Looking Back: Franklin County’s history January 6th

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 6th.

25 Years Ago 

January 6, 1996 – Saturday 

“Eligible Farm Girls In Short Supply” 

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The farmer takes a wife, right?  

Not so fast, rural Romeo.  

The Department of Agriculture says farm boys are having a hard time finding farm girls.  

“Most farmers are still men.  And more girls are leaving farming communities and going to the city or to college, leaving slimmer pickings,” said Calvin Beale, a demographer with the department.  

There are three unmarried farm men for every two unmarried farm women, the department said.  Eric Yagelia, 20, who works part time on his 150-acre family farm in Bay City. Mich.  said some women are reluctant to consider agricultural life.  

“Most people are apprehensive about living on a farm.  They don’t really know what it is about. But mostly, it isn’t profitable.” 

Yagelia said he may wind up leaving the farm, ‘I don’t know how ready city girls are to live on a farm.”  

Jennifer Hrynick, a sophomore studying journalism at Michigan State, said she would date a farmer or agriculture major.  

“I might marry a farmer,” said Hrynick, 19, but only “if it would mean not having to live on a farm.  I don’t like the way horses or the rest of the farm smells.” 

50 Years Ago   


“Battery E, 166 Field Artillery, Plans Reunion” 

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Chambersburg – “The Dalton Boys” will ride again, if plans materialize for a reunion of Battery E, 160th reunion of Battery E, 160th Field Artillery, 73rd Brigade, this year marking the 30th of its federalization.  

No one knows how the group acquired the “Dalton” label in Camp Shelby, Miss., after it was federalized Jan. 13, 1941, and continued to add its well established laurels in national service.  

Spurring plans for the forthcoming get together is John E. Duke, 546 Highland Ave., then a private first class, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He has enlisted and received “100 per cent support” I from Charles Nitterhouse Post No. 1599.   A meeting is to be held soon when committee personnel can be named. 

“E” Battery was the former Troop E, 104th Cavalry.  Organized July 27, 1878, as the “Franklin Guards,” it was designated Company “C” of the Eighth Infantry, first of a long line of Chambersburg military organizations.  

A few months after organization, the “Guards” became Company “C” of the Eighth Regiment of Infantry in the National Guard of Pennsylvania. The designation was retained through the Spanish-American j i War, (1898) and the Mexican border trouble in 1916, but was dropped July 15. 1917 when the company was mustered into federal service for World War I.  

During that war it was known as Company “C”, 112th Infantry of the Keystone or 28th Division.  Following, under reorganization of the National Guard, the Chambersburg Military unit on June 1, 1921, became Troop “E”, 104th Cavalry.  

It had participated in the in battles of Qhampaigne, Oise-Aisne, Champaigne-Marne, Lorraine, Aisne-Marne, and the famous Meuse-Argonne. 

A year following the outbreak 1 of the second World War in Europe, the troop was changed to a battery of artillery and on Sept. 23. 1940, it was renamed Battery “E”, 166th Field Artillery. NGP.  The unit saw service in Africa, Italy and Germany. 

At the time of its departure for Camp Shelby, Miss., the battery of 127 men had as commander Captain Harry C. McNew, and other officers, Second Lieutenant John E . Kemmel, (now Lt. Col., Ret.); Second Lieutenant Theodore J. Kramer; First Lieutenant Robert S. Ingersol.  

In the 30 years since, according to available information, the 18 deceased members are: Harry W. Claudy, Charles R. Hoover, Clayton A. Shelly, Robert M. Bender, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Earl Hassler, Charles Anderson. Carlton R. (Lefty) Brown, James M. Brown, George E. Eberly, Edmund T. Foose, Ralph K. Gibbons, Jacob F. Jones, John C. Metz, Lohman Miller, John A. Osterman, John R. Sanders, John A. Tarquino.  

While details of the proposed gathering must await meetings of the veterans, it can be foretold accurately a highlight will be the swapping of tales by “The Dalton Boys.” 

100 Years Ago  


Scale One-fifth Lower for Employees Next Week 

“Landis workers vote 10 to 1 to take wage cut” 

By a ten to one vote workers in the three plants of the Landis Tool Company voted today to accept the proposition of the officials that they take a 20 percent reduction in pay, with the promise of the company it will operate four days a week, nine hours each day, until April 1, certainly, and as much longer as business conditions warrant.  

The alternative of the workers, had they rejected the proposition, would have been a complete shutdown of the plant, for an indefinite period, a stagnation in business compelling this attitude on the part of the company.   

The vote was as follows:  

Waynesboro plant to accept the reduction and continue operation, 23 9; opposed and favoring a shutdown, .39.  

Greencastle plant No. 1 To accept the reduction, 99; opposed, 10.  

Greencastle plant No. 2 To accept the reduction, 22; opposed 2.  

All the plants of the tool company will commence operations next Monday morning under the new wage scale and hour schedule.  


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