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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1998
Fifty years ago, microfilm squirreled away in a hollowed-out pumpkin at Pipe Creek Farm in northern Carroll County played a pivotal role in one of the most celebrated espionage cases of the Red Scare.No pumpkins grow there anymore.Like air raid drills, fallout shelters and Khrushchev's shoe, this 390-acre Cold War shrine is a fading memory.But another legacy of this tract of steep pastures and breathtaking views persists -- that of the farm itself and the role it played in the life of a frumpy ex-Communist named Whittaker Chambers after the turbulent years of the espionage case.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 27, 2011
John Thomas Chambers Jr., Annapolis' first black mayor, died Friday morning of a heart attack. His death came five days before his 83rd birthday. "He loved helping others," said Hannah Scott Chambers, his wife of 57 years. "He loved all sports, and he loved church, children and people. He was an unusual individual. I kept expecting him to change. Thank God he never did. " The second oldest of four children, Mr. Chambers was born and raised in the Parole community of Annapolis. His father, the Rev. John T. Chambers Sr., owned the popular Chambers Barber Shop, and was one of the founders of the Anne Arundel County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | May 27, 1999
The historic Carroll County farm whose pumpkin patch was at the heart of one of the McCarthy era's most famous spy cases is among nine farms the county will submit to the state as agricultural preservation districts.After a public hearing yesterday, the county commissioners voted to recommend that the state designate the farms, totaling more than 1,000 acres, as preservation districts.This step requires the owners to commit to no development of the land for a minimum of five years.It makes them eligible to sell development rights to the state through an easement, but does not require them to sell the easement.
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By The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
Annapolis' first black mayor, John Thomas Chambers Jr., died Friday morning of a heart attack, according to statement from the City of Annapolis Chambers, who would have turned 83 on Tuesday, was appointed mayor by city council colleagues in 1981 after Republican Mayor John C. Apostol resigned and Apostol's successor committed suicide. Chambers served from April 12 to June 7, 1981, before Richard Hillman was elected to succeed him, according to a statement on the city's website.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | June 29, 2007
Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers turned on communism and Alger Hiss and then was forced, in the hard times that followed, to sell a chunk of his Carroll County farm. A half century later, Chambers' son has finally reassembled the family farm - only to see it threatened anew. Carroll County, where new houses can't be built without new water, wants to take part of the farm to build the proposed Union Mills reservoir. When John Chambers objected - the property, northeast of Westminster, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988 - he said county leaders brushed him off this way: "We're not threatening to take the pumpkin patch."
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By Dave Edelman and Dave Edelman,Special to The Sun | May 28, 1995
"Lying In Bed," by J.D. Landis. 296 pages. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, $19.95Solitude can do some strange things to a person, but John Chambers is perhaps a bit stranger than most.Chambers' father, a respectable criminal court judge, calls him "utterly worthless and . . . abjectly murcid," although he leaves his son enough of his hard-earned cash to live a languid life of intellectual introspection in a New York penthouse apartment. Chambers begins describing himself as a rhetorician ("someone who studies the power of language")
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1999
A historic Carroll County farm that belonged to former Communist Whittaker Chambers -- a player in one of the most sensational spy cases of the McCarthy era -- received preliminary approval for agricultural preservation yesterday.The 202-acre farm now owned by Chambers' son, John Chambers, was among nine properties -- totaling more than 1,000 acres -- the county planning commission recommended be included in the agricultural preservation district.The Chambers' farm drew national attention in 1948, when Chambers dramatically produced microfilm from a hollowed-out pumpkin that purportedly tied former State Department official Alger Hiss to Soviet agents.
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By The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
Annapolis' first black mayor, John Thomas Chambers Jr., died Friday morning of a heart attack, according to statement from the City of Annapolis Chambers, who would have turned 83 on Tuesday, was appointed mayor by city council colleagues in 1981 after Republican Mayor John C. Apostol resigned and Apostol's successor committed suicide. Chambers served from April 12 to June 7, 1981, before Richard Hillman was elected to succeed him, according to a statement on the city's website.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 27, 2011
John Thomas Chambers Jr., Annapolis' first black mayor, died Friday morning of a heart attack. His death came five days before his 83rd birthday. "He loved helping others," said Hannah Scott Chambers, his wife of 57 years. "He loved all sports, and he loved church, children and people. He was an unusual individual. I kept expecting him to change. Thank God he never did. " The second oldest of four children, Mr. Chambers was born and raised in the Parole community of Annapolis. His father, the Rev. John T. Chambers Sr., owned the popular Chambers Barber Shop, and was one of the founders of the Anne Arundel County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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August 8, 2009
On June 17, 2009, in Towson, MD, LAUREL J. CHAMBERS (nee Eustace); formerly of Scotch Plains, NJ; beloved wife of the late Frederick John Chambers and devoted sister of Charlotte Fekete of Chatham, NJ.; dear aunt of Deborah Gianatasio and her husband, John of Chatham, NJ, and Robert Chambers and his wife, Mary Ann and their family. Mrs. Chambers had served as President of the Scotch Plains woman's club when she lived there, A memorial mass will be offered in Our Lady of the Fields Church, Chatham, NJ, on Saturday, August 8 at 10 A.M. Interment private.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | June 29, 2007
Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers turned on communism and Alger Hiss and then was forced, in the hard times that followed, to sell a chunk of his Carroll County farm. A half century later, Chambers' son has finally reassembled the family farm - only to see it threatened anew. Carroll County, where new houses can't be built without new water, wants to take part of the farm to build the proposed Union Mills reservoir. When John Chambers objected - the property, northeast of Westminster, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988 - he said county leaders brushed him off this way: "We're not threatening to take the pumpkin patch."
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | May 27, 1999
The historic Carroll County farm whose pumpkin patch was at the heart of one of the McCarthy era's most famous spy cases is among nine farms the county will submit to the state as agricultural preservation districts.After a public hearing yesterday, the county commissioners voted to recommend that the state designate the farms, totaling more than 1,000 acres, as preservation districts.This step requires the owners to commit to no development of the land for a minimum of five years.It makes them eligible to sell development rights to the state through an easement, but does not require them to sell the easement.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1999
A historic Carroll County farm that belonged to former Communist Whittaker Chambers -- a player in one of the most sensational spy cases of the McCarthy era -- received preliminary approval for agricultural preservation yesterday.The 202-acre farm now owned by Chambers' son, John Chambers, was among nine properties -- totaling more than 1,000 acres -- the county planning commission recommended be included in the agricultural preservation district.The Chambers' farm drew national attention in 1948, when Chambers dramatically produced microfilm from a hollowed-out pumpkin that purportedly tied former State Department official Alger Hiss to Soviet agents.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1998
Fifty years ago, microfilm squirreled away in a hollowed-out pumpkin at Pipe Creek Farm in northern Carroll County played a pivotal role in one of the most celebrated espionage cases of the Red Scare.No pumpkins grow there anymore.Like air raid drills, fallout shelters and Khrushchev's shoe, this 390-acre Cold War shrine is a fading memory.But another legacy of this tract of steep pastures and breathtaking views persists -- that of the farm itself and the role it played in the life of a frumpy ex-Communist named Whittaker Chambers after the turbulent years of the espionage case.
NEWS
By Dave Edelman and Dave Edelman,Special to The Sun | May 28, 1995
"Lying In Bed," by J.D. Landis. 296 pages. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, $19.95Solitude can do some strange things to a person, but John Chambers is perhaps a bit stranger than most.Chambers' father, a respectable criminal court judge, calls him "utterly worthless and . . . abjectly murcid," although he leaves his son enough of his hard-earned cash to live a languid life of intellectual introspection in a New York penthouse apartment. Chambers begins describing himself as a rhetorician ("someone who studies the power of language")
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