Franklin County’s history on July 23rd

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 23rd.

25 Years Ago

July23, 1995Sunday

“Guilford Sporting goods store planned on Lincoln Way”

Guilford Township – The biggest sporting goods store in Franklin County will open before Thanksgiving in Lincoln Way Shopping Center. 

Dunham’s Athleisure Corp., based in Waterford, Mich., has signed an agreement to open a 20,000-square-foot store in the center. 

The store, Dunham’s Discount Sporting Goods, will fill a spot next to Goodwill, formerly occupied by Iron Masters Gym and a beauty shop. It will employ more than 20 people. 

The shopping center was damaged by a fire last November. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, a large discount store destroyed in the fire, has not decided whether it will return to the center.  

Dunham’s carries a large variety of name-brand sporting goods, shoes and outerwear. 

“We consider ourselves a super store for the market,” said company spokesman John Palmer. 

Founded in 1937 in Detroit as Dunham’s Bait and Tackle, the chain has 100 outlets, including 12 in Pennsylvania. 

David Hogg, president of Springwood Group (management group for Lincoln Way Shopping Center) could not be reached for comment.

50 Years Ago

July 23, 1970Thursday

“Names Selected for New Schools”

In a meeting of Waynesboro Area Board of School Directors Tuesday evening in the board room at Fairview Avenue Elementary School, names were selected for the two new schools being built east of town. 

It was approved to name them the Antietam Junior High School and Summit View Elementary School. A student vote taken earlier in the year had indicated those names as top choices. 

The resignation of Miss Victoria Fries, Mowry Elementary School teacher, was accepted, and the appointment made of Janet L. Smedley. 

A new driving range was approved for the school area, to be located at the construction site. With the added parking facility, it will enable Robert Rankin, driving instructor and head of the program, to teach more students, with 90 per cent of those eligible participating. 

An amendment to the National School Lunch Act of 1966 has been passed by both houses of Congress and was signed into law by the President. Among the provisions are that any child who is a member of a household which has an annual income of less than $4,000 for a family of four, shall be served meals free or at a reduced cost. If reduced cost meals are served, the cost to the individual child shall not exceed 20 cents. 

Director Carson recommended giving the free lunch if it can be worked into the budget. Board members stressed they would not want to overlook or deprive a child of a much needed meal. 

School insurance again was taken with the Potter Agency. 

The directors held a lengthy discussion on eliminating the Athletic Council, and turning over authority to the respective principals and coaches. Head coaches will be selected as in the past.

100 Years Ago 

July 23, 1920Friday

“Boys’ Scouts Camp Is Well Regulated; Honors Conferred”

Camp Black, the Boy Scouts’ camp at Fort Loudon, yesterday was the scene of a very interesting ceremony when the court of honor, through its president, U. L. Gordy, of town conferred the first class Scout badge upon Edward Black and Ross Pfalsgraff, members of troop No. 1, Boy Scouts of the Methodist Episcopal Church of town. 

Yesterday was visitors day and about twenty girls from Camp Wohelo and many friends and relatives of the boys witnessed the ceremony. 

Mr. Gordy stated last evening that the camp was made possible through the liberal contributions of some of our citizens and he finds the camp the best regulated and equipped boys’ camp he has ever seen. The boys are well disciplined and are doing the things that count. Mr. Gordy also praised the good work of Jesse F. Reese of Harrisburg, director at the camp. 

George A. Hall of the Chambersburg Baking Company presented the boys with a loaf of bread, eight feet long, which was served for supper last evening.

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