Looking Back: Franklin County’s history October 12th

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 October 12th.

25 Years Ago 

October12, 1995Monday

 “List Prizewinners in Firemen’s March” 

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Chambersburg – Shoppers and area residents lined Chambersburg streets Saturday afternoon to watch the hour-long parade that wound up Fire Prevention Week observances.  Over 50 entries from fire companies in central Pennsylvania, as well as bands, majorettes and floats partial pated.  

The parade moved from Henninger Field to South Gate Mall, where brunette Donna C . Garling, 18, representing Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Company, was crowned Fire Prevention Week Queen, 1970.  First runner up was Karen Siladi, Wilson College freshmen, representing Friendship Fire Company.  

Miss Garling was crowned by Phyllis Seilhamer, R. R. 5, 1969 Fire Prevention Week queen.  The new queen, a 1968 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, is a beautician at Linn’s Beauty Salon.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Garling, Mont Alto.  

Parade Chairman Charles E. Goetz announced the parade winners. The local fire companies as hosts were excluded from the contests.  

The winners were:  

Best appearing band first prize, Big Springs High School, $100; second prize, McConnellsburg High School, $50.  

Best appearing junior fire company – tie, Edgemont Junior Fire Company, Harrisburg, and Gettysburg Junior Fire Company, Gettysburg, $25 each.  

Best appearing present day apparatus first prize, Waynesboro Fire Company, $50; second prize, Fayetteville Fire Company, $30.  

Best appearing ambulance Community Rescue, Hagerstown, $50.  

Oldest motor driven apparatus Newburg-Hopewell Fire Company, $40.  

Oldest hand-drawn apparatus Greencastle Fire Company, $40.  

Best Appearing rescue and salvage unit Citizens Fire Company, Mechanicsburg, $50. 

Fire company traveling longest distance Highspire Fire Company, $60.  

Best appearing drum and bugle corps first prize, Cannoneers, Gettysburg, $125; second prize, Forbes Road, Huston-town, $25.  

Best appearing majorette group Diana’s Deckerettes, Waynesboro, $50. Best appearing float Mont Alto fire company, $75.  

Winners of the pumping contest that followed at the Mall were: first prize, Newburg Volunteer Fire Company, one minute, 25.66 seconds; second prize, Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Company, one minute, 32 seconds. 

50 Years Ago  

Oct12, 1970Monday


County's historyOctober 12th
Charles E. West, A-l Motors, Chambersburg, is congratulated by Robert F. Hawkins, president of Wheel-Korse Products, Inc., on his appointment to the Wheel Horse National Dealer Council at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, recently. Membership on the Council, composed of 150 of the best dealers in the United States and Canada, was earned by outstanding effort in selling and servicing Wheel Horse lawn and garden tractors.

100Years Ago

Oct12, 1920Tuesday

“C. C. Secretary Guy ends pastoral work

The Rev. Joseph E. Guy on Sunday ended his pastorate of the Reformed Church In Waynesboro.  He will move to Chambersburg as soon as he can get a house.  Concerning the secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce the Waynesboro Record Herald last evening said:  

“It will be hoped by many In and outside of the Reformed denomination that the Rev. Mr. Guy’s retirement from the active ministry will be only temporary for the church at large can’t afford to lose the services of a man of his ability and influence.  He was a popular preacher and without doubt will be a popular and successful in the branch of secular work that he has chosen to pursue.  So, Waynesboro’s loss IS Chambersburg’s gain in this instance, and his host of friends in this community will wish for him abundant success in his new field of endeavor.  

“During the Rev. Mr. Guy’s pastorate here for the past six years “he added very materially to the membership of the charge, and exerted a powerful influence for good In town and country around.  The people, generally, are grieved at his departure, but none so much as his devoted parishioners who were never lacking in loyal support of their beloved pastor.” 


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