Franklin County’s history in newspaper clippings and photos from 25, 50, and 100 years ago on July 13th.
25 YEARS AGO
Wednesday – July 13, 1994
“Photo Contest Winner – Gone Fishing”
CHAMBERSBURG – Sara Pelesky, Greencastle, is the second weekly winner in Public Opinion’s photo contest.
Judges chose the color entry of her two grandchildren, Timothy Pelesky, 6, and Troy Pelesky, 4, fishing in Inwood, W.Va.
“They didn’t know I was taking the picture,” said Pelesky, who is retired from the personnel department of First National Bank of Greencastle.
The youngsters are sons of Steve and Heidi Pelesky, Gilbertsville. She wins a $15 gift certificate from co-sponsor LA Cameras and a prize from Kodak. Her entry will be forwarded to Kodak for international judging in Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards (KINSA).
The newspaper contest runs through Aug. 6. and there will be a local winner each week. Entries must be taken with Kodak film and printed on Kodak paper.
50 YEARS AGO
Sunday – July 13, 1969
“Tour of our historic, scenic places”
CHAMBERSBURG – CIVIL WAR PLACES – Civil war names In this Central Atlantic area, in fact, are concentrated mostly on the great Civil War battlefields. Their names even today ringing down the decades like clarion calls: Bull Run, Antietam, Harper’s Ferry, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, Manassas, Chambersburg, Petersburg, Richmond.
100 YEARS AGO
Sunday – July 13, 1919
Thomas Numbers, 74, Civil Veteran War Dies
Stricken Yesterday Morning and Died in Early Evening -WAS WOUNDED IN ANTIETAM BATTLE, Active Member of Post 58 and Was Familiar Figure in City.
Thomas Numbers, veteran of the Civil War, and a resident of the city since the late sixties, died last evening at 6.45 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. D. Fritz, 1446 Vernon street, after an illness of less than twelve hours. He was 74 years of age.
Mr. Numbers on Friday evening attended the regular meeting of Post 68, Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was an active member.’ Yesterday morning he suffered a stroke and his condition gradually became worse until his death in the evening.
Born in York County, Mr. Numbers enlisted at the age of 18 in the 130th Volunteer Infantry. Six weeks after he entered service in the army his left arm was shot off in the Battle of Antietam. After the war he came to this city and has resided here ever since.
For a number of years Mr. Numbers was proprietor of a cigar store which was located on the site of the building now occupied by the Newark shoe store on Market street. For many years he was employed in the Adjutant General’s Department at the Capitol, and for 21 years was toll keeper at the Front Street entrance of the Walnut Street bridge.
Retired In 1910
Shortly after the death of his wife, Mr. Numbers retired and since that time has been residing with his daughter. He was widely known in the downtown district, and almost daily during the last few years went to Post 58 on North Third street.
He was a member of the post and of the Patriotic Order, Sons of America. At the time of his death, he was an assistant to the adjutant of the post, and was an ex-commander. He was an active member, taking part in much of the business affairs of the organization and aiding in arranging for parades and patriotic demonstrations.
Surviving Mr. Numbers are two daughters, Mrs. C. T. Jones and Mrs. Fritz, and a sister, Mrs. Kate Taylor, residing In Maryland.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the home. Burial will be made in the East Harrisburg Cemetery.