November 17, 1996

25 Years Ago

Plimpton’s W.M.C. Role On T.V. – George Plimpton, the unquenchable amateur, tries his hand as a rookie quarterback for the Baltimore Colts on “Plimpton! The Great Quarterback Sneak,” a one-hour ABC television network special Friday, November 26 at 9:00 p.m. on WJZ-TV (channel 13). From the start of the training season, at the Colts’ camp in Westminster through all the classes, scrimmages, calisthenics and inevitable trips to the infirmary, George observed and whenever humanly possible, participated. He had donned football helmet and shoulder padding before to do research for a book—the best-selling “Paper Lion.” Democratic Advocate , November 22,1971.

50 Years Ago

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS TO BUILD – Ground Broken On Pool Road, Donated By Patsy Donofrio; Rev. Cooper Offered The Invocation – Armistice Day will well be remembered here by the breaking of the ground for the proposed home for Molleville Farm Post No. 467, Veterans of Foreign Wars. There were about 50 persons present for the service. The ceremony was held at the location, an acre of ground on Pool road, donated by Patsy Donofrio, father of one of the post members. Commander William Freyman of Molleville Post, in his opening remarks, said the post was proud to start the building of a veterans’ home and they expected to carry through with the completion of the building. He then turned the program over to P. G. Coffman, chairman of the building committee. Democratic Advocate, November 15, 1946.

75 Years Ago

ARMISTICE’S DAY HERE – PARADE AND DEMONSTRATION BY MACHINE GUNS. – Armistice Day was celebrated in this city by a parade headed by the Westminster Band followed by Company H, and horses, pulling machine guns, W.M.C. Military students and Westminster Fire Department. Nearly every business place was closed during the afternoon. Services were held at Park Square under the auspices of Molleville Farm Post No. 160. Veterans of Foreign Wars and Carroll Post No. 31, American Legion, Chaplain M. L. Smith, of the Veterans, offered the invocation and the address was delivered by Chaplain M. J. Shroyer, of the Legion. A demonstration was given with machine guns on Liberty street extended which was interesting to the crowd that watched the machines in action. A target was placed on the hill below Dr. Fitzhugh’s which was riddled by bullets from the guns, showing the good marksmanship of the men. The bullets could be seen sailing through the air toward the target. The day was closed with a dance in the Armory under the direction of Company H, which was well attended. Democratic Advocate, November 18, 1921.

100 Years Ago

THE WESTMINSTER FIREMEN, They Have Arranged for a Parade On Thanksgiving Day, the Dedication of the Town Clock and the Unveiling of a Memorial Tablet. — Next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. All good citizens who can will attend divine worship, and afterwards will enjoy the usual extra dinner. The Firemen’s fair and festival will be in full blast, and an excellent dinner will be served there. Many families, it is thought, will give their domestics holiday on Thanksgiving Day, and enjoy their dinner at the Fire Department Building, and at the same time will be aiding a noble work. In the afternoon there will be a firemen’s parade. It will start promptly at 2:10 o’clock and will move west on Main street to Pennsylvania avenue, to Union street, to Main, to Washington, to Green, to Church, to Main, to Court, to Willis, to Centre, to Green, to Fowble, to Main, to Firemen’s Building. The procession will be in the following order: Platoon of police, Carroll County Band, 36 pieces, Mayor and City Council in carriages, Democratic Drum Corps, new 4-wheel hose carriage, Manchester Fire Department, Republican Drum Corps, Union Bridge Fire Department, President Hamilton and other Maryland State Firemen’s Association officers in carriages, Westminster Fire Department, with hook and ladder truck. At 3:30 the exercises pertaining to the dedication of the Town Clock and unveiling of the bronze memorial tablet will take place. The exercises will consist of an address by State Senator J. W. Hering, prayer by Rev. Joel Brown, of Centenary M. E. Church, and singing by the Western Maryland College Glee Club. Citizens generally are requested to display the national flag and to decorate their business houses and residences as much as convenient. Democratic Advocate, November 21, 1896.