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100 Years Ago This Month

March 1913

March 7

Arrests for Swearing

Four young men were brought before Mayor Rowe on Tuesday. The charge was of using profane language in the Corporation and insulting Officer Dukehart. Fines were imposed.

Woman Shoots Neighbor

On a warrant sworn out by Mrs. Robert Mitchell, charging that her neighbor attempted to shooter with a revolver, Mrs. Erin Ridge was arrested and hauled before Justice of the Peace Shuff on Saturday, as the result of a quarrel between the two, growing out of a childish difference between the offspring of the Ridge and Mitchell families.

Both mothers became interested in the dispute of their children and took up the quarrels. When neighborly relations were virtually suspended it is claimed by Mrs. Mitchell that Mrs. Ridge fired a shot from a revolver at her, but Mr.

Mrs. Ridge was placed under arrest by Deputy Sheriff Rowe and brought before the Justice of the Peace who, after hearing the case held her at the sum of $300 bail for the action of the grand jury.

Both Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Ridge, staunch opponents of the current women's suffrage movement stated that is their wives actions was proof that women were not mature enough to be trusted with the right to vote, let alone guns.

New Blacksmith Shop for Zora

Mr. Roy Wagerman who has been working with a firm of J. T. Hayes and Son for some time will take up the blacksmith trade at Zora, in a short time.


  • Mr. Philip Lawrence has had a new tin roof on his barn at the rear of his property. Mr. Clarence McCarron has had the mountain water connected with his new barn.

  • On account of increased business of the Emmitsburg Broom Factory, electric lights have been installed, so that the employees can work at night.

Death of Margaret and Thelma Miller

On Tuesday Mary Margaret Miller, wife of Russell Miller, died near Rocky Ridge. Her age was 19 years and three months. She is survived by her husband and one child, Elizabeth.

The following day, Thelma Miller, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, of Rocky Ridge, died. The child had taken ill the day before. The cause of death was an attack a spinal meningitis.

March 14

Post Office Moved

The local post office has been changed from the regular location to temporary headquarters in the display room of Mr. Zimmerman's furniture establishment, formerly the Annan Building, and at different times in the past history the home of the Emmitsburg post office. The transfer was made on Monday night. This was rendered necessary so that extensive improvements could be made to the permanent quarters, which will not only provide more convenience for the public but will greatly improve the facilities for handling and distributing the mail.

The need of better post office facilities for Emmitsburg has long been recognized, as it is a well-established fact that Emmitsburg handles more mail then any town its size in Maryland.


Several runaways occurred on Sunday. A horse driven by Mrs. Guise frightened at an automobile in the square and the buggy struck a post, damaging the shafts. Both Mrs. Guise and her horse escaped injury

Another runaway occurred on the Gettysburg Road, when a horse belonging to Mrs. Charles Topper became frightened and threw the occupants of the carriage to the ground. No one was seriously injured.

One startling incident took place on President's Wilson return to the White House after his inauguration. A cavalryman's horse reared towards the President's carriage, and at one point it looked like it might plant it's feet on it. A dozen troopers rushed the grab the bridle, while the President calmly leaned out the window and patted the freighted animal on the neck.

Record-Breaking Farm Sale

Undoubtedly, the highest prices ever paid for livestock at a public sale in this neighborhood in recent years, were those obtained at that of Mr. Ross Baker, who intending to move to Emmitsburg, sold at Freedom Township, 2 miles north of Emmitsburg, on Tuesday, livestock and farm implements.

The sale amounted to $3,369 and attendance was estimated at 1,000. A coming three-year-old horse was sold for $220, while the highest price paid for a cow was $87. A Holstein bull, eight months old, went for $43.50. A sow brought $53.50.

These are without exception the highest prices ever given for livestock at public sale in this section, and speak well for the condition in which Mr. Baker kept the stock.

Scarlet Fever At Fairplay

During the past week a number of cases of scarlet fever have developed among children living near Fairplay, just across the line, and as a result MoritzŐs School at that place has been ordered closed. The families in which the disease is so far reported are those of Mr. John Eyler, Mr. Scott McNair, Mr. George Herr, and Mr. Lesley Kennelli.

March 21

Death of Julia Annan

Mrs. Julia Annan, widow of the late Isaac S. Annan, died at "Craggystone", her residence in Emmitsburg on Tuesday morning. For a long time Mrs. Annan had not been in good health, but it was not until very recently that her illness reached an acute stage.

Born in 1840, Mrs. Annan married the late Isaac Annan, the pioneer banker of Emmitsburg and one of the most prominent businessmen in Frederick County, in 1864, and moved to Emmitsburg where she resided until her death. Funeral services were held at her home "Craggystone" on Thursday.


  • Mr. James McGreevey has installed a new pool table in the Elder building.

  • Mr. Egger Annan is having the woodwork of his residence repainted.

  • Mr. Albert Adelsburger is moving his livery operation from the Emmit House to the large table adjoining the Hotel Spangler.

  • Mr. Edwin Chrismer is having a new roof put on his shop on Frederick Street.

  • The Emmitsburg Railroad Company has improved her freight yards by grading, which adds much to the general appearance.

  • Mr. Albert Adelsburger has opened offices in the front of Spangler's opera house, in connection with his livery business.

  • The Patterson Brothers have given notice they intend to enlarge their barn on the Byers' place purchased several years ago from the state of Mrs. Byers. This farm is situated about half a mile west of Emmitsburg.

Hotel Slagle to Relocate

The Emmit House has been leased by Mr. Lawrence Mondorff and that well-known hostelry will shortly become the new home of the Hotel Slagle, of which Mr. Mondorff is the proprietor. The property which Mr. Mondorff will vacate has been rented by Mr. George Pittinger, of Waynesboro, who will assume proprietorship on May first.

Preparatory to Mr. Mondorff occupation of the Emmit House, Mrs. Slagle, manager of Hotel Slagle, will take charge of the new location and had everything ready by time possession is given.

Tax Notice

The Burgess and Commissioners of Emmitsburg have notified that they expect me to have all the taxes due for the fiscal year ending May 5, 1913 collected by that date. I hereby notify all taxpayers who have not yet paid their taxes that they have five days I will begin servicing notices to be followed at once by distraint and said taxes will bear interest from January 1, 1913. Kindly pay these taxes once and save cost. - E. F. Brown, Tax Collector

March 28

Status of Post Office

It is expected that the new post office room, which is being equipped with furniture and fixtures of the most modern kind, will be open to the public by April 1. When completed the Emmitsburg post office will be one of the most up-to-date in the state.

Everything has been provided for the comfort and convenience of patrons and the local Postmaster hopes that in this attractively fitted and furnished quarters perfect order will be maintained at all times and that's smoking, which is most objectionable to ladies, will not be indulged in. The government does not countenance loafing or boisterous conduct in or about his post offices nor will it permit the obstruction of the approaches to its property.

Fires in Emmitsburg

The people of Emmitsburg were greatly startled by fire which broke out on Monday night in the chimney of the house occupied by Mr. John Harner on East Main Street. The Vigilant Hose Company immediately answer the alarm and by their excellent work the fire was extinguished. Little damage was done.

Another fire broke out on Tuesday morning in the chimney of Mrs. Dorothy Neck, but the fire was extinguished without the help of the fire company.

Another Runaway

On Thursday as Mr. and Mrs. LeMoane were driving from Thurmont, thier horse became frightened and demolished the carriage. Neither the occupants nor the animal were injured. An automobile was set to convey them to Emmitsburg.

John Hoke Drowns in Tom's Creek

Just as we go to press the report of the drowning of Mr. John Hoke has been confirmed, although no particulars are present available. It is supposed that the deceased meet his death attempting to cross Tom's Creek, which has become unusually turbulent owing to the storm on Wednesday night.

Geese Return

A flock of about 150 wild geese-roughly the same block that flew south over Emmitsburg several weeks ago-returned northwest Saturday night, flying low over the town and make a great noise in their flight.

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