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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 Nov. 15th.

25 YEARS AGO

November 15, 1994 – Tuesday

Turtleheads Defeat Columbia

CHAMBERSBURG– The Chambersburg Turtleheads Rugby Club hung on to defeat Columbia (Md.) on Saturday 17-15 to clinch a winning season. 

The Turtleheads (4-3) trailed 10-0 at the half but rallied in the second half as Mark Frazier and, Matt Mc Guinnis scored tries and Steve Wright added a pair of conversions and a penalty kick. 

Chambersburg sweated it out in the final moments, as Columbia had a penalty kick from 20 meters out, but the kick was missed. 

In the B side match, the Turtleheads got pounded 30-5 as Mark McNair scored the lone Chambersburg try.

50 Years Ago

November 15, 1969 – Saturday

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“Wives Await Their Apollo Husbands“

“You know,” confided Jane Conrad, “I don’t really have anything terribly important to say. I’m the wife of an astronaut. How can I say it any other way than I hope they’ll do what they set out to do and come home safe.” 

The wife of Apollo 12 spacecraft commander Charles Conrad Jr. had just finished a news conference Friday after the launching of the moonward craft.  Her remarks were direct- !ed at a newsman who stayed to chat. 

It was old stuff to Mrs. Conrad, whose husband has gone into space twice before. 

But for cute, blonde Sue Bean, it was a new experience. Alan Bean is a space rookie. She talked to her husband by telephone after he breakfasted and had his physical examination for the 10-day flight. The conversation, as she related it, was much as that of any wife to a husband who is away from home. 

“How did you sleep?” 

“I woke up a couple of times, but I had a good sleep,” Bean replied.

”I said to him, I’ll take care of everything at home. And he said “I know you will.

Mrs. Richard F. Gordon Jr.. wife of the third astronaut, stayed in Houston and watched the liftoff on television with her minister, the Rev. Lawrence Connerly. “ I was sitting there holding Father Connerly’s hand until he didn’t have any blood vessels left,” she said. And, to the inevitable question of what she thought about at the heart-stop ping moment when 7.6 million pounds of thrust built up in the rocket under her husband, she said: “I’ve given up thinking for a while. I’ll be so glad when they are down, instead of up.”

100 Years Ago

November 15, 1919 – Saturday         

WAYNESBORO – “MOULDERS VOTE TO RETURN TO WORK 

At a well attended meeting of the local moulders and coremakers union was held last evening in the Y. M. C. A. The members voted to return to work after being out on strike for thirteen weeks. 

Many of the members of these crafts returned to work this morning and the remainder will do so on Monday morning. 

As many of the other union men have voted to return to work in the past few weeks this leaves only the patternmakers, painters and Federation of Labor members still put on strike.

** AUTHOR’S NOTE: Moulders and coremakers work in foundries where metal is melted and cast into parts. These range from metal components for cars and industrial machinery to ships, propellers, and church bells. Metal is heated until it becomes liquid before being poured into moulds or hollow shapes to make the castings.  Coremakers are responsible for making sand or wax molds, or cores, that are used in foundries for the production of metal castings. They use different casting and molding methods to create cores in various shapes and sizes.

Local History

Looking Back: Franklin County’s History On Dec. 14th

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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 Dec. 14th.

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