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100 Years Ago This Month

November 1909

November 5

Halloween Vandalism

Fences, Steps And Other Property Injured- Several Caught And Paid Damages

Last Saturday night the spirits of several boys got beyond restraint and they indulged themselves to excess in their so-called Halloween pranks. The fence in the rear of Mr. E. L. Rowe was torn down and a wagon belonging to Mr. James Slagle, loaded with dirt, was taken down to Flat Run and turned upside down. A barrel of loose ashes was emptied on the front of the porch and steps of the residence of Dr. Eicheberger. Several boys tore down the new wooden steps at the high school building. These lads were caught and made to pay the damages. Mr. J. Shuff was greatly annoyed by the throwing of gravel and stones in his store. Several signs were also pulled down in front of his store.

First Trip To Baltimore

Yesterday, Mr. Robert Paterson, a lifelong resident of this community left for Baltimore accompanied by Mrs. Maggie Arnold, for his first visit to a large city. He will visit his old friend Mr. Joseph Flautt and relatives. All these 78 years, for that is his age, he has lived just across the line, and aside from a few trips to York and nearby places, he has never been away from home, nor has he ever been in a steam car. He is uncle of the enterprising Paterson Brothers, among our leading business men.

Fire Near Rocky Ridge

On Thursday night, fire in a piece of woodland a mile and a half this side of Rocky Ridge threatened the railroad property and an engine and track hands were hurried to the place and averted injury to the track and the dwelling house occupied by Mrs. Ann Whitmore.

Suffers Severe Indigestion

On Monday night, Isaac Annan came down with a severe case of indigestion. Dr. Eichelberger was called and administered a tonic which settled Mr. Annan's stomach. On Tuesday, Mr. Annan was feeling much better and a full recovery was expected.

November 12

Death Of Isaac Annan

Of the numerous deaths in Emmitsburg within the last few years, none caused a greater shock than that of Mr. Isaac Samuel Annan which occurred on Wednesday, the tenth. For seventy-seven years Mr. Annan, who was born on the very site where stands the beautiful residence he occupied during the later part of his life, was identified with Emmitsburg. All of his interests were here and his name is linked with the most important and substantial institutions of the town. He was a pioneer in the improvement and advancement of the community, and he and those associated with him in various successful enterprises built solidly and well. For half a century the business of which he supplied the needs of many a score of families and the building where he breathed his last was a familiar and a cherished spot of generations gone by. It was he who brought to the town the greatest boon it enjoys today - the mountain water. In the face of stubborn opposition, he years ago organized the Emmitsburg Water Company, of which he was also President, and which is a lasting memorial to him. The Banking House of Annan, Horner, and Co., of which he was also President, is another example of his progressive spirit. For years it was the only financial institution in this part of the country and its continued prosperity is additional evidence of his business sagacity and foresight. He was deeply interested in the W.F. & G.R.R. He was one of the promoters of this new enterprise and he looked forward to the day when it would be a direct line of communications between the capital city and the place where the greatest battle of the Civil War was fought. As a forerunner of this cherished idea he inaugurated the Auto Car Company. Mr. Annan was a most progressive and enterprising citizen. Without him, this town would not be what it is today, and the people of Emmitsburg may indeed count themselves fortunate in having had such a valuable citizen in their midst.

Broom Factory To Resume Work

The Emmitsburg Broom Company, recently reorganized, and which has been shut down for some time, will resume operations within a few days with Mr. Eugene Zimmerman as President and General Manager. The business outlook for this company is very bright and the stockholders are very much encouraged.

Jimmy Gets Free Berth In Coop

"Jimmy" Ferrell got on one of his jamborees on Wednesday and landed in the "coop." After decorating the pavement for several hours with his recumbent person a few of his friends came to his rescue and gave him a ride in a two-horse wagon.

November 19

Heavy Wagon Crushes Out Life Of Harry Hardagan

Yesterday around 11:45 in the morning, the ten-year-old son of Mrs. Helen Hardagan, Harry Hardagan, was the victim of a fatal accident on Frederick Street opposite the home of Mr. George Lingg. The lad tried to get on the 'lazy board' of a heavy four-horse wagon driven by John Eyler and in his efforts slipped under the wheel and was so seriously hurt that he died fifteen minutes after.

The boy had previously accompanied the driver on his trips for lime which he was hauling for Rev. Dr. Murry and on Thursday he went as usual, but evidently became tired riding on the wagon and thought it would be easier on the 'lazy board.' It was while changing his position that the accident happened.

His body was immediately carried to the house of Mr. Lingg and Dr. Stone was summoned but nothing could be done to save his life. His death was due to internal rupture, probably of the liver. There were no broken bones.

His widow mother, who is employed at St. Joseph's, was notified of the sad affair. The boy was ten years old the 12th of September. He is survived by his mother, one brother, and four sisters.

High School Items

Two months and a half have passed since the doors of the public schools of this place were again thrown open and admitted their 'vacation-tired' scholars to their ever interesting and profitable work. During these months renewed activity has been shown by pupils and instructors both in what had been previously installed and also what has recently been installed.

By the untiring efforts of our school commissioner, Mr. Harry Stokes, the laboratory has been fully re-equipped so that the work of science can now be readily carried forward. The libraries have been added too and the school now has a thriving literary society which meets every Friday afternoon.

Business Men's Association

A large, enthusiastic and harmonious meeting of the Business Men's Association of Emmitsburg was held at the Firemen's Hall on Tuesday night. A constitution and by-laws were formulated and various committees were formed and members elected. The executive committee was ordered to inquire into the proposition for lighting the town, either by electricity or acetylene and report the results of their work at the next monthly meeting which will be held the third Tuesday in December. A special committee was also appointed to draw up tentative plans for a new charter for the Borough and they will also report back at the next meeting.

November 26

Established Orphan's Home At Harney

By the will of the late George Hoffman, during his life a resident of near Harney, Carroll county, the Potomac Synod of the Reformed Church of the United States has fallen heir to two excellent farms situated between Harney and Littlestown, and $5,000 for the establishment of a orphan's home.

The synod elected a board of directors to take charge of the farm and fund and empowered them to establish an orphan's home according to the terms of the will. The estate consists of 190 acres of land and each farm has its complement of farm buildings in good repair. By the text of the will, all male children are to be taught farming and all the girls housework. Other courses of study usually pursued at such institutions will also be given at the home. When established this will be the only orphan's home under the care of the Synod. Heretofore all orphans taken in charge by the churches in this synod have been sent to homes outside the state.

Thanksgiving Day Dance

Emmitsburg society turned out in full last night at the dance given in the Opera House. Over seventy-five guests attended. The hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion and the affair was one of the most enjoyable ever held in Emmitsburg. The music was furnished by the Union Bridge orchestra.

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