Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 8th

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 8th.

25 Years Ago

September 8, 1996 –  Saturday

“Storm still packed a rainy wallop in Franklin County”

Franklin County's history Sept 8th
Lydia Powers of Chambersburg shelters her one year-oId daughter from the rain.

Chambersburg –   The brunt of tropical storm Fran hit Friday evening during the after-work rush to get home.

As rain poured in some areas as fast as 2 to 3 inches an hour, cars stalled and intersections flooded.  Some homeowners faced more basement flooding and water damage.

“It’s coming down hard and fast,” said Toni Uglow, a medic for the Chambersburg Advanced Life Support Service.

She and co-worker Sandy Bowen stood at Coldbrook Avenue and Lincoln Way West around 5:30 p.m. and watched a stalled car blocking the intersection.

“Some people are crazy, the weather they’ll drive in,” Bowen said.  “Even with the high cars, (the water) is going over their tires.”

Area police reported several stalled vehicles, sluggish traffic and minor fender benders.  But Friday’s weather did not cause any major accidents or injuries.

The southwestern parts of Franklin and Fulton counties seemed to have been hardest hit.

The National Weather Service in State College reported 3 inches of rain in Greencastle as of 9 p.m. and 4 inches in St. Thomas.  Others did not have totals.

“We had some high winds, some limbs down and some trees down,” said Officer Stuart Hannah, “But nothing major.”  South Potomac Street in Waynesboro was closed for a short time around 4 p.m., but within 15 minutes, the water had receded.  

 “It’s on and off. It’s not continuous,” Hannah said.

“That helps a good bit. It gives a chance for the water to come off the streets a little bit.”

In Edenville, 77-year-old Arnold Marion was “holding out” around 8 p.m. “But it’s almost overflowing now,” he said of his basement.

He estimated that about 3 inches of rain had fallen in the area since dinner at 5 p.m.

His four sump pumps huffed and puffed furiously to keep his basement dry.

The fast rain and strong winds after 1 p.m. also brought many trees and power lines down.

 Some 2,200 customers of Allegheny Power in Greencastle, Waynesboro, Blue Ridge Summit, . Chambersburg and Fayetteville were without power for several  hours.  But as of 9:30 p.m., they had restored power to all but 400.

“We had about 9,000 customers without power in June’s storm,” said Jim Painter, company spokesman. “So this storm doesn’t really compare.”

Still, some 24 linemen were out all afternoon and evening fixing the service problems.  

“It’s very difficult working with the rain and having it sometimes blowing sideways in their face,” ‘ Painter said.

Painter said full service most likely won’t be restored until late Saturday.

“All day we knew this was coming,” he said.  “But you just sort of have to wait and see what the extent (of the storm) is.”

50 Years Ago

September 8, 1971 –Wednesday

“Prominent Civic Leader Dies Following Illness”

Mrs. Bernice S. Hawley, wife of Adam S. Hawley, 980 Wilson Ave., died at 4:20 a.m. today in Chambersburg Hospital following a long illness.  

Mrs. Hawley was born in Chambersburg, daughter of the late Harry and Agnes Eley McNew.  She was a member of Second Lutheran Church, a charter member and past president of the Chambersburg Senior Women’s Club and a past president of the Franklin County Federation of Women’s Clubs.

An active former member of the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, the South Central Pennsylvania Heart Association, Mrs. Hawley was responsible for organizing the Clothing Clinic for needy families under the auspices of the Chambersburg Senior Women’s Club.  She was also instrumental in establishing the Well Baby Clinic at the former Chambersburg Hospital during World War II. Because of her many civic projects, Mrs. Hawley was named Woman of the Year in 1949 by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a graduate of Temple University School of Nursing, and during World War II, taught classes of Nurses Aides at Chambersburg Hospital conjunction with the Chambersburg High School program.

A former state nurse, she served in Franklin and Fulton counties.  In addition to being a private duty nurse, she also was a head supervisor of the former South Mountain Geriatric Center.

Her first husband, Joseph W. Spangler, died May 10, 1961.  Surviving are her second husband; a daughter, Mrs. Luther (Joan) Sachs Jr., 1841 Clinton Ave.; a step-son, Sherwood Hawley, Bedford; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, and a brother, Harry C. McNew, 245 E. Washington St.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the John O. Park Funeral Home, with the Rev. Milton F. A. Arndt and the Rev. Paul B. Lucas officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

There will be no viewing.

100 Years Ago

September 8, 1921 – Thursday

“Quincy Road delay due to no funds committee is told”

Waynesboro –  In efforts to secure Information relative to construction of the Quincy road a committee from the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce Tuesday called on State Highway Commissioner Lewis S. Sadler at his offices in Harrisburg.

Lack of money in the general fund of the state treasury la all that prevented Mr. Sadler from accepting the next lowest bid after the successful bidder tor the Quincy road contract had thrown up his award according to the committee’s report.

Mr. Sadler told the committee he believed he would be able to re-advertise for bids In December of this year or January of next.  This would permit the awarding of the contract the opening of spring, 1922, and put the completed road in, uses some time during the summer


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