Blast from the Past

November 02, 2005

Week of Oct. 30, 1955

The first Christmas trees have arrived in Hagerstown.

The Hagerstown Transfer and Storage Co. brought into Hagerstown yesterday a truckload of the famous Canadian balsam fir trees. The truck had traveled a thousand miles to New Brunswick, Canada, where the trees were grown.

Thieves broke into the Hi-Way Drive-In Theater on Rt. 40 east of Hagerstown during the night. Ice cream and cigarettes valued at about $5 were taken.

After attempts to break open the safe, which contained nothing, the thief or thieves left a crudely penciled note stating "We tryed."


John A. Schaffer, administrator of the Washington County Hospital, revealed that the average cost per day for the typical hospital patient at the local institution last year was $16.51. The figure for Maryland's hospitals as a whole averages in the neighborhood of $20, he explained, while the national average is $21.

Week of Oct. 30, 1980

Beginning Monday morning, Funkstown will have a full-time city clerk at town offices in the Funkstown Fire Hall.

Two weeks ago, the town council approved the hiring of Funkstown resident Gary Cramer as the town's first full-time town clerk. His hiring brings the total number of full-time town employees to three.

They're known on the streets as "chicken hawks" - men who circle Hagerstown's downtown area looking for "action." The "action" is young men - most of them teenagers - working as male prostitutes.

Most people think it's the kind of thing confined to large cities like Washington, D.C. But according to local police, it thrives here. "I believe we have more male prostitutes than female," says one officer.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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