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 July 15th.
25 YEARS AGO
Friday – July 15, 1994
“Fountain is Back! Now Chambersburg is Chambersburg”
CHAMBERSBURG – The fountain is home on Memorial Square just where it belongs, agree the people who watched its return.
It arrived early Thursday morning in boxes and crates. By late afternoon, it stood majestically in the center of Chambersburg.
“Chambersburg is Chambersburg.’ again,” said Marie Dunkleman, who moved from Philadelphia to the borough with her husband, Norman in 1950. “I’m glad it’s back home.”
The 126-year-old fountain and statue of a Civil War soldier spent the winter in Lancaster, where they were coddled and pampered by Art Research and Technology, a restoration firm specializing in large, delicate pieces. The pieces had deteriorated badly since 1978, their last restoration.
The $85,000 project was funded by the borough and Franklin County Heritage’s Memorial Fountain Committee. As ART workers carefully unwrapped each piece, people gathered around the square to watch. Within 30 minutes, the number went from 11 to 25. Many people were armed with cameras, hurrying from the sidewalk to the street to get a better shot. Several dodged vehicles to stand a few feet from the workers.
Some people were walking through the square and stopped to watch, while others, like Norman Dunkleman, were shopping or at the banks.
“I came out of the bank and saw what was going on, so I hurried home to get my video camera,” Dunkleman said. “I’m glad I didn’t miss it. I’m going to show the video to my grandchildren.”
Dick Bowman, Chambersburg, heard the fountain and soldier had returned. He wanted to take photos but had to go home to get batteries for his camera.
“I don’t come downtown unless something is going on,” he said, standing near a parking meter on the northwest corner. “And this is something. The fountain is about the only thing that hasn’t changed around here. It’s Chambersburg.”
A crane from Brechbill Helman Construction Co. lifted the fountain’s “dishes” from a truck bed and slowly lowered them to waiting hands that steadied them as they were placed on the armature. There were sighs as one dish wavered 10 feet in the air.
“All that matters is that they get it all in place . . . and nothing happens,” said Paul Lehman, Chambersburg, who had lived downtown for many years.
“It’s a beautiful sight.” Janetta Stone, 9, didn’t believe her friends who said the fountain had returned.
“I had to see for myself,” she said. “I’ve missed it.”
50 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 15, 1969
“4-H Members Make Waffles”
GREENCASTLE – A meeting of Happy Hollow 441 Sewing and Cooking Club vras held in the home of Mrs. Ruhli Dice. Called to order by Carol Dice, president, a song and club pledge was led by Kim and Becky Crider. Following preparation of waffles, discussion of next meeting and future plans, which include construction of notebooks, was held. Girls are invited to attend the July 17 meeting in the home of Mrs. Joan Bowman.
100 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 15, 1919
“Gallery of Portraits of the High School Faculty”