Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for April 28, 2001

25 Years Ago

No-tax-increase Budget Proposed – The county commissioners have kept their promise and have proposed an unchanged property tax rate of $2.50 per $100 assessable base for the 1976-77 fiscal year budget.  “It’s not an exciting budget,” said Lloyd W. Jones, director of budget and finance.  “But it is a good one.”  “It reflects a favorable economic trend.”  This year’s operating budget for local funding has been set at $23 million, which represents a 10.9 per cent increase over last year.  The capital budget has been set at about $10 million, which is a 13 per cent increase over fiscal year 1975-76.  Mr. Jones said the entire operating and capital budgets, including local, state and federal sources, is about $50 million.   Sykesville Herald, April 28, 1976.

50 Years Ago 

Carroll County Public Schools Eisteddfod — The Program Will be Held in Alumni Hall Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Instructors Present Splendid Selections – The Twenty-fourth Carroll County Eisteddfod (Music Festival) will be held in the Alumni Hall, Western Maryland College on Friday evening, April 27, at 7:30 o’clock.  Tickets for the Eisteddfod may be obtained from each school or at the door on the night of the performance.  For the first time in twenty-four years choral risers will be used making it possible for every singer to be seen and heard.  This will also give clear visibility of the conductor of each performance.  After many years of unsuccessful attempts the problem of risers was solved when the three Service Clubs of Westminster, Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions in cooperative effort contributed enough money to purchase four sectional, three step, choral risers for the community of Westminster.   The Democratic Advocate, April 27, 1951.

75 Years Ago

McGinnis Distillery Robbery Indictments – James M. Geisey, 2400 Liberty Heights avenue, Baltimore, was indicted by the Federal Grand Jury as prime mover in the $100,000 whiskey theft at the McGinnis Distillery, Tannery, this county, and the railroading of $36,000 worth of beer into Baltimore. Barry M. Wolfe, prohibition agent formerly attached to the Washington flying squad and now in the service at Chicago, procured the evidence in all but one case.  Indictment of the men in connection with the McGinnis case was considered a foregone conclusion since intelligence operatives from the capital had been working in the open for weeks.   American Sentinel, April 30, 1926.

100 Years Ago

Chief of Police Wm. N. Beaver, of this city, concluded that a fine silk umbrella, which was sold by a fairly dressed man on Wednesday for fifty cents, had been stolen, and arrested the seller as a vagrant.  Mr. A. F. Buser, a traveling salesman for Newbold & Sons, of Baltimore, stated that the umbrella was his property.  The party accused of the theft gave his name as Frank Edwards, but declined to say where he resides.  Justice Moore committed him for a hearing.   American Sentinel, April 27, 1901.