WAYNESBORO, Pa. - More than three decades of service to eyeglass-wearers in the Waynesboro area ended Thursday when William L. Hoos sold his optical business to the ophthalmologist next door and joined the ranks of the retired.
Hoos came to Waynesboro in April 1974 from Baltimore. He bought Joseph H. Baird's optical office on the square. Before that, he worked in a wholesale optical lab in Baltimore for 10 years, first as an apprentice grinding prescriptions, later learning how to sell eyeglasses.
Hoos said he learned from a salesman that Baird was looking to retire.
When he first came to Waynesboro he ground his own prescriptions. Today, he orders them through the Internet and grinds the unfinished lenses. The lens-grinding machines he used over the years became more sophisticated as computer technology entered the field.