Take a look back at Franklin County’s history in news and photos that occurred 25, 50, and 100 years ago on July 8th.
25 YEARS AGO
Friday – July 8, 1994
The original Cumberland Valley Railroad passenger station built in 1875 is now the home of the ‘Public Opinion’ paper. Anyone interested in buying a print (shown here) can buy one for $20.00 (plus shipping and handling) at the Public Opinion office in Chambersburg. The print was commissioned to celebrate the Public Opinion’s 125th Anniversary. Only 1,000 copies will be available. They will be signed and numbered.
50 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 8, 1969
Getting Ready – Chief soap box derby inspector, Richard Secrist, looks on as Charles Hubley III makes final adjustments on his soap box racer. Hubley is one of about 30 youths who will compete in the Derby to be held July 20 on McKinley Street. The event is sponsored by the local Jaycees. Frank Gayman, Chevrolet and the County sports car club.
100 Years Ago
Tuesday – July 8, 1919
“BOMBS NOT NEW – THIS ONE WAS PLANTED BY A ‘WET’ 31 YEARS AGO IN SHIPPENSBURY”
The present generation, reading of the recent bomb outrages, may get the idea that bombing in America is new. It is not; as the above picture clearly shows. The photograph evidences the wreck caused to a store in Shippensburg, on May 11, 1888, when a dynamite bomb was planted by a “wet” advocate because the owner of the store, J. C. Rummel, who recently died, was active in the campaign to drive the saloon from Shippensburg. Mr. Rummel was working to put over the “dry” cause.
The fact that this wreck was caused by a “wet” 31 years ago is also a reminder to those folks, who claim that prohibition was put over within a year or so, while our soldiers were out of the country.