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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. 28th.

25 YEARS AGO.

January 28, 1995  Saturday

Greif vote set Monday — Shippensburg plant might remain open

SHIPPENSBURG – The doors of the clothing plant now operated by Greif Company may not close after all. 

On Monday, workers there will take a vote on what’s expected to be a new employment package being offered by English American, a clothing manufacturer that would like to buy the Shippensburg plant. 

The current owner, Greif and the parent company Genesco, already gave workers the legally-required 60-day plant closing notice. Due to some last minute work orders the Jan. 16 closing date may be delayed until Feb. 10, according to Kyline Keefer, president of the union local and a spokeswoman for Genesco. 

Genesco would neither confirm or deny that it has a possible buyer for the plant where men’s suits have been made. English American officials could not be reached for comment. 

On Jan. 23, the Shippensburg workers voted 106-38 to reject a proposal wherein they would give up their severance pay with Greif to be eligible for jobs with the new company. The pay is $100 for each year of service. 

“They said give up your severance and you may have a job, or don’t give up your severance and then I guess the deal’s off, because the buyer’s not interested,” Keefer said. “The severance should never have been in the package for starters,” she said in explaining the no vote. “People should have the right to choose whether or not to work there.” 

Many workers already have made plans, too. Some have started second jobs or gone back to school, or have plans to get some type of additional training. 

No details have been released about the second proposal workers will vote on at 1 p.m. Monday.

50 Years Ago

January 28, 1970  Wednesday

“John Brown Remains Controversial”

Franklin County history

John Brown was a fanatic. During his life he was embroiled in various episodes and was a matter of a national debate. Even 111 years after his death the abolitionist is still a matter of debate between Franklin County Heritage and the Redevelopment Authority for the County of Franklin. 

He lived for approximately five months in Chambersburg at 223 East King Street. The authority owns the house as part of the King Street Urban Renewal Project and has scheduled it for demolition. Franklin Heritage wants to save it, if they can. 

They were joined in their efforts before the authority Tuesday afternoon by Edward La Fonde, Keeper of the Pennsylvania Register, and Judith Russell, administrative assistant to Rep. K. Leroy Irvis, of Pittsburgh, majority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 

The heritage members led by Murray Kauffman and Dr. Homer Rosenberger met with the authority in the hopes of reaching a purchase price agreement on the house.

Authority members told Heritage members that in order to re-sell a house purchased for urban renewal purposes an appraisal of the building must be held by two separate sources. Federal approval was also necessary, they were told.

At the end of the 90-minute session, authority member Sidney Palmer told the heritage people and LaFonde that if Dr. S. K. Stevens, executive director of Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, would submit a letter indicating a willingness by the state to furnish funds for the purchase and restoration of the building, the authority would, under a “gentlemen’s agreement”, withhold the house from scheduled demolition shortly after the first of April. 

LaFonde said that funds in the budget of the historical and museum commission would not allow the outlay for the house at present. He said that the house had been considered under Project 70 funds, government monies which ran for ten years up to 1970, but had to be dropped along with a second historical site in western Pennsylvania when funds ran out. He told the authority that the house would receive a high priority with new funding after July 1. 

When asked by Millard Ullman, solicitor for the authority if he could definitely say that the money would be available, LaFonde. said that it would.

Miss Russell read portions of a resolution which Irvis said he would submit to the legislature for purchasing the Brown House.  

She also said that Irvis had indicated special legislation could be pushed through the legislature this session setting aside the amount of money necessary to purchase the dwelling from the authority. 

The authority under law, Palmer said, cannot sell a house purchased for an urban development project once the house was included in a plan. 

The Brown House was sold to the authority last year for -$8,300. Footage to the rear of the white structure is being sought for increased parking space at Sears and Roebuck. This could reduce the total. 

Heritage went to the meeting to see if a purchase price could be determined by the authority. They came away with little more than an assurance that the authority will give them the time and opportunity to find the money for purchase and restoration, then have the house assessed for resale by the authority. 

Councilman Richard Smith attended the meeting to question the authority on the status of the Franklin County Jail. Smith said that Council Monday night authorized him to attend the meeting to determine whether the borough could obtain the jail site for a new fire house. 

Smith told the authority that the borough borrowed $400,000 towards construction of the fire house.

He said the borough had the funds “just lying there” and they wanted to know what could be done. Smith also asked, if the jail site were unavailable, what chance would the borough have in obtaining the parcel of land between King Street Elementary School and Coyle Free Library.

Palmer told Smith the latter tract of land had been requested by King Street School so its playground could he moved from the rear of the school to the side. A piece of land at the rear of the Congregation Sons of Israel synagogue was suggested as a possible site for the purposed firehouse.

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100 Years Ago

January 28, 1920  Wednesday

The Indian Queen Hotel Will Be Used For Autos

Harry Slaughenhaup to Build Big Garage and Stores ,Modern Apartments On Upper Floors

The arrival of the automobile age and the phasing of the booze era were exemplified yesterday by a deal which carries with It the construction of another large automobile store and garage and the passing of one of the town’s oldest hotels as a hostelry. Incidentally the transaction will help to relieve the housing shortage here. 

H. W. Karper, manager of the real estate department of the F. & M Trust Company, sold for William Stover II of Hagerstown the Indian Queen Hotel property on South Main Street to Harry B. Slaughenhaup. The building has a frontage of 96 feet and the property has a depth of 250 feet. Mr. Slaughenhaup takes possession on April 1 and at once will convert the present building, making in the first floor three large store rooms, one of which he will use as his automobile salesroom. The second and third floors will be converted Into modern apartments.The garage will be built the full depth or the lot, 256 feet.

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