Looking Back: Franklin County’s history March 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 March 1st.

25 Years Ago 

March 1, 1996 –Friday

“Your Smart Pet Can Win Cash”

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Chambersburg – Bambi and Bully are retired.

The pair won’t compete in this year’s second Pet Tricks Contest, but the champions from last year willbe there.

Each will donate $25 to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.And at the end of year’s showthey’ll do some tricks for fun.

But competing again “wouldn’t be fair,” says John Duryea of Chambersburgwho shares a house with the two dogs who won last year’s fund raiser for the shelter.

Public Opinion sponsoredthe contest when it looked like the financially struggling shelter might have toclose.

We’re repeating the event thisyear.

Mark the date: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 0, at the National Guard Armory at 1010 LincolnWay West,Chambersburg.

The newspaper will pay $250 for first prize, $100 for second and $50for third.Public Opinion will match the prize money itwith $100 contribution to the shelter.

50 Years Ago 

March 1,1971 –Monday

“Wilson College to Remain for Women Only”

Chambersburg – Wilson College will remain a college for women.

The decision was announced today in a release from the college’s public information office and in a press conference at 2 p.m. in the Penn-Harris Hotel, Harrisburg.

Dr. Charles C. Cole Jr., president, said the decision received unanimous endorsement of the board of trustees and was supported by the faculty.

“Thismeans that we will preserve the basic character of Wilson,” Dr. Cole emphasized.“We are reaffirming our commitment to the education of women.

A wave of publicity favoring coeducation has moved across the country in recent years, and many young women have beenswept into coeducational institutions.A ‘bandwagon effect’ has been created, forcing many women’s colleges to re-examine their mission.

“Wilson,” he said, “is taking a positive, clear-cut, and unambiguous stand.We are determined to provide an option for those young women who prefer an alternative to c o education.”

The issue has been discussed and studied in a variety of forums involving all segments of the Wilson College community trustees, students, alumnae, and members of the faculty and administration.

“One of the nation’s first four-year colleges for women,Wilson was founded in 1869 when women’s opportunities forhigher education were almost nonexistent,” Dr. Cole said.“Although this particular rationale for women’s education has vanished, the need for a superior and distinctive education for women is no less urgent today.

“Women in the 1970s are searching for a greater degree of equality in all phases of their lives, and they are seeking a new role in society,”he continued. “We believe that they deserve an education that is designed to meet their needs,’ interests and concerns.”

The educator said that the number of colleges for women has dropped sharply in the past decade. The result, he said, is a loss of essential diversity in higher education.

He observed that a majority of the young women now graduating from secondary schools may feel that they prefer coeducation.“But we believe that there is a significant number who can derive more benefit from a women’s college and who can profit from this type of college experience.Their rights and intents also deserve consideration,” he said.

“The purpose of a women’s college is not to segregate women from men,” he explained.“In fact, we have a variety of activities and programs on campus in which our students are brought together with men students, both in social and in academic situations.

“The real value of a women’scollege is that it recognized that woman have their own life patterns. In such a setting, women students can develop and mature at their own pace and realize their full potential.

“Our students gain valuable experience by fully participating in the classroom.Women’s colleges provide their students with maximum leadership opportunities in extracurricular activities as well.”

Dr. Cole went on to point out that women’s colleges have a distinguished record in graduating women who become leaders in the various professions.“According to a study of the undergraduate origins of those listed in WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN, graduates of women’s colleges are 2.3 times more likely to be recognized for career achievement than are women graduates from coeducational institutions,” he said.

“At the ages of 17 to 22,” he stated, “Women are generally more mature, intellectually and emotionally, then men.They are more sensitive to the human aspects of a. situation.

“Women’s colleges are free to seek and develop new teaching techniques, new courses, and new educational arrangements of particular value to women students,” he said.“In a small college such as ours we have an outstanding faculty whose primary interest is teaching.With our small classes and individualized instruction, we retain the flexibility and responsiveness to meet the individual needs ofour students.”

100 Years Ago

March 1,1921 – Tuesday

J. H. Knode Comes March 9FromMaryland Post

“New Farm Agent Farm Agent Appointed for Franklin County”

J. H. Knode, farm agent of Cecil county, Maryland, has been appointed farm agent for Franklin county by M. S. McDowell, head of the agricultural. extension department of State College. Mr. Knode was in town yesterday with a view to securing a residence.

Mr. Knode’s appointment to the Franklin county post followed the announcement that Farm Agent Rice, would ask a leave ofabsence ,effective March 15. Mr. Rice, it Is authoritatively stated, will not return to farm bureau work but will take charge of his father’s farm atArendtsville, Adams county. Mr. Knode, his successor, is a graduate of the University of Maryland, class of 1915. He specialized in animal husbandry. He has been farm agent of Cecil County, with headquarters at Elkton. Md., for the past three and one-half years. He formerly lived near Hagerstown. Mr. Knode is a married man and will remove here with his family.

He will come to Franklin with Farm Agent Rice on a “getacquaintedtrip.”


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