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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 11th.

25 Years Ago

October 11, 1994 –  Tuesday

“Eagle Scout”

Franklin County history
Peter Joncour

CHAMBERSBURG — Peter Johncour, son of Barbara Johncour, Chambersburg, and Robert Johncour, Falls Church, Va., received his Eagle Scout Award on July 31 during church services at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.  

For his Eagle project, Johncour was in charge of a group of Boy Scouts who cleaned a park on Old forge Road in Waynesboro following a major storm. 

Johncour was quarterback of the football team and co-captain of the track team at Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 1993. He finished sixth in the 1994 National indoor track and field championships in pole vaulting. 

He was WHAG-TV Student Athlete of the Month, and was listed in Who’s Who Among High School Students and Who’s Who in High School Sports.

He was named to the South Central Chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and chosen several times by the Public Opinion for the athletic honor roll. 

He is a member of the National High School Math honor society. 

He attends Syracuse University on an athletic scholarship.

50 Years Ago

Oct 11, 1969 Saturday


CHAMBERSBURG –  The Chambersburg Hospital is required to have a minimum of three fire drills each year. Circumstances permitting we try to arrange one fire drill to be called on each of our three work shifts, day, evening and night. At 10:30 a.m. Monday and again at 9 p.m. Wednesday, we called a fire drill. No advance notice was given to our personnel, our patients, our Medical Staff, or our local fire companies. 

Tn our two latest drills, all of our local fire companies, Friendship, Juniors, Good Will, Franklin and Cumberland Valley, responded so promptly and placed their equipment and personnel into position so quickly that it is a source of amazement to all of us here at the hospital how these various groups of volunteers are able to coordinate their skills into one unified effort and arrive at a peak of efficiency which almost defies imagination. 

Speaking both for myself and our hospital family, I would like to pay tribute to Fire Chief John Shatzer, his assistants and the volunteer firemen who have joined together in the development of such a splendid organization.   The people of this Community can and should be very proud that Chambersburg has a fire fighting organization which is second to none anywhere. 

Administrator The Chambersburg Hospital

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*** Editor’s Note: This Editor has personally never heard of a hospital having a fire drill at a hospital in New Mexico !!!

100 Years Ago

October 11, 1919 – Saturday



CHAMBERSBURG – Hundreds of citizens yesterday were thrilled by the beautiful exhibition of stunt flying given by Pilot Starbuok at noon. Beginning at an altitude of 350 feet, Starteck came down to within a couple of hundred feet of Memorial Square, doing: a series of nose dives, loops, tail spins such as never seen here before.  

Pilot Collyer has gone to Richmond, Virginia , to get a new plane, a Curtiss “wasp,” and’ may get to town by Sunday afternoon. However today and tomorrow Starbuck ‘ is ready to take passengers on. Manager Wheelan will be at the field, along the Hollywell road, to book them. 

There will be another exhibition of stunt flying at noon today, weather permitting.

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