100 Years Ago
Aug. 21, 1921
This date was a Sunday. The Frederick News-Post did not publish a Sunday edition.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 21, 1971
Southern Leaf Corn Blight is virtually “everywhere” in Frederick County. According to the County Extension Service Office at Winchester Hall, the blight’s spores have reached the kernels on “T” — cytoplasm hybrids in many areas of the county. The next decision to be faced by producers is the time of harvest. When the spores reach the kernels, from the tip down, harvest time is near.
The Frederick County Jail has a new warden since Monday, Aug. 16, according to a jail spokesman. The new warden is Lewis E. “Ed” Bookhultz. He replaces Lewis Crutchley, who retired earlier in the year.
Seven-year-old Patrick Hobbs of Taneytown owes his life to two men who rescued him from the Monocacy River and restored his breathing with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Wednesday. The boy has been taking turns with friends swinging out over the water on a homemade swing, just above Starner’s Dam. The turnbuckle on the swing became unscrewed, and Patrick and the swing dropped into the river. One of the boys ran for help, bringing Timothy Markle, 19, who found Patrick at the bottom of the river and dragged him to the shore. Another man, George Patrick, applied resuscitation.
20 Years Ago
Aug. 21, 2001
A six-hour search for a missing 20-month-old girl wearing only a diaper had a happy ending late Monday afternoon when a mountain biker found the toddler safe with her dog in the Frederick Municipal Forest. When Julie McNally was checked out by an emergency medical team in the driveway of her Gambrill Park Road home about 5 p.m., the only apparent injuries were a few scratches on her legs and a slight bruise on her face.
Fritzie Richardson describes her husband Jim as a person who has been willing to help people all his life. “He’s a most unusual man, 83 years old and still laying brick,” she said, referring to his work on a local Habitat for Humanity project. Mr. Richardson has been volunteering with Habitat for six years. His bricklaying days began 63 years ago in Grand Island, Nebraska, because he wanted to “make a few bucks” to go to college.
Spotty rainfall this summer has left crop farmers in some of the county’s northernmost parts out to dry. While drought-like conditions are forcing them to apply for crop insurance, the forecast is much sunnier south of Frederick, where farmers expect yields to be above average.
100 Years Ago
Aug. 22, 1921
There was a sudden cessation of swimming and bathing in the Shenandoah river, near Harpers Ferry, last week when it became known that an alligator had escaped from a show and had crawled into the stream. Those with and without bathing suits made a frantic scramble for the shore, leaving the alligator in full control of the stream. “Snapper” Roderick, a well-known fisherman, was sent for, and the reptile was finally hooked and dragged ashore only slightly injured. It has been added to a museum at Harpers Ferry.
How many of the citizens of Frederick know there is an ordinance against congregating on any of the street corners of the city, and principally, the Square Corner? And how many know it is unlawful to expectorate on the sidewalks, as well as against the steps and on the side of buildings? Without a doubt, some who claim they don’t know about these laws and ordinances will soon find out, for complaints are coming into police headquarters rapidly.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 22, 1971
This date was a Sunday. The Frederick News-Post did not publish a Sunday edition at this time.
20 Years Ago
Aug. 22, 2001
Baseball field space has become such a precious commodity in the growing town of Thurmont that the conflict surrounding it has resulted in court action. The presidents of two youth baseball leagues are battling it out in Frederick County courts, alleging harassment against each other and fighting publicly about what boils down to just grass and white chalk.
Gov. Thomas Johnson High School students are getting an extended summer vacation this year. TJ won’t be opening until Sept. 5. Aug. 27 is the official first day for all other county schools. The first day of school has been postponed at TJ because construction companies working on the school’s expansion and renovation need more time to finish the new heating and cooling systems, the sprinkler system and electrical improvements, said Ray Barnes, executive director for Frederick County Public Schools’ facilities services division.
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — The complex of fires that has threatened several homes in Leavenworth was 30 percent contained as temperatures fell and humidity rose. The Icicle Creek fire complex that has threatened Leavenworth was one of eight blazes that had burned more than 155,000 acres by Tuesday in Washington state.