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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. 4th.

25 Years Ago

December 4, 1994 – Sunday

“For a Good Little Boy”

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De’vonte Riley, 2, gets a candy cane and orange from Santa Friday night with a little help from his aunt, Renee Branche, after the tree-lighting ceremony in Mercersburg.

50 YEARS AGO

December 4, 1969  Thursday

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“Soldier Earns Army Commendation Medal”

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CHAMBERSBURG — Spec. 4 Thomas Provencher son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Provencher, 135 McDermott St., has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement in Vietnam from April 26 to Sept. 30. 

A letter from Capt. Gene R. Behler to his parents said: “You will be pleased to know that your son is doing an exemplary job here in Vietnam. Since his arrival he has unselfishly worked long hours under sometimes trying conditions in direct support of the men in combat units. 

“Tom’s ‘can do’ attitude has served as a fine example for his fellow soldiers. His 100 percent effort is an inspiration and in keeping with the tradition of the First Infantry Division.” 

A 1967 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, the serviceman enlisted in the Army after attending Hagerstown Junior College. 

He received training at Fort Gordon, Ga., and has been serving in Vietnam since Feb., 1968. He is expected to return to the States in Feb., 1970. 

His address is: Spec. 4 Thomas Provencher, E 205-36-8631, 1st Admin. Co., (Rec.) 1st Inf. Div., APO San Francisco, Calif., 96345.

100 Years Ago

December 4, 1919 Thursday

“Opportunity To Test Thrill Of Aviation —  100 Pounds Of Sugar To Be Given Away By Town Store”

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Shippensburg folks who have the desire to experience the thrills incident to a trip in an aeroplane can now have their longing satisfied. 

Advance agent Leslie 0rrill, representing “The American Fliers,” expert aviators, arrived in town this morning and made arrangements for their visit here.

The aeroplane and aviators arrived this afternoon from Elmira, New York, and tomorrow, (Friday) will be ready to take passengers on sight-seeing trips in the air.  Land on the farm of David 0cker on the Strasburg road, about one mile west of town, has been secured as the starting and landing point for the aeroplane. 

The American Fliers will remain here three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec5, 6, and 7.   inclusive and short trips will he made each day beginning at 9 am.

The minimum charge for a trip will be $10. Here is your opportunity to got a view of Shippensburg and surrounding territory from a seat in a flying machine. 

We understand that Mr. John K. Blair, Shippensburg’s efficient postmaster, will be the first to make a trip, having arranged for it with the advance agent this morning.

It has been arranged that advertising circulars from the New Department Store will be dropped by the aeroplane in its flights over Shippensburg and vicinity on Saturday afternoon. One hundred of these circulars will be printed in red ink and for each one of these red circular returned to the store it will entitle the finder to one pound of sugar free of charge.

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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. 16th.

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