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 20th.
25 Years Ago
September 20, 1996 – Friday
“200 more civilian jobs stay at Letterkenny”
The Army intends to keep more jobs at Letterkenny Army Depot.
In a letter to US. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Everett, the Army stated that the Industrial Logistics Systems Center formerly known as Systems Integration Management Agency will not move to Rock Island, Ill.
“The retention of SIMA-East at Letterkenny is a win for the Army, a win for Letterkenny and a win for the community,” said Shuster Thursday in a press release. “Although there were times when I thought SIMA would be moved to Rock Island, I was persistent in my belief that SIMA should stay at Letterkenny for many logical, economical reasons.”
ILSC, a tenant at Letterkenny, employs about 200 civilian employees and has an annual budget of $18 million.
The Franklin County Reuse Committee organized to plan for the reuse and redevelopment of excess depot property has maintained that its top goal has been to keep as many federal jobs as possible. The 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Committee decision will downsize Letterkenny by about 2,00 jobs by 1999.
Curtis Baker, a member of the National Federation of Federal Employees who also is on the reuse committee, cautioned that this decision does not directly affect the 1995 BRAC initiative.
But he is pleased to hear that more high-paying jobs will remain at Letterkenny.
SIMA-East is being reorganized and will come under the control of the Communications-Electronics Command on Oct. 1.
50 Years Ago
Sept 20, 1971 – Monday
“SSVC Student Teachers”
Artis Smith, loft, and Karen Serdy, Wilson College students, began student teaching in Scotland School for Veterans Children this month.
Artis, who from Hershey, is teaching 9th and 12th grade English. She plans to go on to graduate school.
Karen, who hails from Pittsburgh, is teaching Spanish I and II in the 11th and 12th grades. Future plans include teaching Spanish on the high school level.
100 Years Ago
September 20, 1921 – Tuesday
“Thousands watch motorcycles climb”
Chambersburg – The motorcycle hlll-cllmb at the Frank Slusser farm west of town yesterday afternoon was an overwhelming victory for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, that manufacture of cycle landing first plate in all events and being the only one to go over the top of the hill.
John R. Grove, South Main street motorcycle dealer, won first prize In the 80 cubic inch motor class, a sliver cup presented by the Harley-Davidson Company; second prize silver cup presented by the Chambersburg Club — a 61 cubic inch motor class: Schebler carburetor, 74 cubic Inch class.
First prize in novice riders event was won by Ebert Summers. The prize was a riding suit. Summers placed second in the events with Grove, securing as prizes a Carter carburetor and a spotlight. H. D. Clapsaddle of “Waynesboro, riding a Harley-Davidson, won second prize in the novice event, and J. Oberholtzer of Waynesboro, riding an Indian, third.
Members of the local club estimate that there were 5.000 people in attendance at the event. Over $100 was made from the sale of refreshments on the grounds. The climbing was made difficult by the heavy rains of Saturday, which formed a muddy stretch at the foot of the 200-foot hill. Several of the cycles turned over backward while making the ascent.