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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 29th.

25 Years Ago

June 29, 1995  Thursday

“Franklin and cows: a top combination”

Cows have made their mark in Franklin and Fulton counties. 

Franklin County ranks 23rd in the country in dairy farming, according to a recent issue of Dairy Today, a trade publication. The ranking is based on data from 1992. 

Franklin ranked 33rd in the country in 1987, the previous time the comparison was made. 

In 1994, the county had 93,200 cows – including 45,700 cows that were milked – on its 535 dairy farms. The cows produced about 89 million gallons of milk, valued at about $105.5 million. The milk feeds more than 1.25 million people annually. 

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Only six Pennsylvania counties rank among the top 100 dairy counties in the United States. 

The others: Berks, Lancaster, Bradford, Chester and Somerset. 


People Cows

Bradford​​        61.722       104,072

Tioga         41,605        41,844

Sisquehanna   41,023        41.331

Fulton         14,230        16,901

Sullivan          6,124          7,585

​Sources:  Penn State Data Center

​  Population Estimate 1992

​  ***  1992 Census of Agriculture, US Census Bureau

50 Years Ago

June 29, 1970 – Monday

“Wackermans are Honored”

The Rev. and Mrs. Harry Wackerman were guests of honor at a farewell party in the Fellowship Hall of Messiah United Methodist Church, Shippensburg. 

The Wackermans have moved to Jacobus, six miles from York, where Mr. Wackerman will be minister of Christ United Methodist Church. 

Clare Kerns, chairman of the Administrative Board, presented the address of welcome. Several musical selections were given, in addition to a brief talk by Lester Wadel, lay leader in the church. 

The Wackermans received gifts from the church and Boy Scouts. 

In conclusion, the Rev. Theodore Yohe, pastor, presented a brief talk and closed with a prayer. Refreshments followed.

100 Years Ago

June 29, 1920  Tuesday

“330 Now Tally Of Chamber Of Commerce”

Chambersburg – Again the chamber of commerce dial has made an advance toward its goal. Nothing can now hold it back. Last night’s roprt brought the total to 3 30. There are still two bank and one manufacturing concern to be heard from, and the team workers have a large list of individuals to see. 

Last night’s report was made at a very enthusiastic meeting of team worker held In campaign headquarter. All of the men present will be out today to sign up as many members a possible. 

In checking up the list of members many interesting facts come to light. For instance, undertakers, book seller, coal and feed dealers, and men’s furnishing store have joined the new chamber 100 per cent strong. Other business which have excellent percentage records are hardware, dry goods, druggist, shoe dealers, florist and furniture dealers. 

Division total last night were: Executive committee – 60; division 2 – Major Maglll, 138; division 1 – Major Harmon, 86; division 3 – Major Ganoe, 46; Captain McDowell 53, – Captain Promeroy 34.  Captain Wlngerd 31, Major Harmon 30, Captain Pfoutz 28, Captain Zmmerman 21, Captain Mehaffey 20, Captain Eyster 18, Captain Berger 13, Captain Mong 8, Major Ganoe 7, Captain Runk 3, Captain Burgner 2, Captain Hoke 2. 

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