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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 Nov. 10th.

25 Years Ago

November 10, 1994 – Thursday

“Colonial Christmas is Saturday”

Robert Shirk will be the town crier.

Colonial Christmas at Christ Church will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the church, 47 E. King St.

The most popular feature of this second annual event is the Williamsburg dinner, served by costumed servers.

Reservations are needed for the complete dinner, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $7.95, adults; $3.50, children.

The menu includes a choice of baked Virginia ham with peach sauce or Turkey Te-trazzini both with the trimmings. Seating is limited. For reservation information, call 532-6850 or 532-8155.

Available in the “Country Store and Ye Okie Herb Shoppe” will be wall hangings, fabric baskets, herbal vinegars, ornaments and hand-sewn items.

There also will be an antiques and collectibles consignment room.

Baked goods will be available, too.

Coordinating the event are Rose Dillner and Jean Pinci. Luncheon co-chairpersons are Bill and Lois Cressler and Dave and Margaret Dolbin.

Bob Shirk will portray a town crier, and he will open the event at 9.

50 Years Ago

November 10, 1969 -Monday


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SET TO FLY: These are the three Apollo 12 astronauts who will blast off to the moon on Friday. From left are Charles Conrad Jr., Richard Gordon Jr. and Alan L. Bean. On Sunday, the three men were examined by a five-man medical team at Cape Kennedy and declared physically fit to make the long trip.

Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean today practiced emergency procedures required if they have to abort their attempt to land on the moon next week.

They rehearsed in the lunar lander trainer vehicle in a test coordinated with the Mission Control Center in Houston, Tex.

The third Apollo 12 crewman, Richard F. Gordon Jr., received a briefing on lunar topography from specialists of the U.S. Geological Survey. One of Gordon’s tasks, as he orbits the moon, is to photograph future Apollo landing sites, primarily the highlands near the craters Fra Mauro, Laande and Descartes.

Gordon also planned some time today in the command ship simulator.

At the launch pad, the countdown moved smoothly toward the scheduled blastoff of a Saturn 5 rocket at 11:22 a.m. EST Friday.

Conrad and Bean are to fly the landing craft.

100 Years Ago

November 10, 1919 -Monday


The Beistle Company of Shippensburg has entered into an agreement with a New York company for the sale of its wooden toy plant located in Senaca Street in Shippensburg, possession to be given on January 1ST. The new owners will convert the plant Into a textile factory which will employ about one hundred and fifty men to start. The plant formerly belonged to the Shippensburg Planing Mill Company and was used by the Beistle Company for the manufacturing of wooden toys, for which product it enjoyed a large and widely distributed trade.

The Beistle Company will confine its business to the Burd street plant which will be enlarged and developed to meet the increased demand for paper toys, their output for this was double that of any previous time.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: A planing mill is a facility that takes cut and seasoned boards from a sawmill and turns them into finished dimensional lumber.[1] Machines used in the mill include the planer and matcher, the molding machines, and varieties of saws.[1] In the planing mill, planer operators use machines that smooth and cut the wood for many different uses.

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