Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 21st

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 21st.

25 Years Ago 

December21, 1995Thursday

 Money sought for holiday lights “  

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The Chambersburg Downtown Merchants Council is looking for donations to help pay for Christmas lights downtown.  

New bulbs and light strings cost the council $2,000 to $5,000 a year. This year the council representing downtown businesses spent $2,500.  

The lights are hung on trees by volunteers including the Chambersburg Electric Department, Time Warner Cable, Sprint United Telephone, Bartlett Tree Service and Cumberland Valley Tree Service.  

Donations for the Christmas Light Fund may be sent to: Chambersburg Downtown Merchants Council, 14 N. Main St., Suite 209, Chambersburg 17201. 

50 Years Ago   


“Santa’s Workshop” 

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This fantasy of Santa, Elves and a candy cane house is among the scores of Christmas decorations erected by the Charles Miller family in Waynecastle. The display annually attracts thousands of spectators.  

100 Years Ago  



Chambersburg – The attempt made toward the formation of an inter-high school athletic league ln which, the Winchester, Frederick, Hagerstown, Martinsburg.  Waynesboro and Chambersburg high schools would combine to promote athletics did not materialize.  

The project was started by the principal or the Winchester High School, and a short time ago A. C. Shuck, principal of the local high school, received a letter from him. asking if Chambersburg would enter such a league.  Principal Shuck, answered, saying he was in favor of a league, and asked for particulars concerning it.   Nothing further was done in the matter and the meeting, which was to be held in Winchester, for the organization of the league was indefinitely postponed. 


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