Looking Back: Franklin County’s history May 29th

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 29th.

25 Years Ago

May 29, 1996 – Wednesday

“Cumberland Valley to celebrate National Trails Day with hikes”

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Grab your hiking shoes, get out mountain bike, hitch up your horse trailer and join the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council in celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday.

Across the nation, trail groups will sponsor events to encourage public support for recreational trails of all types.  Locally, it will happen on the 11-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail under development between Shippensburg and Newville.

Hikers can choose seven- or 11-mile one way hikes starting at the West Burd Street municipal parking lot in Shippensburg. Return transportation will be provided.

Mountain bikers will begin at the south end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Newville, for round-trip rides ranging from nine to 21 miles.

Equestrians will meet at the village of Oakville, along the trail, for half- or full-day rides.

All events are free and start at 9 a.m. The groups will meet in Oakville for lunch. Food will be sold for those who do not bring a lunch. Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council T-6hirts will also be sold.

All ages are welcome. Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Dogs must be on leashes.

The trail corridor is mostly level but the surface is currently primitive, from dirt to grass to railroad ballast. Several fairly steep embankments must be negotiated where bridges were removed.

The rain date is Sunday.

50 Years Ago

May 29, 1971 – Saturday

“Local Rites Planned – Area War Dead Honored”

People of the Cumberland Valley will pay homage to their war dead and veterans of all conflicts as they gather in their communities at the weekend for processions and services.

They will commemorate the 102nd annual Memorial Day, May 30.

Chambersburg’s service for the first time will be held at the Civil War Memorial in Memorial Square following a three-division parade moving west in Lincoln Way from Fifth Avenue at 9:30 Monday morning. In other years, the ceremony was held at the Kline Plot in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Speaker of the day will be Capt. William C. Wright, Vietnam veteran now stationed at Letterkenny Army Depot as education and training officer.

The observance, sponsored by the Chambersburg Area Joint Veterans Council, will include brief rites by the U.S. Marine Corps at the Lincoln Way West bridge.

Tribute will be paid especially to three casualties of the

Vietnam War since June 1, 1970: Roger Barnhart, Richard L. Park of Burnt Cabins whose wife is residing in Chambersburg, Fred B. Rosenberry, and to these veterans who have died since the 1970 date:

World War I: – Arthur C. Barbour, Edgar E. Burgner, Harry B. Eberly, Laurence E. Funk, Roy C. Hammond, Roy N. Haw-baker, Oliver M. Hergott, Aaron E. Metcalf, Grover C. Myers, Samuel J. Patterson, Walter S. Wiley, Raymond C. Houser.

World War II: – Donald V. Briggs Sr., Roy O. Carbaugh, George F. Deardorff, William L. McCullough, Harold G. Mickey, John R. Morgan, Russel T. Nitterhouse, Ray V. Northcraft, Ira L. Peck, Charles E. Ramsey, Elisha Roberts, Paul W. Summers, Willard G. Swartz, Richard J. Szady.

Korean Conflict: Melvin F. Baker, Richard A. Carmack, John R. Cook, Charles E. Fisher, Arthur L. Kaiser.

Vietnam: Terry L. Monn.

100 Years Ago

May 30, 1921- Monday

“Demonstration for Public Planned by New Superintendent”

“Scotland School To Show How It Helps Orphans”

With the change of administration at Scotland School, the industrial institution conducted by the state for the education of orphans or dependent children of its soldiers, has come many changes of policy,  one new plan of the new superintendent, George Signon, affects the public generally.  Never has Scotland School been known as well and intimately by local people as it should.

Superintendent Signor at once sensed that the better the school Is known, the better work It can do.  Recently he staged a demonstration for the enlightenment of representatives of The Associated Press, showing how well the boys and girls are being trained.  At that time it was suggested to him that it would be well to Invite the local public to see the same thing.  

Mr. Slgnor at once saw the point, and he has arranged such a demonstration for Wednesday afternoon next, beginning at 2 o’clock.  At that time all the people of Chambersburg and vicinity are invited to be present at what he has aptly designated as Community Day.

There will be shown demonstrations of the fine discipline and health-giving measures that the school observes.  The boys will give their military drill, both boys and girls will go through their physical culture exercises — you want to see the tots swinging their Indian clubs; it’s great.  There will be an hour’s band concert and the exercises will close with battalion dress parade, with the lowering of the flag.

It is suggested that local automobile owners begin organizing parties to take to the school.  It will be a treat, in a spectacular way, for the onlooker, and coming so soon after Memorial Day it will show us that, as a state, we are practicing same high ideals, in caring for the offspring of those men, who fought for us.  Only two other states, Ohio and Indiana, have soldiers orphans schools similar to Pennsylvania.


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