Blast from the past

June 30, 2004

Week of June 27, 1954

When the excursion train of the Western Maryland Railway Social Club left Hagerstown this morning, more than 420 railroaders and their friends from as far away as York, Pa., were among the passengers making the rail journey through scenic mountain country to Elkins, W.Va.

The luggage car was well-stocked with soft drinks and sandwiches for sale to the passengers.

The appearance of a representative of a slicing machine company at the sheriff's office this week was ironic and coincidental.

The representative came in answer to a letter from that office stating that the slicing machine at the county jail was broken and needed new parts.

He was advised that the sheriff was on trial upstairs in the courtroom on charges of buying food for the jail and billing it as bologna.

Seven-year-old William Ardinger, Mineral Avenue, was having soft-boiled eggs yesterday for breakfast. The first one his mother cracked was fine, but the second came out with the yolk entirely white instead of yellow.


The chicken just forgot to put in the yellow his mother explained, but don't you know William suddenly lost his appetite for eggs.

Week of June 27, 1979

In an effort to combat shoplifting, some area merchants are taking drastic measures - they are putting alligators in their stores.

Actually, this new deterrent is not the green and scaly variety, but a foolproof tag that reacts with an electronic device to identify shoplifters as they pass through the door.

Plans to demolish a vacant Hancock school building have been delayed indefinitely.

Responding to pleas from a Hancock citizens group, Washington County Circuit Judge John P. Corderman ordered Hancock officials to hold a town referendum on the future of the High Street School - or show within 10 days why they shouldn't.

Next year, Washington County school students will be able to participate in the very first countywide spelling bee and in a revival of a science and engineering fair, courtesy of the Hagerstown Jaycees.

Washington County Board of Education members approved the Jaycees' proposal and committed $1,050 to help support the science fair. The spelling bee isn't expected to cost the school system anything.

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