100 years Ago

Aug. 20, 1919

While returning from church Miss Goldie Haugh, of Emmitsburg, was assaulted by John Cramer, of Graceham. Miss Haugh in company with several other girl friends were returning home on East Main street when an automobile containing several young men drew up along side the curb and one of them asked the girls to take a ride. After refusing them, young Cramer jumped from the machine taking hold of Miss Haugh. While trying to free herself Miss Haugh alleges that the young man struck her in the mouth and made a number of insulting remarks. Cramer is now being held under $200 bail awaiting the action of the grand jury in September.

Following a stone battle after an automobile collision near Florence, Howard county, Sunday, Edward Ellicott, a prominent farmer of the Fourth district, that county, lies in a serious condition in Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, suffering from a fractured skull. The injured man’s assailant is alleged to be Eugene Justus, another farmer of the same district. While passing each other on the road near Florence on Sunday, the two machines collided and this started trouble.

If present signs exhibited by Dame Nature are to be relied upon Frederick residents can look forward to an early fall and severe winter, local students of outdoors say. It has been noticed that various species of birds are migrating southward several weeks earlier than usual and this is taken as a sign of an early fall. People who visited the woods frequently this summer have observed that fur bearing animals have been growing heavy coats. This is another time-honored sign presaging early winter and is said to be wholly reliable. The storing of food by the squirrel this early is an additional sign. It has been noticed that the north side of the trunks of trees display unusually heavy growth of moss, which is regarded as significant of a winter that is going to set in early and be one of great severity.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 20, 1969

A barn, engulfed in flames when firemen arrived, burned to the ground near Rocky Ridge Tuesday. The contents valued at over $2,000 were also lost. The barn was on the Ray R. Kline farm, located on Md. 77 about a mile east of Rocky Ridge. The fire occurred after the noon hour Tuesday. Lost was a baler, drill and 1,500 bales of hay.

A Rocky Ridge man was conned and robbed of over $70 Tuesday by two men who represented themselves as being workers for the Potomac Edison Company. George E. Motter told State Police that two men, wearing construction-type hats and utility belts drove up in a brown car and informed the man they were from PE. They said they were checking his lights “due to the electrical storms in the area.” The men went through the motions at the fuse box, and told Motter they had to charge hime $12 for the service. While one distracted the man, the other went into the bedroom and took another $65, Motter said to police.

A cutback in CBW research funds by the U.S. Senate may force Ft. Detrick to lay off many of its technicians in the near future according to a report by Pentagon officials. The Senate Armed Forces Committee acted recently to cut $16 million out of the military appropriations budget for CBW offensive weaponry research.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 20, 1999

Both Hood and Mount St. Mary’s colleges were ranked among the best northern schools and the best values in a national magazine’s comprehensive report of U.S. colleges and universities. The 2000 edition of U.S. News and World Reports “America’s Best Colleges” gives Hood at 10th-place ranking in the North and a second-place ranking in value.

The Potomac River, reduced to half its normal flow by the drought, might need more water from reservoirs to sustain fish and other aquatic life, some politicians and environmentalists. Although there have been no large-scale fish kills due to low water in the river this summer, Maryland’s freshwater fisheries chief agreed Thursday that the issue merits study.A proposal to reconfigure the deadly South Street intersection at Md. 26 drew a crowd of about 40 concerned residents to a public hearing Thursday night at Libertytown Fire Hall. The blind turn off South Street is notorious among Libertytown residents and many appeared heartened to know the State Highway Administration planned to address the problem.

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