Looking Back: Franklin County’s history January 13th

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 13th.

25 Years Ago 

January13, 1996Saturday

Storm dumps nearly 10 inches; state of emergency makes some streets one-way in Chambersburg 

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“Double Trouble” 

County's history January 13th
Mayor Morris declared Friday that some borough streets should be temporarily posted one-way due to the snow.

Franklin County got nearly 10 more inches of snow Friday making 1995-96 its third snowiest winter since record-keeping began in 1932.  

Chambersburg Mayor Robert Morris declared a temporary state of emergency to impose one-way travel on segments of four streets narrowed by piles of snow.  

In Shippensburg, Friday’s snowfall measured 9.5 inches, according to Dr. William Rense, Shippensburg University professor of geography and Earth science.  Chambersburg got about 8.5 inches, said Dave Bender, local reporter for the National Weather Service.  

Until Friday night, this winter was in fifth place.  

“We’ve had more snow now than we had in both winters (of 1992-93 and 1993-94),” Rense said.  

And it’s only mid-January.  

Shippensburg has had 77.4 inches of snow this winter, including  

Friday’s snowfall. Another 15 inches would break the snowiest winter record, set in 1960-61.  

Skies look clear for the next few days, except for flurries with no accumulation.  

Though Franklin County will get relief from snow, melting isn’t likely.  

“It’li take a long time to melt this, maybe March or April at the rate we’re going,” joked Dave Martin, forecaster for the National Weather Service in State College.  

It could actually take a couple weeks, since a warm spell is unlikely, Martin said.  

Partly cloudy skies will dominate the weekend with high temperatures of 32 predicted for today and Sunday.  

Monday’s high is expected to be about 35.  

Still weary from heavy snows that fell on Sunday and Monday, road crews spent Friday night clearing a second blast of snow.  

50 Years Ago   


“Fire Damages Mooney Home” 

County's history January 13th
MAINSVILLE FIRE Fire gutted this home in Mainsville late Tuesdoy afternoon. Fire began on the first story and spread to this bedrocm on the second floor. Vigilants and West End, both Shippensburg, Pleasant Hall, and Fayetteville fire companies answered the 3:03 p.m. call but were unable to quell the blaze before flames destroyed the inside of the house.

Shippensburg — The Floyd M. Mooney two-and-a-half story frame house on R. R. 2 was damaged extensively by fire Tuesday afternoon at 3, with losses amounting to between $10,000 and $12,000.  

Firemen believe the blaze started in the kitchen and spread to the living room and the two upstairs bedrooms, all of which were heavily damaged.  

No one was home at the time.  While combating the fire, Edward Goodhart, West End Fire and Rescue Co. fireman, was overcome by smoke and treated at the scene.  

In addition to the West End Company, also at the scene were the Vigilant Hose Co., Shippensburg; Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co. and Fayetteville Fire Co.  The air cascade truck from Chambersburg also was summoned. The Franklin Fire Co., Chambersburg, stood by at West End, while Station 2, Vigilant Hose Co., was at its Shippensburg firehouse.  

It was reported that although the house was insured, the contents were not. The fire marshall is investigating. 

100 Years Ago  



In order to give automobile owners the benefit of the wide publicity of Public Opinion, if they are unfortunate enough to lose their license tags.  Public Opinion today starts a new department, which will prove a benefit to tag losers, if the finding public co-operates.  

And that the finders want to cooperate is shown by the fact that already two different 1921 tags have been brought to this office.  One is advertised in this issue, in the classified ads, under “auto tags” heading.  The other found tag was claimed last evening by David Beam of near Duffield, who had lost it in town, and had heard there were a couple of tags at the P. O. office.  

If users of the highways find tags they are asked to bring them to Public Opinion and this paper will endeavor to find the owner, the charge for the ad being paid by the loser. 


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