Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 2nd

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 2nd.

25 Years Ago

September 2, 1996 –  Monday

“Local Jaycees Bring Bartok Circus Here”


Chambersburg – The Roberts Brothers Circus will present shows at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Second Street Playground in Chambersburg.

Clowns will be there, of course, as well as Lisa, a 3-ton Asian elephant, acrobats, jugglers, Hamas, goats, horses, dogs and a trained rabbit act.   

The shows are sponsored by Friendship Engine and Hose Company No. I which will benefit from the proceeds.

50 Years Ago

September 2, 1971 – Wednesday

“Topless Cans Lawn Problem”

Chambersburg – If you think 75 topless garbage cans are a problem, think of the guy who ends up with all the bottomless lids.

A prankster lifted the lids from 75 neighborhood garbage cans and dumped them on Norman Cooper’s lawn.

Twenty-five neighbors have gotten their cans and lids together again, leaving Cooper with 50 lids.

“We’ll keep them through the weekend.” says Mrs. Cooper. “Then maybe we’ll take the handles off and sell them as sleds.”

100 Years Ago

September 2, 1921 – Friday

“Regulator at light plant gets stuck”

When the regulator at the Chambersburg light plant stuck this morning shortly after 9 o’clock, the town was without light and power for about 20 minutes, the first break-down in service for a long time.  Adjustments were made and no further trouble is looked for, although there is nothing sure about such delicately constructed machinery.


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