December 6, 1998

25 Years Ago

Birds Leave Manchester But Others May Come—The birds are gone from Manchester’s Christmas Tree Park, but nobody is sure for just how long, including the “expert,” Nelson F. Swink Jr. of the Wildlife Services Division in Annapolis. The town turned to Mr. Swink earlier this year for help in getting rid of the hundreds of starlings and blackbirds that had come to the park to roost for the second straight year. “I was just getting ready to come up there when the mayor called and said the birds had left of their own accord,” Mr. Swink told The RECORD this week. “That’s a big roost,” he said, “and I think they will probably be back. There is a winter roost and a summer roost. I think the birds that just left were the summer roost, migrating south.” But he believes the winter roost is on the way. If they do arrive, he is prepared to come to Manchester as promised and bring a variety of noise makers with him which he hopes will make life so miserable for the birds that they will decide to leave. The Carroll Record, December 6, 1973.

50 Years Ago

Kiwanis Club Sponsoring Children’s Xmas Party—The weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Westminster was held in the Charles Carroll Hotel last Tuesday evening. John A. Bankert, President, presided. The program was in the form of a quiz contest conducted by T. K. Harrison, a member of the Education Committee. The local club is sponsoring a Children’s’ Christmas Party to be held in the Carroll Theater on Sunday, December 19th, 1948, at 4:30 o’clock, p.m. All children in the community are invited to attend. However, presents will be distributed only to children holding invitations. The program under the Chairmanship of John L. Reifsnider III will include an invocation, movies, a Christmas recitation, presentation of Santa Claus, group singing and distributing of gifts. Democratic Advocate,December 3, 1948.

75 Years Ago

Important Case Decided By The Court Of Appeals—The Court of Appeals of Maryland decided on December 6, 1923, the case of James R. Weer against the Woodbine National Bank, at
Woodbine, Carroll County, in favor of the Woodbine Bank, and sustaining the judgment of the Circuit Court for Carroll County against James R. Weer. Mr. Weer had a safe deposit box in the vault of the Woodbine Bank, which he rented to keep his securities in and yeggmen one night some time ago entered the Bank, and cut a way through the vault doors with an acetylene torch, broke open the safe deposit boxes, and stole the bonds of Mr. Weer and other renters. Mr. Weer sued the Bank, alleging negligence because the Bank did not have a burglar alarm system, a watchman, insurance of the contents of its safety boxes, and sufficiently thick doors to the vault. The Circuit Court for Carroll County held that there was no negligence, under all the circumstances, on the part of the Bank and its officials, and by direction of the Court the jury found for the Bank; and this position of the Carroll County Court has been affirmed by the Court of Appeals. The case is important because it determines a number of other claims depending on this suit. Democratic Advocate, December 7, 1923.

100 Years Ago

Haight Items—By request of persons who travel the road leading from Oakland Mills to the Liberty pike, we call the attention of the County Commissioners to the miserable condition of said road, especially through the property of Mr. B. F. Bennett, and near the residence of Mr. T. S. Clark. Those two places are well-nigh impassible, and not only a disgrace to the community but also to thecounty. It is rather late to mend roads we admit, at least with dirt, but surely stones enough can be gotten nearby to fill these monster mud holes, and at very little cost now, but if it is not done, and accidents occur at those places, which will be unavoidable, this county will have to pay damages. We doubt if there has been for years a place on any road in the county in such a miserable condition. We hope the attention of the Commissioners will be called to this matter and the road mended at once. Democratic Advocate, December 3, 1898.