Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 7th

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 6th.

25 Years Ago

September 7, 1996 –  Saturday

Negley gets nursing award

Vickie Negley holds the award she received at the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Conference.  With her are, from left, Arthur C. Hayes, president, Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council; Earl Gettinger, director of health planning, state Health Department; and Richard D. Flinn, executive director of the health services council.

Registered nurse Vickie L. Negley, manager of prehospital emergency care at Chambersburg Hospital, was given the Mildred K. Fincke Nursing Award at the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Conference Aug. 9 at Hershey.  

The award is given to a professional nurse who has contributed significantly to the provision of emergency health services in Pennsylvania.

Negley, who is director of Chambersburg Area Advanced Life Support Service, has been a nurse since 1973.  She has clinical experience as a medical, surgical, labor and delivery, and emergency department nurse.

She has been an ardent supporter of Advanced Life Support as well as a public awareness representative for ALS at Chambersburg Hospital.

In addition, she has been involved in the refinement of the EMS delivery system, is a member of statewide EMS committees and councils, and is prehospital continuing education coordinator for Chambersburg Hospital.  

Negley, who trained at Franklin County Area Vo-Tech School Practical Nursing Program, Hagerstown Junior College and University of Maryland, received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1990.

50 Years Ago

September 7, 1971 –Tuesday

“West End Wins Pumping Contest”

Fayetteville  – West End Fire Co., Shippensburg, received a first prize trophy by finishing in 1:36.3 minutes in a pumping contest, sponsored by Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co., Sunday afternoon on the carnival grounds.

Ten fire companies competed.  Receiving the second place trophy for finishing in 1:37.4 minutes was Newburg Fire Co.  Third place was given to Pleasant Hall Fire Co. for finishing in 1:37.5.

Smaller trophies were given to the following companies and their positions: Walnut Bottom, fourth; Vigilant Hose Co., fifth; Midway, sixth; Mont Alto, seventh; Franklins, eighth; Friendship, ninth, and Greencastle, 10th.

A trophy was given to South Mountain Fire Co. for demonstrating the technique for the pumping contest.

Donald R. Shatzley, Fayetteville, was named winner of a 1971 pickup truck in a contest on the carnival grounds. Proceeds will be used for the purchase of a new fire truck.

Miss Penny Brookens, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Brookens, 120 Hillside Dr., Fayetteville, was named 1971 queen of Fayetteville Fire Co.  Friday evening and reigned throughout the festivities of the Labor Day weekend.  She will represent the fire company in the annual Franklin County Fire Prevention Queen contest in October.

The carnival was completed Monday evening with an appearance by the Osborne Brothers Proceeds from the carnival are used to buy equipment and supplies for the fire company.

100 Years Ago

September 7, 1921 – Wednesday


“Bodies for Three Soldiers Arrive Here For Burial”

One Killed As Hospital Is Bombarded By German Gunfire

Three soldiers dead, the largest number to arrive here at one time since the bringing home of the bodies of the boys who fell in France, arrived on the 6:35 B. Jt. R. train this morning.  They are First Class Private George W. Dunmire, Private Russel H. Lehman and Corporal Andrew M. Detrich; Dunmiro and Detrich being from the same company.  

Private Dunmire of Company B, 316th infantry, was killed September 28, 1918.  He was aged 29 years and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Dunmire of Ramsey avenue.  He is survived by his parents and three sisters, May, Florence and Carrie, all at home.  The funeral service will be held at the home at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon; interment at Norland cemetery.

 Bussell II. Lehman of Company B, 7th infantry, died of “wounds on October 6, 1918.  He was aged 24 years and was a member of the First United Brethren Church of town.  He is survived by his mother, Annie K. Lehman of South Main street.  The funeral will be held from Sellers Brothers Funeral Parlors at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon; interment at Norland.

 Andrew M. Dietrich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Dietrich of R. R. 5, was killed on October 11, 1918, when the hospital in which he was a patient was bombarded.  He was aged 22 years and was a member of the Lutheran Church of Williamson. He is survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Warren Keefer of St. Thomas, Stewart B. Detrich of Hagerstown, Mrs. Walter Jones of Chambersburg R. R. 4,  Lee, Van, Claude and Ruth, all at home.

Funeral Saturday afternoon, leaving the home at 2:30 o’clock, services in the Methodist Episcopal Church at St. Thomas; interment at the St. Thomas Cemetery.  

The Burt J. Asper Post, American Legion, of town will have charge of the funerals of Privates Dunmire and Lehman and the American Legion of St. Thomas will be in charge of the funeral of Corporal Detrich.  Friends and relatives are invited without further notice.


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