Blast from the past

January 02, 2008

Week of Dec. 30, 1957

An indication that tuberculosis is no longer the "white plague" it was called decades ago is evidenced in the report that there are now only 120 tubercular patients at the nearby Victor Cullen State Hospital, which once had 500 patients.

The original four buildings of frame construction are being razed on the hospital's 310-acre tract, and no replacement is envisioned.

While the Cullen hospital will not be closed altogether, it will continue in operation at a reduced capacity.

The hospital once was known as the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium. Its present name honors Dr. Victor F. Cullen, a native of Williamsport, who became its superintendent scarcely a year after it was founded. He retired in 1947 and died two years later.

The Police Department was so swamped with bicycle registrations on Saturday at City Hall that another registration will be held on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 4.


Lt. Harold Kiser said 147 bicycles were registered and licensed Saturday morning, all of them bicycles that Hagerstown boys and girls received for Christmas.

The tags are required by city ordinance, and the inspection fee is 25 cents.

It's a tough assignment to have to pick last week's news tip prize winners, although there is one from a Hagerstown Rt. 5 housewife that sticks out like a sore thumb, and certainly would rate the first prize of $4 almost any average week.

She wins last week's top prize with her tip on the battle between her son and a big arctic snowy owl that sent the boy to the hospital.

Then we have an old reliable who outdid himself last week, with a flock of tips that qualifies him for the second prize of $2.50. The tips concerned the mounting pigeon population in the downtown section, theft of trees on reservoir watershed, and the story of "Old Rufus" the City Dump raccoon.

Week of Dec. 30, 1982

From the Opinion page: Designating Hagerstown's narrower streets one-way has never been easy.

From the beginning, about four decades ago, when Jonathan Street and Summit Avenue were made northbound for vehicular traffic, changing the habits of motorists inevitably drew complaints, mostly from residents in the vicinity of the change.

Most recently the Board of Public Works rejected a proposal to make North Cannon Avenue and a portion of View Street one-way thoroughfares. Both should have been approved, despite protests.

There are a number of narrow streets in Hagerstown that allow two-way traffic, and in the process delay flow of motor vehicles, especially where left turns are concerned.

If the city has a few spare dollars on hand, perhaps a traffic survey by experts would be money well spent. But let it be noted that wherever one-way traffic is proposed, there will be howls of protest. And let it also be said that when the plans are put into action, general agreement eventually results.

The City of Hagerstown has purchased five new police cruisers from Massey Ford, at a total cost of $42,100. Four of the 1983 Fords are to be used for patrol, and the fifth as a backup spare. They replace five old cruisers that were traded in. The police fleet has a total of 19 cruisers.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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