October 11, 1998

25 Years Ago

Council Cracks Down On Union Bridge ‘Raceway’ — At a special meeting of the Union Bridge council called Monday night, officials decided the town had had enough of rowdy adolescents
and their loud cars. Outlining their three main problem areas as loud mufflers, squealing wheels, and foul language and general lack of respect, Mayor Richard Stultz and his council conferred with State Trooper C. J. Snyder of the Westminster barracks and town police chief Bud McCann. Trooper Snyder assured the council that in dealing with the first problem, Officer McCann can issue an equipment repair order with a $100 fine if the offender doesn’t comply; the second offense can be prosecuted in court if the driver is identified and charges brought against him; the third can be brought under control by strict enforcement in court of the town’s 10 p.m. curfew. He added that a warrant on a youngster is served on the parent, who is then responsible to appear in court with his child. Snyder emphasized, however, that citizens must be aware that the police need backing to solve the problem. A simple complaint isn’t enough. The Carroll Record, October 11, 1973.

50 Years Ago

Dive Bomber Crash At Taneytown – To Be Held At Fair Grounds Oct. 9, Sponsored By Hesson – Snyder Post 120—Taneytown, Md., Oct. 5 – The amazing “Dive Bomber” crash in which a
daredevil sends a speeding stock sedan hurdling a two-ton truck and deliberately crashes his machine into a parked car, is listed as one of the featured thrillers scheduled at the Carroll County Fair grounds this Saturday afternoon and night, October 9, when Buddy Wagner’s World’s Champion Hell Drivers present two thrill-packed performances in front of the grandstand in the American Legion Thrill Day program in Taneytown. The Hell Drivers, featuring the former stars of the late “Lucky” Teter’s famous stunt show organization, come here direct from the New York State Fair where they appeared before record breaking crowds last week. These famous auto thrill experts have performed before approximately 1,000,000 spectators at the leading state and county fairs in the United States and Canada during the past five months. Democratic Advocate,October 11, 1948.

75 Years Ago

Sykesville vs. Ellicott City – Rowdies Brought Before Justice Hutchins and Fined For Being In a Free-For-All Fight —The battle at Bunker Hill was only a tame affair according to the evidence given at a trail before Justice Hutchins Wednesday when several of the citizens of Sykesville and Ellicott city were given a hearing for a free-for-all fight that occurred. At exactly 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 8 at Bunker Hill, Sykesville, a crowd of rowdies from Ellicott City, came to Sykesville for the purpose of cleaning up the town and after announcing their errand started to bombard the Sykesvillians with stone and some used bats. After several were battered up on the visitor’s side they withdrew to the hills of Ellicott City for protection. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Herbert Devries, Leslie Devries, Thomas Forsythe, William Milne, of Sykesville, and Leonard McNabb, Donally Zenter, James Mallonee, Lawton Sharp, Harry
Ecklof, Thomas Lilly, Robert Blizzard, H. Edward Blizzard of Ellicott City. After the hearing which took up the best part of 8 hours, Justice Hutchins fined the Sykesville men $3 and costs  except Herbert Devries who was found not guilty and discharged. The Ellicott City click paid a fine of $5 and costs. The Justice announced that they ought to have a House of Correction sentence but being their first offense he would place a fine on each guilty. The town of Sykesville was well represented at the trial. Democratic Advocate, October 12, 1923.

100 Years Ago

A Boxing Contest at Manchester—Edward N. Green, of Westminster, met Snyder, the clever fighter of Hampstead, on October 4. Green used Snyder for a punching bag in the five first  rounds, and lost the decision in the 6th round by a foul. In the first round Snyder rushed Green with an uppercut; Green cleverly stepped aside, landing a heavy blow on Snyder’s heart, and left on face; round second Snyder led four or five upper-cuts, but did not land them; Green lead right and left on Snyder’s nose, drawing blood; third round, Snyder lead right on Green’s forehead; Green recovered and landed two on Snyder’s eye and nose; round four, Snyder landed one on Green’s nose; Green landed two or three on Snyder’s eyes; round five, Green lead fight in fifth round, landing two or three on Snyder’s eyes, closing one eye completely; round sixth Green landed hard on Snyder’s body and face, as Green rushed Snyder, Snyder dropped, Green let a hard left just as he dropped to the floor. Snyder jumped up declaring a foul. Green loosing the decision on a foul in the sixth round. Democratic Advocate, October 8, 1898.