Blast from the past - May 16

May 19, 2004

Week of May 16, 1954

One of the largest employers in Washington County - the Western Maryland Railway - doesn't have an oldtimers social club. Railway officials say that with hundreds of employees in the Hagerstown and Washington County area, workers could make the acquisition of a 15, 25 or 40-year pin a basis for membership.

Thousands of copies of a story of the Hagerstown water system are being mimeographed for distribution to school students of Washington County.

The story is complete with statistics on the extent of the system and explains the processes of purifying water from the time it is pumped from the Potomac River or collected in reservoirs.

Oldtimers say they often heard their parents and grandparents claim that a heavy honey locust bloom in the spring just about guarantees a big corn yield. One has only to look around this week to note the extra heavy honey locust bloom.


Week of May 16, 1979

For some Washington County residents who commute to work in Baltimore and the Washington, D.C., areas, rising gasoline prices aren't yet high enough to offset what they say are the higher wages in those areas.

Should gas lines lengthen, as in California, with dollar purchase limits and rationing or prices over $1 a gallon, some might change their minds.

With just one day to go before his release on parole, a work release inmate from Washington County Detention Center allegedly decided to visit an Antietam Street tavern for a beer.

That beer may result in further confinement for the man, who appeared Thursday morning in District Court before Judge Daniel Moylan for a preliminary hearing.

The Hagerstown South High Band was a big winner at the National International Music Festival in St. Louis. The 185 Rebels returned yesterday with four first prizes, a second and a third and a fourth. Band Director Brad Smith said the band also picked up a $500 scholarship.

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