Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun Article for March 18, 2001

25 Years Ago

Tydings Says Handguns, Longguns Don’t Mix – Democratic primary candidate Joseph D. Tydings has learned a major lesson from his unsuccessful 1970 race for the U.S. Senate seat:  handguns and longguns don’t mix.  This time around the former senator (1964 – 1970) says he’s advocating government control of handguns only, not control of rifles or shotguns.  “I’m on record for gun control,” he said last Thursday night.  “I’d like to see Saturday night specials outlawed and controls put on all handguns.”   Sykesville Herald, March 17, 1976.

50 Years Ago  

Work on Black & Decker Plant Started – Alonzo G. Decker, Vice President & General Manager of the Black & Decker Mfg. Co. Breaking ground on March 5th for new 100,000 sq. ft. branch plant at Hampstead, Md.  Community leaders of Hampstead, led by Dr. E. M. Bush, Mayor joined Black & Decker officials at the ground-breaking ceremonies.  Contractors started grading immediately afterwards in preparation for the erection of the branch plant.  The Hampstead plant will give Black & Decker, world’s largest portable electric tool manufacturer, much need facilities in addition to their Towson, Md. plant.   Democratic Advocate, March 16, 1951.

75 Years Ago  

Reward is Offered in Whiskey Robbery – Amos W. W. Woodcock, United States District Attorney Monday announced that he had been authorized to offer $2,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the robbery of the McGinnis Distillery, near Westminster.  The reward also will be paid for information leading to the recovery of the sixty-eight barrels and thirty-three cases of whiskey taken from the distillery, Mr. Woodcock said.  He declined to reveal the identity of the person or persons offering the reward.  “The reward is bona fide and the money will be paid if the conditions are met,” Mr. Woodcock asserted. “As to whether the Government or some person outside the Government is making the offer I am not at liberty to say.”   American Sentinel, March 19, 1926.

100 Years Ago          

Mr. Guy Murray, son of Mr. M. A. Murray, of Hampstead, had an almost miraculous escape from fatal injuries on Friday of last week.  The well on his father’s premises had gone dry and preparations were being made to dig it deeper.  Young Murray was removing the planks from the pump platform and had to use considerable force to loosen one of them.  His back was towards the well and when the plank gave way suddenly he fell backwards into the well and down to the bottom, a distance of thirty feet.  Strange to say no bones were broken, but he was badly bruised and otherwise injured though not fatally.   American Sentinel, March 16, 1901.