Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 14th

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 December14th.

25 Years Ago

December 14, 1995 – Thursday

“ Merchant of the Month”

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E.L.M. Shoes, located at 3 Center Square in Greencastle, offers a wide variety of quality footwear for the entire family.

Specializing in comfort footwear, the store caters to men, women, and children.

The store also features athletic footwear, handbags and all types of shoe care accessories, including insoles, polish and laces. The store is owned and operated by Lester Martin. He is assisted by his two sons and two staff members, creating a customer-friendly, intimate shopping experience. A computerized customer data base assures you of the best choice in styles and sizes when purchasing shoes and makes it much easier when shopping for another person.

Brand names offered at the store include Auditions, Barefoot Freedom, Bostonian, Clarks, Dexter, Hush Puppies, Keds, New Balance, Red Wings, Reebok, SAS, Soft Spots, Selby, and many others.

All sizes are available. Ladies footwear is stocked from narrow through extra-wide widths to size 11. Men’s sizes are available to size 15. In addition, customers can special order sizes and widths.

Special Christmas hours are in now in effect: Monday through Thursday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 9 to 9.

50 Years Ago   


“ Fireproof Christmas Trees” 

Chambersburg – Many persons will become concerned within the next few weeks about fireproofing the natural trees which they will be bringing indoors for the Christmas season.   

County Agent John Shearer suggests that he most positive method of fireproofing a Christmas tree is to simply “keep it growing.”  Actually, a cut tree will not actually “grow,” but it will live and carry on transpiration.

So your first step in fireproofing a Christmas tree is to make a fresh cut on the butt just before bringing the tree into the house. Be sure to cut in such a fashion so as to expose a maximum of cambium (the layer of wood just beneath the bark.) Set the tree in a container of water immediately. Larger trees will absorb up to 1 quart of water the first day. The amount will likely taper off after that; but the container  should never be allowed to get dry. Some fire protection can be secured by spraying the tree with a mixture of 1 lb. boric acid and 1 lb. ammonium chloride in 3 quarts water. 

100 Years Ago  


“ Railroad fence an offense, rules court case” 

Gettysburg — In a decision filed yesterday in the local courts, Judge Donald P. McPherson of Gettysburg holds that the erection by the Cumberland-Valley Railroad Company of an Iron fence along the company’s right-of-way, west of College street, near Conway Hall, constitutes trespass and ordered judgment in favor of the plaintiff, the trustees of Dickinson College. 

The action was brought by the trustees of the college and the case argued almost a year ago before Judge McPherson, especially presiding.  The college authorities contended that the erection of the fence, preventing access to Conway Hall from Main street, except over the property of H. B. Stock, was trespass, and that the fence had been erected on ground belonging to the college and not to the railroad company. 


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