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 27th.
25 Years Ago
March 27, 1995 – Monday
“Scotland team is No. 1”
Congratulations to the Scotland Cadets for winning the PIAA Class A boys state basketball championship again. Scotland won convincingly Friday, by a score of 73-42.
It was the team’s second straight state championship and the fourth time in five years it has played for the state title.
That’s a level of consistency that’s pretty hard to match. Mike Fields, coach for opponent Juniata Valley, called the Cadets “a super team.”
That pretty well sums up Scotland, which has great offense and defense.
Enjoy your victory, team, and thanks for the thrills.
50 Years Ago
March 27, 1970 – Friday
“Chicken and Stuff Ticket Sales Set”
Chambersburg – Members of Rotary and the Knights of Columbus will be downtown tonight and all day tomorrow selling tickets for Monday’s Chicken & Stuff dinner in Chambersburg Area Senior High School for the benefit of Crippled Children.
Making their headquarters in a trailer parked in the first block off the square on South Main Street, the members of the sponsoring organizations will “work” the streets to give everyone a chance to get their tickets.
In addition, the Franklin County Labor Council has taken a block of tickets and is urging its members to support the benefit for crippled children by buying tickets.
Julio Lecuona, general chairman, said the downtown ticket selling would begin at 4:30 this evening and run to 8:30. It will begin again tomorrow at 9:30 and continue to 4:30. Tickets can also be obtained at the door Monday. Noon time serving will begin at 11:30 and continue to 2.
The evening serving hours are from 4:30 until 7 or until everyone has been served.
Lecuona pointed out that two serving lines, the fine facilities of the school cafeteria and lots of volunteers from Rotary and the Knights of Columbus will assure prompt service of the food. Take out orders will be available
100 Years Ago
March 27, 1920 – Saturday
“CATTLE SELL AT RECORD FIGURES”
Sale of Blooded Stock on Farm Near Chambersburg Totals Almost $15,000
Registered Holsteln cattle sold by – Jacob Gsell, on his farm, known as the Cedarshade stock farm, brought exceptionally high prices for this part of the country.
People from neighboring states and all parts of Pennsylvania made bidding lively. Two auctioneers were busy from noon until 6:30 in the evening. Most of the high priced cattle were purchased by breeders of registered Holsteins from Philadelphia and Maryland. The cows and calves averaging over $300 per head, making $312,800 for the cattle.
Cows with calves sold for $864, $720, $713.50, respectively, while cows alone brought $544, $525, $500, $460, $450, $436, $415, $411 and the rest selling around $400. One two and one-half year old bull brought $460.
Two eighteen-month-old bulls sold for $270 and $201 respectively. Yearling heifers sold as high as $560.65, $352, $369, $320 and $307.50. Heifer calves, $302.50, $280. $252, $216, $211. Horses went as high as $270, shoats, $13.60, sow and pigs, $50, pigs $5.35.