Looking Back: Franklin County’s history December 4th

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 4th.

25 Years Ago 

December4, 1995Monday

“Bitter Bequeath” 

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County's history December 4th
Anne Scheiber – Passport Photo

Anne Scheiber retired as a government auditor at the height of World War II, bitter about never having been promoted and never earning more than $4,000 a year.  

Living frugally and investing wisely, she built her $5,000 savings into a stock portfolio valued at her death this year at $22 million.  Her last act was to bequeath the fortune to Yeshiva University to help women overcome discrimination. 

 “Elation would be an understatement,” Yeshiva’s president, Dr. Norman Lamm, said Sunday  “At first I didn’t believe it.”   

In fact, administrators at the Manhattan college had never even heard of the mysterious benefactor, who lived as a recluse until her death in January at age 101. 

 Scheiber’s gift was borne of bitterness, her attorney said, because she felt that despite having a law degree, she was held back for 23 years at the Internal Revenue Service simply because she was a woman.  She retired in 1944.   

“This grew on her year after year,” attorney Benjamin Clark said.  “She was very much embittered while employed at the IRS.” 

Clark, who met Scheiber in the mid-1950s, said she led a solitary, reclusive existence after retiring, living alone in her apartment for decades, never even changing the furniture.  

 “She was the loneliest person. I never saw her smile,” Clark said. “She was very distrustful of anybody. She didn’t want anybody to know what she had, how much she had.”  

One of the few who did know was longtime stockbroker Bill Fay, who said Scheiber reinvested virtually all her earnings, rarely selling stock.  

At her death, her portfolio included more than 100 stocks, including such blue chips as Coca-Cola, Paramount and Schering-Plough .  

“She was a product of the Depression years.  This helped formulate her goals and her inner-felt need for accumulating assets,” said Fay, who retired several years ago.  

She was committed to “saving every cent she had to put into investments,” he said. 

50 Years Ago   


“Even Party Split in Youth Registrations” 

 Republicans and Democrats are running even in the preference of the new under-21 registrants, according to figures released at noon today by Myra Fields, Franklin County Registrar.  

Ten Democrats and ten Republicans under 21 registered since voting registration opened Thursday morning.   

Miss Fields noted that few seemed to realize that they are not fully assured of having the right to vote in the May 18, 1971 primary.  All depends on a Supreme Court decision on the new Federal Voting Law granting the vote to the 18-year to 20 group.  

Those 21 and over who registered include six Republicans ten Democrats, three Non-Partisans.  Also two Republicans changed their registration to Democrat, while one Democrat went Republican. 

100 Years Ago  


“Junior Civic Club to try to fill some empty stockings” 

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The above cartoon tells its own story.  The Junior Civic Club, an organization of thirty girIs of altruistic ideas, will endeavor to give an answer to the question the cartoon raises.  The first effort will be made this afternoon when a tea will be held at the Elks Tea Room to raises money to buy toys for poor children of town.  

Public Opinion has enlisted its services in this effort to brighten the coming: Christmas for a lot of local kids, and during the next two weeks l will tell readers more about the movement of the Empty Stocking Club of the Junior Civic Club. 


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