100 Years Ago

Aug. 12, 1919

Barring two exceptions at Catoctin Furnace and at Walkersville, health conditions in Frederick county are normal. A mild epidemic, not yet sufficiently large to be alarming, of scarlet fever has broken out. County Health Officer Dr. T.C. Routson, Buckeystown, yesterday reported that there were between 30 and 40 cases, but that the patients were doing nicely.

Announcement was made yesterday of the general executive committee and the community chairman chosen to compile the war record of Frederick county. Their work will be done in cooperation with the Maryland Council of Defense acting in conjunction with the Maryland Historical Society. The aim is to record for future generations and for all time the magnificent efforts here in the sale of U.S. Liberty Loan bonds, thrift stamps, etc, and in the various drives and campaigns and in all other lines of government activities during the period of the great war.

Lenox, Mass. Aug. 11 — Andrew Carnegie, the world’s greatest philanthropist, is dead. The aged steel baron, whose benefactions totaled more than $300,000,000, succumbed to bronchial pneumonia at his summer home here this morning.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 12, 1969

Final approval for the Frederick Towne Mall regional shopping center was delayed by the Frederick City Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night pending the presentation of a revised final plan for the project.

The October 1 bond issue will go out for bid on a 25-year “level principle repayment” basis according to a decision made Monday by the county commissioners. The bond issue — at $5.5 million — for school construction and miscellaneous needs for school renovation in the coming year. It includes the Linganore High School addition, Green Valley Elementary, Myersville Elementary and Rock Creek Center.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 12, 1999

Both the Potomac and Monocacy rivers could easily be mistaken for babbling brooks these days, minus a lot of babble. The levels of both were 1.02 feet Wednesday, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police. The flood stage at Point of Rocks is 16 feet, while the Monocacy is 15 feet. The Monocacy was less than an inch deep at the boat ramp at Pinecliff Park.

Flames from a blaze that destroyed the landmark Gross building illuminated the night sky in Brunswick Wednesday night. A Brunswick firefighter, Jeff Simmons, was injured while battling the fire in the two-story building that sits parallel to the railroad tracks.

A school board members’ congratulatory letters to minority students who made the honor roll sparked a debate among her colleagues Wednesday as they questioned the appropriateness of singling out one group for the commendation. Dr. Earlene Thornton, the board’s only black member, had been sending the letters out on Board of Education letterhead, using names generated by school system personnel.

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