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 12th.
25 Years Ago
October 12, 1994 – Wednesday
“POLL: Congress’s Popularity Lowest Point in 20 Years”
CHAMBERSBURG – Congress enters the final four weeks of the 1994 elections with the public holding it in its lowest regard in 20 years.
A USA TODAY CNN Gallup Poll taken over the weekend finds that only one in five, or 21, of the people approving of the job Congress is doing, while 73 disapprove of it. And little more than one in three, or 37, say most members of Congress deserve re-election.
And while 54 say their own congressman deserves re-election, that’s down from 60 in March.
The findings underscore the surly voter mood politicians are facing this year.
President Clinton, just off a rough congressional session and now embroiled in problems in Haiti and Iraq, also remains mired in low ratings. Just 42 approve of the job he’s doing. Fifty-two percent disapprove. That’s no change from two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, the poll finds that 51 say they are more likely to vote this year for a congressional candidate who opposes Clinton, while 39 say they would vote for a Clinton supporter good news for Republicans trying to make Clinton an issue.
Among those who say they will definitely vote on Nov. 8, the poll finds 51 favor a Republican for Congress, 45 a Democrat. Republicans also outscore Democrats in handling of all key issues crime, taxes, foreign affairs, economy, deficit reduction except health care.
Big GOP gains would force Clinton to work with a less-friendly and more conservative Congress.
Yet, the jury remains out on whether things would change for the better if the GOP takes over Congress. The polls finds 34 percent say the country will be better off with Republican rule, 18 percent say worse off and 45 percent say things would stay the same.
50 Years Ago
Oct 12, 1969 –Sunday
“Union Center for Children”
CHAMBERSBURG – A “Union Center for Children” is being built in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A union-sponsored day care center for children of union members
Governor Mandel called these centers “a living example of what private funds and the private sector can do in an area where the federal government is involved.”
100 Years Ago
October 12, 1919 – Sunday
“Oneida Truck Makes Record Run”
CHAMBERSBURG – A model B Oneida truck, 1 ¼ -ton capacity, fully loaded, driven by H. K. Johnston and Jack Welch of the Oneida factory, left Green Kay, Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 30. 1919. Representatives of the Associated Press started them off on their journey.
After leaving Green Bay, they ran into rain and mud. From Milwaukee to Chicago they covered a distance of 118 miles in an average speed of 22 miles per hour and gasoline mileage better than 9 miles per gallon.
They then left South Bend, Indiana and arrived at Toledo, Ohio at 8:40
Thursday evening. From Toledo, they went to Cleveland, Ohio at a speed of 25 miles per hour. By the way of the Lincoln Highway, they went to Chicago, where they encountered more mud on their way to Michigan City. When left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 12-01 Saturday and crossed through the cities of Fort Louden, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, York, Lancaster, and arrived at Philadelphia at 3:15 am on Sunday. From there they proceeded to New York, arriving at the Hotel Manhattan at 10 am on Sunday morning.