Blast from the past

From The Herald-Mail files

From The Herald-Mail files

July 17, 2008

From the week of July 13, 1958

· The Washington County Office of the Clerk of Court collected $266,633.05 in fees of all kinds during the year that ended June 30. The figure is the highest for any year in the history of the office.

Deeds and mortgages recorded here totaled 4,389 for the year. Marriage licenses totaled 2,485, and returned $14,930 in fees. Beer, wine and liquor licenses brought in almost $53,000. Hunting and fishing licenses issued amounted to nearly $6,000 in fees.

· A Leesburg, Va., man was apprehended by a Washington County deputy sheriff Saturday night for selling Virginia-stamped whiskey at the Shamrock Inn, Sandy Hook. The alcoholic beverages were found in a large cooler in the trunk of the man's car.

Bond was set at $2,000, with charges of selling whiskey and beer without a license, and selling whiskey which had no stamp of the State of Maryland affixed thereon.


From the week of July 13, 1983

· The decision came too late to save any money this year, but the federal government says the city and county can mail out their tax bills in the same envelope.

This means city and county taxpayers will get all their bad news in one envelope next year. A combined mailing will save the City of Hagerstown and taxpayers about $2,000 in postage and envelopes, officials estimate.

· A member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was hit with a sour note Tuesday night when someone stole two of his instruments from the dressing room of The Maryland Theatre before the 8 p.m. performance.

City police said James Nesbit, of Pittsburgh, Pa., reported someone took his saxophone, saxophone case and mouthpiece, and flute at about 5:30 p.m. He reported the value of the stolen goods to be approximately $5,000.

· The value of the state's farmland has fallen by 10 percent, but a spokesman for the Maryland Farm Bureau says that decline will have "little effect" on the day-to-day operations of the average Maryland farmer.

According to figures released by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the current average price of farmland stands at $2,174 per acre. Two years of price declines follow a 25 percent gain in Maryland farmland value from 1970 to 1981.

State agriculture department officials also reported a 29 percent increase in the cost of renting an acre of farmland from 1982 to 1983 - a figure that shows there is still a large demand for farmland.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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