100 Years Ago

September 26, 1914

The movement of freight traffic on the lines of the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Company has been seriously interrupted for the past three days because of the break-down of one motor and the crippling of another. The progress of the work on the State road from Jefferson to Frederick at Jefferson has been materially affected. it was reported last night that no supplies of stone and fuel have been received by the contractors at Jefferson since Monday.

"Have a drink," Joseph Murray is said to have remarked to his nephew yesterday afternoon, when the two met at Mount Airy. Reaching to his hip pocked he pulled out a bottle. It was the wrong one and his nephew, James Hardy, about 27 years old, is now at the point of death at his home, near Long Corners, suffering from bichloride of mercury and hydrochloric acid poisoning, having taken a big gulp of horse medicine composed principally of those drugs. Murray, glancing at the bottle and realizing the mistake, hurriedly summoned help and assisted Hardy to Simmon's Hotel at Mount Airy.

Probably the biggest meeting yet held by Evangelist Lee Stark, who is conducting revival services at Trinity Methodist Episcopal church, will be held tomorrow afternoon in Company A Armory. The meeting will be only only to men presenting tickets of admission, one thousand of which are being distributed broadcast over the city. The subject of Mr. Stark's address will be "Men Wrecking."

50 Years Ago

September 26, 1964

The Natural Weather Association of Maryland will hold a second meeting Tuesday night. The group, formed August 25 to fight tampering with the weather by artificial means, will meet to attack the practice of seeding clouds with silver iodine to prevent hail damage to crops. The farmers claim this action by fruit growers and orchardists is the cause of the present drought conditions.

Bill Moran, Braddock Heights, will forge iron on an outdoor hearth at the Waterford Virginia Homes Tour and Craft Exhibit next weekend. Moran will use a hundred-year-old bellows in his demonstration at the exhibit.

Middletown Valley's "Little Miss" would do the most logical thing with a lot of money — "spend it." This answer to one of the random questions asked of the finalists in the "Little Miss" contest Saturday night won Miss Beth Fulton, six-year-old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Fulton of Airview, the title of "Middletown Valley Little Miss." Beth is in the first grade at Middletown Elementary School and enjoys playing with dolls in her "spare time."

20 Years Ago

September 26, 1994

They were taking it down, picking it up and packing it away Sunday as the Great Frederick Fair went into hibernation for another year. Fair Board President J.R. Ramsburg Jr. said, "Oh my, yes ma'am, it was very successful. We've had as many people as we've ever had, even with a day of rain."

Sunday was the last day for the New Market Days festival, but visitors still thronged Federal Street, entertainer John DuRant still strummed his German lute and the Percheron horses which pulled visitors in J Mar B's five-seat coach still clip-clopped around town. It's been the biggest and best festival ever," festival co-chairman Jim Higgs said Sunday, adding he believes about 14,000 people attended the 35th annual festival, a three-day event.

In Walkersville's Devon Farms, the neighborhood watch group's biggest concern lately is what kind of covered dish to bring to the community picnic, while in downtown Frederick, organized citizens keep an eye on drug dealing or prostitution on their front walks. The notion of residents watching out for one another is not new, but, like the idea of community policing which has been sweeping the country, neighborhood watches are again being seen as a good idea.


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