Blast from the Past

August 04, 2004

Week of Aug. 1, 1954

Roy Palmer, who farms along the Boonsboro-Keedysville Road, says grasshoppers are becoming mighty hungry or else they are particularly fond of pitchfork handles.

Recently one of Palmer's farm hands, at the end of the day, plunged his pitchfork into a shock of wheat only to discover the next morning that grasshoppers - during the night - had so eaten away at the handle that he couldn't use the fork.

Mrs. Bertha Staley, of Williamsport, was puzzled this week when her 17-year-old son and his companions turned up with a real cactus plant they found growing in the woods behind their homes near Pinesburg.

The plant was a fairly large one, says Mrs. Staley, and she said her boy told her there was another big one just like it in the woods.


The water situation in Washington County is forcing hundreds of farmers to haul water for their livestock.

Springs and wells, never before in the memory of our oldest residents known to have failed, are going dry by the day.

Week of Aug. 1, 1979

The Hagerstown Housing Authority is seeking more than 62 couples to live in the new Alexander House project, but if you and your partner aren't married, don't bother applying.

Paul Eberhart, housing authority executive director, said that guidelines do not permit unmarried cohabitation of senior citizens' units in any of its buildings.

Susan B. Anthony has arrived in the nick of time. But even the dollar coin featuring the women's suffrage crusader won't help buy a gallon of premium or unleaded gasoline at many Washington County service stations.

A Herald-Mail survey of 50 county service stations shows that 15 stations, or 30 percent, are selling at least one grade of gasoline over the $1 a gallon mark.

They may be old-fashioned and slow, but they save on fuel and are a piece of Americana that should be preserved, according to Earl Rohrer of Hagerstown, referring to the steam engine.

Rohrer is a steam engine fan and over this past winter he acquired his second working engine, restored it and plans to demonstrate it in steam shows across the state.

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