Looking Back: Franklin County’s history January 5th

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 5th.

25 Years Ago 

January5, 1995Friday


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Chambersburg – Artifacts found in the burned remains of St. Paul United Methodist Church will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second St.  

Time capsules in the cornerstones were found after a February fire gutted the church.  The worn boxes were opened for the congregation in December. 

All of the contents including old newspapers, coins, written history of the church and lists of community leaders in the 1800’s will be displayed. 

50 Years Ago   


“192,000 Acres to Need Conservation Help” 

An estimated 192,000 acres of cropland in Franklin County will be in need of conservation treatment by 1975, according to a survey of Pennsylvania’s soil and water conservation needs by the State Soil Conservation Service.  Of this 192,000 total, 150,400 acres are projected as being in need of erosion control programs, 10,400 acres with an excess water problem and 31,200 acres with unfavorable soil conditions.  

Of 47,900 acres in pasture in Franklin County, it is estimated that by 1975 some 19,300 acres will require treatment, including establishment or reestablishment of vegetation, improvement of vegetation cover, protection from overgrazing, erosion, excess water, etc.   

The conservation needs survey also shows that by 1975 Franklin County with 161,000 acres in forest and woodland will be faced with the need for improving and establishing timber stands on 30,500 acres while another 3,000 acres will require protection from animals and an estimated 100 acres of woodland will have to have erosion treatment.   

In the miscellaneous conservation-treatment-required category including such areas as farmsteads, farm lanes, waste land, rural nonfarm residential sites, country churches and school grounds and tracts of open rural nonfarm land, the survey projects 29,300 acres for Franklin County by 1973, with 21,700 acres requiring treatment due to erosion, 3,900 acres needing excess water treatment measures, and 3,100 acres classified as having unfavorable soil. 

100 Years Ago  


“Lincoln Highway to Gettysburg is open to travel”  

The Lincoln Highway east of Gettysburg is now open for through travel.  For the first time since last spring there are no detours between here and Gettysburg.  Those stretches between here and Gettysburg that have not been concreted have been repaired and are in passable condition.  

This highway will be kept open for traffic the entire winter  the state highway department has announced. It is recognized that this road is used for the transportation of materials by motor trucks and the state is especially anxious to keep it free from snow this winter.  The entire highway In the state has been divided into sections, each under a superintendent, who will receive daily reports from the Philadelphia weather bureau giving the condition of the roadway by sections.  

Farmers, manufacturers and automobilists in general, who desire accurate information regarding the condition of the Lincoln Highway, may secure it from the weather bureaus at Philadelphia or the state – highway department at Harrisburg.  

Plans for keeping the snow from the road are very complete.  The maintenance division is now equipped with eighty heavy trucks, sixty plows and fifty road machines, besides hundreds of men and teams.


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