December 24, 1995

25 Years Ago

WOMEN’S LIB DAY MARKED BY PUPILS – Sixth grade classes in New Market Elementary School recently observed Women’s Liberation Day in an unusual manner. the observance came about as a result of a study of “Social Issues of the 70’s” by Miss Judy Bryan’s sixth grade class. women’s Liberation is a social issue of the 70’s and therefore came in for its share of the discussion. Community Reporter, December 18, 1970.

50 Years Ago

JUDGE BOYLAN MADE CHIEF JUDGE OF MARYLAND’S FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT – With the death of Chief Judge Ridgley P. Melvin, Associate Judge James E. Boylan, Jr., becomes Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Judge Boylan takes the post of seniority under the recent Appellate Court Reorganization Act. Under the same law, Judge Melvin’s seat on the Court of Appeals will not be filled. A vacancy now exists as Associate Judge in the Fifth Circuit, which may be filled by appointment of Gov. Herbert R. O’Conor. Democratic Advocate, December 21, 1945.

75 Years Ago

Plans to Treble Roads’ Police Force – If the plans of Col. E. Austin Baughman, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, are carried out, the roads’ police, designed to supplement the Commissioners’ 15
deputies and to suppress the highwaymen, will number 50. Such a number, Colonel Baughman said, will permit two patrolmen, deputies—or whatever name and status is to be given to the auxiliary squadron of motorized protectors of motorists—to be assigned to each county, while the remaining four will be on detail at Baltimore. Colonel Baughman said further that sufficient funds are available from the automobile titling fees to maintain the force which he suggests until the convening of the next Legislature. there will be no question, he said, of diverting any funds from the road Commission’s highway maintenance work. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles expects to confer further with Police Commissioner Gaither regarding the liason which is to be effected between the auxiliary patrol and the regular force of General Gaither’s establishment. Colonel Baughman’s plan is for the police to extend the radius of their circle of activity for about five miles, where the zone of the supplementary forces would begin. Union Bridge Pilot, December 24, 1920.

100 Years Ago

Won His Case – The case of Geo. L. Stocksdale, esq., against the Western Maryland Railroad, which had been on trial several days, in the Superior Court of Baltimore city, ended in a verdict
of $300 for the plaintiff. The case was brought by Mr. Stocksdale for having been put off of a train at Glen Falls, in August, 1893, and after the general counsel of the company advised against any settlement of the claims for damages claimed by plaintiff. It appeared that the plaintiff had purchased a ticket at Westminster to Emory Grove, and received a Glyndon Camp meeting ticket, which required that the ticket had to be stamped before it would be received for return passage, and at the time the ticket was sold, the Glyndon Camp was closed, and the ticket could not be stamped, and when the ticket was offered to return on it was refused, and the plaintiff put off. The court, Judge Ritchie, stated in his ruling on prayers, that the ticket should not have been sold, and when sold, should have been received by the conductor, Mr. Sheets, for return passage, and that the plaintiff had done all that could possible he required of him, and was rightfully on the train as any of the passengers, but wrongfully ejected. Messrs. Gatther & Clabaugh were counsel for plaintiff and Messrs. Marbury & Marshall for defendant. American Sentinel, November 21, 1895.