Blast from the past

November 10, 2004

Week of Nov. 7, 1954

More than 250,000 pieces of election mail helped boost last month's post office receipts to well over those for October of last year.

Postmaster Thomas M. Simpson reported that receipts last month totaled $51,360.59, an increase of $3,953.49 over October 1953.

The Herald-Mail Co. learned just the other day that The Daily Mail is used as a sort of textbook in some school classes.

Miss Goldie Blickenstaff, fifth-grade teacher at Surrey School, reports that the newspaper has been used as a source of material for scrapbooks kept by her pupils for several years.

The Washington County Circuit Court issued an order today giving the Mayor and Council of Hagerstown until next Wednesday to show cause why the city should not be enjoined from selling the Municipal Golf Course.


Former Mayor Richard H. Sweeney yesterday petitioned the court to grant an injunction restraining the Mayor and Council from selling the 47-acre tract in the eastern section of the city on the grounds that the land is needed for present and future municipal purposes.

Week of Nov. 7, 1979

Exorcism and demons have been repeatedly sensationalized in recent years in novels and movies. But a local minister's new book studies the topic from the serious, theological standpoint.

The Rev. G.M. Farley, Virginia Avenue, is the author of "Satan Unmasked." He is pastor of Trinity Bible Church on East Antietam Street.

"Satan Unmasked" strikes out strongly against confusion between demonology and superstition.

Someone stole a Black Angus cow that had just given birth to a calf from the farm of Ronald Harsh in Pinesburg late Saturday or early Sunday.

Harsh told officers that when he went out to check on the newborn calf at around 1 p.m., Sunday the cow, valued at $600, was gone.

The idea of turning the soon-to-be abandoned North Potomac Middle School into a park or recreation facility drew praise from a few young parents who turned out at a public meeting held last night.

But older residents objected to the plan, saying they don't want the peace and quiet of their neighborhood disturbed by the introduction of outdoor activities or an outdoor swimming pool.

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