Looking Back: Franklin County’s history June 11th

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 June 11th.

25 Years Ago

June 11, 1996 – Tuesday

“Local woman turns 103 today”

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Franklin County's history June 11th
Blanche Tritt, a Shook Home resident, is celebrating her 103rd birthday today.

Chambersburg – June 11 is a special day in the life of Blanche Tritt, and also a special day for St. Paul United Methodist Church.  

That’s because today is her birthday, and this afternoon St. Paul’s women’s group and Willing Workers are having a 103rd birthday party for Blanche at The Shook Home, 55 S. Second St., Chambersburg.

Miss Tritt has been a lifelong member of St. Paul, and each year the church remembers her in this way.  The party includes punch and cookies, plus entertainment by the AARP Chorus.

Miss Tritt was born in New Franklin on June 11, 1893, and has resided in the Chambersburg area all of her life.

She was employed at Chambersburg Implement Co. for 19 years as a bookkeeper.

She was an active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club for more than 50 years.  Blanche enjoys spelling bees, musical programs, Bible study and a daily card game of Uno. 

Editor’s Notes: The following obituary and grave site was found on “ancestry.com”:

Franklin County's history June 11th

Blanche D. Tritt; (1893~1997)

Noland Cemetery – Chambersburg

Blanche was the daughter of George R. and Ephia Tarner Tritt.  She was one of four children born to the union.  Her siblings were: Myrtle G. (Slothhour) – (1885 – 1978), Bessie May Tritt (1887 – 1888), and Roy Benjamin Tritt (1891 – 1951.)


Blanche D. Tritt,  Chambersburg

Blanche D. “Tritty” Tritt, 104, formerly of 19 Lincoln Way West, died at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, in The Shook Home, where she resided since December 1986.

Born June 11, 1893, in New Franklin, she was a daughter of the late George R. and Frances Tamer Tritt.

She was a 1911 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

Miss Tritt was a member of St Paul United Methodist Church and a charter member of the United Methodist Women and Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

For many years, she was a clerk in the register and recorder’s office in Franklin County Courthouse. Later, she was a bookkeeper for Chambersburg Implement Co., retiring with 19 years of service.

She also was a charter member of Business and Professional Women’s Club and Chambersburg Area Hospital Auxiliary.

She was the last of her family.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Norland Cemetery. The Rev. Guy Baer will officiate.

Visitation will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home Inc., 297 Philadelphia Ave.

50 Years Ago

June 11, 1971 – Friday

“Reformed Church Service”

Franklin County's history June 11th
Reformed Church, Fannettsburg, Built in 1844

Fannettsburg – Against a backdrop of green mountains and blue skies, just north of here, stands a small native limestone church, built in 1844.  This is the old Reformed Church, once named the German Reformed.  Each year, an annual service is held, calling together folks who once were

members and relatives of members, some of the third generation.  There they gather for the service and visit the small well-kept cemetery at the rear of the church.

Several years ago, the church was slated to be sold or demolished when these faithful members literally “went to bat” to retain the church as was.  Winning a justified battle, an association was formed, called the Fannettsburg Reformed Church and Cemetery Association. Officers of this association are Mrs. Frank Thompson, president; Mrs. A. J. Horning, vice president, and J. Blair Crider, secretary-treasurer.

Standing alone, the church does not seem desolate or neglected, but is immaculately kept.  This Sunday will mark the annual services and homecoming of many of the people who are still friends.  The business meeting will be held at 2 p.m. with the worship service beginning at 2:30.  The Rev. Robert McClure, pastor of the Lower Path Valley Church, will deliver the message, with Mrs. Donna Adams providing special music.

100 Years Ago

June 11, 1921- Saturday

“Will furnish rooms”

Chambersburg – The St Thomas branch and the Shippensburg branch of the Franklin County Auxiliary to the Chambersburg Hospital and the King Street United Brethren Church of town will each furnish a room in the new building now in course of construction at the Chambersburg Hospital.


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