“Carroll County Society Dinner, 1923”
Carroll County Times Article for 24 January 1999
Prior to the founding of the Historical Society of Carroll County in 1939, the only organization with an interest in county history was the Carroll County Society of Baltimore. Most of the members had been born in Carroll County and they held an annual banquet on January 19th, the county birthday. Local history was the topic at the 1923 meeting and featured lectures by W.W. Husband, U. S. Commissioner General of Immigration and Joseph D. Brooks, editor of the Westminster American Sentinel newspaper. Mr. Brooks delivered a lengthy historical address which was printed in the January 26 issue of his paper:
“Mr. Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Carroll County Society of Baltimore: There are times when I am persuaded almost to agree with former U. S. Senator Sherman, of Illinois, who, in a public address declared that if he had it in his power he would burn all the histories, because, as he stated, they contained nothing but the history of wars and bloodshed giving the student an erroneous idea of mankind. Instead he would write a history of the advance made by man in religion, commerce, science, the professions, agriculture mechanics, the arts, etc. In what I shall say to-night I shall endeavor, in a rather crude manner to give you an idea of the character of the people who settled that part of Maryland which, since 1837, has borne the name of Carroll county. Insofar as I have been able to learn the northern and eastern part of the county were settled first. In and about the year 1670 there arrived in the northern and eastern sections of the county a people who, for the purpose of finding a land where they could worship God unmolested, and according to the dictates of their own conscience, had, at the request of William Penn, the founder of the colony of Pennsylvania, forsaken the hill country of what is now Germany, Switzerland and the Palatinate in Europe and migrated to the colony of Pennsylvania, landing in the then important town of Philadelphia, whence they journeyed westward and southward to what they supposed was the southern part of the colony of Pennsylvania. These people were the followers of Luther and Zwingley, the former the founder of the Lutheran Church and the latter the Reformed Church. they were an honest, religious, and industrious people, just the kind from which empires spring. After them came the member of the sect known as Dunkards (now called the Church of the Brethren) from Germany, and later on the Scotch-Irish Protestants, or Presbyterians from the county of Antrim in northeast Ireland. At that time the Maryland colony was governed by Lord Baltimore, a Romas Catholic, and when these peopole settled in what is now the northern and eastern Parts of Carroll county little did they know that in America they were placing themselves under the jurisdiction of a Catholic. That was one of the reasons they had left Europe. but when Lord Baltimore and William Penn agreed upon a comprose and settled the disputed boundary between the colonies on a certain parallel of north latitude, now known as the Mason and Dixon line, they found themselves in the colony of Maryland. From that day until very recently a large majority of these people have little or no imprtant business or social relations with their southern or western neighbors, most of their business, except legal matters, being tranacted with the people of the towns of southeran Pennsylvania, especially with Hanover and Littlestown.
A Religious People
|Part II will appear next week|
|Photo caption:||Joseph D. Brooks, Esq., editor of the American Sentinel newspaper was a guest speaker at the 1923 Carroll County Society of Baltimore banquet. Historical Society of Carroll County collection, gift of Mrs. Roy Kindig|