100 Years Ago

March 7, 1914

After a search of nearly fifty days, James Welker, married, former motorman of the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Company, and Ethel Leatherman, the seventeen-year-old daughter of John W. Leatherman of Myersville, who eloped on January 20 were caught in Roanoke, Va., yesterday morning by Roanoke officers, and are being held for the Hagerstown authorities, where a charge of abduction is awaiting him.

A remarkable entertainment was given by the students of the Maryland School for the Deaf last evening for the benefit of the free library fund. A play entitled "A Wife Wanted" was given by a number of the pupils and it was the first pantomime sketch ever given at the school before the public.

50 Years Ago

March 7, 1964

The presence of tuberculosis and heptachlor residue in dairy cattle in Frederick County has placed a damper on the spring farm sales this year. However, a spokesman from the State Health Department said he has high hopes the tuberculosis situation will be resolved in the near future.

Two Frederick County Delegates voted against the State Roads expansion bill calling for a one cent increase in the state gasoline tax and increasing the auto titling tax on new cars and title transfers by one per cent which passed the State Legislature in its final day on Thursday. Delegate Charles E. Collins of Urbana said he voted against "an administration of the State Roads Commission which collects tax funds from the people of Frederick County and promises us new roads and road improvements in return from a state priority list which they do nothing about."

20 Years Ago

March 7, 1994

An elderly member of a prominent Frederick family was found murdered in his East Second Street apartment Friday, and police on Sunday morning arrested a suspect in the case. Daren Edward Witmer, 24, of West Patrick Street, Frederick, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of William Clinton McSherry Jr., 78, Frederick City Police said. Mr. Witmer was also charged with assault with intent to murder, battery, armed robbery, theft, attempted theft and robbery, said Lt. James Fraley, head of the Frederick City Police Criminal Investigations Division.

Speeding was the most common traffic violation in Frederick city last year, according to Frederick City Police statistics. Police issued 1,143 speeding tickets last year. The number of tickets issued at Shookstown Road and Rosemont Avenue since a left-turn ban went into effect there three years ago exceeds the number of tickets written at any other intersection in the city, according to Frederick City Police.

When a group of black Frederick residents met recently to reminisce about life in the city, they said they resented the fact that only one month of the year is set aside to remember black history. "Our history is part of America and should be treated as such," Adelaide Hall said.

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