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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. 29th.

25 YEARS AGO.

January 29, 1995  Sunday

“Greencastle Ertl toy fire engine goes on sale today”

1955 Ward La France Fire Truck
1955 Ward La France Fire Truck

Greencastle Rescue House Company’s Ertl toy fire engine bank has arrived.  

The replica is of a 1955 Ward LaFrance is white and orange, with chrome wheels arid clear plastic headlights. 

Company members will be at the fire hall, 48 S. Carlisle St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to sell the remaining engines. Cost is $30 each. 

The company also has a few 1948 American LaFrance engines for $22 each

50 Years Ago

January 29, 1970  Thursday

“Close Call – Giant Crane Crashes Onto College Building”

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Steel workers dashed to safety when this 150-foot boom collapsed at Shippensburg State College this morning.  This view, from the damaged roof of Reisner Hall, foreground, shows the truck from which the crane was lifting a steel beam, and the worker's trailer damaged by the crane. Nineteen men had left the trailer a few minutes earlier.
Steel workers dashed to safety when this 150-foot boom collapsed at Shippensburg State College this morning. This view, from the damaged roof of Reisner Hall, foreground, shows the truck from which the crane was lifting a steel beam, and the worker’s trailer damaged by the crane. Nineteen men had left the trailer a few minutes earlier.

​A score of workmen scattered to safety at Shippensburg State College today as a cable snapped on a 150-foot crane. The crane crashed to the ground, demolishing a workmen’s trailer vacated a few moments earlier, and extensively damaging the roof of Reisner Hall, dining and classroom building on campus. 

No one was injured. 

The mishap at 9:20 a.m. occurred as a P and H crane, operated by Oscar Raab, 44, Elizabethville, was lifting a two and a half ton steel structural beam from a truck. As the beam was about 12 feet off the truck the boom cable snapped and the crane toppled. It crushed the roof of a trailer of the Reliance Drilling Company of York, which 18 workers had left about five minutes earlier. 

Larry Mackey, 29, Upper Strasburg, labor foreman, said he had just checked out the workmen and had left the trailer for the parking lot shortly before the accident. He said the men were sent home because of unfavorable weather conditions. 

The 35-ton crane is owned by Steel Erectors of Camp Hill, subcontractors on construction of a new dormitory, Mowery Residence Hall, on the north side of campus.  

No students were in the immediate area when the boom smashed onto the roof. College security police cordoned off a front walk where a 4100 volt power line was downed by the boom, until a Pennelecshut off the line.  It was a temporary service line to the construction area. 

About 20 steel workers raced to safety as they heard the cable snap, including Lonnie Snyder, 27, of Harrisburg , operator of the truck being unloaded, property of Pennbrook Hauling Company of Harris-burg. Snyder had just left the truck, as the crane commenced raising the last beam. “It was the last one, the thirteenth beam, an unlucky number,” one of the men commented. 

Two workers who leaped from the back of the truck also had narrow escapes. 

The boom left a gaping hole in the roof of Reisner Hall and sent rain water gathered on the roof through the walls. Campus officials said that classes would still be conducted in the lecture room under the damaged area, and that the dining room would continue in operation.

100 Years Ago

January 29, 1920  Thursday

Must Paint Weight On Auto Trucks

In a letter from the highway department to the Waynesboro Motor Club attention Is called to a negligence on the part of some motor vehicle owners who fail in compliance with that Section of the law which pertains to displaying prominently on both sides the gross minimum weight of the vehicle and load combined. The notice says arrests will be made if the owners do not comply with the law.

A number of Chambersburg trucks are also breaking the new law

Local History

Looking Back: Franklin County’s History on Feb. 22nd

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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 Feb. 22nd.
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