Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 12th

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 12th.

25 Years Ago

September 12, 1996 –  Friday


The seventh annual Faith Fall Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in Faith United Methodist Church, North Potomac and North streets in Waynesboro.  

It will include a flea market fresh garden produce market and a greenhouse with plants.  There also will be a bakery, and four kinds of soups will be sold by the quart and pint.

Youth activities will be provided.

A mini fabric fair is planned where material will be sold by the yard. Also to be available will be zippers, thread, yard and craft books. 

Area crafters will display and sell their wares, and a “crafts from around the world” table will be set up.

The church kitchen will be open for breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..  Door prizes will be awarded.  The festival will be conducted rain or shine, according to organizers.

50 Years Ago

Sept 12, 1971 – Sunday

“New Lagoon”


Chambersburg – Borough workers are digging a temporary lagoon to store and dry treated liquid sewage sludge, which the state says they can no longer spread on fields.

The lagoon is being dug on a one-half acre plot above the treatment plant.  It will be three feet deep, but officials say it will not be filled more “than a few inches.”  

They noted the lagoon is not close to local streams, and that safety devices will be installed in the event of seepage.

100 Years Ago

September 12, 1921 Monday

“Town property sells for $14,005”

Chambersburg – Real estate sales totaling $19,080.40 were made Saturday afternoon in front of the Franklin County courthouse when the executors of C H. Byers disposed of two tracts in Letterkenny township and the heirs of Lydia Detwiler disposed of a home on Scotland avenue.  The sale of the Mull property In Fayetteville was postponed by the heirs in the John F. Mull estate.

In the Byers estate tract No. 1 a farm of 134 acres in Letterkenny township was sold to T. Z. Mlnehart $93.10 an acre.  Tract No. 2 farm of 65 acres adjoining Tract No. 1 was sold to John Lehman for $40 an acre.   

The Detwiler property on Scotland avenue was sold to Mrs. Jacob Siebert for $14,005.00.


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