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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 16th.

25 Years Ago

August 16, 1994  Tuesday

“G.S. Electric Will Add 80 New Jobs”

CHAMBERSBURG – A major hiring effort is following a successful start-up for G S Electric in Chambersburg. Officials predicted 300 jobs within three years at the factory in Chambers-5 Business Park.  More than 300 people already work in the $8 million plant, which opened 1 to years ago. The company is expanding its permanent work force by 80 jobs in the next few weeks.

“We’ve got more business than we can handle right now,” said With 26 years in the industry, the 50-year-old Tyree most recently managed advanced manufacturing engineering for Emerson Electric Co. in St. Louis.

“It’s a brand-new plant,” Tyree said of the local operation. “It’s an opportunity to build a successful operation. There’s not much opportunity to get in with a new plant these days, especially in the United States.” 

The plant manufactures small motors that produce less than one horsepower. 

50 Years Ago

August 16, 1969 – Saturday

“Tree Farmer Given Recognition Plaque”

SHIPPENSBURG – Nearly one-half million acres of Pennsylvania’s privately owned forest lands have been certified meeting rigid standards of tree farms., according to a report released by Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee.

Larry G. Powell, chairman of the committee, announced that 21 new forest properties have been added to rolls of the program during July, bringing total acreage in the state to 493,000 acres.

Powell pointed out that, “Although repeated craps of trees are the prime objective of tree farming, the principles employed provide the multiple use benefits so much in demand today by Americans, as well as the scenic beauty of a growing forest, which demonstrates nature’s bounty of renewable natural resources.” 

A tree farm, according to Powell, is an area of privately owned tax-paying forest land, that has been dedicated by its owner to the continuous production of repeated forest crops.

Reginald Crusey, R. R. 2, received a tree farm sign at Cumberland County Plowing Contest, in recognition of his participation in the program.

In Pennsylvania, the tree farm program is sponsored by Pennsylvania Forest Industries Committee, with the cooperation of Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, and Pennsylvania Forestry Association.

Nationally, the program is sponsored by American Forest Institute, which lists a nationwide total of 33,000 tree farms covering 74 million acres.

100 Years Ago

August 16, 1919  Saturday

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“Myriads Make Merry On Second Night of Gay Block Party”

CHAMBERSBURG – With everybody happy and lively music by the Queen City Band “the block party last night was one continuous round of gaiety.”   “Hot dog” sandwiches and ice cream cones, rinsed down with a bottle of “Whistle,” the non-kick favorite, were consumed in great quantities by the confetti sprinkled crowd.

At 3 o’clock this afternoon, the party will begin its third day of intermingled business and festivity. Because of the disposal of all of their material, two of the booths were compelled to discontinue business yesterday. The “Trinity Lutheran” booth exhausted its supply of candy and the “Afternoon Club” booth its supply of records and aprons and neither is able to obtain further material.  Consequently today the “Fortune-Teller” booth will be moved from the rear of the courthouse into the” Afternoon Club” booth and the “Trinity Episcopal Sandwich” booth into the “Trinity Lutheran” booth. Before it closed its booth, the “Trinity Lutheran” committee had taken in approximately $80.

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