Blast from the past

April 12, 2006

Week of April 9, 1956

Mrs. Irvin Gearhart, who resides along the Rockdale Road near Wilson's repotted her plants as usual last Fall before bringing them into the house. A week or two later, she noticed something sprouting in one end of the flower pots and finally identified it as a lima bean that must have been in the earth.

She decided to permit the bean to grow and, believe it or not, the vine has just about taken possession of her kitchen window but is paying off for all the trouble for it now contains several pods, each filled with beans.

There appears to be much confusion resulting from making the first block of West Antietam Street one-way for west-bound traffic only.

At least 14 motorists have been fined or forfeited collateral after being arrested by city police for going east on the street. Those who elected to forfeit collateral rather than stand trial had to pay $11.45 each, while those who appeared in court and entered a guilty plea got off for $1.75. Three motorists who entered not guilty pleas had to pay $2.45 each.


A few seconds were all that were required to switch the Clear Spring and Cherry Run telephones from four numeral dial numbers to the modern system containing two letters and five numerals. However, the rapid changeover represented the culmination of several months of work. The Clear Spring exchange has become VIctor 2- and the Cherry Run exchange is now TErminal 2-.

Week of April 9, 1981

Winning seems to come easy to Robin Harmon. Over the past several years, she has been selected Miss Hagerstown, Miss Black D.C., and Miss Georgetown.

She added to those honors Saturday evening when she was named Miss Washington County. Miss Harmon won the title over 13 other contestants in competition held at The Maryland Theatre. She will now go on to represent the area in the Miss Maryland Pageant to be held here in June.

A federal judge gave the state prison system an extension to May 18 to end the double-celling of inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown, but threatened to start fining the state if that deadline is missed. Prison officials said immediately that it's highly unlikely that they can meet the new deadline.

A bill that would have curbed gambling in Washington County's private clubs, co-sponsored by Del. Paul Muldowney and Hagerstown Del. Irwin Hoffman, met a swift death Thursday in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The committee voted 7 to 0 to kill the bill.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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