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 9th.
25 Years ago
March 9, 1995 – Thursday
“Blow to hopes of Spring”
Snow arrives with a boom, but warmth is in hot pursuit
CHAMBERSBURG – Last night’s onslaught of ice, snow and thunder took most residents by surprise. But the weekend should bring spring-like temperatures again.
Sleet and ice gave way to 2.5 inches of snow by 9 p.m. last night with unusual thunder activity.
When Wednesday’s cold front came in, it pushed the warm air up like a bulldozer, said Dr. William Rense, a geography professor at Shippensburg University.
The warm, wet air rose straight into very cold air, he added. And when the two temperatures met, the result was “explosive” thunder.
Although last night’s weather was unusual, it is not seen as rare. Franklin County’s last “snow thunder” was in March 1993.
Winter snow fall totals now range from 10 inches to 12 inches, just breaking our record low in 1972-73 of 8.3 inches.
No serious accidents from slick driving conditions were reported to police Wednesday.
But four tractor-trailers got stuck on U.S. 30 just west of Main Street in Fort Loudon around 6 p.m., state police said.
Police closed the road around 7 p.m. until the trucks could be towed over the mountain. It was reopened at 10:30 p.m.
50 Years Ago
March 9 , 1970 – Monday
“163 Bidders Attend Local Art Auction”
“Chambersburg’s first art auction was a resounding success,” according to auctioneer Ken Benjamin, who was in charge of the event sponsored by Congregation Sons of Israel for the benefit of the beautification of its sanctuary.
One-hundred sixty-three visitors and art lovers filled the ballroom of the Holiday Inn on Wayne Avenue, whose walls were lined with 150 selections of etchings, engravings, lithographs, silk screens, oil paintings and water colors.
After the auction rules had been outlined by the auctioneer, the bidding started cautiously. Benjamin, a young and experienced man in his profession, was most helpful and ready to explain all terms which may have been alien to an art novice.
While a small number of art works remained unsold, mainly because of the subject matter, about three-fourth of all offerings found a new home. The audience included visitors from Waynesboro,Shippensburg, Greencastle and Hagerstown.
In some cases, according to the auctioneer, the audience did not quite appreciate the value of the work it passed over while in other instances the bidding became fast and furious and reached its high point with two white-on-black silk screens by Picasso. While they were individual panels, they looked most attractive as a pair and the auctioneer announced in advance that the highest bidder would have an opportunity to buy the matching piece at the same bidding price. A local physician is now the owner. All art work was framed.
When the spirit seemed to be lagging during the two and one-half hour proceedings the resourceful auctioneer would start the bidding at a $2 or $5 level and the audience promptly entered into the spirit. Another local physician, who had already acquired one painting, also was the winner of the door prize, a black-and-white lithograph.
Several pieces of art went unsold, including two lithographs, hand and stone signed by Salvadore Dali ($600 each) and a hand and stone signed lithograph by Pablo Picasso ($700). A large colored and hand-signed lithograph by Marc Chagall, whose two giant murals adorn the foyer of the new Metropolitan Opera in New York, brought $450.
100 Years Ago
March 9, 1920 – Wednesday
“Community Field Is Feature Of Organization Baseball”
Trustees Are Named When The Directors Meet. H.G. Wells Gives $500 Towards Field; Clay Henninger Pres.; Will Elect Manager Thursday
It looks like President J. V. Jamison, of the Blue Ridge League, indirectly did a fine thing for Chambersburg when he urged the reorganization of the league in 1920. As a result of his action Chambersburg is not only going to have a team in the league this season and thus afford mental relaxation for hundreds of local fans, but he also set in motion a baseball organization here from which will likely develop something that the town has needed and wanted for years — a community athletic field and playgrounds
This was indicated last night when the directors elected by the baseball fans meeting met to, organize. That there is interest and pep in the movement was indicated by the fact that sixteen of the twenty directors were present at the meeting. All stated they were willing to serve, except one. He is F. A. Zimmerman, whose resignation was accepted. George E. Gilbert was elected in his place. The directors also elected a 21st member in the person of John W. Hoke.
Organization was effected by electing Clay Hennlnger as President, H. A. Kottcamp as secretary, and B. B. Holler as treasurer. The two first named men served in the same offices when the baseball associationwas in the league before.
Officers being elected the organization selected as its name the Chambersburg Community Athletic Association. The word community was placed in the title of the organization, which will be duly incorporated, because the community field will be a feature of the corporate body.
There is now enough money in sight to put a team in the field. A new and separate fund has been started for the securing and equipment for the community field. This will have playground features and the aim is to provide a public place for local children and adults to put on their organized and unorganized games and sports.
Five trustees were named to care of this feature of the work. They were W. H. Fisher, chairman, H. G. WoIf, T. B. Kennedy, F. S. Magill and J. Alex Smith. These trustees will today get in touch with Aug. Wolf, owner Of Wolf Park, in order to make plans for the community field.
H. G. Wolf showed how strongly the community field idea appeals to him when he subscribed $500 to that fund last night. The local civic club for years has been emphasizing the need of such a field here and the broadened idea of the baseball organization will doubtless draw the support of the club women.
The trustees were appointed by President Hennlnger and they were empowered to name an executive committee, finance committee, grounds committee, etc. These appointments will be announced at a meeting of the directo rs on Thursday when a manager for the ballteam will be selected. Several men are under consideration, but the concensus of opinion, as expressed by the directors last night, was that Eddie Hooper is the man for the place.
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