Carroll history

October 30, 2005

1930: escape from the county jail

George E. Crumbacker and George O. Zepp attacked Sheriff George C. Fowble and escaped from the Carroll County jail Nov. 1, 1930. Crumbacker, who was charged with stealing chickens from Edward Burke of Taneytown, asked Fowble if he could call his brother. Crumbacker struck Fowble over the head with a bottle as they were returning to the cell. Zepp grabbed the sheriff's gun and keys. The prisoners locked Fowble in the prison cell. Before fleeing the jail, the prisoners tore out all the telephone wires and locked Fowble's wife, son and three others in the sheriff's office. Crumbacker was arrested in York, Pa., two days later.

[ The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, 1930. Compiled by Sun researcher Shelia Jackson]

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