Blast from the past

April 26, 2006

Week of April 23, 1956

Local coin collectors no doubt had a good chuckle last week when they read in this newspaper about our amazement over the $17.50 offer being made for Antietam Commemorative half-dollars.

We wrote as if we thought it was a good price but phone calls and a few letters from our collector-readers set us straight. The Antietam coins have been selling for $26 to $32 for months and furthermore, dealers are paying as much as $23 and $24.

Patrolman David Clark turned cowboy for a while this morning when a three-to-four-month-old calf jumped from a truck in the first block of East Franklin Street. He chased the calf into the Cunningham Motor garage in the same block. The calf was turned over to the SPCA while the owner is being sought.

Arthur Godfrey's praise last week of the Hagerstown Almanac sold at least two copies.

Postmaster Thomas M. Simpson reported this morning he has been asked by a resident of Plaiston, N.H., and one in Painesville, Ohio, to send them copies. Their requests were accompanied by 25 cents in coin.


Godfrey, on one of his radio shows last week, talked about the Hagerstown Almanac, read excerpts from it and concluded with words of praise and the advice to listeners to get themselves a copy.

Week of April 23, 1981

There's going to be a Great Hagerstown Fair this summer after all.

The Washington County Agriculture Association, which wants to continue the 126-year old tradition, has decided to accept an offer to rent the city fairgrounds from the group that used to operate the fair, but dropped its sponsorship last year after several years of financial troubles.

Once again the new Hagerstown Mayor and Council has demonstrated a willingness to cooperate with the county commissioners in what it thinks best for the community.

In ending a prolonged controversy, the city officials voted unanimously to drop a suit the previous council had filed to block a national trucking firm's plans to build a new terminal on the county-owned industrial park just west of the city.

Hagerstown lawyer Lewis C. Metzner has turned down an offer from Mayor Don Frush to represent three of the city's advisory boards.

Metzner was the Democratic candidate in the recent mayoral election. Frush beat him by 356 votes.

Metzner said he rejected the offer because it would have prohibited him from suing the city, an option he needs to keep open in his line of work.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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