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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA

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Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland, USA

In 1739, Jonathan Hager, a German immigrant from Pennsylvania and a volunteer Captain of Scouts, purchased 200 acres of land in the Great Appalachian Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in Maryland and called it Hager’s Fancy. In 1762, Hager officially founded the town of Elizabethtown which he named after his wife, Elizabeth Kershner. Fourteen years later, Jonathan Hager became known as the "Father of Washington County" after his efforts helped Hagerstown become the county seat of newly created Washington County which Hager also helped create from neighboring Frederick County, Maryland. The City Council changed the community's name to Hager's-Town in 1813 because the name had gained popular usage, and in the following year, the Maryland State Legislature officially endorsed the changing of the town’s name.wikipedia

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1794 - Hagerstown - In 1794 government forces arrested 150 citizens during a draft riot which was staged by protesters in response to the Whiskey Rebellion.
1864 - Hagerstown and Frederick held for ransom by Confederates webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mdtimeln.htm
News  1870 - In the new Lutheran church at Hagerstown, Md., a large hand is painted on the wall in the vestibule, pointing down to a spittoon with the inscription, "Please leave your tobacco there."

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 8, 1870
HAGERSTOWN, Dec. 7 1 A. M. — Last evening at ten o’clock a fire broke out in the business house of...Read MORE...

News  1888 - The death of William T. Hamilton, formerly Governor and United States Senator, occurred on the 26th at his home in Hagerstown, Md.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 3, 1888
News  1892 - Three Killed In A Wreck. Train men Crushed to Death in a Collision With a Sand Bank.
Special to The Inquirer.
Hagerstown, Sept. 14. - The north bound passenger vestibule limited from...Read MORE...

News  1912 - HAIR IN BLAZE
Hagerstown - Mrs. Benj. Lewis had a narrow escape from being seriously burned at her home. She...Read MORE...

Hagerstown, a city, the capital of Washington co., Md., on the Cumberland Valley and other...Read MORE...

Hagerstown, Md., Feb. 6. - The Washington County boy's High School building here was damaged by...Read MORE...

News  1923 - Hagerstown, Md., Struck By Lightning. Jun. 1923 - Reporter Struck By Lightning And Instantly Killed
(International News Service) Hagerstown, Md., June 4. – Samuel ABRECHT, 21, a reporter of the...Read MORE...

1968 - March 8 - 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Md)
March 8, 1968

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flag  Jennie F DEGNAN (11 July 1846, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - 28 July 1922, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

 flag  Theodore Carlton SCHNEBLY (29 December 1868, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - 13 March 1954, Sedona, Arizona, USA) gravestone

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