100 Years Ago
"Mrs. A.W. Hoffman of Baltimore is visiting relatives near here; Mrs. Eugene Trayer and children visited her sister, Mrs. Fleming, last week; Mrs. M.C. Mills spent one day last week with Mrs. Robert Pickett here; Mr. Howard W. Owings has returned to Woodbine, after spending a week with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Brian Owings of Middleton W. Va."
75 Years Ago
Step right up and tie the knot!
"Huge Crowd Sees Wedding At Firemen's Carnival last Night" was the front page Times headline that week.
"Carnival goers and friends of Miss Dorothy Sullivan and Roland Barth, principals in the public wedding held on Wednesday night at the Ellicott City Firemen's Carnival, jammed the grounds to capacity to witness the ceremony. It was estimated that then thousands persons crowded and pushed their way to advantageous points in order to get a glimpse of the bridal party.
The wedding guests began to assemble at 6:30 P.M. and by 8:30 when the ceremony began all the amusements on the grounds were silenced. Miss Margaret Miller was seated at the organ and her brother, Walter Miller, tenor sang "I Love You Truly".
Miss Miller also played "O Promise Me." Lohengrin wedding march was played as the bridal couple marched onto the stage. The entire arrangements for the wedding were handled by Mrs. William C. Brust of Baltimore.
The Rev. James w. Minter, pastor of the Patterson Park Baptist Church and for five years the chaplain of the Maryland State Fireman's Association officiated at the ceremony which took place on the dance floor. Mr. and Mrs. Barth are both residents of Ellicott City having been students at the local high school their ages were given as 17 and 18. The young couple received a cash offering from the carnival and business houses of the town will present them with gifts."
There is a Howard County connection to the Rev. Minter's parish area of Patterson Park. The famous ornate and unique Patterson Park Pagoda, first called the Observatory, was designed by Charles H. Latrobe in 1890 and it was Charles' father Benjamin H. Latrobe II who was the architect of the world-famous Thomas Viaduct in Elkridge. The Viaduct is a railroad bridge spans the Patapsco River between Baltimore and Howard counties. Though built in 1835, the bridge is still in use today and is the largest bridge of its kind in the world.
Charles' grandfather, Benjamin Latrobe was called the Father of American Architecture and rubbed elbows with the likes of George Washington, Tom Jefferson, and James Monroe.
As far as couples finding unique places for their nuptials, that seems to have a long history. But at a carnival, the window of opportunity only lasted for that week. Today for some couples a popular wedding site, one with a carnival atmosphere, is the always fun Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, an opportunity that lasts a few weeks. There, the wedding party is costumed in period attire, and even the clergy can be costumed for the occasion.
The Rev. Minter was a good sport officiating at that 1936 ceremony at the carnival, but I'd venture to guess he'd have drawn the line at playing dress-up for the event. But the Reverend still could have kept in theme with one line: "Step right up little lady and try your luck with this man."
50 Years Ago
General, sans the prez
"Local Scouts Hear Eisenhower Talk On Leadership"
"General Eisenhower told over 1,000 Explorers assembled at the Pennsylvania State University "that you have the brightest opportunity for leadership any age has had. ... . The local delegates included Bruce Wiessner, 521 Old Frederick Rd. and Gary Hults, 6005 Update Court. Accompanying the high school-age delegates were advisors. ... ."
Though there was no mention of the fact, it was just six months before that Dwight D. Eisenhower had been the 34th president of the United States. "Ike" retired to Gettysburg, Pa. after serving two terms and his location then probably had something to do with his Explorer speaking engagement at Penn State.