by James Rada, Jr.

November 1922, 100 Years Ago

Rev. Waltemyer Resigns

Rev. W. C. Waltemyer, who for the past seven years has been pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Thurmont, has handed his resignation to the Council of the church, the same to be effective January 1st, 1923. The members of the Council were reluctant to consider the resignation, as he is unusually well thought of in his congregation.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, November 2, 1922

S.S. Parade in Frederick

Nearly 3,000 men, representing practically every district in the county, marched Sunday afternoon in the Sixth Annual Sunday School Parade in Frederick City, the biggest religious demonstration made up entirely of men, of this county’s history.

Perfect weather conditions helped swell the number of paraders and the crowds which lined the sidewalks for many squares. The parade was 40 minutes passing a given point.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, November 26, 1922

November 1947, 75 Years Ago

Thurmont Lions Sponsor Trip

As the mother of 24 children, twelve of whom are still living, Mrs. Charles H. Clarke hasn’t had time to leave her home in Thurmont, during the past twenty years. In fact, she has never traveled out of her native State in all the 52 years of her life.

Next week, however, she will take a trip to California to have a chance to fulfill her “heart’s desire”—on a national radio program.

Mrs. Clarke is being sent by the Lions Club of Thurmont and other sponsoring organizations whose members think it’s about time that she see more of the world.

“I’m not going to worry about anything,” she says, “I’ve had so many troubles and worries with my many children over the years that the trip won’t upset me.”

                                          – Frederick News, November 22, 1947

Dr. Lyons Outlines TB Treatment For District Nurses

Dr. I. B. Lyon, Sabillasville, gave an illustrated talk on “The Latest Aspects of the Treatment of Tuberculosis,” at the meeting of the District No. 1, Maryland State Nurses Association last night at the Allegany Hospital Nurses Home.

Dr. Lyon listed three forms of treatment, the first he said is rest, which he said is still the best. The second is the use of streptomycin, one of the newest drugs. He explained that so far the extent of its use is not known, but said that in certain types of tuberculosis it has been very effective, especially in caseous types.

Plastic surgery was listed by the speaker as the third form of treatment. He said this includes surgical removal of the ribs and the use of oleothorax and pneumothorax, depending on whether oil or air in the pleural cavity is desired.

                                     – Cumberland News, November 26, 1947

November 1972, 50 Years Ago

Potomac Edison Warns Hunters

With the opening of hunting seasons in the area, The Potomac Edison Company has issued an appeal to hunters to “avoid using power line insulators for target practice.” Citing several recent cases of serious damage to lines and interruption of electric service to customers, a PE spokesman reminded sportsmen that “shooting into the air with a rifle is dangerous enough, but aiming at insulators is worse—it’s illegal.”

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, November 2, 1972

Town Approves Annexation Of Emmit-Ridge; Plans To Buy More Ground

At their meeting Monday night, the Town Council formally adopted a resolution calling for the annexation of Emmit-Ridge on the Irishtown Road. The property, which is comprised of approximately 17 ½ acres, is the proposed site for 190 housing units. The property will become part of the town unless 20 percent of the town’s registered voters should request a referendum.

Mayor Sprankle informed the council that Charles Koontz was willing to sell the town nine acres of land which he owns below the present town reservoir on the Koontz property that would be of considerable help in taking care of the town’s water problems. The Council agreed to purchase the property.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, November 9, 1972

November 1997, 25 Years Ago

Town Mourns Death of Commissioner

The sudden death of David Luther Copenhaver has left a great sadness and a void in the community.

Mr. Copenhaver, 49, of East Main Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 28 at his residence. He was the husband of Velma Marie Reaver Copenhaver.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 31, at Mount St. Mary’s College Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, November 1997

Extended Elementary School Proposed to BOE

Over 200 parents, grandparents, and caregivers attended the Oct. 23 town meeting to hear presentations and discussion about the future of students in Emmitsburg schools. The meeting was a follow-up to a previous meeting which carried the same theme: “Give us back out kids.” The purpose of these efforts is to reduce the flow of students out of the community and to reestablish a school in Emmitsburg for children from kindergarten to the eighth grade.

In his opening remarks Emmitsburg Mayor William Carr urged the townspeople and the attending members of the Frederick County Board of Education and the County Commissioners to “look to the future and work in partnership” in resolving concerns about the development and placement of elementary and middle schools in the Northern Frederick County region.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, November 1997

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