25 years ago Unknown burglars broke into the J. C. Penney department store over the weekend, ransacked the offices and stole a $1.59 flashlight from a basement work table, Westminster city police reported. -- Democratic Advocate, Dec. 30, 1971.
50 years ago The annual beautiful doorway contest at Westminster, omitted during the war years since 1941, was resumed this season. Following a viewing by the judges Saturday afternoon and evening, announcement of the winners was made. The event is sponsored by the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. The judges, Mrs. A. Earl Shipley, Mrs. E. Miller Richardson and Hazard Clarke, reported the decorations added much to the effect of the holiday season in the community. While many were more elaborate and included porch and home in the scheme of lighting and decorations, the judges made the decision on the doorway proposition. In the future, the contest may be broadened to include residential decorations of all kids. -- Democratic Advocate, Dec. 27, 1946.