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Crumbs from the cracker barrel

February 23, 1999

In 1935 Hagerstown businessman Elmer B. Carl was named as the new superintendent of the Maryland State Penal Farm south of Hagerstown. Carl and his family moved into the newly completed stone mansion that had been built for the superintendent. Carl was the owner of Hiedwohl's Studio in downtown Hagerstown and had been the manager of the Municipal Light Plant. Carl's son Jim recalls that "we did an awful lot of entertainment. The house had seven or eight bedrooms and seven or eight baths. We had people from all over the country come there to look at this new concept. I remember the Governor of Utah came and spent a week with us - just studying the farm." Jim Carl later went on to become one of the youngest men ever elected to the Hagerstown City Council.

- The Maryland Cracker Barrel

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