by James Rada, Jr.

November 1921, 100 Years Ago

All Hallows’ Eve Party

Mrs. Luther Rouzer, Mrs. William Stoner and Mrs. Wm. M. Martin gave a surprise party Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Stoner for Mrs. E. B. Sefton, who will leave in a few days for her new home in Hagerstown. The spacious rooms were beautifully decorated with ferns, pumpkins, lanterns and candelabra, and the ghosts of departed spirits floating around were very much in evidence. The witches, too, were abroad and used their brooms to good advantage. The ladies were all in costume suitable for an evening spent with the prince of darkness, his imps and the spirits of the visible and invisible worlds, and this added much to the mysteries and weirdness of the occasion.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, November 3, 1921

New Engine

The new oil burning engine for the electric power plant is being placed in position. The transfer of the engine from the railroad to the power house was a well executed piece of work. It weighs ten tons, and it was taken from the car, loaded on a truck, hauled to the power house and deposited on the ground in three hours without the slightest mishap or near-accident. The work was done by Mr. Chas. A. Collins of Frederick City, who furnished the truck and superintended the moving, with the help of seven men.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, November 3, 1921

November 1946, 75 Years Ago

Gray Brothers Have Bad Week-End Along Highway

It was a bad week-end for Roger and Martin Luther Gray, brothers of near Thurmont.

Roger, said by State Police to have been slightly intoxicated, wandered onto Route 15 near Hoover’s cabins, south of Thurmont, about 8:30 o’clock Saturday. Brought to the Frederick City Hospital with scalp injuries and a possible skull fracture, he was discharged Sunday to return home.

Sunday night, brother Martin Luther Gray was treated at the hospital for a scalp injury and placed in jail to await trial on drunken driving and failing to keep to the right of the highway charges.

                                          – Frederick Post, November 4, 1946

Thurmont Man Badly Injured

Master Sergeant Edward Maurice Baltzell, of Thurmont, is recuperating at the Army Medical Center, Carlisle, Pa., from serious injuries sustained November 9 when the automobile he was driving was struck by another car about four miles north of Emmitsburg. M Sgt. Baltzell suffered a punctured lung, six broken ribs and multiple cuts and bruises. He will probably be hospitalized two months.

          – Frederick Post, November 19, 1946

November 1971, 50 Years Ago

Thurmont Colts Win League Title

The Thurmont Colts became the Champions of the Mountain Valley Midget Football League last Sunday by beating Ft. Ritchie 6-0 in the Halloween Bowl at Catoctin High School field. Each team had won its respective division title before the playoff. The winner was presented the Dr. Thomas Love Memorial Trophy before a crowd of about 900 people.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, November 4, 1971

Three School Plans Offered For Study

The three plans for the development of the Emmitsburg Elementary School and Community Center site discussed last week by the Citizens Advisory Committee, working with the Frederick County Board of Education, were presented Wednesday at Winchester Hall to the Frederick County Commissioners, the Board of Education and Emmitsburg Commissioners. George Bushey and Jack Burry, Hagerstown architects, presented the plans with estimated costs of each. Plan 3 was estimated at 1.7 million, plans 1 & 2 were estimated at 1.62 million. The advantages and disadvantages were discussed and questions were raised. No decision was reached.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, November 18, 1971

November 1996, 25 Years Ago

Ambulance Company Plans For The Future

The Emmitsburg Ambulance Company is looking at ways to plan for the increased demands for their services.

According to Tom Topper, chief of the company, the number of calls have doubled in the last year, putting more and more miles on their mobile units and requiring the purchase of a new vehicle.

Mandates required by federal agencies, such as changes in procedures and facilities to handle infectious diseases (i.e., shower facilities) must be met, and facilities to accommodate the increasing number of women now serving with the company must be considered.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, November 1996

Former Resident Deputy Returns to Emmitsburg

Emmitsburg has received a new resident deputy from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department. DFC Denny Derry is the town’s new deputy but is familiar to most residents in town because he was assigned to Emmitsburg four years ago. DFC Derry said he wanted to come back to Emmitsburg because he loves the people and the town. DFC Derry replaces DFC Dave Hunter, who was reassigned when promoted to corporal with the Sheriff’s Department.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, November 1996

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