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'Henry Ford Visits B&O Exhibition' [History Matters]

50 Years Ago

Homegrown talent

"Local Talent Entertains at Harriet Tubman, PTA.

"The Harriet Tubman High School PTA held its first activity for the year, an October Feast.

"In reality, this was a 'kick off' dinner to start the PTA membership drive, as well as, to begin the 1963-64 activities. The program this year consisted of home talent rather than having a guest speaker from outside the county.

"Morris L. Woodson, Principal of the Guildford Elementary School, acted as Toastmaster. The Rev. Samuel Moore, Pastor, Unity Baptist Church Elkridge gave the invocation. A piano selection was rendered by Miss Lois Pickens, general music instructor at Harriet Tubman.

"A reading by Mrs. Daisy Chapman, Math and Language teacher, was given. Mr. Boyd, the Band Instructor at Guilford Elem. School and Harriet Tubman, accompanied by Miss Pickens gave an instrumental duet.

"Charles Griffin made a dramatic appeal for memberships for the coming year. Mrs. Gertrude Flurry, chairman of the PTA membership committee sang a solo and was accompanied by Mrs. Dorothy Craft."

October 1927

Henry Ford in our midst

"Henry Ford Visits B&O Exhibition

"Henry Ford, of Detroit, president of the Ford Motor Company, was in our midst on last Monday having slipped into Baltimore incognito and later made his way out to Halethorpe to 'take in' the Baltimore and Ohio century exhibition and pageant.

"His presence was soon discovered at the Fair of the Iron Horse and he at once became one of the center of attraction, but that did not detract one whit from his manifest interest in the exhibits, some of which he had himself supplied.

"His appearance in these regions quickly gave rise to rumors of the soon arrival of the new Ford model car for a glimpse of which the public has been patiently waiting any on this. But on this subject Mr. Ford refused to talk. Paul Morseberger, local Ford dealer, is dye-in-the-wool optimist and expects that the arrival of the new type of Ford car is not too very far distant. It is insisted however by Mr. Morseberger, that the new car, which is a distinct departure from the present model T, will fill all requirements of the public in a machine embodying speed and attractiveness and ease of control."

The Fair of the Iron Horse was a very big deal in these parts and nationwide. And many people, including my mom, had in their scrapbooks newspaper clips about this event.

October 1889

Death from consumption

In Times notes:

"Death of a Bright Young Man: David Wesley Holmes, the son of Mr. Joseph H. Homes, manager of Oella cotton mill, died at the home of his parents in Oella, Thursday morning at 1 o'clock after a lingering illness. The young man was in his eighteenth year and was possessor of a remarkably bright mind. Consumption was the cause of his demise. The funeral was Friday afternoon October 4th from his late home whence the remains were conveyed to Philadelphia for interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Rev. Henry Branch of the Presbyterian Church officiated.

"The man who robbed Miss Becket of Oella some two months ago, has been found in Norfolk, Va. His plunder was a gold watch and a sum of money. Officer Vansant has made arrangements to hand him over to the authorities at Towson.

"Justice Joseph N. Gordon, of the First district, was thrown from his horse Saturday and badly hurt. He was taken to his home, near Ilchester, in an unconscious condition. Medical aid was rendered by Dr. William K. Hodges, of Ellicott City."

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