Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for November 12, 2000

25 Years Ago            

Key Biography is Again Available – The story of Francis Scott  Key, “Spangled Banner,” the first full length biography of the writer of our National Anthem, has been reprinted as a Bicentennial project of the Historical Society of Carroll County.  The author of the book is Victor Weybright who grew up near Keysville, Carroll County, on a farm neighboring Key’s “Terra Rubra.”   Community Reporter, November 14, 1975.

50 Years Ago

Democratic Split Gives State to GOP — James R. Shilling Elected County Commissioner; E. Lee Erb Re-elected Judge of Orphans’ Court; Republicans Still Control County; McKeldin Makes History in Election – The Democrats took their worst licking in history in a state election Tuesday when McKeldin defeated Gov. Lane by a majority of over 90,000.  The Democrats are preparing for a comeback in 1954.  This defeat will cause a reorganization of the party lines.  The Democrats better their standing in the election by electing three instead of one as in 1946.  Both Democrats and Republicans split their tickets.  A remark was made by an election official that “he never witnessed ballots that were cut like in this election.”  The Board of Public Works is controlled by the Democrats, Tawes and Hammond.  The minority member is Mr. McKeldin.  Carroll county is still in its old rut by the results.  It matters little what election, it is the same story.  A day or reckoning is just around the corner.  The tide turns when not expected.   Democratic Advocate, November 10, 1950.

75 Years Ago  

Receives a Bump on the Head – E. N. Lawson, of Baltimore, fireman on train No. 5, received a crack on the head from the top of Green street bridge as he passed under it Friday evening, but was not seriously injured.  Lawson was standing upon the tender with his back to the bridge and as the train passed under it struck him on the back of the head, knocking him down into the coal.  The engineer seeing his fireman fall stopped the train and went to his assistance.  Finding Lawson dizzy he called the train’s conductor who had the train backed up to the station and Lawson carried into the waiting room and Dr. L. S. Bare called.  Lawson being blank in mind was taken to the Memorial Hospital, Baltimore for treatment.  An examination showed no signs of any fractures, and Lawson was released Sunday as recovered.   Democratic Advocate, November 13, 1925.

100 Years Ago          

Mrs. Sarah Hinkle, of Mt. Airy, this county, was bound and gagged by three white men, who entered her store Thursday night of last week and robbed the cash drawer of $10.  The robbers, after binding Mrs. Hinkle, caught her grandson, a small boy, as he entered the store and gagged him to prevent him from making an outcry.  Mrs. Hinkle was handled roughly and one of the men choked her severely.   American Sentinel, November 10, 1900.