Looking Back: Franklin County’s history November 27th

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 27th.

25 Years Ago 

November 27, 1995Monday

“And the list of weird roads goes on and on.” 

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Drive around Franklin County any day and glance at the street signs. Who named those roads and why?   

We have compiled the following list of streets we thought had unusual names.  They are from the Franklin County and southern Cumberland County areas.   

Do you know the stories of how any of them were named?  Do you live on these roads and make up stories to tell your friends?  

If so, please write and tell us. Include your full name and phone number. Excerpts from your letters may be printed in a future story in Public Opinion. 

 Write to: Public Opinion, co Street Names, P.O. Box 499, Chambersburg 17201.  

Check out these unusual street names:  

  • Bony Lane
  • Buttermilk Road  
  • Claylick Road 
  • Cornertown Road 
  • Crottlestown Road  
  • Dogwood Drive  
  • Dream Highway  
  • Edenville-Cheesetown Road  
  • Elevator Street  
  • Grandpoint Road  
  • Grapevine Road  
  • Hades Church  
  • Road Horsekiller 
  • Road John Wayne Drive  
  • Pa Harry Drive  
  • Piccadilly Circle  
  • Prices Church Road  
  • Pump House Road  
  • Rabbit Road  
  • Rattlesnake Run Road 
  • Shimpstown Road 
  • Short Cut Road  
  • Slabtown Road  Smoketown Road 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Public Opinion was curious about some odd names of local roads a quarter of a century ago. We don’t know if they got any response to their question about road names back then, but today we are wondering the same thing. Where did those names come from?

If any of our readers know, we urge them to email Franklin County Free Press at [email protected] Don’t write to Public Opinion. The staff writer there who would have loved to get your letters 25 years ago has long ago moved on, or perhaps retired. The current staff would probably wonder what on earth was going on.

50 Years Ago   

November 27,1970Friday

“Bridge Restoration Plans Are Cancelled” 

Greencastle – Negotiations to assure restoration of the old five-arch stone bridge, located west of Greencastle on the Conococheague Creek, have been canceled.  In a recent meeting of the Martins Mill Bridge Association minutes indicated the organization voted unanimously to cancel negotiations.  

Officials of the Martin’s Mill Bridge Association indicated that, since they were not able to acquire the necessary land and land access to the bridge, either through gift, deed, lease or easement, to assure its restoration, ownership and any repairs for the future, the directors unanimously made the decision.  

The association felt it necessary to own the bridge and portion of land on which it is situated, the land underneath the bridge itself, to assure future repairs and a lease, deed or easement for access to the bridge. When this was not possible, it was felt best to not continue the project.  

Members of the association also indicated that at no time “did they intend or negotiate the matter of any land for a recreation area or park in the bridge area, and that the association is not a party to a municipal group endeavoring to acquire lands for park areas on either side of the creek,” adding “that it is a matter of elected officials of a municipality to make this decision.”  

The association directed storage of picnic tables and garbage cans in the old covered bridge area, and the storage of play equipment presently in the park area.  

Officers and directors of the Martin’s Mill Bridge Association are Olin Hess, president; James H. Craig, vice president; William 0. Shuman, secretary; G. Warner Harsh, treasurer.  Directors include Kenneth N. Hen-son, Glenn Hykes, Percy Lehman and Attorney David Dickey. 

100 Years Ago  


“Colleagues Praise Judge Stewart” 

Chief Justice J, Hay Brown of the Pennsylvania supreme court issued the following- statement Thursday night after hearing of the death of Justice Stewart: 

“Judge Stewart has been in public, faithfully and intelligently.  

“He served as a judge for many years, first on, the common’ pleas bench of his county and since 1905 as a member of the supreme court of the state.  As a member of the highest court in the state, he brought to the discharge of his duties the highest order of professional intelligence.  Few members of that court have ever been more useful and no one adorned it more.  

“He was learned and upright and in his death the public has sustained a groat lass.  I can hardly press myself to speak of it, so strong has been ray affection for him.  in this all of my colleagues will concur.”  

Justice Robert von Moschzisker said:   

“The news of Judge Stewart’s death is most shocking; while old in years, having lived long beyond the allotted period, yet in intellectual vigor he was still young, as is evidenced by his judicial work, which to the end has been of a quality that commands admiration.   For more than half a century Judge Stewart has figured in the life of Pennsylvania, and he has always played a leading part, constantly standing for the right. “He had a peculiarly brilliant mind, and a most attractive personality; he was a gentleman of the old school both cultivated and cultured, kindly, but stronger. He had the regard of all who knew him or knew of him, the affection of a host of friends and the love of his brothers on the bench.  

“Had he lived until the first Monday in January his career would have been crowned with the chief justiceship of the state he served so well.  None regret his untimely going more than I, although his departure will be universally felt throughout the commonwealth.” 


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