Looking Back: Franklin County’s History On Jan. 22nd

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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 Jan. 22nd.


January 22, 1995 – Sunday

“Trojan girls have easy time against Cedar Cliff”

Chambersburg's Angie Rideout (54) shoots over the and Kristen Bilous

Chambersburg’s Angie Rideout (54) shoots over the and Kristen Bilous during the Trojans’ 59-30 victory defensive efforts of Cedar Cliff’s Marissa Baum (42) Friday night. 

Chambersburg piles up 35-7 halftime lead.

The Chambersburg Lady Trojans clobbered the Cedar Cliff Colts in a Mid Penn girls basketball game Friday night, 59-30.  

Simply put, the Trojans were everywhere. 

Chambersburg coach Barry Purvis said, “We were hoping to start the game with a lot of intensity and aggression. 

Tuesday night we were really cold at the beginning of the game, so we needed to play our type of basketball tonight. We couldn’t have another game like Tuesday. 

“Tuesday night’s game (a lackadaisical win over Bishop McDevitt) served as motivation for us.”  

The Trojans were definitely motivated. Every loose ball and every rebound seemed to wind up in the hands of Chambersburg. 

Much of the motivation could have come from Lori Reese’s 1,000-point ceremony before the beginning of the game. 

Teammate Kia Purvis said, “We all wanted to blow them (Cedar Cliff) out for Lori’ s sake.” 

Barry Purvis said, “The kids were very excited about Lori’s award. These girls have been playing together for many years.” 

Reese said, “This was just another game for me. I tried not to think about it.” 

At halftime, the Trojans had a 35-7 lead a lead that would never be threatened. During the second half, Chambersburg continued to dominate. No matter how many substitutions Purvis made, the Trojans never lost their momentum or desire. 

Purvis has been impressed with the consistently good play of the players off the bench. 

“Amy Baughman, Heidi Lininger and Shannon Reed have been contributing a lot coming off the bench,” Purvis said. 

Center Angie Rideout helped in Chambersburg’s domination of the boards, obtaining 10 rebounds. Many of these rebounds came on the offensive end. 

Purvis said, “Angie played a really nice offensive game for us.” 

Chambersburg was led in scoring by Rideout with 15 points, while Reese added 12 and Emily Bender and Donna Strike each had 10. 

Cedar Cliff was led by Lisa Knoll with 13. Purvis stressed to the Trojans to “do what we do best!” Last night, they certainly did. 

50 Years Ago

January 22, 1970  Thursday

“Save the Jail Fund Studied”

CHAMBERSBURG – While Franklin County Heritage was announcing Monday that the Franklin County Jail was placed on the National Register for Historic Sites, the regional office of Housing and Urban Development was continuing a study to determine if federal funds are available to restore the jail as a historic site. 

Last November Franklin County Heritage submitted an appraisal of the costs of restoring the local jail to its original architecture. HUD offices received the report and took it under consideration. 

The sale of the jail is pending between the County Commissioners and the Franklin County Redevelopment Authority. Being placed on the national register removes the jail from a demolition course which was first authorized in the original plan for the King Street Urban Redevelopment project. According to federal statute, no federal funds can be used in the demolition of historic sites. 

Mrs. Joan Staum, regional representative for HUD said this morning in Philadelphia, that the government’s position is not to participate in the demolition of historic sites. 

Funds are made available to local governments from a special reserve fund for the restoration of historic buildings and sites. As of Nov. 3 of last year in order for groups to secure the monies for restoration, they had to be approved by the National Register. Prior to then the approval was not necessary. 

The exact amount of funds that will be available to Heritage for the restoration of the jail is unknown at the present time. 

According to Mrs. Staum, the study underway will determine the amount of funds needed to restore the jail. Following the determination, a search for funds will be undertaken in HUD. If the funds are available, then the Heritage group must present its percentage of the total cost, as well as a contribution from the commonwealth. 

Conjecture has arisen as to what happens if the government does not have the funds or if Heritage cannot make its commitment. Mrs. Staum said this morning that if that situation arose an alternative plan would be considered. She did not elaborate. She said that the regional office can advise local agencies involved in projects, but cannot interfere with property purchases or final determination of projects. 

With the jail on the national register, an amendment to the original plan for the King Street project will be necessary, according to the HUD office.

100 Years Ago

January 22, 1921 – Thursday

James O. Eachus Obituary

GREENCASTLE – James O. Eachus of Greencastle, a veteran of the civil war, died at his home on East Baltimore street on Sunday evening, at 8:45 o’clock after a prolonged illness, aged 77 years, 5 months and 3 days.

Mr. Eachus was a son of the late Phineas Eachus. In his early life, he clerked at his father’s store, which located in Center Square at that place.  Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he volunteered and served until the close of the war. He served in Co K, 126 Pa volunteers.  After being discharged from the military service, he removed to Pittsburgh where he was employed for some time but later returned to Greencastle.  He was a member, of The Presbyterian Church.  He survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. C. Bruce Byers and one sister, Mrs. C. H Fulweiller of Columbia.

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