by James Rada, Jr.

February 1920, 100 Years Ago

Big Snow Storm

Rain began falling in this vicinity early Tuesday night, the temperature being low enough to cause sleet to form. This continued all during the night, and Wednesday morning snow began falling and a brisk wind set in. This kind of weather prevailed all day and late into the night. At times the snow fall was very heavy. Considerable rain prevented drifting to any great extent. Blinded by the snow, the Jitney driver ran his car into a culvert head about a mile north of town Wednesday morning. Sleet caused an electric wire to break, but this was soon repaired. The H. & F. trolley line was tied up this morning (Thursday), cars being unable to get out of Frederick city.

The snow is about eight inches on the level, and is covered with a fairly heavy crust of ice due to rain falling this morning.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, February 5, 1920

Auto Slips From Road

On Monday last while traveling the State Road, Mr. Peter N. Hammaker accidentally got his Franklin limousine against a tree. The road was very icy and the wheels began to slip and before a stop could be made the side of the car struck a tree. A fender was damaged and one of the front glasses broken.

It is said that the matter of giving part of the road to a passing car is very dangerous because of the wheels skidding on the ice.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, February 5, 1920

February 1945, 75 Years Ago

“Brown-Out” Taken Too Seriously Here

Co-Operating with the “Brown-Out” orders of the WPB by turning off all outside lights, State Theatre was the subject of a rumor all last week that the theatre was forced to close from lack of fuel.

Noticing on Thursday night, when the order went into effect, that there were no lights outside at the theatre, some persons began speculating on the cause and since there was a lack of coal in some places, jumped to the conclusion that they had no coal at the theatre and had had to close.

Of course, such was not the case, for the theatre is operating on schedule as usual.

Business places all over town are co-operating with the “Brown-Out” order by eliminating all unnecessary lighting effects.

                                          – Catoctin Enterprise, February 9, 1945

Emmitsburg Woman Awarded $2,050 For Injuries

Mrs. Ida Pauline Stambaugh, of near Emmitsburg, was awarded a verdict of $2,050 by a jury in Circuit Court last Thursday afternoon for injuries sustained last March 31 when struck by the automobile of Ralph C. Putman, in Emmitsburg. A verdict of $231.50 was given her husband, Samuel E. Stambaugh, for medical expenses and loss of services.              

Mrs. Stambaugh, who sought $5,000 damages, contended through her attorney, William M. Storm, that she had crossed a street near the square in Emmitsburg and had one foot on the curb when she was struck by the car driven by Putman. She says she sustained a broken limb, bruises and abrasions, and was in a hospital for eight days and in bed and on crutches for months. The claim was made that she was thrown a distance of 40 feet after being hit and that Putman’s car skidded 20 feet before it could be stopped. The husband sued for $2,000.

                                          – Catoctin Enterprise, February 23, 1945

February 1970, 50 Years Ago

Council Votes Use Of Machinery To Local Residents

The local Library was given permission to erect a sidewalk book return box at the regular meeting of the Burgess and Commissioners of Emmitsburg held Monday evening in the Town Office. Chairman of the Board J. Ralph McDonnell presided with all members in attendance.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, February 6, 1970

Mount Teacher Trainees Observe Their Work On Television

Mount Saint Mary’s College students studying to be teachers are now seeing themselves as others see them, thanks to new television equipment obtained under a matching grant from the U.S. Office of Education. Student-teachers are videotaped while practice teaching in an electronic teaching laboratory. One camera is focused on the student-teacher. The other is aimed at the student audience. Afterwards, the student-teacher reads written evaluations from his fellows and compares them with what he sees and hears of himself and his audience in action on the TV monitor during a playback of the videotape.

                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, February 20, 1970

February 1995, 25 Years Ago

Spotlight On Local Student

Emmitsburg’s Marianne Martin, the student representative to the Frederick County Board of Education, said in a recent interview with the Dispatch that she wants “to be a voice” during her term of office on the county school board. The Catoctin High School senior, selected last fall from among 13 applicants for the position, says she has written to the principals of each high school and middle school in the county asking to meet with a random sampling (two from each grade) of students. She feels this will give her a better understanding of what is on the minds of the students which will help her articulate their concerns and interests to the board.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, February 1995

Hall Of Fame

Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary will induct six alumni into its Sports Hall of Fame for outstanding career achievements as students and coaches.

The awards will be presented at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of Winter Homecoming festivities. The honorees are: Dr. Christine Anderson Curley, C’84 (track and cross country); Rev. James Delaney, C’57 (women’s basketball coach); Richard Dohler, C’69 (basketball); William Harkins (posthumously), C’42 (basketball); Mark Landis, C’78 (track); and Joseph Reedy, C’84 (basketball).

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, February 1995

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