Blast from the past

December 14, 2005

Week of Dec. 11, 1955

A wave of burglaries or attempted burglaries during the night kept local police busy. Police surprised one subject in the act of sawing the hinges from a safe in the office of the Daniel Loughran Drug Company in the 600 block of Frederick Street.

Besides the drug company, a thief or thieves broke into the Hartle Confectionery on South Potomac Street, the Todd Cigarette Service on Frederick Street and attempted to break into the H.L. Mills supermarket on Northern Avenue.

Wartime workers of Fairchild Aircraft who remember Woody Main, the barber-sheetmetal worker, will find him the subject of an extensive feature article in the December issue of Bluebook.

Woody returned to barbering when he quit Fairchild in 1947, commenting at the time he was quitting because he could see no future in the aircraft industry now that peace had come.


Rosenfeld Realty Company, the Washington firm which promotes construction of shopping centers, reports that plans are being made for the breaking of ground at the Long Meadows shopping center site here next spring.

Week of Dec. 11, 1980

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected the City of Hagerstown to host a local inaugural ball as part of an unprecedented event that might set a pattern for all future inaugurations.

The official ball broadcast will be sent by satellite to a screen set up in the Venice Inn, where local ball-goers will be able to watch the $100-a-person festivities in Washington, D.C.

Most Tri-State stores sold out of John Lennon's latest album Tuesday as mournful fans and collectibles hunters flocked to record and department stores.

"It started as soon as we opened the store, with the very first customers of the day," said Jimmy Boleyn, manager of Camelot Music at Valley Mall. "We sold out of 'Double Fantasy' by the end of the day."

An Ohio-based corporation, Great Trails Broadcasting Corp., is negotiating to buy WHAG-TV from Henson Aviation president Richard Henson and expects to sign an agreement this month the corporation's president said Thursday.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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