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 9th.
25 Years Ago
September 9, 1994 – Friday
“High School grads invited to reunion”
CHAMBERSBURG — Patrick Evans hopes at least a small portion of the thousands of Chambersburg High School and Chambersburg Area Senior High School graduates show up at CASHS Sunday.
Teachers and administrators from then and now are also invited.
“We’re going to be announcing the vision of the alumni association,” said Evans, class of ’74, who heads the Alumni Planning Council.
Plans for the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Alumni Association include social events, a scholarship program and a directory of graduates. An alumni band or glee club could be created.
Graduating classes hold reunions every five years, but rarely are underclassmen or upperclassmen invited. A mixer before homecoming could get alumni from different classes together, he said. Evans said the association gives continuity from high school into the community.
“It develops a sense of community. It’s not: I went to high school and moved on.” Bylaws, and procedures for changing them, will be announced at the 3 p.m. meeting in the high school auditorium. If the crowd is too large, the meeting will be moved to the stadium.
50 Years Ago
September 9, 1969 – Tuesday
Workmen labor on the new addition to Evangelical Tabernacle Church, R. R. 3. The pyramid shape symbolizes the great pyramid of Gizeh, Egypt, which has stood for 5,000 years, and is considered the center of the universe. When this wall is completed, a head stone will be built near the top of the pyramid. Made of gold metal and illuminated with a neon light, an eye, symbolizing the eye of God, will be placed under the overhang.
100 Years Ago
September 9, 1919 – Tuesday
“MISS SHAFFER TO RUN MERCERSBURG PAPER”
Robert IH. Thomas, 3rd, who has been editing the Mercersburg Journal for several months, will leave Mercersburg and go south to join the business established by George W. Parks, well known in this part of the country as the founder of Floral Park.
The Journal will be managed by Miss Vera Shaffer.