Blast from the past

January 22, 2003|from The Herald-Mail files

Week of Jan. 19, 1953

Grandpa and grandma, who thought nothing of trudging several miles to school each day, will be surprised to learn that today the county transports close to 50 percent of all pupils enrolled in the public schools.

Donald F. Munson, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bowers, 450 N. Mulberry St., received word yesterday that he has been appointed a page in the House of Representatives.

Donald's appointment is a singular honor, since there are only 60 boys from all over the nation serving as pages in the House.

Among other firsts of which Hagerstown can boast is the fact that the local congregation of the Church of the Brethren, corner of East Baltimore and Mulberry streets, is the largest of any Church of the Brethren congregation in the country. With an active membership of between 1,600 and 1,700, the local church is said to top all others the nation over in size.

Week of Jan. 19, 1978

Students want a voice, not a vote, on the Washington County School Board. The Washington County Association of Student Councils reasons that because most board decisions directly affect students, students should have a hand in the discussions preceding decisions.

The school board listened to the request for the second time, but decided to take no action on it.

Things are getting a little hairy at city police headquarters. The new year brought with it a new era in police grooming: The mustache.

As of Jan. 1, a city policeman is allowed to grow a mustache as long as it does not protrude beyond the corners of the mouth.

The Washington County Agricultural and Mechanical Association, sponsor of the Great Hagerstown Fair, lost more than $10,000 last fiscal year, according to a financial report sent to stockholders.

This compares to a net profit of almost $350 reported for the previous fiscal year.

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