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In 1965, it was a bee - not texting - that caused traffic accident [History Matters]

May 1965

Bad buzz

"Bee Causes Accident: Electric Cut 2 Hours:

"While Stanley Randolf Moore of Guildord Road, was driving down Oakland Mill Road near Guilford last Sunday, a bee flew into his car distracting him according to police reports, and causing the car to smash into a light pole.

"As a result, the car sheared off the light pole and the impact slammed Mr. Moore into the steering column, breaking it in the process and causing his passenger, Mamie Coleman, to be thrown through the windshield. When the pole was broken by the auto, power lines snapped causing a power failure over the area which lasted 2 hours.

"The victims of the accident were taken to the hospital by the Savage Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance where it was found that neither was injured seriously, police said

"No charges were filed."

May 1924

A suspicious character

"Hold Man Who Fell Off Freight Train:

"With the wave of crime sweeping this section of the country during the past few days, Chief of Police Julius Wosch, of Ellicott City, is being urged on all sides to double his efforts in picking up any suspicious characters. Mr. Wosch is hopeful that he has a man in the Ellicott City jail who will be able to throw some light on at least one of these robberies.

"The man was riding on a westbound freight train and at Hollowfield was thrown as a result of the train buckling. The man was rather severely cut about the head and was stunned for some minutes. He asked for assistance at the home of Percey Gray. Mr. Wosch was notified and placed the man under arrest. The man gave his name as John J. Tracy, of Baltimore.

"After receiving medical attention Mr. Wosch said Tracy will be further questioned in an effort to ascertain his possible knowledge of recent holdups."

May 1890

Wide awake in Dayton

"Dayton Not Dormant:

"As Dayton has not been mentioned in the Times very often recently it might indicate that the inhabitants have been sleeping. Yet such is not the case. On the contrary, no community is more alive to the interests of the people and as most of the population are tillers of the soil, it is only natural that the farm should receive the most attention.

"Planting of corn is receiving the most attention just now, yet the numerous recent rains have interfered with the progress to such an extent that much still remains out of the grounds.

"A grand fishing party is participated for Whit-Monday afternoon to be held on big Patuxent river by the young folks of Dayton and Brighton, Montgomery County.

"Mr. Charles Hartsock, who was formerly with Mr. Ward, merchant of Daisy, has accepted a position as clerk for Mr. G. W. Hill, merchant here.

"Mr. Geo. Reely who has been suffering during the past three weeks from a severe attack of rheumatism, is now able to be out again.

"Mr. Chas. Reely Sr. recently caught the boss white-fish out of the Big Patuxent. It measured 17 l/2 inches long, 2 inches thick, 4 inches wide."

"The Dayton Base Ball Club responded to a challenge from the Highland club to play Saturday last. The visiting club was out in full force but the home team did not put in an appearance, consequently Dayton claims the game by 9 to 0. It is not known just why the challenging club did not make its appearance. It may be attributed to the good record of the Dayton boys during this and the past season.

"The Dayton club will play at Hawk Hill Whit-Monday in the forenoon."

 Whit-Monday is the day after Pentecost. This year it's June 9.

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