100 Years Ago

June 14, 1919

The American doughboys were game to the last. They went over the top and into the battle with their spirits high and their courage never flagging. “They were game and nervy fellows,” George W. Crummitt, private of the first class, and litter-bearer of the Three Hundred and Thirteenth Ambulance Company, Three Hundred and Fourth Sanitary Train, Seventh-ninth Division, has said this. He knows. He modestly estimates that he helped to carry to first aid stations approximately 1,500 men. Stretcher-bearer Crummitt hails from Pearl. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Crummitt, and arrived home a few days ago.

The people down on the Manor are all agog over the reported falling of what is believed to have been a meteorite between the Manor and Buckeystown yesterday evening at 7:30 o’clock. At that hour a bright ball of light was traveling through the air toward the earth, lighting up the surrounding country. Although diligent inquiry was made last night it was impossible to tell where the meteorite fell to earth. About a year ago, a meteorite fell in Creagerstown district, landing on the boughs of a fruit tree.

50 Years Ago

June 14, 1969

BULLETIN: President Richard Nixon’s helicopter was almost forced to land at a ballpark in Thurmont because of last evening’s thunderstorm on his weekend visit to Camp David, it was reported last night. The pilot had dipped over the ballpark in an apparent effort to avoid the storm, but didn’t land and proceeded to Camp David.

Realizing the vast changes that have taken place in the Middletown Valley since the last Religious Census was taken, the churches in the area in order to more adequately serve the people moving into the community, will sponsor a Religious Census during the period of June 15-22.

20 Years Ago

June 14, 1999

Rain, sweet rain. While some parts of the county got a drizzle, others got a good soak Sunday. And the welcome news for farmers and those in communities with water bans is that more rain is on the way.

When Lord Nickens moves these days, he has to bend over his steel walker. But the 85-year-old civil rights leader was standing tall Saturday as he was honored by United in Love officials. Mr. Nickens was given the organization’s 1999 Unity award for his commitment to his community, to civil rights and to humanity.

BALTIMORE — Maryland’s major thoroughbred horse tracks will get a $35 million overhaul, new off-track betting parlors and an innovative partnership with harness racing under plans to be unveiled Monday. The Maryland Jockey Club plans $18 million in renovations for Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and $16.8 million for Laurel Park. The plans followed a requirement for track improvements from Gov. Parris Glendening and lawmakers, in exchange for a $10 million state subsidy to the racing industry.

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