Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 15th

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 15th.

25 Years Ago

September 15, 1996 –  Sunday

“Five Generations”

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Five generations gathered for this photo. Anna Statler, 91, of Chambersburg, holds great-great-grandson Cody Statler.  With them, from left, are her grandson Barry Statler, great-grandson Jason Statler, and son Leslie Statler, al of Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

Sept 15, 1971 – Wednesday

“No Rehiring Plan Underway Here”

Chambersburg – Wallace N. Thompson, Department of Transportation superintendent in Franklin County, said today he has no intention at present of rehiring the 17 men fired here on Aug. 20, who according to the State Labor Relations Board must be reinstated.  

“It’s just the Labor Relations Board is in cahoots with the union,” said Thompson.  “This decision has to be made by the Commonwealth court.  They have 15 days for that.  Whatever the rehiring plan, the court rules is what we’ll go by not by what the labor relations board rules.”  

The 17 fired in August were mostly equipment operators.  Since the Shapp administration started, 134 patronage workers have been fired at the local highway department, but the other 114 are not affected by the new order.

100 Years Ago

September 15, 1921 Thursday

“Pastor preached 130 sermons in a year; Had 40 weddings”

Chambersburg –  A  credible report of the King Street United Brethren Church was presented to the annual conference of the United Brethren Church of Pennsylvania, in session at Middleburg, by the Rev. B. F. Bluebaugh, pastor of the church.

The report was the fourth to be submitted by the Rev. Mr. Bluebaugh. It set forth that during the past year he has preached 130 sermons; presided at 45 special meetings of the church; made 492 visits pastoral and sick; held 24 funerals; officiated at 40 weddings and received into the church 64 new members The Sunday school membership at the present time is 697.  During the year $6,050.6 9 was collected through various channels of the church.


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