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Calendar of Historical Emmitsburg Events and Items of Interest

Editor's note: Over the past years the Historical Society has been culling thought its archives to identify items worthy to form the 'backbone' of the planned Emmitsburg "Book of Days"  Most if not all the information was scanned in from old Emmitsubrg Chronicle editions, and as we've yet to fully verify the accuracy of our OCR process, don't be surprised to find lots of spelling errors.  While this list in by no means complete, we nevertheless thought lovers of Emmitsburg history might appreciate seeing it.  In reviewing the list you'll note two abbreviations: gd - Good date and tgmm - Town government meeting minutes.  Again, we provide the material as is ...  and while we've lots more to add, it could be  awhile before we do it, so in the meantime, Enjoy!


June 13, 1744 (gd)

The Dulany Brothers obtain a deed for track of land called Silver Fancy, 12 years after the Carroll family took title of the Carrollsburg tract, and 12 years before Samuel Emmit took title to his smaller portion of Carrollsburg. It was on this land that William Emmit mistakenly laid out the town of Emmitsburg in 1785.


April 15, 1757 (gd)

Samuel Emmett and wife Agnes, took out administration papers on his fathers estate


March 5, 1785 (gd)

Samuel Emmit signs articles of agreement with original lot holders of Emmitsburg.

August 12, 1785

William Emmit acquires from his father 35 acres of wooded land upon which is laid out the lots of a new town called Emmitsburg.


May 20, 1786 (gd)

William Emmit acquires an additional 20 acres of land from his father following his discovery that the original thirty-five acres given to him in 1785 is not sufficient to cover the demand for lots in his new town.


September 29, 1787

William Shield purchase 106 acres of land, west and adjoining the west end of William Emmits new town of Emmitsburg, and continues the town west, naming the extension ‘Shields' Addition’


January 8, 1803 (gd)

The General Assembly of the Maryland passed a law regulating the running at large of hogs in the Town of Emmitsburg. The sanctions set up in this law for violation are rather different from our present day legal system. If a hog was found running at large, it was legal for anyone to kill it on the spot or to impound it. If impounded, notice was to be given by advertisements set up in public places describing the impounded hog. The owner had five days to prove ownership and make compensation for injury sustained by any inhabitant of the town, and to pay the sum of two shillings for each hog for every day impounded.

1805 (gd)

April 1, 1805 (gd)

Joseph Harvey purchased lot No. 53 from William Shields for the amount of $24.00 for the purpose of building a Methodist church was not accomplished until 1833. (Trinity Methodist Church)


December 24, 1808 (gd)

the General Assembly passed Chapter 102 of the 1808 Session which authorized "a lottery to erect suitable buildings for a School House for the accommodation of the Youth of Emmitsburg, and its vicinity in Frederick County." Prominent local citizens Phillip Nunamaker, Lewis Motter, Lewis Weaver, James Hughes, William Emmit, Henry Williams, and John Haston were given permission "to propose a scheme of a lottery for raising a sum not exceeding twelve hundred dollars provided they before the sale of any ticket give their bond conditioned that they will apply the money within twelve months after completion of the drawing of said lottery, as will satisfy the fortunate adventurers for prizes drawn by them and after deducting necessary expenses within eighteen months after the lottery is drawn, apply the money raised for a schoolhouse in or near the town of Emmitsburg."


June 24, 1809 (gd)

Elizabeth Ann Seton and her three daughters, her sisters-in-law, Cecelia and Harriet Seton, and four young women who had joined them, move to Emmitsburg and begin what was to become the American foundation of the Sisters of Charity.

July 31, 1809 (gd)

Formal establishment of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's by Mother Seton



February 22, 1810 (gd)

Saint Joseph's Academy and Free School, the precursor to St. Joseph’s College, opens.


January 4, 1821 (gd)

Mother Seton dies. The following entry written in Father Bruté's own hand may still be seen in the first parish register of Saint Joseph's Church. Mother Seton died January 4. She was buried at Saint Joseph's, Ann Elizabeth Seton, the 1st Mother of the Daughters of Charity come to be established in the parish in 1809. Let her rest in peace. She lived and died in the utmost peace and good will of this congregation-and I thought it proper and according to the feelings of all to enter this memorandum of it here.


June 6, 1824 (gd)

Mt. St. Marys burns down


January 13, 1825 (gd)

Emmitsburg incorporated: "Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, that the town of Emmitsburg and Shields Addition to Emmitsburg, shall be, and is hereby constituted an incorporate town; and the inhabitants thereof, constituted a body politic and incorporate, by the name of the Burgess Commissioners of Emmitsburg, and as such shall have perpetual succession, and by their corporate name, may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded."


March 2, 1827 (gd)

Chapter 147 of the 1826 Session of the General Assembly entitled "An Act Supplementary to an act incorporating a Company to introduce a copious supply of Water into the Town of Emmitsburg passed.


January 23, 1839 (gd)

A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tom's Creek Presbyterian church decided to move the meeting house into the corporate limits of Emmitsburg.


March 18, 1851 - TGMM

At a meeting of the Commissioners of Emmitsburg in with the sanction of the Burgess of said corporation held on the 18th of March 1851 it was resolved that the treasurer be instructed to procure a new book to be used by the clerk for recording the proceedings of this board. Signed Samuel Motter.

April 26, 1851 - TGMM

David Agnew appointed tax collector

April 28, 1851 - TGMM

Receipts and expenditures of the Burgess and Commissioners of Emmitsburg


Balance in the treasury from the year 1850 $3.37

October 17, 1850 received license of exhibitor two dollars

January 3 and six received concert two dollars new line

December 31 flying for shooting crackers $.50

Total seven dollars in 87 and have cents


for paper $.25

for William Mooney balance to as clerk three dollars and 37 and have cents

for G. W. Martin Judge Elector 1849 one dollar

for Jacob Troxel Judge Elector 1850 one dollar

to Charles Donnelly clerk 1850 one dollar and one have cents

total seven dollars and 62 and have cents

Balance in treasury $.25

May 6, 1851 - TGMM

Jacob Gelwicks elected Burgess. Isaac Pearson, David Agnew, William Mooney, Jacob Sheets, Joshua Shorb, and Samuel Motter elected Commissioners. Washington Martin appointed Constable with a salary of $10, Samuel Motter reported treasurer.

David Agnew, Samuel Motter, and Joshua Shorb appointed to draft rules of order for the governance for the board

May 31, 1851 - TGMM

town referred to as ‘Borough’

June 21, 1851 Frederick Black appointed Constable with a salary of $20 for the remainder of the year

August 9, 1851 - TGMM

New rules of order submitted and accepted.

August 16, 1851 - TGMM

Joseph Albaugh elected Constable to fill the vacancy

August 18, 1851 - TGMM

Augustine Tenney elected president of Emmitsburg fire Company 10 votes, James Eichelberger for vice president 13 votes for Nathaniel Roe for first engineer 17 votes for John Nickum for second engineer 11 votes

August 30, 1851 - TGMM

Jacob Gelwick re-signed as Burgess. Isaac Pearson appointed to the office to Burgess. Mahoney foreign chairman of committee. Jacob Gelwick appointed to the office commissioner

September 23, 1851 - TGMM

Committee appointed to ascertain where and at what terms a location for an ancient house can be obtained

October 4, 1851 - TGMM

The committee appointed to report on a site for the engine house reported the following-a half lot adjoining Gettiecs Tavern can be procured for the sum of $150 and the payment of the taxes due thereon been about $12. They estimate the cost of an engine house suited to the wants of the Commissioners at $320. The house to be 20 by 30 ft. one-story high, front roof sheeted, one flue or chimney, floor made of one half inch thick yellow pine, double doors in front, one small door in rear, two large windows, all the work to be done in a neat and suitable manner, paint and Caney included.

Recommendation of committee accepted

October 21, 1851 - TGMM

Ordinance authorizing the sale of the engine house was passed

November 4, 1857 - TGMM

Petitioner received: " to the Burgess and Commissioners of Emmitsburg the undersigned trustees of primary school district number 41 of Frederick County would represent to your honorable body that they have hereto been unable to obtain a suitable situation on which to erect a schoolhouse, to be used by the Frederick Department of the school under our supervision, and would therefore pray your body to take into serious consideration, the propriety of granting us permission and authority to erect a schoolhouse for the aforesaid Frederick Department, or a portion of that part of the public ground of the Corporation of Emmitsburg denominated on the plan of Shields Addition to Emmitsburg 46 Front St. And lining immediately southward on the part of said street appropriated as a place for hay sales. We went further represent that set portion of said street is in no manner likely to be used as a throughfare and would be an eligible location for the object herein contemplated, and we do report that the set portion of said public ground may be appropriated to our years, 30 ft. in front from the eastern boundary line thereof, thereby leaving an hourly of no less than 13 ft. in with on the Westside. Signed Eli Smith, Joshua Shorb, Samuel Motter, trustees.

Ordinance passed to grant about petition

November 9, 1851 - TGMM

Joshua Shorb instructed to make an assessment of taxable property within the town limits

Value a real estate of Emmitsburg $131,250 value a personal property $28,495

This page provides a list of everyone living in Emmitsburg in the value of their property.


January 21, 1852 - TGMM

List of contributors to defray cost of new engine house

February 3, 1852 - TGMM

Ordinance 23 providing for the building of an engine house was passed

April 12, 1852 - TGMM

Ordinance Chapter 26 entitled and ordinance for the benefit of the Frederick Department of primary school district number 41 of Frederick County was proposed in after due consideration was passed.

May 3, 1852 - TGMM

Returns for town council election and for Emmitsburg fire Company

Joseph Moritz elected Burgess 68 votes

Jacob Sheats Commissioner 67 votes

Samuel Motter Commissioner 64 votes

Jacob Gelwick Commissioner 54 votes

Adam Guthner Commissioner 87 votes

Joshua Shorb Commissioner 60 votes

David Agnew Commissioner 54 votes

The president of the Emmitsburg fire Company James Eichelberger 49 votes; William Smith vice president 51 votes; first engineer Nathaniel Roe 89 votes; second engineer John Nickum section nine votes.

William Webb appointed Constable

June 21, 1852 - TGMM

As William Webb did not accept the appointment as constable, Joseph Albaugh was appointed Constable

Dec 6, 1852 - TGMM

A larger respectable meeting of the citizens was held in the year is schoolhouse on Thursday evening December 2, where are motion John Motter was called to the chair and Eli Sheets was appointed secretary. Samuel Motter then stated that the object of the meeting in accordance with the mention public notice, after a somewhat extended discussion of various plans and projects which was participated in for several in the room the following were unanimously adopted:

Improve Baltimore Street. It was resolved to open correspondence with the Commissioners of the Westminster and Emmitsburg Turnpike Company to ascertain if the company may be willing to assign the work other improving Baltimore Street to the Corporation of Emmitsburg (the intent here was to widen the road)

December 29, 1852 - TGMM

Westminster and Emmitsburg Turnpike Company agreed to paving or macadicing 925 yd. more or less a Baltimore Street beginning at the alley majority the homeowner Eli Smith a continuing westerly with the course of the street according to the following specifications:

Proposal for paving from curbstone to curbstone. The Capping or stoning to be 22 ft. wide to be composed of iron stone program in size so as to pass through rang of two and one quarter inches in diameter, to be put on the road bolus than 12 in. thick in the center and 10 inches at the edge.


February 23, 1853 - TGMM

A proposal for paving the street from James Colygan was read, another for Michael Lynch of Westminster was read, each of which offered to do the work for four dollars the running yard

Colygan proposed paving while Lynch proposed macadamizing.

May 2, 1853 - TGMM

Philip Hardman elected Burgess 55 votes

George Row elected Commissioner 55 votes

John Nickum Commissioner 52 votes

Andrew Eyster Commissioner 52 votes

James Storm Commissioner 52 votes

Jacob Gelwicks Commissioner 81 votes

Jacob Motter Commissioner 47 votes

Joshua Shorb elected president of the fire Company to two votes, Daniel Adelsbuger elected first engineer, William Webb elected second engineer

November 14, 1853 - TGMM

Philip Hardman resigns as Burgess of Emmitsburg, Isaac Pearson was appointed Burgess for the remainder of the term. William Smith appointed Constable.


May 3, 1854 - TGMM

Michael Addlesbeger elected Burgess

Samuel Motter, Joshua Shorb, Patrick Kelly, Edward Taney, Jacob Gelwicks, and Joshua Motter elected commissioner.

David Agnew appointed Constable, however he refuses to serve for the compensation mention but proposes to serve for three dollars per month; town agrees a will.


June 23, 1863 (check date)

Nighttime fire destroyed most of the Emmitsburg’s downtown center. Fire originated in the livery stable of Guthrie & Beam, consuming over fifty buildings in all; the fire commenced at eleven o'clock in the night, did not get it under control until seven in the morning. Folklore has it that 'The Great Fire,' as it was known, was started by a Union sympathizer to prevent advancing Confederates from taking supplies from the town.

July 4, 1863

Confederate cavalry under the command of General Albert Jenkins enter and occupy Emmitsburg.


February 1, 1865 - Oliver Horner promoted to Major "efficiency, bravery and meritorious conduct," he having the approval of the field and line officers of the regiment.


March 28, 1868 - the Emmitsburg Railroad was Incorporated and a survey was made by Joseph S. Gitt and John Donoghue & Brothers, begin construction on the Emmitsburg Railroad.

August 1, 1868 (gd)

Cornerstone of the Church of the Incarnation laid - containing a Bible, hymnbook, catechism, order of worship and constitution of the German Reformed Church in the United States.


November 11, 1875

Emmitsburg Railroad officially opens for business. The railroad connected Emmitsburg to Western Maryland Railroad station in Rocky Ridge. The depot in Emmitsburg was located on land now occupied by the Post Office. The Emmitsburg railroad continued in operation until 1940. Shortly there after, its rails were torn up for scrap for the war effort.


April - First streets lamps placed in town. Fueled by oil, they required an individual to light and extinguish them every night. In April 1908, the town purchased a ‘Best Light Company’s acetylene light and place it on square for 80 day trial. It was overwhelming hailed by the citizens, and the town immediately began to explore the cost of relamping the town.


June 14, 1879 (gd)

Emmitsburg Chronicle, Emmitsburg’s second newspaper, begins operations. The first newspaper, the Star, operated only briefly in 1850.

August 23, 1879

Emmitsburg markets

Hams $.10, shoulders $.66, sides $.96, butter eight cents per 12th, Eggs $.68, potatoes $.75, peaches prepared 12 cents, peaches unprepared eight cents, Apple’s prepared four cents, blackberries four cents, Pears three cents, country soap four cents, Furs: Mink 40, Skunk-black 50, Raccoon, Opossum 10, House Cat, 3, Rabbit, 1

That Awful Bridge- over Flat Run east of town should be repaired at once, that there be a town meeting called to appoint a vigilance committee, whose duty it should be...

Sealed proposals will be received for the building a schoolhouse, on the lot adjoining the resident of the s of Thomas Frarely, and the town of Emmitsburg. As much of the material in the two old school buildings as may be suitable, to be incorporated into the new building; the rejected material from the old schoolhouses, to be disposed at the expense of the contractor. School house has to be completed under forfeiture of $200 by the 15th day of December 1879.

September 20, 1879

The old primary school building has been torn down; a nuisance and eyesore to our village is well nigh abated, and about to be removed. The old material will be used in the construction of a new building. Whatever kindly associations, whatever remembrance of hardships and abridged liberty, may exist amongst our young who have waged the warfare of ignorance against knowledge in the old building, it was so a inconveniently located, so ill constructed, and every way repugnant, that we doubt whether a single person in the community regrets its removal.

We have just been informed, that the old and well-known, colored wood sawer, Harim Woodyard, was married on Wednesday evening to Mary Constant, with whom he has been living for nearly 30 years. The wedding took place at the residents of the parties on Poplar Ridge, the wife of their eldest son acting in the capacity a bridesmaid ... it is certainly an example of " better late than never."

October 17, 1879

Oh Monday the sixth Mr. William Landers, age 69 formerly died at his late residence, Liberty Mills. He was a native of Scotland. He was for many years at Elder in the Presbyterian Church. His coffin was made a black walnut, highly polished and ornamented with silverplated handles, chased and silver moldings, while the interior was richly lined with satin.

October 17, 1879

Mr. James Rowe is excavating well at his barn, just north of our office. The barn is the same one Samuel Troxell, deceased used to own, now and then the blasting occurs with terrible detonation. Some days ago, to rocks were hurled across the houses into the street, and some of them rattled furiously upon the roof above us. It is thought that adept of 16 ft. will afford in abundant supply of water, that been about the average of other wells around.

October 17, 1879

New Church - workmen are now engaged tearing down the old Cover property on East Main St., this place to make way for the new ______ Church.

October 17, 1879

Mr. Matthias Gelwicks has in his garden a curiosity which is worthy of notice. It is a row of tomato vines in a narrow bed along one side of his garden, which have grown to such a height, as to require the support of a trellis, they stand in rows like grapevines and vary in size from about 12 ft. to 15 ft. in height, they are of the Trophy Variety, large and very desirable by reason of their smooth skins, at the time he showed them to me, the vines, were hanging full of large and beautiful fruit.


January 17, 1880

Munshouer Trial

William Guthrie-at various times Munshouer dealt with him, Munshouer owes him $46

Michael McFadden - toll gate keeper on the Emmitsburg Road

Michael Hyder - keeps a clothing store in Emmitsburg. Sold Munshouer a suit of clothes, paying $10.37

March 2, 1880

All Monday while Mr. Harry Maxell assisted by his son was loading a log, met with a serious accident. They were rolling a log on a rail. The rail broke, and part of it flew up and struck Mr. Maxell, who was standing in the wagon bed, on the side of the head, felling him. In the fall, the other side of his head struck the end gate of the wagon. The blood gushed from his nose and ears. His son took him home as quickly as possible, where he remained in an unconscious condition for several hours. Medical assistance was at once summoned, and according to latest reports, Mr. Maxell’s condition is slightly improved.

April 20, 1880

Mrs. Helen Zacharias wife of Mr. Christian Zacharias, died at her home in this place on Monday evening, after an illness of two weeks from a violent attack of the grip. Mrs. Zacharias was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Stokes. The deceased was well-known and highly respected by a large circle of friends. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Miss Helen, and three sons, John, Ralph and Richard and by her brother Mr. J. Henry Stokes.

May 11, 1890

The Fire of 1863

The Baltimore American of Tuesday containing interesting article on the life of Mrs. Esther Barry, of this place. ... but as the concluding paragraph of the article questions is a such a nature as to convey an entirely wrong impression in regard to the great fire of 1863, which destroyed a large portion of Emmitsburg and made many people homeless, it would be doing an injustice to our town and also to the Union shoulders if it was permitted to go unnoticed for power ripping crush it reads the following:

Mrs. Barry says that in the summer of 1862 a party of Confederates, under the command of General Stuart, passed through the streets of Emmitsburg, bent on a raid into Pennsylvania. They passed on without molesting the people of the town, and in a week or so return, they were loaded down with booty. The inhabitants receive them with open arms and treated them kindly. After the troops had passed and were out of sight, the Union troops entered the town and fired it. A hayloft in the rear of their home was set on fire by a detachment of Calvary, and the flames quickly spreading, 37 houses were destroyed. They were prompted in destroyed the homes, Mrs. Barry says, because of the cordial greetings given to the Confederates.

It is a well-known historical fact that the fire which destroyed many dwelling houses and other buildings, in this place, occurred in June 1863, and not in 1862; that the fire were supposed to be the work of a resident of this place, although this was never prevent; and the Union soldiers had nothing to do with the started in the fire.

August 9, 1880 - Sunday (correct date)

United in the Woods - on last Sunday afternoon the community around Fair-View schoolhouse near Emmitsburg, formerly called Graybill’s schoolhouse, was considerably agitated by the report, that when he was to take place immediately after the services. At an early hour to people from all parts of the country began to gather in great numbers, and long before the hour appointed for the service little schoolhouse on the hill was filled to overflowing.

After half an hour of deep suspense, especially on the part of the ladies, who are very anxious to see how the bride would be dressed the would-be partners, Ann Ecenrode and Ferdinand Hahn made their appearance, and the difficulty winded their way to the farther end of the school room, to seats reserved for them, where they had once became the center of attraction, every eye being bent upon them.

The giggle and laugh which, just before the entrance prevaded the room, was changed to solemn stillness, all apparently waiting the approach of the minister, Elder D. P. Saylor, who was unite them in the bands of wedlock. At this critical moment, and all were looking for prettiest and trying to secure the best position to see this ceremony performed, there was a cry at the door " come out to the words, one half of the people cannot gain and entrance."

Such a scene that followed is seldom witnessed in our little country gatherings. Windows were hoisted, out of which babies were handed and benches shoved, you might look almost where you pleased you could see men making for the words at a rapid pace, carrying benches, chairs or whatever they could get that they would answer to set upon, those that were not so lucky as to get any of the articles mention, and had buggies on the ground went for them, and a short time the audience was surrounded by wheeled vehicles.

You must not supposed for one moment that the ladies were in the rear of all the commotion and excitement, they led the way menfully. After lengthy discourse by the Rev. Saylor, the happy couple or under the shade of three Hickory saplings in the grove of Mr. Maxell, made one and left in this for hearty congratulations of a multitude of curiosity sectors.

Bridge notice - notice placed the petition is to be sent to Frederick County to repair Bridge at Maxell’s Mill.


February 12, 1881

We are pleased to learn, that the project for the organization of the bank in this place, as taking a practical form. The number of those who already obligated to take the stock, is quite encouraging. We trust the undertaking will go steadily forward, until the needed amount of capital stock is secured. Every person interested in the progress of the community, should now come forward and helped to supply this great want in the business of our town and neighborhood.

"DORA" - The Emmitsburg Amateur Dramatic Association will produce, on next Thursday evening, at "Annan’s Hall," the the highly popular pastoral drama "DORA" in three acts. This association is the one which so successfully perform the play, "Among the Breakers," last winter, in this place - Mr. Charles Manning’s " San Marino Orchestra" will supply the music for the occasion. Those who appreciate elevated in refined amusement, will no doubt fine this a most agreeable entertainment.

Death of John C. Munshour - on the 26 at December last, John Munshour, son of Mr. Henry Munshour, of this place, stopped at a hotel in Fairfield Ohio, and slept by the stove. Sometime during the night is clothing in some way took fire and before the flames could be distinguished, he was badly burned on the left side from a shoulder to his hips. His father was informed of the accident, and shortly after received word that he was getting better, but on Tuesday of last week a telegraph dispatch informed him that he would be decently buried at Fairfield. The decease was in his 34th year of age.

Stores in Emmitsburg - February 19, 1881

S. N. McNair - dealer in blank books, stationery, and British and American Inks. Revolvers, razors and knives. Also a large line of cigars and tobacco, at the post office.

George Rowe - dry goods, close clothes, great variety of ladies dress goods, hats and caps, boots and shoes, Queensware, groceries of all kinds, hardware.

James T. Hayes - all kinds of heating and cooking stoves, ranges, furnaces of the most improved patterns. Repairs for all kinds of stoves at the lowest prices; wiring and tinware of all kinds; copper, brass and preserving kettles, farm bells, pumps for all depths of wells, roofing and spouting, and every kind of work pertaining to the tin and stove trade.

R. H. Gelwicks - dry goods, notions, queensware, woodenware, hardware

Millard Shuff - manufacturer of a dealer and all kinds of furniture. Large stock always on hand. Consisting of bedroom and Parlor suits, Bureau, tables, safes, sinks, pitchers. Undertaking a specialty a complete stock of coffins. Caskets and shrouds always on hand. A credit of six months on coffins.

February 26, 1881

Before daylight on last Saturday morning a week, the ice knock the middle pier from under the bridge over Tom’s creek near Maxell’s Mill, and the superstructure necessarily caved in. Surely it must have been a very defective Mason work, that could not stand the flowing a little Tom’s creek. The bridge was erected but a few years ago. We trust the strictest oversight will attend its restoration, a matter of urgent need in that section.

March 12, 1881

The snowstorm of last week gave the employees of the Emmitsburg some of the hardest work they ever had to accomplish. Troxell’s cut was completely filled up, the snow having accumulated to the depth of 10 to 12 ft. required a force of 20 men, working from Friday morning to around noon on Saturday before the engine could get through. As the weather was both dampen and cold, the labor was exceedingly severe, but the men stuck to their work faithfully, and the cars were able to resume the regular trip much sooner, the first, seem possible.

The blockading of the railroad, and the damage alone the telegraph lines, cause much delay in business affairs. Here are quiet village, were we usually receive to mails a day from Baltimore, we were without any for nearly two days, and our Postmaster had to go in a sleigh to Rocky Ridge for the accumulated mail at that point. It took him about three hours to go about 7 mi., and nearly as long to return. The snow drifts were fence high at many points. Old settlers called it an olden times snowstorm. It is only on such occasions that we can rightly appreciate the convenience of the mails.

March 19, 1881

Notice given the newspaper petitioning the county commissioners are further counting to rebuild the bridge over Tom’s creek near Maxwell’s Mill.

May 13, 1881 - TGMM

Ordinance number 45 passed preventing cattle from the running at large, unanimously adopted.

June 14, 1881 - TGMM

Emmit House added new stable .

July 29, 1881 - TGMM

Mention of Carlisle Street .

September 16, 1881 - TGMM

Resignation of Burgess Webb excepted. Harry Stokes offer position, he declined position next offer to Isaac Hyder, he excepted.

Committee appointed to estimate the cost supplying water to the town from the unselect.

October 28, 1881 - TGMM

After consuming considerable time upon the water supply project, Summer artery for some against it, and also a consideration of the conduct and action of the would-be Board of Health and examining but a small portion of the town and that to win there has not been any sickness, instead of making a thorough examination of the whole town . In truth, discriminating, it was determined by the casting or the chairman that the Commissioners meet at 9:00 a.m. Thursday to determine how to get rid of the surface order on the mountain Road at the west end of town.

October 31, 1881 - TGMM

Commissioners met on the grounds at the west end of town and agreed to make an underground drain to carry the surface order to the old Waynesboro Road in order that the present one might be cleared.


January 17, 1882 - TGMM

Mr. Sheets reported making progress on making drain at West End of town. Public school board of Frederick notified to pave for walk in front of public schoolhouse bought or before the 15th day of April 1882. Adopted Carlisle Street to be paid with Cobble head stone from square topper side of alleys as soon as weather permits. The foot walk from the public square along the east side of the Emmitsburg and Frederick turnpike road to the Emmitsburg where road depot grounds show before foot 6 in. Wide from the northwest corner of the Western Maryland Hotel to the alley and from there and a straight-line 6'6" wide to the southwest corner of a lot of land belonging to David Wagner and join the coal and lumber yard adjoining the railroad depot

The importance of having the foot walk in the public square between the long and Shorb lot was discussed

February 13, 1882 - TGMM

Moved at adopted that the street commissioner be directed to notify all property and lot owners from Mr. John Withrow to Mrs. Sponsellers on the one-sided Main Street and from Mr. David Gamble’s to the east side of Mr. John Longs property on the other side of Main Street to pave with brick flagstone.

February 16, 1882 - TGMM

Mr. Lough handed in through the chairman his resignation as street commissioner. Mr. Long appointed street commissioner. Moved that all property owners required to conduct work as call for by the February 13, 1882 meeting have until the 15th of April 1882 to commence work and the street commissioner shall be allowed 10 days in which to deliver notices are such paving or repairing a foot walks.

March 2, 1882 adopted that Mrs. Owen begin at five days in which to place a picket fence along the front of her open sour on Main Street and if not done well there be done by the Burgess and commissioners at her expense.

Mention of the east side of Carlisle Street from Maine 2 Greene St. South side of Greene St. From Carlisle Street to Frederick Street.

Carlisle Street to be paid with cobblestone

March 1, 1882

Our venerable friend, Mr. Samuel Maxwell has been confined to his home for about 14 months, by a very painful and distressing tumorous affliction. By concurrent vents the members of his large family were all brought together on last Wednesday., when they held a family reunion, in which several neighbors purchase dated, and the day was passed in a manner that yielded much pleasure and satisfaction to all who were assembled.

April 11, 1882 - TGMM

Street commissioner appointed to pave the West End of Greene St. Was stoned and also a few hollow places on Main Street. Town appointed a contractor at a reasonable price for working materials to build a picket fence along Mrs. Owen’s open sour on Main Street were to begin immediately.

April 25, 1882

Nicholas Stansbury, County Commissioner from Emmitsburg District, Went into his barnyard on last Saturday morning, when his highed man directed his attention to a dog nearby, that seem to be hurt. Mr. Stansbury stooped down to examine the dog, and thereupon a cow which have a calf about two weeks old, with her in the yard, making an attack upon the dog, gourded Mr. Stansbury severely, in the upper third and lower portion of the thigh, separating the muscles. The wound, though fortunately not severe, will confine to suffer to the house for some weeks. Dr. Eichelberger rendered surgical attention.


May 8, 1882 - TGMM

The following individuals elected town commissioners: M. S.. Guthrie, Peter Hoke, John Hess, John Long, E. Zimmerman. John Hopp Burgess.

May 22, 1882 - TGMM

Daniel Sheets was elected to fill vacancy on board occasioned by tying of Lewis Motter and J. Hyder. Guthrie elected chairman of commission Peter Hoke Treasurer, John Long street commissioner.

May 26, 1882 - TGMM

Peter Hoke resigned as commissioner Daniel Launice elected to fill his place

May 29, 1882 - TGMM

Street commissioner instructed to repair alley for Frederick Pike to Hughes stables

June 14, 1882 - TGMM

Moved and seconded that paving with cobblestone all Carlisle Street to be continued to crossing in front of Catholic Church.

July 29, 1882

On Monday last a 15-year-old son of Mr. John Fuss, residing near this place, met with quite a serious and painful accident which might have resulted in his immediate death. The boy was assisting in hauling hay, and accidentally fell from the top of the load, and by some means, fell upon the end of the handle of the fork with which he was loading hay. The handle penetrated the perineum near the rectum and passing obliquely upward and backwards, last rated and penetrated into the colon to the depth of several inches, the lad at this writing is doing recently well considering the dangerous character of the wound.

After residence and Mr. George Sheefer, residing near the turnpike 2 ½ miles west of this place, Harry, a 15 months old son of the gentleman, wandered to the spring, situated about 100 yd. from the dwelling, into which he fell and was drowned. This was the first time he had ever been known to go to the spring, and he had been away from the house only are sure time when his absence was discovered and a search Institute for him. The water in the spring is about 2 ft. deep and when the child was found life was extinct.

November 4, 1882

On Saturday morning November 4, Samuel Maxell well-known citizen of this district died at his residence about 3 mi. from Emmitsburg, in the 73rd year of his age. Mr. Maxell was held in great esteem by all the community. His manly and generous actions, his general and quiet spirit drew around him in extended circle of friends. Those who knew him best, loved him best, and those who associated with him most, valued him most. He was for many years by worthy and beloved member of the Lutheran Church of this place. His religion extended into his business transactions and was mingled with his everyday life. He was a friend of the poor. He did what he could to succor them. His heart and his hands were open to relieve their distress. He was loved and respected by all it was a respect and love earned by an upright deportment and a Christian life. He was a tender husband, a kind father, an amiable friend, a humble Christian, a good man. His loss is deeply felt, and the church and community unite with his family in paying tribute to his memory. Suffering for years with the disease, which he knew must in the end, prove fatal, ever looking forward to, and preparing for the hour of his departure. Frequently during this time he said to his pastor and to his family " I am ready". He had a desire to depart, a look for no fear to that our which was to him the coming of the "Son of man." He these life, for sons and five daughters to mourn his loss.

This son-in-laws included: C. F. Rowe, E. R. Zimmerman, Robert E. Hockensmith, N. C. Stansbury

December 30, 1882

J. T. Bussey places notice that he is going out of business. Store on Northwest corner of square. The stock consist of a full line of groceries, green and roasted coffee, sugar, tea, spices, rice, cornstarch, corn and buckwheat, canned good, candles, shoe polish, stove polish, lamp wicks, toilet and laundry soaps, paper and envelopes pens, etc, tobacco and cigars, fresh confectionery, toys and pure liquor.

Notice of public sale - estate of Julia Bussey - store and dwelling house on the north west corner of the square. There is a good cistern with pump at the kitchen door. There is also a stable, woodshed.


May 4, 1883 (gd)

First meeting held for the purpose of establishing a company to supply the citizens of Emmitsburg with pure mountain water

May 17, 1883 - TGMM

E R. Zimmerman elected Burgess

May 25, 1883

The proposal for a wrought iron bridge at Myers Mill placed in newspaper.


June 12, 1883 - TGMM

The street commissioner was instructed to notify all holders of property where not yet paved a foot walk in front of their lots to begin the same border before July 1, 1883. The constable was instructed to examine all the barnyards cellars and yards to ensure they are in proper condition to ensure the health of the town and if anyone are found in filthy condition he was further instructed to notify said owners or leasers to have same properly renovated

June 12, 1883 - TGMM

The street commissioner was instructed to notify all holders of property where not yet paved a foot walk in front of their lots to begin the same border before July 1, 1883. The constable was instructed to examine all the barnyards cellars and yards to ensure they are in proper condition to ensure the health of the town and if anyone are found in filthy condition he was further instructed to notify said owners or leasers to have same properly renovated

June 14, 1883 - TGMM

Ordinance number 51 relating to licenses for theatrical exhibition’s past as also ordinance number 52 declaring ballplaying a new sets and mandating penalties for playing.

June 16, 1883

Richard Offut was passing along the banks of Tom’s Creek, last week with his gun in his hands, he happened to see some fish before him in shallow water and fired, killing two mullets, one of them was 17 ½ inches, another 18 in. long.

The contract for the Bridge ever Tom’s Creek at Myers Mill, 80 ft. span in 14 roadway was given to Isaiah Moser for $670, an ironwork to the Canton Bridge Company at $10.50 per four

William Krause and sons-proprietors of the Western Maryland hotel

June 16, 1883

Contract given out for the construction of a bridge over Tom’s creek at Myers Mill, 80 ft. span and 14 roadway was given roadwork to Isaiah Moser at $670, and ironwork to the Canton Bridge Company at $10.50 per foot.

The commissioners also Warder contracts for the erection of a public school house at stony branch to S. Sheeley $743.99

Emmitsburg water Company - Isaac Annan, Louis Motter, James Elder, George Ovelman, Oliver Horner, Eugene Rowe, Ezra Zimmerman, were elected to the Board of Directors. Isaac Annan president, James Elder vice president, Zimmerman Secretary, Oliver Horner Treasurer. More than two thirds of the required stock has been subscribed. Unlike Gettysburg and Westminster, which have to use pumps to supply the reservoir’s, here all will be done by the natural flow of water, and this at an elevation of 204 ft. above the level of the square.

July 7, 1883

Orndorff farm - consisting of - 6 ½ acres conveyed by Jacob Rife May 6, 1882; John Walter and Joshua Motter on April 9, 1863; John Wynn July 27, 1863; John Roddy and Samuel Sebold - new bank barn

July 12, 1883 - TGMM

Oliver A. Horner chairman of Commissioners Henry Stokes Burgess authorized to give the right away to the Emmitsburg water Company to lay their pipes within the limits of the town. Upon motion it was resolved that the Commissioners believe that for security against fire it is necessary to have 15 fire hydrants located at such places as a Commissioners may decide


August 21, 1883 - TGMM

Clark read a letter from Dr. Annan in regards to disturbance of his payment by WG Horner. Klerk was instructed to a form Dr. Annan that his rights on his payment would be protected

upon motion it was resolved to ask $36 per year for rent of engine house room to be used as private school. If rented to the band to price shall be $.25 per month and it views for any public gatherings the charge shall be one dollar for each night or day that is used.

August 28, 1883 - TGMM

Cherry reported that the parties desiring to rent room over engine house offered $25 per year for the exclusive use of the room for the purpose of conducting our private school in it. Offer excepted

November 8, 1883 - TGMM

J. S. Annan and brothers asked for permission to take up cobblestones across the square to lay a gas pipe to their building.

November 14, 1883

The sanitary convention meets in Baltimore shortly. It is to be hoped his deliberations may result in great good to the state. We never could comprehend why a man who lives outside the municipal boundaries, should be exempt from observing sanitary precautions any more than the residents of the towns. A single disease producing cars in an isolated locality may affect a whole town, on cleanly premises, mud holes existing year after year, and such like nuisances should be abated wherever they exist. The man who neither respects the welter of his neighbors nor his own, should be compelled to do so.

Mr. Jacob Waybright, who lives in Pennsylvania just across Mason Dixon line, about 4 mi. eastward of Emmitsburg, the just finished threshing his weak rock on last Tuesday and started on the cloverseed when a strap flew off a pully, a cylinder is supposed to have heated in a moment conveyed by the clover dust, fire flashed all through the barn, the story its contents in a short time, being 430 bushels of week, a large quality of hay and straw, together with the clover huller. The horses and all the livestock were saved. The barn was only erected two years ago.

December 8, 1883

The recent bids for the completion of the reservoir of the Warder Company be regarded to hard they were all rejected and the work was ordered to be carried forward under the supervision of the president and secretary, accordingly a number of hands were set to work last week with Mr. Harvey G. Winter as forman, and the progress has been satisfactory. The trouble here to four late in a great measure the development of an interminable mass the blue Clegg which would constitute looks Warder, held the laborers to closely to their work, their boots in some cases remaining behind, on the efforts to change position. Pipes have been laid in the excavation of Mr. N. Rowe, these do effective draining and the work proceeds into Warder. The excavation being a entirely in clay, will no doubt add greatly to its efficiency when finished and save expense in the construction.


February 2, 1884

F. W. Lansinger sold his meadow of 2 acres in town for $295. I. S. Annan and brother being the purchaser’s. The same day R. H. Gelwicks, so the Gelwicks property, the old brewery for $1600 to George Gelwicks.

February 15, 1884

State Senate authorizes the town to enter a contract with the Emmitsburg order company to supply water to town, and to erect fire plugs or hydrants and to levy taxes to pay for them.

A school examination was held in the beautiful new schoolhouse at stony branch last Wednesday. Mr. Clifford Krise has been the successful and popular teacher of the school for five years. The examination was conducted in the presence of the trustees and many of the parents of the pupils and provided highly entertaining; the algebra class a particular came in for commendation. Dialogues, Declamations, and Resitation’s were effectively rendered, showing the careful training of the principal. At the close of the exercise proper, N. C. Stansbury tendered the thanks of the patrons in some time the remarks, which were neatly responded too by Mr. Krise and the entire entertainment past off to the delight of old who are present.

March 15, 1884

The telephone

We had an agreeable call on Tuesday from Mr. Edgar L. Miller superintendent and G. H. Morgan of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company from Fredericks city the object of their visit was the introduction of the telephone it Emmitsburg. There are certainly the right men, in the right place, courteous and manner, that are highly conversant in the business and an apt and lucid in the explanations of its details, their visit was altogether entertaining. We arranged for the introduction of the instrument at your office and we are pleased to learn that the gentleman have a 15 contacts in this place, and among the others at St. Joseph’s House and Mount St. Mary’s College. Thus we overcame the complaint of the past that communications with Baltimore was easier within the town by 2 mi. distance while Baltimore is 60 miles. Takin all in all our town has made a vast ride in the way a progress this week and the enterprise of our people were the proper chances has been shown in the fact that this whole work has been accomplished in a single day. Emmitsburg will be exchanged station.

April 17, 1884 - TGMM

Oliver Horner Chairman. Bill of James wants spell Wantz for 17 cartloads of earth that was put on the streets and alleys was presented amounting to $8.65 but commissioners would not approve for that some as it was alleged that the loads were very small loads on motion it was resolved to approve a Bill of $6.92

April 21, 1884 - TGMM

Nathaniel Rowe and Son was selected to lay the pipes from the Water Company reservoir to Emmitsburg, a distance of approximately 12,000 feet

April 26, 1884 - Water Company

Some days ago we drove up to the reservoir and found the lake about completed, the lien of the Warder Manes will soon begin, the trenches be already dug out well nigh unto Tom’s creek. The were preceded, pretty much straightforward with but little interruption the Winter through. The lake is triangular in shape with receding enactments, of stonewalls 6 ft. in thickness, there was then 6 ft. of water in the enclosure; some 15 or 20 so brings set up their living springs from the bottom of the excavation and others were pouring their outflows from side channels. The content of the reservoir has been roughly estimated at between 900,000 and 1,000,000 gal.. The contract for the laying of the mains has been awarded to Mr. Nathaniel Rowe.

April 26, 1884

A five-mile stone of the Mason Dixon line was found in the guard belonging to Mr. Adam Tressler, within 50 yd. of French creek. Its dimensions were 1 ft. square and 3 ft. on with the top sloping to the force arts it weighed 1000 lbs.

Mason Dixon commenced their line in the autumn of 1764 but it was not completed by them until 1767 and not fully March until 1768. At the end of every fifth mile a stone was planted graven with the arms of the Penn family on one-sided and of lord Baltimore on the other.

April 26, 1884

Charles A. Weller lost a child due to scarlet fever. There have been already three other cases reported, children of Rev. Barry at the Methodist parsonage, Alex Beatty, and Col. Ronzer, all are believed to be improving the condition.

April 26, 1884

Holes for the telephone poles have been garden

May 1, 1884

William H. Troxell has a hen that laid an egg this week which measured 6 by 8 inches.

Mr. C. F. Rowe has painted the walls and ceiling of his clothing store a light olive green in the affect is very pleasant to the holder the establishment is now in the need is trim, to work being done by Mr. James Adelsberger who makes a specialty of that kind of painting and should be called upon by those who intend to fix up.

The election of Monday last resulted in the choice of John Hess, for Burgess, Derek Zeck, Robert Gelwicks, William Lansinger, Joseph Snouffer, George Rowe, and Francis Maxwell for commissioners for commissioners represent the interests that favor of the laying of attacks to pay annually to the water Company for the use of water for municipal purposes.

May 5, 1884 - TGMM

Henry Stokes outgoing Burgess John Hess elected new Burgess

May 7th 1884

Emmitsburg telephone exchanged open for business

May 10, 1884 Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company

List the stations and the numbers now connected with the Emmitsburg exchange to which new names will be added as fast as connected. Instruments free to subscribers only

  • 237 - Adams express office
  • 249 - William Krause and sons
  • 212 - Chronicle Office
  • 231-3 Catoctin office, Mechanicstown
  • 231-3 - Charles Cassell
  • 248-2 - Emmitsburg railroad depot
  • 226 - Emmitt House
  • 236 - Gunther & Beam stable
  • 232 - R. Gelwicks
  • 202 - W. G. Horner
  • 241 - John Hess
  • 234-3 - Ernest Legarde
  • 202 - Mutual livestock insurance company office
  • 237 - Motter, Maxell & Co.
  • 212 - Samuel Motter
  • 234-2 - Mount St. Mary’s College
  • 229 - managers office exchange
  • 217 - William Nunemaker
  • 248-2 - George Ovelman - office
  • 248-3 - George Ovelman-residence
  • 226 - William Sutton
  • 235 - St. Joseph’s House
  • 231-5 White and Letterman
  • 249 - Western Maryland Hotel

Terms: for special wire within 1 mi. of exchange, $50 per year, for place of business and residents on special wire, $86 for both. For residence in city limits on a general wire-$36

Explanation - a special wire is a wire with only one instrument on it connecting with the exchange. A general wire is one upon which the Company reserves the right to put as many instruments as they deem proper connecting with exchange.

To call the exchange press the button on the left of Bell, as you ring one long ring, then take down the "hand phone", and when you hear from the exchange say "Please give me number -------", keep your telephone to your ear into you hear from the party wanted. When through talking say "goodbye," pang of the phone, with a large end down, and get one short rain of the Bell, to notify the exchange that you are through talking.

When you are called, do not bring back, but take down the hand phone, and place at your ear and ask "who calls?"

Signed Belle Helman, local manager .

May 14, 1884 - TGMM

Mr. Roe unanimously voted chairman of board.

May 16, 1884

The band gave a congratulatory blowup to the Burgess a lack of this village, which was well received by his honor, whose fulness of motions prevented the extended expressions of thanks that filled his heart. Commissioner Snouffer was particularly gracious and his acknowledgment, every retired amid the hearty applause of the assembled throng.

May 17th, 1884

Surely the street pump is to be sawed off before the Fourth of July, and the well filled them.

George Ovelman lost a valuable horse on Tuesday. There was a broken plank on the platform of the Hay scales at the railroad station, the horse broke through, fractured his leg, and it became necessary to kill him and-repair the platform.

June 14, 1884 - Dropping a "T"

For some time past our Post Office stamp has given the name of this village with the spelling as it was originally, and the founder of the place spelled his name. It is no all right to put to t’s it Emmitsburg then to put two i’s in Baltimore, or two d’s in Frederick, simply because it does not conform to the derivations of the names. When we began the publication this journal and became in a matter represented of our native village, wishing its name to occupy a conspicuous place in the enterprise, intended to promote its interest, it became our duty to be sure right at all points, and thus have a consultant records signed by Samuel Emmitt, Esq, the founder of the town, truth and literary integrity to tell us to conform to the mode practice by him in this case. Names are so absolutely the property of those who bear them, that they can only be changed by legislative action, not by the whims or arbitrariness of men. Of course reflected on no one, and did not interfere with anyone’s liberty. But knowing the right, we could but pursue it, or be chargeable with falsehood. It is therefore gratifying to see an authoritative return in this matter, to the normal state of things, and a few lines, respectfully addressed to the Post Office Department, we believe effective the changed.

June 21, 1884

Chronicle newspaper call for the placement of a fountain in Emmitsburg with a White Bronze Structure of the figure of "Indian Tom" at its center

July 15, 1884 - TGMM

Ordinance number 54 providing for election to take the sense of the people in regard to waterworks for the town center- fountain

July 5th, 1884

A few feet of a fire her as was attached a hydrant of the water pressure tested - the stream from the hose reached 105 ft. - ditching through the town would not proceed actively

July 19, 1884

Mention made of S. A. Parker and his barbershop on the square

August 2, 1884

Among the first duties to engage the attention of our town commissioners, will be the reorganization of a fire Company. It matters not how many fire plugs and how much water we may have, without proper organization for the use of them, we’re not prepared to encounter the outburst of fire. Order and discipline are indispensable above all things in such cases; there must be a directing mind, and there must be practice workmen to use aright, the agencies at hand to distinguish the devourer flames. Hence the need of an organized force. This should be formed at once the reasons are too obvious for further remarks

The town elections on Monday last resulted in favor of the ticket for the contract for waterworks, there were 128 votes for, and 35 against the town is us authorized to contract with the water Company for water for the public use.

August 9, 1884

Michael Hoke first in town to have water connected to his house

Reference: one August 9 Mrs. Wilson’s house burned reference to the fire indicates Emmitsburg had a steam powered fire engine

August 23, 1884

Annan, Horner & Co. Receive their bank vault some days ago, and he created not a little interest in our town where we are not accustomed to the arrival of and unloading and hauling and unloading of such large and heavy bodies. Our bondholders would now have a sure place of security for their bonds and stocks. We found Squire Webb highly felicitous over the matter the other day

August 30, 1884

The officers of the festival for the fountain fund met on the evening of August 27 and after having received and paid all bills for expenses incurred by the festival down the handsome some of a little over $300 remaining in the treasury.

September 8, 1884 - TGMM

All motion it was resolved to enter into an agreement with the Emmitsburg Water Company to furnish water for the fireplugs where the understanding that there should be no extra charge for the order for the use of a fountain to be erected in the square.

September 13, 1884

The Commissioners of Emmitsburg contract with the Emmitsburg Water Company to supply its warter at a compensation of $.10 one every hundred dollars of assessed property of the Corporation. Rate reduced to nine cents. It is also understood that the water Company will donate the water for the fountain on the square during the existence of the contract

September 17, 1884 - Fountain

The officers of the fountain Association met on Tuesday evening and decided to have entertainment consisting of Tableaux, music recitations etc. on Thursday evening October 2 in Gelwicks’ Hall.

September 17, 1884 - TGMM

Mr. Samuel Motter president of the Fountain Appreciation------------ as permission to erected a fountain in the public square.

September 18, 1884 - TGMM

Town authorizes erection of a fountain and the public square.

September 21, 1884 (gd)

Festival held in Emmitsburg for the purpose of raising funds for a fountain to go in the town square.

September 27, 1884 (gd)

E. G. Smyser, owner of Variety Iron Works of York, PA, arrived in town to begin preparations for the fountain's installation.

September 27, 1884

Smyser, contractor for the fountain, was in town on Thursday making arrangements to prepare the square, to commence work on the basin for the fountain, which he expects to have completed in about two weeks, if the weather should not become too stormy to work he engaged in Nathaniel Roe to attend to the necessary plumbing, the removal of the old pump, and covering the well.

October 4, 1884

Henry Lingg has bought the Weaver property near the College containing a little over 4 acres for $985

The Emmitsburg Water Company has purchased the Stouter property for $1000, containing a little over 38 acres, it has a good brick house and other improvements. The spring which is their objective, lies about 50 yd. west of the reservoir, and is elevated 16 ft. above it. With the addition of the supply there can be no deficiency in the storage. The present drought has made no noticeable diminution in the contents of the reservoir, but the company shows forethought in providing this against the remotest contingency. — a wooden trough inserted into the hillside conducts the pure sparkling border from its ores, over which issues forth about the thickness of a man’s wrist in volume, and projects about 16 in. beyond the trough before it strikes the earth.

Matthias Martin sold his farm to Joseph Baker 123 acres

October 18, 1884

When the Republican procession on its return from the west end of town on Saturday evening last reached the square the horse and Mr. Sprenkler that was standing on the street with the wagon, became frightened and start off, needed – as it for the excavation of the fountain, but his course been changed he ran at the Gettysburg Road and soon collided with a buggy which is coming into town, the buddy was badly broken up but the wagon received comparatively little damage

Death of George T. M. Martin

The unexpected death of Mr. Martin was a shock to his family and friends, for though ailing for two or three weeks, from typhoid fever, he was not seriously ill, and had become so much better as to be up and somewhat about the house, he took breakfast, with the family on Tuesday morning, and seemed in good spirits, but became suddenly ill a short time afterwards, and die before his physician could be summoned.

November 15, 1884 - fountain

Fancy iron posts and chains with which we hope to enclose the ground occupy by the fountain

December 13, 1884

The managers of the fountain Association have arranged to give entertainment during holidays in the form of a Martha Washington tea party, at which they will receive and entertain guest on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday, December 30 and 31st, and during the day in evening of January 1. They hope their friends of public improvement, whether in town or country, will not fail to pay their respects to them on the closing nights of the year, and also make a New Year’s call to cheer and be cheered with a good wishes and tempting daitties of the season.

December 20, 1884

The fountain Association of Emmitsburg began its Martha Washington tea party according to announcement, on Tuesday evening, and notwithstanding the unfavorable weather, made a very credible opening. The rooms were tastefully decorated with flags, evergreens, pitchers, and other devices such as the cunning hands of the ladies are so skillful and arranging for such occasions.

The ladies themselves were arrayed in the style of the olden time. Tables were arrayed in the different apartments, that were richly set off for silverware, flowers, etc. The bill of fare consisted of cold turkey, oysters, fried, stewed and raw, with the appropriate accompaniments; cakes, ice cream, tea, coffee, jellies, oranges, celery etc. etc., everything in fact to please the taste, and these were supplied at such low rates as could not fail to suit all persons. Through the rise in the temperature of Wednesday, the snow had all disappeared by the evening of that day, and the roads being a wretched, persons from the country were prevented from attending, and yet the attractions of the occasion proved equal to draw an amount of patronage that could not but be encouraging to the managers and others officiating in the premise

The wind blew a strong gale Wednesday night, and the moon whilst making its best effort to penetrate the gloom of the atmosphere, was only able to light up the scenes in people matter. About nine o’clock the fusilade of pistols and such instruments for the explosion of gunpowder began, and was kept up till a late hour. Nigh unto midnight symbol church bells were told in recognition of the dying the old year, and at the midnight hour they rang a merry welcome to the new year.

These proceedings we are happy to state were conducted with the decorum due to the occasion, and without accident. The tea party kept their doors open during the day following, and made their establishment the center of feasting and social reunions during the day, and in the evening their patronage was increased with such pleasing results as to justify the continuation of the party for another evening.


February 8, 1885 - TGMM

Ordinance number 57" to abate the nuisance of marble playing on the foot ways in payments within the Corporation.

February 15, 1885

The cold wave in snow blizzard which struck this section of the country on Wednesday of last week, continued in all its fury until Sunday morning, at which time the cold and fierce win that have prevailed in full way for four days abated. During Saturday night the cold wave gave way to a more warmer atmosphere, and on Sunday morning a thermometer registered 10̊ above 0, indicating that the backbone of the cold wave have been broken, and giving promise a more favorable weather, which was hailed with delight by all

Emmitsburg was practically cut off from the outside world, except by telegraphic communication, for four long and weary days. Friday and Saturday were the most disagreeable days that have been witnessed in this section four long time, and it is hoped that the elements will not give us a repetition of these days for a number of years to come. During these two days to wind carried the snow and blinding sheets, drifting all the roads leading to this place shut, and making traveling and possible. Friday morning a thermometer registered zero, and Saturday morning it was 4 degrees above. In some of the public roads the snow was drifted in banks, from 10 to 15 ft. high. The streets in the talent were also considerably drifted, and only two teams passed the Corp office last Saturday, in order to reach the public square, these teams were compelled to travel on the pavements for some distance, at different points. The storm is said to have been the worst that has visited this section of the country since 1857, at which time the roads were completely blockaded were snow and remained in a condition for several days

11 Hours in the Snowstorm

The Emmitsburg railroad was blockaded worst that anytime in the history of the road. All last Thursday night and Friday morning, while attempting to keep the road open by running the engine back and forward from this place to Rocky Ridge, the engine stuck last in a large snow back or short distance north of Dry Bridge, and whilst trying to get the engine out of its perilous condition, the two back wheels under the tender jumped off the track, when all hope of getting the engine out of the snow drift was abandoned. The persons on the engine when it ran into the snow bank, were the engineer, Cornelius Gelwicks, the firemen, Theodore Burdner, and the president of the road, William H. Biggs. It was just three o’clock on Friday morning, when the engine became snowbound, and the above named gentlemen were compelled to remain in the engine, as an attempt to seek shelter at any nearby farmhouse where proved fruitless and perhaps the men would have perished in the snowstorm. The suffering the men went through with was almost beyond human endurance, and as there were no means by which they could better their condition, they made the best of their situation, and shivering and half frozen, waited patiently for the day light to dawn, when they found that they were snowed in on all sides, the engine being almost entirely covered were snow. They remained 11 hours in the snowstorm, it being two o’clock on Friday afternoon before the men got other perilous condition. Mr. Biggs managed to walk to town, and was about exhausted when he reached here, while the engineer and the firemen found shelter and something to eat at a farmhouse

Mr. Gelwicks was so badly frozen that he has been on the sick list ever since.

A large force of men went to work on Friday morning to show the drifted snow from the railroad tracks, but the cold was so intense, and the wind blew the snow so angrily that the men were compelled to quit work, not, however, until after some of the men had received frozen noses, ears and feet. Their work amounted to nought as the snow blew in the cuts faster than the men could shovel it out. The same condition of affairs existed on Saturday and know efforts were made to clear the tracks.

The railroad company offered $.20 per hour for men to work on Sunday, and the wind being calm and the snow having stopped drifting, 70 men went to work were shovels on Sunday morning, and by evening the cuts were cleared as far as McCarren’s Crossing in the engine which was covered were snow several hundred yards beyond that point was shoveled out of the snow.

About noon Monday the track was cleared as far as the engine, and after considerable effort to men succeeded in giving the two small wheels under the tender on the track again. There being no coal or water near to make the fire in the engine, all large rope was fastened to it, and the men started to pull the engine into town. They had not gone very far when the rope broke and all hands fell to the ground. After gathering themselves up again and fastening the rope securely, they made a new start with her heavy load and succeeded in getting the engine safely to town around one o’clock in the afternoon

No mail left this place from 4:50 p.m. Thursday, until 10 a.m. Monday, when it was hauled to Rocky Ridge on a hand sled by John Long and Charles Smith. They arrived here at 5 p.m. the same day for several mailbags, which was the first mail received by our people since Thursday night.

The snow plow from the Western Maryland Railroad with two engines attached to it, when to work on the Emmitsburg Road sometime Monday night, and succeeded in opening the road from Rocky Ridge to Dry Bridge, about 2 mi. south of town. The drifts between that point and Rocky Ridge been so deeply and solidly packed, that the snow plow stuck fast several times and had to be shoveled out. When they reached Dry Bridge with the plow, they were afraid to attempt to go under the Bridge for some reason. The men running the snow plow, said that they encountered no such snow drifts on the entire Western Maryland road as they came in contact with all the Emmitsburg Road, and that an all their railroad experience, never so road drifted as bad as the Emmitsburg Road.

The first train to run on the Emmitsburg railroad since last Thursday night arrived here at 12 o’clock Tuesday and continue to run on time up to Wednesday at 9 a.m. snow fell Tuesday night to the depth of about 2 in.. On Wednesday morning to win was drifting the snow in every direction in the afternoon traffic on the railroad was suspended, owing to the deep cuts on the road being again filled to such a depth that the engine could not go through them. A number of men went to work Thursday morning to reopen the cuts, and by night the road was cleared to Rocky Ridge, and the train started running on schedule Friday morning

Wednesday evening the mail was sent to Thurmont, and the carrier arrived here Wednesday night at nine o’clock with the mail. Thursday morning’s mail was sent to Thurmont in a sleigh, and the morning mail was received here at 10 a.m.

The first mail to Gettysburg since Thursday of last week was sent to that place by horseback on Wednesday morning.

All the country roads were drifted shut, making traveling and possible except by going through the fields. The snow drifted in many places several feet higher than the fences. By Tuesday noon nearly all the roads leading to this place were opened sufficiently to admit traveling with teams. The snow that fell Tuesday night were blown into the deep cuts, which again blockaded the roads and necessitated to reopening of many of them.

Among the persons from this place were caught in the blizzard and were snowbound for several days were Major Horner, who went to Baltimore Thursday evening and did not get home until the first train came in over the Emmitsburg Road at noon Tuesday. He attempted to come home on Friday morning, and were snowed up at Emory Grove for five hours, and as the train couldn’t get any further, it was returned to Baltimore with its passengers.

Mr. George Steckman, who went to Baltimore the first part of the week, was also snowbound on the train on the Western Maryland road near Westminster, who was six others passengers secure the services of a guide, and started out in the storm to find a place of shelter, and after wandering around the country for some time, finally arrived at a farmhouse, where they secured a nights lodging and breakfast. On the following day Mr. Steckman continued on the train to Thurmont.

Mr. Albert Patterson, of the firm Patterson Brothers, of this place, was snowed up in the vicinity of Thurmont, where he was compelled to remain two or three days until the roads were sufficiently opened to permit traveling. He arrived in this place at noon on Tuesday, and company with Mr. Steckman.

Harry G. Beam and Charles Long who had taken some horses to Baltimore a few days before the blizzard, were also in the same predicament as the other gentlemen.

Four traveling men arrived in this place on this seven o’clock train Thursday evening and stopped at the Emmit House, intending to leave the following day. On Friday morning they found everything snowed up so tight that they were compelled to remain until the following morning. They had a monopoly in the town. A more happy, at the same time, a more discontented crowd, no one could desire to see, and their imaginary powers concerning the weather and as to when they would be able to proceed on the trip, is beyond description. Some of them were so anxious to get home or to their necks stopping place, that they could not wait any longer than Monday noon, at which time to the gentlemen started on foot for Rocky Ridge, while the other two remained a few hours longer, and were taken to Thurmont in a sleigh. They will never forget the time they were snowbound Emmitsburg, although they were well cared for and provided with comfortable quarters. Come again, gentlemen, and we hope the elements will be more favorable.

February 28, 1885

Having started on his usual rounds for retailing beef on Saturday last Mr. Joseph Baker stopped at the storeroom of Mr. Hyder, in town and left his horse standing in front; move no doubt by the extreme cold of the morning, the horse proceeded onward, until, being entirely blind, he reached the fountain on the square, but a short distance from the starting point, and there he plunged right over the wall into the basin, which is about 4 ft. deep. In the discent he carried one wheel of the wagon with him over the wall. A number of men soon collected, and having arranged a gang-way of planks, the horse was let out of the pit. Remarkable part of the occurrence was, that nothing was injured, neither the horse, the harness nor the wagon, saying that the animal was a little scratched in descending the wall and in getting back to the roadway. The wall where he entered is only about 16 in. Above the level the street, having walked against it, he was precipitated over. One of the iron posts on the coping was broken off, the chains that are to hang from the Post, had not yet been suspended.

May 8, 1885 - TGMM

John G. Hess elected Burgess

May 10, 1885

Telephone exchanged has been placed in the upper rooms of the our warehouse of the Motter store property. But all our position, we will have a Levitt instruments in use in this place

May 10, 1885

The fountain in play it elicits the general admiration of the people, particularly when the full pressure is given to the water, the symmetry of the whole affair is this near perfection as can be. I regret in the matter is the absence of the ornamentals wants and other figures, and water plants, etc. that should occupy the basin.

June 6, 1885

A change in the position of the street lamp at the fountain of the Emmit House, and the addition of another lamp behind the fountain, has greatly improve the appearance of the highly ornamental and beautiful addition to the aspect of things at the west end of town.

June 13, 1885

Societies and Emmitsburg

Massusoit tribe number 41 I. O. R. M - kindles her Council fire every Saturday evening, 8th run. Officers: George Gelwicks, George Byer, I. S. Troxell, John Adelsberger, Charles Zeck, C J S Gelwicks- prophet and representative

Emerald beneficial association - JT Bussey, president; F. A. Adelsberger, vice president; T. E. Busey Secretary. Meets on the four Sunday of every month in S. R. Grinders building, W. Main St.

Emmitt Lodge number 47 I. O. M. - weekly meeting every Tuesday evening at eight o’clock. Grand architect-Joseph Byers; worthy senior master, L. Cook; worthy master, George Byers; Junior master, Joseph Houck; recording secretary, John Adelsberger; Financial Secretary, R. Johnston; Treasurer, Joseph Byers; conductor George Gillelan; chaplain, C. Zeck

Emmitt building association-president C. F. Rowe; Vice President, George Ovelman; Secretary, Ed Rowe. Directors, George Beam, Joseph Snouffer, J. A. Rowe, D. Lawrence, N. Baker, John Hopp

union building association - president, J. Motter; Vice President, W. S. Guthrie; Secretary E. R. Zimmerman; Treasurer, William Hoke, Directors Harry Stokes, James Rowe, F. A. Maxell, D. Lawrence, George Beam.

June 20, 1885 - fountain

Final report of the fountain association

August 1884 ... it was decided that Mrs. Motter should go wants to Baltimore with the authority to select a fountain and contract for its erection. This was accordingly done. The found being selected at the establishment of Mr. G. E. Smyser, which has agreed to furnish, with the necessary work rebuilding the basin, and placing it in position, for the sum of $487; and excavation for the basin was commenced as soon as the necessary arrangements could be made.

... delays, together with the oversight, on their part, which resulted in making excavations considerably deeper than Mr. Smyer’s specifications, and the misunderstanding by which the fountain was placed too low to show to the advantage that was desirable, made it necessary as a season was so far advanced, to defer the completion of the work till spring.

Original cost of the fountain - $487, additional expense of plumbing and other work - $25, drainpipe three dollars, granite coping surrounding the ground - $110, cost of raising the structure, $47.

William Hoke procured and arrange mountain Flintstones around the pedestal, and level and sodded the ground outside at his own expense.

July 1, 1887 (gd)

A little child of William Clabaugh, who lives on the mountain several miles from Emmitsburg, was lost in a manner altogether inexplicable, and no trace of it has yet been found.

July 3, 1885 - TGMM

A letter from the fountain committee was read transferring the fountain to the Corporation as the property of the citizens. Resolved that the fountain be presented to the water Corporation as much as such was the understanding from the start the Commissioners merely giving their consent for its erection without any talk of the signing control of it

July 25, 1885

George Miller of the firm of Miller and brother’s butchers consents to serve as Constable

August 8, 1885 - floods

The rise in the Warder’s from the Storms on Sunday and Monday, caused great losses in this neighborhood, by the washing out of roads, the growing crops, and the removal of fences. The little stream known as silver run grew higher than in many years before, fences being broken up in its course. The bridge over flat on the Gettysburg Road was completely insulated by the heart border around it, and the abutments were somewhat washed out. The bridge it is to town on the road to Taneytown, was unequal to its work: there is a shack at the south side of it, this having arrested a progress of the rails that floated down the street, damn the water size to make it flow around the bridge, and above the floor, thus causing some slight damage to the bridge; and a general overflow of the roadway and lots. A culvert was washed away on the Emmitsburg railroad, which cause some delay in the operations thereof. The Frederick turnpike road was badly washed near the College. The losses being distributed over considerable territory, having not been so great in individual cases, but what aggregate are considerable.

September 12, 1885

But At a meeting of the Lutheran Church Council on Saturday that Rev. Mann who has been the beloved pastor of the church for years, tendered his resignation to take effect on the first day of April. The council deferred action on the resignation until its next meeting. The reason given by Mr. Man for handing in his resignation, is his desire to obtain needed rest, to secure which, he has determined to quit active ministry.

October 3, 1885

The uniforms of the vigilant hose Company of Emmitsburg haven’t received from New York. They consist of whitecaps, buff shirts, blue neckties, and the trousers will be dark red white belts. The janitors will wear whitecaps, buff ties and blue shirts. Firemen marched by fours.


January 16, 1886

The gathering in story of ice has progressed actively this week. The product is the best and many years, seven and more inches thick, clean, clear, and thoroughly compact. There is at least some comfort in looking forward from the translucent scenes of today, to the changes that July may bring forth.

January 16, 1886

Sleighing parties have been held all through this neighborhood every night during the past week. Every close a social gathering was held at Mr. John Agnew’s on Thursday night, and on the return trip the editors slay came out of little the worse for an upset. From the looks of his hat, we are inclined to think he must have put his foot in it, it is headlong debouchure.

September 8, 1886 - Mountain View Cemetery

While Foller’s hill is being cut down and graded the work of beautifying Mountain View Cemetery is also going on, it being the intention of the owner to make this Cemetery one of the prettiest burial grounds in this section of the country. The space between the fence and hedge is being planted and lawn grass and ornamental shrubbery. This work is being done by Charles Gillelan. The fence post at this point will be adorned with iron caps and when completed will add much to the appearance of this naturally beautiful Cemetery. The owner has already placed the contract for the planting of 50 ornamental trees in the Cemetery next spring. These trees are to be 10 ft. tall at the time the planting

The Mountain View Cemetery is a union Cemetery-for any and all denominations. All business connection with a Cemetery may be transacted through Henry Strokes.


July 10, 1895 (gd)

Ground broken for St. Anthony’s Shine Parish


August 24, 1897 (gd)

Cornerstone for Trinity United Methodist Church laid containing a Bible, a hymn book, coins and newspapers.

September, 11 1897 (gd)

Emmitsburg Railroad sold at Public auction in Frederick, Md. The railroad was purchased for $29,500 by a syndicate representing the bondholders.

October 26, 1897 (gd)

Dedication of the St. Anthony’s Shine Parish’s new church

November 26, 1897

On Wednesday John C. Motter took the oath of office at the courthouse at Frederick, as associate Judge of the six judicial District of Maryland for 15 years ... need to get rest of story

Mr. Motter is 55 years old and was the son of the late Jacob Motter, a well-known tanner of Emmitsburg. In 1866 he went to Frederick city and entered the law office of the late Grayson Eichelberger and completed his course of studies in 1868. He is today one of the leading a most successful members of the Frederick Bar, as evidence by the fortune which he had accumulated.

In 1875 he was elected state’s attorney of Frederick County. At expiration of his first term he was reelected by a largely increased majority. He declined renomination for a third term. In 1882 he was prevailed upon to be, the candidate for Judge against Judge John Lynch. He carried Frederick having by over 600 majority, I was overcome by the still larger majority against him in Montgomery County.

Mr. Motter has always been brought in liberal in his political views, though always an active partymen and supporter of the Republican principles. He has taken part in a number of exciting political contest in the state, and on one occasion at the state convention of his party in Baltimore was the only delegate who spoke and voted against resolutions endorsing election of Richard B. Hayes as president.

Senator Wellington and Mr. Motter were on friendly terms until the commencement of the campaign for the presidential nomination in the spring of 1896, when they parted company on the question of McKinley. Mr. Motter wasn’t warm admirer and a pronounced friend of Mr. McKinley. When Mr. Wellington attempted to rest Frederic County from the McKinley following he incurred Mr. Motter’s displeasure. All warm contest in suit, and Mr. Motter succeeded in holding the County in-line against the prospect of federal patronage that was to be dealt out to it.

November 19, 1897

One Monday Mr. George Rider moved to the Emmet House and assumed the proprietorship of this well-known Hotel. As to Michael Hoke to retire proprietor of the Emmett house move to his old home near the square. Mr. Hoke took charge of the Hotel in January 1891 from which time until Monday with the exception of several weeks he conducted the business on such a high plane as to gain the reputation of being the best hotel proprietor Emmitsburg ever had. The manner in which Mr. Oak met everyone of his cast, stamped him as being a born Hotelman.

On Sunday Mr. Hoke gave her farewell dinner to his host of friends. The dinner was exceptionally fine, and highly appreciated by those who gathered around the festive table.

Mr. Rider, the new proprietor, whilst being inexperienced in the hotel business, will cater to the wants of his cast in such a manner as to please everyone. Monday was a great day at the Emmet House. Everything was free and everyone was welcome. It is said that about 200 people enjoyed the new proprietor’s hospitality at the dinner table.

In the evening, the Emmet Coronet Band appeared at the Hotel and gave the new host and hostess a musical serenade.


March 4, 1898

George Steckman died of typhoid pneumonia. He was assigned of Mr. And Mrs. Valentine Steckman and for many years he assisted his father in conducting the Union Hotel and afterward embarked in the grocery and confectionery business. For a number of years he was the leader in that line here. Mr. Steckman was well known in this place, having the proprietor of the Emmett house for short time in 1893. On September 27, 1894 Mr. Steckman married Lillie Hoke of this place. There married life was one of unhappiness for about by business reverses and other unfortunate events.

April 14, 1898 (gd)

First meeting of new board of directors of the reorganization Emmitsburg Railroad.

May 6, 1898

The annual election for Burgess and six commissioners to manage the affairs of Emmitsburg during the ensuing year was held at the fireman’s hall on Monday last. No particular interest was taking an election, only one ticket being in the field. The number of votes cast was 48. William Blair was elected Burgess, this makes 11 consecutive years that Mr. Blair was elected to that position. The commissioners elected are as follows: F. A. Maxell, William Morrison, Oscar Frailey, George Gelwicks, Victor Rowe, and F. Diffendal.

At the head of the ticket was the words, "Lime Stone ticket," which conveyed the idea that the ticket was composed of men favorable to placing lime stone on the street, and it is hoped that any effort they may make in that direction will be crowned with success.

One of the very first things that should claim the attention of the new board of commissioners is the condition of the alleys. They are badly in need of attention. The commissioners should also go in a body to the bridge over Flat Run on Gettysburg Street, and you the old garbage power at that place, which is not a very inviting spectacle.

May 20, 1898

Terrible Explosion - an accident of a very serious nature occurred at Stouter’s bicycle works near town, Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in Mr. Bernard Stouter, been burned into most horrible manner and the shop and machinery are in one massive ruins.

Mr. Bernard Stouter was engaged at work in the shop, he was running and enameling oven. Suddenly there was a loud report, caused by the explosion of the gasoline tank.

Mr. Stouter’s clothing caught fire, and soon he was enveloped in flames. He ran to a pond , which was a short distance away from the scene of the accident and jumped into the water, thus extinguishing the flames. A physician was summoned at once, when administered medical assistance, which somewhat alleviated the young man suffering. Mr. Stouter was terribly burnt about the head, arms, and body.

The shop caught fire and in a short time was burnt to the ground, with all its contents.

Mr. Stouter died from the effects of being burned at an early hour this morning, after the most intense suffering.

July 22, 1898

The Emmitsburg railroad was reorganized on Wednesday, by the Board of Directors elected in the following officer: president, Dr. James Elder, vice president, William Himes, Treasurer, William Blair, Secretary, Dr. John Brawner, Attorney, Vincent Sebold.

The road, under its new management, will be one on strictly business principles, and will be materially improved in many ways. The first move in that direction will be the building a first-class iron bridge over Tom’s Creek, near town, which will supersede the old wooden bridge at that point, which has been doing service ever since the road was constructed.

The contract for building the new iron bridge, has been awarded to the Groton Bridge and manufacturing company, of Groton, New York, for the sum of $1642. The bridge will contain three spans, two of 48 ft., and one of 36 ft. making the length of the bridge 132 ft.. The bridge is to be completed within 90 days.

The road is now on solid financial basis, we are formed, and extension from Rocky Ridge to the Pennsylvania Railroad is assured. This will give a cheap and rapid transit from the north end of Frederick County to Frederick city.

July 27, 1898

Emmitt House - George Rider - proprietor

August 26, 1898

Death of a venerable lady

Last Friday at four A. M., Mrs. Mary Kerrigan, died at her home in this place. She was the last surviving granddaughter of William Radford of Revolutionary war fame, and with her three sisters Mrs. Sarah Zeigler, Mrs. Jane Waters, and Mrs. Eliza Lefevre, all now gone to their reward, was highly and justly his esteemed by all those who knew her. All of these four have been pupils of the saintly Mother Seton or for daughters in the early in humble days of St. Joseph’s Academy near this town.

September 16, 1898

Dr. James A. Elder, one of the most prominent and widely known citizens of this place, died at his home in this place, on last Saturday afternoon, and the 69th year his age. He suffered for many years former cancerous growth, which finally caused his death. He was the son of the late Joseph A. Elder, and spent his entire life here.

Dr. Elder was the druggist by occupation, and carried on the drug business in this place for nearly 48 years. He was identified within number public enterprises. He was president of the Emmitsburg Railroad Company for a number of years, and also a heavy stock and bondholder in a corporation, and on the reorganization of the road this summer was elected president of the new organization, which position he held at the time of his death.

He was a stockholder and director in the Citizens’ National Bank of Frederick since its organization in 1886. He served as a Commissioner Emmitsburg at different times.

In politics Dr. Elder was a stalwart Democrat, and was the acknowledged leader of the Democratic Party in this district until his ill health caused him to cease political activity. He was Postmaster of Emmitsburg under President Cleveland’s first term, but held this position for only one year, when his successor was appointed by Republican president. He also act in the capacity of register of voters for this district for several years. He represented the party in nearly every county convention for number of years, and was always a prominent figure in the council’s of the Democratic Party.

He was a man of considerable business ability, and by industry and economy succeeded in amassing a handsome fortune. He was ever ready and willing to give financial assistance to those who were in need and worthy of such assistance.

He is survived by two sons and four daughters - his wife having preceded him to the grave several years ago: James B, and Bennet T. Elder, Mrs. Cornelius Gelwicks, Mrs. Charles Smith, Mrs. Bernard Welty, and Mrs. Mary Elder.

September 30, 1898

Arthur Post number 41 G. A. R., held its annual picnic and bean soup at Crystal Fount in Stouters Grove, 1 mi. west of Emmitsburg on Saturday, September 24 which was greatly enjoyed by the large assemblage of people who gathered from near and far; and was the pleasantness and most enjoyed occasion of the kind in the history of the post

The day was an ideal one; no better, no nicer could have been desired for a days outing. The spring "Crystal Fount" is all the name suggests. Is a large bowl with pebbly bottom, filled with appears quarter of unexcelled qualities, which enter at the bottom from beneath the hill and rising to the surface flows often a strong stream, as it in gleeful play, and soup mingles with another stream which flows down a ravine from springs further up. The place itself, with its diversity of surface, rugged Knolls, and shady retreats is a jewel in a fine picturesque setting. A table of about 100 ft. forming a hollow square, enclosing the Commissary supplies, constituted the eating compartment.

Five or six large kettles, in the rear, suspended over strong fires, where the most noticeable feature of the kitchen department which, with all the arrangements which ministered to the wants of the inner man, were presided over by the ladies, who gave ample proof that there are not novices in the culinary arts

A dinner of ample quantities of bean soup, beef, bread, butter, coffee, etc. were served for the small sum of $.10. $.15 or charge for supper, which was overly enjoyable one, in which included a large supply of a very handsome and delicious cakes, which had been graciously contributed by the ladies

The old soldiers seem generally pleased with the flattering assurance that the new soldier with his uniform, youthful vigor and fresh laurels had not resort all the thoughts and affections of the fare and good.; that the lady still had a warm place in their hearts for those who, in our country’s darkest days, and greatest need, fought and won.

W. F. Evans, of Lincoln post number three, of the Potomac, and attaché of the pension bureau of Washington DC, was present in the interesting address. Other members of the post and visiting members of other posts made addresses, some of which were very humorous. Some of the veterans sang old war songs which, more than 30 years ago filled their younger hearts with enthusiastic patriotism and cheered them a many weary marches

Owing to a death in the family of one of the members of the Emmitsburg band and other conditions which made it inconvenient for them to be present as an organization as they have been doing in the past, the Greceham band, another fine organization, provided fine music all day.

November 4, 1898

The new iron bridge for the Emmitsburg railroad arrived last Saturday evening. The bridge will be placed over Tom’s Creek and will take the place of the old wooden structure which has rendered services since the construction of the road. Workmen are now engaged in making preparations for placing the new bridge in position

Electricity at the Academy

Quite a number of improvements have been made at St. Joseph’s Academy, near town, during the past several months, notably the introduction of electricity for lighting the buildings. The plant has been completed and the Academy is now lighted by means of electrical lights. Several concrete walkways have been laid, by which the beauty of the grounds have been increased.

December 2, 1898

Maxell’s put up for sale-stone grist mill


February 12, 1899

Mr. George Six died at his home in this place on Sunday night, February 12, after an illness of typhoid fever, age 27 years. He suffered from an attack of the grip, which developed into typhoid fever about two weeks ago, and from that time or his condition continued to grow worse until Sunday evening, when death relieved him of the suffering. Mr. Six married Miss Annie Hardman on February 21, 1895.

February 12, 1899

A Great Blizzard

A Blizzard of no small pretensions visited, not only this section, but its effects were General throughout the county, a many points was the worse ever experienced, and can be just termed the end of the Century Blizzard. The cold was terrible in this section, having zero rather for several days, accompanied by heavy fall of snow, and are reaching cold wind, which may travel impossible, and the suffering endured by those who were compelled to be out of doors a few hours was terrible, to say the least. Many persons in this neighborhood are suffering from the effects of frozen years, hay and its, and feet.

Intense Cold - a record of the weather of the past week shows that the cold was a record breaker for this section of the country. The following thermometrical observations were taken at this office at, or a little before seven o’clock, when each morning: Friday morning, February 10 at 6:45, 6̊ below 0, one hour later on the same morning the Mercury stood at 10̊ below 0; February 11, for degrees below; February 12, zero; February 13, four degrees above zero, February 14, 6̊ above 0; February 15, four degrees below zero, February 16, 14̊ above 0

Friday of last week is said to have been the coldest day here in the memory of man. The Mercury in a thermometer stood at the zero mark from about nine o’clock in the morning until five o’clock in the evening, and join all this time the sun shone bright, yet its rays have little or no effect on the temperature.

For monitors at other points in town differed somewhat from the record of the temperature given above. Some of the thermometers are said to a record of the temperature as low as 20̊ below 0

A comparison of the cold weather of the present blizzard, with that of the snowstorm which commenced on February 7, 1895, shows that the temperature was a degrees colder on last Friday in the coldest day during the 1895 blizzard. The coldest in a record here during that storm was two degrees below zero.

The Snow Storm: Snow began falling here around five o’clock on last Saturday evening, and continued all night and all day Sunday, Sunday night and all day Monday. Only to the prevailing winds and interesting of the Snow it was impossible to accurately state the depth of the Snow, and the difference of opinion prevails as to its depth. Some claims Snow fell to the depth of 20 in., others place it at 30 in.. It is credibly stated that there is more snow on the ground now than any time since the great snowstorm of water of 1856-57.

The when began blowing sometime Sunday night and continued in all its fury during Monday, and until sometime that night, when it sees blowing, having completed its great work of blocking all the roads.

Roads Blockaded: every road leading to this place was so badly block was Snow drifts as to make them impassable. The public roads were completely closed. The Snow was drafted as high in some places higher than the fence.

Streets Look like a Klondike Village: on Tuesday morning the streets of Emmitsburg presented in appearance seldom seen. At some places the Snow was piled up against the houses as high as a windows. In reality, the streets, where their immense banks of snow, look more like those of a Klondike Village, than the Maryland town. Workmen were engaged nearly all done in shoveling snow from the pavements, and putting them in a passable condition. A number of our young man’s were horses through the streets and broke a road as best they could.

The railroad tightly closed

The Emmitsburg railroad did not escape the fury of the storm, but received its full share of the snow. Every cut on the road was drifted level full with the snow, while at some of the large cuts the snow was piled up a few feet above the level. This it will be seen that Emmitsburg was entirely cut off from communication with the outside world, except by means of the Telegraph service. As soon as the Snow stopped drifting workmen were put to work in shoveling opened accounts.

Opening the public roads: the supervisors have been busily engaged shoveling opened the public roads for the past few days, and traveling is again been resumed. The turnpike road leading from this place to Termont was opened on Thursday afternoon

No Mail: as a result of the great storm which closed the roads, the people of Emmitsburg were deprived of mail facilities for several days. The first mill carriers to reach this place were those from Zora and Eyler. The Gettysburg mail carrier made several attempts to reach Gettysburg, but his efforts were fruitless. Unsuccessful efforts were made on Tuesday to take the mail to Rocky Ridge, and to bring the mail from that point to this place.

The first mail to reach this place since last Saturday evening, arrive between four and five o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The mail being carried or horseback from this place to Rocky Ridge and from that point back to Emmitsburg. The trip to Rocky Ridge was an adventure is one, and was made only by the most persistent efforts. The Snow banks encountered on the way were immense, and at times it was with considerable difficulty that the horses worked her way through the drifts. The trip to Rocky Ridge was made by Joseph Long & son, and Clarence McCarron and Postmaster Horner.

Yesterday the mail arrived in this place at 10:25 a.m., being brought from Thurmont via turnpike, by Mr. Long

Snow plow on the Emmitsburg Railroad: about noon yesterday one of the Western Maryland Railroad Company’s snow plows was put to work clearing the Snow from the tracks of the Emmitsburg Railroad. It was thought that the trains will be running on the Emmitsburg Railroad sometime today.

The Snow plow, with three big engines back of it stuck fast in the Snow in the dry bridge cut. The Snow plow was run into this immense banks are snow terrific force, but the plow came to a sudden standstill, being unable to go through the snow. Even the engines were buried in the snow. It required several hours to show up the plow and the engines. After they were released from their uncomfortable position at a late hour last night, the plow and the engines were taken to union bridge to recoal, and are expected to return in finish the work this morning. At the hour going to press this morning, the road has not been open.

March 17, 1899 - Friday

Emmitsburg will soon have a new cigar factory. Mr. Charles Miller of fracture, will open a cigar factory in this place, within the next several days

February 8, 1885

And early hour on Thursday morning a fine snow began falling and continued all day and the greater part of the night, and with the dawn of this morning, the snow had reached adept to 12 inches or more. In the evening the wind arose in the snow being carried and blinding sheets began to drift rapidly

Going to the prevailing snowstorm to mail arrived here yesterday evening an hour later than schedule. The passenger car was left at Rocky Ridge overnight. The engine being unable to pull both the passenger and baggage cars through the drifted snow.

The railroad men of the Emmitsburg where road thinking that they might possibly keep the road open by running the engine from this place to Rocky Ridge toward the night were successful in their attempts on till two o’clock this morning, with the engine was run into a tremendously large snow drift in McCarren’s cut. The engine was wedge so tightly in the snow that it could not be moved either forward or backward, and all hopes of keeping the tracks clear, had to be abandoned, and the engine was left standing in the snow back, almost wholly covered from view by the snow

All large number of men went to work on the road were shovels this morning to dig the engine out of the snow and to clear the drifts from the track

As we go to press this morning no they’ll has yet arrived in town, and that has been taken from here, and it is very doubtful that the trading will be able to reach here before this evening, if it that time.

In some of the public roads leading to town, especially those running north and south, the snow terms or as high as offenses, making traveling with teams almost an impossibility.

The wind is still fiercely blowing in the snow continues to drift

This is the worst of storm that has visited this community in many long years, and we heard a traveling men say this morning that is the worst snow blizzard he can’t remember our within 30 years.

March 24, 1899

Early Wednesday morning and explosion occurred at the penthouse which created a little excitement for a few minutes. In a room above the dining room is a drum, which receives it heat from coal stove in the dining room below. On Wednesday morning the fire in the coal stove was somewhat forced in order to quickly heat the dining room, and in doing so the drum above, which was connect the coal stove in the usual way, was soon filled with gas, and being unable to escape as rapidly as it showed, exploded, blowing both ends out of the drum, and breaking one window pane. The report from the explosion is said to have sounded like the firing of cannon. No damage was done, except to the drum. The room in which the explosion occurred was occupied by Mr. Wantz, storekeeper andguager but he didn’t mind a little thing like that.

April 7, 1899

Mr. Francis Maxell has moved his family to York PA where they expect to make their future home. Mr. Maxell’s family was one of Annan’s purse most respected and well-known families and their chang of residents will be greatly regretted by all.

June 16, 1899

Mr. Joshua Motter, are highly respected citizen of this place, died as Monday morning at St. Joseph’s hospital Baltimore or he had gone to have one of his lakes treated for the White Swelling. The disease have been of long-standing and battled the skills of the physicians. At the hospital he receive the best treatment known to the physicians, and was nursed with kind and loving hands.

His last attack covered a period of nearly four months, during all of which time he bore his suffering with Christian patients and fortitude.

Mr. Motter was a farmer by occupation until about the year 1893, when he retired from farm life and moved to this place, where he had since resided. The deceased lease a widow and four children.

Mr. Motter was a son of Mr. Lewis Motter, one of her older citizens, and these two brothers, Rev. Isaac Motter of fracture and Mr. Edwin Motter of Kansas City.

July 28, 1899

A heavy rain and thunderstorms visited this section of the country last Sunday afternoon. The lightning struck Mr. Charles Toppers barring, near this place, and the entire building was destroyed by fire. Mr. Topper succeeding in getting all his horses out of the barn, except a 1 1/2-year-old colt, which perished in flames. Always we in headache, which had been stored in the barn, was destroyed, together with some harnesses and farming implements. The barn was insured.

July 28, 1899

Preliminary work on the electric railroad from Frederick to Emmitsburg begun. The survey will run from Frederick to Emmitsburg by way of Rocky Ridge. Some of the interested parties favor the plan of running the line from Frederick city to Rocky Ridge, and going the balance of the distance to Emmitsburg over the tracks of the present steam railroad between Rocky Ridge in Emmitsburg. The officers of the latter road have been asked for the terms upon which they would dispose of the property

It was the original intention to run the road by way of Thurmont, and build on

the entire distance to Emmitsburg, and it was very likely that this plan will ultimately be adopted. The people of Thurmont have not as yet shown a favorable disposition toward the project, nor do they seem willing to invest their money to secure the benefits of the road. It is estimated that it will require about $300,000 to build and equip the road. A company of New York capitalist are backing the project, and say they will build the road if the local people will conjure $50,000 towards the capital stock to show their interest in the road. It is contemplated that this will be a part of a direct railroad from Washington DC to Gettysburg.

The proposed road will be about 23 mi. long. To within 7 mi. of Gettysburg, the country through which it is to be built is thickly settled in prosperous. The talents of Emmitsburg and Thurmont, the largest and most important in the county, outside of Frederick, and already popular summer resort. The projectors say they are fully convinced that the local passengers in freight traffic will make it a profitable investment.

August 4, 1899

On Wednesday afternoon this section of the country was visited by a light rainstorm, which was accompanied by a windstorm, and although short duration was terrific in force. For growing corn was more or less damaged by being knocked down by the win. Haynes straw stacks were torn to pieces. In Emmitsburg the storm was unusually severe. One or two trees were blown down, and many lands were twisted and broken from the trees in different parts of the town. The large locus tree in front of Mr. William Ulrich’s residence, in which had stood the blast of many winners, was blown down and blocked the street for short time.

November 24, 1899

A four-year-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Mort was burned to death on Wednesday morning, at around 10 o’clock. It appears that the mother had gone to the barn, leaving at the house three of her children, one older and one and younger then the unfortunate child. The child’s clothing caught fire from the stove in the room. The other two children quickly notify their mother but by the time the flames were extinguished the child was so badly burned that it died in a short time.

December 1, 1899

One last Sunday afternoon Mr. Robert Troxell, who resides on Mr. Rowe Ohler’s farm, at Locust Grove Mills was accidentally shot in the leg with a Winchester rifle. It appears that a Mr. Kump was cleaning or fixing something after rifle when it accidentally discharged. There was a very painful warm but not considered dangerous.

December 1, 1899

The project of establishing a wrapper insured waste factory in this place, is now an assured fact, and the plant will be started as soon as it is possible to get the building and shape, and machinery placed in it. The factory will be in the second-story of the building belonging to Mr. Zimmerman & son, near the depot.

The enterprise will give steady employment to 50 women and girls. Their work will be the operating of the sewing machines. Quite a number of women and girls have already secure employment and many more waiting. Factory will be operated under the name Walderman and Maxell.

December 8, 1899

The stockholders of the Emmitsburg improvement Company met at Spangler’s Opera House on Monday evening and elected 12 directors to manage the affairs of the Company for one year.

The following Board of Directors were elected; Isaac S. Annan, Dr. Springler, Dr. Brawner, Jesse Nussear, J. Williams, E. Frizell, Vincent Sebold, W. Troxell, W. Colliflower, E. R. Zimmerman, George Rider, and John Long.

The Board of Directors held a meeting in Mr. Vincent Seybold office on Tuesday evening and formed a temporary organization by electing Mr. Isaac Annan chairman and Mr. Colliflower Secretary. The company will be incorporated within several days, and as soon as the articles of incorporation or granted by the court, the permanent officers will be elected by the Board of Directors.

The object of the Company as already stated in these columns, is to look after the industrial interest of Emmitsburg, and to give all reasonable aid and assistance to those desiring to establish manufacturing plants here, that will give employment to the people of Emmitsburg and surrounding community.

The capital stock of the Company is $1000, divided into 200 shares of five dollars each. The entire amount of the capital stock has not yet been subscribed, and all who are interested in the further development of Emmitsburg are earnestly requested to come forward and subscribed to the capital stock through the efforts of this association a wrapper and shirt waist factory will be in operation in this place before Christmas, unless something unforeseen should occur to change the present arrangements.


July 17, 1900

During a rainstorm during the evening lightning struck the barn on the farm of Mr. John Stoner, near stony branch schoolhouse. The barn with his entire contents, consisting of wheat, hay, etc. was destroyed. The livestock was all saved with the exception of sow and several pigs, which were burned to death.


January 4 1901

Year 1900 brought sadness to many homes in Emmitsburg and the surrounding vicinity, by removing from our Miss many worthy and respected citizens, some of whom have been identified with the community for more than 90 years. Quite a number of our young people also passed to the reward. The death rate of 1900 was unusually large in this community, when we taken the consideration the fact, the no particular infectious diseases visited this neighborhood.

The Chronicles doth record for 1900 shares that 89 of our citizens died during the year, and upon investigation we have been creditably informed the three-person started in this District, whose death did not appear in the Chronicle, on account of no report having been sent to this office. Therefore it will be seen that 92 persons died in Emmitsburg District and vicinity in the year 1900. The death rate by months was follows: January, four; February, seven; March, seven; April, 11; may, five; June, seven; July, they; August, five; September, nine; October, they; November, they; December, time. The date of the death of three persons is unknown.

During the year 1880 43-person started this community. The death rate from 1890 was 51.

February 20, 1901

The large to dwelling house on the farm belonging to Mr. Isaac S. Annan, situated a short distance was to this place, and known as the Annandale property, and formerly owned by Mr. William McGinnis, was entirely destroyed by fire in the early morning hours. the house was occupied by Mr. William Long and family, who were awakened by the crackling of the burning timbers. The family barely escaped from the building with their lives. The children were carried from the burning house in their night close and taken to a tenant house on the premises, where they were made comfortable. Mr. Long’s entire household property, including wearing apparel, was part with a house. A sewing machine was the only thing gotten out all the building. Beside household property, $50 in money belonging to Mr. Long was burned. Mr. Long’s loss is quite having, as he carried no insurance. The Springhouse was also burned. How the fire started is not known

November 1901

And then team down near this place a shrouded mystery. Every effort to locate the owner or solve the mystery has failed

To horse was found on the turnpike near the bridge over Tom’s critic, tied to the fence belonging to St. Joseph’s Academy, on Tuesday morning. The horse was unhetched from the buggy and the harness was found lying on the buggies shafts. The team was found in the morning by some of the hands on their way to work at St. Joseph’s Academy. They untied the horse and turned it into the field. Later in the day Constable Ashbaugh was notified. Mr. Ashbaugh to charge the team and now has it in his possession.

The horse is about 16 hands high, gray in color, and has the appearance of being a good animal

The Buggy, which is all falling top, is in fairly good condition, as is also the harness. The bit on the bridal is fastened backwards. There is a rosette, consisting of the letter ‘T’ on the bridal

The man last seen driving the team is said to be small and stature and wore a sandy mustache. He drove into town from the West and, drove down Main Street and up Gettysburg Street as far as Ashbaugh’s blacksmith shop, or he turned around and drove back to the square. This were late on Monday evening. Later in the evening he was seen driving out the pike, and near the bridge, it was said, he has some then if he could water his horse at the creek. This was the last seen of the man.

February 22, 1901

The large three floor barn on the farm of Mr. D. S. Gillelan, about 1 ½ miles southeast of this place, along the Taneytown Road was entirely destroyed by fire last evening together with the stock and very outbuilding on the south side or the road. 10 head of mules, one horse, 12 head of cattle, four calves, 10 hogs, and a lot of chickens, comprise the livestock that was burned to death. Three mules and three horses were gotten out of the burning building. All the hay, (about 40 ton,) straw, corn fodder, about 200 bushels of Rye, 100 bushels of oats, a lot of wheat, and between 1200 and 1400 bushels of corn, were burned, as well as all the form the increments stored in the barn and the sheds nearby, consisting of a new self binder, new grain drill, wagons, plows, etc., and all the harnesses and gear. Everything was burned except one or two small articles.

The fire started around six o’clock in the evening seemed to envelop the entire barn at the same time. So quickly to the fire spread at the most persistent efforts to say the livestock failed. The fire supposed to have been of a incendiary origin. Too strange men were seen that the barn a short time before the fire was discovered.

The burning of the stock was a pitiful sight. During a separate to save some of the stock, Mr. Maurice Gillelan had one of his hands severely burned.

The barn in some of the outbuildings were insured. There is also some insurance on the stock and contents of the barn. The loss will amount to about $5,000.

The barn was one of the finest in this section of the country. It was built 40 years ago, and was always kept in first-class repair.

The bridge over middle Creek court fire twice join the burning of the barn, but each time the fire was distinguished before any damage was done to the bridge.

March 15, 1901

An unusually heavy rainstorm passed over this section of the country last Sunday night. The rainfall was the heaviest for longtime, and some persons claimed it was the heaviest since the Johnstown for. The heavy downfall brain is accounted for by two storms meeting. The creeks and streams overflow their bags, and at an early hour Monday morning many of the streams were impassable. Many of the public roads are in a very back condition as a result of the storms.


February 26, 1903

Town passes Ordinance No. 104 which allowed for and regulated the placing of telephone or telegraph poles and wires in the streets or alleys of the town. The ordinance, according to town minutes, specifically prohibited poles on the main street of the town.

May 23, 1903

Mr. Samuel Rowe started his wrapper factory were 20 machines at a full force of operators, was some held in reserve for future enlargement of the plant on Monday. Mr. Mendel, of the well-known arm of Mendal brothers of Baltimore, wholeseller of lady wrappers, was present with his foreman, Mr. Robbins, to start the factory.

Mr. Mendel expressed in South well pleased with the factory and the bright and efficient force workers that Mr. Bro have on hand, and propose to supply him with all the work he can do during the season. The factory is located in Mr. George Gelwicks’s Hall, East Main Street.


September 9, 1904

Mr. James T. Hayes has sold his farm containing 135 acres of land situated about 4 mi. southeast of Emmitsburg to Mr. Samuel Troxell


May 5, 1905

At the election or Monday for a Burgess and six commissioners the following were elected: Burgess, E. L. Frizell, reelected; commissioners Oscar Frailey, John Long, Edward Chrismer, Thomas Gelwicks, Eugene Zimmerman, and Morris Gillilian.

July 2, 1905

On Tuesday, the annual Memorial Day service was held in this place, under the auspices of author post number 41 grand Army of the Republic, and were largely attended. Services were held in the public-school building at nine o’clock in the morning, and will open with prayer by Rev. Gluck

other reformed church. The music was furnished by the Emmitsburg Coral Union. At the conclusion of the services at the schoolhouse, the members of Author Post as schoolchildren formed in line, and headed by the Creagerstown Coronet Band, March to Cemetery at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where the schoolchildren, under the direction of a committee of Grand Army man, decorated with flowers the graves of deceased comrades. Of the parade then move to the Lutheran Cemetery or the graves of dead soldiers were strewn with the flowers, and to Grand Army ritual was read.

July 28, 1905

The survey of the historic Mason Dixon line has a completed by the surveyors jointly employed by the State of Pennsylvania and Maryland. When the legislatures of the states decided not to allow the famous boundary line to lose its markings and drop out of existence, so far as visible signs of its location is concern, they undertook a work that prove very difficult and tedious.

The surveyors were obliged to cut a path to the mountains and they found many of the old markers and crownstones displaced. In Adams County one stone was used as a doorsill in dwelling, another in a church, some were doing duty in back ovens and others were lying at considerable distance from the original places. All recovered, although not a vigorous objection on the part of the people were using them

The every establishing the line was very carefully done, and the old stone post set along its course for reset and solid cement basis, and iron post were substituted in places where the old post have disappeared.


August 18, 1905

Mr. Henry Cool, son of Mr. Samuel Cool, and who is a ploy by the Patterson brothers, of this place was painfully injured on Tuesday. He was taken a harrow on a sled two of the old and when about to cross the bridge over flat run, the horses made a sudden plunge forward throwing a harrow from the sled when one of the harrow teeth struck him all in the leg cutting and caring flush.

On Wednesday Samuel Cool Jr., another son, was also hurt very badly. They were hauling line and some matter one wheel the loaded wagon passed over the young man’s foot, crushing at.

November 7 1905

Miss Amy Motter, daughter of Judge John Motter, has Rowe in experience and our escape from death Tuesday afternoon with a runaway course, but fortunately, due to her presence of mind and nerve she escape without injury.

The horse, which was hitched to trap took fright, and while running at top speed, are colored man ran into the road and attempted to check the animal. The horse swerved aside an leaped clean over the fence, carrying the trap with them, the fence fortunately yielding against the wheels of the trap. All door in the wild run, Miss Motter remained in her seat and held firmly to the reins, endeavoring to check his speed and to steer him clear of other teams and obstacles and the road. After the leap she got the animal under control

November 10 1905 - electrical lights

Our town has, according to the declaration of strangers visiting it, one of the most beautiful locations in the State of Maryland. Nature has done much for us in the question of beauty and utility. The view of the mountain and of the highly cultivated valley in which we are situated as a source of restful pleasure to the eye of the visitor from the city. Many wearied with a humdrum of city life come each season to partake of our joys. There is no reason in the world that Emmitsburg should not be one of the mountain resorts of Western Maryland. All that is needed is a little of what is commonly called "get up," to bring about this result. One thing and that is a very important one, is the lighting of our streets. Here we must confess ourselves woefully behind the times. The old coal lamps that were an eyesore of generation ago still disfigure our streets and nearly add to the inconvenience attendant on a dark night. Strangers who are impressed with our neatness in the daytime lose that good impression once they see the town after dark

it is high time to our public spirited citizens get together and endeavor to find a remedy for this very palpable evil. This is the day when all things do not come to those who wait; nor is anything accomplished by those road of her by the principle: " let good enough alone." We must be up and doing if we do not wish to being relegated to the class of deserted villages.

Horses burned to death

The large bank barn belonging to Mr. George Shriver, of near Harney, formerly the Clarke Farm, and now tenanted by Mr. John Eyler, was destroyed by fire at an early hour on Monday morning, together with his entire contents consisting of this year’s crops. The wagon shed, corn shed, hog pen and all the other outbuildings were bur. The house, which is located on the opposite side of the stream of water running between the house in the barn, was not burned. The fire, which was of an unknown origin, started between two and three o’clock in the morning, and we discovered had gained such headway as to make it impossible to remove the horses or anything in the barn. Six horses belonging to Mr. Eyler, or burned to death, among which were to colts. A report is a circulation that the carcasses of only five horses can be found in the ruins, and it is stated that a through search will be made today to find the missing carcasses. Note out or burned, as they were not in the barn at the time. The hogs were also gotten away from the pen before that building caught fire. They hay packing press, belonging to Mr. J. Stewart Annan of this place in which was at the barn at the time of the fire was also burned.

Mr. Shriver carried insurance on the barn, its contents and nearly all the other outbuildings which were destroyed. Mr. Eyler carried a very small insurance on his stock, and his loss is quite heavy.

December 15, 1905

Mrs. Annie Bowers, wife of Isaac Bowers, was accidentally shot it instantly killed by her daughter, Francis, at their home near this place around 11 o’clock on last Friday morning. The shooting occurred in the matter somewhat like this: Isaac Bowers, husband of the deceased, his son, Ed, and another boy, had been shooting mark. Ed placed a loaded shell in the gun, and later his sister took the gun to put it away, not knowing that it contained a loaded shell. It walking across the room, the butt of the gun struck against the stove, causing the shell to explode. The entire load struck her mother in the head, near the left ear and past through her head, causing instant death. Mrs. Bowers, her daughter and a small child were the only once in the room at the time of the accident.

Mr. Henry Stokes, justice of the peace, who was notified the shooting, had Mr. Ashbaugh, deputy sheriff, some at a jury inquest, and together they went to the scene of the shooting. Upon arriving there, they fell Mrs. Bowers Dead body lying on the floor in a pool blood just as she had fallen. The jury of inquest, after viewing the body, the surroundings in the room at a hearing all the testimony they could secure, rendered a verdict that Mrs. Bowers came to her death by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of her daughter. Mrs. Bowers, who was 30 years old

to survive by her husband and several children the youngest of which is 10 months old.


January 12, 1906

With a public meeting of the citizens of Emmitsburg was held at the firemen’s hall last Tuesday evening last, when part of the proposed new charter for the town was read and approved. Of the proposed extension of the corporate limits of the town called for considerable discussion and it was decided not to extend a boundary lines, but embody in the new charter the present lines is given in the charter of 1854.

Cornet band meeting - the effort is Beam me to organize a Cornet band in this place, and with this ojective in view a number of young men held a meeting on Monday evening last and discuss the project, and it was decided to organize a band provided the necessary funds can be secured to purchase instruments. Of its hope that the citizens of our town will contribute generously for the accomplishment of this worthy project and those who were inclined to contribute towards the purchasing of the instruments can hand their donations to Mr. W. Tyson lansinger will see that the money is used for the purpose for which is intended.

January ? 1906

In the second public meeting in interest of the new charter and the extension of the corporate limits of Emmitsburg was held at the firemen’s hall on Tuesday evening last , with Mr. Frizell Burgess, in the chair and Mr. A. A. Horner, Secretary. The committee appointed to get the views of the people living just outside of the corporate limits, as to whether or not the desire to be taking into the town limits, reported no progress

On motion the chairman was instructed to appointed committee is seven including the chairman and Secretary of the meeting, to write a new charter for the town, the report their work at a public meeting to be held at the firemen’s hall on Tuesday evening January 9 1906. The

January 30, 1906 - January blizzard

Snow began falling here Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning to ground was well covered. It continues snowing all day Wednesday in the greater part of that night. An unusually high when prevailed the entire day and night, drifting the snow in binding sheets being a genuine reminder of the great blizzard of February 1899, which, it will be remembered, stop traffic of every kind for several days.

During a storm of Wednesday the Mercury in the thermometer stood at about 18̊ above zero the greater part of the day. Toward evening the Mercury began to downward, and yesterday morning it stood at the zero mark

Keeping opened railroad cuts

It was only through the most persistent efforts that the cuts on the Emmitsburg railroad were kept open during the day, and trains made their regular runs on schedule time into evening.

Trains snowbound

The 4:50 train left here Wednesday afternoon after regular time, but on the return trip from Rocky Ridge it was unable to make the run to this place. A short distance south of dry bridge the train ran into a huge snow drift in the cut at that place, and stuck fast. This was between nine and 10:00 p.m.

The train remained in the snow at this point all night and until between 12 and one o’clock yesterday afternoon, at which time the road was open from this place to wear the train was snowbound. Engine number one was set out and brought in engine number two, after which engine number one, when out again and brought in the baggage car, containing Wednesday’s evening mail, express, etc.

A snowplow from the Western Maryland railroad open the road from Rocky Ridge to dry bridge on the Emmitsburg Road. The trains on this road began to run again on schedule at three, yesterday afternoon. All large number of men shoveled open the cuts from this place to dry bridge.

The train Wednesday night, which became snowbound near dry bridge, contains six passengers, four of whom spent the night in the train in the snow drift, the other two passengers braved the blinding snowstorm and walk to town. The railroad crew also spent the night in the train. Mr. Vincent Seybold, Treasurer of the railroad, sent meals to the passengers and crew, and made everyone as comfortable as possible under the circumstances, and all the highly pleased with the treatment received from the company.

Nearly every public road leading to this place is drifted to such an extent as to making traveling almost impossible. This reported that the turnpike road from this place to Thurmont is being opened as rapidly as possible. All the roads throughout the county were more or less closed by the drifting snow.


January 18, 1907 - Dr. Robert Annan, Prominent Member Of The Presbyterian Church, Trustee Of The Public Schools and one of the Emmitsburg’s Foremost Citizens dies. Over 50 Years A Practitioner.


July 13, 1909 (gd)

First Emmitsburg Homecoming celebration


January, 1914 - Emmitsburg Electrical company installed the first '40 candle power' electrical street light. Because of the high cost of running them, the new electric lights were lit following the original requirements established for the lighting of the oil lamps back in 1881. So while the town's streets were now better lit, they were lit for a short time every evening. It was not April, 1925 that the street lamps would shine all night long, irregardless of whether the moon was out or not.


May 15, 1916 - TGMM

Burgess and Commissioners meet at regular session following bills presented past and ordered paid.

Bill of Emmitsburg, electric company $38 .

Bill of Frailey Brother for iron plate-nine dollars

Clerk read letters from the Health Board in regards to sanitary conditions of some places in Emmitsburg board promise to act on these assessments at wants no further business removed to adjourn.

April 4, 1916 - TGMM

Burgess and Commissioners met at special session. On motion we hire and Mr. Friozell to remove garbage and the Commissioners agreed to pay him two dollars a week saying is to be put into operation or April 18, 1916 and he is to remove all garbage once each week in summer, and each month during the winter. Motion carried .

April 11, 1916 - TGMM

Burgess and Commissioners meet at regular session. The Clark was authorized to publish notice and weekly Chronicle for nominations to be held on Thursday evening at eight o'clock to nominate a commissioner for term or three years, and the Burgess for one year.

May 8, 1916 - TGMM

The Burgess and Commissioners met at Fireman's hall at 8 p.m. to organize the following were proposed an elected on motion . Mr. William Morrison to be elected president of the Board for one-year motion carried. On motion, Mr. Moser, to be appointed secretary for term of one year . Motion carried. On motion, Mr. William Morrison be elected treasurer for term are one-year. Motion carried. Motion was made that Mr. Isaac Hahn the appointed constable for term of one-year for the sum of $25 per month motion carried. On motion, Mr. Rosensteel, be appointed street commissioner for term of one-year motion carried. On motion, Mr. Joseph Myers be appointed tax collector for the term of one-year motion carried. Motion was made that the Burgess and Commissioners pay Mr. James Elder, $30 per year for room for jail. Motion carried. Motion was made that Frizzel to remove all garbage at two dollars per week, seem to be removed once each week during the summer months, and once each month during winter months, motion carried. No further business meeting adjourned .

May 15, 1916 - TGMM

Special meeting of Board of Commissioners, Fireman's hall 8 p.m.. Meeting called to order by Burgess J. Stuart Annan. Mrs. Cordoc appointed chairman of the committee to solicit funds for oiling in the streets. Moved and recorded the manner of oiling The streets and the grade of oil to be used be left to the Burgess and the Commissioners. Moved and seconded that we purchased a stone for grading the streets from Mr. Rodney. Motion carried moved and seconded that the president of the Board looked after the backs of the doors at Fireman's hall . Also the property of Mrs. John Agnew motion carried. No further business meeting adjourned .

June 13, 1916 - TGMM

Regular meeting of Burgess and Commissioners. All members being president. There was no business of interest transacted.

July 11, 1916 - TGMM

Regular meeting of Burgess and Commissioners. The following bills were ordered paid .

Seger & Co. License tags for dogs, $3.07 .

E. Moser, postage and stationary $1.15 .

Charles Motter constable for July 4, $1.15

Nothing more claiming attention at this meeting . Board adjourned .

August 11, 1916 - TGMM

Regulare meeting a Burgess and Commissioners. The following bills were ordered paid.

John Meutzer - work on streets- $2.52.

John Hospilhorn - work on streets - $2.01.

Lennerman - drugs -$.50

New Slagle garage - automobile to Frederick, five dollars

US asphalt company-oil for street-$4.07.

J. Stuart Annan-telephone call-$.41.

Board adjourned.

September 5, 1916 - TGMM

Special meeting a Burgess and Commissioners for the purpose of drafting an ordinance for the purpose of issuing bonds for funds to improve Frederick Street in connection with the state roadwork on that street.

The Burgess was ordered to write the ordinance, & saying that Raider meeting September 12, 1916, for passage or rejection. Nothing more claiming attention meeting adjourned.

September 12, 1916 - TGMM

Regular meeting, a Burgess and Commissioners. Ordinance for the purpose of having a bond issued, approved nothing more claiming the attention of the Board meeting adjourned.

October 3, 1916 - TGMM

Special meeting of the Burgess and Commissioners. Mr. C J Zacharias appeared before the Board and certified to correctness of election returns of elections held on September 25, 1916 for bond issue. The following vote were cast 81 for bond issue 21 against bond issue. Nothing more claiming the attention at of this meeting the Board adjourned.

October 10, 1916 - TGMM

Regular meeting of the board of Commissioners met at Fireman's hall. All members present moved and seconded Albert Adelsburger be appointed tax collector for year 1916 Motion carried. Moved and seconded Bill, a Joseph Long for $5.40. The pay. Nothing more claiming attention of this meeting. Board adjourned.

November 14, 1916 - TGMM

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at Fireman's hall. Moved and seconded the following bills be ordered paid.

Bill of hotel Moudorff- sandwiches and coffee-$1.30.

Bernard peters-work on street-$1.78.

P. Ogle-hauling stone and oil-$26

Joseph Eyler-special police duty, October 13, 1916 $1.50.

Harry Eyler-special police duty, October 31, 1916 $1.50.

Robert Eyler-special police duty, October 31. 1916 $1.50

William Agnew-special police duty, October 31, 1916 $1.50

Albert Adelsburger special police duty-October 31, 1916-$1.50.

Chronicle office-printing-$27.58.

There being nothing more claiming the attention of this meeting. Board adjourned.

December 12, 1916 - TGMM

Regular meeting of board of Commissioners met at Fireman's hall period All members present. Bill of John Meutzer for work on street $5.32 ordered paid. There being nothing more claiming the attention of this Board meeting adjourned.


January 9, 1917

Regular meeting of Board of Commissioners, met at Fireman's hall. All members present. Moved and seconded Bill Boyle Brothers of $40.61. The pay motion carried there being nothing more claiming attention of this meeting the Board adjourned.

January 6, 1917 - TGMM

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at the jail room, all members present.

Mr. B M Kuschmen manager Emmitsburg electric company was called in at this meeting to explain why the town was not been lighted better. It seemed to be an oversight on the part of the management that streets were not been lighted better. Is now generally understood that any member of the Board of Commissioners have the right to order the lights to be lighted when streets are dark during the moonlight period. There being nothing more claiming attention of this meeting the Board adjourned.

February 13, 1917 - TGMM

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met in jail room. All members present. Mr. Rowe met with aboard, and gave them the list of stock holders entitled to pay taxes on their stock to the Corporation. Bill of H. M Ashbaugh of $1643 ordered paid. There being nothing more claiming the attention of this meeting adjourned.

March 13, 1917 - TGMM

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at jail room all members present.

Upon motion and seconded that the $2500 bond issue for street improvements should be issued in the following denominations. $1000 in bonds and $50 each, and $1500 in bonds of $100 each. The rate of interest as fixed by the Board is to be 5%, to be paid semiannually on October 1 and April 1 of each year. Bonds to mature in 20 years. The clerk was ordered to get species of bonds of denominations, as stated as soon as possible.

Bill on DF Roddy for crushed stone ordered paid there being nothing more claiming the attention of this meeting in adjourned.

April 2, 1917 - TGMM

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at jail room, all members present. The Burgess supported John S. Agnew for ensuing year. The appointment was approved by the Commissioners. The clerk was instructed to publish in the weekly Chronicle notice of registration to held at Fireman's hall Tuesday, April 17, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. the same to be publish in the issue of April 7, 1917

April 17, 1917 - TGMM

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met in jail room. I are a President aboard, the clerk was ordered to have notice published in the weekly Chronicle of this is his meeting to be held in Fireman's hall on Thursday evening, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of nominations of a Burgess to serve for one-year and Commissioners to serve for three years.

April 24, 1917 - TGMM

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at jail room. The following bills were passed and ordered paid.

William Morrison-Treasurer and Commissioner-$25

J. Stewart Annan-Burgess - $25

H. E. Harner Commissioner - $15.

J. Rosensteel-Commissioner - $15

E.Moser-Clerk $15

Albert Adelsburger-tax collector- $25

Nothing more claiming attention of this Board meeting adjourned.

May 9, 1917 - TGMM

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met in jail room. All members present. No business of importance meeting adjourned.

May 15, 1917 - TGMM

Special meeting of the Bard of Commissioners met in jail room. Meeting called to order by J. Stewart Annan Burgess. Ed Moser was made temporary secretary. Moved and seconded William Morrison to be made President aboard for one-year. And Moser was made clerk to Burgess and Commissioner for one-year. William Morrison, be made Treasurer for one-year. Motion carried Rosensteel to be made street Commissioner for one-year motion carried Albert Adelsburger be made tax collector for one-year motion carried. Albert Adelsburge being hereby authorized and empowered to collect all taxes uncollected by former tax collector Joseph Myers for the year 1914 and 1915. The Board of Commissioners will be at jail room on Tuesday evening. May 22 to receive applications for town constable for the ensuing year. Motion carried. There being no other business of importance meeting adjourned.

May 22, 1917 - TGMM

Special meeting of Burgess and the Commissioners met in jail room to receive applications for town policeman. Mr. Victor Rowe was appointed policeman for ensuing year add a sour your $25 per month, and he is also to look after all street crossings and alleyways of town and keep same in good condition.

May 29, 1917 - TGMM

Regular meeting of Burgess and Commissioners in jail room. All members being present. Moved and seconded we except the Bill for grading Frederick street as presented by the State Road commission. Moved and seconded, we employ Mr. Vincent Sebold as attorney for the Corporation of Emmitsburg at a salary of $20 per year and the clerk to give him notice of his appointment in writing motion carried. Moved and seconded the clerk correspond with firms having crushed stone for sale and ascertain the cost per ton.

June 7, 1917

Burgess and Commissioners met in jail or for the purpose to passed an ordinance to pave Frederick street from public square to corporate limits of Emmitsburg. Motion carried.

June 13, 1917 - TGMM

Burgess and Commissioners met in Fireman's hall for the purpose of adjusting taxes. Charles Gillian came before the Board for the purpose of having as taxes adjusted. Thomas Geliwicks came before the Board to have as taxes adjusted.

June 28, 1917 - TGMM

Special meeting of Brugess and Commissioners met in special session for the purpose of passing an ordinance granting the state road commissioner to write to construct State Road on streets herein maintaining. Frederick Street, from the corporate limits to Fountain Square. Gettysburg Street from corporate limits to Fountain Square in E. Main St. From corporate limits to Fountain Square motion past.

July 3, 1917 - TGMM

It was decided to set the curb back 2 ft. again at the alley, where it intersects with Frederick at the property of the Emmitsburg motorcar company to the corporate limits on said street. Moved and seconded that the coupons of the bonds for the streets and permits be made payable at the banking house on Annan Horner Company .

July 12, 1917 - TGMM

Moved and seconded to Bauer $200 on the bond issue for the purpose to defraying the expenses progress and Commissioners putting in the curb and gutter on Frederick Street.

Whereas the state road commissioner of Maryland has agreed to concrete 16 ft. of the bed of Frederick Street and Gettysburg Street, and also considering in preparing to concrete 16 ft. at East Main St. To connect up with the state road constructed by the said state road commissioner, which said concreting on said streets by said state road is conditioned by the town of Emmitsburg, completing the concreting on said street from curb to curb. And whereas, by the act of the assembling 1908 . Chapter 44, the town was authorized to issue bonds, which was confirmed by a vote authorized by said act to an amount not exceeding $2500.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Burgess and Commissioners of the Emmitsburg issue said Bond . Sighing J. Stewart Annan, Burgess

October 17, 1917 - TGMM

Ordinance passed to pay the public Square, as set out in the plot and blueprints of the state road commissioner . Also Gettysburg Street from public Square to? Street, and Rhodes alley as set out in the plot and blueprints of said road commissioner.

Moved and seconded a notice be served on the Emmitsburg generating company . To put down a concrete sidewalk in front of their property on Frederick Street.

Many infrequent complaints have been made to the Commissioners of Emmitsburg by a citizen of said town of the back conditions other footway or pavement in the front of the lot of ground of the Emmitsburg generating company on Frederick Street. When investigating the Board of Commissioners found that the said complaints or well-founded and that the footway or pavement in front of the said Emmitsburg generating company is a very bad condition, and that a new sidewalk is necessary for the convenience of the public. Notice is hereby given Emmitsburg geneating company to construct a new concrete pavement . Not less than by the wide in front of its lot on Frederick Street . On the gray and levels established by the Board of Commissioners from the south end of the payment of Frank Biehl property on said street to the corporate limits on said town on said Frederick Street .


Jan 8, 1918 - TGMM

Moved and seconded that Vincent Sebold attorney for the town of Emmitsburg draft of Bill and had same past by the session of the Legislature for 1918 . To empower the Burgess and Commissioners to have the right to issue another bond . Not to exceed $7,500 .

May 22, 1918 - TGMM

William Morris said, elected president of Board of Commissioners, Harry Harner and J. Rosensteel Street Commissioners for one year, William Morrison treasurer for one year and Harry Ashbaugh clerk for one year.

June 4, 1918 - TGMM

Special meeting was held at Fireman’s hall. Mr. Albert Adelsbugh appointed town constable for one year. Mr. Vincent Seabold Council for one year, $20 a year. Commissioners to receive $15 a year . Treasury to receive $10 a year Burgess to receive $25 a year. Clerk to receive $15 a year.

November 16, 1918 - TGMM

A special meeting held at H.C. Harner store with all members present. The object of the meeting was to advertise for a doctor, age 30 to 50 years, to come to Emmitsburg to set up practice be placed in the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia at North American, and Medical Journal newspapers.


May 19, 1919 - TGMM

J. Stewart Annan sworn in as Burgess, Oscar Frailey as commissioner .


July 19, 1920

Motion past to hold referendum on issuing a bond for use in improving roads and Emmitsburg. Referendum to be held July 30, 1920.

July 19, 1920

Town passes ordinance accepting proposal from the State Roads Commission to pave the main streets leading in and out of Emmitsburg. Prior to this, the principle streets in town where cobblestone, the secondary streets were stoned, and the alleys were dirt.


May 10, 1921 - TGMM

Oscar Frailey elected secretary, Mr. Morrison appointed treasurer of Board.

May 24, 1921 - TGMM

Albert Adelsburger was appointed constable. His salary will be based upon the number of arrest he makes. Peter Burkett was appointed tax collector at $35 year.

August 24, 1921 (gd)

The Annan-Horner Bank cease operations and on October 21 its accounts were assumed by the Farmer's State bank.

October 21, 1921 (gd)

Annan-Horner bank formally taken over by the Farmer's State bank



January 14, 1922 special meeting - TGMM

Moved and seconded to combined to current notes in Annan Horner Bank, one note for $500, and the other $795, into one note .

March11, 1922 - TGMM

Peter Burkett’s bill as tax collector, 35 hours .

Henry Stokes-Burgess, $25

Commissioners- $45

William Morrison, treasurer-$10

Oscar Frailey, secretary-$10 .

May 9, 1922 - TGMM

Harry Stokes elected Burgess, J. Lewis Rhodes commissioner, for three years at regular election held May 1, 1922. William Morrison elected president of Board.

June 13, 1922 - TGMM

Ordinance 153 granting West Main Steet the state of Maryland approved.

July 11, 1922 - TGMM

Mrs. AA Annan appeared before Board reporting interview with Governor that contract for concreting West Main St., have been awarded too Baster Long & Co. And would be built 18 ft.-wide, providing corporation would give $1000 as town share for the additional width.

August 8, 1922 - TGMM

Ordinance number 155 past prohibiting parking of automobiles, but Eastside of Gettysburg Street from Square to Green street. Also on Frederick Street, within 200 ft. of the Square.

September 22, 1922 - Emmitsburg Water Company, which was controlled by the Annan-Horner families, raised the water rates, leading to a revolt by the town residents, which eventually participated in the collapse of the Banking House of Annan-Horner and the bankruptcy of the water company.


December 23, 1922 - Annan Horner Bank was declared involuntarily bankrupt


May 16, 1923 - TGMM

Henry Stokes elected Burgess. William Morrison elected commissioner for three years. William Morrison elected chairman of the Board. Joseph Eyler appointed constable.

Ed Ohler was appointed treasurer. William Morrison appointed Street superintendent.

June 12, 1923 - TGMM

Ordinance passed prohibiting the hall in a dead animals through the streets of the Corporation of Emmitsburg, unless covered.

July 21, 1923

Request for proposal put out by the county for reinforced concrete arch bridge over Tom’s creek all the road from Frederick to Emmitsburg

September 20, 1923 (gd)

Edgar L. Annan and Annan A. Horner, owners of the Annan-Horner Bank arrested by Deputy Sheriff Charles W. Smith. Following there arrest, they were brought to the Sheriff's office were bail for Horner was set at $2,000.

September 28, 1922 (gd)

Andrew Horner found "Not guilty of Intent to defraud"

November 15, 1923 - TGMM

Town notified that speed amid signs will soon be posted. 35 mph will be the limit and open country, 20 mph, and not thickly populated parts of the country and 15 mph in thickly settled parts of cities, towns and villages.


June 17, 1924 - TGMM

Mr. E. Zimmerman appointed to fill the unexpired term of Mr. William Morrison caused by removal. Mr. Zimmerman appointed chairman of Board.

August 29, 1924 - TGMM

Mr. John A. Horner failing to act as assessor the appointed by the Burgess of Mr. L. M. Zimmerman as assessor was approved by the Commissioners.

1925 - TGMM

April 22, 1925

J. H. Stokes Burgess

April 14, 1925 - TGMM

Moved and seconded to have the fountain painted and have the Army of the Potomac tablets placed on the ground belonging to the town on Gettysburg Street

April 22, 1925 - TGMM

Mr. Kerschner cemented the falling prices for all night lighting service $1.50 per month for each 40 candlepower streetlight. $2.50 per month for each 100 candlepower light. Moved and seconded to adopt the new lighting system of having lights all night

May 12, 1925 - TGMM

Joseph Elder paid $12 for peaking fountain.


May 11, 1926 - TGMM

Henry Stokes reelected Burgess and Mr. Zimmerman Commissioner. Burn peters paid $9.80 for paring fountain. Motion may carry to have the water pipes in fountain repaired.

July 13, 1926 - TGMM

Thomas Hayes paid $21.57 for repairing fountain. Mrs. Lula Hayes but here before the Board on behalf of the Memorial committee and asked the board to accept a plot of ground in front of the Emmit house donated by Mrs. Kalbach for the purpose of a wrecking a Memorial to the soldiers of the world's war motion may be carried

March 8, 1926 - TGMM

This sure dear before the Burgess and Commissioners on behalf of the Memorial committee and asked for contribution for the Memorial to be erected on a plot of ground in front of the Emmit house mushing carry to contribute $100 to the Memorial fund. Mention made of Green Street

April 12, 1926 - TGMM

Motion past to employ a man to be stationed at the fountain and square to care for the traffic from May 15 to October 1, and on Sundays and holidays. Motion past for the Corporation to concrete their portion of the road in front of E. Zimmerman's.


April 12, 1927 - TGMM

Burgess and Commissioners met in regular session

Motion past employee a man to be stationed at the Fountain in Square to care for the traffic from May 15 to August 1 on Sundays and holidays .

May 10, 1927 - TGMM

Mr. Henry Stokes reelected Burgess Mr. Charles Keiholtz reelect a Commissioner.

August 9, 1927 - TGMM

Brugess and Commissioners met in regular session. Mrs. Andrew Annan appear before the Board and asked them to accept a lawnmower as gift from the Memorial committee to be used on the Memorial lawn. Same was excepted with thanks. Motion past to build a concrete wall around the Memorial were to be done by Mr. Charles Gillilian. Motion past to sell and remove the Fountain .

July 24, 1927 (gd)

A five passenger Chrysler car driven by I. F. Haifley of Taneytown, smashed into the fountain all but destroying the cement basin of the fountain

August 9, 1927 (gd)

Town council passed a motion "to sell and remove the fountain"

August 23, 1927 (gd)

Ffountain, which had stood in the square for 43 years, was dismantled


September 12, 1927 - TGMM

The Board elected Mr. George Naylor to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Eugene E. Zimmerman deceased

November 8, 1927 - TGMM

Burgess and Commissioners met in regular session. Motion past to purchase a begin late in reflectors from the A. G. U. company to be placed in the Square as a traffic signal . No further business meeting adjourned.


May 7, 1928 - TGMM

Mr. Henry Stokes reelected Burgess Mr. Matthews reelected commissioner for three years. Mr. Matthews elected president of Board.

June 26, 1928 - TGMM

Motion by Mr. Naylor second by Mr. Keiholtz to have ordinance prohibiting the sale of fireworks enforced.


May 21, 1929 - TGMM

Mr. Henry Stokes reelected Burgess Mr. George Naylor Commissioner for the term of three years. Mr. Matthews elected chairman of the Board.

September 9, 1929 - TGMM

Burgess and Commissioners met in regular session. Acknowledge the receipt of the deed for Mrs. Mary Kalbaugh of Lancaster for plot of ground for Memorial.

October 8, 1929 - TGMM

Motion past to sell to Mr. George Wants . The plot of ground on Gettysburg Street, known as the old jail lot for the sum of $50. Motion by Mr. Naylor past to collect a tax of one dollar a year for people outside of corporation or protected by the use of water plugs in case of fire. Motion by Mr. Naylor to concrete Street around the Memorial past and work order to commence.


May 13, 1930 (gd)

Mr. Henry Stokes reelected Burgess Mr. Charles Keiholtz was reelected commissioner for the term of three years totaled cast 82

July 8, 1930 (gd)

Mr. Thorn Rogers appointed to fill the unexpired term Of Mr. Charles Keiholtz

October 14, 1930 (gd)

Mr. Joseph Hoke appear before the Board and asked to enforce the law prohibiting cars from parking in front of fireplugs


June 4, 1935 (gd)

Passenger service on the Emmitsburg railroad ends. Line now limited to only hauling freight.


February 26th, 1950 (gd)

- Fire completely destroys Church of the Incarnation


January 27, 1954 (gd)

Direct dial-up telephone service introduced in Emmitburg, ending almost 40 years of operator assisted service. As part of the new system, Hillcrest 7 was assigned as the Emmitsburg phone prefix, expanding phone numbers for 4 to 7 . The roots of Emmitsburg’s most prevalent prefix, 447, lie in the Hillcrest exchange, as HI7 on the phone dial is 447.


March 25, 1956 (gd)

Emmitsburg Bowling Alley burns down


April 9, 1963 (gd)

Town of Emmitsburg officially took over the Emmitsburg Water Company


April 22, 1966 - Emmitsburg High School class of 1966 produces the Broadway classic The Sound of Music along with all of Rogers and Hammerstein’s songs


July 4, 1989

After three years of construction of the sewer plant and three seasons of reconstruction of Main Street, the Town held grand openings - it was called - ‘Big Time, Small Town’


April 16, 2002 (gd)

Jim Hoover elected Mayor