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Curious Crowd Follows Police Carrying Human ‘Limbs’

In January 1903, a pair of police officers in Baltimore drew a morbid crowd of followers as they carried arms and legs through the streets to the police station. Patrolman Kaufman carried two legs under his arm while Patrolman Batzer... Continue Reading →

1912 Baltimore: ‘He Drove A Wagon of Fire’

In August 1912, Frank O’Rourke was driving a Salvation Army wagon filled with old newspapers on Ostend Street in Baltimore when he heard people shouting “Fire!” He didn’t think much of it. And he didn’t pay much mind when “[s]ome... Continue Reading →

A Clever Thief

In 1850 Baltimore, a clever thief figured out a way to gain entrance to a home. It happened one evening in November when “a lad, of rather respectable appearance, rang for entrance” at Mr. Courtney’s home on Saratoga Street in... Continue Reading →

A Sewing Surprise

In 1911, Miss Edna Bachtel of Chewsville (Washington County) received quite a fright while sewing at home. "...[S]he was horrified upon glancing down to see a large snake rolled about one of the legs of the [sewing] machine," according to... Continue Reading →

Labor Day, 1910

Another Labor Day is upon us, marking the unofficial end to summer. In September 1900, The Baltimore Sun ran a piece on the value of Labor Day. Obviously, times have changed, but much of the sentiment still holds true today:... Continue Reading →

Preparing for the Eclipse

In anticipation of the partial solar eclipse in our area tomorrow, here's a look back on the partial eclipse that took place in Baltimore in 1892: “Science has relieved us of the feeling that it is our duty, with the... Continue Reading →

Finding Love Again

In July 1897, 70-year-old William B. Trout and 62-year-old Mrs. Mirian Lawler were lucky enough to find love yet another time. The Baltimore Sun article “An Aged Bride and Groom” outlines how the Ellicott City couple sought out an old... Continue Reading →

1915 Independence Day Patriotism

On July 4, 1915, The Baltimore Sun ran a piece from the general committee of the Safe and Sane Celebration of the Fourth. Signed by chairman Bushrod M. Watts and secretary John Daniels, it encouraged folks to “display the American... Continue Reading →

Working It: 1920 Frederick

The 1920 U.S. Census marked the 14th one taken since 1790. Every 10 years, folks were asked a variety of questions about their lives. Those questions transformed through the years; some census years recorded where a person’s parents were born,... Continue Reading →

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