Blast from the Past

May 31, 2006

Week of May 28, 1956

A Sharpsburg attic yielded this week mementos of the days when the C&O Canal was in its heyday nearly a century ago.

Mrs. Samuel Bender, 228 W. Main St., was being assisted by her sister, Mrs. Theodore Hebb, in cleaning up the attic, when they came upon some strands of strange bells of beautiful and different tones. Mr. Bender finally identified them as those used on the mules that hauled the canal boats over the old waterway.

Lacking room for expansion, and to some extent because of the parking situation, the congregation of the First Christian Church has about decided to move outside the city limits.

The church has taken an option on a sizable tract on the Leitersburg Pike and plans to proceed with the building of a new edifice in the not-too-distant future.


The Hagerstown Police Department has a sizable collection of guns in addition to its collection of official firearms.

The vault at police headquarters contains approximately 60 guns of all types and descriptions from BB guns to expensive shotguns and pistols seized by police over the past 10 or 15 years, said Chief of Police J.B. Brown.

Week of May 28, 1981

It was a soulful, no-holds-barred blues that Ray Charles brought to The Maryland Theatre for two performances Saturday night.

Escorted on stage after a big band number called "Project S," his fans rose to their feet to greet the soulful performer, who wrapped his arms around his body, head tilted back, obviously pleased with the warm reception.

The smell of hot dogs, the sound of high-stepping bands and the feel of warm weather kept a crowd of 2,000 entertained Saturday at the Sharpsburg American Legion's 114th annual Memorial Day Parade.

According to Page Otto, this year's parade chairman, it's also "one of the biggest events for Memorial Day in the area."

Gasoline prices have dropped in recent months, but motorists heading for summer vacations will find that filling up the tank still takes a big chunk of the travel dollar.

More than seven years of shortages and soaring prices, started by the 1973 Arab oil embargo, have made Americans familiar with the basics of saving gasoline.

For instance, did you know that stop-and-start driving can actually double your fuel consumption?

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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