Looking Back: Franklin County’s history January 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 January 4th.

25 Years Ago 

January 4, 1995Monday

“Take The Oath of Office” 

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County's history January 4th
These crossing guards for Nancy Grayson Elementary School take office before Mayor Charles Eurich in the borough building in Shippensburg. From left are Mayor Eurich, Mary Jane Ruff, Margaret Bowers, Marguerite Wargo, Sandra Moriarty, Pat Shoap, Bonnie Montague and Norman Kegerreis. The guards were on duty this morning for the first time.

“Duties begin This Morning for Grayson Street Guards” 

Shippensburg – White-caped crossing guards began their work today of helping protect Nancy Grayson Elementary School children from possible injury at heavily traveled intersections.  

At 8:30 a.m., Norman Kegerreis was at his post at the corner of Morris and Lurgan Avenue.  His duty ended at 9 a.m., but from 3:30 to 4 p.m. he again manned his station for the five-day-a-week volunteer job.  

Two other regular crossing guards are Mrs. Pat Shoap, at King and Morris Street, and Mrs. Bonnie Montague, Westover Road and Lurgan Avejiue, both serving from 3:30 to 4 p.m.  Kegerreis, Mrs. Shoap and Mrs. Montague were three of the seven guards who accepted the oath of office last Thursday afternoon, when administered by Mayor Charles Eurich.  Also present was Police Chief Ralph Morrison.   

The event took place in the borough building at 4 p.m.  Working as substitutes will be Mrs. Mary Ruff, Mrs. Margaret Bowers Mrs. Marguerite Wargo and Mrs. Sandra Moriarty.  

Mayor Eurich expressed pride that the group has assumed the responsibility of helping protect the school children, and said that the move “came from you people.”  He said the police department will work with the group 100 per cent.  “I think the children will also cooperate, and we will rely upon the teachers and the Principal to do their part in seeing to it,” Mayor Eurich added.  

The guards became special police after accepting the oath, and receiving authoritative badges.  The mayor also suggested that if the guards “do a good job on the west end” that perhaps other schools will adopt the same program.  

Although the school patrol still operates from the sidewalks, the crossing guards will take positions on the streets to stop traffic, if necessary, to help children cross safely.  In the event a driver does not observe the guard’s directions, his license number will be taken and forwarded to the police department, where possible arrests will be made.  

Women guards are outfitted in capes, white head scarves, white gloves, dark . skirts or slacks, and a white across-the-shoulder belt in warm weather.  The male guard wears a cape, white gloves, dark trousers and a dark service hat. Badges are worn on the white capes. 

The need for safety measures had been stressed many times at the school’s PTO meetings, but not until last fall had any definite steps been taken.  Mrs. Wargo, PTO president, began the program for crossing guards.  Mrs. Ruff became interested and helped in its organization.  She will head the group until June, when a successor may be named.  

The safety program, which operates through the Nancy Grayson School, is open to any reliable adult. Guards, both regular and substitute status, are needed.  It was noted that retirees will be especially welcomed into the group. 

50 Years Ago   

January 4,1971Monday

“ Campers Hold Holiday Event “ 

Chambersburg – The annual holiday “get-together” for participants in the “Y” summer day camping program was held last Wednesday at the YMCA.  Boys and girls of the Tiny ‘ Tot Camp, Grade School Day Camp, Leadership Training Camp, and counselors attended.  

Approximately 90 boys and girls participated in a play swim from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by entertainment and refreshments.  

Dave Eppinger, Steve Glen, Cathy Schlimgere, Terry Frisby, Reggie Heefner and David Levy, junior counselors, and Robin McClure, Betsy Metz and Sharon Cook, senior counselors, attended.  

The summer day camping program will get underway in June.  For Tiny Tots camp, children must be five and six years of age; for grade school camp, seven to 12, and for leadership camp, junior high age. 

100 Years Ago  

January 4,1921Tuesday


Waynesboro –  In order to fight the municipal electric plant in Hagerstown, the H. & F. Electric Co. sells electricity in Hagerstown for 70 cents while the municipal plant charges 80.

So far so good.  But in order to even up on its competitive figure the H & F.  soaks some of the other towns it has a monopoly In.  In Frederick, it charges 85 cents, in Martinsburg 95 and in Winchester 93 cents.  

The sad part of the tale is that in Waynesboro the H & F Lamp soaks the same class of users $1.14 for what it sells in Hagerstown for 70 cents.  Waynesboro has just learned these facts and is putting up a justified kick. 


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