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 March 10th.
25 Years Ago
March 10, 1995 – Friday
“Sticker shock in the cereal aisle: Breakfast food bites the budget”
Few grocery shoppers walk past Aisle 5 at Cressler’s Market in Chambersburg, where Toucan Sam and Tony the Tiger lie in wait.
Some shoppers mumble about the high prices, shuffle through coupons and then snag their favorite cereal off the shelf .
“Cereal itself is a very good food choice,” said Kim Statler, 34, Greencastle.
“Other than that, I do think it’s a high price for the quantity of food you’re getting.”
Cereal manufacturers may be taking advantage of consumers by artificially inflating prices, say two congressmen.
Reps. Sam Gejdenson, D-Conn., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., asked Attorney General Janet Reno this week to investigate dry cereal manufacturers. They believe large manufacturers are conspiring to increase their profits by matching prices.
Kellogg’s, General Mills, Post and Quaker Oats control 85 of cereal sales and make too much profit, Gejdenson and Schumer said.
According to a study prepared by their staffs, since 1983 the price of cereal has increased 90%, twice the rate of increase for all foods.
The study also found that the cost of production for the cereals has gone down since 1982.
Edna Roberts, 59, Chambersburg, buys Fruity Pebbles for her grandchildren, wholove the cereal. “It’s healthier for them than a bunch of junk food.”
The cereal industry diverts more money from sales into marketing and profit than any other foods surveyed. The lawmakers said cereal prices are high because of little to no price competition, weak generic brands and massive marketing campaigns.
“I think (the price) is about twice what it should be,” Roberts said.
Debbie Smith, 25, Chambersburg, said she might have to stop buying cereal if the prices keep rising. But she will continue to buy cereal as long as she can use coupons to keep the price down.
She saved $ 1 on a box of Fruity Pebbles for her son Wednesday.
Jeffrey Nedelman, spokesman for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, said that for consumers using coupons, cereal prices have not gone up more than 2%a year, less than the rate of inflation.
But Statler and others only use coupons on occasion.
“When it’s only 30 cents and you’re talking $3 or $4 a box, that doesn’t go far,” Statler said.
And while some consumers can clip cereal coupons from the Sunday newspaper, 30 million households do not buy a Sunday paper, the two lawmakers said.
Bev Knoll, 33, doesn’t use coupons. The Chambersburg resident pulled a $3.65 box of Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain off the shelf Wednesday.
No matter the price, she would probably still buy cereal, she said.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have any choice.”
She often buys grapefruit for breakfast, “but with two boys, that’s not enough.”
According to the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the cereal industry is so competitive that more than 60 new cereals have been introduced in the past five years.
“There’s so many cereals and companies nowadays, there’s got to be some competition,” said Nelly Marcano, 29, Chambersburg.
Barnes said, “What’s going to help (keep prices down) is a lot of these food chains are coming out with competing brands.”
At Cressler’s, a 15-ounce box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies costs $3.25 and a 13-ounce box of Thor-ofare Crisp Rice, the comparable store brand, costs $1.69.
50 Years Ago
March 10, 1970 – Tuesday
100 Years Ago
March 10, 1920 – Tuesday
“Citizens Are Asked To Buy Bronze Markers For Our Dead”
$700 Needed To Get Tablet For Our Glorious Dead
Each Person To Send 25 Cents As A Free Will Offering
PO. Will Act AS Fund Treasurer
Will the citizens of Franklin county in a free-will offering to provide a dignified, simple and enduring bronze memorial tablet to record at the county courthouse the name of the eighty Franklin county men and women who died that we might live?
That in the question that is presented today, and will be represented in this paper until the answer is given.
During the latter part of the world war and immediately after the conclusion of battle Chambersburg and Franklin county was talking of some kind of a big memorial. But like hundreds of other communities the idea has become dormant in the period of reconstruction, with Its manifold and complex problems. The idea will be revivified and acted upon some time in the future, we believe and hope, but in the meanwhile, three painted boards excellent for the time being are the only public record that this county gave eighty of its own sons and daughters. Our glorious dead deserve better public recognition and their names should be recorded publicly in enduring bronze, on a neat and artistic tablet at the county’s capital, the courthouse.
When the welcome home committee wound up its accounts It had a surplus of $300, which it turned over to the Burt ,J. Asper post of the American Legion to be placed in a fund to secure a bronze memorial tablet. The post appointed a committee to take charge, but the post has little funds. And moreover It is obvious, when one gives the matter thought that it is not meet that the ex-soldiers should be asked to purchase a memorial tablet for the soldier dead. The citizens should do this.
Acting on this premise, Public Opinion asked the post to let It make the procuring of a suitable tablet a public matter, and the post consented. At its last meeting the bronze tablet committee was discharged. A bronze tablet, set up at the courthouse, and containing the names and rank of the county’s eighty dead, will cost approximately $700. There is available the $800 from the welcome home fund now held in trust by the Legion post. That leaves $400 to be raised. A drive for this amount would likely be successful, but there are now two drives on in this county for the Chambersburg Hospital and Near East relief.
So Public Opinion suggests a free will offering, with Uncle Sam’s mail men acting as the collectors. In order to make the offering popular It has adopted the plan of 25 cents being the offering from every man, woman and child of this county, who is. willing to act on the suggestion by placing a quarter In an envelope and mailing it to Public Opinion. Acknowledgement of every such offering will be made in Public Opinion.
Surely there are, 1600 people in this county, who without further urging than this and subsequent-articles will give, are willing to take the time to place a quarter in an envelope and mail it to Public Opinion.
The Cynic has told us that it can’t be done. He says that it is impossible to get 1600 people to do this. We don’t believe the cynic. In fact we have so much confidence in our belief that the county residents want an adequate marker for their dead, that we are hopeful that more than 1600 people will join in the free will offering, and thus permit some or all of the $300 now held by the American Legion post to remain in the Legion treasury.
But in order that an enduring bronze tablet may erected for our dead it is necessary that 1600 people send in their quarter.
When the money is available Public-Opinion will do as its part the work in connection with ordering the tablet and placing it. The temporary roll of honor boards at the courthouse are becoming weather beaten. A bronze tablet is needed, the way open for YOU to do your bit in securing the tablet.
Place in an envelope your 25 cents and a quarter; for each member of your family if you desire enclose the name or names, and the address of the sender, address the envelope to Public Opinion, Chambersburg, and this paper will do the rest. Please mark the envelope “Bronze Tablet Fund” so that our mail will be separated easily. Citizens, who come downtown, can drop into Public Opinion office and give their quarters.
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