History Matters: Chicken farmers enjoy Baltimore Poultry Show in 1912

January 14, 2012|By Louise Vest

100 Years Ago

The chicken and the egg

From the Sykesville column:

"The chicken farmers of Sykesville who visited the Baltimore Poultry Show in the Fifth Armory were enthusiastic in their praise of the show's exhibits.

Mr. George Schrame who entered poultry in the contest received first, second and third prizes. Among the others who attended from here were Dr. D.H. Sprecher, Messers. H.D. Warfield,

Earle Chaney, O.F. List, Floyd Spurrier, C.A. Phoebus, Wm. Forthman and E.M. Mellor, Jr.

Mr. Mellor said the chicken fever seized him with such violence that his temperature went up to 105 and he immediately invested in three birds, white Wyandottes to the tune of $35.00."

There are several types of Wyandottes, a name that comes from American Indians. They are evidently good egg and meat producers.

Over the years, the imposing Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore was the site of athletic events, festivals, circuses, conventions and it has been visited by various VIPs, including Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. It's also the headquarters of the Maryland National Guard. In 1912 the building was almost brand new. It was built in 1901 and is still in operation exemplifying the adage: "They don't build 'em like the used to."

The Maryland National Guard can trace its origins to the Maryland colony's beginnings, in 1634. During the Revolutionary War the Maryland Battalion soldiers who fought the British came to be known as the Maryland Line, hence the reason one of Maryland's monikers is the "Old Line State."

75 Years Ago

Open case

A national news item in the Times in January 1937:

"Even the Lindbergh Law has failed to scare off that most despicable criminal, the kidnapper, although the law is plain and the violator faces certain death. The Mattson case stirs the entire country. Our hearts reach out to the bereaved family. We can almost reconcile ourselves to lynch law, probably three out of five persons anywhere would be glad to plant a swift bullet in the body of anyone so callous and so cruel as to mutilate and destroy a harmless lad whose only fault that he had the misfortune to be the son of a wealthy and prominent man."

The boy, Charles Mattson, was the son of a wealthy surgeon in Washington state. The 10-year-old was abducted from his home Dec. 27, 1936 by a masked man who left a ransom note demanding $28,000. Though the family tried to pay the ransom, it's thought the kidnapper panicked and killed the boy soon after his abduction. His body was found 10 days later. The case received much press and President Franklin Roosevelt also made a public statement regarding the kidnapping.

Five years earlier, the Lindberg kidnapping took place, after which kidnapping was made a federal crime and placed under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mattson's kidnapper was never found and the case is still open.

50 Years Ago

Youth triumphs on the court

"Tubman Varsity Beats Alumni: the Rockets and Rockettes each trounced the Alumni in the first basketball game for the 1962 for the Harriet Tubman teams.

Outstanding for the Tubman Rockettes was Carolyn Johnson with a score of 16 points. Other teamsters for the Rockettes were: Arthenia Moore, Florence Dorsey, Audrey Berry, Arletta Moore, Jacqueline Matthews, Lilian Blackwell, Ann Corporal, and Sonja Cager.

Outstanding players for the Alumni were: Edna Hood, Hatti Blaekston, Levola Thomas, Ruby Scott,

Catherine Hammond, Gertrude Johnson and Winnie Newman.

The final score was Rockettes, 31, Alumni, 27. ... ."

The boys team, the Rockets, also beat the Alumni team on the basketball court.

More basketball:

"Tri-County Parish Basketball League: St. Paul's boys over St. Mary's Boys 22-18; St. Louis, Clarksville, beat St. Lawrence Jessup 19-16; St. Paul's girls team defeated St. Mary's at Laurel, 13-12."

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