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By MARLO BARNHART | July 29, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Paul Yaron might not have worked at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, but his lifelong love of aviation drew him to a book signing Saturday at Dru's Books 'n Things in the Wayne Heights Mall. "I retired as an aircraft mechanic from the U.S. Navy," said Yaron, 76, of Waynesboro. He left the bookstore with a copy of "Images of Aviation-Fairchild Aircraft" tucked under his arm. And he wasn't the only one. Frank and Suanne Woodring, who are widely known as the publishers of Maryland Cracker Barrel magazine since 1991, said there were people lined up to buy their second book when they opened the book signing Saturday morning.
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by ERIN JULIUS | August 12, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A historic aircraft may fly back into Hagerstown if the Hagerstown Aviation Museum can raise an estimated $200,000 to buy it at auction Aug. 23. During World War II, the C-82 planes were designed and manufactured in Hagerstown as cargo planes. The C-82 was the first plane ordered by the military specifically for cargo, said Kurtis Meyers, the museum's president. The inner dimensions match those of a train car, and the plane became known as a "flying boxcar," Meyers said.
NEWS
May 9, 2010
OCT. 26, 1921-MAY 7, 2010 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Roscoe Earl Keesecker, 88, of Martinsburg, W.Va., went to be with the Lord Friday, May 7, 2010, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Martinsburg. He was employed by Fairchild Aircraft for 40 years, retiring in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Mary Faustena Keesecker. Funeral services will be Monday, May 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Al Clipp officiating.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 2, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, PA. - The first name that comes to mind when one thinks of airplanes in Hagerstown is Fairchild, maker of the famous C-119 Flying Boxcar in the 1950s and the A-10 Warthog in the 1970s and 1980s. But aircraft production in Hagerstown goes back further, to 1916, when Giuseppe Bellanca, an Italian immigrant and aviation pioneer, built a 35-horsepower airplane for the Maryland Pressed Steel Co. on Pope Avenue where he worked. Bellanca flew his plane, called the Bellanca C.D., on its maiden flight off Doub's Meadow, now the site of South Hagerstown High School.
OBITUARIES
November 15, 2011
Kathleen E. Muir, 92, of King Street, Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Golden Living Center of Hagerstown. Born April 17, 1919, in Cherry Run, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Arthur B. and Letha Belle (Rankin) Shriver. She was formerly employed by Fairchild Aircraft of Hagerstown and Washington County Hospital. She was a member of Emmanuel Chapel, Smithsburg, Md. She was an avid reader and loved the water and ocean. She is survived by daughters, Judy Morningstar and Jane Yeakle, both of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
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March 21, 2011
Lauren S. Blickenstaff, 82, of Smithsburg, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1928, in Wolfsville, and was the son of the late Samuel H. and Virgie Shuff Blickenstaff. Lauren was raised by his grandmother, Linnie Shuff. Lauren was a life member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wolfsville. He served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1950. For many years, he worked as a security guard at Fairchild Aircraft, Hagerstown; was a carpenter with Morgan-Keller Builders; and retired as a security guard with Top Flight, Hagerstown.
OBITUARIES
July 9, 2013
Kitty Shaw Kauffman, 86, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Autumn Assisted Living in Hagerstown. Born Sept. 9, 1926, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry Ross and Cora Elsa (Shank) Shaw. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Joseph Kauffman, who died June 1, 1995; sisters, Amantha Conway, June Taylor and Carmen Eyerly; and brothers, Harry R. Shaw, Ralph E. Shaw and Raymond W. Shaw. She was employed by Fairchild Aircraft as an executive secretary. She was a member of Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown.
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August 19, 2013
Anna C. Bloyer, 93, of Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Nov. 16, 1919, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine Dunn Matthews. She retired from Fairchild Aircraft. Anna was a member St. Joseph Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Charles Franklin Bloyer Jr.; one son, Charles F. Bloyer III and wife, Kim; two granddaughters, Debra Ann McCabe and Nicole Danielle Bloyer; one great-granddaughter, Chloe Evelyn Ann; and daughter-in-law, Judy Houser.
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July 22, 2013
Anna Elsie (Clark) Williams went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 21, 2013, with her daughter by her side. Born Nov. 22, 1924, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry F. Clark and Elizabeth (Barnes) Clark Green. She was also the stepdaughter of John K. Green and Margie (Timmons) Clark. She was a baptized member of Church of Christ in Hagerstown, 10014 Whitehall Road. She retired from Fairchild Aircraft in 1989. During several layoff periods, she was employed by Washington County Hospital in the housekeeping department.
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May 19, 2011
Elizabeth Frances (Price) Robison, 86, of Hagerstown, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at her home. Born July 26, 1924, in Luray, Va., she was the daughter of the late Earl Edward and Regora Alice (Sours) Price. During World War II, she worked at Fairchild Aircraft. She went on to retire from Mack Trucks as a cafeteria employee in 1985. Elizabeth was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown and the Queen Esther Chapter 3 Order of the Eastern Star in Hagerstown.
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August 30, 2013
Phyllis Elaine Burgess, 86, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at her home. Born April 15, 1927, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Daniel and Ellen Katherine Christ Keller. She was a 1945 graduate of St. Mary's High School. In her earlier years, she was employed by Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown. Phyllis enjoyed many sports, especially the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles. She loved water and snow skiing, and belonged to the Potomac Fish & Game Club Ladies Auxiliary and the Little Heiskell Ski Club.
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August 19, 2013
Anna C. Bloyer, 93, of Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Nov. 16, 1919, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine Dunn Matthews. She retired from Fairchild Aircraft. Anna was a member St. Joseph Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Charles Franklin Bloyer Jr.; one son, Charles F. Bloyer III and wife, Kim; two granddaughters, Debra Ann McCabe and Nicole Danielle Bloyer; one great-granddaughter, Chloe Evelyn Ann; and daughter-in-law, Judy Houser.
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July 22, 2013
Anna Elsie (Clark) Williams went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 21, 2013, with her daughter by her side. Born Nov. 22, 1924, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry F. Clark and Elizabeth (Barnes) Clark Green. She was also the stepdaughter of John K. Green and Margie (Timmons) Clark. She was a baptized member of Church of Christ in Hagerstown, 10014 Whitehall Road. She retired from Fairchild Aircraft in 1989. During several layoff periods, she was employed by Washington County Hospital in the housekeeping department.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will present an Open Airplane Afternoon event Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  Attendees will be able to climb aboard and sit in the cockpit of the 1948 Fairchild C-82 and 1953 C-119 Flying Boxcar. They will also see other museum aircraft, such as the 1943 Fairchild PT-19 World War II Trainer and the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, all built in Hagerstown. The museum owns 19 historic aircraft, of which 14 were built in Hagerstown. Step back in time and experience a memorable flight in the museum's 1943 Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer.
OBITUARIES
July 9, 2013
Kitty Shaw Kauffman, 86, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Autumn Assisted Living in Hagerstown. Born Sept. 9, 1926, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry Ross and Cora Elsa (Shank) Shaw. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Joseph Kauffman, who died June 1, 1995; sisters, Amantha Conway, June Taylor and Carmen Eyerly; and brothers, Harry R. Shaw, Ralph E. Shaw and Raymond W. Shaw. She was employed by Fairchild Aircraft as an executive secretary. She was a member of Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2013
Avemco Insurance Co. recently donated $2,000 to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum to support its acquisition of the classic 1956 Fairchild C-123K aircraft. The donation is part of the Avemco General Aviation Community Support Initiative, which complements the company's focus on aviation safety education as a key component of its nationwide outreach. Avemco is the only direct writer of general aviation insurance in the United States, and contributes to select nonprofit aviation organizations annually, including Build A Plane and Youth Aviation Adventures.
OBITUARIES
May 21, 2013
Jennie Suranno Nally, 96, formerly of Naples Drive, Hagerstown, Md., went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 18, 2013. Born April 3, 1917, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Mitrione Suranno. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Z. Nally, Sr., on July 15, 2009, whom she married June 22, 1946. Jennie was previously employed with Fairchild Aircraft and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.
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January 7, 2013
Bessie V. Shilling, 88, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at her home. Born Sept. 3, 1924, near Clear Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Mills) Keefer. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville. She was employed by Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during World War II; Doubleday Bookbinding Co. in Smithsburg; Fashion Flair in Hagerstown; and Sears in Hagerstown. She was a volunteer for many years at Western Maryland Hospital in Hagerstown.
OBITUARIES
July 31, 2012
Esther S. Oyler, 94, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012. Esther was born Jan. 12, 1918, in Mercersburg, Pa. She enjoyed a varied career from parts control and aircraft construction with Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, Md. during World War II to positions in retail management. After first moving to Florida in 1968, Esther owned and operated a ceramics business for many years. Esther moved back to Hagerstown in the late-1980s and then returned to Florida in 2005.
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December 6, 2011
Constance “Connie” Dentler, 88, of Plantation, Florida, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at her home. Born Dec. 22, 1922, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leon and Hazel Trovinger Bond. She was a 1941 graduate of Hagerstown High School. After high school, she was employed at Montgomery Ward, and during World War II, she worked at Fairchild Aircraft, later becoming a full-time parent raising her children. Connie was a member of the Democratic Club of Washington County for more than 30 years and worked for numerous years at the election polls.
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