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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 Dec. 23rd.


December 23, 1994 – Friday

‘Santa’ and Brett Purvis

“Chambersburg Youth Becomes a ‘Giant’ Star”

Franklin county history
‘Santa’ Dave Brown and Brett Purvis

Brett Purvis is only a sixth-grader at Chambersburg Area Middle School, but he’ll make his television acting debut Saturday. 

Purvis, 12, of Chambersburg, was selected to be in an NFL-on-FOXTV commercial, where he sits on the lap of New York Giants quarterback Dave Brown and asks for the Giants to beat the Dallas Cowboys and make the playoffs. 

Brown is dressed as Santa Claus, while Purvis is wearing a Giants sweatshirt and hat. On Thursday, the whole Purvis family drove to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where the spot was filmed. 

“A star was born in East Rutherford today,” New York Giants director of public relations Pat Hanlon said Thursday. “Brett did a great job.”

Dave Brown said to him afterward, “Thanks for helping me out today.” And “He’s a natural, he’s got star quality.” 

The script of the commercial, set to run prior to the Cowboys-Giants game at 1 p.m. Saturday, goes something like this: 

Brown: “Have you been a good boy this year?” 

Purvis: “Yes, I have.” 

Brown: “What would you like for Santa to get you for Christmas?” 

Purvis: “I would like for the Giants to beat the Cowboys and make the playoffs. Please, please, please Santa.” 

Brown: “Is there anything else you want for Christmas?” 

Purvis: “No.” 

According to Hanlon, there are two possible endings to the commercial. As of Thursday, the Fox directors had not yet decided upon one. 

One ending has Brown saying, “You ain’t the only one, kid. Merry Christmas.” The other has Brown saying, “Whew! I thought he was going to ask for Power Rangers.”

“I picked Brett because, No. 1 , he’s a Giants fan, and No. 2, the Purvis family has been friends of my family for a long, long time,” said Hanlon, a former Chambersburg resident. 

Unfortunately, the commercial won’t be seen locally: The Cowboys-Giants game won’t be on in this area. 

“I’m kind of disappointed it’s not on around here,” said Barry Purvis, Brett’s dad. “I’m a Redskins fan, but this week I wish the Giants were on and the Redskins weren’t.”

50 Years Ago

December 23, 1969  Wednesday

“Stocking Full of Love”

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The best gift of all to anyone, anywhere, is love.  

Come Christmas morning, a Shippensburg area child will find a stocking full of love, that will continue giving on into the new year.

This cocker spaniel puppy is looking for a warm home, a full tummy, and much love from all those who reside therein.

100 Years Ago

December 23, 1919 -Tuesday

“ Lieut Hoke In Town After Army Service”

CHAMBERSBURG – Lieutenant Hampton W. Hoke is visiting his uncle, John W. Hoke, Philadelphia Avenue, having returned from overseas on the first of Dec. Lieutenant Hoke is a son of Dr. W. . Hoke, a native of Chambersburg who lived for a number of years in Hordeaux, France. He came to this country from France in 1913 and in 1917 entered the American army, being commissioned as a lieutenant, and immediately went to France as an interpreter.  After the Armistice, he went Germany with the American Army of occupation and has been there continuously until his return to this country. Upon his discharge from the army he expects to reside permanently in America.

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