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100 Years Ago This Month

August 1909

August 6

W.C.T.H Meeting

The local Women’s Christina Temperance Union met at the home of Miss Ida Zimmerman, near town, on Tuesday evening.  Many of the members of this organization attended the meeting, having been conveyed to the place of the meeting in one of the cars of the Auto Car Company. 

Chocolate Nut Sundae – 10 Cents

A dipper ‘Ice Cream,’ with ladle of ‘Swiss Chocolate’ over the cream, spoonful of ‘Chopped Nuts’ over the chocolate, and topped off with "Whipped cream" and ‘Maraschino Cherry’ and a ‘Delecta’ Wafer on the side all for 10 cents at McCardell’s. 

No Saloon For Motter Station

The application of Robert Martin of Motter’s Station for a saloon license, which was opposed by the Anti-Saloon League, was refused by the court on the grounds that he had not complied with the law. 

August 13 

Musical At The Home Of Miss Frailey

On Thursday evening, an informal musical was given at the home of Miss Madeline Frailey in honor of her guest, Miss Rebecca Houck, herself a musician of no mean ability.  Several solos were rendered by Miss Schnure, Miss Wrein, Mr. Went and Dr. Carson Frailey.  Besides the solos, several quartettes and duets were sung.  Dr. Frailey’s voice is familiar to Emmitsburg misc lovers.  Misses Houck and Wren sang soprano, Mr. Went is a baritone. 

Fire At Stouter’s Shingle Mill

On Tuesday evening the sawdust pile at Stouter’s single mill, a mile or so southwest of town, caught fire from the engine.  The quick work of those who helped to fight the flames saved any loss except sawdust.  To the ladies who gave such splendid service to the bucket brigade, belong a great deal of credit for saving the saw, shingles and other things that would have been destroyed. 

August 20 

Emmitsburg Honors Citizen 

On Saturday evening Mr. Stirling Galt, editor and proprietor of the weekly Chronicle, was made the recipient of a beautiful silver loving cup, a gift to him from the citizens of Emmitsburg in recognition of the good he and the Chronicle have done the community since he has been a resident.  A committee of gentlemen surprised him at his home and Rev. Gluck, on behalf of the others, made the presentation speech to which Mr. Galt freely responded.  As was fitting on such an occasion, the cup was filled with champagne and each one present dry to the health of the others and of Mr. Galt. 

The gift came as a complete surprise to Mr. Galt and was all the more appreciated on that account. Rev. Gluck when he presented the cup in a few words told of the fitness of such an expression of appreciation from a community to an individual and of the pleasure it gave him to present this token of the esteem which Emmitsburg felt for one who did her single service.  He alluded to the share the recipient and his paper had taken in the recent Old Home Week celebration.  His remarks were graceful and entirely in keeping with the occasion.   

Mr. Galt was very much overcome by the honor to him; in fact so complete was a surprise that it was sometime before he realized what was taking place.  When he responded it was to tell of his deep and sincere appreciation and to disclaim his worthiness for such high honor as the citizens saw fit to give him.

Barn Burned And Live Stock Killed

The much needed rain came on Monday night and with it a storm which unfortunately did some damage.   The electric display was remarkable, the lightning flashes being almost incessant.  The barn belonging to Mr. David Stouter, near Bridgeport, was destroyed with all its contents including a horse. Mr. Albert Valentine, of near Four Points, lost three valuable horses killed by lighting.  They were standing near a wire fence at the time and one of them was thrown over the fence by the force of the bolt.  The telephone system was put out of service and a number of phones burned out. 

Acrobatic Horse

A horse belonging to Mr. Claude Conover, while hitched in front of Mr. Harner’s store on Monday afternoon, suddenly made a plunge which landed his forefeet on one side of the rail while his rear feet remained somewhere in the air on the other side.  Mr. Charles Kugler, with the assistance of Mr. Edger Schriver removed the iron rail, thus freeing the animal. The horse sustained no injury, nor was the harness of the vehicle damaged. 

Improvements At Train Depot

The narrow walks along either side of the ticket office and baggage room at the Emmitsburg Railroad station have been widened, which adds much to the convenience of passengers.  The hay shed of Boyle Brothers is undergoing extensive repairs.  Concrete foundations are being put under the structure and the roof will be re-shingled.  The old corn crib will be replaced with a new one.   

August 27         

Seventy-First Anniversary

On Tuesday evening, Mr. Conrad Saffer celebrated at his home on Green Street the seventy-first anniversary of his birth.  The Emmit Cornet Band was present, and delighted all by its rendition of several musical selections.  Refreshments were served in abundance, and the evening was greatly enjoyed by those present.  Mr. Saffer received congratulations and best wishes of his many friends.

Constricting Large Bridge

Charles Gilleian and Clarence Rider are superintending the concrete works on the new bridge being built by the County Commissioner over Toms Creek near Wallace Moser’s about six miles from town. All the abutments are to be of concrete construction, and the iron span 100 feet longs. [Editor’s Note: The bridge referred to is today called ‘Sixes Bridge’ on Sixes Bridge Road.]

Railroad Man Hurt

Mr. Charles Bowers, fireman on the Emmitsburg Railroad, met with an accident on the eleven o’clock run Friday morning last, which might have proven serious.  It happened that as the train was nearing Motter’s Station, Mr. Bowers lost his hold and began to fall from the engine.  He had the presence of mind to throw himself forward, thus avoiding falling under the train, but he fell against the embankment and received many cuts and bruises. 

Runaway Accident

Last Saturday morning a horse and team belonging to Mr. John Bell dashed down Gettysburg Street to the square and stopped only when it ran into another vehicle hitched in front of Mr. Isaac Annan’s Store. Mr. Bell was transacting business with Mr. Ashbaugh in his establishment on Gettysburg Street when the animal, which he did not hitch, took fright.  The impact with the team on the square was so great that the horse was thrown to the ground and before it could get to its feet the wagon had to be removed.  The shafts of the runaway team were demolished, but all the horses were unhurt.

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