Search the Carroll County community newspaper archives


>> Click here to search for stories published AFTER 2011

>> Use this search box to find stories published prior to 2011.
Note: All Words is a more strict search. Implied operator is "AND."
Ex: Charles Dickens"
From
subscriber services email print comment


On July 3, 1925, the now out-of-print American Sentinel reported the Fourth of July was celebrated with baseball, a carnival hosted by the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1, a parade, a dance and a community dinner.

“Saturday, July 4th, will be observed by the citizens and business men of this city by a complete suspension of business,” the paper reported. “Public offices, banks, mercantile houses, barbershops and newspaper offices will be closed and remain so until Monday morning July 6th.”

The baseball game took place “on the old field at Western Maryland College.”

The names of the teams harkens back to the days when Westminster was a factory town, and featured the Fashion Q. Clothes Athletic Club against the Union Bridge Athletic Club.

“Wear Well Pants Company of this city is behind the Fashion Q. Clothes Athletic Club, and presented the players with the new uniforms,” the paper noted. “Admission to the grounds (was) 25 cents.”

Research for the Historical Society of Carroll by Jay Graybeal, gives us insight into the names of the businesses of the time.
Graybeal wrote, “A description of the Auto Parade appeared in the following week's paper.

“The line-up was as follows: Chief of Police John N. Weigle; Machine Gun, Co. H., 1st Inf. Md. National Guard; Boys on decorated bicycles; Westminster Fire Department …

“Richardson Brothers; Custin and Smith; American Restaurant; J.L. Mathias; Englar & Sponseller; Fisher Motor Co.; Nusbaum & Jordan; Farmers' Supply; Westminster Hardware Co.; DeLaval Cream Separator; and farming machinery.”

Other entries included “D.S. Gehr, hardware; Wehler & King; three Amoco Gas Trucks; Keefer's Sanitary Grocery; Charles Eckenrode; T.W. Mather and Sons, Inc.; Coppersmith's taxi; Candy Kitchen; Baile Motor Co. of New Windsor; ... (and) Star Theatre.

“S.C. Stoner was chairman of the parade committee ... and H.L. Hobby (was) chairman of the committee for the Chamber of Commerce.”

The Westminster Chamber of Commerce provided a “prize of $15 for best decorated auto and one of $25 for the best float.” Parade judges were Dr. L.K. Woodward, J.L. Reifsnider Jr. and George W. Hoff.

“The firemen have provided an opportunity for those who care to dance to enjoy themselves to their heart’s content. ... There will be many new features during the firemen's festival. Chicken suppers, soft drinks, ice cream, cakes, candy … will be offered for sale.

Also of note in the newspaper article was a request for donations for the Westminster Fire Department that is just as important today as it was in 1925.

“When in trouble you call the firemen. ... No better investment can be made with your money than helping to take care of the firemen. You may need them any moment.”

Amen to that. Some things never change.

When he’s not parading around town, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at kevindayhoff@gmail.com

user comments (0)


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and traffic
xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Learn more about subscriptions
Learn more about subscriptions
Advertisement
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has always hired from within when choosing his next defensive coordinator, but he could also look to familiar faces outside the organization as he searches for Don "Wink" Martindale's replacement. Here are five potential candidates.
Club owners and workers on The Block are speaking out against a proposed 10 p.m. closing time for establishments in Baltimore's downtown adult entertainment district.
The incident occurred at Magruder High School in Rockville, Montgomery County.
Advertisement
The report released Thursday details how Arnold Jablon, a former Baltimore County permits director, helped a developer avoid paying an estimated millions in fees to build the Metro Centre at Owings Mills — possibly in return for access to basketball tickets and free parking.
Legal bills can be considered acceptable campaign expenses, but only through a narrow window of allowable circumstances under state law.
Overturning Roe v. Wade would likely create a domino effect of states banning or restricting abortion. While observers say Maryland is among the states that's most protective of abortion rights, it would feel ripple effects nonetheless.
Maryland warned Baltimore officials Friday that the state plans to take the city to court over polluting discharges from the Back River and Patapsco wastewater treatment plants that had been ongoing for a year before they came to light in August.
Advertisement
Advertisement
24/7 Tempo reviewed dozens of foods that are often considered unhealthy and found the ones with redeeming qualities, either due to their nutritional content or our updated understanding of dietary fats and cholesterol. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
Using data from MLB’s Statcast tracking system and an online plotting of home runs since its introduction in 2015, The Baltimore Sun determined that at least 14% of the home runs hit at Camden Yards in those seven seasons would have stayed in play with the ballpark’s new layout.
Career paramedic and firefighter Robert A. “Bobby” Jones, died Thursday due to complications from COVID-19, according to the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company in Westminster.
Baltimore Police are investigating another homicide after a decomposing body was found inside a vacant home in Southwest Baltimore earlier this week.
Baltimore and Washington are two of 23 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico seeking to become the first three-nation partnership to host a World Cup.
From Highlandtown to Harbor East to Lexington Market, the details of a delicious summer of new offerings are rising and bubbling up.
After a Westminster teen died from a gunshot wound sustained in a Dundalk home Monday, police are charging a man who they say failed to secure his gun — and wasn’t supposed to have firearms in the first place.
Advertisement

Free Fun & Games

  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Crossword
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Jumble Daily in color
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Solitaire
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Bubble Shooter HD
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    2020 Connect
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Cookie Crush
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Butterfly Kyodai
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Classic Mahjong
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Sudoku
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Baltimore Sun Store

Advertisement

GAMES & TRIVIA

Advertisement