Franklin County’s history on July 26th

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 26th.

25 Years Ago

July26, 1995Wednesday

Shippensburg – “Powerful Pull at the Fair”

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Daryl Wagner controls his horses, Duke, left, and Mike as they move a 5,000-pound weight during the horse-pulling competition at the Shippensburg Community Fair. Activities will continue through Saturday. Ronnie McDowell will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and the Michael Twitty show will start at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

50 Years Ago

July 26, 1970Sunday

“Mont Alto Girl Barber Likes To Be Different”

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SITS FOR A NEAT TRIM – The Rev. John Rouck, of Quincy Home, pastor of Quincy United Methodist Church, gets a haircut from the “lady barber” in Mont Alto. Jean Martin, 19, R. R. 5, Waynesboro, is serving her barber apprenticeship now and will take her master’s exam in September.

“I wouldn’t recommend this occupation for just any girl,” says Jean Martin, a 19-year-old hazel-eyed blonde, as she spoke about her occupation as a barber apprentice. 

Jean, who likes to do things differently from other people, decided while attending high school in Waynesboro, that she would like to be a barber. She and two other girl friends, Twila Eigenbrode and Vicki Baker, decided to attend the Harrisburg Barber School together. Jean had originally wanted to become a beautician, but later changed her mind, leaning more towards barbering. 

She says of her experiences in barbering school, that a girl must be able to take a lot of harassment from the men. Some of them thought she shouldn’t have been there. She says “You do have to be a little a littlebit extraordinary to be in this field. Of course, I have always been a bit tomboyish.” She says that when she attended barber school, there were about 45 male and five female students. Her schooling continued for nine months and a minimum of 1,250 hours.

She began her apprenticeship in Lower’s Barber Shop in Mont Alto on May 20, 1969, and will complete it in September. Apprenticeship runs for a period of 15 months and requires a minimum of 1,250 hours. 

She plans to take her master barber exams in September when her apprenticeship is over, in order to receive a master barber license. She fell in love with the small community of Mont Alto and plans to remain there, securing a position in Morrison’s Barber Shop, located near where she is barbering now. 

For the present time, she would like to work with someone and maybe later start her own shop. Jean, who is left-handed, particularly likes the razor cut as her favorite, although it costs more. When asked whether she minded the long haired men and boys, she replied, “When it’s longer than mine, then I mind it, because I’m trying to let mine grow.”

She says the trend now is toward longer hair. The older men, in particular don’t want their hair longer, but are requesting their sideburns to be longer and wider than before. 

In speaking of children, she says most of them sit on the chair like little men. Only a few of them become restless. On asking a few residents of the town how they liked her haircuts, they said they enjoyed them, that she did a good job, and is very competent. 

Jean has lived in Waynesboro area all her life and resides with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Martin, on R. R. 5, Waynesboro.

100 Years Ago 

July 26, 1920Monday

“Pondbankers Put Their Passenger Station On Track”

Because the old passenger station stop was on a grade, and engines had trouble getting the trains started, the P. R. R. recently moved the Pond Bank station on the Waynesboro  branch about four hundred yards from its former site.

Pond Bank citizens are kind of “sot” in their ways and they didn’t like the change, as it made many of the Villagers walk further to board a train. 

Evidently to show their displeasure, on Thursday night some persons carried the frame station away from its moorings and set it in the George woods. Next day the railroad put it back on its foundation pins, accepting the Job rather good-naturedly. 

On Friday night as the late passenger train pulled up the grade the englneman, looking ahead, saw the station on the track. He slowed down and stopped and trainmen removed it. 

Now the police are looking for the men who endangered lives. 

For several years Pond Bank (formerly Pondtown) has been out of the limelight of criminal court, but somebody is trying to emerge.

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