Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 23rd

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 23rd.

25Years Ago

December 23, 1995 – Saturday 

Three win prizes for story endings

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“The Angel got her wish”

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The children who entered Public Opinion’s unfinished Christmas story contest understand one of the true meanings of Christmas it’s better to give than receive.

That’s what we found out as we read the more than 400 endings to The Wish last week.

Most young authors found a way to grant both the angel’s and Michael’s wishes, but they put the angel’s wish first. Some also came up with unique methods of solving Michael’s dilemma, like hiring an ace detective, or having Michael and his mom kidnapped by aliens and taken away in a spaceship.

We enjoyed reading them all, but could select only three winners.

They are:

  • 8 and under–Philip Hampton, 8, Dry Run.
  • 9 to 11 Wesley Harvey, 10,Doylesburg.
  • 2 to 15 Jane Benedict, 13, Chambersburg.

Each received a $50 gift certificate to Waldenbooks.

Public Opinion thanks all of the children who participated. A special thanks also goes to the teachers who used the contest as a class project.

Happy holidays!

50 Years Ago

December 23, 1970 – Wednesday 

“Disabled Santa”

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Greencastle’s unofficial Santa Claus “won’t be making his rounds this year and has advertised to tell all “his wonderful and thoughtful friends” not to expect him.

C. K. White Sr., 79, a former barber and retired state employee, annually distributes baskets of food to the elderly and candy to every child he can find.

However while he is confined to bed, his wife, two daughters and a son will fill in for him. 

100 Years Ago  



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Coles, in his “Art of Simpling,” observes, “If one hang mistletoe about the neck the witches can have no power of him.”  Some lingering superstition remains in the present day, and in many houses a bunch of the mistletoe is suspended from the ceiling, under which the male part of the assembly have the privilege of taking the ladies and saluting them.  

At the same time they should wish them a happy new year and present them with one of the berries for good luck.  In other places people try by lots by the cracking of the leaves and berries in the fire. 


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