Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for August 27, 2000

25 Years Ago           

Local School’s Attendance is Now Increasing — Elementary Classroom Enrollment Given — List of New Teachers in Area Schools – With 595 students now enrolled, Mt. Airy Elementary School expects about 50 more students this year than the 557 which were enrolled at the end of last school year.  Other area schools have not yet arrived at estimates of increased sizes, but all expect them.  Both Mt. Airy Middle and Elementary Schools will be using portable classrooms this year.  Area schools will be adding faculty in addition to students.   Community Reporter, August 29, 1975                 

50 Years Ago 

Local Distillery Victim of Fraud — Involved Are Warehime Receipts for 21,000 Barrels of Whiskey – The Sherwood Distilling Company of Westminster, pleaded in a Federal Court suit that it had been the victim of an $800,000 fraud.  The perpetrator, the company alleged, was Charles C. Collom of Spring House, Pa., president of the Philadelphia Acceptance Corporation.  The distillery’s charge was set forth in its answer to a suit brought against it in Federal Court by the Peoples First National Bank and Trust Company of Pittsburgh.  Involved are warehouse receipts for 21,000 barrels of whiskey.  Sherwood said it turned the certificates, and some of its capital stock over to Collom.  He was to hold them as trustee during preliminary negotiations for sale of the distillery.  The sale fell through.  Collom in the meantime pledged the certificates to the Pittsburgh bank for an $800,000 loan.  Sherwood said.  The first Sherwood knew about this, was when the bank asked for payment of the $694,000 balance due on the note July 25.   Democratic Advocate, August 25, 1950

75 Years Ago            

Bank Barn Burned — Live Stock Perish – The large bank barn, wagon shed, live stock and contents on the Jacob Powder farm, tenanted by George W. Hook, near Eldersburg was completely wiped out by fire Tuesday afternoon.  Besides two horses, two cows and several calves that were in the barn, about 150 bushels of threshed wheat, hay, farm wagons, implements, etc., were lost.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Part of the loss is covered by insurance.  The Westminster Fire Department was summoned and arrived in time to save the residence which was in danger as it was close to the burning buildings.  Mr. Hook was hauling sweet corn to Gamber and had returned to his home to feed his horses and sent to the house to eat dinner.   While in the house he complained of smelling burning rags and glancing out of the window saw his barn on fire.   He rushed to the horse entry and saved three of his horses, but the fire had gained such headway that he could not save the balance of his stock.   Democratic Advocate, August 28, 1925

100 Years Ago          

The distressing drought which prevailed in portions of this county was broken by a series of refreshing rains, which began about one o’clock, Tuesday morning.  The precipitation at this writing amounts to between two and three inches.  The Citizen’s Water and Power Company, of this city, reports Mr. Shryock as now boring the second artesian well for the company, near Cranberry Stations, and that it is expected work on the pool will be begun next week. The authorities of the company are much pleased with the quantity and quality of the water thus far obtained.   American Sentinel, August 25, 1900