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 July 17.
25 YEARS AGO
Friday – July 17, 1994
“Look at that Gold! Girl’s softball team No 1 in the state — And to their fans!”
WILLIAMSPORT — Softball mom Karen Killian studied the gold medal being circulated among a group of parents.
“Fantastic. We made it,” she said, just moments after her winning pitcher of a daughter, Tisha, helped Chambers-burg to a state softball championship Thursday on the strength of her golden arm. The Trojans defeated Titusville 11-2 to win the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AAA softball title.
Beside a joyous throng, Tisha showed off a warm smile and stretched out her arms, awaiting a hug. “Winning is the best thing for these girls,” Karen said, post- embrace. “And seeing that smile on your daughter’s face still disbelieving it.”
But the reality of victory and a state championship quickly grabbed hold of the hearts and imaginations of Karen , and husband .Jesse as well as the rest of the wild Trojan fans. More than 100 screaming and shouting friends and relatives stuck around to watch the team hug and high-five and jump up and down with joy. Of course, they also wanted to see the players receive their victory medals.
50 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 17, 1969
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT -“Man Killed In Vietnam”
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT — A former Franklin County resident, CWO Dale L. Johnson, 24, has been killed in Vietnam. Government officials say Johnson was a victim in a rocket attack, June 8 at a base camp in Vietnam. He was completing his second tour of duty as a helicopter pilot. Johnson was a 1964 graduate of Waynesboro High School. He enlisted in 1965.
His body will be returned to the home of his parents in Benton Harbor, Mich. It will be taken from there to a Front Royal, Va., funeral home and will be buried m Arlington Na tional Cemetery, Washington, DC.
In addition to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Urbin L. Johnson, he is survived by two brothers, Terry and William.
100 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 17, 1919
“Soldiers Entertained By Stunts By Girls – Great Crowd is At Park to See W.C.C.S. Performance”
CHAMBERSBURG – Soldiers, sailors, marines, Spanish and civil war veterans turned out en masse last evening to witness the splendid program given In their honor by five, a hundred girls under the direction of tho Rlrln work committee of the Chambersburg war camp community service on the lawn at lied Bridge Park, It would be impossible to estimate the number of soldiers pifHcnt a the scats of honor were all filled and miny Intermingled with the thousands of people who went by trolley, automobile, on foot or by any other available form of locomotion.
The entertainment, which was heralded as Girls’ Stunt Night, was a galaxy of pretty girls and colors, enlivened by pay music by the Queen City Hand and an orchestra, and was ah artistic success. Every girl did her stunt well and as the different sections, announced by Captain Roy Kriochbuum, entered, the participants performed Home’ fancy dancing steps and then arranged themselves Into groups forming a very beautiful picture indeed. One of the many pretty features of the evening was the Red Cross section, led by girls representing our allied countries, wearing the costumes and carrying the flags of the countries represented. ‘ Prominent among these was our own flag and as it entered the ring, every person stood. The Japanese girls with their quaint little steps and their fans, parasols and gaily colored kimonas brought forth much applause from the audience. There was not a dull moment from the time the first section entered until the grand ensemble at the close in which the participants sang “Navy Will Bring Them Back”, “Till We Met-t Again” and “The Star Spangled Banner”.
The success of the affair Is due to the untiring work of Mrs. E. T. Halter, who staged and directed the program, Mrs. George N. Fosnot, Mrs. Frank A. Zimmerman, Mrs. Raymond I Markley, Mrs. Clara Venable, and Mrs. John XV. Hoke.