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100 Years Ago This Month

October 1913

October 3

Five-year-old Boy Fires Shotgun at Sister

Katherine, the 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitch, had her arm nearly shot off Monday evening by her younger brother, Bob. It seems that the little fellow had requested his sister to bring him some candy when she returned from school. When she returned he asked: "Did you bring me any candy home?" The girl replied that she had not because she had no money, and Robert said: "Then I’m going to shoot you."

Katherine did not think her brother was in earnest but a few minutes afterwards she was startled on seeing the boy approach her with a shotgun, which he had found in the house. She screamed and ran, but the boy pulled the trigger and a load of shot lodged in her arm and a few pieces a lead entered shoulder.

The parents were soon at the side their little daughter, whom they found lying upon the floor with blood streaming from her arm. When they asked what was the matter the little boy said: " I told her I was going to shoot her and I did."

The wound was very extensive, the right arm being completely shattered just below the shoulder, and only a few ligaments holding it. The child was immediately taken to the office of Dr. Jamison who, assisted by Dr. Bronner and Stone amputated the arm.

Meeting of the Equal Suffrage League

The regular meeting of the Equal Suffrage League will be held at the home of Mrs. Annan, Friday evening at 8:30 pm. There will be present a speaker of note from Washington, as well as a trouble maker from Baltimore. As always, husbands of women attending this meeting are invited to drink away their shame at the Hotel Slagel’s bar on the Square.

Heavy Rains Accompanied by Hail Do Much Damage

Creagerstown, Graceham, Loys and Rocky Ridge felt the effects of the hailstorm which visited this section of the county Tuesday night. Barns were unroofed; buildings upset and window glass in many houses broken. In addition to this standing crops were injured, fences were destroyed and telephones were put out of commission. H. B. Ogle had the misfortune of losing 70 panes of glass in his house. In the neighborhood of Rocky Ridge and further north hail as large as guinea eggs fell. Near Loys, 11 telegraph and three telephone poles were blown down.

Dies From Stroke

On Monday evening Mr. Marshall Michael was stricken with paralysis while hitching his horse at his home at Maxwell's Mill. Mr. Michael lay in front of the barn helpless and unassisted until his unconscious form was discovered by a searching party, early Tuesday morning. He died about seven o'clock Tuesday evening, never regaining consciousness.

Several months ago Mr. Michael's home was burned and lately he has been engaging in erecting a new dwelling. Monday evening he drove alone to beyond Emmitsburg in order to secure a plasterer. He returned home and went to the barn to unhitch his horses. It is not known exactly what time Mr. Michael return, but later in the night Mrs. Michael became worried that her husband had not returned from the barn.

Fearing that something had happened she went to a neighbor's and asked if they would help to search for Mr. Michael. That was about 2:30 AM. An hour or so afterwards Mr. Michael was found lying in the road near the stable with the horses standing nearby only partially unhitched. He was carried to his house and medical assistance summoned. He is survived by widow and nine children.

October 10

Child Kick by Colt

Maurice Lingg, the youngest son of Mr. George Lingg of near town, was kicked in the head by a colt about six o'clock Tuesday evening. The accident happened while the child was putting the horse in the stable. Dr. Jamison was summoned and dressed the wound which was thought to be serious, but at this writing the child is very much improved.


On Tuesday evening last there was quite an exciting runaway in Creagerstown. Mr. Ellsworth Valentine drove a very beautiful sorrel horse to town and hitched it in front of the Hotel Val and while attending to some business the animal put its head down to rest and on raising it caught the bridle and breaking it dashed at breakneck speed for home. In turning a corner the horse took in too much land and the buggy top struck a tree and was demolished. After running for about a mile and a half, he ran in a field where he was caught by Mr. Valentine after making several trips around the field. The animal seems none the worse for it and is gentle as ever, but the new buggy was almost completely demolished

Farm for Sale

As I intend to move from Adams County, I will sell at private sale, for $850, my property in Greenmont, consisting of four and three-quarter acres of land, a large 13 room dwelling house, stable large enough for four horses, a large shed suitable for automobile or carriages, an out-kitchen and milk house connected with the dwelling, well with abundant supply of excellent pure water, large cistern, two chicken houses and other necessary outbuildings, splendid garden, an orchard of young apple, peach, pear and plum trees, some of which are just beginning to bear. This property is located along Emmitsburg Road, 5 miles from Gettysburg, 3 miles from Emmitsburg. It is on a high, well-drained ground and offers a splendid opportunity for one wishing to carry on the poultry business. Signed H. P. Binham

October 17

Party at the Reformed Parsonage

The reform parsonage was the scene of the delightful party on Tuesday evening. It was a surprise party. It was the outcome of a very gracious thought on the part of the congregation of the Reformed Church, each member of which cooperated in a preconceived plan to stock the pantry of Rev. and Mrs. Higby with the fruits of the harvest.

Early in the evening teams and automobiles laden with everything which appeals to the appetite and goes to sustain the inner man, began to arrive in town and before long the parsonage was crowded to its capacity with representatives from nearly every family in the congregation, each bearing a very substantial "donation."

Delicious refreshments, provided and served by members of the church, added greatly to the enjoyment of the occasion, which will be a memorable one not only to the much surprised pastor and his wife, but to all those who entered so heartily into the spirit of the happy affair.

Fined for Being Disorderly

Earl Black and George Willhide of Thurmont were in Frederick last Saturday night and when returning home it is said they became disorderly on the car. The conductor reported the case and on Sunday the Sheriff came to Thurmont to arrest the two boys. They were taken before Justice Black who held them on bail for their appearance on Monday morning. The boys were found guilty and each fined $12.50. According to the boys, some others on the car were really the cause of the trouble, but we have not heard of any subsequent arrests.


Mrs. Colombia Winters is having a double porch added to her residence on W. Main St.. Mr. Edwin Chrismer is adding another story to the east wing of his property. A new porch is being erected at the residence of Miss Anna Riley on Green Street.

Dr. Stone is building a miniature hospital next to his office on W. Main St.. Dr. Jamison is enlarging his office on W. Main St. and is also having a galvanized tin roof put on his residence. Another street crossing is being made by the commissioners between Emmitsburg Saving Bank in the Hotel Biddinger.

October 24

Dr. Sefton in New Office

Dr. Sefton occupied his new dentistry office for the first time this week. The building has been rebuilt by the owner, Miss Winter, and re-papered, repainted and refurbished making it one of the most attractive rooms in town. It is Dr. Sesfton intention to have everything antiseptic and to furnish individual drinking cups to all his patients.

Desirable Property for Sale

Property for sale on East Main St., a lot 60 feet front, 160 foot back, consisting of an 11 room frame house, improved by large brick summer kitchen and shop; large table and carriage house, combined woodshed & chicken house and run, enclosed with new wire fence. Houses in good repair, house and stable both recently shingled. Asking $925. For further information call Mr. Eugene Rowe.

October 31

Pretty Home Wedding

At the home of Miss Alice McNair in Freedom Township, Adams County, on Wednesday, Miss E. Maude, eldest daughter of the late Harry McNair, was married to Mr. Frank Milford Musselman of Fairfield. The McNair home was tastefully decorated for the occasion with carnations and autumn leaves. Beautiful and unusual gifts were presented to the bride. Their numerous friends wished the couple a happy wedding life.

Struck Good Water Vein

After almost innumerable delays, the new artesian well for Thurmont was finished the beginning of the week at a depth of about 170 feet, when the drill broke through into a two–foot-subterranean stream which is hoped will meet the heavy drain maid on the other wells and relieve the cloudy condition of our drinking water which has existed the past several months. On Thursday, after pumping about six hours delivering about 400 gallons per minute, no material lowering of the water in the well was recorded and the company is highly elated over the prospects for furnishing Thurmont with an unlimited supply of pure water.

Chicken Thieves Scared Away

During the early hours a Thursday morning Mr. Isaac Kelly was awakened by some night-walkers trying to enter his hencoop. However, the quick arrival of Mr. Kelly's son scared the night-walkers away, the only damage being done was the breaking of the lock.

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