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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 September 10th.

25 Years Ago

September 10, 1994  Saturday

“Couple Celebrate 62 Wedding Anniversary”

Toby and Edna George
Toby and Edna George

CHAMBERSBURG — Edgar “Toby” and Edna George were guests of honor at a 62nd wedding anniversary party July 31 in the dining room of The Shook Home, South Second Street. 

The event was hosted by their son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sally George, 353 Philadelphia Ave. 

The couple also have two grandchildren. 

Mr. George lives in the nursing home. His wife resides in St. Thomas. 

They were married on July 30, 1932, in the parsonage of Chambersburg Church of God. 
Mr. George is the son of the late Benjamin and Lucy George. He is retired from Letterkenny Army Depot. 

Mrs. George is the daughter of the late Norma and Bell Higgs.

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50 Years Ago

September 10, 1969  Wednesday

“City Airport Given Preliminary Okay”

Chambersburg Municipal Airport received the preliminary “ok” to proceed with the next phase in taking-off toward a stepped up schedule to bring the facility into full operation. 

Ronald Ahlers, official of the Federal Aeronautics Administration, New York, made the inspection Tuesday afternoon along with Thomas Stock, area director of the Pennsylvania Aeronautics Commission, Thomas Bourne IV and Richard Stewart representatives of Thomas Bourne Associates, designers of the airfield. 

Ahlers gave a clean bill of health to the electrical system, including runway lights, beacon and wind cone lighting. The underground drainage and the pavement of the runway and taxi areas also met approval of Ahlers, upon whose recommendation on Sept. 25 will be based. 

Final touch-ups in the basic grading around the runway to allow better drainage was one of the areas of concern to Ahlers. 

Minor facets of the project must be completed before the final inspection. These, however, were in the plans and were not oversights on the part of the construction companies involved, airport spokesmen said.

AIRPORT INSPECTION:  Russell L Sellers, chairman of the airport advisory committee, in shirt sleeves with hands in pockets at left, conducted the inspection party. Also participating were William Stead, borough engineer, in white shirt at center, and Robert Frecon, advisory committee member, at extreme right.
AIRPORT INSPECTION: Russell L Sellers, chairman of the airport advisory committee, in shirt sleeves with hands in pockets at left, conducted the inspection party. Also participating were William Stead, borough engineer, in white shirt at center, and Robert Frecon, advisory committee member, at extreme right.

A preliminary inspection of the city’s new airport was made by Federal Aeronautics Administration representatives Tuesday afternoon.

100 Years Ago

September 10, 1919  Wednesday

“WILSON COLLEGE IS TURNING STUDENTS AWAY; GETS $5,000 

Wilson College has received through the Rev. Dr. Samuel Scrapie, of Titusville, one of the trustees, $5,000 in Liberty loan bonds, a gift from one of the elders of the Titusville church for endowment of the Bible chair. A few more generous gifts like this will complete the endowment of this chair. 

Preparations are now being “made at the college for the reception of the large number of students who have enrolled for the new year. The promise of the early summer is entirely fulfilled and the enrolment will reach the limit of the college’s capacity to supply rooms to students. It is expected that the resident students will number 250. Quite a number of applications which have been made in the last few days have had to be declined. 

Attention has already been called to some of the interesting musical entertainments that have been arranged for the new year, particularly the concert to be given by the Little Symphony on October 14. The college is glad to announce that it has secured Messrs. True and Debruille, members of the French military band, whose playing attracted so much attention during the last year.  An effort was made to secure these musicians last year, but they had so many engagements, that it was not possible to do so. 

Those who have enjoyed- the delightful war books of Lieutenant Coningsby Dawson will be glad to know that he has been secured for a lecture in January. The opening exercises of the college year will take place on Wednesday morning, September 17.

History

A Liberty bond (or liberty loan) was a war bond that was sold in the United States to support the Allied cause in World War I. Subscribing to the bonds became a symbol of patriotic duty in the United States and introduced the idea of financial securities to many citizens for the first time

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