Dead Man's Curve lives up to its name during bootlegging era [History Matters]
By By Louise Vest
Jan 22, 2014 | 12:15 PM
Off to college
From the Times social notes: "Martha Godshall of N. St. John's Lane returned to Moore College of Art in Philadelphia January 5th after a Holiday trip to Joliet, Ill. where she visited Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fenoglio, parents of her fiance, Richard A. Fenoglio.
"John O. Gardner Jr. of N. St. John's Lane has returned to the University of Buffalo where he is doing graduate research work and his brother George B. has returned to Johns Hopkins, where he is a first year student, after spending the Holidays at home."
"Fatal Accident Near Elkridge; Woman Crushed to Death Beneath Liquor-laden Car
" 'Dead Man's Curve' scene of more than a score of deaths before the treacherous bend was removed, has claimed its first victim since the State Roads Commission had the curve straightened.
"On Monday night a high powered car, said by the police to have been a rum runner, skidded at the curve and plunged over the 20 foot embankment."
For many making and/or trafficking in illegal booze, the convenience of having Route nearby connecting Baltimore and Washington made rum running to the big cities during Prohibition easier, as long as they remembered to slow down along Dead Man's Curve, even after its rehabilitation.
Having interviewed old timers recalling 1920s' incidents along the boulevard, I learned not only was the curve a threat to booze runners, there was also sometimes that pesky gunfire from police giving chase.
"The customary solemnity of the house proceedings at Annapolis Thursday was interrupted about 12:30 o'clock by the introduction of this order:
"'Ordered, That the congratulations of the House be extended to Hon. William E. Linn, of Howard, on the happy event of his marriage, and that the best wishes of his fellow members attend him and his better half through life.'
"When Reading Clerk Walter Townsend's melodious voice ceased there burst forth applause in all quarters. Speaker Hubner, without the slightest appearance of confusion, declared in solemn tones: