Blast from the Past

October 31, 2007

Week of Oct. 28, 1957

Jennings P. Dawson, credit manager of the Potomac Edison Company, spoke at the luncheon meeting of the Hagerstown Exchange Club yesterday. The title of his address was "Are You Starving Your Servants?". Mr. Dawson spoke about the nationwide campaign to be certain that each and every home is properly wired electrically. It was pointed out that over 80 percent of the present homes in the Washington County area were wired electrically for only electric lights, because in those days we didn't have as many electrical appliances as are used today. Mr. Dawson pointed out that in 1930, there were 19 electrical appliances available to the average household. Today, there are 84 different types of electrical appliances which we can buy for our homes. In looking to the future, with electronic ovens, colored TV and electrical heating, we are certainly going to require more of our wiring systems.


An egg weighing seven ounces and measuring 10.5 inches by 8 inches around its two circumferences is the largest that Mr. and Mrs. A. Lantz Dayhoff and their neighbors have ever seen. Surprisingly, too, it was produced by one of this year's pullets in the Dayhoffs' flock of 3,500 Rhode Island Reds. The Dayhoffs have no geese, ducks or turkeys, so the egg couldn't have been laid by a feathery imposter.

Week of Oct. 28, 1982

What started out as a fenced-in collection of chicken coops, barns and farmhouses is now worth roughly $175 million a year to the Franklin County (Pa.) economy.

The sprawling Letterkenny Army Depot marked its 40th anniversary this fall, and the county's industrial "newcomer" has made such an impact that many can't imagine life without it.

It includes a labor force of 5,500 civilians and 125 military personnel; a 19,500-acre site with 1,900 buildings and total assets worth $150 million; and $52 million in contracts to private firms, $9 million of which went to local companies.

The government paid 250 angry families about $1.7 million for their long-time farms, and on Sept. 23, 1942, the first of nine trainloads of ammunition was stored in the hastily vacated farm buildings.

After the war, the depot was assigned to take apart and rebuild artillery and vehicles that had worn out - still its major task.

Today, 1,000 people are employed in missile work, which is seen as a major factor in Letterkenny's future.

Two more soft drinks have been sent to a state laboratory in Baltimore, where they will be tested for foreign substances, health officials said yesterday.

Altogether, five soft drinks - four Pepsis and one Coca Cola - that didn't smell, taste or look right have been submitted to the Washington County Health Department in the past two weeks.

Local claims that some sodas have been impure coincide with the national wariness that followed the Tylenol murders and other instances of contaminated products.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will be barely half an hour from Washington County, if Pennsylvania's current plans for building a new Route 11 through Franklin County go into effect. The Pennsylvania Highway Department hopes to get most of the work started by 1959.

This relocation would tie in with the dual highway that is now under construction through Washington County to take through traffic that now uses Route 11. It would bypass Greencastle, Chambersburg and Shippensburg.

If the new highway permits an interchange with the turnpike north of Shippensburg, the turnpike could be reached in nearly half the time now required. It will take less than 10 minutes to go from the western edge of Hagerstown to the Mason-Dixon Line on the replacement for Route 11 that is undergoing construction at present.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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