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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 Jan. 15th.


January 15, 1995  Sunday

“Pillsbury may buy Pet Inc.”

Pillsbury’s agreement this week to acquire Pet Inc. won’t have an immediate impact on Pet’s Chambersburg plant.

“We continue to run the business as usual,” said Beatrice Miller, director of communication for Pet Inc. “We can’t predict how Pillsbury might run the business.”

A subsidiary of Pillsbury made a cash tender offer for all common stock of Pet at $26 per share. The offer must stay open at least 20 business days, Miller said.

A Pillsbury spokeswoman said it’s too early to comment on any impact on the Chambersburg plant, which employs 235 people.

Based in St. Louis, Pet is a prominent U.S. food company with 1994 sales of $1.6 billion. Its products include Mexican and Italian foods and frozen and baked products.

The Frozen Food Division in Chambersburg produces frozen pie shells, deep-dish pie shells, cream pies and whipped topping.

Pillsbury produces a range of grocery items, frozen foods and refrigerated dough products for international markets. Among Pillsbury’s brands are Green Giant, Hungry Jack, Aunt Nellie’s and Haagen-Dazs.

50 Years Ago

January 15, 1970 – Thursday

“Court Sets Date for Integration”

School officials have reacted with dismay to a U. S. Supreme Court ruling which ordered the desegregation of public schools in 14 districts of five Southern states by Feb. 1.

“Physically speaking, I think it is an almost impossible task,” said Supt. M. Ney Williams of East Feliciana Parish, La., one of the districts involved.

The decision, handed down by the court Wednesday on a 6-2 vote, reversed a ruling last Dec. 1 by the 5th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which gave the districts until Sept. 1 to desegregate.

“I don’t know how we are going to do it in less than three weeks,” Williams said.

Bessemer County, Ala., School Supt. William F. Clark said he had “no earthly idea how the school system can completely mix by Feb. 1.”

In Marshall County, Miss., Supt. Stanley Malliken Sr. said his district could make the changes in time, “but it’s going to tear up almost all phases of our school program.” He said he thought the public school system “will be all black, except in one area of the county.”

A crowd estimated by police at more than 1,000 marched on the home of U. S. Dist. Judge W. A. Bootle in Macon, Ga., Wednesday night, carrying a petition asking for the preservation of neighboorhood schools and freedom of choice integration plans.

100 Years Ago

January 15, 1920 Thursday

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It is related of the owner of a large and valuable herd of dairy cattle, not so many miles from Chambersburg, that he was obliged to get a Swede to supervise his cows in order to secure the best result, as he was unable to find an American capable of filling the office of manager.

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Looking Back: Franklin County’s History on Feb. 28th

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. 28th.
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