25 years ago: The fuel crunch is real and not likely to go away for quite a while, according to Mike Smith of the Maryland Energy Policy Office. Mr. Smith addressed the Freedom Optimists at the Community Center on Tuesday evening. Comparing the present fuel problem to being pregnant, he said, "It doesn't matter who is responsible now, but that is the situation, and it is going to call for some adjustments in our life for a while." Questions ranged from "Why is it some gas stations of a particular brand will charge one price and another gas station of the same company will charge three or four cents more?" to "Isn't it true that the bankers in the country are the biggest stockholders in the oil companies?" -- The Herald, Feb. 7, 1974.
50 years ago: Mayor Joseph L. Mathias announced this week the profound gratitude of the city of Westminster for the magnificent beneficence of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Davis, who recently disclosed preliminary arrangements for the eventual establishment and endowment of the "Davis Library" for this community. Westminster is most fortunate to be the recipient of such public-spirited generosity. -- Democratic Advocate, Feb. 4, 1949.
75 years ago: One of the largest crops produced by the farmer in Carroll is sweet corn. It has a short season and is a rather perishable crop, which means that it requires considerable attention and harvest at the right time. Last year, figures were collected by a committee of farmers to determine the cost of production for an acre of sweet corn. The average yield varied from 1 1/3 to 6 tons per acre, with an average close to 3 tons. For a 10-year period, this may be a little high. The cost ran from $13 to $13.50 per ton, allowing only 25 cents per hour for labor and 10 cents per hour for horse. -- Democratic Advocate, Feb. 1, 1925.
100 years ago: The U.S. Postoffice Department has given out the following, "The interesting experiment of a post office on wheels, which will be tried with the Westminster office as a base, cannot be inaugurated before March 1. Meanwhile, a map has been prepared of the territory included in the new service. In a few days, a circular letter will be sent out by the Postoffice Department to all persons living within the lines of the route explaining to them in detail what is contemplated and asking their cooperation. They will be requested to notify all their future correspondents that their address will be changed from the name of the little postoffice from which they now get their letters to "Westminster, Route A." This will mean that instead of having their letters left at their present crossroads office, where they must ride or walk miles to receive it, their mail will in the future be taken out to them by the wagon-office, which will leave Westminster every morning." -- Democratic Advocate, Feb. 4, 1899.
Pub Date: 2/07/99