100 Years Ago
July 11, 1919
At a hearing last night before Justice August T. Brust, William McPherson McGill, charged with assault and battery on David F. Firor, both of Thurmont, was found guilty and fined $25. Both sides testified as to the assault and maze of conflicting testimony was submitted. Firor alleged that children of Mr. and Mrs. McGill knocked down some fencing about his premises, letting in cattle which damaged his garden. This caused a quarrel between the wives of the two men. Later, McGill went to the home of Firor and after a few words knocked him down twice and beat him. Mr. McGill denied that he knocked him down and beat him. Mrs. McGill also denied that Firor was knocked down. Both parties are well known in Thurmont and the trouble created something of a stir in the town.
Writing a letter of apology is something new in the line of a burglar. William H. Reese, the resident of West Fifth street, whose home was the scene of the attempted robbery early Sunday morning, has received a letter from the girl and two men who tried to enter his house. Mr. Reese said the letter explained that the young man saw the girl downtown and she said her brother lived at the Reese home. She also gave the young man a key that was supposed to open the door. Reese, who was sleeping in the front room, was awakened by the noise at the door made by the young man. The letter was unsigned and postmarked Frederick.
James Solt was very successful yesterday on a fishing trip to Monocacy river. He returned to the city last evening with 10 large bass and 2 catfish averaging about 4 pounds.
50 Years Ago
July 11, 1969
The mayor and aldermen of Frederick City required only 17 minutes to transact the city’s current business at a special meeting at City Hall Monday night. The short session ties the existing record, for meetings of this nature, according to Mayor John A. Derr.
The College Estates region will apparently be faced with sending their elementary school age children off to school across a path of heavy traffic, super highways, and lack of supervision. They are preparing to avert the situation before school begins. Last year, the Frederick County School Board took away buses for the region for high school children and planned to remove bus service for elementary school children to North Frederick school as well.
Have you ever wondered what in the world could anyone want old popsicle sticks for? Mr. Charles Francis Wallace, age 64, and a carpenter by trade, can tell you. While he was a patient at Mt. Wilson Hospital in Baltimore, from May 31, 1968 to 1969, he used his skill as a carpenter and built wishing wells that can be used as planters, and country churches with bare wooden floors. Mr. Wallace and his father, Charles T. Wallace, helped to build the original Church of the Brethren at Broad Run. Mr. Wallace is out of the hospital now and is employed at the Barbara Fritchie Motel, West Patrick Street, Frederick.
20 Years Ago
July 11, 1999
This date was a Sunday. The Frederick News-Post did not publish a Sunday edition at this time.