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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 October 10th.

25 Years Ago

October 10, 1994 –  Monday

“Hay man!  Check Out That Face”

CHAMBERSBURG –  You’ll smile if you drive by Bill and Jenny Heater’s place. 

The Newburg couple turned an ordinary bale of hay into a Halloween treat for motorists. 

The owners of Breezy Valley Farm and Greenhouse spray-painted the hay bright orange and black, creating a jack-o’-lantern that grins at people passing their business along Pa. 997 near Roxbury. 

“We saw it in a magazine and just thought it looked cute to have out there next to the stand,” Jenny said.  “We have a lot of people driving by pointing, like ‘Oh wow, look at that!’ 

“Kids really like it. They first kind of look at it in disbelief, then they walk around it.” 

“This is the first time we did this one,” Bill said. “But we try to do something every year to decorate the place up for the season.”

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Jenny Heater and her husband Bill, used six cans of spray paint to create this jack-o-lantern.

50 Years Ago

Oct 10, 1969 Friday

“Its Time To Plant Tulips”


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CHAMBERSBURG –  It’s tulip time – time to plant the bulbs that bring so much beauty to your spring landscape! A little effort in early autumn will produce spectacular dividends at winter’s end.

Look for new places to plant tulip bulbs this fall. Determine which varieties will flower into distinctive patterns. You don’t have to plant bulbs in the same spots year after year, or repeat the color schemes. Planting bulbs in different ways will give the garden a new look. 

Here are helpful ideas:

1. Bulbs may be placed in any part of your garden. But first determine whether they are to be used in mass plantings, groups or borders. 
2. Formal beds of spring-flowering bulbs provide masses of brilliant color. Don’t plant awkward blocks or a single row of colors.
3. When blooming, tulips look fine in clumps of six, a dozen or more. Sufficient bulbs of one kind should be planted in a group so that a mass picture is obtained rather than a lonesome dotted effect. 
4. Edging garden walks, surrounding a garden gate or planting in front of shrubbery emphasizes tulips. 
5. Naturalize bulb plantings in grass, lawn, shrubs or border. This helps display the flowers.
6. Combine tulips with dog wood, cherry, forsythia and fruit trees for added effect. Ring an evergreen with a deep circle of brilliant Darwin, using light shades generally. 
7. Fit tulips into the scheme of a rock garden. 
8. Interplant bulbs into beds of pachysandra, myrtle, ivy or other ground cover. Try these groupings: Plant side by side Mamasa, a bright yellow Darwin and Queen of the Night, a deep purple. 

Combine the many colors of the Kaulmanniana with deep blue scilla. 

Blue grape hyacinth and yellow daffodil make an exquisite pair. 

If you don’t disturb the bulbs, they will do repeat .performances, spring after spring. We dig out our bulbs every few years and let them rest for the summer. The respite seems to do them good. 

100 Years Ago

October 10, 1919 – Friday

“FIRST! Today Marks the First Issue of the Public Opinion Printed on Its Big Rotary Press”   

CHAMBERSBURG – It was the printing straightforwardness of the business methods, it has been the reputation won that has demanded this vast change in newspaper publishing.  to The Public Opinion, I wish many future years of progress.  

This year marks the seventh I have been in business in Chambersburg.  Starting unknown to the good people of this city and vicinity — just as a paper starts with a small circulation — I had to first establish confidence.  I had a reputation to make. My work and my business methods were my foundation, I had to build confidence and reputation from these. That I have succeeded is best judged by you.  

I also wish The Public Opinion many more years of success.  

***Editor’s Note:

Although this is really an advertisement for Charles H. King, Opt D, I chose it because it shows an important milestone in the history of Chambersburg’s oldest newspaper – a fact I was not sure everyone knew!

Since 1869, when the first edition came off a flatbed press in a Main Street building in downtown Chambersburg, Public Opinion has been a part of life in Franklin County. Getting a new rotary press would have been an important milestone back in 1919.

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