Looking Back: Franklin County’s history November 25th

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 25th.

25 Years Ago

November25, 1995–Saturday

“United Way donations are ‘critical’ to OSI operation” 

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Chambersburg – Most days Sam C. Noble walks through the work stations at Occupational Services Inc., stopping to pat employees on the back.  

 “Hi, Sammy boy,” says one woman as she looks up and smiles at Noble, OSI’s executive director.  

The woman is one of about 160 trained workers at Franklin County’s largest employer of the mentally retarded and physically challenged.  

OSI is one of 27 agencies supported by United Way of Franklin County.  The woman works five days a week at tasks such as filling small plastic bags with bolts and assembling cardboard boxes.   

“The work is real,” Noble says.. “They do get paid for it.” 

And like any other business, OSI must meet its deadlines and fill orders for area industries, such as T.B. Wood’s Sons Co., Corning Glass Works and Grove Manufacturing. Yet unlike other businesses, OSI relies on funds from United Way of Franklin County to help keep its organization running.  

“United Way funds are critical,” Noble said, especially as state budget cuts reduce other funding sources. 

This year, United Way plans to raise at least $700,000 to help support this 40-year-old organization and others.  

“OSI takes its employees under its wing, gives them a safe place to work and a sense of pride and accomplishment,” said Dawn Keller, United Way’s campaign chairwoman.  “OSI truly exemplifies the core goal of United Way people helping people.”  

United Way supports 27 area human service agencies which provide a number of services, including family counseling, emergency medical care and shelter for the homeless.  

Seven out of 10 county residents use the services of at least one United Way agency. 

50 Years Ago


“Firemen Save Old Building”

Fayetteville– The State Fire Marshall’s Office has been called in to investigate a fire, which broke out in an abandoned building on Route 30, east of Fayetteville, Tuesday afternoon. Firemen from Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co. and Franklin Rural Fire Co. saved the building, owned by WillardUlbnan, Waynesboro. exam,

Earlier in the afternoon, Fayetteville Fire Co.extinguisheda brush fire on the property of Richard Gilbert, WrightRoad, Fayetteville. No damage was reported.

Pleasant Hall Fire Co. responded to a call to Bender’s dump this morning at 6:04, toextinguish a trash fire. Tuesday fire calls included a trash fire on the Cold Spring Road at 1:56 p m.

100Years Ago



An examination will be held at Hotel Washington on November 30 at 10 a.m. for the purpose of qualifying as a motion picture operator.

W. P. Shoemaker of the state department of labor and industry will be in charge, and thus far several Franklin county men have qualified to take the exam.They have qualified by making formal application to the department at Harrisburg, enclosing two photographs of themselves.

Those who pass the examination are given a license to operate In this state.


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