, Harrisonviile, a 4-11 club member, was named grand champion during last week’s 3th annual FFA-4-H market baby beef sale at Fulton County fairgrounds.
The animal was sold by Ray Koontz, owner-operator of the IGA Foodliner Store in McConnellsburg, for $666.25.
100 Years Ago
August 31, 1921 – Wednesday
“Labor Day to be quiet in Waynesboro”
Indications point to a very quiet Labor Day in Waynesboro next Monday. Some effort was put forth this morning to learn whether or not Labor Day will be a holiday in every sense of the word, and whether or not the labor organizations of town, if any exist, plan to hold any kind of celebration. Inquiries revealed the fact that Waynesboro labor is not very active at this time as an organization and that a celebration is highly improbable.
Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.
Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states.
After municipal ordinances were passed in 1885 and 1886, a movement developed to secure state legislation. New York was the first state to introduce a bill, but Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday.
By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.