Proclamations pour in for New Windsor's 150th anniversary

January 27, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

In an article in yesterday's Carroll County section about New ** Windsor's 150th anniversary celebration, it was incorrectly reported that the wrong date was printed on the governor's proclamation of New Windsor Day. All of the proclamations had the correct dates.

+ The Sun regrets the errors.

It was a night of proclamations, stories about nicknames, reminiscences of long-ago history, barbs among old friends, good food and celebration.

It was New Windsor's 150th birthday, and 167 residents and local government officials turned out for the party at the town fire hall Tuesday night.


The dinner, 150 years to the day after the town's incorporation, was the culmination of a series of activities sponsored by the town and the New Windsor Heritage Committee.

"This is what we're all about -- we have 167 people here tonight, and you don't have that in many towns or the sense of family in this room," Mayor Jack Gullo said.

On Saturday, the town unveiled new road signs from the State Highway Administration and a sign from the Heritage Committee featuring a logo of the town's old fountain.

"The signs were dedicated Saturday and will be installed when the ground thaws out," said Micki Smith, Heritage Committee president. "The state highway signs will be put up at the three entrances to the town, at both ends of Route 31 and on Route 75.

"And we think we have a little park area near the intersection of routes 31 and 75 for the Heritage Committee sign."

On Sunday, 70 residents attended a music recital and tea at New Windsor Presbyterian Church. The recital included three pieces composed by New Windsor residents and three works by female composers.

"We had classical music, a Sousa march and a piece by Mendelssohn's daughter that was just published in 1993, 100 years after her death, because they didn't publish female composers back then," Ms. Smith said.

"Then the tea afterward was very Victorian."

Before Tuesday's dinner, the town had a bell-ringing at 6 p.m. The churches, the New Windsor Service Center and residents all rang bells to say, "Happy birthday, New Windsor."

"You could look up and down the street, and see lights on and people standing out on their porch ringing their bells," Ms. Smith said. "It sounded wonderful -- the air was kind of hanging, and it was like the whole town was vibrating with the sound."

Later, Town Council member Rebecca Harman presented the Mayor Gullo with a proclamation designating Jan. 15-29 the Sesquicentennial Celebration for the town.

"Whereas, on this anniversary, we seek to pay tribute to the values of citizenry set by those early settlers of yesteryear and to encourage today's citizens to respect and maintain these services, community activities, and inherited values," she wrote, "therefore, we . . . do commend the community at large to rejoice and applaud."

Accolades also came from the county and state during the dinner, with resolutions and proclamations presented by the District 4B legislators, Sen. Charles H. Smelser, a Democrat, and Del. Donald B. Elliott, a Republican.

Mr. Smelser presented Mr. Gullo with a framed copy of the town's 1877 map and urged the state's youngest mayor "to keep this place somewhat like it is now."

Del. George H. Littrell Jr., a District 4A Democrat, presented Mr. Gullo with proclamations for the mayor and town from Gov. William Donald Schaefer. (One was later noted to have the wrong date -- Jan. 26, rather than Jan. 25.)

"We're a special town. The state knows it; the governor knows it," Mr. Gullo told the crowd. "We've got something special here, and we have to preserve it."

County Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy attended the banquet, and Mr. Lippy presented the mayor with yet another proclamation, adding, "New Windsor is small in size but mighty in stature. Please keep yourselves as you are."

So many proclamations had been issued by this time that when Dwight Dingle, WTTR radio station manager, got up to present some slides of the history of New Windsor, he was applauded and drew laughs for telling the crowd, "I don't have a proclamation for you." But he did have slides that showed early scenes of the town where Susquehannock Indians once made their home.

Now a town of just more than 750 residents, New Windsor is known as the home of the New Windsor (Brethren) Service Center that responds to emergencies and other needs around the world.

The Heritage Committee presented certificates of appreciation to three residents for their outstanding contributions to the town: Julia Cairns, the town's unofficial historian; Dick Warehime, town clerk-treasurer for 46 years; and Rachel Taggart, who worked on the sesquicentennial activities and helps preserve the town's history.

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