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100 Years Ago This Month

August 1912

August 2

Tuberculosis Sanitarium

It is doubtful if more than 25 residents of Emmitsburg realize that within a few miles of their town there is located one the finest institutions for the treatment of tubercun patients in this country and yet the Maryland Tuberculosis Sanitarium under the direction of Dr. Victor Cullen is known all over the United States as a model institution.

During the few years of its existence, steady growth and almost phenomenal success in the treatment of one of the most insidious diseases known has marked the work at this place. What was at first a very modest little group of cottages has expanded into almost a village – a model one at that with imposing and beautifully appointed buildings. Here is maintained a fire department, a post office, an express, freight and telegraph office, a pretty substantial rural depot, a superb electrical plant, reservoir and pumping stations-all for the use and comfort of the patients and the visitors to this exceptional place.

Yesterday the new $100,000 building was formally opened. There are 100 private rooms on the first floor of this building, beside the diet kitchens, baths, and ice plants. The upper floor has four wards of 20 each and 20 private rooms which will be used for the isolation of cases too sick to be in the wards. Special kitchens are attached to these private rooms and there are also the necessary baths. The whole is heated. Correct living is taught at the sanitarium and it is expected to be followed by the patient ever afterwards upon leaving the institution.

Camp Delight

Notwithstanding the rainy weather the last two days the outing party at Camp Delight on the banks of Tom’s Creek has been a very agreeable time. The excellent boating and fishing has proved most enjoyable to both campers and their guest. The camp consists of four large waterproof tents and a large waterproof awning pitched on a grassy knoll high above the banks of the stream. The reception tent is especially worthy of mention for the tasteful manner in which it is fitted up. During the past 14 days over 100 persons visited the camp.

Sewer Repair

The sewer at the crossing in the rear of the Hotel Spangler, which was broken by the rush of water during the recent heavy rains, is being repaired. 75 feet of pipe is being laid, which is covered by a slews way to carry off the rainwater.


On Wednesday Officer Dukehart had an opportunity for trying out the new cells that have recently been installed in the jail. He made arrests for vagrancy and intoxication after allowing the offenders sojourn in jail, they were sent off by rail over the state line to Waynesboro.

August 9

Celebrates 92nd Birthday

Mrs. Rebecca Grimes, of Fairfield, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Tuesday, the daughter of the late Richard Gilson, of near Emmitsburg, was born at the old Gilson Homestead. She’s the last survivor of his children.

About 9 AM an automobile party of relatives and friends drove up to her house. After most cordial greetings, they made themselves at home. The time was spent in social intercourse until noon when a bountiful dinner was served. During the afternoon a religious service of song, prayer, and appropriate Scripture readings, was conducted at the request of Mrs. Grimes. Always of a strong religious turn of mind, and being unable in late years to attend public worship, she greatly misses the privileges of the sanctuary and was ever eager to avail herself of the spiritual refreshment to be derived by the devout soul from religious services. The remainder of the day was spent in social enjoyment, and in the cool of the evening after generous supper, the guest from a distance departed wishing Mrs. Grimes great peace and happiness.

August 16

Death of Henry Waddle

Henry Waddle died at his home in Fairfield Tuesday morning at the age of 71. He was a veteran of the Civil War having served for nine months as a Private in Company E., 125th Pennsylvania Volunteers, and later as a Sergeant in Company D, 11th Maryland. After the war Mr. Waddle engaged in a produce business near Emmitsburg, continuing that business after his removal to Fairfield, until 18 months ago when he sold out to his son, J. B. Waddle. Henry was twice married, first to Mary Jane Overholzer, and upon her death, Miss Anna Connor, who survives him, along with his son and daughter, Mrs. Clarence Musselman.

Former Emmitsburgian Killed

Crushed under an automobile in which they were joyriding over the mountain roads, Edward Creager is dead and his brother, Charles Creager is suffering terribly from two broken ribs. The automobile is a battered wreck.

The automobile is said to have been taken from the garage at the Bella Vista Springs Hotel without the owner’s knowledge, and after one of the riders is alleged to have obtained the garage key by climbing through an office window.

The accident happened shortly after midnight on Monday when the borrowed car, getting from under the control of the driver, jumped from the road near the hotel, crashed into a large oak tree, and turned turtle. The crash awakened visitors at the hotel and when they lifted the car they found Edward dead. His neck was broken.

Charles and Edward were in livery business in Emmitsburg several years ago. They were succeeded by McCarran and Zurgable when they removed to Buena Vista where the accident occurred.

Motter Station Blaze Averted

What might have developed into a dangerous blaze, was started on Wednesday morning by the sparks from an engine igniting a straw stack belonging to Mr. Fisher at Motter’s Station. Word was telephoned to Emmitsburg and the members of the Vigilant Hose Company were fully prepared to render assistance. This proved unnecessary however, for the fire was soon under control. In the case of a high wind, the flames could have easily wiped out the most of Motter’s Station

August 23

Pickpockets Ruin Picnic

Pickpockets descended upon the Granger’s picnic at Taneytown last week. Among those from this district that were robbed include Messers. Allison, Kemper and Ohler. Some from Thurmont, Harney, and other districts were relieved of their pocketbooks on that occasion also. Whether the pickpockets were associated with a band of gypsies that passed through town yesterday is not known.

‘Dick’ Dies.

The Boyle Brothers lost their valuable horse ‘Dick,’ by death on Wednesday. ‘Dick’ was a faithful, hard-working animal and was very familiar to everyone in Emmitsburg. The children of town were especially fond of their gentle giant who always welcomed the friendly touch of their little hands.

Fruit Crops

Emmitsburg is well known for its fruit crops. But seldom at this season are strawberry seen in local gardens. Mr. E. L. Rowe, however, has the distinction of producing berries that rival the spring variety and size and flavor.

15 ounces is an exceptional weight for peaches in this neighborhood. Mr. Spalding, of near town, has 1,000 trees bearing this fruit, of which one of the above-mentioned weight as a specimen.

Some of the most magnificent peaches seen in this district were from the orchards of Mr. Grinder. With regard to size, color, solidity, and flavor these peaches, the ‘Champion’ variety, are ideal and in very great demand.

August 30


A pretty wedding was solemnized Wednesday afternoon at the home of the bride’s parents when Miss Ada Hollinger was married to Mr. Ralph Sperry of San Diego California. The ceremony was performed in the parlors beneath an arch of ferns and pink flowers. The bride was attired in a gown a white silk with a long veil and carried a shower bouquet of white roses.

Mr. Charles Rowe of Emmitsburg acted as best man. Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held in the hall, the receiving line being opposed of the entire bridal party. The bride was a former student of Goucher College and the groom the University of Illinois. The wedding is a culmination of a romance begun four years ago when the bride visited in the groom’s western hometown. The young couple will reside near Emmitsburg for the present.

Local Brevities

During the storm on Monday night a bolt of lightning struck a locust tree about 10 feet from the barn of Mr. Daniel Roddy. The barn itself escaped as if by miracle.

Several persons paid for the privilege of disturbing the peace of Emmitsburg by depositing fines with Burgess Rowe this week.

Mr. Joshua Gillelan has been making some extensive improvements at his farm on the Taneytown Road. The house has been repainted a new fences erected. Mr. David Guise has had a concrete walk laid at his farm property on the Track Road. Dr. Stone is having his property improve by the addition of a large window on the east side of the house. The Lutheran church steeple and parsonage is to be painted and the organ repair. A cement pavement is being put down on the Ehrhart property on Gettysburg Street. Mr. Albert Patterson’s property is being extensively improved by a new heating plant, and a cement cellar.

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