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William McKinley
Westminster mayor remembered [Eagle Archives]
Westminster mayor remembered [Eagle Archives]

Many historians would agree with state Sen. Joe Getty, a local historian, who wrote, "Researching local business histories is difficult and challenging. Sources for such information are generally scarce and incomplete…" Fortunately, as a result of research conducted many years ago for the Historical Society of Carroll County by Getty, we have some insight into the life and times and accomplishments of Milton Schaeffer, a former mayor of Westminster who died on Sept.16, 1902. Schaeffer was also the owner of the Westminster Hardware Co., a business that was the subject of an article in the Oct. 18, 1912, edition of the American Sentinel newspaper, "The Merchants of...