Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 2nd

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 onDecember 2nd.

25 Years Ago

December2, 1995Wednesday

“Factories create secondary jobs”

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Chambersburg – Manufacturing jobs have a greater impact on the local economy, said Penn State Professor David Passmore, a member of the Pennsylvania Economic Modeling and Forecasting Project.

Each manufacturing job generates three other jobs, partly because it creates the need for transportation and raw materials.  

On average, service jobs pay about 30% less than manufacturing jobs, he said. 

50 Years Ago   


“CASHS Band Plans Sugar Bowl Parade” 

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School Trojan Marching Band has been invited to appear in the 1970 Sugar Bowl Parade in New Orleans, La. at the end of this month.  

Lynn Lerew, director of the band, this morning disclosed that the invitation was received from L. F. Gaubert, executive director of the New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association, informing the band that it had been accepted as the representative of the State of Pennsylvania.  

Gaubert also said that 180 applications had been received and 20 chosen.  Eight high school bands from Pennsylvania applied. In a meeting Tuesday night in the CASHS Band Room, officers of the Chambersburg Area Band Promotion Association unanimously voted to accept both the invitation and also the obligation to raise the funds, estimated at $15,000, to finance the trip.  

Lerew stated that the parade is being carried nationally by ABC Television and that channel 13, WJZ-TV in Baltimore had assured him it would carry the program.   

Herbert Plasterer, president of the Promotion Association, revealed that almost $1,500 was realized in profits from the recently-held Cavalcade of Bands.   

This, in addition to $6,800 which the Band Parents are being asked to contribute, will bring in about half of the needed amount.  The remainder of the monies will be raised by hoagie sales, booster tickets and solicitation.  Plans include travel by bus and motel lodging.  

The band will probably leave Tuesday, Dec. 29, and return Saturday, Jan. 2. General contributions which are tax deductible may be made payable to the Chambersburg Area Band Promotion Association and mailed to the same in care of Post Office Box 492, Chambersburg, Pa., 17201.  All contributions will be publicized unless requested otherwise.  

100 Years Ago  



The following from the Mont -Alto correspondent does not sound very encouraging: 

“It looks to us as if our system of Sociability was rotten.  We pass each other on the street or road and never as much as say “good morning” or “how do you do”.  We are losing our politeness or courtesy.  We are either ignoring our home training or else there Is training needed.  Something sure is wrong.  The home, the church and neighbor are feeling the effects.  Like a hog on ice, such manner of conduct shows not only our awkwardness, but It shows a bad taste of manners.  In our mind we better speed up.  Our fathers and mothers had better taste than we have.  We are not able to pull one off on our parents by thinking we are smart.  For we are really not.  We are fifty years behind the times that is all there is to it.” 


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