Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Dec 2nd

County’s history Dec 4nd

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 Dec 2nd.

25 Years Ago

December 2, 1996 –   Monday

“Shippensburg Dickens Days – 1996”

EDITOR’S NOTES: This Editor is wondering if anyone today knows if Shippensburg is still having “Shippensburg ‘Dickens Days’ like they had in 1996?  If so, how has it changed from 1996?  If not, what are they doing in place of the ‘Dickens Days’?

50 Years Ago

December 2,  1971 – Thursday

“Portrait of a Lady”

County's history Dec 6

This seldom seen view of the Statute of Liberty in New York harbor was taken from a helicopter hoovering within 100 feet of the statute.


EDITOR’S NOTES:  The following information is taken from “Wikipedia”:

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States.  The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel.  The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The statue is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.  A broken shackle and chain lie at her feet as she walks forward, commemorating the recent national abolition of slavery. 

 After its dedication, the statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, seen as a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving by sea.

The statue is 46m high (151 feet and 1 inch), and the top of the torch is at an elevation of 93m (305 feet 1 inch) from mean low-water mark.   It was the largest work of its kind that had been completed up to that time.

100 Years ago

December 2, 1921 Friday

“Five school houses sold; One to be used for meetings”

At public sale in Greencastle on Saturday five of the school buildings of Antrim township were sold as follows:  

Cedar Grove to John M. Shinham, building only, for $60.  Mr. Shinham will keep the building in repair, to be used as a place to hold public meetings or entertainments for residents of that section.  

Cemetery Hill to G. Fred Ziegler for, land and building.  Mr. Ziegler’s farm adjoins the property and he will convert the building into a dwelling house.

Pleasant Retreat, land and building to Ira Eshelman for $161.60.

Walnut Grove, building only, to George C. Bentz for $16

Greenwood land and building to C. B. Hartman for $169.

 Possession of all the buildings will be given on April 1, 1922.

EDITOR’S NOTES: While trying to research these places, this editor was unable to find only one picture of any of the above schools.  If anyone reading this has any photos of these schools, it would be greatly appreciated if you would share them with us so our readers can see what these schools looked like in 1921.

County's history Dec 2
Cedar Grove School in 1914



Brian Scott Handy obituary 1970~2023

Brian was an Army Veteran who had served in the Gulf War. He enjoyed Video Games, Cooking, and working with his hands, as well as many outdoor activities.