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by James Rada, Jr.

Note: Newspaper excerpts are as they appeared in their respective issues.

February 1923, 100 Years Ago

Another Piece Gone

Last Thursday Mr. Ross Eigenbrode got the index finger of his left hand in the way of a running saw at the plant of the Thurmont Manufacturing Company and was relieved of a part of the first joint. Some few months ago the jointer at the same factory, and on the same hand, amputated the first joint of his little finger.

Mr. Eigenbrode says that he hopes to become accustomed to these operations in time. If he does become so, he is liable to form the habit and by the time he had finished his span of mortal life he will have been pretty thoroughly pruned.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, February 1, 1923

New Bowling Alley

Mr. D. R. Rouzer has started work on the foundation of a building in which will be placed a bowling alley. The structure will occupy the entire driveway between the Mackley Building and Mr. Rouzer’s property now occupied by Mr. R. A. Tyson.

          The building will be one story in height, the front to contain the shaving parlor of Mr. Quinn J. Florence, and the bowling alley in the rear.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, February 1, 1923

February 1948, 75 Years Ago

Final Rites For Soldiers At Thurmont

Final services for Sgt. Hanson S. Sauble and Pfc Austin C. Reed who died in action in the siege of St. Lo, and whose bodies arrived home this week for re-interment, were held at the funeral home in Thurmont, Thursday afternoon.

                                          – Frederick News, February 20, 1948

Traffic Is Stalled By Icy Roads

…The star route mail truck between Baltimore and Thurmont, which transfers mail for Frederick to Hagerstown and Frederick to the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway at Thurmont, slid from the road near New Windsor and post office officials here had no idea at mid-morning when the mail might reach here. The trolley service to Thurmont was maintained without interruption.            

                                          – Frederick News, February 12, 1948

February 1973, 50 Years Ago

Town Drops Property Ownership Requirement

According to the resolution unanimously passed by the Burgess and Commissioners Monday night, persons wishing to run for election as town officials will no longer be required to own property in the town. (The full text of the resolution appears elsewhere in this paper). According to the Town Attorney, Frederick J. Bower, the new regulation brings the town into line with recent court decisions prohibiting such requirements. Those wishing to be elected to town offices must have been a resident for one year prior to their election and must reside inside town boundaries during their terms of office.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, February 8, 1973

Thousands Brave Cold To Attend Winter Festival

Nearly 10,000 visitors braved the below-freezing temperatures Saturday and Sunday to attend the Winter Festival. Sponsored by the Catoctin Mountain Tourist Council and Catoctin Mountain Park, the Festival was highly successful in spite of the small amount of snow.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, February 15, 1973

February 1998, 25 Years Ago

VHC Bids Farewell To Colleague

On West Main Street, Towers 6 and 1 formed an Aerial Arch under which the funeral procession of Greg Hollinger passed as the bell on Tower 6 tolled in respect. Greg, age 43, an active member of the Vigilant Hose Company for 24 years, died Jan. 20, at his home.

“The outpouring of support from both the community and the emergency services throughout the region was simply outstanding,” said Wayne Powell, VHC Information Officer. “Greg was well-liked and committed to the safety and well-being of those he served in the greater Emmitsburg Community.”

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, February 1998

Emmitsburg Election Set For April 21

At the January town meeting Commissioner Phil Postelle announced that the elections for mayor (currently held by William H. Carr) and commissioners’ seats (currently held by Rosario Benvengi and Christopher Weaver) will be held April 21, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the town office.

Residents wishing to file for candidacy must do so in writing at the town office before 12:00 noon on April 9, 1998.

                                                – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, February 1998

by James Rada, Jr.

January 1923, 100 Years Ago

Typewriters Stolen

On Monday night thieves forced an entrance into the office of the H. M. Spahr Breeding Estate, on the State Road, a few miles south of Thurmont, and took there from three typewriters.

Nothing else about the building was disturbed. The machines were No. 10 Royal, their numbers were X188572, X272745 and X 242191. No clue was left whereby identification might be brought about.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, January 25, 1923

Hunger Strike

Four hundred students of Western Maryland College, Westminster, went on a “hunger strike” recently. The cause of the trouble was dissatisfaction with the “grub.” The last straw was added on Saturday evening, January 13, when “pickled souse” was served at supper. The students claimed that the “cooking” was not up to the mark, and that the menu read better than it tasted. The differences have been adjusted, however, and everybody eats and is happy.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, January 25, 1923

January 1948, 75 Years Ago

Eyler Real Estate Sold for $17,750

Three parcels of land in the Thurmont district, totaling less than 100 acres and including three dwellings were sold at auction Friday noon for $17,750. Calvin Lohr, agent for O. Ruth, Joseph H., Charles William Eyler and Mary Jane Diffenderfer, announced last night through John W. Null, auctioneer.

                                          – Frederick Post, January 3, 1948

Dr. Swearingen Wounds Self at Thurmont

Dr. Frank V. Swearingen, prominent Thurmont dentist was in a serious condition at Frederick Memorial Hospital from gunshot wounds Sunday night as State Police and County authorities began an investigation.

Dr. Swearingen was removed to the hospital early Sunday morning after he was said to have shot himself in the abdomen with a shot gun at his residence.           

                                          – Frederick Post, January 12, 1948

January 1973, 50 Years Ago

New Pastor for St. Anthony’s

The Rev. Edward T. Sargus, Pastor for the last ten years of St. Stephen’s Church, Bradshaw, Maryland, has been appointed by His Eminence Lawrence Cardinal Shehan as Pastor of St. Anthony’s Shrine, Emmitsburg, succeeding the Rev. Vincent J. Tomalski, who is retiring after 18 years as Pastor of St. Anthony’s.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, January 11, 1973

Town to Have New Signal Lights

The Council discussed parking problems, the need for more stop signs and problems concerning the parking meters. Plans from the Traffic Division concerning new traffic lights to be installed in the town were discussed. The State has agreed to pay for these lights at a cost of $11,000.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, January 14, 1973

January 1998, 25 Years Ago

EBPA Calls for Participants in Planning Fall Festival

A small group from the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Assoc. met recently to begin the planning for the new Mason-Dixon Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4, 1998.

“We are inviting all who reside in and around the historic Emmitsburg area to participate in the planning of the festival,” said EBPA president Bob Gauss. “We’ll be meeting Jan. 14, 7 p.m., at the Gourmet Grill and urge individuals or groups who want to participate to bring their creative ideas and energy.”

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, January 1998

Proposed Crossing for Tom’s Creek

The Frederick County Commissioners asked the Department of Public Works to investigate the need for a low-water crossing of Tom’s Creek that would accommodate large farm equipment. A low-water crossing at Dern Road was proposed at that time..

                                                – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, January 1998

by James Rada, Jr.

December 1922, 100 Years Ago


Handing a clerk a one dollar gold piece in payment for a cone of ice cream is not often done, but it did occur here in Thurmont recently. The child evidently did not know the value of the coin, and the clerk interviewed the proprietor to learn if the coin was money, and good, before accepting it. The purchaser was given the change and departed happy.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, December 7, 1922

Ice Plant For Emmitsburg

There is a strong possibility that Emmitsburg will have a new industry here next year. Several out-of-town parties were in the neighborhood during the past week looking over the field with a view of establishing an ice manufacturing plant in this section. These people are experts in the ice business and have several plants in other parts of Maryland. The purpose of their visit was not in the nature of looking for investors but to see some of the leading citizens of the town as to the prospects and if such a plant was needed and would be a paying proposition.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 7, 1922

December 1947, 75 Years Ago

Thurmont Likes Foxville Road

Expressing appreciation to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Roads Board for completion of the highway from Foxville to Thurmont, which opened a new all-surfaced road to Hagerstown, Thurmont residents learned last week that the surfacing of a road from Garfield to Foxville has been approved for construction in 1948.

                                          – Frederick Post, December 15, 1947

Stuffing Turkeys With High Price Grain Is Making Little Profit For County’s Growers, They Claim

If all the turkeys raised in Frederick county this year were consumed within the confines of the county, each of us would have to eat more than a half of one.

Between 30 and 35 thousand turkeys will have been sent to market by the time you clean the last bone of your Christmas bird, the men who market the most of them estimate. About 95 percent of that total come from Frederick county’s growing turkey production center around Thurmont.   

                                          – Frederick Post, December 20, 1947

December 1972, 50 Years Ago

St. Joseph College Offers 200-Acre Campus For Lease

St. Joseph College formally announced plans today to offer its 200 acre campus for leasing following the graduation of the class of 1973. The announcement was made in an advertisement in the national edition of the Wall Street Journal.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 14, 1972

Wildlife Officer Ray Toms Honored

Wildlife Officer Ray Toms of Emmitsburg, was singled out for praise Friday evening by Shikar Safari International, a prominent hunter-conservationist organization. The occasion was the sixth annual banquet of the Potomac Valley Fly Fishermen, held at Walton’s Family Restaurant in Frederick.

Earlier this year Toms was selected by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Game Commissioners as Maryland’s outstanding wildlife officer for 1972. It was in recognition of this that Ed Boyd of St. Michaels, Md., traveled to Frederick last Friday evening to attend the local fly fisher’s banquet and there awarded a plaque and check to Ray on behalf of Shikar Safari.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 14, 1972

December 1997, 25 Years Ago

Local Cemeteries Damaged

Nearly 50 markers were tipped over or broken (at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church cemetery). In the same night, some 20 tombstones were damaged at the Elias Lutheran Church on E. Main St.

Early estimates marked the loss at a cost of well over $5,000.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, December 1997

Extended Elementary School Proposed to BOE

The Emmit Ridge subdivision will be a topic of discussion for the Emmitsburg town council at the January 5th town meeting. The subdivision is located in the northern section of town adjacent to Irishtown Road. The project was planned in three phases with the third phase providing an access road connecting to Irishtown Road. Currently, the only access to Emmit Ridge is through the neighboring Northgate subdivision entrance. According to the original plans, the developers cannot begin phase three until prior phases are complete and thirty-three homes are built. To date, just three homes have been completed in the first phase. In the meantime, the original plan time limits have expired. At its Dec. 1 town meeting the commissioners voted to reinstate the final plats for Emmits Ridge Subdivision for one year, but change the phasing to require Phases II and III to be developed simultaneously. They also called for the development of Irishtown Road immediately after the completion of Phase I.

The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, December 1997

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

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

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

by James Rada, Jr.

August 1922, 100 Years Ago

Want Bank At Summit

A movement to start a bank at Blue Ridge Summit near the Frederick and Washington county line has been launched by certain business men of the vicinity, including a number of Baltimoreans who have homes at the resort during the summer, and a meeting for the purpose of starting the preliminary organization was held Friday evening. Dr. Stanley, of Baltimore presided over the meeting and explained the project.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, August 31, 1922

“Booze Powders” Declared Frauds

Home brewers and anti-Volsteadeans, beware the “booze powder”, is the warning sent broadcast by the Post Office Department in a recent circular. For stemming a tide-of “dehydrated” alcoholic beverages of reminiscent names is a steady job of the fraud section of the department.

Using the reputation of German chemists certain German concerns have distributed hundreds of thousands of circulars in the United States, offering for “one dollar only, Rhine wine, Moselle, Sherry, Port, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tokay, Munich beer, Pilsner, Porter ale, etc.,” in a dried form say the Post Office Department. From the powder a gallon or two of the beverages indicated on the package can be made, the spurious circulars claim.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, August 31, 1922

August 1947, 75 Years Ago

Family Reunion Is Held At Mt. Tabor

On July 27 the Conrad Smith reunion was held at Mt. Tabor Park, Rocky Ridge, for the second annual meet since 1940, which recessed due to war conditions at that time. There were 138 members present.”

                                          – Frederick News, August 5, 1947

Many Jobs Of Roads Board Under Way

Federal aid construction jobs are progressing rapidly and L. R. Waesche and Son have completed the LeGore-Rocky Ridge road while the M. J. Grove Company is making rapid progress on paving the road that will connect Johnsville with New Midway.

                                     – Frederick News, August 29, 1947

August 1972, 50 Years Ago

Mount Saint Mary’s Readies For Coed Opening; Has Record Enrollment

Mount Saint Mary’s College, with 128 women comprising a large segment of a record enrollment, will begin its first year as a coed college next week.

According to Registrar Guy A. Baker, Jr., over 1,200 students are expected to register for the 1972-73 academic year, surpassing last year’s all-time high of 1150. Of this total, 98 women will be living on campus, making this the first resident coed enrollment in the Mount’s 165 year history.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, August 24, 1972

Lions Discuss Town Mail Delivery

The Emmitsburg Lions Club held its regular meeting Monday, August 14, with Acting President Norman Flax presiding. The club discussed the feasibility requesting door to door mail service in Emmitsburg. It was pointed out that such service is dependent upon having sidewalks throughout the town and correct house numbers.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, August 24, 1972

August 1997, 25 Years Ago

Garden Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Silver Fancy Garden Club celebrated 40 years of membership in the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland with a luncheon on July 17 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Taneytown.

The club, whose members are from the Emmitsburg-Taneytown area, was organized in 1954 and federated July 18, 1957. Today it has 20 active members, six associate members, and two honorary members.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, August 1997

Dot Davis and The Palms Reunited

The Palms Restaurant recently welcomed the return of co-owner Dot Davis to its busy kitchen. Ms. Davis, a well known resident of Emmitsburg, stated she is happy to be involved again in the day-to-day operations of the business. The restaurant has been in existence for thirty-five years, making it a landmark of the downtown area. The Davis family has maintained ownership in the restaurant since 1962.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, August 1997

July 1922, 100 Years Ago

Phones Out

The storms of Saturday and Sunday played havoc with the telephone service in Thurmont. That of Saturday put a number of phones out of commission, and Sunday’s storm did still greater damage. They are being rapidly restored to usefulness.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, July 6, 1922

Emmitsburg Now Under A Second Class Ruling

The volume of mail handled at the Emmitsburg postoffice for the past year, due in a large measure to the large enrollments at the two institutions—Mount St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Colleges—has advanced the standing from a third class to a second class office. This new arrangement went into effect July 1st. With this change, the office will now be under civil service and from a district postoffice, Emmitsburg will come under the head of a direct accounting postoffice.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, June 1, 1922

July 1947, 75 Years Ago

Wild Dogs In Mountains

County authorities planned to leave this afternoon to seek extermination of a pack of wild dogs reported to be operating in the vicinity of Camp Airy, in the mountains near Thurmont. There was a report that one of the dogs had bitten a child in that section. The pack was reported as “vicious.”

                                          – Frederick News, July 22, 1947

Woman Fined After Wreck

Found guilty of reckless driving in connection with an accident near the State Sanatorium, at Sabillasville on June 17, in which four persons were injured. Mrs. Bessie R. Porter, Baltimore, was fined $10 and costs by Magistrate William J. Stoner in Thurmont Thursday.

A car driven by Mrs. Porter and a truck in which three residents of near Thurmont were riding, collided on Route 81. The truck turned over on the side and the driver, Herbert Biser, 18; his brother, Walter, 15, and Joseph Royer, 13, were so severely injured that they were hospitalized at Waynesboro, Pa. Royer had about 20 stitches taken in a head wound.

                                     – Frederick News, July 23, 1947

July 1972, 50 Years Ago

Littering Will Close Recreation Areas

It has been brought to the attention of the Mayor and Commissioners that abuse, especially by means of littering, is becoming more evident at Rainbow Lake and other town properties. At Rainbow Lake where fishing is allowed, a permit must be secured, either from the Police Department or at the Town Office. Should littering as well as vandalism continue, the area will be restricted from public use. In the meantime, the local police will check the area more frequently for such offenders.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, July 13, 1972

Sixes Dam Would Help Flood Control

State Senator Edward J. Mason has asked a U.S. Senate Public Works subcommittee to consider the possibility of including flood control capabilities in the proposed Sixes Bridge Dam in an effort to avert another flood disaster of the magnitude recently witnessed in Frederick and Carroll Counties.

Mason, Republican nominee for the Sixth District Congress, asked U.S. Senator B. Everett Jordan, chairman of the flood controls, rivers and harbors subcommittee, in a letter to consider the flood control possibility during hearings on the needs for the proposed Potomac River Basin dam.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, July 13, 1972

July 1997, 25 Years Ago

County Officials Get An Earful at Town’s School Meeting

Emmitsburg residents and town officials made it very clear at the meeting June 12 with two Frederick County school system officials and two Frederick County Commissioners that they want their children to go to school in their hometown. Mayor William Carr, members of the Emmitsburg School Committee, and a number of residents spoke before Mark Hoke, president of the Board of County Commissioners, Commissioners Ilona Hogan, school Superintendent Jack Dale, and Raymond Barnes, executive director of planning and facilities for Frederick County public schools, at the meeting held in the Emmitsburg Elementary School gymnasium.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, July 1997

Mary Rohrbaugh Retires

Mary Rohrbaugh parked her bus and slipped into retirement, “at the top of my game,” she said. She began driving a school bus 44 years ago and drove an estimated 900,000 miles for Frederick County Public Schools, starting when her dad Clarence E. Hahn was a contractor. “Your duty performance has been nothing less than superb over the years,” said H. Michael Deener, transportation manager of FCPS, in his congratulatory remarks at the Bus Drivers banquet. “Your manner is worthy of emulation by others [drivers] and your safety record will be difficult to match.”

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, July 1997

June 1922, 100 Years Ago

Union Bridge Bank Closes Temporarily

The doors of the First National Bank of Union Bridge were closed on Saturday by order of the directors of that institution. The Baltimore Sun of Sunday last says:

“E. F. Olmstead, cashier of the First National Bank of Union Bridge, has confessed to the board of directors that he is a defaulter to an unknown amount. He admits that he has used the money in speculation.”

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, June 1, 1922

Should Make Repairs

Raising peach trees along the streets is no criminal offense, but when said trees in wet weather forces pedestrians to the edge of a very bad piece of pavement then somthing (sic) is wrong but not with the trees. This refers particularly to the broken and dilapidated condition of the pavement at the H. & F. trolley (sic) station on E. Main street. Do not remove the trees, but replace a little concrete.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, June 1, 1922

June 1947, 75 Years Ago

Co. Group Asks For New School House

A large delegation of patrons, citing allegedly unhealthy conditions at the Sabillasville school, Wednesday requested the Frederick County Board of Education to consider the construction of a new building at an entirely new location.

                                          – Frederick News, June 5, 1947

Barns Struck, Trees Felled During Storms

…Tons of hail fell in Thurmont Saturday evening, riddling gardens and damaging crops on some farms around the town. The fury of the hailstorm centered in the town. Residents said they could scoop it up in shovels. Potato, tomato, corn, bean and other garden plants were cut off by the large hail stones. Residents said the hail fell thicker in a short time than they had ever seen it fall before.

                                     – Frederick News, June 9, 1947

June 1972, 50 Years Ago

Town Council Hears Flood Complaints Of Emmit Gardens Citizens, Will Act

Former Mayors Guy Baker, Jr. and Samuel Hays were the spokesmen when eighteen residents of Emmit Gardens appeared before the Town Council Monday night. Hays said that eighteen of the thirty-five homes in the development had been affected by Sunday night’s heavy rain and flooding. Seven homes had back up sewage, according to Hays.

The group asked the town council to clean and straighten Flat Run Creek and to assist them to petition the State Roads Adminstration to relieve the bottleneck at the bridge where Flat Run passes under Route 15.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, June 8, 1972

Mrs. Jones Retires From Town School

Mrs. Alma S. Jones retires at the conclusion of this school year from her position as the librarian of the Emmitsburg Middle School. Mrs. Jones has served Frederick County school 31 years, having begun teaching in 1942. The Emmitsburg PTA gave her a recognition party at which an inscribed silver dish was presented. The school faculty honored her at a party and presented her with the gift of a lounge chair.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, June 15, 1972

June 1997, 25 Years Ago

“Give Us Back Our Kids!”

A Citizen’s School Committee has planned an open meeting to present and make clear this town’s concern about the future of its school. This open meeting will be held at 7:00 June 12, in the multi-purpose room of the Emmitsburg Elementary School. It is expected that all of the county commissioners will attend and that there will be representatives from the Frederick County Board of Education.

According to committee moderator Mayor Carr, “Our job is to stem the eroding of our kids out of Emmitsburg into the Thurmont School District and then to bring them back to Emmitsburg.”

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, June 1997

Voter Registration Procedures Changed

At the Public Workshop held May 20th, the commissioners voted to eliminate the Town’s municipal voter registration procedures and utilize the Frederick County voter registration system.

Emmitsburg has been one of 6 municipalities in the county to have their own registration system for town elections.                                                 – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, June 1997

by James Rada, Jr.

May 1922, 100 Years Ago

Student Government Organized at T.H.S.

Student government has been organized in the High School in order to take care of the grounds of the building.

…At present it is turning its attention to keeping the floors clean, and although student government is entirely new to all of us, it seems to be making great progress so far and we hope this will continue.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, May 4, 1922

Oh Joy! Riches!

Whether some of the Thurmont smoke of several weeks ago just arrived in Frederick and got in the eyes of compositors or linotype operators, proof readers, etc., of the Frederick Post, or a spasm or some violent disease fell unexpectedly on some old typewriter—well, take a breath, then read the figures $555,548,220 given as the total resources of the Central Trust Company of Maryland. If it were, thus many of us would quit work. Mistakes! We all make them. Read the figures in the bank statement in this issue.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, May 11, 1922

May 1947, 75 Years Ago

County Roads Board Awards Contract

The Frederick County Roads Board Monday night heard a request of Ballenger District residents for road improvements and approved the low bid of L. R. Waesche and Sons, Inc., Thurmont, for construction of 1.194 miles of the Rocky Ridge-LeGore road. The bid was $10,518. The bid also has to be approved by the Federal Bureau of Public Roads.

                                          – Frederick Post, May 13, 1947

Ice, Frost Accompany Low of 31

…Near Thurmont and also in the vicinity of Unionville, there were reports of “black frost” which may have done serious damage to garden produce. There were places where tomato plants were frozen, even though they had been covered. The damage undoubtedly extended to strawberry beds, in full blossom, and possibly such produce as potatoes, beans and early corn, just pushing through the ground.

                                     – Frederick Post, May 28, 1947

May 1972, 50 Years Ago

Scouts Keep Town Free of Litter

Scouts from the Emmitsburg area joined literally thousands of other scouters in a nation-wide clean-up event on Saturday. The clean up campaign was a joint effort of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Those participating agreed that the project was worthwhile and something the more than 100 scouts from Emmitsburg should participate in more often as a service to the community.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, May 5, 1972

Mount Graduates 164th Class Sunday

Mount Saint Mary’s College will confer bachelor degrees on 247 members of its 164th graduating class on Sunday, May 28. In addition, eight Master of Arts degrees will be awarded.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, May 25, 1972

May 1997, 25 Years Ago

Phil Postelle Wins Council Seat

On April 21, Emmitsburg elected Phil Postelle to be the new town commissioner. Of the approximate 1,000 registered voters, 160 voted in the election.

Mr. Postelle received 59 votes, defeating the incumbent Tom Gingell and Duian Pilch, a newcomer to the area. Pilch received 56 votes and Commissioner Gingell followed with 45 votes. He will serve a three-year term and will be sworn in at the May 5 Town Meeting.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, May 1997


Helen Reaver, Emmitsburg Town Office receptionist, received Emmitsburg’s Municipal Government Award at the public workshop on April 21.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, May 1997

by James Rada, Jr.

April 1922, 100 Years Ago

Right-Of-Way Assured

The last obstacle standing in the way of constructing a modern highway, leading from the Emmitsburg state road at St. Anthony’s, and running to Motters Station, on the Emmitsburg Railway, has been removed. Daniel E. Callahan, through whose land the road will run, and who had hitherto refused to permit a road to be built across his land, has announced that he has come to an understanding with the State Roads Commission and will yield right of way across one of his fields.

The highway, which is between three and four miles in length, runs for about 1000 feet through Mr. Callahan’s property. It is to be of concrete.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, April 20, 1922

Wind Damage

The high winds of last Thursday overthrew the temporary exhaust pipe at the power house; the stack buckled and confined the gas from the exhaust. The gas took fire and was communicated to the engine, and this put the engine out of business for a few hours.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, April 27, 1922

April 1947, 75 Years Ago

Governor May Not Sign Two County Bills

Indications were Wednesday night that Governor Lane may not sign Frederick County local bills recently passed by the Legislature to license mechanical devices in incorporated clubs and to provide $1,000 annual expense account for the State’s Attorney….

Many local bills were among those signed into law Wednesday by the Governor. They include: Authorizing Thurmont Commissioners to establish a Police Department and provide for parking meters.

                                          – Frederick Post, April 17, 1947

Last Night’s Low Was 27

A moderately heavy frost was reported early today in some sections as the mercury descended to a minimum of 27 degrees in the city, coldest since April 4, but it was not believed there was serious damage to budding fruit trees….

A very light frost was noted at an orchard near Thurmont where there was also thin ice. The mercury dropped to 32 degrees there. No damage was reported.

                                     – Frederick Post, April 28, 1947

April 1972, 50 Years Ago

State Highway Administration Offers Benefits If Rt. 15 Dualization Plan Used

Officials of the Maryland State Highway Administration Wednesday night offered three general plans for solution to the controversy over the U.S. Route 15 dualization through the Catoctin Furnace area.

An audience of 250 concerned citizens and officials from federal, state, and local agencies gathered at the Lewistown Elementary School to hear the presentation, and offer views and comments for consideration of the officials.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, April 6, 1972

Adams Bros. & Dad Win Talent Show

With an enthusiastic crowd of 200 on hand, the Sunrise Singers of Emmitsburg sponsored a talent show Sunday evening in the Mother Seton School auditorium when first place of $100 was won by the Adams Brothers and Dad of Gettysburg, while a trio from the Hoffman Home, near Littlestown, carried off second honors and $50 prize.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, April 2, 1972

April 1997, 25 Years Ago

Committee Seeks Residents’ Views on Speed Limit

According to Streets and Transportation chairman Brian Brotherton, committee members will poll the citizens of Emmitsburg on the question of a uniform 30 mph speed limit through town. We would like to see the 30 mph speed limit extend from Tract Road to Harney Road,” said Brotherton.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, April 1997

New Candidate Makes It a Race For Commissioner’s Seat

Duane Pilch, Northgate resident, announced that he will seek the upcoming open position on the town council.

by James Rada, Jr.

March 1922, 100 Years Ago

Timber Land Purchased

Joseph E. Williard of Foxville has purchased 221 acres of timber land from J. Wesley McAfee near Foxville. Mr. Williard will install machinery for the manufacture of lumber of all kinds. He expects to have the mill in operation by April 15th.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, March 23, 1922

Another New Road?

The County Commissioners, Dr. Victor F. Cullen, superintendent of the Sanatorium of Sabillasville, and other citizens of Hauvers District, held a conference with the State Roads Commission in Baltimore last Wednesday relative to the State taking over the road from Thurmont to the sanatorium and converting it into an improved highway.

A bill is now before the Legislature providing for the State to take over and improve all highways leaving from main roads to State institutions.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, March 9, 1922

March 1947, 75 Years Ago

Bond Issue For Schools Asked

Representatives of the Frederick County Board of Education discussed with the County Commissioners Tuesday the possibility of introducing legislation to renew a $200,000 enabling act for school construction… They pointed to what they said are pressing needs for additions and improvements at Thurmont, where classes are held in the halls… The improvements at Thurmont they said, have long been contemplated plans have been drawn and they have reason to believe from qualified sources that bids could be asked soon.

                                          – Frederick Post, March 5, 1947

Beaver Creek Trout Hatchery Soon Open

The State Inland Fish and Game Commission today announced award of contracts for an immediate start of preliminary work for the $300,000 Beaver Creek fresh water fish hatchery in Washington County.… The Commission plans to transfer about 50,000 fingerling brook, rainbow, and brown trout from the Lewistown hatchery near Thurmont to the new pools. When reared, they will be planted in Maryland streams, sometime in 1948.

                                     – Frederick Post, March 28, 1947

March 1972, 50 Years Ago

Town Churches Plan Day Of Prayer

The annual World Day of Prayer will be observed this year in the community of Emmitsburg in Incarnation United Church of Christ at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night, March 3. Everyone is welcome to attend and unite with women around the world in a session of prayer. The theme is “All Joy Be Yours.”

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, March 2, 1972

Local Lady Takes Helicopter Ride

Congratulations to Mrs. Nathan Valentine for taking her first plane ride at age 86. Cora has always been a great fisherwoman but yesterday she used a helicopter to tour the local area and visit her children’s and grandchildren’s homes in Emmitsburg and Thurmont from the highest she has ever been in the air. Allen Davis went along to point out the highlights.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, March 2, 1972

March 1997, 25 Years Ago

Renovation to Community Center To Begin

Representatives of clubs and organizations that use space in the Emmitsburg Community Center were briefed at a meeting held Thursday, February 20th, on plans and schedules for the upcoming $600,000 modifications to the building.

The first part is scheduled to begin April 1 and completed by September of this year. The second part of the renovation is included in the county’s Capital Improvement Budget for 2002.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, March 1997

Crimes Down Against People and Property in Emmitsburg

Deputy Jeff Bartlett presented a yearly summary of policing activities carried out by the town deputies for 1996. Records show that, on the whole, Emmitsburg remains a comparatively quiet, peaceful town with a few trouble spots. “Crimes against people and property are down even though there was an 18% increase across Frederick County,” Bartlett said.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, March 1997

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

by James Rada, Jr.

January 1922, 100 Years Ago

Amrs Broken

Last Friday Leslie W. Fox, of Rocky Ridge, sustained a compound fracture of the left forearm, a broken bone in the left hand, right forearm broken, right hand badly bruised and contusions on both legs. He was in the employ of the Emmitsburg R. R. Co., and was helping to load a barrel of molasses on the Emmitsburg car. The plank slipped from the floor of the car throwing Mr. Fox to the ground and the barrel on top of him. He said, “I landed flat on my back and saw the barrel coming for my head and threw up both hands. It struck on my stomach and my hands under it and from there it rolled down my legs and off my feet.”

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, January 9, 1922

Annan Residence of Emmitsburg Destroyed By Fire

“Craggystone” the beautiful residence of Mr. Isaac M. Annan, at upper West Main street, with the exception of the four stone walls, was completely destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning.

Smoke and flames were noticed coming from the roof by some of the help around the Annan place and immediately a hurried call was put in for the fire company. The women help around the Hotel Slagle rushed one of the fire reels that has been stationed in the Hotel garage to the scene of the fire but before the firemen could get the hose in order the flames had made considerable headway. It was not long before the entire population of the community was on hand to give assistance and some good work was done in saving some of the furniture and household goods especially on the first floor. The fire had eaten in too far on the second and third floors to save little or anything.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, January 26, 1922

January 1947, 75 Years Ago

At Tractor School

Frank Long, Thurmont and Arthur Graham, Walkersville, will today enter the four-day, tractor maintenance school held annually at College Park. The two Frederick County 4-H Club youths were selected for the intensive training on upkeep of vital farm machinery because of outstanding interests displayed by them in this field. Skilled mechanics of an oil company will conduct the training of 4-H County leaders, assisted by instructors from the University of Maryland Extension service.

                                          – Frederick Post, January 23, 1947

To Install Meters

Installation of parking meters in Thurmont has been authorized by the town board, Mayor Omer J. Dubel announced. Approximately 75 meters will be ordered and will be installed within 10 days in all four directions from the square. The move was taken by the board to relieve parking conditions. The meters are similar to those ordered for Brunswick and there will be no cash outlay for them. They are installed on a pay-as-you-go basis on nine-months’ trial.

                                          – Frederick News, January 20, 1947

January 1972, 50 Years Ago

Early Mail Pickup Stops In Square

Effective Saturday, January 8, 1972, the early morning pick-up of mail from the collection box on the Square in Emmitsburg, will be discontinued.

This service was initiated many years ago, when the Post Office Department used Railway and Highway Post Office conveyances, and therefore many dispatches were made during the day and night.

With reorganization, the new United States Postal Service discontinued the Highway Post Offices and also many Railway Post Offices, reduced the number of dispatches per day, uses faster transportation between Sectional Centers and uses better mail processing techniques.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, January 6, 1972

Carroll Newcomer First Native In Town To Receive Boy Scout Eagle Award

Carroll E. “Skip” Newcomer, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll E. Newcomer, North Seton Avenue, will be presented with the Eagle Scout Award on Sunday, January 16. Skip is the first Emmitsburg native from Troop 284 ever to receive this distinction.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, January 13, 1972

January 1997, 25 Years Ago

Floodproofing Plan to be Presented at Town Meeting

The Town Council will hear a report of the county’s floodproofing protection plan for Emmitsburg at the town meeting on Monday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m., at the town office.

Alan Hudak, bureau chief of Frederick County’s highways and transportation, will discuss proposed county recommendations to help protect the Emmitsburg area from floodwaters. The floodproofing plan comes after severe flooding occurred in the area in June and a task force was formed to look at ways to avoid future problems.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, January 1997

No Plastic in Our Town!

This season the lovely traditional decorations appeared again as if by magic on the lamp posts along Main Street, complimenting the charm of Emmitsburg. In their usual efficient manner the annual gathering of the “Christmas Elves,” under the admonition—“There shall be no plastic in our town”—made quick work of assembling the swags of evergreens and bright red bows. Bless them all…every one.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, January 1997

by James Rada, Jr.

December 1921, 100 Years Ago

Lookout Tower At Pen-Mar

The joint contract between the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake and Potomac Company of Maryland and the forestry departments of the two States for the equipment and use of Mt. Quirauk, near Pen-Mar Park, as an observation forest fire tower and for the connecting of the two telephone systems mentioned has been signed and an order given to the Waynesboro exchange to proceed at once with the line construction.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, December 1, 1921

Want New State Road

Residents of Hauvers and Mechanicstown districts want the State Roads Commission to take over the road running from Thurmont to Blue Ridge Summit. Delegations from these districts appeared before the Board of County Commissioners yesterday and urged the members to use their influence in having the road made into a state highway.

Dr. Morris Birely, Thurmont, and Dr. Victor Cullen, of the State Sanitarium, Sabillasville, spokesmen for the delegation, urged upon the commissioners the importance of the highway. It is part of the main highway from Washington and Baltimore to Pen-Mar and also to the State Sanitarium, it was shown. It is used very largely, especially during the summer months, by tourists from Washington and Baltimore traveling to and from Pen-Mar or the State Sanitarium, is was claimed.                                         

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, December 15, 1921

December 1946, 75 Years Ago

2 Gunmen Stage County Holdup

Two gunmen held up the Grand View service station about midway between Thurmont and Emmitsburg, around 11 o’clock Friday night and escaped with approximately $40 in cash. State Police were informed.

                                          – Frederick Post, December 23, 1946

Dog Bites Boy

Little Joey Harbaugh, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harbaugh, Thurmont, had the misfortune to be bitten in the eye by a neighborhood dog while visiting his aunt, Mrs. Louise C. Kelly, recently. He was given immediate first aid by Mrs. Kelly while awaiting the arrival of Dr. M. F. Birely. It was found that the sight was not injured, but several stitches were necessary to close the wound around the eye.

                                          – Frederick Post, December 16, 1946

December 1971, 50 Years Ago

Cub Scouts Sing For Senior Citizens

Cub Scouts from Den One and Den Two had a fun-filled evening on Tuesday as they sang Christmas carols to local residents and then stopped for a visit at the Senior Citizens Center, where the traditional holiday dinner was under way. As the Senior Citizens continued to enjoy their delicious meal, the young Cubs sang some of their Christmas favorites.                                            

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 21, 1971

Tourist Council Discusses Program

The Catoctin Mountain Tourist Council held its monthly membership meeting at Charnita on December 16. After a very delightful meal, Council President Don Currier called the meeting to order. Mr. Currier’s main topic of discussion was the Council’s proposed program for 1972.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 30, 1971

December 1996, 25 Years Ago

Streets and Transportation Committee Presses for Solution to Intersection Hazards

State Highway Administration representative John Concannon met with the Streets and Transportation Committee November 20 to discuss the results of the recent SHA traffic survey and steps to a solution to the perceived hazards at the Silo Hill Road and Route 140 intersection.

According to Concannon, traffic volume through the intersection only partially meets the SHA mandated criteria for the installation of a traffic signal.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, December 1996

Residents Give Commissioners an Earful at Town Meeting

“I think it’s ludicrous” and “You’re opening a can of worms” were some of the phrases heard at Monday night’s Town Meeting during the spirited discussion concerning the proposed Noise Ordinance 96-11.

Following the discussion, Mayor Carr said he felt the mandate was clear and recommended the council withdraw the ordinance. The commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of withdrawing it. Commissioner Gingell abstained. He told the council he was sorry he ever brought up the idea of a noise ordinance, which he hoped would help curtail truck and vehicle noise. “We started 5 years ago and we haven’t gotten anywhere with it. Truck and vehicle noise is not even mentioned in this latest ordinance.”

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, December 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

November 1921, 100 Years Ago

All Hallows’ Eve Party

Mrs. Luther Rouzer, Mrs. William Stoner and Mrs. Wm. M. Martin gave a surprise party Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Stoner for Mrs. E. B. Sefton, who will leave in a few days for her new home in Hagerstown. The spacious rooms were beautifully decorated with ferns, pumpkins, lanterns and candelabra, and the ghosts of departed spirits floating around were very much in evidence. The witches, too, were abroad and used their brooms to good advantage. The ladies were all in costume suitable for an evening spent with the prince of darkness, his imps and the spirits of the visible and invisible worlds, and this added much to the mysteries and weirdness of the occasion.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, November 3, 1921

New Engine

The new oil burning engine for the electric power plant is being placed in position. The transfer of the engine from the railroad to the power house was a well executed piece of work. It weighs ten tons, and it was taken from the car, loaded on a truck, hauled to the power house and deposited on the ground in three hours without the slightest mishap or near-accident. The work was done by Mr. Chas. A. Collins of Frederick City, who furnished the truck and superintended the moving, with the help of seven men.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, November 3, 1921

November 1946, 75 Years Ago

Gray Brothers Have Bad Week-End Along Highway

It was a bad week-end for Roger and Martin Luther Gray, brothers of near Thurmont.

Roger, said by State Police to have been slightly intoxicated, wandered onto Route 15 near Hoover’s cabins, south of Thurmont, about 8:30 o’clock Saturday. Brought to the Frederick City Hospital with scalp injuries and a possible skull fracture, he was discharged Sunday to return home.

Sunday night, brother Martin Luther Gray was treated at the hospital for a scalp injury and placed in jail to await trial on drunken driving and failing to keep to the right of the highway charges.

                                          – Frederick Post, November 4, 1946

Thurmont Man Badly Injured

Master Sergeant Edward Maurice Baltzell, of Thurmont, is recuperating at the Army Medical Center, Carlisle, Pa., from serious injuries sustained November 9 when the automobile he was driving was struck by another car about four miles north of Emmitsburg. M Sgt. Baltzell suffered a punctured lung, six broken ribs and multiple cuts and bruises. He will probably be hospitalized two months.

          – Frederick Post, November 19, 1946

November 1971, 50 Years Ago

Thurmont Colts Win League Title

The Thurmont Colts became the Champions of the Mountain Valley Midget Football League last Sunday by beating Ft. Ritchie 6-0 in the Halloween Bowl at Catoctin High School field. Each team had won its respective division title before the playoff. The winner was presented the Dr. Thomas Love Memorial Trophy before a crowd of about 900 people.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, November 4, 1971

Three School Plans Offered For Study

The three plans for the development of the Emmitsburg Elementary School and Community Center site discussed last week by the Citizens Advisory Committee, working with the Frederick County Board of Education, were presented Wednesday at Winchester Hall to the Frederick County Commissioners, the Board of Education and Emmitsburg Commissioners. George Bushey and Jack Burry, Hagerstown architects, presented the plans with estimated costs of each. Plan 3 was estimated at 1.7 million, plans 1 & 2 were estimated at 1.62 million. The advantages and disadvantages were discussed and questions were raised. No decision was reached.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, November 18, 1971

November 1996, 25 Years Ago

Ambulance Company Plans For The Future

The Emmitsburg Ambulance Company is looking at ways to plan for the increased demands for their services.

According to Tom Topper, chief of the company, the number of calls have doubled in the last year, putting more and more miles on their mobile units and requiring the purchase of a new vehicle.

Mandates required by federal agencies, such as changes in procedures and facilities to handle infectious diseases (i.e., shower facilities) must be met, and facilities to accommodate the increasing number of women now serving with the company must be considered.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, November 1996

Former Resident Deputy Returns to Emmitsburg

Emmitsburg has received a new resident deputy from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department. DFC Denny Derry is the town’s new deputy but is familiar to most residents in town because he was assigned to Emmitsburg four years ago. DFC Derry said he wanted to come back to Emmitsburg because he loves the people and the town. DFC Derry replaces DFC Dave Hunter, who was reassigned when promoted to corporal with the Sheriff’s Department.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, November 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

October 1921, 100 Years Ago

New Ice Machine

Wisotzkey Bros. are installing another ice making and refrigerating machine. …

It is a Frick machine and it will make two tons of ice every twenty-four hours, and at the same time take care of the hardening and cold storage rooms.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, October 27, 1921

Large Pepper

Mrs. H. C. Foreman brought to this office last week a large green pepper. It is formed of three peppers grown together; its largest circumference is fifteen inches and measures five inches from top to bottom.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, October 20, 1921

October 1946, 75 Years Ago

Rites For Admiral Waesche To Be Held Monday Afternoon

Admiral Russell Randolph Waesche, longtime commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who died Thursday at Bethesda, was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Waesche of Thurmont, where he spent his boyhood days and received his scholastic education in the public schools. He left Thurmont in 1904 to enter the Coast Guard Academy and since has been stationed in many parts of the world.

                                          – Frederick News, October 18, 1946

Better Mail Service For North County

Residents of Emmitsburg, Rocky Ridge and other northern County communities will get better mail service after November 1 it was learned Thursday when Congressman J. Glenn Beall advised that the Postoffice Department extended to Thurmont the star-route from Emmitsburg to Emmitsburg Junction.

          – Frederick News, October 27, 1946

October 1971, 50 Years Ago

Firemen from Emmitsburg, East Berlin and Arendtsville won top trophy awards in the annual Adams County Fire Prevention Day program hosted by the Biglerville Fire Company at their fire hall last Sunday afternoon.

Approximately 500 persons attended the event in which 20 area fire companies participated.

Emmitsburg firemen won the first place trophy in the hook-up contest with the best time of 46 seconds.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, October 7, 1971

Break Ground For New Store Here

Central Maryland Corporation of Thurmont, Maryland, will break ground today, October 14, for a new High’s Dairy Products Store on Route 97, on the west end of Emmitsburg. The store will be owned by Central Maryland Corporation and operated by High’s, carrying over 2,000 convenience items, and opened from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, October 14, 1971

October 1996, 25 Years Ago

Town Meetings To Be Held At Community Center

Town Manager Yvette Semler has announced that monthly town meetings will now be held in the medial room at the Community Center on South Seton Avenue rather than the Town Office. This new arrangement begins with the October 7 meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. It was decided to make this move to better accommodate the increasing number of residents attending the meetings.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, October 1996

Renovation Of Community Center About To Begin

Several months ago a report on the Space Requirements and Building Evaluation on the Emmitsburg Community Center was presented to the Frederick County Services Division. The purpose was to identify the need to renovate and reconfigure the center and to plan for full and efficient utilization of the building in the future.

The wheels of government decision-making turn slowly, but now bids for the first phase of renovation will be let in October. Work is expected to begin somewhere around the 1st of February, 1997.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, October 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

September 1921, 100 Years Ago

Thurmont Wins Pennant

Well, fellows, it’s all over. The pennant race has closed and Thurmont is on top. The last game was played Monday at Middletown and the terrific slugging and excellent field by the Thurmont team brought home the “li’l old rag.”

The boys were in fine form and played a brilliant game. While no hair-raising plays were made, yet the playing was of the kind that demanded and held the interest of the many loyal Thurmont rooters.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, September 8, 1921

New State Road

Monday, the road leading from Lewistown to Creagerstown, which had been under construction for some time was thrown open to the public. The road is 4.88 miles long and is built of concrete.

The dirt shoulders on each side of the road have not been completed and work is still progressing on them but vehicles can now travel on the concrete portion of the highway.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, September 29, 1921

September 1946, 75 Years Ago

Dr. Cullen Quits Post As Head of State Sanitoria

Dr. Victor Francis Cullen, director of the state sanitoria for the tubercular, announced today his resignation effective next Jan. 1, exactly 39 years after he accepted the post.

The announcement was made by Dr. H. Warren Buckler, head of the Maryland Sanatorium Commission.

Dr. Cullen became superintendent of Sabillasville in 1908, when it was the only hospital of its kind in the state.

                                          – Hagerstown Morning Herald, September 7, 1946

Historic Mount Saint Mary’s College Has Largest Enrollment In Its History

Mount St. Mary’s college began its 139th year on Tuesday with the largest enrollment in its history.

A total of 597 students now attending classes at the famous institution has filled every room in its native stone buildings to capacity and has arranged for lodging some 40 of its men in private homes in Emmitsburg.

                                          – Gettysburg Times, September 20, 1946

September 1971, 50 Years Ago

Harry Hays Named Science Advisor

Dr. Harry Hays, brother of Mayor Samuel Hays of Emmitsburg, a U.S. Department of Agriculture expert on pesticides, has been named Science Advisor to Dr. George Irving, Jr., Administrator of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, September 2, 1971

Mount Has Success With Military Men

The Military Degree Completion Program at Mount Saint Mary’s College began its third semester this month and Academic Dean Bernard S. Kaliss finds its success and popularity most encouraging.

Dean Kaliss, who along with Registrar Guy A. Baker, Jr., founded the program in the spring of 1970, reports that when the program began it had only one participant. There are currently 35 men enrolled in it.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, September 23, 1971

September 1996, 25 Years Ago

Streets and Transportation Committee to Discuss Removal of Parking Meters

Emmitsburg’s Streets and Transportation Committee, a town organization made up of five residents and Streets Commissioners Rosario Benvengi, discussed a variety of issues at their August meeting. The committee considers topics related to Emmitsburg’s walkways and roadways, then makes recommendations to the Town Council.

Commissioner Benvengi made a suggestion to remove the parking meters downtown and asked the committee to give it some thought.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, September 1996

Park Improvements Continue

According to Parks Commissioner Clifford Sweeney, facilities at Memorial Park will continue to be improved. A new dugout will be started this year and completed in time for next season’s opening games. “We are glad the children are using the new fields and happy that we can help the Little League organization,” said Sweeney.

Work on Phase One of Community Park is in full swing. Pavilions and picnic areas are scheduled to be finished by the end of September. The volleyball court should be completed about the same time.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, September 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

August 1921, 100 Years Ago

Tied For Second Place

Thurmont easily won Saturday’s game from Emmitsburg by a 11 to 2 score. The visitors drew first blood when they shoved one run across in the second and the locals, in their half of the same inning, retaliated by putting three runs over and from then on it was smooth sailing. Fox, the visitor’s premier pitcher, was touched up for 14 hits, just double the number secured off him on July 4th. Annan’s playing in left field deserves special mention. The main feature of the game was a fast double play by the “three Creeger brothers,” Ed to Roy to John. Thurmont feels that this victory is sweet revenge upon Emmitsburg for their defeat on July 4.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, August 18, 1921

Bridge Afire

The long bridge known as the trestle spanning the second mountain gap above town was set afire early Monday afternoon, supposedly by one of the large locomotives. It was discovered by Dr. Bernard O’Toole, who happened to be passing by.

The Trestle is built of wood and has upon it several barrels filled with water. Dr. O’Toole emptied one barrel on the fire, but to get to the second barrel necessitated his going through the fire. This he did, suffering some slight burns and singed hair. After emptying the contents of the second barrel on the fire without extinguishing it, he went to the night watchman’s shanty, broke open the door and telephoned the train dispatcher in Hagerstown. He was just in time to stop a long freight at Highfield, the first telegraph station west of the bridge.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, August 25, 1921

August 1946, 75 Years Ago

Farmers Field Day And Picnic At Rocky Ridge on August 14

Plans have been completed for the Southern States Cooperative annual meeting and Farmers Field Day and picnic at the Rocky Ridge Park playgrounds on Wednesday evening, August 14. The recreational program will begin at 6 o’clock with the business of the annual meeting set to begin promptly at 8 o’clock.

                                          – The Frederick Post, August 10, 1946

30 Scouts Camping At Weishaar Farm

Thirty members of the Emmitsburg Boy Scout Troop are encamped in a tent village about four miles north of the borough on the Weishaar farm near Fairfield.

Large tents have been constructed for the kitchen and other establishments while smaller tents are being used for the sleeping quarters for the youths.

                                          – Gettysburg Times, August 8, 1946

August 1971, 50 Years Ago

Hagerstown Firm Names As Architect For Remodeling Of Emmitsburg School

At their last meeting, the Frederick County Board of Education appointed the Hagerstown firm of Bushey and Burrey as architects for the new Emmitsburg School. The first has been instructed to commence planning the project immediately with the planning to be completed by July 1, 1972.

The $971,700 project at Emmitsburg involves replacing the oldest section of the building built in 1923 with a new structure and renovation of the present gymnasium wing.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, August 12, 1971

Giant Cabbage Grown Here

Roland Sanders of Lincoln Avenue, Emmitsburg, grew this giant head of cabbage which weighed in at 13 lbs., 2 ounces.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, August 19, 1971

August 1996, 25 Years Ago

Funds Allocated For Flood Damage Repair

The June 19th “Flood of the Century” caused damage extensive enough for federal officials to name three flood-damaged sites around Emmitsburg to be among the first to receive funding for clean-up and repair. Funds from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program will be used to repair the streambanks to protect homes at the intersection of Annandale Road-Hampton Valley Road and Crystal Fountain Road.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, August 1996

Seton Center Day Care Comes Under New Management

After nearly 26 years of service to the children and families in the Emmitsburg area, the Daughters of Charity announced in early July they would no longer be running the Seton Day Care Center. Due to the shortage of Sisters and for economic reasons, the Province has decided to enter into a lease agreement with an outside company for running the Day Care Center. This will ensure the continuation of a service that has proven so valuable to the people of Frederick County.

          Mr. Alfred Opack, owner and operator of three full-service Child Care Centers in Poolesville and Frederick, will assume the responsibility for the Seton Child Care Center as of September 3, 1996. It will be renamed the Emmitsburg Child Care Center.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, August 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

June 1921, 100 Years Ago

Receivers For Auto Co.

Something of a flurry was created in business circles in the county when it became known last Saturday afternoon that receivers had been appointed by the court to take charge of the assets and affairs of the People’s Garage Company of Emmitsburg.                                

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, June 23, 1921

Fingers Mashed

Early Monday morning, the little baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Shaver accidentally got her right hand in the cloths wringer. Two fingers were injured very badly. At the time of the accident, both Dr. Birely and Dr. Kefauver were out of town and the father took the little child to Emmitsburg to have the wounds dressed.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, June 23, 1921

June 1946, 75 Years Ago

Man Near Exhaustion Saved From Flood Water Sunday

Caught in rising flood waters on the Monocacy River Sunday afternoon on his farm between Creagerstown and Rocky Ridge, Frank Warner, retired Washington plumbing contractor, nearly lost his life, it was learned Tuesday.

He was rescued from a tree, to which he had clung for four hours, when a boat and motor were brought from Thurmont after his son made a frantic search of that section of the County for a boat.

                                          – The Frederick Post, June 5, 1946

President Spends Week-End In County Mountain Retreat

President Harry S. Truman spent the week-end in Frederick County on what was to be a secret jaunt. The secrecy was short lived however, as the Chief Executive was quickly trailed to the annual Alfalfa Club outing on the estate of Joseph H. Himes, near this city, and later to the late President Roosevelt’s wartime retreat, “Shangri-La,” on the Catoctin Recreational Area west of Thurmont.

                                          – The Frederick Post, June 24, 1946

June 1971, 50 Years Ago

Mount Goes Coed This Fall

Mount Saint Mary’s College, an all-male institution since its founding 163 years ago, will go coed on a non-resident basis next September, and on a resident basis in September 1972.

The move was announced after a meeting of the Mount’s Board of Trustees Tuesday.

The announcement by Mount Saint Mary’s College follows by two months the announcement that neighboring Saint Joseph College for women is to close in June 1973.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, June 4, 1971

Dr. J. Dillon Appointed First Lay President of Mt. St. Mary’s College

Dr. John J. Dillon, Jr. has been appointed President of Mount Saint Mary’s College, succeeding Rev. Msgr. Hugh J. Phillips, who has been named President Emeritus.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, June 4, 1971

June 1996, 25 Years Ago

New Streets and Transportation Committee Meets

Members of the newly formed streets and transportation committee met for the first time on April 11. Commissioners Rosario Benvengi convened the meeting and conducted the election of officers. Brian Brotherton was elected president; Jim Hoover, vice president; and Patrick M. Sullivan, Sr., secretary. Other members of the committee are Denise Warthen and Kenneth Howard. The committee will meet the third Wednesday of the month.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, June 1996

Sweeney Sworn In As New Commissioner; Copenhaver Elected President of Town Council

As the first order of business at the May 6 town meeting, Clifford Sweeney was sworn in as the new commissioner. He defeated incumbent Christopher Weaver in the April election. David Copenhaver, “a veteran of Emmitsburg politics” according to Mayor Carr, was elected president of the council. Tom Gingell will continue as treasurer.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, June 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

May 1921, 100 Years Ago

Alleged Holdup Man Caught

Charged with being one of four men who held up the Republican Club in Baltimore City several weeks ago, Ernest Myers of Baltimore, was arrested two weeks ago at the home of his aunt, Mrs. J. L. Whisner, near Mt. St. Mary’s, this county, by Detectives Porter and Quirk of Baltimore, and Deputy Sheriff Roscoe Mackley of the Sheriff’s office, Frederick. The arrest was made on the day the man charged with burglary at Hanover was being chased through the mountains west of Thurmont, and when it became known that an arrest was made in this section, many persons thought it was the supposed burglar that was caught.                                     

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, May 12, 1921

Mosquitoes By The Millions

With the warm wave of Sunday and Monday last came a swarm of millions of mosquitoes in the vicinity. Sitting on porches meant to be in agony. The air was full of them during the evening hours and to walk through the grass or shake a bush mean about the same as disturbing a hornet’s nest. The cool weather Tuesday gave some relief.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, May 26, 1921

May 1946, 75 Years Ago

Convention of Fireman Is Set

The annual convention of the Frederick County Volunteer Firemen’s Association will be held at Thurmont on August 1 and 2. This was decided at the quarterly session held on Thursday night at Independent Hall, this city, with 11 of 13 companies of the County Association represented.

The convention will coincide with the annual carnival of the Guardian Hose Company, of Thurmont, which is scheduled for July 29, 30, 31, and August 1, 2, and 3. Invitation to hold the County Association’s 1946 convention there this year was officially extended by D. Sayler Weybright, who is also president of the county group and who presided at last night’s meeting. Feature of the convention will be the parade on August 2.

                                          – The Frederick Post, May 3, 1946

Cadets Triumph In Field Meet

Frederick High School, with a total of 33 points including five first, Thursday won the first annual Boys and Girls Week, field and track meet, sponsored by the local Rotary and Jaycees clubs.

Only Thurmont High School was represented from outside the City. Marks set yesterday at Bjorlee Field will hold as records until next year, or until surpassed.

                                          – The Frederick Post, May 10, 1946

May 1971, 50 Years Ago

Bronze Star Medal Awarded Local Sailor

Thomas W. Humerick, Gunners Mate Second Class, United States Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Humerick, West Main Street, Emmitsburg, was recently presented with the Bronze Star Medal “for meritorious service while serving in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong Communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from August 1969 to June 1970.”

“Petty Officer Humerick, while serving as a crew member on a river patrol boat participated in two hundred sixty combat patrols, engaging the enemy in eleven fire fights. Humerick, while acting as boat gunner on October 4, 1969 on a five boat patrol on a small canal off the Ong Doc River, maintained a heavy volume of fire which aided the patrol in clearing the canal when coming upon an intense enemy attack.”

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, May 14, 1971

Wildflower Festival At Catoctin Mt. Park

At Catoctin Mountain Park, a recreation area of the National Park System near Thurmont, Md., final arrangements are being made for the season’s first great influx of visitors. The occasion is the 8th Annual Catoctin Mountain Spring Wildflower Festival, May 14, 15, and 16.

Park Superintendent Frank Mentzer reports, “recent April showers and warm May days are bringing the bloom out in profusion. We are bracing for an all-time high in Wildflower Weekend attendance.”

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, May 14, 1971

May 1996, 25 Years Ago

Commissioners OK Water Plant Upgrade

Emmitsburg Commissioners voted to proceed with improvements to the town’s water supply system at a public workshop held April 29. The plan as proposed by the Smith Engineering Report calls for making use of ground water and existing supply wells, in conjunction with surface water from Rainbow Lake.

The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, May 1996

Citizens’ Petition Over Road Use Discussed

At the April town meeting, commissioners heard from a delegation of concerned citizens from Northgate who oppose a connecting road between their subdivision and the adjoining Emmit Ridge II subdivision under construction. Developers have been using Provincial Parkway and cutting through Northgate subdivision since they do not have an entrance yet to Emmit Ridge II.

The Northgate Homeowners Association went on record as opposing the connecting road when they presented a petition to the Planning and Zoning Committee in March. The foremost concern was for the safety of the children who have to cross the road to get to the playground. It was felt that the connecting road will adversely affect the quality of life, decrease property values, and destroy the uniqueness of Northgate with increased noise, traffic, and litter.

The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, May 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

April 1921, 100 Years Ago

New Milk Dealer

Along with April 1st came new enterprises in many places. Mr. J. Hooker Lewis of Thurmont has embarked in the milk business and has been delivering milk since April 1st. It is reported that Mr. Lewis has purchased the C. W. Lidie property on Water Street and will, in course of time, conduct a business at that place. Mr. Lewis is selling milk at 8 cents per quart–two cents lower than other dealers in Thurmont.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, April 7, 1921

Make A Find

While Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dorsey were walking around the lot in the rear of their home in this place, Mr. Dorsey found a knife. Looking around he found several more knives, several flashlights, and a gold watch. It is supposed these articles were stolen along with other goods and left there by the thief. The articles were all rusted and showed they had been there for some time.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, April 7, 1921

April 1946, 75 Years Ago

Red Cross Fund “Over the Top” in Emmitsburg

Emmitsburg has gone over the top in the annual fundraising drive for the Red Cross, Mrs. John R. Kerr, chairman of the drive in the borough announced today.

Quota for the community was $800, while donations to date are $848.66, Mrs. Kerr added. In order to complete the drive, Mrs. Kerr asked that all persons who may have been missed in the house to house canvass or who wish to make additional contributions to make the gifts now so that a complete report may be made on the drive.

                                          – The Gettysburg Times, April 4, 1946

Mount Has Largest Freshman Class

The freshman class at Mt. St. Mary’s college numbers 120, the largest in the history of the Emmitsburg institution, John Roddy, Jr., registrar of the college, announced today.

A total of 225 students in all classes have been enrolled for the semester which began Monday, Roddy added. Of the students, the majority are recently returned World War II veterans, he added.

                                          – The Gettysburg Times, April 4, 1946

April 1971, 50 Years Ago

Charles Arthur Elder, Chronicle Elder, Succumbs Wednesday

Charles Arthur Elder died at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 7, 1971, in the Annie M. Warner Hospital, Gettysburg, Pa. Mr. Elder, 57, had been in declining health for more than a year.

A prominent figure in Emmitsburg, Frederick County, and the State of Maryland, the area he served practically all his life. Mr. Elder became an institution in the community as Editor and Publisher of The Emmitsburg Chronicle, a militant and popular newspaper widely circulated in Frederick County under his leadership from September 1948 until his death.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, April 9, 1971

St. Joseph College Closing In 2 Years

St. Joseph College will close its doors at the end of the 1972-73 academic year, two years from this June.

Sister Margaret Dougherty, president of St. Joseph College, announced the closing of the Catholic women’s college at a hastily called meeting of the student body Monday at 11 a.m.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, April 23, 1971

April 1996, 25 Years Ago

By George! Emmitsburgian Rewrites History of Pearl Harbor

A story by Eric Gregory filed in the Honolulu Advertiser tells of how four historians have teamed up to correct at least 50 mistakes at the “Remembrance Exhibit” on the shore of the Arizona Memorial Visitors Center in Hawaii.

Thirty of the 34 porcelain panels that list deaths in Japan’s Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor contain misspelled names, wrong ranks, and incorrect duty stations.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, April 1996

Recycling Brings Residents Lower Fees

According to town office bookkeeper Donna Thompson, Emmitsburgians will pay the lowest first quarter garbage collection rate ever. Because of recycling the tipping fee for the first-quarter was $7.81 per household compared to the expected fee that normally ranges from $11-$15.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, April 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

March 1921, 100 Years Ago

Will Institute Lodge

To-night, March 31, a Rebekah Lodge, an organization growing out of the I. O. O. F., will be instituted in Thurmont. This organization is composed principally of ladies–wives, sisters and mothers of Odd Fellows. Girls over 18 years of age and not of Odd Fellow parentage are also admitted. Samaritan Rebekah Lodge of Frederick will come to Thurmont by special car to confer the degrees. The work will be given in Town Hall. The President and Secretary of the Rebekah Assembly of Baltimore will be present and perhaps several Grand Lodge officers of the I. O. O. F.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, March 31, 1921

March 1946, 75 Years Ago

Break Ground For New Shoe Factory Today

Construction of a new $65,000 shoe plant in Emmitsburg is scheduled to start within the next few weeks, L. E. Beaudin, owner of the establishment, announced today.

The plant, which was brought to Emmitsburg through the efforts of the Emmitsburg Lions Club, will be the third Beaudin branch to be constructed, with other plants previously located at Hanover and Fairfield. The Emmitsburg branch will employ “between 225 and 250 people,” the Hanover manufacturer said.

                                          – Gettysburg Times, March 21, 1946

March 1971, 50 Years Ago

County Commissioners Okay School Addition Here

The Frederick County Commissioners revealed this week that the $4.5 million bonding authority they have requested for school construction in fiscal 1972 will be used to finance at least five school construction projects, including full funding of the Emmitsburg addition and renovation.

Funds for construction of this project were not included in the school superintendent’s construction request presented to the school board last week, and Dr. John L. Carnochan told the commissioners that funding of the Middletown Elementary School is considered a higher priority item than the Emmitsburg School in his opinion.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, March 12, 1971

March 1996, 25 Years Ago

Water Talks Between Mount Saint Mary’s and Emmitsburg

The supply and distribution of water in the town has been a nagging problem for the past several years. The limited number of available water taps has curtailed growth and development in some parts of the town.

In order to clarify the situation, the town council commissioned Smith Engineering Technologies to study the water problems and recommend plans of action. The study was based on estimated water demand over the next 20 years for both the town and Mount Saint Mary’s.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, March 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

February 1921, 100 Years Ago

Stolen Articles Recovered

A number of thefts in Frederick City and the looting of the meat houses of Edward Deweese of near Thurmont and Arthur Wilhide near Deerfield, during the past two weeks, has given Sheriff Wm. O. Wertenbrker (sic) and Deputy Sheriff Charles Klipp all the work they cared for on short notice.

In some manner, the sheriff got on the track of the meat thieves, and the trail led to the home of David H. Reesman, located on the mountain road leading from Thurmont to Eyler’s Valley, and probably a mile to the west of Zentz’s Mills, four miles north of Thurmont. The sheriff had with him deputy Klipp and Ed. Deweese, and when they stopped near the house, the inmates were terribly excited. Percy Reesman and his sister sought hiding places, a friend, Paul Kline took to the road, while Pa and Ma Reesman tried to protect the home from being searched.

After telling their business and producing a search warrant, the Reesman’s told the officers to proceed. After looking around, deputy Klipp uncovered meat that corresponded to that stolen from Deweese, and found also pudding, sausage and backbone meat, such as was taken from Wilhilde. The officers state that four revolvers, a shotgun, rifle and blackjack were found, also numerous pieces of jewelry, silverware, aluminum ware, harness, four kits of tools, fancy dishes, a dozen or more pocket books, one of which contained a Western Maryland pass made to Hubert Joy of Graceham dated 1917, and many other articles.

The elder Reesman and his son Percy and Paci Kline were arrested and brot (sic) to Thurmont, the hams and shoulders supposed to belong to Mr. Deweese, a set of harness, a set of brace and bits, and some other articles being brought along.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, February 3, 1921

February 1946, 75 Years Ago

Emmitsburg’s First English Bride Arrives

Mrs. Frank Dubel, one of the first English brides to arrive in the United States, has arrived at her new home in Emmitsburg, thrilled beyond measure at her new homeland but still much confused by the mysterious qualities of American money.

The former Miss Dorothy Wilcox, daughter of Frank Wilcox, Salisbury, England, married the then Pfc. Frank Dubel, September 25, 1943, when the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dubel, DePaul street, Emmitburg, was stationed in England.

They were separated when Pfc. Dubel went with the 29th Division into France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The Emmitsburg soldier returned with his division to the United States to be discharged from the service after the war ended and Mrs. Dubel was seeking a way to the United States.

She had the opporturnity to join her husband when the first group of English brides came to the U.S. on the “Argentina,” which docked in New York, Sunday.

                                          – Gettysburg Times, February 7, 1946

February 1971, 50 Years Ago

VFW Studies Plan For New Ambulance

The VFW ambulance of Emmitsburg was called out 15 times during the period from January 6 through February 3. There were 10 emergency calls handled and 5 non-emergency calls. The vehicle traveled 571 miles and 35 man-hours were used by ambulance personnel.

During a recent Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting, a committee was formed to investigate the possibilities of purchasing a new ambulance that will better serve the community of Emmitsburg. Heading the committee is Leo M. Boyle, ambulance chairman, and helping in an advisory capacity will be Donald Byard, George W. Green, Lumen F. Norris, Roger I. Zurgable, and James Kittinger.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, February 12, 1971

February 1996, 25 Years Ago

New Shopping Center Expected to Open in March

Silo Hill Village, the new commercial center located adjacent to the Jubilee food store, is slated for opening in six to eight weeks, according to Ed Galligan, local pharmacist and spokesman for the management company, the St. Mary’s Group.

Businesses which will be located in the center include Medicine Plus Pharmacy, Town Video, a tanning salon, and a pizza/Italian restaurant. Three other businesses, a flower/gift shop, a beer/wine store, and a dry cleaner’s are pending.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, February 1996

by James Rada, Jr.

January 1921, 100 Years Ago

John H. Bentzell Killed

Mr. John H. Bentzell, another prosperous and well known farmer of near Thurmont, came to his death Thursday morning, January 6th. Mr. Bentzell, along with his other work  operates a small chopping mill at his home, the same being run by a gasoline engine. On this occasion he was grinding corn. In the same building, a board partition dividng, he keeps his automobile. His son Earl was doing some work on the auto, and noticed the engine and chopper running not as it should. Going to the other side to see what was the trouble, he found his father lying on the ground in a pool of blood, dead.

It is presumed Mr. Bentzell got too close and a wheel on the engine caught his sweater and an under blouse and whirled him round, his head striking the truck axle. The backs of the sweater and blouse were torn out, his left arm broken in several places and his head more or less crushed.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, January 13, 1921

Association Growing

A meeting of the Thurmont School Improvement Association was held in the High School Auditorium Monday evening of this week. At this meeting fourteen new names were added to the list of members, making a total of 108. Matters pertaining to the betterment of the school were brought up and discussed, the principal topic being drainage. While the school ground generally is dry, yet the portion used as a ball ground and for other sports serves as sort of a trough to carry off the surface water of the high ground on virtually three sides of the plat.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, January 20, 1921

January 1946, 75 Years Ago

Emmitsburg Is Ready To Take Steps Forward

Emmitsburg is all ready to move ahead.

As soon as wartime restrictions are lifted the town is scheduled to make more progress within a short time than has been made during the last decade.

That at least is the impression of the borough received by a visitor who returned to Emmitsburg after the absence of several years.

The town has performed considerable “face lifting” during the war years and scheduled improvements will make it one of the most progressive communities in its area.

                                          – Gettysburg Times, January 10, 1946

Grange Formed At Thurmont

Another subordinate Grange will be added to Pomona’s growing list tonight when a Thurmont unit will be organized in the auditorium of the Thurmont High School at 8 o’clock. Officers will be elected by the more than 50 charter members.

Howard U. Quinn, State Organizer, and Tobias E. Zimmerman, Master of Pomona Grange, will officiate at the organization meeting. All interested persons will be welcome, they say.

                                          – The Frederick Post, January 16, 1946

January 1971, 50 Years Ago

Dam Plans Appear Setback

It looks like there will be no Sixes Bridge Dam authorization this year.

The dam, proposed for construction near Emmitsburg, has been approved on an omnibus bill passed by the U.S. Senate.

But it is in difficulty because the House version of the Rivers and Harbors bill carries no authorization for the proposed dam on the Monocacy a few miles southeast of here.

The Potomac River Center in Washington has reported some sources believe there won’t be a bill this year, that time will run out before a conference committee can iron out the disagreements between the Senate and House bills.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, January 1, 1971

Band Changes Practice Date

The Emmitsburg Municipal Band has changed its night for practice from Wednesday nights to Monday nights. This is done in hopes that more members will be able to attend. Therefore, until further notice, practice will be on Monday instead of Wednesday.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, January 1, 1971

January 1996, 25 Years Ago

Mary Myers Celebrates A Century

Mary Myers is 100 years old—a lady with a wealth of memories and here-and-now attitude.

“I never had any particular plan to live so long,” she said when interviewed at a reception in her honor on Sunday, December 17, at our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Center, Thurmont. “But I do enjoy each day. When I look out my bedroom window in the morning, it doesn’t matter what the weather is. I see that another day has begun.”

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, January 1996

Mount Saint Mary’s Welcomes Mother Teresa

Inside a small, creaky-floored gym on  college campus nestled in the winter-glazed Catoctin Mountains, over two thousand people eagerly awaited the arrival of one of the world’s most famous women, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the eighty-five-year-old missionary and 1979 Nobel Prize winner, visited Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary on December 9.

Mother Teresa, a world-renowned figure known for her undying commitment to the most desperate poor, visited the oldest independent Catholic college in the country after receiving an invitation from the Seminary. Her trip to Emmitsburg was part of the missionary’s journey to Washington, D.C., where fifteen members of her order—the Missionaries of Charity—took their final vows. The new sisters will work in AIDS hospices in the District.

Thunderous applause and camera flashes greeted the humble woman whose thirty-minute speech embodied her quiet, powerful presence.

                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, January 1996