January 18, 1998

25 Years Ago

County Buys Land For New School—The Carroll County Commissioners have approved the purchase of 43 acres of land in Taneytown for construction of a new Middle School and for recreational purposes the School Board reported last Wednesday. The school, which will be designated the Northwest Middle School, will be located off Trevanion Road on the Feeser property back of the present Elementary School. It will be designed to handle students in grades six, seven and eight from the New Windsor, Union Bridge and Taneytown areas. Opening of the new school is scheduled for Fall of 1975. The land purchased for $30,369.00 has water and sewer facilities available and was one of three parcels under final consideration by a Citizen’s Selection Committee composed of Neal Powell, Lloyd Ames and Donald Elliott. The Carroll Record, January 18, 1973.

50 Years Ago

TRAPP FAMILY TO GIVE CONCERT AT W.H. S.—Seven sisters, a brother and their mother, all gifted with exquisite singing voices and with talent as well in the playing of such rarely heard antique instruments as the recorder, spinet, and viola da gamba will be the musical phenomenon offered at the Westminster high school auditorium on Feb. 2 at 8:15 p.m., when the Trapp Family Singers present a concert of unusual old church and folk music of many lands. Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp, her son, Werner and her daughters, Johanna, Agathe, Helwig, Maria, Martina, Rosemary and Eleanore, comprise this unique family group, which is under the conductorship and musical direction of the family’s priest,
Rev. Dr. Franz Wasner. Democratic Advocate, January 16, 1948.

75 Years Ago

NEW WINDSOR OFFICIALS BURDENED WITH ELECTRIC PLANT—When the burgess and alderman of New Windsor purchased some time ago the town’s electric light plant, they not only paid one dollar in good coin for the property, but they acquired a “white elephant.” Complaints about the plant’s service and rates have continued under municipal ownership and recently a petition signed by 63 customers of the plant, was presented to the Public Service Commission. Hearing on this petition was held Monday by the Commission at its offices in Baltimore. The New Windsor authorities explained that the proceeds of a $5000 bond-issue authorized by the last session of the Legislature, are being expended in improving the plant, and that when these improvements are completed, more satisfactory service is expected. The Utilities Board postponed entering any order until the improved plant should get into operation. Democratic Advocate, January 19, 1923.

100 Years Ago

Electricity in the State House—Senator Hering, of this county, has introduced a bill asking for the immediate change in the electric wiring of the State House, and on Wednesday he received the following letter from Mr. Malcolm Shriver, of Detroit, Michigan. “I am very anxious for the success of your resolution relative to the electric wires in the dear old State House. “When on a visit last summer to my dear old native State I was in Annapolis and in the State House in company with an old electrician from Chicago, and he insisted that unless radical measures and remedies were applied that inside of a very few years we would have to replace the ‘old red building.’ He said a fire was bound to come; that it was only a question of a short time. No Marylander wants such a calamity.” Experienced electricians are examining the defects and work will be commenced as soon as possible. American Sentinel, January 22, 1898.