Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for December 10, 2000

25 Years Ago

Carroll Parents Polled on Spanking – The Pupil Services Division of the Carroll County Public Schools is surveying the parents of all elementary school pupils on the issue of the use of corporal punishment in the county schools.  The survey was to be brought home by the youngsters on Tuesday, December 9.  Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it to school by Tuesday, December 16.  In the middle and high schools in the county, the survey includes teachers, students, and school administrators.  The survey dates for these schools is the same as for the elementary schools.  The survey is being conducted as a result of action taken at the November meeting of the Board of Education of Carroll County when the issue of the use of corporal punishment in the county schools was placed on the agenda for the January 1976 meeting.  Community Reporter, December 12, 1975.

50 Years Ago

$19,800 Awarded Mrs. Leister – Through a condemnation suit against Mrs. Sarah A. Leister, near Reese, against the Maryland State Roads Commission for using approximately 14 acres of land through her farm for the new by-pass road from Finksburg through Westminster, was tried before a jury in the circuit Court last week with Judge James E. Boylan presiding, was awarded a verdict of $19,800.  The condemnation suit was filed by the State Roads commission for the purpose of acquiring land for the new duel state road and to determine the value of the damages to the farm.  The jury after reviewing the premises and hearing the witnesses awarded Mrs. Leister the sum of $19,800 for the damages to her farm.  The road passes through the center of the farm, leaving the pasture tracts on the south side and the north side as farming tract, which was vice versa before.   Democratic Advocate, December 8, 1950.

75 Years Ago

Fire Company Asks Bids for Annex – The Westminster Fire Department Wednesday night at an adjourned meeting decided to ask bids on a two story building to occupy the site on the vacant lot between the firemen’s building and the Palace Garage.  The specifications can be seen by calling upon Mr. William Weagly, this city.  Each bid is to be sealed and to be accompanied with a check for $25 to protect the blue print which will be returned after the bids are opened and decided upon.  The company reserves the right to reject all bids.  The idea of the company is to make the first floor for social purposes and the second floor for the company and will also be leased for dances and public meetings since the Opera House has been disposed of.  The members also voted unanimously to hold its election of officers and annual banquet on Wednesday, January 20.   Democratic Advocate, December 11, 1925.

100 Years Ago

Thanksgiving day was another epoch in the life of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Cover, when their children and grandchildren assembled at the hospitable home to celebrate the 81st and 78th birthdays, respectively, of this aged father and mother.  The day was a beautiful one and nothing transpired to mar its enjoyment.  Ample preparations had been made for dinner, and with keen appetites and pleasant recollections all partook heartily.  The event was quite cheering to “Uncle Ephraim,” as he is usually called, and he spent the day in his general joking manner.  He takes great pride in a full dinner pail which he says he has had since the election.  One would suppose that the pail was rather empty that evening.   American Sentinel, December 8, 1900.