Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for October 1, 2000

25 Years Ago 

Mt. Airy Firemen Kept Busy by Severe Flooding in Area – The Mount Airy Fire Department was kept busy during the flooding this past week.  The volunteers clocked 136 man-hours in 36 flood related calls from September 25 through 28.  Most calls were for pumping basements flooded from six inches to six feet of water, according to Fire Chief Edward Browning.  The department completed a rescue of a family of four trapped in a house trailer at Pike’s Crossing near routes 144 and 27.  A small stream flooded, according to Browning, and inflatable life rafts were used to bring the family to land.  The department assisted in a similar rescue in Sykesville.  The family of four had to be rescued with a boat, however, because of the current of the overflowing river.  In addition to flood calls, the department spent 91 man hours on 12 unrelated calls for the four days Browning called this total about average.  Community Reporter, October 3, 1975.

50 Years Ago

Owls Stop Hagerstown Gridders — About 2500 Enthusiastic Rooters saw the Visitors go Down by 19 to 7 Score – Hagerstown High school the team that upset highly-regarded Chambersburg last Monday night, suffered an unexpected 19-7 setback at the hands of the up and coming Westminster High school Owls before 2,440, Friday night on the Carroll county school’s home grid.  Herb Ruby’s lads, who were gaining their second victory after a loss to Gettysburg, put over single touchdowns in the first, second and third quarters.  Hagerstown’s only score came in the third frame.  The Owls had a 13-6 edge in first downs.  Westminster marched 60 yards to its first touchdown in the opening stanza.  A pass, Jack Bowersox to Faber Trump, accounted for the last nine yards and the score.  Democratic Advocate, October 6, 1950.

75 Years Ago  

Frank Talked on Wormseed – At the meeting of the Westminster Rotary Club Wednesday evening of last week in the Westminster Hotel W. Frank Thomas was the speaker of the evening and gave a very interesting talk on the “Oil of Wormseed.”  The oil wormseed is only raised in few places and most productive in Carroll county, especially within a few miles of Westminster.  The Rockfeller Foundation has found a new use for this seed, and that is the killing of the hook-worm in tropical climates, given to man or beast.  There is four times as much of it raised as there was thirty years ago.  This year’s crop in Carroll county will yield about sixty thousand pounds, the price ranging from two dollars to six dollars a pound.  Democratic Advocate, October 2, 1925.

100 Years Ago

The record of the Westminster Golf Club, which was 33 for the six holes, held by Prof. C. O. Clemson, of Western Maryland College, was lowered to 31 on Wednesday afternoon by E. O. Grimes, Jr., Esq., who exhibited much skill in the game and has reason to be proud of his achievement.   American Sentinel, October 6, 1900.