Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 31st

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 31st.

25 Years Ago 

December31, 1995Sunday

“ Golf tournament to help raise needed $$” 

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Chambersburg – Del Mills has developed into a dilly of a soccer supporter.  

A soccer team sponsor for two years, his restaurant, Dilly ‘s, is sponsoring a spring golf tournament for the Chambersburg Youth Soccer Association. Mills hopes to raise $ 1 ,500 to add to the donations given during his Thanksgiving Dinner for the Needy ($600 in 1994 and $269 this year).  

The proceeds will go to developing soccer fields at the Nellie and T.K. Nitterhouse Memorial Park.

I think if every business would chip in anything at all to raise money for this, or make a pledge it wouldn’t be any time before we’d have this thing done,” Mills said. “Other businesses can do more or less, but they can all do something.  I don’t think there is anything a community can do that’s better than to support the young.”  

Mills said he realized how important soccer was to the community when he attended the season banquet of the Chambersburg Youth Soccer Association. 

 ‘The whole cafeteria was full of families and in the hallway to the cafeteria there was a long line,” Mills said. “I realized here was something being done to keep children occupied, instead of running in the streets. Parents and volunteers were keeping children occupied.  

“It just touched me: more things should be done like this for our children in the community.” 

50 Years Ago   


“Local Auxiliary Installs Officers” 

Chambersburg – Officers were installed in a meeting Tuesday afternoon of the auxiliary to World War I Benjamin Franklin Barracks No. 798.  The women met in the American Legion Home.  

Taking office were, Mrs. John Stenger, president; Mrs. Archie Webber, senior vice president; Phoebe Bowers, Junior vice president; Mrs. John Benedict, treasurer; Mrs. Erma Over, chaplain; Mrs. Edna Minnick, conductress; Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald, guard; Mrs. Raymond Markley, trustee for three years; Mrs. Irene Freet, trustee for two years; Mrs. Iva Hubbell, trustee for one year, and Mrs. Hazel Gamber, secretary.  

Eighteen members attended with two guests from Shippensburg, Mrs. Nellie Brindle and Mrs. Helen Kent.  

The auxiliary held its annual Christmas party with a gift exchange. 

100 Years Ago  


“Review of the Year” 


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