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100 Years Ago This Month

October 1914

October 2

Properties for Sale

A very desirable property on West Main St., improved by a 12-room house adjoining the home of Dr. Stone, $1,500. A small farm, about 8 acres more or less near Four Points. A healthy place to raise chickens, $800. Large farm, 150 acres, 1 mile south of Emmitsburg, land under good cultivation, growing timber, running water on the place, buildings in good condition. Asking $5,000, but will take less for a quick buyer.

Thurmont Man Killed

Eugene Vogel, the man run down in the Western Maryland Rail Yard at Hagerstown on Monday, and who died two hours later at the Washington County Hospital, was formally of Thurmont. Vogel was a half-brother of Herman Stoner, who met death by drowning last year.


The buildings at the railroad station are being repainted. Mr. Hospelhorn is having a new metal shingle roof put on his house on East Main St. The awning in front of the old Eichelberger drugstore has been torn down and the interior repainted. Mr. Harner installed a new counter in his wholesale liquor store on East Main St.. The Omnibus of the new Hotel Slagle has been repainted.

October 9

Archbishop Seton

The most Rev. Robert Seton, titular Archbishop of Heliopois, has taken up permanent residence at Mount St. Mary's College. The venerable prelate, who is the grandson of Mother Seton, who founded the Sisters of Charity, has been for many years attached to the papal court at Rome, and has only recently returned to America. He was born in 1839, and was educated at Mount St. Mary's College, with which his family has been in close connection for over a century. Notwithstanding his age, he is full of life and vigor and one of the most courtly gentleman ever met. He says he expects to remain at Mount St. Mary's until his death and be buried beside his father on the mountainside.

11,000 Homes In the County

There are 11,622 homes in Frederick County. Of this number 3,750 are farm homes. 1,544 of the farm homes are owned by their occupants and are free of mortgages. Renters occupy 1,224 farm homes. There are 3,726 homeowners in the county. Of this number 1,033 have mortgages.


On early Friday morning as he was turning his horses out to pasture, Mahlon Stonesifer was struck by a bicycle ridden by Clarence Snyder. It was in the dark of the early morning and Snyder did not see Stonesifer who is hidden by one of the horses. The collision was purely accidental. Sudden and severe, both men were thrown to the ground. No bones were broken but the shock was sufficient to practically incapacitate them for work for the rest of the day. The horses, being old plow horses, were unphased by the accident and simply walked off a few paces where they grazed peacefully until the men were attended too.

Mrs. John DeBold, 77, of near Emmitsburg, was thrown from a buggy Monday night and received a concussion of the brain. She was returning from Emmitsburg with her son, when the latter got out to hold the horse while an autocar past. When the boy got back into the vehicle he struck the horse with a whip and the horse leaped forward, throwing Mrs. DeBold headlong. She was picked up unconscious and carried to a farmhouse and attended by physicians.

Calvary Troop

The troop of cavalry that pass through Emmitsburg Sunday on its way to Gettysburg to take part in the dedication of the monument to Gen. Wadsworth, made their return trip through Emmitsburg on Wednesday. Many old-timers reminisced about how the large number of horses reminded them of 'good old Emmitsburg of old', before the noise and nuisance of the autocar ruined the peace and tranquility of the town.

October 16

World Series

More interest than ever was manifested in this year's World Series by the fans of Emmitsburg. The Chronicle placed a scoreboard in the window that drew a large crowd in front of the building on each of the days. As each inning was played the results were received over the wires and posted. Sympathizers of the Braves and the Athletics cheered as the respective teams had the advantage. The returns came in promptly and the games were scarcely finished before Emmitsburg knew the final scores. Many persons who lived outside of town made use of the telephone to learn of the progress of the contest.

Public Schools Consolidate

The first step towards the consolidation of public schools in the Emmitsburg district was made this week when the Annandale School about 1 mile west of Emmitsburg was discontinued and the pupils transferred to the Emmitsburg public school.

The attendance at the central school now numbers 100. The parents of the children are invited to come to the school at any time and see how it is being conducted. The teachers are anxious that the scholars not be late for classes, but on the other hand they do not want the children to report to early in the morning. Classes do not commence until nine o'clock and it is not necessary for the children to be there much more before that time.

Vaudeville Acts

On Saturday night, at 7:30, the Lesser Comedy Company will present three clean and moral Vaudeville acts and four reels of moving pictures. This is their last appearance in Emmitsburg. Do not miss it. Admission, children, $.10, adults $.20.

Horse Frightened by Autocar

A horse driven by Mr. Eger Dukehart ran away above Toll Gate Hill, when an autocar that was passing the buggy backfired. Mr. Dukehart was thrown to the ground and the buggy was demolished. Mr. Dukehart received bruises and a severe laceration on his right arm. The horse, uninjured, ran in the direction of town, until he tired and stopped to graze. The driver of the autocar, a woman, failed to note the accident and went on her merry way. Mr. Dukehart told the Chronicle that if this is any indication of what women drivers will be like; roads will be unsafe for everyone.

October 23

Fire at Rocky Ridge

On Monday night the general merchandise store of E. C. Wood at Rocky Ridge was destroyed by fire. The building in which the store was conducted was a two-story frame building, erected some years ago. The lower floor was used for store purposes and the second as a poolroom. Everything being dry and combustible, the fire quickly ate up the building and its contents, which were valued at $2,500, partially covered by insurance.

Literary Society Organizes

The Literary Society of the Emmitsburg Public School organized on Friday. It was decided at the first meeting that the members of the society should pay five cents monthly dues. The following meeting will be devoted to the lives and works of some well-known poets. The patrons and friends of the school are cordially invited to attend these meetings, which are held the last Friday of every month.

Boozers Debate Women Drivers

The Emmitsburg chapter of the Former Former Boozers Association have announced that they are excepting new members. The Association's dues for new members is one round for all current members every month. For this week's meeting the Association will debate: "Resolved, women don't have the mental facilities to drive an autocar." Arguing in favor of the motion are Eger Dukehart, Dr. John Glass, and Professor Bushman. The Association was unable to find anyone stupid enough to argue against the motion. All self-respecting men who know a women's rightful place are cordially invited to attend the meetings, which are held nightly at the Hotel Slagle's bar.

October 30

The Old Gentleman of the Mountain

Prof. Ernest Lagarde, who died Sunday, was so long associated with the Mount that it seemed to most of the living students of the college that he was a link between the present and venerable past with its hollowed traditions of extraordinary devotion enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. The actual relationship as a member of the faculty dates back to 1869, and during the long intervening period, he impressed his charming personality so ineffaceably on the minds of the students and took such an active part in the very life of the college that he became identified with it in a more permanent way than any other man.

His qualities are too well-known both within and without the circles of the Mount to require special mention. He was first of all an educator, and inspirer, a friend of young men, a fine type of Christian, and it is from this encouragement and example thus given to the boys with whom he came into contact that is memory will be gratefully and lovingly cherished by thousands of Mount graduates. By his death Mount St. Mary's loses a man who for nearly a half-century looked upon all its interest as those of his own child

Free Educational Motion Pictures

The first of a series of educational entertainments to be given at St. Euphemia's hall will take place tonight at 8 o'clock. The subject for the opening performance include: "The Life of Ants, The Ant King," and "Coming of Columbus," a three-part historical feature, pertaining incidents in the discovery of the New World. Altogether there will be five full reels of fine moving pictures. The hall is well adapted for showing pictures and is spacious and well equipped. It will be remembered that no admission will be charged for the shows.

Chestnut Hunters

Wanderlusters of this vicinity have continued to take advantage of the beautiful autumn days and small bands of hikers have been much in evidence, headed especially towards those parts where chestnuts are plentiful.

Improving Mill Property

Mr. George Gingell, who recently purchased the Star Flowering Mill from Mr. George Bell, near Zora, has begun extensive improvements on the property. The walls of the dam have been raised and reinforced with concrete. Mr. Gingell has ordered new machinery of the latest improvement for further perfecting the flowering process. The community commends the proprietor of this well-known mill for his progressiveness. The plant will begin operation under new management and with new equipment around November 15.

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