Daniels is gone but reunion keeps memory alive


September 09, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THEY'VE COME TOGETHER each of the past nine years to remember Daniels, a tiny community that is no more, and to celebrate the lives once lived there.

The former residents of Daniels, a 19th-century mill town that once straddled the banks of the Patapsco River, which divides Baltimore and Howard counties, gather to remember life in what was once a flourishing community.

"Daniels, A Town Gone But Not Forgotten" is the theme for the 10th reunion, which will be from 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday at the Pickall Area at Patapsco State Park.

Daniels was forever changed by the federal government's "Clean Up America" program of the late 1960s. That program sought to clean streams and rivers by halting pollution.

Many homes in Daniels were perched along the Patapsco, had no indoor plumbing and were a source of pollution. The government purchased the houses and razed them. Many Daniels residents moved to Carroll County.

In June 1972, Hurricane Agnes swept through the area and carried away what was left of Daniels. Only a Methodist church high atop a hill remained.

Eldersburg residents Frank and Ethel Neely have strong ties to Daniels. Frank grew up there and Ethel's family lived nearby. Family members worked in a textile mill there.

"The people in Daniels were all so close," Ethel recalled. "We all worked, played and grew up together."

Hoping to rekindle memories of those good times, Ethel and friends organized a Daniels reunion in 1988. The event was a success and reunions have been held since.

Former residents from all over faithfully attend and come from neighboring states and from Arizona, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Washington.

This year, former residents are asked to bring old photos and town history along with their memories. Commemorative T-shirts have been printed with an image of an old mill.

Participants should bring their own lunches or food to cook on grills.

Information: Ethel Neely at 410-795-7996.

Playground donation

Representatives from American Legion Post 223 in Sykesville will visit Oklahoma Road Middle School tonight to present a donation of $1,500 to the school's PTA.

The school will use the money to help replace and upgrade aging playground equipment.

Benefit carnival

The annual Freedom Park Benefit Carnival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Carrolltown Center.

The carnival will feature inexpensive games for children, food and surprises for the family.

The event is sponsored by the Carrolltown Center and the Freedom Area Recreation Council.

Information: 410-549-6296.

No drought here

As we look around, we can see the effect this dry summer has had on lawns and gardens. Recent rains have brought some green back to the landscape, but most gardens are lost.

There is a most unusual tomato plant in Sykesville that is flourishing despite the drought, and it's caught the attention of more than a few neighbors.

The plant sprung up through a tiny crack in the driveway at the home of Emma and Harold Bowles. So far, the plant has yielded more than 20 delicious tomatoes.

"You have just got to see this thing to believe it," said Emma Bowles. "The ones we planted in the garden haven't done anything, but this plant is truly unbelievable."

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/09/97

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