Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 5th

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 5th.

25 Years Ago

September 5, 1996 –  Thursday

“Dairy farm lawsuit says bad feed killed 28 cows”

A dairy farm in Greencastle has filed a lawsuit against a Lemasters feed mill, claiming the feed mix prepared at the mill killed 28 cows and rendered 59 unproductive.  

Dar-View Farms, 10148 Welsh Run Road, is suing Snider’s Elevator, Inc., 4551 Lemar Road, for more than $10,000.  A specific amount is up to the judge or jury.

According to the complaint filed in Franklin County Court, Dar-View Farms purchased feed from Snider’s from September to December 1994.  During that four-month period, Dar-View had problems with its herd including:

  • Decreased milk production.
  •  Foot problems, such as lamentis, which makes the cows lame.

    Other problems included sole ulcers and abnormal foot growth.

  • Acidosis, when the stomach becomes too acidic from an improper diet, most commonly from fermented carbohydrates.

One problem, according to the complaint, is that Snider’s failed to label its product, and could have mixed commercial brand feed and Dar-View’s specially blended customer-formula feed.

The state Department of Agriculture requires labeling. The farm also says Dar-View’s Mercersburg veterinarian, Dr. Roger Horst, analyzed the feed and found it to be too high in corn content and too low in fiber not suitable for consumption.

Paul Snider, owner of the feed mill, said Wednesday he couldn’t comment on the suit.

Dar-View no longer buys from Snider’s, and the complaint said there are billing disputes.

 Dar-View is seeking reimbursement for veterinary bills, which total $3,228.49, and $7,051 for hoof trimming, and other damages.

50 Years Ago

September 5, 1971 – Friday

“Next-day Mail Delivery Area Set for Chambersburg Postal Patrons”

Chambersburg – Postmaster George R. Brindle, amplifying on a new mail service program recently announced by Washington headquarters, today identified local areas which are to receive overnight delivery of first-class mail originating within the Chambersburg area.  

Postmaster Brindle said three areas contiguous to Chambersburg will benefit from the next-day deliveries under a new mail service goal announced by Postmaster General Winton M. Blount.  

 These areas, Postmaster Brindle said, include the following: Harrisburg, Pa., York, Pa., and Frederick, Md. Postmaster General Blount on August 26 unveiled the Postal Service’s new goal of overnight delivery of local area first-class mail deposited by 5 p.m.

“The Postmaster General has pointed out that this program will affect more than half of all first-class letter mail sent in the United States,” Postmaster Brindle said.  “So customers of every post office in the country will be benefitting from the new service goal.”   Substantially more than half of the 52 billion pieces of first-class mail handled annually are for delivery in the city where deposited or in nearby communities.

The areas outlined today by Postmaster Brindle are those within which next-day delivery will be provided for ZIP-Coded first-class mail deposited by 5 areas, and at collection points on main thoroughfares.  The Postal Service set October 31 as the deadline for achieving the 93 per cent goal.

Next-day delivery will be met in the three areas Indicated on first-class zip-coded mail deposited in the collection boxes adjacent to the post office on S . Third Street and Lincoln Way East, or the letter drop of the outer lobby of the post office if deposited as follows: By 7 p.m. on weekdays; By 5 p.m. on Saturdays; By 4 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

100 Years Ago

September 5, 1921 – Monday

“Lutheran Synod To Meet At Carlisle”

Carlisle Lutheran Church

The ninety-seventh annual convention of the synod of West Pennsylvania will be held in the First Lutheran Church, Carlisle, the Rev. Dr. A. R. Steck Pastor, October 10-13. It is one of the oldest synods In the Lutheran church in the United States.

Editor’s  Notes: Lutheran churches are organized into groups called synods, a Greek term meaning “walking together.”  Synod membership is voluntary, and while congregations within a synod are governed locally by voting Members, churches within each synod agree to the Lutheran Confessions.


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