Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 11th

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 11th.

25 Years Ago

September 11, 1996 –  Wednesday

“Totem Pole Needs Your Help”

For those of you who are still humming the words to Mama-Loves Mambo and Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Totem Pole Playhouse‘s fabulous production of the ’50s musical Forever Plaid is surely one of the most pleasant memories of the summer of 1996.   

For those shocked by the news that the second week of this performance was completely sold out.  We have only four words of advice: “Become a season subscriber.”  Not only are you guaranteed to have a seat at every performance next summer, but you see six shows for the price of five.

As successful as the last play of the 1996 season was, Totem Pole still has a long way to go before the playhouse’s future is secure.  A lot of hard work and charitable donations have gone into keeping the theater going.

While many signs are encouraging, including the enthusiastic response to our most recent production and growing excitement the return of the popular ‘A Christmas Carol’  in downtown Chambersburg this December, we have a long way to go.

50 Years Ago

Sept 11, 1971 – Saturday

“Students Can Vote At College”

Pennsylvania’s estimated 400,000 college students can vote where they attend school.

A ruling Friday by Atty. Gen. J. Shane Creamer put Pennsylvania in the same bracket with more than a dozen other states which have decided through the courts or via attorney general’s opinions to permit students to vote where they study.

Whether Creamer’s opinion can be fought in the courts remains to be seen.  The Supreme Courts of California and Michigan have upheld campus voting in much the same manner that Creamer did.  The matter has not come before the U. S. Supreme Court.

Ron J. Pettine, deputy secretary of the Commonwealth said it was his understanding that Creamer’s ruling meant that students who already had registered in the community where their family lived could reregister in the college town.

However, they must do this by the Sept. 13 deadline unless a federal court rules otherwise in a case expected to come up next week in Philadelphia.  The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to extend the registration period on the claim that students are being disenfranchised. Mrs. C. DeLores Tucker, secretary of the Commonwealth, is defendant in the action.

100 Years Ago

September 11, 1921 Monday

“Health nurse resigns; another assigned”

Chambersburg — Miss Arbuckle, who for the past year and a half was public health nurse of town, has resigned and has returned to her home in Maine.  She will be succeeded by Miss Martha Fothergill of the Municipal Hospital in Philadelphia.

Miss Fothergill has had much experience in public health work, having been connected with the Mont Alto Sanatorium and also served overseas.  She was for a time with the public health work at Newark, N. J.


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