Blast from the Past

July 25, 2007

Week of July 22, 1957

Mrs. Ida Isabel Landis, who would have been 102 years of age this coming Sept. 22, died at Homewood this morning, where she had been a guest since 1939.

Mrs. Landis was born in Middleburg, Carroll County, Md., and could recall the events leading up to, during and following the Battle of Gettysburg (Pa). She had recalled that her parents had baked bread in an outdoor oven for the soldiers passing their place.

Playground enrollment is continuing to top last year's by more than 10 percent, the report for the first four weeks of the current season shows.

The report of Paul DeHart, director of playgrounds, shows that Surrey School continues to be the best patronized in Hagerstown. Following in enrollment were Broadway, Central Chemical and Wheaton.


The junior horseshoe tournament tomorrow morning will be one of the features of the fifth week of the summer playground program. Events scheduled this week for individual playgrounds include a peanut hunt at Howard Street; bicycle parade at Reservoir; bubble gum contests at Ridge Avenue and at Hager Park; pet shows at East End, Surrey School and at Broadway; a scavenger hunt at George Street; and a doll and hobby show at Hamilton Park.

A crowd of more than 35,000 Fairchild Aircraft employees, their families and guests are expected to attend the company's annual family picnic at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds this Saturday.

The outing, the largest industrial event of its type on the East Coast, will offer to those with tickets a number of attractions, including pony rides, kiddie rides, the selection of the picnic king and queen, refreshments, the awarding of many prizes, and a stage show consisting of top variety acts that have appeared in theaters throughout the country and on TV.

Week of July 22, 1982

Sad to say, it appears the faithful milkmen who once rose before the sun to bring fresh milk to the doorsteps of America are fast becoming a vanishing breed - victims of neighborhood convenience stores, customers with over-extended credit and high gas prices. Only a few milkmen survive in this area to carry on the tradition of moonlight milk delivery. The dairies they work for report less-than-enviable profits from their route sales. In fact, a majority of local milk handlers describe home deliveries as no more than a "break-even" proposition.

Savings and loan officials in Washington County are struggling to cope with the earnings squeeze that has choked S&Ls across the country. All five S&Ls operating here lost money in 1981, a year in which the thrift industry nationwide lost an estimated $5 billion because it was forced to pay more interest on savings accounts than it earned from mortgage loans made in prior years. Federal experts expect most thrifts to lose money this year.

Two local investors have purchased the six-story Ramaciotti building - also known as the Professional Arts Building - on Public Square in Hagerstown for about $200,000.

The first and sixth floors of the 45-year-old building are vacant. Commercial tenants lease offices on the other floors.

"It was available and nothing was happening to it, and something needs to happen to improve downtown Hagerstown," said accountant Merle Elliott, one of the investors. "I feel we may be able to do something with it. Just what, we're not sure yet."

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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