Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for October 8, 2000

25 Years Ago  

Trick or Treat Night Gets Okay of Town Council – Go ahead and trick or treat on Halloween till your bag busts, kids.  The town fathers have said it’s okay.  “When should we set trick or treat night?” a town councilman asked under new business at Monday’s meeting.  “How about October 31?” one suggested.  “Too close to Halloween.”  But the councilman could see the hopelessness of bucking tradition.  “Kids have been trick or treating as long as I can remember,” one said with resignation.  “Not when I was a kid, “ Councilman Leonard E. Sherman interjected “We just tricked.”  Councilman Wayne Norwood admitted outside influence.  “I’ve got an 8-year-old who says I vote for Halloween.”  When the vote finally came, only Councilman Harold Molesworth voted no.  Before anyone soaps Mr. Molesworth’s car windows it should be noted that he added an hour to make the official Mt. Airy standard trick or treating time 6:30 to 9 p.m. October 31.   Community Reporter, October 10, 1975.

50 Years Ago  

The Pilot Editor Dies – Oliver J. Stonesifer, 82, editor and manager of The Pilot Publishing Company, Union Bridge, died Friday, October 6, 1950, at 4:20 p.m. in the University Hospital, Baltimore, where he had been a patient the past ten days.  Born July 18, 1868, in Carroll county, he was a son of the late Joseph and Catherine Miller Stonesifer.  He was first associated with The Pilot in 1909 as its secretary and treasurer and later became the editor and manager.  He also served as a director of the New Windsor State Bank.  A member of Monocacy lodge,  A. F. and A. M., Taneytown, he was a thirty-second degree Mason affiliated with the Chesapeake Consistory. The Democratic Advocate, October 13, 1950.

75 Years Ago

Reckless Auto Driver Forces Team From Road – The large farm wagon of B. F. Shriver Company, on its way to Union Mills, Saturday evening, near Maple Inn, with a heavy load of feed and fertilizer, when two automobiles, going in opposite directions, attempted to pass the wagon, forcing the horses off the road and upsetting the load.  Some time later while the employees were trying to right the wagon so the load could be transferred to another wagon, Paul Bish and wife, did not see the horses and struck the off-wheel horse knocking it down but not injuring it.  Mrs. Bish was badly bruised and cut by pieces of glass from the windshield which was broken by striking the horse.  Mr. Bish escaped with slight bruises.  The car was wrecked.  The Democratic Advocate, October 9, 1925.

100 Years Ago          

Hon. Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic candidate for Vice-President, passed through this city on the 9.51 train going west, yesterday morning.  Not more than fifty or sixty people, we are informed, were at the station when the train arrived.  Mr. Stevenson stood on the rear platform and shook hands with them.  Several Republicans were among those who went to the station to see the distinguished gentleman.  It is surprising that so few Democrats turned out to give him a greeting.  Our first impression was that they were in ignorance of his presence on the train, but we are informed that his coming was heralded by the newspapers and that numbers of leading Democrats were aware of it.  American Sentinel, October 13, 1900.