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December 2

Class Of 1913 Entertained

In the evening on Thursday, Dec. 1st, Professor and Mrs. Strauss entertained the Emmitsburg High School Class of 1913. The young folks spent a most pleasant evening together and amused themselves in various games. All 17 class members participated: Emma Long, Ruth Linn, Ruth Stull, Rosanna Ohler, Mae Seiss, Mary Weant, Flora Welty, Eva Gusnell, Ned Annan, Frank Topper, Arthur Stokes, Lester Topper, Wade Stonesifer, Charles Fuss, Eston White, Allen Longenecker and Fred Wivell.

Death Of Mr. Miller Patterson

Another venerable and familiar figure has passed from the scenes of earth. Mr. G. Miller Patterson, of Freedom Township, Adams County died on Wednesday night, having almost reached the age of 85. He was born in Adams County, March 12, 1826 and lived the entire period of his long life within 5 miles of his birthplace.

He belonged to a family of strong and sturdy principles and was a gentleman of the old school. He is survived by his wife, two sons – Albert and Mead Paterson of Emmitsburg – and two daughters – Mrs. Albert Smith, of Freedom Township and Mrs. George Byers of Fairfield. Mr. Patterson loved his home and the rural life. He was an interesting conversationalist and fond of rehearsing the happenings of his earlier life and more primitive times. His farm was a camping ground for the soldiers who took part in the battle of Gettysburg, at one time Union men, and later Confederates. His crops got trampled, but like a true patriot, he did not begrudge the men and their horses for food they so much needed.

In his youth Mr. Paterson attended "preaching" at the old Presbyterian Church that stood on the part of the present day Presbyterian cemetery. He attended the Wood’s School with the Rowes, Martins and Zimermans. In his younger days he was a miller, but left that trade early in life to become a farmer.

December 9

Ten Inches Of Snow

Snow began falling here on Monday morning and continued until Tuesday night when the ground was covered in 10 inches. The drifting did not seriously inconvenience businesses here. The trains were able to make regular runs and rural carriers could cover the routes, except route two. In other parts of the county the storm seemed to have caused a great deal of trouble. All mountain roads are practically closed. Most side roads are drifted to the fence top. Sleighing began on Monday and the streets were lively, especially in the evening. Local dealers are telegraphing for more sleighs as their stock is sold-out.

Toting Booze Cost Him Fifty Plunks

Clifford Hahn, of Detour, was judged guilty by the Carroll County Court of selling liquor without a license and was fined $50. The case was a particular one, Hahn having obtained the liquor for several persons from a liquor house in Baltimore. It was shipped in a case, but the bottles were labeled for specific people. Hahn testified that he had received no compensation, but the court held his action to have been a violation of the Liquor License Law and fined him.

December 16

Arrest For Stealing Turkeys

Deputy Sheriffs Stull and Weddle arrested Peter White on a charge of stealing turkeys from Bessie Pryor on the night of Dec. 8. White, unable to secure bond, was brought to Thurmont and then taken to the county jail to await a hearing.

Ice Packers At Work

The creeks are frozen fast and during this week many ice-houses have been filled. The ice is about 8 inches thick on Toms Creek.

December 23


On Monday evening Mr. Shuff’s horse, hitched to a delivery sleigh, ran off. Mr. Shuff was delivering furniture at the home of Mr. Charles Gillelan when the horse startled. It stopped at its stable in the rear of Mr. Shuff’s home.

On Thursday, a little girl was accidentally run down by a team in the square. The tot was knocked down in the snow and the horses with the sleigh stepped across her. Fortunately she was not injured.

Christmas Program At St. Euphemia

The Christmas spirit was very much alive at St. Euphemia on Thursday morning when the pupils gave their usual Christmas entertainment to the parents and the patrons of the institution. At the close of the entertainment, a jovial "Santa Claus" warmed the crowd before beginning entering the happy holiday that morning.

Death Of James Slagle

On Monday evening, James Slagle, proprietor of the Hotel Slagle, died at the early age of 34. He was under a physician’s charge only a few days. His illness became very serious on Monday morning when an operation was thought advisable, but his rapid decline made it impossible and he died early in the evening.

Mr. Slagle was born in Adams County and for nine years he conducted the Acme Bakery in Emmitsburg before going into the hotel business. He was proprietor of Hotel Slagle for seven years. Mr. Slagle is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Mondorff Slagle and three stepchildren, Mary, Luella and Lawrence Mondorff.

Death Of David Bentzel

On Friday, Mr. David Bentzel, age 68, died at his home on W. Main St. His death came suddenly as he was healthy during the day and even ate a hearty meal in the evening. While sitting on the couch, however, he suffered an apoplectic stroke. Prior to his four-year residency in Emmitsburg, Mr. Bentzel was engaged in farming on the mountain beyond the reservoir. Mr. Bentzel served in the Union Army and received an honorable discharge at the close of the Civil War. He was buried with military honors in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Attacked By Bull

Mr. Harry Dern, of Stony Branch was slightly injured by a bull he was showing to a dealer. The animal attacked him as it was turned out of the stable and tossed him about 10 feet in the air. He fell directly in front of the bull, but fortunately he could escape harm’s way while the animal was attracted to Mr. Durr’s hat. On the same day, Miss Susan Cool sustained a serious accident while milking her cow. The cow kicked her in the side, breaking two of her ribs.

December 30

Holiday Dance

One of the largest and most enjoyable affairs of its kind ever given in Emmitsburg was the Holiday Dance on Tuesday night, held in the Zimmerman Ballroom Center Square. The dance room and adjoining apartments were profusely decorated for the occasion. Brilliant lights set off the beautiful color effects of the festoons, which formed a particularly appropriate setting for the pretty, splendidly gowned and graceful young women of Emmitsburg. The first part of the program lasted until nearly midnight when delicious refreshments were served, after which the dancing to the Union Bridge Orchestra lasted until two in the morning.

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