100 Years Ago

Aug. 14, 1919

Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Harden and Mr. and Mrs. Metzel, of Baltimore, were painfully cut and bruised about the face, body and limbs when their automobile turned over on the national pike between Braddock Heights and Middletown yesterday afternoon and was partly wrecked. They were taken to the Nibrab House, Braddock Heights, and attended by Dr. W. Meredith Smith. They were traveling in a seven-passenger Paige touring car. When the driver attempted to round the second curve between the top of the mountain and Middletown the steering wheel refused to work and the car swerved and turned over.

The flying squadron of the Motor Transport Corps will arrive in this city today and will give demonstrations at the corner of Church and Market streets. The squadron is traveling in two Liberty trucks, one of which is a Liberty Field Repair Shop, and the other having a sectionalized Cadillac chassis with parts of the motor cut away and covered with glass to show the internal details of the engine. The object of the tour is to secure enlistments in this branch of the service and the squadron will remain in this city until next Monday.

State’s Attorney Harry W. Nice, the Republican candidate for governor and Attorney-General Albert C. Ritchie, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate have been invited to attend the Mountaindale picnic which will be held September 6. Mr. Nice has accepted the invitation and expects to be present.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 14, 1969

It will be one long procession of musical instruments and vocalists Sunday, Aug. 24, as the country music contest in Brunswick swings into action. The contest, one of many events planned by the Brunswick Potomac Visitors and Recreation Productions Incorporated for their August 20-24 festival, will begin at 1 p.m. at the Brunswick High School and, according to program chairman Merle Anderson, will probably last till 7 p.m. At that time the Catoctones, a local vocal group, and the Roundhouse Eight, a local square dance group, will each put on a half hour show.

An innovative program to “orient pre-school children with partial hearing handicaps to school life” will begin this September at Elm Street Elementary School under the sponsorship of the Frederick County Board of Education. With the help of a specially renovated room at Elm Street, audial aids and a special speech teacher plus aide, 10-12 five-year-olds with hearing problems will be entered in the program.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 14, 1999

Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the U.S. government is shrinking, as fewer employees call Uncle Sam boss. But more Marylanders get their paychecks from the state government. And Winchester Hall’s work force is growing, too. In figures released this week, the Census Bureau reported 2,447,496 Americans work as civilians for the federal government. That number represents an 11 percent decline since 1992. In Maryland, the Census Bureau said the number of full-time state workers rose from 82,072 in 1992 to 88,627. And in Frederick County, government workers numbered 1,456 full-timers. up from 1,099 in 1992, according to the county’s personnel office.Frederick’s Historic District Commission recently heard the first of two public hearings on the demolition of the former Grimm’s Automation property at 126 Carroll St. The city is seeking permission to raze the 20th century building saying that the property, in its current state, is a deterrent to redevelopment anticipated along Carroll Creek.

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