Looking Back: Franklin County’s history July 22nd

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 July 22nd.

25 Years Ago

July 22, 1996 – Monday

“His work is a big draw at ChambersFest”

Sketch artist Kent Roberts

Chambersburg – Sketch artist Kent Roberts puts the finishing touches Saturday on a caricature of Kurt Vainer, 9, son of Rodney and Carol Vamer, Chambersburg.  

Roberts was among a record 260 vendors who set up shop in downtown Chambersburg for Old Market Day, one of the feature events of the annual ChambersFest celebration.  Events will continue throughout the week.  Saturday’s big event drew an estimated 20,000 people.

50 Years Ago

July 22, 1971 – Thursday

“Railroad promises weed cutting here”

The Penn Central Railroad has promised to begin cutting weeds along its rights of way through Chambersburg sometime today.

Local officials have cited the firm for violation of the borough’s weed ordinance and fines totaling $240 have been levied against the railroad for not mowing its track-side weeds.  

A spokesman at the firm’s Philadelphia headquarters Wednesday explained the railroad’s only weed mower for the south-central Pennsylvania area has been under repair for several weeks.  Those repairs are expected to be finished today and the machine be moved to Chambersburg from Carlisle.

Robert A. Herman, Penn-Central’s southern Pennsylvania regional manager, said weed cutting in Chambersburg is to be the first project started when the mower is fully operational.  

Herman and regional track supervisor Robert Hunt were reported enroute to Carlisle this morning to personally oversee the installation of new mower blades and the unit’s shipment here.  Chambersburg Police Chief William N. Johnston filed the violation charge before” District Justice Joseph Gotwals Tuesday.  Johnston said the railroad had been properly notified twice of the violations and ignored both. He said the firm did not respond to a hearing notice.

Gotwals imposed fines of $10 per violation, which is each day the weeds are uncut, plus overall costs of $11.  The justice said Penn Central remains liable for fines already levied and is subject to additional fines until the weeds are mowed.

100 Years Ago

July 22, 1921 – Friday


Occasionally somebody coyly suggests to us that they don’t like “to see their names in the paper.”  With the exception of criminal court news, this kind of an assertion always makes us smile.  

For instance, over in Hagerstown now two papers are running pen pictures and “write-ups” of leading citizens, for which the citizens are paying a sum that represents the yearly interest of a good many hundreds of dollars.


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