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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 July 19.

25 YEARS AGO

Tuesday – July 19, 1994

“Fountain lighting delayed – New system not ready for Friday celebration”

CHAMBERSBURG — A California supplier can’t promise delivery of new lights in time for a ceremony Friday to dedicate Chambersburg’s newly restored Memorial Square fountain and Civil War soldier.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Ray Depuy, president of Franklin County Heritage and chairman of the Memorial Fountain Committee. “At least it’s not going to dim our celebration Friday. We’ll sneak those in and turn them on as soon as we can.”

The new lights are supposed to be 50 brighter and create less glare, and they will shine directly on the 126-year-old fountain. The old lights shot into the sky.

The system includes four metal-halide lights and cost “a couple thousand dollars,” Depuy said.

The system purchased from Acorn Electric Supply in Chambersburg was designed using computer images and diagrams of the fountain. The goal: To help emphasize the v 3 shiny surface. Each light measures about 12 by-15 inches.

“The effect is going to be striking at night,” Depuy said. “You throw light on that and you’ll really have a nice scene. The old fixture didn’t do too much.”

The fountain and statue were returned to the square last week after a winter-long restoration project was completed in Lancaster by Art Research and Technology.

The pieces and the old lighting system had deteriorated since the last restoration, in 1978. The $85,000 project was paid for by the borough and Franklin County Heritage’s Memorial Fountain Committee.

Contractors are doing the electrical work for Chambersburg Borough. Everything should be finished by July 29 if the lights arrive on time.

The lights should be more natural than the older yellowish lights, Hamsher said, adding: “They’ll be better for pictures at night.”

50 YEARS AGO

Saturday – July 19, 1969

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(In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the lift-off of Apollo II to the moon for the first walk on the moon, we are inserting excerpts from the newspaper. Those who were living in Chambersburg during this time may recall reading these excerpts:)

“Day of Decision for the Moon”

FIRST MAN ON THE MOON - Neil Armstrong, on foot still securely in the LEM's Landing pad, gives the moon surface a weight-bearing test.
FIRST MAN ON THE MOON – Neil Armstrong, on foot still securely in the LEM’s Landing pad, gives the moon surface a weight-bearing test.

Apollo ll’s explorers raced into the shadow of the moon today and reported a spectacular first sighting of their target as they prepared to blast into lunar orbit to start two days of great human adventure.

As they darted into an area where the moon blotted out the sunlight at 8:50 a.m. EDT, Commander Neil A. Armstrong reported picking out lunar features illustrated by light reflected by the earth. He also reported a brilliant solar corona as the moon eclipsed all but the halo of gases surrounding the sun.

“It looks like an eerie sight,” the Apollo 11 commander said.

Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins were just 13,000 miles from the moon and closing in at nearly 3,000 miles an hour when they reported the first sighting of the lunar landscape after three days in space.

The astronauts headed for a climactic moment in the early afternoon when they trigger their spaceship engine to steer into a precise orbit 69 miles above the surface.

The firing was scheduled for 1:26 p.m. with the spaceship behind the moon, out of radio contact. The world was not to know whether the engine ignited properly until the craft reappeared around the edge of the moon 26 minutes later.

The astronauts have the option to cancel the ignition if they detect anything wrong. Without a firing, Apollo 11 merely would loop once around the backside and head back to earth one of the built-in safety measures of the mission. In the shadow of the moon, the interior of the spaceship darkened and Armstrong described the sight.

“It’s a very marked three-dimensional effect with the solar corona coming from behind the moon,” he said. “I guess what’s giving it that three-dimensional effect is earthshine. I can pick out features on the moon in earthshine. I see the crater Tycho fairly clearly. I can see the sky all around the moon, even on the rim of it, where there’s no earthshine or sunshine.”

The Soviet Union assured the United States Friday that its unmanned Luna 15 satellite would not interfere with Apollo ll’s mission. The Russians said Luna was following an entirely different path around the moon than that planned for the astronauts.. The Russians also indicated in a cable to astronaut Frank Borman at Houston, who requested the information, that Luna 15 might be gone today, either landing on the surface or rocketing back toward earth.

As their date with destiny neared, Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins were firmly in the grip of lunar gravity. They zipped into the moon’s sphere of influence just before midnight Friday when they were 43,495 miles from their target and 214,402 miles from home.

Mission control said the spaceship’s course was so accurate that a corrective rocket-firing scheduled this morning was deleted from the High plan. Since the rocket burn was the only major early business, the deletion allowed the astronauts a couple of extra hours of sleep.

After a day in orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin Sunday are to detach a lunar landing ship, the fragile craft they call Eagle, and fly it down to the moon’s Sea of Tranquillity, near a crater named Moltke.

If all goes according to plan, Armstrong will descend a nine-rung ladder to the surface at 2:21 a.m. Monday. He will be followed 20 minutes later by Aldrin. Together they will fulfill an ageless dream by exploring this desolate world which has fascinated man from the beginning of time.

For 2 1/2 hours, they will collect precious bits of this alien world, plant scientific instruments, and determine their ability to operate in the unfamiliar one-sixth gravity.

After a lunar visit of 22 hours, they will launch themselves to rendezvous with Collins in the orbiting command vessel, nicknamed Columbia. Then they’ll start the long trip home, aiming for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean next Thursday.

President Nixon, who is to on the recovery ship, also plans to talk to the astronauts by radio while they are on the moon, the White House announced. Armstrong and Aldrin crawled through a connecting tunnel into the LM Friday.

After a two-hour inspection, they reported it in excellent shape for landing.

“Everything looks great in here,” Aldrin reported.

Aldrin, Eagle’s systems expert, plans another two-hour examination late today. During it, he will also do some further preparation for Sunday’s dip to the moon.

Armstrong and Aldrin gave a worldwide television audience a surprise 96-minute look Friday at the interior of the landing vehicle.

Collins asked mission control center if it would like some “free television,” meaning unscheduled. Controllers agreed and the color TV camera relayed remarkably clear shots of the transfer through the tunnel into the LM cabin.

The camera recorded the scene as Aldrin and Armstrong searched for any signs of damage that might have occurred during the launching from Cape Kennedy Wednesday.

The normally quiet astronauts even opened up and had a little fun during the telecast. At one point Armstrong pointed the camera through the tunnel and showed Collins alone in the command cabin.

“Is Collins going to go in the lunar module and look around?” the ground asked.

“We’d like to let him,” Armstrong replied. “But he hasn’t come up with the price of a ticket.”

100 YEARS AGO

Saturday – July 19, 1919

They Who Would Serve Their County
They Who Would Serve Their County

Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Eberiy of East Catharine street received word yesterday of the arrival from overseas of their son, Harry. He has been sent to Camp Merritt to be discharged.

Fred Stickell, son of Jacob Stickell of Hurkhart avenue, who served with the A. E. F. in France has been honorably discharged and is now at his home in this place.

Robert Frey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Frey of Sixth street, who served twenty-two months, was honorably discharged from the army at Camp Mills and arrived home on Tuesday.

Howard Fuller of North Second street, who was with the hospital corps overseas, has been discharged and arrived home last night. molders

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