Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 30th

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 30th.

25 Years Ago

December 30, 1995 – Saturday

“ 1995 – “Locally, it was a year of tough fights, big losses and some memorable victories”

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For more than 5,000 area families, 1995 will be remembered as a year of frustration.  

Workers’ shock of learning they will lose their jobs was aggravated by the uncertainty that maybe they wouldn’t. They could hope, but not plan:

  •  Work at Letterkenny Army Depot, slated to lose 2,300 jobs by 1999, might be taken over by private industry.
  • Part of the mission at Fort Ritchie, Md., under federal orders to end the jobs of its approximately 2,000 employees, might move to Letterkenny.
  •  Two hundred of the 1,100 J. Schoeneman clothing plant employees who had been told they would be out of work by next month will keep their jobs through a deal with a school district.

“I don’t think the community has been through anything as traumatic as Letterkenny,” said Robert Zullinger, head of the depot’s reuse committee.

But this was a year of fun, too.  The world watched as thousands of people tried to find their way out of a giant corn maze on a Shippensburg farm.

And Scotland School for Veterans’ Children won its second consecutive Class A boys basketball state championship.

Franklin County again grabbed national attention with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which killed three women, and a dramatic roof accident and ceiling collapse at Corpus Christi School that injured 24 children.

And for the eighth year since money was appropriated for it Interstate 81 still doesn’t have an Exit 7.

These and other top stories of 1995 are recapped:

County's history December 30th
The intricate three-acre corn maze featured the outline of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, The Golden Hinde.
County's history December 30th
Fire fighters walk among the rubble of St Paul Methodist Church
County's history December 30th
Scotland Basketball players Terrell Carter (# 21)and Charles Hill celebrate State Championship
County's history December 30th
Letterkenny workers rally

50 Years Ago  

December 30, 1970 – Wednesday

Telegram Rates Will Be Raised”

Western Union Telegraph Co’s. basic rates go up 50 cents Friday in Pennsylvania.  

The Public Utility Commission Monday authorized an increase from $2.25 to $2.75 for telegrams of 15 words or less between points in the stale.

Each additional word to 50 goes from 8 to 9 cents; and from 5 to 6 cents for each word over 50.

The PUC said similar interstate boosts have been in effect since last March 1.

Western Union said it lost $158,000 last year and that the increase would give it only a 2.7 per cent rate of return.

100 Years Ago

December 30, 1920 – Thursday

“Every County Family To Be Represented At Church Jan. 2”

The Federated Churches of Franklin County are in the midst of a splendidly organized campaign to realize their goal: Every family In Franklin county represented at some church service of any denomination, January 2.  Over  15,000 invitations to attend church services the first Sunday in the New Year will be issued by the federation to as many home In Franklin county.  In addition to these personal invitations, the entire county, through the co-operation of the school teachers in the rural districts, will be flooded with publicity matter.

Reports from Mercersburg, Greencastle, Waynesboro, Fayetteville, Fort Loudon and Lemaster indicate that the men of these communities are determined that every home shall be represented at some service January 2.


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