Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Dec 6th

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 6th.

25 Years Ago

December 6, 1996 –   Friday

“Hanukkah celebration”

County's history Dec 6
Michael Brall of Chambersburg, right, spins a dreidel while his brother Billy watches Thursday during the first night of Hanukkah.  

Chambersburg – The game of chance is played with a four-sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side.  Each letter stands for one word of the phrase “(A) great miracle happened there.”

In the game, each player starts with 10 pennies, chocolate pieces, nuts or raisins.  Each player puts one penny in the pot. One player spins the dreidel.

If it lands on nun (miracle), the player does nothing.  If it lands on gimmel (great), he takes the pot. If it lands on heh (happened), the player takes half the pot.  If it lands on shin (there), he adds two pennies to the pot.  

The game is over when one player has won everything.

The dreidel is one of the most popular games played during the Jewish Festival of Lights, an eight-day celebration of the Maccabees’ victory over the Hellenistic Syrians — the triumph of Jewish over Greek values.

Editor’s note: Susan and Aron Brall and their two sons lived in Chambersburg 25 years ago and were members of Chambersburg’s Congregation Sons of Israel.

50 Years Ago

December 6, 1971 – Monday

“1,000 Greet Santa Claus Sunday at Scotland School”

Scotland – “Jolly Old St Nicholas” arrived by parachute at Scotland School for Veterans Children Sunday afternoon amid nearly 1,000 adults and children viewing his swaying descent.

The event, sponsored by the Department of Pennsylvania American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, marked the beginning of an afternoon of gift-giving, dancing and entertainment.

Following Santa’s arrival, the Scotland School fire engine transported, him to the Assembly Hall, where he later presented the students with gifts.

“The Amazing Miller,” a magician from Parkersburg, W Va., presented, daring and mystical acts to the delight of the children.  William G. Kays, state Legion commander, presented $5 to each student on behalf of his organization.  Mrs. Robert Chain, state Legion auxiliary president, gave an additional $5 to each student in the upper classes.  Santa presented each child with a pen, the younger ones later being given a Christmas stocking, filled with candy and toys.

Following, the program, the junior and senior high students attended a dance in the gym, and the lower grade children were entertained in the Recreation Hall with cookies and refreshments.  Legion and auxiliary members took color photographs of the small children talking to Santa, and the youth were given the prints.  Each student in the lower grades was given a gift of a pair of woolen mittens.

Nearly 500 Legionnaires of Pennsylvania attended the festivities for the 463 children who attend Scotland School for Veterans Children.  In past years, the annual event has been held on weekdays, which permitted only a few to attend.  

Sunday’s events afforded many members of the auxiliary units an opportunity to visit with their “adopted” sons and daughters at Scotland School.  The Pennsylvania American Legion Auxiliary conducts an adoption program there, whereby many units adopt one or more students, and provide them with gifts on their birthdays, at Christmas, and with spending money for summer vacations.  The children affectionately refer to the auxiliary members as their “Legion Ladies.”

100 Years ago

December 6, 1921 Tuesday

Repository Thinks a Memorial is Badly Needed Now

“Local newspaper endorses move to get monument”

Chambersburg – Commendation of the project secure a Doughboy monument for Franklin County is given the effort now being made by Public Opinion by the Franklin Repository, which last evening had the following:

“Repository wants to heartily endorse the effort Public Opinion has started to secure funds with which to erect a more suitable memorial to our boys who served in the late war.  It Is a most commendable undertaking and Repository will be glad to assist the movement every way it can.

“Nothing is too good for the boys who represented us in that great conflict and our people should respond most liberally.  There should be no trouble securing the necessary funds for such a memorial.  We owe it to the boys.  Let us all get busy and give the project a real good push.  It can be put over if we but hake the effort.”

Public Opinion wants to thank publicly its contemporary for its kind words and its offer of assistance.