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The Boys of Summer are Back

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Yogi Berra turned 90 on May 12th. In addition to playing and coaching for the Yankees, Berra served as a gunner’s mate on the USS Bayfield at Normandy on D-Day. He is known for his quips, like “It ain’t over till its over.” Currently, there is a petition to grant him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was a friend of Nellie Fox, and is part of our Baseball exhibit. Stop by to see it!

At the Old Jail we are busy preparing an exhibit on the history of baseball in this area. Did you know in the summer of 1929 Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees played an exhibition game at Henninger Field against the Chambersburg Maroons? Babe Ruth hit a home run during the game.

Fairgrounds

Some years ago, a sign stood on S. Second St. in Chambersburg,  just south of Garfield which stated:  20 feet west of this marker was a half-mile race rack on which Speedy Slim ran a record of 1 minute, 21 seconds.  Evidently Fairground Ave. was named for such a reason – that’s where the fairgrounds were in the 1870’s and horse racing was part of it .  The fair was held there through the 1880’s.

Henry Hershberger

Major Henry Hershberger, (1810-1884) from Chambersburg, became a riding master by appointment at West Point in the 1840’s and undoubtedly taught most of the generals of the Civil War.  He married  Sophia  Greenawalt, and lived the latter part of his life in Chambersburg.  He is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, but without a marker.

New Resource

A wonderful database resource has been added to our library collection thanks to the 10 year work/research of one of the county employees who is sharing it with us.  It is a listing of individuals who lived and/or died at the almshouse (precursor to Franklin County Home) from the late 1800’s through 1930.  In some cases, additional, pertinent information about the individual is included.