100 Years Ago
"After the completion of the criminal docket, the civil docket was taken up and the first case on it was the one of Curtis vs. Thompson. This grew out of a dispute over a fence between respective properties. The original fence was an old worm fence and Mr. Curtis took a portion of the fence down. Then Mr. Thompson replaced that portion with a straight rail fence. Mr. Curtis claimed that Mr. Thompson trespassed on his property in doing so and entered suit against him.
After the evidence was in and the jury had listened to arguments for each side by Mr. Rogers and Messrs. Donovan and James Clark, they deliberated 10 minutes and returned a verdict in the favor of Mr. Thompson."
The amount of the award was not mentioned. This law suit brings to mind the line in poet
There's also an applicable
75 Years Ago
Monitor and Merrimack
"FOR SALE/TRADE - Good barn yard cow manure; 1 horse spring wagon; 1 100-pound ice refrigerator. Will sell or will trade for corn or pigs. George F. Flohr,
Perhaps Mr. Flohr recently got electricity on his farm, hence the sale or trade of his block ice refrigerator. The popular electric refrigerators then were those with the condensers on the top called the Monitor. They cost a pretty penny, between $200 and $300, though it must have been a huge relief not to have to worry about the constant need to procure ice to prevent food spoilage.
These Monitor refrigerators were named for the
The South's ironclad was the Merrimack. The battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (Virginia) took place near
The Monitor today is a National Historic Landmark, though the "land" mark is a misnomer, as it's not on land but under the sea off Cape
50 Years Ago
"Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jones and son, John and Franklin Childress all of Hillcrest enjoyed camping over the weekend at Cunningham Falls in Thurmont."
The falls is the highest cascading waterfall in the state. Also in Cunningham Falls State Park, which is in the Catoctin Mountains, there's hiking, fishing, boating and swimming. The rocks up to the falls are fun to climb, but wearing good tennis shoes is a must. But don't go there between May 17 and 19 as that's when the park will be closed because of the G8 summit being held in nearby at Camp David.
In addition to the surrounding stare parks, Thurmont hosts its popular Colorfest event in the fall. The town is home to the Cozy restaurant, which opened in 1929. The Cozy also offers Camp David Museum displaying memorabilia from the visits of United States presidents and foreign heads of state, many of whom dined at the Cozy while at Camp David for a conference or tete-a-tete with the prez.