by James Rada, Jr.

October 1922, 100 Years Ago

Mule Kicked Him

Last week Mr. George Stevens, of Creagerstown, got too close to the heels of one of his mules, and said mule “busted him one” on the point of the jaw. Mr. Stevens says he had stooped over for some reason or other and evidently touched the mule on the hind leg. He received an ugly cut on the chin, but otherwise escaped injury.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, October 12, 1922

First Auto Races at Frederick

The six racing events last Saturday, under the auspices of the International Motor Contest Association, was the first auto racing held in Frederick and its popularity was evidenced by the large crowd present. Seven registered, professional, dirt track drivers were entered and some clever machine handling was seen. Cash prizes totaling $2,500 were given the winners.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, October 26, 1922

October 1947, 75 Years Ago

Man is Charged with Attack on Hospital Nurse

Charles Lester Jones, 34, Hagerstown, said to have a lengthy criminal record, was in jail in Hagerstown Wednesday night under $2,000 bond on several assault charges as the result of a State Police investigation of an alleged assault on a nurse’s aid and the chief engineer at the new State chronic disease hospital at Camp Ritchie Tuesday night.

                                          – Frederick News, October 22, 1947

Minister Leaving Jefferson Charge

Rev. Edwin L. Werner, pastor of Jefferson-Feagaville charge of Evangelical and Reformed church, has tendered his resignation in order to become pastor of St. Andrew’s church at Philadelphia, Pa. The resignation was submitted at a meeting of the Consistory on Tuesday night.

Rev. Mr. Werner has held pastorates in Frederick County for a total of seven years, first coming to Sabillasville, and later two years at Jefferson.

                                     – Frederick News, October 27, 1947

October 1972, 50 Years Ago

Graceham Church To Celebrate 214th Anniversary Sunday; Dedicate Memorial

On Sunday, October 8, at 3 p.m., the Moravian Church of Graceham, Md., will be celebrating its 214th Anniversary and dedicating the Huebener Christian Education Memorial. Preceeding the service a brass quartet will play traditional American and German Chorale tunes.

The Congregation was organized in 1758 and through the years some structural changes have taken place; however, recently the Christian Education wing has been redecorated and certain parts restored. Among other things the restoration included the discovery of three fireplaces.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, October 5, 1972

William Sanders Knight Of The Year

William Sanders, Sr., was awarded the 15th annual Knight of the Year Award at the Brute Council 1860 Knights of Columbus “Knight of the Year” dinner-dance, held last Saturday evening at the VFW in Emmitsburg.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, October 12, 1972

October 1997, 25 Years Ago

Town To Meet With BOE, BOCC to Press for Middle School Return

A follow-up meeting regarding the erosion of Emmitsburg’s elementary school population and the possibilities of regaining its middle school will be held at the Emmitsburg Elementary School on Oct. 23, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was scheduled as a result of this community’s request “to give us back our kids.”

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, October 1997

Interfaith Housing Location Challenged

At the Town’s Public Workshop held September 16 at the VFW, residents of the Silo Hill neighborhood expressed overwhelming opposition to the development of an affordable housing community next to their subdivision.

The housing project is being planned by Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland, a nonprofit organization created by the religious community of Western Maryland. There are currently five Interfaith Housing projects located within Frederick County.

“As noble as the cause may be, take it somewhere else,” was the message given to Peter Dean, project manager, by many of the residents. “We’re not rejecting what you’re proposing,” one resident said, “but feel it is just the wrong location.” A decrease in their property value was the main concern of the residents.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, October 1997

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