20-50-100 Years Ago — Sept. 28

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100 Years Ago

Sept. 28, 1918

The fuel committee for Frederick county met the coal dealers of Frederick city in conference last night at the office of Chairman O.C. Warehime at which time the hard coal situation was discussed in all its phases both as it affects the State and county. The conference was held primarily to enable the fuel committee to submit and discuss plans which the fuel administration is compelled to adopt so that householders without coal may be able to obtain enough to keep the fires going when cold weather is here.

Mrs. Edith Lowe received a letter from her husband, Sergeant George P. Lowe, Jr., dated August 26, somewhere in France. He says he has been on the firing line for three weeks. Mr. Lowe says it is a beautiful country over there. Has not met any of the Frederick boys as yet. He says at the time of writing the French people were busy harvesting.

After traveling as far north as Canada, “just seeing the country,” and finally located and arrested at Niagara Falls, William Turner and Percy Sentz, the 16-year-old Mt. Airy boys who disappeared from home last week, were brought back Thursday night by Deputy Sheriff Edward Mercer. Both said they were glad to get home and will never again run away.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 28, 1968

The Great Frederick Fair for 1968 will wind up its five days of midway madness today with fair officials predicting new attendance records. As of 6 p.m. Friday, total paid attendance for the 1968 fair was ahead of last year’s mark at the same time, 16.496 to 16,345.

Beth Sholom Congregation has purchased a building at 1011 North Market St. for their Sunday school facilities. The overcrowded conditions at their present location, 20 W. Second St., has made it necessary to move their Sunday School to the new location. The new enrollment for this coming year will be in excess of a hundred pupils.

20 Years Ago

Sept. 28, 1998

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Hurricane Georges howled ashore today, lashing the Gulf Coast with 172 mph wind gusts and as much as 20 inches of rain, as thousands of people huddled in shelters. New Orleans, where 10,000 evacuees spent the night in the Superdome, was spared and there are no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in any of the Gulf states.

Despite their strut on the street, some students aren’t that confident in the classroom. The community and the schools must urge students to achieve at a high level of regardless of race or economic standing, Frederick County School Superintendent Jack Dale said. Dr. Dale was speaking to the Frederick Inter-Racial Dialogue group, which hosted him at their discussion Sunday.

Star-Spangled Banner Series: One hundred years ago, Winfield Scott Schley became a household name, signifying bravery and the emergence of America as a world power in the Spanish-American War. But the native son of Frederick County had his mettle questioned soon after in what many believed to be a politically motivated attack, which fueled great public debate over the man.

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