Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for December 3, 2000

25 Years Ago

About 80% of Mt. Airy Residents Work Outside of Carroll County – About 80 per cent of Mt. Airy residents work outside Carroll County, most of them in Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties, according to a survey conducted recently by the Carroll County Economic Development Commission.  Because of its location on the border of Frederick and Carroll Counties and near Howard and Montgomery Counties, the number of Mt. Airy residents shown to be working outside the county was well above the average.  Though the southern towns of Sykesville and Woodbine both had percentages near Mt. Airy’s, the average of six towns (including Finksburg, Taneytown and Manchester) was 50 per cent.   Community Reporter, December 5, 1975.

50 Years Ago

1951 Chevrolet on Display December 9 — Mr. Legum, Manager of Westminster Motor Co. Invites Public to Open House – First showing of the new 1951 Chevrolet here will take place on Saturday, December 9, at the showroom of Westminster Motor Company, it was announced by Mr. Harry Legum.  An all-day and evening open house will introduce the new car to district residents at the same time the 1951 model is making its bow in other Chevrolet dealerships throughout the country.  Record crowds again are expected to attend the new car premier amid a festive program of “opening day” festivities which will highlight the all-new design of Chevrolet’s 1951 line of passenger cars and trucks.  “We have planned our open house program so that the public here will have the opportunity of inspecting the 1951 Chevrolet as it makes its national debut.  We feel that Chevrolet has reached new highs in this product and we welcome everyone to see at first hand the latest in Chevrolet accomplishments.”  Mr. Legum said.   Democratic Advocate, December 1, 1950.

75 Years Ago 

Shroyer to Quit–Western Maryland Coach Refuses to Sign New Contract—Ken Shroyer, head coach and athletic director at Western Maryland College, has refused to sign a new coaching contract with Western Maryland.  At a meeting in Baltimore Wednesday night held at the Rennert Hotel, between Dr. A. N. Ward, president, representing the college; D. K. Shroyer, head coach, and Robert Gill, representing the alumni, the coach refused to enter into a new contract even though a raise in salary was offered and stated his intention of resigning at the expiration of his present contract.  Coach Shroyer stated that he had three reasons for wishing to resign, but refuses to give his reasons until the expiration of his present contract.  Coach Shroyer states that his reason for giving such long notice is that he wishes to help the college secure the best possible man available to be his successor.  Shroyer flatly refuses to make any statements about his personal plans for the future, but it is rumored that he will go to one of the larger Pennsylvania schools.  A prominent athletic official of a large Pennsylvania school was seen talking to Shroyer in this city recently.   Democratic Advocate, December 4, 1925.

100 Years Ago          

The new hall of Union Mill Lodge, I.O.M., was publicly dedicated on Thursday afternoon, with the ceremonies of the order adapted to such occasions.  Grand Architect Ballauf and other officers of the Grand Lodge conducted the dedicatory exercises.  A great crowd of people had assembled to witness the dedication, many of whom were not able to find standing room in the hall.  A drill and other exercises by the pupils of the school was a feature of the occasion.  At night many members of Westminster Lodge visited their Union Mills brethren and exemplified the work of the order.   American Sentinel, December 1, 1900.