Looking Back: Franklin County’s history November 24th

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 24tproh.

25 Years Ago 

November24, 1995Friday

“Holiday Gospel concert will be held Dec. 1” 

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Several gospel singing groups will perform at a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner concert at 6 p. m. Dec. 1 in the auditorium of Chambersburg Area Middle School, East McKinley Street.  

Dinner reservation deadline is Monday.  Menu includes chicken and meatballs.  

Performing will be Karen Peck and New River of Kahlonega. Ga.: Kings Ambassadors of Chambersburg; and Morning Star Singers of Hagerstown. Md.  

Cost for the dinner and concert is $12, adults;  children ages 6 to 12 $3. 

At the door, concert tickets will be $, adults: children 6 to 12, S3, if available.  Tickets are also available at other places in Chambersburg and Waynesboro. 

50 Years Ago   


“The White House Thanksgiving 1970″  

A Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America 

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, lifted the downcast view of a war-weary Nation to see the evidence of God’s bounty.  He proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving to be observed by each American in his own way . President Lincoln wisely knew that a man’s declaration of his gratitude to God is, in itself, an act which strengthens the thanks giver because it renews his own realization of his relationship to his God.   

As thanksgiving enriches the individual it must bless his home community and his country.  It is, therefore, appropriate that we set aside such a day this year.  All about us, doubts and fears threaten our faith n the principles which are the fiber of our society; we are called upon to prove their truth once again.  Such challenges must be seen as opportunities for proof of these verities; such proof can only strengthen our Nation.  

Although some may see division, we give thanks that ours is one Nation, of many diverse people, living in unity under the precept E Pluribus Unum.  The fulfillment of this national principle, every day, is our task and privilege;  

Although some may only see strife, we give thanks that this Nation moves each day closer to peace for all its citizens and all the world;  

And we give thanks for Gods’ strength and guidance upon which we confidently rely today and every day. 

 NOW, THEREFORE, I RICHARD NIXON, President of the United States of America, in accordance with the wish of the Congress as expressed in Section 6103 of Title 5 of the United States Code do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1970, as a day of national thanksgiving. I call upon all Americans to give thanks in homes and in places of worship for the many blessings our people enjoy.  

We should not forget that for many older citizens, Thanksgiving Day may be less meaningful than it should be because it might be spent alone.  For this reason I urge all public officials, voluntary organizations, private groups and families in every part of the country to welcome our senior citizens as special participants in their Thanksgiving Day festivities.  

IN WITNESS W HEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred ninety-fifth.  


100 Years Ago  



Secretary J. Munro Henderson of the Waynesboro baseball association has slgned the first player for the local team next season.

D. E. Damond of WilIamsport, Pa., Is the player. He is an outfielder, throws with right hand and bats left hand. His height is five feet, six Inches and he weighs 160 pounds. He has played semi-professional baseball about Rochester, N. T. Secretary Henderson has good line on other players for the coming year


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