Looking Back: Franklin County’s History On October 30th

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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 30th.

25 Years Ago

October 30, 1994  – Sunday

“Avast, Matey!”

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James Hitchcock Hamilton Heights Elementary School first-graders, Christopher Edwards scope out the competition at a from left, Johnny Dartt, Matthew Pilgrim and Halloween costume parade on Friday.

50 Years Ago

October 30, 1969 – Thursday

“Area News Carrier Is Top Student”

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Carrier Randy Arnold

SHIPPENSBURG — A straight “A” student since entering Shippensburg Area Junior High School, Randy Arnold, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Arnold, 202 N. Prince St., has a wide variety of interests. Besides football and baseball, the eighth grade student is interested in model trains. His layout, begun two years ago, consists of a double track with 30 cars and six engines on a board eight feet by six feet. Aside from his studies, Randy spends much time wiring the models and constructing scenery.

As a Public Opinion news-carrier, he serves customers on North Prince Street, Richard Avenue, High, Fort, Queen, Burd, Earl, . Washington and Perm Streets and Britton Road. When he first began his route, Randy had 69 customers. At present they number 77. 

Part of his earnings go into savings and train equipment, in addition to clothing. 

An only son, he has three married sisters, and one sister at home, Susan, a Fifth grade student at Rowland Lab School.

100 Years Ago

October 30, 1919 Thursday         

“JOHNNIE CAKE“

Two cups buttermilk, one tablespoon lard, three tablespoons flour, one half tablespoon saleratus, one teaspoon sugar, cornmeal to make dough. Take one and one-halt cups corn-meal, mix with flour, sugar, lard, add buttermilk and saleratus. Dissolved in some of the milk, then add more corn-meal to make It tike cake batter. Bake in a quick oven, in two tins as for layer cake. Cut as pie, split and spread with butter or troco and syrup.  

**EDITOR’S NOTE

After researching, I found that Johnnie Cake’s are a lot like pancakes, except they are made with cornmeal.  Johnny Cakes derive most of their flavor from the butter in which they’re cooked, so when cooking, make sure you have a generous foundation of butter in the bottom of the skillet or griddle while making this.

**Saleratus, the 4th ingredient in the above recipe, is more commonly known as baking powder today.

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