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100 Years Ago This Month

August 1917

August 3

Soldiers Overcome By The Heat

With the temperature hovering around the 100E mark, the fifth Regiment went forth on a twelve-mile hike from the Gettysburg camp Tuesday morning, every enlisted man carrying on his back the full pack of 63 pounds, and the results were what might have been expected. Two thirds of the command is recruits who have enlisted since the opening of the camp, many of them from shops, factories and offices, and they were unable to stand up under the strain. Scores fell out, and were carried to the camp in ambulances, automobiles and other vehicles. There were no reports of any serious sickness, the cases generally being mild heat prostration. The maximum temperature for this week was 99E on Tuesday. Although there are no definitive heat prostrations in Emmitsburg, a number of workmen were forced to stop work on account of the high temperatures.

Most Enjoyable Outing Of The Season

One of the most delightful outings of the season was held on Wednesday afternoon and evening in Hartman's Grove, one mile west of Emmitsburg. During the afternoon, bathing was enjoyed and a splendid lunch was served on the banks of old Tom's Creek. Approximately 40 guests gathered around picnic tables to enjoy the sandwiches, sweetmeats, and ice cold lemonade. Following the luncheon, summer melodies were sung. The party was convoyed to the grove in large touring cars.

Boozer Protest Prohibition Amendment

When word was heard that the Senate was considering a resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for prohibition, the members of the Former Former Boozers turned out in force on the Square to protest the amendment. Said one boozer: "Here we are at war to defend our right to make our own choices, and yet the nut heads in Washington want to strip that right from us. I’ve half a mind to root for the Germans – if they win, at least we’ll know the national drink will be beer!" Following the protest, the boozers assembled in front of the house of the notorious Sufferget and Prohibitionist Mrs. Andrew Annon where they emptied their bladders on Mrs. Annon’s prized flower garden.

Accidentally Shoots Father

Blazing away at a weasel, which for some time had been killing chickens, William Harbaugh accidentally shot his father on the latter's farm, about one mile north of New Midway. Fortunately, the Senior Harbaugh was not badly wounded, only one of the shots taking effect. The weasel got away unscathed.

August 10

Camp Do Little

A party of Emmitsburg's younger set are camping at Bollinger's Dam near Emmitsburg. The name is Camp Do Little and is composed of the following young men: Brian Byers, Charles Gillielan, John White, Jesse Stone, Nimrod Frizzle, Richard and Sheridan Bates, John Boyle, Dorsey Boyle, Charles Bushman, and Eichelberger Welty.

Robberies At Motters

On Sunday morning between the hours of one and nine, thieves broke into the garage of Roy Sharrer and deliberately cut the seat of his automobile to shreds with a penknife. On Saturday night the same offenders entered the home of Harry Knipple and robbed the baby’s bank of its contents, relieved Mr. Knipple of a pair of trousers and left their presence marked in the summer kitchen where they left everything in a topsy-turvy condition. That same night Mr. Flory Wetzel’s home was visited by the night raiders, fortunately nothing was disturbed.

Women Needed In Canneries

An appeal for women workers in the cannery has been made by local farmers. The appeal was made to the headquarters of the women's section, Maryland Council of Defense. The farmers said women are needed to skin tomatoes and to cut corn, and they will give them a comfortable place to camp, with the kitchen of their own and home comforts. The tomato season is late, owing to the unusual weather, and will probably start about the middle of the month.

August 17

Troops Stop In Emmitsburg

On Tuesday, Motor Battery B. from Baltimore, stopped in Emmitsburg in route to Westminster. There were about ten double motorcycles and a supply and kitchen truck. Each machine, accompanied by two men, carried two rapid-fire guns -individual magazine rifles - and one motorcycle was equipped with a Berthier magazine gun. This motor battery is making a tour of the state for the purpose of demonstrating the practicality of the Berthier gun for modern warfare.

Emmitsburg Men Eligible For Draft

Men from the Emmitsburg district who were certified for military service today are: Daniel Brown, Martin Hahn, Clarence Baumgardner, Maurice Mosier, Robert Hahn, John McMorris, Joseph Kreites, Clarence Frailey, Thomas Frailey, Guy Knott, George Smith, Joseph Turner, William Shuff, Edward Worthington, and Morris Wetzel.

Sterling Galt, Jr. of Emmitsburg was commissioned a Captain, and John Glonginger, formerly of Emmitsburg, was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the infantry section, Officers Reserve Corps.

Circus Coming To Frederick

Sparks World Famous Circus is scheduled to appear in Frederick on August 23. Some of its animal acts are without doubt the most wonderful and thrilling ever presented to an American audience. An extraordinary feature of the circus is the educated seals and sea lions. These interesting animals perform the most seemingly impossible feats: balancing chairs, jumping through rings of fire, climbing ladders, walking tight ropes and riding the backs of galloping horses. This feature baffles description and must be seen to be appreciated. A mile-long street parade of dazzling splendor, beautiful women and handsome horses, interspersed with three brass bands will traverse the streets shortly before noon and this feature alone will be worth going many miles to see. The Emmitsburg Railroad will run extra trips that day to ensure everyone in town who wishes to see the show can get to it and back.

August 24

Child Dies From Eating Poison

Eating several poison tablets, which she managed to reach in some manner while playing with her older sister, Mary Violet Pittenger, aged one year and two months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Pittenger, of Rocky Ridge was made ill Wednesday and died several hours later. A physician was promptly summoned, but the child's life could not be saved.


During the week automobiles representing 33 states, one from Mexico and one from Canada passed through Emmitsburg. A hiker on the Gettysburg Road Sunday afternoon reports having been passed by 240 automobiles in one hour. While cranking his car Thursday afternoon, Mr. Lewis Rhodes, President of the Emmitsburg Savings Bank, had the misfortune of breaking his right wrist.

Notice has been made that the racing of automobiles on the state road from the Clairvaux schoolhouse as far as Zents’ Town would be stopped. For the past several weeks the racing on this section has been very unpleasant for persons walking along the state road during the early hours of Sunday nights. Residents have complained to the road commissioners who promised to investigate it. It is reported that some cars had even exceeded the outrageous speed of twenty miles per hour.

August 31

James Neely Dies

James Neely, one of Adams County's best-known citizens died suddenly at his home in Fairfield after a brief illness from a leaking heart. While he had not been in perfect health for some time he was still able to be about and retired Friday in unusually good spirits and his death was altogether unexpected. He was in his 73rd year. Mr. Neely was one of the founders and directors of the First National Bank of Fairfield, and was its President from its organization until his death. Much of its success has been due to his efforts, and his shrewd business instincts.

M. Snyder, Prominent Citizen Of Harney Dies

M. Snyder, age 39 years died Monday from anthrax, the first case of its kind known in Carroll County. Mr. Snyder, who lived in Harney, contracted the disease at a reduction plant in Gettysburg. His face was swollen to twice its normal size. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Snyder, of Harney. He is survived by his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Elizabeth Horner, one daughter and two sisters, both of Harney.

New Directional Signs

Under the auspices of the Civic League of Emmitsburg four attractive signs had been erected at the Square to direct motorists to different cities and towns in Maryland. Meanwhile, work is progressing rapidly on both state roads near town. A large number of men being employed. If weather permits it is hoped all work will be completed by fall.

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