Looking Back: Franklin County’s history February 16th

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 February 16th.

25 Years Ago 

Feb16, 1996 –Friday

“Snow’s back and so is the cold “ 

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Chambersburg – Snow began falling this morning, and between 2 and 4 inches of snow were expected to fall by tonight in Franklin County.   

It will remain cold this weekend. 

But temperatures are expected to rise above freezing on Monday and Tuesday.  

“People are tired of the snow,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hurley. “And unfortunately winter is a long way from over.”  

This year’s winter season beginning in November 1995 – has brought 63 inches of snow to Chambersburg, about double the total season’s average.  

This winter already ranks as one of the top three for record snow. And with February only half over, many are asking:  How much more snow can we expect?  

“Weather forecasting is a science,” Hurley said, “but not necessarily an exact science.”  

Tomorrow, skies will remain cloudy with a chance of flurries. The high will be near 30. 

50 Years Ago 

Feb16,1971 –Tuesday

“History of Sheriff’s Office Given to Club “ 

A history of the office of sheriff was presented to members of Chambersburg Civitan Club by Franklin County Sheriff Frank H. Bender at the Monday evening dinner meeting at the Hitching Post Inn.  

President-elect John Parr Lehman conducted the meeting. 

Retired as a sergeant in 1962 after 25 years with the Pennsylvania State Police, the speaker has served in the elected office of sheriff since 1967. 

 Referring to the office as a “chronicle of western civilization, a biography of democracy,” Sheriff Bender traced it from Biblical times to the present, referring to the Book of Daniel which recounts the presence of a sheriff at the setting up of the golden image by Nebuchadnezzar.  

Sheriffs were on hand at the signing of the Magna Carta, already recognized as chief law enforcement officers of their counties, Sheriff Bender said.

100 Years Ago  

Feb16,1921 –Wednesday

“ Big Shooting Match – Being Arranged for Next Tuesday by Hunterstown Men “ 

A shooting match similar in many respects to the one held Christmas Day is being arranged for George Washington’s birthday by Huber Englebert and Lloyd Decker, Hunterstown promoters.   

On that day riflemen from all sections of the country are expected to convene in Hunterstown, Adams County, to take part in the clay bird and still target packages. 


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