Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 19th

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 December 19th.

25 Years Ago 

December19, 1995Tuesday

“ Children display the spirit of Christmas “ 

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County's history December 19th

Spreading the spirit of holiday giving, members of Cub Scout Pack 138 Andrew Dice, 11, left, and Bryan Gaul, 11, get help decorating a Christmas tree for a needy family in downtown Chambersburg from Kristina Dice, 8.  The Cub Scouts made the decorations and delivered the tree to Christina Smith and her two young children – Shiela Smith, 2, and Brandon Plantz, l.  The tree was donated by Cliff Kelly, South Main Street. 

50 Years Ago   


“ Eligible for Hall of Fame Voting” 

County's history December 19th
County's history December 19th
Jacob Nelson Fox

Franklin County native Nellie Fox is among those former Major League baseball stars now eligible for the Hall of Fame.  Voting for the 1971 election is now underway, and Fox has fulfilled the primary requirement of five full years retirement from active play.  

The former Chicago White Sox second sacker, who won the Most Valuable Player Award in the AL during the 1959 season, is now “employed” by Washington Senators as first base coach.  

Voting is underway in the 1971 election for baseball’s Hall of Fame and it appears likely that Yogi Berra will make it on his first try.   

The 45-year-old Berra, star catcher for the New York Yankees during the 1950s and their manager in 1964, is one of eight players eligible for the first time, five years after their last active season, although they may be otherwise connected with the game.  Berra currently is first base coach of the New York Mets.  

The other six players eligible for the first time are Nelson Fox, Harvey; Haddix, Frank Lary, Wally Moon, Vic Power, Don Mossi and Roy Sievers.   

Berra, who started with the Yankees in 1946, played in 14 World Series and 14 All-Star games, hit 358 home runs and had career batting average of .285. cHe was a workhorse as a catcher.  

If he makes it on his first try, Berra will duplicate the feat of Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals who did it two years ago and of Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox who was voted in three years ago.  

A list of 50 players has been submitted by the Baseball Writers Association of America screening committee for voting by BBWAA members who have been active writers at least 10 years.  For election a player must be mentioned on 75% of the ballots.  

Ralph Kiner, a home run slugger for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his playing days; Gil Hodges, now manager of the Mets; George Kell, Johnny Mize, among the leading vote getters in last year’s election, but who failed to make it, are included on the list of 50. 

Editors Note: Fox, a St. Thomas native, finally made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, two years after he died of cancer.

100 Years Ago  



The office of the farm agent and the rear vestibule of the courthouse were stacked yesterday with a deluge of boxes, cartons, sacks, and similar containers all filled with gifts for the inmates of the Children’s Home and the hospital.  The gifts are many and varied, ranging from toys and candies to clothing and canned fruit.  

The donations were sent to the courthouse by the school children of Franklin county in response to an appeal from County Superintendent L. E. Smith.   Many gifts from the same source were sent direct to the two institutions and more are expected to come in today, which is the time limit set by Superintendent Smith for the incoming of the donations. 


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