by James Rada, Jr.

September 1922, 100 Years Ago

Presented Bat

Mr. Russell Rouzer and Dr. E. B. Sefton, of Hagerstown, yesterday presented the Thurmont Baseball Club with a new bat to aid in the defeat of Woodsboro.

By the way! The new bat was broken during the game; Ed and Russell say there will be another to take its place next Saturday.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, September 14, 1922

Cut The Corner Again

Last Sunday evening, a car coming south on the State Road at the northern edge of town came to grief by “cutting the corner”. At the sharp turn on the road at the Lohr homestead the driver crossed to the left side of the road to make the turn to the left. As frequently happens in these times there was another machine on the road, and in order to avoid this unexpected apparition, he was compelled to suddenly “get back where he belonged,” and in doing so struck a culvert and was wrecked. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, September 21, 1922

September 1947, 75 Years Ago

Funeral Rites This Afternoon

Omer J. Dubel, Mayor of Thurmont, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, late Friday evening following an illness of several months, aged 49 years.

He was a son of the late Tyson and Amanda Delauter Dubel, of Myersville. Mr. Dubel was very active in community affairs, having at the time of his death been serving his third term as Mayor of Thurmont and fire chief of the Guardian Hose Co., of which organization he was president for a number of years.

                                          – Frederick News, September 22, 1947

Woman Beaten By Holdup Man At Thurmont

State Police early today were maintaining roadblocks on all principal highways in this area in an effort to apprehend the man who slugged Mrs. George Kline in her place of business near Thurmont shortly after 11 o’clock last night and fled the scene with the cash she was counting when knocked unconscious.

Mrs. Kline remained under a physician’s care at her home as State Police broadcast descriptions of the assailant that the victim was able to supply.

                                     – Frederick News, September 27, 1947

September 1972, 50 Years Ago

St. Joseph College Announces Plans To Lease Campus And Facilities

Plans for the disposition of the St. Joseph College campus property following its closing in the summer of 1973, are proceeding on schedule according to Sister Margaret Dougherty, president of the 163-year-old Emmitsburg college for women.


The college plans to lease the 200-acre campus and its facilities. “Under an ideal set of circumstances, sale of the property may be considered,” Sister Margaret stated, “but at the present time, that option is highly unlikely.”

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, September 7, 1972

Coffee House To Open On Square

A new thing is happening in Emmitsburg. Beginning September 23, a coffee house, the “House of Shalom”, will be co-sponsored by the Emmitsburg Council of Churches and Christianity on the Move. This FREE coffee house will be held in the Senior Citizens Center on the Square for the youth of the area every other Saturday.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, September 21, 1972

September 1997, 25 Years Ago

State Highway Officials Agree To Move Speed Sign

At a public workshop held August 21 at the VFW officials from the State Highway Administration agreed to adjust signs at the intersection of Silo Hill Drive and Route 140 to slow down traffic entering Emmitsburg. They will relocate the 25 mph sign, now located west of the intersection, to a spot east of Silo Hill Drive where drivers will see it soon after crossing the Route 15 overpass.

That decision was made even though the officials don’t think it will work. “People ignore signs and pushing the 25 mph sign out of the overpass will not solve it,” said Robert Fisher, District Engineer for SHA. “They will still come in at 40 mph. You can’t set unrealistic speed limits.”

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, September 1997

Proposed Equestrian Center Focuses on Emmitsburg

Owners of a proposed equestrian center have made inquiries about locating in the Emmitsburg area.

The Emmitsburg site is considered convenient to horse-related activities in Northern Virginia, Central Maryland, and Southern Pennsylvania. Its close proximity to the Gettysburg National Battlefield, ski resorts, and family-oriented recreational areas make Emmitsburg a desirable location.

Bart and Pamela Bartholomew, owners of the Whispering Hollow Equestrian Center, Forest Hills, Md., and the proposed Emmitsburg Equestrian Center see the center as a place that will have “everything a horse person could want and then some.”

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, September 1997

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