Looking Back: Franklin County’s history November 28th

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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 November 28th.

25 Years Ago 

November 28, 1995 – Tuesday 

“ ‘12 Days’: Lord prices leap” 

A jump in the price of lords a-leaping didn’t stop a tumble in the overall price of the gifts in ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’  

True loves may be pleased to learn that pear trees, swans and gold rings cost less this year than in 1994, according to the PNC Bank Christmas Price Index released Monday in Philadelphia.  

Maids a-milking, geese a-laying and other presents in the song held steady.  

Buying all the gifts, from the 12 drummers drumming to the partridge in a pear tree, would cost $12,481.65 a 21.72 decline from last year.  

Greater supply caused the seven swans a-swimming to go from $7,000 to $3,500 in one year.   

Five gold rings dropped from $450 last year to $325 for Christmas 1995, while the price of a pear tree declined to $12.50 from $19.99 because of a sale at the nursery that supplies PNC with the cost.   

Only lords a-leaping rose, from $3,012.63 to $3,182.57. 

My true love gave to me 

The cost of the gifts in The 12 Days of Christmas. (Prices the same as last year except where indicated):  

  •  Partridge in a pear tree – $27.50 ($34.99 last year)  
  • Two turtle doves $50  
  • Three French hens $15 Four calling birds – $280  
  • Five gold rings – $325 ($450 last year)  
  • Six geese a-laying $150  
  • Seven swans a-swimming – $3,500 ($7,000 last year)  
  • Eight maids a-milking – $34 B  
  • Nine ladies dancing $2,606.83  
  • 10 lords a-leaping – $3,182.57 ($3,012.63 last year)  
  • 11 pipers piping – $1,109.16 12  
  • drummers drumming – $1,201.59 

50 Years Ago   

November 28, 1970  Saturday 

“Registration Date Set for 18 Year Old Voters” 

The Franklin County voters registration office along with other registration centers in the state has been given the go-ahead for registering 18-year-old voters.   


They will be signed up commencing Dec, 3, opening date of the new registration period prior to the primary election of May 18, 1971.   

C. Russell Welsh Jr., Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth, sent the word to the county boards of election Wednesday.  

The franchise to 18, 19, and 20 year old citizens under the new Federal Voting Rights Act, becomes effective Jan. 1, 1970.   

Welsh said he was directed by Governor Raymond P. Shafer, that the state would proceed in conformity with the mandate of the Voting Rights Act.  However, because of a pending Supreme Court decision, the under-21 year olds will be registered in a separate category.  

Myra Fields, Franklin County registrar, said that the registration cards of the under-21 year old voter will have their birth date included, a change from the regular registration.  She added that she did not receive any reason for the change in procedure.  

However, some observers suggested the possibility that the birthdate on the cards would prevent the under-21s from using their registration cards as proof of over-21 status, to secure alcoholic drinks. 

100 Years Ago  

November 28, 1920  Sunday 

“Over 125 game wardens in South Mt. in deer season” 

Game Protector Dunkle announces that when the deer season opens next Wednesday, there will be between 125 and 178 deputy game protectors and wardens in the South Mountain section.  Each camp has contributed at least one deputy and several of the camps there.  

The law requiring that all hunters license tags be worn open on the sleeve – not folded  – will be rigidly enforced.  Hunters are warned to look before they shoot, not only to avoid shooting doe deer but to prevent possible injury and death to fellow sportsmen.