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 August 18th.
25 Years Ago
August 18, 1994 – Thursday
“Covered Bridge is Reopening”
Greencastle – For the first time in eight years, sightseers will be able to take a drive across the covered Martin’s Mill Covered Bridge on Sunday.
They also can stroll through several beautiful homes in the Greencastle area as part of the Martin’s Mill Covered Bridge Association’s third annual house tour.
The bridge off Grant Shook Road, closed since 1986 for structural repairs, is 145 years old. At 205 feet, it is the second-longest covered bridge in Pennsylvania.
The association’s Gay Buchanan stressed that the bridge will not be reopening for traffic on a regular basis.
The house tour will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available on the square in Greencastle before the tour begins.
The fee to tour the bridge is built into the $6 ticket price; a $ 1 fee will be charged at the entrance to the bridge for carloads without a house tour ticket.
50 Years Ago
Monday, August 18, 1969
Chambersburg Hospital Births: an Opera Star is Born
Born to Rodney and Nancy Rotz, Chambersburg, on 8/18/69 @ 9 a.m. at Chambersburg Hospital, a son, Corey Evan Rotz.
EDITORS NOTE: The above was a fairly standard birth announcement back in 1969. Today that baby boy turns 50! Happy Birthday to Chambersburg’s own favorite Washington National Opera tenor!
Little did his parents, nurses that tended him at the hospital or the community know that Monday morning in 1969 that the baby boy with the healthy set of lungs would one day bring so much pleasure to so many audiences, both at home and in opera houses around the world, including the Kennedy Center, home of the Washington National Opera in the nation’s Capitol.
Corey had a fairly normal upbringing, attending local schools and taking voice lessons with the amazing Margaret Weeks. In high school, he belonged to the CASHS Glee Club.
While the music was an important part of his youth, it wasn’t his only interest, however. He also rode, trained horses and competed in horse shows.
Corey graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 1988 and attended Shenandoah University. He made his professional debut with the Washington National Opera on Nov. 11, 1995, in Der Rosrnkavalier. Over the years, he has amassed over 420 performances in 28 different roles.
He has never forgotten his roots in Chambersburg, however. Over the years he came home regularly to perform in concerts at the Capitol Theatre and other local venues.
Corey Rotz has delighted both local audiences and those in the more rarified operatic world with his tenor voice. His friendships have included two US Supreme Court justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Antonin Scalia.
He serenaded Ginsburg from the stage of the Kennedy Center on her 80th birthday.
At the same time, he never neglected hometown friendships and fans either. Today shares his experience and talent with the next generation locally through private teaching.
With over a quarter of a century of performing on stages all over the world, Corey brings a unique and unmatched experience to his voice lessons.
100 Years Ago
August 18, 1919 – Monday
“Local People at Hafer Reunion; Here in 1920”
Black Bear Park In Reading was the scene of an enjoyable gathering on Saturday when the Hafer clan held their annual family reunion at that place, a large number or the family attended and everybody had plenty to eat and plenty to say.
Those attending from Chambersburg and vicinity were Edward C. Hafer and family, James A. Hafer and family, R.O.Hafer and family, Rush Hafer and family, George W. Hafer and family, Mrs. William Arris, all of the town, S. V. Clay and family and Z. T. Hafer and family of Shippensburg.
The reunion next year will be held in Chambersburg, it is the custom of the Hafer clan to alternate between Reading and Chambersburg