Looking Back: Franklin County’s history October 24th

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 24th.

25 Years Ago

Oct24, 1995 –Tuesday

“Set up to Bat” 

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County's history October 24th
With Halloween just one week away, Dick Keyser of Mercersburg fusses with the 4-foot wingspan on the spooky-looking bat home decorating the front yard of his Road.

50 Years Ago  


“Ministers Consider Community Services” 

Community services were discussed at a breakfast meeting Tuesday of Chambersburg Area Ministerium at Conrad’s Dutch Kitchen.   

Mrs. Mary Mason of the Children’s Aid Society of Franklin County spoke on several aspects of marital counseling and offered the  services of her office as a resource for ministers on counseling problems.  A public service which has received little publicity, she said, is that anyone may refer cases to her, and individuals may call her office on their own behalf and receive prompt attention.  Pre-marital counseling is also available.  

The Rev. William Wealand, assistant pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ, chairman for the meeting, announced that “The Place,” local teenage radio program, can now be scheduled for outside locations and can be recorded at local group meetings, with opportunity for discussion and questioning afterward.  

Need for a building for an already successful venture, The Coffeehouse, for teenagers was pointed to by the Rev. John Woodall. The need is especially for Saturday evenings when youths have had to be turned away because of lack of space in present facilities, he said. There have been no disciplinary problems, he added.  

The chairman announced that a church school, education program with an ecumenical approach for mentally retarded children will soon be available.  Interested parents may get in touch with a member of the committee with Mr. Whealand or with Walter Gillie of the Chambersburg Area School District who is helping the group. 

100 Years Ago  

Oct24, 1920Sunday


Last night, at the close of business the M. and M restaurant proprietors  Messrs. Margin and Manherz, closed their eating place in the Washington Hotel, West Main street, due to lack of business which has been decreasing for the last eight weeks.  For some time the proprietors have been endeavoring to sell the business but they have not as yet, gotten a buyer.  The equipment is for sale in bulk.  

Several claims have been filed and bankruptcy may follow.  


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