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Blast from the Past

February 23, 2000

Week of Feb. 20, 1950




Fairchild Aircraft announced today that employees will take a holiday on Wednesday, Washington's birthday. All banks and offices in the Court House also will close on that day.




Mrs. Mary Rowland Petre of Paramount has a Bible the Confederate leader, Robert E. Lee, used in 1863 while his troops, en route to the Battle of Gettysburg, were encamped near the Long Meadows Church in what is now Paramount. His Bible was left with Mrs. Petre's great-grandmother, Mrs. Anna Rowland.




Some interesting statistics relative to our public schools 70 years ago turned up this week.

In 1880 Washington County had 126 elementary schools, 129 school buildings, of which one had more than one study-room and a total seating capacity of 10,689. There were 122 white male teachers, 44 white female teachers and 13 black teachers. The average teacher's salary was $33.44 per month.

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Week of Feb. 20, 1975




By 1980 Hancock, Boonsboro, Keedysville and Sharpsburg would be linked to Hagerstown by daily bus service if the recommendation of a five-year mass transit study released this week are followed.




The Herald-Mail Community Window is a popular feature with numerous associations that have reserved space in the popular new display area at the Herald-Mail's Valley Mall office to promote their public service events.




While downtown Hagerstown is getting a new look, certain traces of days-gone-by can still be found. One is a fading sign painted high on the brick side-wall of Rosen's Department Store in the first block of West Washington Street. Barely readable, it says "Updegraff's Clothers, Hatters and Furnishers. The four-story building was built in 1882.

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