Blast from the past

July 02, 2003

Week of June 29, 1953

Hager House restoration commemorative souvenir plates went on sale today at two local stores - Roney Bros. and Hays Inc.

The plates, some day, probably will be museum pieces and every household in Hagerstown and Washington County should have at least one of them.

Washington County orchardists have successfully weathered the coming and going of the once-in-17 years locusts.

The scheme of covering young trees with cloth to keep female locusts from cutting into branches to lay eggs, together with a spraying program, kept damage to a minimum.

A Hagerstown boy, Henry Allen Myers, who is studying as an exchange student in Berlin, had a grandstand seat for the recent start of the uprising of the people of East Germany against their Communist rulers, and has written a vivid description of it for this newspaper.


Myers is the son of the former state senator and Mrs. Allen I. Myers, 129 Broadway.

Week of June 29, 1978

The Daily Mail and its weekly predecessor will be 150 years old July 4th.

Two other historic occasions occurred on that same day - the birth of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

According to news stories appearing in the July editions of the weekly Hagerstown Mail of 143 years ago, people of Clearspring and Hancock spent the greater part of the July 4th holiday marching through their towns, assembling at churches and listening to programs that included presentations of the Declaration of Independence and "impressive and eloquent orations."

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