Borough History Page Index

The History of Franklintown Borough

Written summary of our history by former councilman Alan Rosenberger.  

Franklintown History Continued

Summation of the beginning of Franklintown, the sale of plots, and  some historical and current day pictures.  Information collected by Marie Kuykendall for our 2013 150th Founders day celebration, then donated to NYCHAPS and later loaned back for our 2019 150th Incorporation Celebration.  

John Klugh

John Klugh is credited with populating the town after the Buttstown debacle.  He was  a Military Captain and lead our townsmen in battle.  Information collected by Marie Kuykendall for our 2013 150th Founders day celebration, then donated to NYCHAPS and later loaned back for our 2019 150th Incorporation Celebration along with some pieces from NYCHAPS archives.   

Franklintown Public School

11 S. Baltimore St. was the public school house for Franklintown Borough.   Information collected by Marie Kuykendall for our 2013 150th Founders day celebration, then donated to NYCHAPS and later loaned back for our 2019 150th Incorporation Celebration along with some pieces from resident families.  

Joseph & Catherine Hershey

Joseph & Catherine Hershey were prominent members of the town, owning 30 S. Baltimore St.  Pictures & Information from the Family.  

Post Office

Information by Marie Kuykendall for our 2013 150th Founders day celebration, then donated to NYCHAPS and later loaned back for our 2019 150th Incorporation Celebration. 

Music

Franklintown Borough has had ar rich history of music including a military band and various regular music events including the Country & Blue Grass Jam which continues to this day.  Information collected by Marie Kuykendall for our 2013 150th Founders day celebration, then donated to NYCHAPS and later loaned back for our 2019 150th Incorporation Celebration and some pictures from donations to the Borough that were transferred to NYCHAPS as well. 

Big Fire & Franklintown & Community Fire Company

Franklintown Borough started their own Fire Company after a big fire in 1939 in which a good section of the town was destroyed.  That Company lasted for approximately 76 years before merging with Dillsburg Hose in 2018 to form the now Northern York Fire Rescue.  Information collected by Marie Kuykendall for our 2013 150th Founders day celebration, then donated to NYCHAPS and later loaned back for our 2019 150th Incorporation Celebration.

Churches

Franklintown Borough boasts two churches that wer established around the beginning of the town.  Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Franklintown United Brethren Church.   Information from Emmanuel Lutheran Church archives.

Historical Celebrations

 Franklintown Borough celebrated their 150th Founders Day in 2013 and their 150th Incorporation of the Borough in 2019.  Pictures from Borough records and Marie Kuykendall.   

Downloads

 Varios PDF's from the Fire Company, Banner Article and Northern York County Notebook.  

The History of Franklintown Borough

By Alan Rosenberger

Early in the nineteenth century, William Butts and Jacob Schultz owned a store and tavern on the site of the town. In 1813, a tract of land was surveyed and laid out in streets and 186 lots. In order to sell the lots rapidly, the founders of the town instituted a lottery and sold tickets for $30.00 a lot. 

In the year 1826, Martin Carl succeeded Butts & Schultz in the mercantile business and secured the establishment of a post office. 

In 1849, Captain John Klugh purchased a number of vacant lots. He built some homes, sold some lots and encouraged people to start building. 

Franklintown was incorporated as a borough in 1869. Daniel Hershey was the first Chief Burgess. The Borough was resurveyed and the streets were graded and paved in the same year.  The population in 1900 was approximately 250.00

The United Brethren Church was built in 1849 and the Evangelical Lutheran Church was built in 1884.

The Franklintown Guard was the name of a uniformed military company of approximately fifty volunteer members. It existed for fifteen years. During the Civil War, Captain John Klugh recruited a company from the Franklintown area that entered the Two Hundred and Ninth (209th) Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in Company 1. They participated in battles in Hatcher’s Run, Fort Steadman, Nottoway and the Siege of Petersburg, all in Virginia. 

Around the turn of the century, a grade school was adopted for Franklintown. An annual appropriation of sixty-five (65) dollars was received from the state. The Borough had to hire a teacher and maintain the building for that amount of money. 

In the early 1920’s, Franklintown had many businesses. There were cigar, wagon wheel, coffin and hat factories; as well as many privately owner stores, garages and taverns. Around the 1950’s Franklintown started losing businesses. Only a few privately-owned stores and garages were still operating. Not much has changed since then. Franklintown has remained a small proud town, with only a few privately-owned businesses.   

image242