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 26.
25 YEARS AGO
Tuesday – July 26, 1994
“Hospital Gets Healthy Rating – Chambersburgs’ cost lower than most others”
CHAMBERSBURG – Patients stay longer and pay less at Chambersburg Hospital than at most others in South Central Pennsylvania, according to a study released today.
And it doesn‘t suffer in quality, according to the report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.
Patrick O’Donnell, the hospital’s vice president of finance, said the hospital operates effectively because “our occupancy rate is fairly solid compared to the industry.”
Fifteen acute care hospitals in south central Pennsylvania with more than 100 beds were compared during 1992 in the Hospital Effectiveness Report. Waynesboro Hospital and Fulton County Medical Center, two smaller hospitals, were not included.
The fourth annual report has limited benefit to people shopping for health care but is one of the few available to the public.
It gives some very global indicators consumers could use as a starting point,” O’Donnell said.
“They have a little way to go to make it usable to the consumer,” said Mike Capobianco, spokesman for Lancaster Community Hospital.
It s more useful to group purchasers of health care (such as Health Maintenance Organizations) looking to keep costs at a minimum.”
The study compared prices of treatments for 65 different procedures from back surgery to child birth to treating heart failure at hospitals in a region including Fulton, Franklin, Cumberland, Adams, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Perry, Juniata and Huntingdon counties.
50 YEARS AGO
Saturday – July 26, 1969
Mrs. Mary Fry Named to Post
GREENCASTLE – Mrs. Mary Louise Fry, Greencastle, was appointed Departmental chairman of “Rituals and Emblems,” during the 8 and 40 March meeting of Pennsylvania, held in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Fry is a partner of Franklin County Salon 708, of 8 and 40, and a member of auxiliary to Frank L. Carbaugh Unit 373, Greencastle. Attending the la marche from Salon 708 were Mrs. Mary Peck-man, Mrs. Cora Rhodes and Mrs. Mary Lehman, all of Chambersburg, and Mrs. Viola Funk and Mrs. Fry, both of Greencastle.
100 YEARS AGO
Saturday, July 26, 1919
“MISS NETTIE GABLE WILL BE SCHOOL NURSE“
Miss Nettie Gable, recently elected as school nurse by the borough school board, has accepted the position and will return to Chambersburg in time to take up her work at the beginning of the school term. She is now in Utah.
“BARBER SHOPS TO CLOSE AT 7 P. M.”
At a meeting of the local Barber’s Union last night it was decided that beginning August 1 the shops on week days will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. On Saturday night the shops will not close until 10 o’clock.