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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 13th.

25 Years Ago

September 13, 1994  Tuesday

“Green Planners Oppose New Development”

SCOTLAND — A plan to put 447 homes south of Scotland failed to get Greene Township Planning Commission’s recommendation Monday night.  

The planners recommended the supervisors deny the plan of Lane Thrush of Shippensburg to put 413 mobile homes and 34 single-family homes in an area already plagued by traffic problems. 

The proposed development is for 113.5 acres of the former Irvan Goldsmith farm on Pa. 997, south of Exit 8 of Interstate 81. (Editors note: The Scotland exit is now Exit 20)

The planners’ recommendation was based on “the density of the development and the impact it will have on water and sewer services and traffic on Pa. 997,” Marvin Borror, zoning officer, said Tuesday. 

Five residents four from Orchard Road and one from White Church Road opposed the plan. They said it would adversely affect the area, primarily the schools, which are already crowded, and Orchard Road, which wasn’t built for a lot of traffic. 

The residents also said Pa. 997 near the exit would become a worse bottleneck than it is. Thrush’s plan calls for two entrances/exits Pa. 997 and Orchard Road.


50 Years Ago

September 13, 1969  Saturday

“Scottish Rite Club Opening 35th Year”

SHIPPENSBURG – An address by Wilmer E. King, 33rd degree and commander-in-chief, and plans for an annual event were highlights of the first regular dinner meeting of the 35th year of Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club Thursday evening. It was held in the newly decorated American Legion banquet room, Shippensburg, and was attended by 85 including two new members elected at the meeting. 

Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club

Commander King’s subject was “The Mission of Free Masonry.”  Presented was Martin D. Rife, 33rd degree, past commander-in-chief of Harrisburg Consistory and representative of Scottish Rite Clubs, who then introduced the speaker and Henry M. Warfield, 32nd degree, coordinator of degrees in Consistory Bodies. 

Final arrangements have been made for the annual Ladies’ Night dinner at the new Holiday Inn at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Harry M. N. Shank, 32nd degree and president, who presided at the meeting, reported for the entertainment committee in charge of the event, headed by Illustrious Charles R. Eurich, 33rd degree, mayor of Shippensburg and Right Grand EmmantCommander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templer of Pennsylvania. 

Other members of his committee are Solomon C. Hoover, 33rd degree, and Herbert C. Strkel, 32nd degree, both of Chambersburg; Dr. Harry L. Kriner, Charles A. Kent, Paul E. Bcgar and Thomas R. Beidel, all 32nd degree and all from Shippensburg.

After dinner entertainment, highlight of the meeting, again will be provided by Harrisburg Consistory, the committee report said. 

The meeting was closed with benediction by the Rev. Dr. J. Stewart Glen Sr., 32nd degree, Chambersburg.

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100 Years Ago

September 13, 1919  Saturday



The above shows a father and two sons, who took part in three wars. The oldest in the group is H. J. Miller, a retired W. M. Ry.1 section foreman now living in Edgemont. He was in the 309th Pennsylvania cavalry in the battle of Antietam and underwent the horrors of Libby prison. 

The man standing to the right is S. B. Miller of St. Helena, Md., a son of H. J. Miller.  He served through in the Spanish war and was in several engagements. The other son is Ira H. Miller of Brandon, who has just been discharged from the service, after being at the front in France and later serving in Germany (WWI). 

The Millers enjoyed a family reunion last Sunday at Edgemont in honor of the elder Miller’s 8Oth birthday. Those present of children, grand and great grandchildren were the father, H. J. Miller; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Gife, son, grandson and daughter of New Franklin; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Armstrong, daughter and two children of Brandon; Mr. and Mrs. John Gerhold, daughter and two children, of Mercersburg; Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Miller, son and daughter of Stoufferstown; son Ira H. Miller Of Brandon, son, S. B. Miller of St. Helena, Md.; son, George W. Miller, Hagerstown; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hawk and two sons, Waynesboro; Mrs. Larry Seilhamer and son of New Franklin, and Mrs. Emma Straley and son of Mcr-cersburg.

Local History

Looking Back: Franklin County’s History on Feb. 25th

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 Feb. 25th.
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