Franklin County’s history on July 24th
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 24th.
25 Years Ago
“ChambersFest draws a crowd”
Petticoats of yellow, white, red, purple and green swirled as the Whirly Bird square dancers performed in front of Franklin County Courthouse as part of the annual ChambersFest celebration.
Saturday’s Old Market Day and Celebrate! The Arts drew some 15,000 people downtown, about 5,000 more than last year, estimated Event Coordinator Barb Moran.
The outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the area didn’t keep people away from the event sponsored by the Chambersburg Downtown Merchants Council and Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts.-
“It didn’t really seem to have much of an impact,” Moran said.
Health officials are investigating whether ventilation systems at Hospital were the source of the disease. There have been three reported deaths.
During the festival, craft vendors set up stands along Main Street. A number of cultural events entertained people around the borough.
ChambersFest is held annually to celebrate the spirit of the townspeople who overcame the burning of Chambersburg by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Civil War re-enactors camped on the grounds of United Towers. Air stunts and events thrilled spectators at Chambersburg Airport.
Chambersburg resident Judith Cump said she didn’t think twice about setting up her crafts booth. “This is one of the few, if not the only, local shows we do,” said the operator of the J.D. Kringle & Lamp; Co. crafts.
Made by Judith and her husband, Dennis, the crafts included lighted baskets filled with pine cones, carved wooden pieces, stuffed scarecrows and Christmas ornaments.
Chambersburg’s Old Market Day “is timed good and it gets a good crowd,” Cump said. “And it’s growing.”
The last couple of years, Susan Stever of Chambersburg has gone home with bags full of purchases. “There’s a lot more variety” here than in regular stores. “I like unusual crafts not the run-of-the-mill stuff, and you can find that here.”
50 Years Ago
July 24, 1970–Friday
“New principal at James Buchanan High School”
100 Years Ago
July 24, 1920–Saturday
“New Supt. is Going After Bad Places In Roads”
Donald E. Blair, the new highway superintendent of road maintenance for Franklin county, appointed recently by Highway Commissioner Sadler, has spent the last few days making an inspection trip over the state roads In the county, and has lost no time in having his force of men at work on sections of road that need immediate attention.
Road mileage of 179 miles, all state roads in Franklin county, was covered in company with W. S. Hammaker, state road inspector, and George E. Crawford, assistant district engineer In charge of this district, with headquarters at York.
One of the roads in need of immediate surfacing is the section of the state highway on the mountain between Rouzerville and Charmain, and work has been started on surfacing this four or five miles with unbound oiled macadam.
Repairs will be rushed on the part of this same highway from Rouzerville west thru Waynesboro, Greencastle and Mercersburg and over the mountain to McConnellsburg.
Oil is now coming over the railroads more quickly than for some weeks past and this will enable the work to move along with fewer delays.
The Chambersburg-Greencastle road, now full of holes and the autoists nightmare, is being fixed up.