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100 Years Ago This Month

March 1909

March 5

Wireless Telephone In State - Frederick and other Towns to Connect with Baltimore

It is proposed to erect a tower of 120 feet high from the roof of the Union Trust Building, Baltimore, a second tower 320 feet high on the shoreline, and seven others in larger towns of the state, including Frederick, for the Radio Wireless Telephone Company.

It will be several months before all connections will be made. This is the DeForest system and the C&P Telephone lines will be used to connect with the tower on the Forest Building. It is distinctly a long distance method of communicating.

March 12

Hot Chase Of A Sprinting Calf

Paul Agnew and Robert Eyler had a hot chase after a fast-traveling calf on Saturday. They were unloading calves for Patterson Brothers and one of their charges escaped. Across the pike it went, tail high in the air, took to the fields and ran across Mr. Lewis Motters' farm, jumping fences with little effort, the boys after it, too. Down the lane to the creek, into the fields again and nothing daunted by the waters of the time honored swimming hole, it plunged in crossing the island, then across the other branch of Toms Creek and through the fields. It was at last cornered near Mr. Cool's residence.

Much Needed Road Repair Asked

A petition had been circulated asking the County Commissioners to pike the road from town to the Annandale School House. A portion of this road was piked some ten or fifteen years ago and with a little work on it now it can be made first class, but any delay would necessitate a large expenditure of money or the road would be little better than our worst mountain roads.

Three Buildings Of Fire

Sparks from the stack of a traction engine at L. M. Zimmerman's warehouse [now the home of the Carriage House Inn] set fire to three buildings on Wednesday afternoon. Prompt action on the part of those in charge of the engine and others averted a serious blaze. Dukehart and Chrismer's Coach shop, the house occupied by Mrs. Favorite, and Zimmerman's Warehouse were slightly damaged.

March 19

Q.R.S. Holds Interesting Meeting

The Q.R.S. met on Monday night, at the home of Mrs. Horner. Gladstone, Lincoln, Poe, Browning, Proudhon, Fitzgerald, Kinglake, Blackie, Darwin, Tennyson, McCormick, Chopin, and Mendelssohn claimed attention. The politicians, literary men, poets, musicians and composers of other years seem to flit vividly before the society so ably were the papers handled.

The papers on Mendelssohn and Chopin, Grace really delivered by Mrs. Eva Shulemberger, was very fine. Mrs. Sulemberger also played selections from the famous composers which were highly appreciated and much admired. A chorus by ladies of the society, added to the enjoyment of the evening. Boston will have to scurry it out if it is to get in line with the Q.R.S. of Emmitsburg.

The subject for the next meeting, which will be at the home of Mrs. E.E. Zimmerman, is "Customs and Costumes of the New World."

The Band

On Monday evening the Emmit Cornet Band gave another delightful open-air concert and played before and after a lecture at the Opera House. This excellent organization has the goodwill of every citizen in Emmitsburg and its courtesy in cooperating in every effort for local public welfare never fails of appreciation.

March 26

New Bank Incorporated

Savings Institution To Be Established In Near Future.

Dr. D.E. Stone, Jr. and Messrs. Thomas C. Hays, Ernest Shriver, J. Rowe Ohler, Peter F. Burket, J. Lewis Rhodes, all of Emmitsburg, and John C. Motter, son of Rev. Mr. I. M. Motter, of Frederick, are the incorporators of the proposed Emmitsburg Savings Bank, the articles of incorporation of which have been filed at Annapolis.

These gentlemen are also named as the directors for the first year and will meet either tomorrow or Monday to organize. Nothing definite can be ascertained from the incorporators at this time further than they expect to be able to begin business in temporary quarters in May. The bank's capital will be $25,000, made up of weekly deposits.

Horse Sales Bring Out Good Crowds And Lively Bidders

The standard with which to compare the gauged health of the businesses of the community like this is undoubtedly the public sales. If money is plentiful and easy, it is apparent in the returns from different public auctions of livestock and farming implements: dull sales, dull times; spirited bidders, prosperous conditions.

This spring, the sales have been very well attended and the price is good and the percentage of notes given has been less than many years. Last Saturday, Patterson Brothers held a horse sale. The average price they received was $153, the horses bringing from $105 to $192 a head. 28 West Virginia horses were sold, three going to Waynesboro and eight going to Creagerstown, the rest stayed in this community. In all, 34 horses were disposed of, those coming from West Virginia were sound of wind, legs, and eyes. Mr. Mead Patterson said to her representative of the Chronicle that as far as cash is concerned, this was the biggest sale he and his brother ever had. There were more sales and less notes given than heretofore.

Last Friday, M.P.P. Ogle sold at public auction his livestock and farming equipment. One, six-horse team brought $1881, one of these horses brought $290 and two matched bays of the team were sold for $525. A pair of mules were sold for $340. The whole sale amounted to about $4200.

Both of the gentlemen advertised through the Chronicle and both of them are satisfied with the results. This tells the story there is plenty of money and if you have the stuff and tell people about it you'll get the right price.

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