Looking Back: Franklin County’s history September 30th

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 30th.

25 Years Ago 

September 30, 1995 – Saturday 

“A Grant to aid in attracting businesses” 

 Shippensburg has received a state grant to attract business, repair a road and improve its industrial park.  

The state Department of Community Affairs recently granted the borough $48,700 through its Enterprise Zone Program.  

“It’s money that’s very much needed and appreciated by the borough,” said Bill Wolfe, borough manager.  “It’s proven very beneficial in the past.”  

Wolfe said part of the money will be used to reconstruct Rowe Road, which is an access road to Ingersoll-Rand Co., a manufacturer of earth-moving equipment.  

“Rowe Road was really not designed for the truck traffic that Ingersoll-Rand is putting on it,” Wolfe said.  

The grant also will provide funding for development in the industrial park on Dykeman Road, which already has several businesses, including Raskas Cheese Products of Pennsylvania and Microwood Inc. 

 Storm sewer and drainage work in the park will also be funded.  

Wolfe said the borough also plans to use the money to promote its Enterprise Zone.  

“It will help provide money for improvements to an area which draws business into the community and creates much-needed jobs,” said state Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Shippensburg.  

“The state should be focusing on this type of assistance in Franklin County, especially when we have a business incentive that works as well as Enterprise Zones do,” Coy said. 

50 Years Ago 

September 30, 1970 – Wednesday 

“Pumpkin Eater” 

County's history September 30th
Jimmy English, 9, ; holds a smaller pumpkin on his shoulder to show the difference between a normal one and the 70 lb pumpkin in the wheelbarrow. Jimmy, son of Mr. and Mrs. James English. Cranberry Twp., Butler County, Pa., is thinking about all those pumpkin pies \coming up.

100 Years Ago 

September 30, 1920  Wednesday 


Sergeant Partin, in charge of the local recruiting agency, is in search of two clean-cut ex-service men for duty in the Chambersburg district.   There is also a vacancy for a motorcycle driver. The pay is $15 the month, with clothing, medical and dental attention free.