Flashbacks 25 years ago: Word has reached the Mount Airy...


August 01, 1999|By Compiled from the files of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Flashbacks 25 years ago: Word has reached the Mount Airy branch library, from Martha Makosky, director of the library in Westminster, that the Carroll County commissioners will buy the Gue Building for the local library. Norman Graham, Carroll County commissioner, has advised that the agreement with the Gues has been signed and the deed is being written. By the time this paper is on the newsstand, negotiations should be complete. Mr. Graham feels, as well as all do, that the money for purchasing the Gue building for the Mount Airy Library will be well spent. He did not divulge the purchase price, but the price finally agreed to is $35,000. -- the Community Reporter, Aug. 2, 1974.

The Division of News and Publications of the Maryland Department of Economic and Community Development, advises that Londontown Corp. has announced plans to construct a 45,000 square-foot distribution and office facility near Eldersburg. About 400 persons will be employed in the center, which will serve as the central collection point for coats and jackets manufactured in company-owned plants in Baltimore, Hancock, Boonsboro and Portsmouth, Va., and as a distribution outlet for Londontown's business nationally. -- the Community Reporter, Aug. 16, 1974.

75 years ago: A singular coincidence has occurred with respect to Uriah Miller near Roller, and Frank Loats, Manchester, who were acquaintances for a considerable length of time. Both men were born on the same day and both died last Thursday at the age of 62 years. Both were attended during their illness by Dr. J. H. Sherman, Manchester. Both funerals were held Sunday. Mr. Miller was buried in the Black Rock cemetery about two miles from Lineboro. -- Democratic Advocate, Aug. 1, 1924.

100 years ago: Edwin W. Shriver, the inventor of the U.S. postal wagon, or postoffice on wheels, who has been acting as postal clerk on the wagon and making the daily trip of 30 miles since the beginning of the enterprise, in April, has been transferred to other duty by the Postoffice Department. Horace G. Reese, who was originally appointed a substitute or assistant, has been promoted to a postal clerkship, and now has charge of the wagon. Thus far the experiment of the postal wagon has been satisfactory, and the department has kept a careful observation of its transactions and noted incidents of special interest in connection with them. One of these incidents is the receipt and delivery of mail matter by George W. Chase's dog, at Crawford's store, and the department has caused the animal to be photographed in the act referred to. It is reported that the department contemplates extending the system and that Mr. Shriver will superintend any further operations that may be undertaken. -- American Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1899.

A hook and ladder truck, made by Willie Brooks, oldest son of Register of Wills Jos. D. Brooks, was shown in this city Thursday. It is a very creditable piece of work, indeed, for a lad of his years. It is rather too large to be called a miniature fire apparatus, being 10 feet long, with ladders 10, 8 and 6 feet in length, hooks, picks, axes, bucket, lanterns, bell and, in fact, all the appurtenances of a thoroughly equipped truck. It is painted blue and white, with handsome lettering, indicating that it belongs to the juniors of the Westminster Fire Department. Willie is just 13 years old. His mechanical skill, as displayed in this work, is remarkable. -- American Sentinel, Aug. 19, 1899.

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