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100 Years Ago This Month

April 1915

April 2

Ice Cream Parlor for Ladies

Matthews Brothers have just opened an additional ice cream parlor for the exclusive use of ladies. Is entirely separated from the original one and may be entered directly from the street to the right of the store.

New Bakery Opens

Mr. Harry Hopp, for some time has been conducting a baking establishment in Fairfield, has opened up a business in Emmitsburg in his home that will include a bakery, confectionery, and an ice cream manufacturing machine. A new oven has been constructed at the rear of Mr. Hopp’s property on West Main St., but this will not be ready for use at once. In the meantime the baking will be done in Fairfield. Mr. Zacharias will be retained in the new enterprise by Mr. Hopp. Mr. Hopp has also bought a fine looking delivery wagon, which he will use on his bakery route.

Who Sent the Dollar?

One of our subscribers living in Pittsburgh sent us a dollar note but failed to enclose his name with a remittance. If the person sending the same would contact the Chronicle the proper credit will be given the subscriber.

Forest Fires in Catoctin Mountains

Forest fires raging in the Catoctin Mountains last Sunday threatened dwelling houses and farm buildings and caused a monetary loss that has not yet been established. The one above Thurmont was by far the largest and most disastrous of the two. The fire broke out at night and was confined principally to the property owned by St. Joseph's Seminary of Baltimore, where a large dairy farm is conducted and general farming carried out.

The fire started at the foot of the mountain, on the property of Kelbaugh and rapidly ate its way upward, spreading in all directions and threatening to reach the area of the farm buildings. A large area was burned over but the fire was gotten under control. Deputy Forest Warden Howard Krieger, of Thurmont, was on the scene in charge of the volunteers, who turned out to fight the fire, and section gangs of the Western Maryland Railroad, who were fighting to save the high bridges between Thurmont and Deerfield, right in the path of the fire.

April 9


The barn owned by Mr. Walter Dorsey, near Loy’s Station, was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Four cows and one young colt were burned to death. Some machinery, eight tons of hay, and a quantity of seed were also consumed in the fire. Several of the outbuildings were in danger for a while but the fire was extinguished without loss by the hasty work of the men. The origin of the fire is unknown.

Many acres of land were burned over Tuesday by four fires in different sections of the Catoctin Mountains. Three fires raged on the property of Joseph Thorp near Catoctin Furnace. The flames were fought by a force under Forest Warden Frank Fraley and were checked Tuesday afternoon.

What might have proved a serious fire at the home of Mrs. Young, near St. Anthony's Monday, was averted by Mr. John Agnew, of Emmitsburg. Rubbish was being burned in the yard and the flames spread to a quantity of leaves and made their way along the fence in close proximity to the dwelling. Mr. Agnew, who was driving along the pike hastily jump from his carriage and after heroic efforts succeeded in extinguishing the fire.

Fireman's Festival Tonight.

The final arrangements for the big festival which the Vigilant Hose Company will hold tonight and tomorrow at Wagerman’s Hall were made at a meeting of the heads of the ladies committee which was held in the public school building.

The object of this year's Fireman’s Festival is to raise money to start a town hall fund for Emmitsburg. It is understood that architects are already working on plans for such a building, which will provide room for the Hose Company's apparatus, and a large public hall. Such accommodations have long been desired by the people of Emmitsburg but it remained for the Fire Company to take the onus of raising funds for the purpose. Realizing this, the people of the district should come together eagerly and by their contributions and their patronage make the festival a grand success.

April 16

Death of Emmitsburg's Oldest Citizen

Nathaniel Rowe, a lifelong resident of this place and one of Emmitsburg's oldest resident died at his home, Saturday afternoon. Death was due to the infirmities of age. Despite his advanced years, he enjoyed unusually good health. He would have celebrated his 94th birthday party had he lived until August 8.

In early life Mr. Rowe took up the occupation best suited for his natural qualities as a mechanic, and he became a gunsmith. Later, when this trade began to be displaced by the inventions of efficient machinery, and fine workmanship by hand was no longer required, he turned his attention to steam fitting and plumbing. About this time, the plans for the present system of Emmitsburg’s water works were being developed and he became the supervising contractor and plumber for the local water company.

Mr. Rowe was born August 8, 1821. He became a voter the year after the death of Gen. William Harrison, the hero of Tippecanoe, and cast his first presidential ballot for James Polk in 1845. It all, he voted for 19 presidents, having voted for Woodrow Wilson, the 20th president, on November 1913.

In 1844 he married his second cousin, Miss Elizabeth Rowe, who died 39 years after their marriage, in 1883. The grandfathers of Nathaniel and his wife were officers in the American Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

Mr. Rowe was a remarkable man for his age. He remained in complete control of his faculties and was perfectly rational up to the time of his death. He was an avid reader of current literature and took a special interest in events and topics of the day.

Fireman's Festival a Success

A substantial sum was realized from the Fireman's Festival, held last Friday and Saturday nights. The festival was open by dress parade of the firemen. On account of the fact that a number of books have not been returned, the drawing for the automobile, given by the firemen, did not take place. The winner will be decided on May 15 when the Hose Company will give an ice cream and strawberry social.

April 23

Nominations Made

The meeting of citizens at Fireman’s Hall last night for the purpose of nominating candidates for Burgess, for one year, and Commissioner, for three years, resulted in the selection of John Matthews, H. C. Harner, respectively.

$10 Reward

Notwithstanding trespass notices having been posted on the grounds of St. Joseph’s College and Academy, unauthorized persons have entered the enclosure and fished, made use of the private boats and destroy property on the grounds belonging to the institution. Notice thus therefore given that a reward of $10 will be paid to anyone furnishing evidence that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party or parties.

New Pop Machine

The Mathews Brothers have purchased a new pop machine. It is made of brass and is a model representative of the latest improved machinery. The caps for the bottles indicate the flavor. The new machine places the local firm in a position to sell soft drinks, both in the quality of goods produced and orders desired.

April 30

Celebrates Birthday

Dr. Dan Shorb celebrated his 60th birthday last Saturday with many presents, among them being a Gazoozle Bird. He was also showered with postals, some of which came from abroad. It may not generally known that the Gazoozle Bird is the Aztec carrier bird which lives on tamales, hot Scotch and gunpowder. According to Dr. Shorb, in order to witness its powers one is required to partake in the Aztec ritual of downing a bottle of Scotch. With the help of the Former-Former Boozers Association, the doctor has laid in a large supply of Scotch and in conjunction with the Boozers, contemplates exhibiting the bird in Harney, Dry Bridge and other large cities.

Firemen Going It Alone

A unique feature of the strawberry and ice cream festival, which the Vigilant Hose Company will give on Saturday, May 15, will be the firemen depending on only their own efforts to make the affair a success. Heretofore, the ladies of the community have responded willingly and the citizens have given generously. These two factors spelled success in the past. In view however of the proximity of the coming festival to the one held a short time ago, the Hose Company has decided to excuse the lady from the work this time and not solicit any donations whatsoever. The organization will buy the ice cream and the strawberries and cake and all it asked if the patronage in attendance of everyone in the community at the hall.

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