Looking back: Franklin County’s history October 27th

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 27th.

25 Years Ago

October 27, 1995Friday

“Woods will use grant to train 40 workers in electronics” 

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The local economy got boost this week when the state approved a $53,000 grant to train 4o people in electronics skills at the T.B. Woods & Sons Co. Electronics Division in Scotland.   

Pennsylvania Department of Commerce awarded $60,000 in job training grants to Wood’s in two previous years to train more than 100 people. 

“It really benefited us,” said Joe Augustine, Wood’s director of manufacturing.  “It allowed us to turn our work around.”   

Woods makes control devices for small electric motors, and competes internationally with Mitsubshi , Allen-Bradley Toshiba, and Reliance. 

“Little sleepy Chambersburg – we’re competing with the giants of the world because we’ve got good people and we train them,” Augustine said.    I’m training my people all the time. 

Wood’s Electronics now employs about 130 people and plans to grow steadily in 1996, Augustine said. 

Grant approval comes a month after the state tabled Wood’s request and state Rep. Jeffrey Coy, D-Shippensburg, complained that the state was not doing enough for the local economy.  

“I believe thanks to our letters and calls it was approved,” Coy said. “I think it had been tabled without adequate explanation.”  

The region is expected to lose thousands of jobs in the next four years. J. Schoeneman Inc., a Chambersburg sewing factory, and the Army’s Fort Ritchie in Maryland are to close.  Letterkenny Army Depot is downsizing. 

50 Years Ago  

October27,1970Tuesday

“Old Area Schools To Be Forgotten” 

An era of educational history will be coming  to an end in Waynesboro by the spring of 1971. A few of the old elementary schools will be abandoned and students will occupy the new Antietam Junior High School and Summit View Elementary School, when the fall term begins.  

Although the Clayton Avenue School will be renovated to house the business and administrative offices of the borough, other old schools will be forgotten, and their halls and rooms silent to the continuance of life outside their doors.   

The two new schools reflect beauty in architecture and offer a vast wealth of education in a modernistic atmosphere to those who enter, seeking their future.  A student in this age could never conceive of the struggle for education in earlier times, which finally led to the opportunities offered now.   

The first school houses were made of logs and crudely furnished. There was never a thought to make the rooms comfortable or attractive to the students.  Even though the early settlers were proud of their self- denial, any luxuries were hard to reach because of a lack of money, communication and transportation.  

There was always fear of attack by Indians and many little students lost their lives merely trodding to school.  The miles were long and one was lucky to have a horse or a pair of shoes to accommodate the trip.   

Qualified teachers and books were hard to find. One early teacher in Waynesboro liked his “toddy” and thought nothing of carrying his flask about the room.  Little as they were, the pupils were aware of the dangers of life and the dignity they were to uphold for the family.   

If one had to stand in the corner or had the back of his hand slapped with a ruler, it was not long until father found out and applied strict discipline.  

It was not unusual for church to be held in the same building on Sunday, as was the case of the Bourns Cabin, still standing and the oldest house in Waynesboro. The old log house was a place of worship for the Lutheran, Reformed and Presbyterian congregations.  

 A few private schools were operated but in a “History of Waynesboro,’ by Benjamin M. Nead, he wrote, “As Waynesboro assumed prominence as a growing borough, the question of a systematic plan for education naturally became an important one. The borough was subject to the general borough act and became a separate and independent school district.  With funds from school taxes and a loan, a new school was erected at a cost of a little over 20,000.  It contained instruction, recitation and clothes rooms, with a play area and the basement; also a principal and director’s room, furniture of a modern pattern, and the building heated with steam. The year was 1872.  

Now, almost a century later, the Bourns Cabin still stands and overlooks in a distance the two new schools taking shape.  One has only to drive down East Main Street and look to the left at the cabin, then to the right, to see the new schools and realize the giant leap education has taken. 

100 Years Ago  

Oct27, 1920Wednesday

“Conn Bros. say slow freight held up shoes’ return”  

That limited freight service had caused delay in delivery of shoes, being returned to the Eastman Shoe Company, was the chief point of defense of Conn Bros., local merchants, against whom an action in assumpt on a book account had been brought by the shoe company.   The case was argued yesterday before Judge Gillan.  

In March 1919 Conn Bios, received a consignment of shoes from the company, the order for which had been placed with an agent. The local firm states that the shoes were not as represented by the agent and that shortly after delivery leather in the shoes was observed to be of inferior quality.  

Part of the consignment had been sold, but the remainder of the shoes together with cash for those sold was returned to the company, according to Conn Bros’, statement. The lateness in the delivery of the shoes at the Eastman factory was due, it was argued to tie-ups in freight traffic at the time.  

Papers In the case were presented to the court.  

The auditor’s report in the estate of Elizabeth W. Cook of Antrim township also was heard at yesterday’s sessions. 


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