100 Years Ago

Oct. 11, 1919

Ten million Germans and many Austrians are waiting to emigrate to the United States and other American countries as soon as the peace treaty is signed, official State Department advices show. Representative Johnson, of Washington, chairman of the House Immigration Committee, said they are desiring to escape the heavy burden of taxation and already have congregated at the ports seeking transportation. He urged immediate enactment of restrictive immigration legislations and intimated that the State Department concurred in this. Thousands of aliens, including Japanese and Chinese, are evading immigration laws to get into this country. In the year ended last June 30, 4,860 aliens who had entered the country illegally were apprehended and deported.

Two more were arrested on a charge of bootlegging yesterday morning. Deputy John L. Dutrow arrested “Bill” Devilbiss and Jesse Derr on a charge of selling whiskey and at present they are in the county jail awaiting trial. The arrest took place yesterday in the downtown district.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 11, 1969

C. Eric Winzer, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Paul Winzer Jr., Middletown, keeps himself busy when he is out of school carrying two newspaper routes for the News-Post. He has two routes and in his travels covers about nine miles a day. He is Newsboy of the Year.

A Hagerstown youth was injured in a knifing incident at last night’s football game between Governor Thomas Johnson High School and South Hagerstown High School. The youth was identified by Frederick City Police as Mark Warner. Police said he received a two-inch gash on the back of the neck and was treated by an ambulance crew on the scene. Warner’s assailant was not apprehended or identified, police said. Pvt. Richard Ashton is investigating the incident.

A Frederick man narrowly escaped a fiery death Thursday morning in a one-car accident on South Market Street when he was trapped inside his car with gas running from a ruptured gas tank. Tfc. Paul Sanders who was at the Pure Oil Truck Stop when the accident occurred and several passing motorists flipped the car right side up and released the trapped driver.

20 Years Ago

Oct. 11, 1999

Two men walked away nearly unscathed Saturday after a low-flying biplane ripped the roof off a pickup truck in what was almost a head-on collision on a farm road near Burkittsville. The pilot was rolling along a gravel lane gaining speed for takeoff when the pickup came down the road toward him. The driver said he saw the plane and stopped, but the pilot couldn’t gain enough altitude to clear the truck. The plane tore the truck open from front to back and the pickup left a long slice on the belly of the aircraft.

Mayor Jim Grimes, Alderman Blaine Young and Rick Weldon, Frederick’s chief operations officer, will scale the city’s Carroll Street water tower Tuesday at 11 a.m. The trio will climb the tower to celebrate the painting of “The City of Frederick” on the tower. As Mr. Young and Mr. Weldon hold a ribbon, the mayor will cut it, symbolizing a small but significant victory, Mr. Grimes said. Having the city’s name on the tower became controversial when Mr. Grimes took issue with the Historic District Commission for denying the initial request.

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