Blast from the past

August 20, 2003

Week of Aug. 17, 1953

Richard Dorsey, 11-year-old son of Mrs. Charles E. Newman, Oak Hill Avenue, probably is alive today because his fellow Boy Scouts knew exactly what to do when he was bitten by a copperhead snake last Friday at Camp Sinoquipe.

The Scouts immediately slit the wound where the snake's fangs had entered the flesh, then applied a suction pump to the wound and drew out a quantity of blood. Then, with a Scoutmaster, they took Richard to the McConnellsburg, Pa., hospital, where he was given anti-venom vaccine.

Harry C. Gordon, 81, Hagerstown's oldest active groceryman, will take his first airplane ride tomorrow night and it will be a dandy. He will fly from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, Wash. He will leave tomorrow, Sunday, at 10 p.m., and arrive in Seattle at 12:35 p.m. Monday, Pacific Coast Time. Gordon will visit his 87-year-old brother, Irvin B. Gordon, whom he last met back in the 1930s.


Washington County wheat farmers apparently are not as favorable to government control of crops as are the farmers in other counties of the state. A check today revealed this county yesterday voted 47 for and 26 against while the state as a whole voted 1,413 for and only 217 against.

Week of Aug. 17, 1978

Women employees aren't new at Mack Trucks Inc.'s sprawling Hagerstown plant but in the next five years, the engine line there will be seeing more of the fairer sex.

Under an agreement with the Equal Opportunity Commission, Mack will be hiring one woman for every three men at least until 1982.

Shawn Clopper, 15, and his pet crow Arius, are a pair of Clear Spring showoffs whose days together may be numbered because some of the bird's pranks don't sit too well with the neighbors. In addition to tricks he performs with Shawn, Arius enjoys mimicking the bark of the poodle up the street, pulling clothespins off a line of clean wash, hiding rocks in a neighbor's rain spouting, hiding food under cushions, rugs and behind drapes and dive-bombing bicyclists - pranks some neighbors don't appreciate.

A recent two-day survey of general aviation trends at the Hagerstown Regional Airport revealed that travel by non-commercial and non-military planes is substantial, totaling 42 incoming flights in that time period.

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