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by JOHN SCHNEBLY | July 16, 2006
If I were a king, or Tom Delay, I would redraw the boundaries of the City of Hagerstown. In case you haven't noticed, the city now sprawls and meanders from points north near the airport all the way down south to the Potomac River. Shame on old Jonathan Hager for not having the sense to make the city boundary big enough to reflect the physical reality of 21st century Washington County. He just wasn't a visionary. As we all know, time and history conspire to demand changes in the way we live and function.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | October 5, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Halloween isn't for another 29 days, but people can get spooked all month if they know where to go. Here are some of the haunted houses, trails, hayrides and ghost tours available in the Tri-State area this haunted season. Washington County Haunted Hager House tours tell of true stories of things that happened within the walls of the home of Hagers-town's founder, Jonathan Hager, that are unexplained, said John Nelson, historical sites faciilitator for the City of Hagerstown.
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by HEATHER C. SMATHERS | June 28, 2004
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of stories examining the history of towns in Washington County. heathers@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - When the proprietor of Maryland, Charles Calvert, offered inexpensive land to settlers to build in Western Maryland in the 18th century, a young German immigrant named Jonathan Hager accepted the challenge of settling on what was then the frontier. Records from the Washington County Historical Society show that on June 5, 1739, Hager purchased 200 acres of land he named "Hager's Fancy" for 44 pounds.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 25, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Pretend that, through the miracle of cloning or cryonics or some such, Jonathan Hager were to return from the 18th century to modern-day Hagerstown ? the city he founded in the heart of Washington County, in Western Maryland. If Hager were back, death no longer would be a certainty ? but at least four levels of taxation would. The following fanciful, hypothetical narrative illustrates the new and increased taxes and fees Hager might face this year at three of those levels ?
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by KEVIN CLAPP | December 19, 2002
kevinc@herald-mail.com While Jonathan Hager House curator John Nelson shows off the home's Yuletide splendor on a sunny Sunday afternoon, historical interpreter John Bryan is upstairs divulging the secret of the Putz. The Moravian Putz, to be precise. The expansive nativity seen, shaped in an 'L' and placed in a back bedroom of the City Park museum and home originally occupied by Hagerstown founding father Jonathan Hager, is a highlight of the ongoing German Christmas display of holiday traditions born in the European country.
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by LAURA ERNDE | October 21, 2002
laurae@herald-mail.com A gift of a donkey turned into a cultural learning experience for both Germans and Americans on Friday at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Sister City Affiliation between Hagerstown and Wesel, Germany. The donkey, the Germans explained, has become the unofficial symbol of Wesel because of an old German proverb. Loosely translated, the proverb says that if you shout "Wesel" at the mountains, the echo will sound back, "Esel," which is the German word for donkey.
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October 17, 2002
Here are some facts about Hagerstown and its sister city, Wesel, Germany: Granted official township rights in 1241, Wesel is 761 years old. Hagerstown, incorporated in 1762, is 240 years old. On July 27, 1962, Hagerstown and Wesel made the world's first intercontinental phone call, using the Telstar telecommunications satellite which went into orbit 17 days earlier on July 10. Since 1952, five Hagerstown mayors have...
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by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | June 18, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner will lead a group of 21 area residents to Hagerstown's Sister City, Wesel, Germany, on Wednesday. This is the 50th anniversary of the Hagerstown-Wesel affiliation, and groups from each city will visit the other this year. Breichner said establishing the affiliation was "pretty progressive back then," considering that just a few years earlier Germany was a World War II enemy. "The whole process was a healing process," Breichner said.
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December 31, 1999
Editor's note: After consulting with local historians, we've chosen 10 events that shaped Washington County over the last hundred years. The list is not intended to be comprehensive. Its aim is to tell the story of the county over the 20th century. Top 10 events in Washington County during the 20th century: 1. City Park purchased (1915) 2. Flu epidemic of 1918 3. Hagerstown Fairgrounds peaked (1910s and 1920s) 4. Flood of 1936 5. World War II 6. Interstate highways built (1958 through 1968)
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By ERIN JULIUS | November 30, 1999
HAGERSTOWN A man who dresses in black, 19th-century clothing is said to have been spotted on the Hager House porch, and a woman wearing a veil over her face has been seen sitting on a tombstone in Rose Hill Cemetery. The man in black at the Hager House is one of two apparitions that people have said they have encountered at the home that Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown, presented to his bride in 1740, said John Bryan, historic sites facilitator for Hagerstown. People also have reported seeing a woman wearing Victorian-style dress in the upper hallway of the house in City Park, he said.
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