Blast from the Past

February 15, 2006

Week of Feb. 12, 1956

Connie Mack, the "Grand Old Gentleman" of baseball who died yesterday at the age of 93, paid his last visit to Hagerstown 12 years ago. In the spring of 1944, he sat with J.V. Jamison Jr., of this city, during an exhibition game at the local Municipal Stadium. Mr. Jamison, Hagerstown's "Mr. Baseball" for half a century, and Mr. Mack were very close friends during their active baseball careers.

W. Lee Elgin, president of the Board of County Commissioners, said today that it is his belief that the county should share part of the cost of the runway extension proposal at the Municipal Airport.

The cost of the runway extension project was estimated at $1,300,000, exclusive of cost of acquisition of land and easement.

County Roads Superintendent, E. Eugene Geary, said that veteran maintenance workers of the roads department claim this winter has been one of the worst in memory for road damage by the weather.


Geary appealed to this newspaper to ask rural residents to be patient. His workers will get around to filling all holes and ruts in county roads as soon as possible.

Week of Feb. 12, 1981

People favoring a Washington County golf course outnumbered detractors 2 to 1 at a public meeting Tuesday night, but except for the applause for some remarks, there was no clear sign that anybody scored a hole-in-one.

The Washington County Commissioners, who sponsored the meeting, are trying to decide whether to build an 18-hole golf course at what is now called Ditto Farms Park, three miles southeast of Hagerstown.

Temperatures on Wednesday in Washington County seemed to indicate that spring was just around the corner. However, in a few short hours, it became apparent that it was all an illusion as temperatures dropped as much as 50 degrees.

A high of 57 was recorded in Williamsport Wednesday afternoon. However, at 6 this morning the reading was a frigid seven degrees. As if that wasn't bad enough, winds of five to 15 miles per hour combined with the readings to produce a wind-chill factor of 25 degrees below zero.

Local appliance store dealers think they ought to be able to install what they sell and they want Washington County Commissioners to do something about it.

A spokesman for the county plumbing association disagrees with the complaint, however, saying that master plumbers spend years of hard work to get their licenses and others shouldn't get them without some of the same.

- Complied by Jean Baraclough

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