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100 Years Ago This Month

April 1918

April 5

New Electric Sign

To advertise Regal Shoes, Mr. Rotering has erected a new electric sign in the shape of a large boot in the front of his store on West Main Street.

New Express Agent

E. C. Moser, who has been an agent for the American Express Company in this place, left recently for Gettysburg, where he will take a similar position. Harry Ashbaugh succeeds Mr. Moser as agent in Emmitsburg.

Arrives Safely In France

Mr. Wallace Mosser of near Emmitsburg has received word of his son, Maurice Mosser, regarding his safe arrival in France. It will be remembered that Maurice Mosser was a member of the national Army and left Emmitsburg sometime last September. Meanwhile, Cpl. Clay Shuff, a member of the Second Training Battalion, was recently transferred to Camp Hancock, Georgia. Cpl. Shuff is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shuff of West Main St.

Miss Lillian Gelwicks of Frederick Street has been transferred to the base hospital in Newport News, Virginia. Miss Gelwicks is a graduate of the Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, and is now a member of the American Red Cross.

Quiot Season Opens

Quiot pitching, which was met with such favor last summer, is once again in play. Tuesday evening, some of the old-timers formally opened the season on the Patterson Plaza. The official scorekeeper was on hand - also the official umpire - and the grandstand was well filled with interested spectators.

Suffers Loss By Fire

A fire on Saturday night occurred around 10:30 at the residence of Charles McCarren. The fire started in a chicken coop that held about 100 little peeps that were just a few days old. They were quite frisky little chickens and were able to escape the flames when Mr. McCarren opened the door to the chicken coop. The flames evidently started from an overheated coal oil stove, newly placed in the chicken house. The Vigilant Hose Company did good work in protecting the adjoining property. Dr. Brokow, who was called out to help round up the little peeps, was not too happy about being pulled away from the Former Former Boozers meeting. He told McCarren in no uncertain terms that he should have let the peeps get roasted. "You could have brought them down to the Boozers meeting for everyone to eat and gotten free rounds. We’re going to eat them sooner or later," said Dr. Brokow, "so we might as well eat them now."

April 12

Severe Storm Causes Damage Area-Wide

The rain that started late Monday afternoon has been continuous ever since. Reports from all parts of the county show that the wind, rain and hail have caused a great amount of damage. As a result of the ice-covered wires, telephone service was greatly impaired on local lines. Electric wires were badly crippled by the falling limbs. Traffic was delayed in all sections. The sleet, snow and ice have caused much concern among the fruit growers of the county. The recent mild weather caused the buds to start and these are sure to be damaged. Following a heavy rainstorm, Emmitsburg and its vicinity was visited by heavy snow, followed by a marked drop in the temperature.

Transferred To Camp Funston

Edward Butler, colored, a member of the national Army stationed in Camp Mead has been transferred to Camp Funston. Pvt. Butler spent the weekend with his parents near Emmitsburg.

First Anniversary Of War Celebrated

Emmitsburg was not behind the times in its display of patriotism on Saturday, in honor of America's entrance into the World War. Flags were displayed from most every public place of business and every residence in town.

Patterson Brothers Sale

Despite one of the most severe storms of the season, which prevented a number of dealers from coming to Emmitsburg, the horse and cattle sale of Patterson Brothers yesterday far exceeded the expectations of the members of this wide-awake firm. The total returns from this sale amounted to $9,128. 34 head of horses brought $5,031, and 40 head of cattle brought $3,543, and 45 goats, $554. One pair of mules brought $582, the highest price received for a single horse was $276, and one horse was sold privately for $225. The many who came to this sale came not for curiosity but to buy, and the spirited bidding was evidence of that fact. Every sale that Patterson Brothers has attracts bidders from every portion of the surrounding counties. The reason for this is that everything sold is as presented.

April 19

Landed Safely Overseas

On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Topper of West Main St. received an official announcement that their son, Benjamin Topper, had arrived safely somewhere in France. It will be remembered that Private Topper volunteered in the service last June, and in September he was sent to Alabama where he underwent his training.

Look Out For Robberies

Invariably it has happened that, just prior to a worthwhile robbery in Emmitsburg, a number of dogs have met their deaths by poisoning. On Monday morning, four dead ones were lying in the streets, and all were in the section of town where the biggest robberies have been made. Produce and clothing seem to be the current focus of the thieves. It will be remembered that a few months ago, at comparatively short intervals, several big robberies were committed in one neighborhood, the thieves using the boldest methods and making a getaway. As neither drugstore in town has sold the kind of poison used for the purpose of killing the dogs, the theory of outside sleuths "laying the pipes" for more swag is the one held by those who previously were "visited."

Mail Service Delayed

On Wednesday evening, while making up the train for the 5 p.m., engine number four of the Emmitsburg Railroad jumped the track just behind the engine house, and was unable to make its usual trip, thereby delaying the mail for two hours. On Thursday, while returning from the 11 a.m. run, the cylinder was blown off of engine number five, delaying the mail service again.

Hit By Train

Granville Fox, a prominent citizen of Detour, was accidentally killed by a Western Maryland express train on Tuesday while on his way home. Mr. Fox was crossing the tracks in his truck when he was struck by the express train. He is survived by his widow and two children.

County's First War Sacrifice

Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kane, of Mount Pleasant, received word recently of the death of their son William while in action in France. The War Department announced officially that he was killed in action on April 8, somewhere in France. This marks the first Frederick County resident to lose his life in the European war.

April 26

Mailboxes To Right Of Road

Orders have gone out to all the patrons that receive mail on the rural routes to have their mailboxes placed on the right-hand side of the road. This has always been the rule of the Post Office Department, but was never enforced; now the order has gone out that this must be done. In a number of cases this change has already been made. It is pointed out that the increased amount of traffic on the roads has made zigzagging back and forth across roads much too dangerous for the carriers.

New Youth Military Organizations

For several nights this week, a newly-formed company of youngsters imbued with the patriotic spirit has been parading the streets in the interest of the liberty loan. Capt. Charles Bushman is in command and his First Lieutenant is "Sterts" Rowe. It is understood that a permanent organization will be formed and that thrills and parades will be kept up indefinitely.

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