Franklin County’s history on July 14th
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 July 14th.
25 Years Ago
“It’s Legonnaire’s Disease”
Chambersburg– Anoutbreak of Legionnaire’sdisease has been confirmed inFranklinCounty, but officials haven’t beenable to track the source.Six cases are confirmed, with one possible death.About 34 more cases are suspected.
Chambersburg Hospital is advising people who have flu symptoms, including a fever of 101 degrees or more, toseek medical help right away.
“i suspect that we are seeing the tipof the iceberg the worst cases,” said Dr. Peter Jablin, the hospital’s pulmonary and critical care specialist who has been treating the patients with Legionnaires’ Disease.
“Some of these people with milder forms go on to progress, and the disease can progress quite rapidly,” he said.
One patient entered the hospital overthe weekend suffering from chest pains, but otherwise appeared to be healthy, Jablin said.
Within 12 hours, the patient was on a life-support system.
“The disease is treatable and curable,” Jablin said.“But when it takes off, it can be alarmingly rapid.”
Most patients can be treated with erythromycin, an antibiotic.Peoplewith severe cases take anantibacterialdrug calledrifampin.
People most at risk are the elderly or some other illness or disease. The patients seen so far are between 30 and 80 years of age.
The first known patient checked into the hospital July 4,complaining of fatigue, fever, headaches anddiarrhea from an unknown cause.
The“mystery”disease concerned hospital officials–butit wasn’t until the weekend–when30 more cases were reported–that officials realized they weredealing with an outbreak.
By Monday, the hospital had called the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Jablin met with area directors to fill them in on the disease its systems.
“We had suspected (Legionnaire’s) diseaseat the onsetJablin said.“And treated it as such.”
CDC arrived Wednesday to begin testing.The first case was confirmed Thursday.
The last reported case was Wednesday, said Robert Fisher, director of communications at the state Department of Health.Officials continue to search for the source of the illness.
CDC started its investigation with the hospital’s water supply, althoughofficials doubt the water is contaminated.
“The hospital is a place to start.Afterward they will fan into the Cbamberburg community,” Jabin said.
CDC isusing patient histories,blood testing, andother tomeansto try to pinpoint thesource.
The agency isalsotesting bloodseriumsfrom earlier pneumoniapatientswho may have actuallyharboredthe Legionnaires’bacterium.
“Wealways just follow thescientifictrails,” said Bob Howard, CDC spokesman.“Sometimeswethink we know whatsomething is, only to find out thatwe arenot even close.”
Thedisease takes its name from anoutbreak at a PennsylvaniaAmerican Legion convention in Philadelphia in July 1976.
Thirty-four people died, 29 of them Legionnaires.The bacterium believed to be responsible isfound in moist soils and grows in water, such as air conditioning ducts, storage tanks and rivers.It can survive up to a year in tap water.
The disease cannot be transmitted person to person.
After exposure to the bacterium, a person begins to show symptoms within 10 to 14 days.
The disease attacks the lungs, but often people do not have typical pneumonia symptoms.A person can have Legionnaires’ disease but not experience chest pains, shortness of breath, wet or dry coughs.
“Legionnaires has a whole spectrum of degrees,” Jablin said, adding that many people may be experiencing milder forms of the illness and not getting the help they need.
Most outbreaks have been reported in Chambersburg.But doctors also reported cases in Shippensburg, Mercersburg andWaynesboro.
“The number of cases seems to have dropped off,” Jablin said.“Itcould be a lull, but no one knows.”
50 Years Ago
“Way Cleared for Armco’s New Plant in Greencastle”
Greencastle– The largest Franklin County Industrial Development project from the standpoint of initial investment through a community development organization was finalized yesterday as a 15-year lease was executed between Armco Steel Corporation, and the Franklin County Industrial Development Authority.
Yesterday’s action made it possible for the international manufacturing concern to begin construction on its new plant at the northern end of Greencastle. The $2,000,000 facility will be devoted to the manufacture of plastic pipe products.
Participating in the signing yesterday in the offices of the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. were Zane A. Miller, chairman; Richard A. Miller, secretary, and William T. Coffield, treasurer of the recently organized industrial authority.
Representing Armco Steel were Walter R. Gleason, Asst. Secretary, and Leon Kemplin, project superintendent-engineer; representatives of the GreencastleAntrim Development Corporation, primary sponsors of the project, were also present for the final settlement.Miller, commenting onthe proceedings, pointed to a number of firsts in Franklin County Industrial development.
In addition to being the first project of the new Authority, the chairman noted that it was the first time that all Franklin and Fulton County banks, as well as Shippensburg, had participated in a single industrial development financing project.
He expressed pleasure at the cooperative spirit evidenced by the banks in providing new jobs for the local area.
In addition to the lease with Armco Steel, the Authority executed a 15-year mortgage for $2,000,000 to be held by 13 localbanks in addition to the Mellon National Bank and Trust Co. of Pittsburgh.
While the mortgage notes were executed by the county authority, the total cost of the project will be underwritten by Armco.
The Franklin County Industrial Development Authority was formed two years ago for the purpose of assisting local industrial development groups to finance large new projects under recent Pennsylvania legislation permitting industrial development mortgages and revenue bonds.
100 Years Ago
“Parker Skinnner Trying To RaiseA“CoC”Here”
Chambersburg– Parker P.Skinner of Lincoln WayEast, who wascommissionedacaptain intheduringin the 73rddivisionduring the worldwar,will make an effort to recruit anational guard company for Chambersburg.
Hewillgo to Harrisburg todayand interview Adjutant General Beary and other state officialsrelative tothe organizing of the campanyand get assurancesthat anarmory will be erected here when thelegislature makesthe appropriation.
The recruitingof the companywasfirstplaced in the handsCaptain R. R. Kriechbaum.He held to the theory thatan armory was necessary to offer as an inducement to recruits.
The state, however, asks that the company be recruited beforethe home is furnished.A considerable amount of money has been raised by popular subscription for the purchase ofthe site for the building and the armory board has passed upon if and recommended appropriation at the next session of the legislature.