Franklin County’s history on July 31st
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 31st.
25 Years Ago
“Old Home Week thrills: ‘There ‘snothing like it’
GREENCASTLE — Townspeople get as excited about Old Home Week as football fans do about the Super Bowl.“There’s nothing like it,” said John Wine, Old Home Week Association president.“I’ve looked and couldn’t find anything that matches the excitement, preparation and participation.”
The eight-day event beginning Aug. 5, held every three years, is touted as the borough’s reunion.It includes concerts, tours, races and a pageant; craft, flower and car shows; a parade and picnics; and high school reunions.
People plan their summer vacations around the first full week in August.They talk about it on the streets, on porch steps, in doorways and in stores.
“It’s what makes Greencastle special . . . when we celebrate our town, our neighbors and our heritage,” said resident Jean K. Zimmerman.
Jane Bricker of Greencastle said, “It’s fun. You get to see people you don’t usually see.You can relax and forget your problems and headaches … at least for a week.”
It began in 1902 when Philip Baer thought an “Old Boys’ Reunion” should be held.He wrote to local newspapers.
Baer was a Greencastle resident and noted concert singer.
In August 1902, a gathering of about 60 men renewed friendships and caught up with their news.
Organizers thought a reunion every year put too much demand on the borough and its residents.It was decided to have it every three years.
“So much goes into the preparation …” Wine said.“To have it every year, the way we do, would be impossible.”Since then, the community has gotten involved: painting front porches, setting up displays in front windows, and building floats for the parade.
“You won’t see anything like it anywhere,” Wine said. “It’s remarkable how a town can put together something like this and have it succeed.”
Old Home Week Aug. 5 to 13 brings people from across the country and Canada back to Greencastle.
It’s a time when:
- Collectibles and antiques come out of closets and attics and go into front windows.
- Residents and businesses spruce up their properties.
- Banners and flags fly on poles, in front of buildings and on store fronts.
- Greencastle-Antrim High School classes hold reunions.
- Curbs get a new coat ofyellow paint.
“It’s remarkable. You ask anyone to do something, they do it,” Wine said. “What’s even more remarkable . . . people do things without being asked.
“It’s pride in their community. Isn’t that something?”
50 Years Ago
“Restoring Old Chambersburg”
Sandblasting commenced recently on the painted brick facade of 175-177 Lincoln Way East, owned by I. A. Gargaro.
The 105-year-old building, constructed like the others on the block after the 1864 burning of Chambersburg, will match the decor of the building next door,restored by Gargaro last year.
The trim is Governor’s Palace tan, and shutters Draper House Green, both authentic Williamsburg colors. Inside are four furnished and redecorated apartments and House of Gems jewelry store.
100 Years Ago
“Dr. Teagarden Accepts B.0. Work At Pittsburgh”
CHAMBERSBURG — Dr. George Teagarden, who has been a practicing physician here for a number of years, has accepted a position as assistant medical director of the B. & O. R.R. in the Pittsburgh district and is now living at Pittsburgh. Because of housing conditions in the Smoky City, Dr. Teagarden’s family is remaining here.
The summons came suddenly by telegraph. He went to look at the proposition at once and it was such a good one, that he decided to accept it at once.
As advertised elsewhere in this issue the Merklin Hospital is temporally closed, and the state has ordered fire escapes placed on the building. Dr. Teagarden will come here occasionally to see his family and supervise his local work.