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 22.
25 YEARS AGO
Friday – July 22, 1994
“Church Observes Silver Anniversary”
Chambersburg Baptist Church will celebrate its 25th anniversary during a special program at 1 p.m. Sunday in the church, McKinley and South Second streets.
Its first pastor, the Rev. Harold J. Parnell, will speak. Special choirs and gospel singing will be featured.
According to the Rev. Jimmie E. Knox, pastor, the church began as Chambersburg Baptist Chapel in the home of member T.A. Williams. Sponsored by Carlisle Baptist Church, it later met in Sons and Daughters of Liberty Lodge Hall, East Washington Street.
In January 1966, the chapel moved to its present location in a building bought from First Church of God. On July 27, 1969, the chapel was constituted as Chambersburg Baptist Church.
Chambersburg Baptist Church started a mission in Green-castle that now is Greencastle Baptist Church. Mission emphasis is strong in the Chambersburg church, which is affiliated with Keystone Baptist Association, Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania-South Jersey and Southern Baptist Convention.
The church, through the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program of finances, has a direct part in the support of some 7,000 missionaries in 130 countries.
50 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 22, 1969
“Chambersburg Days To Begin”
CHAMBERSBURG — The traditional Chambersburg Days, when area bargain -hunters enjoy open season in Chambersburg, will begin Wednesday at 6 p.m. to 9:30 and continue through Saturday with regular store hours on remaining days.
A highlight of the sales event will be grand prizes offered by the Downtown Merchants Council with the first prize amounting to $200 and four second prizes of $100, four $50 awards and eight $25 prizes. To qualify for prizes, shoppers register in a participating store during the event. Drawings will be held Monday following the promotion.
Most of the sixty participating merchants will offer special shopper awards ranging from valuable merchandise to gift certificates.
Chairman of the sponsoring Downtown Promotion Council is Ronald E. Hartzok and working with him are Nelson Byers, Max Hersh, Jerry Cornelios, Louis Camp, Carl Stiber, Fred Mover, Nelson Legge and Joseph Rebok.
100 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 22, 1919
“Five More Policemen Are Added To Silent Force”
CHAMBERSBURG – Yesterday the borough engineer placed silent policemen at five more street intersections in town, thereby increasing the force of silent officers to seven. The locations of the five new policemen are: Second and Washington, Lincoln Way and Garber, Lincoln Way and Fifth, Philadelphia and Second, Lincoln Way and Second. The other two uprights are located at Lincoln Way and Franklin and Main and Washington.