Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 15th

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 December15th.

25 Years Ago

December15, 1995Friday

“ Helping Hand campaign surpasses $2,000” 

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A Chambersburg couple mailed a note with their anonymous check for $200 to Holiday Helping Hand.   

Its message was simple:  

                      “Because we care.”   

Anonymous donations totaling $806 were received during the past week.  

Holiday Helping Hand is an annual program started nine years ago by Public Opinion to provide necessities to needy people during the Christmas season.   

It is co-sponsored by United Way of Franklin County and South Central Community Action Program.  

The newspaper collects and sends the money to United Way, which turns it over to SCCAP to distribute to needy families.  

So far this year, area residents and businesses have contributed a total of $2,086 including a $100 donation this week from Christopher and Barbara Sutphin. 

 Public Opinion will continue to collect money through the end of the year. 

50 Years Ago


“ Operation Sugar Bowl “ 

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The Chambersburg Area Senior High School marching band has been selected to represent the State of Pennsylvania in the Annual Sugar Bowl Parade in New Orleans during the New Years Holiday.  Band parents have pledged over half the necessary $15,000.   Other money is being raised through tag days, hoagie sales and solicitations.  

100 Years Ago  


“ Local man in new $100,000 company for Martinsburg”  

The five-acre lumber, coal and building supplies plant of H. P. Thorn, lying at the northern end of Raleigh street, with all the stock has been sold to a group of four local and one Chambersburg (Pa.) building men who have organized a company with $100,000 capital stock and will take possession of the business on January 1, 1921.  The new company will be known as “The Thorn Lumber Company” and will continue the same business at the same place where Mr. Thorn has conducted It for the past twenty-five years.   

The members of the new company are Leo A. Livers, who will be manager of the business; Charles Cushwa, shop manager; O. F. Wolff, office manager; J. T. Hott, bookkeeper, all of Martinsburg; and W. H. Hockenberry, yard manager, of Chambersburg.   

The entire physical equipment passes with the transaction, including  material, and the residence of Mr. Thorn In which the office is also located. 


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