Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun article for September 10, 2000

25 Years Ago

Town Board Sets Hundred Dollar Fee for Water Hook-up — Revenues to be used for Development and Expansion of System — in Addition to Present $350 Fee – A $100 “Water Benefit Charge” will now be required of Mt. Airy residents seeking new hook-ups to the town water system.  The idea behind the charge, according to Mayor Lewis Dixon, is that “those who generate new (water) requirements should pay for it.”  The revenue will be collected as a “development and expansion fund” to pay for expansion caused by increasing demands on the water supply.  Only new construction will be involved.  Ridgeville residents, under a special annexation contract, are not included.  The charge is in addition to the existing $350 fee.   Community Reporter, September 12, 1975.

50 Years Ago 

Post Office in Red for Past 60 Years — Past Fiscal Year Showed a Loss of $558,000,000 – Washington (special) – For Taxpayers of Carroll county the $558,000,000 deficit of the Post Office Department in the Federal fiscal year which ended June 30 will mean approximately $9,374,400 in terms of general Federal taxes, according to a study released here by the Council of State Chambers of Commerce.  The study explained that this figure is Carroll county’s proportion of Maryland’s share of the overall loss sustained by taxpayers through the failure of the Federal Government to run the Post Office within its income.  The Council’s study showed that except for a few scattered years the Post Office has been doing business at a loss for 60 years.  Since the end of World War II these losses were found to total $1,758,044,299 which means roughly an extra tax of $12 for every man, woman and child in the United States.   Democratic Advocate, September 8, 1950.

75 Years Ago

For the Information of Those Concerned – In view of the fact that the extensions asked for the in the spring for the Westminster School were refused and as the enrollment in the Seventh Grade will approximately reach 117, exclusive of country children who can attend other schools, and as the conditions in the Fifth and Sixth Grades are equally crowded, it has been found necessary to refuse admission to all country children who can attend local school or who do not have the same privileges in the Westminster School as the Westminster children.  It is necessary to place a third teacher in the Seventh Grade, and for lack of room to place the Fifth Grade on part time.  One half of the Fifth Grade will report to school at eight o’clock and be excused at 12:30 and the other half will report at 12:30 and be excused at five o’clock.  Democratic Advocate, September 11, 1925.

100 Years Ago

Fifty-one years ago Mr. Samuel A. Haines, then a youth in the employ of the late Major Benjamin W. Bennett, saw in a field on the major’s farm, near Dennings, a land terrapin upon the shell of which he cut his initials and the figures 1849.  A few days ago an employee of Mr. Bowers, who is Mrs. Irene C. Bennett’s tenant on the farm at this time, found the terrapin in the same field and carried it to Mr. Haines, who at once recognized the initials and date as his own work.  Mr. Haines resides on a farm adjoining the Bennett place.  He was surprised to see that the terrapin, after the lapse of so many years, was not changed in size or appearance and that the carving on its shell was perfectly distinct and clear.   American Sentinel, September 8, 1900.