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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 August 13th.

25 Years Ago

August 13, 1994 – Saturday

“Shippensburg new pipe plant plans to hire 45 people”

SHIPPENSBURG – A factory on Walnut Bottom Road near Little Tikes is expected to employ 45 workers when it opens early next year.

Lane Enterprises Inc., Camp Hill, plans to make its first plastic drainage pipes in a new 20,000 square foot plant.

The company is to settle Wednesday with the Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority for a $7 million bond issue to finance the project.

“We expect to commence construction in the next 30 days,” said Thomas Wonsiewicz, Lane president. “We’re looking forward to becoming more a part of the community. We’re impressed by the character and nature of the area.”

The company now makes steel and aluminum drainage pipes at its eight plants in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.

Lane will be making plastic pipe to better serve its customer, Wonsiewicz said. The 12- to 18-inch diameter high density polyethylene (black corrugated) pipe is used by contractors in highway and storm drainage projects.

Shippensburg was chosen because of its location on Interstate 81 “reasonably central to our customer base,” Wonsiewicz said.

The area has an excellent workforce and work ethic, he said.

A site in Franklin County was turned down because of engineering difficulties with limestone formations there, he said.

Hiring will be handled by the Cumberland Valley Job Center, 375 Floral Ave., Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

August 13, 1969 – Wednesday

“Who Remembers Green Stamps?”

CHAMBERSBURG – S&H Green Stamps were a line of trading stamps popular in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1980s.

They were distributed as part of a rewards program operated by the Sperry & Hutchinson company (S&H), founded in 1896 by Thomas Sperry and Shelley Byron Hutchinson.


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100 Years Ago

August 13, 1919 – Wednesday

“They Do Change”

How times have changed! For years there has .been a continued prediction that what Waynesboro needed to change its views on vaccination was a smallpox epidemic. It got its epidemic last spring and now the announcement comes that the school board will rigidly enforce vaccination in that town.

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