Take a look back at news and photos that occurred 25, 50, and 100 years ago on July 2nd.
25 YEARS AGO
Saturday, July 2, 1994
Every time Orville J. Monn’s beeper goes off, he’s going to feel like he should respond to the call. But the 77-year-old Monn won’t get that chance anymore as Pennsylvania’s oldest emergency medical technician retired Friday, hanging up his stethoscope and clipboard for the last time.
Monn said with a sheepish grin. “I’m gonna really miss the girls, due to the fact that I got along so good with them.”
The Waynesboro man who spent the last six years responding to emergency calls with Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Company will celebrate his 78th birthday July 8. His doctor recommended he retire.
“I was disappointed I have to give this up,” he said. “Doctor’s orders, though.”
Not only was Monn the oldest EMT, he also was among the most active. Between 1991 and 1993, he was the Mont Alto’s “top responder” with more than 100 calls per year. He responded more than 103 times in 1993.
His favorite part of the job: “Being with the patient. Trying to comfort them, taking care of them.”
Before he took to the ambulance, Monn hit the streets as a rural postal delivery worker. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1976, after 24 years.
He began rescue work the same way he’s ending it on advice from his doctor.
“Doctor told me, ‘Don’t go home and sit in the rocking chair find something to do,'” he said. “So I did.”
But just because he won’t respond to calls doesn’t mean he will sit in a rocking chair now.
“I tell ya, I’ll be working on my family historical project,” he said, proudly adding that it will take “a lot of time.”
Even with the new project, wife Betty, 70, and son Randy, 51, are glad to have him back at home. ‘ “I think he’s done his duty,” Betty said. “I’m so proud of him, but him being as old as he is, it’s against him now.”
Randy said he has nothing but respect for his dad.
“Oh my God, for what that man can do and what he knows,” he said. “He’s a great man.”
And co-workers have plenty of admiration as well. “Definitely,” said Mont Alto Ambulance Chief Ronnie Martin. “He was a real distinguished gentleman. He’s really gonna be missed.”
50 YEARS AGO
Wednesday, July 2, 1969
“Class of 1949 Attends Reunion”
Chambersburg – Class members received prizes during a class reunion Saturday night in Starlite Room of Chambersburg Elks Club. The occasion marked the 20-year reunion of the Class of 1949 of Chambersburg High School.
Richard Angle, class member, served as master of ceremonies for the 123 attending.
Awards were given:
Helen Grove Jacobs, Friends-wood, Tex., traveled most miles; Nancy Sheaffer Kline, Landsdale, most recently married, 1966; Eleanor Pay ton Thomas. Philadelphia, youngest child. 1 year; John Rouzer, town, shiniest head; Harry Fahnestock. Fayetteville. first reservation; Irene Beltz Copper and Alva Upper-man Kline, youngest grandchild, each with three week-old grandchildren: Nancy Kline, shortest skirt, and Betty Rupert Solieoberger, Mercersburg, door prize.
Two spot dance prizes were won by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Neil and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Angle, all of town.
Margaret McKee Hollar and Ralph M. Feldman Jr.. both of town, were chosen co-chairmen of the class’ 25th anniversary reunion. ‘”Since the 49″ers always seem to meet on the hottest night of the year, it was suggested that next reunion be held at Hafer’s Ice and Cold Storage.
During the invocation by James Brereton. silent prayer was observed in memory of the three deceased class members, Rheba M. Eley. Sally Ann Kadel and Edward W. Suders.
Dancing was to music of the Swing Kings.
100 YEARS AGO
Wednesday, July 2, 1919