Looking Back: Franklin County’s history October 28th

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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 28th.

25 Years Ago

October 28, 1995 – Saturday 

“Turn, turn and turn back the clock” 

County's history October 28
Dan Botterbusch has more than 150 clocks to reset at his store this evening.

Most people will gain an hour of sleep tonight as they turn their clocks back to standard time.  

But Fern and Dan Botterbusch estimate that they will lose an hour.  They have more than 150 clocks in their U.S. 30 store, Pine Village House of Clocks.  

“It will probably take us a good two hours to change all of them,” said Dan, who has worked with clocks for 30 years.  “We normally would incorporate that with the weekly winding of the clocks.”   

Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. tonight.   

Dan and Fern will begin turning back their inventory of clocks after the store closes at 6 p.m. today.  They have everything from an 1845 French style antique clock to modern day grandfather clocks, ranging in prices from $1,995 to $10,000.  

“I’m a mechanic at heart,” Dan said, “and clocks are one of the few things that haven’t changed over completely to the electronic era.”   

Many of them are still built as they were in the 1700s.   

Angie Flohr, Dan and Fern’s daughter, remembers turning the clocks forward last spring.  

“We didn’t have as many at that time as we do now,” said Flohr who went to the former Bowman’s Technical School in Lancaster to learn the clock business.  

Dan said it’s more difficult to turn the clocks back in the fall than it is to move them ahead in the spring. Some of them won’t turn back.  He has to advance them 11 hours ahead or stop them for one hour. 

50 Years Ago  

October  28, 1970  Wednesday 

“Scout Investiture” 

County's history October 28
Lighting the candles during investiture services for Cadette Girl Scout Troop 409 are Susan Garey, left, and Beverly Harbaugh. Watching n approval are, second row, Candy Burdge, Laura Dundjen, Lana Drawbaugh and Linda Pilgrim.

An investiture and re-dedication ceremony was held in Calvary United Methodist Church Monday evening for Cadette Girl Scout Troop 4l9.  Girl Scouts present were Linda Pilgrim, Candy Burdge., Beverly Harbaugh, Laura Dundjan, Lana Drawbaugh and Susan Garey.   

Mrs. Nancy Dymond, a representative of Gulfstream Corp., presented a flag to the troop in behalf of the company. A choral arrangement, “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You,” was presented by members of the troop.

On Saturday, the troop will plant daffodils in Chambersburg Municipal Park.

100 Years Ago  

Oct 28, 1920 – Thursday 


Word has been received by James Eppley, Chief clerk of the Cumberland County Commissioners, that the body of his son, Private Harold  Eppley has arrived at Hoboken and will be forwarded to Plainfield for burial as soon at the routine is complied with by the soldiers family. 

He was the second Cumberland county soldier whose body has been bought home recently. The other, the body of Willis Coleman of Newburg, arrived in Shippensburg October 6. Burial being made in the Otterbein Cemetery October 8. 

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Harold V. Eppley was born November 10, 1889 in Plainfield, Pennsylvania.  He was drafted on June 5, 1917.  His draft card lists him as “short, with a stout build, hair color dark, eyes were brown.  He was unmarried and served overseas from September 1, 1918 until his death on October 12, 1918.  He was a private of Headquarters Company of the 163d Infantry, having enlisted at Carlisle. He contracted influenza in France and succumbed to the disease October 13, 1918, in Montrichard, France, without seeing active service at the front. His body was transported home on the Pocohontas Ship from St. Nazaire, France.  He is buried at the Plainfield Church of God in Plainfield, Pennsylvania.