Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for May 20, 2001

25 Years Ago

Three Town Officials Oppose Water Fluoridation – Any ideas on behalf of the Health Department in getting three town water systems fluoridated quickly have been dashed by two words – “public issue”.  Officials in the three towns – Hampstead, Mt. Airy and Taneytown – have stated that before any fluorine is added to their water systems, a referendum is a requisite.  Hampstead and Taneytown officials have gone a step farther.  They have expressed criticism not only of the dental decay preventive chemical additive, but have voiced some displeasure over the Health Department’s attitude.   The Herald, May 19, 1976.

50 Years Ago

Tractors Take Place of Horses – Increased mechanization of Maryland farms is indicated by a 1950 Census of Agriculture report issued by Director Roy V. Pell of the Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce.  This report shows that the number of tractors on farms in the state rose almost 60 percent in the past five years.  Tractors on farms in Maryland last year numbered 29,900 compared with 18,800 in 1945.  The number of farm trucks increased from 19,197 in 1945 to 21,428 in 1950.  Almost 9,000 Maryland farms have a tractor and no horses or mules.   Democratic Advocate, May 18, 1951.

75 Years Ago

Carroll Firemen’s Convention at Manchester – The annual convention of the Carroll county Firemen’s Association, held at Manchester yesterday ushered in Manchester’s carnival and home-coming week.  The convention was opened with prayer by the Rev. L. H. Reymeyer, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran church.   Addresses of welcome were made by J. R. L. Wink, Mayor of Manchester, and William C. Shearer, for the Chamber of Commerce and fire department.  Prizes are Awarded – In the big parade in the afternoon were the following companies, with their trucks:  Taneytown, Hampstead, Owings Mills, Lineboro, Westminster, Union Bridge, Reisterstown, Cockeysville, Glyndon and Manchester, with the Pleasant Hill, Taneytown and Alesia bands.   American Sentinel, May 21, 1926.

100 Years Ago

Mr. Conrad Rusher, with an idea to the improvement of his poultry, about a month ago purchased of Mr. Nelson Koontz a fine Indian game rooster, at least a bird that had all the appearances of a rooster and could crow like a fighting cock.  Under the circumstances, therefore, the astonishment of Mr. Rusher, when, a few days ago, he beheld his new rooster leading from under the pig pen a fine bevy of young chicks which he (or she) had just hatched and was behaving towards them as a good mother should, may well be imagined.  Mr. Rusher is now exercised to know what kind of a fowl he has really bought and is wondering whether he ought to claim a rebate from Mr. Koontz for the difference between the value of a hen and a rooster.   American Sentinel, May 18, 1901.