Looking Back: Franklin County’s history January 12th

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 January 12th.

25 Years Ago 

January12, 1996Friday

“Snow Record Set “ 

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The snowiest month on record just got snowier today.   

This morning, between 4 and 6 more inches of snow were being forecast to fall today in Franklin County.  

“Keep the snow blowers running and the shovelers warm,” said Charlie Skeen, National Weather Service meteorologist.  

Winter storm and heavy snow warnings are in effect today for most of Pennsylvania.  

The heaviest snow will fall this afternoon.  High temperatures reaching the low 20s.  

Before today’s accumulation, January 1996 had 39.1 inches of snow, according to Dr. William C. Rense, Shippensburg University professor of geography and earth science.  The next closest month on record is March 1942, with 35 inches.   

The winter of 1995-96 is already the fifth snowiest on record, with 67.9 inches, according to Rense.  The snowiest, 92.5 inches, was in 1960-61. 

Record keeping began at the National Weather Service observation station in Shippensburg in 1932.   

“No doubt, most people are sick of staying inside,” Skeen said.  

But all schools and many businesses have closed to keep people out of the cold and off slick roads.   

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Road crews began their work today at 4:30 a.m.   

“No complaints,” said Glenn Campbell, PennDOT equipment manager.  “They’re enjoying it. Last night they were off.”   

Crews have been putting in long hours since Sunday’s 33-inch snow, and only on Thursday did they leave work at the regular 3 p.m. quitting time.  

They had widened roads enough for the next snow, which came today.  

“We don’t have much room,” Campbell said. “We’ll be in pretty good shape if it doesn’t get windy.”  

Unlike the last storm, front-end loaders are not on the roads. They’re loading anti-skid into dump trucks instead of breaking through 6-foot drifts.  

Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, report few minor accidents early in the storm.  

Snow should taper off to flurries by evening.  

50 Years Ago   


“Tim Rockwell Visits ‘Digs” 

Fort Loudon – Tim O. Rockwell, a local archaeologist, attended the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology held at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Jan. 7-9.  

Hosted by the National Museum of History and Technology, the meeting of historians, anthropologists and archaeologists reviewed the current problems and uses of historical archaeology, both in theory and practice.  A portion of the program focused on the problems of artifact conservation, and featured tours and demonstrations in the Smithsonian’s conservation analytical laboratory. The group visited active archaeological excavations in Alexandria, Va., and St, Mary’s City, Md.  

Rockwell served as field director of the Smithsonian Institution’s American studies excavations on Theodore Roosevelt Island and at Maryland’s colonial capital in St. Mary’s City At last year’s meeting, he presented a paper, “Impressed Fingerprints on Earthenware Sherds: Uses and Implications for the Historical Archaeologist,” which has been published in “Historical Archaeology 1970.”  

Rockwell is an instructor in behavioral sciences and humanities at Mercersburg Academy, and also serves as a resource member of Franklin County Heritage, Inc.  

100 Years Ago  


“Out-of-town hotels ask for licenses” 

 Only four applications for liquor licenses have seen filed at the offices of Clerk of the Courts Tarner.  They are John R. Lashley of Waynesboro, John Lackhove of Mercersburg, John W. McClain of Roxbury and the Beuna Vista Springs. Hotel Company.  Saturday is the last day for filing of the applications. 


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