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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. 17th.


January 18, 1995 – Tuesday

Franklin County history
ALL WINNERS: Bambi and Buffy’s owner, John Duryea, is a winner, too.

“Bambi and Buffy’s owner, John Duryea, is a winner, too”

AS WE SAID yesterday, we at Public Opinion were more than pleased with the turnout at our first-ever pet tricks contest Saturday. 

We were able to donate more than $ 1,000 to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter thanks to generous contributors, who attended, a matching contribution of the prize money from this newspaper, and registration fees. 

Today, we’re happy to report that our first-place winner, John Duryea of Chambersburg, has donated almost all of his prize money to the shelter.  He gave Public Opinion a $225 check, made out to the shelter, on Monday. We’ve already passed that check along, bringing the total generated from the pet tricks show to almost $1,300

50 Years Ago

January 18, 1970  Saturday

“County Emergency Radio System Begins Operation”

“This is the Franklin County Control Center. 

“We have an accident report on Township Road … It is a two-car accident, with one hurt and en route to the hospital. To get there you …”

This week, in a call to the Chambersburg substation of the state police, the Franklin County Control Center made its debut on the air. 

Replacing the old base station, until now in the Junior Fire Company, the new center handles police, fire, and civil defense for the county, and coordinates emergency efforts. 

Headquarters is a soundproofed cubicle in the Franklin County courthouse annex, once the site of the surplus food distribution program. 

An array of gleaming instruments fills one corner while another side holds burglar alarm and fire protection systems from area businesses. 

The Gamewell system, used in Chambersburg since the last 1800s by persons on the street to sound fire alarms, has been transferred and “hooked into” the new control system of the borough. ‘

100 Years Ago

January 18, 1920  Saturday

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“County Doctors To Have 95TH Annual Meet With A Banquet“

The regular monthly and ninety-fifth annual meeting of the Medical Society of Franklin County will be held at Hotel Washington next Tuesday, commencing with a dinner at 6 p. m. sharp. Following the dinner some routine business will be the order. The president’s address, “The Educational Value of the Medical Society” will be by Dr. Samuel D. Shull of Chambersburg. 

Dr. Charles F. Palmer, Chambersburg, – will discuss some subject of his selection. Following the meeting, Dr. Joseph P. Maclay, as toastmaster, will present a program which he has arranged.  

Local History

Looking Back: Franklin County’s History on Feb. 18th

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. 18th.
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