Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 20th

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 20th.

25 Years Ago

December 20, 1995 – Wednesday

“ Snow facts and driving tips “

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The state Transportation Department’s Harrisburg-based ‘Snow Center’ collects information from 19 roadway sensors from around the state and color weather radar.

Some PennDOT snow facts:

  • PennDOT is responsible for plowing 40,500 miles of roads and 25,000 bridges. That equals 93,000 miles of highway.
  • PennDOT has 2,200 trucks, each with a plow and spreader. About 350 additional trucks are hired as needed.

Some driving hints:

  • Remain at least six car lengths behind an operating snow plow.
  • Do not pass plow trucks during storms because the plow blade is wider than the truck and may not be visible due to snow build up.
  • Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in “plow line.” That’s when several trucks plow side-by-side. Snow thrown from the lead plow can cause loss of vehicle control.
  • In rural areas, check mailbox supports to ensure they can withstand the impact of snow thrown from the plow. Plow operators attempt to reduce speed to minimize potential damage, but must occasionally maintain higher speeds to contend with wet, heavy snow.

50 Years Ago

December 20, 1970 – Sunday

“CASHS Band’s Itinerary to New Orleans Revised”

Chambersburg – A revised itinerary has been arranged by Lynn Lerew, director, for the trip of the Trojan Marching Band of CASHS to the Sugar Bowl parade in New Orleans, La., as representative of Pennsylvania.

 Plans now call for the 108 students and staff members to leave the high school by school buses at 8:30 Monday night, Dec. 28.  The local buses will transport the group to Gettysburg  to board chartered ones from Capital Trailways Company since Trailways does not have a franchise to operate out of Chambersburg.   

Leaving there at 10 for Wytheville, Va., where drivers will be changed, they will continue to Wytheville, Kingsport, Tenn., for breakfast at 8 a.m.  Lunch will be at 2 p.m. in Chattanooga, Tenn., and dinner at 7:30 in Birmingham, Ala.  A long day is in store fur Dec. 30, when the band members will rise at 4 a.m., breakfast at 5, and board buses at 6, arriving in New Orleans at approximately 1 p.m.  Following lunch and a period for relaxation, they will prepare for the evening’s parade at 6:30.  To be about four and-a-half miles long, the procession will move along Canal Street.  Afterwards, the contingent will return to the motel for the night.

Entertainment has been planned for the youths for Thursday, Dec. 31, to feature a stern-wheeler ride and free time to explore the historic city, followed by a New Year’s Eve party in the evening.

A “Sugar Bowl breakfast”‘ will begin activities Friday, Jan. 1, to include attendance at the Sugar Bowl classic between Tennessee and the Air Force.

Following the game, the band members will return to Birmingham for the night, retracing their travels of the trip south, and arriving in Gettysburg at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3.

Lerew said that chaperones include Mr. and Mrs. John Harding, Capt. and Mrs. Phil Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Strawmyre and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Leib.

100 Years Ago

December 20, 1920 – Monday


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One fact regarding the Red Cross Christmas seals should make them an attractive buy for Franklin county people. The proceeds of the sale of seals In this county will be used right here in the county for tubercular patients and for child welfare work.

Only three more days remain for the sale of the seals, the sale ending on Wednesday evening. Those in charge are unable to make any report yet on the extent of the sale because of the fact that reports from the places throughout the county where the health stamps are on sale have” been slow In coming in.

Plenty of seals still remain to be sold and anyone desiring any either for personal use or for sale can secure them either from the Rev. Dr. G. A. McAlister or at Room 208 In the Trust Building.

Waynesboro announces a sale of 66,796 seals. The sale is In excess of last year.


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