100 Years Ago

Aug. 13, 1919

The condition of Miss Mary Herdorff, of Martinsburg, W.Va., who was brutally assaulted Sunday evening while picking blackberries in a thicket a short distance from the home of her sister, Mrs. Frank Welty, near Rocky Ridge, whom she is visiting, was improved yesterday. She is still confined to her bed suffering from the severe cut across her breast made by the brute with a knife and is undergoing a severe nervous strain.

A delegation of farmers from the vicinity of Mount Airy says the Baltimore Evening Sun came to the office of the State Motor Vehicle Commissioner yesterday with their war paint and feathers on and got so “bet up” before they left that they threatened to stop growing wheat and let the people of the cities either live on cornbread or starve to death.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 12, 1969

The sanitary landfill, in and out of the courts since it was first authorized here, has begun operations. There was no word last night on what opponents might do about the move. William Fout, county engineer, told the roads board last night at their regular monthly meeting that the landfill was open to commercial operations, and said that last Wednesday the first commercial trucks had used the site on a trial basis.

Governor Marvin Mandel announced Tuesday that a recent investigation at Fort Detrick by a team of State Health Department specialists revealed that there is no connection between the increased incidence of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Maryland and the biological testing at the government facility. However, the governor said he has requested the State Health Department to continue monitoring the effects on public health and safety of not only the tests at Fort Detrick, but of nerve gas testing at Edgewood Arsenal as well.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 13, 1999

Drought damage to Maryland agriculture, pegged at $72 million, includes the smallest corn crop in at least six years, state and federal officials reported on Thursday.

Children playing with fire touched off two blazes Thursday afternoon, causing about $100,000 damage. Libertytown firefighters managed to save items stored in a barn that formerly housed the Devilbiss store, said Chief Courtney Nash Jr. The upper part of the barn where a child had been playing with matches was destroyed. Just minutes, later firefighters were sent to the opposite end of the county near Jefferson to fight a bedroom blaze set by a 4-year-old boy. The boy set bed clothing on fire while playing with a large lighter used to ignite candles or charcoal, said Sarina Luft, deputy state fire marshal.

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