Looking Back: Franklin County’s history May 22nd

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 May 22nd.

25 Years Ago

May 22, 1996 – Tuesday

“Hunter becomes ‘turkey’, but he’ll be back”

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Nick Barbuzanes is sore in the few spots where he is carrying shotgun pellets.  

One in his neck, an inch from his carotid artery, a second a fraction of an inch from his left eye, and a few more in the bones of his left hand.

He’s ready to go back to work as fire chief of Mercersburg Montgomery Peters and Warren Volunteer Fire Company and to go back to the woods on Saturday, the final day of Pennsylvania’s turkey hunting season.

Barbuzanes was one of two Mercersburg men shot Saturday in separate accidents during spring turkey hunting season.

Barbuzanes, 45, of 5966 Buchanan Drive was taken to York Hospital after shotgun pellets hit him at 7:30 a.m.  Hunting on Washington County, Md., Sportsmen’s Association property, Craig Schaeffer, 37, of York, fired from 56 yards away at Barbuzanes, who was on the Dayhoff property in Montgomery Township.

“That’s not going to stop me,” Barbuzanes said. “I like to hunt, then if I get killed doing it, that’s what I like to do.  I might be a little shy at first.  It’s just an accident that happens.”

Also shot was Thomas Metcalf Sr., 21, of Mercersburg.  He was treated overnight at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md., for wounds to the left side.

Patrick Ruda, 46, of Greencastle, shot Metcalf from 35 yards as the men were hunting at 5:40 a.m. in Antrim Township.

Barbuzanes was hit after he walked on the dark, foggy morning to where he’d called a gobbler a night before.  He wore camouflage, but without hunter orange.  

By 7:30 a.m. he’d heard a bird to his left and heard another hunter call.  “I moved on the tree a little bit and he shot,” Barbuzanes said.  “I was hit before I heard the sound.”

Three pellets hit the binoculars hanging over his heart.  They stung his chest and bounced off.  He was wounded in his arm, hand, neck and near his eye. He called it “the most (pain) I ever had.”

The two hunters drove him to the MMPW fire hall. He eventually was taken to York Hospital, and treated there.

The hospital kitchen was closed, and a nurse brought him a turkey sandwich.  

“It was good, because I didn’t have anything to eat for a day and a half,” Barbuzanes said.

50 Years Ago

May 22, 1971 – Friday

“Mont Alto  Will Hold Field Day Saturday”

The annual Field Day of Penn State’s Mont Alto Commonwealth Campus will be held Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. 

Field Day will be combined this year with a number of other events to reduce parental travel.  These include the annual banquet recognizing associate-degree graduates, the Spring Chorale, and the Awards Convocation.

The public is invited to both Field Day and the Spring Chorale.

The banquet, followed by a dance, will be held at 7 o’clock tonight in the dining hall.  

Field Day opens the following morning.  The event began in the days when the Mont Alto Campus was a forestry school, featuring contests in such professional forestry skills as tree felling, log-rolling, and crosscut-and chain-sawing.  When the campus changed from forestry to its present status as a Commonwealth Campus, athletic and “fun” events were added.

The Spring Chorale, conducted by Prof. Egon Gartenberg, begins at 8:15 in the dining hall.  A program of classical and show music has been arranged.

 Saturday also features a barbecue for students and guests, a tour of the new library building, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and an arts and crafts exhibit in Mont Alto Hall from 5 to 8 p.m.  The public is also invited to the latter two events.

The Awards Convocation, honoring students for academic, school and public service, and athletic achievements, begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.   It is preceded by a non-sectarian folk service on the school lawn at 10:30 a.m. and followed by an intramural all-star basketball game on the outdoor court at 4 p.m.  The arts and crafts exhibit will also reopen from noon to 2 p.m.

100 Years Ago

May 22, 1921- Sunday

“By Balancing Health Accounts Daily, Bank President Keeps College Girls Fit”

Franklin County's history May 22th

Bank presidents have resorted to many sports to free their minds of dull financial care but running a girls college, which is the choice of G.H. Bartle of Fannetsburg and Chambersburg, Pa., is probably the oddest hobby in the profession.  This is how It happened.

Mr. Bartle is president of the Fannnetsburg National Bank and the business head of Wilson College, third oldest college for women In the United States, at Chambersburg.  A few years ago the college found itself  in need of a business man as manager and  Mr. Bartle was called upon.  The result of was running a women’s college for nine months annually running a bank and running a bank three at odd moments in between times.

The bank president can now tell on a moment notice the price of ice cream and cream puffs to of cheese rarebit and cheese cake.  Since adding the managing of Wilson College to his career, Mr. Bartle has planned the menus for thousands of girls with an insight into the tastes, peculiar to college girls which amounts to genius. He has managed the chef and servants as well. From his masculine viewpoint the servant problem is nothing so tremendous.  

Servants aren’t so difficult,” he claims. “First, I have an excellent chef and second, I treat him like a human being.  I say ‘we’ll do not, you do,’ and I express pleasure when a good effort is put forth.  In the third place I realize that college girls, doing mental work, must have good food and they have it, with the menus so varied that the cooking doesn’t grow monotonous. I arrange the menus for two weeks ahead and this helps insure a variety. It takes very little time and I find the girls are a healthy, blooming lot as a reward.

It costs $520 a year for a girl at Wilson College, according to this bank and kitchen chief, for tuition, room and board.  That is the minimum. An average is $606 per year. Various colleges for girls have written and some have sent representatives to Chambersburg to inquire how the cost is kept so low.  This is the manager’s secret:

“In a bank, accounts are balanced every day and every day the books fell you the condition of the bank and that of every individual who does business with it.  I have applied a similar system to running this colleges business affairs.  I have supplies enough of all kind and good food, but we eliminate waste and keep strict accounts.”


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