November 15, 1998

25 Years Ago

Development, Police Dog Occupy Hampstead Council – Police Dog—Officer Robinson asked for and got permission to buy a fingerprinting kit for under $75. His request that the town send him to canine school in Baltimore County for fourteen weeks with his nine months old dog received mixed reaction. Officer Robinson said Baltimore county would provide the training free of charge. Insurance would be $10-$12 a year and equipment such as collars and leashes would run another $35. A cage in the police car could run between $50 and $250. Councilman Raver said that he liked the idea of a police dog for Hampstead but that if the town bore the expense of training the animal in terms of the man’s salary for fourteen weeks, then the town should own the dog. The council agreed that a dog would “beef up” the town force a lot cheaper than another man and should help “clean up a lot of these punks in town.” The Carroll Record, November 27, 1973.

50 Years Ago

Some Relief From Taxation – County Commissioners to Remove Assessments On Household Goods—The County Commissioners of Carroll County, by resolution passed on November 12,
1948, removed all assessments from individually owned household goods and furniture in the County. The resolution stated “Resolved by the County Commissioners of Carroll County that the household furniture and effects in Carroll County held for the household use of the owners or members of their families, and not held or employed for purposes of profit or in connection with any business, profession or occupation, shall hereafter be exempt from assessment and county taxation in as full a manner as the same are exempt from state taxation.” (signed by Emory A. Berwager, Walter V. Bennett, Norman R. Hess, Commissioners.) The County Commissioners removed this class of property from taxation to relieve the taxpayers from the inequities that have existed under the former system. County assessors have long recognized the fact that it was virtually impossible to make fair assessments of household goods or to keep these assessments up to date. To maintain a fair assessment on these items would require the county assessors to appraise all the household effects of approximately 20,000 families in
the county. The Pilot, November 19, 1948.

75 Years Ago

ARMISTICE DAY AT W. M. C. Armistice Day with its ceremonies were emphasized by President Albert Norman Ward, of Western Maryland College, in a special college service at Baker
Chapel. Sunday evening, Baker Chapel was taxed to its capacity, all college students, members of the faculty and numerous visitors present. Dr. Ward’s well chosen subject was “Lest We Forget.” In his earnest and forceful way Dr. Ward called his congregation far into the future to the time when all cause for war shall have been removed and nations shall dwell in everlasting peace. Democratic Advocate, November 16, 1923.

100 Years Ago

Fire at Silver Run—The store property and dwelling house owned by David Boose, at Silver run, was totally destroyed by fire about midnight Tuesday night. The building, which was a log
weatherboarded structure, was occupied by Eckard & Cover, who conducted a general grocery business. The Silver Run postoffice was located in the storeroom, with Mr. Ecker as postmaster. A barber shop was located in another room. The dwelling portion was occupied by William F. Ebaugh and family. The fire, it is believed, originated in the room of Eckard & Cover. The building being old and of very inflammable material, burned rapidly. The family of Mr. Ebaugh, in the residence portion, barely got out of the building in time to save their lives.  in a short time after the discovery of the fire many residents were on the scene, and a bucket brigade saved the nearby dwellings. The building of Mr. Boose, with the contents of Eckard & Cover’s grocery store, the postoffice, barber shop and goods of Ebaugh were totally consumed. The post office material, stamps, etc., were also destroyed. The loss is estimated at about $2,000, which includes building and stock. The grocery stock of Eckard & Cover was insured for $500 in the Royal Insurance Company of London. It is said that the building was insured by Mr. Boose in the Dug Hill Company of Carroll County. The origin of the fire is unknown. Democratic Advocate, November 19, 1898.