Looking Back: Franklin County’s history May 23rd

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 23rd.

25 Years Ago

May 23, 1996 – Thursday

“The Way We Were”

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Franklin County's history May 23rd
Used cars await buyers at M & H Chevrolet on North Second Street in Chambersburg, in the 1930s. Newer models are parked along the curb down the street.

50 Years Ago

May 23, 1971 – Sunday

“Adult League Promises Balanced Competition”

Sports Correspondent Calling all area sports fans.  The Franklin County Adult League shapes up to be pretty tough this year.  It should provide good competition for the teams as well as enjoyment for the fans during the fast-approaching season.

Last year, the Wayne Heights entry copped the league championship, but have since dropped out of the loop.  Hagerstown, which may prove to be just as fast-approaching stiff as Wayne Heights, is filling in for the now departed team.

 Gene Kerns and Dwight Dui-ton will lead the hitting attack, while Ken Misner, Tom Walsh, and a couple of ex-pro players, Ed House and Don Beard, will carry the brunt of the pitching. Dick Forrest is the manager of the Marylanders, and he is quite confident concerning his team’s chances for the league crown.  “We’re the team to beat,” he suggested confidently, and added that the team that beats Hagerstown is going to win all  the marbles.   “We’re the best team on paper,” said Forrest.

Don Gracey is the acting coach of the Shippensburg Triple A’s, second place finishers in last year’s race. Jim Monos will head the infield for the AAA’s while Bob Markley, Gene Flewelling, and Darrell Lynch will be the hurlers to watch out for Darrell Kline.  Don Shirley, Nelson Heberlig, Tom Kling, Dick Poe, John Heckman, Steve Kann, Hank Baker, and Bill Kennedy were all mentioned as possible starters.  Gracey says that “there are several openings and plenty of candidates, but the roster hasn’t yet been filled.  There are about six candidates fighting for three open positions.”

Greencastle finished first in the regular season, but bowed to Wayne Heights in last year’s playoffs.  “We lost a couple of good hitters, and we’re going to have to use a little more speed and defense this season,” commented Dweller manager Paul Rice. 

Clayton Angle will do the receiving for Greencastle and Charley Bingaman, Jim Wesley, Dick Heckman, and Nick Barn-hart will probably round out the infield. Daryl Henry, Carl Dixon, and Larry Crouse will roam the outfield while Tom Elgin, Lon Barkdoll, and Sam Rogers do the pitching.

Carl McKee and Dick Wilmer will share in the coaching chores for the Fayetteville Double A’s. The Brookens brothers – Tom, Tim, and Denny will start, along with first baseman Randy Hammond and outfielder Dave Shaak.   “I think we stand a real good chance,” McKee quipped, “but Jeff Brookens’ leaving will hurt.  I think we’ll finish either first or second in our division, with our main worry being Chambersburg.  We have good hitting and will have good pitching when Larry Bard gets back from Europe to help us out with the pitching.”  McKee hopes to pick up a few more players before the season gets too far into the schedule.

Chambersburg, Quincy, St. Thomas, and Mercersburg round out the remainder of Die loop.  Quincy is under the direction of Glen Miller this season who says that “because of the real bad weather, I just don’t know yet who is going to play.”

Of the candidates, Mike and Tom Schellhase, Gus Hennicle, Jim Haugh, Joe Baer, John Hockensmith, Larry Beard, Howard Beaver, Howdy Sollenberger, and Randy Lynch seem to have the best shots, but the rest is a “real toss-up.”  

Jim Hawbaker will direct the Sollenberger Mercersburg team, and Bob Estcp will handle the reigns of the St. Thomas entry.  Statistics on Mercersburg and St. Thomas were not available.  Hawbaker will rely on James Buchanan pitching star Bob Thomas.  He led the Rockets to the title.

The Franklin County Adult League could turn out to be very exciting and hold a few surprises in store for area fans.  If the teams are as good as their coaches think them to be, things could really be blazing this summer when it comes around to playoff time.

100 Years Ago

May 23, 1921- Monday


Chambersburg – Display of the American flag at all entertainments, public gatherings and meetings is required throughout Pennsylvania as a result of an act passed this year.  Proprietors of such places are prohibited from holding meetings where the flag is not displayed.  The law requires also that the flag shall be kept “reasonably clean and in good repair.”  The penalty for violation of the act is a fine of not more than $100.


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