Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for April 21, 2001

25 Years Ago

800 Families Unite to Fight Run-away Freedom Growth – A federation of community associations representing about 800 families has been established to stop “runaway” growth in the Freedom District.  “We’ve joined to fight a common cause – high density,” said Grant S. Dannelly, vice president of Marriott Ridge, one of the associations.  “We aren’t opposed to growth, but we are opposed to it running away with us.”  So far 11 communities including Marriott Ridge have joined the organization, named the Federation of Freedom District Area Associations.  They are:  Bonnie Brae, Carroll Highlands, Carroll Square, the Eldersburg Improvement Association, Lake Forest, South Carroll Estates, Strawbridge Estates, Long Meadow and Hemlock.  The federation is opposed to what has been called the “rubberstamping” policies of large developments by the Planning Commission which it says is creating an unbearable situation in the Freedom District.   Sykesville Herald, April 21, 1976.

50 Years Ago

S. Duncan Black Dies Suddenly – S. Duncan Black, President of The Black & Decker Mfg., Co., manufacturers of portable electric tools, died suddenly on April 15th of a cerebral hemorrhage in Baltimore, Md.  Co-founder of the firm with Alonzo G. Decker 40 years ago, Mr. Black had continued as the active head of the company until his death.  He was 67 years old.  Mr. Black saw the company grow from the sale of a $600 “horseless buggy” to combine with an equal cash investment by Mr. Decker to the world’s largest manufacturer of portable electric tools.  When the company started in 1910 it had seven machinists working in rented warehouse space making special machinery to order.  Today the company employs 4,000 in its world-wide organization, has sales of $24,000,000 annually and a net worth in excess of $13,000,000.   Democratic Advocate, April 20, 1951.

75 Years Ago

Bank Hold-Up at Curtis Bay — Frank C. Pearre Formerly of this city, Cashier Drops to Floor and Helps Shoot the Bandit – Yesterday afternoon the Curtis Bay, Maryland, bank was held up by an amateur bank bandit named Arthur H. Kinner, aged 30, and but for the quick action of the assistant cashier Lawrence F. Tieman, aged 21 years, and Frank C. Pearre, formerly of this city, cashier of the bank, a loss of $5,000 or more may have occurred.  When the bandit pointed a loaded pistol at Tieman he and Pearre grabbed revolvers and dropped behind the counter.  They then fired at the bandit through the thin partition and succeeded in wounding him about five times.  The bandit ran out of the building to a taxi he had waiting but before he could get away the yells of Miss Nina J. Wilkerson, an employee of the bank attracted a number of men who prevented an escape and Kinner was handed over to the police.  Kinner is in the hospital.   American Sentinel, April 23, 1926

100 Years Ago

Carrollton Items – Chicken thieves are beginning to do their nightly work in the Carrollton vicinity.  Mrs. George Long put a hen and fifteen young peeps in the outside pantry for safe keeping at night, next morning the hen and brood were gone, taken by some two legged thief.  The hennery of Mr. Eli Martin was also raided a week or so ago and many of his chickens were taken.  Mr. Martin is a very sick man and the thief or thieves who stole his poultry deserve the severest penalty of the law.  The henneries of Messrs. Milton Chew and Kinsey Evans met with the same fate, Mr. Evans losing fifteen or more.   American Sentinel, April 20, 1901.