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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 Dec. 3rd.


December 3, 1994 – Saturday

“2000 Partnership to meet”

Greater Chambersburg 2000 Partnership will have its fifth strategic planning workshop of “Forward Vision” from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday in Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center, South Third Street. 

Participants will integrate the community’s responses and inputs, shared with “Forward Vision’ ‘ at its first public forum Nov. 7 and in a news column in Public Opinion Nov. 28, into the visioning process. 

They will begin discussing plans on how to implement the vision. 

A draft of the vision statement will be presented to the public on April 3.


December 3, 1969  Wednesday

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“Lt. Earns Place in School Honor

CHAMBERSBURG – Second Lt. Gary L. Seacrest has been placed on the commandant’s list of his class at the U. S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He has graduated in the upper 20 per cent of his class. He will undergo six weeks’ training at Fort Bliss, Texas, after which he will be assigned to duty in Germany. Seacrest is a son of Mrs. Virginia Seacrest, 119 E. Baltimore Street.

** EDITOR’S NOTE: Gary Seacreast married Constance Marie Zullinger on February 21, 1970 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Mrs. John Seacrest, 119 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle. He graduated from of Greencastle-Antrim High School in 1964 and graduated from Pennsylvania State University. In 1968. Gary’s father, was a Major General  in the U.S. Army.  His mother was a homemaker, who passed away in 2015.  Gary later became a real estate lawyer.  

Gary and Constance had a son, Ryan Seacrest who was born on December 24, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ryan was known for hosting the competition show American Idol, the syndicated countdown program American Idol and Heart Media’sKIIS-FM morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

100 Years Ago

December 3, 1919 Wednesday


CHAMBERSBURG – At a meeting of Colonel P. B. Housum Post, No. 309, G. A. R. last evening the following officers for the ensuing year were elected: Commander, Wilson Stuart; senior vice commander, Jere , McCleary; Junior vice commander, Samuel Baum; quartermaster, George A. Mlnnich; surgeon, Joseph Martin; chaplain, Levi Brandt; officers of the day, Amos Miller; officer of the guard, Robert Dunkinson; sentinel, J. E. Henderson; patriotic instructor, D. B. Nace. 

George A. Mlnnich was elected delegate to the state convention to be held next summer, and J. C. Gerbig alternate. The trustees are George A. Minnich, Levi Brandt and J. C. Gerbig.

Local History

Looking Back: Franklin County’s History On Dec. 16th

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 Dec. 16th.

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