Blast from the past

July 20, 2005

Week of July 17, 1955

John Lancaster, 82, of Liberty Street, had a special reason for wanting to take the excursion trip today to Connellsville, Pa., with Western Maryland Railway employees.

Mr. Lancaster, about 50 years ago, was a member of the railroad survey team which surveyed for the laying of the track to Connellsville.

Bearing out Market Guide's report this week that Hagerstown is booming, Sales Management's new copyrighted survey of buying power reveals that business activity in Hagerstown reached new heights in the past year, with retail stores chalking up a sales volume of $59,227,000.


"The amount was much more than should have been expected for a city of its size," the report states.

The ducks on the lake to the rear of the American Legion on Northern Avenue got quite a shock shortly before noon today.

A Manbeck bread truck, driven by William Rice, landed in the lake when the emergency brakes accidentally released while Rice was inside the club delivering bread.

Week of July 17, 1980

Thirty-four years ago, a couple moved into a farm house north of Hagerstown and farmed the land around them.

The husband, nearing 80, and his wife, 70, live in the same house, making ends meet with Social Security payments.

Meanwhile, their home's address changed four times in three decades and as the meadows around them were cleared and developed and expensive houses were built around them, they stayed put. One day they learned they live in the exclusive residential community, Fountain Head.

Hagerstown's high Wednesday was a blistering 104 degrees - the highest for the entire state, according to the National Weather Service. J. Howard Beckenbaugh, Boonsboro weather observer, recorded 100 yesterday.

For the past 32 years, the Krumpe family has been meeting on a lonely Hagerstown alley to preserve a tradition.

The Krumpes bake doughnuts. Max Krumpe has been twisting the dough in the Maryland Avenue bakery since 1948. But the family history of doughnut-making can be traced back to 1933, when Max's father opened a doughnut shop in Funkstown.

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