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Blast from the Past

February 03, 1999

Week of Jan. 31, 1949

City police are seeking the owner of a sleeping bag, suitcase containing toilet articles and clothing found in a field off Dual Highway near the Hagerstown city limits this morning. An area resident reported seeing a man leave the field where the bag was found. A map in the suitcase had a penciled line following the route from Rochester, N.Y., to Hagerstown, where the marking stopped. Police will hold the items until claimed by the owner.




Up to 7 inches of snow blanketed the county and state from 2 to 8 a.m., when the snow turned to sleet and light rain, which quickly froze on the surface of the snow. County schools are closed and police urge motorists to stay off roads. Streets have been salted and sanded, but workers are waiting for sleet and rain to halt before beginning snow removal.




Three fire companies responded to an alarm of a blaze at the Colonial Hotel on South Potomac Street early this morning. Firemen said the blaze was confined to the outside of a window frame on the top floor of the hotel and was apparently caused by sparks from a chimney.

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Week of Jan. 31, 1974

Two six-packs of beer were stolen from District Court Judge Frederick C. Wright III's home Sunday night, sheriff's deputies reported. The beer, believed to have been stolen by a juvenile, was taken from the garage at the Fountain Head residence.




Workmen digging up Public Square on Tuesday struck what appears to be the foundation of the first Hagerstown market-courthouse. Joan Hull, local historian, says there is a high probability there will be artifacts, since the market-courthouse, built in the 1700s, was heavily used.




More than 100 Hagerstown railway clerks, some with as many as 40 years of service, will be laid off or transferred as a result of Western Maryland Railway's merger with Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad's Chessie System.

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