History Matters: Visiting, dancing and great pitching

July 14, 2011|By Louise Vest

100 Years Ago

Visiting, dancing, and great pitching

From the Lisbon social column:

"Miss Louise Fisher has returned to Baltimore after spending sometime with her mother, Mrs. Ella A. Fisher. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton White have returned to Philadelphia after visiting. E.D. Justus. Mrs. and Mrs. Hoffman anddaughter have returned to Baltimore after visiting Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Hoffman.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Griffin of Mt. Airy visited friends in our neighborhood recently. Mr. and Mrs. Burns and daughter spent last weekend with relatives here. Mr. Edward Kolb of Baltimore, visited his uncle last week. Mrs. Charles Molesworth is visiting her sister in Baltimore. Dr. J.A. Nice wasin Lisbon last week."

From the Mount Airy column:

"There was a dance in Masonic Hall Friday July 14th given by the young folks of the town and another to be held August 4th."

It's interesting about that dance and that it seems the kids "of the town" just got together and decided to hold a dance without belonging to any particular club, society, or group and without benefit of legions of sponsors. It's not much different then when kids could just go outside and have a pick-up game of ball with a bunch of other kids. Then they had the freedom to create their own rules and play outside the purview of perpetually hovering adults, but inside the realm of fun.

Ellicott City sports news: Ellicott City 10, St. Paul's 0

"Two great games of baseball were played at Forty Acres last Saturday. In the first the home team handily disposed of the St. Paul's Club of Baltimore, pitcher Brunsman being in great shape pitched the last part of the game. Stromberg for the visitors pitched pretty good ball but his support was a llittle weak. ... ."

75 Years Ago

Drive to the Drive

In the social notes:

"Mrs. Fanny McKenzie and daughter Miss Lillian McKenzie, returned to their home on Sylvan Lane on Wednesday after a week's visit with friends and relatives in Rectortown, Virginia. While in that state, they visited many places of interested included among which was Skyline Drive."

50 Years Ago

A horse's Assateague, or Two kids and a pony

Advertised in the Times was the Druid Theatre in Damascus:

"Thurs. Fri& Sat. David Ladd and Arthur O'Connell in 'Misty'. Shows weekdays: 7:30, 9:20 Saturday - 5:45 continuous."

This film was adapted from Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague written in 1947. The book and movie are about two children of Chincoteague and the annual round up of Assateague "ponies" and the auction following on Chincoteague. This herd thinning was a fundraiser for the local fire department.

There are herds, one Maryland's and the other Virginia's. I interview a park ranger at the Assateague Island National Seashore several years ago and learned that the wild herd is given no inoculations or veterinary =

services, except for contraceptive shots to manage the herd's population. He added this interesting fact; that to control the mosquitoes, that can be a horrendous problem for man and beast, they had introduced dragonflies.

The Misty story still brings thousands to the annual July pony penning and auction and also draws attention to the plight of the horses. One assistance project is the Assateague Foster Horse Program with proceeds helping to fund the care of the horses where for their donation, the foster "parent" is given a photo and information about their foster horse. Sounds like a good gift idea.

And the July auction and pony penny is also a boon for Chincoteague. The Island Roxy Theatre on Chincoteague's Main Street lays claim to having Misty's hoof print in the cement outside its doors. Now I've been in movie theatres with some real horse's derrieres, who chatter through the entire movie, but in the Roxy one day they had the whole horse! Before the Misty movie was shown at the Roxy, Misty herself was paraded down the movie theatre 's isles before the movie's first showing.

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