Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 3rd

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 3rd.

25 Years Ago

September 3, 1996 –  Tuesday

“Let us enjoy fall a bit longer”

Chambersburg –   The arrival of Labor Day is a traditional signal of the end of summer. Youngsters and teachers return to classes and the peak vacation season is over.

Still, residents of the Cumberland Valley can expect mild temperatures a bit longer –  no need to bring out the winter coats just yet.   It was surprising then, to receive a Christmas catalog on Tuesday.  Some merchandisers appear to be in a hurry to get the profitable shopping season under way.

If the Christmas season begins Labor Day week now, then the length of the holiday season will make it less special, which probably isn’t what merchandisers have in mind.

50 Years Ago

September 3, 1971 – Thursday

“Buggy Procession”

More than 100 Amish buggies carrying the friends of Samuel Z. Stoltzfus clattered up a country road Wednesday near here, and turned into the cemetery where he was buried, Stoltzfus died Monday when he was crushed when working at a lumber yard.

100 Years Ago

September 3, 1921 – Saturday

“Waynesboro to park autos by degrees”

Waynesboro, by action of council, is now parking autos on Main street by degrees.  The machines will line up to the curb at angles of 45 degrees.  

The borough engineer has painted white stall marks on the paved streets. This will permit more machines to park and will allow them to move out or in without the trouble that close, straight-line parking entails.  

Waynesboro’s wide Main street permits this arrangement, impossible in Chambersburg, at least until the trolley track is removed.


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