Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Oct 14th

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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 Oct 14th.

25 Years Ago

October 14, 1996 –  Monday

“2 classes have single reunion”

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Mercersburg High School’s classes of 1944 and 1945 had a reunion together. Seated, from left, are Betty Jo Metcalf Bookheimer, Helen Bivens, Violet Keefer Ott Helen Armstrong Sebum, Cleone Hoover McAfee, Mary Jam Garland Mellott, Helen Hembaugh StahL   Back row, from left, Dorothy Bradley Smith, Virgie Keefer Stratmann, Dorothy Angle Mills, Aim Over-cash Welch, Louise Wagner Smith, Marvine Zimmerman Minnick, Louise Kemp Drury, Kathryn Wilson Wagner, Vesta Sheffield Milakovic, Maralee Jones Gill, Jack Smith.

50 Years Ago

October 14, 1971 – Wednesday

“The Last Letters – Your Unworthy Husband ‘til Death” – (Part 3)


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Mary, wife of Amos Hockensmith

One of my legs below the knee has been sore for about six days back and it don’t seem to get much better. I cant walk only with a cane.

The boys started on another expedition last night.  They will begone three days and then they are coming back to camp again.  It is very lonesome here when they are all gone.

The men when they was out on the last expedition, the artillery men got three killed and seven wounded and killed two horses.  They silenced the rebels cannon.  There was a river to cross and our men could not get over and they retreated back to camp.  They heard afterwards that they killed about three hundred rebels in the fort.

Able Brown he was out here to camp today from the hospital in town.  He is getting some better. He is trying to get his discharge.  He come out to day to get the captain to sine some papers for him but the captain wasn’t here and he could not get any thing done.

The rest of his papers he has got them all fixed up. All he wants now is the captains name to some of his papers.

William McDonald he has got his discharge long ago and if he met with no accident on his way home he is there long ago.  John Correll he is in the hospital in town.  He took the fever and ague.

George Dishong he is in the hospital in town too.  He had the measles and they took him in to town.  There has been several taken into town with the measles out of this regiment.  I am a little shy of them for I don’t want to get them while I am in the army for as soon as they know, that there is one ataking them they will send him right of to town to stay there till they get well of them.

I think that I will have to bring my letter to a close for this time.  I send each one of my girls a little book in this letter with there names marked on them, so nothing more at present time. Write soon….

 I remain your unworthy husband until death.   So farewell for this time.

Amos Hockensmith

EDITOR’S NOTES: According to his descendants, this might indeed be the last letter Amos wrote for Amos, approximately 30 years old, never came back from the war.  His wife, Martha, lived a lonely existence until her death at the age of 84. 

100 Years Ago

October 14, 1921 Friday

World’s champions, 1921 the New York, National League baseball club”

“New Records Made When Giants Win The World Series”

The Giants won the title, which will be theirs for the next year, by defeating the Yankees In the eighth game of the World Series at the Polo Grounds yesterday.  The American League champions died fighting hard in a classic twirling duel between their pitching ace, Walte Hoyt, and Art Nehf, the Giants’ star left hander.  However, they lacked the necessary punch to win, the National League team taking the game by the score of 1 to 0 and the series, five games to three.

The Giants victory gives Manager John J. McGraw his second world’s championship team.  The New York Nationals, seven time pennant winners under McGraw’s management captured the world’s title against Athletics of the American League in 1905, but although winning the bunting five times since they have been baffled every time until this year in their quest for world honors, twice bowing to the Athletics, once to the Red Sox and once to the White Sox in titular combats.

The figures, follow:

  • Attendance 269,976
  • Former record 251,901
  • Recelpts $900,233
  • Former record $722,414
  • Giants’ share $131,635
  • Yanks’ share $ 87,756
  • Executive board $135,034
  • Club Owners $472,675

The Cleveland Americans and Pittsburgh Nationals will divide $43,878 while the two St. Louis teams will share $29,252.