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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 September 15th.

25 Years Ago

September 15, 1994  Thursday

“Shufflin off to Little Bufflo – Local Band is finding its stride”


Inursha is building momentum. 

The six-member acoustic band from Chambersburg has two important upcoming performances that members hope will bump their career into a new, and higher, orbit. 

The first is this weekend at the annual Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts in Perry County, where the group will share the spotlight with Woodstock alumnus Richie Havens, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, blues weirdo Leon Redbone, the Solaris Lakota Sioux Dancers and a host of other storytellers, singers, dancers, comics and artisans of all types. 

“It’s one of the most popular music festivals on the East Coast,” says Bob Gross, who contributes vocals, guitar, harmonica, trumpet and some managerial skills to the band. 

The second gig of note is Sept. 25, when the band will join eight others for Xocatoma ’94, a benefit concert in Greencastle.

After some fits and starts, the band found a pleasing trajectory and has become a premiere group in the Cumberland Valley. They are now looking a little farther, hoping to move beyond the bar circuit into better venues such as Wolf Trap near Washington, D.C. 

The roster includes bass player Dale Sharrah, singer and guitarist Jen Schellings, drumer Phil Hoover and guitarist Kevin Neidig. The other members refer to Neidig as “Kid Prodigy” because of his remarkable skills with stringed instruments. 

In Schellings and Vonderlin, the band has vocalists with great range. Schellings tends toward alto, Vonderlin soprano, but “we do what fits,” Vonderlin said, and Schellings agreed: “We switch around, sometimes within one song.” 

The group is currently compiling a demo tape of original songs that they will play for college representatives next month in Lancaster, hoping to land some campus concerts. 

At the Little Buffalo festival, Inursha will perform from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the Market stage, immediately following Leon Redbone’s 3 to 4 p.m. concert at the Moore pavilion.

50 Years Ago

September 15, 1969  Monday

“Center Comes Alive Again”

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WORK ON COURT Two members of Fayetteville Community Center Association. Left, Donald Anderson, and Robert Jensen, do some carpentry work at the community hall. They’re working on construction of a basket, and have asked residents for help.

FAYETTEVILLE – Activities are again rolling in Fayetteville Community Center. After a brief lull during the summer, construction of the basketball court got underway Saturday morning. Manpower is needed in construction of the court, for use by children of the community. Work will continue every Saturday until completed. 

Anyone wanting to help but cannot work on Saturdays, can give a few hours of their time during weekdays or evenings, by contacting Don Anderson at 352-2401. He resides at 52 Fifth Ave. 

Robert Jensen, president, commented on how quickly the large basement at the center had been painted. Interested people arrived with paint brushes, rollers and paint pars, and proceeded to paint with enthusiasm. Within two hours, the job was completed. Jensen hopes to have as much support with the basketball court. 

Membership at the center has increased to 412, since its inception in 1967. New memberships are welcome, and are given on an individual or family basis. 

Anyone interested in joining the center can contact Robert Jensen or Don Anderson for information. 

The ceramics class, which was a success last year, will be continued again this year, beginning in October, under direction of Emily Gott, who will be assisted by Pat Craig. 

Teen dances will be held again this year. New records have been placed in the “juke box.” All teen dances a the center are chaperoned. 

The community center is available for private parties, such as birthdays and anniversaries, on a rental basis, as long as there is no other activity scheduled at that time.

100 Years Ago

September 15, 1919  Monday

“Roy R. Kriechbaum – Solider Candidate for Sheriff”

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CHAMBERSBURG – As a candidate for the Republican nomination for Sheriff, I respectfully ask for your support and for your influence in my behalf at the primaries, which will be held tomorrow.  My endorsement is my past civil life and my record while serving our country with the armed forces at home and in France. 

It is but a repetition of that which you have read, however, I feel that you should be informed on my war record.   I have merely stated that I served with the army.   I was not associated with men, to a great extent, and Franklin county.   I was fortunate then and it is fortunate now, when these same have nothing but kind words for me now.  Truly it is the words of these men, who served with Company C, the 8th Pennsylvania Infantry and after the reorganization, with Company C, 112th Infantry, which I was assigned to command on February 18, 1919,  that endorses me for the office of Sheriff.  These men know my ability and I prefer your listening to what they tell you about my administration of the company and later for the handling of them in action,    except for a period of ten weeks when I was in the base hospital in Angers, France, wounded.  

Should you support me on the Republican ticket, I will be indeed grateful.  

Roy R. Kriechbaum


Roy R. Kriechbaum was born on December 2, 1882 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Roy and his brothers Philip, Joe and Casmir all served in WWI. Philip was killed in action. Roy served with the 112th U.S. Infantry and was wounded in battle.

Roy was awarded with the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in battle in at Fisette, France in Aug. 1918. His brother Philip was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and it was presented to their mother.

On Nov 8, 1905 Roy married Nellie Yoh. The couple had 5 children: Margaret, Robert, Casimir, Helen (who died at 9 months) and Katherine.

At age 74, Roy died after a fall at the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Perry Point, MD.   He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  

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