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Family robbed while out to dinner in 1927 [History Matters]

50 Years Ago

UMBC site selected

From a Times article: "University of Maryland New Branch Site ...  off Wilkens Ave. in Baltimore County.

"Seven reasons were cited for the selection of the Wilkens Ave. campus. These included: The site is immediately adjacent to the Beltway, which is a major transportation link serving the entire Baltimore Metropolitan Area."

October 1927

A rude interruption at dinner

News from Elkridge:

"The home of Mrs. Thomas Dobbin of Lawyer's Hill was robbed on Thursday night, while the family was at dinner. The intruder entered the back of the house by climbing up the back porch. When his presence was discovered he dropped to the ground and escaped, with considerable money. Although the members of the family were able to describe him accurately, he has not been apprehended."

If the robber was still at large, I wonder how they were sure they "were able to describe him accurately?" I guess they decided a consensus among the witnesses equaled accuracy and perhaps that worked.

It was in 1871 that Judge George Dobbin donated the land on Lawyers Hill road so that a community center, The Elk Ridge Assembly Rooms, could be built. It is still in use today.

"Social notes from Woodbine: 

"The Ladies' of Morgan Chapel church are arranging for an all season supper to be held in the basement of the church late in November. The date will be published later.

Mrs. C. F. Beck attended the Lutheran reunion in Hagerstown on Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. John M. DeLashmutt spent Thursday in Baltimore."

Lost notice:

"LOST - Between Patapsco National Bank and Mrs. Robert Yates, small black ribbon hat. Please return to Jonas Neal."

In the "Maryland" news section of the Times, there was an article about a new highway:

"Parade to Feature Opening Highway; Governor Ritchie Will Take Part In Exercises Near Upper Marlboro.

"Five southern Maryland counties will have artistically arranged and elaborately decorated floats in the parade, which will be an outstanding feature of the exercises marking the opening of the new Crain Highway.

"These floats will represent Prince Georges, Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel and St. Mary's County and on each will ride pretty young ladies who will represent their respective counties."

In the 1920s, during prohibition, Crain Highway was called Bootleggers Boulevard. And that highway wasn't the only fast track for moving illegal booze. I've heard stories about bootleggers using U.S. 1 in Howard County as a booze conduit during that era also.

October 1889

Comings, goings and fish

Athol social news:

"Mr. David Byers attended the Hagerstown fair on Thursday and Friday last.

"Mr. John Thompson, school examiner, paid school No 7 a visit on Monday.

"Miss Lizzie Bassler who has been spending the summer here with her parents, has returned to Baltimore.

"Mrs. Fred Brown and family were the guests of Mrs. Wm. Lilly on Saturday last.

"Mr. Ephraim Brown on Saturday last caught a string of very large fish twenty three in number."

With that bountiful catch, Eph should have joined Fred and the folks at the Lilly's for a fish fry.

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