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 24th.
25 Years Ago
July 24, 1996 – Wednesday
“Developers want to build plaza at Wal-Mart in September”
Developers want to start building a small shopping plaza next to Wal-Mart in September.
“We hope to get started in the next couple of months,” said Tony Miracle, co-owner of the strip mall. “We’d like to have some things open by January.”
He and partner Scott Rosenbaum recently got Guilford Township approval for the land development, and need a sewer permit from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. They are negotiating to buy 1.8 acres off U.S. 30 east of Chambersburg.
The single story, 12,000-square-foot plaza will have six or seven businesses. Video Den and Holiday Hair have already signed, and other space is available.
Convenience and easy access to immediate neighborhoods are strong selling points.
“A lot of people live out there in the Guilford area, Fayetteville and east end of Chambersburg,” Miracle said. “Wal-Mart is a great draw. Route 30 traffic can be bad.”
Miracle will open a Subway sandwich shop in the plaza. “Coming all the way over to our Subway on Wayne Avenue can be hectic at times” from Lincoln Way East.
The mall will face west at the east side of the Wal-Mart parking lot. The canopied sidewalk and parking area will stretch north from the Wal-Mart store entrance to the Radio Shack building. The color scheme will match Waif Mart’s blues.
50 Years Ago
July 24, 1971 – Saturday
“’71 College Grads Face Draft If Law Not Passed”
The nation’s draft boards are alive and well and may start inducting some 1971 college graduates unless Congress extends their authority to draft 19-year-olds before September, says Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird.
Laird told newsmen Friday the government may have to begin drafting previously deferred men unless a Senate-House conference committee breaks a deadlock that has held up renewal of a key provision of the draft law.
“I do not believe we can delay much longer than September,” Laird said.
The deadlock is over a Senate amendment, sponsored by Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, D-Mont, calling for total U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam nine months after the bill is enacted. The amendment would not be binding on the President.
Until the deadlock is resolved, the government can draft only men deferred before the basic draft authority expired June 30. And it must wait until the deferments have expired.
Draft Director Curtis W. Tarr has declined to use his authority to call men who have lost their deferments, and Laird indicated that a decision to do so probably would have to come from the White House.
A White House spokesman said drafting men whose deferments have expired would be inherently unfair but might have to be considered if a manpower shortage develops.
Aside from the induction authority, however, the draft law remains in effect, a point Tarr has urged draft boards to make clear to draft age men.
Draft age men should be told, he added in a letter Friday to the nation’s 4,200 local draft boards that “there is a high probability that the induction authority for those who have never had a deferment will be reinstituted in the near future.”
Local boards, he said, should tell men they may be unintentionally breaking the law by failing to register at age 18, failing to notify their boards of changes of status or failing to report for pre-induction physicals.
100 Years Ago
July 23, 1921 –Sunday
“Local American Legion accepts reunion invite”
Chambersburg – The local post of the American Legion has accepted the Invitation of the Waynesboro post to participate In a reunion at Pen Mar Saturday, July 30. A committee from Waynesboro is now arranging a program.
It is the aim to have this event grow Into a big annual reunion of ex-service men of southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.