Waynesboro historian remembered

August 13, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Carl Besore made sure Waynesboro's history wouldn't die with him.

A lifelong resident of Waynesboro, Besore died last Friday at home at the age of 85.

The town historian was known for his appreciation of the past through his writings in a local newspaper and as co-publisher of three books.

"He was one of the nicest men that got involved in the history of Waynesboro," said Bob Ringer.

Ringer and Besore published three books about the history of the town called "A Reflection of the History of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and Vicinity."


The proceeds from the sale of the books were donated to the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library in Waynesboro.

The two originally worked together in 1992 to produce a weekly feature called "Reminiscing," later known as "In Bygone Days," for The Record Herald newspaper which spotlighted a photo from Ringer's collection and an accompanying history penned by Besore.

"He tried to put it in perspective so the people would understand," Ringer said, adding that Besore was also very precise when writing about the town's history.

Ringer recalled that Besore was fond of telling people that if they would get to know the past they could look forward to the future.

Besore dedicated much of his own time preparing the area for the future.

As the first chairman of the Washington Township Municipal Authority in 1972, Besore led the effort to implement the township's $14 million sewer project.

"He put in lots of time and effort on behalf of the township. As a result of the effort, we now have public water and sewer systems," said Eugene Barnhart, manager of the municipal authority.

Besore served on the authority for 7 1/2 years.

Besore graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1930 and Mercersburg Academy in 1932. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., for two years. He graduated from Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in Washington, D.C., in 1941.

He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II.

The last of his immediate family, Besore is survived by his wife of 55 years, Leila M. (McKenzie) Besore, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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