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Hartle’s Grocery on Potomac Street

Hartle’s Grocery on Potomac Street

John Allen Hartle, who went by Allen, was working as a milk truck driver for Superior Dairy when he became friends with William Hurd, who owned a grocery store at 635 South Potomac Street – the same building where Hartle’s would later be located. Allen would sometimes...

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Just Mild About Harry…

Just Mild About Harry…

Many of our nation’s presidents have visited Hagerstown at some point during their lives. One, however, almost didn’t make it out alive. By Stephen R. Bockmiller Our city’s history is replete with stories of our Commanders in Chief visiting the Hub City. Some, while...

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The Little Cabin That Could

The Little Cabin That Could

A Renaissance Begins on North Jonathan Street By Marimar McNaughton The centerpiece of Hagerstown’s storied Jonathan Street is a rough hewn​ ​log cabin – not what you might expect to see in this urban, four-block, one-way thoroughfare. Yet, ever since an untimely...

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Carl Byrd’s Auto Sales

Carl Byrd’s Auto Sales

Photo restored by Erika Burgoyne-Hongell As a young man in the early 1940s, Carl Byrd worked odd jobs, one of which was delivering newspapers. Carl joined the U.S. Army during WWII. Carl’s Army experience lasted three years stateside, but the military life did not...

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Hot List 2021 Winners

Hot List 2021 Winners

The Hottest Restaurants, Businesses and Professionals! Whatever you’re looking for in and around Washington County, we have the scoop on where to find it. We asked the experts. You voted, HM readers, and we listened. Dining Asian Restaurant House of Kobe Hong Kong...

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A Wisconsin Yankee in Gray

A Wisconsin Yankee in Gray

The Tragic Untold Story of a Newspaper Editor From the Badger State in Hagerstown By Stephen R. Bockmiller The American Civil War. Brother against brother. Blue versus gray. The great American tragedy. Over the course of those four years, about 750,000 Americans lost...

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The Greatest Generation

The Greatest Generation

Photo courtesy Kuhn/Woodring archives After completing training to become a mechanic on the B-24, Fred Kuhn decided to change course and applied to pilot’s school. This photo was taken on July 22, 1943 at Thompson Field in San Marcos, Texas. Fred served with the 15th...

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Apples, Apples, Apples

Apples, Apples, Apples

Photo courtesy Hancock Historical Society Apples have been grown in Washington County since the first settlers crossed the Blue Ridge.  Small orchards were planted on many of the farms, but it wasn’t until later that commercial production began. The Depression years...

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