Blast from the past

August 03, 2005

Week of July 31, 1955

The hot weather has brought an increase in the number of family quarrels, assault cases and fights with neighbors. City police have been answering an average of a half dozen complaints a night on family and neighbor fights.

Magistrate William Kreykenbohm said it is apparent that most quarrels get underway because someone's temper is frayed by the hot weather and little is needed to start a fight.

Quail, often called partridges or bob white, have invaded the residential sections of Hagerstown in considerable numbers this summer.

Quail were almost wiped out 19 years ago during the fiercely cold and snowbound winter of 1935-36. It has taken all these years for the quail to make a comeback locally.

The trend in voting registration in this county - long Democratic - seems to have switched.

Yesterday, the Board of Election Supervisors reported that for the six months ending June 30, the registrars enrolled 82 Republicans and 69 Democrats.


Week of July 31, 1980

City Park lake is once again off limits to fishermen of all sorts. Earlier this month, in an attempt to control the carp population of the lake, Park Superintendent Doug Stull permitted residents to catch fish with nets.

Stull decided to reverse his decision after fish dippers began leaving dead fish around the park. "We thought it would solve the problem, but it just added to it," he said.

Washington County's school board has placed itself under the public microscope - voluntarily.

Instead of the school board evaluating teacher and student performance, the board is asking to be graded by the public. Today, forms asking people to rate the board's performance in 20 areas will be mailed to 500 homes.

Asparagus in January, home delivery, Haagen-Dazs ice cream and Harry Gordon. That's what people think of when they think of Gordon's Grocery.

The little storefront at 101 Cypress Street in Hagerstown's North End is more than a grocery store. After 58 years, it's an institution.

People come there to buy the specialty items that Harry Gordon and his son, John, bring back from buying trips to New York and Baltimore. But mostly, they come to Gordon's to socialize.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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