The storied history of the Mayflower yacht [History Matters]

February 1965

Social studies


From the "What's Doing" column:  "To get the March of Dimes rolling, Mrs. William Beggs of Wilton Acres, Chairman for the second District, had a 'Coffee' for development Chairman last Thursday.

"Mr. and Mrs. James Frye of Valley Road were hosts Friday evening of their Dinner-Bridge club.

"Mr. and Mrs. Stanley E. Lavine of Font Hill and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clements of Columbia Road have returned from a vacation trip to New York and the mountains.

"Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cromwell and Mr. and Mrs. Harwood Jackson were joint hosts and hostesses at a large surprise dinner party at Green Spring Inn in honor of Judge and Mrs. James Perrott."

February 1924

Yacht news

Social notes from Elkridge: "Failing to make their appearance in the Club Hall, on last Saturday night the West Baltimore A.C. basketball team forfeited a game to the local squad.

"All the many friends of the Elkridge County Club throughout Howard County are invited to attend a Valentine Dance in the Club building on February 14.

"An oyster supper was held in St. Augustine Church on the Fifth and Sixth of this month.

"Mr. R.C. Norris has been confined to his home suffering from an attack of grippe."

"John Silbereisen, highest ranking non-commissioned officer on the President's private yacht, 'Mayflower' spent the weekend with his family aiding them in moving into their new home."

The Mayflower has quite a storied history. It served in three wars, beginning with the Spanish-American War, was the presidential yacht under five presidents, was used in the peace conference at the end of the Russo-Japanese war, which was held in New York, and it delivered Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II. It was also once based in Baltimore and used as a sealer in northern waters.

February 1890

Grippe-ing news


Under the "They Are Known In Howard," headline: "The Finksburg correspondent of the Westminster Advocate said last week, Rev. J.T. Lassell was unable to fill his appointment on two Sundays in January, from an attack of grippe. We are glad to state that he is out again and able to attend to his ministerial duties.

"Miss Lizzie Weigandt, of Ellicott City, is on a visit of several weeks to her sister, Mrs. Francis Stocksdale.

"H.C. Stockdale, of Baltimore, spent last Sunday at his home here.

"Funeral of Mrs. Dorsey: The funeral of Mrs. Michael G. Dorsey whose death was announced in The Times last week, took place from her late residence near Columbia. Rev. Jesse Shreeve of the Methodist Protestant church officiated. The pall-bearers were James T. Clark, a son-in-law of the deceased, Owen D. Evan and Howard Jones of Baltimore, nephews, Dorsey Gassaway of Annapolis, and Louis Clark of this county, grandsons.

"Killed at Laurel Mills: Oliver Burton, aged 16 years, son of W. D. Burton of Laurel, fell through an elevator shaft at the Laurel Cotton Mills this week from the third to the first floor a distance of 40 feet, sustaining injuries from which he died.

From "County Brevities": "The Lisbon Lyceum is in a flourishing condition. Its meetings are largely attended, and increasing interest is manifested on the part of its membership.

"On Tuesday night the question discussed was, 'Should Capital Punishment be Abolished?' The affirmative was supported by John Bond and Harry Gaither, and the negative by Messrs. Geo. R. Leach and E.U. Owings."