25 Years Ago: All of the Mt. Airy business men and women, together with members of the clergy and representatives of various newspapers, met at the Town Office this morning, Wednesday, March 12th, to meet and greet the newly assigned Mt. Airy State Trooper.
Trooper Larry Smith, together with other troopers from the Frederick Barracks, and Mayor Lewis Dixon, greeted all who stopped by the Town Office and answered any questions that were presented.
Trooper Larry Smith is now permanently assigned to Mt. Airy where he will be on duty forty hours a week on a regular basis, working out of the Town Office. In other words, he is assigned to the Town of Mt. Airy on a full-time basis. This assignment fills a long-time need and citizens of Mt. Airy are delighted with this accomplishment.
Mayor Dixon and members of the Town Council are to be congratulated on this achievement. Citizens of Mt. Airy are delighted with this protection.
Larry Smith is a resident of Ijamsville. He has been assigned to Mt. Airy from the Frederick Barracks. He is very personable and no doubt will be most helpful to all in this area. Mt. Airy is very happy to have you on board, Larry Smith!
--The Community Reporter, March 14, 1975
50 Years Ago: House Bill No. 81, The Carroll County Carnival Bill, was passed the Maryland Legislature which adjourned, on Thursday, March 2nd. This bill was introduced by the Carroll County delegation on February 1, and this bill carries a limitation on prizes as well as chance books. It also carries a referendum, to be voted upon at the next general election with privilege to operate under the provisions of the bill until accepted or rejected by the voters of the county. It also has some control as a permit must be secured from the Board of County commissioners. It carries a provision that business has to be closed at nil 'dnight on Saturday and not to operate on Sunday.
If the new law is signed by the Governor the various fire companies and veteran organizations will be able to hold carnivals at least this summer.
In explaining their stand on this piece of legislation the Carroll Delegates said: We have tried to make a law not to conservative or not too liberal. A law of this kind without some restrictions or controls Would make our country a nest of gamblers. With as fine a county as we now have ranking about the thirdrichest agricultural county in our nation. We certainly do not want such gambling conditions to exist.
--Democratic Advocate, March 10, 1950
75 Years Ago: The residence and store, with all contents, of John Leisure, of Louisville, near Gamber, was totally destroyed by fire at 1 o'clock this morning.
The fire originated in the roof of the store room at the chimney, which was built as an addition to the house and from the roaring flames that had burned its way to his bed room, awakened him and found himself surrounded by fire.
His first thought was for his family when recovering from his scare and made his way through the dense smoke to the room where his wife and four children were sleeping. He awoke them up and then ran for their lives into the road for safety.
The neighbors hearing his cries came to his rescue and did every thing possible until theWestminster Fire Company arrived about 20 minutes later, to keep the fire from spreading. The only thing remained of once a house and store was a mass of flames and the buildings entirely burned to the ground when the company came upon the scene.
--Democratic Advocate, March 13, 1924
100 Years Ago: The entertainment given in the hall here on last Saturday evening, by some of the pupils of our public school, assisted by Miss Flora Flickinger, Messrs. H. M. Lippy, Thomas Boose and U. Ebaugh, was a success. The hall was crowded, and quite a number were unable to get in. The total receipts were $18.65, which will net the school between ten and twelve dollars, and which will be added to the library fund. Sufficient money had been collected to purchase a 500 pound bell for the school house, but the School Board objected to having a bell of that weight placed on the building, and the difference in the cost of two bells leaves several dollars in the treasury, which will be used to purchase a library.
--American Sentinel, March 10, 1900