Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun Article for July 29, 2001

25 Years Ago

Time Capsule Buried in Piney Run Park—the Freedom District Bicentennial Time Capsule was buried last week in Piney Run Park.  This was the culmination of the project proposed by the Horizons Committee.  One of the more interesting aspects of the Time Capsule project were messages addressed to future Americans by members of the Freedom Bicentennial Committee.  In general most of them professed a strong faith in God as to America’s destiny.  Some quotes included:  …hope that Carroll County can achieve an orderly growth–not closing its doors completely but still retaining some of its rural openness, simplicity and wholesome character.   The Herald, July 28, 1976.

50 Years Ago

75th Annual Dutch Picnic August 4 — Program Will Include Riding Tournament — Westminster Band to Furnish Music—Carroll County’s Dutch Picnic will be held for the seventy-fifth time Saturday, August 4, from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., on the picnic grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church, Deer Park, Road, near Smallwood, five miles from Westminster.  This picnic has had a continuous existence since 1877 and is the yearly meeting place of many residents and former residents of this part of the state.  Last year’s crowd was estimated to be more than 5,000 people.  Fair weather is traditional in Carroll county on the day of the Dutch Picnic.  Steady rain has occurred three times only during the seventy-four years of its existence.  The second picnic in 1878 had inclement weather.  But in the seventy-two years which followed, two picnics only had to be postponed because of bad weather, one around 1900 and one in 1919.   The Democratic Advocate, July 27, 1951.

75 Years Ago

Carroll County P.T.A.—An important business meeting, the third one since June 1, of the Carroll County Parent Teacher Association, will be held on the first floor of the Westminster High School building on next Thursday, August 5, at 8:00 P.M.  Although only a few delegates, appointed by each school association, have attended the first two meetings, all patrons of every school of the county are invited to be present at this next meeting.  It is hoped that many will come out to help plan and bring about some definite results for our schools.  Certainly, a county-wide organization has many channels in which it can work.   American Sentinel, July 30, 1926.

100 Years Ago

On Friday of last week a detective of the U. S. Internal Revenue Department visited this city and seized a quantity of beer from the brewery of Mr. Karl Katz, of York, Pa., which was not properly stamped.  Mr. Katz has a storage or distributing warehouse, corner Green and Liberty streets, this city, where most of the improperly stamped packages, eleven in all, were found, though a few were seized in saloons to which they had been sold.  Stamps of the denomination of 20 cents were affixed, instead of 40 cent stamps as required by law.  It is probable the violation of law in the case was accidental.  There are several denominations of stamps having very much the same design, and as the stamps were affixed by Mr. Katz’s employees, they probably, without observing proper care, unintentionally affixed the wrong denomination to the packages seized.  There were other properly stamped packages in the warehouse.  The seized beer was given into the custody of Mr. Pius Little and stored in his cellar on John street.  If the government should decide that the stamping was done with intention to defraud the revenue, a severe penalty would be imposed.   American Sentinel, July 27, 1901.