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100 Years Ago This Month

October 1915

October 1


The Vigilant Hose Company was called out Monday afternoon at about two o'clock to quench a small but stubborn fire that started in some logs supporting the oven of the Pan Dandy Bakery. No excitement was created as the fire bill was not sounded, and the firemen succeeded in extinguishing the blaze after a short time.

Ellen Beatty Found Guilty

After maneuvering in vain on the witness stand in an effort to invade answers to questions put to her, Ellen Beatty, colored, was found guilty of stealing 150 pounds of wool from Patterson Brothers. Albert Beatty who was also indicted with Ellen for stealing the wool, but he was found not guilty. Ellen made some statements on the stand, which caused outburst of laughter, and the crowd in the courtroom had to be admonished. Just before she left the witness box, Ellen declared she stole chickens and pigs because there was money in it, but not wool.

Little Gets One Year

Thomas Little, of near Mount St. Mary's, was tried in the circuit court Tuesday afternoon on a charge of assaulting Miss. Mary Barry, of Emmitsburg, and was found guilty and sentenced to one year and the house of corrections. Little, at the time of the attack, which took place on the state road, was in an intoxicated condition.

October 8

Farm Injury

Wednesday, William Glacken had his hip severely injured from being kicked by a horse. The animal was one of the most docile on the farm and had never before shown any evidence of a mean disposition. Mr. Glacken was passing near the animal and merely tapped it on the flank, receiving in return for the caress, the kick from which Mr. Glacken will not shortly recover.

Motion Pictures Tonight

The motion pictures to be given St. Philomena’s hall tonight at eight o'clock will be exceedingly interesting. A large crowd is expected to attend this performance. The movies include: Promenade In Rome, Monuments And Cascades Of Rome; Panama Cannel Zone; 10 Days With The Fleet Of US Battleships; How Mountains Grow; and, Petrified Forest Of Arizona.

Barn Burned

Last Sunday afternoon, around 3:30, a fire, the origin of which is yet unknown, burned the barn owned by Mrs. James Troxel, near Maxwell's Mill, 3 miles from Emmitsburg, intended by Harry Stonesifer, together with $1,000 span of driving horses, two calves, all of this year’s of harvested crops and farm machinery and implements. The loss is estimated at $5,000.

Neighbors for miles around and many people from Emmitsburg who notice the reflection visited the scene of the fire and it was through their cooperation that an adjoining building was saved from burning. The building was practically consumed when the fire was detected. The animals were all dead when the first crowd arrived to offer assistance. None of the members of the family were on the property when the fire started. Mr. and Mrs. Stonesifer left their home about noon and have no idea as to the origin of the blaze.

October 15

Civil War Tablets Replaced

Tablets describing the march of the Army of the Potomac through Emmitsburg, during the Civil War and which, were on several occasions damaged by accidents, were replaced this week by the Battlefield commission, Gettysburg. Some months ago the matter was taken up by the local Civic league and it was through their action that the new markers were procured.

World Series

During the World Series the Chronicle, through the courtesy of the Frederick News, gave its patrons all the important features and the score by innings in each of the five games played. Much interest in the series was manifested by Emmitsburg fans. There was a crowd in front of the Chronicle office every day the battle was going on. As the numbers were hung upon the scoreboard shouts, groans, or excited comments were indulged in by the eager onlookers. Inquiries by telephone were being constantly received and auto parties passing through the town craned their necks in the effort to scan the tally. The service furnished by the News was very quick and always accurate, and as the results were immediately displayed by the Chronicle the people of Emmitsburg fared better than inhabitants of very much larger towns.

Boozers Celebrate Defeat of Suffragettes

The Chronicle office was the scene of celebration Wednesday night as the results of the New Jersey vote on Suffrage was reported. The Former Former Boozers formed a line from the Chronicle’s offices to the Hotel Slagel’s bar to relay the results as they were posted in the Chronicle’s window. Emmitsburg Suffragettes gathered in front of the Reformed Church to sing hymns in support of the moment.

As the vote had been expected to be close, the willingness of the men in New Jersey to stand up and do what was right – that being to protect women for the weighty task of voting, a responsibility which all men know a women’s mind is incapable of grasping – was received with great support by the men in town.

As the scale of the defeat of the Suffrage vote became clear, Boozers exited the Slagel’s bar to carry their celebrations to the street. The whooping and hollering of drunken Boozers could be heard throughout town, drowning out the whining voices of the losing suffragettes.

160 Gather For Pig Roast

More than 160 men, many of them candidates for various offices in the coming November election, gathered in the dining room at the Hotel Spangler on the square, last Saturday evening for one of the largest pig roast ever held in Emmitsburg.

October 22

Midnight Thief

Mr. Florence, who lives on the Waynesboro pike, reports that last Wednesday night around 11 o'clock he caught a person in his barn making away with his grain. Mr. Florence has been missing wheat for several weeks, about 50 bushels in all having disappeared. Mr. Florence would not say whom the thief was, but only that the thief got his comeuppance at the end of a sturdy twitch.

Automobile Skids Into Steps

Saturday morning around 10 o'clock a brand-new Studebaker going North on Gettysburg St., skidded on the slippery hobbles just beyond the fountain and ran into the steps at the side of the home of Misses Annan. The accident was seemingly unavoidable, and was caused by the car being turned out to pass the team and skidding as the driver attempted to write it. The fact that the car was equipped with a bumper probably saved it from serious damage. Although the substantial iron railing leading up the steps were twisted and broken, the only injury done to the machine was the scraping of the paint on the right front fender where it grazed along the brick wall of the house.

October 29

President Visits Emmitsburg

Emmitsburg was signally honored Saturday by having within its corporate limits the President of the United States, Mr. Wilson, his fiancée, Mrs. Norman Galt, and Mrs. Margaret Wilson, the President's daughter

The party arrived in Emmitsburg at 12:15 and went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Galt on West Main St., remaining for lunch. The Presidential party was met outside of Emmitsburg by Mr. Galt, who motored out the state road some distance to join it.

As the White House car, followed by the Secret Service machine, passed up West Main St., several persons caught a glimpse of the President and gradually the news spread, until when the party left Mr. Galt’s house at 3:15, there was a large but very orderly crowd of man and woman who applauded the chief executive, who bowed in acknowledgment and Mrs. Galt smiled her appreciation.

The luncheon was strictly for the family, at which only the presidential party, the host and hostess and Miss Harriet Motter, the aunt of Mr. and Mrs. Galt and a warm friend of the president's fiancée, were present.

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