Franklin County’s history on July 28th
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 28th.
25 Years Ago
July 28, 1995 – Friday
“Consult to refine plan for better Downtown”
The effort to revitalize downtown Chambersburg moves forward again. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. hired a consultant LDR International Inc., based in Columbia, Md. to develop its downtown master plan.
“Revitalization doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t come easy,” said Paul E. Cullinane Jr., executive director of Downtown Chambersburg Inc., the third organization created to improve the downtown area.
But with LDR’s expertise and community input, Cullinane is hopeful that at least one or two of the many ideas generated will take hold and grow.
LDR comes well recommended. The company is advising both Hagerstown, Md., and State College with their downtown plans.
The plan, expected to be completed in six to eight months, will cost $110,000.
The organization is still short $29,000. But Cullinane plans to seek further funding through state and private sources. Part of the funds will also pay for another consulting firm to look at the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor project and the travel museum planned for Chambersburg.
The firm, to be chosen next week, will tie a variety of themes together and track the history of the area, including the development of railroads, the Industrial Revolution, French-Indian War and Civil War.
Cullinane envisions a downtown that tends business by day, and entertains by night downtown theaters and possible outdoor performances along the creeks.
Although downtown Chambersburg is visibly improving with newly painted benches, flowers, clean sidewalks, increased police presence, some business owners still fear empty storefronts.
But Cullinane is not overly concerned. Businesses will come and go, he said. Culp’s Office Products Center recently closed because the owner retired.
Revitalization will succeed because of the interests and involvement of the community, its generation of ideas, he said.
“Tomorrow, something new may come up, that I haven’t yet visualized,” Cullinane said. “That’s what keeps the excitement going.”
50 Years Ago
July 28, 1970 – Tuesday
“Green Stuns WCHA, 2 – 1
The surprising Greene Twp. Lions, who had to struggle to get into the Chambersburg Little League playoffs, kept their unblemished record intact Monday evening, stunning WCHA, 2-1.The loss, the second for the radiomen after two straight wins, eliminates them from further competition and lowers the number of contending teams to three.
Jim Forbes, the Lions ace, and Rusty Tamer, WCHA star, hooked up in a tight pitcher’s duel.WCHA picked up its only run in the first, while Greene Twp. came back with single scores in the third and fourth innings.
The winners managed only two hits off Tamer, one a Shawn Young double in the fifth. Forbes surrendered three base knocks, with Don Baker slashing a second-inning two-bagger.
The win gives Greene Twp. a 3-0 mark. Tonight, McDowell, 1-1, battles the Marine Corps, 2-1, at Hager.The loser will fall into the eliminated pile, while the victor must defeat Greene Twp. twice for the title.The Marines won the earlier battle with theinsuranceman, 8-4, when Terry Smith rifled a grand-slam homer in the final inning to break a 4–4 deadlock.
July 28, 1920–Wednesday
Good Shows Are Booked At Hagerstown”
With theOrpheum Theater stillinashesand with no prospect of getting a road show theater here this winter, Chambersburg theater lovers will more than ever turn to Hagerstownfor entertainment.Hagerstown Is fortunate in having Nixon-Nirdlingeraslesseeof its three leading theaters, as with hisbig time connections he can land good shows.
Local ManagerThroppwill open the season on Labor Day and has already booked “Buddies,” “Irene,”“Turn To TheRight,” “Adam andEva,” “Lightin’,” “Breakfast In Bed,” “Sweeties,” “TheGirl In The Limousine,” and others.