Looking Back: Franklin County’s history October 25th

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 25th.

25 Years Ago

Oct25, 1995 –Wednesday

Landmark Struck Twice In Last Month 

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“Heritage Group Wants Barrier Around Fountain” 

Just one year after the Memorial Square fountain had an $85,000 overhaul, it needs more repairs.   

For the second time in a month, a motorist struck the fountain Saturday, breaking pieces off the ornamental structure.  A damage estimate is not available for either accident.   

Raymond Depuy, president of Franklin County Heritage, inspected the damage Saturday morning and collected the broken pieces.   

He said the damage is less severe than from the first accident.  Several flower pots and small sculptures were damaged, he said.   

Depuy said plans to build some sort of barrier around the fountain were discussed after the first accident.  

“We didn’t consider this an urgent until now,” he said.

In an accident almost identical to the first, a Maryland man driving on Lincoln Way went straight through the intersection and crashed into the east face of the fountain.   

The borough expects a damage estimate soon from the Sept. 30 accident.  Lancaster-based Art Research and Technology should have an estimate this week.  

The most recent damage must be inspected before another estimate is given.  All the repairs probably will be done at the same time, said Tanya Mickey, borough secretary. 

50 Years Ago  



 - county's history October 25th

Paul H. Kunkle of Carlton Heights R.R. 1, has been elected the 29th president of the 109-year-old Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association.  

He is a vice president and the trust officer for the Chambersburg Trust Co.  He has been active in the Central Pennsylvania Synod, of the Lutheran Church. 

100 Years Ago  

Oct25, 1920Monday

( ** Although this was first reported in Harrisburg, this article appeared in the Public Opinion on this date in 1920. This editor feels that this article is an important one to “Look Back” on in our year of 2020! My, how things have changed over the years!!! ** )

“Women may not serve as jurors in Pennsylvania until laws change” 

Some question has arisen as to the eligibility of women to serve on Juries.  At the present time the matter is receiving considerable attention from the Judges in the various counties, and there appears to be a disposition In many of the counties not to place the names of women voters in the Jury wheels next December, when they are refilled to furnish Jurors for the 1921 court sessions.  

President Judge Hargest of Dauphin county, who is a former deputy attorney general, seems to think that there is some doubt as to whether, under existing state laws the names of women can be placed in the Jury wheel, to be drawn for service later on.  His view is understood to be shared also by Judge Wlckersham.  A number of other Judges in the state are said to hold the opinion that the next legislature must amend the statutes if women are to serve as Jurors.  

Even if the law Is amended to make women eligible for Jury service, county officials will have to provide adequate accommodations In the courthouses for the women who serve on Juries.   

It may be necessary, too, to have women tipstaves to take charge of Juries which are composed entirely of women.  This .would be distinctly a new departure in Pennsylvania courts.  Appointment of women tipstaves likely would be followed by the appointment of women as deputy sheriffs.  

One of the most perplexing problems connected with the question of impaneling women for Jury duty Is the case of a mixed jury which fails to agree and must be locked up tor the night.  The law is very rigid that such a Jury must be kept together and not separated.  Some Judges have hinted that it would be as difficult to change this law as to add an amendment to the constitution. 


Editor’s Note: ( A Tipstave is an officer of a court or, in some countries, a law clerk to a judge.  The duties of the position vary from country to country.  It is also the name of a symbolic rod, which represents the authority of the tipstaff or other officials such as senior police officers. ) 


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