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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 28, 1995  Monday

“Trojans keep rolling with 9 – 0 Victory”

It might take the Chambersburg Trojans softball team two or three innings to get rolling, but watch out when they do get things in full gear. 

In the Trojans’ second time through the lineup, they exploded for five runs in the third inning and pounded out 14 hits in the game to shut out the Elizabethtown Bearcats 9-0 on Saturday in their District 3 Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game at Hampden Township park. 

The Bearcats came in with an impressive 20-3 record and pitcher Erin Reynolds had pitched in all but one game. 

She was able to keep the Trojan sticks at bay for the first two innings, giving up only an RBI single to Chris Bricker in the second, but the beast was awakened in the third. 

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“We usually don’t hit that well in the first couple of innings,” said Kia Purvis, who was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. “But once someone gets a hit, everyone follows.” 

“It took us a couple innings to get going,” Chambersburg coach Harvey Staversaid. “But we got to her fastball. Chris Bricker and Kristy Caldwell have been coming through all year in tough situations with big hits to get us going. All we need is one or two runs to break things open and then rattle the pitcher. We are seeing some pretty good competition right now, which is really helping our hitting.” 

Chambersburg (20-1) sent 10 batters to the plate, collected five hits and scored five runs to build a 6-0 lead. Emily Bender and Kia Purvis had two-run singles and Lori Reese singled home another run. 

“Lately I haven’t been hitting that well,” said Chambersburg leadoff hitter Amy Baughman, who was 3-for-4. “But during practice before the game I hit the ball well and knew I would hit in the game. Their pitcher had good speed. She wasn’t too fast or slow, just the right speed to drive the ball. When we get out to a big lead like we did it gives us a lot more confidence.” 

“No one has hit our pitcher like that all year,” Elizabethtown coach Denny Brown said. “I knew Chambersburg was a good hitting team, but I was hoping some of their hard hit balls would be hit at somebody, but they found a lot of holes. I give Chambersburg a lot of credit, they are an excellent hitting team and they hit Erin-around pretty good. Once we fell behind 6-0 I knew it was going to be almost impossible to come from behind off (Tish) Killian.” 

The second-inning run by the Trojans would have been enough for Killian and Purvis, who combined to throw a five-hitter, struck out 10 and did not walk a batter. 

Killian used a variety of smoke and off-speed pitches to baffle the Bearcat hitters. She allowed four hits and struck out nine in her six innings. 

“I wasn’t throwing my fastball that much because it wasn’t working that well,” said Killian, who is now 11-1. “I was throwing a lot of curveballs and then I’d throw a screwball. We have a lot of experience as hitters, so we were able to hit a pitcher like theirs. We really didn’t have any problem hitting her.” 

“Killian is the best we’ve seen all year,” Brown said. “I was really impressed with her control and how well she worked the corners. She just did not throw a bad pitch.” 

“Tish can throw all her pitches well,” Staver said, “and throw them all for strikes, which I think is incredible.” 

The Trojans tacked on three insurance runs in the fifth. 

With one out, Bricker sent a fly ball to the left that was misplayed, ” and she ended up on second. After a single by Purvis, Hollie Stover scored Bricker with a sacrifice fly to center. Baughman’s third hit of the game scored” Purvis and Megan Shilling finished the scoring with a pinch-hit single, bringing home Baughman. 

“I knew Elizabethtown was going to be a pesky team,” Staver said. “They just want to put the ball in play and a team like that seems to give us trouble. I’m a little concerned about our defense. We are going to have to improve on that.” 

NOTES: In the Trojans’ last eight District 3 playoff games, they have outscored their opponents 67-0. Chambersburg has pounded out 26 hits in two district games this year.

50 Years Ago

May 29, 1970 – Friday

“Parade to Honor War Dead”

Detailed arrangements have been announced for Chambersburg’s observance of Memorial Day, chief of which, traditionally, will be a parade and two services, at Conococheague Creek Bridge and in Cedar Grove Cemetery, honoring veterans of all wars.

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Speaker at the Kline Plot ceremonies in Cedar Grove Cemetery will be Lt. Col. Addison D. Davis III, student of the U.S. Army’s War College, Carlisle. 

Col. Davis has seen service in Vietnam as commander of a battalion in First Cavalry Division, later as plans and training officer, U.S. Advisory Command, in Vietnam, and has had other overseas tours in Korea and Hawaii. 

A 1951 graduate of The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., where he was granted the bachelor of arts degree in political science and business administration, he is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. 

The Chambersburg Joint Veterans Council, sponsor, has designated Fred E. Fernsler parade marshal, Major J. William Stover honorary marshal, and Clay F. Henninger officer-of-the-day. 

The parade, in three divisions, will form in Fifth Avenue at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, moving at 9:15 westward in Lincoln Way, pausing for brief ceremonies at the bridge in memory of veterans lost at sea. The procession will continue to Franklin Street, north on Franklin to the Pleasant Street cemetery entrance (at the top of the hill) for rites at the Kline plot. 

The bridge ceremony, in which women’s auxiliaries presidents will take part, will include ceremony of flowers, invocation, salute to departed comrades, taps, and benediction by the Rev. Robert E. Reasey of First United Methodist Church. 

At the Kline plot, the service will follow this order: Invocation, placing of a wreath, salute to departed comrades, taps, introduction of the speaker, National Anthem, and benediction by the Rev. Richard E. Sigler, pastor of Falling Spring Presbyterian Church. 

Headed by aides in each division, the order of march will be: 


(Aides: William (Arcbie) Martin, Harry Decker, Richard Overcash

Forms in Fifth Avenue, head resting at Lincoln Way East: Marine Corps Color Guard behind police escort; wreath bearers and riflemen, parade marshal, chairman of Joint Veterans Council, officer-of-the-day and speaker.

Central Junior High School Band, honorary parade marshal, members of Town Council, Spanish American War Veterans, Gold Star Mothers, Mr. Reasey and Mr. Sigler, presidents of auxiliaries, Joint Veterans Council, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 104th Armored Cavalry; 

World War I and II Veterans, World War I Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans No. 78; Chambersburg Area Senior High School Band, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1599, American Legion Post 46; Amvets Post 224, Marine Corps League Detachment, Auxiliary to VFW Post 1599; Auxiliary to Legion Post No. 46; Junior Auxiliary to Legion Post 46; 8 et 40 Salon No. 708, Auxiliary to Amvets Post 224. 


(Aides: Lester (Pete) Evans, William Ward, Robert Englerth

Forms in Nelson Street east of Fifth Avenue, head resting at Fifth Avenue: J. Frank Faust Junior High School Band, marching units of Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, Good Will Fire Company, Ladies Auxiliary to Chambersburg FireCompanies, Bethel Assembly of God Missionettes.  


(Aides: Robert Chastulik, Russell Bittle.) 

Forms in Nelson Street west of Fifth Avenue, with head resting on Fifth Avenue: Shippens-burg Area Senior High School Band, Acadettes Majorettes, all Girl Scout and Brownie units of Chambersburg area, all Boy Scouts and Cub units of Chambersburg area.

100 Years Ago

May 29, 1920 – Saturday

“Salesgirls of Chambersburg”

Chambersburg — Here are two of the early entries in the National Sales Girls  competition.

Girls Beauty Contest being conducted by Public Opinion and 300 associatednewspapers. 

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On the left, Miss Margaret Spinks, who sells Jewelry in the May Co. department store; right, Miss Thelma Braml, employed in the silverware department of the name store. 

These girls, like Chambersburg sales girls, have a chance of becoming famous and wealthy. The local salesgirl who is judged most beautiful in Public Opinion’s contest will be entered for the national judging, with the most beautiful salesgirls of the 300 other papers in the contests. 

Then a board composed of Neysa McMein, noted artist; F. Ziegfeld, Jr.; head of the Ziegfeld shows; Alfred Cheney Johnson, famous photographer; R, A. Walsh, producer for the Mayflower Photoplay Corporation; and F. Quirk, editor of “Photoplay” magazine, will pick the prettiest salesgirl in America. 

This girl is guaranteed a six weeks engagement at the Mayflower studios, where she will appear In a specially written photoplay and given every help in becoming a movie star. She is also guaranteed, in addition to the movie contract, six weeks with one of the New York- Ziegfeld shows, ” She will receive $100 a week salary in each engagement, a total of $1200 for 12 weeks work – work is the wrong word, it will be a fine vacation and it will give, the winner a chance, if she possesses talent, to become famous “overnight.”  Expenses of herself and her mother or chaperon will be paid to and from New York.

Will one of our Chambersburg girls win?

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