Blast from the Past

From The Herald-Mail files

From The Herald-Mail files

April 30, 2008

Week of April 27, 1958

· Wheat was bringing $2.06 in this area last week, five cents less than a week ago, the State Department of Markets reported.

Corn was listed at an average of $1.35 in this section last week. Barley was up one cent, at 97 cents, and oats remained unchanged at 80 cents.

· Due to a change of plans, the dance which was scheduled by the afternoon group of the Newcomers Club for this coming Saturday at the Funkstown Fire Hall, will now be held instead at the Halfway Fire Hall.

The dance, which is open to the public, will take place from 8 p.m. until midnight, with music by Hi-Fi recordings. The dance is informal, and previous ones have proven great fun.


Tickets may be secured for this evening by contacting Mrs. Joseph Trust, REgent 9-4820, or at the door the night of the dance. Refreshments will be served.

· Gen. Curtis LeMay, famed Air Force leader, wore his well-known scowl and cigar to Hagerstown Saturday.

The Air Force's vice chief of staff was flown here by Arthur Godfrey, TV and radio personality. They attended the first anniversary party of the OX5 Club's Maryland Sump.

LeMay, chewing on his cigar, didn't have much to say of an official nature. He stood by as Godfrey told the 200 members present that he was "so happy to be able to be here."

The two men flew in to Hagerstown aboard Godfrey's helicopter. Godfrey entertained the old flyers with a demonstration of trick flying with the helicopter, over Municipal Airport.

To qualify for membership in the OX5 Club, a pilot must have flown aircraft in the early days that were powered by the Curtis OX5 engine.

Week of April 27, 1983

· WJEJ, WWMD and The Maryland Theatre will sponsor a concert by Buddy Rich and His Band on Friday, April 29 at The Maryland Theatre.

Rich is billed as the world's greatest drummer.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $6.50 and $7.50. MasterCharge, Visa, checks and cash are accepted at the Maryland Theatre box office.

· Sheriff's deputies are investigating the armed robbery of a young couple Saturday night at Devil's Backbone Park on Md. 68.

Dep. Doug Mullendore said the couple was approached around 11 p.m. by three white males wearing waist-length sheets and hoods over their heads.

"The robbers cut the male on the legs with knives and beat him with a club," Mullendore said. "Then they took about $2 in cash and fled the area."

· Plans to sell Mack Trucks to Renault could be good news for the local truck manufacturer.

"Mack has been an outstanding company in the many years we have owned it," said a spokesman from Signal Companies Inc., Mack's parent firm. "Its products and name are without parallel. However, the thrust of Signal has shifted, and it makes sense for us to redeploy these assets." He said a closer relationship with Renault will make "an even stronger Mack."

Noting that only 62,000 trucks were manufactured by the entire domestic industry last year, compared to a previous average of 110,000 units annually, the spokesman said "We couldn't be profitable. 1982 was the worst trucking year in history."

Since the recession hit in 1979, Mack's sales have plunged, resulting in the layoff of 5,000 of its local workforce of 15,000.

-- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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