Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 10th

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 Sept 10th.

25 Years Ago

September 10, 1996 –  Tuesday

“Theatre sold”

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. officially signed the papers Friday to purchase the Capitol Theatre.

Non-profit ownership by the downtown revitalization group makes it possible for people to make tax-deductible contributions for the restoration and long-term preservation of the theater.

The Wood Foundation, established by the Wood family, donated $110,000 for the purchase of the 70-year-old theater.  Others have donated $114,000 to help renovate the theater and prepare it for the December production of A Christmas Carol.

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. has also applied for $930,000 in state grants and $110,000 from ;the Keystone Foundation to preserve this historic  building at 159 S. Main Street.

50 Years Ago

Sept 10, 1971 – Friday

“Old County Jail Gets Lengthy New Name”

Representatives of Franklin County Heritage Inc. and the Kittochtinny Historical Society Thursday selected a name for the museum and cultural center to be housed in the old Franklin County Jail on East King Street .

The name agreed on is the KITTOCHTINNY – HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER OF FRANKLIN COUNTY.  Both boards of directors must approve the name selection before the 153-year-old building is officially named.

Heritage officials also expressed concern over delays in the start of renovations of the building.  They said lack of occupancy is causing the structure to begin deterioration.  

It was noted the Redevelopment Authority of Franklin County was scheduled to advertise a public hearing on amending the King Street Urban authority on Aug. 11, 18 and 25.  A public hearing was also scheduled for Sept. 7.  Neither occurred.

Redevelopment Authority executive director Robert R. Pfieffer explained this morning the hearing is still planned.  But, he noted, it cannot take place until the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office in Philadelphia approves the preliminary draft of the amended renewal plan.  

Heritage president Murray E. Kauffman expressed concern that delays in the start of renovation might force the costs upward.

HUD officials connected with the project were not available this morning for comment.

100 Years Ago

September 10, 1921 Saturday

“Ten demonstrations of poultry culling in county next week”

Realizing the importance of culling the poultry flock. County Agent Knode has secured the services of P. L. Sanford, poultry specialist from State College, to conduct a campaign to have poultry keepers sell the poor, low producing hens and keep only the hens that will return a profit.

During the week of September 12, ten demonstrations will be given. Everyone attending will be given an opportunity to handle the birds and thus get actual experience In culling poultry.   All those attending the meetings should come prepared to handle the hens.

Following are a list of farms where demonstrations will held and date and time of each meeting:  Sept. 13. – 9:30 Fred Besecker, Marion; 1 p.m.; C. G. Laughlin, R. R . 4 p. m.;  William E Martin, R. R. 5;  Sept. 14 – 9:30 a m., A. M. Brenize, Dry Run; 1:30 p. m.,  O .D. Cury, Spring Run: Sept. 15, 9:80 a. m.;  M. Li. Clevenger, Fayetteville, R. R. 1, 1:30 p. m.; J. E. Oyler, Chambersburg., R. R. 11;   Sept. 16. 9:30 a. m. U. B. Orphanage, Qulncy; 1:80 p. m.


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