Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for April 14, 2001

25 Years Ago

Sykesville Considering Youth Curfew – It’s 10 p.m.  Do you know where your children are?  This might become a regularly asked question of parents in Sykesville, and if they can’t answer they might end up getting fined.  Why?  The town council has taken a cue from Baltimore City’s curfew for juveniles and considers its implementation a possible reality.  That’s of course depending on what citizens think.  And at the town meeting Monday night, the council urged all citizens to make their views known at the next meeting May 10.  “We need a curfew,” said Councilman Charles L. Knisley, who brought the recommendation to the floor.  “It’s working in Baltimore City.  We ought to get in on it while the iron is hot.”  Police Chief William Coffey agrees wholeheartedly.  “I’m in complete accord with a curfew,” he said.  “And I plan to push it as much I can.”  “I don’t see why it can’t work here,” he told the council.   Sykesville Herald, April 14, 1976.

50 Years Ago

600 Attend Wolfe Motor Co. – An interesting educational program was provided by the Wolf Tractor and Equipment Company at the Westminster High School on Thursday night.  Over 600 farmers and other interested persons were in attendance.  A color film, “Waves of Green,” was shown.  The program opened with a group of selections played by the Westminster High School band.  Joseph J. Wolf, of the Wolf Motor Company and the Wolf Tractor and Equipment Company, commended on the type of educational program provided on this occasion and for the cooperation at all times in agricultural cooperation.  Prof. John W. Magruder, Extension Service, University of Maryland, was the principal speaker.  He explained the Land Grant Colleges in the United States, operating principally for the rural population.  A representative of the Ford Company gave a brief story of the picture, “Waves of Green.”  A number of prizes were awarded during evening.   Democratic Advocate, April 13, 1951.

75 Years Ago

Ground Hog Extermination at Finksburg – A recent development in the chemical industry promises to forward in an effective way of killing ground hogs in a simple manner.  The deadly cyanide gas has been combined with lime into a powder which can be safely used by humans to wipe out this pest.  To give the concern which has developed this chemical an opportunity to bring its effect to the farmers in this county, County Agent Walrath has arranged to hold the ground hog killing demonstration on Saturday afternoon, April 24th at 2 p.m. at the home of Edward Martin, near Asbestos, in Wollery’s district.  This farmer has suffered real damage by this pest in his truck crops and is expected that many farmers who were likewise troubled with this rodent will be present to witness and take part in this demonstration.   American Sentinel, April 16, 1926.

100 Years Ago

Manchester Items – The Easter holidays were generally observed in our section.  On Good Friday work was pretty generally suspended.  Rev. S. M. Roeder held preparatory service in Trinity Reformed Church, which was largely attended, as was also the Easter morning communion service.  He administered the sacrament to 180 communicants, among whom were five young persons who were received by the right of confirmation on Friday previous.  On Sunday evening Emmanuel Lutheran Sunday School gave an excellent Easter service, consisting of songs and recitations appropriate to the day.  It was attended by a large and appreciative audience.   American Sentinel, April 13, 1901.