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 →

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 acquaintance to help them find the way to the Methodist Episcopal Church, where the Rev.... 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 →

The Dangers of Crocheting

A October 1895 issue of the Catoctin Clarion described an awful-sounding accident, making us realize that even the most mundane hobbies can have painful consequences: “Miss Rose Coleman ran a crocheting needle into the index finger of her left hand. Dr. Kefauver was called, forced it through her finger and cut the barb off, then... Continue Reading →

Anticipation for a New Year

In 1865, January 1 fell on a Sunday, as it will for us in a few short days. The following day, The Baltimore Sun reported on the holiday, its evolving traditions and the anticipation of a better year than the one that had just passed. The sentiment below seems as relevant today as it was... Continue Reading →

Dear Santa Claus

“A little boy in a spirit of repentance sends this letter to The Sun: ‘Dear Santa Claus: I am very sorry that I ever said I did not believe in you. Forgive me this time and I will never say it again. Yours lovingly, G.K.’” Source: Baltimore Sun, December 23, 1893

Dear Santa Claus

Do you remember your little friend Ellen Measell? I hope you do and will you please bring me a new doll, a very large one, with light hair and blue eyes, some books, some games, a pair of kid gloves, a pair of ice skates, a little house for my dolls and a baby brother,... Continue Reading →

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