75 Years Ago* Noticing a bottle floating in the Chesapeake...

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January 08, 1995|By Compiled from the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

75 Years Ago

* Noticing a bottle floating in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, near Dickerson, Montgomery County several months ago, Blanche M. Whalen fished the bottle out of the water. It was found to contain a slip of paper on which was written the name and address of Harry C. Johnson of Columbus, Ohio. The incident resulted in a romance which culminated in the marriage of the couple, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Geo. R. Mays, pastor of Clarksburg Methodist Church, at the home of the minister. Upon finding the bottle, the young woman addressed a letter to the young man. A reply was received, and regular correspondence between the two ensued. It developed that on the train while on his way from Washington to his home after being discharged from the army, the young man placed his name and address in the bottle and threw it into the canal near Dickerson, wondering whether he would ever hear anything from it. Several weeks ago, he visited Miss Whalen. Announcement of their engagement followed promptly. -- Union Bridge Pilot, Jan. 2, 1920.

100 Years Ago

* The residence of Mr. Geo. P. B. Englar, adjacent to New Windsor, was taken possession by a merry crowd of masked friends Thursday evening, 27th ult. The occasion was a surprise party given to Mr. and Mrs. Englar. Early in the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah Nusbaum and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bankered visited Mr. and Mrs. Englar, as the latter supposed to spend the evening, but later it was found their visit had a different purpose. A ring at the door and a tap at the window revealed the fact that masqueraders had arrived. Before the host and hostess could compose themselves, about 25 masked friends had entered and taken possession of their quiet home. Immediately, Miss Elsie Smelser announced the following program, with assumed names: Recitation, Miss Leah Ensor as Pocahontas; reading, Miss Florence Englar as Topsy; instrumental duet, organ and violin, Mrs. Grant Heltibridle as Flostina, Prof. R. Brown as Dick; .. reading, Miss Maggie Englar as Bridget; reading, Miss Florence Nusbaum as Sophia; reading, Miss A. C. Engle as Aunt Dinah; vocal solo, Howard Englar as Uncle Bill; duet Flostina and Dick. This was received and enjoyed by all, and after a great amount of guessing, "Who is it?" the visitors laid aside their outer garments and were soon invited to the dining room, where a table laden with refreshments had been hurriedly prepared for them. -- American Sentinel, Jan. 5, 1895.

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