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3605Re: G.A.R. Reno Post #4 Hagerstown

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  • Scott Hann
    Aug 24, 2007
      Steve,

      Again I owe you big time. According the the website at the USMHI there
      is an envelope containing information about this Post, whereas they have
      box(es) of information about other Posts. The next time I get over to
      Carlisle I'll have to photocopy the information.

      Scott




      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Recker <recker@...> wrote:
      >
      > Scott,
      >
      > Well, no pictures of the relics in the hall, but a few more clues.
      >
      > I went to the City Planning office at Hagerstown City Hall on the site
      > of the old Town Market where G.A.R. Reno Post #4 used to meet. I ran
      > into Stephen Bockmiller, esteemed member of this board, and he told me
      > that they don't have any pictures of the old hall. He even checked
      > around for boxes of old stuff, but to no avail.
      >
      > Stephen then directed me to the City Clerk. Here I found something
      > interesting. Besides the fact that famed Antietam photographer B.W.T.
      > Phreaner refused to pave his sidewalk in 1904, even to the point of
      the
      > case being referred to the Police, there is a city council record from
      > March 2, 1905 saying that it needs to be discerned whether the G.A.R.
      > boys are going to renew their lease that expires in April 1905. Now,
      > the lease I have states that the lease of the space started in 1905. I
      > looked back a few years and couldn't find anything, so it is unclear
      > when they first occupied the space.
      >
      > Just outside the clerk's office, though, are a bunch of old portraits
      > of city officials taken around 1910. My guess is that they were taken
      > in the old city hall, perhaps even in the Masonic Lodge Room. BTW,
      that
      > is the name of the room they rented - the Masonic Lodge Room. There
      are
      > some cool curtains, but no relic cases.
      >
      > Then I went to the Washington County Historical Society. The have some
      > great photos of the outside of the old hall. It was built in 1822. The
      > top was changed in 1888. Then it was torn down in 1939. The pictures
      > are great. I'll send them on.
      >
      > Stephen
      >
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