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100 Years Ago This Month

Oct. 7

Markers placed On Samuel Emmitt's Grave

Mr. James Helman deserves the credit for having markers placed on the graves of the founders of Emmitsburg, Samuel Emmitt and his wife. The town citizens showed little or no interest in searching the scant records or providing suitable stones to commemorate the event. It was up to Mr. Helman to obtain the data, superintend collection of funds and make provisions for the marble tablets recently erected.

Writing about the incident, Mr. Helman says, "To the spirit of Samuel Emmitt - after a lapse of 125 years since you founded our town, we paid this tribute to you." A lack of evidence delayed the process of erecting the stones, which was not anticipated when money was collected.

Both Samuel Emmitt and his wife were living when the census of 1790 was taken, since which time no mention of their names on record can be found. It is presumed they were dead before the next census was taken in 1800. Without exact dates of death the stones could only be marked as, "Samuel Emmitt, founder of Emmitsburg," and "Mary, wife of Samuel Emmitt."

The two stones mark the graves in the Emmit plot in the Presbyterian Cemetery. The family members were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, where Samuel Emmitt was also an officer. According to Mr. Helman, "The stones are in evidence, and will stand as a modest memorial to the founders of the town 124 years after the town was started, and in the year of our homecoming, when the people gathered in Emmitsburg from all points of the compass."

Oct. 14

Liberal Reward

Offering a Liberal reward for a dark roan horse, about 14 hands tall, 1,000 lbs., or for any information that may help me locate it. The horse and block buggy, including harness with breast-straps, was hired at my place on Monday, Oct. 3 by a man by the name of Gardner or Gardener. - Albert Adelsberger - Liveryman

Attempt To Rob Cigar Factory

On Sunday evening, a second attempt was made to rob Mr. Sneeringer's cigar factory. Mr. Sneeringer and Officer Buckingham chased the thief who escaped through a hole in the interim. He got away with a few cigars.

Mrs. Zimmerman Resigns

Mrs. Zimmerman's resignation from her position as postmaster concerns a number of citizens, seven of whom applied for the position. Already considering her resignation for some time now, Zimmerman's ill health motivated her to make the move. Patrons of the office regret her leaving. The seven applicants mentioned above are Messers James Bishop, John Horner, James Helman, Oscar Frailey, E .C. Moser, Harry Beam and Basil Gilson. The postmaster salary pays $1,700 per year.

Oct. 21

Mrs. Zimmerman Dies

Yesterday morning, Mrs. Emma Motter Zimmerman died in her home on W. Main St, after a protracted and severe illness, at the age of 60 years 11 months and 17 days. Mrs. Zimmerman was born here on Nov. 3, 1849 and spent the rest of her busy and useful life at her birthplace.

For 13 years she taught in the local public schools, first in the building that stood on the site of St. Euphemia's school, next on Lincoln Street when the school was moved to the property now occupied by Mr. Frizell and last when the schoolhouse was on W. Main St. where Mr. Kluger lives. In that time she helped mold the minds of many who are now leading citizens.

Mrs. Zimmerman was a good woman in every sense of that word and her influence is manifest throughout the community. As a member of the Methodist Church, an Emmitsburg resident, a friend and helper, her loss will be keenly felt. Those who most sincerely mourn her death claim only on her sympathy and kindness that came through her sense of true Christian brotherhood and clarity. Mrs. Zimmerman lived up to her high ideals. Emmitsburg can ill afford to lose this good woman, but it is devoutly thankful that it was the scene of her labors and life while they lasted.

Buying Of Emmitsburg Turnpike Delayed

The State Road Commission met Monday to discuss buying the Frederick-Emmitsburg Turnpike, about 21 miles, at $1,000 a mile. Governor Crothers and Commissioner Hutton were ready to vote on the proposal, but others wanted more time to get information. Though Governor Crothers believes the Emmitsburg pike proposition was clear enough for the board to act at once, he is willing to let the others have more time.

Some board members objected based on the company owning the Emmitsburg fight issuing 1,124 stock shares at a par value of $20 each, summing a total of $22,480. They said the stock was only currently assessed at $3.60 per share, making the road worth about $9,000, which is far less than the state's price. Based upon these facts, members thought the price of $1,000 per mile was excessive. The governor replied that the road was a good one and in many stretches as good as any the state could build.

"By buying the pike now," suggested the Governor, "you relieve the people by taking the tollgate off. The object is not to rebuild the road now but to remove the gates."

High School Flag-Raising

For a number of years past, the flagpole of the high school building has been flightless, which is something indeed to be regretted. Our country's banner was missing from every building where patriotism and true American citizenship is taught. By the generosity of a most interested friend of education, a fine 70 ft. pole has been presented to the school. This is now rapidly being prepared to be placed in the lower side of the building. In a few days the boys expect to throw to the breeze the beautiful flag purchase with the proceeds of the festival held very recently. We cannot say definitively who the orator of the occasion will be, but we hope the citizens of Emmitsburg and surrounding districts will be at hand to greet the new flag and orator. The flag-raising will take place on Tuesday evening Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The Emmitsburg Cornet Band will furnish the music and will also lead the procession, which will include the firemen and school children.


Four one dollar bills either between Rocky Ridge and Motters Station or between Motters Station and N. C. Stanberry's farm. Reward for returning to this office or to N. C. Stanberry.

Oct. 28

Flag Raising At High School

On Tuesday evening, the Emmitsburg High School unfurled its flag on the new pole before a large and appreciative audience. The ceremonies connected with this event were appropriate and very interesting. Half an hour before the exercise began, the entire membership of the high school, escorted by the Vigilant Hose Co., and headed by the Emmitt Cornet Band paraded through the streets receiving applause from the throngs that crowded the thoroughfare.

Upon reaching the grounds, the Hose Co. formed a large semicircle near the flagpole and uncovered to the strains of the "Star Spangled Banner" as the beautiful new flag was hoisted to the breeze by Burgess Rowe. When the flag reached the top of the poll the audience gave three rousing cheers and filed into the schoolhouse where an elaborate program was given.

The Reverend Hensley, of the Presbyterian Church, delivered the oration. His speech was very patriotic and instructive, taking his hearers back beyond England, which has always been looked upon as the mother country, to the Netherlands, from which most all of what we consider truly American institutions emanated. He brought home to his audience the necessity of living up to all the ideals for which the American flag is an emblem.

Runaway Accident

On Tuesday night as Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Shorb were driving home from the flag raising ceremonies their horse became frightened at a passing team and took off in a dead run. In making the turn near the home of David Guise, the vehicle upset and both occupants were violently thrown to the ground. Mrs. Shorb, while she suffered from the shock, sustained no severe injuries. Mr. Shorb had several ribs considerably hurt and was cut and bruised in many places. Although the horse escaped without a scratch, the buggy was practically demolished.

Ervin Valentine's Skull Crushed In Accident

On Wednesday afternoon at 4:50 p.m. Ervin Valentine, of near Rocky Ridge, died in a shed at Boyle Brothers warehouse from injuries he received a sure time before when his team collided with a telephone pole just south of the creamery. Mr. Valentine and Mr. Ray Hahn, were in Emmitsburg on business in connection with the horse Valentine had purchased from Hahn. While on their way home and just after they turned down the pike, Valentine struck the horse several times with a whip. Hahn was fearful the animal would get beyond control and jump. The team ran down the pike and struck a telephone pole at the creamery. The buggy was badly broken and Valentine was thrown out. A dent remains in the pole from where Valentine's head struck it.

He was taken to the hay shed nearby and Dr. Stone was summoned. There seemed to be a little hope for his life but the physician took every precaution. While Dr. Stone was administering to the unconscious man, Drs. Clifford and Stappington of Liberty, who were passing in an automobile, were called in to assist. Dr. Stone opened Valentine's skull and relieved the pressure on his brain caused by the fracture. Normal salt solution and stimulants were administered and for a while the patient rallied, but it was only for short time. He is survived by wife and four children.

Goodbye Paper Cigarette Boxes

The steel trade in Pittsburgh announces that cigarettes are soon to be sold in 10 boxes instead of the paper pasteboard boxes in which they had been handled for years. The American Can Company, at the earnest solicitation of the American Tobacco Co., has made inquiry of the American Sheet and Tin Plate Co. for experiments in the making of light boxes for the cigarette trade. These experiments are now being carried out and have proceeded far enough to justify the forecasts that cigarettes of the near future will be bought "by the can."

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