Blast from the past

From The Herald-Mail files

From The Herald-Mail files

April 09, 2008

Week of April 5, 1958

· When Pectonville resident Mrs. Edward Miller lit the wood stove to prepare breakfast this morning, smoke filled her kitchen. She had heard a scratching noise in the kitchen as she lit the fire.

The fire just wouldn't draw the air from the chimney necessary for the wood to ignite. It was the first time the trusty and reliable stove ever balked.

After the stove had been cooled a bit, the metal chimney was taken down. Trapped in the chimney was a wild duck that had apparently come down the chimney during last night's thunderstorm. The duck had been alive when Mrs. Miller started the fire, but was then suffocated by the smoke.


· A favorite dish luncheon is scheduled for members of the Women's Club. In the past this has been one of the most enjoyable social events on the club's calendar, and this year members are assured of receiving a host of new culinary ideas to try on their families.

Members are asked to bring their favorite dish, plus a copy of the recipe to pass on to others.

Bridge and canasta will be played after the luncheon.

There will also be a display of garments made by the women. The clothing will soon be distributed to the needy children of Hagerstown.

· The Easter buying rush ended at 5 p.m. Saturday after heavy traffic and crowded sidewalks that were strongly reminiscent of the days just before Christmas.

Several traffic policemen believed that the throngs downtown represented some sort of spring record in Hagerstown.

Even after the 5 p.m. closing time, some persons stayed downtown to crowd around candy displays in pharmacies and the sidewalk vending stands of Easter flowers.

Week of April 5, 1983

· As many as 200 prisoners will be housed in the gymnasium at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown, because there's no place else to put them, corrections officials said yesterday.

The new prisoners will come from the prison system's reception center in Baltimore. They will live on the gym's basketball court until they can be moved into prefabricated buildings that are to be finished later this year.

· A local woman won't be able to watch her color console TV or listen to her stereo anymore. Both were stolen yesterday afternoon, after the managers of Doub Meadow Townhouses evicted the woman over $22 in back rent, heaping her belongings at the curb of the housing development on South Potomac Street, across from South High School.

The development's manager said she sympathizes with the woman's plight, but can't do anything about the fact that people get evicted when they don't pay rent for two months.

The woman's rent was federally subsidized, which meant that she was obliged to pay 27 percent of her income -- $16 a month -- toward her rent, which is $483 a month. The federal government pays the rest. Since the woman's husband left her and she has no job, she couldn't pay her portion of the rent for the past several months.

-- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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