Blast from the past

June 08, 2005

Week of June 5, 1955

Scant hours after Hagerstown High School had graduated its largest class, Principal William L. Donaldson broke his leg last evening.

Mr. Donaldson slipped on a wet and slippery stone, fell and broke his leg while attending a faculty outing at the Simon Clopper clubhouse at Hunting Creek.

The principal was admitted to the Washington County Hospital where his leg was placed in a cast.

Magistrate Paul Ottinger said today that city police have received hundreds of complaints in recent weeks in connection with the driving activities of teen aged motorists in the vicinity of Hagerstown High School.

Magistrate Ottinger reminded young drivers in court that it is not important if they want to risk their lives, but it is important that they do not risk the lives of others.


The Washington County Historical Society came into possession this week of a rare publication of John Gruber, originator of the Hagerstown Almanac.

Printed in 1800, it is a "Poem in Memory of General Washington the Great" on the occasion of the funeral procession here in Hagerstown after the death of our first president. The poem, believed to be authored by Dr. Christian Boerstler of Funkstown, is in German.

Week of June 5, 1980

Washington County public school lunch prices will go up 10 cents next school year because of an anticipated cut in federal subsidies to school lunch programs. Under the fee schedule, the cost of an elementary school lunch will go from 50 cents to 60 cents next year. Middle school and high school students will pay 70 cents rather than 60 cents.

Bob Mowen's thoughts were on spending a warm Wednesday evening doing some chores around his Huyetts Crossroads home.

While burning trash, he noticed movement by the woodpile. He took a closer look, then yelled to his wife, "Barb, don't be alarmed, but there's a bear in the yard." Mrs. Mowen was skeptical, but called State Police who were even more skeptical. Nevertheless, they sent Cpl. Terry Hovermale to the Mowen home. Sure enough, "the bear walked right over there, stopped and looked right at the trooper," Mowen said.

Hovermale kept onlookers a safe distance back and the bear, finally tiring of being the main attraction, ambled off into the nearby woods.

The Horner Manufacturing Co., a Hagerstown firm which has produced furniture for nearly 40 years, has laid off most of its employees and is about to shut down for good, company officials indicate.

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