by James Rada, Jr.

August 1923, 100 Years Ago

County League Race Grows Exciting

The defeat of the hitherto unbeaten Thurmont ball club Intensifies the interest in the Frederick County League race. True, it gives the league leaders hut one defeat while Woodsboro and Mt. Airy, runners-up the pennant race, have each dropped two games. However, Thurm ont’s defeat has awakened hopes for pennant winning among four county towns: Mt. Airy, Woodsboro, Brunswick and Middletown.

Thurmont has one more game with both Woodsboro and Brunswick, both at Thurmont. To drop either game would cause Thurmont to finish the season with a tie with either club which won all its games, provided the pennant-chasers win all remaining games..

                                – Frederick News, August 3, 1923

Governor Makes Many Addresses

Governor Albert C Ritchie In Frederick county, Saturday afternoon and evening. His first address of the day was to the Democratic County Convention in Winchester Hall, this city. Later he delivered an address at the picnic at, Rocky Ridge, at the Harding Memorial exercises in Memorial Park, Thurmont, and at two church festivals, that of the Catholic church, Thurmont, and the festival at the Episcopal church, Catoctin Furnace.

About 2,000 people attended the picnic at Rocky Ridge. A literary and musical program was rendered. Music was furnished by the Yellow Springs band, Prof. Chas. C. T. Stull, director. The address of the afternoon was delivered by Governor Ritchie at about 3 o’clock. The picnic itself was adjudged the most successful held in recent years.

The exercises held by Thurmont in honor of the late President Warren G. Harding were held in Memorial Park in the evening at about 6:30 o’clock. They were held titular the auspices of the various denominations of Thurmont.

                                – Frederick News, August 13, 1923

August 1948, 75 Years Ago

Pearcey Asks Jury Trial

In a hearing this morning before Magistrate William J. Stoner in Thurmont, John Wesley Pearcey, 32, of Rocky Ridge, who was charged with two counts of alleged petty robberies, asked be tried before a jury while his attorney asked for an examination in the meantime to determine whether the accused man is insane. He was recommitted to jail after the hearing and bond was set at $3,000.

                                – Frederick News, August 4, 1948

Rites On Wednesday For Pfc. C. A. Rhodes

he remains of Pfc. Charles A. Rhodes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Rhodes, Thurmont, arrived in Thurmont Friday evening at 6 o’clock. Pfc. Rhodes was killed in action at Abberstroff, France, on November 1, 1944. He served the Army in the Quartermaster Corps as a baker and after two years in Iceland was sent to France as an infantryman. He had served six years in the Regular Army and was 27 years of age at the time of his death.

                                – Frederick News, August 14, 1948

August 1973, 50 Years Ago

Local Man Stabbing Victim

A 42-year-old Emmitsburg man was stabbed three times with a knife Sunday night after an argument with his wife over a loaf of bread.

Charles William Cool was admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital Monday for observation and is listed in satisfactory condition after he was treated for two stab wounds to the upper right chest and abdomen.

                                – Emmitsburg Chronicle, August 23, 1973

Music Festival Here Sunday

Stouter’s Meadow will be the setting for the Catoctin Mountain .Country Music Festival this Sunday, August 1. Continuous music will be provided from 1 to 6 p.m. Those appearing will be: The Countrymen. Alan Brown and the Wishing Wells, Irene and the Country Rascals, J. D. and the In-Laws, The Country Ramblers, The Blue Ridge Partners and Sam Furgerson, Country Comedian.

The Festival is being held to benefit the Emmitsburg Fire Department. Admission is $2.00 in advance, 82.50 at the gate. Children under 12 years will be admitted free. For further ticket information, contact the Emmitsburg Police Department, 447-2312 or the Emmitsburg Fire Dept.

                                – Emmitsburg Chronicle, August 28, 1973

August 1998, 25 Years Ago

Studio to Honor Fallen Fireman with Commemorative Photographs

Rosensteel Studio will be selling a special photograph to honor the memory of three Emmitsburg firemen who died in the line of duty.

The photograph, of which only 150 will be made, honors David Luther Copenhaver, who died in October 1997; Gregory Alan Hollinger, who died in January and Thomas Lawrence Topper, who died in February.

The photo shows ladder truck holding an American flag, raised over the town’s main street, and Chaplain Frank Kileline, who officiated at each funeral.

                                – Frederick News-Post, August 4, 1998

Commissioners Discuss Education

Education and economic development topped discussions Wednesday night at a town meeting held at Emmitsburg Elementary School with the Frederick County Commissioners.

It was the 20th such town meeting held by the commissioners as part of the county’s 250th celebration.

One of the main issues with Emmitsburg residents is “bringing more (Emmitsburg) children back to town,” said Mayor William Carr. He said the town hoped the school board would consider building a middle school in Emmitsburg, rather than bussing students to Thurmont.         

                                    – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, August 1998

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