by James Rada, Jr.

July 1920, 100 Years Ago

No Freight Service Here. Merchants Haul Produce To Baltimore On Trucks.

The trouble on the railroads in this part of the country was felt keenly this week, particularly by hucksters and produce men having shipments to make to Baltimore.

The officials of the roads have placed an embargo on all goods along the Western Maryland railroad, and because of the refusal of railroad men to work, freight trains have not moved for some days.

Our local hucksters, Ross Eyler and William Cover, after collecting country produce, found it necessary to load their trucks and haul their goods to market. Both left Monday midnight with their first load. About three trips will be necessary.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, July 1, 1920

Principal Resigns. Prof. H.D. Beachley After 25 Years Tenders Resignation.

After acting as principal of the Thurmont High School for 25 of the 27 years of its existence, Prof. H. D. Beachley has sent in his resignation.

The news will be a great surprise to his former pupils and his many friends. Prof. Beachley came to Thurmont fresh from college and took charge of the school in its infancy, and he had identified with its entire history.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, July 15, 1920

July 1945, 75 Years Ago

Road Work Ends

The surface treatment program of the State Roads Commission on highways in this area has been completed, and there were no road detours over the Fourth of July, Robert E. L. Putman, resident engineer of the commission, said Wednesday. Mr. Putman said there were some reports of trees down along the roads in the Catoctin Furnace-Rocky Ridge-Graceham area as a result of the storm Monday afternoon, but no serious damage occurred.

                                          – Frederick Post, July 5, 1945

Thurmont in Second Place

Thurmont clinched second place in the Penn-Maryland League Sunday afternoon by routing Littlestown, 12 to 5, before a good crowd at Thurmont. The rivals were tied for second place, with Blue Ridge Summit a game on top.

                                          – Frederick Post, July 9, 1945

July 1970, 50 Years Ago

Thurmont Man Files For County Office

Donald L. Lewis, well-known and respected Frederick County businessman, has filed his candidacy for County Commissioner, subject to the Republican primary election.

As former Mayor of Thurmont, Lewis served on the Council of the Maryland Municipal League, where problems of cities and town were constantly studied and appropriate legislation proposed and adopted for consideration at Annapolis.                                      

                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, July 17, 1970

Children’s Choir Honored At Dinner

The Children’s Choir of Elias Lutheran Church was honored at a dinner on a recent Monday evening in the Parish House as a culmination of their year’s choral work. Pastel colors and arrangements of garden flowers were used on the tables.

Honored during the evening were: Tamara Strickhouser; Kim and Todd Leatherman; Daniel J. Fearer; Bruce and Tina Boyd; Theresa McNair; Deborah Small; Robert, Brenda, and Deborah Leatherman; Denise Manahan; Randy and Tina Smith; Nancy, Cynthia, and Pamela Hahn; Pamela Bushman; Matthew, Mark, and Lucius Deatherage; Carole Eyler; Virginia, Kathleen, and Nancy Crum; and Pastor W. Ronald Fearer.

                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, July 24, 1970

July 1995, 25 Years Ago

Community Spirit Prevails At Cunningham Falls During Search For Missing Child

A sunny, Sunday afternoon on June 18th brought numbers of people out to the William Houck lake area at Cunningham Falls. The majority of bathers were families, and young children were everywhere enjoying the water and sun.

At mid-afternoon, the tone became much more serious as the park ranger ordered bathers to leave the swimming area because of a report of a missing child. The area soon cleared, and adult volunteers quickly waded out into the water and formed human chains in an attempt to locate the child in case the child had gone under…

As we waded from one side to the other, another chain came from the opposite side to meet us. Snorkelers also patrolled edges of the swimming area. After this had been repeated twice, the park ranger announced that the child had been found safe on the shore.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, July 1995

Young People To Compete In National Tournament

The Bulldogs, a youth bowling team from the Thurmont Bowling Center, recently placed first in the Bantam Division of the State Tournament for the National Duckpin Youth Association. Team members include Adam Myers, Matt Myers, Trey Benvengi, Paul Eyler, all from Emmitsburg, and Kevin Riffle from Thurmont. Led by their director, Karen Ferguson, they will compete in the National competition.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, July 1995

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