Blast from the Past

May 09, 2007

Week of May 13, 1957

Waynesboro's first ice cream plant operator, Charles Edward Fry, 80, of Route 4, Waynesboro, Pa., died Friday at the Chambersburg Hospital. A native of Jefferson, Md., he moved to Hagerstown in his teens. While living here, he enlisted in the Spanish-American War, then opened the ice cream factory in Waynesboro after his discharge from the Army.

Claims for unemployment compensation were down slightly last week from the previous week, the Maryland State Employment Service office here reported Saturday. The increase in construction activities was held to be responsible for the decline in claims to 1,160, from approximately 1,200 the previous week.

There were layoffs, too; one county firm furloughed 26 workers permanently.

Since April 7, the claims have been entitled to a maximum of $35 a week instead of $30, as a result of a new state law. Claimants are also entitled to $2 a week for dependent children, up to a maximum of four children.


To draw maximum benefits a claimant must have earned $1,260 in 1956.

Growers on about 2,800 acres of Franklin County, Pa. orchard land have signed up for the hail control program. Growers said that they realize that there's no proof that hail can be prevented, but they are cooperating on the chance that the system might work.

It is the program already adopted by Martinsburg, W.Va., with 15,600 acres of orchard land in that area in the program. Radar will be used to detect the formation of hail, and then airplanes will be sent up to seed the clouds in an effort to prevent formation of stones of damaging size.

The Fort Ritchie Officers' Club recently presented a luncheon and fashion show entitled "Fashions in a Spring Garden". The style collection from Martin's of Hagerstown included fashionable suits, cocktail dresses, casual wear and a bridal outfit suitable for the coming spring and summer season.

Week of May 13, 1982

Test results of water samples from a stream north of Hagerstown are "too inconclusive" to pinpoint the cause of a fish kill there last month, a Maryland official said yesterday. But they were clear enough to show that industrial waste from Fairchild Industries' Hagerstown plant isn't to blame. State officials originally suspected the kill was caused either by agricultural spraying or by a discharge from Fairchild's aircraft manufacturing plant. Fairchild is the only company that has a state permit to discharge treated waste into that part of Marsh Run.

A Waynesboro clothing maker announced yesterday it will close its two plants and lay off all 200 workers by the end of the month. The closing of the Waynesboro Manufacturing Co., which makes slacks and skirts for several name-brand labels, is the third piece of bad economic news to hit Waynesboro this week. Waynesboro Knitting Co. recently announced it will transfer knitting and dyeing operations to North Carolina, putting 50 people out of work. Dollar General Inc., hit by slow sales, will close its downtown department store within six weeks.

The 10 clubs of the Washington County Council of Garden Clubs and the Auxiliary to the Long Meadow Fire Company will hold the Sixth Annual Flower Mart in Hagerstown's Public Square on Saturday, May 7.

This endeavor by the Garden Clubs is a declaration of faith in the renewal and growth efforts to revitalize downtown Hagerstown. It is hoped that everyone will come downtown and enjoy the Flower Mart and do their shopping for Mother's Day.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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