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Hello, Frederick: 2020 edition

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From those humble beginnings of working out of a small print shop in downtown Frederick to today with our current facility, the staff of the Frederick News-Post has chronicled that first draft of Frederick history. Today, in the midst of Frederick's 275th anniversary, this edition of Hello Frederick brings you what some might consider some lesser known bits of local history. Stories about famous faces, dates and places here but ones that might not be as well-known but are nonetheless important accounts of the fabric of Frederick County. 

Faces

Faces

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Dr. Ulysses Grant Bourne, the first African-American physician in Frederick, was unable to practice medicine at the original Frederick City Hospital so he founded a 15-bed hospital that was open to whites and blacks at 173 W. All Saints Street.

Places

Places

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Daniel Dulaney is credited as the founder of Frederick. According to a Preservation Matters column printed in April 2019 in the News-Post, Dulaney was “an esteemed lawyer from Annapolis” who in 1744 bought 1,000 acres of Taskers Chance — which would encompasses a large portion of the city’s …

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“Do you know that Frederick County produces more goldfish than any other part of the United States?,” so begins a story published Dec. 7, 1929, in The Daily News.

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When the Pentagon was hit by a hijacked plane on Sept. 11, 2001, a fire erupted from inside. In order to stop the fire, an engine would have to go inside the building itself. But the entrance tunnels, standing at 10 feet, provided a challenge for fire engines, which were all too large to pas…

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Repudiation Day is Nov. 23 in Frederick, celebrating the day in 1765 when 12 Frederick County judges rejected the Stamp Act in one of the first official acts of defiance against the British government.

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In March 1858, Captain John T. Sinn of the United Fire Company organized the “United Guards,” a fire company militia unit that later joined the “Junior Defenders” and “Independent Riflemen” to respond to John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

Dates

Dates

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Daniel Dulaney is credited as the founder of Frederick. According to a Preservation Matters column printed in April 2019 in the News-Post, Dulaney was “an esteemed lawyer from Annapolis” who in 1744 bought 1,000 acres of Taskers Chance — which would encompasses a large portion of the city’s …

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“Do you know that Frederick County produces more goldfish than any other part of the United States?,” so begins a story published Dec. 7, 1929, in The Daily News.

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When the Pentagon was hit by a hijacked plane on Sept. 11, 2001, a fire erupted from inside. In order to stop the fire, an engine would have to go inside the building itself. But the entrance tunnels, standing at 10 feet, provided a challenge for fire engines, which were all too large to pas…

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Repudiation Day is Nov. 23 in Frederick, celebrating the day in 1765 when 12 Frederick County judges rejected the Stamp Act in one of the first official acts of defiance against the British government.

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In March 1858, Captain John T. Sinn of the United Fire Company organized the “United Guards,” a fire company militia unit that later joined the “Junior Defenders” and “Independent Riflemen” to respond to John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

More faces, places and dates in Frederick's history

The political career of Roger Brooke Taney, the fifth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, started in Frederick where he took up residence shortly after receiving his law degree. Taney soon ran for the Maryland House of Delegates. His wife, Anne Phoebe Charlton Key, was sister o…

Dr. Fairfax Schley, the son of prominent Union Army Maj. Henry Schley, was instrumental in setting up the Frederick County Agricultural Society and the Great Frederick Fair. The Schleys were one of Frederick’s leading families into the late-20th century and family members helped organize and…

In 1814, Dr. John Tyler found out the city of Frederick planned to extend Record Street to W. Patrick via a road next to his home, he made sure that would never happen.

A national shrine stands in Emmitsburg to memorialize Elizabeth Ann Seton, the native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized as a saint.

Daniel Dulaney is credited as the founder of Frederick. According to a Preservation Matters column printed in April 2019 in the News-Post, Dulaney was “an esteemed lawyer from Annapolis” who in 1744 bought 1,000 acres of Taskers Chance — which would encompasses a large portion of the city’s …

To secede or not, that was the question Maryland legislators faced in early 1861. With the Civil War on the horizon, Maryland needed to decide on which side it would fight. Rather than convene in occupied Annapolis, the governor turned to Frederick. They first met in the Frederick County Cou…

Visitors to Frederick have a chance to stay in the home of one of America’s great patriots.

“Do you know that Frederick County produces more goldfish than any other part of the United States?,” so begins a story published Dec. 7, 1929, in The Daily News.

Lester Bowie, once called the most important trumpeter of the late 20th century, was born in Frederick in 1941. After serving in the Air Force, Bowie moved to Chicago where he was a popular member of the jazz scene for more than three decades. He died in 1999.

When the Pentagon was hit by a hijacked plane on Sept. 11, 2001, a fire erupted from inside. In order to stop the fire, an engine would have to go inside the building itself. But the entrance tunnels, standing at 10 feet, provided a challenge for fire engines, which were all too large to pas…

Dr. Ulysses Grant Bourne, the first African-American physician in Frederick, was unable to practice medicine at the original Frederick City Hospital so he founded a 15-bed hospital that was open to whites and blacks at 173 W. All Saints Street.

Every time a bell rings from inside Frederick’s Baker Park bell tower, one should think of “Frederick’s first citizen,” Joseph Dill Baker. That was the idea when the 70-foot tower of carillon bells was erected in 1941 in his memory. Baker was a banker, philanthropist and civic leader. He is …

For 170 years, the massive campus in the heart of downtown Frederick on East Second Street served as an all-girls Catholic school that was opened on Sept. 11, 1846, when Visitation Sisters from Georgetown settled in Frederick. It even served as a hospital during the Civil War. For much of th…

Much of Frederick’s history would not be known without Jacob Engelbrecht. The tailor, city councilman, mechanic and mayor kept a daily diary of pretty much everything that happened in Frederick from 1819 to 1878 ranging from trials, executions and parties to the weather, Civil War activity a…

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Office of Strategic Services, part of whose mission was to sabotage the efforts of enemy military nations during World War II.

First published in 1906, The Frederick Hornet served as the first African-American newspaper in western Maryland and a sister paper to prominent Black publications across the state.

Repudiation Day is Nov. 23 in Frederick, celebrating the day in 1765 when 12 Frederick County judges rejected the Stamp Act in one of the first official acts of defiance against the British government.

Calvary United Methodist Church, which now stands on West Second Street in downtown Frederick, got its beginning in 1770 when Robert Strawbridge, considered one of the great early Methodist preachers and a pioneer of Methodism in America, accepted an invitation to preach in “Frederick Towne.…

In March 1858, Captain John T. Sinn of the United Fire Company organized the “United Guards,” a fire company militia unit that later joined the “Junior Defenders” and “Independent Riflemen” to respond to John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

The cornerstone of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church — Frederick’s first Catholic church — was laid by Rev. John DuBois on May 15, 1800. The church began in 1763 in a small brick home on Second Street. After The Penal Laws were repealed, the congregation soon outgrew the dwelling, and …

Frederick’s Hood College would not have been possible without the generosity of Margaret Scholl Hood. An 1849 graduate of the Frederick Female Seminary, Hood provided a substantial endowment for the college, including her stake in 28 acres of farmland in northwest Frederick that she inherite…

Claire McCardell was a renowned Frederick fashion designer credited with several major fashion innovations, including inventing ballet flats, sewing pockets in dresses, popularizing fabrics like jersey and cotton, and inventing the Monastic dress.

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