75 Years Ago* For the first time,...


75 Years Ago

* For the first time, so far as the records show, a prisoner has been sentenced by a U.S. court to be confined in the Carroll County Jail. Benjamin F. Poole, a farmer and businessman of this county, was indicted in the District Court of the United States at Baltimore on account of the operation of a still for the manufacture of whiskey on one of his farms, near Granite. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and to be confined in the county jail for 90 days. -- Union Bridge Pilot, July 2, 1920.

100 Years Ago

* George P. Buckey, Jr., a nephew of the well-known banker, George P. Buckey, of Union Bridge, had an exciting and dangerous adventure with a savage bull in the barnyard on his farm near that place on Wednesday of last week. He was arranging his cows for milking when the bull, which is a large and vicious animal, made a sudden attack upon him and attempted to gore him. In the struggle that ensued, Mr. Buckey was knocked down and tossed about the barnyard, but managed to avoid being impaled by the horns of the infuriated brute.

The battle lasted five to seven minutes, during which Mr. Buckey was tossed over a space of 300 yards, his clothing torn to shreds, his chest severely bruised and his head and face badly cut. Five times, he struggled to his feet only to be knocked down each time by his fierce bovine assailant, until the last time when he succeeded in giving the animal a vigorous kick in the nose, which caused a momentary cessation of the attack. Mr. Buckey ran for the fence and managed to reach it in advance of the bull, which was close upon him as he clambered over and made his escape.

Members of Mr. Buckey's family and others witnessed the combat, in momentary dread of a fatal result, but were powerless to assist him. They could not even supply him with a pitch fork, for which he called, all the forks about the place having been in use by the farmhands in a field at a distance from the scene. Mr. Buckey's escape from death by the attack of the ferocious bull was almost miraculous. His coolness and presence of mind and the fact that the barnyard had just been thickly covered with fresh straw saved him from a fatal termination of the encounter. -- American Sentinel, June 29, 1895.

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