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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 September 27th.

25 Years Ago

September 27, 1994  Tuesday

“We must work together to keep guns out of school”

CHAMBERSBURG – People say it was bad enough when guns were brought by students into Chambersburg Area Senior High School, but it’s really terrible when they show up in Faust Junior High School and Chambersburg Area Middle School. People want to know what’s causing these problems. 

They are alarmed, confused, angry, and even sympathetic. Alarmed that they’re starting to see what used to be considered “big city” incidents at the local level. Confused as to what is causing kids to obtain or possess guns. Angry that the majority of the children in schools are being subjected to the inappropriate behaviors of a few. Sympathetic to the plight of school administrators and staff who have to put up with kids being armed with sophisticated weapons. 

Who are the students who are doing this? Have they been troublemakers all along? Perhaps we need to take a look at the background of those who have been arrested and expelled locally. They come from both solid and broken homes. They are a mixture of ethnic diversity. Some have come from families who have their roots locally, while others have moved in from other areas. 

What are some of the influences on these and all students? They are the same, which all of us get from the news, television, movies, advertisements, rumors, and fact. We are part of our environment, and today’s environment for kids can be frightening.

We’re being bombarded by more and more exotica, erotica, violence, and disobedience. 

Under these conditions, why should we expect anything else from kids in school? Until society chooses a course or direction which instills respect for authority, value of the human life, reasoning as opposed to combat, and cooperation instead of dissension, we’re going to see more of the same. After all, young minds and those older ones which are easily influenced see the Terminator and other similar, violence-related films as reality rather than entertainment. 

What can you do? Secure your guns so that they are not available to kids. Talk to your children. Tell them not to get involved with weapons or those who have them. Tell them the dangers involved with weapons and how movies, where someone gets killed and then reappears later, is NOT real. Inform them about the arrest, jail, criminal records, and the impact on their future. Know where your children are and who they are with. If you don’t approve, tell them, and tell them why. If you and your children are losing contact or the ability to communicate, get help. 

As a school district and community, we must take an active stance in addressing weapons. Our position must be to eliminate the motivation for bringing guns to school and to take a firm, legal stance when a gun appears. 

During the next several months, the district plans a series of assemblies to discourage guns. This is a joint effort with the legal system and law enforcement. We are working to provide community educational programs on gun safety and the use of trigger guards. 

Legally, the district intends to charge any individual possessing a gun to the fullest extent and recommending students for permanent expulsion. We hope expensive items such as security police and metal detectors are not going to be necessary. 

Keep the faith. The vast majority of our students are terrific. Together, the community and its schools must strive to overcome the trials and special problems which are part of today’s society. Parents, pledge yourself to a commitment to your children throughout this coming school year and into the future. 


50 Years Ago

September 27, 1969  Saturday

Break Warrior Stride 

Dana Ward. Alvin Ramer, and Joel Mowrey all broke the course record at Gettysburg Friday afternoon as the Chambersburg Trojans cross country rolled to its fourth consecutive win of the season, a convincing 19-38 decision over the Warriors.

The former record of 12:44.9 held by Chip Lewis of Chambersburg, fell by almost 15 seconds to Ward, who ran the 2.4-mile course in 12:30.  Ramer scooted in second at 12:35  and Mowrey was not far behind at 12:37.  Winning the first three places gave the Trojans an automatic victory.  

Don Carr of  Gettysburg grabbed fourth with a time of 12:56.  Paul Stull and Steve Kloch rounded out the trojan scoring, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively, with the times of 12:59 and 13:41.

The South Hagerstown Rebels journey to Chambersburg on Tuesday as the Trojans seek their fifth straight win.  The local unit is preparing for the big rematch with Waynesboro on October 9th at Waynesboro.  The Indians are the only team to have ever beaten the third year Trojan cross country team.

Results: Dana Ward (C) ,12:30 — New Course Record -Alvin Ramer (C) ,12:35: Joel Mowrey (C), 12:37; Don Carr (G) ,12:55: Paul Stull (C ), 12:53: Rod Yingling (G), 13-01; Charles Voss ( G ), 13:30: Sieve Kloch (C ), 13:41: Dave Damch (G), 13.53; Jim Bowen (C ),14:03; Dennis Reasner ( C ) 14:03; Jim Flynn (G), 14:11.

 ONE, TWO, THREE – Chambersburg Trojan cross-country runner Alvin Ramer leads teammates Joel Mowrey and Dana Ward around the course at Gettysburg in Friday’s meet with the Warriors. Ward moved up to pars Ramer and win first place in the race, as the three Trojans helped the team to an automatic win.

100 Years Ago

September 27, 1919 – Saturday

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CHAMBERSBURG – Health Officer Walker received from the state health department yesterday two announcements of recently passed laws, one dealing with the quarantine of venereal disease and the other with the reporting to the health officer of all cases of suspected contagious disease not attended by a physician. 

They are herewith published for the benefit of the public In general and are as follows:

“From and after the passage and promulgation of this resolution, gonorrhea and syphilis in its primary and secondary stages, chancroid, are declared transmittable diseases subject to quarantine when in the opinion of the attending physician or the county medical representative of the state department of health, the character, occupation, habits or neglect of treatment “method to protect others, make those Infected menaces to public health.” 

“From and after the passage and promulgation of this resolution every householder or proprietor of a hotel or lodging house, having on his premise any person for whom no physician has been railed and who shows an unusual skin eruption or rash or complains of a sore throat and is too sick to work or play and has spasms of violent coughing, shall report these facts immediately to the health officer of the city, borough or township, giving the name of the person and the location of said premises.”

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