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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 August 20th.

25 Years Ago

August 20, 1994  Saturday

“Reports of death are false”

CHAMBERSBURG – When Gladys E. Carbaugh went to the dentist Wednesday, she learned she was dead.

A receptionist told the Chambersburg woman she no longer was eligible to claim medical benefits for her visit. 

Carbaugh learned a computer goof at the Franklin County Assistance Office had rendered her lifeless.

50 Years Ago

August 20, 1969 – Wednesday

“Bubbly’ Stuff Covers Street”

CHAMBERSBURG – Lincoln Way East went “bubbly” for a time Tuesday and a Chambersburg woman came up with the sweetest gas tank in town according to a pair of incidents on the Chambersburg Police blotter. 

Police were called out about 1:10 p.m. Tuesday to investigate an unusual substance flowing along Lincoln Way East and found that an attendant at the Fisca Service Station had dumped five boxes of Blue Cheer on the station island to wash it down. 

He hadn’t planned on a quick rainstorm result a soapy LWE. Police said sand was placed in some areas as a protection to motorists. 

Pauline Elliott, Spruce Street, had an unusual complaint for borough police this morning when she found that a vandal or vandals had placed a generous amount of sugar in her car’s gas tank. 

She told police that incident occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 6:40 a.m. this morning.

100 Years Ago

August 20, 1919  Wednesday

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CHAMBERSBURG – J. W. Rodenhaver, formerly of Chambersburg, proprietor of the Carlton Hotel, in Market street, yesterday sold the lease, goodwill and furniture of that hotel to Warren D. Free, for years manager of the old Lochiel Hotel. Mr. Free took charge last night. 

Mr. Rodenhaver was a pioneer in the rooming hotel business In 

Harrisburg. He took over a rundown establishment, remodeled it and refurnished it on modern hotel lines and made it one of the best patronized places in the city, particularly popular with Capitol H[ill visitors and traveling men. 

Mr. Free, the new. proprietor, has had long experience in the hotel business and has a wide acquaintanceship over the- state. Mr. Rodenhaver said today that lie has no plans for the immediate future. 

The hotel building is the property of the Dock estate.

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