Civil War vets gather for Gettysburg 50th anniversary [History Matters]

100 Years Ago

Gettysburg redux

From the social column:

"Mr. Kenneth Barnes has accepted a position with the Gas and Electric Light Co. Baltimore.

"Mrs. Marriott Shipley in some way slipped in going down her cellar stairway last Sunday morning, breaking her left wrist. Mrs. Shipley was recovering from an attack of grip and her fall might have been caused from physical weakness.

"Quite a number of persons from this place are contemplating a trip to Gettysburg on the 3rd and 4th of July to witness the great reenactment of Veterans."

The veterans mentioned were from the Civil War and the event was the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The information about Gettysburg can be repeated 100 years later: "Quite a number of persons from this place are contemplating a trip to Gettysburg ... ."

With many history buffs and Civil War re-enactors in the area, the county should be well represented at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. There will be many thousands of visitors attending the various 2013 events, but not just on the July 3 and 4, the events will take place between June 29 and July 7.

75 Years Ago

Eye on Hollywood

From the Star Dust column by Virginia Dale:

"Fashion news: Claudette Colbert has a daytime costume of dark blue with white floral buttons down the side of the jacket, like one which the duchess of Windsor likes to wear. Recently, one evening in New York, Helen Vinson wore a black chiffon gown with a skirt yards and yards wide, banded with many rows of narrow black velvet ribbon. No shoulder straps.

"Norma Shearer would like to do a smart modern comedy, after her long siege of costume pictures, so you may see her in 'The Women.' "

"The Women" is a pretty good flick — different, as there were no men in any of the scenes. A couple years later, life would imitate such art when World War II began for America and millions of men disappeared from the domestic scene. "The Women" was made in that great movie year of 1939, which included among its many hits "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Gone With The Wind," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips."

50 Years Ago

Fan fan

From the "For Sale" columns:

"Sears Garden Tractor - 2 l/2 H.P. practically new motor, reverse, including 24 in rotary mower and riding sulky. Priced reasonable.

"One Gelding Horse, black and white, English and Western broke $150.

"Two Farm Wagons. 1 Buckboard Dump Type. .

"Electric Window Fan. Deluxe R&M Hunter, two speed, circulates 6800 CFM on high and 6000 on low, thermostat control, reversible, Finest quality throughout. Size adju-width 30 to 39 inches, 27 5/8 inches high, 19" deep. Like new. Still under guarantee. $35.00."

Well, the window fan was a steal and the "reversible" a great feature. Back before most homes had air conditioning, my aunt had one of these installed in an upstairs window in her row house, aka townhouse, in downtown Baltimore. I remember visiting in the summertime and she'd turn that monster fan on "out" and close all other windows. Then she'd open the front door, and the fan would draw the cooler night air through the screen door and upstairs, where my cousins and I slept well.

That fan was a trouper, but loud. It sounded like it could suck that floral-print wallpaper off the walls, although with five zillion layers of wallpaper, that wasn't really likely. Today, we can't imagine life without air conditioning.

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