History Matters

100 Years Ago

Laurel exchange

Miss Maude Brashears of Laurel is visiting her brother, Mr. Joseph Brashears of Washington.

Mr. and Mts. J. M. Lowman of Odenton have been the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence White of Laurel.

75 Years Ago

"Alive, alive O"

From the Times international section was information about a new book:

"London Street Cries: They Must Have Made the City a Bedlam In Olden Days

London must have been a lively city in the days when the street crier joined in competition with the bell of the postman and the muffin man. The boy who goes round the streets with the early morning cry of 'Hot Rolls' still lingers in the outer suburbs, but the old street crier has long been silent in the land.

Some of the ancient cries have been collected by Frederick W. Hackwood in his book, The Good Old Times. They include 'Cherry ripe, O', 'Baking Apples,' Lavender, sweet lavender, six bunches a penny,' or 'Rabbits, wild rabbits,' and when there was a good catch of fish it might be 'Mackerel, O' or 'Herrings, alive, all alive. ... .' "

In Baltimore and surrounding suburbs, "Strawww-berries" is what we heard in the spring as the street arab would drive his horse-drawn wagon full of strawberries around our neighborhood.

Seeing a horse on the street was fascinating for us kids, but not as good as having the Good Humor truck coming around at exactly the same time your parents were in a good mood.

Six bunches of lavender offered for a penny by the crier sounds like a deal for the times. Six bunches could fill any 19th century London hovel and make it smell like a palace.

Over here, there's a lavender farm in Southern Maryland and one in Milton, Del. The plant likes low humidity, which kind of leaves out the entire Baltimore area.

But a muffin man? Can you imagine having tempting warm delights at your doorstep, right along with their ten bazillion calories. Though, one way a muffin man enterprise might work today is if a coupon to a local fitness center accompanied each muffin.

50 years ago

'Service Clubs Take Trip'

"The Junior and Senior Library clubs, the Junior fire Marshalls and the members of the Student Government took a trip to Philadelphia on Saturday, June 2. Their schedule included the Franklin Institute which housed The Fels Planetarium and The Franklin Museum. they also visited the Independence Square.

In this Historical setting is found a great deal of America's initial steps to freedom and democracy. Some of the important buildings in and about the Square of Independence hall, Carpenter's Hall, Congress Hall, First and Second Banks of the United States, the famous Christ Church and Benjamin Franklin's grave and Betsy Ross House nearby."

Christ Church is the oldest Episcopal Church in America and has seen some notables in attendance, including George Washington, William Penn, Ben Franklin and Robert Morris.

Though Morris wasn't one of Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence, he was a signer and he did once live in Maryland. As a teen, he came from England in 1747 to live in Maryland with his father, who resided in Oxford, on the Eastern Shore.

A while later, his father sent him to apprentice with a friend in shipping and banking concerns in Philadelphia, where Morris made good. So good in fact, that he became a very wealthy man, for a good while at least, and is known as the financier of the American Revolution.

Today, in the small town of Oxford there's an establishment named for him; the Robert Morris Inn. You can travel by car or boat to Oxford, but it's also fun to do both by taking the ferry. The Bellevue-Oxford Ferry holds nine cars and is thought to be the oldest privately run ferry in the United States. The trip takes about 10 minutes from St. Michael's to Oxford.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Comments
Loading