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More than 100 years ago, horse and buggy accidents were a staple of the "breaking news" diet of local newspapers.

One example occurred Feb. 1, 1896, when the now out-of-print American Sentinel carried a brief about a horse and buggy accident involving a mail carrier. Under the heading of "Taneytown Items," the paper reported:

"On last Monday afternoon when Mr. John Shriner, who carries the mail from this place to Harney, was leaving for home, his horse became frightened and, in some way, fell to the ground, breaking one shaft off his cart. When the animal regained his feet the broken shaft struck him on the heels causing him to run away.

"After he had run some distance the cart was upset and threw Mr. Shriner to the ground with great force. He was dragged some distance and finally delivered from his dangerous position by the horse getting loose from the cart, which was badly wrecked.

"Mr. Shriner was badly bruised and scarred, and has not been able to attend to his duties since the accident, but is now slowly improving and will soon be carrying the mail again."

So let me get this straight. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow are problems for postal carriers, but apparently being dragged by a horse is?

Years ago, Jay Graybeal wrote a column for the Historical Society of Carroll County about a number of horse and buggy accidents that were reported in the May 19, 1893, edition of the defunct Democratic Advocate. Apparently roaming farm animals were involved in several mishaps.

"Mr. Jesse Long, living near Tannery, was thrown from a wagon last Sunday evening. He was returning from Tannery Station, driving a young horse to a small wagon, when the bridle came off the animal's head. The horse started to run, and running against a cow in the road, upset the wagon and threw Mr. Long out. ... Dr. W. K. Fringer rendered medical services."

"On Monday morning as Mr. Wm. Burgoon, of Bachman's Valley, and his son were on their way to this city, the horse became frightened at a goat and ran off a bridge near the residence of Mr. Jacob Zacharias, on the Littlestown pike, and fell a distance of 14 feet down into a gully. Mr. Burgoon had a leg bruised, his son received a small cut near the eye, the carriage top was smashed and the harness broken."

Let that be a lesson. Don't let a horse get your goat ... or your cow.

Fired up for an anniversary

Only one reader, Ruth Anderson, responded with the correct answer to last week's history trivia quiz, which asked:

"Which Carroll County fire department is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year? One of the first organizational meetings took place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1948, in the Carlton Theatre... Where was the Carlton Theatre?"

Anderson, this week's Sunday Carroll Eagle mug winner, answered that it is the New Windsor Fire Department that is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Moreover, Anderson knew the Carlton Theatre was in Union Bridge, "with a capacity of seating 200 people."

I found last week's trivia in the Jan. 23, 1948, Democratic Advocate, which reported that, "about 200 citizens interested in the organization of a fire department for New Windsor and community gathered in the Carlton theater Tuesday evening. The following from the Union Bridge Fire Department were present to assist in the organizations: Howard Gray, Emory G. Minnick and Lewis Baker."

Meanwhile, I was helped with this week's question by Glenn Plott, who called to my attention that a second Carroll County volunteer fire company also got its start in 1948. The other company had an organizational meeting Jan. 26, 1948, in "Caple's garage."

For a Sunday Carroll Eagle mug, what was the name of the other Carroll County volunteer fire company that was organized in 1948?

Think you know? Drop me an e-mail at kdayhoff@carr.org, with Sunday Carroll Eagle in the subject line.

When he is not watching breaking news, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at kdayhoff@carr.org.


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