Looking Back: Franklin County’s history November 9th

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 9th.

25 Years Ago

November9, 1995Thurssday

“ $28,000 bill to fix foundation” 

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File photo shows restored fountain before it was struck twice by vehicles. One of the four main figures a cast iron boy with a dolphin was damaged when a car driven by Manix Celestine, 1136 Scotland Ave., hit the fountain in September. A support under the figures was also damaged, so the best job would mean dismantling the fountain.

Chambersburg– The Fountain Committee has about $20,000 to spend on Chambersburg’s Memorial Square Fountain, but repairs could cost as much as $75,000.  

Art Research and Technology, a Lancaster consultant, recommended a $75,000 restoration, but said a $28,000 cosmetic job would do.  

“It’s startling, but we knew it would be serious,” said Raymond Depuy, chairman of the Franklin County Heritage Fountain Committee.  “The recommended alternative is clearly out of the question.  

“We will end up with a patch job, but you won’t see it.”  

A month ago, an uninsured motorist drove his car into the fountain.  It was a year after the committee raised $85,000 to help repair it.  Borough Council paid half the total bill.  

“I was unpleasantly surprised they recommended extensive restoration,” said Borough Manager Julio Lecuona.  “This is like almost doing it over.” 

50 Years Ago  


“Veterans Day Speaker Named” 

Chambersburg will salute its war dead and pay tribute to veterans of all wars Wednesday, Veterans Day, with the traditional parade and service.   

The procession, forming in Lincoln Way West at 1:30 p.m., is scheduled to move at 2 o’clock from Franklin Street eastward in Lincoln Way to the East Point Doughboy Statue.  At the ceremonies there, Brig .Gen. Durward E. Breakefield, U.S. Army, Retired, former commanding officer of Letterkenny Army Depot, will speak.  

Gen. Breakefield, a native of Centralia, HI., is a graduate of U.S. Military Academy, West Point; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Army War College, Carlisle.  

During his military career, he filled a long list of assignments in the states, the Philippines, and in Saigon, Vietnam, where he was chief, Temporary Equipment Recovery Mission, Military Assistance Advisory Group, TERM.  It was at the close of this assignment  that he was named commanding officer at Letterkenny.  

Fred Fernsler will be parade marshall, with Judge George C. Eppinger, president judge of Franklin County courts, as officer of the day. Chairman of the Joint Veterans Council, sponsor of the parade, will be Samuel H. Rotz. 

100 Years Ago  

Nov9, 1920 Tuesday

Committee to Administer Band Fund; Meet Tonight 1 


Chambersburg – At the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce directors last night it was reported the Queen City Band fund has gone to $2,300.  It was decided the civic committee A. M. Stager chairman shall administer this fund.  

Captain Parker R. Skinner and John C. Gerbig appeared in reference to the Co. C. drive and the former reported slow progress being made in enlisting members.  

Walter K. Sharpen and H. G. Wolf were named to wait on council in meeting last night in reference to flushing fire plugs and providing electrical illumination for the fire memorial at the bank building in Memorial Square.   

It was decided the chamber should establish an employment bureau, details of which will be worked out by Secretary Guy.  

The agricultural committee, R. T. Criswell, chairman, will meet with the farm bureau on Nov. 16.  

This evening at 7:30 in the court house the chamber will have an open house, when Daniel N. Casey, director of the field service of the state chamber, will speak on “The Relation and Value of the Chamber of Commerce to the Community.”  

The speaker will answer questions and John Forsythe will lead the singing and the Queen City Band will play. President N. L. Bonbrake will preside and he asks the public to come so as to learn what the chamber is striving to do. 


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