October 4, 1998

25 Years Ago

Vandals Wreck Park Fireplaces—Several weeks ago unidentified youngsters broke up four of the brick fireplaces at the community playground in Hampstead. “Many hours of time are put in by the Lion members to make the playground enjoyable,” according to Dick Murray, a member of the playground committee. The Lions Club, which created and maintains the park area, is greatly disturbed over the destruction. Bill Martin, playground chairman, asks that anyone having any information on the persons who caused the destruction call him. The four fireplaces are valued by the Lions at $1,000. Three of the four were erected with funds provided by Hampstead women through their club activities. The 26 acre area, opened in 1954 by the Lions, will be operating without the fireplaces until spring when fresh mortar will be mixed. The Carroll Record, October 4, 1973.

50 Years Ago

New Co-Op Store A Credit To City – Located Opposite Parking Grounds – Committees Assisting Manager For Official Opening Oct. 7th.— A group of customers representing a cross section of Westminster and Carroll County consumers met at the new Co-op Store on Tuesday night to help the manager select the merchandise for the new store. They brought lists of can sizes, types of packages, variety of brands of food and household items they wish the store to carry in order that the New Co-op Market at 8 Locust street, may meet their complete household needs. “The Co-op which necessarily has limited its variety of goods until now,” said Bob Burk, the manager of the new market, “will have a new look.” We shall attempt to sell all the kinds of goods that our customers may need which are consistent with the quality standards for which the Co-op is known. “Democratic Advocate, October 1, 1948.

75 Years Ago

Lousy Honey Bees—Carroll county is distinguished at this time as having within her borders more honey bees per square mile than any other part of Maryland. She is also on the map as
the only spot in the whole United States having lousy bees. Yes, lice on bees. Real parasites that have the government bee experts in Washington laying awake nights trying to figure out a way to get them off the little honey makers. Dr. E. L. Sechrist, of the Bureau of Entomology, together with experts in the National Museum, at Washington, have made a thorough study of the new pest in the bee yards of Rockward and Sterling Nusbaum, near Taneytown. The Nusbaum boys are Maryland’s largest commercial honey producers. Rockward Nusbaum discovered these lice amongst his bees more than five years ago. Since that time they have been spreading about at an alarming rate. The lice seem to be very anxious to ride around on the queen bee. As high as sixteen lice have been seen on one queen. This seriously interrupts the egg laying of her royal highness and since the queen lays all the eggs for the colony the lice diminish the force of workers in the hive. Democratic Advocate, October 5, 1923.

100 Years Ago

At Pleasure Park – Grand Tournament – Trotting and Running Races – Music and Two Days Pleasure—There will be fine sport at Pleasure Park, near this city, on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. On Wednesday, beginning at 10 o’clock in the morning, there will be a tournament. The charge to the Knights will be delivered by Guy Steele, of the Westminster bar, and the coronation address by Harry E. Goodwin, of the Towson bar. It is thought that some of the most expert riders of Carroll, Baltimore, and Howard counties will enter the lists. After the tournament the racing will begin. There will be four events, as follows: 1st, trot and pace, 2.45 class; 2d, running race, mile dash; 3d, trotting race, 2.27 class; 4th, running race, half mile and repeat. On the second day the races will begin at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. There will be four events on this day, also—1st trotting, 3-minute class; 2d, running, fiveeight mile and repeat; 3d race for Carroll county horses; 4th, running, three-quarters mile and repeat. The purses offered aggregate over $1000, and speedy horses have been entered and fast time will be made. The Carroll County Concert Band will be present each day. Democratic Advocate, October 1, 1898.