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History Matters: Mid-summer dance exceeded expectations of beauty

100 Years Ago

Dusty dating scene

In the county social notices:

"Mr. David Oland and brother of Brookeville spent several days in Frederick last week.

Mrs. Perry Ensey and Miss Mary Stewart of Unity, were the guests of friends in Baltimore this week.

Mr. Wade H.D. Warfield, of Sykesville, and Blanche Waterhouse, of Wheeling, were married in that city by the Rt. Rev. John J. Kain."

Mid-summer dance — "The mid-summer dance held on July 17th at the Club House was a largely attended and brilliant affair. The number of pretty girls, lovely matrons and beautiful dresses worn, exceeded even the usual number and formed a galaxy of brilliant beauty. A full quota of gentlemen made the dancing move merrily to Prof. Blank's masterly music."

Included in the list of those present was: "Mrs. Marshall Warfield, Norman Warfield, John Riggs, Dan Gaither, Spencer Pindell, Mrs. W.H. Stinson, J.D. Parran, Misses Nettie Snowden, Eleanor Clarke, Anna Hogg, Lenor, Mary, Sallie, Edna and Lulu Dorsey, Anne Banks, Isabel Stinson, Louise Mobley, and Margaret Magruder."

Also in attendance: "Helen Wheatley, Virginia Jenkins, Bessie Catrup, Adelaide and Emma Hodges, Margaret Black, Grace Ridgely, Sidney Lewis, Catherine Davis, Grace Welling, Olivia Waters, Amy Stevenson, Bessie Bennett, Messrs Dorsey Downey, Morris Bentley, Edward and Jack Clark, Cleggett and George Dorsey, Tom Hardinger, Evan and Dick Jones, Wm. Stinson, Jr., Wm. Hodges, Edward, Bernard, Roland Childs, Dr. Eichelberger, Mary Clarke, Geneva Waters, Bazil Mobley, Aubrey Hood, Steve Hood, William Talbot, Tom Ridgely, Wm. Dorsey, and Dr. Carroll."

Glenwood picnic - "Yes, yes. there will be a Glenwood Picnic and Horse Show, but we know nothing of the date or particulars. Those Glenwood Grangers are getting in hay, riding in automobiles and courting pretty girls."

In this era, when the horse-to-car transition was being made, a girl on her first date with a guy might not know what form of transportation would have at her doorstep. In either case, horse or car, she could be sure of a dusty, bumpy ride.

75 Years Ago

No name, indeed

From the county court column: "C. Ferdinand Sybert, trustee Mrs. Francis M. Handley estate to Leon Clark, one acre off five acre tract, sixth district.

Alberta W. Smallwood, widow to Margaret Carr, 2 l/2 acres and improvements, sixth district.

Covington B. Zepp and wife, Russell Zepp and wife, 151 acres, 14.2 perches, no improvements, fifth district.

Victor and wife to John E. Yingling and wife, 1.8 acres, no improvements, Ellicott City second district.

Mary A. Malone, widow to Milton H. Easton and wife, 2.11 acres, no improvements, Ellicott City, second district."

Guess the "wife" didn't rate a first name then, and only by necessity do the unattached women have their first names listed. I'm assuming on the actual deed the first name is used for the wives, otherwise it might get confusing, even litigious, should there be a second or third "and wife" for the Mr.

50 Years Ago

Pool playing "blues"

"Regulation Asked To Prohibit Pool Playing On Sunday

States Attorney Mayfield appeared before the County Commissioners on Tuesday and asked for an amendment to the Liquor Board regulations prohibiting the playing of pool tables, shuffleboard and bowling machines on Sunday in licensed beverage establishments. He also asked that minors be prohibited from using such machines at any time.

Chief Ford, who accompanied Mr. Mayfield, said that he had good cooperation from places providing pool or billiard tables in establishments which do not sell alcoholic beverages. On a voluntary basis, he said, they restrict play to persons over eighteen at any time and to those over 21 after 11 p.m."

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