Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun Article for March 4, 2001

25 Years Ago

Health Department Tests 400 S.C. Students for TB — The Health Department begins testing 400 students from South Carroll High School today to detect if any have contacted tuberculosis from a 15-year-old Vietnamese boy who carried the disease with him from Indiantown Gap, Pa., an induction camp for refugees.  Dr. Ruth H. Singer, county health officer, said only persons who have come in “intimate” contact with Nguyen Thanh Vinh, a ninth grader who used to live at the Sykesville Apartments, should be tested.  “Persons living in these apartments who haven’t had intimate contact with the boy have little to worry about,” she said.   Sykesville Herald, March 3, 1976.

50 Years Ago 

Welfare Board Spends $193,071 in 1950 — Carroll County’s Share was $39,266; Old Age Assistance $103,162; Dependent Children Received $44,730 – During the November, December, and January meeting of the Carroll County Welfare Board, plans were made to compile and use an annual report.  At the February 13th meeting of the Board, the Director, William H. Koelber, presented the facts about services rendered during 1950 and the cost of the total program of public welfare in Carroll County.  At this meeting the Board decided on publication of this information.  During the year 1950 the Carroll County Welfare Board granted financial assistance to approximately 754 different families and individuals.  492 received Old Age Assistance; 136 received Aid to Dependent Children.  93 received General Public Assistance; and 8 received Public Assistance to the Needy Blind.  Twenty-five individuals received General Public Assistance for employable persons during the first three months of the year.  This type of assistance to people who were physically able to work was stopped in March, 1950 and has not been resumed.   Democratic Advocate, March 2, 1951.

75 Years Ago

Union Mills Bank to Give Away Corn – At a meeting of the directors of the Union Mills Savings bank held at the institution it was decided to make a free distribution of high-grade seed corn of two varieties among all farmers who apply at the bank in order to promote corn production.  The quantity which each grower will receive will be half a bushel.  The growers will be expected at the end of the season to enter the ten best ears of their crop in a contest at which ten prizes will be awarded for each of the two varieties to be distributed.  Where the contest is to be held has not been decided upon, but the holding of the exhibit at the Hanover fair was discussed as was also an exhibition later in the Charles Carroll High school.  The committee in charge will arrange for the exhibit.  American Sentinel, March 5, 1926.

100 Years Ago          

Mr. Ellsworth Long, of Carrollton, aged twenty-one, got himself into trouble in Baltimore, last week, by undertaking to personate a detective.  He gained admission to a ball at Raine’s Hall on Friday night, in that character, but was arrested by Patrolman Ramsay and taken to the central Police Station.  Upon being searched a 32-caliber revolver and a pair of brass knuckles were found upon his person.  Justice Fechtig, at the hearing on Saturday, dismissed the charge concerning his assumption of a detective’s authority, but fined him $5 and costs for carrying concealed weapons.  Long said he was taking the weapons to Harrison street to sell them.  He wore a badge marked “Special Detective.”  American Sentinel, March 2, 1901.