100 Years Ago

January 6, 1917

Giving an interesting outline of the geography of Latin America, Dr. John W. Slaughter delivered his first of six lectures on South and Central America countries for the University Extension Society in Hood Seminary Hall last evening. The lecturer has resided in Latin America and his descriptions of the countries threw a clarifying light upon the natural conditions surrounding our neighbors to the south.

Eggs, potatoes and butter are these days becoming as much of a curiosity as the giraffe in the zoo. Housewives visit the stores and saunter through the markets in an expectant mood as if they anticipated a sudden soaring of already high prices. Eggs are selling in the stores of Frederick at 50 to 55 cents per dozen; potatoes are selling at 20 to 22 cents the half peck, and butter, right from the county’s model dairies, is selling from 40 to 44 cents per pound.

50 Years Ago

January 6, 1967

The Frederick County Commissioners yesterday authorized the Extension Service to seek a close estimate on the cost of renting new offices on East Street. Although the commissioners did not formally approve a move of the Extension Service to keep that agency in close proximity with four other agricultural service agencies, the board indicated it would not oppose the move if the cost is not prohibitive.

Over 30 Frederick residents and businessmen last night asked the Board of Aldermen to create a Historic District Commission for the city. State Senator-elect Goodloe E. Byron, spokesman for the group, said the move was being led by the Fredericktown Association. “A Historic District Commission could do much to promote the preservation of buildings and other things of a historical significance and could well serve to draw additional tourist trade to the city,” he said.

In a closed door meeting, the Frederick County fire board and the Mayor and Board of Aldermen discussed control of equipment under central alarm and the reluctance of one city fire company to join the system. Lawrence A. Dorsey, President of the fire board, said all but two of the county’s fire companies have indicated that they will participate in the system which will provide one fire emergency phone number for the county and central dispatching of fire equipment.

20 Years Ago

January 6, 1997

The sign on the door says “Adult Education Office.” The name belies the extent of the program housed at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. Every year, 5,000 to 7,000 people of all ages take classes through the county’s Adult Education program.

Frederick County and much of the rest of the East continued to bask in unseasonably warm temperatures over the weekend but people who paused to think back to last January’s weather probably got a few chills up their spines. One year ago, a record-breaking week of blizzards began in the Northeast making normal life impossible. The first blizzard began Jan. 6. Five days later another blizzard hit.

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