Blast from the past

August 16, 2006

Week of Aug. 13, 1956

The population of Washington County is estimated at 85,000, an increase of 8 percent over the 1950 census figure of 78,000, according to the Maryland State Planning Commission.

The county has grown faster than Allegany, with a 5 percent increase, and Frederick County, with a 3 percent increase, over the 1950 figures.

Military Police will no longer be stationed in Hagerstown as a result of an economy move by the office of the Provost Marshal of the Maryland Military District.

Civilian police may still receive rewards for the apprehension of AWOLs and other personnel in this area. The reward is $15 for apprehension and detention until military authorities take control, and a $25 reward is paid for the return of a person to a military installation.


The city court session was described as "ladies day" today by Magistrate William P. Kreykenbohm, who fined four women for either disturbing the peace or being drunk and disorderly.

Week of Aug. 13, 1981

Although the Washington County Commissioners responded with enthusiasm Tuesday to a proposal that would revive prison road gangs, some board members winced when they heard how much it would cost them.

William Lamb, of the Maryland Department of Corrections, told the commissioners that the Maryland Correctional Training Center would hire out a 12-inmate work crew for $200 per day.

Some Keedysville residents will get new addresses in the next month without having to move an inch.

Because the U.S. Postal Service is requiring addresses to conform to state boundaries, the addresses of Maryland residents who have a Rt. 1 Harpers Ferry, W.Va., address will be changed, according to Leo Seger, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

Hagerstown has come of age. What happens here is of interest nationwide and in some cases even worldwide, since the Associated Press opened its bureau here, one year ago.

Linda Duffield is assigned to the AP bureau in Hagerstown. She covers all of Western Maryland from her desk in a corner of the Daily Mail and Morning Herald newsroom.

- compiled by Jean Baraclough

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