Franklin County’s history on July 30th
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 30th.
25 Years Ago
“Waynesboro to host Legion regional tourney”
The Franklin County American Legion League will send two teams to the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Region IV Tournament this year.
Fayetteville (18-0-2) will represent Franklin County as the league champion, and runner-up Waynesboro (13-5-2) will participate as the host team.
The Waynesboro American Legion will host the tournament next Tuesday through Saturday, with most of the games played at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.
The tournament includes the Legion champions from Franklin, York, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon counties, plus two teams from Lancaster County.Waynesboro is no stranger tothe Region IV tournament. Waynesboro has represented the Franklin County league in eight of the last nine years and won the tournament in 1988, 1989 and 1994.
After being involved in the tournament so often, Waynesboro manager Tom Robinson thought it would be nice to hostthe tournament.So the Waynesboro Legion put in a request last September.
According to Robinson, the Waynesboro American Legion has considered hosting the tournament for the last two or three years, but a big Issue in attracting the tournament is having suitable facilities.
“The fact that the high school has upgraded the facilities has a lot to do with it,” Robinson said.“We have the facility now to hold it.We have a fenced-in facility with a very good playing field.
“It has kind of been a joint effort with the Legion and the high school.In fact, the Legion paid for the whole outfield fence.So it will be a joint benefit.
“The high school baseball boosters will be running the tournament for me. They will be mygrounds crew and will run the concession stand.So the boosters will benefit from any profit; that is the way we have set it up.”
Waynesboro enters the tournament in a different position from previous years.
“I’d like to be coming as Legion champions,” Robinson said, “but we have the same chance as the other seven teams to advance to the state tournament.It’s like starting all over again.Everybody has a shot at it.”
Fayetteville and Waynesboro played four times during the season.The first two games resulted in Fayetteville winning 3-2 and 5-4, but the last two games ended in 3-3 ties that were called because of darkness.
Fayetteville, with a solid pitching staff, blitzed the rest of the league during the season.
50 Years Ago
Franklin County plowing contest winners
Several hundred people braved the heat and humidity yesterday to watch 13 contestants compete for championship awards in the Franklin County Plowing Contest, held on the George Brindle farm on Ragged Edge Road, operated by Kenneth Martin and sons.
The annual event, sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Chambersburg Kiwanis Club, consisted of three division contests large plow level land, small plow level land, and contour plowing.First place winners in these events were Leon .S . Burkholder, Fayetteville; James R. Shew, Waynesboro; and Harold S. Forrester, Chambersburg, respectively.
Each of the three first place champions will represent Franklin County in the Pennsylvania Plowing Contest to be held in Hershey on August 26.
Second place awards were made to Amos E.Egolf, Waynesboro, in the large plow contest; Garnet G. Knoll, Chambersburg, for small plow; and Larry E. Hartman, Chambersburg in the contour plowing division.
Trophies to the first and second place winners in each division were presented by Miss Marsha Stouffer, Shippensburg, the newly selected Franklin County Soil Conservation Queen.Also, a check for $25 was presented to the champions by M. LeeHartzok, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Judging the contest were Carrol F. Thompson, Spring Grove; Henry Maddox, Gettysburg; and Ralph E. Snyder, York. John S. Shearer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture County Agent, presided over the event.The contestants for each division were:
LARGE PLOW–Jay A. Forrester, Chambersburg; Joel R.Thomas, Mercersburg; Leon S. Burkholder, Fayetteville; Ray E. Kuhns, Chambersburg; Dennis L. Garber, Fayetteville; and Amos E.Egolf, Waynesboro.
SMALL PLOW–Cliff Cook, Chambersburg; Fred J. Byers, Fayetteville; Roger W.Redclay, Chambersburg; James R. Shew, Waynesboro; and Garnet G. Knoll, Chambersburg.
CONTOUR–Harold S. Forrester, Chambersburg and Larry E. Hartman, Chambersburg. Joseph S.Rahauser, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, explained today that the plowing contest is held each year to demonstrate plowing techniques that will improve soil management practices and efficiency of operation and to permit the farmers to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in plow adjustment and tractor operation.
“Experts Surveying Apple Orchards Of County”
A survey of the applegrowing industry of Franklin county was begun yesterday by representatives ofState College and thestate department ofagriculture. It is hoped to complete the survey within ten days;
The party headed by Br. S. -W. I Fletcher of State College consists of G. H. Waring, J. H. Jenkins and P. H.Phinn.They are stopping at Hotel Washington.The members of the surveying party travel in autos and work various sections of the county separately,each covering an allotted section dally.
This is the first time in the history of the state that a complete survey of the fruit growing industry has been attempted.Various efforts have been made to gather data but the majority of them were found unsatisfactory.The figures for Adams county have just been made available and show it to be one of the leaders in apple production in the state.There are 200 farms in the county on which apples are the leading crop