Looking Back: Franklin County’s history June 8th

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 8th.

25 Years Ago

June 8, 1996 – Saturday

“The Way We Were”

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Franklin County's history June 8th

The Conococheague Creek in Chambersburg is pictured on this postcard from the early 1900s. It was submitted by Alverta Foreback, Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

June 8, 1971 – Tuesday

“Kittochtinny Hears of Indian Villages”

Ninety-one members and guests heard Dana Ward, Chambersburg, speak on “Indian Villages of Franklin County,” in a meeting of Kittochtinny Historical Society.

The speaker has done a great deal of archaeological work at Indian villages in the county, and has an extensive collection of artifacts procured from these sites.  Many of these items were on display for Kittochtinny members.

The speaker showed color slides of a part of his arrowhead collection.  Findings were made at sites in Fayetteville, Siloam, Orrstown, Scotland and in South Mountain area.

Other sites of at least temporary Indian settlements have been found near Falling Spring Church and in the Greencastle area, around Dickey’s Run, Fort Loudon and near Edenville.

New members, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Burkhart, Chambersburg, and Charles Kuhns, St. Thomas, were accepted into the society. Resignations were accepted, with regret, from Miss Martha Church and Stanley Omwake.   

Vice President Dr. Homer Rosenberger said the annual June tour would be held June 19 in Greencastle area.

President C. E. Adams , Waynesboro, presided and noted gifts from Mrs. Mose Brown, Mrs. Ruth Hicks, Henry Kittredge and Dr. R. G. Mowrey.

Miniature furniture was on display at the meeting.

100 Years Ago

June 8, 1921- Wednesday

1921 – Penn State University

“One county man graduates at Penn State College”

Franklin County's history June 8th

Chambersburg – One member of the graduating class at the Pennsylvania State College is from Franklin county and will receive his degree at the sixty-first annual commencement to be held here on Tuesday morning of next week.   The class this year Is the largest in the history of the college, numbering 464.  Fifty-two of these are women.  This Is a record year for degrees at Penn State, as those graduated at mid-year make the total 630.

The Franklin county man is Frederick Harvey Walck, of Chambersburg, who has completed the course In civil engineering.

EDITOR’S NOTES: The following obituary for Frederick Harvey Walck of Chambersburg, was found in the “Evening Star” paper in Washington, District of Columbia on November 26, 1932:


— C. C. Employee Had Been in Poor Health 2 Years—

Franklin County's history June 8th

Glennwood Cemetery, District of Columiba, USA, Funeral to Be Held Monday.

Frederick H. Walck, 32, an employee of the Interstate Commerce Commission for the past 10 years, died yesterday at his home, 1918 M street northeast, after a long Illness.

He had been in bad health for almost two years, but had continued his duties as a civil engineer with the commission until he became critically ill a few weeks ago.

Born in Chambersburg, Pa., in 1900, Mr. Walck attended Girard College in Philadelphia and received a degree of civil engineer from Penn State College.  He entered the employ of the Bureau of Valuation of the interstate Commerce Commission in 1922.

In 1923 Mr. Walck married Miss Blanche M. Hurley of Washington. He is survived by his widow, two sons, Frederick H.. Jr., and Charles; his mother, Mrs. Κ. E. Walck. of Chambersburg, and four brothers, Roy M. Walck, Fulton, Ky., J. Lynn Walck, Waynesboro, Pa.; Charles E. and Clarence E. Walck of Lewiston, Pa.

Mr. Walck was a member of Centennial Lodge, F. A. A. M„ No. 14, and the United Brethren Church of this city.  Funeral services will be held Monday at his late residence.


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