Looking Back: Franklin County’s history July 25th

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 25th.

25 Years Ago

July 25, 1996 – Thursday

“Donar the police dog will begin prowling the beat next month”

Chambersburg Police Department had better start stocking its headquarters with twice as many dog biscuits.

Alan, the drug-sniffing German shepherd that patrols with Officer Dana Kauffman, is no longer the only furry-faced officer with a wet nose.

Meet Donar (pronounced “Donner”).  The German shepherd, born in Czechoslovakia and trained at Castle’s K-9 in Mechanicsburg, arrived in Chambersburg early this week.  He will begin patrolling with Officer Michael Rosenberry the first week of September.

“The dog that we just purchased tonight is an excellent animal.  He has all the same abilities that Alan has and we’re confident that it’s going to work out real well for us,” said Chambersburg Police Chief Michael De Frank at Wednesday’s Borough Council meeting.

Council approved the purchase after members of Chambersburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1599 presented DeFrank with a $6,775 check.

The money will pay for the  $6,000 dog and $775 worth of dog supplies: leashes, feeding bowls, muzzles and brushes.

Cost to the borough: $1,200 a year for the dog’s training, and a half-hour a day of the officer’s time for care and maintenance of the animal.  

Insurance costs will remain the same for two dogs as for one.  Instead of trading in a police car, the department converted it into another K-9 vehicle with a special cage and automatic door opener for dogs.

Chambersburg Exchange Club donated the first police dog.

The Hume McNeal Byers AMVETS Post 224, Fifth Avenue, donated $200 for the second dog, and Rife Motor Co., 768 N. Franklin St, gave $100.

De Frank hopes more organizations will donate money for training and food.

The VFW decided to donate the money almost three weeks ago when Kauffman and Alan conducted a drug-sniffing demonstration for members.

“That night it was sold,” said member Byron Ashburn.  “The money that we earn through small games of chance, we should give back to the community.”

DeFrank intends to have the dogs work separate shifts so the borough will have police dog coverage 16 hours a day.  He expects the department will be able to crack down even more on drugs in Chambersburg.  Since Alan joined the department a year ago, police have found about $53,000 worth of drugs and paraphernalia.

50 Years Ago

July 25, 1971 – Sunday

“128 Attend ’46 Class Reunion”

Each member of the Class of 1946 of Chambersburg High School was presented a brandy snifter engraved with “CHS Class of 1946, 25th Anniversary 1971” during the class’s 25th anniversary reunion Saturday night in Chambersburg Elks Club.

Registering and socializing preceded the dinner.  Denton Ashway, president, welcomed the 128 class members and guests who attended and presided over a brief business meeting and program.  Ernest Zeger gave the invocation.

It was unanimously approved by the members that the same class officers remain:

Ashway, president; Kenneth Stepler, vice president; Virginia Armstrong Rothenberger, secretary; Maxine Killian Ernesto, treasurer; Sidney Palmer, treasurer and Leta Alexander Hussack, historian.

Kathryn McGowan Dymond was unanimously voted to continue as reunion chairman, the next one to be celebrated in 1976.

Original senior class essays were distributed.

Doris Lehman Gillan and Audrey Patterson Graham were in charge of prizes, silver trays which a classmate, William it Wishard, engraved, plus floral centerpieces and boxes of candy.

Prize recipients were:

Maxine Nautle Johnson, door prize;  Moyer, Elwood Satler, Mary Stepler, Doris Smith and Samuel Furry, marked programs: Cynthia

Blair Wadley, Dallas, Texas, traveled the most distance; Jacqueline Costello Regler, youngest child, 11 months; Kathryn and Hart Dymond, most grandchildren, five; Margaret Kirkpatrick Nicklas, most pennies in purse, 35; Ernest Zeger, most dimes,12; Catherine Hornbaker Troop, smallest waist; Jack Hawbaker, largest shoe size, 12, and Banks Moyer and wife, Florence, for celebrating their wedding  anniversary with the class.  Spot dance prizes were also given.

A class picture was taken after the program.

Zinn-Weeks Orchestra, Hanover and Chambersburg, provided music for dancing.

100 Years Ago

July 25, 1921 –Monday

“Typhoid Fever Spreading Here:  Hospital Busy”

Two deaths from typhoid fever, eight fully developed cases in , the Chambersburg Hospital and quite a number of persons ill with the disease and many cases verging on the dread malady Is the situation at present in Chambersburg and vicinity.  The cases in the hospital are John Hoover of Ohio avenue, Miss Carrie Caufman of Broad street, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Williamson of North Point, Maust Marquart of East Washington street, Irma Raifsnider of Boad street, Mies Marguerite Kobler, a nurse at the hospital, and Mrs. Grove Fries of Chambersburg R. R.  Miss Kohler became ill while on vacation at her home in Fayetteville.

One ward, the back sun parlor and several other rooms in the hospital have been turned entirely, to the caring of typhoid patients.  Miss Ruth Statler of Marion, a graduate of the Chambersburg Hospital, has been secured as night supervisor in the typhoid section.


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