100 Years Ago This Month
13th Annual High
The 13th annual
commencement of the Emmitsburg
High School has occupied the
attention of the people for the
past week. Twenty four students
received diplomas. On Tuesday
evening the junior class gave
the reception to the graduates
at the Hotel Slagle. Mrs. Slagle
was especially bountiful in the
supply of good things for the
banquet which followed the
Memorial Day was
most fittingly celebrated on
Monday morning by the citizens
and veterans of Emmitsburg. The
parade was one of the best in
recent years notwithstanding the
fact that time has thinned the
ranks of the local Grand Army of
the Republic post. The march was
let off by the Emmitsburg Cornet
Band, followed by the veterans,
the Vigilant Hose Company and
children of local schools.
continued down Main Street,
across to Green Street, down
Gettysburg Street to the Square
and then to the Lutheran
Cemetery where the services
followed the Grand Army ritual.
The depleted ranks of the local
post, the age of those left and
their appearance in the line of
march, clad in the familiar blue
uniform, gave a certain solemnity
to the scene though the
background was gay with a red
white and blue. All along the
line of march between the
decorated houses and crowded
sidewalks, this feeling was
apparent. The thought that in a
few years the soldiers of the
Civil War would be gone forever
was utmost in many minds.
Memorial Day, 1910 will go down
in the tablets of memory as one
of the best since 1868.
A horse driven
by Mr. John Clutz took fright
Thursday morning on Main
Street, when the backing strap
broke, and ran off. Mr. Clutz
stayed in the vehicle and
succeeded in stopping the animal
in front of Mr. Stewart Annan's
home near town.
Youths Fined For
collected five dollars this week
from young men with speedy
horses and $2.50 from another
source. At this rate the taxes
may be lowered for the coming
evening, Mr. Vernon Lantz, riding
on a bicycle, collided with a
buggy a short distance this side
of the Pike Bridge over Toms
Creek. Mr. Lantz was coming at a
rapid pace and when the team and
bicycle met the latter was badly
wrecked and Mr. Lantz was hurt
but not seriously.
Shellman was robbed of some 60
chickens by thieves. They not
only took the chickens but
destroyed some of the crops.
Mrs. Shellman recovered five of
the older chickens and will have
the thieves prosecuted, being
certain of their identity.
Ready For Fourth
of the Vigilant Hose Company are
being held in preparation for
the grand picnic on the fourth.
The committees have been named
and everything is being done to
make this outing the best in the
history of the company.
Firemen's park is being prepared
and the affair is widely
The town has
granted a franchise to Mr.
Kirschner to construct, maintain
and operate an electric
power plant and distribution
system for furnishing electric
light, heat and power services
in Emmitsburg and its vicinity.
June 14 was
generally observed in Emmitsburg,
houses and stores were decorated
with the Stars & Stripes. 84
flags and banners were in
evidence on Main Street. This is
the 133rd anniversary of the
adoption of our flag and in that
time some changes have been
made. The original flag, showing
13 stripes and 13 stars was
adopted by the Continental
Congress on June 14, 1777 with a
provision that one stripe and
one star should be added for
each new state. This was
changed, however, by the action
of Congress in 1818, whereby it
was ordered that the flag should
show 13 stripes for the original
colonies in one star each for
everyone of the state's
composing the Union.
Another name is added to the long list of departed heroes of the Civil War. Samuel Gamble died on Tuesday evening after a long illness, at the home of Mr. John Agnew. Mr. Gamble was 76 years, four months and ten days old.
During the Civil War he enlisted
with the 25th Missouri
volunteers. In 1864 he married
Miss Emma Danner and in 1870
moved to Emmitsburg where he
spent the rest of his life.
During a severe
storm yesterday evening
lightning struck the residence
of Mr. Clarence McCarron on
Gettysburg Street, and
demolished the cornice and tore
a number of shingles from the
roof. There was no trace of fire
on the demolished parts of the
building. Several persons in the
house of the time were dazed,
but fortunately, no one was
Establish National Highway
Beginning last Friday afternoon and continuing until Sunday the automobiles taking part in the from-Atlanta-to-New York run instituted by the New York Herald and the Atlanta Journal passed through Emmitsburg. The run was in the interest of good roads, the effort being to
establish a first-class national
highway from north to south.
improvements have been made
recently that have added to the
aesthetics of the appearance of
the town. The corner pillar
supporting the balcony at
Annan's Store has been removed.
The posts stood in the middle
of the sidewalk and interfered
much with traffic there. New and
very attractive signs in large
gold letters had been put on the
glass fronts of the business
establishments of Mr. Harry Hopp
and Mr. Troxell. Two large
double windows had been placed
in the front of the residence of
Miss Virginia Gillelan. The
exterior of the home of Mr.
Michael Houck has been painted.
And lastly, a beautiful
ornamental gas lamp has been
placed in their recently
finished portico in front of St.
Joseph's Catholic Church.
Mr. James Koontz
has just plucked from his garden
a lemon weighing a pound and a
half, and measuring in
circumference 12 and 14 inches
respectively. The fruit was
bright yellow and fully matured.
Mr. John Matthews harvested a
magnificent head of lettuce from
his garden which weighed two and
a half pounds.
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