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. 7th.
25 Years Ago
November 7, 1994 – Monday
“NOW FOR A CLOSER LOOK”
50 Years Ago
November 7, 1969 – Friday
“Christmas Parade Scheduled For November 24th”
Some sixty bands and drum corps have received invitations to participate in the first annual Christmas City Parade, scheduled to be held in Chambersburg on Monday evening, Nov. 24.
Robert R. Newlun and Harold E. Burdick, co-chairmen of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Festival Committee announced that Lynn Lerew has been appointed chairman of the parade arrangements committee.
Lerew, who is band director of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, has issued the invitation to some oi the finest musical units In Pennsylvania and Maryland to compete in the parade. He said that every effort will be made to create a quality parade appropriately ushering in the 1969 Holiday Season.
The committee has announced four divisions in the musical unit competition: Senior High School Bands, Drum and Bugle Corps and Majorette groups. Nearly $1,200 in prize money and trophies will be awarded to prize winning units. Competition in the senior high school division will be limited to the first 15 applicants received.
Lerew also reported that top professional judges have been retailed from the All American Association of Contest Judges to conduct the contest, and that units from the host city Chambersburg School District would not be eligible for the prizes.
Other divisions in the parade will be colorful floats, choral groups and of course, Santa Claus. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Tuesday evening, Nov. 25.
Lerew urges appropriate groups interested in participating in the non-commercial parade to contact the Chamber of Commerce immediately.
100 Years Ago
November 7, 1919 –Friday
“American Legion Here To Observe Armistice Day”
Speaking and Musical Program Has Been Arranged
Plans for the observance of Armistice Day have been completed by the local post of the American Legion and a tentative program of events. arranged to be given In the high school auditorium next Tuesday night. The event this year will be more in the form of observance than a celebration, lacking in the whistleblowing and bell ringing that marked Nov. 11, 1918.
The chief speaker of the event will be John W. Hoke of Philadelphia avenue. The program includes selections by the high school orchestra, recitations and quartet numbers under the direction of Charles E. Hoke. John Forsyth, an ex-soldier and bass soloist with the Queen City Band, will also render several selections.
An invitation has been extended to Colonel Housum Post G. A. R. to attend in a body and proper seating reservations will be made for the veterans of the war of the rebellion. Parker R. Skinner will make the address of welcome and it is probable that the response will be made by a member of the G.A.R.
* Editor’s Note: Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11th to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany, which took effect at seven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.