100 Years Ago

July 12, 1919

That Frederick county is not entirely free from wheat smut is the opinion of several farmers living in the vicinity of Utica and Walkersville. Last year, 683 bushels of seed wheat were treated with formaldehyde to kill the “stinking smut.”

“The people of Maryland are Bolsheviki. I’d rather take up arms against Maryland than the Kaiser.” All this and more on the same subject was hurled at Deputy Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Charles W. Smith last evening at the Square Corner by one of Washington’s automobilists, when he was stopped for operating an automobile in Maryland without his state’s license tags. This Capital City resident was both peeved and in a hurry. He was going to Chicago and didn’t take kindly to delays. Also, just a couple of hours before he reached Frederick he was arrested in Bladensburg and fined $22 and costs for bringing a District of Columbia tagged machine into Maryland without Maryland tags.

Two new forty-gallon chemical truck engines ordered through George Kolb, agent of this city, for Jefferson, have arrived in that town. The engines are located at each end of the town. The agent will give a demonstration next week. Up to this time, Jefferson has been entirely at the mercy of a fire visitation as far as being able to cope with a blaze is concerned. Fortunately, however, the town has been exempt from fire in the past but this fact holds out no promise for the future. Mt. Airy, New Market and Myersville at different times have had bad fires that for a time threatened the destruction of each town.

50 Years Ago

July 12, 1969

A Frederick County man was charged Friday with malicious burning in connection with the Thursday night shed fire on the O’Possumtown Pike. Frederick H. Ramsburg, 39, RFD 3, was captured in a tree about a quarter of a mile from the fire by Sheriff Crummell Jacobs and three deputies after a foot chase across two corn fields and a road. The capture ended a 14-hour search by state, county and city authorities that began early Friday following the $4,800 shed fire on a farm owned by Samuel Barrick, county attorney.

The appeal hearing on the controversial Urbana Mobile Homes Village by the county commissioners will be open and based only on previous testimony, according to Commissioner Charles E. Collins. The developers of the “village,” seeking to place about 1,340 mobile homes on 214 acres of land along Md. 80, have appealed a 2-2-1 denial decision by the Frederick Planning and Zoning Commission on the case, to the commissioners.

20 Years Ago

July 12, 1999

For seven hours Saturday, volunteer firefighters, veterinarians and citizens tried in vain to rescue a horse that toppled from a trail near Mountaindale. Calls went to the White House, the Pentagon, Maryland National Guard and a power company as rescuers tried to get a helicopter to hoist the mare off the side of an embankment. After promise after promise failed and the horse grew weaker, its owner decided to allow Dr. Lee Miller, one of four vets on the scene, to give it a lethal injection. The horse slipped off a narrow trail about a quarter mile above Mountaindale Road about 11:30 a.m. The rider, a woman, jumped off just as the mare started to go over the rocky incline, rescue personnel said.

It took more than three hours but an anxious mother was reunited with her 10 offspring Sunday night. The duck family was out for a walk on Fairview Avenue near West Ninth Street when one by one the tiny ducklings fell through a street grate and into a storm drain. Beth Enos, who was jogging, said she called police after she saw the mother duck frantically quacking and running around on the grate and in the street.

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