75 Years Ago
* A peach stone is a little thing to you, but it's a mighty big thing in saving soldiers' lives -- for the carbon for gas masks is made from them. Save them, dry them and bring them to the Pilot Office and they will be forwarded to the government. Two-hundred peach stones will make enough carbon for one gas mask. At this season of the year, these are plentiful and are usually thrown away where if dried and sent to the proper channel can be the means of saving the lives of our boys. Little boys and girls, do your bit, gather and dry all the peach stones you can and deposit them in the red, white and blue barrel in front of Waskins' Store. -- Union Bridge Pilot, Sept. 20, 1918.
100 Years Ago
* Messrs. F. K. Herr & Bro., carriage manufacturers of this city, have built an ambulance for Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, that is said to be the most complete vehicle of its kind in the country. It was designed by Col. F. K. Herr, of the firm, and finished in the very best manner. It is thus described: "The interior is 6 feet, 6 inches by 3 feet, 11 inches. On one side is a spring cot, upholstered in leather. On the other side, near the door is a physician's seat, and at the other end, a seat for an attendant. Under the seats are drawers for medicines. The door is wide, so as to allow plenty of room to carry in patients. It has stationary glass windows, except the front ones, which slide up and down. It has platform springs and is upholstered throughout in leather, with linoleum on the floor. There is a belt of basket work in carmine, around the body. The whole vehicle is 11 feet long and has beautiful lamps." Westminster is fortunate in having a manufacturing firm whose work competes so successfully with the best establishments in the country. -- American Sentinel, Sept. 23, 1893.