Looking Back: Franklin County’s history May 25th
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 25th.
25 Years Ago
May 25, 1996 – Saturday
“Focus: MEMORIAL DAY”
Vets Honor Special Day
But Some People Don’t Appreciate What It Means
John Jannuzi, a 75-year-old veteran of World War II and Korea, gets a little choked up when talking about his buddies from the armed services.
Not all of them made it home.
“I’m at that age now where I get a little emotional,” Jannuzi said. “You look back in retrospect and remember a lot of faces.” For some, Memorial Day means little more than a day off work, but for veterans and their families the true meaning of this Monday’s holiday isn’t lost.
Jannuzi, a resident of Scotland, is the honorary parade marshal for Monday’s Memorial Day parade in Chambersburg.
He became a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, served six of his 12 years overseas and estimates he traveled 350,000 miles on Navy ships. Quite a feat for a man who became a Marine in 1941 by accident.
Jannuzi meant to join the Army after hearing a bunch of friends who had been stationed in Hawaii tell war stories.
“I went to Pittsburgh, went to the Army recruiter and the line was tremendous. I had to go to work, and I had to catch a train to get back home,” Jannuzi said. “I’m on my way out of the building and there’s a Marine sergeant there who says, ‘Can I help you?’ Before I left I was enlisted in the Marine Corps. To tell you the truth, I’d never seen a Marine before.”
Jannuzi served in the Solomons, Aleutians, Guadalcanal and Okinawa. He started college when he returned from World War II, but returned to the service to fight in Korea.
He came home for good in 1952, near the end of the Korean War. He now has a 45-year marriage and four children, and is a retired superintendent of Scotland School for Veterans’ Children.
Each Memorial Day, Jannuzi takes time to mourn the loss of his friends.
“People say we didn’t have a cross to bear World War II people. But we did,” Jannuzi said, wiping his eyes with a handkerchief.
At least 265 people from Franklin County died in World War II, Vietnam and Korea, according to the Franklin County Veterans Affairs office.
Some veterans say Memorial Day has lost its meaning for the” younger generation.
Sam Reed, Shippensburg, served in the Army from 1943 to 1945 in World War II and was at the invasion of Normandy.
“(Younger people) don’t know too much of what happened. I don’t think they stress it enough in the schools,” Reed said. “Everybody knows about Gettysburg, but they don’t know about the Battle of the Bulge.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars is trying to change that. The organization has tried to push Memorial Day back to May 30, not the fourth Monday of the month.
VFW State Commander Don Mills said more people would acknowledge Memorial Day as a time to recognize veterans if it retained its history.
“We sort of feel when it was changed years ago (in 1970) that it was giving government people a long weekend,” Mills said. “It’s really taken away the meaning of that day.”
Editor’s note: John Jannuzi died in June,1998, two years after the above article was written. His wife, Margaret, died in December 2014. She taught at the former Scotland School for Veterans’ Children from 1952-1957.
50 Years Ago
May 25, 1971 – Tuesday
“Groves celebrate silver wedding anniversary”
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grove, R. R. 3, were honored at a celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 16, in their home. Mr. Grove is the son of Martin and Mary Lehman Grove, R. R. 3.
Mrs. Grove is the daughter of Gregory and Mary Shero Buck, Carrolltown.
The party was hosted by their children, the Misses Nancy, Donna and Martina Grove, all at home,- and Mr. and Mrs. William Grove, R. R. 3, and two grandchildren, Christina and Billy.
The anniversary table was centered with a two-tier cake, surrounded by green fern and yellow pompons. Floral arrangements were composed of yellow pompons and snapdragons with orange carnations. Orange and white streamers decorated the room.
The table was set with silver and white bells with silver lighted tapers. A decorated silver money tree centered the gift table. The Groves received many cards and gifts. Approximately 65 friends and relatives attended.
100 Years Ago
May 25, 1921- Wednesday
“ “Y” Boys Will Hold Camp Reunion at Wildwood Park”
Chambersburg – A camp reunion of Y. M. C A. boys will be held Saturday evening June 4. at the Rotary Club council ring in Wildwood Park. Camp games will be played, the log of last year’s camp read and complete plans for this summer’s camp announced.
The reunion will be from S to 9.30 o’clock and plans are now being made by A. H. Dinsmore. boys’ work secretary of the association.
A meeting of the boys’ orchestra was held last night when it was decided to conduct rehearsals every Tuesday evening at S.30 o’clock.
Any boy member of the Y. M. C. A. under fifteen years of age has the privilege of winning a place in the orchestra through superior playing to the present members.
The boy’s game rooms of the Y. M. C. A. and the boys’ gym classes will be closed all day on May 30yh, Memorial Day.
Secretary A. H. Dinsmore is planning for a series of bicycle hikes to take place during the summer.