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100 Years Ago This Month

August 5

New Fairfield Oil Pipeline

Oil now flows through the Pure Oil Company’s pipeline running through the southern part of the county. It enters the county west of Fairfield and travels about four miles south of Gettysburg. The pumping station at Nunnery, Franklin County, was recently completed and started pumping the oil over South Mountain last week. After getting over these mountains, the oil finds its way to tidewater at Marcus Hook by gravity. The 292 mile long pipeline enters Pennsylvania at the southwest corner and runs the entire length of the state. The origin of the oil wells lies in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Before the oil flow started, a thorough testing was conducted on the pipeline and any imperfect places were fixed.

Spectacular Runaway

Yesterday afternoon, people witnessed a spectacular runaway along the Gettysburg Road, a couple miles outside of town. While standing near Rhodes’ Mill, a two-horse team belonging to Mr. George Lingg became frightened and ran off. They ran at breakneck speed towards Emmitsburg. Mrs. J. S. Felix of Fairplay was driving along the road and had to jump from her buggy to avoid colliding with the horses that were headed straight toward her. Felix’s buggy was hit and damaged by the runaway vehicle. The scene ended at Mr. John Long’s house where the horses ran into the fence and were then taken charge of by Mr. Robert Long. Both horses were badly bruised, and the wagon was somewhat damaged.

Quick Moving Stunt

On Monday eight boys led by Mr. Flemming Hoffman and under the supervision of Mr. George Springer moved hay barracks a distance of 50 feet in less than one day. The hay barracks measured 40 feet long by 20 feet wide. On top of having to travel 6 miles to and from work, Hoffman and his help turned out several of the rollers used in the moving.

August 12

Another Motherhouse Of Sisters Of Charity Made Necessary By Growth

The arrangements for the establishment of a second Motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul are complete. The motherhouse has been located in Emmitsburg ever since the establishment of the order in America. In these hundred years the Sisters of Charity has grown so that such an adjustment was imperative. The other motherhouse will be in St. Louis.

Ordinance Number 121

An ordinance was passed for the levying and collecting of taxes to pay the outstanding debts and defray the current expenses of the town. A tax of $.25 will be laid on every $100 worth of assessable property, within the limits of the corporation, according to the evaluation thereof returned by the late assessor. In addition, a war tax of five cents on every $100 worth of assessable property will also be laid for the purpose of paying the Emmitsburg Warder Co.

August 17

Dynamiting The Creeks Again

Last Saturday, dynamite exploded in Toms Creek at David Riley’s meadow. Sometime after the explosion about a bushel of stonefish were found floating on the surface. The report scared off the perpetrators of the deed. Acts similar to this were committed just around this time last year. The game warden has been notified, and the matter will be investigated.

Spat Of Driving Accidents

During the past week the town experienced a series of horse and driving related accidents. On Tuesday, John Boyle fell from a spring and received a severe cut to the head. On Wednesday afternoon, a horse pulling a buggy driven by Mr. Guy topper fell to the ground on West Main Street. Guy received a deep gash in the front leg, but otherwise there was no damage. A horse belonging to the Zurgable family ran off from their stable later that night and drowned in flat run. On the positive side, however, almost every day Roy Shorb, who is undoubtedly one of the best colt breakers in the area, appears in town on some new mount. This young man is apparently without fear and has been most fortunate in being able to break the most vicious animals in the shortest time.

August 26

Hockensmith Sale

Last Saturday, Mrs. Mary Hockensmith sold her real estate in Taneytown at a public sale. Mr. William Hockensmith bought the home place, consisting of 155 acres, for $7,788. Russell Hockensmith bought the adjoining farm of 155 acres for $3,565. Charles Hockensmith paid $39 per acre for the 135 acre farm near Taneytown.

Big Society Show Clairvaux

The little theater at Clairvaux expects a big crowd at the doors on Tuesday night, August 30. The guest at that delightful villa, assisted by Emmitsburg talent, will sing and dance in their catchy costumes made especially for the occasion, all for "sweet charity’s sake."

There will be opera, vaudeville, a society sideshow, freak show and all kinds of attractions to entertain those who attend. After the performance refreshments will be served by those who have taken part in the affair. Price of admission is fifty cents and includes refreshments. The proceeds of the evening will be devoted entirely to charity work in and around Emmitsburg.

Almost every year it happens that some family in the neighborhood is in distress. Protracted illness, death, accident or misfortune - any one of these may bring privation with it. To avoid making it necessary to appeal to individuals for aid, as heretofore, a proposal is in the works to create a common fund on which to draw for the purpose. This is the object of the "big show" on Tuesday evening, and this is why it should appeal to everyone. A committee of ladies from each church will handle the proceeds and disburse them, doing full and sympathetic justice to each case that is presented.

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