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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 October 8th.

25 Years Ago

October 8, 1994 –  Saturday

Looking back

50 Years Ago

Oct 8, 1969 Tuesday

“ Battle of Strength”

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Looking back

This thin white fence never really had a chance.  It put up a good fight, but this huge old tree on Gettle Avenue in Shippensburg has conquered its foe.  The tree has “devoured” this attractive, old time iron fence that never had a chance. This fence for years has kept up a good fight by keeping out intruders.

100 Years Ago

October 8, 1919 – Wednesday

CHAMBERSBURG – “SUGAR WILL BE RATIONED TO DS FOR REST OF 1919”

Distribution Plan Used During War Days 

That this part of the country will be on a sugar ration for the remainder of this year is the gloomy forecast of the United States food administration. At present in Chambersburg only several stores have any sugar at all, and they are selling it in one and two pound lots. The following, received yesterday by Public Opinion from the U, S’. food administration, explains the present, situation and what is being done to help distribution.

Under date of September 25, George A. Zubriskie, president of the U. S. sugar equalization board, addressed the following communication to James H. Post, chairman American refiners’ committee.

“In view of the present abnormal demand for sugar and the inability to keep pace with it, also considering the limited supply, it is the opinion of the board that a committee on distribution should be organized by you, not only to stop duplication of orders, but-to give such preferences as were suggested by the food administration somewhat on the order of the old A-B-C-D-E- class arrangement.

Confectioners and candy manufacturers, for instance, ought to be cut down to 50 per cent of their last year’s requirements, bakers to 70 per cent, and other less essentials regulated accordingly, while preference should be given to manufacturers of medicines, fruit preservers, condensed milk companies, etc. Our observation has been that candy manufacturers have not only had their normal supply of sugar, but in many cases have anticipated their wants and been able to acquire sugar ahead at the expense of more essential industries.

“Will you kindly take , this matter up with your committee, and greatly oblige.” 

Pressing this further, Mr. Zabriskie appeared before the American refiners committee, at their meeting on Tuesday, September 30, and asked that a committee be appointed to supervise the distribution of cane sugar by the Atlantic coast and Gulf refiners for the balance of the year. For the following committee was appointed by Mr. Post: J. A. Mc-Carthy, Edward Wemple, Charles Bryan Edward Y.  Crossmore, Frank  C Lowry, chairman. 

In order to carry out the food ministration’s instructions, plans are being formulated by this committee, and a definite announcement made as soon as possible.  

Roughly it appears that for the balance oi the year there is sufficient cane sugar available to allow for its distribution in the states covered by cane refiners last fall and winter, in about the same amounts as distributed in September and October 1918.  Buyers in the cane sugar territory can, therefore, use the amounts received during these months as an index of their probable supply during the remaining” three months of  this year

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Looking Back: Franklin County’s History on October 19th

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 October 19th.

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