50 years ago: Dance enthusiasts are in for a treat when...


November 07, 1999|By Compiled from the files of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

50 years ago: Dance enthusiasts are in for a treat when the nationally known Glenn Gray and his Casa Loma orchestra make their appearance at the Westminster Armory Nov. 17, under the auspices of the Westminster Athletic Association. The Case Loma band has long been known on the radio as one of the best bands in the land and Westminster is fortunate in being included in the Eastern tour of this orchestra. -- Democratic Advocate, Nov. 11, 1949.

75 years ago: The Chamber of Commerce has placed signs at convenient places leading to our city to attract pedestrians entering this city. The wording is catchy and suitable for each meaning. -- Democratic Advocate, Nov. 14, 1924.

100 years ago: A shooting affray occurred near Union Bridge Wednesday, in which a peddler calling himself Mahmood Casem received pretty severe wounds in the fleshy part of his legs above the knees by the discharge of a shotgun in the hands of a young man familiarly known as "Bud" Blacksten. The shooting occurred at the home of Blacksten's father, Henry Blacksten, within sight of Union Bridge. Reports are somewhat conflicting, but as nearly as can be ascertained, it appears that Casem called at the house of the Blackstens with his pack, and endeavored to sell some of the family a bill of goods. A dispute arose and the peddler was ordered to leave the house, which he did, but refused to go off the premises. Young Blacksten told him if he did not comply with the order, he (Blacksten) would shoot him. Casem replied: "Shoot away." Blacksten then fired at the peddler with a shotgun. The wounds inflicted are not necessarily dangerous, but may prove so. At last report, young Blacksten had not been arrested having disappeared from the neighborhood and gone, nobody knows where. -- Democratic Advocate, Oct. 28, 1899.

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