The Mystery of Stewart A. Geisbert Lunch

Passing through the 300 block of North Market Street in downtown Frederick one spring day a while back, I finally noticed it.  I had driven down this street countless times, always admiring the character and architecture found there. I’d even been to the Old Towne Tavern across the street many times in my 20s, but... Continue Reading →

A Trio of 1905 Accidents

In May 1905, the Baltimore Sun reported on three women living in Western Maryland who experienced a variety of unique accidents that caused them injury:  “Mrs. Bullock, wife of Rev. J.O. Bullock, while in a store at Lonconing making purchases stepped backward into a cellar way, the trapdoor having been left open. Several of her... Continue Reading →

Father Brown Fights Back

In September 1911, some robbers got a surprise they definitely weren’t counting on when they attempted to rob a priest in Baltimore.  According to a wire story in The Frederick Post:  “After they threatened his life unless he gave them money, Father Brown, of St. Mary’s church overpowered thugs and locked them in his kitchen... Continue Reading →

Electricity in Rockville

Did you know that for about a decade in the early 20th century Rockville (Montgomery County) was without widespread electricity? According to a 1909 article in The Baltimore Sun, much of the town was without electricity because of a fire years earlier: “Electricity for lighting the residences, churches, business places, etc. of Rockville is now... Continue Reading →

Bear Loose in Howard County

In early January 1903, The Baltimore Sun updated readers on Bruno, a pet bear that had escaped from his owner the previous summer and was making local farmers unhappy: “Bruno, the elusive ex-pet bear, is still at large somewhere in Howard county. The countryside is up in arms. Several regiments of angry farmers are enlisted... Continue Reading →

The Promise of a New Year

Happy New Year’s Eve! A 1902 editorial in the The News (Frederick County) outlined the promise of a new year—and is still very fitting more than 115 years later: “...Along with evils and misfortunes there will be much good, and many manifestations of the spirit of generosity and humanitarianism which, happily, is growing in strength... Continue Reading →

Halloween Mischief Gone Too Far

It seems as though some youth took the Halloween pranks a little too far in Westminster (Carroll County) in 1881. The Democratic Advocate outlined some of the damage caused — and possible consequences — for those responsible. “Breaking window-panes, daubing houses with mud, tearing away and breaking doorsteps and yard gates and fences, throwing corn... Continue Reading →

1907 Homecoming Week

In 1907, Governor Edwin Warfield decided that Maryland should have a Homecoming Week. “In launching this project he said … that he believed that the city and State both were ripe for an occasion of this character,” according to the Baltimore Sun. “He recited the fact that there were thousands of persons scattered throughout the... Continue Reading →

Looking for Leaves

With a touch of autumn now in the air—and perhaps our hot and humid days finally behind us—it’s time to look forward to the beautiful fall foliage that graces our area. However, in 1899, Frederick area farmers looked forward to these fall leaves for a slightly different reason. They used it as bedding for their animals.... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: