March 15, 1998

25 Years Ago

Girl Scouts Hold Hobo Party—With seven ringing cheers and full tummies, 70 Girl Scouts of the Taneytown area joined the Royal order of Hobos Monday night. The occasion was a “Hobo Party” planned by the scout leaders and girls of Brownie Troop 171, Junior Troop 657 and Cadette Troop 31 to celebrate National Girl Scout Week and the organization’s sixty first birthday. Dressed in an assorted array of disreputable clothes, which these days wouldn’t warrant a second glance, the budding flowers of Taneytown’s femininity had a fun-filled time in the social room of Grace United Church of Christ. The Carroll Record, March 15, 1973.

50 Years Ago

The 27th Annual Field Day May 1—County High Schools To Participate In Events At College Park In Byrd Stadium—College Park, Md., March—The 27th Annual University of Maryland Field Day will be held at Byrd Stadium in College Park on Saturday, May 1, it was announced by Jim Tatum, Director of Athletics. The meet, which will be under the direction of Jim Kehoe, Terp track mentor, will be divided into two sections. One section will embody County High Schools, which will be open exclusively to County High Schools in the State of Maryland. The other section will be termed Scholastic and is open to the Public High Schools of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The event is not open this year, to Private or Preparatory schools. In the County High School division, the track events will be the 100 and 230 yard dashes; the 440 and 880 yard run, and 440 and 880 yard relay. The field events for the High
School division are; Shot-Put; High Jump, and Broad Jump. Democratic Advocate, March 19, 1948.

75 Years Ago

Strikers May Lose $6-A-Month Homes—The Oakland Textile Mills at Oakland, Carroll county, from which about 60 employees struck early last week because their demand for a 15 to 20 per cent wage increase was denied, will be thrown open to permit the return of workers as soon as possible. George Melville, junior member of the firm, declared Saturday night. About half the employees live in houses owned by the company. Of these, those who do not care to enter into an agreement will be required to leave their homes. Operations in the weaving, spinning and carding departments have been suspended because of the strike. According to Mr. Melville, conferences with the strikers have paved the way to a settlement. At notice has been posted requesting all strikers who would return to work to leave their names with the company officials and as soon as enough have signed to warrant action the mills will be reopened.Democratic Advocate, March 16, 1923.

100 Years Ago

Gist Items—D. E. McQuay, of this place, was severely burned about the face and hands on Wednesday last, by the explosion of a boxen of melted “Babbitt,” which he was preparing for use on his saw-mill. Mr. McQuay states that he had melted a kettle of the metal and poured it into the boxen around the arbor, when it exploded, throwing the melted substance all over him, injuring his left eye severely and otherwise burning his face and hands. A part of his mustache came out by the roots, and it was necessary to cut the balance off, as the metal was moulded intact with it. Dr. E. D. Cronk was called and rendered the necessary surgical aid and at this writing Mr. McQuay is doing very well, although it is feared he may lose the sight of his left eye. Mr. McQuay says he can assign no cause for the accident as he had often used the material on former occasions, and was using it in a similar manner this time. American Sentinel, March 19, 1898.