Looking Back: Franklin County’s history September 22nd

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 September 22nd.

25 Years Ago 


Police identify suspect in theft 

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“Stolen Birds Are Recovered” 

Chambersburg – Two birds taken during a pet store burglary have been returned to their owner, but are quarantined and in poor health.  Now the accused burglar’s whereabouts are unknown.   

Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, issued an arrest warrant Thursday for James Franklin Mays Jr., 33, formerly of 151 E. Vine St., for taking the exotic birds worth $4,000.  

Charges were filed against him for theft, burglary and receiving stolen property. 

Police said Mays crashed a vehicle through a wall of Maggie’s Pet Center, 1337 Lincoln Way East, Aug. 7 or 8 to get the birds.  

They were sold to Steve’s Exotics in Alexandria, Va., on Aug. 9 for $1,000. 

 When a friend told owner Steve Carmody the birds were stolen, he contacted Maggie’s and police.  

“(Mays) said his mother had cancer and he couldn’t take care of them,” Carmody said. “He wasn’t a weirdo. I didn’t think they were stolen the guy was too calm and at ease with the birds.” 

Pet store clerk Alice Campbell would not say where the birds are.  They will not return to the pet store.  

Police got Mays’ name and driver’s license number from a Virginia bank where Mays cashed Carmody’s check.  

Trooper John Grove said Carmody picked Mays out of a photo lineup.  

Police have entered his name in the National Crime Information Center, which alerts officers to the charges in Pennsylvania.  If he is arrested for anything else in another state, he will be extradited. 

50 Years Ago  

September22, 1970Wednesday

“Corning Glass Celebration Held” 

Corning Glass Works celebrated its first decade of operations at its Greencastle plant with a gala anniversary dinner on September 17 at which 156 employees were welcomed into the 10-year class.  

On hand for the occasion (at the Venice Restaurant in Hagerstown) were Vice President James R. Houghton and a number of other officials from the company’s headquarters at Corning, New York.  

Houghton, who is general manager, of the company’s Consumer Products Division, congratulated the employees entering the 10-year class, and reviewed the company’s current operations.  

He said that among the company’s most promising new products is CORELLE Living ware, a strong, lightweight, low-cost dinnerware.  The product was introduced this summer and has had “excellent customer acceptance, he said.  

Houghton also said two other new products, the Corning Counterange and The Counter That Cooks, are expected to make significant contributions to the company’s growth. 

He also said that “we hope you know how proud all of Corning Glass is of Greencastie and its accomplishments.”  

Corning President R. Lee Waterman, who was unable to attend the dinner, sent a letter in which he said:  

“Having watched the Greencastle plant from its very beginning, I am very much aware of what has been accomplished over these years.  The concept of a plant for assembly, warehousing, and shipping was a new departure for our company. Its validity has long since been proven by Greencastle. Your group has proven that you can get things done, and that you can set high standards and better them.  I share your pride m the plant s excellent performance.” 

Plant Manager James R. Holland who served as toast-master, stressed the importance of people in plant operations.  

“I’m proud,” he said, “that we have people here who cooperate with one another, who accept responsibility, and who get things done.”  

Other speakers representing the Consumer Products Division were Robert A. Sanders, manufacturing manager for house-wares-tableware, and John L. Collins, manager of distribution and forecasting.  

Also speaking briefly was William F. Neuman, who served as the plant’s first manager.  He is now vice president manufacturing for Corhart Refractories Co., a Corning subsidiary.  

The invocation was delivered by Homer C. Musselman, a 10-year employee. The dinner marked the 11th anniversary of the company, as well as the 10th anniversary of the plant. 

100 Years Ago 

September22, 1920Wednesday

Arm Caught in Rag Picker Amputated Last Night 

“John Mills Loses Arm In Machine At Woolen Mill” 

Chambersburg — John Mills of Central avenue, aged 72 years, an employee at the Chambersburg Woolen Mills yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock fell at the company’s plant in Spring street and flung his right arm into a rag-picking machine, the rapidly moving  prongs mangling the arm to such an extent that amputation below the elbow will be necessary.  Because of his age it was decided not to proceed with the amputating until Mr. Mills had recovered from the shock of the accident.   

Mills had thrown off the belt and stepped into the gauze room at the woolen mills before the machinery had stopped.  He slipped and in an attempt to regain his balance he flung his arm towards the rag-picking machine.  The steel prongs fastened into his clothing and drew his arm into the picker, which cut the flesh on his arm Into shreds.  He was extricated by fellow employees and hurried to the Chambersburg Hospital.   Further examination failed to reveal any other injuries of a serious nature.  

Mr. Mills has been an employee of the Woolen Mills Company for several years.  He is the father of John and George Mills, local barbers.  

Late last night Mr. Mills condition had improved and the. mangled arm was amputated above the elbow, 


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