Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Oct 31st

County’s history Dec 4nd

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 31st.

25 Years Ago

October 31, 1996 –  Thursday

“Be Cautious This Halloween”

County's history Oct 31st

Drivers should be I especially alert tonight because there will be many youngsters trick-or-treating in Franklin, Fulton and Cumberland counties.  

Halloween is meant to be a fun observance, but it can end in tragedy if a youngster darts out in front of a vehicle or isn’t seen by a driver.

Last year, 112 people in the United States were involved in traffic-related fatalities on Halloween. Seven were child pedestrians and 10 others were young passengers in vehicles.

Because small children don’t always realize the dangers, it’s a good idea for adults to accompany them.

It’s also wise for youngsters to travel in groups and to wear costumes that don’t restrict their vision.

Some other advice for trick-or-treaters:

  • Cross at intersections and not mid-block.
  •  Stay on well-lit, well-traveled routes.  Walk, don’t run, from house to house.  Carry a light so others can see you.
  • Wear reflective strips or patches so you can be seen more easily.

Have a safe, and enjoyable, Halloween.

50 Years Ago

October 31,  1971 – Sunday

“College News”

Chambersburg  – Nancy Gray, 1359 Fifth Ave., Coraopolis, is one of nine Wilson College students who have enrolled in a new form of work-study program involving assignments with social service agencies in the Chambersburg area.  

Under the program, she will work 10 hours a week during the school year and full-time during the summer for the Chambersburg Hospital social services department.

100 Years Ago

October 31, 1921 Monday


County's history Oct 31st

Burgess Wingert this morning announced through Chief of Police Byers that in order to accommodate Halloween masqueraders, Main street from Queen to King street and Memorial Square would be kept free tonight of traffic and parking of autos.  

The half block in Lincoln Way East from Central Alley to Main street also will be closed to traffic, it being the regular restricted zone, because of the trolley terminal.  Additional officers will be on duty to maintain order.