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Cows as collateral 100 years ago [History Matters]

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100 Years Ago

Cows as collateral

Ad in the Times: "Quick Loans — $10.00 and up; On furniture, pianos, livestock, real estate, etc., in city or country; Baltimore Investment Co. 319 N. Howard St. Second floor."

75 Years Ago

Spotlight on Disney's Hotel

From the "Old Records" column: "Disney's Hotel and Tavern

"Down on Main Street just back of the law offices, now occupied by two young Attorneys, Jerome A. Longhran, and Daniel M. Murray, Jr. is an old stone building with dormer windows projecting high upon its roof.

"There is no mistaking its age revealed in the lines of architecture conforming with the period in which it was built. It has an interesting background, because it was part of the house and hotel operated by Deborah Disney in 1840.

"Her garden stood in the rear of the hotel now partly used as a lumber yard by E.A. Talbott. Her stable stood on the Court House Road.

"In her tavern she sold good food, and the price for liquor was 6 l/2 pence per pint, but the special significance of the place is revealed in an old document which states from the 19th day of August, 1842, "the Commissioners agree to rent or lease the house or office adjoining her hotel for the use of the Commissioner's office, at the rate of $5.00 per month, amounting to the annual rent of $60.00 and also a room for the use of a Grand Jury in her Hotel, without anything extra, which said room is to be used only at each term of the Howard District Court, until the new Court House now in progress of erection shall be completed.

"Disney's Hotel stood on a part of 'Mount Misery.' In 1829, it was deeded from Charles S.W. Dorsey and others to William Lorman; to Deborah Disney in 1840; to John R. Clarke in 1862; to David Sprecher in 1869; then to Edward A. Talbott in 1885. The part thought to have been the tavern was torn down and rebuilt by Mr. Talbott."

50 Years Ago

Air conditioning catching on

A brief in the Times: "Some 5 l/2 million American homes now have some form of air-conditioning — an increase of 3/4 of a million during the past year. To sell this growing market manufacturers invested nearly $2 million in newspaper advertising in 1962."

You'd think with air conditioning being an antidote to sweltering summers it would be an easy sell. Looks like Madison Avenue needed Don Drapper from the show "Mad Men" on that one.

Lisbon/Woodbine news:

"The Adult Fellowship Class of Morgan Chapel church had a picnic supper in McKeldin Park Sunday.

"Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Miles and family of Cooksville, and Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Albaugh of Glenelg spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Tate and family of Dundalk."

Glenelg news:

"Dawn and John Cotton from Chicago are visiting at the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Hobbs.

"Mrs. Warner Hord, Sr., left by plane on Sunday for Oklahoma City to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Sparks. We extend sympathy to the Hord family.

"Miss Betty Stiles is a patient at the St. Agnes Hospital, where she underwent an appendectomy on Monday.

"Mr. and Mrs. Marion Anderson spent last week vacationing at Cape May."

Since the 1960s there's been ferry boat service between Cape May, N.J., and Lewes, Del., both historic towns being first settled by the Dutch in the 1600s.

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