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October 18, 2006

Week of Oct. 15, 1956



County Clerk Hubert Stine parked his car in front of the court house this morning, as is his custom. An hour later he went out to move it. It was gone.

"Hub" called the Sheriff's office and State Police were notified that his car was stolen. He admitted he left the keys in the car.

A short while later he walked down Washington Street and spotted his car about halfway down the block. He figures some acquaintance recognized the car and decided to play a joke on him.




Mrs. Lester Conner, Funkstown, has a black and white pet cat whose favorite diet is cantaloupe.

Recently the cat began to pull cantaloupes from the vine in Mrs. Conner's cantaloupe patch in the back yard and bring them to the back porch where it could take its time eating them. But only when they were ripe.

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Washington County was first established in 1776, has 295,680 square miles of land area and 5,760 square miles of inland water; its population increased from 45,133 in 1900 to an estimated population in 1955 of 84,161. The last census in 1950 showed the county's population as 78,886.

Week of Oct. 15, 1981



The Alsatia Club is 70 years old this year, and for the past 57 years, it has offered the community a special treat with its Mummers' Day Parade.

As the club's legend has it, a group of 11 teen-age boys who "hung-out" at the corner drugstore were goaded into organizing themselves at the turn of the century by store owner D.C. Aughinbaugh who operated a soda fountain at the present McCrory location.

The store owner offered the boisterous group a vacant room on the second floor of his building on West Washington Street, the story goes, just to get rid of them in a nice kind of way.

The "gang" put their heads together and came up with the name Alsatia which according to the dictionary, means a den of thieves and robbers.




Hagerstown Jaycees are almost unanimous in their opposition to a proposal to accept women as members, the organization's president said Wednesday.

"We've been a private organization for 61 years, and we do have a right to define our membership," said Jay Crouse, Hagerstown Jaycees president.




When Clarence Eldridge Sr. began delivering milk, he was one of several milkmen who traveled from house to house in horse-drawn carts peddling his product to housewives for five cents a quart.

Before he retired this year, Clarence Eldridge Jr. was selling milk from a truck for 75 cents a quart in plastic-coated cartons dropped off at most houses during the night. - Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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