Carroll County Times

Living historian to address heritage group in Taneytown

After a winter hiatus, the Taneytown Heritage Committee and History Museum will resume monthly meetings at 7 p.m. Monday in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

The evening will begin with a business meeting and then living historian Hilda Koontz will share the story of the Fleagle family of Carroll County, of which four sons served the Union cause during the Civil War.


According to Peggy Fleagle Keeney, a heritage committee member who helps with membership, Koontz became quite interested in the family's story when she saw two of the Fleagle boys' tombstones in Emmanuel Baust Church cemetery in Tyrone. "It really touched her, I think," Keeney said, "and she wanted to dig deeper."

Keeney and Koontz are distant cousins who both attend Fleagle family reunions, she said. "We have all the [genealogical] charts but never counted how distant we are," said Keeney, who invited Koontz to speak at the meeting.


Koontz will provide insight into what life was like at home and on the front for local families in the 1860s based on more than 60 Fleagle family and photographs of the era.

Koontz has been a Civil War reenactor for more than 20 years and serves as vice president of the Civilians of Gettysburg reenactment group. She is also a past president and current board member of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable and served as lead editor of "A Sanctuary for the Wounded: The Civil War Hospital at Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania," published by the church in 2009.

She is a frequent speaker at Civil War roundtables, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and the Maryland and the Civil War: A Regional Perspective conference held annually at Carroll Community College.

A former career and organizational development consultant, Koontz resides in Fairfield, Pa., and is working on a book about the Fleagle family's contribution to the Civil War.

The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Trinity Lutheran Church is at 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, and parking and the hall entrance are in back of the church.

For more information about the organization or this event, contact Elaine Hoover at 410- 756-2135.

Homemade soups

There is still time to order quarts of homemade soup in support of Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ's soup sale to benefit the church's general fund.

Orders are being accepted through Saturday for pickup at the church between 9 a.m. and noon March 29, during which time any extra soup will be available for sale while it lasts.

Chicken corn, beef vegetable, and ham and bean soups are $5 per quart while Maryland crab is $7 a quart.

To place an order, contact Sandy at 410-857-0416 or

The church is at 2950 Old Taneytown Road, Tyrone.


Spring Cash Bingo

The Taneytown Fire Company Auxiliary will have its Spring 2014 Cash Bingo April 4 at the Taneytown Activities Building, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and games beginning at 7 p.m.

The cost is $15 at the door for six cards. There will 20 regular games - 18 for $50 prizes and two for $75 prizes - and two jackpot games worth $100 apiece.

Food will be available for purchase.

The event helps support the fire company.

For more information and to reserve tickets, call Shirley at 410-756-4208.

The activities building is at 49 Memorial Drive, Taneytown.