Franklin County’s history On July 15th

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 July 15th.

25 Years Ago


“Volleyball in New Zealand appeals to 2 Trojan players”

They’re going to a land down under. Not Australia. Way down under. New Zealand. 

Jen Ludwig and Becky Wentz, both 17, of Chambersburg and Fayetteville, respectively, will be leaving for a month of cultural enrichment and volleyball in New Zealand with Youth for Understanding. Ludwig and Wentz will be play on a team coached by Rose Atkinson and made up of scholastic volleyball players from across the United States. 

“I just got a pamphlet on it through the mail,” Ludwig said. “It asked what sport you wanted to play and in what area. 

“I sent in the papers. I’ve always wanted to go to the South Pacific, to Australia. I couldn’t go there, but this was the closest I could get, and I figure it’s basically in the same general area.”  

Wentz got the same papers, liked the  idea and decided to put in to go with Ludwig. Ludwig and Wentz will be seniors at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, and both will be playing varsity for the Trojan volleyball team. The local twosome will leave Dulles International Airport on Monday, fly to Los Angeles to meet the rest of the team and fly from there to Auckland, New Zealand. 

In New Zealand, they’ll tour the country known mainly for its wool and mountainous terrain, spending time with five host families. 

Ludwig has never left the United States; Wentz has been to England. Both are looking forward to the trip.

“Somebody said to me New Zealand was like the United States in the ’50s; the people are very generous,” Wentz said. 

“I’m really excited. I’ve heard that over there they are really friendly.” 

They’re also going to have to take warm clothes: in New Zealand, it’s winter. The team will be kept very busy. “We just got our itinerary,” Wentz said. “We have practice or a game almost every day. 

“There’s a couple of days where we have practice and a game in the same day.We’re going to be going to a few different places. We’re going on a pair of cruises, visit a volcano and a zoo, and see a village that was buried by a volcano.” 

Ludwig said, “They have some free time for us, but I wish we had a little more to just wander.” 

They will return Aug. 10.

50 Years Ago

July15, 1970Wednesday

“Producer Sees Bright Future for Totem Pole “

“The Miracle of Caledonia” or “The Rebirth of Totem Pole” was subject of the talk by William Putch, producer-director of the theater, to members of Kiwanis Club of Chambersburg at a dinner meeting at The Ranch Tuesday evening. 

Before the park theater was burned last November, Putch said, it was the consensus that 40 per cent of the patrons were from Chambersburg, 40 per cent from Hagerstown and the remainder from surrounding areas. However, he added, solicitation for funds for rebuilding revealed that of every $100 contributed $99 was given by people of Chambersburg. 

The producer added that when casting for the first presentation of “Our Town,” all actors and actresses he hired volunteered their services at the minimum wage, and the difference between that and their regular salaries should be donated to Totem Pole, resulting in contributions of $10,000 to the building fund. 

Putch foresaw the possibility of a 21-week season with use of the louvered walls, and said he plans productions of “Front Page” and “South Pacific.” 

“The future will be bright; we might have a little mud and no green grass, but when the lights go down, the audience-stage relationship that was created by John Hull will mark the beginning of the ‘Miracle of Caledonia’,” Putch concluded. 

Larry Bradshaw, Shippensburg Stale College, was program chairman.

100 Years Ago

July15, 1920Thursday

“Andrew Buchanan East End School House”

At the regular meeting of the Chambersburg School Board last evening it was decided to call the new school building which will be erected at Seventh and Washington streets, the Andrew Buchanan school, in honor of the late Andrew Buchanan of Philadelphia avenue, whose wife donated the site for the building. 

All members of this board were present at this meeting and aside from the naming of the new building only the usual routine business was transacted.

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