100 Years Ago

Divine defense

From the social columns:

"Lawyer's Hill: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bruce, after a stay of several weeks at Hot Springs, are now in New York City. They will take possession of their apartment at the Washington next week. Mrs. Bruce was Miss Mary Bowdoin of Rockburn.


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"Mrs. George Worthington of Lawyers Hill and Mrs. Seymour T. Watters, of 225 West Lanvale street, will give a reception Thursday, November 21st at Mrs. Watters residence in honor of Mrs. Worthington's debutant daughter, Miss Mary Worthington.

"Mr. Leonidas Levering, Jr., of 1218 North Charles street and whose summer house is on Lawyers Hill, spent last week end at Princeton, where he attended the Princeton-Yale football game on Saturday last."

Princeton played Rutgers in the first football game in 1869. Both Princeton and Yale, along with many colleges that opened during the Colonial period, were chartered by religious institutions. Today, Princeton and Yale's offerings include divinity colleges or seminaries. And I'm sure in the stadium in 1912, as now, silent prayers were offered up for touchdowns, along with a great defense.

The schools considered members of the Ivy League, in addition to Princeton and Yale, are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, with some also adding the Naval Academy and West Point to that prestigious line up.

75 Years Ago

A turkey trot

From the Glenwood social column: "November 27th is the date selected for the Thanksgiving Dance at the Glenwood Country Club."

50 Years Ago

Farmers and city slickers

" 'Partners In Progress' Farm-City Week Theme," headlined of an article in the Times that week:

"Farm-City Week, November 16-22, has been designated to create a better understanding between farmers and city dwellers by bringing them together, according to C.E. Wise, Jr. Chairman of the Maryland Committee for this observance. Proclamation of Farm-City Week by Baltimore Mayor. J. Harold Grady, and the State's Governor, J. Millard Tawes, stresses the interdependence of the producers and consumers of the nation's food and fiber.

"Each group has special problems not always well understood by others," said C. Kenneth Miller, Secretary Maryland Farm Bureau.

"Food is a real bargain today." said Miller, "Because the average consumer spends only 20 cents out of each dollar of take-home pay for food. Forty years ago it was 50 cents out of each dollar. .... If farmers had a free choice on the money he receives from the government" said Miller, "he would reject it in favor of the benefits of a free market system that would allow him to earn a higher net farm income. ..."

Seven years before, in 1955, it was the farmers and the cowmen who were the rival groups portrayed in the movie version of the musical "Oklahoma." But in reality in that state, there was also another large group and they were the Cherokees.

Even today, this group of Native Americans makes up 14 percent of the population of Claremore, Okla. That town was where Lynn Riggs was born, author of the book upon which "Oklahoma" was based. Claremore is also the birthplace of humorist Will Rogers, who said, "I never met a man I didn't like." (Interestingly, he was saying that about, of all people, Leon Trotsky, another of history's quirky stories.)

Some of Rogers' other noted sayings:

A senator got up today in Congress and called fellow senators sons of wild jackasses. Now, if you think the senators were hot, imagine how the jackasses must feel.

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

The only problem with Boy Scouts is, there aren't enough of them.

There are three kinds of men: the ones that learn by reading; the few who learn by observation; the rest of them have to touch the electric fence.