100 Years Ago

Dec. 1, 1919

Hard cider, it is said, caused such a disturbance in the butcher shop of Harry Knipple Jr., on the corner of West Sixth street and Market, Saturday night that it was necessary for the sheriff and officer Winpegler to go to the scene of the disturbance. Harry Knipple Sr. came into the shop of his son, it is alleged, began cursing and swearing in the shop which was filled with customers. When the son said something to his father, the drunken man grabbed up a butcher’s knife and started at the younger Knipple. For a time it looked as though some bodily injury would be done to someone in the shop and the officers were called. Knipple was taken to jail and will be given a hearing tonight.

As a meeting of the Y.M.C.A. Saturday afternoon, attended by a number of representative women of Frederick county a resolution was passed calling upon the Frederick county delegation in the legislature to vote for the ratification of the suffrage amendment.

Thomas Chalmers Harbaugh, poet, novelist and journalist, recently visited Gapland, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where “Gath,” the famous newspaper correspondent established a mountain manor along lines of medieval splendor. Of the sad state of decay into which the estate has fallen he tells in the following article: “From what I have seen today one doesn’t have to go to Europe to view dilapidated castles of ancient times, for we have picturesque ruins near home.”

50 Years Ago

Dec. 1, 1969

One of three persons injured when a light plane crashed about ten minutes after taking off from Frederick Municipal Airport Saturday afternoon remained in serious condition Sunday while the other two victims were listed by hospital spokesmen as satisfactory. The pilot of the plane, 2nd Lt. Steven L. Smith, 23, assigned to Webb Air Force Base, Big Springs, Tex., and his wife Nancy, 20, were transferred from Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington late Saturday. Mrs. Smith remained seriously ill as a result of burns received in the crash. The third victim of the accident, Mrs. Smith’s sister, Virginia Ann Webb, 22, of Bethesda, was released from Washington County Hospital Sunday after receiving treatment for burns.

Retail sales in Frederick County on items subject to the Maryland sales tax are expected to exceed $100,000,000 for 1969, according to economists who have studied receipts of sales taxes.

20 Years Ago

Dec. 1, 1999

Gettysburg residents who oppose plans for a new state welcome center at U.S. 15 and Barlow-Greenmount Road aren’t pleased that no one from Frederick County has taken an interest in their plight. The opposition argues that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation venture is projected to pump in excess of 11,000 gallons of treated sewage effluent into the headwaters of the Monocacy River, Frederick’s second largest water source. In addition, they said the project is primarily a truck stop that will also deplete ground water for their shallow wells. And the project is too close to senior citizens’ homes, approximately 100 feet away.

An after-school program in the Sagner housing complex got a pat on the back Tuesday from Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who said it serves a real need in keeping latchkey children out of trouble. But juvenile crime, he said, is a result of the expensive government that requires two-earner couples. “What we need is to reduce the cost of government so mothers can stay home and take care of their children,” he said.v

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