Looking Back: Franklin County’s history June 1st

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 1st.

25 Years Ago

June 1, 1996 – Sunday

Chambersburg – “Poppy Queen”

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Franklin County's history June 1st

Courtney Stoner, 9, is Poppy Queen for 1996, crowned by the Auxiliary of St Thomas American Legion, Post 612.  The annual contest involves girts ages 6 to 10.  

Five girls competed this year.  Each girl has 50 poppies made by disabled veterans to distribute on a donation basis.  The girl who collects the most is queen.  

Courtney collected $93.76.

50 Years Ago

June 1, 1971 – Tuesday

“Waynesboro Plans Ragweed Contest Again”

The second-annual anti-ragweed drive will get underway July 12, and end August 20.

The drive, sponsored by the Citizens for Ragweed Control, was started by Mrs. Lee Layman last summer when she was informed that Franklin County has one of the highest pollen counts in the state. The Layman’s daughter, Linda, 9, is one of those affected by hay fever.

 Approximately 68,500 pounds of ragweed was pulled in the Waynesboro area last year, reducing the pollen count there by one-third.

Youngsters under 17 years will be eligible for prizes this year.  The committee will pay a penny for the first 100 pounds of ragweed, and a half cent for each additional pound.  In addition the child pulling the most ragweed each week will receive a $25 savings bond.  Prizes at the end of the contest will include a $75 savings bond as grand prize; $50 bond, and $25 bond to second and third place winners.

100 Years Ago

June 1, 1921- Wednesday


Chambersburg – Forty-five dollars was cleared from the sale of poppies conducted by the Junior Civic Club on Memorial Day.  

The sale was held under the auspices of the Franco-American League and the proceeds will go towards helping French, orphans.  

The following girls assisted in the work here; Mrs. Jess Mahon, Rita Gerbig, Ada Ensminger, Anna Palmer, Mildred Gillan, Margaret Bert and Ruth Gehr.


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