Looking Back: Franklin County’s history September 23rd

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 23rd.

25 Years Ago 


“Parish Lends Hand In Russia” 

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County's history September 23rd
Members of Greenvillage Church of God Russia, in August. help rebuild a church in Svybodnyy,

Seventeen members of Greenvillage Church of God are busy sharing photographs and stories from their 15-day trip to Far East Russia.   

Once on foreign soil, the group of 15- to 72-year-olds split up: some went to Komsomolsk about the size of Pittsburgh; the rest traveled to Svybodnyy about the size of York or Lancaster.  

“The towns we went to are not tourist cities,” said the Rev. Ronald Dull, the church’s pastor.  

Dull’s group did masonry and carpentry work on a church that had burned to the ground in Komsomolsk.  

Those in Svybodnyy helped convert a former hospital into a church. 

“It was an opportunity to see how the Russian people live,” said Thelma Johns, 72, Orrstown, who worked in Svybodnyy, nailing, shoveling and scraping beside daughter Sue Smoker, Chambersburg.  It was Johns’ first trip abroad.  

They had few tools to work with, said  Dull. It was all “hard work.”  

“Communication had to be done very creatively,” he said.  

They had foreign language dictionaries, but on work sites a Russian translator was hired.  

Both groups stayed in apartments or homes of hosts.  

“Russian food was an experience,” Dull said. Soup was served at nearly every meal.  

Before the trip, which was from Aug. 6 to 20, each traveler was responsible for raising $2,300. 

50 Years Ago  

September23, 1970Wednesday


County's history September23rd

This group of ducks (or are they geese?) blocked Franklin Farms Lane from traffic one day.  When a driver stopped to shoo them off, they advanced speaking a strange tongue.  

However, they all agreed to remove their picket line on the dispersing of a handful of bread crumbs, indicating the dispute was over food allowances 

100 Years Ago 

September23, 1920Thursday

“Auxiliary gives 1700 quarts of fruits to local charities” 

Chambersburg — The Children’s Home at the Chambersburg Hospital received 1700 quarts of fruit, besides quantities of Jelly and vegetables In donations dur-,ng the past year.  These were among the gifts reported to the Woman’s Auxilliary to the and the Chambersburg Hospital at Its annual meeting which was held In the Falling Spring Church house last week.  

The usual business of the work connected with the auxiliary was transacted and reports submitted.  The president gave a fine report of the work of the county in Its fruit donations of the year 1919.  These donations were divided between the children’s home and the hospital.  Besides the 1700 quarts of fruit and the jelly and vegetables from the rural schools 11,000 worth of clothing and vegetables were donated and $108 in cash.  

The Waynesboro branch contributed to the Children’s Home $11.81 worth of vegetables, $40 worth of clothing and $205 in cash.  

  • Mercersburg branch sent $90.00.  
  • Greencastle branch sent $86 60.   
  • Chambersburg branch sent $391.85.  
  • Junior Red Cross, $100.  

The estimated cash value of the fruit, jellies, vegetables and clothing collected during the season of 1919 was placed at $1,646.36.   

The following officers were elected: 

  • President, Mrs. George E. Fortna of Chambersburg;  
  • vice presidents, Mrs. A. A Longnecker of Chambersburg, Mrs. C. F. Fendrick of Mercersburg, Mrs. Bello Ryder and Mrs. L E. Smith of Greencastle, Mrs. Leslie Kauffman of Kauffmans, Mrs. John A Diehl of Marlon, Mrs. Bruce Martin of St Thomas, Mr. John Croft of Waynesboro 
  • secretary, Mrs. S.D. Shull of Chambersburg 
  • Miss Mary Sierer of Chambersburg 


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