Looking Back: Franklin County’s history November 11th

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 November 11th.

25 Years Ago

November11, 1995Saturday

Bryan Maun in search of his great-grandfather’s pitchfork 

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“Family heirloom lost from back of truck”

Chambersburg– If you found Bryan Maun’s heirloom, please fork it over.He did not pitch it.

Last Friday evening, a pitchfork fell out of the Greencastle resident’s pickup truck while he was driving home from Shippensburg.

It wasn’t an ordinary pitchfork.This one belonged to his great-grandfather.And Maun is offering a $50 reward or a new pitchfork for it.

“It’s the sentimental value,” said the insurance agent, who owns a small farm.“I hope someday, whenever I have children, I can pass it on to one of them.”

The fork has faded blue paint on its metallic shaft and a dark wooden handle. It is about 60 years old, Maun said.

“It looks fairly old, yet it’s in nice condition,” he said.

Maun lost the pitch fork while hauling brush in his Jeep pickup truck. He had strapped the pitchfork over the brush.He drove from Shippensburg to Chambersburg down Interstatethen used U.S.11 to get to his home at 12124 Cool Hollow Road.

“It must have blown out somewhere along the way,” he said.

Maun said he has always been careful not to lose the pitchfork. But he didn’t want to just store it somewhere.

“Using it is half the fun of owning it, because of the sentimental value,” he said.

50 Years Ago

November 11,1970Wednesday

“Chambersburg Resident Marks 100thBirthday”

County's history November 11th
Mrs. Sarah Small

Thanksgiving Day 1970 will be a very special day for Mrs. Sarah Small, 143 N. Fourth St.She will celebrate her 100th birthday.

Not looking her age, the centenarian enjoys good health, though she had to give up walking after fracturing her hip last December.She reads the Public Opinion daily (but sometimes complains that the type seems to get smaller, her daughter notes), and also religious literature.

Born Nov. 26, 1870, in Chambersburg, SarahHehlmarried James A. Small, and the couple had seven children.The family moved to the Fourth Street address in 1903, two years before Mr. Small died.

To support her family, the young widow took in washings and ironings, baked bread, buns and cakes and made potato chips.“I have always worked hard,” she smiles.

Four children are still living, Samuel S. Small and Emanuel K. Small, both of Lincoln Way East; Sarah M. Small, with whom she resides, and Mrs. EllenNozzi, 252 Linden Ave.There are also 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Answering the question all centenarians are asked, “How does it feel to be 100?,” Mrs. Small made a large circle with her arms and said, “Up in the air,” adding more seriously, “Itdoesn’t worry me, it (worry) won’t do any good.”

A quiet celebration is planned by the immediate family for the big day, Nov. 26.


EDITOR’S NOTE:Sarah A.Hehl died almost two years after the above June 3, 1972. Sarah was born on November 26, 1870 (Thanksgiving Day) in Chambersburg, Pennsylvaniato Emanuel and MaryHehl.She married James A. Small on January 2, 1890 in St. Thomas, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.Her husband, James, died on April 14, 1905. She was survived by two sons, Samuel S. Small of 716 Lincoln Way East and Emanuel K. Small of 984 Lincoln Way East; daughters Miss Sarah M. Small of the home, and Mrs. Ellen J.Nozzi, 255 Linden Avenue. She was preceded in death by a son, John N. . Small, (who died on April 3, 1947 at the age of 53 years old.) She is buried in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

100Years Ago


“Your Red Cross fee helps run health center“

Chambersburg – On the fourth floor of the Trust Building is located the health center. It is hoped this may be developed into a real community center.Here are held the classes in home nursing under MissSeldenridge’sinstructions and also the headquarters of the public health nurse. Miss Arbuckle.

On Thursdays, between 2 and 5 p. m., are held the child welfare clinics, with a number of the medical profession in charge, with Miss Arbuckle and the state health department nurse, MissKerstetter, in attendance.At theseclinics mothers bring their children, under school age, to have them examined for slight defects, so easily overlooked.

Your $1.00 membership in the Red Cross drive helps to maintain these clinics as well as the health center.One hundred and twenty-nine such health centers were established in the United States by the Red Cross this year.Chambersburg has one which, with the help of every man and woman during the Red Cross drive, can grow, increasing its service year by year.


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