25 Years Ago* Charles O. Fisher describes the Democratic...

FLASHBACKS

September 05, 1993|By Compiled from the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

25 Years Ago

* Charles O. Fisher describes the Democratic Convention in Chicago: "I have returned from Chicago where I was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Holding it in Chicago, in the midst of a transportation and telephone strike, in retrospect, was an exercise of poor judgment. The Convention Amphitheater was five miles from downtown Chicago. The only transportation to the site was by chartered buses from the delegation hotels. These buses were escorted by police cars. Apparently motivated by fear of disorder, the convention area was literally an armed camp. Never have I seen so many police, soldiers and plain clothes men gathered to protect so few. The main issue of the convention turned out to be over our war policy in Vietnam. The opposition to the administrative position was focused by Senators McCarthy and McGovern and the several thousands of young demonstrators downtown, on the minority report of the Platform Committee. The report advocated an immediate bombing halt north of the DMZ. After lengthy debates, it lost." -- Democratic Advocate, Aug. 29, 1968.

50 Years Ago

* Carroll County Jail is much improved. It has been classified in the "B" rating class. Last year, it was in "C." Only seven of the state's 23 county jails are meeting minimum standards of custody, according to a report by the Department of Correction. Only one jail, in Carroll County, was rated higher in the 1942 report than in the 1941 report. The most frequent criticisms were improper facilities for the segregation of male and female prisoners, lack of regular religious services and the service of meals in cells rather than in dining halls. -- Democratic Advocate, Sept. 3, 1943.

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