Cowhide Justice in Baltimore

In 1898 Baltimore, hotelkeeper J.L. Boswell had a unique way of settling a debt with a man who wouldn’t pay. Boswell caused a scene on the corner of Lexington and Calvert streets, according to The Baltimore Sun, after a conversation with a man who owed him money took a turn. “The men were seen to... Continue Reading →

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 carried a tin bucket with a hand and arm sticking out of it. “Supposing that... 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 Baltimore and claimed that a “mischievous person had thrown his cap in the second story,... 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 an article in The News. "She jumped backward screaming, and the noise startled the snake,... 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: "We are essentially a working people -- every week day in the year, with a... 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 aid of tin pans or human sacrifices, to help the sun out of its trouble.... Continue Reading →

Glade Valley Mill

Driving along Creagerstown Road in the small town of Woodsboro, passersby can't help but notice the imposing maroon structure once known as the Glade Valley Mill, a town fixture since the late 1800s. The business was originally started in nearby Troutville by Daniel Saylor. In the 1890s, Anderson Etzler moved the business to be closer... Continue Reading →

Oh, Baby

The Social Security Administration just released Maryland’s 2016 Top 100 baby names based on Social Security card application data. For boys, the top five names were Noah, Mason, Liam, Ethan and Daniel. For girls, Ava, Olivia, Emma, Charlotte. and Sophia made Maryland's top five. In 1912, one of The Baltimore Sun’s Sunday contests tackled the... Continue Reading →

Dielman Inn: ‘Gem’ of New Windsor

New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop remembers the very spot where Fred Snyder’s barbershop chair sat in one of the rooms on the ground floor of the Dielman Inn. Standing in the now-empty space decades later, Roop commented how the room seemed so much bigger to him when he was a child. Snyder’s chair was one... Continue Reading →

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