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Take a look back at Franklin County’s history in news and photos that occurred 25, 50, and 100 years ago on July 11th.


Monday – July 11, 1994

“Lunch wagon catches fire”

CHAMBERSBURG – Porky’s Place lunch wagon caught fire at 1:13 p.m. Saturday on Catherine Street behind County Market.

The rear of the turquoise and pink truck was in flames when the first firefighters arrived. The woman who had been cooking in the parked truck was outside the truck. She had returned to the burning truck to get her pocketbook.

The Fire caused the truck’s propane tank to vent and relieve pressure, according to a Chambersburg Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters hosed down the truck and allowed the fire at the propane tank to burn itself out.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Porky’s Place is owned by Kim Tracey.


Friday – July 11, 1969

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“On Schedule or Not?”

CHAMBERSBURG – Is there a delay in construction of the county’s new $2 million nursing home at Franklin Farms?

Anthony Ferrar, vice president of Kump Construction Co., contractors, says there isn’t.

His job superintendent, however, says he could have started roof construction “six weeks ago” if he had certain materials. He also says there is a shortage of slate workers for the job.

Ferrar maintains that, notwithstanding this delay, the job will meet the Oct. 23 completion date.

Commissioner Chester Shively said such problems are common in large scale projects. Commission Chairman Paul Bricker said the job was reported on schedule at a recent job conference.


Friday – July 11, 1919

Red Cross Button in Tots Abdomen Painful

CHAMBERSBURG – Because of intense pain about the abdomen, with which he had been suffering for some time, Mark Alspach, 14-month-old son of the Rev. T. A. Alspach, pastor of St John’s Reformed Church here, was taken to the Chambersburg Hospital and had an X-ray photograph taken. The photograph revealed the presence in the abdomen of a Red Cross button, which the child had inadvertently swallowed.

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