Looking Back: Franklin County’s history October 1st
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 1st.
25 Years Ago
Damage ‘serious’; no cost estimate yet
“Driver Strikes Fountain”
Damage to the fountain in Memorial Square in downtown Chambersburg is considered serious but repairable.
The 31-year-old Chambersburg man who drove his car into the Memorial Square fountain Saturday afternoon was charged this morning with several traffic violations.
RaymondDepuy, president of Franklin County Heritage, said this morning that damage to the fountain looks serious, but not major.
Chambersburg Police Department chargedManixCelestine. 1136 Scotland Ave., with driving under a suspended license, violating traffic signals and driving at an unsafe speed after he apparently ran a red light at Lincoln Way and Main Street and drove his car into the fountain at 1:33 p.m.
Celestine was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, where he was treated for head injuries and released.
The borough will not have damage estimates for the 127-year-old fountain and statue of a Civil War soldier until next week, when a Lancaster-based research firm Art Research and Technology can get to Chambersburg.The firm was hired last year for$85,000 to restore the fountain.The borough and Franklin County Heritage’s Memorial Fountain Committee paid for the project.
Depuy, who inspected the fountain shortly after the accident, said he did not see any structural damage, just ornamental pieces that had been knocked off and would need to be welded.
He expects that Art Research and Technology will be able to repair the fountain at its site.
“It’s a shame this has happened,”Depuysaid. “We’ll be looking for ways to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.”
50 Years Ago
Oct 1, 1970–Thursday
“KICK OFF CAMPAIGN”
100 Years Ago
Oct 1, 1920–Friday
“788 POUNDS OF CLOTHES GIVEN TO NEAR EAST”
Chambersburg – The people of town and vicinity responded very generously to the call for clothing sent out by the Near East Relief and on Bundle Day. 788 pounds of clothing were taken to the market house, where it was packed in boxes to be sent to the Near East Relief headquarters in New York.
The clothing Is In excellent condition and consists of men’s overcoats, women’s long coats, sweaters, dresses, suits, full line of children’s clothing, shoes, blankets and comforts.
The . Rev. Joseph E. Guy, secretary of the chamber of commerce, is the chairman of the local committee.
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Editor’s Note: The following was written byRoubenPaulAdalianabout the “Near East Relief”
Near East Relief was the name of the American charity specifically organized in response to the Armenian Genocide.At the urging of Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Sr.,to prevent the complete destruction of the Armenian population, the US government took a number of steps. Among them was the effort to send humanitarian relief.
The Department of State quietly turned to the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions to begin an emergency drive for the collection of funds.Under the leadership of James L. Barton and Cleveland H. Dodge, the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief was founded in 1915.The Committee enjoyed the ardent support of President Woodrow Wilson.
Through public rallies, church collections, and with the assistance of charitable organizations and foundations, the Committee raised millions in its campaigns to save “the starving Armenians.”
The Committee was able to deliver funds through the American Embassy in Constantinople which relied upon the missionaries and its consuls to distribute the aid.While the U.S. entry into war against Germany and Turkey in April 1917 disrupted this critical lifeline, the Committee widened its scope of activities at the end of the war also to include Russian Armenia where hundreds of thousands had taken refuge.
Renamed the American Committee for Relief in the Near East in 1918, it was incorporated by an act of Congress in 1919 as Near East Relief (NER).Between 1915 and 1930, when it ended operations, NER administered $117,000,000 of assistance.
It delivered food, clothing, and materials for shelter by the shipload from America.It set up refugee camps, clinics, hospitals, orphanages, and centers for vocational training.NER is credited with having cared for 132,000 Armenian orphans scattered across the region from Tbilisi and Yerevan to Constantinople, Beirut, Damascus, and Jerusalem.
Near East Relief was an act of philanthropy, which in the words of the American historian Howard M. Sachar, “quite literally kept an entire nation alive.”