Blast from the Past

October 19, 2005

Week of Oct. 16, 1955

As in previous years, the Hagerstown Junior Chamber of Commerce again urges the children of Hagerstown to observe Halloween by participating in a single night of fun and food. This year, Friday night, Oct. 28, has been designated as the night when most folks will have their cookie jars overflowing and the cider barrel the fullest.

The Hagerstown Police Department has two pairs of brothers on the force, a set of cousins and a father and son team.

The brothers are Grason and Paul Wigfield and John and Kenneth R. Scott. The father and son combination are Detective Albert Lowry Sr. and A.C. Lowry Jr. The cousins are Robert L. Frush and Harry G. Frush.

The department has 53 men employed. In addition, 19 women are employed as school crossing guards.

The 1955 apple harvest in Washington County, described by a local grower as "not the largest but the finest in quality we ever had," will wind up in about 10 days.


Hundreds of pickers including 260 Puerto Rican and migrant workers are picking Stayman, Rome and York apples.

Week of Oct. 16, 1980

Washington County's beleaguered housing industry, which seemed on the road to recovery this summer, is in trouble again.

Local home builders say housing starts this year are down by as much as 50 percent. Some estimate that half of the approximately 6,000 people whose incomes depend on home construction here have been laid off their jobs.

Councilman Ira Kauffman's proposal to abolish the position of mayor and add a city manager just isn't in the cards as long as the current city administration is dealing them out.

Kauffman's four fellow councilmen Tuesday echoed the sentiments of Ward Five Councilman Irvin K. Bloom, who commented, "We shouldn't rush from one side of the boat to another. We may capsize."

The sounds of silence were deafening as we looked for a human being making a noise. Not a creature was stirring all through the school as teachers, students, secretaries and custodians immersed themselves in a quiet hour of reading throughout all of South High.

Twice a month, South High has a Sustained Silent Reading hour. To get a big, diverse and active high school population to be absolutely silent and read whatever they pleased for the first period of the morning was really a challenge.

It worked.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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