100 Years Ago

July 14, 1919

Warm weather again? This is the weather man’s prediction for today. The rain that seemed near at hand yesterday afternoon may become a reality today. However the forecast is warmer and it may be that Old Sol is getting ready again to turn on his current of heat.

The Frederick County Chapter, American Red Cross, Mrs. George Birely, chairman chapter production; Mrs. J. R. Grime, inspector and packer, recently made another large shipment of refugee garments to the Potomac Division warehouse, Washington. There were 720 blue and brown serge dresses made by local branches and auxiliaries.

After being captured by Motorcycle Deputy Charles W. Smith, at New Market, Saturday afternoon, three men abandoned their automobile and escaped in the direction of Monrovia and are still at large. In their car was found two heavy backpacks, about a dozen steel bits, an alarm clock, cooking utensils and old clothing. The machine was brought to the Mountain City Garage where it is being held for identification by its owner. It is believed that the men in charge of the car are professional thieves, who have been operating in this locality for the past several weeks.

50 Years Ago

July 14, 1969

A 78-year-old Point of Rocks resident and his 82-year-old wife died within minutes of one another early Saturday morning. Harry Virts Hardy was apparently found dead by his wife, Mrs. Lillian Mary Hardy, who then phoned a relative to ask for assistance. When aid arrived it was discovered that Mrs. Hardy had also died after making the call.

Five cows were struck and killed by a single bolt of lightning during the severe thunderstorms which lashed Frederick County Saturday evening. This was only one of the destructive results of the storm which toppled trees and snapped power lines throughout the county. The five Holstein heifers were owned by Reuben M. Locke who kept them in a rented pasture along Boyers Mill Road.

20 Years Ago

July 4, 1999

It’s official. The City of Frederick is still Maryland’s second largest municipality, according to figures from the state’s planning office. Frederick’s population as of July 1, 1998, peaked at 47,468, an increase of 7,282 people or 18.1 percent between 1990 and 1998.

Myersville needs water badly, and Mayor Billy Eckstine has tried to find it — with dowsers. Town officials recently paid geologists to look for water, but when the town drilled three wells at the chosen spots, the wells were dry, Mr. Eckstine said following Tuesday’s meeting. “I can’t do any worse with dowsers,” he said, explaining that one dowser apparently found water in the Ashley Hills subdivision, using a willow stick. A second dowser apparently found water, he said, in the same place using two metal rods.

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