25 years ago Most residents of Carroll County have heard...


January 14, 1996|By Compiled from the files of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

25 years ago Most residents of Carroll County have heard or read that "the first complete county Rural Free Delivery Service in the United States was inaugurated by the Post Office Department on Dec. 20, 1899, covering the whole of Carroll County and small parts of adjacent counties with Westminster as the central distributing point." This statement may be seen on a marker in front of the post office in Westminster. However, the R.F.D. had been operating on a trial basis in Carroll County since Oct. 14, 1896. The carriers received $250 per annum, and the number of pieces of mail delivered in 1897 was 6,831. The "post office on wheels" did not begin for more than two years after the first rural carriers were sent out. -- Community Reporter, Jan. 8, 1971.

50 years ago At the third financial business meeting of the War Memorial fund committee for Manchester District, on Jan. 3, the sum of $2,542.25 was reported received to date. The money will be used to purchase the lot owned by the Red Men's Lodge on York street, opposite Trinity Reformed Church and the I.O.O.F. Hall, terrace the front with flagstone, landscape the ground, lay flagstone walks and erect a memorial for veterans of both World Wars I and II on which all the names of those serving from this district will be inscribed. Also a pole from which will fly the Stars and Stripes of the U.S.A. will be a gift of the Lineboro-Manchester Lions club. This project when completed will be turned over to the corporation of Manchester for perpetual care. -- Democratic Advocate, Jan. 11, 1946.

75 years ago Since the unearthing of 10 garter snakes near the surface of the ground by workmen in Frederick County a few days ago, which was taken as a "sure sign" by the weather prophets that the mild weather would continue, winter appears to have started in earnest. But this is Carroll County. -- Union Bridge Pilot, Jan. 14, 1921.

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