Looking Back: Franklin County’s history October 15th

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 15th.

25 Years Ago  

Oct 15, 1995 – Sunday 

“Waynesboro Teen is Junior Miss” 

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LaDonna Spence, daughter of Cecelia and Donovan Spence, Waynesboro, has been selected as Franklin County’s Junior Miss for 1996.   

She will participate with approximately 20 other candidates in finals in November in Reading for title of Pennsylvania’s Junior Miss for 1996.   

A senior at Waynesboro area Senior High School, Spence is an honor roll student and member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students.   

She volunteers for several community services and is an American Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association volunteer, camp youth counselor and retirement home project volunteer. 

50 Years Ago  


“Brethren Church Sets Fall Rally Services” 

Greencastle – The Otterbein United Brethren Church will hold its fall rally Sunday, with special services throughout the day.  The Rev. Marvin Rice will bring the morning message at 9:30. Special music for this service will be provided by Mrs. F. Boyd Hoover.   

Rep. William O. Shuman will teach the adult department during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday school. 

Miss Mildred Kuhn, Waynesboro, who has served in the African mission field, will teach the children’s department, and special music will be provided by the pupils.   

Miss Alice Keeves will serve as organist for the morning ser vices, with Miss Suzanne Davis, pianist, and Richard Reeves, chorister.  

A hymn sing is planned for the 7:30 p.m. services. Richard Besecker, director of vocal music in the local high school, will lead the singing. Miss Davis will serve as organist and Miss Reeves as pianist.  

Also planned is special music by the Davis Sisters, Miss Reeves, Alan Dice and Larry Koons, David and Lois Besecker, and the Junior Choir, under the direction of Reeves. 

The scripture and call to worship will be read by Robert Johnston, with prayer by Charles Stumbaugh.  

Ushers for the morning service will be Ralph Dice, Richard Hess, Robert Shelly and Gerald Stouffer. For the evening service, Wilbur Bear, Wilbur Lindsay, Nathan, Myers and David Warren will serve as ushers. 

100 Years Ago  

Oct15, 1920Thursday


A close up of a road

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See the mountains in their Autumn colors, via Chambersburg and Gettysburg Electric Railway. Extra cars leave Memorial Square 2:15 P. M. on Sunday.” 

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