Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 27th

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 27th.

25 Years Ago

December 27, 1995 – Wednesday 

“Wilson to share garden with public” 

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Chambersburg – Vegetable lovers can subscribe to five months of carrots, cucumbers and cabbage next season.  Wilson College’s Center for Sustainable Living, which includes a 100-acre farm, will produce organic vegetables for 36 weeks from April to November.  

By paying $490 before April, people can pick up a bag of fresh vegetables every week for nine months.  

Each supply feeds a family of four to five.  

“The subscribers become sort of a special group to this program,” said Louise Morgan, media coordinator for Wilson College. They will be invited to potluck dinners and picnics, and will receive recipes for cooking vegetables.  

Environmental studies majors will work the farm with the college’s newly hired farmer, Steve Moore.  He will live with his family in the college’s historic farmhouse.  

Vegetables will begin to grow in the greenhouse.  When the weather gets warmer, they will grow outside.  

Subscribers are investors, of sorts.  Even if the harvest is bad, they must pay.  That is part of the concept of sustainable living working with what you have and supporting the neighborhood farmer through good and bad harvests, Morgan said.   

“Our area really doesn’t have a lot of vegetable growing going on,” Morgsubscribers, san said. “We have dairy farming and apples and peaches, orchards. So this really fills a need here.” 

50 Years Ago   

December 27, 1970 – Sunday 

“Reading Class Gives Play” 

Scotland  – The story of “The Old Man is Always Right” was presented in play form by the Fourth grade reading class of Mrs. Jeanne Monn, for other Fourth grade reading groups Monday in Scotland Elementary School.  

The story revolves around an old man who takes his horse to market to sell and, after a series of swaps, winds up with a bag of rotten apples.  Sitting the inn before returning home, he tells a rich man of his “trades.”  Astounded, the rich man returns home with the old man to see how the wife will react. When the wife laughs, and says, ” The old man is always right,” the rich man gives the old man a purse of gold, ending with, “Any man who can please his  wife deserves this gold.  

The old man was played by Lynn Banks; the old woman by Sherry Walter; man with cow,  Jay Corwell; cow, David Taylor and James Stoudt; man with sheep, Michael Mooney; sheep, Lynn Mower; man with goose, Randy Geist; man with hen, Robert Short; innkeeper, Josephine Bozeman; rich man, Ronnie Fritz; trees, Renee Culbertson and Cindy Bramm.  

Tara Gabler narrated the play while Judy Hawkins was in charge of the props.  The remainder of the class participated as peddlers in the market. 

100 Years Ago  

December 27, 1920 – Monday


Chambersburg experienced its worst drunken orgy in years on the night before Christmas and early Christmas morning, according to police, who state that beginning shortly after midnight and lasting into the early morning hours no less than 25 drunks were seen on the street.

Only the fact that it would have ruined Christmas Day celebrations in many homes, caused officers to administer warnings instead of placing the offenders in jail.  

Police were kept busy escorting into alleys those, in an effort to stage a Christmas celebration as of yore, paraded a zig-zag course through the streets in ante-Volstead fashion.

Not wishing to take the joy out of Christmas , police attempted to suppress the noise and none was Jailed. 


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