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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 23.


Saturday – July 23, 1994

“Renfrew Gets a $28,415 Grant”

The stone Fahnestock House became the Renfrew home after renovation
The stone Fahnestock House became the Renfrew home after renovation

WAYNESBORO – The home’s windows are boarded up, but not for long.

With a $28,415 grant awarded this week to Renfrew Museum and Park by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the stone Fahnestock House on the Renfrew property soon will look like it did in the 1800s.

The money, which Renfrew has not yet received, is a matching funds grant, according to curator James Smith. In 1987, a fund-raising campaign garnered $200,000, and money left from it plus this grant will equal $57,000 enough to continue the restoration project.

“It’s in good structural shape,” Smith said of the farmhouse built during the first decade of the 1800s.

Most of the work will be done inside and will include rebuilding three fireplaces; returning a stairwell to its original location; and replacing beams, windows, doors, a tin roof with wooden shingles and some flooring.

There is electricity in the farmhouse, and “very discreet” electrical fixtures will be added.

When restoration is complete it’s the last scheduled restoration. The second floor will house offices.

“We’re very pleased,” Smith said of being given the grant.

Renfrew, at Welty Road and East Main Street, is on 107 acres of the original 150-acre Pennsylvania German farmstead developed during the 1790s by Daniel Royer and his family. It is one of 38 non-profit groups and public agencies in 25 counties getting grants from the commission totaling $1.2 million. The grants are funded through Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, created in 1933 to establish the grant program, fund rehabilitation of Commonwealth historical sites and provide funding to other state agencies.

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Wednesday – July 23, 1969

Editors note: Again, in honoring the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Walk, we are continuing our moonwalk coverage.

“Moon Voyagers Conduct Own TV Show From Space”

Yearning for home, Apollo ll’s moon explorers streaked ever faster toward earth today on a perfect course that is to land them in the Pacific Ocean Thursday.

“No matter where you travel, it’s nice to get home,” Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. said as the astronauts beamed a television picture of earth from more than 180,000 miles away Tuesday night.

“‘It’s getting appreciably larger now,” said Michael Collins. “It’s looking more like a world.

And, looking ahead to splashdown, Apollo 11 commander Neil A. Armstrong asked about the weather in the recovery area.

“It looks real good out there,” mission control told him. “The forecast is for scattered clouds at 3,000 feet and a visibility of 10 miles. So it looks real good for recovery.”

Apollo 11 is to land at 12:49 p.m. EDT about 1,200 miles southwest of Hawaii.

The astronauts set their course Tuesday by firing a short engine burst to steer onto a precise path intended to land them near the aircraft carrier Hornet. They ended their historic exploration of the moon early Tuesday by shooting themselves out of lunar orbit and gradually gained speed as they raced deeper into the grip of earth’s gravity.

The TV show was the highlight of an otherwise quiet day.

It started like a comedy show. When a picture of the moon flashed on the monitor in mission control, the capsule communicator, astronaut Charles Duke, commented: “We see the earth in the center of the screen.”

After a pause, Aldrin corrected him with: “Believe that’s where we just came from.”

“It is, huh? Well I’m really looking at a bad, at a bad screen here,” Duke said. “Stand by one. Hey, you’re right!”

Later, when a picture of the earth was shown, Duke said: “I refuse to bite on this one. You tell us.

” Armstrong showed viewers two sealed boxes in which are packed precious bits of soil and rock that he and Aldrin collected during their momentous two-hour walk on the moon Sunday.

“We know there’s a lot of scientists from a number of countries standing by to see these lunar samples and we thought you’d be interested in seeing that they really are here,” he said.

He explained that samples were placed in containers in the vacuum of the moon and were sealed to prevent possible contamination of the earth.

The final television show from Apollo 11 is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. EDT tonight, on the eve of the astronauts’ homecoming to a hero’s welcome.

As they head for their fiery dash back .through the atmosphere, the astronauts may see an unusual number of lights along the west coast of the United States.

Homes and businesses in several cities have been asked to turn their lights on early Thursday. The idea originated with a Seattle radio station. Disc jockeys in Portland, San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C., were contacted and responded favorably.


Wednesday – July 23, 1919

“Waynesboro to Have Welcome Home Day Same Day We Do”

From present indications, it appears that Waynesboro will have a general welcome home celebration in honor of the returned servicemen on Labor Day. Steps have already been taken which would foster such a gala day.

Yesterday a general committee from the Waynesboro central labor body consisting of C. W. Edwards, W. B. Stewart, J. S. Paulson and Burgess Ed. S. Myers met with the officers and committee of the Waynesboro post of the American Legion to discuss such a proposition.

At this time it was decided to send out a general invitation for all to participate in a general welcome home celebration.

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