January 28, 1996

25 Years Ago

Burglars Strike Business Places In Mount Airy – Grimes Brothers Garage, Mt. Airy Milling Co., And Myers Drug Store Victimized By Thieves – When one travels through the town of Mt. Airy late at night or early in the morning, one definitely gets the feeling that all is well with the world; that the town is quiet and serene and that all are peacefully asleep. Here and there, there is a twinkle of light but for the most part lights are out. However, the events of last week should convince any resident that this feeling of security is false. On Monday night, Jan. 18, Grimes Brothers Garage was entered and the culprits were apparently looking for money. Previous to that the Mt. Airy Milling Company’s safe was damaged. Last Thursday night, Jan. 21, Myers Drug Store was entered from the rear and the thieves stole all the Timex watches in the case. Some of the watches were valued at $50.00. It has been reported that the total loss is somewhere around $1,000. The same night the Mt. Airy Milling Company was again entered with some damage. These instances have all been reported to the police and investigations are continuing. It is sincerely hoped that those who are disturbing the peace and looting places of business will be apprehended and punished. Community Reporter, January 29, 1971.

50 Years Ago

VICTORY CLOTHING COLLECTION- Sponsored by Westminster Service Clubs – A meeting was held on Monday, January 21, at the Charles Carroll Hotel of the presidents of the Westminster service clubs, Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis attended Lloyd Elderdice, President of the Lions Club; Dr. Hitchock, President of the Rotary Club and John R. Brown, President of the Kiwanis Club. the following other members of the clubs were also in attendance at the meeting: Herbert Kyler, Joseph Hunter, P. G. Coffman, Wesley Mathias, Louis Cohn and Samuel Jenness. It was decided to launch the official Victory Clothing Drive this week and to sponsor a city-wide collection of clothing on two succeeding Saturday, January 26 and February 2. Trucks will go over the main streets of the town on these dates. All citizens are asked to place clothing on the curbs or porches before 10 a.m. All types of clothing are acceptable including women’s girls, boys and men’s, shoes, overshoes, galoshes and bed clothing. Any serviceable article or wearing apparel is acceptable. The clothing will be taken to the Westminster Armory and there assembled and shipped for overseas relief. The Project is a nation-wide project and the national goal of 100,000,000 garments has been suggested by Henry J. Kaiser, National Chairman. The Westminster collection will be in charge of the service clubs jointly. The cooperation of the community is earnestly solicited. Persons finding it impossible to place garments out for the street collection may send their clothing to any of the local schools which are serving as collection centers. Democratic Advocate, January 25, 1946.

75 Years Ago

Liquor Seized In Gettysburg – A truck load of whisky, containing 19 cases, valued at $2,280, was confiscated at Gettysburg, after a trip from Frederick. John Shultz, world war veteran of Gettysburg, and alleged to have been the driver of the truck; James O’Brien, of Philadelphia, and Harry Lentz, of Manchester were all apprehended in connection with the case, and they and the liquor were turned over to a detail of five state police who have been summoned from Lancaster and who took men and whiskey back with them. Several Gettysburg men were apprehended soon after the arrival of the booze, but they were released as it was found that there was nothing to connect them with a bootlegging operation. Officers had been advised that the truck load of liquor was on its way to Gettysburg, and Chief of Police Fugitt located it almost immediately upon its arrival. He summoned State troopers Lewis and Paul Stone, stationed there on Army recruiting duty, and the arrests followed. The truck had been taken to a privately owned garage. Union Bridge Pilot, January 28, 1921.

100 Years Ago

Local Items – Sometime during Thursday night unknown parties chiseled out the bricks around the corner-stone of the Methodist Protestant Church, Union Bridge, until access was had to the tin box deposited in the stone, which was taken out and broken to pieces. Its contents consisted of a Bible, the records of the church, lists of names of building committee and trustees, &c., all of which were carried away. There was no money in the box. The motive of the robbery is not understood, as, if money was the object, a small sum could have been obtained at best. American Sentinel, January 15, 1896.