Looking Back: Franklin County’s history May 24th

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 24th.

25 Years Ago

May 24, 1996 – Friday

“Gas prices up 11 from last year”

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The higher price of gasoline may slow some drivers down during the Memorial Day weekend.  

The Energy Department estimates the average price nationwide for all grades of gasoline at $1.32 a gallon. That’s up 11 cents from Memorial Day weekend prices a year ago, according to the Automobile Association of America.

 Drivers in California face an average price of $1.59 a gallon. Up 60 cents from 1995.

********* Editor’s Note *********

“Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to have gas prices this low in May of 2021???”

50 Years Ago

May 24, 1971 – Monday

“Nurse Memorialized by Hospital Gift”

Franklin County's history May 24th

The Chambersburg Hospital Nurses Alumni Association last week presented Chambersburg Hospital a check for the building fund in the amount of $1,000, as a memorial to the late Florence Fields Shull, registered nurse.  

The memorial to Florence Fields Shull will be recorded, by her name inscribed as the first one on an add on plaque to be affixed to the wall inside the association’s Endowed Room at the hospital.

Members of Chambersburg Hospital Nurses Alumni Association and their friends are encouraged to add additional memorials.  The association contributed $4,200 to the building fund in 1949 for its Endowed Room and prior to this new memorial gift, had given an additional $2,781.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an Obituary for Florence Fields Shull in 1970.

Mrs. Florence Fields Shull, 62, 134 E. Queen St., died at 12:25 p.m. Monday in Chambersburg Hospital following a long illness.  She was wife of Robert S. Shull.

Mrs. Shull was born June 13, 1907, in Guilford Springs, daughter of the late George M. and Annie Stoner Fields, and was an adopted daughter of Mrs. Charlotte Fields, 530 Nelson St., and the late W. R. Fields. ”  

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Mrs. S. 0. Martin Sunday School Class; a member of the Chambersburg Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association.   A registered nurse, she graduated from the former Chambersburg Hospital Nurses training School in 1927. She practiced her profession at the local hospital, on private duty cases, and more recently was with the Red Cross Blood Mobile Unit when it visited the Chambersburg area. She relinquished this duty in 1957 because of ill health.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Shull is survived by two sons:  Robert F. (Skip) Shull, 90 Farm Lane; Richard C. Shull, R. R. 8; granddaughter, and two brothers: J. Howard Fields, Morrison, III, and Russell Fields, 354 E. King St.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. John J. Lenhardt officiating.

Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.  

The family will receive friends at the Sellers Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

It is the family’s wish that a hospital room be endowed for Mrs. Shull, to help other nurses who are hospitalized.  Those who wish to omit flowers may send contributions to the Florence Fields Shull Memorial Fund, in care of Nurses Alumnae Association, Chambersburg Hospital.

100 Years Ago

May 24, 1921- Tuesday

Commencement Exercises Will begin June 11th

“Wilson College commencement week”

Chambersburg – The festivities and events attending commencement week at Wilson College will begin at 10:30 o’clock on Saturday morning, June 11, when the annual meeting of the Alumnae Association will be held, followed by a luncheon at l p. m.  In the evening at 8 o’clock, the drama club will present the play: “Much  Ado About Nothings.” 

The baccalaureate service will be held in Thomson Hall at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the sermon being delivered by Dr. Ethelbert D.  Warfield, president of the College.  Both the Falling Spring and Central Presbyterian churches of town will unite in this service.  The vesper service at 6 p. m. will be in charge of the Alumnae and will be a memorial service to the Rev. Dr. S. A. Martin, a former president of the college.

On Monday, June 13, the tennis tournament finals will be played at 10 a, m., and the senior reception will be held from 3 to 5 p. m.  This will be followed immediately by a daisy chain and the planting of the class tree.  In the evening, from 8 to 10 o’clock President  and Mrs. Warfield will hold a reception for the Alumnae, the Senior class and the friends of the college, at the president’s house.

The commencement exercises will be held in the auditorium of Thomson Hall at 10:30 a. m., Tuesday.  The address to the graduates will be made by Professor Leon C. Prince of Dickinson College, Carlisle.  The meeting of the board of trustees will convene at 10 a.m., attend the commencement exercises and reconvene at 1:30 p. m.


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