21 December 2008 – Belsnickling Once Popular in Area

2021-08-11T12:20:06-04:00December 21st, 2008|2008, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 21 December 2008 Belsnickling Once Popular in Area by Mary Ann Ashcraft Celebrations surrounding the winter solstice vary from religion to religion, country to country, community to community and even from one family to another.  A Christmas Eve tradition practiced in areas with a strong Pennsylvania German heritage like Carroll County was “belsnickling” or [...]

7 December 2008 – Fate of Trite Brother Uncovered

2021-08-11T12:20:19-04:00December 7th, 2008|2008, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 7 December 2008 Fate of Trite Brother Uncovered by Mary Ann Ashcraft Thanks to many readers who replied to my November 23rd column about the Trite twins who died in a 1902 well accident near McKinstry’s Mills, I can finish the story of their older brother, Edward.  He had been the first to go [...]

23 November 2008 – 1902 Tragedy Leaves a Mystery

2021-08-11T12:20:31-04:00November 23rd, 2008|2008, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 23 November 2008 1902 Tragedy Leaves a Mystery by Mary Ann Ashcraft Living in the twenty-first century, we are so lucky to have access to powerful medicines, to hospitals with well-trained doctors, to ambulances and medevac helicopters carrying medical technicians and to other sources of help when emergencies arise at home, at work or [...]

26 October 2008 – Church Preserves Tradition

2021-08-11T12:20:57-04:00October 26th, 2008|2008, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 26 October 2008 Church Preserves Tradition By Mary Ann Ashcraft Thanks to vital assistance from contractor Alex Dorsey, Fairview United Methodist Church, Carroll’s oldest surviving black church, was rebuilt in 2008.  Cook family members from his mother’s side have attended the church for more than 100 years, so Dorsey had a special desire to [...]

12 October 2008 – Lincoln Gained Carroll’s Support

2021-08-11T12:21:08-04:00October 12th, 2008|2008, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 12 October 2008 Lincoln Gained Carroll’s Support By Mary Ann Ashcraft This seems an appropriate time to look at another election or two, ones which took place nearly 150 years ago, the crucial presidential elections of 1860 and 1864.  Those were turbulent times, as all of us know, when the southern states were threatening [...]

31 August 2008 – Ponds Once Source of Food, Fun

2021-08-11T12:21:47-04:00August 31st, 2008|2008, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 31 August 2008 Ponds Once Source of Food, Fun By Mary Ann Ashcraft Since the 1700s, streams have powered roughly one hundred grist mills, saw mills, and fulling mills in what is now Carroll County.  Understanding the mechanics of mill operation is beyond me.  I narrowly escaped failing the mechanics portion of physics, but [...]

24 August 2008 – Inn was Town’s Hot Spot

2021-08-11T12:22:00-04:00August 24th, 2008|2008, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 24 August 2008 Inn was Town’s Hot Spot By Mary Ann Ashcraft Meandering slowly past the former Dielman Inn at the south end of Main Street in New Windsor is like a trip back in time.   More than a century ago, the highly successful hostelry catered to visitors from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia who [...]

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