Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 1st

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 1st.

25 Years Ago 

December 1, 1995Tuesday

“Motel Group Backs Jail Preservation”  

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The Franklin County Motel- Hotel Association adopted a resolution at its meeting Friday supporting Franklin County Heritage, Inc. in its efforts to preserve the old county jail building for museum and tourism purposes.   

The association heard Murray Kauffman, of the Heritage group, speak on “The Heritage Vision.”  Also speaking was Mrs. T. H. Krebs Benchoff of the Kittochtinny Historical Society.  

Financial support to promote tourist traffic during the 90-day peak tourist season of June through August was promised by the group.  

A plastic instruction card for use on telephones presented by the United Telephone Co. was accepted by the association. 

50 Years Ago   

December 1,1970Tuesday

“Carlisle Man Began Christmas Club Plan” 

Millions of Americans are engaging in a “guilt free form of spending” because of a banking innovation started 61 years ago today.  

That’s when Merkel Landis, a cashier at the Carlisle Trust Co., started the first Christmas Club account.   

Landis’s idea consisted of placing deposit slips in pigeon holes assigned to a few dozen customers and issuing cashier’s checks to the members at the end of the year.  

The basic concept has held up over the years, although many sophisticated techniques have been added.  For instance, the paper deposit slips Landis used have given way to printed coupon books, many large banks now offer interest on the accounts and a substantial amount of advertising and promotion is done.  

One of the driving forces behind the expansion of these special savings accounts across the nation is Christmas Club Corporation, a private concern based in New York.  

John Frenaye, president of the organization, said there are 10,000 banks and savings associations in the United States currently  offering Christmas Club accounts. 

100 Years Ago  

December 1,1920Wednesday

“Credt Bureau to be established here”  

Chambersburg has been selected as the center for one of the districts comprising the Franklin County Credit Association, according to plans formulated by H. W. Arthur, special representative of the Merchant’ Credit Co., Inc., of Boston.   

The project has received the endorsement of the retail trade committee of the chamber of commerce, which committee has investigated the references of the company in various cities and found them very satisfactory.

The place for installing the bureau has not as yet, been settled but, wherever It is, the merchants may call up the local office for a rating on any individual in the county and there secure an accurate statement as to the number of accounts the subject carries, the amount of credit extended and the degree of promptness with which the subject is paying outstanding bills on the very day he is desirous of opening the new account. 


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