by James Rada, Jr.

February 1922, 100 Years Ago

Rabbits Imported

Dr. J. A. O’Toole has been notified that he may expect to receive within the next few days, a shipment of 50 cotton tail rabbits for distribution in this section. About 3,600 rabbits were being purchased by the State Game Department of Maryland to replenish the supply which was greatly depleted during the open season just past. They will come by express from Kinsley, Kansas.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, February 23, 1922

District Meeting

A fairly large number of the citizens of Thurmont and the surrounding district met in the community club room on Friday evening to talk over the matter of changing the name of Mechanicstown District to “Thurmont District.”

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, February 23, 1922

February 1947, 75 Years Ago

Slow Progress Is Made By Crewmen

Mr. Mantz said in the past, most trouble has been encountered on the Frederick-Middletown line. The [snow] drifts on the Thurmont line are considered the worst in the history of that branch.

                                          – Frederick Post, February 26, 1947

Normal Traffic Is Restored On H. & F. Thurmont Line as Pennsy Plow Removes Drifts

Normal traffic was resumed Thursday afternoon over the Frederick-Thurmont branch of the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway after an 85-ton Pennsylvania Railroad plow was employed to break the huge drifts that had closed the branch since Monday. Regularly scheduled cars were moving over the branch Thursday night, assuring that early morning mail movements will return to normal here today.

Frederick Post, February 28, 1947

February 1972, 50 Years Ago

Winter Festival Draws Over 5,000 Visitors To Park

Over five thousand visitors to Round Meadow Camp in the Catoctin Mountain Park made the first Winter Weekend Festival, sponsored by the Catoctin Mountain Tourist Council and the Park, a huge success Sunday, February 6. Outdoor enthusiasts from a wide radius, including Frederick, Washington, Baltimore, neighboring counties, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, crowded into the area.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, February 11, 1972

Fort Ritchie Invites Public To Theatre

We’re off to see the Wizard! The public is invited to join the Fort Ritchie Children’s Theatre Company as it embarks on its first production, “The Wizard Of Oz.”

Saturday matinees on February 19 and 26 will be staged at the post Teen Club (Building 160) at 2 p.m.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, February 17, 1972

February 1997, 25 Years Ago

Fire At Creekside Apartments Forces Evacuation of 12 Families

Residents of the Creekside Apartments in Emmitsburg were forced to evacuate their building early Sunday evening, January 26, by a fire that caused an estimated $125,000 damage.

The fire started in a basement utility room where an electrical short in a circuit breaker panel ignited framing inside a wall. Flames quickly spread up the three floors of the 12-unit building and into the attic.

Firefighters from nine companies in Adams, Frederick, and Carroll counties responded to the alarm at 100 Creekside Drive. “It was the first multiple alarm in Emmitsburg for some years,” said Wayne Powell, Public Information Officer of the Vigilant Hose Company.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, February 1997

Four Points Bridge Restoration Okayed

The Frederick County Board of Commissioners voted at its January 14 meeting to continue with the restoration of the troubled Four Points Bridge.

The commissioners accepted by a 4 to 1 vote the recommendations of the staff of the Department of Public Works. The dissenting vote cast by Commissioner Rhoderick was principally aimed at giving one more opportunity to be heard to citizens who could not attend the 8:00 a.m. meeting.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, February 1997

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