Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 3rd

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 3rd.

25 Years Ago

December3, 1995Sunday

“Old Tavern Has New Goals”

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Chambersburg –Teresa McNew included the word “spirits” in her bar and restaurant’s name not just because she serves alcohol.

“When (customers) come here, I want to help them get into good spirits,” she said. “I want people to feel good about coming to this bar.”

McNew, 40, a former social worker, recently openedSiggy’sFood and Spirits at 454 Norland Ave.

Siggyis the nickname of Teresa’s German-born husband, Sigmund, a cook and maintenance worker at the restaurant.

The restaurant was previously called Doris’s Bar and Grill. McNew purchased it recently from Doris and Don Truett and their son, Lonnie.

Doris has stayed at the restaurant as head cook.

“She is very popular for her cooking and people are glad to hear she stayed,” McNew said.

McNew has changed the restaurant’s menu and atmosphere.

One of the major changes that a lot of people felt was important was the entertainment,” she said.

She has hired a local company, D.J. Soundwaves, to play music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Thursday night is ladies night; Friday night, karaoke; and Saturday night, request night.

McNew hopes to attract people who like country and classic ’70s music. “I’m not necessarily looking for the people who just turned 21,” she said.

Among the additions to the restaurant’s menu: meatball subs, egg rolls, hot dogs and apple flautas,deep-fried dough with apple filling, served with whipped cream.

McNew spent about 15 years of her career working in two restaurants in Lancaster.

“It was always a dream to own my own restaurant bar,” she said.

50 Years Ago


“Mailman, Dog Make Friends”

There’s someone following mailman John Wolfe along his Shippensburg route. . .a light brown mongrel dog who, for some unknown reason, has inherited his self-appointed guardianship.

Every day, at the same time, the dog joins Wolfe on his rounds.Every day, usually at the same’ time, he leaves the friendly mailman near the end of the route.When a substitute for the mailman takes over, the pup is nowhere to be seen.

This isn’t the first time Mailman Wolfe has beenaccompaniedon his rounds…..its mother began the practice, then, for some unknown reason, stopped.Now, in her place, tromps one of her pups!

100Years Ago


“No Decision Here About Women Jurors”

Four names of women were among the one hundred and sixty-eight drawn from the jury wheel In Harrisburg yesterday morning for Juries for the January criminal and civil court sessions.

The Franklin county jury commissioners have not yet reached a decision as to whether women’s names shall be placed in the Jury wheel here.


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