Looking Back: Franklin County’s history June 4th

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 4th.

25 Years Ago

June 4, 1996 – Tuesday

“New brochure offers tips”

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Do you know when leaves and brush can be burned in Greencastle?

What about where bicycles and skateboards can’t be ridden?  

Or when curfew is for minors?   

The answers to these and other questions can be found in the borough’s four-section brochure, mailed recently to Greencastle residents.

The brochure contains information on the most frequently asked questions, said Borough Manager Ken Myers.  

The borough has been distributing a brochure for more than 50 years.  

Myers added information on ordinances, snow removal and utility rates when more people started moving into the borough.  

“These are things people should be familiar with . . . things that differ from community to community,” he said. “The brochure is a to this information he residents.”

The brochure lists members of council, planning commission, zoning hearing board and other boards and committees; borough hall’s office hours and phone numbers; and requirements for permits, open burning, smoke detectors, bicycles, skateboards, recycling, alcohol, curfew, snow removal and weed control.

It includes snow removal tips, water and sewer rates and what taxes are collected.

Myers updates the brochure every two years.

“It may not be something you read when you get it, but it’s worth keeping around the house,” said Councilwoman Sydnae Vanner.

50 Years Ago

June 4, 1971 – Friday

“Upton Brethren Church has 100th Anniversary”

UPTON — On June 5 and 6, the Church of the Brethren will celebrate its 100th anniversary of the building of the church.

The Back Creek Congregation was organized in 1850.  Previous to its organization, it belonged to the Welsh Run Congregation, which was organized in 1810.

For several years after its organization, the congregation held services in homes of its members.  About 1853, the first church house was built on land of David Brandt.

During 1870-1871, the second house of worship in this congregation, the Upton house, was built on a tract of land (one acre, 37 perches), which was bought Dec. 23, 1871, from Henry Hawbecker and wife for the sum of $307.81. The Board of Trustees, to whom the property was deeded, which also constituted the building committee, were John Widders, David Foust Sr. and Peter Picking.  The deed was recorded April 4, 1874.  A brick building, 40 foot by 60 foot, was erected, with stone foundation and basement, at an approximate cost of $3,000. The bricks were burned on the farm of John Widders, now Myron Hawbaker, about one mile, distant.

Another acre of land was purchased from the same farm for $150, Jacob S. Shindle and wife being owners, on Feb. 10, 1888, to enlarge the graveyard.  At a council meeting in March 1910, a committee was appointed to incorporate the graveyard composed of F. S. Ebersole, John Lehner, Daniel Graybill, John P. Leiter and C. D. Hege. They became the first Board of Trustees.  

Little change was made in the structure of the building until 1956. The Board of Trustees, consisting of Kenneth Frey, Myron Hawbaker and John Grove, with the consent of the congregation, purchased the pews from the Fourth Street Church of the Brethren, Chambersburg, to replace the old ones.  At this time, the pillars were removed from the auditorium.  The raised ends were taken out and the pulpit was moved from the east end to the south end.  A public address system was installed.  Two years later, a new kitchen, inside rest rooms and two Sunday school rooms were installed in the basement.

In 1970, the Board of Trustees, consisting of Myron Hawbaker, Paul Negley and Martin Musser, purchased 1V4 acres of land from the Samuel Shindle estate for future expansion, with the consent of the congregation.

At the council meeting March 25, 1893, it was voted in favor of opening Sunday school at Upton.

In the beginning, there were summer schools. Since 1915, school was held every other Sunday.  For many years, every other Sunday preaching services followed Sunday school.

After World War I, the name of the church was changed from German Baptist Brethren to the Church of the Brethren.

The 100th anniversary program will begin Saturday evening at 7:30, with Kenneth Frey, moderator; chorister, Garnet Myers, and speaker, Brother Milton Bucher, using the theme, “A Look into the Past.

The Haldeman Quartet will provide special music.

Sunday’s program will begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., using the lesson topic, “God’s Call to Faith.”  Superintendant is Myron Hawbaker, and teacher is Homer Mussellman.  The worship service will be held at 10:30, with Roy Hawbaker, moderator; chorister, Elizabeth Stahl, and speaker, Brother Ammon Merkey, using the theme, “The Voice of God thtough the Church.”  The Sunday evening service, beginning at 7:15, will feature moderator, Garnet Myers; chorister, Marlin Bricker; church history, Clarence Negley; speaker, Brother Alton Bucher, using the theme. “A Passion for Progress.”

Other ministers who served the congregation are:

J. Eberly Kurtz, Enoch Eby, Abraham Pheil, D.P. Miller, John Myers, George Hege, Daniel Neikirk, J. D. Wilson, C. H. Steerman, Norman Dentler, E. J. Egan, J. S. Wallech, Edgar Landis, George Widder, George Mourer, Daniel Young, M. R. Flohr, F. E McCoy, Pau Miller, Harvey Martin, J. Kurtz Miller, J. H. Brindle, Samuel Parmer, S. B. Hawbaker, LeRoy Plum, Glenn Heckman, Darnel Haldeman, Charles Martin, Kenneth Frey and Garnet Myers.

100 Years Ago

June 4, 1921- Saturday


Chambersburg – Local constables have received instructions from Fred Rasmussen, secretary of agriculture, to prosecute all dog owners who permit their dogs to run at large between the hours of sunset and sunrise.  “All licensed dogs running at large between sunrise and sunset should be impounded and the owners notified,” according to the Instructions.


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