Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun Article for August 19, 2001

25 Years Ago

Sykesville Man Wins $1,000 in Lottery—John J. Smith, Sr. of Church St. in Florhville, who says he never knew any anybody who ever won anything, is $1,000 richer after purchasing a lottery ticket from Rudnick’s Store.  He received his check Saturday and is still considering how he will spend it.  ‘I may be able to go hunting for two weeks instead of just one this year,’ he commented.  A tractor-trailer driver for 32 years, Mr. Smith says he buys tickets only ‘off and on.’  ‘I’ll keep trying.  Maybe I’ll get that $50,000 yet,’ he said.   The Herald, August 18, 1976.

50 Years Ago 

MD Canneries Pack for Defense — 30,700,000 Cans of Tomatoes; 10,000,000 of Green Beans; 5,874,000 of Corn Were Packed – The state’s farmers and canners will contribute to the defense effort in 1951 by earmarking an estimated 60 million cans of Maryland-packed vegetables for the exclusive use of the armed forces, a survey by the American Can Company reveals.  The set-aside for defense ranges from 14 to 27 per cent of Maryland’s principal vegetables packs.   For each pack the set-aside is calculated on the basis of a formula issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.  The 1951 quota for military use is substantially larger than that of a year ago when UN troops moved into Korea.   Democratic Advocate, August 17, 1951.

75 Years Ago

Two Successful Raids Made for Booze — 32 Barrels of Mash and Two Stills found on Martin Farm at Middleburg and Destroyed – Twenty five and a 75 gallon still, 32 barrels of mash, 300 pounds of sugar, 20 pounds of yeast and 50 gallons of distillate, seized by Sheriff Phillips, State’s Attorney Brown, Deputy Sheriff Gentzler and Office Weigle, Sunday caused the arrest of Howard Foreman, tenant, on W. E. Martin’s farm at Middleburg.  Mr. Foreman was notified to appear before U. S. Commissioner Supplee, Baltimore for a hearing.  At the residence of Frank Kern, Ward avenue, on the same day, the same officials entered his home where a quantity of home brew was seized.  Mr. Kern was also ordered to appear before Commissioner Supplee for trial when called.   Democratic Advocate, August 20, 1926.

100 Years Ago

The guessing contest for the handsome dining table in Messrs. Derr & Lamberd’s furniture window, this city, closed on Saturday evening last at 9 o’clock, at which time Messrs. John H. Mitten, A. H. Geiselman and Ernest Geiman counted the grains of corn on the table:  The correct number of grains was as follows:  Loose grains1,026, Ear No 1: 761, No. 2:  700, Ear No. 3:  730, No. 4:  550, No. 5:  672, No. 6:  698, No. 7:  863,  No. 8:  503, No. 9:  737, No. 10:  625, No. 11:  1,097, No. 12:  759, No. 13:  630, No. 14:  696, No. 15:  628, making a grand total of 11,676.  Mr. Jas. T. Trayer, of Westminster, who guessed 11,662 grains, was the successful contestant, being only fourteen grains short of the exact number.  His acknowledgement of the receipt of the table, given by Messrs. Derr & Lamberd, appears elsewhere in the Sentinel.   American Sentinel, August 17, 2001.