Looking Back: Franklin County’s history May 26
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 26.
25 Years Ago
May 26, 1996 – Sunday
“Chambersburg Golf Tournament set for June 28”
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce announces the first annual Chamber Scramble golf tournament to be held at the Penn National Golf Club & Inn, June 28. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The cost is $60 per player and $220 a team. The fee includes 18 hole cart, greens fee, and all refreshments.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. There will also be longest drive and closest pin contests.
A lunch buffet will immediately follow the tournament.
Deadline to register is June 14 or until filled.
50 Years Ago
May 26, 1971 – Wednesday
“Borough’s Swimming Pool Opens Saturday”
Chambersburg – Borough Recreation Director Douglas Niemond said this morning the swimming pool in Municipal Park will open for the season Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Originally, the pool was scheduled to open Memorial Day.
Niemond said the pool was drained, cleaned and is now filling with fresh water. He said a full staff of lifeguards and attendants for safety has been hired. He indicated there are no changes in the facilities, rules or rates.
The director said more than 420 season permit tags have been sold with most of those in family memberships. Patrons who live in the borough and do not wish season memberships will be able to buy an identification tag for 50 cents good for the season. They will then be admitted for a 75 cent fee. Those living outside the borough but in the school district will buy the same tag and will pay a fee of $1; teenagers, 75 cents, and those under 12, 50 cents.
Niemond said the picnic pavilion is already reserved for every Sunday in the season and most Saturdays. He noted most weekdays are still available for reservation.
He said the park has been unofficially opened for about six weeks for activities such as baseball, tennis, basketball and family picnics.
100 Years Ago
May 26, 1921- Thursday
“Local Merchants for Daylight Plan; Closed P.M. Thursdays”
Chambersburg – At a meeting of the retail committee of the chamber of commerce last night a resolution was passed, endorsing the movement for the daylight saving ordinance in town, and asking that council act in the matter.
The committee also decided that local merchants should, during the months of June, July and August close their stores on Thursday afternoons and at 5 p. m. each day, Saturday excepted.
The committee also took action scoring the misleading kind of an advertising which a local clothing store recently Indulged in, and which repeated In a local newspaper last week.
Public Opinion continues to receive votes in favor of daylight saving. Among those received yesterday were ones from two banks National Bank of Chambersburg and Farmers & Merchants Trust Co. in which all the employees joined in the petition.
President Fisher stated today that he will call a special meeting or council next Wednesday to act on the matter. In the meantime he says that council seeks further expression of opinion, through Public Opinion votes, and by action of any bodies interested in the movement.