Remembering 1916, Part II
By SHARON BAUMBAUGH
In May, H.S. Minnich, East Baltimore Street, purchased a new five-passenger Dodge touring car and Ira J. Funk, South Washington Street, and Contractor Jacob Shank of South Carlisle Street, purchased Oakland five-passenger cars.
The garage of Petrie & Morganthall, operators of the Elmore Garage, had been robbed. Thieves took two Goodyear tires, two chain tread tires, three inner tubes and a 5-gallon measuring can. The owners would soon install a powerful electric motor with power furnished by the Greencastle Heat, Light, Fuel and Power Company. Business would continue in spite of the bad luck of the robbery. Business was good, in fact, as more and more people bought those new-fangled automobiles and the older models needed more and more work.
D.W. Griffith's monumental saga 'Birth of a Nation' was a hit wherever it played. It was to be shown on a Friday and Saturday at the Orpheus, Chambersburg's movie house.
Miss Katie Spangler of South Washington Street would soon resign her position with the Cumberland Valley Telephone Company. She had accepted a position in the office of the Echo Pilot newspaper, then located on West Baltimore Street.
Soon the exercises would be held at the Cedar Hill Cemetery with the GAR [Grand Army of the Republic] Veterans in charge. They had already decorated the graves of their departed comrades and would be supported by businesses who had consented to close for the entire day, as soldiers of the Civil War, and all who served, were honored.
The Senior Class of the high school was busy preparing for commencement. The Rev. W.M. Beattie, whose daughter was a member of the class, had been invited to preach the baccalaureate sermon. The commencement exercises would again be held in the Gem Theater. The address on the occasion would be made by Dr. George Leslie Omwake, president of Ursinus College, and a native of the Greencastle community. There were six members of the class, five girls and one boy: Misses Ruth Loughrey Schaff, Helen Snively, Helen L. Beattie, E. Hope Schaff, Helen M. Klepfer and Mr. John F. Bentz.
A record breaking freight train passed through Greencastle over the Cumberland Valley Railroad tracks along South Jefferson Street, in June. It was a 'double-header', drawn by two large engines and was composed of 99 loaded cars, mostly of the battleship type.
Dr. C.M. Strickler was arranging to build a new home on the lot adjoining the Strickler property on West Madison Street. The building would be very complete in every detail and would add another handsome residence to the rapidly increasing number of desirable homes in town.
Dr. Guy W. Davison, of town, was arranging to resume the practice of his profession at State Line. He had leased offices in the home of Mr. W.J. Pensinger, which he would occupy in the near future.
The Franklin County Commissioners inspected the wooden bridge on the former Williamsport Turnpike, at the Haldeman Farm, and found it to be in dangerous condition. They decided to erect a concrete culvert to replace the bridge at this point and had awarded the contract for the construction to Goetz Brothers of town.
Two units of the Pennsylvania Division for National Preparedness would be formed in Greencastle. One unit would be led by Mrs. William J. Patton as chairman, and Mrs. William R. Davison as secretary and treasurer. The second unit had not yet named officers.
The work of eliminating toll roads in the state was moving forward. Thousands of names had already been signed in Adams and York counties in the petition, asking to have toll roads eliminated from the public transport routes. Cash and subscriptions were also coming in and was most encouraging.
George P. Lininger, J. Robert Stout, George W. Kendle and Russel Lininger went to Philadelphia in July and drove home two 1917 model, five-passenger Regal automobiles. Within the previous week Mr. Lininger had sold three 1917 models, to Frank Lininger and Clarence Stotler, both of Antrim Township and the other to J. Robert Stout of town. He had also sold a 1915 Regal to J.O. Kriner of Shady Grove and a Studebaker 1917 model, five-passenger to F.A. Grosh of Shady Grove.
It was estimated that over 5,000 people attended the United Brethren Camp meeting at Rhodes Grove on a Sunday in August. The trolley company carried three thousand persons to the Grove and several thousands went by trains, automobiles and other vehicles. The only accident reported was on the Greencastle road when a Ford, driven by Robert Miller of Chambersburg, collided with a Paige touring car as both entered the Brown's Mill Road. Nobody was hurt but the cars were badly damaged.
The residents of Markes and vicinity organized committees to cooperate with the Enoch Brown Monument Association to erect a large marker in that village. It would be placed on the site where Fort McDowell once stood.
A Tuesday that month would be observed as 'Greencastle Day'. Practically all merchants and business men of the town were closing for the entire day and evening. They would all enjoy the annual 'day-off' which had been a long-standing custom.
The State Health department established a guard on the Middleburg state road at the Mason & Dixon Line, to prevent children under the age of 16 years, from entering this state without proper health certificates. A similar guard has been established on the Emmittsburg Pike and arrangements were being made to guard every road entering the commonwealth from Maryland. The chance of life-threatening disease was a very real concern to parents and all community members.
The Swartz Cider Mill at Middleburg (State Line) would begin operations on a Tuesday in August. The plant would operate each Tuesday and Thursday until further notice.
A Chautauqua (History's Echoes, May 30, 2012) grounds, camp meeting site and picnic grounds were planned by an organization that included a number of businessmen of Kauffman and Antrim Township, for that section of Franklin County. It was reported that the company had taken an option on the Rhodes campgrounds at Brown's Mill and were thinking of taking over the site and equipment there. The proposed organization hoped to have the grounds occupied throughout the summer months with various groups of a religious and educational character. It was also proposed to erect a large number of new tents. The tents and other buildings would be substantial and modern in every respect.