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Blast from the Past

December 29, 1999

Week of Dec. 26, 1949




When Woodrow Stoddard of Halfway placed his order for a turkey with his friend Samuel Fox, he told Fox he wanted the turkey dressed.

When delivered Christmas Eve, the turkey, very much alive, was attired in the height of fashion with a dress and a big colored bow around its neck. Since the usual poultry abattoirs were closed, it was early Christmas morning before Stoddard found someone to kill and dress the bird.




Washington County's night clubs and taverns expect a record business for the arrival of 1950, because many parts of Maryland will have a midnight curfew on liquor sales Saturday. This county's hatches won't be battened down until 2 a.m. Sunday, thanks to a special dispensation for the holiday.

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The 1950 edition of the Herald-Mail Fire Alarm calendar will be distributed by newspaper carriers Thursday and Friday. The calendar carries a picture of a fire truck from each of the local fire stations, in addition to the regular firm alarm call numbers.

Week of Dec. 26, 1974




First National Bank in Valley Mall seems to be a most liberated financial institution. The bank's eight tellers are all women - and all are identified on their nameplates as "Ms." rather than "Mrs." or "Miss."




Construction of the $600,000 extension of Halfway Boulevard from Virginia Avenue to Downsville Pike could be completed by late summer or early fall of 1975, according to County Engineer Glenn Dull.




Class sizes have decreased in all subjects in Washington County except agriculture, home economics and industrial arts. More facilities are provided for class rooms allowing smaller class size. Larger classes in agriculture, home economics and industrial arts reflect increased interest both by students and educators in these subjects.

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