Blast from the past

May 03, 2006

Week of April 30, 1956

Washington County farms are getting fewer in number, but a little larger in size and quite a lot larger in dollar value, according to a report released by the University of Maryland, based on the 1955 farm census here.

The number of farms here last year was 1,934, a decrease of 4.5 percent from the number reported in the 1950 census. Acreage per farm rose 2.1 percent to 110.2 acres during the same period. The value of land and buildings per farm jumped 29.6 percent to $15,916 in the five-year period.

If any men are observed in the Fort Frederick-Indian Springs-Pectonville area wearing a growth of whiskers, they should not be considered fugitives from a barber or a razor. The men are allowing their whiskers to grow in connection with the Fort Frederick bicentennial celebration set for May 15.

Clarence Mason of Pectonville, who is sporting a heavy growth of whiskers, said he is only setting an example for the other men in the area around Fort Frederick that they should allow their whiskers to grow for the celebration. He said the idea has caught on and a lot of men will be sporting sideburns in the next couple of weeks.


Starting June 1, Hagerstown's four banks will be open from 6:30 to 9 o'clock each Friday evening and closed all day Saturday during June, July and August.

Week of April 30, 1981

There are many things you probably don't know about local public housing.

At the end of the last fiscal year, Sept. 30, 1980, the 1,035 dwelling units managed by the Hagerstown Housing Authority had 2,637 occupants. The annual report doesn't relate that figure to local population, but it represents about eight percent of all the residents of Hagerstown.

There is a silver lining on the cloud of doom that spread quickly over the county this week with the announcement that 43 teachers and 20 aides would be fired from local public schools.

Charles Mackert, president of Washington County's elected school board, said this morning that he only expected half that amount to lose their jobs.

After 50 years in business in downtown Hagerstown, Snowberger Oldsmobile has been sold to Sharrett, Inc., which hopes to move the dealership to the Dual Highway in the next six months.

Shirley Saltis, vice president of Sharrett, said the downtown property will be put on the market "as soon as possible."

There's about an acre of land there, said outgoing owner Ray Snowberger, 67, who recalled his start at that location in 1931.

-Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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