25 December 2011 – Poem Celebrates the Christmas Spirit

2021-08-11T12:43:30-04:00December 25th, 2011|2011, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 25 December 2011 Poem Celebrates the Christmas Spirit by Mary Ann Ashcraft During the nineteenth century, people often presented original poetry to friends and family.  This charming poem written by Louis Edwin Shriver of the Union Mills Homestead was a gift to his nieces who also lived there.  On Christmas morning, the little girls [...]

13 November 2011 – Family Bibles Provide Rich History

2021-08-11T12:44:15-04:00November 13th, 2011|2011, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 13 November 2011 Family Bibles Provide Rich History by Mary Ann Ashcraft It seems so tragic when family bibles, especially those with births, deaths, and marriages recorded in them, end up at an auction instead of being passed down.  Just like old photo albums, these are treasures which deserve a place in our homes.  [...]

23 October 2011 – Gravestones a Genealogist’s Friend

2021-08-11T12:44:27-04:00October 23rd, 2011|2011, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 23 October 2011 Gravestones a Genealogist’s Friend by Mary Ann Ashcraft If you are a genealogist, finding the gravestones of your ancestors is like dying and going to Heaven.  With this in mind, the Carroll County Genealogical Society decided to make copying local cemeteries one of its priorities when it was founded in 1981.  [...]

9 October 2011 – Herrs Had a Strong Reputation

2021-08-11T12:45:27-04:00October 9th, 2011|2011, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 9 October 2011 Herrs Had a Strong Reputation by Mary Ann Ashcraft Westminster’s Main Street has always been home to a wide variety of businesses as well as residences.  From 1870 until the early twentieth century, a carriage-making firm belonging to Frank K. Herr occupied a building between Carroll and John streets where it [...]

25 September 2011 – Manuscript a Valuable Resource

2021-08-11T12:45:40-04:00September 25th, 2011|2011, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 25 September 2011 Manuscript a Valuable Resource by Mary Ann Ashcraft New Windsor resident Nathan Haines Baile (1846-1926) was a person to whom Carroll County will always be indebted because he left behind a fascinating account of his life and times.   I ran across part of the manuscript at the Historical Society of Carroll [...]

11 September 2011 – The Life of a 19th Century Doctor

2021-08-11T12:45:50-04:00September 11th, 2011|2011, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 11 September 2011 The Life of a 19th Century Doctor by Mary Ann Ashcraft All of us probably have a mental picture of the old-time country doctor traveling around the countryside in a buggy with a medical case full of pills.  Dr. Francis Jesse Crawford (1819-1885), who practiced in the area around Taylorsville, probably [...]

28 August 2011 – Key was Complex, Patriotic

2021-08-11T12:46:22-04:00August 28th, 2011|2011, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 28 August 2011 Key was Complex, Patriotic by Mary Ann Ashcraft Two weeks ago, this column ended with Francis Scott Key as a young man married to his beautiful, wealthy sweetheart and ready to embark on a law career in Washington, D.C. with his influential uncle Philip Barton Key.   Throughout the rest of his [...]

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